Snoop Dogg has announced rescheduled dates due to the global Covid-19 restrictions for his ‘I Wanna Thank Me’ UK and Ireland arena headline tour for February 2021.
The forthcoming tour sees the West Coast rap legend touring in support of his 17th album I Wanna Thank Me and documentary of the same name.
The album release and documentary celebrated 25 years of 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 onsale now via https://nvite.com/community/snoopdogg
Full tour dates can be found below:
SNOOP DOGG ‘I WANNA THANK ME’ FEBRUARY TOUR DATES
11th – Manchester, Manchester Arena
12th – Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
15th – London, O2 Arena
17th – Leeds, First Direct Arena
19th – Dublin, 3Arena
20th – Belfast, SSE Arena
FURTHER INFORMATION ON SNOOP DOGG
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 Chronic in 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 Way in 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 and Training Day. He also made guest appearances on television shows, including The L Word and 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 spring 2021, 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 14 dates in the UK in Feb,March & April 2021.
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”.
Club Classics Tour Dates
FRI FEB 19, 2021
Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, Live at Leeds Festival will reschedule the 2020 edition to Saturday 28th November.
We made the difficult decision to reschedule the event, originally planned for May 2nd, following government guidelines and advice regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our audience, artists, staff and crew is our priority, and given these extraordinary circumstances, it has become clear to us that the safe and sensible decision is to reschedule the 2020 edition of Live at Leeds to take place in autumn.
This is the first time in 13 years we’ve had to move Live at Leeds, and doing so brings significant challenges for the festival and the artists alike. But though this virus has brought unprecedented disruption across all industries and around the world, we are determined that it won’t stop us providing you with the event we all deserve when this is over.
We are pleased to say that the majority of artists announced for the original May date will remain on the line-up, however regrettably due to scheduling conflicts, Australian rock outfit DMA’s will be unable to perform on the November date. A replacement will be confirmed at a later date.
A full break down of all artist additions and changes to the festival is available via this website. In addition to the changes to the main festival line-up Manchester art-rockers Everything Everything, who were originally scheduled to play the Live at Leeds opening party on 1st May will now close Live at Leeds weekend on Sunday 29th November at O2 Academy Leeds.
All tickets for Live at Leeds remain valid for the rescheduled date. Ticketing providers will contact buyers in due course regarding their ticketing options.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our attendees for their patience, support and understanding during these unprecedented times. We’d also like to thank all of the artists for their support in assisting us to come to a resolution that will allow Leeds to experience yet another great day out of new music.
We look forward to seeing you in November!
Further updates to the line-up are to be announced, keep your eyes on our website for more information.
Due to ongoing Covid 19 issues the 2020 festival has now been rescheduled for 6th, 7th & 8th Aug 21.
Headliners Primal Scream and The Libertines 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.
As you will no doubt be aware, the spread of the Covid-19 virus is now such a threat that, along with government advice about public gatherings, many venues are cancelling all events.
This is already impacting on the Heart Full of Songs tour, so check with your local venue. We will bring you more news as and when we can.
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 revised full Heart Full of Songs tour:
7 SeptemberThe Stables, Stockwell Lane
Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
9 SeptemberCity Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street
Leeds, LS1 6LW United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
12 SeptemberUnion Chapel, Compton Terrace
London, N1 2UN United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
14 SeptemberThe Core Theatre, Homer Rd
Solihull, B91 3RG United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
19 SeptemberThe Gate, Keppoch Street, Roath
Cardiff, CF24 3JW United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
20 SeptemberEpstein Theatre, 85 Hanover Street
Liverpool, L1 3DZ United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
21 SeptemberSt Georges, Great George St
Bristol, BS1 5RR United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
24 SeptemberRNCM, 124 Oxford Rd
Manchester, M13 9RD United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
25 SeptemberSt George’s, St Georges Road
Brighton, BN2 1ED United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
27 SeptemberTheatr Colwyn, abergele road colwyn bay
Colwyn Bay, LL29 7RU United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
28 SeptemberSt Luke’s, Calton, 17 Bain St G40 2JZ United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
29 SeptemberThe Tivoli Theatre, 34 – 48 Guild Street
Aberdeen, AB11 6NB United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
30 SeptemberPleasance Theatre, 60 Pleasance
Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ United KingdomClick here for tickets. »
1 OctoberSage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays
Gateshead, NE8 2JR United Kingdom
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
2021 Live dates:
THE WHO UK TOUR 2021
Friday 5 March 3 Arena, Dublin.
Monday 8 March M&S Bank, Liverpool.
Wednesday 10 March SSE Hydro, Glasgow.
Friday 12 March Utilita Arena, Newcastle.
Monday 15 March First Direct Arena, Leeds.
Wednesday 17 March Resorts World Arena, Birmingham.
Monday 22 March SSE Arena, Wembley.
Wednesday 24 March Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham.
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.
ANNOUNCE ‘ADDICT TOUR’ 2020 UK DATES
NEW ALBUM: ‘ADDICT’ - OUT AUTUMN 2020
Due to to the Covid 19 outbreak the UK tour dates have now been rescheduled and current dates and venues are available at this link.
Following a SOLD OUT European tour, plus extensive Summer festival and winter tours last year, the venerable electronic/dub icons are preparing to get stuck into a series of UK shows loaded with the promise of some new material too.
Plotting a string of dates across the nation, the Pistols will be tearing-up stages from the 28th February to 24th April 2020, with confirmed appearances in Milton Keynes, Norwich, Leeds, Bristol, Southend and beyond. Full dates and details are as follows:
‘ADDICT TOUR’ 2020
Revised tour dates are at the link below
Dubbed ‘the hardest working man in showbiz’ by music industry peers, Barry has worked in music all his adult life. An Ibiza original who had his life changed by acid house, he started running club-nights in London and had soon formed a band, Deja Vu, who arrived during the Flowered Up/Happy Mondays ‘baggy’ era.
When Deja Vu split, Barry started DJing and the Dub Pistols formed out of some of these madcap DJ sessions. Releasing the first Dub Pistols album, ‘Point Blank’ in 1998, the last two decades have been a riot of storming shows, missed opportunities, big bad basslines, calamities and triumphs — with scarcely a dull moment in between.
Fast forward to 2020, and Barry Ashworth’s merry gang of outlaw reprobates are busier than ever and remain an unstoppable force in the UK’s alternative music scene. With a new album ‘Addict’ slated for release in the autumn (on Sunday Best), the premiere of a brand new band documentary and much more, 2020 promises to be off the chain for the Dub Pistols.
‘Addict’ — named after a soon-to-be-released new track ‘Addicted To The Bassline’ (featuring Cheshire Cat) - is the name of what we will soon know as the eighth Dub Pistols album. Already shaping up to be one of the year’s essential releases, the record promises a melting pot of dubwise sensibility, junglist riddims and feelgood party anthems.
Following directly-on from their Official UK Top 40 chart and UK Independent chart Top 5 album ‘Crazy Diamonds’, the Pistols’ upcoming LP will feature mic skills from 2-Tone heroine Rhoda Dakar, stalwart MC Navigator, long-term collaborator Lindy Layton, and foundation MCs the Ragga Twins, as well as permanent live vocalist of the past few years, Mr Seanie T. As Barry confidently confirms: “I think it’s the best album we’ve ever done”.
Whilst the record is guaranteed to be an electrifying, good-time listening experience as you might expect; it hasn’t arrived without its personal difficulties. During the recording process, the Dub Pistols tragically lost one of their most prominent members, Will Hensel. Whilst nothing will replace Will’s energy and influence, the album will aim to pay fitting tribute to the dearly departed Dub Pistol. “[Losing Will] was a real down-point” says Barry, “but we want to celebrate him in this album.”
Ahead of the new album, The Pistoleros will also premiere a music documentary that is set to put a spotlight on the band’s extraordinary career to date: ‘WCPGW?’. Standby for further details about the film’s release in due course.
Barry and crew are now preparing to debut their much anticipated new material at UK venues on their upcoming ‘Addict Tour’, before sizing-up a series major festival appearances across the globe such as Snowbombing (Austria), Tribal Gathering (Panama), Splore Festival (New Zealand), Electric Castle (Romania), plus UK stalwarts like Camp Bestival, Boomtown and more.
And as if there wasn’t enough on their plates already, the band will also be hosting their own: Mucky Weekender festival at a “Secret Location” in Sussex on the 11th-12th September 2020. So-named after one of their most popular live tracks, the festival is returning for the second time after a roaring SOLD OUT success in 2019 and will boast a hand-picked bill of their favourite DJs and performers including: Justin Robertson, A-Skillz, Uncle Dugs, Jon Carter, Too Many T’s, Don Letts, Doorly and many more; alongside a headline performance from Dub Pistols themselves.
