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Music News: Monday 27th January 2012

Lisa Bentley



Brit Awards Results

This year’s Brit Awards took place Tuesday 21st amidst much controversy. Fans of Adele were outraged when this years’ presenter James Corden had to cut her speech short due to Blur’s set starting. Adele’s one fingered salute to having to stop mid-speech has also received a strong reaction. The Telegraph kindly posted this video:

The full list of winners can be seen below.

British Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran

British Female Solo Artist: Adele

British Breakthrough Act: Ed Sheeran

British Group: Coldplay

British Single: One Direction What Makes You Beautiful

Mastercard British Album Of The Year: Adele 21

International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist: Rihanna

International Group: Foo Fighters

International Breakthrough Act: Lana Del Rey

Outstanding Contribution To Music: Blur

Critics Choice: 1st – Emeli Sande 2nd – Maverick Sabre 3rd – Michael Kiwanuka

British Producer: Ethan Johns

E17 Make A Comeback

90s pop act E17 are set to make a comeback as a rock band. The band have recorded new album called Dark Light  which is said to be inspired by Kings of Leon and U2.

The Bodyguard To Open On The West End

A musical adaption of The Bodyguard is set to make its West End debut in November. The film version of The Bodyguard was recorded in 1992 and starred the late Whitney Houston.

Blur Set For The Olympics

Blur will be headlining the closing ceremony for the 2012 Olympics. 2012 has been a good year for the band, who have recently been awarded a Brit award for their Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Phil Spector Appeal Rejected

The latest appeal from Phil Spector’s camp to overturn his 2009 murder conviction has been rejected. Spector is set to serve 19 years in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Unreleased Ramones Tracks To Be Released

A posthumous album from Punk legend Joey Ramone is set to be released. The album called Ya Know? Includes overdubs by Steve Van Zandt and Cheap Trick among others.

One Direction Make US Impact

One Direction’s single What Makes You Beautiful is the highest debut single from a British Artist in 14 years. The song reached number 28 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the last act to do this was The Verve with their song Bittersweet Symphony which reached number 12.

Bella Union is 15

Bella Union is 15 this year. Ever at the forefront of quirky music the birthday celebrations include a special day at this years End of the Road Festival. Bella Union founder Simon Raymonde had this to say about the label’s fifteenth birthday – “Bella Union and End of The Road Festival have so much in common, most notably our taste in bands, and having had several bands over the last 5 years who have headlined there, like Fleet Foxes, Explosions In The Sky, and Midlake, all of whom loved every minute, it seemed that when discussing what we should do for our 15th Anniversary a conversation with them was a good starting point. The outcome is something very special and this will be the pinnacle of our anniversary celebrations throughout 2012.”

Buying Boost For Blur

Since receiving the Outstanding Contribution to music award at last week’s Brit awards sales for Blur’s back catalogue have increased by 2,700% according to Amazon. Currently twelve of the artists who were awarded a Brit statue feature in the Amazon top twenty.

The Beatles Photograph Auction

Rare photographs of The Beatles were due to be auctioned off this weekend. The photographs were taken in 1963. This year sees Liverpool celebrate 50 years of music from The Beatles.

Google’s Live Announcement Feature

Google has added a new feature to its search engine. It will now list live announcements from bands and links to tickets sites for purchasing.

No New Album for Outkast

Andre 3000 has quelled rumours of a new album for Outkast saying he is tied up on other projects. He has also hinted that the band may never make another record.

Pete Doherty’s Art Exhibition

The art work and rare personal belongings of Libertine co-frontman Pete Doherty are being previewed in an exhibition in Camden this week. The collection includes artwork by friend of Doherty, the late Amy Winehouse. The exhibition is open to the public from 12 – 8 daily.

Barlow/Lloyd Webber Collaborate for the Queen

To celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee songwriter Gary Barlow and theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber have teamed up to pen a track. The song will be performed at an open air concert outside Buckingham Palace on June 4th.

Kylie Minogue Album Details

Kylie Minogue, the pint sized pop princess has announced that her new album will be out next year. Her last album Aphrodite was released in 2010.

John Peel Library

The collection of John Peel’s records is due to be made available online in an interactive online museum. It will contain 25,000 LPs and 40,000 singles among many more. John Peel is still known as one of the foremost influential DJ’s ever found on the BBC.

