Category: Rock/Show

Bad Touch Are Ready To Get It On Across The UK

As Bad Touch gear up for a headline UK tour and their latest single has been released and features on our November playlist. Baby Get It On features vocals by Mollie Marriott, who is also the special guest for the band’s upcoming shows, which kicks off at Corporation in Sheffield on the 9th of November. The song, written by Ike Turner, originally appeared as a duet with Tina Turner on her 1975 solo album Acid Queen. The new version was recorded at Decoy Studios and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. “We’re excited to be taking to the road in November...

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Arch Enemy Relentlessly Racing Ahead

Having just completed a successful run of dates across Eastern Europe on the Will To Power International Tour, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY are back with another ripping single from their recently released album, Will To Power, with the music video single for The Race. Founding member Michael Amott commented: “This was actually the last song written for the Will To Power album. Listening through all the material we had up to that point we agreed that the album needed one more song that would be a relentless and fast paced counterpoint to some of the more epic compositions we...

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Foo Fighters To Bring Concrete And Gold To UK Stadiums

American rockers Foo Fighters have announced a trio of huge UK stadium shows in Manchester and London to bring latest record Concrete and Gold to our shores following the release of the group’s ninth studio album last month, which had the six-piece drop by the UK to open an East London pub for a week, play a massive O2 Arena show as well as help Jools Holland celebrate 25 years of his Later… programme with a special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This comes after Dave Grohl’s men finally made it back to headline Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage...

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The Streets Reform For “One-Off” 2018 Tour

Mike Skinner and The Streets have today announced a very special one-off UK tour The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light for April 2018. He will perform six dates across the UK including two huge shows at London O2 Academy Brixton. Making his highly anticipated return to the live music circuit The Streets will perform all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums including The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living, Everything is Borrowed, Computers and Blues, A Grand Don’t Come For Free and Original Pirate Material Having last toured back in 2011 with the...

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Steven Page Returning To The UK After A Decade

Steven Page is touring the UK for the first time since leaving The Barenaked Ladies. The Canadian singer-songwriter, who in 2009 left the band he co-founded, is back on these shores in October and November following a 10-year absence. And he’s got new music to share. Last year Page released the album Heal Thyself, Pt. I: Instinct which explores the origins of a life dedicated to music. “I’ve always had a sense of wonder about that era of ’60s and ’70s music, and probably always will,” he says. “I remember getting Paul McCartney’s second solo album for my 11th...

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Placebo, 20 Years Strong

21 years ago, an unassuming alt-rock trio brought their teenage angst to the forefront of rock music with a blistering debut record, which took flight in 1997 with the release of fifth single Nancy Boy, catapulting the outsiders to the top 5 in the UK singles charts, a similar feat achieved with their eponymous debut. But if, like me, you also picked up both copies of each of Placebo’s singles, you were exposed to an even richer extension to that debut with incredible tunes such as covers of Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe and The Smiths’ Bigmouth Strikes Again alongside...

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Barenaked Ladies Are Lookin’ Up At Fake Nudes

Barenaked Ladies, who release their fifteenth album Fake Nudes in November, are bringing their energetic live shows back to the UK in April 2018. The Canadian band (comprising lead singer and guitarist Ed Robertson, bassist Jim Creeggan, keyboard player and guitarist Kevin Hearn, and drummer Tyler Stewart) have reunited with longstanding producer Gavin Brown for the upcoming LP. “I’m incredibly proud of this collection of songs,” reveals Robertson. “This is a record where all band members shine. It’s incredible to feel so excited about something 29 years into our career. I’m excited to get out and play these songs...

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British Summer Time Chimes In With Roger Waters

Barclaycard’s British Summer Time festival packed its first punch for 2018 with the announcement of the formidable Roger Waters as headliner for Friday 6 July. The Hyde Park show will feature highlights from Pink Floyd’s seminal albums such as Wish You Were Here and The Wall, along with work from his new album Is This The Life We Really Want? The show forms part of Roger Waters’ Us + Them tour, named after the track from the multi-million selling The Dark Side of The Moon. The tour will be his first European venture since The Wall Live (2010-2013). Famous...