Speaking about putting-on the Mucky Weekender, Barry says:
“I’ve always wanted to do my own festival, having come from a promoting background...God-knows if I’m just being an idiot, but I’ve been to enough festivals in my time to know what makes a good festival. I’ve helped so many people with their festivals, so it seems only natural to do our own thing now as well.”
Full line up and details of the Mucky Weekender can be found here: https://mucky-weekender.co.uk
Every bit the riotous collision of drum & bass, hip-hop, ska, dub and punk they’ve always been, Dub Pistols continue to push the boundaries with every release they put to their name. With a reputation as one of the most consistently exhilarating live acts on the touring circuit, don’t miss Barry and the band launching the irrepressible material of their new album ‘Addict’ from this Spring onwards...
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ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED UK TOUR THIS AUTUMN
UK TOP 10 ALBUM: THE JOY OF THE RETURN OUT NOW, VIA MODERN SKY UK
WATCH: ‘KILLING ME’ VIDEO HERE
THE SLOW READERS CLUB have announced their rescheduled UK Tour.
The dates originally due to take place this Spring, will now take place in October and November.
A statement from the band reads:
“We realise that this is an awkward time to be announcing things, and a difficult time for a lot of people. But as so many of you were asking, and as we could all do with something positive to focus on for once all this has calmed down, here are our rescheduled dates for later this year. All tickets for March / April dates remain valid. EU dates are still being worked on and there’ll be an announcement in the near future, along with supports for all shows. Hope you can all make it and until then stay safe x”
The new tour dates are as follows:
AUTUMN 2020 UK TOUR DATES
20 Oct – King George’s Hall, Blackburn
21 Oct – Beckett University, Leeds
22 Oct – The Sage 2, Gateshead
23 Oct – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh
24 Oct – Foundry, Sheffield
26 Oct – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
27 Oct – Junction, Cambridge
28 Oct – Rock City, Nottingham
29 Oct – The Globe, Cardiff
31 Oct – Chalk, Brighton
01 Nov – Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth
02 Nov – Thekla, Bristol
03 Nov – Electric Ballroom, London
04 Nov – Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
06 Nov – O2 Academy, Liverpool
Original tickets remain valid.
Tickets on sale now - available from: theslowreadersclub.co.uk
The news follows the release of The Slow Readers Club’s first ever UK Album Chart Top 10 with: The Joy Of The Return, which charted at #9 last week. Praised by Louder Than War Magazine, as “their best album to date”, the record is out now on the Modern Sky UK label.
The Manchester four-piece also recently released a video for current single ‘Killing Me’, which you can watch here. Capturing the raw intensity of their live performance, the video sees the Readers perform the track while the camera switches between members to give an intimate perspective of their live show.
‘Killing Me’ follows the release of ‘Jericho’ and ‘All I Hear’, released to acclaim from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins at BBC 6Music, who premiered the track. Recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool and produced by long-standing collaborator Phil Bulleyment, The Joy Of The Return marks a significant change in the band’s process, with their extensive touring allowing them time to write and develop tracks and arrangements through soundchecks and back-of-van jams.
Throughout the album, the band explore a vast swathe of sonic territory, with the dark power-pop that defined their previous releases still holding a strong influence. ‘No Surprise’ provides a powerful dose of evocative, brooding lyricism amid immersive soundscapes, while the unsettling ‘Paris’ is an undulating exploration of observational songwriting and eclectic musicality.
Elsewhere, the swelling, arena-sized ‘Zero Hour’ displays the enormity of The Slow Readers Club sound and sets the precedent for their incredibly exciting future, before ‘The Wait’ closes the album with a beautifully absorptive combination of atmospheric synths flipping the pace of the record on its head to intoxicating effect.
The new album comes on the back of a stellar 2019 for the band, which saw them play a mammoth 32-date European tour, and a number of sold out UK shows including London’s The Dome and two consecutive nights at Manchester’s The Ritz following the release of their critically acclaimed third album, Build A Tower.
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PRAISE FOR: THE JOY OF THE RETURN
Dork – “an album that wants you to know precisely who The Slow Readers Club are, and won’t stop until you’re pigeon-toeing, head down, on the dark indie-dancefloor”
Under The Radar – “some of the most immediately compelling indie pop released in a long while… A surprising and effortless release, The Joy Of The Return feels like the start of something big for the band”
Gigwise – “Their new album The Joy Of The Return – which artfully puts forth uplifting message with serious undertones – is the perfect representation of the quartet’s hope for the world.”
