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Music News: Monday 30th July 2012

Lisa Bentley



Marvin and Rochelle Tie the Knot

JLS’ Marvin Humes has wed Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman. The wedding guests included fellow band mates, Olly Murs and Marcus Collins. MTTM offer the couple its heartfelt congratulations.

Another Festival Bites the Dust

The Underage music festival has fallen, much like many of our festivals this summer it has been cancelled. The organisers have said that unforeseen circumstances have caused its closure. Organisers have said that a full refund can be claimed at point of purchase.

Lady Gaga Becomes an Actress

It has been announced that Lady Gaga is set to star in Robert Rodriguez’s new movie Machete Kills. The Born This Way singer will play the role of La Chameleon. Machete Kills is due for release in 2013.

We Are Scientists Search for Musical Discovery

We Are Scientists have teamed up with Aloft Hotels to find the next big thing. They are searching for an unsigned band to submit their demo to win a chance to play a live gig in London, Brussels or Abu Dhabi. To enter bands have either got to submit a demo or a link to their Facebook/MySpace/Official Website to the following email address playandstay@aloftlive.com before the 8th October 2012. Good luck to all who enter.

Win Abbey Road Coffee Table Book

For a chance to win a book about one of the world’s most famous recording studios Abbey Road then please go to the EMI website . The studio most famously housed The Beatles during the recording of the Abbey Road album. It was also the studio where Pink Floyd recorded the Dark Side of the Moon album. This is a must have book for any music fan. Nab yourself a copy by entering the competition. Good luck!

Drummer leaves Stereophonics

Javier Weyler has left Stereophonics. Frontman, Kelly Jones and bassist Richard Jones made the announcement via Twitter and Facebook saying “We wanted to let you know Javier and the band will no longer be working together. The band enjoyed playing with Javier over the last 8 years and his company was enjoyed by everyone in the Stereophonics family. We wish Javier every success going forward in his new creative endeavours and personal life. (Filling in temporarily for Javier on these next shows will be our friend Sam). We look forward to seeing you at the shows.”

Flo Rida Sued

A Canadian concert promoter has filed a law suit against RNB star Flo Rida after the performer cancelled his tour dates the day before the tour was scheduled to commence. The law suit which claims that there has been a breach of contract is seeking damages to the value of $200,000.

The Who’s Ticket Promise

The Who recently announced an American tour and now they have taken this one step further. The band are offering any fan that has a ticket for their 1979 Providence show (which was cancelled at the time due to a ban by local authorities) the chance to come to see them play this time round by honouring the original ticket. It has been rumored that the band will play their Quadrophenia album from beginning to end on their upcoming tour. This is definitely a show you do not want to miss.

Usher in Mourning

Usher Raymond is currently mourning the death of his stepson, Kile Glover. The eleven year old died after being involved in a jetski accident earlier this month.

Snoop Lion?

Rapper Snoop Dog will be releasing a new single and album, however it will be released under the rather confusing (and maybe a bit pointless) alias Snoop Lion. The music will be reggae based. As of yet, a clear explanation as to why Snoop Dog has opted for a pseudonym has not been given.

Madonna Causes Controversy…Again

After flashing her lady business, swastika costumes and basically pulling Madonna-esque stunts on her current tour, Madonna has struck again. She was warned by promoters before her show in Scotland not to use a faux handgun as part of her performance however the singer ignored the warnings and carried on as normal with her show. Unfortunately, the performance piece has had particularly bad timing as news has unfolded regarding the cinema massacre in Denver. Madonna is currently being touted as insensitive and ruthless in her performance thus opening the debate – Should artists abide by the rules set by promoters/venues or should they continue with their art the way they intended to? Is there room for sensitivity in performance art? Or should we react to the horrors of the world by finding comfort in things created for entertainment value? MTTM would love to know your thoughts.

And Then She Angered the French

Madonna was also recently booed offstage in France. In a last minute gig exclusively for fan club members, the iconic pop star played a 45 minute set before leaving the stage. Fans were clearly disgruntled chanting, booing and throwing cups at the stage in anger.

Johnny Marr Graduates

Johnny Marr has been honoured by the University of Salford due to his contribution to music. Marr, the founding member of celebrated band – The Smiths, has lectured at the university repeatedly over the past few years and had this to say about receiving his honorary degree – “I’ve had a great time with my association with Salford University as visiting professor. The seminars have been a lot of fun and a good learning process for me. I’ve really enjoyed meeting the students – they’ve been an inspiration to me as much as I have to them, and I look forward to more work with the University in future.”

Elton John Breaks Record…

….for the lowest selling number one album this century. Never mind Elton.

Todd Harrell receives a DUI

Todd Harrell, the bassist with American punk-pop outfit 3 Doors Down was arrested for a possible DUI. The suspicion of his inebriation came after a collision with another vehicle causing serious damage. The results from the blood test that will determine whether the 40 year old was drunk at the time of the crash are pending.

Album News

It has been revealed that it will be a September release for Kanye West’s Cruel Summer album. The record will feature a host of collaborative efforts. The Beatles have released a new album which is a compilation of their most influential tracks. The iTunes sleeve has been written by Dave Grohl. The Velvet Underground and Nico is set for a 45th anniversary release, the album features the iconic Warhol picture of a banana. Another anniversary edition is in the works. The 35th year anniversary edition of The Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols will be released as a super deluxe edition in September.

Later this month Rita Ora will release her debut album ORA. Crystal Castles new album is due for release in September and they are currently previewing their latest track Plague. Martha Wainwright has announced her new album Come Home To Mama will be released October 15th; this will be her third studio record and the 11th album from Deerhoof entitled Breakup Song  is due for release in September. Happy Mondays are reportedly back in the studio recording new music. If all goes to plan the band will be releasing their first album in twenty years. We hope they aren’t twisting our melons, man.

Pussy Riot Detained until 2013

Members of feminist punk outfit Pussy Riot have been detained in a Russian prison due to their outspoken nature regarding Russian politics. Support has come from the music industry; Alex Kaprinos and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea have vocalized their support. Support has come from many fans and one particular fan, Russian artist Ptev Pavlensky, has taken dramatic steps to show his support by sowing his mouth together. The incarcerated members of the band Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich could face up to seven years in prison.

Soundtrack Of Our Lives Call It Quits

After sixteen years of playing together Soundtrack Of Our Lives have decided to call it a day. They will be playing their final ever gig in September. What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your lives? Please leave a comment and let us know.

Crazy Times in the Jackson’s Home

After reports that Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine went missing earlier last week, more drama was to follow with the custody of Michael Jackson’s three children being removed from his mother’s custody and temporarily placed in the care of Michael’s nephew, TJ (formerly of pop band 3T). It is rumored that during the foray a physical altercation happened between Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris. The drama comes amid intense discussions over the late singer’s final will and testament which is being brandished as fake.

Mark Owen and Wife Welcome Daughter

Mark Owen and his wife Emma have announced the birth of their third child, a daughter named Fox India. Congratulations.

Three Life Sentences for Jennifer Hudson’s Ex-Brother-in-Law

William Balfour, the man who murdered Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, has received three life sentences.

Oxjam Chiswick Battle of the DJ’s

On Friday, 3rd of August, Oxjam Chiswick is hosting a battle of the DJ’s competition. The battle will be held at High Way House to raise money for Oxfam and the winner will have the chance to play the Leeds festival later in August. Eight DJ’s will battle it out for the coveted prize. Tickets for the event are £8 on the door or if you order your ticket in advance you get it for the low cost of £5 (when ordered from the Facebook page).

The competition is just the start of Oxjam Chiswick, the main event will be held in October so make sure you get your wristband before they all sell out. Remember this is for a good cause so please give generously. For more information such as line-up details then please visit www.oxjamchiswick.co.uk.

Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 Hailed A Huge Success

After weeks of rain, summer finally arrived at the other greatest show on earth this weekend, with thousands enjoying this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival. With the exception of Friday day tickets (Olympic Opening Ceremony night) all tickets for the Festival completely sold out. The Festival was broadcast live on Sky Arts across the weekend.

Tickets for the 2013 Cambridge Folk Festival are availble from midday on Monday 30 July via www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Live Announcements

Amy MacDonald

Tickets for Amy MacDonald’s upcoming tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

27th October – Lowry, Salford

28th October – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

30th October – o2 ABC, Glasgow

1st November – Royal Centre, Nottingham

6th November – Royal Festival Hall, London

Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes will be playing plenty of live shows before the year is out. Check them out.

2nd September – Electric Picnic

9th September – Bestival

18th October – Ironworks, Inverness

19th October – Picture House, Edinburgh

21st October – o2 ABC, Glasgow

22nd October – Cathedral, Manchester

25th October – Metropolitan University, Leeds

26th October – University of East Anglia, Norwich

28th October – o2 Academy, Leicester

29th October – Forum, London

1st November – HMV Institute, Birmingham

2nd November – Anson Rooms, Bristol

3rd November – Pyramids, Portsmouth

4th November – Dome Concert Hall, Brighton

Bell X1

Bell X1 will be performing an acoustic tour in January. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

24th January – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

25th January – Bush Hall, London


Canterbury will be touring this winter. Tickets cost from £7.00 – £9.00 and can be purchased via www.seetickets.com.

27th November – The Croft, Bristol

28th November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

29th November – White Rabbit, Plymouth

30th November – Truro B-Side at Bunters

2nd December – Roadmender, Northampton

3rd December – Little Civic (Slade Rooms), Wolverhampton

5th December – Sugarmill, Stoke

6th December – Fruit, Hull

7th December – Corporation, Sheffield

8th December – o2 Academy 3, Leicester

13th December – Cellar, Southampton

14th December – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

15th December – West End Centre, Aldershot

Dirty Three

Dirty Three have announced a handful of live dates.

20th November – Glee Club, Birmingham

21st November – Cathedral, Manchester

23rd November – Button Factory, Dublin

25th November – Oran Mor, Glasgow

26th November – The Sage, Gateshead

27th November – Trinity, Bristol

28th November – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


Tickets for Elbow’s November/December tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

26th November – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

28th November – NIA, Birmingham

29th November – Echo Arena, Liverpool

1st December – MEN Arena, Manchester

2nd December – o2 Arena, London

Fossil Collective

Fossil Collective will be touring in October.

12th October – The Leopard, Doncaster

13th October – Deaf Institute, Manchester

14th October – Cluny, Newcastle

15th October – King Tuts, Glasgow

16th October – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

17th October – Louisiana, Bristol

18th October – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

19th October – The Bodega, Nottingham

20th October – East Oxford Centre, Gathering

21st October – SWN, Cardiff

22nd October – Waterfront, Norwich

23rd October – Portland Arms, Cambridge

24th October – The Hope, Brighton

25th October – Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter

26th October – Old Queen’s Head, London

27th October – Academy 2, Leicester

28th October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

29th October – Soyo, Sheffield

Jackson Firebird

Jackson Firebird will be playing four dates in August.

17th August – Barfly Jubilee Club Night, London

19th August – Old Blue Last, London (Free Show)

21st August – Islington Academy, London (with Eagles of Death Metal)

22nd August – Green Door Store, Brighton (Headline)

Little Angels

Tickets for Little Angels’ tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

6th December – Rock City, Nottingham

7th December – Wulfrun, Wolverhampton

8th December – Garage, Glasgow

9th December – Limelight, Belfast

11th December – Academy, Leeds

12th December – o2 Academy, Newcastle

13th December – Ritz, Manchester

15th December – o2 Academy, Bristol

16th December – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Miss May I

Miss May I have revealed details of a winter tour.

30th November – Club Academy, Glasgow

1st December – Classic Grand, Glasgow

2nd December – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

3rd December – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

4th December – The Cockpit, Leeds

5th December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

6th December – Relentless Garage, London

7th December – Great Hall 2, Cardiff

Rick Astley

80s pop icon, Rick Astley will be touring this October. Tickets are available via www.gigsandytours.com.

17th October – Academy 2, Manchester

18th October – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

19th October – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool

21st October – Oran Mor, Glasgow

22nd October – o2 Academy 2, Sheffield

24th October – o2 Academy Islington, London

25th October – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

The Milk

Worried about watching The Milk perform live after this week’s Stockton Weekender? Never fear, the band have announced they will be playing four live dates in November.

5th August – Stockton Weekender, Stockton

18th November – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool

19th November – Club Academy, Manchester

25th November – o2 Academy 2, Birmginham

29th November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

This is Hell

This is Hell will be touring in in August. Get down to one of their shows.

21st August – Full Moon Club, Cardiff

22nd August – White Rabbit, Plymouth

23rd August – Racehorse, Northampton

24th August – Leeds Festival

25th August – The Cookie Jar, Leicester

26th August – Reading Festival

27th August – Fleece, Bristol

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