Cigarettes After Sex - will return with their anticipated second album Cry on October 25th via Partisan Records.
Recorded during night time sessions in a mansion on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the album is a lush, cinematic meditation on the many complex facets of love - meeting, wanting, needing, losing… sometimes all at once. Listen to album highlight “Heavenly” now.
Last night, “Heavenly” was featured as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ on her BBC Radio 1 show, and also had a first play on Sirius XMU in the US. Frontman/guitarist Greg Gonzalez describes the song as “inspired by the overwhelming beauty I felt watching an endless sunset on a secluded beach in Latvia one summer night...”
Cigarettes After Sex today also announce a brand new run of tour dates across the UK and Europe for March and April 2020, including a stop at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Tickets go on general sale at 9 am on Wednesday 4th September. The new dates follow a global headline tour this autumn, that includes UK shows at Albert Hall,
Manchester on 27 November and an already sold out Shepherds Bush Empire the following night. Full routing below.
After decamping to Mallorca the same week that their self-titled minimalist pop masterwork debut was released in 2017, Gonzalez and his bandmates - Jacob Tomsky (drums) & Randy Miller (bass) - consciously let the striking location guide the initial Cry sessions. “The sound of this record is completely tied to the location for me,” Gonzalez explains. “Ultimately, I view this record as a film. It was shot in this stunning, exotic location, and it stitches all these different characters and scenes together, but in the end is really about romance, beauty & sexuality. It’s a very personal telling of what those things mean to me.”
While the music came quickly – often improvised on the spot – it would be another two years before Gonzalez would attempt to complete the accompanying lyrics. Helped by the burgeoning love of a new relationship, the influence of films by Éric Rohmer, and the songs of Selena and Shania Twain among others, Cry blends the carnal subtlety of their debut with a warmer palette. The album was self-produced and engineered by Gonzalez, and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
Cigarettes After Sex’s self-titled debut has sold over 550k records to date (streaming equivalent), amassing over 360 million Spotify streams, 2.2 million monthly listeners, and 350 million YouTube streams.
1. Don’t Let Me Go
2. Kiss It Off Me
4. You’re the Only Good Thing in My Life
8. Falling In Love
11/27/19 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
11/28/19 – London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire (SOLD OUT)
23/3/20 - Bristol, UK - Academy
24/3/20 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
25/3/20 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
27/3/20 - Leeds, UK - University
28/3/20 - Glasgow - Barrowland
29/3/20 - Liverpool, UK - Academy
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'I WANNA THANK ME' UK HEADLINE TOUR ANNOUNCED APRIL 2020
FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING: WARREN G, THA DOGG POUND, VERSATILE, OBIE TRICE & D12
A man that needs no introduction... Snoop Dogg has announced the I Wanna Thank Me UK arena headline tour for April 2020.
The forthcoming shows see the rap legend touring in support of his 17th album,
I Wanna Thank Me, and documentary of the same name, released earlier this year.
Snoop Dogg has announced a six date ‘I Wanna Thank Me’ UK arena headline tour for April 2020.
The forthcoming tour sees the West Coast rap legend touring in support of his 17thalbum I Wanna Thank Me, and documentary of the same name, released earlier this year.
I Wanna Thank Me celebrates 25 years of the Snoop Dogg, a career that has seen the Doggfather cement his undisputed influence on music with chart-topping, multi-platinum records, while also solidifying his importance to wider culture as an actor, businessman and more across the board.
The tour reflects this and sees Snoop Dogg enlist a selection of his key collaborators from the breadth of his iconic music career including further West Coast hip hop royalty; Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, Obie Trice and D12. They will also be joined by the multi-million streamed Irish rap duo Versatile.
