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What’s in store for 2017?

While 2016 was an amazing year in music, with Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Courteeners and even The Stone Roses bringing out new music. The world lost Bowie, Prince and only recently George Michael, plus numerous other musical legends.  The tragic demise of Viola Beach in February broke a million hearts.

Now almost a week into 2017, and we’ve already been blessed with the news of a third Ed Sheeran album, the release of Sundara Karma’s debut, and Noel Gallagher confirming a third album could be ready by June. But what else have we got to look forward to?

Towards the end of last year, Circa Waves released their brand new single Wake Up, also announcing the release of their second album – Different Creatures – on March 10th. Following this the band will play a UK tour which kicks off in Sheffield on March 18th.

It’s also looking to be a big year for Sundara Karma, who released their debut album Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect on January 6th. The Reading four-piece will be supporting Two Door Cinema club on their UK tour later this month, before going on to do a string of headline dates with support from different acts across the tour,  including The Night Cafe and Blaenavon.

Blossoms also have a number of gig dates lined up, including shows in Japan, New York and even a slot at popular American festival, Coachella! In 2016, the Stockport quintet announced a date at Castlefield Bowl – July 8th – as part of Sound of the City where they’ll be joined by special guests, The Coral, Touts and Rory Wynne. Richard Ashcroft, James, and Hacienda Classical also play the multi-day festival which takes place towards the end of June/early July.

Back in August Liam Gallagher announced he’s signed a new record deal and he was said to be ‘making progress’ on his upcoming solo album; set for release in 2017. It was also reported by ‘Music Week’ that he will play his first solo gig for music charity Youth Music at London’s Bush Hall on March 28th 2017. But will he be as successful as his older brother?  The jury remains out until then.

Finally, The Stone Roses are making a welcome return…a year after they played four dates at the Etihad Stadium. The Mancunian legends will be taking it up a notch this year, playing dates this June at Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park (Glasgow), Odyssey Arena (Belfast) and First Direct Arena (Leeds). Last year they were joined at the Etihad by the likes of The Courteeners, The Buzzcocks and Blossoms, with hip-hop icons Public Enemy joining them for every show. It will be interesting to see who they pull out of the bag this year.

If there’s anything you’re particularly looking forward to in Music in 2017, please leave a comment below!

 

 

 

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Blossoms announce headline date at Castlefield Bowl

img_2894BLOSSOMS have announced a headline gig at Castlefield Bowl.

The Stockport five-piece will be joined by The Coral, Rory Wynne and Touts on Saturday 8th July as part of multi-day festival Sounds of the City.

After the release of their self-titled debut album earlier this year, Blossoms took right off. The band performed at numerous festivals, and even supported The Stone Roses for one of their dates at the Etihad.

 With The Courteeners, New Order, and Catfish and the Bottlemen having played this venue in previous years; it’s mad that Blossoms are headlining not even a year after the release of their first album.

Richard Ashcroft, James and Haçienda Classical will also be performing at the mini-festival which takes place in late June/Early July.

Tickets go on sale at 9:30am on December 2nd.

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Circa Waves announce string of UK Tour Dates

CIRCA WAVES have announced details of a string of 2017 UK tour dates.

After putting out their new track Wake Up, last week saw the band release details of their second album Different Creatures, set for release on March 10th 2017.

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With support from InHeaven and The Magic Gang, the tour kicks off in Sheffield on March 18th. They’ll also be playing at the O2 Forum in London, and a hometown gig at Liverpool University, along with a number of other venues and dates.

Tickets go on general sale on December 2nd at 9am.

The tour will consist of the following dates:

March

Sheffield O2 Academy – 18th
Glasgow Barrowland – 20th
Newcastle University – 21st
Manchester Academy – 23rd
Liverpool University – 24th
Oxford O2 Academy – 25th
Bristol O2 Academy – 27th
Nottingham Rock City – 28th
Birmingham Institute – 30th
London O2 Forum – 31st

April

Norwich UEA – 3rd
Cambridge Junction – 4th

The Smiths tribute band return to 53 Degrees

Manchester tribute band The Smiths LTD return to 53 Degrees on Saturday October 22nd.

The Smiths obsessed four-piece Johnny Turner (Vocals), Alex Gaskell (guitar), Andy Crook (Bass) and Keith Partington (drums) return to the Preston based venue having played there numerous times before.

The band describe themselves as being “Committed to getting the same energy that Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce had on stage together”.

With support from The Verve Experience – a new, The Verve tribute band from Wigan – this is sure to be a night filled with numerous northern anthems.


