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Bloc Party announce short arena tour

By on Monday, 23rd April 2007 at 1:28 pm

Bloc Party today announced that they’ll be playing three arena tours in December here in the UK.

They’ll play:

12 December: Glasgow – SECC
13 December: Manchester – G-Mex
14 December: London – Alexandra Palace

Tickets are £18.50, or £20 for London. They go on sale on Thursday to members of Marshalls, Bloc Party’s online fan club, or on Friday to the rest of you. Expect them to sell out all dates exceptionally quickly – and possibly add some new dates too.


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.


Bloc Party Live Lounge

By on Thursday, 12th April 2007 at 12:02 pm

Yesterday Bloc Party did a Live Lounge session for Jo Whiley on Radio 1 – and how good is it? Just amazing cover of Nelly Furtado’s ‘Say It Right’, made their own. An accoustic version of “I Still Remember”, which if anything is a bit better than the full electro version of it.

Listen to it here until Next Tuesday, 17th April.

Bloc Party in the Live Lounge


Live: Bloc Party – Southampton Guildhall – 27th January 2007

By on Sunday, 28th January 2007 at 11:42 am

Last night saw the first date of Bloc Party’s 20 date UK tour at Southampton’s Guildhall, and the earnest start of the campaign for their (superb) new album ‘A Weekend In The City’.

Opening up were Canadian Metric, who did little more than piss me off. Whilst some people love them to pieces and think Emily Haines is the best thing since sliced bread, I didn’t appreciate the noise they created – I much prefer her stuff with Broken Social Scene.

So after 35 minutes of noise from the Canadians, the stage was set for Bloc Party, and after putting up with the crap music pumped over the PA, the lights go down and Kele and co came on stage. Sure as anything they didn’t disappoint. Opening with new song ‘Song For Clay’ they blasted their way through about 16 anthems, including all of our favourites.

The new stuff feels like it could fill a stadium, with its driving bass and prominent drums. The Prayer I felt was a bit of a letdown – thrown in the middle of the set, I would have prefered it to have been the climax of the first half, however it was still a highlight for me. I’ve never been a big fan of their initial album, however live it just blew me away – I can’t even begin to pick a favourite.

Halfway through ‘Helicopter’ which closed the first set a random guy jumped on stage from the crowd, needless to say quickly escorted off, after getting tangled in Kele’s guitar. The start of the second half saw a second set of drums being lifted onto stage, for a superb rendition of new song Bloc Party – Sunday. On the album its one of about 5 standout tracks, but live its just as good as ‘The Prayer’, with Gordon joining Matt on the Drums. Before the second half we had a proposal, with a guy and a girl getting engaged on stage which was a sweet moment.

Closing the set was ‘Pioneers’, which kicked the rather subdued crowd into a bit of action. I only wonder what happened to the guy in the wheelchair we saw being wheeled in front of stage at the centre during this action!

Song For Clay
Like Eating Glass
Hunting For Witches
This Modern Love
Waiting for 7.18
Blue Light
The Prayer
So Here We Are
Positive Tension
Two More Years
Little Thoughts


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