Tickets are available on O2 Pre-Sale today (Oct 2nd), via MJR Pre-Sale at 9am on Friday Oct 4thand go on general sale at 9am Monday October 7th via bit.ly/SnoopDogg2020. Full tour dates can be found below:
SNOOP DOGG ‘I WANNA THANK ME’ APRIL TOUR DATES
9th– Dublin, 3Arena
10th– Belfast, SSE Arena
12th– Manchester, Manchester Arena
14th– Leeds, First Direct Arena
15th– London, O2 Arena
16th– Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg has come a long way since being discovered by Dr. Dre in the early 1990. As impressive as he was when guesting on Dre’s The Chronicin 1992, few could have guessed he’d go on to global fame, tens of millions of record sales, and a career in movies and TV. And that’s only part of the story, from battles with the law to reinvention as a reggae artist.
He was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, California, on October 20, 1971. His "Snoop Dogg" nickname came from his mother because she thought he looked like Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon. He played piano and sang at his local Baptist church, before starting rap in sixth grade. After graduating high school, Snoop was arrested several times for drug possession and spent time in prison. He was also associated with the Rollin’ 20 Crips Gang.
He started making music as a way out of his troubles and recorded early demos with his cousin Nate Dogg and friend Warren G as 213. A track on one of these came to the attention of Dr. Dre who invited Snoop — then rapping under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg — to audition.
From there they collaborated on a song called "Deep Cover" for the soundtrack of the film for the same name; and Snoop became the key rapper on Dre’s hugely successful first solo album, The Chronic, in 1992.
Snoop's first album, the Dre-produced Doggystyle(1993), climbed its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's hip-hop and Top 200 charts, based in part on the success of the singles "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Gin and Juice."
Next came a short film called Murder Was the Case, the soundtrack of which went double platinum. Snoop's next album, Tha Doggfather(1996), also reached the top of the charts, despite the absence of Dre, who had left Death Row over a contract dispute. Snoop then left Death Row himself, falling out with label mogul Suge Knight and moving to Master P’s No Limit Records.
He scored the top slot on the hip-hop charts with his next two albums: Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told(1998) and No Limit Top Dogg(1999). His last album for No Limit, The Last Meal, came in 2000 and sold over 2 million copies. By now his sound had become less "gangsta rap" and somewhat smoother.
Snoop continued to make music throughout the noughts, enjoying a big hit in 2004 with the chart-topping single "Drop It Like It's Hot," which sparked several fruitful collaborations with Pharrell Williams. He reunited with Warren G and Nate Dogg as 213 to drop the album The Hard Wayin 2004. In 2007, Snoop became the first artist to release a track — "It's The DOG" — as a ringtone prior to its release as a single.
He also branched out into acting during the same period and appeared in several films, including Starsky & Hutch, The Wash andTraining Day. He also made guest appearances on television shows, including The L Wordand Weeds, and starred in his own E! reality show, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, in 2007. He was part of a sketch show, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, and participated in the Comedy Central Roast of the future president Donald Trump. He also uses his likeable laconic personality to good effect in a new venture for VH1, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, where he and Martha Stewart host dinner parties for various celebrities.
Outside of music, Snoop has made investments in the burgeoning cannabis business. In November 2015 he launched Leafs By Snoop, becoming the first A-list celebrity to brand a line of cannabis products. That same year he also launched a new digital-media venture called Merry Jane, which focuses on the latest marijuana news. In May 2017 Snoop dropped his fifteenth studio album Neva Left. He also released a gospel album titled Bible of Love in March 2018.
He is held in high esteem and affection by hip-hop fans worldwide, and is one of the most recognizable faces and voices of the whole genre, even to those who don’t listen to his music. He has the distinction for having the most Grammy nominations of any music artist— 17 to date — without having won one.
But as Snoop Dogg shows few signs of retiring, don’t write him off just yet.
Following the success of their shows in 2018, iconic British band Soul II Soul will take their acclaimed Club Classics tour back on the road in 2020, paying tribute to their legendary debut album, ‘Club Classics Vol 1’.
The double Grammy Award winning and five-time Brit Award nominated band will play 15 dates in the UK in October and November 2020, including a date at London’s Royal Albert Hall, featuring a stunning production.
