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Music News: Monday 7th November 2011

Lisa Bentley


Seth Lakeman


Matt Berry and the Public’s Christmas Single

Matt Berry, Absolute Radio’s DJ has embarked on a challenge to release a Christmas single featuring himself and members of the public. The aim of the single – besides to spread festive joy – is to raise money for the charity Shelter. You can watch a demo of the video for A Christmas Song that Matt Berry has done at www.absoluteradio.co.uk, the concept behind the song being that people panic shop during the last few days before the 25th December. Berry is now looking for members of the public to elaborate on the track with vocal and or instruments (anything at all is welcome). You can download an instrumental version at the aforementioned website. Entries must be made by the 14th November as the expected iTunes release date is December 4th. Berry himself said about the challenge, “Christmas is about being inclusive, sharing and selfless, much like this song. My aim is to release a Christmas single that a whole bunch of people, young and old, can say they were a part of. Please show your support for the project and for Shelter and let’s do something original.”

Justin Bieber says no to Baby Baby Baby

A fan of teen pop sensation Justin Bieber claims she is carrying his child. Camp Bieber has denied the rumours.  The fan claims to have had unprotected sex with Bieber in October 2010 during his tour when he came to perform in L.A.

Daltrey and Townshend Help the Fight Against Cancer

The Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adults Cancer Program has been launched at American College UCLA which will serve to help patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre. It is also ebing supported by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. The charity helps to ensure that cancer patients are given the best possible treatment and are housed in a facility that is comforting and can provide support from other patients during their treatment. This style of treatment facility is already available in 19 special teen cancer units in the UK.

Seth Lakeman Releases New Album and Breaks the Internet

New release from Seth Lakeman Tales from the Barrel House will be available from November 18th. The singer offered fans the chance to own a signed copy of the new album which sold out in minutes and managed to crash his website www.sethlakeman.co.uk. Lakeman will be touring later this year. Please see our Live Announcements section for details of his tour.

Jessica Simpson is Pregnant

Singer Jessica Simpson has announced her pregnancy. She and her NFL star boyfriend Eric Johnson have announced they will marry once the baby is born.

Posthumous Release for Amy

Amy Winehouse’s estate is set to release an album of unheard tracks on December 5th. It is rumoured to be titled Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures will see proceeds from the sale go to the charity set up in her honour after the singer died earlier this year.

Gay For Johnny Depp Call It A Day

Gay For Johnny Depp have issued a statement announcing their demise. The official statement from the band was announced via a YouTube video. Check it out here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK5-k9HOom8.

Live Announcements

Beans On Toast

Make sure you check out Beans On Toast on their December tour. Date and venue details below.

1st December – The Yard, London (Album Launch)

2nd December – The Croft, Bristol

4th December – The Hope, Brighton

5th December – Moles, Bath

7th December – Gwdihw Café, Bath

10th December – The Swan, Kidderminster

12th December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

13th December – Royal Cellers, Leeds

14th December – The Basement, York

15th December – Hooga, Essex

Beth Jeans Houghton

Catch Beth Jeans Houghton at one of her two December dates.

5th December – Dingwalls, London (supporting Vetiver)

8th December – Cargo, London (The End of the Road Christmas Shindig)


Betreaus are heading out on a December tour. Check them at the following dates.

6th December – Sin City, Swansea

8th December – Purple Turtle, London

9th December – Belushis, Brighton

11th December – 13th Note, Glasgow

15th December – Soundhouse, Leicester

17th December – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester

18th December – The Towler, Bury

19th December – Escobar, Leeds

Blood Orange

Blood Orange are heading out on tour. See them live at the below dates and venues.

14th November – Cargo, London (supporting Cant www.atpfestival.com)

1st December – XOYO, London (supporting Das Racist)

2nd December – Green Door Store, Brighton (Free Entry)

3rd December – Shacklewell Arms, London

Christina Perri

2012 will see Christina Perri head out on her first headlining tour. Make sure you get your tickets quickly. You are not going to want to miss this.

