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Music News: Monday 6th February 2012

Lisa Bentley



Jack White to Release Solo Album

Jack White has announced details to release his debut solo album. The album Blunderbuss will be available in April. Jack is taking time out from his other projects The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather to release the album.

Don Cornelius: 27th September 1936 – 1st February 2012

Legendary producer of Soul Train died this week. The cause of death has been rumoured to be suicide. Cornelius’ legacy lies in the creation of TV music programme Soul Train which helped black culture and music to be accessible on a mass level.

Amy Winehouse Coroner Resigns

The coroner involved in the inquest behind the death of Amy Winehouse has quit the case after her qualifications came under question. This may mean that the case is re-opened. It is not the ability of coroner Suzanne Greenway that has come under scrutiny but her apparent lack of license to perform the role.

Olympic Band Line-Up Gets Bigger

The 2012 Olympic celebrations are looking to become a musical event this year. Stars are lining up to take part. Jessie J and Ed Sheeran are amongst the latest to announce they will perform. Tinie Tempah, Lana Del Rey and Jack White have also confirmed they will play the event that will take place in London this year.

Live Announcements

A Place To Bury Strangers

Check out A Place To Bury Strangers on their upcoming tour.

8th May – Cargo, London

9th May – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

10th May – Sound Control, Manchester

11th May – King Tuts, Glasgow

12th May – Cluny, Newcastle

13th May – Cockpit, Leeds

Clock Opera

Clock Opera’s debut album Ways To Forget is due for release April 9th through Moshi Moshi/Island Records. The band will celebrate the release with an epic tour. Catch them throughout April.

11th April – o2 Academy 2, Newcastle

12th April – Little Rooms, Sunderland

13th April – Fibbers, York

14th April – King Tuts, Glasgow

15th April – Cockpit, Leeds

17th April – Harley, Sheffield

18th April – Rainbow, Birmingham

19th April – 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff

20th April – Boiler Room, Guilford

21st April – Portland Arms, Cambridge

22nd April – Southampton, Cellar

24th April – Scala, London

28th April – Cellar, Oxford

29th April – Green Door, Brighton

30th April – Registry, Portsmouth

2nd June – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol

3rd June – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham

4th June – Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester


Crowns will be touring extensively throughout February, March and April. Get down to see their show at any of the following dates and venues.

17th February – Bunters, Truro

18th February – Jericho’s Brasserie, Launceston

20th February – Cavern, Exeter

22nd February – The Old Blue Last, London

25th March – Central Station, Wrexham (with Sharks)

26th March – Star & Garter, Manchester (with Sharks)

27th March – Rainbow, Birmingham (with Sharks)

28th March – King Tuts, Glasgow (with Sharks)

29th March – Stereo, York (with Sharks)

31st March – Rock City, Nottingham (with Sharks)

1st April – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (with Sharks)

2nd April – The Croft, Bristol (with Sharks)

3rd April – The Lexington, London (with Sharks)

4th April – Green Door Store, Brighton (with Sharks)

5th April – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (with Sharks)

6th April – Fighting Cocks, Kingston (with Sharks)

Django Django

Check out Django Django on their upcoming live dates.

17th February – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

19th February – Stereo, Glasgow

20th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester

21st February – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

23rd February – Crawdaddy, Dublin

24th February – Bodega, Nottingham

25th February – Cooler, Bristol

27th February – XOYO, London (Sold Out)


Currently on tour supporting Kaiser Chiefs, Fixers have now announced an epic headlining tour. Check them out on the following dates.

2nd February – Assembly Rooms, Derby (with Kaiser Chiefs)

14th February – Academy, Newcastle (with Kaiser Chiefs)

15th February – Auditorium, Grimsby (with Kaiser Chiefs)

18th February – Academy, Manchester (with Kaiser Chiefs)

19th February – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkstone (with Kaiser Chiefs)

21st February – Guildhall, Portsmouth (with Kaiser Chiefs)

22nd February – Colston Halls, Bristol (with Kaiser Chiefs)

23rd February – Hammersmith Apollo, London (with Kaiser Chiefs)

11th May – Joiners, Southampton

12th May – Cavern, Exeter

14th May – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff

15th May – Thekla, Bristol

17th May – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

18th May – Institute, Birmingham

21st May – King Tuts, Glasgow

22nd May – Cluny, Newcastle

23rd May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

25th May – Aunt Annies, Belfast

26th May – Whelans, Dublin

27th May – Deaf Institute, Manchester

28th May – Bodega, Nottingham

30th May – Scala, London

31st May – Arts Centre, Norwich

1st June – Leadmill, Sheffield

Gabriel & The Hounds

Gabriel & The Hounds are heading out for a UK tour. Check them out at the following venues.

