Actress and Singer Bernie Nolan lost her battle with breast cancer this week. Bernie Nolan had a varied career starting with singing in family based pop group The Nolans whose song I’m In The Mood For Dancing is still a firm disco classic. She later went on to become a successful stage and screen actress starring in Brookside and also performing on stage in Blood Brothers. She is survived by her daughter Erin.
Billy Bragg was honoured at the AIM awards for his contribution to music. The Lifetime achievement award was issued to Bragg for his 30 years of service in music since his debut album was released. Congratulations to Billy.
Jessie J has announced that she will not be returning for the third season of BBC talent show The Voice. When talking to BBC News, Jessie J said this of her time on the show – “I’ve absolutely loved my time on The Voice, and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about the show. I can’t wait to promote my new record around the world and that has to take priority. I shall be keeping a very close eye on series three, showing my support in every way I can, and really hope that in some way that I can be part of the show.
50 Cent was arrested this week on charges of domestic violence. It has been claimed that the rapper attacked his ex-girlfriend earlier this week in Los Angeles. 50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson has denied these charges.
Albert Hammond Jnr is set to release a new EP through Julian Casablancas’ label. The new EP will hopefully be released in September and is said to be five tracks long.
Belle and Sebastian have announced details of a new compilation album. The Third Eye Centre is due for released towards the end of August and will feature 19 tracks.
Babyshambles have confirmed details of their new album. The bands’ third album will be available in September and will be called Sequel to the Prequel.
Wayne Coyne will feature on the new Moby album. The 12 track album will feature a number of collaborations and will be released in October.
A festival attender at this year’s Glastonbury gave birth to a baby girl in the medics tent.
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger married this week. The wedding was held in the south of France.
Lou Reed was taken into hospital this week. It has been said that Reed has suffered with severe dehydration. No stranger to health woes, Lou Reed underwent liver transplant surgery in May.
Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am are currently battling it out for the copyright of the phrase ‘I am.’ We kid you not.
London’s Jewish Museum opened a new exhibition this week chronicling the life and times of Amy Winehouse. The exhibition will run July 3rd to September 15th 2013.
Vince Power has sold the shares that he held in the summer festival Benicassim. Festival organisers have been quick to dismiss that this will affect this years’ event in any way.
Motorhead have had to cancel more dates of their tour. Lemmy has been told by doctors that he cannot complete the tour and therefore the band have cancelled remaining dates. The following statement has been issued – “Regretfully, Motörhead announces it has had to cancel its remaining six summer festival appearances. The band hate to let their fans down by missing any shows, but they expect to be back in full force this fall. As you may have heard, earlier this spring Lemmy had some medical maintenance for the long-term good. He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual. He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest.
Lemmy has also issued the following message for the fans – I’d like to thank everyone who wishes me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don’t like to disappoint the fans especially in times where the economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can’t do anything else than following doctor’s orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody’s ass. There you have it! You can now stop worrying, redirect those cards, flowers and chocolates to a loved one (who will appreciate them far more), keep calm and carry on! Lemmy and Motörhead certainly are! Thanks and see you in the fall for their new album in the form of a massive aftershock…”
Arctic Monkeys have added a further date to their autumn tour.
22nd October – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
23rd October – Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester
25th October – Earls Court, London
26th October – Earls Court, London
28th October – Echo Arena, Liverpool
29th October – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
31st October – LG Arena, Birmingham
1st November – Hydro Arena, Glasgow
2nd November – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Beady Eye will be touring in November.
10th November – Barrowlands, Glasgow
12th November – o2 Academy, Leeds
13th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle
15th November – Manchester Academy, Manchester
16th November – Manchester Academy, Manchester
18th November – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
19th November – Guildhall, Portsmouth
21st November – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Catch Danny & the Champions of the World on their upcoming tour.