15th January – o2 ABC 2, Glasgow

16th January – Academy 2, Manchester

18th January – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

19th January – Concorde 2, Brighton

20th January – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

22nd January – Dublin Academy, Ireland

Chris T-T

Folk singer Chris T-T is heading out on a truly epic tour before the year is out. Catch him on one of his many live performances.

15th November – The Performance Centre (no Franz), Falmouth University

19th November – Crunch Festival 2011, Hay-On-Wye

20th November – Family Concert Series, Leeds University (Chris T-T sings A.A.Milne)

20th November – The Olde Young Tea House, Middlesborough

21st November – The Actress & Bishop, Birmingham

22nd November – Harry’s Bar, Stoke on Trent

23rd November – Venue TBA, Liverpool

24th November – Slak, Cheltenham

26th November – Cavern, Exeter

27th November – Promised Land, Cardiff

30th November – Adelphi, Hull

1st December – City Screen Basement, York

2nd December – Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

4th December – Book Yer Ane Fest V 2011, Dundee

5th December – Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

6th December – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline

7th December – The Well, Leeds

8th December – Victoria Inn, Derby

9th December – Bargate Castle, Southampton

11th December – Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading (Ben Marwood’s Christmas Party: Franz, Ben and Chris T-T)

12th December – The Old Blue Last, London (Free Entry)

13th December – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford

14th December – The Maze, Nottingham

15th December – The Croft, Bristol

18th December – Olive Anns, Norwich

20th December – Friends Meeting House, Brighton (Chris T-T Sings A.A. Milne at Christmas)

Crown Jewel Defense

Crown Jewel Defense are set to tour with The Darkness on their autumn tour. The venue and date details can be found below.

8th November – o2 Academy, Liverpool

9th November – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh

10th November – o2 Academy, Glasgow

12th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle

13th November – Academy, Manchester

14th November – o2 Academy, Bristol

16th November – Dome, Brighton

17th November – Guildhall, Southampton

18th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham

20th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

21st November – o2 Academy, Sheffield

22nd November – Rock City, Nottingham

24th November – UEA, Norwich

25th November – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

2nd December – The Savoy, Cork, Ireland

3rd December – Dublin Olympia, Ireland

4th December – Ulster Hall, Belfast


The London quintet will be continuing their tour throughout December. Make sure you get a ticket.

7th December – Thekla (Small Room), Bristol

8th December – Electrowerkz, London

11th December – The Castle Hotel, Manchester

12th December – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool


Due to the overwhelming success of ticket sales for Examples tour a new date has been added. Check out details below for the updates.

20th April – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (02920 244 488)

21st April – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (0844 493 6666)

22nd April – SECC, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

24th April – AECC, Aberdeen (0844 499 9990)

26th April – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (0844 4124 624)

27th April – The o2 Arena, London (0844 856 0202)

28th April – MEN Arena, Manchester (0844 847 8000)

30th April – BIC, Bournemouth (0844 576 3000)

1st May – NIA, Birmingham (0844 338 8000)

5th May – Millennium Square, Leeds (0844 811 0051) – NEW DATE

I Am Avalanche

December see’s I Am Avalanche performing a headlining tour. The band will not be resting on their laurels; they will be touring again in February supporting Brand New on their tour. Check them out.

8th February – o2 Academy, Bristol

9th February – Academy, Manchester (Sold Out)

10th February – Guildhall, Southampton

11th February – Roundhouse, London (Sold Out)

12th February – Roundhouse, London

14th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow

15th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

16th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

17th February – University Great Hall, Cardiff

Kina Grannis

February will see singer Kina Grannis embark on a European tour. Check her out on one of her 7 UK dates.

1st February – Dublin Academy, Ireland

2nd February – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

3rd February – Academy, Manchester

5th February – Waterfront, Norwich

6th February – Glee Club, Birmingham

7th February – Thekla, Bristol

9th February – Union Chapel, London


Labrinth is heading out on tour in 2012. This will be the debut UK headlining tour for the singer so make sure you get tickets.

