The first acts have been announced for RockNess 2012 with Mumford & Sons, Biffy Clyro, Deadmau5, Ed Sheeran, Justice and many more heading to the Scottish Highlands from 8th to 10th June. This year there’s going to be a new way of getting to RockNess for festivalgoers around the UK: The RockNess Express is a specially chartered train departing London picking up festivalgoers in Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle before arriving in Inverness where they’ll get priority access to the festival site before anyone else arrives.
Hot Chip have been confirmed as Friday night headliners for Camp Bestival 2012. The festival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset will also feature performances from Gabrielle Aplin, Bellowhead, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Kool & The Gang and Adam Ant.
The original line-up of Sugababes, Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy have reformed. The band (in its current formation) does not include any of its original members. The band have been working with Emile Sande.
The Spice Girls have also reformed, however at the moment it seems that the reunion is only for the inclusion on the celebrations for the Queen’s jubilee.
This year’s God-Like Genius award has been awarded to Noel Gallagher. Noel has been a massive influence on the music industry as a musician, producer, writer and performer for the past twenty years.
The debut track to be taken from X Factor runner up Marcus Collin’s album will be a cover of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. Collins’ debut album and single will both be released in March.
Soul singer Aretha Franklin has called off her wedding. The 69 year old announced her engagement to William “Willie” Wilkerson a few weeks ago. They have yet to reveal reasons as to why the engagement has been called off due to its sensitive nature.
Australian group The Jezebels are looking for talented artists and designers to create and design a poster for them to sell as part of their merchandise on their forthcoming tour. The winner will have their design become a limited edition silk screen and will forever be remembered as part of the bands history. All the designs must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be sent as a low res image. The size of the design must be for A3 prints and posters – Artwork size: 303mm x 426 mm / Finished size: 297mm x 420 mm. Good luck!
Unfortunately pop punk band Sum 41 have had to pull out of the upcoming Kerrang! Tour. This is due to a back injury sustained by frontman Deryck Whibley. Taking their slot is The Blackout. Both Whibley, Kerrang! and The Blackout have issued statements regarding this matter.
Deryck Whibley: – “I feel really terrible about letting down the fans. I injured my back and the doctors are saying that I could be in a wheelchair. So, as much as I wanted to be able to do it, I’ve got to look at reality, and for the first time I’ve got to listen to somebody else and not just myself. We’re all really upset about this; we’ve had such a great relationship with our UK fans. We were really looking forward to this tour.”
James McMahon (editor of Kerrang!) – “Kerrang! are really gutted to lose Sum 41 from what will be an unforgettable tour. Let’s be honest, the news totally blows. However the tour must go on and we’re chuffed to say we’ve found a more than worthy replacement. We’re absolutely delighted to announce that The Blackout have offered to step up to the plate and will be taking to the stage with New Found Glory, letlive. and While She Sleeps in February.”
Sean Smith (vocalist with The Blackout) – “We’re delighted to step in for Sum 41 at the last minute! We’ve played the tour once before [in 2010] and we know what a total laugh it is. But hopefully Sum 41 fans won’t try and murder us! This should be a really, really great tour and we’re all really excited to watch the other bands every night.”
The support for Blink 182’s summer tour has been announced. The pop punk trio will be joined by All American Rejects, Twin Atlantic, The Blackout and Four Year Strong on various dates that they will play.
7th June – NIA, Birmingham (0844 338 8000) (with All American Rejects & Four Year Strong)
8th June – The o2, London (0844 856 0202) (with All American Rejects & Four Year Strong)
9th June – The o2, London (SOLD OUT) (with All American Rejects & Twin Atlantic)
21st June – The o2, Dublin – (0818 719 300) (with All American Rejects & Four Year Strong)
13th June – Odyssey Arena, Belfast (028 9073 9074) (with All American Rejects & Four Year Strong)
15th June – MEN, Manchester (0844 847 2000) (with All American Rejects & Twin Atlantic)
16th June – LG Arena, Birmingham (SOLD OUT) (with All American Rejects & Twin Atlantic)
17th June – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (0114 256 5656) (with All American Rejects & Twin Atlantic)
19th June – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (0844 493 6666) (with All American Rejects & Twin Atlantic)
20th June – SECC, Glasgow (0844 4999 990) (with All American Rejects & Twin Atlantic)
10th July – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (SOLD OUT) (with All American Rejects & The Blackout)
11th July – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (SOLD OUT) (with All American Rejects & The Blackout)
12th July – Echo Arena, Liverpool (0844 8000 400) (with All American Rejects & The Black Out)
Blood Red Shoes will be touring throughout April and May. Their new album In Time To Voices will be released March 26th.
27th April – Concorde, Brighton (www.ticketweb.co.uk – 01273 673 311)
28th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (www.seetickets.com – 02392 863 911)
29th April – Academy 2, Oxford (www.alt-tickets.co.uk – 0191 230 4474)
1st May – Trinity, Bristol (www.alt-tickets.co.uk – 0191 230 4474)
2nd May – Waterfront, Norwich (www.euaticketbookings.co.uk – 01603 508 050)
3rd May – Heaven, London (www.gigsandtours.com – 0207 403 3331)
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 999 990)
10th May – King Tuts, Glasgow (www.gigsinscotland.com – 08444 999 990)
12th May – The Cockpit, Leeds (www.lunatickets.co.uk – 01132 436 749)
13th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (www.alt-tickets.co.uk – 0191 230 4474)
Having recently toured with Adele as her support act Civil Wars have announced their own tour. Details of dates and venues are shown below.
13th March – HMV Institute, Birmingham
16th March – Academy 2, Manchester
17th March – Library, Lancaster
18th March – Metropolitan University, Leeds
19th March – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
21st March – Komedia, Brighton
22nd March – o2 Academy, Bristol
23rd March – Queens Hall, Edinburgh
24th March – Big Top, Isle of Skye
The new album from David’s Lyre Picture of Our Youth will be released February 20th. You can see songs from the new album performed live on the upcoming tour.
14th February – Cluny, Newcastle
15th February – King Tut’s, Glasgow
16th February – Cockpit, Leeds
17th February – Duchess, York
18th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester
21st February – Jericho Tavern, Oxford
22nd February – Masque Theatre, Liverpool
23rd February – Rainbow, Birmingham
24th February – Louisiana, Bristol
25th February – Green Door Store, Brighton
1st March – 100 Club, London
Check out French Wives of their upcoming tour.
28th February – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
1st March – Hootenannys, Inverness
4th March – Harrisons Bar, Sheffield
5th March – Brixton Windmill, London
6th March – Dry Bar, Manchester
8th March – Milo, Leeds
9th March – Stereo, Glasgow
Glasvegas have announced three live dates for April. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
3rd April – Garage, London (Last FM presents Glasvegas)
4th April – O2 Academy2, Liverpool
5th April – Classic Grand, Glasgow
Halestorm are heading out on tour.
8th February – Roundhouse, London
9th February – Rock City, London
10th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle
12th February – o2 Academy, Bristol
13th February – o2 Academy, Leeds
14th February – Academy 1, Manchester
16th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow
17th February – HMV Institute, Birmingham
I Am The Avalance will be touring Europe. The details of their UK dates are shown below.
8th February – Academy, Bristol
9th February – Academy, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
10th February – Guildhall, Southampton
11th February – Roundhouse, London (SOLD OUT)
12th February – Roundhouse, London
14th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow
15th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham
16th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle
17th February – University Great Hall, Cardiff
Juan Zelada is heading out on an epic tour. Make sure you get down to see him perform his gorgeous mix of rock and blues.
28th March – The Roadmender, Northampton
29th March – The Crauford Arms, Wolverton, Milton Keynes
30th March – Bush Hall, Sheperd’s Bush, London
31st March – The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
2nd April – Soyo, Sheffield
3rd April – The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
4th April – The Musician, Leicester
5th April – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
6th April – Fibbers, York
7th April – The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne
8th April – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
9th April – The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow
13th April – Night & Day, Manchester
14th April – Leaf on Bold Street, Liverpool
15th April – The Yardbird Jazz Club, Birmingham
17th April – South Street Arts Centre, Reading
18th April – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
19th April – The Jericho, Oxford
20th April – The Louisiana, Bristol
21st April – Guildhall, Gloucester
24th April – The Winchester, Bournemouth
25th April – The George Venue, Andover, Hampshire
27th April – The Cellars, Portsmouth
28th April – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
29th April – Komedia, Brighton
Last Witness are set to support are set to support The Devil Wears Prada on their upcoming tour.
2nd February – Great Hall 2, Cardiff
3rd February – Sugarmill, Stoke
4th February – Academy 3, Manchester
5th February – G2, Glasgow
7th February – Academy 2, Newcastle
8th February – Academy 2, Birmingham
10th February – White Rabbit, Plymouth
11th February – Talking Heads, Southampton
12th February – The Haunt, Brighton
13th February – Academy 2, Oxford
14th February – Arts Centre, Colchester
17th February – Underworld, London
Lianne La Havas will be playing various live dates throughout January, February and March. Hotly tipped as the next big thing, make sure you try and get down to see her on this tour.
