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June 2022

01Jun

Amyl & The Sniffers

O2 Brixton Academy, London

Renowned for a ball-tearing live show, The Sniffers made their international debut as one of the hottest tipped acts at The Great Escape in 2018. Soon afterwards, they signed deals with both Rough Trade Records and ATO Records, made a massively hyped appearance at SXSW, and finally released their self-titled debut album in 2019, landing them an ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Award for Best Rock Album, capping off a wild year for the lunatic, likeable punks.   Late in 2020, Amyl and The Sniffers went into the studio with producer Dan Luscombe to record their sophomore album, Comfort To Me. Written over a long year of lockdown, the album was influenced by and expanded on a heavier pool of references - old-school rock’n’roll (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Motörhead and Wendy O Williams), modern hardcore  (Warthog and Power Trip) and the steady homeland heroes (Coloured Balls and Cosmic Psychos). Lyrically,  the album was influenced by Taylor’s rap idols and countless garage bands and in her words ‘I had all this energy inside of me and nowhere to put it, because I couldn’t perform, and it had a hectic effect on my brain. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.’ Seventeen songs were recorded in the Comfort to Me sessions and the top 13 made the cut. They were mixed long-distance by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Prince, Dr Dre). 

 

01Jun

KATE NASH

Castle and Falcon, Birmingham

English singer/songwriter Kate Nash launched her career with piano-driven pop songs and cheeky lyrics that were delivered in a distinctive London accent, much like contemporary Lily Allen. In their early years, the two championed each other's music via social media and Nash soon found success with the platinum-selling Made of Bricks, her 2007 full-length debut. With each successive album, Nash reinvented her sound, tackling neo-soul, synth pop, and indie rock stylings throughout the 2010s.

04Jun

John Butler

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

John Butler is an Aussie roots rock guitarist and frontman for the John Butler Trio, who emerged in the late '90s and found success via the platinum-selling albums Sunrise Over Sea (2004) and Grand National (2007). Australia's biggest contribution to the jam band movement, the trio's heady amalgam of reggae, political folk, blues, pop, and acoustic soul dominated the regional charts in the 2000s and 2010s. While facets of alt-rock began seeping into the mix on 2010's acclaimed April Uprising, and 2018's Home saw the group incorporating some electronic elements, the John Butler Trio have never lost their knack for pairing deft musicality with addictive yet off-center grooves, and have managed to maintain a large and loyal fan base both at home and abroad. 

 

04Jun

THE SCHIZOPHONICS

The Lexington, LONDON

05Jun

YEAH YEAH YEAHS

O2 APOLLO, MANCHESTER

Discovered in the wake of the Strokes' popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York's art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are comprised of singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian ChaseO met Chase at Ohio's Oberlin College and met Zinner through friends after she transferred to NYU. Zinner and O formed the band in 2000; originally, they were a folky duo called Unitard, but they went electric after being inspired by Ohio's legendary avant punk scene. After the drummer they recruited initially bowed out, Chasejoined the lineup.

 

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote a slew of songs at their first rehearsal and soon wound up supporting the Strokes and the White Stripes, earning a significant buzz for their arty yet sexy take on garage punk. In late 2001, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their self-titled debut EP, which they recorded with Boss Hog's Jerry Teel, on their own Shifty label. Early the next year the band stepped into the international spotlight, appearing at South by Southwest, touring the U.S. with Girls Against Boys and Europe with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and headlining their own U.K. tour. Wichita Recordings distributed the group's EP in the U.K. and Touch & Go reissued it in the States. 

 

In between tours, the group spent 2002 putting the finishing touches on its full-length debut and playing American dates with Sleater-KinneyLiars, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Late that year, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released the Machine EP to tide fans over before their first full-length. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs moved to Interscope for their debut album, 2003's Fever to Tell. Boasting a cleaner sound and more eclectic songwriting than their EPs, the album continued their critical acclaim and also won them a fair amount of commercial success: the gorgeous ballad "Maps" became a hit in 2004 and pushed Fever to Tell to gold status that year. Karen O also moved to Los Angeles in 2004, making the Yeah Yeah Yeahs a bicoastal band. 

 

The group took some time to pursue individual projects in 2005. Oloaned her vocals to "Hello Tomorrow," a collaboration with producer Squeak E. Clean that provided the soundtrack to a Nike shoe commercial directed by Spike Jonze, while Zinner recorded with the side project Head Wound City and also had a book of photographs, I Hope You Are All Happy Now, published. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs reconvened in the studio that year to record their second album with Clean as producer; jokingly, Clean said that the album was about O's cat and would be called Coco Beware, but the album's real title, Show Your Bones, was revealed soon after. Released in spring 2006, the album was the band's most mature, polished work yet, and reached number 11 on the album charts. 

 

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs spent the rest of the year touring in support of the album, and returned in summer 2007 with the Is Is EP, a collection of newly recorded versions of songs written in between the band's two albums. It's Blitz!, which took the band's sound in a more streamlined, electronic direction, arrived in spring 2009. For 2013's harder-edged Mosquito, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs reunited with producers David Sitek and Nick Launay, and collaborated with James Murphyand Kool Keith. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

06Jun

Amyl & The Sniffers

O2 Academy, Bristol

Renowned for a ball-tearing live show, The Sniffers made their international debut as one of the hottest tipped acts at The Great Escape in 2018. Soon afterwards, they signed deals with both Rough Trade Records and ATO Records, made a massively hyped appearance at SXSW, and finally released their self-titled debut album in 2019, landing them an ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Award for Best Rock Album, capping off a wild year for the lunatic, likeable punks.   Late in 2020, Amyl and The Sniffers went into the studio with producer Dan Luscombe to record their sophomore album, Comfort To Me. Written over a long year of lockdown, the album was influenced by and expanded on a heavier pool of references - old-school rock’n’roll (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Motörhead and Wendy O Williams), modern hardcore  (Warthog and Power Trip) and the steady homeland heroes (Coloured Balls and Cosmic Psychos). Lyrically,  the album was influenced by Taylor’s rap idols and countless garage bands and in her words ‘I had all this energy inside of me and nowhere to put it, because I couldn’t perform, and it had a hectic effect on my brain. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.’ Seventeen songs were recorded in the Comfort to Me sessions and the top 13 made the cut. They were mixed long-distance by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Prince, Dr Dre). 

 

07Jun

Amyl & The Sniffers

O2 Academy, Oxford

Renowned for a ball-tearing live show, The Sniffers made their international debut as one of the hottest tipped acts at The Great Escape in 2018. Soon afterwards, they signed deals with both Rough Trade Records and ATO Records, made a massively hyped appearance at SXSW, and finally released their self-titled debut album in 2019, landing them an ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Award for Best Rock Album, capping off a wild year for the lunatic, likeable punks.   Late in 2020, Amyl and The Sniffers went into the studio with producer Dan Luscombe to record their sophomore album, Comfort To Me. Written over a long year of lockdown, the album was influenced by and expanded on a heavier pool of references - old-school rock’n’roll (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Motörhead and Wendy O Williams), modern hardcore  (Warthog and Power Trip) and the steady homeland heroes (Coloured Balls and Cosmic Psychos). Lyrically,  the album was influenced by Taylor’s rap idols and countless garage bands and in her words ‘I had all this energy inside of me and nowhere to put it, because I couldn’t perform, and it had a hectic effect on my brain. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.’ Seventeen songs were recorded in the Comfort to Me sessions and the top 13 made the cut. They were mixed long-distance by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Prince, Dr Dre). 

 

07Jun

The Gulps

CAMDEN ASSEMBLY, LONDON

"Music is everything,” says Harry All, singer and chief agitator of raging rock insurgents The Gulps, “but I’m also really into the spiritual thing of rock’n’roll. The alchemy, the magical thing, the fantasy thing. The mixture between fantasy and reality is the biggest thing in rock’n’roll. It’s a philosophy.” 

 

Some kind of wild magic certainly drew these riot rock animals to the King’s House from four corners of Europe and the Middle East, hell-bound for fame and chaos. “We came here to be fucking rock stars,” Harry explains. “Where else would we go? I knew when I was 15-years-old I needed to come to London and make this band.” 

 

The Gulps – named after the effect they have on unsuspecting listeners - were a band that made things happen. Within six months they’d caught the ear of famed producer Youth and when Francesco spotted Creation records legend Alan McGee at a café in Borough Market he wasn’t going to let The Gulps’ perfect manager slip through his fingers. 

