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By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 30th September 2014 at 9:00 am
Update: shows in Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin have been added as of 20/10/2014 and are on sale now.
If you were disappointed Glass Animals weren’t coming to your town on their upcoming tour in October or you missed out on tickets to the now sold out show at London Oval, you might just be in luck. The Oxford band have a new UK tour for March 2015 that includes several cities – Leeds, Newcastle, Bath and Cardiff – they won’t be hitting next month, and the series of dates includes their biggest show to date at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday the 10th of March. Tickets are on sale now.
For previous coverage on Glass Animals, including this live performance of ‘Black Mambo’ filmed beautifully by Giorgio Testi at Meltdown Festival in June, head this way.
Monday 2nd March 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Thursday 5th March 2015 – Manchester Gorilla* added 20/10/2014
Friday 6th March 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 7th March 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus* added 20/10/2014
Monday 9th March 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Tuesday 10th March 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Bath Komedia (upgraded from Moles)
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Friday 13th March 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Dublin Academy* added 20/10/2014
Pop duo the Ting Tings are back in action with a new single, aptly named ‘Do It Again’, and a list of tour dates for this November. ‘Do It Again’, from the pair’s upcoming album ‘Super Critical’, is available for purchase now, but you can preview it below the tour date listing.
Leading into the November tour, the Ting Tings will play at the Oxjam Launch on the 29th of September at Shoreditch Town Hall in London. Tickets for the following dates are on sale now.
Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Monday 24th November 2014 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Newcastle Cluny
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Friday 28th November 2014 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Saturday 29th November 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms
In a student-heavy front room in a student-heavy part of town, only the sixth Newcastle Sofar Sounds kicks off. As regular TGTF readers will know, the idea of Sofar is to bring live music literally into people’s front rooms. In some parts of the world, the events are wildly oversubscribed, making a pass-in one of the hottest tickets in town. Newcastle has yet to reach such giddy heights of success, but it’s not for the want of quality acts. Acoustic troubadour and medical student Matt Hunsley hosts, his housemates and fellow students make up most of the crowd, and TGTF was there to record proceedings.
Suntrapp, aka Jake Houlsby, is that rarest of things: a professional musician. That is to say, he earns his living through playing music. Most acts one might read about in these pages are amateurs: they work other jobs in order to finance their music making. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that; the amateur artist has the freedom to work within any discipline and any style, regardless of its commercial appeal. Professionals, however, prostrate themselves before the altar of money, making or playing whatever their customer demands. Thankfully, tonight Houlsby the pro is appearing as his alter-ego Suntrapp, so we are spared the ‘Your Song’ cover. What we are treated to is a close-quarters set of his songs so far: the pretty ‘New Morning’ is a delicately-picked ditty showcasing Houlsby’s plaintive vocal style; more memorable still is the set-closing instrumental piece: a flamenco-inspired loop overlaid with some lovely mariachi flourishes, which apparently sounds great in a church.
What becomes apparent as Suntrapp’s set progresses is how reverent the audience are tonight. One could literally hear a pin drop. Given the recent complaints about the rudeness and ignorance of modern audiences – speaking loudly during quiet bits and being obsessed with selfieing themselves in front of the band – the atmosphere tonight comes as a refreshing and deeply welcome change. If anything, this is the biggest attraction of Sofar: because this is an invited audience, everyone is here to listen to the music rather than have their own little narcissistic party.
Brooke Bentham is even more sparse of guitar, but wonderful of voice. She ranges between dusky low pitch and delicate falsetto. ‘We’ll Be Ghosts’ is stunning in its minimal presentation; she really lets her spectacular voice rip towards the end of the song and it’s a thing of beauty. There’s a song about Oscar Wilde, which hints at literary pretension, and gives a depth to the songwriting that does justice to the presentation. Apparently she’s moving to London soon to study at Goldsmiths, where she will no doubt go onto huge things indeed.
