James Bay adds second Shepherds Bush Empire show

James Bay Shepherds Bush Empire April 2015 v11 WebDue to popular demand an extra Shepherds Bush Empire date has been added to James Bays UK tour on Thursday April 9th. This comes off the back of having completely sold out his November UK tour and his forthcoming headline show at London’s Koko on February 12th. As anyone who has witnessed James and his band live before will attest to, this is a tour absolutely not to be missed.

In the last 10 months, James has sold out an unprecedented run of shows for an artist yet to release his third EP, in London alone he has filled Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Dingwalls, 2 nights at St Stephens Church, Scala and Koko.

His debut single ‘Hold Back The River’ is currently playlisted at Radio 1 and the accompanying video reached over a quarter of a million views in under a week, he recently won the Brit Awards Critic’s Choice Award.

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December 5, 2014 under Gigs

Blake Mills headlines Union Chapel in February

Blake Mills Union Chapel February 2015 v2 WebEric Clapton recently told Rolling Stone “Blake Mills is the last guitarist I heard that I thought was phenomenal”.

At 25, this Venice, California based musician has already stacked up a career’s worth of gigs as a session guitarist and touring musician working with Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Beck and Neil Diamond amongst others. As a producer, he has just finished the highly anticipated second album from the Alabama Shakes as well as records from ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Conor Oberst, Sky Ferreira and Fiona Apple.

This October Blake releases his joyously addictive single ‘Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me’ on Caroline International/Record Collection. The track is taken from his stunning forthcoming album ‘Heigh Ho’. Blake plays Union Chapel February 10th.

“The goals for ‘Heigh Ho’ were songs, sonics and capturing performance,” Blake says. “I was very fortunate to be able to call on a group of people to help me map some new terrain.” That group of musicians includes Jim Keltner, Don Was, Jon Brion, Benmont-Tench and Fiona Apple (who duets on the ballad ‘Seven’ and the aforementioned ‘Don’t Tell Our Friends’). Recorded at the legendary Ocean Way studios in a room built for Frank Sinatra and used by everyone from Bob Dylan to Ray Charles, Blake Mills created an album that references a range of genres without really belonging to any. “Sometimes it’s necessary to make music that is without genre,” he admits.

‘Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me’ single released Oct 20th on Caroline International/Record Collection.
New album ‘Heigh Ho’ out early 2015

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December 5, 2014 under Gigs

Susanne Sundfør announces headline London show

Susanne Sundfor Lexington March 2015 v1 WebIn tandem with news of her first London show in two years, Susanne Sundfør has unveiled the dramatic video for first single ‘Fade Away’. ‘Fade Away’ is taken from her forthcoming new album ‘Ten Love Songs’ released on 16th February 2015 through Sonnet Sound via Kobalt.

‘Fade Away’ is an 80s influenced pop song with Susanne’s distinctive, wild voice at the core carrying the pain of two lovers drifting apart. The video, made by Swedish director Laerke Herthoni, is set in a dark and unfamiliar dystopia, finding Susanne in a dream-like state surrounded by passing silhouettes.

Watch it HERE

Additionally Sundfør has announced a highly anticipated London show at The Lexington 3rd March 2015. Tickets are available now HERE

December 3, 2014 under Gigs, News

Robyn Sherwell announces headline show

Robyn Sherwell Sebright Arms January 2015 v1 WebInspired by popular artists as far ranging as James Blake, Imogen Heap, Bat For Lashes and Stevie Nicks, Guernsey (but now London-based) singer-songwriter Robyn Sherwell is a name that has been on the lips of tastemakers since the start of the summer.

Signing to new label Birdland Records in 2013 after a couple of her YouTube cover videos (Ben Howard’s “The Fear” and SBTRKT’s “Hold On”) came to the public’s attention, Sherwell has since been working with acclaimed producer David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes) on a debut album.

Its first single, the atmospheric, transportive and hook-filled “Love Somebody”, was released in September as the lead track of an EP that also featured prior blog favourite, the delightfully blissed out “Low”, and a mesmerising remix (of LS) from fast rising Glaswegian producer Turtle.

This release captured the attention of publications such as DIY, Clash, Q, Indie Shuffle, HillyDilly, Pigeons And Planes and NME Magazine, as well as the ear of Lauren Laverne, who played the single regularly on her flagship morning show on BBC Radio 6. Notable support also came from Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde, who supported both “Low” and “Love Somebody” on his radio shows on Amazing Radio and XFM.

Sherwell is clearly an artist whose music rests on emotion. Across ten sparkling tracks on the aforementioned LP, tales of hometown (island) glory, love, lust and heartbreak are shared, all wrapped in great hooks and delivered via her unique and enchanting vocal. At every turn, she displays a songwriting nous far beyond her twenty-something years.

Summer 2014 saw her making festival appearances at The Great Escape, Pete The Monkey in France and FarmFestival in Somerset, culminating in a sold-out London headline show at The Islington to mark the EP release, and also a slot at Norwich Sound And Vision.

