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Glasgow heavy rock band The Amazing Snakeheads have just announced a lengthy October tour of the UK and Ireland. Editor Mary caught them live at Liverpool Sound City this year shortly after the release of their LP ‘Amphetamine Ballads’; read her thoughts here. Tickets for the following autumn dates are available now.
Sunday 5th October 2014 – Edinburgh Caves
Monday 6th October 2014 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Thursday 9th October 2014 – Hull Fruit Space
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Glasgow Art School Union
Sunday 12th October 2014 – York Duchess
Monday 13th October 2014 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Sheffield Plug
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – Manchester Sound Control
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 17th October 2014 – Leicester Musician
Saturday 18th October 2014 – Cardiff SWN Festival
Sunday 19th October 2014 – Dublin Grand Social
Tuesday 21st October 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – London Electric Ballroom
Friday 24th October 2014 – Northampton Roadmender
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Bristol Simple Things Festival
Country and blues singer/songwriter Jon Allen has just released his third studio album ‘Deep River’, as well as announcing a string of UK tour dates in support of the release. ‘Night and Day’, the first single from ‘Deep River’, was playlisted on BBC Radio 2 earlier this year; if you missed it there, you can take a listen to a live version of it below the tour date listing. In addition to these shows, Allen is scheduled to appear at BluesFest in London this October.
Saturday 4th October 2014 – Hartlepool Grand Hotel (Music vs Cancer)
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House (solo show)
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Birmingham Glee Studio (solo show)
Monday 20th October 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 – Newcastle Cluny 2
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – Sheffield Greystones
Friday 24th October 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 26th October 2014 – Leicester Musician
Monday 27th October 2014 – Bristol Colston 2
Tuesday 28th October 2014 – London Jazz Cafe
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Cambridge Junction 2
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Brighton Komedia Studio
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Portsmouth Cellars
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
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.
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 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