Jessie J has made chart history this week. She is the first UK female artist to have six top ten hits from one album. All songs come from her debut album Who You Are. This achievement has been previously met by Take That, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson.
This week saw a plaque unveiled to celebrate where members of the band The Zombies originally met. The band met at The Blacksmith Arms in St Albans in 1961 and Friday saw the original band members came together to celebrate the event. The band will be heading out on tour this year and their current album Breathe Out, Breathe In is currently available to purchase.
It has been announced this week that Kylie Minogue will headline the BBC Proms in the Park. The arrangement of Minogue’s songs will be altered to fit in with the Proms orchestral style.
The Liverpool music scene was honoured this week by the GIT 2012 awards. Sadly the same week that the city was awarded the honour one of its oldest and most revered venues closed down. This is the second music venues that the city has lost in the past year to closure, a further venue has had its license to host live music events revoked.
Bruce Springsteen wowed his audience at a recent gig by crowd surfing. The 63 year old headed out to the centre of the crowd during his LA show before being carried back to the stage whilst performing a medley of his songs.
Bob Dylan is set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom award. President Obama said the following of the honour – “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation. They’ve challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place. I look forward to recognising them with this award.”
American musician Grimes has released a new range of jewellery entitled Grimes Pussy Rings. The rings are shaped like vaginas and were made in collaboration with Montreal based designer Morgan Black.
Since Tupac’s holographic revival at this year’s Coachella festival, sales of his back catalogue have increased by 571%. This has led to an increase of alleged deceased artists performing posthumous gigs. Notably, Jackson 5 are rumoured to tour with their brother Michael Jackson who died in 2009. TLC are considering another tour with a holographic Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes who died in 2002.
Madonna’s tour has had to be pushed back by two days due to production problems. This however, will not affect her UK live dates.
Does It Offend You, Yeah? have posted details of a sabbatical on their Facebook page revealing plans to focus on side projects. The band issued the following statement – “We’d just like to announce that DIOYY is now on hiatus for the foreseeable future. After five years touring the world, playing alongside some of our favourite bands and visiting some awesome countries we’ve decided to concentrate on other projects. James and Dan are working on a new EP for a purely electronic project which we’ll bring you news on soon, we’ll also keep you informed of what Chloe, Rob and Mattie are up to. We might do the odd very special gig if our schedules permit it.”
Thomas Marth, the saxophonist who most notably played with The Killers died this week. It is believed that his death was caused by injuries sustained from a gunshot wound to the head. It is also believed that these wounds were self-inflicted. He was 33 years old.
Both Johnny Marr and Mike Joyce have denied rumours of a Smiths reunion. These rumours have been bandied around since Marr’s comments at this year’s NME awards saying that The Smiths would reform if the current government stepped down. However, both musicians are adamant that a reunion is not on the cards. Main vocalist of The Smiths, Morrissey has yet to deny or confirm a reunion.
Chris Etheridge, guitarist with The Flying Burrito Brothers has passed away. As yet the cause of death has not been revealed. He was 65 years old.
Neil Diamond announced his marriage last week. The 71 year old singer tied the knot for the third time, this time to his manager Katie McNeil on Saturday 21st April. This is McNeil’s first trip up the aisle.
Barry Gibb has awakened from his coma and is said to be making a fast recovery in hospital.
Peaches Geldoff and S.C.U.M. frontman Thomas Cohen welcome baby boy Astala this week. This is the first child for the musical couple.
Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have revealed their pro-cannabis track Roll Me Up. Both Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson have been charged by the authorities for drug possession in the past. This latest collaboration is set to be a controversial number.
Tickets for Flux Pavilion’s upcoming tour are available. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
24th June – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, London
4th October – Solus, Cardiff
5th October – o2 Academy, Oxford
6th October – Pyramids, Portsmouth
8th October – HMV Institute, Birmingham
10th October – KOKO, London
12th October – Ritz, Manchester
13th October – Met Uni, Leeds
14th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool
16th October – Engine Shed, Lincoln
17th October – UEA, Norwich
18th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle
20th October – o2 ABC, Glasgow
John Cale has announced details of an October tour.
3rd October – The Button Factory, Dublin
5th October – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
6th October – HMV Ritz, Manchester
7th October – Coal Exchange, Cardiff
10th October – The Junction, Cambridge
11th October – HMV Institute Library, Birmingham
13th October – Royal Festival Hall, London
Maximo Park have announced three live dates in June.
6th June – Glee Club, Birmingham
7th June – Sound Control, Manchester
8th June – Heaven, London
Midnight Beast will be touring in October. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
2nd October – o2 Academy, Glasgow
3rd October – Manchester Academy, Manchester
4th October – o2 Academy, Leeds
6th October – o2 Academy, Bournemouth
7th October – Cardiff Uni Great Hall, Cardiff
8th October – Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge
10th October – Nottingham Rock City, Nottingham
11th October – Southampton Guildhall, Southampton
12th October – o2 Academy, Bristol
14th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham
15th October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Morrissey will be performing a one off show in Manchester. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
28th July – Manchester Arena, Manchester
Motorhead are planning to tour in November with special guest Anthrax supporting them. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
5th November – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
6th November – Apollo, Manchester
8th November – City Hall, Newcastle
9th November – o2 Academy, Glasgow
11th November – Demontford Hall, Leicester
12th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
14th November – Guildhall, Portsmouth
15th November – Solent, Bournemouth
17th November – o2 Academy Brixton, London
18th November – Colston Hall, Bristol
Get down to the UK dates of Perfume Genius’s May tour.
8th May – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
9th May – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
10th May – St Pancras Old Church, London
12th May – Unitarian Church, The Great Escape, Brighton
13th May – Chapel Arts, Bath
14th May – St Pancras Old Church, London
The legendary Proclaimers are heading out on tour. Get yourself down to their shows.
16th October – Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
17th October – Alban Arena, St Albans
18th October – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
20th October – Charter Theatre, Preston
21st October – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
22nd October – Grand Opera House, York
24th October – o2 Academy, Bristol
25th October – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
26th October – City Hall, Salisbury
28th October – G Live, Guildford
29th October – The Lowry, Salford
30th October – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
1st November – o2 Academy, Oxford
2nd November – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
3rd November – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
5th November – Corn Exchange, Ipswich
6th November – Town Hall, Birmingham
7th November – Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
9th November – City Hall, Newcastle
10th November – St Georges Hall, Bradford
11th November – The Sands Centre, Carlisle
14th November – Academy, Glasgow
15th November – Academy, Glasgow
17th November – Exhibition Centre, Aberdeen
19th November – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
20th November – Concert Hall, Perth
22nd November – Playhouse, Edinburgh
23rd November – Playhouse, Edinburgh
Check out S.C.U.M on their upcoming May tour.
2nd May – Caird Hall, Dundee (with The Vaccines)
3rd May – Bridlington Spa, Bridlington (with The Vaccines)
4th May – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool (with The Vaccines)
5th May – Live at Leeds Festival
7th May – The Brighton Centre, Brighton (with The Vaccines)
10th May- Great Escape Festival
26th May – The Bishopsgate Institute, London
A third ‘Spectour’ has been announced. Details below.
4th May – Sound Contol, Manchester (with Gabriel Bruce + Violet)
5th May – Live at Leeds, Leeds
11th May – The Great Escape, Brighton
12th May – Boiler Room, Guildford (with Gabriel Bruce + Braves)
13th May – Union Society, Cambridge (with Gabriel Bruce + Violet)
15th May – The Fleece, Bristol (with Gabriel Bruce + Violet)
16th May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (with Eugene McGuinness + Gabriel Bruce + Violet)
17th May – Electric Ballroom, London (with Eugene McGuinness + Gabriel Bruce + Violet)
23rd May – Bodega, Nottingham (with Gabriel Bruce + Violet)
24th May – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (with Gabriel Bruce + Father Sculptor)
25th May – Independent, Sunderland (with Gabriel Bruce)
26th May – HMV Temple Bar, Birmingham (with Gabriel Bruce + Swim Deep)
29th May – Whelans, Dublin
30th May – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast
31st May – ABC 2, Galsgow (with Gabriel Bruce + Father Sculptor)
Spiritualized will be touring. Tour details below.
1st November – The Sage, Gateshead
2nd November – Junction, Cambridge
3rd November – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
4th November – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
5th November – Roundhouse, London
6th November – Corn Exchange, Brighton
Sweet Lights will be touring throughout May.
19th May – Union Chapel, London (Daytime Show)
19th May – Sound City Festival, Liverpool
22nd May – The Lexington, London
24th May – Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge (Free Show)
27th May – Old Queens Head, Islington, London
31st August – 2nd September – End of the Road Festival
Little Broken Hearts – Norah Jones
Electra Heart – Marina & the Diamonds
Born Villain – Marilyn Manson
Bag of Bones – Europe
Early Takes Volume 1 – George Harrison
Radlands – Mystery Jets
Aufheben – Brian Jonestown Massacre
One Man Army – Kassidy
Adventures In Your Own Backyard – Patrick Watson
Various Cruelties – Various Cruelties
Echoes and Rhymes – The Primitives
Modern Love – Matt Nathanson