Regarding the tour Jazzie B says, "Who would have thought that after thirty-odd years later we’d still be on the road with this thing? It’s been a helluva journey – literally! – and I feel truly blessed. Now, I’m looking forward to going back to some of the familiar venues where we’ve made a lot of friends, I’m just as pumped about testing out places we’ve never been before but I'm seriously excited about playing the Royal Albert Hall. I want to thank to the fullness everybody who’s given their support up until now, and I’ll see you along the way – a happy face, a thumpin’ bass for a lovin’ race."
With huge hits including ‘Keep On Movin’ (which sold over a million copies in the US alone) and the UK number one single ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)’, Soul II Soul progressed from being one of the leaders of the 1980’s warehouse scene to pioneering British black music around the world, and securing commercial success for themselves and the huge amount of artists they have influenced.
During the course of their stellar career the band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and main man Jazzie B was awarded an OBE for services to music in 2008, as well as winning an Ivor Novello Award for Inspiration, as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”.
Tickets are available on O2 Pre-Sale on Monday October 7th, MJR Pre-Sale Tuesday October 8thand General Sale on Wednesday October 9th via bit.ly/SoulClubClassics.
Soul II Soul 2020
Club Classics Tour Dates
Friday 9th October: O2 Institute, Birmingham
Saturday 10th October: Bonus Arena, Hull
Friday 16th October: Open, Norwich
Saturday 17th October: Barrowlands, Glasgow
Friday 23rd October: Olympia, Liverpool
Saturday 24th October: O2 Academy, Newcastle
Friday 30th October: Rock City, Nottingham
Saturday 31st October: Barbican, York
Friday 6th November: O2 Academy, Bristol
Saturday 7th November: Pyramids, Portsmouth
Friday 13th November: Tramshed, Cardiff
Saturday 14th November: Brighton Dome
Friday 20th November: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Saturday 21st November: Manchester Academy
Tuesday 24th November: Royal Albert Hall, London
To support the release of his new album 'Storm Damage' on 31st January, Ben Watt is heading out on the road throughout the UK in February and March 2020. Kicking off in Leeds on the 27th Feb and finishing on the 14th March in London.
Tickets are on sale now and full details of the tour can be found at the link below:
Kisstory presents The Blast Off! Tour featuring NELLY, SALT N PEPA, SHAGGY, MYA, BLU CANTRELL, DJ LUCK & MC NEAT and many more, hosted by the one and only FATMAN SCOOP.
Prepare for a blast from the past as smash hits such as Nelly's 'Hot In Herre', Salt N Pepa's 'Shoop', Shaggy's 'It Wasn't Me' and Blu Cantrell's 'Breathe' are brought to life in arenas up and down the country.
Next year a very special, one-of-a-kind tour is coming to arenas across Ireland and the UK in February and March. With a huge all-star line-up, The Blast Off Tour! features live performances from top US artists Nelly, Salt N Pepa, Shaggy, Mya and Blu Cantrell.
This is the first time a tour of this format has been done in the UK and will be coming to Cardiff, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Birmingham throughout March while kicking off in Dublin on February 28th.
The show will also be hosted by American hype man and hip-hop personality Fatman Scoop and includes exclusive appearances from UK garage stars So Solid members Lisa Maffia and MC Romeo, scene pioneer MC DT and the British duos Oxide & Neutrino, DJ Luck & MC Neat and Sweet Female Attitude.
Speaking to some of the iconic artists performing about the tour they say;
Salt N Pepa
“It’s been over 30 years since we first got together, and we're still out here. We can’t put into words how much we’re looking forward to coming over to the UK to perform on this tour. The bill is incredible, and we’re so excited to get up on stage and play some songs for y’all.”
“I’m really looking forward to this tour and performing again in the UK. It’s a fun bill and I’m excited to share the stage with these great artists.”
“When I was asked about this tour, saying no just wasn’t an option. Performing alongside some of my oldest friends and singing some of my favourite songs is going to be so much fun! I have so much love for the UK, and I can’t wait to come back and perform for you all.”