Louder Than War – “their best album to date” / “’The Joy Of The Return’ is pretty much a victory lap”
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
808 STATE - LIVE
MANCHESTER’S ELECTRONIC ICONS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER HOMETOWN SHOW AT O2 RITZ FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER 2020: 9PM - 2AM -
With support from :
AFRODEUTSCHE and JACKSON MASSEY & PORCHCRAWLER
808 STATE will return for a LIVE hometown show at Manchester’s O2 Ritz this Winter.
Sure to be the best pre-Christmas party of the year, tickets for the event are on sale now!
Following their phenomenal appearance at Manchester Academy in December 2018 and a mesmeric live set at Bluedot Festival and at the Warehouse Project last year, the Acid House originals - turned pioneering electronic icons are planning another late night pre-Christmas affair to see out 2020 with a resonant bang.
Taking place on Friday 18th December 2020, Messrs Graham Massey and Andrew Barker, accompanied by live drummer Carl Sharrocks, will play a full headline 808 State set, with support performances from Manchester-based Ghanaian/Russian/German DJ & producer maverick Afrodeutsche plus DJ sets from Jackson Massey + Porchcrawler.
“So many plans unravelled during the past few weeks, and for good reason. But looking ahead, today we are pleased to announce this Hometown Xmas bash, which will be a family affair with our very special guest Afrodeutsche. Hoping we can gather safely in the winter and emerge with a fresh perspective into 2021” – 808 State
Tickets are now on sale at the link below:
The show follows a surge in activity for 808 State since their last Manchester appearance; a period that most notably witnessed the release of their seventh album: ‘Transmission Suite’ in late 2019.
Recorded in the former nerve centre of the Granada broadcasting empire, ‘Transmission Suite’ became the band’s first new material since 2002’s ‘Outpost Transmission’ and arrived as a long overdue and enthusiastically welcomed addition to their catalogue. More stripped-back and conscious of space than the music that first made their name in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the new record draws a line between their home city and the original Detroit scene that birthed techno, and reflects on the pivotal roles they played in defining electronic music as we know it. Evoking the past, present and future, the album pays homage to the musical heritage of the genre 808 State continue to push the boundaries of, while confirming their own vital place within it.
Speaking about ‘Transmission Suite’ and the role Manchester especially has played in shaping the record, Graham Massey of 808 State says:
“We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in, that’s always been a big part of 808 State: these kind of landscapes of futurism…. We’re at this moment now, when Manchester is starting to feel like Singapore or something… There are so many cranes. People come back and it’s like, ‘Wow - it’s all doubled’. Everything’s going vertical, and certain parts of history are being buried. It’s an interesting moment.”
Cementing their reputation as an essential act, both as scene forefathers and as torchbearers for boundless avant-garde electronica, the album was released to critical acclaim, with The Wire Magazine praising: “808 State’s music has lost none of its foreboding, finesse and power.”
Their upcoming gig at the Manchester O2 Ritz, promises to be an unmissable opportunity to hear the new material configured for the live stage and in the city of its creation for the very first time, alongside seminal cuts from their rich history.
Ghostwriter & Academy Events by arrangement with CAA presents…
808 STATE - LIVE! @ MANCHESTER O2 RITZ - 18 DECEMBER 2020
w/ AFRODEUTSCHE + JACKSON MASSEY & PORCHCRAWLER
Doors: 9pm - 2am
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Formed in Manchester in 1988, 808 State are widely recognised as one of the prime originators and shapers of UK dance music. Breaking out with singles such as "Pacific", "Cubik" and "In Yer Face", the band also became the first electronica act to craft longform dance music albums, well before the likes of Leftfield and Orbital with whom they are often compared.
In a career of intrepid exploration now stretching across five decades, the band have released genre defining LP's including "Ninety" characteristic of their early acid house era recordings, to indie-dance crossover classic "ex:el", plus a subsequent array of uniquely boundary-pushing albums such as "Gorgeous", "Don Solaris" and "Output Transmission". In the process, they have attracted the attention of major stars including Bjork, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, Elbow's Guy Garvey and more, who have all collaborated with them.
Continually experimenting with new forms and styles, from drum and bass and other elements to techno, whilst always seeking to move forward and create 808 State have amassed a remarkable and essential back catalogue. Its most recent instalment, ‘Transmission Suite’ was released in 2019 to critical acclaim.
As one of the very first fully live techno acts to hit the road, 808 State’s on-stage reputation has always preceded them and their sensational 30th Anniversary shows (‘808 State: 30’) in 2018 were a just reminder of why they remain one of dance music's best live acts.
Listen to Transmission Suite, the new 808 State album here: