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Music News: Monday 3rd December 2012

Lisa Bentley



Metallica Launch Record Label

Metallica have launched their own record label called Blackened Recordings. The band plan to release all of their own future recordings with the label; this will give them more control and rights to their music.

Bloodstock Radio Launches

New music station Bloodstock Radio launched this week. The station will be playing predominantly rock music. Check it out online at www.bloodstockradio.com.

Lifetime Achievement for Probyn

John Probyn has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award given by the UK Festival Awards. The award was given due to his continuous great work and effort organising and working within the festival sector.

Pussy Riot Set for Sundance

The Documentary Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer is to be premiered at 2013s Sundance Film Festival. The film will centre round the incarcerated band.

First Acts Announced for Leeds/Reading Festival

The first acts for 2013s Leeds and Reading Festival have been announced. Alt-J, Boy Better Know and Deftones will perform. The festival will take place during August’s bank holiday weekend.

The Urban Music Awards

The nominees for the Urban Music Awards have been announced.

Best Newcomer (sponsored by Zuricom)

Angel, Eva Simons, Smiler, Rudimental, Conor Maynard, Rita Ora, Cover Drive, The Weeknd, Maxsta, Sneakbo, Dot Rotten

Best Single (sponsored by Blueberry Nation)

Eva Simons – I Don’t Like You, Dappy – Good Intentions, Rita Ora – RIP, Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think, Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay – 212, Professor Green – Remedy, Labrinth – Express Yourself, Angel – Wonderful, D’Banj – Oliver Twist, Stooshe – Black Heart, Mosca – What You Came For, Sincere – Déjà vu

Best Female Act (sponsored by Zuricom)

Eva Simons, Emeli Sande, Stooshe, Rita Ora, Misha B, Tulisa, Jessie Ware, Adele, Delilah, Lady Leshurr

Artist of the Year (sponsored by Invincible Radio)

Eva Simons, Will.I.Am, Waka Flocka Flame, Rita Ora, Labrinth, Tyga, Azealia Banks, Emeli Sande

Best Male Artist

Wiley, Angel, Smiler, Devlin, D’Banj, Maxsta, Sneakbo, Maverick Sabre, Labrinth

Best R&B Act

Eva Simons, Lemar, Emeli Sande, Jessie Ware, Daley, Maverick Sabre, A$ap Rocky, Angel, Bluey Robinson

Best Hip Hop Act

Professor Green, Plan B, Klashnekoff, Maxsta, Dizzee Rascal, Tyga, Sway, Lady Leshurr

Best Group

JLS, Stooshe, Clement Marfo & the Frontline, Krept & Konan, Rizzle Kicks, Magnetic Man

Best Radio Show

Charlie Sloth (1Xtra), DJ Abrantee (Choice), Michael & Clara (Kiss), Mista Jam (1Xtra), 279 (Choice), Shortee Blitz (Kiss), Abrantee (Choice)

Best Collaboration (sponsored by Chelsea Monthly)

Conor Maynard ft. Neyo – Turn Around, Devlin ft. Ed Sheeran – Watchtower, Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sande – Wonder, Disclosure ft. Sam Smith – Latch, Wretch 32 ft. Ed Sheeran – Hush Little Baby, Calvin Harris ft. Example – We’ll Be Coming Back, Benga ft. BeBe Black – Icon, Sway ft. Mr Hudson – Change

Best Grime Act

Ghetts, Big Narstie, Skepta, Scrufizzer, Lethal Bizzle, Dot Rotten

Best Producer

Naughty Boy, DJ Fresh, Labrinth, Benga, Ishi, Flux Pavilion, Skrillex

Best International Artist

Azealia Banks, Example, Chris Brown, Rita Ora, Nas, BOB, Will.I.Am, Labrinth, Tyga

Best DJ

DJ Fresh, DJ Cameo, DJ Hotsteppa, MistaJam, 279, Shortee Blitz, Toddla T, Cameo, Abrantee

Best Album 2012

Plan B – Ill Manors, Professor Green – At Your Inconvenience, Frank Ocean – Channel Orange, Rihanna – Talk That Talk, Nas – Life is Good, Klashnekoff – Filth, Rita Ora – Oran

Best African/Afro Beats Act

D’Banj, Wizkid, P Square, Fuse ODG, African Boy, Cabo Snoop, Sarkodie

Best Gospel Act

Rachel Kerr, London Community Gospel Choir, Meleke, Dolly P, Faith D, New Rivers Choir

Best Reggae Act

Movado, PopCaan, Spragga Benz, Mr Vegas, Sean Paul

Best Electronic/Dance Act

Calvin Harris, Example, DJ Fresh, Luciana, Sia, Rudimental, Skrillex, Avicii, Redlight

Best Music Video

Clement Marfo & The Frontline – Champion, Sincere – Déjà vu, Ed Sheeran ft. Devlin – Watchtower, Calvin Harris ft. Example – We’ll Be Coming Back, Rita Ora – Hot Right Now, Rudimental ft. John Newman – Feel The Love, Devlin ft. Wretch 32 – Off with their Heads, Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sande – Wonder, JLS – Hottest Girl in the World

Best Radio Station

1Xtra, Rinse fm, Choice, Kiss, Bang Radio, Capital fm

Rihanna’s Fourth Number One

Rihanna has matched Madonna’s record of having four consecutive number one albums with the release of her album Unapologetic.

Nick Mason Receives Honorary Degree

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason has received an honorary degree from the University of Westminster. Mason previously attended the establishment when it was known as Regent Street Polytechnic where he was reading an Architecture degree however due to his music career he never completed the course.

Live Announcements


Athlete has announced details of a tour to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the release of their album Vehicles and Animals. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

8th May – The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511 511)

9th May – o2 Academy, Bristol (0844 477 2000)

10th May – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (0844 477 2000)

11th May – HMV Ritz, Manchester (0844 284 5117)

12th May – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

Bear’s Den

Bear’s Den are touring in February.

6th February – Whelan’s, Dublin

7th February – McHughs, Belfast

9th February – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

10th February – Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow

12th February – Communion @ Ruby Lounge, Manchester

13th February – Red Rooms, Nottingham

14th February – Slaughtered Lamb, London

15th February – Louisiana, Bristol

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is touring the UK in June.

15th June – Wembley Stadium, London

18th June – Hampden Park, Glasgow

20th June – Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry has announced details of his 2013 tour. You can purchase your ticket for An Evening With Bryan Ferry via www.gigsandtours.com.

26th October – Salford Lowry Theatre, Manchester (0870 787 5796)

28th October – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (0115 989 5555)

29th October – Regent Theatre, Ipswich (01473 433 100)

31st October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge (01223 357 851)

1st November – De Montford Hall, Leicester (0116 233 3111)

3rd November – New Theatre, Oxford (0844 871 3020)

4th November – Royal Albert Hall, London (0207 589 8212)

6th November – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (0151 709 3789)

7th November – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield (0114 278 9789)

9th November – Sage, Gateshead (0191 443 4661)

12th November – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

13th November – Usher Hall, Edinburgh (0844 499 9990)

14th November – Barbican, York (0844 854 2757)

16th November – Colston Hall, Bristol (0117 922 3686)

17th November – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (01702 351 135)

19th November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121 780 3333)

20th November – St David’s Hall, Cardiff (029 2087 8444)

22nd November – Dome, Brighton (01273 709 709)

23rd November – Pavilions, Plymouth (0845 146 1460)

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon will tour in February.

8th February – The Fleece, Bristol

9th February – Whelans, Dublin

10th February – The Black Box, Belfast

11th February – Stereo, Glasgow

12th February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

13th February – Village Underground, London


Folks tour continues this week. The band has announced details of their 2013 tour.

3rd December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

5th December – HMV Ritz, Manchester

6th December – Institute, Birmingham

7th December – Brixton Academy, London

8th December – Roadmenders, Northampton

9th December – Guildhall, Southampton

30th January – Cockpit, Leeds

31st January – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

1st February – King Tuts, Glasgow

2nd February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

4th February – Bodega, Nottingham

5th February – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

6th February – Portland Arms, Cambridge

7th February – Sebright Arms, London

9th February – Empire, Middlesbrough (Club Night No Advance Tickets – Pay on the door)


Low are touring in April.

24th April – Glee Club, Birmingham

25th April – Central Methodist Hall, Manchester

26th April – The Sage, Gateshead

27th April – Classic Grand, Glasgow

29th April – Trinity, Bristol

30th April – Barbican Centre, London

Lower Than Atlantis

Lower Than Atlantis are touring in April 2013. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

13th April – Madela Hall, Belfast

14th April – The Academy, Dublin

16th April – Solus, Cardiff

17th April – Wulrun, Wolverhampton

18th April – Academy 2, Manchester

19th April – QMU, Glasgow

20th April – Leeds Met University, Leeds

21st April – Westlands, Yeovil

23rd April – Waterfront, Norwich

24th April – Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth

25th April – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The NME Awards Tour

The NME Awards tour will take place in February 2013. The tour will feature performances from Django Django, Miles Kane, Palma Violets and Peace and tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

7th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

8th February – Academy 1, Manchester

9th February – o2 Academy, Leeds

11th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow

12th February – Rock City, Nottingham

13th February – o2 Academy, Liverpool

15th February – UEA, Norwich

16th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

17th February – Cardiff Uni Great Hall, Cardiff

19th February – o2 Academy, Bristol

20th February – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

21st February – Dome, Brighton

23rd February – o2 Academy Brixton, London

Pierce The Veil

Peirce the Veil will be touring in May and June 2013; support will come from Woe Is Me.

15th May – The Haunt, Brighton

16th May – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

17th May – Islington Academy, London

18th May – The Fleece, Bristol

20th May – Academy 1, Dublin

21st May – Nerve Centre, Derry

22nd May – Limelight, Belfast

30th May – Sugarmill, Stoke

31st May – Corporation, Sheffield

1st June – Academy 2, Newcastle

3rd June – NQ Live, Manchester

4th June – Sub 89, Reading

5th June – Waterfront, Norwich

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams will be playing five UK dates on his 2013 European arena tour; support will be in the form of Olly Murs. Tickets are available now via www.gigsandtours.com.

19th June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

21st June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

25th June – Hampden Park, Glasgow

29th June – Wembley Stadium, London

30th June – Wembley Stadium, London


Seafire are on tour in December.

4th December – The Louisiana, Bristol (EP Launch Party)

6th December – Sub 89, Reading (with Bastille)

7th December – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (with Bastille)

8th December – Kasbah, Coventry (with Bastille)

10th December – Hoxton Bar & Grill, London (at Goldust)

11th December – The Soup Kitchen, Manchester

15th December – Stealth, Nottingham

Senses Fail

Senses Fail are touring in May.

18th May – Peel, Kingston

19th May – Talking Heads, Southampton

20th May – Thekla, Bristol

21st May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

22nd May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

23rd May – King Tuts, Glasgow

24th May – Academy 2, Newcastle

28th May – NQ Live, Manchester

29th May – Waterfront Studio, Norwich

30th May – Underworld, London

31st May – Cavern, Exeter

1st May – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

Skunk Anansie

Skunk Anansie are touring in March 2013.

13th March – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

14th March – UEA, Norwich

16th March – Rock City, Nottingham

17th March – o2 Academy, Newcastle

18th March – o2 ABC, Glasgow

20th March – o2 Academy, Leeds

21st March – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

22nd March – Academy, Manchester

24th March – o2 Academy, Bristol

25th March – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

26th March – The Dome, Brighton

Tom O’Dell

Tom O’Dell will be touring in 2013.

1st March – The Rainbow, Birmingham

2nd March – Cockpit, Leeds

3rd March – King Tuts, Glasgow

5th March – Night & Day, Manchester

6th March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

8th March – Thekla, Bristol

10th March – Komedia Studio Room, Brighton

11th March – Joiners, Southampton

12th March – Dingwalls, London

Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls are touring in 2013.

8th February – Shoreditch Church, London

14th February – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

15th February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

25th February – Harley, Sheffield

26th February – CAA, Glasgow

27th February – Cluny, Newcastle

17th February – Kazimier, Liverpool

18th February – Whelans, Dublin

19th February – Voodoo, Dublin

20th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

Released This Week

The Golden Age of Song – Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Classic Album Collection – The Jam

The Female Boss – Tulisa

December Lights – Andre Rieu

Bish Bosch – Scott Walker

Only Boys Aloud – Only Boys Aloud

Jealous – Jenn Bostic

Warrior – Ke$ha

Carry On – Willy Mason

O.N.I.F.C – Wiz Khalifa

Parklive – Blur

Party Clowns – Pulp