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Music News: Monday 9th April 2012

Lisa Bentley



Boy George Attacked

Singer George O’Dowd aka Boy George was attacked outside a nightclub in Yorkshire. A woman tried to take his hat from him but in doing so managed to hit the singer leaving him with a black eye. O’Dowd will not be pressing charges.

Shifty Shellshock Awakens from Coma

Crazy Town’s Shifty Shellshock aka Seth Binzer has awoken from his comatose state. Binzer was admitted to the ICU in an LA hospital last week. Binzer has recently taken part in two reality TV shows, both aimed at curbing his drug use and addiction. It has not been revealed whether drgus played a part in his falling into a coma.

will.i.am Told To Calm Down

will.i.am has been warned over his banter with the other judges on BBC talent show The Voice. The producers of the show feel that he is coming across as aggressive and needs to tone it down.

Fan Stabbed at Jessie J’s Free Concert

A young man was brutally stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle at a Jessie J gig. He is currently in hospital and said to be in a critic condition.

Green Day Will Induct GNR

It has been announced the Green Day will be inducting Guns and Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame this year. The band will deliver a speech before presenting the honour to the band.

Say Goodbye to Kai

Mystery Jets bassist Kai Fish has left the band. He had this to say regarding his departure, “It was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”  Mystery Jets are currently touring the UK and seem to have no plans to disband.

New Sgt. Peppers Cover

Sir Peter Blake, the creator of the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover turns eighty this year. To celebrate he has modernised the classic album cover. You can see the updated version at the following address – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/interactive/2012/apr/02/sgt-pepper-new-cover-peter-blake-interactive.

Live Announcements

Aled Jones

Aled Jones will be performing a cathedral tour in October. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

2nd October – Norwich Cathedral (The Boy and Girl Choristers of Norwich Cathedral)

4th October – Exeter Cathedral (The Boy and Girl Choristers of Exeter Cathedral)

5th October – Truro Cathedral (Cornwall Junior Choir)

6th October – Guildford Cathedral (Farnham Youth Choir)

8th October – Ely Cathesdral (The Boy Choristers of Ely Cathedral and The Ely Imps)

9th October – Coventry Cathedral (The Boy and Girl Choristers of Coventry Cathedral)

11th October – Sheffield Cathedral (The Boy and Girl Choristers of Sheffield Cathedral)

12th October –York Minister (The Boy and Girl Choristers of York Minister)

13th October – Durham Cathedral (The Boy and Girl Choristers of Durham Cathedral)

15th October – Manchester Cathedral (Manchester Cathedral Choristers)

16th October – Bangor Cathedral (Bangor Cathedral Choir)

18th October – Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral (Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choristers)

19th October – Gloucester Cathedral (Gloucester Cathedral Choristers)

22nd October – Derby Cathedral (The Boy and Girl Choristers of Derby Cathedral)

23rd October – Liverpool Cathedral (Liverpool Cathedral Choristers)

25th October – London Union Chapel (Children’s International Voices of Enfield)

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke will be heading out with JLS on their upcoming tour.

19th August – South Park, Oxford

25th August – Bitts Park, Carlisle

26th August – Chantry Park, Ipswich

27th August – Country Ground, Brighton & Hove Probiz

1st September – Powderham Castle, Exeter

2nd September – Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln

Ben Montague

Check out Ben Montague on his upcoming tour.

7th June – Mr Kyps, Dorset

12th June – o2 Academy, Birmingham

13th June – o2 Academy Islington, London

14th June – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

17th June – Komedia, Brighton

20th June –Greystones, Sheffield

21st June – Academy 3, Manchester

22nd June – Discovery Centre, Winchester

23rd June – Tower, Folkestone

24th June – Isle of Wight Festival

26th June – o2 ABC, Glasgow

27th June – o2 Academy, Newcastle

28th June – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

29th June – o2 Academy, Liverpool

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep are heading out on tour.

12th May – The Hope @ The Great Escape, Brighton (14:15pm)

14th May – Music in Beta @ The Castle, Manchester

15th May – Nice and Sleazys, Glasgow

16th May – The Barfly, London

17th May – Art Academy @ Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool

Broken Hands

Broken Hands will be touring. Check them out.

3rd May – Servant Jazz Quarters, London

5th May – Live at Leeds

21st May – SOYO, Sheffield

22nd May – The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

23rd May – King Tut’s, Glasgow

24th May – Stereo, York

26th May – Firebug, Leicester

28th May – Kasbah, Coventry

29th May – South Street Arts Centre, Reading

30th May – The Lexington, London

31st May – The Hope, Brighton

2nd June – Dot-to-Dot Festival, Bristol

3rd June – Dot-to-Dot Festival, Nottingham

4th June – Dot-to-Dot Festival, Manchester

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit will be touring throughout April and the rest of the year. Their live dates are listed below.