New track “Islander”, inspired by her youth in Guernsey, is a fiery, enthusiastic and defiant shout from the English Channel. With thumping brevity and an ear-worm of a chorus, “Islander” stridently confirms Sherwell’s pop-writing ability, and is sure to make even more people stand up and pay attention.

Robyn Sherwell will headline Sebright Arms on 8th January, tickets HERE

November 26, 2014 under Gigs, News

Nathaniel Rateliff returns to UK for headline show

Nathaniel Rateliff Bush Hall January 2015 v2 WebNathaniel Rateliff is back!! Armed with new EP ‘Closer’, Nathaniel is set for six UK & Ireland dates in 2015 with his band, Joesph Pope (guitar), Pat Meese (drums) and Mark Shusterman (keys).

At the top of his game, his stunning new six-track EP ‘Closer’, is Rateliff at his most stripped back and personal. From the acoustic strums of ‘Liverpool’, to the more upbeat ‘Easy’ and live favourite ‘Closer’ these songs perfectly manifest the uniqueness of Nathaniel’s songwriting and musicianship.

The tour kicks off in Dublin on Friday 23rd January, and then takes in five shows around the UK , finishing up at London’s Bush Hall Thursday 29th January.

Nathaniel plays:

Jan 2015
Fri 23rd DUBLIN Academy 2
Sat 24th BELFAST Limelight 2
Sun 25th GLASGOW Tron Theatre
Tue 27th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Wed 28th BRIGHTON Komedia
Thu 29th LONDON Bush Hall TICKETS

www.nathanielrateliff.com

November 21, 2014 under Gigs, News

James Bay announces biggest headline show to date and UK tour

James Bay Shepherds Bush Empire April 2015 v3 WebToday James Bay announces his next headline tour of the UK, taking in ten cities, including London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 8th April.  This comes off the back of having completely sold out his November UK tour and his forthcoming headline show at London’s Koko on February 12th. As anyone who has witnessed James and his band live before will attest to, this is a tour absolutely not to be missed.

In the last 10 months, James has sold out an unprecedented run of shows for an artist yet to release his third EP, in London alone he has filled Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Dingwalls, 2 nights at St Stephens Church, Scala and Koko.

His debut single ‘Hold Back The River’ is currently playlisted at Radio 1 and the accompanying video reached over a quarter of a million views in under a week, those numbers are continuing to climb rapidly and you can watch that here.  The ‘Hold Back The River EP’ is released on 24th November via Virgin EMI.

James Bay plays:

April 2015

Tues 7th                Pyramids, PORTSMOUTH

Wed 8th                    O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, LONDON TICKETS

Sat 11th                 Albert Hall, MANCHESTER

Sun 12th                Newcastle University, NEWCASTLE

Tues 14th               O2 ABC, GLASGOW

Wed 15th               Queen’s Hall, EDINBURGH

Thurs 16th             Leadmill, SHEFFIELD

Sat 18th                      Institute, BIRMINGHAM

Sun 19th                 O2 Academy, OXFORD
Mon 20th               O2 Academy, BRISTOL

 

Tickets are available from www.jamesbaymusic.com

And are priced at £13.50 except London, which is priced at £15.50

 

2014 has been quite the year for James Bay, the 23 year old from Hitchin has become one of the most talked about new artists around and his list of achievements so far are incredible for someone yet to release an album.  As well as a run of sell out tours, he soundtracked the Burberry SS15 show, stepped into the Radio 1 Live Lounge where he blew everyone away with an unforgettable performance of ‘Let It Go’and was trending No.1 on Twitter in the UK. His EP of the same name hit No. 7 in the iTunes album chart and he has just returned from supporting Hozier on tour across the US.

November 12, 2014 under Gigs, News

The Staves announce UK tour

TheStavesIIWTour2015Final.jpegThe Staves are very pleased to reveal details of their new album, If I Was, released on 2 February 2015 through Atlantic Records.
Recorded over five trips across the Atlantic to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and produced by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), If I Was takes The Staves’ original blueprint of sublimely harmonised British indie-folk and gives it an injection of muscle and a much-heightened ambition. Just one listen to the Autumn release of their Blood I Bled EP will tell you The Staves have changed since their 2012 debut album, with a scale and confidence that can only come after three relentless years on the road.

Watch a short film about the making of the album here: http://youtu.be/SEf89dBi17w Filmed on location at Vernon’s April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the mini-doc features songs from the album, interviews with the players, and behind-the-scenes footage of the recording process.
If I Was will be released in the UK on 2 February 2015 through Atlantic Records. Pre-order the album here now. Nonesuch Records will release the album in North America in the spring of 2015. Further details on the North American release will be announced in the coming months.

Full details of the UK Tour including tickets for London and Oxford can be found HERE

www.thestaves.com

November 10, 2014 under Gigs, News

Rae Morris annonce new album and UK tour

Rae Morris UK TOUR February 2015 v4 WebThe incomparable and supremely talented Rae Morris has today announced details and track listing for her hugely anticipated forthcoming debut album. Unguarded will be released on 26 January through Atlantic Records. This is a debut that is set to have critics falling over themselves at the start of 2015.

