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South London alt rock trio Happyness have announced an autumn tour in support of their debut album ‘Weird Little Birthday’. They favorably impressed our Martin at Live at Leeds earlier this year (read his thoughts here) and are scheduled for several summer festival appearances before the following headline shows. Stream their latest single ‘Anything I Do is All Right’ below the tour date listing.
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Sheffield Rocking Chair
Friday 10th October 2014 – Huddersfield Parish
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Middlesbrough Twisterella Festival
Sunday 12th October 2014 – York Fulford Arms
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – London Electrowerkz
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Bristol Old Bookshop
Friday 17th October 2014 – Leicester Cookie
Forget the ‘One Night in October’ jokes, please. Those lovable Geordies Little Comets have announced a UK tour that very month this year, October 2014. Tickets are on sale next Tuesday, the 8th of July.
If you’re wondering where the London date is (it definitely threw me), at the bottom of the tour poster is the note, “A special little London gig will be announced soon.” So stay tuned. In the meantime, you might want to see our past coverage on Little Comets here.
Tuesday 21st October 2014 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Friday 24th October 2014 – Leeds Uni Stylus
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Middlesbrough Empire
Monday 27th October 2014 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 28th October 2014 – Liverpool Academy 2
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 31st October 2014 – Brighton Concorde 2
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 4th June 2014 at 8:00 am
Update: shows in Manchester (11 October), Bristol (15 October) and Sheffield (16 October) have been added today (30/06/2014). Tickets for those three dates go on sale Wednesday the 2nd of July at 9 AM.
As if they weren’t making enough waves even before their debut album is officially released by making the premiere stream of their debut album an interactive experience on their official Web site this week, Oxford’s movers and shakers Glass Animals have announced four live dates in the UK in October, with the promise of additional dates to be added. The tickets for the below dates are set to go on sale today (Wednesday the 4th of June) on a part of the band’s Web site, though I’m not sure when (which is why I’m posting this very early Wednesday).
My review of ‘Zaba’, which will be released on Monday (the 9th of June) on Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label, can be found here. The band are also touring the UK this month; all the details are this way.
Friday 10th October 2014 – Liverpool Magnet
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Manchester Sound Control (added 30/06/2014)
Monday 13th October 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – London Oval Space
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – Bristol Thekla (added 30/06/2014)
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Sheffield Plug (added 30/06/2014)
Friday 17th October 2014 – Glasgow CCA
Nick Mulvey has just announced a headline tour of the UK to support the recent release of his new album ‘First Mind’. Mulvey will spend the summer touring with London Grammar then playing the festival circuit, including two scheduled performances at Glastonbury. In the meantime, check out ‘The Complete Nick Mulvey Playlist‘ on Spotify.
Tickets for the following dates go on sale this Friday, the 23rd of May, at 9 AM.
Friday 10th October 2014 – Falmouth Princess Pavillions
Sunday 12th October 2014 – Oxford Academy
Monday 13th October 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Bath Komedia
Thursday 16th October 2014 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 17th October 2014 – Cambridge Junction
Sunday 19th October 2014 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 20th October 2014 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Friday 24th October 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 26th October 2014 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Monday 27th October 2014 – Gateshead Sage
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Manchester Cathedral
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 14th May 2014 at 2:00 pm
Just prior to playing a high-profile – and Yorkshire Tea-sponsored, I might add, complete with tea on tap – gig at London Village Underground on Thursday, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson of Slow Club decided to play back to back and entirely free warm-up shows in their hometown of Sheffield on the Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. I’d never have known about it if it hadn’t been for my local, musically inclined hosts for my 4-night holiday in Steel City, who clued me in that they were playing these shows at the Great Gatsby on Division Street and I’d be a fool not to go.
Funnily enough, Martin and I had swung by the place Sunday night when he’d come into town to have dinner with me in Broomhill as a respite after we’d both finished our festival coverage that weekend (3 days at Liverpool Sound City for me, Saturday’s Live at Leeds for him) and we didn’t stay there on the grounds (Martin’s) that it was “filled with townies”, so I instead took him out to the Shakespeare instead, as it was the only other place I’d been on my last trip there. But returning to the Gatsby on Tuesday night for an actual gig was a much more delectable proposition.
The support act for the night I caught were also local to Sheffield: Seize the Chair, who Steve Lamacq once told me he considered “a great little band”. Admittedly, their name scared me (thinking about how one of my laddish mates giving them nothing but superlatives from their appearances at past Tramlines didn’t help) and made me think I, a terribly claustrophobic person, had made a huge mistake in choosing to spend my evening in the cramped and very hot and sweaty confines of the top floor of the Gatsby. I sucked down a cider in record time in an attempt to cool down. The band themselves seem to have been amused by my fear, RTing my Tweet that I was not sure I’d survive 2 hours in that sweat box. (I find it entirely ironic that their Facebook description reads “cool cool conditioned air”. Snort.) While Seize the Chair were loud (pounding drums, crashing guitars and the occasional shriek), they weren’t aggro as I had envisioned.
I have to be honest, upon hearing the title cut from their new forthcoming album ‘Complete Surrender’ out on the 14th of July on Caroline Records (previous Video of the Moment here), I thought Slow Club had jumped the shark. The song sounds more pop and Radio 1 and the video looks more Beyonce and less the thoughtful, emotional folk duo I had remembered from days gone by when I’d seen them in DC on Valentine’s Day in 2012 and at SXSW that year, when Rebecca was sporting her Wednesday football shirt. I figured I’d be able to tell from their expressions playing live if their hearts weren’t in it. However, judging from their wide smiles, they’re enjoying the change in direction. Maybe they were tired after two albums of the same ol’ schtick and wanted to try something else as indicated by the title of fresher tune ‘Everything is New’?
The crowd, which besides myself I guessed was made up of skint and/or curious uni students and all the band’s local mates, was quietly appreciative of the newer cuts included in the set list but naturally, they enjoyed the older numbers. My personal favourite of the night was a Rebecca Taylor solo version of ‘Not Mine to Love’, which to my knowledge never had an official release as a single. (Good news: it’s on the new album. Dying from its loveliness will be commencing all around the world, then.) It’s a clear example of how pained and emotional Taylor’s voice can be, given the proper forum. I think that’s what I worry most about Slow Club’s future: are they trading emotional content for chart success?
It’s hard for me critique the new songs, since it was the first time I’d heard them, but the duo along with their live backing band seem committed to the new direction and if this gig is a harbinger of things to come, there will be more energetic, dancier moments in their live sets than ever before. Taylor encouraged everyone to dance and return for the next night’s gig before closing out the set with ‘Two Cousins’. So not everything has changed. Good to know.
After the cut: Slow Club’s set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Slow Club with Seize the Chair at Sheffield Great Gatsby – 6th May 2014
Oxford dance doctors Glass Animals have just announced a tour of the UK in support of their debut album, ‘Zaba’, which is scheduled for release on the 9th of June via Wolf Tone Records. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Saturday 14th June 2014 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Monday 16th June 2014 – Bristol Lantern
Wednesday 18th June 2014 – London Meltdown Festival
Friday 20th June 2014 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Saturday 21st June 2014 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Monday 23rd June 2014 – Newcastle Think Tank
Wednesday 25th June 2014 – Sheffield Bungalows and Bears
Thursday 26th June 2014 – Oxford Jericho Tavern *added 30/05/2014