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Is Tropical / September and October 2011 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011 at 9:30 am

London’s masked marauders Is Tropical will be bringing their mad dance beats to venues across the UK in September and October. Get your tickets now.

Coco reviewed their debut album ‘Native To’, which you can read about here.

Tuesday 20th September 2011 – Southampton Joiners
Wednesday 21st September 2011 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 23rd September 2011 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 24th September 2011 – Sheffield Harley
Sunday 25th September 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 26th September 2011 – York Stereo
Tuesday 27th September 2011 – Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wednesday 28th September 2011 – Liverpool Wolstenholme Creative Space
Thursday 29th September 2011 – Bristol Croft
Tuesday 4th October 2011 – London Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen


Manchester Warehouse Project Announces Final Season of Line-ups

By on Thursday, 21st July 2011 at 2:30 pm

Today, Manchester Warehouse Project announced the line-ups so far for their last season of gigs under Piccadilly railway station. As reported last week, they’ve decided to call it a day and will close out their final season at Store Street with a marathon, 17-hour dance night. This penultimate Manchester WHP event to ring in New Year’s 2012 has already sold out, but a “very special guest” has yet to be announced. We wait with baited breath…

As should be expected, the line-ups for autumn and winter 2011 released earlier today include many noteworthy acts, including DJ Shadow (a headliner at this year’s Great Escape who will also be doing a London residency in early September – details here), Radio1’s Annie Mac, Dutch trance producer/DJ Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Cut Copy, Nero, Foals and many more. (Gasp!)

Special themed nights include an evening curated by the Horrors on Saturday 15 October, an R&S Records event featuring James Blake on Saturday 26 November (err…on my birthday…hmmm…) and a celebration of 20 Years of Pete Tong on Saturday 17 December. As if these weren’t enough, there will also be rare live appearances by Chic (Saturday the 12th of November) and Aphex Twin (Friday the 18th of November).

Fill your boots with these tickets, ladies and gentlemen, because being the final times you’ll be able to see Manchester WHP as we know it, you know these tickets will go fast. Visit their official site for more details on how and where to buy yours. I’ve noted that even the site design is much more sombre than in past years, favouring a black and grey scheme to no doubt reflect that the end of WHP is nigh.

After the cut: the full details of this final season of WHP line-ups (current as of today).

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Crystal Fighters / September 2011 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 at 9:00 am

Spain’s Crystal Fighters have announced three UK tour dates for September. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the band’s official Web site.

Wednesday 14th September 2011 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 15th September 2011 – Manchester Sound Control
Friday 16th September 2011 – Glasgow Stereo


Mercury Prize Shortlist 2011

By on Tuesday, 19th July 2011 at 2:16 pm

The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2011 Albums of the Year were announced by 6music presenter Lauren Laverne this morning in a special ceremony at London’s Hospital Club. As usual, some of the nominees were expected to receive the prestigious industry nod, while some were definitely less than expected.

Not surprisingly, soul singer Adele‘s critically acclaimed and best-selling album on both sides of the Atlantic, ’21’, received a nom. There are plenty of new artists on this year’s shortlist, in exactly the same shoes Adele was in 3 years ago with ’19’. Sultry-looking and equally sultry-sounding Anna Calvi received a nomination for her eponymous debut; again, this is hardly surprising given she was shortlisted in late 2010 for the BBC Sound of 2011. James Blake, #2 on the Sound of 2011 list, also garnered a nod for his self-titled debut album bringing dubstep more to the mainstream. (Read Natalie’s review of the album here.) Electronic producer Ghostpoet is nominated for his debut album that sounds more like the title of a cookbook, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’.

After winning the gong in 2008 with ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, Elbow will try their hand to win again this year with their newest, ‘build a rocket, boys!’ (Read John’s review of the album here.) A win for the Mancunians seems highly appropriate in light of the development of their own limited edition golden ale, named after their new album and true to their roots, to be made locally in Stockport and sold exclusively at Robinsons pubs in the UK.) Speaking of Manchester, the eclectic ‘Man Alive’ (my review here) from Manchester-based Everything Everything is also up for the award.

New urban music makes a good showing on this year’s shortlist. Katy B‘s ‘On a Mission’ received a nomination, as did Tinie Tempah‘s ‘Disc-Overy’. But legends also figure in the nominations. Influential singer/songwriter PJ Harvey has been recognised for ‘Let England Shake’, her first album in 4 years. The Domino-released collaboration between Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and electronica artist Jon Hopkins, ‘Diamond Mine’, that was a labour of love for 7 years is also nominated. Brighton dance band Metronomy‘s highly-anticipated third album released in April, ‘The English Riviera’, is also a contender. (Read Luke’s review of the album here.) And if we’ve learned anything from 2 decades of the Mercury Prize, there is always at least one album that comes out of left field. This year, that nomination goes to Welsh jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and his ‘Good Days at Schloss Elmau’. (I Googled it: Schloss Elmau is a luxury hotel in the foothills of Bavaria. Maybe that’s a good place for the to-be-announced Mercury Prize winner to escape inevitable press and paps in mid-September?)

The winner of the 2011 Mercury Prize will be announced on Tuesday, 6 September.


We Were Promised Jetpacks / October 2011 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 14th July 2011 at 9:00 am

One of my favourite live bands, We Were Promised Jetpacks, will be touring the UK in October. They also have a one-off gig in Dundee in early September. Tickets are available now.

Hear a track from the band, ‘Act on Impulse’, on their official Web site. Their sophomore album, ‘In the Pit of the Stomach’, will be released on Fat Cat on the 3rd of October.

Friday 9th September 2011 – Dundee Doghouse
Saturday 1st October 2011 – Stirling Tollbooth (Reload Festival)
Thursday 6th October 2011 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Tuesday 11th October 2011 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 12th October 2011 – London XOYO
Thursday 13th October 2011 – Brighton Jam
Friday 14th October 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute


Peggy Sue / September 2011 English Tour

By on Tuesday, 12th July 2011 at 9:00 am

Brighton’s Peggy Sue have announced a short tour of England in September. ‘Acrobats’, their new album, will be released on the 12th of September on Wichita Recordings, just as the tour begins. Tickets are on sale now.

Monday 12th September 2011 – London Lexington
Wednesday 14th September 2011 – Winchester Railway
Thursday 15th September 2011 – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 17th September 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 18th September 2011 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club


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