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Music News: Monday 8th October 2012

Lisa Bentley



No More Foo?

The Foo Fighters are taking a break. That is the latest news from the band. However, this information has led to worried fans to believe that the band are breaking up. Frontman Dave Grohl issued the following statement via the bands official Facebook page

Hey everyone…

Dave here. Just wanted to write and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for another incredible year (Our 18th to be exact!) We truly never could have done any of this without you…

Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far. I never thought we COULD make it this far to be honest. There were times when I didn’t think the band would survive. There were times when I wanted to give up. But…I can’t give up this band. And I never will. Because it’s not just a band to me. It’s my life. It’s my family. It’s my world.

Yes…I was serious. I’m not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again. It feels strange to say that, but it’s a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It’s one of the reasons why we’re still here. Make sense? I never want to NOT be in this band. So, sometimes it’s good to just…put it back in the garage for a while…

But no gold watches or vacations just yet…I’ll be focusing all of my energy on finishing up my Sound City documentary film and album for worldwide release in the very near future. A year in the making, it could be the biggest, most important project I’ve ever worked on. Get ready…it’s coming.

Me, Taylor, Nate, Pat, Chris and Rami…I’m sure we’ll  all see you out there…somewhere…

Thank you, thank you, thank you…


Lady Gaga to Receive Peace Award

A few weeks after Pussy Riot were awarded the Lennonono Peace award Lady Gaga has become the latest person to be awarded the honour. Congratulations to Lady Gaga.

Weird Collaboration?

Andrew WK has teamed up with magician David Blaine to perform a musical stunt that will take place this weekend. The musician will play a keyboard which is set to send 1 million volts of electricity through the illusionist David Blaine. Weird.

Eddie Vedder Joins KOL

Kings of Leon performed in San Francisco this week and were joined on stage by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam fame. Vedder performed classic KOL track The Bucket.

Album News

Funeral For A Friend have announced details of their latest album. The album will be called Conduit and it will be released in November.

Bonehead, the guitarist most famous for being a member of Oasis is set to release his debut album in 2013. The album is called Parlour Flames and will include 12 songs.

George Michael Cancels Tour

George Michael has had to cancel several dates on his Australian tour. He has cited major anxiety as the reasons for not performing the nine dates.

Posthumous Release from Matthew Jay

A new song from Matthew Jay is released this week. Matthew Jay released Draw in 2001 when he was signed to EMI. Tragically Matthew Jay died in 2003. More of his music has been released since his death; in 2008 his first posthumous album Further Than Tomorrow was released. Now his family are releasing a new single called Holy Details. It will be released October 10th which is the late singers birthday. Make sure you check it out.

Jared Followill is Married

Jared Followill and his fiancé Martha Patterson this week. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Music For A Good Home

Volume Two of Music For a Good Home, the charity CD whose proceeds go to Shelter was released last week. The twenty track CD contains songs from Rock of Travolta, Jimmy D and Mayday among many others. The album was produced for a good cause so make sure you pick up your copy from the following link – http://www.musicforagoodhome.com.

Live Announcements

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities begin their tour later this month.

26th October – Cherries, Bridgewater

27th October – Green Baize, Weston-Super-Mare

28th October – Tor Leisure, Glastonbury

30th October – The Islington, London

31st October –The Fern & Fallow, Cannock

1st November – Avondales, Southampton

2nd November – Mother Live, Shoreditch, London

25th November – The Croft, Bristol

Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes are touring this month.

18th October – Ironworks, Inverness

19th October – Picture House, Edinburgh

21st October – o2 ABC, Glasgow

22nd October – Cathedral, Manchester

23rd October – Cathedral, Manchester

25th October – Metropolitan University, Leeds

26th October – University of East Anglia, Norwich

28th October – o2 Academy, Leicester

29th October – Forum, London

30th October – Forum, London

1st November – HMV Institute, Birmingham

2nd November – Anson Rooms, Bristol

3rd November – Pyramids, Portsmouth

4th November – Dome Concert Hall, Brighton

Colt 45

Colt 45’s tour starts this week.

