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Live Review : Stereophonics, Edinburgh Castle (15/07/16)

With the rain at bay and a few fans still wondering into the makeshift arena of stands, frontman, Kelly Jones marched out onto the stage stating, “If anyone’s still in the pub, you better hurry up!” before the rest of the band claimed their positions on stage and the first track of the evening “C’est la Vie” began playing followed by “I Wanna Get Lost With You”. By now, any fans that were still climbing up the old streets to the Castle had filled up the venue and the Welsh act revisited their younger days playing, “Local Boy In The Photograph” and “A Thousand Trees” from their debut “Word Gets Around”.

The next few tracks to be aired included, “Have a Nice Day”, “I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio” and “Maybe Tomorrow” with Jones stopping to tell the crowd the band played in Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve 1996, and that the city was the place where they first signed a record deal 20 years ago. Going out to celebrate the deal, Jones recalled he and his bandmates drank all that they could, before trashing their hotel room and being forced to apologise to the manager the following morning feeling like they were “a bunch of naughty schoolboys being pulled up”.

The first of two sold out shows at The Castle featured, “Pick a Part That’s New”, “Mr. And Mrs. Smith” and “Violins and Tambourines” and for the evening the Welsh singer ditched his classic look of a leather jacket for a light denim one printed with exotic palm trees. While “Superman” was being played, the stereotypical British weather of torrential rain returned for the remainder of the show but, instead of dampening spirits, the plastic poncho-covered crowd continued to sing the night away. “Vegas Two Times”, “Indian Summer” and “Graffiti on the Train” were some of the biggest successes of the night, with the band not forgetting to play their hit cover of “Handbags And Gladrags” written by Mike d’Abo. “Been Caught Cheating” was also played along with the more upbeat tracks of “Sunny” and “The Bartender and the Thief” before the band departed the stage leaving the view of The Castle with burning fires standing behind the backdrop of lights.

A chant for “one more tune” then began, with the some of the fans from the stands leaving the show before the band could re-emerge for their encore. The Welsh four-piece didn’t leave fans in the rain for long, coming back out and playing “Traffic” before Jones again took his place behind the piano that has been carried to the stage front again and played, “White Lies”. The end of the show had now inevitably come, despite no one wanting the evening to be over. However, this did mean that the classic hit, “Dakota” closed the showed, ending the evening on a high note with the headliners announcing that they would be back next year with a new record.

Clean Cut Kid Present, “We Used To Be In Love”

Liverpudlian outfit, “Clean Cut Kid” have unveiled the title track from their forthcoming EP, “We Used To Be In Love” last week.

The latest track from the fuzz-pop band got its premiere on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 slot on 6th July 2016.

“One of the most heart shattering things about breaking up with someone is how this person, who used to be at the centre of your whole universe, is suddenly no more a part of your life than a distant stranger. ‘We Used To Be In Love’ is about passing that person in the street and wanting to scream, “DON’T YOU REMEMBER WHAT WE USED TO FEEL FOR EACH OTHER?!?!” -Mike Halls, Clean Cut Kid.

Having already been dubbed the “sound of the summer”, the band are scheduled to perform at over 30 UK Festivals this year, including Reading & Leeds, Latitude and Brighton’s Great Escape.

Clean Cut Kid will be hitting the tour circuit in October of this year with dates lined up in Newcastle (19th), Glasgow (20th), Coventry (22nd), Brighton (25th), London (26th) and Liverpool (29th), among others.

“We Used To Be In Love” is available now

 

Twin Atlantic Announce UK Tour + Album

Twin Atlantic have announced a 13 date UK Headline Tour later this year in support of their forthcoming fourth studio effort, “GLA”, due to drop on Friday 9th September 2016.

The Glasgow-born band, led by singer, Sam McTrusty, have already given us a taste of what’s to come with new tracks, “Gold Elephant : Cherry Alligator” and “No Sleep”, which were both released last month. 

Kicking off on 7th October 2016 in Newcastle, their headline tour will take in shows in Manchester (8th), Cardiff (9th), Birmingham (11th), London (12th), Portsmouth (14th), Leeds (15th), Norwich (16th), Dublin (10th December), Belfast (11th) and a triple treat for hometown fans with THREE dates at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on 13th, 14th and 15th December 2016.

“GLA” follows Twin Atlantic’s 2009 debut album, “Vivarium”; “Free” dropped in 2011 followed by “Great Divide” in 2014

Tickets are available from 9am on Friday 15th July 2016.

“GLA” is released on Friday 9th September 2016.

Gutter Gig Guide : 06/07/16

Gigs This Week

Houston-born superstar, Beyoncè will be taking over Glasgow’s Hampden Park on Thursday (7th July 2016) as part of her “Formation World Tour”; the tour coincides with the release of her sixth studio album, “Lemonade” which dropped in April. Expect to hear a mixed bags of hits old and new proving why Bey is Queen.

Broadcast plays host to Virgin Kids on Friday (8th July 2016). The band, from London, will be showcasing their brand of garage punk/rock; their debut album dropped in March of this year. Support comes from The Bellybuttons.

Dream pop outfit, The Telescopes are at Glasgow’s Hug & Pint on Saturday (9th July 2016). The band, from Staffordshire, formed in 1987 and have released eight studio LPs to date, the most recent being 2015’s “Hidden Fields”.

Audio play host to Employed To Serve on Monday (11th July 2016). The band, from Woking, are bringing their brand of “nasty hardcore” to Glasgow.

American rocker, Jesse Malin is scheduled to play Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Tuesday (12th July 2016). Malin, from Queens in New York, is out in support of his double 2015 release, “New York Before The War” and “Outsiders”

Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’s play host to Aussie born, indie rockers, Tired Lion on Tuesday (12th July 2016). The quartet, from Perth, are on a current tour taking in both European and festival dates, including Open Air Festival in Switzerland and Rock For People Festival in Czech Republic.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters are set to play Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on Wednesday (13th July 2016). Costello, from London, has fronted The Imposters, The Attractions and The Roots producing over 30 studio LPs to date, the most recent being 2013’s “Wise Up Ghosts” and has shaped the new wave and punk rock genre since 1970.

Fresh from releasing his third studio effort, “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” in April, Sturgill Simpson will be at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Wednesday (13th July 2016). Simpson, from Kentucky, released his debut album, “High Top Mountain” in June 2013 followed by 2014’s “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music”.

Just Announced

Yellowcard will be bringing their Farewell Tour to Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Monday 12th December 2016. The Florida-born band formed in 1997 and released 10 studio LPs to date, the most recent being their self-titled LP which dropped this year. Support comes from Normandie and Kenneths.

Tickets are available now

American R&B girl group, Fifth Harmony are set to play Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Thursday 6th October 2016. The band came third on 2012’s American X Factor and released their debut album, “Reflection” in 2015; their second studio effort, “7/27” followed in May of this year.

Tickets are available now

 

 

 

 

Glastonbury 2016 : The Essential Anthems

Despite the traffic chaos and the mud, mud, mud (!) Glastonbury 2016 has arrived! Whether you’re braving it at Worthy Farm and watching from the comfort of your own couch, we have the 20 essential tracks from this year’s line-up . . . You’re welcome.

20. Bastille, “Pompei”

Having formed in 2010, Bastille are currently on the comeback trail with their forthcoming second album, “Wild World”, but it’s the signature anthem from their debut offering that will get the crowd going this weekend.

19. The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”

Fresh from basking in the success of second LP, “Cleopatra” which scored the band a number one album earlier this year, The Lumineers are part of Glastonbury 2016. Signature track, “Ho Hey” is guaranteed to generate a sing-a-long and a half.

18. Jess Glynne, “Hold My Hand”

Flying the flag for Brit females this weekend at Worthy Farm is Jess Glynne. A guest vocalist and singer in her own right, Glynne has enjoyed an incredible 12 months and this number one smash hit proves why.

17. ZZ Top, “Legs”

American rockers, ZZ Top are the token hairy men of the festival this weekend and their 1984 single, “Legs” is destined to turn Worthy Farm into a hoedown Texas would be proud of!

16. Chvrches, “Recover”

The Scots’ trio are riding the wave of their second LP, “Every Open Eye” which has seen them play gigs across the globe. “Recover” has always gone down a storm live and has even been covered by fellow Scot, Paolo Nutini.

15. Dua Lipa, “Hotter Than Hell”

A name you might know yet, but you will come the close of Glastonbury this weekend. Dua Lipa is a London-born, singer/songwriter who is set to drop her debut offering later this year. For now, “Hotter Than Hell” will give you a taste of one of Worthy Farm’s most exciting new faces.