 

Alan loved the band and the urgent, Strokesy track called ‘Stuck In The City’, about “the emptiness of living in a capitalist system in a big city mixed with the dreams of making something. It has kind of a Bukowski spirit. It’s about London and the spirit of being young and wild and stuck, but not stuck. The system gives you lots of things but it doesn’t give you anything. It’s full of emptiness.”

08Jun

YEAH YEAH YEAHS

O2 Academy Brixton, London

Discovered in the wake of the Strokes' popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York's art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are comprised of singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian ChaseO met Chase at Ohio's Oberlin College and met Zinner through friends after she transferred to NYU. Zinner and O formed the band in 2000; originally, they were a folky duo called Unitard, but they went electric after being inspired by Ohio's legendary avant punk scene. After the drummer they recruited initially bowed out, Chasejoined the lineup.

 

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote a slew of songs at their first rehearsal and soon wound up supporting the Strokes and the White Stripes, earning a significant buzz for their arty yet sexy take on garage punk. In late 2001, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their self-titled debut EP, which they recorded with Boss Hog's Jerry Teel, on their own Shifty label. Early the next year the band stepped into the international spotlight, appearing at South by Southwest, touring the U.S. with Girls Against Boys and Europe with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and headlining their own U.K. tour. Wichita Recordings distributed the group's EP in the U.K. and Touch & Go reissued it in the States. 

 

In between tours, the group spent 2002 putting the finishing touches on its full-length debut and playing American dates with Sleater-KinneyLiars, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Late that year, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released the Machine EP to tide fans over before their first full-length. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs moved to Interscope for their debut album, 2003's Fever to Tell. Boasting a cleaner sound and more eclectic songwriting than their EPs, the album continued their critical acclaim and also won them a fair amount of commercial success: the gorgeous ballad "Maps" became a hit in 2004 and pushed Fever to Tell to gold status that year. Karen O also moved to Los Angeles in 2004, making the Yeah Yeah Yeahs a bicoastal band. 

 

The group took some time to pursue individual projects in 2005. Oloaned her vocals to "Hello Tomorrow," a collaboration with producer Squeak E. Clean that provided the soundtrack to a Nike shoe commercial directed by Spike Jonze, while Zinner recorded with the side project Head Wound City and also had a book of photographs, I Hope You Are All Happy Now, published. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs reconvened in the studio that year to record their second album with Clean as producer; jokingly, Clean said that the album was about O's cat and would be called Coco Beware, but the album's real title, Show Your Bones, was revealed soon after. Released in spring 2006, the album was the band's most mature, polished work yet, and reached number 11 on the album charts. 

 

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs spent the rest of the year touring in support of the album, and returned in summer 2007 with the Is Is EP, a collection of newly recorded versions of songs written in between the band's two albums. It's Blitz!, which took the band's sound in a more streamlined, electronic direction, arrived in spring 2009. For 2013's harder-edged Mosquito, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs reunited with producers David Sitek and Nick Launay, and collaborated with James Murphyand Kool Keith. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

08Jun

YEAH YEAH YEAHS

O2 Academy Brixton, LONDON

Discovered in the wake of the Strokes' popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York's art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are comprised of singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian ChaseO met Chase at Ohio's Oberlin College and met Zinner through friends after she transferred to NYU. Zinner and O formed the band in 2000; originally, they were a folky duo called Unitard, but they went electric after being inspired by Ohio's legendary avant punk scene. After the drummer they recruited initially bowed out, Chasejoined the lineup.

 

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote a slew of songs at their first rehearsal and soon wound up supporting the Strokes and the White Stripes, earning a significant buzz for their arty yet sexy take on garage punk. In late 2001, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their self-titled debut EP, which they recorded with Boss Hog's Jerry Teel, on their own Shifty label. Early the next year the band stepped into the international spotlight, appearing at South by Southwest, touring the U.S. with Girls Against Boys and Europe with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and headlining their own U.K. tour. Wichita Recordings distributed the group's EP in the U.K. and Touch & Go reissued it in the States. 

 

In between tours, the group spent 2002 putting the finishing touches on its full-length debut and playing American dates with Sleater-KinneyLiars, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Late that year, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released the Machine EP to tide fans over before their first full-length. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs moved to Interscope for their debut album, 2003's Fever to Tell. Boasting a cleaner sound and more eclectic songwriting than their EPs, the album continued their critical acclaim and also won them a fair amount of commercial success: the gorgeous ballad "Maps" became a hit in 2004 and pushed Fever to Tell to gold status that year. Karen O also moved to Los Angeles in 2004, making the Yeah Yeah Yeahs a bicoastal band. 

