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Sweet Baboo and The Pictish Trail / November and December 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 at 8:30 am
 

Veteran songcraft acts Sweet Baboo (pictured above) and The Pictish Trail (also known as Stephen Black and Johnny Lynch, respectively) have joined forces for a late autumn coheadline tour of the UK. The dual tour was inspired by the pair’s recent collaboration on Lynch’s latest Pictish Trail album ‘Secret Soundz, Vol. 2′, which is out now on Moshi Moshi. You can hear the new single from that album, titled ‘Long in the Tooth’, below the tour date listing, along with a recent cover recording by Sweet Baboo. Tickets for the following dates are available now.

Saturday 29th November 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Southampton Talking Heads
Monday 1st December 2014 – Bristol Lantern
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – Sheffield Greystones
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Thursday 4th December 2014 – London Purcell Room at Southbank Centre
Friday 5th December 2014 – Reading South Street Arts
Saturday 6th December 2014 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Monday 8th December 2014 – Exeter Phoenix
Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Leicester Musician
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – Manchester Gullivers
Sunday 14th December 2014 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree

 

iTunes Festival / September 2014

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Kasabian (pictured above), Calvin Harris, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams are amongst the first wave of artists announced for the 2014 iTunes Festival.

Taking place at London’s Roundhouse throughout the duration of September, the line-up also includes the likes of David Guetta, young Australians 5 Seconds of Summer, Kylie Minogue and American hitmakers Maroon 5.

Tickets for each of the gigs are free to competition winners and the shows will be live streamed via iTunes or on Apple TV.

Speaking about the festival, Kasabian said, “We’re very proud to be in this year’s iTunes Festival line-up, and we are excited to be playing alongside so many great artists. We have had a huge year so far. Expect some surprises!”

Robert Plant, who headlines the festival on Monday the 8th of September, added, “We’ve been roaring around the world this summer from Morocco to the Arctic Circle. The band is on fire. It’s now time to shake it on down in NW1.”

The iTunes Festival 2014 line-up so far is as follows:

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – Beck
Wednesday 3rd September 2014 – David Guetta
Thursday 4th September 2014 – 5 Seconds of Summer
Friday 5th September 2014 – Kasabian
Sunday 7th September 2014 – Calvin Harris and Kiesza
Monday 8th September 2014 – Robert Plant
Tuesday 9th September – Sam Smith
Wednesday 10th September 2014 – Pharrell Williams and Jungle
Thursday 11th September 2014 – Maroon 5
Tuesday 16th September 2014 – Blondie and Chrissie Hynde
Saturday 27th September 2014 – Kylie Minogue

Further artists are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. In its 7-year history, the iTunes Festival has played host to a vast array of big names, including Oasis, Lady Gaga and Arctic Monkeys.

The festival made its debut in the US earlier this year with a five day run at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2014. Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar and Pitbull were amongst the artists on the line-up.

For further information about the iTunes Festival including ticket applications, visit the official Web site.

 

BANKS / November 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Soulful electro-pop singer BANKS has announced a short list of November tour dates to follow the release of her album ‘Goddess’, which is due out in September. Have a listen to its title track below the tour date listing. You can also listen to another album track, ‘Drowning’, in this previous MP3 of the Day post in which we gave away a remix of the song by frontman Dave Bayley of Glass Animals, BANKS’ Harvest Records labelmates.

Tickets for the following shows go on sale this Friday, the 25th of July, at 9 AM.

Monday 17th November 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Sunday 23rd November 2014 -Brixton Academy
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Manchester Ritz

 

Catfish and the Bottlemen / November and December 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 18th July 2014 at 3:00 pm
 

Catfish and the Bottlemen have just announced a list of UK tour dates for later this year in support of their debut album ‘The Balcony’, due for release on the 15th of September on Island/Communion Records. Mary featured the video for ‘Kathleen’ here back in March. You can check their latest single ‘Fallout’ below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows are on sale now.

Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Cardiff Globe
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 7th November 2014 – London Koko
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Leicester Academy 2
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Leeds Cockpit
Wednesday 12th November 2014 – Edinburgh Caves
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Friday 14th November 2014 – Glasgow Classic Grand
Saturday 15th November 2014 – Newcastle Academy 2
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 4th December 2014 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 5th December 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Sunday 7th December 2014 – Birmingham Institute Library
Monday 8th December 2014 – Oxford Academy 2
Friday 12th December 2014 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 13th December 2014 – Liverpool Academy

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Dr. Martens #standforsomething UK Tour / October, November and December 2014

 
By on Friday, 18th July 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Dr. Martens have withstood the onslaught of – and reinvented themselves through – many – if not all – musical eras, fads, and fashions. No doubt ‘60s rockers found them very handy for keeping their feet protected from the tarmac, forcing a sticky gearlever to shift on a careworn Triumph and for kicking mods in the shins. Into the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, punk and the skinhead movement found DMs perfectly matched their aggressive image, even though most punks no doubt went home to their mums to tuck them in with a cup of cocoa at night.

Later on in the decade, as the hardness of punk split into gothic nihilism and dayglo optimism, Dr. Martens could be found on the feet of both groups – the perfect match to both a pair of leather trousers and a floaty flower-print dress. And then came the 1990s, and with it came grunge, a musical movement tailor made for a decent pair of sturdy footwear. Truth be told, there’s barely an era in music that DMs haven’t been associated with, continuing to the present day. So it’s no surprise that the brand has decided to become directly involved in a bit of music promotion.

Now in its second year, the Dr. Martens #standforsomething tour promises to repeat last year’s achievement of “taking some of the most exciting live acts around into tiny venues”. Which makes it sound like they’ve managed to get White Denim to play a phone box, and that isn’t really the case. I’m not sure the venues involved would agree with the “tiny” description – Newcastle’s Cluny 2 has raked seating, a balcony and 160 capacity. Nor is it unusual for the bands involved to play mid-size venues: Eagulls are playing the Cluny on their own headline tour, for instance.

Such pedantry aside, Dr. Martens have come up with an exciting, directional lineup, heavy on bands that feature the words “post”, “punk”, or indeed “post-punk” in their bios. Wales’ Funeral for a Friend have been plying post-punk pop with a distinctly American twist for over a decade now, and the public’s appetite shows no sign of waning. Leeds’ Eagulls are a touch more ramshackle, more punk and less metal, but nonetheless play in the same league.

A pattern emerges when we come to We are the Ocean – distorted, upbeat guitar riffs, insistent, double-tracked vocals and clean-as-a-whistle production. Only their mothers could tell them apart from Funeral. Things take a left-field turn in Los Campesinos! (pictured at top); instead of distorted guitars, there’s violins, any manner of improvised percussion and vocals that are more sung than screamed.

And then there’s the matter of Sydney’s Tonight Alive. Fresh from gracing the soundtrack of the latest Spiderman film, Jenna McDougall brings her impressively toned abdomen and similarly toned vocal cords to the humble environs of Newcastle’s Cluny 2. A combination of laid-back Australian surf style and distinctly Transatlantic musical chops, there’s no doubt that Tonight Alive will bring a dose of glamour to Tyneside – and to be fair to the promoters, considering the auditoria Tonight Alive are used to playing, the Cluny may indeed appear tiny in comparison.

When you boil it down, #standforsomething is nothing more than a short series of unrelated gigs across the country with a rather large marketing budget attached. The bands are already touring the UK: Tonight Alive, for instance, hit London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, completely independently, before their Martens-sponsored Newcastle date. Similarly, this gig closes We are the Ocean’s and Funeral for a Friend’s tours, whereas it falls directly in the middle of Eagulls’. Nonetheless, a good bit of promotion for some decent bands never goes amiss, so whichever way you slice it, if you’re into DMs, good music, or perhaps even both, there’s no better way to spend a night with your fellow leather enthusiasts. And you might bounce home with a bit of free swag. Catch the tour on the dates listed below and register on the Dr. Martens Web site here to register for tickets.

Saturday 4th October 2014 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire starring Funeral for a Friend
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach starring Eagulls
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Liverpool Shipping Forecast starring We are the Ocean
Saturday 8th November 2014 – London Lexington – TBA
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Birmingham Flapper starring Los Campesinos!
Saturday 6th December 2014 – Newcastle Cluny 2 starring Tonight Alive

 

Honeyblood / September 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Scottish duo Honeyblood have announced a list of UK tour dates to accompany the release of their self-titled debut album, out now on FatCat Records. The pair bring their special brand of sugar-coated garage pop back to this side of the pond in September, between summer tour dates in America and European dates in October.

Thursday 11th September 2014 – Stirling Tolbooth
Friday 12th September 2014 – Dunfermline PJ Molloys
Saturday 13th September 2014 – Glasgow CCA
Tuesday 16th September 2014 – Newcastle Cluny
Wednesday 17th September 2014 – Sheffield Old Fire Station
Thursday 18th September 2014 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 19th September 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Monday 22nd September 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 – London Sebright Arms
Wednesday 24th September 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 25th September 2014 – Leicester Scholar Bar
Friday 26th September 2014 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Saturday 27th September 2014 – Brighton Hope

 
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