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Tom Chaplin / May 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 25th October 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Keane frontman and now a solo artist in his own right Tom Chaplin has announced a new UK and Irish tour for next May. He’ll be supporting his debut solo album ‘The Wave’, which was released earlier this month on Island Records in the UK. (The American release will follow in January 2017.) You can read my review of the long player here. Chaplin kindly provided more insight into his new record and the events that led him to write its songs in an interview with me that posted recently on TGTF (read part 1 and part 2 through those links).

Chaplin is currently out on a sold out tour of Britain, playing in intimate venues across the country. These new dates in Blighty and Eire will go on sale this Thursday, the 27th of October, at 9 AM. The last tour’s tickets went in a blink of an eye, so if you’re keen on getting tickets to this, be ready on the phone and computer on Thursday morning. Read through TGTF’s growing archive on Tom Chaplin through this link.

Saturday 6th May 2017 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
Monday 8th May 2017 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 9th May 2017 – Belfast Ulster Hall
Thursday 11th May 2017 – Gateshead Sage
Friday 12th May 2017 – York Barbican
Saturday 13th May 2017 – Manchester Albert Hall
Monday 15th May 2017 – Edinburgh Queens Hall
Tuesday 16th May 2017 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wednesday 17th May 2017 – London Palladium
Friday 19th May 2017 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Saturday 20th May 2017 – Southampton Guildhall
Sunday 21st May 2017 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 24th May 2017 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion

 

Band of Skulls / October and November 2016 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 17th October 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Following a sojourn of touring in America, Southampton band Band of Skulls will start a new tour of England this Thursday, the 20th of October, in Leeds. They’ll also be playing a hometown show on the 17th of November at Southampton Engine Rooms. ‘By Default’, their fourth album, was released back in May. You can read Rebecca’s review of early single ‘So Good’ through this link. Check out the hard rocking band at any of the dates below. Below the tour date listing, you can watch the band’s recent promo video for ‘Black Magic’, also taken from ‘By Default’. For more Band of Skulls coverage on TGTF, go here.

Thursday 20th October 2016 – Leeds University Stylus
Friday Oct 21st October 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday Oct 22th October 2016 – Newcastle Northumbria Uni
Monday Oct 24th October 2016 – Bristol SWX
Tuesday Oct 25th October 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday Oct 26th October 2016 – London Roundhouse
Thursday 17th November 2016 – Southampton Engine Rooms

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Glass Animals / March 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 14th October 2016 at 8:00 am
 

Shut out of the tickets for Glass AnimalsUK/Irish tour this month? Don’t fret. The Oxford quartet announced another set of UK dates for next March. These babies go on sale today at 9 AM, so be quick on the mark if you want them. They released their second album ‘How to Be a Human Being’ on Wolf Tone / Caroline International in the UK and Harvest Records in the US back in August. You can read my review of the long player through this link. For more of TGTF’s coverage of Glass Animals, go here.

Thursday 9th March 2017 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Friday 10th March 2017 – Birmingham Institute
Saturday 11th March 2017 – Leeds Beckett University
Monday 13th March 2017 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 15th March 2017 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 16th March 2017 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 17th March 2017 – Norwich Waterfront
Saturday 18th March 2017 – Manchester Albert Hall

 

Elbow / February and March 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th October 2016 at 9:00 am
 

It feels weird to see a photo of Elbow as a quartet, doesn’t it? But Manchester’s hometown heroes are indeed now down to four in number, and they have announced a full arena tour for the beginning of next year, their first without the services of recently departed drummer Richard Jupp. The massive tour announcement comes in support of Elbow’s forthcoming seventh studio album, whose title is yet to be announced, but which is due for release via Polydor on the 3rd of February next year.

Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale now. You can find TGTF’s amassed coverage of Elbow right back this way. Our coverage of frontman Guy Garvey’s recent solo project right through here.

Sunday 26th February 2017 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Monday 27th February 2017 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Saturday 4th March 2017 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Sunday 5th March 2017 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Monday 6th March 2017 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Wednesday 8th March 2017 – Bournemouth International Centre
Thursday 9th March 2017 – Plymouth Pavilions
Friday 10th March 2017 – Newport Centre
Sunday 12th March 2017 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Monday 13th March 2017 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tuesday 14th March 2017 – Bridlington Spa
Wednesday 15th March 2017 – Doncaster Dome
Thursday 16th March 2017 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Saturday 18th March 2017 – Manchester Apollo
Sunday 19th March 2017 – Manchester Apollo
Monday 20th March 2017 – Manchester Apollo

 

Live Review: Ash with Avery at Rips Bar, Phoenix, AZ – 24th September 2016

 
By on Tuesday, 27th September 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

Veteran Northern Irish rock band Ash are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘1977’ with a live tour, on which they’re playing the album in its entirety, along with a few more recent favourites. On the North American leg of the tour, they’re visiting a mix of small and mid-sized venues, but surely one of the smallest on the list was Rips Bar in Phoenix. Rips is a stand-alone club tucked into a residential area just northwest of downtown Phoenix, away from the hustle and bustle of other Phoenix venues and with an extremely relaxed vibe that seemed to suit Ash perfectly.

