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Amy McDonald / March 2013 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 20th November 2012 at 3:30 pm

Amy McDonald will be touring the UK next March. A presale starts tomorrow (21 November) at 9 AM through Seetickets; the general sale begins at on Friday the 23rd of November at 9 AM.

Friday 1st March 2013 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – York Barbican
Sunday 3rd March 2013 – London Palladium
Tuesday 5th March 2013 – Edinburgh Picture House
Wednesday 6th March 2013 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Thursday 7th March 2013 – Gateshead Music Hall
Saturday 9th March 2013 – Sheffield City Hall
Tuesday 12th March 2013 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wednesday 13th March 2013 – Bristol Colston Hall


Stornoway / February and March 2013 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 20th November 2012 at 9:30 am

The wait is over, ladies and gentlemen. Stornoway‘s second album, the follow-up to the amazing ‘Beachcomnber’s Windowsill’ on 4AD, will be named ‘Tales from Terra Firma’ and be released in March 2013. The band have also announced a massive UK tour for February and March of next year; tickets for this tour will go on sale Friday (23 November) at 9 AM.

Friday 8th February 2013 – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Saturday 9th February 2013 – Pocklington Arts Centre
Sun 10th February 2013 – Middlesbrough Westgarth SC
Monday 11th February 2013 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Tuesday 12th February 2013 – Gateshead Sage
Thursday 14th February 2013 – Oxford Town Hall
Friday 15th February 2013 – Oxford Town Hall
Saturday 16th February 2013 – Folkestone Quarterhouse
Monday 18th February 2013 – Newbury New Greenham Arts
Tuesday 19th February 2013 – Poole Mr Kyps
Wednesday 20th February 2013 – Pontardawe Arts Centre
Thursday 21st February 2013 – Kingston New Slang/McCluskys
Monday 11th March 2013 – Liverpool Kazimier
Tuesday 12th March 2013 – Manchester Band on the Wall
Wednesday 13th March 2013 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 15th March 2013 – Norwich Open
Saturday 16th March 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sun 17th March 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 19th March 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 20th March 2013 – Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday 21st March 2013 – Bath Komedia
Saturday 23rd March 2013 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Sun 24th March 2013 – Exeter Phoenix
Monday 25th March 2013 – Gloucester Guildhall
Wednesday 27th March 2013 – London Forum


The Feeling / April 2013 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 1st November 2012 at 9:30 am

The Feeling have announced a tour for April 2013. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (the 2nd of November) at 9 AM.

Monday 15th April 2013 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 16th April 2013 – Leeds City Varieties Music Hall
Wednesday 17th April 2013 – Birmingham Academy 2
Friday 19th April 2013 – Leicester Academy
Saturday 20th April 2013 – Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 21st April 2013 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Monday 22nd April 2013 – Gateshead Sage 2
Wednesday 24th April 2013 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 25th April 2013 – Bournemouth Academy
Friday 26th April 2013 – London Shepherds Bush Empire


Patrick Wolf / November and December 2012 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 26th June 2012 at 9:30 am

Though it’s seriously hard to believe, Patrick Wolf has been making music for 10 years, and he’s marking this milestone with a series of special UK dates (mostly in smaller towns) this winter, each night with a different set list. He is also making an appearance at the Old Vic in London Town at the end of August. All the details are below; tickets are on sale now.

Wednesday 29th August 2012 – London Old Vic Theatre
Tuesday 6th November 2012 – Salford Lowry
Wednesday 7th November 2012 – Cardiff Gate
Tuesday 20th November 2012 – Gateshead Sage Theatre
Saturday 24th November 2012 – Warwick Arts Centre
Sunday 25th November 2012 – Glasgow Cottiers
Sunday 9th December 2012 – Penzance Ritz Theatre
Monday 10th December 2012 – Bristol St. George’s
Tuesday 11th December 2012 – Brighton St. Mary’s Church


Grizzly Bear / October 2012 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 6th June 2012 at 3:00 pm

Grizzly Bear will return in autumn 2012 with a new album: the yet unnamed follow-up to 2009’s ‘Veckatimest’ is scheduled to drop on the 17th of September. In support of the new release, they’ve also announced they’ll be touring the UK as well. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (7 June).

Wednesday 17th October 2012 – Gateshead Sage
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 20th October 2012 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Sunday 21st October 2012 – Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Monday 22nd October 2012 – London Brixton Academy


Preview: Evolution Emerging 2012

By on Thursday, 24th May 2012 at 9:00 am

There’s not long to go before Evolution Festival, held on the quaysides of Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne over the Queen’s Jubilee weekend. To supplement the main festival, those who prefer their acts a little more underground can rejoice: Evolution Emerging – being put on with North East music supporter Generator, alongside Amazing Radio and Narc. Magazine – takes place on the Friday before the festival proper, taking over the cultural mecca that is the Ouseburn Valley, just a stone’s throw away from the main site. Several venues are dedicated to showcasing the best in North-East talent, with a sprinkling of proper royalty at the head of the bill: local lass Beth Jeans Houghton and her Hooves Of Destiny (pictured above), whose star has gone stratospheric in 2012 in response to their debut album ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’.

Other sources might argue that the bill is too long to preview properly. Not us. Exclusive to TGTF, here is a venue-by-venue run-down of who to watch, who to miss, and who to dance alone with your top off to, conveniently in the style of Live and Kicking’s low-brow musical critique spot Hit, Miss, or Maybe. Clearly there is far more to see than can be seen, unless one is in possession of a Tardis, so at the end there will be a clear recommendation of how to spend one’s Evo Emerging evening wisely, maximising exposure to great new music. Here we gan…

Beth Jeans Houghton – needs no introduction. HIT! [Post-Great Escape, Mary heartily concurs. – Ed.]
Lulu James – does trip-hop make a comeback with this darkly-styled songstress? HIT!
Deerhart – Trev’s mahogany voice can’t paper over the maudlin, lengthy arrangements and clichéd lyrics. MISS.
Boy Jumps Ship – American FM radio polished garage rock, no space to breathe. HIT!
Eeves – Going nowhere fast. Song Silhouette nearly five minutes long – post-punk? Not. MISS.
Total = 3/5 = 60%

Cluny 2
Fantasy Rainbow – classy twee-pop troubadourism from Gateshead. What’s not to like? HIT!
Natasha Haws – foetal, sparse singer-songwriter with pain in her heart. She could use some warmth – could you be the one? MAYBE?
Amy Holford – despite being yet another acoustic singer-songwriter, voice has the power to amaze. MAYBE?
Let’s Away – brilliant dreamy arch-pop from the musical honeypot that is Sunderland. Bottom of the bill for not much longer. HIT!
Total = 3/4 = 75%

The Tyne
We Are Knuckle Dragger – like being repeatedly kicked in the brain. Resistance is futile. HIT!
Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister – dirges for slothly moshers. MAYBE?
O’Messy Life – jaunty arms-wide-open guitar pop, best band name ever. BULLSEYE!
Acrobatic Society – completely mental avant-garde drone-pop. Drugs essential. MAYBE?
The Watchers – 60s guitar pop, 70s psychedelic trips, 90s baggy, 2012 movers and shakers. HIT!
Total = 4.5/5 = 90%

The Tanners
Bird Island – self-assured American-influenced guitar pop. Get that top down and go for a drive. HIT!
Iceni – underdeveloped piano-led jazz-pop. MISS.
Reckoner – nothing of any note online. MISS.
Ben Watson – nothing of any note online. MISS.
Total = 1/4 = 25%

The Cumberland Arms
Symphonic Pictures – superbly funky psychedelic alt-pop. HIT!
Collectors Club – Teesside youngsters with the catchiest products this side of a north sea trawler. HIT!
Lilliput – utterly sublime folk-pop from windswept Wearsiders. Desolation, beauty, cups of tear. BULLSEYE!
Crooked Hands – minimalist instrumentation, cracked vocals, gently beautiful. HIT!
Total = 4.5/4 = 112.5%

Star & Shadow Cinema (afterparty)
Young Liar – mute, melodic, hard-hitting. Newcastle’s answer to Mogwai. HIT!
Weird Shapes – obscurantist neophiles with their head in the clouds. Could hold the answer to life, the universe and everything. HIT!
Apollo Gets The Girl – the love between Chris Lowe and Nicolas Winding Refn as soundtracked by a Yamaha SY77. Simultaneously classy and cheesy, like a Parisian croque monsieur. MAYBE?
Ghosts Of Old Berlin – as architectural and stark as the name suggests, nevertheless display a strange beauty. MAYBE?
Total = 3/4 = 75%

Scores on the doors
Cluny – 60%
Cluny 2 – 75%
The Tyne – 90%
The Tanners – 25%
The Cumberland Arms – 112.5%
Star & Shadow (afterparty) – 75%

The Tanners’ sparse musical offerings mirror its outlying geographical location – an uphill struggle. Bird Island are the only reason to venture there, and I suspect few will bother, unluckily for them. The central Ouseburn offerings are all strong, with The Tyne showcasing a particularly strong line-up. But the Cumberland is the clear winner here. All four acts are superb, and a canny punter will ensconce themselves in a comfy chair in the corner and nurse several pints as the night unfolds. Beth Jeans Houghton is undoubtedly the biggest name of the event as a whole, and will attract the biggest audience – all the better to thin the crowd at the modestly-sized Cumberland, for those who wish to see acts who are genuinely emerging. Not all of them can be stars of tomorrow, but I’d put good money on one of these acts becoming a household name within twelve months. Be there to see it happen.

Under the cut: an interactive poster for Evo Emerging.
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