“This tour is gonna be DOPE. I’ve always felt welcome in the UK, and I’m honoured to be hosting such a huge bill. This is gonna be legendary, everyone involved with this tour is gonna kill it every single night.”
“There’s nowhere I love playing more than my UK home, and what better way to play it than with a ton of the biggest and best in Garage? We all can’t wait for this thing to get started, it’s gonna be insane. You don’t want to miss this!”
Tickets are available for O2 priority pre-sale on Wednesday 16th October, MJR pre-sale on Thursday 17th October and on general sale from Friday 18th October via www.themjrgroup.com
2020 TOUR DATES
28th– Dublin 3 Arena
2nd– Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
3rd– Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
5th– Leeds, First Direct Arena
6th– Manchester Arena
7th– Newcastle, Utilita Arena
8th– Glasgow, Hydro Arena
10th– Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
11th– London, O2 Arena
12th– Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
Saturday 2nd May 2020
DMA’S, PALE WAVES, EASY LIFE + EZRA FURMAN LEAD FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCED FOR LIVE AT LEEDS 2020!
AMBER RUN, BAD SOUNDS MARIKA HACKMAN, SELF ESTEEM, TIM BURGESS, TEMPLES, FEET, HOCKEY DAD, KAWALA, THE PALE WHITE, POM POKO, STEREO HONEY+ WH LUNG AMONG 55 NAMES ALREADY CONFIRMED
Renowned as the first place to hear the essential sounds of the year ahead, Live At Leeds returns in 2020 with an impressive line-up combining some of the most exciting names in modern music and the hottest breakthrough bands on the UK music scene.
Live at Leeds is your chance to find your new favourite artist in a day of live music across the city.
Previous artists that have appeared at Live at Leeds in the early stages of their careers and gone on to huge achievements include Brits Choice Winner Sam Fender (now headlining arenas and released A number 1 album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’), Pop Sensation Sam Smith, worldwide festival headliners The 1975, online star Freya Ridings, Glastonbury headliner Stormzy, and Ed Sheeran, who recently returned to Leeds for the biggest headline shows in the city since 2006 at Roundhay Park.
Heading up the line-up in 2020 are some of Live at Leeds’ true success stories, led by Aussie Indie rockers DMA’s. Since forming in Sydney in 2012, they’ve garnered critical acclaim in the UK for both of their previously released albums . Hot from supporting national treasure Liam Gallagher on his headline UK tour this month they will return to the festival on the back of a hotly anticipated third album planned for release next year.
A favourite with the Live at Leeds crowd, their set is bound to be an unmissable spectacle and a highlight of the day.
Following of the most hyped debut albums of the last few years Pale Waves will return to Live at Leeds as triumphant headliners. The label-mates and tour-mates of The 1975 have been making a name for themselves as one of the most exciting alternative bands of recent years. Their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ was full of hits, including “Television Romance’ and ‘There’s a Honey’ and Live at Leeds will follow a host of sold out UK tours, an iconic Glastonbury performance in 2019 and tours with artists like Halsey and Muse.
Easy Life are arguably THE breakout artist of 2019, setting festival stages across the country alight throughout the summer with their mishmash of jazz, hip-hop, funk and punk that sounds like nothing done before . The Leicester 5-piece are being added to Live at Leeds following their recent sell-out show at Leeds University and have a much-anticipated EP Junk Food dropping in 2020. Make sure you catch them at Live at Leeds, they are set to get bigger and bigger from here on out!
Also leading the charge of new names, making his Live at Leeds debut is Ezra Furman. Bringing his unique brand of indie rock from across the pond, this cult artist gained a mainstream following composing the soundtrack to the hit Netflix series ‘Sex Education’ in 2019. He will appear at the festival in support of his fourth solo studio album ‘Twelve Nudes’ which was released in August 2019 on Bella Union.