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Wilko Johnson: 70th Birthday Celebrations

2017 is certainly a special year for Wilko Johnson.  Not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday. Given the events of recent years, this celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 26th September is all the more meaningful: here is the death-defying Wilko Johnson leading his own party with partners in crime Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums), family, friends and special guests. Wilko’s special guest at the Royal Albert Hall show is Dr John Cooper Clarke – poet, movie star, rock star,...

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) Turn Up The NRGQ Ahead Of UK Return

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) are back with NRGQ, a high-energy video that captures the spirit of their frenzied live shows. And, following their successful UK tour in May, the New York City dance-punk band are bringing those frenzied live shows back to these shores at the end of October. NRGQ, taken from their latest album Shake The Shudder, features a typically gutsy performance from lead singer Nic Offer and vocalist Lea Lea as they front an equally energetic four-piece band. Their brightly coloured suits (and short shorts) contrasting with the white backdrop only add to the vibrancy, while continuing...

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Mastodon Breathing Steam Into A Cold Dark Place

Mastodon aren’t relaxing in the run-up to their December UK tour. Last week they released the video for their latest single, Steambreather. Last night they appeared in the season finale of Game Of Thrones. And today they announce Cold Dark Place, a new EP featuring four previously unreleased songs. Filmed in London by the husband and wife team of Essy May and Stevie Gee, the Steambreather video examines what happens when a disparate group of people accept an invitation to examine “The Breath of Life – Release Your Inner Self”. Taken from Emperor of Sand, their eighth studio album...

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Buck & Evans: The Debut Album & A Gig In My Lounge

As can sometimes fortuitously happen in the case of your favourite artists, I discovered the band Buck & Evans completely by accident. They were playing the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair festival in 2015, buried in an unassuming mid-afternoon slot on the curiously titled ‘Outlaw’ Country Stage. I was expecting a couple of old timers dressed in dungarees behind a pair of battered acoustic guitars. Instead, I got a sensational ‘rock ‘n’ soul’ band; a guitarist whose playing belied his obviously modest years, a vocalist who’d have made Janis look twice and a rhythm section that would still have you...

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Robert Plant’s Tour Will Carry Fire

Rock legend Robert Plant returns to one of Britain’s most iconic venues this December for his first Royal Albert Hall show in four years. The electrifying former Led Zeppelin vocalist, now an accomplished solo performer, will be performing songs from his forthcoming album, Carry Fire, along with hits and rarities, at his one-off Hall date on Friday 8 December. His band, The Sensational Space Shifters, will include Seth Lakeman, who features on three of the album’s tracks, playing viola and fiddle. Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “Perhaps the most electrifying 15 minutes at the...

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Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos Across The UK

Apocalyptica, the Finnish band known for their cello-based take on metal and hard rock, are returning to the UK in early 2018 to continue celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Plays Metallica By Four Cellos. When the group released the LP in May 1996, the graduates of the prestigious Sibelius Academy added a new twist to the genre. Their unique, instrumental approach to some of Metallica’s biggest songs, including Enter Sandman and Master Of Puppets, paved the way for a career that’s seen the classically trained musicians release seven more studio LPs and amass sales of over...

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Kelsea Ballerini, Busting out of Knoxville

It’s official, Country Music is the new Pop Music. With act after act seemingly emerging from nowhere and breaking onto the Nashville scene which is progressively extending not just across the US but across the pond to the UK, this is quickly becoming a crowded market. But Kelsea Ballerini isn’t worried, and we should take note as the Knoxville, Tennessee native prepares for the release of sophomore studio album Unapologetically. Unapologetically follows her blow-away debut record The First Time, released in 2015, which went on to become certified Gold and spawned four hit singles including Platinum-certified singles Love Me...

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Third Eye Blind, US Summer Gods Head to The UK

There are some amazing records that defined the 1990s turning 20 in 2017, from Radiohead’s seminal OK Computer, Foo Fighters’ legendary The Colour And The Shape and The Prodigy’s The Fat Of The Land to Sarah McLachlan’s Surfacing and Natalie Imbruglia’s Left Of The Middle. But one record that pumped out summer hit after summer hit for a solid year, in the US at least, was San Franciscan alt. rock outfit Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut. The Stephen Jenkins-fronted five-piece put out Third Eye Blind in April 1997 and followed it up with five massive singles, kicking off with...

