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Music News: Monday 28th November 2011

Lisa Bentley




Baby Girl for Lily Allen

Lily Allen has given birth to a baby girl. The LDN singer had her pregnancy revealed during her wedding toast earlier this year. Allen has previously suffered two miscarriages.

X-Factor Finalists Christmas Single

JLS, One Direction and The Risk have teamed up together to release a record during the festive period. All the bands taking part in the charity single are all X-Factor contestants that did not win their respective year. In most cases the failed contestants have tended to be more successful than the shows winner. The coveted Christmas number one spot is usually won by the winner of the X-Factor but could it be an upset this year by being won by X-Factor rejects? We will have to wait and see. Proceeds from Wishing On A Star will go to Together For Short Lives charity.

Stacey Solomon Sings for Iceland

Stacey Solomon is set to release a cover version of Driving Home For Christmas. Originally a hit for Chris Rae, Solomon’s version features of the advert for supermarket chain Iceland of which she is the face of. This is another ex-X-Factor runner up set to release a festive song, vying for the Christmas number one spot.

George Michael Cancels Shows

George Michael has had to pull out of a handful of his shows in Vienna due to contracting a bout of pneumonia. The dates cancelled during his current tour are likely to be rescheduled for a later date. Further information will be given when available.

Lady Gaga Book

Photographer Terry Richardson has released a book chronicling his time spent with Lady Gaga, taking photographs day and night of the quirky and intriguing chanteuse. Terry Richardson has worked as a musician, music video director and photographer and the pictures are said to show Lady Gaga at her best and worst moments.

Gaga for Christmas

In other Lady Gaga news, the singer has released a four track Christmas EP. The EP comes as a surprise with little to none promotion of its release. The songs listed include Gaga’s rendition of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and also a sumptuous acoustic version of Edge of Glory.

Elbow Headed for the Olympics

Elbow are set to provide the soundtrack to the 2012 Olympics. Frontman Guy Garvey had this to say about the collaboration, “We are knocked out to be involved and it’s been quite a challenge. We have feelings of real responsibility as we will be the soundtrack to so many images of personal sacrifice and endeavour while the nation roots for and celebrates with Team GB.”

Comedy and Charity Night

Stars such as Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon will be sharing a stage with Coldplay and Tinie Tempah among many other artists for a benefit concert in aid of the Charity Kids Company. The event will be held December 10th at o2 Arena in Greenwich. The Founder of the Charity Kids Company Camila Batmanghelidjh had this to say about this year’s event, “Coldplay’s continuing support is fantastic. They have already provided funds to help thousands of children who have suffered violence and neglect. How amazing that they are now being joined by other generous friends for Under 1 Roof, to establish what we hope will become a regular event, generating vital support for many more children in years to come.” Tickets for the event are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

New Music Funding Opportunity

Beyond Borders is an organisation dedicated to generate new forward thinking ideas in music and seeing them through to fruition. It is a collaborative effort between PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Wales. It aims to help fund performances across the UK. For more information on how to get involved with the Beyond Borders project please visit www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Partnerships/Flagship-Programmes/Beyond-Borders.

Freddie Mercury Biopic starring Ali G?

Movie producer Graham King is set to make a biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and has already named Sacha Baron Cohen as the ma to play Freddie Mercury. Sacha Baron Cohen made his name playing satirical characters such as Ali G and Borat, the question remains can he bring to life the magnanimous character of Freddie Mercury?

Battle For Christmas Number One Continues

Another entry vying for the Christmas number one spot comes from rapper Shimm1 whose Christmas single Both Sides is being released in aid of Barnardo’s with the aim to raise £100k and awareness of the charity.

Robin Gibb Battling Cancer

It has been announced that Robin Gibb is currently battling liver cancer. The 61 year old singer has had to cancel several live dates this year due to poor health. We hope Robin Gibb gets better quickly and offer our best wishes.

The Kinks In Mono

A must have for all fans of The Kinks. This year saw a release of the 10 CD Boxset in stunning packaging which includes the first seven LP’s ever released by The Kinks on CD recorded in mono; these include Kinks, Kinda Kinks, Kontroversy, Face To Face, Something Else, Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur. Further to that it includes the EP’s Kinksize Session, Kinksize Hits, Kweyt Kinks, Dedicated Kinks; it also has two discs of rarities entitled The Kinks Mono Kollectables. Accompanying all of this is a 32 page booklet. It really is a stunning release and a perfect gift for Christmas.