Also on the line-up are Beck-inspired Bad Sounds, breakthrough alternative artist Marika Hackman, electronic-pop sensation Self Esteem, Charlatans frontman and indie legend Tim Burgess and UK psych-rock band Temples.
Live at Leeds is well known for giving new artists their first show in the city before they go on to conquer the world and 2020 welcomes a new crop of exciting artists arriving in Leeds for shows early in their careers. These include Aussie fuzz-pop duo Hockey Dad, Norwegian punk art rockers Pom Poko, indie-pop bands FEET and Kawala, Newcastle rockers The Pale White, and alt-synth act W. H. Lung.
Over 55 acts are confirmed on this first announcement, including singer-songwriter James Smith, Glaswegian Art-rockers Walt Disco, and a host of exciting new artists including Jazz-soul producer and Dance to the Radio signee Leo Cosmos, alt rockers Leodis and haunting dream-pop band Artio.
The starting gates to the summer ahead, Live at Leeds 2020 soundtracks a city soaring with the best in new and now.
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Following the successful first year at Bingley Rugby Club, Bingley weekender is back for 2020, and the lineup for the 4th, 5th & 6th September has just been announced.
Headliners Primal Scream, The Libertines and Tom Walker will ensure that this will be a great weekend, and tickets are already on sale at the link below.
Check back regularly for updates over the coming months for more news about the weekend.
10cc Star Graham Gouldman UK Tour Dates To Coincide With First New Solo Album In Eight Years
10cc’s Graham Gouldman will embark on a run of UK tour dates in March and April 2020 to coincide with the release of his first solo album in eight years.
Long-established as one of the world’s greatest songwriters, Graham’s 14-date tour with his semi-acoustic band Heart Full of Songs begins in Gateshead on 19th March and ends in Cardiff on 4th April, including a date at London’s Union Chapel on 26th March.
Graham’s new solo album – the fifth of his career, and his first since 2012’s ‘Love And Work’ - is scheduled for release on 20th March on British independent record label Lojinx.
With 10cc tours enjoying ever-increasing success around the world, in 2018 Graham was invited by The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr to join his All Starr Band for tours of Europe and the USA, during which the band played three 10cc songs, elevating Graham’s profile yet further.
That relationship continues, with Ringo making a very special guest appearance on Graham’s new album, playing drums on a song called ‘Standing Next To Me’.
Graham said, “Playing with Ringo Starr and The All Starr Band was absolutely brilliant, and having Ringo play drums on one of my new album’s songs was the icing on the cake. The song is about how I came to be asked to join his band, and about my experience of being on the road with Ringo alongside Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, who also plays drums on four of the album’s tracks.”
When Graham formed what became Heart Full of Songs it was purely for the pleasure of playing his songs in their simplest form: acoustically. The format became so popular that the acoustic four-piece undertook its first concert tour in April-May 2013.
The band now tours across Belgium, Germany, Holland and the UK and comprises Graham, Ciaran Jeremiah, Dave Cobby and either Iain Hornal, Nick Kendal or Andy Park, depending on their various commitments.
For lovers of perfectly-crafted music performed by the composer, a Heart Full of Songs concert is truly an exquisite experience, featuring 10cc classics such as I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday and The Things We Do For Love, Bus Stop – a hit for The Hollies, For Your Love (The Yardbirds) and Bridge To Your Heart (Wax), along with some new material.
Graham’s songwriting status was acknowledged in 2014 with his induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – an arm of America’s National Academy of Music. Previous inductees include Noel Coward, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Leonard Cohen and Sting.
That was followed in 2015 by Broadcast Music Incorporated in the US anointed him an Icon of the Industry at a special ceremony in London, where he wowed the audience with an acoustic rendition of I’m Not In Love, accompanied by Lisa Stansfield on vocals.
Around that time, Graham got another unexpected lift. It happened backstage at the UK’s Cropredy Festival when Robert Plant walked up and thanked him for writing one of the songs that got him through the audition to join Led Zeppelin. The song was For Your Love.