Live Announcements

Being There

Check out Being There on their upcoming tour. The band will be playing a handful of free shows so take advantage guys.

14th March – Paper Dress Vintage Party, London

15th March – New Slang @ The Hippodrome, Kingston (with King Charles)

19th March – The Castle Hotel, Manchester (Free Entry)

20th March – The Macbeth, London (Free Entry)

22nd March – Thekla, Bristol

23rd March – Moles, Bath

24th March – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

13th April – Club The Mammoth @ Old Blue Last, London (Free Entry)


Bellowhead are heading out on tour this November. The tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

6th November – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

7th November – Roundhouse, London

8th November – Arena, St Albans

9th November – Open, Norwich

10th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

11th November – Guildhall, Southampton

12th November – Coal Exchange, Cardiff

13th November – Dome, Brighton

14th November – The Hexagon, Reading

15th November – Assembly, Leamington

16th November – Barbican, York

17th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

18th November – The Lowry, Salford

19th November – The Sage, Gateshead

20th November – The Ironworks, Inverness

21st November – The Queens Hall, Edinburgh

22nd November – St Georges Hall, Bradford

23rd November – Engine Shed, Lincoln

24th November – Assembly Rooms, Derby

Blood Red Shoes

Tickets for Blood Red Shoes epic tour are on sale now. Blood Red Shoes’ new single Cold is released March 19th and their new album In Time To Voices is available from March 26th.

27th April – Concorde 2, Brighton (www.ticketweb.co.uk – 01273 673311)

28th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (www.seetickets.com – 02392 863911)

29th April – o2 Academy 2, Oxford (www.alt-tickets.co.uk – 01912 304474)

1st May – Trinity, Bristol (www.alt-tickets.co.uk – 01912 304474)

2nd May – Waterfront, Norwich (www.uaeticketbookings.co.uk – 01603 508050)

3rd May – Heaven, London (www.gigsandtours.com – 0207 4033331)

4th May – HMV Library, Birmingham (www.gigsandtours.com – 0844 248 5037)

5th May – Academy 2, Manchester (www.gigsandtours.com – 0161 832 1111)

7th May – Zanzibar, Liverpool (www.ticketline.co.uk – 0151 707 0633)

8th May – Cluny, Newcastle (www.ticketweb.co.uk – 0191 230 4474)

9th May – Tunnels, Aberdeen (www.gigsinscotland.com – 08444 999990)

10th May – King Tuts, Glasgow (www.gigsinscotland.com – 08444 999990)

12th May – The Cockpit, Leeds (www.lunatickets.co.uk – 0113 243 6743)

13th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (www.alt-tickets.co.uk – 0191 230 4474)

The Charlatans

The Charlatans have added an extra date to their Tellin Stories tour. Full tour details are shown below and tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

1st June – o2 Apollo, Manchester (0844 477 7677)

8th June – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London (0844 844 4748)

9th June – Barrowland, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell is heading out on a UK tour. The Songbook tour will showcase songs from Cornell’s varied musical career. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

16th June – Lowry, Manchester (0843 208 6000)

18th June – Palladium, London (020 7403 333)

19th June – Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121 780 3333)

20th June – City Hall, Newcastle (0191 277 8030)

Dave Hause

Dave Hause will be supporting Alkaline Trio on their upcoming European tour. For UK dates please see below.

1st May – Pyramid, Portsmouth

2nd May – Leadmill, Sheffield

3rd May – Empire, Middlesbrough

4th May – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

5th May – Academy, Manchester

7th May – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh

8th May – Kasbah, Coventry

9th May – Waterfront, Norwich

10th May – Electric Ballroom, London

12th May – Barfly, London

13th May – University SU, Cardiff

14th May – Lemon Grove, Exeter

15th May – The Junction, Cambridge

17th May – Soundcity, Liverpool

Eyes On Film

Eyes On Film are heading out on tour with Boots Electric. Check them out.

9th March – o2 Academy, Birmingham

10th March – Boots Electric, Manchester

11th March – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

12th March – The Cockpit, Leeds

13th March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

14th March – The Garage, London

15th March – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

16th March – Thekla, Bristol

Jay Z and Kanye West

It is time for the Watch The Thrones tour to hit Europe. So far it has been announced that Jay Z and Kanye West will play eight live dates in the UK. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

18th May – o2 Arena, London

20th May – o2 Arena, London

21st May – o2 Arena, London

22nd May – o2 Arena, London

8th June – o2 Arena, Dublin

11th June, Arena, Manchester

12th June – Arena, Manchester

13th June – LG Arena, Birmingham

Jodie Marie

Catch Jodie Marie on her upcoming live dates.

