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
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.
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 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.
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.
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’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 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.”
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.
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 has added a new feature to its search engine. It will now list live announcements from bands and links to tickets sites for purchasing.
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.
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.
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, the pint sized pop princess has announced that her new album will be out next year. Her last album Aphrodite was released in 2010.
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.
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
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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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
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 will be playing two live dates in April and May.
30th April – St Stephen’s Church, London
1st May – Komedia, Brighton
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
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 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)
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)
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 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 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
Hell In A Handbasket – Meatloaf
Roses – The Cranberries
Sounds From Nowheresville – The Ting Tings
Rough Trade Counter Culture 11 – Various Artists