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Those cheeky Brighton lads The Kooks have announceda string of dates for November and December, playing some stranger venues. I would have thought they could easily play arenas now, having already headlined festivals and got the big crowds going. However, no, they’re playing some theatre dates at some stranger locations.
Tickets go on pre-sale on Thursday 9am from here. Tickets goes on general sale this Friday, 25th July at 10am.
Friday 28th November – Bridlington Spa
Saturday 29th November – Brighton Centre
Monday 1st/2nd/3rd December – London Roundhouse
Friday 5th December – Llandudno, North Wales Theatre
Saturday 6th December – Doncaster Dome
Sunday 7th December – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Monday 8th December – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
PLEASE NOTE: These dates have been postponed until May 2009 – full details here
Counting Crows have unfortunately announced an arena tour for December. Usually this would mean that they are hogging the arenas so decent bands can’t play there, however this time I’ll forgive them as they’re also taking the amazing Ben Folds with them. I may be going to a few of them just for the fact that Ben is a genius in my eyes, so be sure to get your tickets when they go on sale – you’ll even get an early night if you just catch Ben!
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd July) according to See Tickets, or on Friday (25th July) according to NME. So I don’t know when they go on sale, but either way catch Counting Crows and Ben Folds at the below dates:
Tuesday 2nd December – Newcastle Arena
Thursday 4th December – Nottingham Arena
Friday 5th December – London Wembley Arena
Sunday 7th December – Manchester MEN Arena
Monday 8th December – Cardiff International Arena
Wednesday 10th December – Bournemouth BIC
Thursday 11th December – Brighton Centre
Saturday 13th December – Birmingham NEC Arena
Sunday 14th December – Sheffield Arena
Thursday 18th December – Glasgow SECC
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 16th July 2008 at 12:34 pm
This review originally appeared on Londonist.
On Monday night I caught US indie supremos Death Cab for Cutie at Koko in Camden as they played as part of the month long iTunes festival at the venue. Needless to say, after having a number one US album, appearing on the OC back when it was good, having a platinum selling big-label debut and selling out two nights at Brixton Academy in the past two years, getting to see them at the relatively intimate Koko was an amazing opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up.
The tricky task of supporting Death Cab went to Das Pop. Normally if you play the hottest pop band to come out of Belgium in a few years to a room full of indie Death Cab fans you’d be seeing a mass exodus for the bar. Somehow though, they managed to win just about the whole auditorium around, with their catchy tunes that sound like Alphabeat songs done by Iggy Pop. Led by Bent Van Looy who looks like Alex Kapranos (of Franz Ferdinand), but with the energy of Mika, the four piece hurtled through 45 minutes of pure pop bliss. Culminating in a mass sing along at the end to “I can’t get enough of your love” and then current single “Underground”, we realised that although we’d come to see Death Cab for Cutie, they’d got a tough act to follow.
Bursting onto the stage from behind a very plush red velvet curtain, Death Cab for Cutie arrived and plunged through a mixture of old favourites and newer tracks from their massive selling “Narrow Stairs”. The new songs such as “Cath”, “No Sunlight” and “Long Division” fit just perfectly next to old classics such as “New Year”, “Crooked Teeth” and “Soul Meets Body”. A few technical troubles blighted the band throughout the set, prompting lead singer and chief songwriter Ben Gibbard to joke “I feel like I’m in a movie and I don’t know what’s going to happen next!” as he introduced “Movie Script Ending”. One of the biggest cheers of the evening came for the epic “I will Possess Your Heart”, an 8 minute rock out that looks set to be one of the best things the band have done, and a chance for them to stretch their legs musically.
Closing out the main set with “Sound of Settling”, Ben came back on his own to do an enchanting version of “I will follow you into the dark”, featuring everyone singing along for a proper hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck moment. To finish was the classic “Transatlanticism”, a slow builder that builds into a frenzy, a fitting ending to an evening with some of US indie rock’s biggest stars of today.
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 16th July 2008 at 11:14 am
Kings of Leon have announced a string of massive UK shows for December following on from their massively successful Glastonbury headlining shows a couple of weeks back.
Tickets go on sale on Friday (18th July) at 9am, priced at £25 a pop.
Monday 1st December – Brighton, Centre
Tuesday 2nd December – Nottingham, Trent FM Arena
Thursday 4th December – Newcastle, Metro Arena
Friday 5th December – Sheffield, Arena
Sunday 7th December – Glasgow, SECC
Monday 8th December – Liverpool, Echo Arena
Wednesday 10th December – Birmingham, NIA
Thursday 11th December – London, O2 Arena
Sunday 14th December – Bournemouth, BIC
Tuesday 16th December – Manchester, Evening News Arena
Wednesday 17th December – Cardiff, International Arena
Current indie scenesters Vampire Weekend have announced a full UK tour in October.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, 18th July, at 9am.
Monday 20th October – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 21st October – Manchester Academy
Wednesday 22nd October – Sheffield Academy
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th October – London Forum
Tuesday 28th October – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 29th October – Glasgow Barrowlands
Thursday 30th October – Liverpool Academy
Friday 31st October – Bristol Academy
Currently hotter than your average chili pepper, Black Kids have announced an October and November UK tour.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, 18th July at 9am.
Wednesday 22nd October – Birmingham Academy
Thursday 23rd October – Oxford Academy
Monday 27th October – Leeds Met University
Tuesday 28th October – Cambridge Junction
Thursday 30th October – London Astoria
Saturday 1st November – Liverpool Nation
Sunday 2nd November – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre