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Music News: Monday 3rd September 2012

Lisa Bentley



Hal David: 25th May 1921 – 1st September 2012

Hal David, the writing partner of Burt Bacharach has passed away. The 91 year old died of complications of a stroke.

Emili Sande Tops Adele

The record for bestselling album of 2012, previously held by Adele and her album 21 has been overtaken by Emili Sande’s album Our Version of Events.

More Pussy Riot Drama

In Kazan, Russia the bodies of two dead women were found. Adjacent to the bodies the words “Free Pussy Riot” was smeared in blood. Three members of the band – who are currently incarcerated – believe that this is a campaign to dissuade their fans and supporters to their cause. The band members are known for their non-violent protesting methods and their lawyers have stated that this is “either a horrendous provocation or the work of a psychopath.”

The three Pussy Riot prisoners are currently appealing their two year sentence, whilst other members of the band have reportedly left Russia to seek asylum elsewhere.

Madonna Says Sorry

Madonna has apologised to her Australian fans for cancelling the Australian leg of her world tour. She cited spending time with her children as her reasons for the cancellation.

Adele: Rumour Has It…

Rumour has it that singer Adele has wed her fiancé Simon Konecki. The Someone Like You singer has denied the rumours via Twitter.

Chris Lightly Found Dead

Chris Lightly, the manager of Mariah Carey and 50 Cent (among many others) has been found dead in his New York apartment. His death is believed to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Retro Label for Guy Garvey

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey is setting up his own record label. The label will cater exclusively to the production and release of vinyl records.

Mark Knopfler Mini Gig Competition

Mark Knopfler is set to play his smallest gig ever. You cannot buy tickets to this event, which will take place September 26th, but you can enter a competition to win one of the 50 pairs of gig passes when you pre-order his latest album Privateering via Amazon.co.uk

Live Announcements

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette is touring later in the year. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

28th November – The o2, London

29th November – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

30th November – Echo Arena, Liverpool


AlunaGeorge are touring in November.

15th November – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

16th November – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow

17th November – Stealth vs Rescued, Nottingham

18th November – Start The Bus, Bristol

20th November – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds

21st November – Deaf Institute, Manchester

22nd November – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London

24th November – Coalition, Brighton

China Rats

China Rats will be touring in September.

22nd September – FAC251, Manchester

23rd September – Fruit, Hull

25th September – King Tuts, Glasgow

27th September – Jericho Tavern, Oxford

28th September – Joiners Arms, Southampton

29th September – The Macbeth, London

2nd October – The Social, London

6th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham


Converge will be playing a handful of UK dates on their European tour.

25th November – Koko, London

26th November – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

27th November – Arts Centre, Colchester

28th November – Classic Grand, Glasgow

29th November – Academy 2, Manchester

30th November – The Button Factory, Dublin

1st December – Concorde 2, Brighton

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles are set to tour in November.

22nd November – Institute, Birmingham

23rd November – UEA, Norwich

24th November – o2 Academy Brixton, London

26th November – o2 ABC, Glasgow

27th November – o2 Academy, Leeds

28th November – Manchester Academy, Manchester


D/R/U/G/S are playing live throughout October and November.

22nd October – The Arches, Glasgow

23rd October – Digital, Newcastle

25th October – Arts Centre, Norwich

26th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

27th October – Gorilla, Manchester

29th October – Plug, Sheffiel

30th October – Thekla, Bristol

31st October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

1st November – Village Underground, London


Folks are touring extensively before the end of the year.

5th September – Yardbird, Birmingham

7th September – The Mad Ferret, Preston

8th September – The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent

10th September – Dublin Castle, London (8pm)

11th September – Buffalo Bar, London (Acoustic – 10pm)

12th September – Water Rats, London (8:15pm)

13th September – Stereo, York

14th September – Cluny 2, Newcastle

22nd September – Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge

23rd September – Split Festival, Sunderland

1st October – Barfly, London

11th October – Compass, Chester

12th October – Compass, Stockton On Tees

27th November – ABC, Glasgow (with Band of Skulls)

28th November – Digital, Newcastle (with Band of Skulls)

29th November – Leadmill, Sheffield (with Band of Skulls)

1st December – Academy, Liverpool (with Band of Skulls)

2nd December – Coal Exchange, Cardiff (with Band of Skulls)

3rd December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (with Band of Skulls)

5th December – HMV Ritz, Manchester (with Band of Skulls)

6th December – Institute, Birmingham (with Band of Skulls)

7th December – Brixton Academy, London (with Band of Skulls)

8th December – Roadmenders, Northampton (with Band of Skulls)

9th December – Guildhall, Southampton (with Band of Skulls)


Tickets for Haim’s November tour can be purchased via www.livenation.co.uk.

10th November – Constellation Fields, Leeds

11th November – Stereo, Glasgow

13th November – Deaf Institute, Manchester

14th November – KCLSU, London

16th November – Bodega, Nottingham

17th November – The Cooler, Bristol

18th November – Audio, Brighton

John Cale

John Cale will be touring in October.

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


Needtobreathe are touring in November and December.

28th November – Academy 3, Birmingham

29th November – Koko, London

1st December – The Haunt, Brighton

2nd December – Thekla, Bristol

3rd December – Academy 3, Manchester

4th December – Oran Mor, Glasgow

6th December – Academy, Dublin

Passion Pit

Passion Pit will be touring throughout November.

13th November – QMU, Glasgow

15th November – o2 Academy, Leeds

16th November – Manchester Academy, Manchester

18th November – Junction, Cambridge

19th November – HMV Institute, Birmingham

20th November – HMV Forum, London

Pure Love

Pure Love set to end the year with an epic amount of live performances.

25th October – Cavern, Exeter

26th October – Boiler Room, Guildford

27th October – Compass, Chester

28th October – Leadmill, Sheffield

30th October – The Cluny, Newcastle

31st October – Lock 42, Leicester

2nd November – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

3rd November – Kasbah, Coventry

4th November – Portland Arms, Cambridge

6th November – Academy 2, Birmingham (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

7th November – Academy, Oxford (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

8th November – Ritz, Manchester (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

9th November – Sugarmill, Stoke (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

10th November – Garage, Glasgow (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

12th November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

13th November – Forum, London (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

14th November – Concorde, Brighton (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

15th November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

16th November – Metropolitan Uni, Leeds (supporting Pulled Apart By Horses)

Sam and the Womp

Sam and the Womp are touring. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

21st November – o2 Academy 3, Birmingham

22nd November – Sound Control, Manchester

23rd November – The Kazimier, Liverpool

25th November – King Tut’s, Glasgow

26th November – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

27th November – The Duchess, York

29th November – Stealth, Nottingham

30th November – The Wardrobe, Leeds

1st December – The Plug, Sheffield

2nd December – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

3rd December – Waterfront Studio, Norwich

5th December – The Haunt, Brighton

6th December – XOYO, London

7th December – The Cooler, Bristol


Scholars are heading out on tour.

15th September – Southsea Festival

17th September – The Star, Guildford

19th September – Bacchus, Kingston

20th September – Bar One, Sunderland

21st September – The Studio, Hartlepool

22nd September – Palladium, Bideford

27th September – Avondale House, Southampton

28th September – Red Arrows Club, Ramsgate


Seye will be touring throughout September and October.

3rd September – Town Hall, Middlesbrough (with Africa Express)

4th September – The Arches, Glasgow (with Africa Express)

5th September – The Ritz, Manchester (with Africa Express)

6th September – Solus, Cardiff (with Africa Express)

7th September – The Big Top @ Creative Common, Bristol (with Africa Express)

8th September – Granary Square at King’s Cross, London (with Africa Express)

12th September – Electricity Showrooms, London

19th September – o2 Academy, Bristol (with Aiden Grimshaw)

20th September – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (with Aiden Grimshaw)

22nd September – Roadmender, Northampton (with Aiden Grimshaw)

23rd September – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth (with Aiden Grimshaw)

24th September – Concorde 2, Brighton (with Aiden Grimshaw)

26th September – o2 Academy, Birmingham (with Aiden Grimshaw)

27th September – King Tuts, Glasgow (with Aiden Grimshaw)

28th September – Cockpit, Leeds (with Aiden Grimshaw)

30th September – Academy 3, Manchester (with Aiden Grimshaw)

1st October – o2 Academy, Oxford (with Aiden Grimshaw)

2nd October – Scala, London (with Aiden Grimshaw)

24th October – Academy 1, Manchester (with Alex Clare)

25th October – Koko, London (with Alex Clare)

Teengirl Fantasy

Catch Teengirl Fantasy on their UK leg of their European tour.

20th October – Nocturnal @ Birthdays, London

24th October – Village Underground with Actress, Evian Christ

26th October – Life with Blawan, Leon Vynehall, Brighton

27th October – The Arches, Glasgow

Tyler James

Tyler James will be playing three live UK dates in November. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

18th November – Academy 3, Manchester

19th November – Glee Club, Birmingham

21st November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London


Tickets for Ultravox’s upcoming tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

21st September – Colston Hall, Bristol

22nd September – New Theatre, Oxford

23rd September – Guildhall, Portsmouth

25th September – Royal Centre, Nottingham

26th September – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

27th September – HMV Apollo, Hammersmith

29th September – G Live, Guildford

30th September – Palace Theatre, Manchester

2nd October – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

3rd October – Regent Theatre, Ipswich

4th October – City Hall, Sheffield

6th October – Opera House, Blackpool

7th October – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

8th October – Sage, Gateshead


Villagers are playing five UK dates as part of their European tour.

17th October – The Sage, Gateshead

18th October – Academy, Manchester

20th October – Barrowlands, Glasgow

21st October – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

22nd October Brixton Academy, London


Yeasayer are touring this month. Check them out.

27th September – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

28th September – Arches, Glasgow

29th September – The Ritz, Manchester

30th September – Button Factory, Dublin

Released This Week

Privateering – Mark Knopfler

Come of Age – The Vaccines

Beacon – Two Door Cinema Club

North – Matchbox Twenty

Fires – Ronan Keating

Sun – Cat Power

The Light Between Us – Scouting for Girls

The Ukuleles – The Ukuleles

The Bloom and the Blight – Two Gallants

Poor Moon – Poor Moon