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The week ahead: Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd April 2007

 
By on Sunday, 15th April 2007 at 5:26 pm
 

This week it seems lots of bands are on tour, but not many BIG bands, which gives you lots of choice. If I’ve missed anything out, or anyone has any spare tickets for anything in London on Tuesday night let me know and we can sort something out!

First up, Bloc Party continue their week long tour of the UK that they began last night in Cambridge, moving on to play Wolverhampton tonight, Plymouth Pavillions on Monday, Blackpool Empress Ballroom on Wednesday, and finally London’s Brixton Academy on Thursday and Friday. Tickets available from See Tickets for some dates, as well as some of the venue box offices.

On some dates Bloc Party will be supported by Biffy Clyro, who also play a date at Stoke Sugarmill on Tuesday as a warm up for their Bloc Party warm up dates and their May tour. Tickets on sale here.

The 2007 Camden Crawl takes place on Thursday and Friday in London, including all the best up and coming talent from accross London at some of the best Camden venues.

Zane Lowe favourites Cold War Kids embark on the start of their tour on Wednesday in Bristol, before moving on to Nottingham and Manchester. They then tour the rest of the country in the following two weeks. Tickets available from See Tickets again.

Teenage girl favourites Hanson embark on a short UK tour covering Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday respectively. They also play Koko in London on Sunday. Tickets from here and venue box offices.

Jamie T embarks on a full UK tour in Southampton next Saturday, before Norwich on Sunday and the rest of the UK in the coming two weeks. Tickets from here.

Kings of Leon embark on a full UK tour tonight in Plymouth, covering just about everywhere. Tickets from here.

Lostprophets UK Arena tour kicks off this week, covering Manchester, Birmingham and London’s Wembley Arena this week. Tickets from here.

Crazily moustached Luke Toms embarks on his own tour on Wednesday in Liverpool. He’s been the support band of choice for a fair few bands in recent months: Keane, Thirteen Senses and The Feeling. Tickets here.

Paulo Nutini starts his UK tour of larger theatres on Tuesday, playing just about everywhere, including a four night home town stand in early May. Tickets here.

Other Zane Lowe favourites The Enemy continue their UK tour on Monday night, taking in most mid-sized venues in the UK. Tickets here.

I was hoping to be able to see Switches at London’s 100 Club on Tuesday, however tickets have now sold out, so I won’t be. Tickets for their UK tour here.

Dundee favourites The View play a variety of venues out and about this week, mostly sold out, however there are still a few tickets for the Forum date in London next Saturday. Tickets here.

Last but not least, girl band The Pipettes play their largest tour to date, all over the UK playing mid-size venues. Tickets here.

 

Live: The Feeling – Shepherds Bush Empire – 2nd November 2006

 
By on Friday, 3rd November 2006 at 8:32 pm
 

Last night saw the first evening of The Feeling’s three night stand in London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, and the culmination of a year’s explosive growth for the typically British lads.

Opening for the evening was Luke Toms, a rather vibrant guy with an interesting support band that looks something like Napolean Dynamite wannabes. His (rather scary) ‘tash reminded us of a fair ground entertainer in the mid 1920’s, but on the whole were quite a melodic bunch, if a bunch of outcasts. They sounded quite similar to the Feeling, but a bit more extravagant, and had a hint of Magic Numbers around them. Could be one to watch next year!

Then a few minutes past nine the whole stage went dark and the intro tape kicked in, for The Feeling to bound on stage to “I want You Now”, and the crowd erupted. Dan Gillespie Sells was clearly on top form, and wouldn’t stop proclaiming his love for being back in London, after spending months touring the USA and Canada. He introduced us to his mum up on the balcony, who was having a very good time, giving most of us younger people a run for her money with her dancing and screaming skills.

They ripped through their set, going at breakneck speed through their album, playing Sewn very early and spacing the hits a nice distance apart. Strange was introduced by referring to the band as a bunch of oddballs, and was a great rendition. Before “Rose” Dan explained that “some people think this song is about confused sexuality, some people think this is a song about red wine… I’ll let you decide what it’s about”, which was quite amusing, and made us realise the several different interpretations of a song there might be. Throughout the set they were always polite, and very British: looking after the audience, following the corporate line: they almost seemed like a boyband, indeed much of what they did could be said to be very similar to McFly.

After Rose came a bit of a surprise: a cover of “Video killed the Radio star” by the Buggles, which was very camp but very enjoyable. “Fill my little world right up” took several attempts to get right for Dan, deciding that it was his guitar that didn’t sound right, before getting off to a stonking start, that could have closed the set. Instead, they played on and rounded off with “Love it when you call,” their new single. At first we thought that would be it, with no encore, but Dan crept round the front of the stage to come up, hidden from most of the audience’s sight and do the album closer “Blue Picadilly”, which was pretty awesome, and very melodic.

Overall they put on a very entertaining evening, though very corporate line-toeing, but good family friendly entertainment: their songs are ace, easy listening stuff, but aren’t going to be setting the world on fire with controversy or genius lyrics.

 
 
 

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