 

The group took some time to pursue individual projects in 2005. Oloaned her vocals to "Hello Tomorrow," a collaboration with producer Squeak E. Clean that provided the soundtrack to a Nike shoe commercial directed by Spike Jonze, while Zinner recorded with the side project Head Wound City and also had a book of photographs, I Hope You Are All Happy Now, published. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs reconvened in the studio that year to record their second album with Clean as producer; jokingly, Clean said that the album was about O's cat and would be called Coco Beware, but the album's real title, Show Your Bones, was revealed soon after. Released in spring 2006, the album was the band's most mature, polished work yet, and reached number 11 on the album charts. 

 

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs spent the rest of the year touring in support of the album, and returned in summer 2007 with the Is Is EP, a collection of newly recorded versions of songs written in between the band's two albums. It's Blitz!, which took the band's sound in a more streamlined, electronic direction, arrived in spring 2009. For 2013's harder-edged Mosquito, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs reunited with producers David Sitek and Nick Launay, and collaborated with James Murphyand Kool Keith. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

08Jun

The Courettes

MOTH CLUB, LONDON

09Jun

Bob Mould

Concorde 2, Brighton

Bob Mould began his career as one of the angry upstarts of the hardcore punk scene, and over several decades he's matured into one of the elder statesmen of alternative rock without giving up his integrity, his intelligence, or the fierce passion of his best music.

09Jun

Peaness

The Bullingdon, Oxford

First meeting at university in Chester, members Jess (bass), Balla (guitar) and Rach (drums) built their bond on timeless founding principles of friendship, a desire to escape small town boredom, and an embracing of the DIY nature of the music they make. 
 If you’re thinking about giving peas a chance, you probably should – the world could use a little more of their sunshine-laden indie-pop to brighten its gloomy days of late.

09Jun

Jawbox

Electric Ballroom, London

During their eight-year existence, Jawbox developed into a top-tier post-hardcore band. While they became one of the most notable acts in Washington, D.C. shortly after their late-'80s formation, and were part of a lineage that included the likes of Minor Threat and Rites of Spring, they were favorably compared to Chicago's Big BlackNaked Raygun, and Effigies as well. Scrutinized for leaving D.C.'s beloved Dischord for a major label -- they were the first to do so -- Jawbox nonetheless released two excellent albums for Atlantic that surpassed their previous output. 

 

10Jun

POM POM SQUAD

Moth Club, London

When Pom Pom Squad’s Mia Berrin was 21 years old, she fell in love. Sure, she’d been in love before, but this time, something was different: “It just felt like a switch had flipped inside my head,” she says. “I realized I had been living a life that was not my own, watching myself from the outside.” As a kid who bounced from town to town growing up, and as a person of color in predominantly white spaces, Berrin had become accustomed to maintaining a constant awareness of how others perceived her—a “split-brain mentality” that she adopted as a necessary means of survival. But now, tumbling through her first queer romance—and her first queer heartbreak—some of that self-separateness began to mend: “Suddenly,” she says, “I was in a body that was mine.”

 

Of course, displacement can start to feel like a life sentence when even the pop culture you’re trying to escape into doesn’t feel like home. “As a teenager, I was always looking to see myself represented,” Berrin says, “but I never really saw a path drawn out for someone who looked like me.” So she held tight to the glimpses of herself she could catch—from Death Cab For Cutie to Sade; from the camp and synth-pop of Heathers to the pastels and gloomy mellotron of The Virgin Suicides; from John Waters’s take on suburbia to David Lynch’s. But it wasn’t until Berrin got into punk and grunge (Courtney Love, Kathleen Hanna), who were both unapologetically outspoken and unapologetically femme—that she knew she had to start a band.

11Jun

GREGOR BARNETT

The Garage, London

“It was this perfect storm,” says Menzingers guitarist/co-vocalist Gregor Barnett. “The band couldn’t tour, I was going through a really difficult time, and I was stuck at home watching my family struggle with illness and death and hardship. The only thing I could do was write my way through it.”