Live Announcements

Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry are heading out on a hefty tour in 2012. Make sure you pick up a ticket for their spring tour. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk. A limited number of VIP packages are available from http://www.crowdsurge.com/blackstonecherry/.

11th March – UEA, Norwich
12th March – Rock City, Nottingham
14th March – o2 Academy, Birmingham
15th March – o2 Academy, Liverpool
17th March – o2 Academy, Sheffield
18th March – Academy, Manchester
19th March – o2 Academy, Newcastle
21st March – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
22nd March – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
23rd March – Iron Works, Inverness
24th March – o2 Academy, Glasgow
26th March – o2 Academy, Bristol
27th March – Guildhall, Southampton
28th March – HMV Forum, London


Brontide are set to tour in February 2012. Pre-sale tickets are available as of December 12th at www.holyroarrecords.com.

13th February – Stereo, Glasgow
15th February – The Brudenell, Leeds
16th February – The Croft, Bristol
17th February – The Lexington, London
18th February – Druid Arms, Brighton

Bruce Springsteen

The Boss is coming back to the UK in 2012. This is the first time the singer has toured the UK since the sad death of Clarence Clemens earlier this year. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk and cost £55 – £60 (subject to booking fee). Grab your ticket for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. This is a show you do not want to miss. Tickets are released December 3rd.

21st June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland
22nd June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
14th July – Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park, London

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit have confirmed a 2012 tour which will see the band playing six live dates. Make sure you get yourself down to see them.

23rd February – King’s College, London
24th February – Academy 3, Manchester
25th February – Workman’s Club, Dublin
27th February – King Tut’s, Glasgow
28th February – The Wardrobe, Leeds
29th February – Thekla, Bristol

Florence + The Machine

After the triumphant return of Florence + The Machine with new album Ceremonials the singer has announced a 2012 tour. Tickets for the Ceremonials tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

2nd March – o2, Dublin
4th March – BIC, Bournemouth
5th March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
6th March – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
8th March – Alexandra Palace, London
9th March – Alexandra Palace, London
12th March – SECC, Glasgow
13th March – LG Arena, Birmingham
15th March – MEN Arena, Manchester
16th March – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Inspiral Carpets

New single from Inspiral Carpets You’re So Good For Me/Head For The Sun is available now for digital download. The CD and 7” release will come at the beginning of the year. The garage band has announced details of a tour. Check them out on the following dates.

15th March – Thekla, Bristol
16th March – Koko, London
17th March – Picturedome, Holmfirth
18th March – The Waterfront, Norwich
21st March – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
22nd March – Assembly, Leamington Spa
23rd March – o2 ABC, Glasgow
24th March – HMV Ritz, Manchester

James Blake

James Blake will be playing a handful of November dates with support from Vondelpark. Check them out at the following dates and venues.

29th November – Anson Rooms, Bristol
30th November – The Forum, London

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman is back touring the UK. Check him out on his February/March tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

23rd February – Hendre Hall, Bangor (0113 275 2411)
25th February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (0113 275 2411)
26th February – Kazimier, Liverpool (0844 871 8820)
28th February – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (029 2023 2199)
29th February – Bush Hall, London (0207 403 3331)
1st March – The Tabernacle, London (0207 403 3331)
2nd March – Union Chapel, London (0207 403 3331)

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson has announced four live dates for early 2012. For ticket information please see below.

29th January – Old Market, Brighton (£12)
31st January – The Scala, London (£12.50)
1st February – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (£10)
2nd February – Celtic Connections @ Arches, Glasgow (£14)

The Knocks

The Knocks will be touring before the year is out. Their new single Brightside is due for release November 28th.

28th November – o2 Academy, Bristol
29th November – Rock City, Nottingham
1st December – HMV Institute, Birmingham
2nd December – o2 Academy, Leeds
3rd December – o2 Academy, Liverpool
5th December – o2 ABC, Glasgow
6th December – o2 Academy, Newcastle
7th December – Sebright Arms, London (Headline Show)
8th December – o2 Academy, Oxford
9th December – HMV Forum, London

Lanterns On A Lake

A new date has been scheduled for Lanterns On A Lake’s current tour. The details of the new tour date are shown below.