Over the course of the year, the venue – housed by UCLan’s Student Union – has seen acts such as Mystery Jets and The Clone Roses; later this month it will see Alien Ant Farm and on November 19th, Pinked Floyd will be playing the venue too.

Get yourself down to 53 degrees for 7:30pm this Saturday, you won’t want to miss it.

Tickets are still available here, on SeeTickets!

Neighbourhood Festival 2016

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On Saturday 8th October, Neighbourhood Festival will be taking place in Manchester.

The event takes place over 11 different venues, and over 100 artists are going to be performing; including Circa Waves, Blossoms, and Twin Atlantic. However, I thought I would talk about some other acts you could go and watch throughout the day.

The Pigeon Detectives – If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that needs to change. Despite my belief that they deserve a later slot, at a larger venue; the Leeds indie rock quintet will be playing a half hour set at Sound Control (Main) from 1pm on Saturday. If you want to check them out before, some of their biggest hits include I Found Out and Take Her Back.

Liam Fray – The Courteeners frontman was probably a deciding factor for many, with expectation for him playing there being high before he even got announced. Fray will be making a special guest appearance at the event, playing a solo set at The Albert Hall from 6:30pm. Even if he’s the only act you see from these suggestions, it will be so worth it just to see him belt out Not Nineteen Forever and Small Bones.

The Academic – As one of Ireland’s hottest musical prospects at this very moment, The Academic are to play a few tour dates in the UK this month, including Neighbourhood. You’ll be able to find them at Underdog (XOLO) from 10:30pm – they’ll be sure to end your night on a high.

The Amazons – these are a band whom I’ve always rated highly. Their tracks Junk Food Forever and Ultraviolet gained the band a lot of following, and this year they played the likes of Truck Fest and Y Not. The band will be playing at Sound Control (Basement) from 4pm til 4:30pm, with other up and coming acts before and after such as Airways, High Tyde and Fronteers.

VANT – Having supported the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Royal Blood, and soon You Me At Six, the indie rock quartet will be performing from 8pm at Sound Control (Main). If you’re unfamiliar with them, go and give their tracks Fly-by Alien and Parking Lot a listen.

There are numerous other acts performing at the festival across various venues throughout the course of the day. Others worth checking out include Louis Berry, Inheaven, Pale Waves and Clean Cut Kid. 

Other than that, enjoy your day if you’re going, and the lineup/times can be found here!

Written by: @Emilypugh_

Reading & Leeds 2016

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With just under a week until the infamous Reading and Leeds Festival takes over the festival scene, I have briefly stated my ‘unmissable’ acts, along with their appearance day, and some of their songs to check out! I highly recommend you see these guys if you get the chance!

Foals – Main Stage

The Oxford indie rock quintet have taken the world by storm, gradually gaining support as they release each of their studio albums. The band cite one of their main influences to be the Foo Fighters, and similarly to the Foo’s, their live performances have been said to be spectacular. Their headline set is not something to miss!

Recommendations:

– My Number

– What Went Down

– Spanish Sahara

Reading: Friday

Leeds: Saturday

Dinosaur Pile-Up – The Pit Stage

Alternative rock trio, Dinosaur Pile-Up, from Leeds, have heavily gained momentum, particularly after the release of their third studio album, Eleven Eleven. Similarly to Foals, the band state one of their biggest influences to be the Foo Fighters, as well as bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Deftones.

Recommendations:

– 11:11

– My Rock and Roll

– Hey You

Reading: Friday

Leeds: Saturday

The Sherlocks – Festival Republic Stage

This band, consisting of two sets of brothers, makes up the indie rock quartet that is The Sherlocks. Releasing their first single ‘Live For The Moment’ in 2014, the boys bagged themselves a spot on the R&L 2015 line up, playing for a moderately sized crowd. However, this year, I am sure this up and coming band will be performing in front of many fans, as their release of ‘Heart Of Gold’ has secured.

Recommendations:

– Live For The Moment

– Heart Of Gold

– Escapade

Reading: Friday

Leeds: Sunday

Sundara Karma – Main Stage

Reading quartet, Sundara Karma, have a unique sound, as their indie-rock roots combine with classic pop, creating something beautiful. The band have shown amazing potential as their released tracks have helped them gain loyal fans. With a scattering of festival appearances and live shows, these youngsters have clearly showcased their talent, and I cannot wait to see what happens next!

