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Oxford folk rock quartet and birdwatching enthusiasts Stornoway have joined with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to present the first ever “Nature Reserves Tour” of England later this month. In the official tour date announcement from last week, frontman Brian Briggs invites:
“Come hear us play a mix of new and old material completely unplugged on a May evening against the backdrop of the evening bird song. I’ll even point out any interesting wildlife that we see or hear. Come and have a wander around the reserve beforehand too and see what the RSPB is doing for nature.”
Ahead of the Suffolk show, the band will appear on BBC’s Springwatch Unsprung at RSPB Minsmere hosted by wildlife presenter Chris Packham. Tickets for the following live shows are on sale now and are extremely limited, with only 40 tickets available for Suffolk and Essex, and 100 available for Bedfordshire.
Friday 29th May 2015 – Suffolk RSPB Minsmere
Saturday 30th May 2015 – Bedfordshire RSPB The Lodge
Sunday 31st May 2015 – Essex RSPB Rainham Marshes
Previous TGTF coverage of Stornoway, including editor Mary’s review of their recent Live at Leeds performance, can be found right here.
American soul singer Leon Bridges has announced a short list of UK headline dates for the first part of July, as well as a one-off show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London at the end of September. The July dates will follow the release of his debut LP ‘Coming Home’, due out on the 22nd of June on Columbia Records, and will precede Bridges’ scheduled appearances at the Latitude and Citadel Festivals.
Bridges and his extensive band appeared earlier this year at SXSW 2015, where I saw them on the Communion Music showcase at St. David’s Episcopal Church. Below the tour date listing, you can stream the audio for one of the songs Bridges played that night, ‘River’, which is also the latest single from ‘Coming Home’. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Tuesday 7th July 2015 – Birmingham Institute Temple
Wednesday 8th July 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 9th July 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 28th September 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Keston Cobblers Club have just announced that they will follow up last year’s EP release ‘A Pocket Guide to Escaping’ with their second full-length album titled ‘Wildfire’, due out on the 15th of June on Tricolour Records/Absolute via Universal. Speaking of the album, band member Julia Lowe says, “There’s a signature Cobblers recipe that we’ll always follow. That’s strong vocal harmonies, powerful drums, and hooky melodies and these are all still here.” Below the tour date listing, you can hear that for yourself in the video for album track ‘Won’t Look Back’.
Along with the news of the album release, Keston Cobblers Club have announced a lengthy 14-date autumn tour of the UK, as well as festival appearances at The Great Escape, Cambridge Folk Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, and their own adventure expedition Camp Wildfire. Tickets for the following live dates are on sale now.
Wednesday 14th October 2015 – Liverpool Leaf
Thursday 15th October 2015 – Glasgow Broadcast
Friday 16th October 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Saturday 17th October 2015 – Bury Met (English Folk Expo show)
Sunday 18th October 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 22nd October 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Friday 23rd October 2015 – Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 24th October 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 25th October 2015 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – London Scala
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre
Friday 30th October 2015 – Guildford Boileroom
Saturday 31st October 2015 – Brighton Hope and Ruin
Friday 6th November 2015 – Oxford Bullingdon
London alt-rock quartet Gengahr have just announced a list of headline dates in the UK for this October, which will follow a full summer festival season and support slots for The Maccabees and The Strokes. Gengahr’s highly anticipated debut studio album ‘A Dream Outside’ is due for release on the 15th of June on Transgressive Records. Just below the tour date listing, you can stream their new single from the album, titled ‘Heroine’.
General sale for the following headline dates will begin this Friday, the 8th of May. A full list of Gengahr’s scheduled live dates can be found here. Previous TGTF coverage of Gengahr, including an interview at SXSW 2015, is right this way.
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 7th October 2015 – Bristol Exchange
Thursday 8th October 2015 – London Scala
Friday 9th October 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Oxford Bullingdon
Monday 12th October 2015 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Tuesday 13th October 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 14th October 2015 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 16th October 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Saturday 17th October 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe
Monday 19th October 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 20th October 2015 – Newcastle Think Tank
Wednesday 21st October 2015 – Sheffield Harley
Header photo by Amy Ryan Brew and Hannah Bitowski
Liverpool synth-pop trio Stealing Sheep, who just released a new album ‘Not Real’ this month, are about to embark on a short list of live dates in May ahead of their scheduled appearance at Liverpool Sound City 2015. They have also announced a set of autumn dates to follow the summer festival season. A full listing of Stealing Sheep’s live shows can be found here. Tickets for the following UK dates are on sale now.
Saturday 2nd May 2015 – Belfast Black Box
Sunday 3rd May 2015 – Bristol Louisiana
Monday 4th May 2015 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 7th May 2015 – London XOYO
Friday 25th September 2015 – Guildford Boileroom
Monday 28th September 2015 – Glasgow Broadcast
Wednesday 30th September 2015 – Birmingham Rainbow
Thursday 1st October 2015 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Header photo by Shawn Brackbill
American alt-country ingenue Natalie Prass will play two sets of headline dates in the UK later this year after touring earlier in the year with alt-rocker Ryan Adams. You can read my previous glowing review of Prass’ live set at SXSW 2015 right here, and an equally enthusiastic recap of her show with Adams at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona.
The following June shows are part of a short European tour, while the September dates will precede Prass’ scheduled appearance at the End of the Road Festival. A full listing of Prass’ live dates can be found on her official Web site. Tickets for the dates listed below are available now.
Monday 22nd June 2015 – Glasgow Mono
Wednesday 24th June 2015 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Thursday 25th June 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Friday 27th June 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Thursday 3rd September 2015 – Brighton Haunt
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