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Music News: Monday 28th May 2012

Lisa Bentley



Robin Gibb: 22nd December 1949 – 20th May 2012

Robin Gibb, one third of genre and era defining musical group Bee Gees has passed away. Gibb has suffered with colon and liver cancer and was recently comatose due to his ailments but sadly lost his fight with the disease. He was 62.

Peter Jones: 21st April 1963 – 18th May 2012

Peter Jones the drummer with Crowded House has passed away. The drummer was summering with cancer. He was 45.

England’s Eurovision Failure

This weekend saw the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest take place. Sadly England’s entry from veteran performer Englebert Humperdink Love Will See You Free didn’t make the massive impact that we were hoping for with an overall score of 12 points. Sweden were the overall winners.

Watch The Thrones 2

Rumours are rife that Kanye West and Jay-Z will collaborate for a follow up to Watch The Thrones.

More Festival Closures

Golden Down Festival, Cloud 9 Festival, Titanic Lockdown Festival and Rough Beats Festival have all announced closures over the past few weeks.

RHCP Bridge Revealed

The location of the bridge from Red Hot Chili Peppers classic song Under The Bridge has been revealed. The bridge is reportedly situated in MacArthur Park in LA.

Elton John Cancels Shows

Elton John has had to cancel a week of live shows due to a sudden bout of repertory problems. The Tiny Dancer singer was rushed to Cedar-Sinai hospital which led to the singer cancelling four shows of his Las Vegas residency to be cancelled.

Matt Cardle Dropped

X Factor winner Matt Cardle has been dropped by record label Columbia. He has joined the ranks of previous winners Steve Brookstein, Leon Jackson and Joe McElderry.

Doherty to Record Winehouse’s Lyrics

Pete Doherty has revealed he will be using Amy Winehouse’s lyrics on his new record.

Flaming Lips Record Breaking Attempt

The Flaming Lips are attempting to break the record for most live performances in various cities which was previously set by Jay-Z. The record currently stands at seven shows in seven cities. The record attempt will take places on June 27th.

Funeral For A Friend Say Goodbye to Drummer

Ryan Richards, the drummer with Funeral for a Friend has left the band. Richards spoke of his departure saying “After ten wonderful, enriching, emotional and fascinating years being a part of Funeral For A Friend – I’ve decided to hang up my drum sticks. I’ve always put music first in my life – but the time has come now for my family to take the top spot, after patiently waiting and supporting me for the last 10 years and more. I’m stoked to have my good friend Pat Lundy step into my vacant drumstool. There’s not a better drummer than Pat for the job.” He has been replaced by Pat Lundy who formally played with Rise to Remain. FFAF have spoken out about Richards departure “We give Ryan our full support and wish him the best in his future endeavours. Now, before you all start running around on the internet ringing the death bells for our band we just wanted to say that we’re extremely excited to announce that Pat Lundy will filling the drummer’s seat and will be kicking asses and taking names from here on in.”

Billboard Awards

The Billboards.com awards took place this week. British singer Adele dominated the show winning twelve of the awards. For a full list of the winners, see below.

Top Artist: Adele
Top New Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Top Male Artist: Lil Wayne
Top Female Artist: Adele
Top Duo/Group: LMFAO
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele
Top Hot 100 Artist: Adele
Top Digital Songs Artist: Adele
Top Radio Songs Artist: Adele
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Rihanna
Top Digital Media Artist: Adele
Top Pop Artist: Adele
Top R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Top Rap Artist: Lil Wayne
Top Country Artist: Lady Antebellum
Top Rock Artist: Coldplay
Top Alternative Artist: Coldplay
Top Latin Artist: Shakira
Top Dance Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist: Casting Crowns
Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele 21
Top Pop Album: Adele 21
Top R&B Album: Beyonce 4
Top Rap Album: Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV
Top Country Album: Jason Aldean My Kinda Party
Top Rock Album: Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Top Alternative Album: Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Top Latin Album: Romeo Santos Formula: Vol. 1
Top Dance Album: Lady Gaga Born This Way
Top Christian Album: Casting Crowns Come To The Well
Top Hot 100 Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock Party Rock Anthem
Top Digital Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock Party Rock Anthem
Top Radio Song: Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer Give Me Everything
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Adele Rolling in the Deep
Top Streaming Song (Video): Nicki Minaj Super Bass
Top Pop Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock Party Rock Anthem
Top R&B Song: Kelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne Motivation
Top Rap Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock Party Rock Anthem
Top Country Song: Jason Aldean Dirt Road Anthem
Top Rock Song: Foster The People Pumped Up Kicks
Top Alternative Song: Adele Rolling In The Deep
Top Latin Song: Don Omar & Lucenzo Danza Kuduro
Top Dance Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock Party Rock Anthem
Top Christian Song: Laura Story Blessings

Live Announcements

All The Young

All The Young are currently playing an epic tour. Get down to see them.