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Vision: Dinosaur Jr, Knocked Around

The new album, Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is out now on JagJaguwar, the new video for Knocked Around is above. In keeping with the ongoing plethora of activity in the Dinosaur Jr. camp off the back of last year’s widely acclaimed Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not LP, today J, Lou and Murph are pleased to announce a further run of UK dates this December alongside their already-announced headline show at Camden’s historic Roundhouse on December 13th. The mighty Cloud Nothings, fresh from releasing their acclaimed fourth album Life Without Sound early this year via Wichita...

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Rock Show: Joe Bonamassa Returns March 2018

Following Joe Bonamassa’s successful tour including two sold out concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2017, the celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, is pleased to announce that he will return to the UK in March 2018 to perform seven concerts. Dates include Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (March 9), Manchester Arena (March 10), Carlisle Sands Centre (March 11), Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Centre (March 13), Gateshead Sage (March 14), Birmingham Genting Arena (March 16) and Brighton Centre (March 17). Tickets for all seven Joe Bonamassa March 2018 UK concerts will be available via a 72-hour ticket pre-sale from www.planetrock.com from 9am on Tuesday 11th July 2017. Tickets will then go on general sale at 9am on Friday 14th July from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates. The March 2018 UK tour will feature...

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Rock Show: Haim Surprise Camden

Californian sister trio Haim have announced a surprise tiny show at London’s Electric Ballroom this Sunday – just two days after the release of sophomore record Something To Tell You. Just over a week ago, the pop-rockers (literally) brought Glastonbury Festival’s Other Stage crowd to their knees during their sun-soaked, Sunday afternoon slot where new album cuts were mixed with hits from 2013’s Days Are Gone, elder sister and bassist Este clearly frustrated with having to wait any longer for the new record to drop, threatening to leak it and face the consequences from her sisters and record label!...

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Festival: Afropunk London Returns

In 2016 London had been treated to its first Afropunk Festival and this year they return, bringing another very promising lineup to the UK capital. Spawned from a cult-classic documentary of the same title, it brought black-punks in America into the spotlight. Written and directed by James Spooner, it soon became a growing community with no boundaries of colour, gender, or any other constraining title. Utilising the web to promote free-thinking individuals, sharing a common ground of freedom and a great emphasis on activism and expression. Afropunk festival is now so much more than where it started in 2005 in Brooklyn,...

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Festival: Ramblin’ Man Fair With Saxon, ZZ Top, Rival Sons, Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Ramblin’ Man Fair, the festival celebrating the best in classic rock, prog, country and blues music returns to the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent from 28 to 30 July. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone). The festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford...

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Rock Show: Foo Fighters To Play O2 10th Birthday Show

Following a massive Pyramid Stage headline show at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, Foo Fighters, who thank the UK for making them the band they are with frontman Dave Grohl stating that this is where they cut their teeth, show no signs of slowing down. With the rest of festival season still ahead of them, huge shows in Madrid at Mad Cool Festival and Poland’s Open’er still to come, The Foos have announced a massive one-off show on September 19th at East London’s O2 Arena as part of the venue’s 10th birthday celebrations, which kicked off last week with a...

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This Life, Coasts’ New Album and Tour Announced

On 18 August 2017, Coasts will release their eagerly anticipated new album This Life via High Time Records. Available to pre-order worldwide from 23 June, this record is the follow up to their self-titled debut chart album in 2016. First single from the new record, accompanied by its tongue in cheek political video is Take Me Back Home. With a powerful four-to-the-floor chorus, vocalist Chris Caines croons to the listener: “Take me back home, where the sky is glittering gold”, embodying the joys of the success the boys have had whilst touring the world. Following a sell-out UK club tour in May...

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Rock Show: Queens of the Stone Age

Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age are back with a bang! The Josh Homme-fronted quintet have just dropped massive new single The Way You Used To Do from forthcoming seventh studio album Villains, due out on 25th August through Matador Records, their first L.P. since 2013’s massive …Like Clockwork. Of course the boys weren’t idling during the intervening years, Homme famously working with icon Iggy Pop on his massive 18th studio record Post Pop Depression, alongside QOTSA guitarist and keyboard man Dean Ferita as well as it’s supporting tour. Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen also put out another Sweethead...