23rd February – HMV Institute Library, Birmingham

24th February – o2 Academy, Liverpool

25th February – Academy 2, Manchester

26th February – o2 ABC 2, Glasgow

28th February – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

29th February – o2 Academy, Oxford

1st March – o2 Academy, Bristol

2nd March – Cardiff University Solus, Cardiff

4th March – Waterfront, Norwich

5th March – Koko, London

8th March – Concorde, Brighton

Mozart Parties

Mozart Parties will be playing three live shows in November with Trailer Trash Tracys and Beaty Heart. Check them out.

23rd November – The Musiquarium, Leeds (with Trailer Trash Tracys)

24th November – The Old Blue Last, London (with Trailer Trash Tracys)

25th November – The Green Door Store, Brighton (with Beaty Heart)

The Rainband

The Rainband will be heading off on tour supporting Ocean Colour Scene. You can see them perform live at the following dates and venues.

3rd December – Engine Shed, Lincoln

5th December – o2, Newcastle

6th December – Barrowlands, Glasgow

7th December – Barrowlands, Glasgow

9th December – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

11th December – Apollo, Manchester

12th December – Spa, Scarborough

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced two massive shows for summer 2012. Tickets are available now via www.seetickets.com.

23rd June – Knebworth Park, Stevenage

24th June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman is due to release his sixth album Tales From The Barrel House. He will be performing a headlining tour in December.

2nd December – Town Hall, Cheltenham

3rd December – The Orchard, Dartford

12th December – Lemon Grove, Exeter

13th December – The Robin 2, Bilston

14th December – Concorde 2, Brighton

15th December – The Brook, Southampton (Sold Out)

16th December – Picturedrome, Holmfirth

17th December – Cheese & Grain, Frome

18th December – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

Stand Up and Rock For Crisis

Crisis, a charity which helps raise money for the homeless will be hosting a music and comedy night which will include act such as Jo Brand, Tim Minchin, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller. Weller is said to be playing a set full of the hits from his career. The evening will be presented by comedian Ross Noble. Also Joining them will be The Choir With No Name. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.gigsandtours.com and prices for tickets range from £39.50 to £75.00.

20th December – Hammersmith Apollo, London

Various Cruelties

New single from Various Cruelties is due for release January 1st. The band has announced details of a four January tour to punctuate its release.

16th January – Deaf Institute, Manchester

17th January – 100 Club, London

18th January – Rainbow, Birmingham

20th January – King Tuts, Glasgow

21st January – Cockpit, Leeds

We Are Augustines

We Are Augustines are set to play three live dates before the end of the year. Check them out at the following dates and venues.

7th November – Queen of Hoxton, London (Book of James single release show)

8th November – The Social, London (Huw Stephens Introducing Show)

14th December – o2 Brixton Academy, London (XFM Winter Wonderland)

We Are Physics

We Are Physics have announced a handful of live dates for November and December. See below for the details.

11th November – Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow

9th December – Elliot’s Bar, Aberdare

10th December – Buffalo Bar, London

11th December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (with Swound!)

17th December – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow (with Kassidy)

3 Daft Monkeys

Make sure you check out 3 Daft Monkeys on their November tour.

9th November – Putney Half Moon, London

10th November – Jericho, Oxford

11th November – The Cellars, Portsmouth

12th November – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

13th November – Louisiana, Bristol

15th November – Cox’s Yard, Stratford

16th November – Bodega, Nottingham

17th November – The Greystones, Sheffield

18th November – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

19th November – Marrs Club, Worcester

20th November – Wharf, Tavistock

Released This Week

Someone To Watch Over Me – Susan Boyle

Battleground – The Wanted

Sticks and Stones – Cher Lloyd

Birdy – Birdy

Now That’s What I Call Christmas – Various Artists

Crazy Clown Time – David Lynch

Dermot O’Leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2011 – Various Artists

Tumble Bee – Laura Veirs