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Recommendations:

– A Young Understanding

– Flame

– Loveblood

Reading: Saturday

Leeds: Sunday

Slaves – Main Stage

Laurie and Isaac, the duo from Kent, have taken the UK punk scene by storm since their formation in the early 21st century. Their single electric guitar and stripped down drum kit create a raw and genuine sound, which was clearly loved by fans, as their debut able ‘Are You Satisfied?’, reached number 8 on its first week in the UK albums chart. With the recent release of ‘Spit It Out’, the announcement of a new album, and their sold out gig at the 100 Club, I am sure the boys will deliver an amazing set.

Recommendations:

– The Hunter

– Where’s Your Car Debbie?

– Cheer Up London

Reading: Saturday

Leeds: Sunday

VANT – Festival Republic Stage

VANT are an indie rock quartet from London. They state to be influenced by The Clash, who use their music to voice their opinions on the state of the world, and political matters. Similarly, VANT use this as a basis for some of their tracks (Birth Certificate, as an example). ‘Parasite’, their debut single, was released in 2015, and since then, success seems to have followed this band as they have gained more support with every track released. They are noted to have punk influences, which is emphasised as lead singer Mattie says he writes lyrics out of “pure frustration”. Amazing live, these lads are sure to put on a lively, energetic performance, which is not something to be missed.

Recommendations:

– Parking Lot

– Parasite

– Birth Certificate

Reading: Saturday

Leeds: Sunday

The Vaccines – Main Stage

London based indie rock group, The Vaccines, formed in the late 2000’s. This quartet have never failed to deliver since the release of their first album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’, which showcased the infamous tunes that are ‘If You Wanna’ and ‘Post Break-Up Sex’. Live, and I now speak from personal experience, they are truly exceptional, delivering track are track of so-called ‘bangers’, sung by the one and only Justin Young.

Recommendations:

– Post Break-Up Sex

– Teenage Icon

– Denial

Reading: Sunday

Leeds: Friday

The Wombats – NME Stage

British indie rock trio, The Wombats, are perhaps best known for their electronic-pop influenced sound. Their debut album ‘A Guide To Love, Loss and Depression’, in my opinion is unfaultable, as I enjoy every track on there, to such an extent I would rate it one of my favourite albums. Arguably their most well-known song, ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ features on this album, and perhaps pin-points the start of a fantastic journey, as the band have grown from strength to strength, most recently releasing their third studio album, ‘Glitterbug’.

Recommendations:

– Kill The Director

– Techno Fan

– Give Me A Try

Reading: Sunday

Leeds: Friday

Clean Cut Kid – Festival Republic Stage

This quartet from Liverpool, yet again deliver an indie rock style, but with a twist; an electronic pop sound added in the mix. Having yet to release a studio album, this band certainly have left their future wide open, but for now, their numerous EP’s still leave us fully satisfied. ‘Vitamin C’ is my personal favourite, and seeing this live at Truck Festival earlier this summer surpassed all expectations. Their live performances are energetic, but also have an added sense of intimacy, as lead singer, Mike Halls, happily explains what each track is about and why it was written.

Recommendations:

– Vitamin C

– Runaway

– We Used To Be In Love

Reading: Sunday

Leeds: Friday

 

Written by Harriet / @yellowdaffodilx

New Music: The Courteeners


Manchester’s indie guitar rock quartet have been likened to bands such as Oasis and The Stone Roses, as well as more contemporary bands such as Kasabian and the Arctic Monkeys. The band was formed in 2006 as Liam Fray, lead singer, brought together three childhood friends, to form The Courteeners.

2008 beckoned the release of their first studio album, ‘St Jude’. Arguably the tracks that gained their now massive following came from this album: ‘Not Nineteen Forever’, ‘Are You In Love With A Notion?’ and ‘Bide Your Time’.

Following this, the albums ‘Falcon’ (2010), ‘Anna’ (2013), and ‘Concrete Love’ (2014) have all been released, and have also been the catalyst for multiple tours, and many festival appearances.

Due to the bands loyal following, the release of ‘The 17th’ on 12th August, and the news of yet another studio album, sparked a craze on social media, leading to a response from Liam Fray on twitter; “Absolutely gob smacked by that reaction. Love yers xxx”.

New album, ‘Mapping The Rendezvous’ is due out on the 21st October, of this year.


The track list for ‘Mapping The Rendezvous’ has been released also and can be seen below:

1. Lucifer’s Dreams

2. Kitchen

3. No One Will Ever Replace Us

4. De La Salle

5. Tip Toes

6. Not For Tomorrow

7. Finest Hour

8. The Dilettante

9. Modern Love

10. Most Important

11. The 17th

Listen to ‘The 17th’ here.

