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By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 15th September 2015 at 9:00 am
After an amazing 15-year run in the music business, Funeral for a Friend will be calling it quits in spring 2016. In addition to goodbye shows announced for February in Australia and mainland Europe in March, the Welsh post-hardcore band have revealed a series of special paired shows in five cities in the UK: Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London. The shows in the UK will feature two early albums played in full: the first night will be around their 2005 album ‘Hours’, with the second night themed around their 2003 debut ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation’. They released their seventh and final studio album ‘Chapter and Verse’ on Distiller Records at the start of this year. Frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye describes their journey:
“It’s the natural end. We’ve done everything we set out to do and way more than I could ever have hoped so I’m not upset that it’s run its course. We all felt that ‘Chapter and Verse’ was a pretty decent full stop on an incredible 14 and half years of making music together.
So, how do you celebrate a huge part of your life? You play some shows! For me it seemed obvious to go out with both ‘Hours’ and ‘Casually Dressed…’ I feel that both those records distill what Funeral is to a whole load of people more definitively than just piecing together a set from all the records we’ve made. It seems to me that those are the records that matter most and ‘Hours’ to me is my proudest achievement in music with Funeral. I don’t know why but it fills me with an overwhelming sense of pride.”
Tickets to this final Funeral for a Friend UK tour will go on sale this Friday, the 18th of September, at 10 AM. For all past coverage of the Welsh band on TGTF, head this way.
Tuesday 5th April 2015 – Cardiff Y Plas
Wednesday 6th April 2015 – Cardiff Y Plas
Friday 8th April 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Saturday 9th April 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Sunday 10th April 2015 – Glasgow Garage
Monday 11th April 2015 – Glasgow Garage
Wednesday 13th April 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 14th April 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Friday 15th April 2015 London Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 16th April 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 15th September 2015 at 8:00 am
Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson – aka dark electropop duo Hurts – release their third album ‘Surrender’ on the 9th of October on Sony. While prior to June – when ‘Some Kind of Heaven’ hit our desks here at TGTF Towers – the pair had been quiet, it’s not surprising the PR machine has already ramped up for the third LP release.
This includes three live dates in the UK for frosty February 2016. A fan presale for these trio of dates starts tomorrow (Wednesday, the 16th of September) at 10 AM on the band’s official Web site. General sale follows on Friday, the 18th of September, at 10 AM. Have a listen to the latest taster from ‘Surrender’ to be unveiled’, ‘Slow’, in the embed below the tour dates.
Thursday 11th February 2015 – Glasgow Academy
Friday 12th February 2015 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 13th February 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Glasgow synthpop trio Prides have recently unveiled details of a massive headline tour of the UK and Ireland for this autumn. The 23 live dates will include a show at the London Koko on the 12th of November and a hometown show at Glasgow’s ABC on the 21st of November. Support on all dates will be played by fellow Glaswegians Fatherson.
Tickets for the following shows are available for general sale now. Editor Mary’s review of Prides’ recent LP ‘The Way Back Up’ is right back here; you can find TGTF’s full archive of Prides coverage here.
Monday 26th October 2015 – Aylton Hemelvaart Bier Cafe
Tuesday 27th October 2015 – York Duchess
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Stoke Sugarmill
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Liverpool Academy 2
Saturday 31st October 2015 – Falmouth Pavilion
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 5th November 2015 – Brighton Haunt
Friday 6th November 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Monday 9th November 2015 – Manchester Academy 3
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 12th November 2015 – London Koko
Friday 13th November 2015 – Norwich Waterfront
Sunday 15th November 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Monday 16th November 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 17th November 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe
Thursday 19th November 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Monday 23rd November 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Dublin Whelan’s
Thursday 26th November 2015 – Belfast Limelight 2
Kentish prog rock quintet Broken Hands will mark the release of their debut album ‘Turbulence’ with a run of headline dates in the UK this October and November. ‘Turbulence’ is scheduled to drop on the 9th of October via So Recordings, and the tour kicks off in Manchester on the 28th of the month. Support for the first five dates of the tour will be played by Get Inuit, while the guest slot for the London show will be filled by Bateman.
Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s full archive of Broken Hands coverage can be found by clicking here.
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Glasgow Broadcast
Friday 30th October 2015 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Sunday 1st November 2015 – Bristol Start the Bus
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Brighton Green Door Store
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – London Oslo
Header photo by Lloyd Pursall
Leeds folk rock quartet the Dunwells will headline a run of UK dates this coming November, following the 16th of October release of their new single ‘Hey Now’ on Decca/Concord. ‘Hey Now’ will feature on the band’s upcoming LP, due out early in 2016. The Dunwells’ ‘Lucky Ones’ EP was released back in May and has reached over 1 million streams on Spotify.
Tickets for the following dates are available now, except for the already sold out hometown date in Leeds. Extensive previous coverage of the Dunwells on TGTF can be read in its entirety right back here.
Sunday 1st November 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall (sold out)
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Manchester Gullivers
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Doncaster Diamond Lounge
Monday 9th November 2015 – London Sebright Arms
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – York Fibbers
Singer/songwriter Lauren Aquilina has announced a headline tour of the UK for next month to accompany the release of her Island Records debut EP ‘Ocean’, due out on the 9th of October. The ‘Ocean’ EP follows the youthful Aquilina’s prior self-released EPs ‘Fools’, ‘Sinners’ and ‘Liars’, the last of which made Aquilina’s break onto the US Billboard charts.
Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale tomorrow, Friday the 11th of September. Previous TGTF coverage of Lauren Aquilina, including previews of her SXSW 2013 and Live at Leeds 2015 appearances, can be found right back here.
Sunday 25th October 2015 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Monday 26th October 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – London Bush Hall
Friday 30th October 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor