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The 1975 Release Arena Date

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The 1975. If I had mentioned this band just a year ago, only a limited few would have known who they were. The Cheshire born four-piece were playing venues such as the cliffs pavilion in Southend only seven months ago, which has a minuscule capacity of 1,630 per show. However, on Wednesday 8th June, the band released their first batch of tickets for their show in the O2 arena in December, which of course has a huge capacity of 20,000. These tickets sold out, leaving fans wondering, do they like the fact that their favourite band has become so big, or will they miss the intimate venues?

As a huge supporter of the band, I made a conscious effort to look at fan responses on Twitter, and found there was a great deal of different opinions. Many were saying the niche atmosphere of the 1975 gigs would be lost and so would frontman Matty Healy’s iconic connection to the crowd. These people seemed to think a larger venue with a higher capacity and bigger stage would lack the magic and character of the bands origins of playing in small pubs and streets around where they grew up. I can understand where this view originates, as having been to five of the 1975’s gigs, I know full well the whole set up of their show will have to be changed for a larger venue. Some of the key features that make them the 1975, such as occasionally pulling a wailing fan up onto the stage for a cheeky cuddle and kiss, will be lost to the arenas huge size.
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However, many other fans, and I must admit the larger proportion I saw on social media, were ready to embrace their new beginning and support the bands decision. These people are the fans who know they will enjoy the experience no matter how many other people are there enjoying it too; the fans who don’t necessarily go for the view or the intimacy, but rather the atmosphere of all the other fans and the music itself, which I think will be of an amazing quality in such a beautiful building. They spoke of how the enhanced light displays would be stunning and that they knew the 1975 would not let them down.
The fans who were accepting of the change discussed how proud they were of the band for coming so far and I can hugely relate to this. Having first seen them in January 2014 at Brixton academy, I am in awe of how their sound has developed and I personally cannot wait to see how they change in arenas.
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Although this event caused a divide amongst fans, I personally agree that this step into the unknown will be worth it for the variety of different things the band can create on the stage. I believe they deserve this publicity, and I cannot wait to watch what they do next. If you have a opinion on this, do not hesitate to leave a comment below and tell us how you feel about the upcoming changes.

Written by Kaia Nicholl – Kaia1975

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The Stone Roses: Etihad Stadium

The coming week will see iconic Manchester band THE STONE ROSES play a string of four gigs at the Etihad Stadium. On June 15th, 60,000 people will pour into Manchester to watch the band perform the first of four dates.

But what can we expect from these gigs? 

Kicking off on Wednesday 15th June, with a range of acts supporting over the few days, along with special guests Public Enemy… it’s clear these gigs are going to be insane!

The band played two intimate warm up gigs last week in Halifax and Carlisle. Both set-lists included pretty much all the big tunes,including Fools GoldLove Spreads, and I Wanna Be Adored.. Carlisle were even lucky enough to be treated to Sally Cinnamon, and Mersey Paradise. However, much to my disappointment… two personal favourites – Ten Storey Love Song and What The World Is Waiting For – were missing from both, I’m hoping this changes! 

Along with the obvious, we mustn’t forget the bands two latest singles, All For One and Beautiful Thing. From what I gathered across social media, All For One initially had mixed reviews, many thought it was ‘average’ from the band; but after 21 years we couldn’t exactly expect another I Am The Resurrection. It’s definitely a catchy tune, and I can’t wait to see the reaction at the Etihad.

Beautiful Thing was released on June 10th, and has a running time of 7:02, with many agreeing it’s far more like The Stone Roses we know and love. As for this, or any other newbies being played this week, who knows?

Alongside these gigs, The Stone Roses also have a number of other gigs lined up:

  • Madison Square Garden – June 30th 2016
  • TITP Festival – 8th July 2016
  • Marlay Park, Dublin – 9th July 2016

The band also had gigs planned in Japan at the Budokan, ahead of the Etihad… however these were cancelled due to Reni fracturing two ribs. The band stated:

We’re extremely disappointed to be unable to come to Tokyo for Budokan headline shows. We hope to be able to return to Japan soon.”

There are still a number of tickets left for some of the Etihad gigs, available here.

Looks like The Stone Roses are well and truly back!

Cascading Elephants announce Hectic Matter tour

Baltimore electronica project CASCADING ELEPHANTS have announced a string of US tour dates. I spoke to the man behind it all to find out more.

1. Hello, please introduce yourself.

Hi, I’m Ben Parker. I play some of the weirdest electronic music you’ll ever hear under the name Cascading Elephants. I am way too into music and live in Baltimore for now. I’ll be moving to Louisville in August.

2. What inspired you to start making music?

When I was five my grandpa played me a Beatles album and I’ve been an addict ever since. Their album Abbey Road gave my five year old self a new perspective on what music could be and what forms it could take. From there I began taking guitar and piano lessons and played in a local rock band. The band was very dysfunctional and we could never agree on anything. In 2012 I quit the band and began Cascading Elephants as a solo project to explore my fascination with electronic sound manipulation.

3. Who are your inspirations?

I’d say my biggest influence is Animal Collective. I love how they are constantly evolving their sound and never settle on a particular style. It seems like fewer and fewer bands today are interested in progressing themselves as artists, so I really admire Animal Collective for going against the grain.

There’s a producer from Boston called Oneohtrix Point Never that I’ve been really into lately. He makes some of the most mind boggling, tripped out music I’ve ever heard and I absolutely love it.

4. So, you have a tour coming up… is it your first?

The tour this summer is my first. I haven’t toured before this because I didn’t have the resources to make it happen in the past. I was lucky that the stars kind of aligned for me this year: I have a working car, 3 open months in-between high school and college to do something, and a fan base.

This tour is a complete DIY effort. It’s self funded and I don’t have a booking agent so I literally did everything myself; assembling the CD packaging, writing & mailing press releases, booking the shows and everything in between.

5. What are you most excited for?

I’m most excited about meeting my fans in person on tour. Since I’ve never toured before, Cascading Elephants has only really existed on the Internet. I hear from people from all walks of life online who say how much my music means to them, so it’ll be nice to put faces to some of the names.

6. Can we expect more material from you anytime soon?
I’m going to begin recording a new album this summer in between the shows. I’m aiming to explore drone and ambient music in depth, and somehow combine it with the raw energy of punk music. I have no idea where this concept will take me but it seems like a cool place to start.

7. Who are some of your personal favorite artists?

There’s this band from Baltimore called Ed Schrader’s Music Beat that I really enjoy at the moment. They’re too abrasive to be pop but too weird to be punk, but they’re not pop-punk. They’ve pretty much invented their own breed of Lo-Fi music and Ed is by far the most hilarious person I know.

I recently saw this singer-songwriter from Nashville called Hushabye Baby at a house show. Her voice is gorgeous and she has some serious songwriting talent too.

8.If you could play any US festival, which would you pick?

If the opportunity presented itself, I’d love to play at the Windjammer Festival in Baltimore. It’s an annual benefit for Baltimore City music education programs and last year’s line up was phenomenal: Future Islands, Beach House, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Bond Street District and Romantic States. They only book artists from Baltimore to play and it was by far the favorite festival that I’ve been to.

9. How would you describe your overall sound to someone who hasn’t listened to you before?

I would describe my music as the soundtrack to an underwater dance party where everyone is peacefully tripping. Hectic Matter (my new album) combines elements of drone, noise, pop and house into this psychedelic oddity that I have never heard anyone else attempt. In terms of an artist comparison, imagine if Aphex Twin did a collaboration with Dan Deacon and Tim Hecker.

The tour will consist of the following dates:

  • June 15 – Villain & Saint Bethesda, MD
  • June 18 – Rainbow Records Newark, DE
  • June 24 – The Hippo Hut Baltimore, MD
  • July 1 – Electric Maid Washington, DC
  • July 17* – Velma House Wall Township, NJ
  • July 21 – Metropolitan Lounge Annapolis, MD
  • July 29* – The Raven Inn Towson, MD
  • July 31 – Sherman Showcase Stroudsburg, PA
  • August 4 – Swallow at the Hollow Baltimore, MD
  • August 7* – The Make Space Harrisburg, PA

*please note that marked ones may change.

Released on January 8th 2016, Hectic Matter is the third full length album from Cascading Elephants, and is available to download, on limited edition CD,  and to stream. Being from Baltimore, each song is named after a Baltimore related event. You can give one a listen here.

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Catfish & The Bottlemen announce string of U.S Shows

 

Catfish and the Bottlemen have recently announced that they’ll be touring the U.S in June 2016.

They have announced a string of 10 dates, starting on June 2nd, and ending on the 18th of the same month.

Following the release of their latest single Soundcheck, they first announced some UK tour dates, however there was disappointment when it turned out it would only be 5 dates… and Manchester was not included!

Having excited many of their UK fans with a tweet announcing there would be new shows, many were disappointed to find out it was a U.S tour and not more dates being added for the UK.

The lads have also announced a show at Halifax Victoria Theatre on April 5th (you can enter a ballot to win tickets), and they’ll be headlining Summer Series Bristol in late June.

Catfish are clearly going to be very busy over the coming months, but do we reckon they’re going to continue milking The Balcony the way they have so much previously, or will they play more from their upcoming album?

Pete Doherty announces 5 solo UK Tour Dates

Co-frontman of The Libertines’ Pete Doherty has announced a run of solo tour dates in the UK.

He will play a total of 5 dates in 2016, at the following locations: 

  • Bristol Academy // May 11th
  • Glasgow Barrowland // May 13th
  • Manchester Albert Hall // May 17th
  • London Hackney Empire // May 19th & 20th

Tickets go on sale on March 11th 2016 at 9am, and they’re expected to sell out quick so make sure you’re prepared! 

Doherty is currently adding finishing touches to his second solo album, which is expected to be released at some point in 2016, as a follow up from his 2009 debut Grace/Wastelands’. It has also been reported that a single will arrive in the spring, which certainly gives us something to look forward to! 

At the moment, Doherty is touring Europe with The Libertines, following the release of their third album Anthems For Doomed Youth in September 2015. 

Tape UK

Tape UK is a brand new, unique, not-for-profit music platform founded by Dillon Willis, who came up with the idea early last year. It is aimed at using the power of art and music to provide to the homeless, and make a difference to homelessness around the United Kingdom

The organisation plan to host:

  • Live Events
  • Interviews with Artists/Bands
  • Live Music Sessions 
  • and much much more!

All donations and profits will go towards providing the homeless with food, drink, clothing, shelter and any other essentials. In return for an artist/band raising money and/or making a donation to the organisation, Tape UK will record live music sessions and band/artist interviews. In 2015, the organisation managed to raise £450 towards equipment to be able to record these sessions.

Now, in 2016, Tape UK are hoping to fully kick off their project, looking to host  a series of fundraising events, and trying to raise publicity as much as possible, but they need your support!! Take a look at the links below, where you can find more information: 

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TapeUK

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/UKTape/

E-mail: tapeuk@gmail.com