8th March – Phesantry Club, London

20th April – Norwegian Church, Cardiff

18th May – Queens Hall, Narberth

Kyla La Grange

Kyla La Grange has announced several live dates for the upcoming months. Make sure you get down to her shows.

23rd February – The Hope, Brighton (Communion Night)

29th February – Café Drummonds, Aberdeen (supporting Dog is Dead)

1st March – Ironworks Room 2, Inverness (supporting Dog is Dead)

2nd March – The Arch, Ullapool (supporting Dog is Dead)

3rd March – The Woodlands Centre, Stornoway (supporting Dog is Dead)

4th March – Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore (supporting Dog is Dead)

6th March – King Tuts, Glasgow (supporting Dog is Dead)

7th March – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (supporting Dog is Dead)

15th April – The Jericho Tavern, Oxford

16th April – Waterfront, Norwich

17th April – Cornerhouse, Cambridge

18th April – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

20th April – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

21st April – Static Gallery, Liverpool

22nd April – Head Of Steam, Newcastle

23rd April – The Musician, Leicester

29th May – Village Underground, London

Lost Prophets

The Lost Prophets will be touring this April. Tickets are available from www.gigsandtours.com.

19th April – o2 Academy, Liverpool (0844 477 2000)

20th April – Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

21st April – o2 Academy, Leeds (0844 477 2000)

23rd April – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

24th April – Music Hall, Aberdeen (0844 499 9990)

25th April – o2 Academy, Glasgow (0844 477 2000)

27th April – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

28th April – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (0292 022 4488)

30th April – Rock City, Nottingham (0115 822 1314)

1st May – Corn Exchange, Cambridge (0122 335 7851)

2nd May – Guildhall, Southampton (0238 063 2601)

4th May – o2 Academy Brixton, London (0844 477 2000)


Catch Nero on their upcoming tour.

8th March – o2 Academy, Newcastle

9th March – o2 Academy, Leeds

10th March – Liverpool University, Liverpool

13th March – Motion, Bristol

15th March – o2 Academy, Leicester

16th March – Academy, Manchester

17th March – Guildhall, Southampton

18th March – HMV Institute, Birmingham

19th March – o2 ABC, Glasgow

21st March – Academy, Dublin

22nd March – Cardiff University Great Hall, Cardiff

23rd March – Norwich UEA, Norwich

24th March – o2 Academy Brixton, London

One Direction

Tickets for One Direction’s new tour are available now via www.gigsandtours.com.

22nd February – o2 Arena, London

23rd February – o2 Arena, London

26th February – SECC, Glasgow

1st March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

2nd March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

15th March – Manchester Arena, Manchester

17th March – Echo Arena, Liverpool

19th March – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

20th March – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

22nd March – LG Arena, Birmingham

24th March – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson will be playing two live dates in April and May.

30th April – St Stephen’s Church, London

1st May – Komedia, Brighton

Peaking Lights

Peaking Lights have announced a host of summer dates. Details of their live shows can be seen below.

2nd June – Field Day, London

3rd June – Forbidden Fruit, London

5th June – Brudenell, Leeds

6th June – XOYO, London

17th August – Beacons Festival, North Yorkshire

18th – 19th August – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons

Saint Etienne

Tickets for Saint Etienne’s new tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

22nd May – Leadmill, Sheffield

23rd May – Oran Mor, Glasgow

24th May – Kazimier, Liverpool

25th May – Gate Theatre, Cardiff

26th May – Assembly, Leamington Spa

28th May – Palladium, London

The Skints

The Skints will be supporting You Me At Six on their upcoming tour. The band has also announced a headlining tour for October. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

2nd October – The Fleece, Bristol

3rd October – Ifor Bach, Cardiff

4th October – Maze, Nottingham

5th October – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

6th October – Academy 3, Manchester

7th October – King Tuts, Glasgow

8th October – Trillions, Newcastle

9th October – Cockpit, Leeds

10th October – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

11th October – The Scala, London

17th March – o2 Academy, Leicester (supporting You Me At Six)

18th March – Rock City Nottingham (supporting You Me At Six)

