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Music News: Monday 30th May 2011

Lisa Bentley



Biffy Clyro release live CD and DVD

June 20th sees the release of Biffy Clyro’s first live CD and DVD release.  Mountains (Live at Wembley Arena is released through 14th Floor Records, home to The Wombats and Joshua Radin and showcases the bands best known and loved songs to date.  For Biffy Clyro this is just one of the many events of an already hectic summer of music, being firm favourites on the festival circuit they will also be supporting Foo Fighters at their Milton Keynes National Bowl on June 2nd and 3rd.

Gil Scott Heron 01/04/1949 – 27/05/11

Melismatic musician Gil Scott Heron sadly passed away on Friday.  The 62 year old will be remembered as an inspiration in the rap community and prolific in many contemporary artists catalogue.  Scott-Heron released more than 20 albums in his 40 year tenure in music, being sampled by many an artist, his final release in 2010 I’m New Here was released after a 16 year sabbatical but was demonstrable in his relevance in contemporary rap, RnB and Hip Hop.

Miles Kane Announces Extra Date

Last week MTTM brought you news of Miles Kane’s solo tour.  Due to the phenomenal interest and success of ticket sales an extra date has been added.  Miles Kane will be playing a second show at London’s Electric Ballroom on the 26th of October.  Tickets can be purchased at www.gigsandtours.com.

Lenny Kravitz Big Announcement

Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz is set to have a busy 2011.  With plans to release new single Stand in June, the first single to come off his ninth studio album Black and White America the rock legend plans to tour Europe.  Only playing one date in England, tickets are going to be like gold dust.  See our live show announcements below for details.

Arcade Fire are in Demand

On June 30th Hyde Park plays host to Arcade Fire who have included the UK for3 days of their tour.  However due to impressive demand on ticket sales the promoters has announced extra ticket allocation.  Supporting the band on these dates include Mumford and Sons, The Vaccines, Beirut and Owen Pallet.  Tickets cost £48.50 and are available at www.livenation.co.uk.

Girls Aloud Nicola Roberts goes Solo

Saturday 4th June sees Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts in a new role as DJ doing an exclusive set at London’s Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.  It is set to be a busy week for the Love Machine singer as her debut solo single Beat of my Drum is released the following day.  Entry for this event is free.

Glenn Hughes to become a Disc Jockey

It has been announced Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Trapeze and currently of Black Country Communion is set to have his own radio show.  From Sunday the 5th of June you will be able to listen to Hughes wax lyrical and play you the some of the most seminal (and of course some of his favourite) music via Planet Rock.  The show will run every Sunday from 6pm to 7pm.  For more information please go to www.planetrock.com.

Live Show Announcements


Firm favourites, Athlete have announced a stripped back tour where they will be playing all their hits from the past ten years.  Tickets are on sale now and cost £22.50 (London show £23.50) via www.gigsandtours.com or by the telephone number provided.

11th July – Globe, Cardiff (0115 959 7908)

12th July – Sub 89, Reading (01159597908)

13th July – Lowry Quays (08432086000)

14th July – St. Georges Church (01273325440)

16th July – Guildhall, Gloucester (01452503050)

17th July – Arts Centre, Warwick (02476524524)

18th July – Highlight, Portsmouth (02392298563)

19th July – Junction 2, Cambridge (01223511511)

20th July – Union Chapel, London (02074033331)

22nd July – Roadmenders, Northampton (01159129000)

23rd July – Thekla, Bristol (08454134444)

24th July – o2 Academy 2, Oxford (08454134444)

27th July – Cluny, Newcastle (08702643333)

28th July – 53 Degrees, Preston (01772893000)

29th July – Duchess, York (08444771000)

30th July – The Arches, Glasgow (01415651000)

31st July – HMV Library, Birmingham (08442485037)

Avril Lavigne

Punk Rock Prom Queen Avril Lavigne is back.  Earlier this year she released her fourth studio album Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne is set for her first dates in the UK since her Best Damn Thing tour in 2008.  The Canadian singer has announced two UK dates and here is hoping she announces some more.  Tickets are available now via www.livenation.co.uk.