26th April – Nonclassical @ XOYO (DJ Set)

27th April – The Nest (Soundsystem Show)

6th – 8th July – Lounge on the Farm

19th – 22nd July – Secret Garden Party

17th – 19th August – Summer Sundae

6th – 9th – Bestival

Darren Hayes

Darren Hayes has announced a September tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

21st September – The Sage, Gateshead

22nd September – o2 ABC, Glasgow

24th September – Indigo o2, London

25th September – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

27th September – Vicar, St Dublin

28th September – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

29th September – The Dome, Brighton

General Fiasco

Check out General Fiasco on tour this May.

8th May – PJ Molloy’s, Dunfermline

9th May – Ironworks, Inverness

10th May – Dofhouse, Dundee

12th May – Pitch Invasion Music Festival, Hartlepool

15th May – Sound Control, Manchester

16th May – The Duchess, York

17th May – Roadmender, Northampton

18th May – Cockpit 3, Leeds

23rd May – Little Civic, Wolverhamtpon

24th May – Hippodrome ‘New Slang’, Kingston

25th May – Koko ‘Club NME’, London

27th May – Talking Heads, Southampton

28th May – Boileroom, Guildford

29th May – Jericho Tavern, Oxford

30th May – Notting Hill Arts Club ‘Death Disco’, London

31st May – Hydrant, Brighton

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz has announced a one off live UK date. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

1st December – o2 Arena, London

Joe Brooks

Joe Brooks will be playing his first live UK shows in over two years. Tickets can be purchased via www.gigsandtours.com.

19th September – Cockpit 2, Leeds (0113 245 5570)

20th September – Sound Control, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

21st September – o2 Academy Islington, London (0844 477 2000)

22nd September – Rock City (Basement), Nottingham (0845 413 4444)

24th September – o2 Academy 2, Bristol (0844 477 2000)

25th September – HMV Institute (Temple Room), Birmingham (0844 248 5037)

26th September – The Cellar, Southampton (0844 811 0051)


Nickleback have added an extra date to their October tour.

1st October – o2 Arena, London

2nd October – NIA, Birmingham

4th October – Manchester Arena, Manchester

5th October – Newcastle Metro Arena, Newcastle

7th October – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

8th October – Wembley Arena, London


Peace are currently playing an extensive tour.

11th April – The Gate, Cardiff (with Mystery Jets)

12th April – Arts Centre, Norwich (with Mystery Jets)

14th April – Bodega, Nottingham (with Mystery Jets)

15th April – Sugarmill, Stoke (with Mystery Jets)

16th April – Queens Social Club, Sheffield (with Mystery Jets)

18th April – The Bullingdon, Oxford (with Mystery Jets)

19th April – Forum, Tunbridge Wells (with Mystery Jets)

20th April – Junction 2, Cambridge (with Mystery Jets)

21st April – Moles, Bath (with Mystery Jets)

5th May – Camden Crawl, London (daytime)

5th May – Live at Leeds, Leeds (nighttime)

6th May – Camden Crawl, London

10th May – Great Escape, Brighton

11th May – Great Escape, Brighton

12th May – Great Escape, Brighton

16th May – Quay House Tower Block, Manchester

18th May – Brixton Academy, London (with Mystery Jets)

2nd June – Dot-to-Dot Festival, Bristol

3rd June – Dot-to-Dot Festival, Nottingham

4th June – Dot-to-Dot Festival, Manchester

21st July – Tramlines, Sheffield

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman has announced details of an October tour.

10th October – The Anvil, Basingstoke

11th October – Arts Centre, Warwick

12th October – City Hall, Salisbury

13th October – Cadogan Hall, London

14th October – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

16th October – Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury

17th October – G Live, Guildford

18th October – The Sage, Gateshead

19th October – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

20th October – The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

21st October – Corn Exchange, Ipswich

23rd October – Opera House, Buxton

24th October – The Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple

25th October – Town Hall, Birmingham

26th October – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

27th October – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The Sun Explodes

The Sun Explodes are touring this month. Get down to see them.

14th April – Cockpit 3, Leeds

16th April – Live Lounge, Blackburn

17th April – The Riverside, Selby

18th April – Vintage Rock Bar, Doncaster

19th April – Basement, York

20th April – Exchange Arts Centre, Keighly

21st April – The Dublin Packet, Holyhead (North Wales)

22nd April – Yorkshire House, Lancaster

23rd April – Retro Bar, Manchester

25th April – Intake, Mansfield

26th April – The Art School, Glasgow

27th April – Roper Hall, Preston

28th April – The Brickyard, Carlisle

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