 

Written by Harriet / @yellowdaffodilx

Boardmasters 2016

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It’s now just one week until surf and music festival Boardmasters returns to the Cornish coastline for yet another year, and the lineup is looking insane!

I figured I would talk about some of the acts I particularly don’t want to miss, and recommend tracks to check out if you’ve not already!

Catfish & The Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen are an ideal festival band. They have numerous indie anthems you can sing along to, know exactly how to get a crowd going, and have played the likes of Glastonbury, T in the Park and Truck Festival so far this year. Next Friday the band will be playing the main stage at Boardmasters… and trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

You can expect a set of up-beat, feel good tunes from both their debut and second album, with perhaps one or two to slow the evening down for just a few minutes. Not forgetting of course, hearing Bondy’s guitar solo’s up close is sure to be a spiritual experience. I can’t wait. 

  • Cocoon
  • Tyrants
  • Pacifier
  • Soundcheck

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Kaiser Chiefs

Unless you’ve lived under a rock your whole life, you’ll be sure to have at least heard some of this bands tracks. With tracks Ruby and I Predict A Riot being some of their best known hits. Having seen them live two years ago, I’m pretty hyped at the thought of seeing them perform again on the Saturday of the festival. Lead singer Ricky Wilson knows exactly how to get the crowd going, and they’re an ideal act to see perform on the middle day of your weekend with a variety of bangers to start your night off properly before headliners Deadmau5.

  • Ruby
  • I Predict A Riot
  • Everyday I Love You Less and Less
  • Oh My God

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice are an alternative rock band, who released their debut album back in 2015 and now have an ever-growing amount of listeners. The four-piece will be headlining the Land of Saints Stage on Friday, and after missing their set at Reading Festival last year, I can’t wait to see these for a first time!

If seeing Ellie Rowsell in the flesh isn’t enough reason to want to go and see Wolf Alice, some of their top tracks will hopefully change your mind. Get your glitter at the ready!

  • Moaning Lisa Smile
  • Bros
  • Giant Peach
  • Nosedive

Rat Boy

The general consensus I’ve got so far are that people have mixed opinions on seeing Rat Boy. But once again, many of his tunes are certain to get a crowd going and the buzz for him is only getting bigger. After the release of his first single Sign On in 2015, hype built up quickly and Rat Boy found himself on on BBCs sound of 2016 longlist, and MTVs Shortlist, alongside winning an award from NME. Not too shabby I would say!

If you have the opportunity over the weekend, Rat Boy can be found on the Land of Saints Stage at some point on the Sunday.

  • Sign On
  • Get Over It
  • Fake ID
  • Move

Sigma (Live)

Perhaps you fancy seeing something a bit different to the music suggested so far? Sigma are an English drum n bass duo, who have produced numerous hits with huge artists! If you’re looking for more of a set to jump around to, with well known songs throughout they can be found headlining the Unleashed stage on the Sunday.

  • Changing
  • Nobody To Love
  • Glitterball
  • Coming Home

Blossoms

Where? – Main Stage

When? – Friday

  • Charlemagne
  • Getaway
  • At Most A Kiss
  • Blow

Chase & Status – Headliners

Where? – Main Stage

When? – Friday

  • Control (ft Slaves)
  • Blind Faith
  • Lost and Not Found
  • Time

Eliza & The Bear

Where? – Main Stage

When? – Saturday

  • Friends
  • Lion’s Heart
  • Let Us Be Young
  • It Gets Cold

Mystery Jets

Where? – Land of Saints Stage

When? – Sunday

  • Two Doors Down
  • Young Love
  • Bubblegum
  • Bombay Blue

The Big Moon

Where? – Land of Saints Stage

When? – Sunday

  • Cupid
  • Silent Movie Susie
  • Sucker
  • Nothing Without You

The Bulletproof Bomb

Where? – Land of Saints Stage

When? – Sunday

  • Suitcase
  • Five Green Bottles
  • Siege
  • Shoes

Timings were released earlier today, so if you want to properly plan out your weekend, check it out here.

There are of course many other acts whom I will be seeing over the course of the weekend, and this is just a snippet of those I would recommend if you have the chance. Other than that, I hope you enjoy the weekend!

Favourites of 2016… so far!

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2016 has been a massive year for the indie music scene, so I thought I would take some time to reflect on some of my favourite releases of the year so far.