28th May – 100 Club, London

29th May – The Haunt, Brighton

31st May – The Duchess, York

1st June – Cockpit, Leeds

2nd June – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol

3rd June – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham

4th June – Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester

5th June – The Keys, Middlesborough

6th June – Soundhouse, Leicester

8th June – Buttermarket, Shrewsbury

9th June – The Plug, Sheffield

10th June – Rockness Festival, Loch Ness, Scotland

12th June – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

13th June – King Tuts, Glasgow

14th June – Doghouse, Dundee

17th June – Joiners, Southampton

18th June – Academy 3, Birmingham

20th June – Portland Arms, Cambridge


Breton have five dates left of their current tour. Get involved.

30th May – Thekla, Bristol

31st May – The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

1st June – Rainbow, Birmingham

2nd June – The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow

5th June – Cargo, London

Everytime I Die

Tickets for Everytime I Die’s upcoming October tour range from £14 – £16. Make sure you get your ticket.

24th October – The Brook, Southampton

25th October – The Fleece, Bristol

26th October – White Rabbit, Plymouth

27th October – The Haunt, Brighton

28th October – Solus, Cardiff

29th October – Electric Ballroom, London

30th October – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

31st October – Academy 2, Manchester

1st November – Garage, Glasgow

2nd November – Academy 2, Newcastle

3rd November – Cockpit, Leeds

4th November – Corporation, Sheffield

Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard is touring in July.

28th July – o2 Apollo, Manchester (supporting Eddie Vedder)

30th July – HMV Hammersmith, London (supporting Eddie Vedder)

4th September – Union Chapel, London (Headlining Show)

Hot Chip

Hot Chip’s latest music video was directed by Peter Serafinowicz. The band will be touring throughout the rest of this year.

10th June – Leadmill, Sheffield

11th June – Junction, Cambridge

13th June – Heaven, London

15th June – Lovebox, London

27th July – Camp Bestival, Dorset

2nd September – Stradbally, Ireland – Electric Picnic

6th September – Isle Of Wight, Bestival

James Yorkston

James Yorkston is touring.

29th May – Cecil Sharp House, London

31st May – The Caves, Edinburgh

29th June – St Mary’s Church, Reading

22nd September – St Mary’s Church, Ashford

23rd September – Brighton Ballroom, Brighton

24th September – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Jessie J

Jessie J has announced her first 2013 tour details. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

26th February – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

27th February – Brighton Centre, Brighton

1st March – LG Arena, Birmingham

2nd March – Manchester Arena, Manchester

3rd March – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

5th March – Echo Arena, Liverpool

6th March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

7th March – International Centre, Bournemouth

9th March – o2 Arena, London

12th March – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

14th March – SECC, Glasgow

15th March – AECC, Aberdeen

17th March – Odyssey Arena, Belfast

18th March – o2 Arena, Dublin

Joss Stone

See Joss Stone perform her first UK gig in two years.

6th June – Under The Bridge, London

Lady Antebellum

An additional date has been added to the Lady Antebellum tour. The band can now be seen in Birmingham along with the previously announced dates.

13th June – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

14th June – Hyde Park, London (Hard Rock Calling)

15th June – Manchester Apollo, Manchester

16th June – Hammersmith Apollo, London

17th June – o2 Academy, Birmingham

Little Comets

Catch Little Comets on their October tour.

