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Music News: Monday 29th August 2011

Lisa Bentley


Amy Winehouse


David Performs With His H-Offspring

David Hasselhoff joined his daughters on stage during their performance in a London club this week.  The duo who go by the name Bella Vida are currently promoting new single Kiss Kiss Me Bang Bang.

No Drugs For Amy

The toxicology report on the death of Amy Winehouse shows no traces of drugs.  Traces of alcohol were present but so far it has not conclusively been determined as the cause of death.  The 27 year old died July 23rd 2011.

Free Download from Wolfette

Wolfette is offering a free download of her track New Wolf Coat.  To get the download then just head to the singers Facebook page at the following address www.facebook.com/wolfettemusic.  You can see Wolfette in Monto Water Rats on the 22nd September.

Nick Ashford (04.05.1942 – 22.08.2011)

Nick Ashford, one half of writing duo Ashford and Simpson has sadly passed away.  The lyricist co-penned great Motown hits “You’re All I Need To Get By and Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand).  The duo were entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 for their contributions to music.  Ashford was undergoing treatment for Cancer in New York at the time of his death.

George Michael and Kenny Goss Split

At a concert in Prague George Michael admitted to fans whilst performing that he and long time partner Kenny Goss have broken up and that they have been separated for nearly two and a half years.  This comes just months after Michael denied rumours of a split, but being no stranger to coming out George Michael did so in a high octane fashion…on stage.

Jerry Leiber – 25.04.33 – 22.08.11

Lyricist Jerry Leiber sadly passed away this week, the cause of death has been cited as cardiopulmonary failure.  He was 78.  Leiber worked with some of the greatest musicians during his career and most notably helped pen tracks Jailhouse Rock made famous by Elvis Presley and Stand By Me by Ben E. King.

Azari & III Free Download

The remix of Azari & III’s Manic by Creep is now accessible as a free download from the band.  They are pretty generous like that.  Follow the link to the bands website and check it out – http://azariandiii.com/.

V Festival Release Early Bird Tickets

Following the success of V Festival this weekend, the organisers of the event have released early bird tickets for the event next year at this year’s prices.  With the unbelievable inflation in festival ticket prices then you should make sure you get your ticket early.  For more information visit www.vfestival.com.

Example in HMV

In store performances are not unusual from artists, especially when they are on the campaign to publicise a new album, single, book, clothing range etc.  What is strange though is when an artist goes to a music store and start serving behind the counter but that is exactly what is in store for HMV’s flagship store come September 5th.  Example will be working as a cashier at HMV on Oxford Street, offering advice on purchases as well as service with a smile.  Example will be there from 5PM.

Live Announcements

Ayaa Mara

Drum and Bass star Ayaa Mara is heading off to do some live shows.  Tickets are available now.

28th August – Notting Hill Carnival at The Paradise with Ms Dynamite (10pm)

19th September – Leeds University, Leeds

22nd September – Yo Video Homecoming Show at Plan B, Brixton

24th September – Last Days of Summer Festival, Manchester

29th September – Bournemouth Freshers Fair, Bournemouth

30th September – Brixton Academy, London

1st October – Masque, Liverpool

7th October – Motion, Bristol

8th October – Digital, Brighton

14th October – o2 Academy, Leeds

21st October – The Plug, Sheffield

22nd October – Warehouse Project, Manchester

29th October – The Regal, Oxford

5th November – The Great Hall, Cardiff

Hanni El Khatib

Debut album from Hanni El Khatib Will The Guns Come Out is due for release October 3rd.  With it comes news of a handful of live dates.

13th October – St David’s Hall, Cardiff (with City and Colour)

14th October – City Hall, Newcastle (with City and Colour)

15th October – Academy, Manchester (with City and Colour)

17th October – Academy, Manchester (with City and Colour)

18th October – Roundhouse, London (with City and Colour)

J. Cole

September 27th sees the release of J. Coles debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story.  With it comes news of an impressive series of live dates.  Tickets are available now via www.livenation.co.uk.

11th November – Electric Ballroom, London

12th November – Institute, Birmingham

13th November – Solus, Cardiff

14th November – University, Southampton

15th November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

17th November – o2 ABC, Glasgow

18th November – o2 Academy, Liverpool

19th November – o2 Academy, Sheffield

20th November – Academy 2, Manchester

22nd November – Junction, Cambridge

24th November – o2 Academy, Bristol

Josh T. Pearson

October 3rd sees the release of Josh T. Pearson’s new single Sorry With A Song.  Pearson is hitting the road before then.  Check out his performance on a recent edition of Jools Holland singing Sweetheart I Ain’t Your Christ  on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsKs7-JuFj8.

4th September – End Of The Road Festival

21st September – Glee Club, Nottingham (www.alt-tickets.co.uk  0871 230 2360)

22nd September – Arts Centre, Norwich (www.norwichartscentre.co.uk 01603 660 352)

24th September – Junction 2, Cambridge (www.junction.co.uk 01223 511 511)

26th September – Bluebell Social Club, Leeds (www.jumborecords.co.uk 0113 245 5570)

27th September – The Sage, Gateshead (www.thesagegateshead.org)

28th September – Glee Club, Birmingham (www.glee.co.uk 0871 472 0400)

21st November – Royal Northern College of Music (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

22nd November – Oran Moor, Glasgow (www.pclpresents.com)

23rd November – The Musician, Leicester (www.wegottickets.com)

24th November – The Globe, Cardiff (www.seetickets.com)

25th November – Phoenix, Exeter (www.exeterphoenix.org.uk)

26th November – ‘An Evening with Josh T. Pearson’ Barbican, London


New album Velociraptor is set for release September 19th and with that news comes the details of a brand new tour.  Tickets cost £30.00 – £32.50 and can be purchased via 0844 576 5483 www.livenation.co.uk/kasabian-tickets and are available from 9am on Friday 2nd September.

28th November – Centre, Brighton

30th November – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

2nd December – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

4th December – Echo Arena, Liverpool

6th December – NIA, Birmingham

7th December – Evening News Arena, Manchester

8th December – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

10th December – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

11th December – SECC Arena, Glasgow

14th December – o2 Arena, London

Kyla La Grange

Currently working on her debut album, Kyla La Grange is set to release new single Heavy Stone October 17th and will be performing a few festivals over summers end and a few live dates to follow.  Get your tickets whilst you can.

9th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight

17th September – Southsea Festival

11th October – The Castle Hotel, Manchester

13th October – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London (Single Launch)

15th October – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow


Hip-Hop duo are heading to the UK to perform four live dates.  Tickets are available from www.livenation.co.uk costing £10-£12 and are subject to booking fee.

2nd November – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

3rd November – Academy 3, Manchester

4th November – o2 ABC 2, Glasgow

9th November – o2 Islington Academy 1, London

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

New dates have been released for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds tour due to the phenomenal ticket sales which culminated in the first three dates announced selling out.  Tickets are available now via www.gigsandtours.com and cost £37.50.

23rd October – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (SOLD OUT)

26th October – o2 Apollo Manchester

27th October – Usher Hall, Edinburgh (SOLD OUT)

29th October – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London (SOLD OUT)

30th October – HMV Forum, London

31st October – Roundhouse, London

Olly Murs

With a double platinum album under his belt and a hoard of fans to boot, Olly Murs returns with new single Heart Skips A Beat which was released last week and with it comes the announcement of a 2012 tour.  Tickets for the event cost £30 – £33 and can be purchased now via www.livenation.co.uk.

1st February – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

4th February – The o2 Arena, London

7th February – Centre, Brighton

10th February – LG Arena, Birmingham

11th February – Wembley Arena, London

12th February – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

13th February – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

15th February – BIC, Bournemouth

18th February – MEN Arena, Manchester

19th February – Echo Arena, Liverpool

21st February – ECC, Aberdeen

24th February – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

25th February – SECC, Glasgow

28th February – Odyssey, Belfast

29th February – o2, Dublin


Spector are back with new single What You Wanted which is to be released September 19th.  After the success of debut single Never Fade Away the second release comes with details of a tour.  Make sure you get down to see this band, you will be awful glad you did.