23rd February – The Hope, Brighton

26th February – The Academy, Dublin

28th February – Captains Rest, Glasgow

29th February – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

1st March – Night & Day, Manchester

2nd March – Truro, Bunters

4th March – Notting Hill Arts Club, London

Happy Mondays

The original line-up of Happy Mondays have released details that they will be touring in May. Tickets can be purchased via www.gigsandtours.com.

3rd May – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

4th May – o2 Academy, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

5th May – Manchester Arena, Manchester (0844 847 8000)

6th May – o2 Academy, Sheffield (0844 477 2000)

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

10th May – o2 Academy Brixton, London (0844 477 2000)

11th May – o2 Academy Brixton, London (0844 477 2000)

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

15th May – Olympia, Dublin (353 1 6792212/0818719330)

18th May – Rock City, Nottingham (0845 413 4444)

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas has confirmed she will be supporting Bombay Bicycle Club on their upcoming April tour. Check them both out.

8th March – Coalition, Brighton (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

9th March – o2 Academy 2, Oxford (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

10th March – Sugar Club, Dublin (www.ticketmaster.ie)

12th March – Glee Club, Birmingham (www.livenation.co.uk)

13th March – Scala, London (Sold Out)

15th April – Corn Exchange, Cambridge (supporting Bombay Bicycle Club)

16th April – Brighton Centre, Centre

17th April – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

19th April – Barbican, York

20th April – Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

21st April – Guild of Students, Liverpool

23rd April – Pavilions, Plymouth

24th April – Guildhall, Portsmouth

25th April – De Montfort Hall, Leicester

27th April – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

28th April – Alexandra Palace, London

New Order

New Order have announced four live dates. Get your tickets from www.gigsandtours.com.

26th April – Apollo, Manchester

29th April – Ballroom, Birmingham

2nd May – Brixton Academy, London

5th May – Academy, Glasgow

Ren Harvieu

Check out rising star Ren Harvieu on her upcoming live dates. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

8th February – Ritz, Manchester (HMV Next Big Thing, XFM New Music Award Night)

15th February – The Lexington, London

20th February – The Globe, Cardiff (with Benjamin Francis Leftwich)

21st February – Komedia, Bath (with Benjamin Francis Leftwich)

22nd February – Shepherds Bush Empire, London (with Benjamin Francis Leftwich)

23rd February – Academy 2, Manchester (with Benjamin Francis Leftwich)

24th February – o2 ABC 2, Glasgow (with Benjamin Francis Leftwich)

1st April – Ruby Lounge, Manchester


Tribes album Baby was released in January and the band has now announced details of an upcoming tour. Ticket and venue details are shown below.

21st April – The Haunt, Brighton (www.seetickets.com 01273 606 312)

22nd April – Arts Centre, Norwich (www.norwichartscentre.co.uk 01603 660352)

24th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (www.seetickets.com 023 9286 3911)

25th April – Thekla, Bristol (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

27th April – Shepherds Bush Empire, London (www.seetickets.com)

29th April – Cockpit, Leeds (www.lunatickets.co.uk 0113 245 5570)

30th April – Oran Mor, Glasgow (www.gigsinscotland.com 08444 999 990)

1st May – Academy 3, Manchester (www.gigsandtours.com)

3rd May – Academy 2, Liverpool (www.gigsandtours.com)

4th May – Academy 2, Dublin (www.ticketmaster.ie)

5th May – Stiff Kitten, Belfast (www.ticketmaster.ie)

7th May – Leadmill, Sheffield (www.leadmill.co.uk 0114 2212 828)

8th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

9th May – Academy 2, Birmingham (www.livenation.co.uk)

The Twang

Check out The Twang on their upcoming tour. Tickets are available via www.seetickets.com.

24th February – Brickyard, Carlisle

25th February – Oran Mor, Glasgow

2nd March – The Fruit, Hull

3rd March – Club Academy, Manchester

9th March – DCAS, Chesterfield

10th March – University, Derby

23rd March – The Box, Crewe

24th March – Sin City, Swansea

30th March – Islington Academy, London

31st March – Concorde 2, Brighton

Released This Week

Format – Pet Shop Boys

Kisses On The Bottom – Paul McCartney

Lonely Are The Brave – Maverick Sabre

A Different Kind Of Truth – Val Halen

Blues Funeral – Mark Lanegan Band

High Ceilings & Collarbones – Juan Zelada

The Singles – Goldfrapp

Yous Truly, Cellophane Nose – Beth Jeans Houghton

No One Can Ever Know – The Twilight Sad

Bones – Young Guns