 

And yet, despite all the turbulence surrounding its creation, there’s something deeply hopeful and reassuring about Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave, Barnett’s debut release under his own name. Written and recorded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the collection is a sonic departure from Barnett’s more punk-leaning work with The Menzingers, drawing on the gritty, off-kilter Americana of Tom Waits or Warren Zevon as it faces down loss and doubt in search of relief and redemption. The songs here are lean and powerful, with unfussy arrangements driven by simmering guitars and driving percussion, and the performances are raw and direct to match, cutting straight to the heart of things with tremendous empathy.

14Jun

Peaness

Rough Trade, Bristol

First meeting at university in Chester, members Jess (bass), Balla (guitar) and Rach (drums) built their bond on timeless founding principles of friendship, a desire to escape small town boredom, and an embracing of the DIY nature of the music they make. 
 If you’re thinking about giving peas a chance, you probably should – the world could use a little more of their sunshine-laden indie-pop to brighten its gloomy days of late.

15Jun

Jim White

Deaf Institute, Manchester

A singer and songwriter who blends American musical traditions with a surreal wit and the literary sensibilities of Southern Gothic authors, Jim White has followed a singular creative path since emerging in the alternative music community of the mid-'90s. While his melodies are rooted in elements of country and gospel, he pushes them in an atmospheric direction, twisting the ingredients with layered instrumentation and electronics, and the mild twang of his voice gives his lyrics a suitable air of mystery. White won critical acclaim and a cult following with his debut album, 1997's Wrong-Eyed Jesus! (The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted); 2004's Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See added inventive production and some notable guest stars to his mix; 2014's Take It Like a Man was a lively collaboration with the Packway Handle Band; and 2020's Misfit's Jubilee was a raucous and stripped-down set that included the topical "The Divided States of America." 

 

16Jun

Alex Lahey

The Louisiana, Bristol

'Spike The Punch' out now! A celebrated talent with a sardonic streak and a flair for crafting melodically charged and relatable pop-punk anti-anthems, Alex Lahey first broke through in 2016 with her hit song ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’. Since then she’s clocked up over 50 million streams on DSPs worldwide, dropped two Top 30 ARIA Albums, been nominated for ARIA and AIR Awards, placed four tracks in the Hottest 100, appeared on late night TV shows in the US, (including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in June for her collaboration with Gordi on ‘Dino’s’) and even popped up on a billboard in Times Square. Her global appeal has seen her music covered by Pitchfork, The Guardian, Stereogum and The Line Of Best Fit, and appear on cult games including Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

 

 

18Jun

Jim White

The Bodega, Nottingham

A singer and songwriter who blends American musical traditions with a surreal wit and the literary sensibilities of Southern Gothic authors, Jim White has followed a singular creative path since emerging in the alternative music community of the mid-'90s. While his melodies are rooted in elements of country and gospel, he pushes them in an atmospheric direction, twisting the ingredients with layered instrumentation and electronics, and the mild twang of his voice gives his lyrics a suitable air of mystery. White won critical acclaim and a cult following with his debut album, 1997's Wrong-Eyed Jesus! (The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted); 2004's Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See added inventive production and some notable guest stars to his mix; 2014's Take It Like a Man was a lively collaboration with the Packway Handle Band; and 2020's Misfit's Jubilee was a raucous and stripped-down set that included the topical "The Divided States of America." 

 

20Jun

Jim White

The Louisiana, Bristol

A singer and songwriter who blends American musical traditions with a surreal wit and the literary sensibilities of Southern Gothic authors, Jim White has followed a singular creative path since emerging in the alternative music community of the mid-'90s. While his melodies are rooted in elements of country and gospel, he pushes them in an atmospheric direction, twisting the ingredients with layered instrumentation and electronics, and the mild twang of his voice gives his lyrics a suitable air of mystery. White won critical acclaim and a cult following with his debut album, 1997's Wrong-Eyed Jesus! (The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted); 2004's Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See added inventive production and some notable guest stars to his mix; 2014's Take It Like a Man was a lively collaboration with the Packway Handle Band; and 2020's Misfit's Jubilee was a raucous and stripped-down set that included the topical "The Divided States of America." 