20th March – o2 Academy, Bournemouth (supporting You Me At Six)

21st March – Westland Centre, Yeovil (supporting You Me At Six)

23rd March – Uni Great Hall, Cardiff (supporting You Me At Six)

24th March – University Guild of Students, Liverpool (supporting You Me At Six)

25th March – o2 Academy, Newcastle Upon Tyne (supporting You Me At Six)

27th March – SECC Hall 3, Glasgow (supporting You Me At Six)

28th March – o2 Apollo, Manchester (supporting You Me At Six)

29th March – o2 Apollo, Manchester (supporting You Me At Six)

31st March – The Ballroom, Birmingham

1st April – The Ballroom, Birmingham

2nd April – o2 Academy, Brixton, London

3rd April – o2 Academy, Brixton, London


March sees Spiritualized embark on their upcoming UK tour. The bands’ new album Sweet Heart, Sweet Light is due for release April 16th.

16th March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (10pm Curfew)

17th March – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

19th March – Hackney Empire, London

20th March – Academy, Oxford

21st March – Academy, Bristol (re-scheduled)

22nd March – ABC, Glasgow

23rd March – Mandela Hall, Belfast

24th March – Vicar Street, Dublin (re-scheduled)

25th March – Academy, Manchester (re-scheduled)

Teenage Cancer Trust

Tickets for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concerts are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

29th March – Royal Albert Hall, London (Paul McCartney)

30th March – Royal Albert Hall, London (Example)

31st March – Royal Albert Hall, London (Pulp)

1st April – Royal Albert Hall, London (Jessie J)

2nd April – Royal Albert Hall, London (Jason Manford – An Evening of Comedy)

3rd April – Royal Albert Hall, London (Florence + the Machine)

The Wailers

Check out The Wailers when they return to the UK for three live shows. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

3rd July – o2 Academy, Bristol

4th July – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

6th July – o2 Academy, Leeds

Willy Mason

Willy Mason is heading out on tour supporting Ben Howard. You can see him on the following dates.

2nd November – The Dome, Brighton (supporting Ben Howard)

3rd November – Pavilions, Plymouth (supporting Ben Howard)

4th November – Great Hall, Cardiff (supporting Ben Howard)

5th November – Colston Hall, Bristol (supporting Ben Howard)

7th November – Olympia, Dublin (supporting Ben Howard)

9th November – Mandela Hall, Belfast (supporting Ben Howard)

10th November – o2 Academy, Glasgow (supporting Ben Howard)

12th November – Apollo, Manchester (supporting Ben Howard)

14th November – o2 Academy, Leeds (supporting Ben Howard)

16th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle (supporting Ben Howard)

17th November – Music Hall, Aberdeen (supporting Ben Howard)

19th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge (supporting Ben Howard)

20th November – Engine Shed, Lincoln (supporting Ben Howard)

21st November – o2 Academy, Leicester (supporting Ben Howard)

22nd November – Rock City, Nottingham (supporting Ben Howard)

24th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham (supporting Ben Howard)

25th November – o2 Academy, Bournemouth (supporting Ben Howard)

26th November – Guildhall, Southampton (supporting Ben Howard)

28th November – o2 Brixton Academy, London (supporting Ben Howard)

Young Guns

Young Guns have added extra dates to their tour. Full tour details are shown below.

17th March – Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

18th March – University, Hull

19th March – Apollo, Manchester

20th March – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

22nd March – Pavilion, Plymouth

23rd March – Hammersmith Apollo, London

24th March – Arts Centre, Norwich

25th March – The Cellar, Southampton

31st March – Kasbah, Coventry (18+)


2:54 have announced a new tour. Venue details can be seen below.

2nd April – Waterfront, Norwich (with Chelsea Wolfe)

4th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester (with Chelsea Wolfe)

5th April – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (with Chelsea Wolfe)

10th April – Thekla, Bristol (with Chelsea Wolfe)

11th April – Green Door Store, Brighton (with Chelsea Wolfe)

12th April – Forum, Tunbridge Wells (with Deaf Club)

13th April – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool (with Deaf Club)

14th April – Cockpit, Leeds (with Deaf Club)

7th June – Scala, London

Released This Week

Hell In A Handbasket – Meatloaf

Roses – The Cranberries

Sounds From Nowheresville – The Ting Tings

Rough Trade Counter Culture 11 – Various Artists

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