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Music News: Monday 4th June 2012

Lisa Bentley



Festival News

As another festival closes one more opens. A new festival has been created honouring the late John Peel and will take place in Norwich in October. As it is planned to be after the summer festival circuit will they be able to sustain any form of longevity? We will have to wait and see. The news of The John Peel Festival of New Music came the same week as the news that the Crystal Palace Garden Party Festival has been cancelled. The festival was scheduled to take place at the end of June. The official statement reveals it is due to inadequate stage equipment but organisers are hoping to be able to resume next year.

Don’t Mess With Manson

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has proven that she is no one to be reckoned with recently when she kicked a fan out of one of Garbage’s live shows for punching someone. Manson saw the male member of the audience lash out at a woman and became enraged. After scolding the gig-goer she threw him out of the concert. The scene which unfolded at the Atlantic City gig on their current US tour was captured and can be viewed on YouTube.

Slash Fans Not Allowed

Fans of ex-Guns and Roses guitarist Slash were forced to turn their t-shirts adorned with Slash’s face inside out at the recent Guns and Roses gigs. Anyone sporting a Slash “T” was told to turn it around or they were turned away. The feud between Axl and Slash continues. The band have also been criticised for their unprofessional behaviour on this tour, turning up hours later than scheduled. Is this ‘Rock and Roll’ or just plain reprehensible behaviour? Let us know your thoughts.

New Album Details

The XX have confirmed that their second album Coexist will be released on September 10th. The band believe it is a step away from their previous album, showing a more mature side to the musicianship. In other music news Bloc Party have announced the release of their fourth studio album Four which will be available August 20th.

Winehouse Home For Sale

The home where the late Amy Winehouse lived and subsequently died is on the property market. The Camden property can be purchased for £2.7 million.

Ween Split

The band Ween has called it a day; after 25 years of performing together the band have said goodbye.

Backbeat Heading to Broadway

An adaption of the movie Backbeat based on The Beatles time in Hamburg in the early 60s is due to open in LA before heading to Broadway. The show has already premiered in the UK.

Digital Sales Surpass Physical

Digital music sales have reched 55.5% of the market surpassing the sale of physical music. The slow and painful death of physical music continues.

Live Announcements

Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun

Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun will be touring in November.

11th November – Rock City, Nottingham

12th November – o2 Academy, Leeds

13th November – o2 Academy, Liverpool (Sold Out)

14th November – Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

15th November – Hexagon, Reading

17th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle

19th November – o2 Academy, Sheffield

20th November – UEA, Norwich

22nd November – Winter Gardens, Margate

23rd November – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

24th November – Assembly, Leamington Spa (Sold Out)

25th November – Engine Shed, Lincoln

26th November – o2 Academy, Oxford (Sold Out)

28th November – Corn Exchange, Brighton

29th November – Guildhall, Southampton

1st December – Pavilion, Bath

Maximo Park

Maximo Park have announced details of a November tour.

1st November – o2 Academy, Liverpool

2nd November – o2 ABC, Glasgow

3rd November – o2 Academy, Newcastle

5th November – Plug, Sheffield

6th November – HMV Ritz, Manchester

7th November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

9th November – HMV Institute, Birmingham

10th November – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth

Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister will be touring throughout June.

4th June – King Tuts, Glasgow

5th June – The Donkey, Leicester

6th June – The Enterprise, London

7th June – Moon Club, Cardiff

8th June – Blind Tiger, Brighton

9th June – The Met, Peterborough

10th June – The Waterfront, Norwich

12th June – Lexington, London (with The Blockheads)

13th June – The Garage, London (with Kitty, Daisy & Lewis)


Stereophonics will be performing an intimate tour in July.

22nd July – Venue Cymru, Llandudno

23rd July – Assembly Rooms, Derby

24th July – Auditorium, Grimsby

25th July – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Zulu Winter

Zulu Winter are touring.

9th June – Gentlemen Of The Road Festival, Galway

10th June – No Direction Home, Derbyshire

24th June – Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight

8th July – T in the Park, Kinross

20th July Secret Garden Party, Cambridge

25th – 26th August – Reading/Leeds Festival

31st August – Underage Festival, London

9th September – Bestival, Newport, Isle of Wight

Released This Week

Americana – Neil Young

One Day I’m Going To Soar – Dexy’s

That’s Why God Made The Radio – The Beach Boys

Souvenir – Kaiser Chiefs

Heartbreak On Hold – Alexandra Burke

Banga – Patti Smith

Lex Hives – The Hives

Heaven – The Walkmen

Anxiety – Ladyhawke

Manifest – Friends