Looking ahead to the tour, Graham said, “I always love taking my Heart Full Of Songs show on tour. Acoustic performances always create a very intimate atmosphere where every song – which is what it’s all about - can truly be heard. It also gives me a chance to explain how the songs came about and something of the writing process. We’ll see you there.”
The full Heart Full of Songs tour:
19 Mar Gateshead Sage 2
20 Mar Aberdeen The Tivoli Theatre
21 Mar Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
22 Mar Glasgow St Luke’s
24 Mar Solihull The Core Theatre
25 Mar Leeds City Varieties
26 Mar London Union Chapel
27 Mar Brighton St George’s
29 Mar Colwyn Theatr Colwyn
30 Mar Liverpool Epstein Theatre
1 Apr Wavendon The Stables
2 Apr Manchester RNCM
3 Apr Bristol St George’s
4 Apr Cardiff The Gate
Tickets are available from all venues, ticket agencies and www.grahamgouldman.info
Graham Gouldman - biog
Born on 10 May 1946 in Manchester, Graham was given his first guitar at the age of 11 and started playing with local bands at 15. He received early encouragement to develop his musical talent from his mother Betty and father Hymie, who also contributed with suggested lyrics and song titles.
Graham played with various Manchester bands before forming The Mockingbirds in 1965 (with Kevin Godley on drums), and when the record label Columbia rejected Graham’s first single composition for the band, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The song, For Your Love, became a huge hit for The Yardbirds.
Working by day in a men's outfitters shop and playing by night with his semi-professional band, Graham went on to write a string of hits, such as Pamela, Pamela for Wayne Fontana, For Your Love, Evil Hearted You and Heart Full of Soul (The Yardbirds), Bus Stop and Look Through Any Window (The Hollies), No Milk Today and Listen People (Herman's Hermits), and Tallyman for Jeff Beck.
In 1972, along with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, he formed 10cc and enjoyed a string of Top 10 hits, including three No 1s - Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday – along with Donna (No 2), Art For Art’s Sake and Good Morning Judge (both reaching No 5), The Things We Do For Love and I’m Mandy Fly Me (6), and The Wall Street Shuffle (10).
It’s the enduring popularity of these tracks and Graham’s love of playing songs acoustically, that led to the formation of Heart Full of Songs, which features many of these songs, Bridge To Your Heart (from Graham’s time in Wax with the late Andrew Gold) and other compositions including film sound tracks and material from his acclaimed solo albums Animalympics, And Another Thing, Love And Work and Play Nicely And Share,.
Songs written or co-written by Graham Gouldman include:
Art For Art’s Sake - 10cc
Bridge To You Heart - Wax
Bus Stop * - The Hollies
Dreadlock Holiday - 10cc
East West * - Herman’s Hermits
Evil Hearted You * - The Yardbirds
For Your Love * - The Yardbirds
Good Morning Judge - 10cc
Heart Full of Soul * - The Yardbirds
I Got You - McFly
I’m Mandy Fly Me - 10cc
I’m Not In Love - 10cc
Listen People * - Herman’s Hermits
Look Through Any Window - The Hollies
No Milk Today * - Herman’s Hermits
Pamela Pamela * - Wayne Fontana
Right Between Your Eyes - Wax
Rubber Bullets - 10cc
Stalking A Fan - Kirsty McColl
Stronger - Gary Barlow
Tallyman * - Jeff Beck
The Wall Street Shuffle - 10cc
The Way I'm Feeling Tonight - Paul Carrack
Things We Do For Love - 10cc
* written solely by Graham Gouldman
· I’m Not In Love was part of the soundtrack of the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
‘Abolition of the Royal Familia’ released March 27th on Vinyl / CD / download / stream
On March 27th Cooking Vinyl present ‘Abolition of the Royal Familia’ – the 17th album by prolific electronic godfather Alex Paterson and his rotating roster of collaborative cohorts. It forms part two of a pair – a continuation of the same “anything goes” ethos as the previous, critically-acclaimed longplayer ‘No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds’.