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Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour: Everything You Need to Know

Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour: Everything You Need to Know We thought it would never happen, but Guns N’ Roses is not only back together but they’re keeping busy taking the world by storm. That’s right: Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, and Slash are on speaking terms again and blowing minds of fans spanning the globe. UK fans can finally get a load of all the action at the band’s two shows in London Stadium this month. Here’s a bit of what you can expect from the aptly named Not In This Lifetime tour this year. Not In This Lifetime: The...

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Festival: Community Festival Adds Fresh New Artists in 2017

Just two weeks remain until this year’s Community Festival arrives to knock our socks off in North London. For those of you who haven’t heard, Community Festival, which started its days as multi-venue event in Shoreditch has relocated up North. Describing itself as a one-day celebration of the best things in music, this year’s event will continue to knock your socks off at London’s Finsbury Park on July 1st. If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, feast your eyes on the solid lineup that has been extended this week to include six exciting new acts, Kicking off the new lineup...

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Rock Show: Wolf Alice

It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years since London-based alt-rock quartet Wolf Alice made waves before, during and after the release of debut album My Love Is Cool playing stomping shows from tiny rooms and record stores, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Brixton Academy all the way to Glastonbury for now legendary sets. And while any band might be in need of some time out after such a heavy schedule to get back into the zone to produce the kind of material that propelled them so far so quickly, that seems not to be the case for heavy-hitting Wolf...

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Festival: Kendal Calling, What To Expect?

If there is a best practice guide in how to evolve a festival from a small gathering over two days to an award winning four night musical and arts paradise, then you need look no further than the beautiful Lake District and Kendal Calling. Back in 2006 a group of music nuts kicked off a two-day party with British Sea Power at the glorious Abbot Hall Park, fast forward 10 years and at Lowther Deer Park Kendal Calling won Best Medium Sized Festival for the second year running, hosting Madness, Noel Gallagher, Blossoms, Rudimental and many others over a packed...

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Festival: Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017

Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Laura Mvula And The Jacksons Amongst Star Acts Set To Descend On East Sussex For Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017 Just three weeks remain until this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex for a three-day event jam packed with performances from a diverse cross section of jazz, soul and pop talent. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the festival will run from June 30th – July 2nd and will present performances from over fifty acts across five stages including Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter,...

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Rock Show: Lorde, Return Of The Lorde

Global pop superstar and music world darling Lorde is back with sophomore album Melodrama, out on June 16th through Universal Music. Lead single Green Light was released on March 2nd to whet our collective appetites. A final preview of Melodrama is due to surface at midnight tonight. (Hint, it might be new cut Sober!) In 2013, a 16-year-old Lorde quietly, yet confidently asserted herself as the voice of a generation with her full-length debut, Pure Heroine. The album would go triple-platinum, win two GRAMMY® Awards, and spawn the seven-times platinum record-breaking international juggernaut single, Royals, and quadruple-platinum follow up Team. The former cemented Lorde as...

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Festival: BBC Introducing Goes To Glastonbury 2017

BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart tonight announced whilst sitting in for Huw Stephens,  that the likes of Folly Rae, The Sherlocks and Matt Maltese are set to perform at Glastonbury 2017 with BBC Music Introducing. Returning to Glastonbury after launching at the festival 10 years ago, BBC Music Introducing will once again be showcasing some fantastic new under-the-radar talent and will also see some special, surprise slots from BBC Introducing’s finest alumni. The full line-up includes: Friday 23rd June Folly Rae, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Josh Barry, Onyda, Otis Mensah, Roe, Tourists Saturday 24th June Keir, Lulu James, Palm Honey, The Cosmics, Wild Front, Wildwood Kin, WOWH Sunday 25th June Happy...

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Festival: V Festival Brings Home The Stars

High among the summer’s busy festival season sits what has become the daddy of pop festivals – Virgin’s V Festival. The dual-site, two-dayer nestles in neatly between the London Parks one-dayers, the large site events such as Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight and before the Reading and Leeds dual-site festival focused on the rockier offerings that are still mainstream. But V Festival, which calls Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Staffordshire home, now in its 21st year, is now unashamedly pop-focused after starting off life with a host of Britpop acts headlining – the likes of Pulp, Elastica,...

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Rock Show: Katy Perry brings Witness to Europe

American pop superstar Katy Perry has just gone and announced a run of European shows next summer in support of fourth studio album Witness, dropping on 9th June, including 7 dates in the UK with one stop (so far) at East London’s O2 Arena, her first headline show there since winding up a 4-show run in support of third album Prism back in 2014. The Californian girl just played the 200-capacity Water Rats venue in London’s Kings Cross ahead of her BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival appearance, and will return to the UK for this weekend’s Ariana Grande...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2017, Start Planning Those Clashes!

For those lucky enough to bag tickets to this year’s pre-furlough year Glastonbury Festival, there was a ticking clock until the end of May, when the majority of stage times are usually released each year. So while we may all have known the big and small names that would be appearing, deciding exactly who to see on each day begins now. And boy are there some major clashes! Those familiar with the festival site will appreciate just how large-scale it is. Boasting over 100 stages, it takes a good while to travel between them and find a spot to watch...

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Rock Show: Benjamin Clementine

London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and poet Benjamin Clementine has today unveiled his first new music since being awarded 2015’s Mercury Music Prize for his debut album At Least For Now. Entitled Phantom Of Aleppoville the track was written, recorded and produced by Clementine and follows his recent collaboration with Gorillaz on Hallelujah Money. Clementine has also announced a series of UK & European headline dates for November and December 2017, including a massive show at London’s Brixton Academy on December 5th. A New York show at the city’s prestigious Carnegie Hall has already been announced for October 5th. Accompanied by a video...

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Festival: Wilderness 2017

Wilderness Festival returns for its seventh summer with a fantastic array of new offerings. Renowned for their electric live shows, the sparkling Two Door Cinema Club open proceedings as Friday headliners. The shape-shifting divinity Grace Jones heads up Saturday night: her first ever Wilderness appearance. And Bonobo brings the heat on Sunday with a live set of hypnotic favourites and new tracks from his critically acclaimed 2017 album Migration. The Wilderness Main Stage, this year with BBC Music, will host an international selection of some of the finest musical talents – including the heart-wrenching harmonies of Swedish sibling duo...

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Festival: Rewind The 80s Music Festival, Three UK Festival Line-Ups 2017.

“REWIND” – THE 80s MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES  THREE UK FESTIVAL LINE-UPS FOR 2017  REWIND The 80s Festival – the world’s biggest 80s music festival, is back with three UK festivals during July and August 2017. Tickets for all three festivals are available from the official website rewindfestival.com. REWIND SCOTLAND will return for its seventh year at Scone Palace, Perth on Friday 21st July until Sunday 23th July with performances from pop pioneers The Human League and the legendary Billy Ocean, alongside debuts from Scotland’s Tom Robinson, The Undertones, The Trevor Horn Band, Junior Marvin’s Wailers, Musical Youth and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. Jaki Graham, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, Owen Paul, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Claudia Brucken, and Heaven...

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Festival: Beyond The Tracks, Orbital, Leftfield, Ocean Colour Scene & Editors

Beyond The Tracks is a brand new, three day, green field festival taking place at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park in September.  Featuring some of the most revered names in UK music and the brightest new stars, the festival is a welcome addition to the musical offering of the UK’s second city. Friday night sees electronic music pioneers Orbital headline with the Hartnoll brothers reunited after a five-year hiatus. Orbital were one of the key acts responsible for taking electronic music into the mainstream and out of the clubs and into live venues and festivals.  Their seminal live performances are...

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Rock Show: Roger Hodgson at Royal Albert Hall 2017

Last night RockShot Magazine attended the first of two nights in the company of Roger Hodgson (‘the voice of Supertramp‘) currently being played at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The show was a sell out and Roger delighted the audience with many of his solo works, plus of course a healthy selection from the Supertramp back catalogue. The full review of the show will follow shortly but suffice it to say that an evening with Roger Hodgson is one not to be missed for anybody with even a passing interest in the music of Supertramp. The instantly recognisable tunes are...

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Rock Show: Chris Shiflett brings Country to London

Guitarist Chris Shiflett has announced a second acoustic solo show in London, to showcase his solo material and recent album West Coast Town. Chris will add a special show at The Water Rats in London on 14th June, 2017, with special guest British musician Sam Palladio opening for him, following Sam’s tour alongside his Nashville TV series co-stars including not one but three massive shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall! This adds to Chris’ previously-announced gig at the 100 Club in London on 13th June, joining Nic Cester on the bill. These special shows will showcase Shiflett playing solo on...

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