16th October – The Manchester Ritz, Manchester

17th October – The Welly, Hull

18th October – The Electric Circus, Edinburgh

19th October – King Tuts, Glasgow

20th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle

22nd October – The Cockpit, Leeds

23rd October – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

24th October – Open, Norwich

25th October – o2 Academy 2, Sheffield

26th October – Fleece, Bristol

28th October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

29th October – Concorde, Brighton

30th October – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

31st October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham


Madness will be touring in November and December. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

23rd – 26th November – House of Fun Weekender, Butlins

28th November – o2, Dublin

30th November – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

1st December – Brighton Centre, Brighton

3rd December – BIC, Bournemouth

4th December – Pavilions, Plymouth

6th December – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

7th December – Echo Arena, Liverpool

8th December – Newcastle Arena, Newcastle

10th December – SECC, Glasgow

11th December – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

13th December – LG Arena, Birmingham

14th December – o2 Arena, London

Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade will be touring in October.

2nd October – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

3rd October – Sugarmill, Stoke

4th October – Electric Ballroom, London

5th October – The Peel, Kingston

6th October – Academy 2, Manchester

7th October – Garage, Glasgow

8th October – Cockpit, Leeds

9th October – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool

10th October – HMV Library, Birmingham

11th October – Waterfront, Norwich

12th October – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

13th October – Great Hall 2, Cardiff

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner has announced an October tour. Get your ticket.

1st October – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

3rd October – o2 ABC, Glasgow

4th October – Ironworks, Inverness

9th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle

10th October – o2 Apollo, Manchester

11th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool

12th October – Barbican, York

14th October – o2 Academy, Leeds

15th October – New Theatre, Oxford

16th October – o2 Academy, Leicester

18th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham

19th October – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

20th October – Great Hall, Exeter

22nd October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London


Catch Peace live on their upcoming tour.

2nd June – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol

3rd June – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham

4th June – Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester

26th June – HMV Institute, Birmingham

8th July – Lounge on the Farm Festival, Canterbury

15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold

20th July – The Hub, Darlington

21st July – Timelines Festival, Sheffield

24th August – Durrr @ Village Underground, London

15th September – Southsea Festival, Southsea

Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius have announced more UK live dates.

15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold

30th August – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

31st August – The Globe, Cardiff

1st September – End of the Road Festival, North Dorset

4th September – SWG3, Glasgow

5th September – Glee Club, Birmingham

6th September – Union Chapel, London

Ren Harvieu

Catch Ren Harvieu on her upcoming tour.

7th October – Oran Mor, Glasgow

8th October – Sage, Gateshead

9th October – HMV Ritz, Manchester

11th October – Liverpool University Stanley Theatre, Liverpool

12th October – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

13th October – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

15th October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

16th October – Thekla, Bristol


Robyn will be supporting Coldplay on their upcoming tour. She will also be playing a one off headlining show.

29th May – Ricoh Stadium, Coventry (with Coldplay)

2nd June – Emirates Stadium, London (with Coldplay)

4th June – Emirates Stadium, London (with Coldplay)

7th June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland (with Coldplay)

9th June – City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester (with Coldplay)

10th June – City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester (with Coldplay)

1st November – o2 Academy, Brixton

Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters release their fourth album Magic Hour today. Get yourself a ticket for their October tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

1st October – Olympia, Dublin

2nd October – Waterfront, Belfast

15th October – Guildhall, Portsmouth

16th October – o2 Academy, Leeds

19th October – Barrowlands, Glasgow

20th October – o2 Apollo, Manchester

22nd October – Colston Hall, Bristol

23rd October – Roundhouse, London


Soulfly will be playing in July.

4th July – Talkin’ Heads, Southampton

5th July – White Rabbit, Plymouth

6th July – o2 Academy, Oxford

Tom Baxter

Check out Tom Baxter on his autumn tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

26th September – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

27th September – Dingwalls, London

29th September – HMV, Birmingham

30th September – Tunnels, Bristol

1st October – Komedia, Brighton

3rd October – King Tuts, Glasgow

5th October – Academy, Dublin

6th October – Roisin Dubh, Galway

7th October – Pavilion, Cork

8th October – Dolans, Limerick

Released This Week

Valtari – Sigor Ros

Magic Hour – Scissor Sisters

Fall to Grace – Paloma Faith

Boys Don’t Cry – Rumer

What We Saw From the Cheap Seats – Regina Spektor

Daybreaker – Architects

Ya Know – Joey Ramone

This is PIL – Public Image Ltd

Starlight – Joan Armatrading

Here – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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