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Maria Taylor / June 2009 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 26th May 2009 at 10:00 am

The incredibly talented Maria Taylor has announced a string of four UK tour dates for the beginning of June, supported on all dates by Wispertown 2000.

Tickets are £6.50 for London and £6 everywhere else.

Friday 5th June 2009 – Glasgow, Captain’s Rest (Ticketweb)
Sunday 7th June 2009 – London, Lexington (Ticketweb, See Tickets)
Monday 8th June 2009 – Southampton Joiners (See Tickets)
Tuesday 9th June 2009 – Bristol Cooler (See Tickets)


Bands to Watch #113: The Blizzards

By on Monday, 25th May 2009 at 2:00 pm

The Blizzards (side)Today we’d like to introduce The Blizzards, an indie-pop five-piece from Mullingar, Ireland. After noticing that their press release had intriguingly described their sound as “Weezer on steroids”, I was unsurprisingly eager to hear more from this quintet.

Growing up among records injected with the soul of the sixties, ska of the seventies, and electro-pop of the eighties, The Blizzards are a mixture of all these influences with an additional modern-day twist of their own. Their energetic guitar-pop brims with catchy riffs, lively choruses and angelic harmonies, while frontman Niall Breslin’s gritty vocals perfectly rough up their otherwise sprightly sound.

They’ve already supported Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis – while the band themselves are said to be speedily gaining their own cult-following at their apparently “explosive” live shows. This coming June shall see The Blizzards hit the U.K, so be sure to catch the band at the following dates if you can –

Monday 1st June 2009 – Cardiff Barfly
Tuesday 2nd June 2009 – Southampton Joiners
Saturday 6th June 2009 – Derby Rockhouse
Sunday 7th June 2009 – Hull Lamp
Monday 8th June 2009 – Liverpool Barfly
Tuesday 9th June 2009 – Glasgow Ivory Blacks
Thursday 11th June 2009 – Bristol Start The Bus
Friday 12th June 2009 – Oldham Castle
Saturday 13th June 2009 – Coventry Kasbah

Furthermore, the band will be releasing sunny indie single ‘Buy It Sell It’, through Island Records on July 6th, while their debut album, ‘Domino Effect’ is set to be released later this year in September.

To learn more about these exciting up and coming guitar-popsters, head over to The Blizzards MySpace page now.


Athlete / June and July 2009 UK Tour

By on Friday, 22nd May 2009 at 4:00 pm

Prize for the biggest tour of 2009 possibly goes to Athlete, who are embarking on a huge tour in just over two weeks time. For some reason I thought I’d written about this, but clearly not. Make sure you get out and check these lads out on tour – I hope to be able to make the Oxford date.

Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, Ticketweb, See Tickets and Ticketmaster.

Monday 8th June 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 9th June 2009 – Northampton Picturedome
Thursday 11th June 2009 – Gloucester Guildhall
Friday 12th June 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Saturday 13th June 2009 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 16th June 2009 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 17th June 2009 – Southampton University
Friday 19th June 2009 – Cardiff University
Tuesday 23rd June 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 24th June 2009 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Thursday 25th June 2009 – Inverness Ironworks
Friday 26th June 2009 – Fort William BA Club
Sunday 28th June 2009 – Dundee Fat Sams
Monday 29th June 2009 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Tuesday 30th June 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Wednesday 1st July 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Friday 3rd July 2009 – Wrexham Central Station
Saturday 4th July 2009 – York The Duchess
Sunday 5th July 2009 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Monday 6th July 2009 – Leeds Cockpit
Wednesday 8th July 2009 – Bristol Fleece
Thursday 9th July 2009 – Exeter Phoenix Rooms
Friday 10th July 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Saturday 11th July 2009 – Guilfest 2009
Monday 13th July 2009 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 14th July 2009 – Sheffield O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 15th July 2009 – Derby Rockhouse
Thursday 16th July 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy 2
Friday 17th July 2009 – London Somerset House


Absent Elk / June 2009 UK tour

By on Wednesday, 20th May 2009 at 2:00 pm

Having supported the likes of Girls Aloud and The Hoosiers recently, things are moving pretty quickly for Absent Elk.

Based in Shoreham on the Sussex coast, Anglo-Norwegian Absent Elk are Kjetil Morland (vocals, guitar), Ross Martin (guitar, keyboards), Mike Hillman (guitar), James Penhallow (bass), and Ric Wilson (drums). Their debut single ‘Sun And Water’ is released May 17th.

They’re about to embark on their debut headlining UK tour, playing what will sure to be some great shows – we’ll have a full interview with them shortly, but in the mean time nip on over to your favourite ticket retailer (I reccomend Ticketweb myself) and buy yourself a bunch of tickets to their shows – you’ll love ’em, I promise!

Monday 15th June 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy 2 (Zodiac)
Tuesday 16th June 2009 – Bristol O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 17th June 2009 – Sheffield O2 Academy 2
Saturday 20th June 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Sunday 21st June 2009 – Glasgow ABC 2
Tuesday 23rd June 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 24th June 2009 – Manchester Roadhouse
Thursday 2nd July 2009 – London O2 Academy Islington


Preview: Ivor Novello Awards 2009

By on Wednesday, 20th May 2009 at 1:14 pm

ColdplayNext week, one of the most respected awards ceremonies in the UK music calendar takes place in London. Yes, it’s the Ivor Novello Awards. Now in its 54th year, the awards celebrate the best in British music, and whilst not as widely publicised as, say, The Brit Awards or the Mercury prize, they’re just as coveted by the winners.

This year’s awards feature Elbow, Duffy and Coldplay (pictured right) all nominated for numerous awards. Like the Mercury prize, there are also a few unknowns thrown in for good measure – this year, The Leisure Society are nominated for the prize of “Best song musically and lyrically”, alongside The Last Shadow Puppets’ (pictured top) “My Mistakes Were Made For You” and Elbow’s “One Day Like This”.

The first awards were held on 11th March 1956, to recognise entries released in 1955, at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. It was hoped that they would not only celebrate British writing talent, but boost the Songwriters Guild’s campaign for British music; at the time of the Awards’ inception, only around 20% of music broadcast by the BBC was British. In 1974, the Performing Right Society became the main sponsor of the Ivors and has remained a valued supporter ever since. Named after the famous Welsh composer, singer and actor Ivor Novello, he was author of the immortal line “Me Tarzan, you Jane” for the film “Tarzan the Apeman”, amongst other famous credits.

Previous winners of the Ivors reads like a who’s who of famous stars – Amy Winehouse (pictured top), Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Spice Girls, The Beatles, Pet Shop Boys, The Bee Gees, Pink Floyd, oh, and The Darkness have all won awards, which are split into three categories

  • Nominated categories. These are judged by a jury made up of songwriters and composers of writers and acknowledge achievement in the previous calendar year. They include Best Song Musically and Lyrically, the Album Award and Best Original Film Score
  • Statistical categories. These include Best Selling British Song and PRS for Music Most Performed Work. The recipients are decided by sales/download figures and statistics for ‘performance’ according to PRS for Music data. This is a combination of radio play, live and general usage.
  • Gift of the Academy categories. These are decided by the Ivors Committee and recognise achievement over a longer period. Categories include Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Song Collection, The Ivors Classical Music Award and The Ivors Inspiration Award.

So, if you ever were a bit hazy about the awards, you now have no excuse with the amount of information you’ve got there!

The Ivors presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music take place on Thursday 21st May at London’s Grosvenor Hotel.


Pete Doherty / September 2009 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 20th May 2009 at 7:55 am

Peter Doherty, who now seems to be making more of a name for himself by playing music instead of his girlfriend / drugs / arrests / general chaotic life, has announced a string of four dates in mid September around the UK.

Tickets for all of these dates go on sale on FRiday (22nd May) at 9am.

Catch him at:

Saturday 19th September 2009 – London Roundhouse
Sunday 20th September 2009 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Monday 21st September 2009 – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 23rd September 2009 – Glasgow Barrowlands


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