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Pop diva Lily Allen will follow her summer appearances at Glastonbury and V Festival with a winter tour of the UK, which will culminate in a headline date at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens on the 31st of December. Allen will spend September and October touring in America leading up to her UK dates; full tour information can be found on her official Web site. Check out our recent feature of Allen performing her recent single ‘As Long As I Got You’ at Glastonbury right here.
Tickets for the following shows will be on sale beginning tomorrow, Friday the 22nd of August, at 9 AM.
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Glasgow Academy
Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Sheffield Academy
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Thursday 27th November 2014 – Brighton Centre
Saturday 29th November 2014 – Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Friday 12th December 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Wednesday 31st December 2014 – Edinburgh Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens
Dance-rap-rock star Example is set to bring his multi-faceted live show on a lengthy 26-stop tour of the UK this autumn, following the release of his upcoming single ’10 Million People’, due out on the 5th of October. The new track is taken from Example’s recent Top Ten album ‘Live Life Living’, which was reviewed here by our David back in July.
Tickets for the following shows go on sale this Friday, the 22nd of August, at 9 AM.
Friday 17th October 2014 – Llandudno North Wales Arena
Saturday 18th October 2014 – Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Hall
Sunday 19th October 2014 – Grimsby Auditorium
Tuesday 21st October 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 – Carlisle Sands Centre
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – York Barbican
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Leeds Academy
Sunday 26th October 2014 – Bath Pavilion
Monday 27th October 2014 – Bournemouth Academy
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Newport Centre
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Plymouth Pavilion
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Margate Winter Gardens
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Thuursday 6th November 2014 – Eastbourne Winter Gardens
Friday 7th November 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Sheffield Academy
Monday 10th November 2014 – Leicester Academy
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Thursday 13th November 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Monday 17th November 2014 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 18th November 2014 – Norwich UEA
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Liverpool University Mountford Hall
Friday 21st November 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Hull City Hall
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Glasgow Barrowland
Thursday 27th November 2014 – Manchester Apollo
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 20th August 2014 at 6:00 pm
Basement Jaxx are readying to release their next album ‘Junto’ next Monday, the 25th of August, on Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS. Last week, they unveiled the video for ‘Galactical’, directed by Hadaya Turner and featuring Japanese dance troupe Wrecking Crew Orchestra.
The tribal percussive beats and wails by Jaxx family member Vula seem to be at odds with the trippy light show-enhanced promo, but somehow it all works, making you feel like you’re watching some space age lost people expressing themselves in time to the music, somewhere in the far reaches of the universe. Watch it below. The song will appear on the special edition of the new LP.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 20th August 2014 at 12:00 pm
Come summertime every year, I will think of my trip in 2010 to Denmark, when I went to cover Roskilde Festival’s 40th anniversary. There is a certain pleasant vibe to Scandinavia – especially during their warmer months, when the days are sunny and long – that I don’t think can really be matched anywhere else in the world. I’m not entirely sure where London-based alt-folk / pop band Passport to Stockholm got their name, but when I listen to their music, I like to think their mission is to assist your mind to escape to a place like the Nordic region, where things are, or at least seem to be, from the viewpoint of this neurotic East Coast American, calmer and more beautiful.
I forget now where I had first heard about them. I do remember going to look for them on Facebook and we all know what fledgling bands’ Facebook pages look like, devoid of much information because they’re just starting out. I liked their page, figuring I’d keep an eye on their page and eventually get around to writing a feature on them when more information was available. That time is now.
I got an email recently from their new PR representation, and while it’s disappointing to me that they’re still unsigned, with proper promotion, I expect this talented foursome to be snapped up quickly by an A&R man in due course. Their debut single to the world, ‘Imperfections’, is unusual enough to set them apart from the rest of the folk / pop pack, but also has all the hallmarks of pop that could break them into the mainstream.
Barny Barnard (vocals) and Tom Piggott have known each other since they were teens, having written songs together since the tender age of 14. While this part of their history sounds pretty similar to many other bands that have now achieved success, this is where things veer off from the usual course. Completing the line-up are percussionist Henri Grimes and most interestingly, cellist Sophie English, who adds an unexpected, dramatic and (dare I say this?) more adult piece to the proceedings. While fiddle and violin aren’t uncommon instruments in artists we love here at TGTF (e.g., Van Susans, Keston Cobblers’ Club, Stornoway), cello is, usually held back for classical affairs only.
And indeed, the lower timbre of cello notes from English are a welcome accompaniment to Barnard’s compelling vocals. I don’t favour the gravely singer/songwriter types (Tom Waits and Bob Dylan come to mind), preferring those like Barnard’s: more melodic, with more richness, more depth. The video, which was released yesterday, is embedded at the end of this post and I’m assuming the message is that this is a band that cannot be reduced to petty fighting, which has otherwise tarnished the reputations of a few hotheads in this business.
The rhythm of ‘Imperfections’ begs to be stomped to as well, suggesting this would go down well in front of a crowd, whether it be in a club like Camden Barfly where they’ll be launching the single on the 16th of September or a much larger crowd at a summer festival. From the recording, it sounds like they’ve come quite some ways from “pumping fresh air into the lungs of the acoustic genre since forming in 2012”, in these post-Mumford and Sons days clogged with a dime a dozen Mumford clones, fresh air is exactly what this industry needs.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Jake Bugg has been keeping a busy live touring schedule. The rebellious troubadour will perform at the Reading and Leeds Festivals this coming weekend, followed by festivals in America and Spain to round out the summer. He is scheduled to appear at the Ryder Cup Gala Concert in Glasgow on the 24th of September before the start of his October headline tour, which includes two dates each at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Tickets for the following shows are on sale now.
Sunday 5th October 2014 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Monday 6th October 2014 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Thursday 9th October 2014 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 12th October 2014 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Monday 13th October 2014 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Saturday 18th October 2014 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Monday 20th October 2014 – Hull Bridlington Spa
Tuesday 21st October 2014 – London Alexandra Palace
Rounding off a summer full of festival dates, North London quartet Bombay Bicycle Club have just announced the details of their largest ever UK tour, including a show at London’s Earls Court on the 13th of December. According to the band’s press release, “this tour is not only their biggest in terms of venue, but also in terms of sound” and will feature “an expanded live line-up to cater to the ever-increasing range and complexity of their songs”.
Support on these tour dates will come from Peace and Sivu. Tickets go on sale Thursday the 21st of August at 9 AM, except for the London date, which is on sale now.
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Thursday 4th December 2014 – Plymouth Pavilions
Friday 5th December 2014 – Bournemouth BIC Solent Hall
Sunday 7th December 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Thursday 11th December 2014 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Friday 12th December 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 13th December 2014 – London Earls Court
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