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Frank Turner / November and December 2012 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 18th April 2012 at 9:00 am

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls have announced a massive tour for winter 2012. Tickets go on sale this Friday (20 April) at 9 AM.

He’s such a nice guy, he even switched the Norwich gig to be at the UEA so the show would be all ages. What a gent!

Sunday 11th November 2012 – Nottingham Rock City
Monday 12th November 2012 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 13th November 2012 – Liverpool Academy
Wednesday 14th November 2012 – Swansea Brangwyn Hall
Thursday 15th November 2012 – Reading Hexagon
Saturday 17th November 2012 – Newcastle Academy
Sunday 18th November 2012 – Edinburgh Picture House
Monday 19th November 2012 – Sheffield Academy
Tuesday 20th November 2012 – Norwich UEA
Thursday 22nd November 2012 – Margate Winter Gardens
Friday 23rd November 2012 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Saturday 24th November 2012 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Sunday 25th November 2012 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Monday 26th November 2012 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 28th November 2012 – Brighton Corn Exchange
Thursday 29th November 2012 – Southampton Guildhall
Friday 30th November 2012 – Cornwall Truro Hall
Saturday 1st December 2012 – Bath Pavilion


Interview: Richard Thomas of Brother and Bones

By on Thursday, 22nd December 2011 at 1:00 pm

I had the pleasure of witnessing Brother and Bones live in an underground setting at the Great Escape festival in Brighton. (Read my review here.) I stumbled upon the Cornwall-based five-piece completely by accident. What a glorious accident it was. Little did I know I would be witness to one of the most exciting, vibrant and engaging performances I had ever seen. Since then I’ve been obsessed, but it’s difficult to be obsessed with a band when there are less than 10 videos of their songs online. So when frontman of Brother and Bones Richard Thomas supported Ben Howard on his UK tour at Lincoln Tokyo, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to meet the man.

The Brother and Bones frontman was in a good mood from the start: “We’ve been quite overwhelmed by the response of people in places we’ve never been to. I mean I’ve never been to Margate, but a ton of people turned up! Enough people turned up to sing the songs so that was great! Since then I’ve gone onto this tour with Ben Howard, which was been amazing and a bit of a different experience; I mean we’re going round Europe and I’m not playing with the band, I’m on my own on stage.”

You wouldn’t notice that he was a novice playing alone though: his banter onstage is cool, calm and collected and with an entire room of people staring at him thinking, “who is this guy? We came for Ben Howard!”, he manages to evoke a huge reaction from the crowd with his set. The songs are delivered with passion, huge amounts of it; from a vantage point in the audience; you can tell that Richard believes in these songs. At the end of his short set, it seems his solo stint could pay dividends for the band, in the fact that Brother and Bones’s album, which was on sale downstairs, sold out after the gig. Now with the tour over, I asked Richard what Brother and Bones’ plans are for the next year.

“We released a single last month, and we’ve been touring around that, but the plan is to start getting the skeleton of an album together. Demos have been started and me and the band have spoken to some producers, so it’s a bit of an ongoing process.”

So the future definitely looks busy for the band. It’s obvious though from Richard’s sheer love of this music that big things are ahead for him and his band. The tunes are phenomenal and feel like they are more suited to stadium settings then basements, their live show is powerful and can captivate anyone, all that’s needed now is a bit of luck, or maybe them getting featured on Radio1. Whatever the future holds, this band is worth a listen to. Ignore them if you dare.


Live Review: Bombay Bicycle Club at Lincoln Engine Shed – 9th October 2011

By on Friday, 14th October 2011 at 4:30 pm

To the twinkling tones of ‘Shuffle’, Bombay Bicycle Club came onstage in Lincoln. And to what a roar they came on. The last time I had the pleasure to watch these boys properly was in a somewhat different setting to the Engine Shed they were playing this time. It was part of their acoustic tour in support of their acoustic album ‘Flaws’, and it was at Union Chapel in London. Instead of moshing punters, placed bums on the pews of the chapel awaited their sermon.

‘Shuffle’ was greeted to the kind of reaction their classics would be. Quite good for a track that was only released earlier in summer. That was to set the tone for the entire gig: full of tracks played top an adoring audience who sang along to every last note. ‘Dust on the Ground’ was welcomed warmly as the subtle guitars of Jack Steadman floated across the swathes of sweaty teenagers who crowded the front of the Engine Shed. The energy of the band was easily noticeable as they swung from ethereal melodies into jittering guitar solos, swinging their bodies around the stage.

Steadman played his usual awkward kid with glasses routine, but we aren’t buying it any more. We know that he is one of the most confident frontmen around now. With his cheeky grins and thank yous, he holds the crowd in the palm of his hand. Acoustic track ‘Ivy and Gold’ was given an injection of electricity as the band powered through this crowd pleaser.

‘Magnet’ was ferocious and the mosh pits even opened for a few seconds, as Steadman and Jamie McColl combined brilliantly on this track, just as McColl managed to hit every note with his eyes closed. The biggest cheer of the night though was reserved for ‘Always Like This’, with its brilliant sing-along chorus, and almost country-esque beat. By this point most of the crowd seem knackered but nothing will hold them back from screaming every last word of this song back at their idols.

It’s only the second time Bombay Bicycle Club have played Lincoln, but my bet is it will be their last. This band is destined for arena stardom. If Frank Turner and White Lies can headline Wembley, why can’t these guys? Catch them on their current club tour while you can (details here).


Live Review: The Wombats at Lincoln Engine Shed – 3rd October 2011

By on Wednesday, 12th October 2011 at 2:00 pm

A sell out tour was the least that the Wombats deserved after the spectacle of ‘This Modern Glitch’ (review here), an album which will be ignored by awards and critics but is so jam packed with top tunes, it’s unreal. The atmosphere before the Liverpudlian three-piece entered the stage was as can be expected. Total excitement in its best form. Opener ‘Our Perfect Disease’ has a singalong opening which had the audience mimicking every word frontman Matthew Murphy uttered. The synths were beeping frantically and when the drop came, the eruption was enormous. Beers were dropped, screams were heard and the crowd were bouncing like crazy. For an opener it was pretty impressive.‘Kill The Director’ quickly followed; the same pace and ferocity of the first tune continued and ended with Murphy conducting the masses in their chants of “this is no Bridget Jones!” In 2 songs they had the audience in the palms of their hands.

The room was hot from the ridiculous Indian summer we have been enjoying in the past few days, and the seething mass of bodies screaming at the top of their voices at a band at the top of their game wasn’t exactly helping. The heat was visible on bassist Tord Knudsen’s face as he tore about the stage drenched in sweat. Tracks from the new album were received just as well as old favourites. ‘Jump Into the Fog’s’ thumping drum beat translated brilliantly with the Engine Shed’s fantastic acoustics and Murphy’s solo had everyone’s eyes glued to the fretboard. ‘Techno Fan’ was greeted by roars of approval and as members of the crowd danced, it was apparent that by the eighth song, the Wombats second visit to Lincoln could not be their last.

‘Moving to New York’ has the kind of familiar melody that even a casual passer-by would stop and recognize with ease. So to a room full of people who had paid £16 to see them it was difficult, nigh on impossible to hear Murphy’s vocals over the chants of the crowd. Before the band left the stage for their encore ‘Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)’, for which a fan in front of me had been chanting for all night, was given an airing. And with the lasers and effects all combined with lyrics so catchy they might as be contagious, the show was moving towards a truly epic conclusion.

When the band returned to the stage to the thudding beat of ‘Anti-D’ the mood had dropped slightly, but we all knew what was left to come. Blinding single ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ was the conclusion to such a fantastic night and it had people acting just as they had started the night. Full of enthusiasm, full of energy and well if you’ll excuse the pun, “so happy”.


Dutch Uncles / November and December 2011 UK/Irish Tour

By on Friday, 26th August 2011 at 10:30 am

Marple’s Dutch Uncles have announced a headlining tour of the UK and Ireland for November and December. Tickets are on sale now, or should be soon. The band will play a special ‘Christmas’ show at home at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on the 2nd of December (and I will be there, if anyone fancies a hello). Support for that special Now Wave show will come from London band Fiction.

Monday 14th November 2011 – Lincoln Tokyo
Tuesday 15th November 2011 – Sheffield Harley
Friday 18th November 2011 – Dublin Academy 2
Saturday 19th November 2011 – Belfast Auntie Annie’s
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 23rd November 2011 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds 2
Thursday 24th November 2011 – Glasgow Nice and Sleazy
Friday 25th November 2011 – Cambridge Junction (supporting Wild Beasts)
Saturday 26th November 2011 – Brighton Concorde II (supporting Wild Beasts; sold out)
Sunday 27th November 2011 – Bristol Cooler
Tuesday 29th November 2011 – Southampton Joiners
Wednesday 30th November 2011 – London Koko (Lucky 13 – Thirteen Years of Memphis Industries, with the Go! Team, Colourmusic and Field Music)
Friday 2nd December 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute


Kaiser Chiefs / January and February 2012 UK Tour

By on Monday, 22nd August 2011 at 9:00 am

Kaiser Chiefs have announced their first UK tour in almost 2 years, set to start at the end of January 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday (the 26th of August) at 9 AM.

Friday 27th January 2012 – Llandudno Cymru Arena
Saturday 28th January 2012 – Reading Hexagon
Sunday 29th January 2012 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Tuesday 31st January 2012 – Guildford G Live
Thursday 2nd February 2012 – Derby Assembly Rooms
Friday 3rd February 2012 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Saturday 4th February 2012 – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 6th February 2012 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 7th February 2012 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Thursday 9th February 2012 – Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Friday 10th February 2012 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday 11th February 2012 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Monday 13th February 2012 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Tuesday 14th February 2012 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Wednesday 15th February 2012 – Grimsby Auditorium
Friday 17th February 2012 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 19th February 2012 – Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Tuesday 21st February 2012 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Wednesday 22nd February 2012 – Bristol Colston Hall
Thursday 23rd February 2012 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo


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