 

22Jun

BRISTOL SOUNDS - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

Lloyd's Amphitheatre, Bristol

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds first emerged in 2011 with their eponymous album released in October that year. The album went double platinum in the UK and has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. By the time a follow up album was due for release, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds live show had already surpassed playing 150 shows in 32 different countries. The follow up album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ was released in March 2015 - the first album to be produced as well as written by Noel. It spawned live favourites 'In The Heat Of The Moment' and "Lock All The Doors". A third album, ‘Who Built The Moon?’, was recorded in sessions spanning 2 years with renowned producer, DJ and composer David Holmes in Belfast and London. It was released in November 2017. The album debuted in UK at #1, achieving gold certification in less than 2 weeks from its release – making a hat trick of Number 1 albums for Noel. Live, Noel continued to tour the world relentlessly, encompassing landmark open air shows and festival headlines, performing a selection of songs he's written and released over the past three decades, this time with an expanded 11 piece band. ‘Who Built The Moon?’ was also a record-breaking 10th consecutive chart-topping studio album in the UK for Noel – no other artist has achieved such a feat. In June 2019, NGHFB released the "Black Star Dancing" EP, influenced by "David Bowie, INXS, U2, Queen, Indeep and ZZ Top”. This is the 1st of a series of 3 EPs to be released this year.

23Jun

BRISTOL SOUNDS - PAOLO NUTINI

Lloyd's Amphitheatre, Bristol

In much the same way that José González hails from Sweden and not Spain, Paolo Nutini is not a smooth Italian pop star, but rather a soul-influenced adult alternative songwriter from Paisley, Scotland. Raised in a music-loving family, he grew up listening to a range of folk, opera, jazz, and his father's R&B favorites. Shortly after discovering homegrown folkies like John Martyn, the teenaged Nutini left school to focus on his own musical development, eventually moving from Paisley to London at age 16 and garnering attention via local gigs. He inked a deal with the British arm of Atlantic Records two years later, just several weeks after his 18th birthday.

 

Working with Coldplay and Badly Drawn Boy producer Ken Nelson, Nutini generated an impressive amount of buzz before his first single, "Last Request," was released in the early summer of 2006. He appeared at special Atlantic Records showcases at Carnegie Hall and the Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as opening for the Rolling Stonesand Paul Weller. Nutini's debut album, These Streets, was ultimately released in July 2006 alongside his second single, "Jenny Don't Be Hasty." The album fared quite well in the U.K., where it climbed to double-platinum status and sent four singles into the Top 40. Accordingly, an American release followed in January 2007. 

 

For Nutini's second album, the songwriter took a more active role in the production, partnering with Ethan Johns but helming much of the material himself. The resulting record, Sunny Side Up, appeared in June 2009, featuring increased contributions from Nutini's backing band and a bright, sprightly disposition. Sunny Side Up was a number one hit in the U.K. -- one of the biggest-selling albums of the year -- and went on to claim Best Album at the Ivor Novello Awards.

 

Nutini entered the studio in 2011 to begin sessions for his third album, and an appearance on Johnny Boy Would Love This...A Tribute to John Martyn was followed in 2011 by performances at Glastonbury, Latitude, and the Montreux Jazz Festival, before Nutini reached his (arguably) largest ever audience as part of London's 2012 Olympics Games concert at Hyde Park. Following his heavy tour scheduling and a breakup with his childhood sweetheart, Nutini took time away from music to rediscover the inspiration that was the driving force behind his first two records, and returned to his hometown Paisley. Eventually, the songs began flowing and Nutini recorded his third record, Caustic Love, which featured American vocalist Janelle Monáe; it was released in April of 2014.

23Jun

Bob Mould

Riverside, Newcastle

Bob Mould began his career as one of the angry upstarts of the hardcore punk scene, and over several decades he's matured into one of the elder statesmen of alternative rock without giving up his integrity, his intelligence, or the fierce passion of his best music.

23Jun

THE MISSION

ENGINE ROOMS, SOUTHAMPTON

Formed in late 1985 by Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler, and Mick Brown, The Mission became one of the biggest, most talked and written-about UK bands during the 2nd half of the decade, enjoying 14 Top 40 hits, selling millions of albums, and playing sold-out tours worldwide. Followed by perhaps one of the most rabid and fanatical fan bases of all time The Mission still exist today with Wayne, Craig, and Simon playing together again after a few years apart, and with the addition of Mike ‘the boy’ Kelly on drums. Still rated as one of the best live bands in the world, The Mission celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2016 with the release of arguably their finest album, and first in 22 years to hit the top 40, Another Fall From Grace. Finishing 2017 with a handful of shows supporting Alice Cooper in the arenas of Britain, the band then took a sabbatical concentrating on solo projects until they embarked on a 55 date European tour on Feb 29th 2020. They managed to play 10 shows before the tour was curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the last show being in Lisbon on 12th March. The ‘United European Party Tour’ has been re-scheduled for March-April 2021.

