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Franz Ferdinand / February 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 27th October 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Franz Ferdinand have announced their return to the record shops next year. ‘Always Ascending’, their fifth studio album, will be available on the 9th of February 2018 on Domino Records. The day after its release, the Scottish rockers will begin a UK/Irish tour in Galway that will run for just over 2 weeks, concluding at Brighton Dome on the 25th of February. Tickets to the below dates will go on sale next Friday, the 3rd of November at 9 AM. While you’re waiting to pounce on those tickets, you can have a listen to the title track, embedded under the tour listings.

Saturday 10th February 2017 – Galway Leisureland
Sunday 11th February 2017 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 13th February 2017 – Manchester Albert Hall
Wednesday 14th February 2017 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 16th February 2017 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 17th February 2017 – Glasgow Academy
Monday 19th February 2017 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 20nd February 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 21st February 2017 – Bristol Academy
Friday 23th February 2017 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 24th February 2017 – London Brixton Academy
Sunday 25th February 2017 – Brighton Dome

 

Hard Working Class Heroes Festival 2017: Saturday Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 19th October 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

Catch up on Rebecca’s Friday night coverage of Hard Working Class Heroes 2017 by following this link.

On Saturday evening, we were pretty excited to see some of the acts that we had lined up on our schedule, as well as to try out Dublin’s newest music venue, The Underground. But first, we hit The Grand Social, following what seemed like a rabbit warren of corridors before we reached the music venue at the rear of the pub. We first saw the peach-haired ROE (pictured above), the 18-year old from Derry, known to her mum as Roisin Donald. Two standouts were ‘Fake Ur Death’, the track she released at the start of the year, and another that she talked about writing a track about her grandfather’s dementia, which she sang passionately and emotionally. Multi-instrumentalist ROE created a range of sound with her guitar and by looping rhythms and is certainly a unique talent to watch out for.

The Underground was next on our list, where we caught the end of Cinema’s set. I was pleased to find we’d not missed out on Peter Fleming’s most well-known track, the ethereal ‘Floating’. I’d heard it what seemed like a hundred times before but had never known who sang it. Cinema is a great chilled out electropop act for fans of celestial, airy tunes.

Kilnamana were up next at The Underground, which despite being a seriously cramped venue had an incredible vibe. It was also the act’s first Irish show. The duo are clearly in love with performing their music, dancing along throughout the set. I’m pretty sure they were also using a theremin; I’d never seen that particular instrument used on stage before, especially not laced with hypnotic synth sounds. Highlights were Miguel Garcia Soler swaying to the music, and Enda Gallery playing his flute into a microphone, while distorting the sound.

We briefly caught ROCSTRONG at Tramline, the venue that we’d fallen in love with the night before. A confident and charismatic performer, he instructed the audience to split into two halves, and chant phrases back to him when he pointed the microphone in their direction, but did seem put out by the some members of the audience choosing to sit down for the set.

Finally, we headed back to Workman’s to check out Bitch Falcon. I must admit, we chose this band purely on name alone, and they definitely aren’t the type of act that I would usually see. We ended up really enjoying their heavy, autotuned, intense set, with lead singer Lizzie Fitzpatrick headbanging away like the coolest front woman in town. The crowd were also delighted to see the band, and we could barely move as we stood watching the performance, being jostled around by the bopping crowd. [Catch all our past coverage on Bitch Falcon through here. – Ed.]

Hard Working Class Heroes is one of those festivals that not only allows you to see some fantastic acts, but also enables you to check out some of the fantastic venues that the city has to offer. For a relative newcomer as myself, it was particularly enjoyable, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

 

Hard Working Class Heroes Festival 2017: Friday Roundup

 
By on Wednesday, 18th October 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

This year, the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival based in Dublin turned 15 years old. After starting back in 2003, it has since grown from an event at a single venue to a highly anticipated and buzzing music event, including live performances from a wide range of artists and a music conference.

As we made our way to the Workman’s Club to collect our tickets on Friday, we seemed to come across a busker or musician on every street corner, particularly on the bustling Grafton Street and by the famous Molly Malone statue. It was a reminder that Dublin truly is a city alive with music.

With our passes and lanyards in hand, we headed to the first venue of the night, the brightly painted Tara Building, where we saw the first couple of tracks performed by the teenage troubadour Curtis Walsh. Singing about themes and experiences seemingly beyond his young age (he’s a mere 16 years old), Walsh stood on stage armed with just his guitar and belted out the tracks ‘Drunken Love’ and ‘Bury the Hatchet’. Jake Bugg or Ed Sheeran.

Next we made our way to Tramline, the cool new underground venue and bar on Hawkins Street. Here we saw Erica Cody (pictured at top) perform onstage with her band. With vocals reminiscent of Dua Lipa or Zara Larsson, Cody was a commanding and confident presence onstage. After performing a few of her own tracks, including the single released earlier this year ‘Addicted’, she talked about her how influenced she had been by ‘90s r&b, evidenced by her great cover of the iconic ‘Pony’ by Ginuwine. She was all in all a great performer and had a set filled with funky hooks and electric guitars aplenty.

We next headed back to the Workman’s Club, where we saw perhaps the most captivating act of the weekend, BIMM Dublin graduates The Fontaines [not to be confused with Los Angeles sibling-led group of the same name – Ed.]. Musically Buzzcocks-esque while also reminiscent of The Vaccines and The Hives, it was difficult to keep your eyes off their frontman Grian Chatten, who was swaying about onstage and staring intensely out into the audience like he was the only person in the room. Opening with ‘Rocket to Russia’, an old-school rock ‘n’ roll-sounding number, other highlights were the two recently released tracks ‘Hurricane Laughter’, which the band closed their set with, and ‘Winter in the Sun’, with brilliant lyrics like “I want to feel it winter in the sun / I wanna feel my soul coming undone”. Definitely one of those bands that you’ll want to see live.

After The Fontaines, we stuck around for a short while to catch the start of Other Creatures’ set, which was a much more mellow affair than the riotous act that had come before. The Dublin trio opened with ‘Luxembourg’, which was released as a single earlier this year. Subdued and cool, the trio’s songs are somewhat haunting and edgy, emphasised even more by their lead singer’s unique vocals.

I’d seen Loah (Sallay Matu Garnett) before at the RTE Choice Music Prize show in March, so I knew her performance would be a good one. She features on Bantum’s excellent track ‘Take It’ and on Friday evening, she was on at Tramline. There is something about the underground venue and its hazy lighting that created a fantastic vibe, Loah’s smooth, deep vocals suiting the cool environment. She was clearly having a great time onstage and comfortable as she performed and danced. Garnett talked about how she was from Crumlin, as well as her Sierra Leonean roots, singing in a language from Sierra Leone on ‘Cortège’ (Sherbro and Mende according to her YouTube account page). EP title track ‘This Heart’ is gentle yet powerful, summed up Garnett’s self-described genre ‘ArtSoul’. She finished the set with final track ‘Nothing’, which she described as being about “total destruction of the ego”. [She also appeared at SXSW 2017; catch all our coverage on the Irish/Sierra Leonean soul singer here. –Ed.]

After Loah, we stuck around for the headliner of the night. Dublin-based singer, rapper and poet Jafaris performed before a packed-out audience, telling the crowd with a hopeful tone, “I hope you guys connect with me”. Standout tracks from his set were ‘Love Dies’ and ‘If You Love Me’, which sum up the young songwriter’s chilled-out hip hop/pop style. Jafaris is sure one for fans of Frank Ocean.

Stay tuned for Becky’s review of Saturday night’s showcasing artists at Hard Working Class Heroes 2017, posting here on TGTF tomorrow.

 

Rat Boy / January and February 2018 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 29th August 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Hip-hop/punk artist Rat Boy will open 2018 with a headline tour of the UK and Ireland. He’ll supporting his newly released album ‘Scum’. Described musically as being “like the Beastie Boys for the Brexit generation”, ‘Scum’ is out now on Parlophone Records and features the recent single ‘Laidback’. Watch the tune’s promo video below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows will be available starting on this Thursday, 31st of August, at 9 AM. TGTF’s previous coverage of Rat Boy is back this way.

Wednesday 31st January 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 2nd February 2018 – Belfast Limelight
Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Dublin Academy
Monday 5th February 2018 – Cardiff Tramshed
Tuesday 6th February 2018 – Leicester Academy
Thursday 8th February 2018 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 10th February 2018 – London Brixton Academy

 

Everything Everything / February and March 2018 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 28th August 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Following the release of their fourth album less than a fortnight ago, Everything Everything have announced a new UK and Irish tour, their biggest to date, for next year. The Manchester-based band will be taking ‘A Fever Dream’, out now on RCA Records, on the road in February and March. (You can read my review of the long player through here.) The tour kicks off at the venerated Dublin Olympia on the 28th of February 2018, then continues on in blighty 2 days later. The jaunt culminates in a show at London Alexandra Palace on the 10th of March. Tickets go on sale this Friday, the 1st of September, but I’d recommend you visit their official Web site for some more information that might be useful… To read much more on Everything Everything here on TGTF, follow this link.

Wednesday 28th Feb 2018 – Dublin Olympia
Friday 2nd Mar 2018 – Norwich UEA
Saturday 3rd Mar 2018 – Birmingham Academy
Monday 5th Mar 2018 – Bristol Colston Hall
Tuesday 6th Mar 2018 – Leeds Academy
Thursday 8th Mar 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 9th Mar 2018 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 10th Mar 2018 – London Alexandra Palace

 

Picture This / October and November 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 25th August 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Irish pop/rock duo Picture This will play a run of live dates in the UK and Ireland this autumn, in support of their debut self-titled LP, released on the 25th of August via Republic Records/Universal. (You can read our review of the album that posted yesterday here.) The tour will open in Belfast and include a stop at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire, before closing with back-to-back shows in Dublin and Killarney.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s past coverage of Picture This, including a live review from SXSW 2017, is right through here.

Friday 27th October 2017 – Belfast SSE Arena
Sunday 29th October 2017 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 30th October 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 31st October 2017 – Birmingham Institute 2
Wednesday 1st November 2017 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 3rd November 2017 – Manchester Academy 3
Saturday 4th November 2017 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Sunday 5th November 2017 – Glasgow Garage
Tuesday 7th November 2017 – Dublin 3Arena
Wednesday 8th November 2017 – Dublin 3Arena
Friday 10th November 2017 – Killarney INEC
Saturday 11th November 2017 – Killarney INEC

 
 
 

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