21st September – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

23rd September – o2 Apollo, Manchester

Beverly Knight

Beverly Knight is set to tour, showcasing songs from her forthcoming album Soul UK due for release July 4th, an album which showcases songs from past stars and also her contemporaries.  Tickets are available now via www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.gigsandtours.co.uk.

14th November – Philharmonic, Liverpool

15th November – Assembly, Leamington Spa

16th November – Royal Albert Hall, London

18th November – Barbican, York

19th November – Guildhall, Preston

20th November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

22nd November – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

23rd November – Royal Centre, Nottingham

24th November – City Hall, Salisbury

26th November – Sage, Gateshead

27th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires hit the road this November with a new tour, playing some of their biggest shows to date.  Tickets are available now through www.gigsandtours.com.

10th November – o2 Academy, Bristol

11th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham

12th November – Guildhall, Southampton

14th November – Rock City, Nottingham

15th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle

17th November – o2 Academy, Apollo

18th November – Barrowlands, Glasgow

19th November – o2 Academy, Leeds

21st November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

22nd November – Engine Shed, Lincoln

25th November – o2 Brixton Academy, London

John Fratelli

Fratelli frontman John Fratelli continues his current tour featuring Mince Fratelli on drums and acoustic guitar.  The tour showcases tracks from his solo album Psycho Jukebox.  If The Fratelli’s music is anything to go by then this tour is not to be missed for those infectious and catchy songs that we have come to associate with all members of the group.

3rd June – 53 Degrees, Preston

4th June – Fibbers, York

5th June – The Intro Festival, Middlesborough

2nd July – Godiva Festival, London

July 8th – T in the Park, Balado

July 9th – T in the Park, Balado

July 10th – T in the Park, Balado

July 30th – Prestonpans Music Festival, East Lothian

Katie Tunstall

Katie Tunstall is back showcasing her current EP The Scarlet Tulip along with her old classics in a tour across the UK in a striped back solo set of shows.  Tickets are available now through www.gigsandtours.com.

27th October – Ulster Hall, Belfast

28th October – The Knocknarea Arena, Sligo

29th October – INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney

31st October – Parr Hall, Warrington

1st November – Arts Centre, Warwick

3rd November – The Anvil, Basingstoke

4th November – De La Warr, Bexhill

6th November – Opera House, York

7th November – Picturedome, Holmfirth

8th November – Union Chapel, London

11th November – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

12th November – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

13th November – Arches, Glasgow

Lenny Kravitz

American rock legend Lenny Kravitz is set to release his latest album Black and White America this Summer.  Kravitz will spend the autumn touring Europe with the album.  The 27 date tour features only one stop to the UK.  Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday June 3rd and are £34.50 subject to booking fee.

27th October – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

The Naked and the Famous

New Zealand based band The Naked and the Famous who released their debut album Passive Me Aggressive You through Fiction earlier this year have announced a major UK tour.  Tickets are on sale now via www.livenation.co.uk.  They cost £16.50 (subject to booking fee).

9th November – University Anson Rooms, Bristol

10th November – Roundhouse, London

12th November – Leadmill, Sheffield

15th November – O2 ABC, Glasgow

16th November – Empire, Middlesbrough

17th November – Academy 2, Manchester

19th November – HMV Institute, Birmingham

20th November – Junction, Cambridge

21st November – Waterfront, Norwich

23rd November – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth

Noah and the Whale

Fresh from a summer on the festival circuit, MTTM favourites Noah and the Whale aren’t becoming maudlin, no –sir-eee, adopting their own ethos of L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N by heading straight on tour.  Tickets are available now from various sources including www.alt-tickets.co.uk, www.gigsandtours.com, www.livenation.co.uk.