31st January – The Social, London (SOLD OUT)
7th February – The Social, London (SOLD OUT)
8th February – HMV Next Big Thing Festival, The Borderline, London
8th March – Coalition, Brighton (www.ticketweb.co.uk)
9th March – o2 Academy 2, Oxford (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)
10th March – Sugar Club, Dublin (www.ticketmaster.ie)
12th March – Glee Club, Birmingham (www.livenation.co.uk)
13th March – The Scala, London (SOLD OUT)
The Liz Green tour starts in February. She will be playing various dates throughout February and March.
22nd March, Glee Club, Birmingham (£8)
23rd March – Cavern, Exeter (£8)
24th March – Louisiana, Bristol (£8)
26th March – Captains Rest, Glasgow (£8)
27th March – York, Duchess (£6.50)
28th March – Cluny 2, Newcastle (£7)
29th March – Riverside, Sheffield (FREE)
30th March – Brudenell, Leeds (£8)
1st April – Arts Centre, Norwich (£8)
2nd April – The Hope, Brighton (£8)
3rd April – Bush Hall, London (£12.50)
4th April – Portland Arms, Cambridge (£7)
5th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester (£7)
New album Weapons from Lost Prophets will be released in April. Lost Prophets are celebrating the release by playing a 14 date tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
15th April – Olympia, Dublin
16th April – Ulster Hal, Belfast
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 (0844 477 2000)
Maveric Sabre are heading out on tour. Check them out.
1st March – o2 Academy, Glasgow
2nd March – Leeds Met University, Leeds
3rd March – Academy 2, Manchester
5th March – University Solus, Cardiff
6th March – HMV Institute, Birmingham
8th March – Anson Rooms, Bristol
9th March – Pyramid, Portsmouth
10th March – Roundhouse, London
Mmoths EP – EP1 will be released March 5th. They have announced three live dates.
18th February – Twisted Pepper, Dublin
24th February – Glasgow Art School, Glasgow
5th March – Rough Trade, London
The XY hald of She & Him, M Ward, will be playing four live UK dates in March. The dates come ahead of the release of new album A Wasteland Companion.
20th March – Leicester Square Theatre, London (£16)
25th March – Royal Albert Hall, London (£16)
26th March – Apollo, Manchester (with Feist)
27th March – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (with Feist)
The support bands which will play with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Band on their upcoming tour have been announced. Noel and co will be joined by Reverend and the Makers.
13th February – MEN Arena, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
14th February – P&J Arena, Aberdeen (SOLD OUT)
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)
See of Bees will be touring in April. The band will be releasing their new album Orangefarben April 9th.
10th April – The Old Boot Factory, Oxford
11th April – Cockpit, Leeds
12th April – King Tuts, Glasgow
13th April – Auntie Annies, Belfast
14th April – Academy 2, Dublin
16th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester
17th April – Hare and Hound, Birmingham
18th April – The Haunt, Brighton
19th April – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
Sissy and the Blisters are heading out on tour. Make sure you get down to see them.
20th February – NME Awards Show @ The Garage, London (with The Big Pink)
28th February – Rockfeedback Presents @ The Shacklewell Arms, London (with Devin)
1st March – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (with The Duke Spirit)
2nd March – The Cockpit, Leeds (with The Duke Spirit)
3rd March – King Tuts, Glasgow (with The Duke Spirit)
5th March – Fleece, Bristol (with The Duke Spirit)
6th March – Komedia, Brighton (with The Duke Spirit)
7th March – KOKO, London (with The Duke Spirit)
We Are Augustines will be playing a European tour in February. The bands UK dates are listed below.
2nd February – Borderline, London (HMV Next Big Thing with Admiral Fallow & Folks – SOLD OUT)
10th February – Picture House, Edinburgh (HMV Next Big Thing with Frightened Rabbit – SOLD OUT)
17th February – Electric Ballroom, London (NME Awards Show with Cloud Control)
Tickets for We Are The In Crowd’s upcoming tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
13th April – Concorde 2, Brighton
15th April – Waterfront, Norwich
16th April – Solus, Cardiff
17th April – Academy 2, Liverpool
18th April – King Tuts, Glasgow
19th April – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
20th April – Academy 2, Newcastle
21st April – Academy 3, Manchester
22nd April – Hit The Deck Festival, Nottingham
24th April – Cockpit, Leeds
25th April – Academy 2, Birmingham
26th April – Islington o2 Academy, London
Old Ideas – Leonard Cohen
Born To Die – Lana Del Rey
Beyond Magnetic – EP – Metallica
Ringo 2012 – Ringo Starr
Django Django – Django Django