14. Catfish And The Bottlemen, “Cocoon”

Van McCann and his band are basking in the glow of second LP, “The Ride”, which dropped last month. However, it’s signature single, “Cocoon” that is guaranteed to be the hit of their set this weekend.

13. James, “She’s A Star”

A band who are definitely not short of sing-a-long moments, James are set to spoil Glastonbury goers with their blend of indie rock this weekend. It’s hard to pick just one, but this 1997 gem will no doubt give festival punters a special moment.

12. Cyndi Lauper, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

It may be older than some of Glastonbury’s revellers, but “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is sure to go down a treat with fans both young and old this weekend (not to mention a serious cat-like sing-a-long).

11. Beck, “Loser”

American multi-talent, Beck is bringing his blend of funk rock to Worthy Farm this weekend. With a back catalogue like Beck’s, Glastonbury’s crowd are in for a good one, but it’s his hippy-soaked anthem, “Loser” that is set to be the hit of the set.

10. Squeeze, “Up The Junction”

Probably a favourite of your Mum and Dad, Squeeze’s 4 minute classic track takes you through the high and lows of working, getting married and having babies. A crowd pleaser for young and old.

9. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”

Despite being best known (and loved) for her bouncy pop anthems, you can put good money on her “Fifty Shades” moment being a very special moment at Worthy Farm this weekend. 

8. Coldplay, “Fix You”

Fresh from their stellar show at Hampden in Glasgow last week, Coldplay are headlining the closing night of Glastonbury 2016. Seven albums on, it’s hard to pick just one Coldplay track that could be considered “essential”, but their 2005 spine-tingler is set to create a unique festival moment.

7. The 1975, “Chocolate”

The 1975 have enjoyed an incredible 2016 and Glastonbury is set to be the cherry on the cake this weekend. Their second LP, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” has catapulted them to international success hitting number one on The US Billboard Chart, but it’s signature anthem, “Chocolate” that will get the crowd bouncing at Worthy Farm.

6. New Order, “Blue Monday”

Fresh from the enormous success of their 10th studio LP, “Music Complete”,  Glastonbury veterans, New Order are bringing their established synth-pop to Worthy Farm this weekend. With an impressive back catalogue full of hits designed to get the party started, it’s hard to pick just one essential track, but it doesn’t get much better than this . . .

5. Ezra Furman, “Lousy Connection”

You can always count on Glastonbury to pull something different out of the bag, and Ezra Furman is just that. A quirky singer/songwriter who is impossible not to love; “Lousy Connection” is proof of why he’s so great, and a perfect introduction if you haven’t heard of him.

4. Underworld, “Born Slippy”

Is it coincidence that Underworld take to the Glastonbury stage 20 years on from “Trainspotting”? Sure, there are heaps of other tracks that makes them great, but who can resist this when the beat drops?

3. Jake Bugg, “Two Fingers”

Having just dropped his third LP, “On My One”, singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg is not short of a setlist, but it’s this catchy track that made him and will get the Glasto punters singing (and strumming) along.

2. Adele, “Hello”

There is always ONE headliner who divides the nation, and this year, Adele is it. Love her or loathe her, should she be a headliner or not, there is no denying this girl has talent. “Hello” is destined to be that defining moment that could shush the critics and wow the fans.

1. Muse, “Supermassive Black Hole”

Muse are no strangers to headlining Glastonbury, and there’s good reason for that. One of the most impeccable live bands you could ever wish to see, it’s hard to choose just one track but “Supermassive Black Hole” is undoubtedly up there!

 

 

 

Gavin James Announces UK Tour

Irish singer/songwriter, Gavin James has announced a string of UK dates for October 2016, including a headline gig at Glasgow’s Oran Mor.

James, from Dublin, has previously supported Ed Sheeran, Kodaline and Sam Smith on tour.

The news of his 13 date UK Tour coincides with the release of new single, “Bitter Pill” on Friday 5th August 2016; the title track from his debut LP which was released in November 2015 and gained a Platinum certificate for sales in Ireland.

Gavin James’ UK Tour kicks off at The Haunt in Brighton on 2nd October 2016 before making stops including Shepherd’s Bush Empire (7th), Birmingham’s Glee Club (11th), Plug in Sheffield (16th), Beat Generator in Dundee (19th) and Glasgow’s Oran Mor (20th).

Tickets are available now.

“Bitter Pill” is available from Friday 5th August 2016.

 

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