29th August – Barfly, London

11th September – Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds (with Kaiser Chiefs)

17th September – Split Festival, Sunderland

26th September – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (with Slow Club)

29th September – Battersea Power Station/Relentless Freeze, London

Steel Panther

With the release of new album Balls Out set for release October 17th Steel Panther will be playing a one off show this November.  Tickets will
be available from 26th September and cost £17.50 and are subject to booking fee from www.livenation.co.uk.

8th November – Electric Ballroom, London

Straight Lines

Straight Lines are heading on the road for an extensive tour supporting The Subways and Funeral For A Friend.  Tickets are available now.

3rd September – Merthyr Rocks Fest

16th September – Sin City, Swansea (with The King Blues)

17th September – o2 Academy, Oxford (with The Subways)

18th September – Pavillion, Falmouth (with The Subways)

19th September – o2 Academy, Bristol (with Failsafe)

20th September – o2 Academy, Birmingham (with The Subways)

21st September – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (with The Subways)

22nd September – Garage, London (Headline Show)

23rd September – Central Station, Wrexham (with The Subways)

24th September – Oran Mor, Glasgow (with The Subways)

25th September – o2 Academy, Newcastle (with The Subways)

26th September – Cockpit 3, Leeds (Headline Show)

23rd October – Wolves Civic (with Funeral For A Friend)

24th October – QMU, Glasgow (with Funeral For A Friend)

25th October – Academy, Newcastle (with Funeral For A Friend)

27th October – Rock City, Nottingham (with Funeral For A Friend)

28th October – Academy, Manchester (with Funeral For A Friend)

29th October – Academy, Bristol (with Funeral For A Friend)

30th October – Roundhouse, London (with Funeral For A Friend)

Super Happy Fun Club

Accompanying Madina Lake on their UK Tour Super Happy Fun Club are hitting the UK shores in November.  Tickets are available now.

8th November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

9th November – Concorde 2, Brighton

10th November – Electric Ballroom, London

11th November – Great Hall 2, Cardiff

12th November – Academy 2, Birmingham

14th November – Corporation, Sheffield

15th November – Garage, Glasgow

16th November – Academy 2, Manchester

17th November – Waterfront, Norwich

18th November – Lemon Grove, Exeter

Theme Park

New single double A side Wax/A Mountain We Love from Theme Park is released August 29th and with it comes a host of live dates.  Tickets are available now.

31st August – Lexington, London (Single Launch)

23rd September – Shacklewell Arms, London (Beach Creeps)

24th September – Underground Festival, Gloucester

15th October – Leylines Festival, Oxford (Bullingdon Arms)

20th October – Start The Bus, Bristol

21st October – SWN Festival, Cardiff

24th October – Castle Hotel, Manchester

26th October – A Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds (VICE Launch)

27th October – Old Blue Last, London (VICE Launch)

28th October – Green Door Store, Brighton (VICE Launch)

3rd November – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow

4th November – Bodega, Nottingham

11th November – Constellations Fest, Leeds (Pre-Party)

17th November – EFES, London (with Summer Camp)

18th November – Farmhouse, Canterbury (with Summer Camp)

19th November – Green Door Store, Brighton (with Summer Camp)


London based band Waylayers are recording a song each week and putting it on their Facebook page for your listening pleasure.  Each song will be accompanied with their own homemade video.  Waylayers are a band who just keep on giving because on September 5th they will be releasing their new single Hear No Lies before doing a show in London less than a week later.

10th September – Borderline, London

White Arrows

Debut single Get Gone is release September 26th and with it White Arrows are heading for a six night residency in London.  Tickets are available now via www.gigsandtours.com and cost £8.50.

25th September – Borderline, London

26th September – The Bull & Gate Club Spangle, London

28th September – Monto Water Rats Club, London

29th September – The Social Chess Club, London

30th September – The Barfly, London (Buried in Texas, Carl Barat)

1st October – The Nest Lemonade/Cheap Thrills Party, London

The Wilderness of Manitoba

Canadian quintet The Wilderness of Manitoba are playing two London shows in September.  Tickets are available now.

27th September – Tamesis, Embankment Dock, London

28th September – Slaughtered Lamb, London

Released This Week

I’m With You – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Better Days – Dolly Parton

A Different – Kind Of Fix – Bombay Bicycle Club

The Rip Tide – Beirut

Young The Giant – Young The Giant