This new offering marks the first with Paterson and Michael Rendall as main writing partners, with the new blood having risen-up-the-ranks from a member of The Orb’s touring band, to a studio engineer, and now graduated to half of the fully-fledged core duo. The pair also took over production duties from Youth, who corralled sessions for the last LP.
‘Abolition…’ features guest turns from Youth, Roger Eno, Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy (from Gong and System 7), On U-Sound’s David Harrow, Alex’s dog Ruby, a 17 year old trumpeter called Oli Cripps (who was working a Saturday job in Alex’s local record shop when the pair met), his cousin Leyton on whistle, real strings courtesy of Violetta, and a whole lot more (listed below).
With its provocative, mafia-alluding title, Hogarth/Chapman Brothers inspired cover by artist Pure Evil and a no-longer-present sample of Prince Charles (removed for litigious reasons), it’s clear that ‘Abolition..’ continues
The Orb’s recent run of records which protest against the establishment, albeit in their own roundabout and idiosyncratic way.
The album is in part inspired by and in retrospective protest of the royal family’s historical endorsement of the East India Company’s opium trade, which was hugely damaging to India and caused two wars with China in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Humour, samples, deep ambience, cerebral throbbing dub, classic house, the white island, hip hop, psych and heartbreakingly beautiful contemporary composition are recognisably present, as is, perhaps less expectedly, a proudly pop element:
The journey commences in light mood with the breezy Balearica of ‘Daze’, followed by the cowbell heavy, rude bass powered ‘House of Narcotics’ – both of which feature Andy Cain (of Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald’s house gems ‘I’m Your Brother’ and ‘A New Day’ fame). Incidentally, the House of Narcotics is apparently what other countries called our royal family, during the aforementioned opium years.
Having met Steven Hawking at a lecture and later being told that the legendary cosmologist used to listen to The Orb, the pulsing technotrance of ‘Hawk Kings’ is Paterson’s tribute, which he describes as “a monster of a tune, in a similar mood to ‘Assassin’ and ‘Toxygene’”. An embryonic version of ‘Honey Moonies’ went down a storm at Youth’s Space Mountain Festival in southern Spain, and with the finished article’s vintage deep sunrise house, it’s easy to see why.
An ironic juxtaposition (named as it is after a methamphetamine given to German soldiers in WW2), ‘Pervitin’ marks the first in a passage of epic ambient gems, which follows with the orchestral, WNBC radio referencing ‘Afros, Afghans and Angels’, and onto ‘Shape Shifters (in two parts)’, which segues from blue jazz beauty into pimped-out-funk-meets-dub.
Bass-heavy reggae vibes continue on the brass and melodica of ‘Say Cheese’ and onto the chugging, hip hop rubadub of ‘Ital Orb’. The warm happy glow of ‘Queen of Hearts’ nods to classic jungle and the ‘Weekend It Rained Forever’ is a 12-minute masterpiece of stunning ambient perfection. The album closes with ‘Slave Till U Die No Matter What U Buy’ – a cosmic overhaul of Jello Biafra’s ‘Stay In Your Home’.