13th October – Brickyard, Carlisle

26th October – Warehouse, Penrith

27th October – Lexington, London

15th November – Bootleggers, Kendal

23rd November – Retro, Manchester

2nd December – Retro, Manchester

13th December – Bloc, Glasgow

15th December – Joplins, Chesterfield

16th December – Pivo, Glasgow

Deaf Club

Deaf Club start touring later this month.

12th October – Sound & Vision Festival

19th October – Sebright Arms, London

30th October – School of Art, Glasgow

31st October – Cluny, Newcastle

1st November – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

2nd November – Cockpit 3, Leeds

3rd November – Stealth, Nottingham

4th November – Louisiana, Bristol

6th November – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton

9th November – The Compass, Chester

10th November – Lock 42, Leicester

12th November – Trof Fallowfield, Manchester

Deap Valley

Deap Valley are touring with the Vaccines in November.

15th November – Pavilions, Plymouth

17th November – Alexandra Palace, London

19th November – De Montford Hall, Leicester

21st November – Apollo, Manchester

22nd November – University, Liverpool

23rd November – Dome, Doncaster

25th November – o2 Academy, Glasgow

26th November – o2 Academy, Glasgow

27th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle

29th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham

30th November – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

Jaguar Skills and his Amazing Friends

Tickets for Jaguar Skills and his Amazing Friends are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

10th October – Plug, Sheffield

12th October – o2 Academy, Oxford

13th October – HMV Forum, London

19th October – Stealth, Nottingham

20th October – Fusion, Guernsey

26th October – Sankeys, Manchester

2nd November – BUNKA, Leicester

3rd November – Glam, Cardiff

9th November – Secret Warehouse, Southampton

10th November – o2 Academy, Bristol

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are touring in November.

4th November – Phoenix, Exeter

6th November – Prince Albert, Stroud

7th November – Putney Half Moon, London

8th November – Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon

9th November – Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield

10th November – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

10th November – Arts Centre, Newhampton

11th November – Arts Centre, Bridport

15th November – Komedia, Brighton

16th November – Norden Farm Center for the Arts, Maidenhead

17th November – David Hall Arts Centre, South Petherton

19th November – Silver Street Sessions, Wiveliscombe

23rd November – Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Southampton

24th November – Rook Lane Arts Centre, Frome

25th November – Old Grammar School, Truro

27th November – National Centre for Early Music, York

29th November – The Met, Bury

30th November – The Stables, Milton Keynes


Katzenjammer start their tour later this month. Make sure you get down to see them. This is definitely a tour that is not to be missed.

25th October – The Junction, Cambridge

27th October – The Cockpit, Leeds

28th October – Oran Mor, Glasgow

29th October – HMV Institute, Birmingham

31st October – Islington Academy, London (Halloween Party)

1st November – Academy 2, Oxford

2nd November – Sound Control, Manchester

3rd November – Thekla, Bristol


Lemar is touring in December.

9th December – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

10th December – Regent, Ipswich

11th December – HMV Ritz, Manchester

13th December – HMV Institute, Birmingham

14th December – o2 Academy, Bristol

15th December – Indigo o2, London

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas’ tour starts this week.

8th October – Junction, Cambridge

10th October – Ritz, Manchester

11th October – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

12th October – HMV Institute, Birmingham

14th October – Stylus, Leeds

17th October – Fire Station, Bournemouth

18th October – Concorde 2, Brighton

20th October – Leadmill, Sheffield

21st October – o2 Academy, Bristol

22nd October – o2 Academy, Oxford

Lucy Rose

Catch Lucy Rose on her tour later this month.

20th October – East Oxford Centre, Oxford

21st October – Bodega, Nottingham

22nd October – Junction 1, Cambridge

23rd October – Bucks University, High Wycombe

25th October – Deaf Institute, Manchester

26th October- The Temple, Birmingham

28th October – Plug, Sheffield

29th October – Brudenell, Leeds

30th October – Academy 2, Newcastle

1st November – The Arches, Glasgow

2nd November – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

3rd November – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast

4th November – Whelan’s, Dublin

6th November – Kazimier, Liverpool

7th November – Hull, Fruit

8th November – Scholars Bar, Leicester

10th November – Kasbah Club, Coventry

11th November – Arts Centre, Norwich

12th November – Coalition, Brighton

14th November – Joiners, Southampton

15th November – Fleece, Bristol

16th November – The Gate, Cardiff

17th November – Minister Church, Reading

19th November – Railway Inn, Manchester

20th November – Boiler Room, Guildford

22nd November – Electric Ballroom, London

Marika Hackman

Tickets for Marika Hackman’s November tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

26th November – Komedia, Brighton

27th November – Thekla Upstairs, Bristol

28th November – Water Rats, London

29th November – Green Rooms, Stockton-on-Tees

30th November – King Tuts, Glasgow

1st December – The Castle, Manchester

Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire’s tour starts this week. Make sure you get your ticket.

10th October – Electric Ballroom, London

11th October – Garage, Glasgow

12th October – Moho Live, Manchester

13th October – Asylum, Birmingham

14th October – Cockpit, Leeds

Michelle Stodart

Michelle Stodart of The Magic Numbers is performing her first solo tour in November. Details of performance dates are below.

15th November – The Black Room, Manchester

16th November – The Cockpit, Leeds

19th November – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

20th November – Mc Hughes, Belfast

21st November – Academy 2, Dublin

23rd November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

24th November – Water Rats, London

28th November – The Hope, Brighton

29th November – Jerciho Tavern, Oxford

30th November – Bodega, Nottingham

2nd December – The Thunderbolt, Bristol

Simian Mobile Disco

Simian Mobile Disco are touring in October and November.

12th October – Warehouse Project, Manchester

27th October – Fire, London

8th November – The Twisted Pepper, Dublin

9th November – The Limelight, Belfast

10th November – The Arches, Glasgow

17th November – The Masque, Liverpool

Syd Arthur

Syd Arthur’s tour starts at the end of the month.

31st October – The Blind Tiger Club, Brighton

1st November – Communion Present at Wilmington Arms, London

2nd November – Old Road Tavern, Chippenham

3rd November – Augustine Hall, Canterbury

5th November – Louisiana, Bristol

6th November – Firebug, Leicester

Tegan & Sara

Tickets for Tegan & Sara’s November tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

7th November – Junction, Cambridge

11th November – o2 Academy, Bristol

15th November – HMV Forum, London

To Kill A King

To Kill A King’s tour starts later this month. The band will be playing 11 dates across the country. Make sure you get your ticket.

20th October – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

21st October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

23rd October – The Musician, Leicester

24th October – The Fleece, Bristol

25th October – Cargo, London

26th October – Brass Monkey, Hastings

28th October – Joiners, Southampton

29th October – The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham

30th October – Leopard, Doncaster

1st November – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

2nd November – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester


Train are touring in February 2013. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

14th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle

15th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow

17th February – Ulster Hall, Belfast

18th February – Vicar Street, Dublin

19th February – o2 Apollo, Manchester

21st February – o2 Academy, Leeds

22nd February – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

23rd February – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Two Gallants

Two Gallants are touring this month and also in November.

25th October – Whelans, Dublin

26th October – The Stiff Kitten, Belfast

27th October – Leaf, Liverpool

28th October – The Cluny, Newcastle

29th October – Cockpit, Leeds

30th October – King Tuts, Glasgow

31st October – Academy 3, Manchester

1st November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

2nd November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

3rd November – Fleece, Bristol

4th November – Arts Centre, Norwich

5th November – Junction 2, Cambridge

6th November – Electric Ballroom, London

14th November – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London

Released This Week

Long Wave – Jeff Lynne

Halcyon – Ellie Goulding

Release Me – Barbara Streisand

Monster – KISS

Bang Bang Boom Boom – Beth Hart

Lonerism – Tame Impala

The Origin of Love – Mika

Don’t Panic – All Time Low

The Mighty Sky – Beth Neilson Chapman

Sirens – Nine Black Alps