DMA’s – Hill’s End

Australia based indie trio DMA’s released their debut album Hills End in February this year. I recently came across this band after watching their set from T in the Park, and immediately they stuck out to me. It is clear the trio have developed a sound that is much alike to the indie-rock scene in Manchester back in the 90s, with likeness to Oasis, Happy Mondays and Primal Scream.

The album’s 12 tracks long, opening track (and debut single) Delete is among my favourites, along with Feels Like 37 and In The Moment. 

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Viola Beach

On July 29th, Viola Beach’s self-titled album was posthumously released, after their deaths earlier this year. The album is filled with energy, positivity, and cheery vibes, a set of tracks that were clearly made to spread happiness; but due to the tragic circumstances, this isn’t quite the case.

Call You Up has received a lot of response on social media due to the melancholic tone of the song, and the devastating events that have taken place since it was written.

Tracks such as Boys That Sing, Really Wanna Call, and Swings and Waterslides just clarify the band were tailor-made for festivals and performing, and that they really did write music to make people happy in a world that is going insane.

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Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride

After what felt like an eternity Catfish and the Bottlemen finally gave us album number twoThe band had done what felt like hundreds of tours on the back of their debut album, and we were starting to get impatient; but on 27th May 2016 they finally released it, The Ride.

It was always going to be hard for them to follow up the quality and subsequent popularity of The Balcony, but perhaps this is one reason the wait was so long. The Ride has a nice blend of upbeat, feel good songs, alongside one or two slower, more chilled out tunes. “She was a different league, and I was nothing much.” is just a snippet of the angst which infuses many of the lyrics in the tracks on the album.

The Ride more than lives up to what were inevitably high expectations given how impressive The Balcony was as a debut album.

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The Stone Roses

As many of you will know, 2016 has seen the comeback of iconic Manchester band The Stone Roses. They played a string of tour dates, released 2 singles and announced their third album, after over two decades.

On paper, All for One wasn’t exactly the next I Am The Resurrection. Many found the lyrics cliched, and comments were made on Ian Brown’s vocals. However, having seen it played live at the Etihad in June, this was definitely meant as an anthemic song for the crowd to sing along to; and with such memorable and positive lyrics, it worked. Anyway, if they’ve listened to anything from his solo career, everybody knows that Ian Brown is still a masterful lyricist.

The release of the next single Beautiful Thing only made it clearer the Roses have in fact not lost it.

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Blossoms

Back in May, Stockport band Blossoms announced the release of their self-titled debut album. The album will be released on August 5th 2016, and was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios. It was produced by Rich Turvey and The Coral’s James Skelly.

The tracklist consists of a number of tracks, including three of the bands hit singles Getaway, Charlemagne, and At Most A Kiss. Other tracks include Blown Rose, Cut Me and I’ll Bleed, and their most recent track Honey Sweet. The tracks i’ve heard off the album are some class tunes, so if you’ve not yet checked this band out, now is the time!

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More favourites:

  • I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware Of It – The 1975
  • On My One – Jake Bugg
  • The Getaway – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Are We Ready? – Two Door Cinema Club (Single)

There have been numerous releases in 2016 already which I have loved; and with The Courteeners having finished their latest album, Two Door Cinema Club announcing the release of their 3rd album this October, and Rat Boy announcing his  EP… it’s looking like there are going to be many more.

Oh, and if you think i’ve missed anything out, please don’t hesitate to comment!

The 1975 add dates to UK Arena Tour.

  
The 1975 have announced a string of UK arena tour dates. Having already revealed that they would play Londons O2 Arena, they have now added an extra date at this venue, along with 5 others! 

The shows will be part of a series of gigs that are to be toured worldwide. It will include expanded visuals, and a brand new set list – which includes songs that have never yet been played live! If you’re a fan of the band, you aren’t going to want to miss this. 

The tour will set off in Manchester on the 13th, and finishes in Cardiff on the 22nd, a great way to start off your Christmas holiday!

You can view the full set of dates below:

December

13th, Manchester – Arena

15th, London – The O2

16th, London – The O2 (sold out)

17th, Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena

19th, Glasgow – The SSE Hydro

21st, Bournemouth -BIC

22nd, Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena

Find out more about how fans responded to the thought of the band doing an arena tour here.

Ticket pre-sale will start at 9am on Wednesday 13th July, and will be available here.
General sale starts at 9am on Friday 15th July. 

The band also released the music video for their single Somebody Else earlier today, you can watch this here: