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Hot on the heels of their first UK headline tour, Prides (who Mary just ran into last week in Edinburgh, ha!) have just announced another set of live dates for early next year. The new list includes shows in the band’s native Scotland, as well as their largest headline show to date at London’s Heaven. Tickets for the following shows go on sale today, the 24th of October, at 9 AM.
Catch all our previous coverage on those lovable Scots this way.
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Inverness Ironworks
Friday 6th February 2015 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Wednesday 11th February 2015– Brighton Haunt
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Heaven
Friday 13th February 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 14th February 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Following the release of their new EP ‘Exit, Pursued By A Bear’, To Kill a King have just announced a list of spring 2015 tour dates, including the band’s biggest headline show to date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.
As a preview, they’ve shared the video for a live performance of the EP’s lead track ‘Oh My Love’, which you can watch below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows will go on sale on Friday, the 24th of October, at 9 AM.
Friday 6th March 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 7th March 2015 – Glasgow Stereo
Sunday 8th March 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 9th March 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Brighton Haunt
Friday 13th March 2015 – Southampton Joiners
Saturday 14th March 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Charlatans have announced a string of March tour dates to follow the January 2015 release of their 12th studio album ‘Modern Nature’. The veteran alt-rockers are pushing forward after the passing of their drummer Jon Brookes, who insisted on the completion of the new LP. In Brookes’ stead, The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury, who played on ‘Modern Nature’, will accompany the band for these live shows. Tickets go on sale this Friday, the 24th of October, at 9 AM.
Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 5th March 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 7th March 2015 – Leeds Academy
Monday 9th March 2015 – Hull University Main Room
Tuesday 10th March 2015 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 13th March 2015 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Leicester Academy
Monday 16th March 2015 – London Roundhouse
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 at 2:00 pm
As you can imagine with me living in the States, I don’t have the opportunity too often to take advantage of London album launch party invitations. However, this past holiday of mine in the UK happily coincided with the week that Sivu’s fab debut album ‘Something on High’ was released on Atlantic Records just the day before, and timing worked perfectly for me to make the journey down to the big smoke from Liverpool to see him play at Oslo Hackney. (Read my review of the debut here; he’s currently on tour with Nick Mulvey and all the dated are listed here.)
For those of you familiar with London venues – of which there are many – the smaller ones that bands call with minimal adoration part of ‘the toilet circuit’ tend to be pretty grim. And smell of things that should not be mentioned by a lady. Oslo, located quite handily next to the Hackney Central Overground station, suffers no such problems, as it hasn’t been open all that long. As a music journo, it’s nice to go somewhere where I know if I drop my jumper on the floor, it won’t be all gross with god knows what when I pick it back up. (Unfortunately, this was not the case when a punter knocked into me on Saturday night at Manchester Soup Kitchen and my new Cloud Boat t-shirt – a white one – was an unfortunate victim of the venue’s grimy floor. Review of that show is forthcoming.)
As you will have read in my review of ‘Something on High’, my impression of Sivu’s music is that its alternative style has a unique way of relaying emotions and the oft poignancy of said feelings. So imagine my surprise when a completely bonkers – and surely heavily pissed – female super fan screamed and yelled her way through a set list that featured softer, more subdued numbers that the rest of us were trying to enjoy for their emotional quotient. At the encore, I can’t imagine James Page has had many fans this crazy at his shows; he tried to laugh it off, saying, “I didn’t know I was such a babe magnet!” Well James, if Hozier and your current tourmate Nick Mulvey are, maybe you are too. (I still don’t understand the ridiculous hype surrounding either and far prefer Sivu’s debut over Andrew’s.)
With its haunting vitriol, minor key tune ‘Love Lives in This House’ seemed like an odd choice to open a celebratory album launch night. However, things quickly picked up and the more upbeat previously released single ‘Bodies’ and LP starting point ‘Feel Something’. Sivu’s first-ever release ‘Better Man Than He’, most famous for its promo video filmed from within an MRI machine at St. Barts’ hospital in London, elicited a lovely crowd sing-along that made Page smile; he told it meant so much that we could share in the realisation of a dream of his from years ago.
Clearly the most fun song from the album, ‘Can’t Stop Now’, was just as fun live, providing punters an opportunity to shake a tail feather. ‘God Speaks in Tongues’, which does not appear on the new release but has been a firm favourite of Sivu’s long-time supporters, warmly received by this audience. However, for its ability to tug at the heartstrings, the most touching moment of the night had to go to the performance of ‘Sleep’ just prior to the encore, as Page alternated between his regular and falsetto voices in masterful delivery. I’m not sure how I managed not to cry, as its telling of suicide as the only option in the face of unrequited love is truly genuine, despite its conclusion painting an extreme image of desperation of a lover spurned. Love hurts. And Page has expertly grasped just how to express this beautifully in song.
After the cut: Sivu’s set list from the album launch.
Continue reading Live Review: Sivu at London Oslo Hackney (‘Something on High’ album launch party) – 14th October 2014
In a bit of random-but-perversely-interesting music news, veteran pop singer/songwriter Neil Diamond has announced details of his forthcoming new album ‘Melody Road’, along with a list of UK and Irish tour dates for summer 2015.
Out this week via Capitol Records, ‘Melody Road’ is Diamond’s first album of original material in 6 years and features the production talents of Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, John Mayer) and Jacknife Lee (Snow Patrol, One Direction, Taylor Swift). Below the tour date listing, you can view the lyric video for album track ‘(Ooo) Do I Wanna Be Yours’. Tickets for the following live shows are on sale now.
Tuesday 30th June 2015 – Belfast Odyssey
Friday 3rd July 2015 – Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 7th July 2015 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Thursday 9th July 2015 – Manchester Arena
Saturday 11th July 2015 – Birmingham Arena
Tuesday 14th July 2015 – London O2
Brighton rock duo Royal Blood have just announced that they will follow their sold out autumn tour of the UK and Ireland with another round of live dates scheduled for early next year. The new string of shows is part of a massive European tour, which will include the band’s largest ever headline appearance at the Brixton Academy in London. A complete list of Royal Blood’s worldwide tour dates can be found on their official Web site. Tickets for the following shows are on sale now.
Sunday 22nd February 2015 – Glasgow Barrowland
Monday 23rd February 2015 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 27th February 2015 – Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Bridlington Spa
Monday 2nd March 2015 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – Newport Centre
Thursday 5th March 2015 – Norwich UEA
Friday 6th March 2015 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Sunday 8th March 2015 – Belfast Ulster Hall
Monday 9th March 2015 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 10th March 2015 – Dublin Olympia
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Friday 13th March 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Nottingham Rock City