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Radiation City / April and May 2016 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 2nd February 2016 at 8:00 am

Portland dream pop band Radiation City have announced three live dates in the UK this spring, following the release of their upcoming album ‘Synesthetica’.  The LP is due out on the 12th of February via Polyvinyl and will contain the single ‘Milky White’, which you’ll find streaming below the tour date listing. You can also read Rebecca’s review of the single here.

The band will spend February and March touring in America before heading across the pond for a full European tour.  You can find a complete list of Radiation City’s live dates through this link.

Saturday 30th April 2016 – Brighton Hope and Ruin
Monday 2nd May 2016 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Wednesday 4th May 2016 – London Victoria


Tourist / May 2016 UK/Irish Tour

By on Monday, 25th January 2016 at 9:00 am

London producer and electronic musician William Phillips, better known as Tourist, has just unveiled the first single from his upcoming debut album ‘U’, along with a short list of live dates in the UK and Ireland for this spring.  You can hear Tourist’s new track ‘To Have You Back’ for yourself just below the tour date listing.  If you like what you hear, you can visit his Soundcloud to download the song for free.

Tickets for the following shows are available now.  Leading into the summer festival season, Tourist has also announced a June appearance at London’s Field Day 2016. TGTF’s previous coverage of Tourist can be found by clicking right here.

Saturday 7th May 2016 – Dublin Academy Green Room
Monday 9th May 2016 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 10th May 2016 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Wednesday 11th May 2016 – London XOYO
Thursday 12th May 2016 – Brighton Haunt


Holy Esque / March, April and May 2016 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 20th January 2016 at 9:00 am

Scottish rock quartet Holy Esque have planned a list of tour dates in the UK to follow the release of their forthcoming debut LP ‘At Hope’s Ravine’. The album is scheduled for release on the 26th of February via the band’s own record label Beyond the Frequency. Just below the tour date listing, you can have a listen to album track ‘Silences’, which was also part of Holy Esque’s recent double A-sided release.

Holy Esque will play three in-store shows immediately following the album release, including one on Leap Day, the 29th of February. They will head to America for SXSW 2016 in March, with the full UK tour beginning on the 6th of April.  At the end of their UK run, Holy Esque are scheduled to appear at The Great Escape 2016 in May.  Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Monday 29th February 2016 – Nottingham Rough Trade (in-store)
Tuesday 1st March 2016 – London Rough Trade East (in-store)
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 – Bristol Rise (in-store, free entry)
Wednesday 6th April 2016 – Plymouth Underground
Thursday 7th April 2016 – Falmouth Mono
Friday 8th April 2016 – Bude Carriers
Sunday 10th April 2016 – Bath Moles
Wednesday 13th April 2016 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Thursday 14th April 2016 – Liverpool Arts Club
Friday 15th April 2016 – Stoke-on-Trent Sugarmill
Saturday 16th April 2016 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Wednesday 20th April 2016 – London Lexington
Friday 22nd April 2016 – Bedford Esquires
Saturday 23rd April 2016 – Southampton Lennon’s
Sunday 24th April 2016 – Guildford Boileroom
Monday 25th April 2016 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Wednesday 27th April 2016 – Leicester Cookie
Thursday 28th April 2016 – Nottingham Bodega
Friday 29th April 2016 – Sheffield Picture House Social
Sunday 1st May 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank
Saturday 7th May 2016 – Glasgow Art School



Preview: Handmade Festival 2016

By on Monday, 11th January 2016 at 9:00 am

This may come as some surprise, despite all of the doom and gloom at the moment surrounding the current state of the UK music scene, which seems to be a feeling exclusive among the music-loving public. There are actually a wealth of music-supporting communities and people doing what they do because they love it. Case in point, Handmade Festival in Leicester. Now in its fourth year in (30 April – 1 May) and having upgraded to the Leicester Apollo, it’s going stronger than ever. And even better, it’s completely independent.

Being curated by the same team since its origins, Handmade Festival has seen the likes of Scottish darlings Honeyblood (2015) and indie rock foursome Tellison (2014). Due to its smaller size and the sheer volume of volunteers it sees, people who offer up their free time to make such a great event happen, even more thought and process can go into curating the best bang for your buck lineup.

The move to being just at the Apollo instead of spread across smaller venues, such as Firebug that is managed by one of the organisers John Helps, has certainly not meant that its lost the charm or ethos of a small, independent venue. Utilising these smaller venues for preview show or after parties, they’re able to bring in more national crowds as well as showing off exactly what makes this scene in Leicester so great. It also means they can book larger, more established artists.

This year’s lineup so far has given us We Are Scientists (pictured at top), who interestingly enough are already on the bill for Live at Leeds, as well as Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic. Now three more acts have been announced. Joining the aforementioned heavy hitters will be Welsh indie sextet Los Campesinos, who haven’t released a record since 2013 so we may potentially see new material from them this year in preparation.


Cantabrigians Lonely the Brave, who are well underway with their sophomore effort they are currently recording in Sheffield, have also been announced. Having undertaken a short tour road-testing new material, what we’ve heard so far is sounding as strong, if not stronger, than their 2014 debut ‘The Day’s War’. There is also Pretty Vicious who had a superb 2015. Despite only having released one single and performing a handful of gigs, they were soon signed to Virgin EMI and are gearing up more single releases.


Handmade Festival is one certainly not to be missed. At just £30 for a weekend ticket, it’s easily the most affordable festival you can get to, and with a strong lineup so far, it’d be a crime not to. Festivals like Handmade are a rarity. It’s made by people who truly understand how to make an event memorable, not just another gig in another city. You’re guaranteed to remember every moment. And if that’s not enough to entice you then nothing will.

For more information and ticket purchasing information go to the official Handmade Festival Web site.


Simply Red / Summer 2016 UK/Irish Tour

By on Monday, 21st December 2015 at 9:00 am

Veteran soul-pop band Simply Red are just wrapping up their 30th anniversary Big Love World Tour and have announced a new set of live dates for next summer. The band are set to perform a selection of their classic hits, such as ‘Stars’, ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, ‘Holding Back The Years’ and ‘Fairground’, in a variety of scenic venues across the UK.  Simply Red’s summer tour will also include an Irish date as part of the Live at the Marquee series in Cork as well as appearances at London serial festivals Live at Chelsea and Kew the Music, and the Betley Farm Festival.

Tickets for the following live dates are available now.  You can check out the trailer for Simply Red’s recent album ‘Big Love’ just below the tour date listing, and you can find TGTF’s archive of Simply Red coverage by clicking here.

Saturday 28th May 2016 – Cartmel Racecourse
Friday 3rd June 2016 – Durham County Cricket Club
Friday 10th June 2016 – Chepstow Racecourse
Saturday 11th June 2016 – Cork Live At The Marquee
Saturday 18th June 2016 – Canterbury Kent County Cricket Club
Sunday 19th June 2016 – London Royal Hospital Chelsea
Friday 1st July 2016 – Chelmsford City Racecourse
Sunday 3rd July 2016 – Brandon Thetford Forest
Wednesday 6th July 2016 – Clitheroe Castle
Tuesday 12th July 2016 – London Kew Gardens
Thursday 14th July 2016 – Edinburgh Castle
Saturday 16th July 2016 – Newbury Racecourse
Sunday 17th July 2016 – Cardiff Swalec Stadium
Wednesday 10th August 2016 – Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Saturday 13th August 2016 – Doncaster Racecourse
Sunday 14th August 2016 – Betley Court Farm



Preview: The Great Escape 2016

By on Monday, 7th December 2015 at 9:00 am

Now in its eleventh year, The Great Escape (TGE) festival (19-21 May 2016) looks like it will be going from strength to strength in 2016. It’s the UK’s most industry focused festival, with its emphasis being on the new classes of bands coming through the ranks, as well as having the TGE convention where industry professionals can debate and discuss the future of our fabled industry. The fact it’s based in Brighton is a massive help in its successes: it’s a centrifuge of artistic and creative talent with the added bonus of being next to the seaside.

For those not in the know, it’s the equivalent of the American festival SXSW, which is essentially a mammoth music convention a la mecca. It’s the perfect destination for music lovers and workers, a melting pot of ideas and talent.

This year’s first round of acts has been announced, much sooner than we’d normally expect. With one of the coveted Spotlight Shows (formerly Dome shows) going to pop hit-writing duo Oh Wonder (pictured at top), who back in September 2015 released their self-titled debut record that consists of their promise to record and release one song a month for one year, starting in September 2014. Certainly a strong start for the festival. They will be supported by Shura and Masa Mura, a not to be missed show.

One of the more recognisable, bigger names on the released list of first acts to be revealed is Mystery Jets, who are no stranger having played back in 2009 and who have held our hearts ever since ‘Two Doors Down’ was released in 2008. They’ve returned with the announcement of a fifth album due out in January 2016, so we should expect to hear a mix of new material and old.

Owen Rabbit. will certainly be another artist to watch. The 24-year old Melbournian utilises what is essentially junk to create instrumentation that layers up to form a sculpture of electronica not easily found with the use of even the best equipment. He will definitely bring an intriguing and exciting performance, with the perk of being environmentally friendly.


Last year’s headliners Alabama Shakes previously played back in 2012, so the anticipation for the announcement of this next year’s top acts is high. The spread of talent is so wide, the festival isn’t known for one particular genre or favouritism to certain acts, past highlights have included everyone from Adele (2007) to Fat White Family (2014), Ed Sheeran (2011) to Charli XCX (2014), and absolutely everything in between.

Acts come from all over the planet be a part of one of the most exciting festivals, one that’s full of discovery and absolute wonder. This year is set to be better than ever, they’ve even reduced the age limit to some of the venues to 16+ so the range of music lovers can grow. We all know what it’s like to miss out on the coolest events because of age at some point in our lives, and this just shows the lengths they’re going through to approach almost absolutely every demographic.

TGE is one festival not to be missed, with over 30 different venues housing the plethora of bands and fans, you’re sure to find something worth watching, even if it’s a familiar name or a 24-year old Australian playing empty bottles, you’ll be hard pressed to not have a good time. If you really do find yourself at a loose end with no music to watch, there’s always the beach.


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