And who is this headlining? Surely not Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, the Glastonbury-competition-winning folk four-piece? Yes it is, and they sound utterly wonderful. There’s Bridie with her guitar, there’s a cello, a fiddle (not violin, as I am corrected later), and a percussionist sat on a cajon and wielding some lovely obscure noise-making artefacts. ‘Crying Beast’ – apparently written about a tiny monster who enters a house via the letterbox and feeds upon the negative energy within until it takes up a whole room – treads a delicate path between light and dark; ethereal beauty and hints of discord live uneasily together, resolved by the final coda of “I’m shrinking as you grow”.
Tonight’s presentation suits such material perfectly – the pristine, note-perfect three-part harmonies are a wonder to behold at such close quarters; the bowed instruments are plucked in unconventional ways to variously mimic lead parts or give the impact of a bass guitar. In their mastery of traditional arrangements, twisted into thoroughly modernist songwriting, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour share much with fellow northeasteners The Unthanks, which is high praise indeed. They’ve got a new album out in ‘New Skin’, and are just about to embark on a tour of suitably unconventional venues across the country, notably the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, attendance at which comes highly recommended.
Out of everything that went right tonight, only the venue leaves a little to be desired. Yes, it’s in a secluded corner of a leafy part of town, but a quick tidy up and brush of the feather duster wouldn’t go amiss, particularly in the bathroom. And how much does a bag of tea lights cost these days? A few throws and a bit of atmospheric candle-lighting would make things feel that bit more special from a visual point of view. To be fair, this is a student house, so on that scale it’s a palace; still, a variety of venue might make the Sofar offer even more compelling.
But that’s picking nits, frankly. Sofar offers an unmatched opportunity to see acts “in the raw” as it were, stripped of anything as vulgar as amplification. Vocals and instrumentation are as naked as their maker intended, which means they carry a tonal, and therefore emotional, impact rarely found at a live performance. Tonight is quite the most intimate and respectful night of music one could ever have the good fortune to encounter. Bring on next month.
Header photo by Danny Clinch
Following on their recent North American tour, Counting Crows have announced a string of shows in the UK for this November, including two already sold out dates at the London Roundhouse. Their latest album ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ is out now on Capitol Records/Virgin EMI. You can get a sneak preview by viewing the lyric video for ‘Earthquake Driver’ below the tour date listing.
It’s been several years since we’ve heard from Counting Crows, but our previous coverage can all be found here. Additionally, a full listing of upcoming European tour dates can be found at Counting Crows’ official Web site. Tickets for the following UK shows are available now.
Saturday 1st November 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Glasgow Academy
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Leeds Academy
Friday 7th November 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Monday 10th November 2014 – London Roundhouse (sold out)
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – London Roundhouse (sold out)
Paloma Faith has announced a full arena tour of the UK for next spring to follow up on her already sold out autumn 2014 tour. A special edition of her recent album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ will be released on the 3rd of November and will include a recording of her live performance at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month, as well as new single ‘Ready for the Good Life’. Tickets for the following shows will go on sale this Friday, the 19th of September, at 9 AM.
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Brighton Centre
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sunday 15th March 2015 – Bournemouth International Centre
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Thursday 19th March 2015 – Birmingham NIA
Friday 20th March 2015 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
Saturday 21st March 2015 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Monday 23rd March 2015 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Tuesday 24th March 2015 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Wednesday 25th March 2015 – London O2
Withered Hand, the band project of Scottish singer/songwriter Dan Willson, will tour the UK next month in support of their album ‘New Gods’, which was released back in March, just before SXSW 2014. I had the pleasure of a quick chat with Willson as part of TGTF’s SXSW coverage, and you can read my review of ‘New Gods’ here.
The upcoming single from ‘New Gods’, called ‘Black Tambourine’, is due out on the 15th of September on Fortuna Pop! Records. The animated video for the song, which you can view just below the tour date listing, was created and directed by visual artist Cameron Watt.
Friday 10 October 2014 – Paisley Arts Centre
Saturday 11 October 2014 – Newcastle Mining Institute
Sunday 12 October 2014 – Wakefield Hop
Tuesday 14 October 2014 – London Scala
Wednesday 15 October 2014 – Nottingham Maze
Thursday 16 October 2014 – Coventry Tin
Friday 17 October 2014 – Manchester Kraak