12th January – Cargo, London (£10)

Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets have announced their first live date of 2012. Make sure you get down to London to see them. Tickets cost £15 and are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

18th May – o2 Brixton Academy, London (0844 477 2000)


Reunion will be the second single released from M83’s album Hurry Up We’re Dreaming. It will be available February 6th. Be sure to catch M83 on the newly announced tour details of which are shown below.

1st December – Heaven, London (Sold Out)
17th January – Trinity, Bristol (£13.50 – www.seetickets.com)
18th January – Ritz, Manchester (£12.50 – www.seetickets.com)
19th January – Arches, Glasgow (£12.50 – www.thearches.co.uk)
20th January – Cockpit, Leeds (£12.50 – www.seetickets.com)
21st January – Institute, Birmingham (£12.50 – www.seetickets.com)
22nd January – Concorde, Brighton (£12.50 – www.gigantic.com)
24th January – Academy, Oxford (£12.50 – www.seetickets.com)
16th February – Shepherds Bush Empire, London (£15 – www.seetickets.com)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Further dates have been added to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds tour. Tickets are available via www.noelgallagher.com or www.gigsandtours.com.

13th February – MEN, Manchester (Sold Out)
14th February – P&J Arena, Aberdeen
16th February – Odyssey Arena, Belfast (Sold Out)
17th February – The o2, Dublin (Sold Out)
19th February – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
23rd February – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (Sold Out)
24th February – SECC Hall 4, Glasgow (Sold Out)
26th February – The o2, London (Sold Out)
1st March – NIA, Birmingham (Sold Out)
17th July – Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
4th September – BIC, Bournemouth
6th September – Echo Arena, Liverpool
9th September – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
10th September – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

The Overtones

The Overtones are getting their tour details to you early. You can book to see them on their epic autumn 2012 tour at the following dates and venues. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

18th November – Sands Centre, Carlisle (01228 625 222)
19th November – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)
20th November – Music Hall, Aberdeen (0844 499 9990)
22nd November – Usher Hall, Edinburgh (0844 499 9990)
23rd November – City Hall, Newcastle (0191 261 2606)
24th November – Barbican, York (0844 854 2757)
26th November – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London (0844 844 4748)
29th November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (0161 907 9000)
30th November – De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116 233 3111)
1st December – Cliff Pavilion, Southend (01702 351 135)
3rd December – St David’s Hall, Cardiff (029 2087 8444)
4th December – G Live, Guildford (0844 7701 797)
5th December – Regent, Ipswich (01473 433 100)
7th December – Dome, Brighton (01273 709 709)
8th December – Guildhall, Portsmouth (023 9282 4355)
10th December – Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121 780 3333)
11th December – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (0115 989 5555)
12th December – Baths Hall, Scunthorpe (01724 297 861)
14th December – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (0151 709 3789)
15th December – Opera House, Blackpool (0844 856 1111)
16th December – City Hall, Sheffield (0114 278 9789)
18th December – Victoria Hall, Stoke (0870 060 6649)
19th December – Colston Hall, Bristol (0117 922 3686)
20th December – Pavilions, Plymouth (0845 146 1460)

Paul Thomas Saunders

Set to support The Staves on their tour, Paul Thomas Saunders will be performing live. Make sure you get down to the venue early and check him out.

23rd November – Enterprise, London
24th November – Sacred Trinity Church, Salford
25th November – The Stiff Kitten, Belfast
26th November – The Academy 2, Dublin
28th November – Glee Club, Birmingham
29th November – Stereo, Glasgow
30th November – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
1st December – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
3rd December – The Navigation, Nottingham
4th December – Start The Bus, Bristol
5th December – The Hope, Brighton

Paul Weller

As well as announcing details of new album Sonik Kicks which will be released in March, Paul Weller has also announced two live dates prior to its release. You can catch him performing songs from the new album at the following dates and venues.

18th March – Roundhouse, London
19th March – Roundhouse, London

Rebecca Ferguson

X Factor runner up Rebecca Ferguson will be releasing her debut album Heaven on December 5th. You can catch her on her February tour performing tracks from the album. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

20th February – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
21st February – Sage 1, Gateshead
24th February – New Theatre, Oxford
25th February – City Hall, Sheffield
27th February – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
28th February – Guildhall, Portsmouth
1st March – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
2nd March – Barbican, York
3rd March – Blackpool Opera House, Blackpool
8th March – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
9th March – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
12th March – Colston Hall, Bristol
13th March – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London


Fans of Revoker will be happy to hear about the 32 live dates he currently has lined up. He will be performing headlining shows as well as supporting the likes of Chimaira and The Blackout.

17th December – Academy, Dublin (supporting The Blackout)
18th December – Mandela Hall, Belfast (supporting The Blackout)
28th December – Kasbah, Coventry (supporting The Blackout)
29th December – Academy, Oxford (supporting The Blackout)
30th December – Great Hall, Cardiff (supporting The Blackout)
14th January – Koopas, Swansea (Headlining)
19th January – The Face Bar, Reading (Headlining)
20th January – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (Headlining)
21st January – The Railway Club, Watford (Headlining)
26th January – The Fleece, Bristol (Headlining)
27th January – B-Side, Truro (Headlining)
28th January – Joiners, Southampton (Headlining)
2nd February – The George, Andover (Headlining)
3rd February – White Rabbit, Plymouth (Headlining)
4th February – Forum, Tunbridge Wells (Headlining)
8th March – King Tut’s, Glasgow (with Chimaira)
9th March – Fat Sams, Dundee (with Chimaira)
10th March – Tunnels, Aberdeen (with Chimaira)
11th March – Academy 2, Newcastle (with Chimaira)
12th March – The Duchess, York (with Chimaira)
13th March – Cockpit, Leeds (with Chimaira)
15th March – Roadmender, Northampton (with Chimaira)
17th March – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (with Chimaira)
18th March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (with Chimaira)
19th March – Waterfront, Norwich (with Chimaira)
20th March – Arts Centre, Colchester (with Chimaira)
22nd March – Academy 2, Oxford (with Chimaira)
23rd March – Lemon Grove, Exeter (with Chimaira)
24th March – Great Hall 2, Cardiff (with Chimaira)
25th March – Talking Heads, Southampton (with Chimaira)
26th March – Westcoast Bar, Margate (with Chimaira)
27th March – o2 Islington Academy, London (with Chimaira)

Simple Minds

Check out Simple Minds on their 5X5 tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

24th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham
25th February – Barrowland, Glasgow
2nd March – Roundhouse, London
3rd March – HMV Ritz, Manchester
4th March – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Simple Plan

Simple Plan will be playing two dates in May 2012. Catch them at the following dates and venues.
1st May – HMV Forum, London (£16.00)
2nd May – HMV Ritz, Manchester (£15.00)


It has been announced that Spector will be one of the support acts on Florence + the Machine’s 2012 tour. You can catch them before that though on their headlining tour. Date and venue details for the tour are shown below.

11th February – Kashbah, Coventry (Headline)
14th February – Cluny, Newcastle (Headline)
15th February – King Tuts, Glasgow (Headline)
16th February – Cockpit 2, Leeds (Headline)
17th February – Duchess, York (Headline)
18th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester (Headline)
21st February – Jerciho Tavern, Oxford (Headline)
22nd February – Masque Theatre, Liverpool (Headline)
23rd February – The Rainbow, Birmingham (Headline)
24th February – Louisiana, Bristol (Headline)
25th February – Green Door Store, Brighton (Headline)
2nd March – o2, Dublin (with Florence + the Machine)
4th March – BIC, Bournemouth (with Florence + the Machine)
5th March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (with Florence + the Machine)
6th March – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (with Florence + the Machine)
8th March – Alexandra Palace, London (with Florence + the Machine)
12th March – SECC, Glasgow (with Florence + the Machine)
13th March – LG Arena, Birmingham (with Florence + the Machine)
15th March – MEN Arena, Manchester (with Florence + the Machine)
16th March – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (with Florence + the Machine)

Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts have released details of their March 2012 tour. You can catch them at any of the following dates.

11th March – Warwick University, Warwick
12th March – Waterfront, Norwich
13th March – Arts Centre, Colchester
14th March – Phoenix, Exeter
15th March – Pavilion, Falmouth
16th March – Coal Exchange, Cardiff
17th March – Masque Theatre, Liverpool

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