Unguarded (with production by Ariel Rechtshaid, Jim Eliot and Fryars), deals head on with the highs and the lows that come with life-changing, character-building relationships, as though she’s some old, wisened soul way beyond her young years. Where ‘Skin’ details the guilt of continuing a toxic love affair, ‘Closer’ is about being far from her family but more appreciative of her own identity, and ‘Love Again’ is – perhaps obviously – about getting back on the horse. The songs, however, contain double entrendres. They’re as much about Rae’s relationships, as they are about Rae’s relationship with herself – and this recording process. ‘Do You Even Know’, written back in her shed in Blackpool, kicks back at someone who’s misunderstood her, who isn’t really thinking about what she wants. It was written to allay her fears about bending to be the sort of artist others expected.

Over the course of the 12-track album there’s a rare honesty emanating from the lofty choruses and sophisticated melodies that leaves you in no doubt that Rae has worked hard to stand her ground and make the record she wanted to make. “I’ve always liked to visualise things in circular patterns in my mind. A full circle journey, a complete tale and a finished story. I see my album as a coming-of-age tale, from start to finish, from then to now. I guess it’s a series of diary entries documenting these important years of growing up and learning. I’m not trying to be cryptic. It’s really simple. That’s just how I see it. I’m just being completely myself.”

This year has been somewhat of a learning curve for the young artist and she’s gone from strength to strength. From writing songs alone in her bedroom to working alongside incredible musicians and producers, Rae has really come into her own and is more determined than ever about the path she is forging for herself. Rae is truly the musicians musician and has already garnered huge support and fans across the industry (with Chris Martin, Haim, Laura Mvula, Tom Odell and Bombay Bicycle Club to name a few, all showing serious love for her) and a plethora of critical acclaim from press, making her one of the most relevant, exciting new artists to come out of the UK and this is just the beginning for her. Everything she has been working towards this year is about to come to fruition with the release of her debut.

www.raemorris.co.uk

 

 

November 10, 2014 under Gigs, News

Ben Howard Adds Third Alexandra Palace Show To 2015 UK Arena Tour

Ben Howard Alexandra Palace April 2015 v4 WebBen Howard is pleased to announce details of a third show at London’s Alexandra Palace for his forthcoming 2015 UK arena tour.

Ben will now play the venue on both the 16th, 17th, and 18th April, with the first two dates selling out within 24 hours. Tickets for the third show are on sale now through www.benhowardmusic.co.uk

In addition to the new London date, Ben will play Plymouth Pavilions on the 27th April. Tickets will go on sale from the same outlet at 9am on Friday 7th November.

Ben released his critically acclaimed second album, ‘I Forget Where We Were’ last week which debuted at number 1 in the UK album chart.

As previously announced, Ben Howard plays a short tour of the UK in December, with all dates selling out within hours of going on sale. A new date at Norwich UEA has just been added for the 14th December, with tickets also on sale from 9am on Friday 7th November.

Ben Howard Live:
3rd December – O2 Apollo, Manchester SOLD OUT
4th December – The Civic, Wolverhampton SOLD OUT
6th December – Usher Hall, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
7th December – Olympia, Dublin SOLD OUT
8th December – Olympia, Dublin SOLD OUT
10th December – O2 Brixton Academy, London SOLD OUT
11th December – O2 Brixton Academy, London SOLD OUT
14th December – UEA, Norwich NEW DATE

Ben Howard UK Tour 2015 *NEW DATES*:
13th April – Echo Arena, Liverpool
16th April – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
17th April – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
18th April – Alexandra Palace, London NEW DATE
20th April – NIA Arena, Birmingham
21st April – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
23rd April – Leeds Arena, Leeds
24th April – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
25th April – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
27th April – The Pavilions, Plymouth NEW DATE

www.benhowardmusic.co.uk

November 3, 2014 under Gigs

Ben Howard announces second Alexandra Palace show

2EF7CBC8-F486-47C8-8D48-FA8EDEB6F7FDBen Howard is pleased to announce details of a second London Alexandra Palace show to his forthcoming 2015 UK arena tour.

The tour went on sale this morning, with the first London show selling out in 10 minutes. Ben will now play the venue on both the 16th and 17th April.

Ben released his critically acclaimed second album, ‘I Forget Where We Were’ last week which debuted at number 1 in the UK album chart.

As previously announced, Ben Howard plays a short tour of the UK in December, with all dates selling out within hours of being on sale.

 

 

Ben Howard Live:
3rd December – O2 Apollo, Manchester SOLD OUT
4th December – The Civic, Wolverhampton SOLD OUT
6th December – Usher Hall, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
7th December – Olympia, Dublin SOLD OUT
8th December – Olympia, Dublin SOLD OUT
10th December – O2 Brixton Academy, London SOLD OUT
11th December – O2 Brixton Academy, London SOLD OUT

Ben Howard UK Tour 2015 *NEW DATES*:
13th April – Echo Arena, Liverpool
16th April – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
17th April – Alexandra Palace, London NEW DATE
20th April – NIA Arena, Birmingham
21st April – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
23rd April – Leeds Arena, Leeds
24th April – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
25th April – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

www.benhowardmusic.co.uk

 

October 31, 2014 under Gigs, News