19th July – Truck Festival, Oxford (Danny Solo)
3rd August – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
9th August – Cropredy Festival, Banbury
24th September – The Railway Hotel, Southend
25th September – Also Known As, Banbury
26th September – The Chattery, Swansea
27th September – Windmill, Brixton
28th September – South Street Arts Centre, Reading
29th September – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
13th November – Old Oak Bar, Cork
14th November – Whelans, Dublin
15th November – The Goats Toe, Bangor, Belfast
16th November – Cleeres, Kilkenny
20th November – Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
22nd November – Town Hall, Stornaway
24th November – The Cluny, Newcastle
28th November – The Bullingdon, Oxford
29th November – The Donkey, Leicester
30th November – The Palmeira, Brighton
1st December – The Maze, Nottingham
3rd December – The Railway, Winchester
Gogol Bordello will be touring in December.
8th December – The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA, Norwich
9th December – o2 Academy, Bristol
11th December – o2 Academy, Leeds
13th December – o2 Academy, Brixton
14th December – Manchester Academy, Manchester
15th December – o2 Academy, Glasgow
The Growlers will be touring towards the end of the year.
23rd October – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
24th October – Broadcast, Glasgow
25th October – Bodega, Nottingham
26th October – Deaf Institute, Manchester
27th October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
29th October – Thekla, Bristol
30th October – Scala, London
31st October – The Haunt, Brighton
2nd November – Bullingdon, Oxford
Miles Kane will be touring in September and October.
26th September – Pyramids, Portsmouth
27th September – Academy, Leeds
28th September – Academy, Manchester
1st October – Academy, Newcastle
3rd October – Rock City, Nottingham
4th October – Institute, Birmingham
5th October – o2, Sheffield
7th October – UEA, Norwich
8th October – University, Hull
9th October – Academy, Bristol
11th October – Brixton Academy, London
Public Service Broadcasting will be playing an epic number of live dates over the upcoming months. You have no excuse not to get yourself down to one of the gigs.
12th July – Sin City, Swansea
13th July – Hyde Park, London (with Rolling Stones)
14th July – Leefest, Kent
17th July – The Lexington, London (AIM Awards Warm-Up)
19th July – Truck Festival, Oxford
20th July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
21st July- The Deer Shed Festival, Yorkshire
26th July – Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon
27th July – Wickerman, Dundrennan
28th July – Kendal Calling, Lake District
2nd August – Y-Not Festival, Derbyshire
3rd August – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
4th August – Wickham Festival, Hampshire
10th August – Esquires, Bedford
14th August – The Zephyr Lounge @ The Assembly, Royal Leamington Spa
15th August – South Street, Reading
18th August – Green Man Festival, Glanusk
29th August – Phoenix, Exeter
30th August – ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol
31st August – Jersey Live, Jersey
1st September – End of the Road, Dorset
12th September – The Picturedome, Holmsfirth
13th September – Ramsbottom Festival, Lancashire
14th September – Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
4th November – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
5th November – Oran Mor, Glasgow
6th November – The Picture House, Edinburgh
7th November – Academy 2, Manchester
8th November – Warehouse 34, Newcastle
9th November – The Leadmill, Sheffield
11th November – Stylus, Leeds
12th November – Library, Birmingham
13th November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
14th November – Sugarmill, Stoke on Trent
15th November – Stiff Kitten, Belfast
16th November – Button Factory, Dublin
18th November – Junction, Cambridge
20th November – The Forum, London
21st November – Globe, Cardiff
25th November – East Village Arts Centre, Liverpool
26th November – Anson Rooms, Bristol
27th November – Concorde 2, Brighton
28th November – The Brook, Southampton
Vampire Weekend have released details of an upcoming tour.
12th November – NIA, Birmingham
13th November – The o2, London
15th November – The Hydro, Glasgow
16th November – First Direct Arena, Leeds
17th November – Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester
Live at Bestival 2012 – New Order
Home – Aynsley Lister
The Blackest Beautiful – Letlive.
Glorious Ruins – Hillsong
Museum of Appalachia Recordings – Diana Jones
Ciara – Ciara
Blue Velvet Soul – Maysa
Dear River – Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo