By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 30th August 2011 at 4:00 pm
Beady Eye have announced a handful of English dates for mid-November. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1st of September) at 9 AM. For sure these will sell out quickly, so if you’re planning to get tickets, set up a reminder so you don’t forget.
Friday 11th November 2011 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Saturday 12th November 2011 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Monday 14th November 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 15th November 2011 – Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre
Thursday 17th November 2011 – London O2 Brixton Academy
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 26th August 2011 at 1:30 pm
Sheffield’s the Violet May will be going on tour in the UK in October. Tickets are available now.
Saturday 1st October 2011 – Sunderland Plugged Inn
Sunday 2nd October 2011 – Inverness Mad Hatters
Tuesday 4th October 2011 – London Lexington
Thursday 6th October 2011 – Manchester Alter Ego
Friday 7th October 2011 – Liverpool Mojo
Saturday 8th October 2011 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 9th October 2011 – Leeds Milo
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 26th August 2011 at 10:30 am
Marple’s Dutch Uncles have announced a headlining tour of the UK and Ireland for November and December. Tickets are on sale now, or should be soon. The band will play a special ‘Christmas’ show at home at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on the 2nd of December (and I will be there, if anyone fancies a hello). Support for that special Now Wave show will come from London band Fiction.
Monday 14th November 2011 – Lincoln Tokyo
Tuesday 15th November 2011 – Sheffield Harley
Friday 18th November 2011 – Dublin Academy 2
Saturday 19th November 2011 – Belfast Auntie Annie’s
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 23rd November 2011 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds 2
Thursday 24th November 2011 – Glasgow Nice and Sleazy
Friday 25th November 2011 – Cambridge Junction (supporting Wild Beasts)
Saturday 26th November 2011 – Brighton Concorde II (supporting Wild Beasts; sold out)
Sunday 27th November 2011 – Bristol Cooler
Tuesday 29th November 2011 – Southampton Joiners
Wednesday 30th November 2011 – London Koko (Lucky 13 – Thirteen Years of Memphis Industries, with the Go! Team, Colourmusic and Field Music)
Friday 2nd December 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 24th August 2011 at 9:00 am
Various Cruelties will be touring the UK in September and October, as well as make several high-profile festival appearances. Tickets are available now.
Friday 9th September 2011 – Isle of Wight Bestival
Saturday 10th September 2011 – Wearstead, Suffolk – Harvest at Jimmy’s
Sunday 11th September 2011 – Kingham, Oxfordshire – Alex James Presents Harvest
Wednesday 21st September 2011 – Brighton Hope
Thursday 22nd September 2011 – London Old Queens Head
Friday 23rd September 2011 – Manchester Night and Day
Saturday 24th September 2011 – Birmingham Rainbow
Monday 26th September 2011 – Bristol Cooler
Tuesday 27th September 2011 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 28th September 2011 – Glasgow King Tuts
Thursday 29th September 2011 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 1st October 2011 – Southampton Lennons
Sunday 2nd October 2011 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Monday 3rd October 2011 – Sheffield Soyo
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 22nd August 2011 at 9:00 am
Kaiser Chiefs have announced their first UK tour in almost 2 years, set to start at the end of January 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday (the 26th of August) at 9 AM.
Friday 27th January 2012 – Llandudno Cymru Arena
Saturday 28th January 2012 – Reading Hexagon
Sunday 29th January 2012 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Tuesday 31st January 2012 – Guildford G Live
Thursday 2nd February 2012 – Derby Assembly Rooms
Friday 3rd February 2012 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Saturday 4th February 2012 – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 6th February 2012 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 7th February 2012 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Thursday 9th February 2012 – Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Friday 10th February 2012 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday 11th February 2012 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Monday 13th February 2012 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Tuesday 14th February 2012 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Wednesday 15th February 2012 – Grimsby Auditorium
Friday 17th February 2012 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 19th February 2012 – Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Tuesday 21st February 2012 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Wednesday 22nd February 2012 – Bristol Colston Hall
Thursday 23rd February 2012 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Fortunately, the weather once again holds out on Sunday as thousands of music fans flood into the centre of Sheffield for the last day of Tramlines 2011. By early afternoon, venue capacities become how many people will fit and still be able to get to the bar and the main stage has a steady moving queue. For this reason, I return to the New Music Stage, which today is curated by local screamo/hardcore group Rolo Tomassi. The band have great taste, as the first band I see are Brontide, proper post-rock that appears to convert those present who weren’t already fans. 65daysofstatic are amongst a group of local bands to really bring this genre to the forefront of new rock music so it’s great to see Brontide get such a good billing in the city centre.
Later, London group Three Trapped Tigers also grace this stage but I decide to go for another Tramlines speciality in the form of the Busker Bus. Created and curated by local band Bromheads, the busker bus (crowd shown above) takes punters on a trip across Sheffield (and back) with the benefit of artists playing a gig at the same time. I arrive just in time for today’s special guests, the Everly Pregnant Brothers (photo below). Playing their third set in as many days, the Yorkshire band are comprised of about 10 ukulele and other small instrument-playing middle aged men. Sounds like a recipe for disaster right? Actually, it’s brilliant and quite refreshing to hear a band play a version of Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ with all of their own words, whilst a hundred people crammed onto public transport all “fafafafaafa”-ing along. At the stop, everyone’s off and they manage to out-Sheffield Jarvis Cocker at his own song as the group play ‘Common People’ before going into the pub to play another set whilst the bus riders get back on and back to the centre. Next up on the bus are late additions and ever popular Johnny Foreigner. Playing some quieter tracks ahead of their main stage show later today, ‘I’ll Choose my Side’ is put alongside an as of yet, unnamed track to treat those present.
Upon being returned to the city, I head straight for the main stage. After featuring a selection of pop from Olly Murs and Pixie Lott yesterday, as well as Joshua Radin and Guillemots, today’s line-up is distinctly more electric guitar-friendly. I arrive in time to catch the Phantom Band’s sound make its mark on the city and with dedications to any single-malt drinkers in the crowd (sorry security, you missed my flask), the band bring a slightly synthesized and electric folk blended set of tracks to the main stage. The second and much larger set of Johnny Foreigner’s day comes in replacement of their fallen friends: “to anyone at the back who’s confused, we’re not Frankie and the Heartstrings,” explains front man Alexei. Playing to a crowd the size of “an entire tour” the band (pictured below) play tracks that are nearest to being the ‘hits’ collection and do it well. Scatterings of fans across the crowd appreciate to start, many more are dancing, a little, by the end. Even new song ‘Electricity vs. the Dead’ leaves fans seeming quite happy with the progress the band have made.
It’s the hit makers up next though. The Futureheads bring a set list that’s been tried and tested for months in similar billings to Sheffield and get everyone doing “the bouncy bounce” which is effectively jumping in time, as well as constructing mass sing-alongs for ‘The Beginning of the Twist’ and the ever popular Kate Bush cover of ‘Hounds of Love’. It’s the kind of music festivals like Tramlines exist for.
Not that it stops there though, because this evening’s headliners have even more crowd pleasers. Ash (pictured at the top of this post) open with ‘Girl From Mars’, reminding everyone just what a tour de force they’ve been since day one and now with the added sound of Russell Lissack (Bloc Party member two of my weekend), they’re sounding even more like a band worthy of headlining such an event. Their set features all the expected hits, some recent singles from their ‘A-Z’ project and even covers of ‘Teenage Kicks’ and Weezer’s ‘Only in Dreams’ alongside set and festival closer ‘Burn Baby Burn’. What a way to close a festival!
Tramlines probably should have some sort of limits and caps, but I’m not sure there’s a way to implement that without ruining so much about what makes it incredible. Hundreds of bands playing a mass array of free live music can only be good in my eyes. Until next time, thanks Sheffield.