6th October – Rock City, Nottingham (0871 230 2360)

7th October – Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

11th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

13th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool (0844 477 2000)

14th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 5765483)

15th October – o2 ABC, Glasgow (0871 230 0010)

17th October – o2 Academy, Leicester (0844 477 2000)

18th October – Dome, Brighton (01273 709 709)

19th October – UEA, Norwich (0844 576 5483)

21st October – Engine Shed, Lincoln (0844 888 8766)

22nd October – o2 Academy, Leeds ( 0113 244 4600)

23rd October – Guildhall, Southampton (0844 576 5483)

25th October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge (0844 576 5483)

26th October – o2 Brixton Academy, London (0844 5765483)

29th October – University, Cardiff (0844 576 5483)

30th October – Hall for Cornwall, Truro (01872 262 466)

31st October – Colston Hall, Bristol (0871 230 2360)

Sons and Daughters

Signed to Domino Records, Sons and Daughters have announced a humble tour over June and July.  The tour coincides with the release of their album Mirror Mirror on June 13th a week after the release of single Breaking Fun.

9th June – Lexington, London (sold out)

11th June – Rockness, Inverness

28th – XOYO, London

30th June – Deaf Institute, Manchester

1st July – SW3G, Glasgow

2nd July – Kelburn Garden Party, Kelburn


Described as ’highly-strung riot rock’ Stagecoach are really making some noise in the music world and not just with their infectious music.  The band is currently touring, playing dates throughout June.  Catch them while you can.

2nd June – Camden Barfly, London

3rd June – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham

4th June –The Orange Box, Yeovil

5th June – The Labour Club, Northampton

8th June – The Flapper, Birmingham

9th June – Clarendon, Hartlepool

10th June – Darlington, Kong @ Inside Out

11th June – Sugarmill, Stoke


Bella Union find, Thousands who released their second album The Sound of Everything are set to tour as the support for Tune-Yards.  Playing dates throughout June, the Seattle based duo are not to be missed.

8th June – Scala, London

13th June – Deaf Institute, Manchester

14th June – The Tunnels, Aberdeen

15th June – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

16th June – Mojo, Liverpool

19th June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

20th Jun – Fleece, Bristol

21st June – Green Door Store, Brighton


Bella Union find Vetiver are set to release their 5th album in June and with it comes a seven set summer tour.  Playing some of the more quirkier venues, with more intimate settings.

28th June – Komedia, Brighton (£10)

29th June – XOYO, London (£12.50)

30th June – South Street Arts Centre, Reading (£10)

2nd July – Mojo, Liverpool (£13)

3rd July – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (£10)

5th July – Band on the Wall, Manchester (£12)

6th July – The Glee Club, Nottingham (£13)


Walkmen are hitting the festival circuit this summer.  After an impressive response to their album Lisbon and following a sell out tour earlier this year, make sure you try and catch the band – you won’t be disappointed.

22nd June – Concrete, London (Q Live)

23rd June – Hyde Park, London (supporting Kings of Leon)

25th June – Glastobury Festival, Pilton (Park Stage)

26th June – Murrayfield, Edinburgh (supporting Kings of Leon)

1st July – Hop Farm Festival, Kent

16th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold

1st September – Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh (supporting Arcade Fire)

2nd September – End of the Road Festival, Dorset

White Lies

With their second album Rituals due for release later this year, the phenomenal White Lies are hitting the road, playing the festival circuit and also touring as the support band for Kings of Leon.  Tickets are available now and cost £23.50 and are available at www.livenation.co.uk.

30th May – Ricoh Arena, Coventry *

17th June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland *

18th June – Beach Break Live, Llanelli

19th June – Lancashire C.C.C, Manchester *

22nd June- Hyde Park, London *

23rd June – Hyde Park, London *

25th June – Glastonbury Festival (Other Stage), Pilton

7th July – Kasbah, Coventry

8th July – T in the Park, Balado

13th July The Roundhouse (i-Tunes Festival), London

26th August – Reading Festival (NME / Radio 1 Stage), Reading

27th August – Leeds Festival (NME / Radio 1 Stage), Leeds

17th December – Wembley Arena, London

* with Kings of Leon

Released This Week

Cults – Cults (Recommended)

The Pierces – You and I

Seasick Steve – You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Journey – Eclipse

Deathcab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

Andrea Corr – Lifelines

Matthew Morrison – Matthew Morrison

Daisy Kitty and Lewis – Smoking In Heaven

Various Artists – The Flowerpot Sessions

SebastiAn – Total

Neville Skelly – Poet and the Dreamer