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Ash’s three band members went largely unnoticed by the bar patrons as they set up on the indoor stage at Rips. Meanwhile, the small crowd in the venue were treated to the opening act on the outdoor patio. Local folk-rock band Avery were just getting started when I found my way outside, and they came as a pleasant surprise ahead of Ash’s unabashed punk rock stylings. Avery’s lineup features singer/songwriter Mariah DeRaet on lead vocals, her smoky timbre uniquely accompanied by cellist Allison Galbreath at the front of the tiny stage on this night. The cello adds a deep sense of yearning to Avery’s lovelorn lyrics, as you can hear in their single ‘Hospital Call’ just below.

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Back inside the bar, Ash were nearly ready get back to ‘1977’. Or, more precisely, back to 1996, when the album was actually released. I was buried in my own classical music studies at university in 1996, and thus I missed out on the album the first time around. But anyone with even a passing interest in UK or Northern Irish bands will have heard of Ash, and editor Mary assured me that they were not to be missed live, so naturally my interest was piqued. Unfamiliar with the songs on ‘1977’, I had assumed that the title referred to songwriter Tim Wheeler’s birth year (also, coincidentally, my own). But in the course of doing some pre-gig homework, I discovered that it also paid homage to the release date of the movie ‘Star Wars’. which is referenced in the album’s opening and closing tracks, while other bits of 1970s pop culture are mixed into the middle.

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The audience, though still small, had grown a bit while I was outside listening to Avery. I hadn’t expected to see many longtime fans of the Northern Irish indie rockers at this gig, but there were, in fact, a handful of dedicated Ash fans milling about wearing the band’s t-shirts. There was no need to crowd the stage in a venue as small as this one, but we did all creep a bit closer as frontman Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray tore into ‘1977’ opening track ‘Lose Control’. They hit their stride early on, even with the more pensive tones of ‘Goldfinger’ and moreso in the higher energy of ‘Girl from Mars’, and it must be said here that McMurray certainly got his workout in during this set, pounding relentless rhythms throughout.

The sound quality inside Rips was surprisingly good, given the small size of the venue, and mid-album tracks ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Oh Yeah’, were especially energetic. Despite the almost complete absence of between-songs chat, or perhaps because of it, the band’s momentum from those tracks carried through to the end of the ‘1977’ set, which Wheeler announced as the final album track ‘Darkside Lightside’.

A true encore might have been overkill in this tiny venue, but luckily Ash had more to offer. Following the ‘1977’ sequence, Wheeler paused again to introduce the band’s debut single ‘Jack Names the Planets’ before the band added a few newer songs to round off the set. One enthusiastic punter squealed out for a song called ‘Default’, and Wheeler seemed puzzled for a moment, until he realised that she meant ‘Dispatch’, from Ash’s most recent album ‘Kablammo!’, which came out last summer. This would have been a more familiar song for me as well, but alas, the band weren’t prepared to play it, opting instead for another new track, ‘Let’s Ride’ before closing with ‘Burn Baby Burn’ from 2001 album ‘Free All Angels’.

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They may not have had a large number of fans in attendance in Phoenix last weekend, but Ash most certainly won a new fan in me with their combination of punk energy, deft melodicism, and engaging stage presence. If you’re like me and ‘Kablammo!’ was your first real exposure to Ash, I strongly recommend browsing through their back catalogue for the gems you might have missed.

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Ash will continue the North American leg of their ‘1977 – 20th Anniversary Tour’ with larger shows in cities including Chicago, Washington, DC and New York through the start of October. They will bring the tour to the UK in November and December; those live dates are listed just below. A full listing of Ash’s worldwide tour dates can be found on their official Web site. TGTF’s previous coverage of Ash is right back here.

Thursday 10th November 2016 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Friday 11th November 2016 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Thursday 1st December 2016 – Gloucester Guildhall
Saturday 10th December 2016 – London Roundhouse
Sunday 11th December 2016 – Manchester Ritz
Monday 12th December 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 14th December 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Thursday 15th December 2016 – Glasgow Garage

 

The Sad Song Co. / October 2016 English Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 27th September 2016 at 9:00 am
 

The Sad Song Co., solo project of Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls drummer Nigel Powell, will be on tour this October, in support of Powell’s third solo album ‘In Amber’. The LP was released back in August after a successful PledgeMusic campaign. You can check out the lyric video for album single ‘Legacy of Love’ just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows, where needed, are available now. Powell will also tour with Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls in November and December; you can find those live dates listed here.

Friday 7th October 2016 – Oxford Sofar Sounds
Monday 17th October 2016 – Leicester Firebug
Tuesday 18th October 2016 – Derby Maypole
Wednesday 19th October 2016 – London Monarch (free show)
Thursday 20th October 2016 – Chippenham Old Road Tavern (free show)
Saturday 22nd October 2016 – Manchester Star And Garter
Sunday 23rd October 2016 – Bristol Stag And Hounds

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