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London quartet Wolf Alice have just announced a May 2014 tour of the UK, to follow their appearance at SXSW 2014 in March. Tour dates include festival appearances at Liverpool Sound City, Live at Leeds, and Stockton’s Sunday Live the first May bank holiday, as well as the band’s largest headline show to date at London Scala on the 28th of May. Wolf Alice will be joined by Superfood on all dates except on 12th of May. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday the 5th February at 9 AM.
The band’s EP ‘Blush’ is out now on Chess Club Records. Check out the video for the song of the same title below the tour date listing.
Thursday 1st May 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Friday 2nd May 2014 – Liverpool Sound City
Saturday 3rd May 2014 – Live at Leeds
Sunday 4th May 2014 – Stockton Sunday Live
Monday 5th May 2014 – Hull Fruit
Tuesday 6th May 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill 2
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Newcastle Think Tank
Thursday 8th May 2014 – York Duchess
Monday 12th May 2014 – Birmingham Temple
Tuesday 13th May 2014 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 14th May 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 15th May 2014 – Bedford Esquires
Friday 16th May 2014 – Guildford Boileroom
Saturday 17th May 2014 – Leicester Cookie Jar
Sunday 18th May 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 20th May 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Wednesday 21st May 2014 – Preston 53 Degrees
Thursday 22nd May 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Tuesday 27th May 2014 – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Wednesday 28th May 2014 – London Scala
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 28th January 2014 at 6:00 pm
Singer/songwriter Nick Mulvey has a new promo out for ‘Cucurucu’, his new single out on the 3rd of March on Fiction Records. Filmed on Nihiwatu Beach in Indonesia by National Geographic director James Morgan, this is nothing like the average music video these days. It’s spectacular. Watch it below.
After a short UK tour (dates below the video embed; tickets on sale now), Mulvey is scheduled to perform at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas.
Monday 3rd March 2014 – Birmingham Glee Club
Tuesday 4th March 2014 – Sheffield Harley
Wednesday 5th March 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Saturday 8th March 2014 – Oxford Art Bar
Sunday 9th March 2014 – Liverpool Central Library
Monday 10th March 2014 – Norwich Arts Club
Tuesday 11th March 2014 – London Scala
Wednesday 12th-Saturday 15th March 2014 – SXSW 2014
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 14th January 2014 at 8:00 am
Chris Cain and Keith Murray, aka the jokesters of We Are Scientists, will be touring the UK in March. Tickets are on sale now.
Just yesterday, the American duo announced their next album ‘TV En Français’ will be released in mid-March on 100% Records. Under the dates, watch the brand new video for ‘Dumb Luck’, a track from the new LP that has a ‘Maneater’-esque groove running underneath it. (There’s a lot of faux blood in this, so if you’re squeamish…you’ve been warned.)
Thursday 6th March 2014 – Oxford Academy
Friday 7th March 2014 – Cambridge Junction
Sunday 9th March 2014 – Manchester Ritz
Tuesday 11th March 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 12th March 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Thursday 13th March 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 15th March 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Sunday 16th March 2014 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 17th March 2014 – Southampton University
Wednesday 19th March 2014 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 20th March 2014 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Bipolar Sunshine, the solo project of Kid British singer Adio Marchant, has announced a new list of UK headline dates for next spring. These will follow his run of February shows supporting Phoenix and Mercury Prize-nominated Rudimental, as well as his appearance at SXSW 2014. Tickets for these headline dates are on sale now.
Thursday 27th March 2014 – Southampton Joiners
Friday 28th March 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sat 29th March 2014 – Oxford Art Bar
Sunday 30th March 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Tuesday 1st April 2014 – London XOYO
Thursday 3rd April 2014 – Newcastle Think Tank
Friday 4th April 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Saturday 5th April 2014 – Manchester Academy 2
Kent five-piece Story Books, a favourite of TGTF from SXSW 2013, have just announced a headline tour for March 2014. Their self-produced second EP ‘From Post to Post’ will be released on 17th March via Communion Records. (Listen to a stream of the haunting single ‘White Maid’ below the tour date listing.) Tickets for the following dates go on sale this Friday the 20th of December.
Wednesday 19th March 2014 – Oxford Art Bar
Thursday 20th March 2014 – Brighton Hope
Friday 21st March 2014 – Chester Compass
Sunday 23rd March 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 25th March 2014 – London Borderline
Wednesday 26th March 2014 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thursday 27th March 2014 – Manchester Castle
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 11:00 am
The music business is a hard one. In recent years, we’ve seen the decline of record sales and record shops closing as an unfortunate consequence of music piracy. This has hurt bands and the industry as a whole. So it’s all the more important that we support some of the most important unsung heroes of music: independent music venues.
These places where we go to worship our musical heroes might not physically be as massive as those larger, sponsor-backed venues (you know which ones I’m talking about) but independently-owned, small- and medium-sized venues far exceed those behemoths in heart. They act as meeting places for culture, where the local community can come together and watch up and coming artists just starting out, and gigs there often serve as significant milestones for musicians and fans alike. But just like other sectors of the music industry, these smaller places to see music are struggling in this economy, and we are losing some of the most historic, important places of our musical heritage. So it’s high time we gave independent music venues the credit they deserve.
The inaugural 6-day event Independent Venue Week 2014, already receiving support from PRS and BBC Introducing, will boast a blinding assortment of amazing shows at 18 independent venues across Britain. Drowned in Sound, Moshi Moshi Records, Domino Records, The Musicians Union and UK Music have already pledged their involvement in the event as well. Jo Dipple of UK Music said of Independent Music Week:
Our great musical heritage is what defines us as a country and UK Music is fully committed to supporting venues large and small. Live music is the backbone of this country; from the Cavern Club to the Leadmill we have some of the most interesting venues in the world and it’s great to see them among those being celebrated as part of Independent Venue Week.
Venues confirmed for the 6-day event include Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach in Wales (celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013), Belfast Oh Yeah Centre in Northern Ireland, Glasgow King Tut’s in Scotland, Bristol Louisiana, Guildford Boileroom, Leeds Library, Liverpool Zanzibar, London Putney Half Moon pub, Manchester Soup Kitchen, Newcastle Cluny, Norwich Art Centre, Oxford Jericho, Plymouth Tiki Bar, Stoke Sugarmill (celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013), Southampton Joiners (celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2013), Sheffield Leadmill, Tunbridge Wells Forum (celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013) and York Fibbers. Drummer Philip Selway of Radiohead fondly recalls The Jericho’s importance in their band’s history:
Small venues are the lifeblood of British music. When you start out as a band, you aspire to playing in your local venue and feel a sense of achievement when you get a gig there. In Oxford, we grew up wanting to play at The Jericho Tavern, and were lucky enough to be signed after one of our shows there.
We’ve been lucky enough to have covered shows at many of these places, and we’re chuffed they’ll be participating in Independent Venue Week in 2014. Specific dates, locations and line-ups will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. But we’re already excited about this new event to celebrate our favourite places to see live bands.