Michael Rendall, Roger Eno, Youth, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy, Nick Burton, Violeta Vicci, Gaudi, David Harrow, Roney FM, Sherman, Paul Conboy, Ollie Cripps, Andy Cain, cousin Leyton and Ruby the dog
‘Daze’ - Missing & Messed Up Mix
‘House of Narcotics’ - Opium Wars Mix
‘Hawk Kings’ - Oseberg Buddhas Buttonhole
‘Honey Moonies’ - Brain Washed at Area 49 Mix
‘Pervitin’ - Empire Culling & The Hemlock Stone Version
‘Afros, Afghans and Angels’ - Helgö Treasure Chest
‘Shape Shifters (in two parts)’ - Coffee & Ghost Train Mix
‘Say Cheese’ - Siberian Tiger Cookie Mix
‘Ital Orb’ - Too Blessed To Be Stressed Mix
‘The Queen of Hearts’ - Princess Of Clubs Mix
‘The Weekend it Rained Forever’ - Oseberg Buddha Mix (The Ravens Have Left The Tower)
'Slave Till U Die No Matter What U Buy’ - L’anse Aux Meadows Mix
· Friday 22nd May: Leeds - Leeds Beckett student union, with support from Mad Professor (live) and Don Letts (DJ)
· Saturday 23rd May: Newcastle - Northumbria Institute, with support from Mad Professor (live) and Don Letts (DJ)
· Sunday 24th May: Glasgow - Barrowland Ballroom, with support from Mad Professor (live) and Don Letts (DJ)
· Wednesday 27th May: Birmingham - O2 Institute, with support from Mad Professor (live) and Don Letts (DJ)
· Thursday 28th May: Manchester - O2 Ritz, with support from Mad Professor (live) and Don Letts (DJ)
· Friday 29th May: London - All Points East
· Saturday 30th May: Bristol - SWX, with support from Mad Professor (live) and Don Letts (DJ)
The '60s group Manfred Mann is now considered, more than ever, one of the finest and most respected bands from that era.
Their numerous hits were R&B based with an undercurrent of jazz - a very unusual but winning combination of playing style and substance.
As a result, their records have a timeless quality and, some 55 years on, The Manfreds, with original front man, Paul Jones, will be performing many of their hits, including ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, one of the most popular and instantly recognisable songs of the ‘60’s, and still the biggest audience pleaser at their concerts, along with a mix of Jazz and Blues covers and tracks from their individual solo albums.
Paul Jones, with his unique harmonica sound, will be joined by Mike Hugg on keyboards, Tom McGuinness on guitar, Rob Townsend on drums, Marcus Cliffe on bass, and Simon Currie on saxophone/ flute.
Full tour dates available at the link below:
THE WHO UK TOUR 2020
March 16 – Manchester Arena
March 18– Dublin 3 Arena
March 21 – Newcastle Utilita Arena
March 23 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
March 25 – Leeds First Direct Arena
March 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
April 1 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
April 3 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
April 6 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
April 8 – SSE Wembley Arena
The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history has sold over 100 million records world including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles.
They have played over well over 2000 gigs in a career spanning over 50 years including venues such as Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Glastonbury (twice), Hyde Park (four times), The Isle Of Wight (three times), Desert Trip, Shea Stadium, The Superbowl half time show and Live Aid to name but a very few.
The band is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the UK Music Hall Of Fame and has lifetime achievement awards from The Brits and The Grammys and in 2008 were the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.
Emerging in the mid-1960s as a new and incendiary force in rock n' roll, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music's most passionate followings, with the legendary foursome blazing a searing new template for rock, punk, and everything after.
Inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, placing 27 top-forty singles in the United States and United Kingdom and earning 17 Top Ten albums, including the 1969 groundbreaking rock opera Tommy, 1971's pummeling Live At Leeds, 1973's Quadrophenia and 1978's Who Are You. The Who debuted in 1964 with a trio of anthems “I Can’t Explain,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “My Generation.” Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Pinball Wizard,” Who Are You,” and,” You Better You Bet.”
In 2008, they became the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The Who has performed all over the world including global music events for the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show in 2010 and closing the Summer Olympics in 2012. The Who continued their charity work by playing a concert in January 2011 to raise money for trials of a new cancer treatment called PDT. In December 2012 they performed at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit in New York.
Alongside his groundbreaking work with the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, in November 2012 Daltrey, with Townshend at his side, launched Teen Cancer America, $1 from each ticket sold for the 2019 MOVING ON! TOUR which each night features a full orchestra will benefit Teen Cancer America (www.teencanceramerica.org)
With both Roger and Pete delivering their own memoirs in recent years (Pete’s Who I Am was released to much acclaim in 2012, and Roger’s autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite; My Story, was embraced by critics in 2018) it’s fitting that the two remaining WHO members have shared their incredible legacy in literary fashion, for few bands have have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who.