23Jun

The Damned

Komedia, Bath

23Jun

IDLES

HMV Empire, Coventry

IDLES return with their new album “CRAWLER” – an album of reflection and healing amid a worldwide pandemic that stretched the planet’s collective mental and physical health to the breaking point. Frontman Joe Talbot says, “We want people who’ve gone through trauma, heartbreak, and loss to feel like they’re not alone, and also how it is possible to reclaim joy from those experiences.” IDLES albums have always been anchored by these overarching themes, but the ability of the band to juxtapose beauty and rage with humor and drama has never felt more satisfying than on “CRAWLER.”

 

These stories are vividly brought to life through IDLES’ most soul-stirring music to date, recorded with co-producers Kenny Beats (Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs) and IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen. There are, of course, numerous moments that will inspire absolute mayhem in a packed concert venue, but there are also fresh textures and experiments that push IDLES into thrilling new territory. “I don't really see us as a ‘rock band’ and working with Kenny freed us of the idea of genre. On this album, our dissolution of ego was helped by Kenny’s humble nature and willingness to learn. He has boundless passion for making the best song possible. Not the best ‘rock’ song — the best song possible.” He continues, “It was writing selfishly that helped make it possible. Reflecting. Telling my own story. Not trying to tell everyone else's story. Not trying to fix the world — just talking about how I am fixing mine.”

SOLD OUT
23Jun

Jim White

100 Club, London

A singer and songwriter who blends American musical traditions with a surreal wit and the literary sensibilities of Southern Gothic authors, Jim White has followed a singular creative path since emerging in the alternative music community of the mid-'90s. While his melodies are rooted in elements of country and gospel, he pushes them in an atmospheric direction, twisting the ingredients with layered instrumentation and electronics, and the mild twang of his voice gives his lyrics a suitable air of mystery. White won critical acclaim and a cult following with his debut album, 1997's Wrong-Eyed Jesus! (The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted); 2004's Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See added inventive production and some notable guest stars to his mix; 2014's Take It Like a Man was a lively collaboration with the Packway Handle Band; and 2020's Misfit's Jubilee was a raucous and stripped-down set that included the topical "The Divided States of America." 

 

24Jun

BRISTOL SOUNDS - ELBOW

Lloyd's Amphitheatre, Bristol

Cinematic British rock quintet Elbow rose to public consciousness with their acclaimed 2001 debut, Asleep in the Back. Boasting an orchestral sound, the band injected a wider range of emotions into their music than most of their guitar-based British peers at the time. While their first three outings established them as significant players on the U.K. scene, it was their sprawling fourth LP, The Seldom Seen Kid, that cemented their status, winning the 2008 Mercury Prize and setting a precedent for the group's self-production. It would inform their approach on subsequent albums like 2011's Build a Rocket Boys! and 2014's The Take Off and Landing of Everything, the latter of which became their first U.K. chart-topper. Along the way, Elbow collected Brit and Ivor Novello awards, and their music was featured heavily in the 2012 London Olympic Games, where they performed during the closing ceremony. Both 2017's Little Fictions and 2019's Giants of all Sizes reached number one in the U.K., prior to the band returning with their ninth album, 2021's Flying Dream 1.

25Jun

THE SHERLOCKS

O2 Academy, Leeds

Over recent years The Sherlocks have become one of the most exciting live bands in the UK. Selling out tours across UK & Europe, the band have also achieved chart success with x2 Top #20 albums. Live for the Moment #6 & Under Your Sky #20 Yorkshire brothers Kiaran & Brandon Crook joined up with Mancunian band members Alex Proctor & Trent Jackson. With an incredibly passionate loyal fan base their fans have followed the band's journey from the pubs/clubs to selling out venues out all across the world. Aswell being asked to tour in arenas/stadiums with the likes of  Liam Gallagher, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chief, The Libertines and many more. With a new album on the horizon, one thing for sure is the future looks incredibly bright for this true rock 'n' roll outifit.

25Jun

BRISTOL SOUNDS - JUNGLE

Lloyd's Amphitheatre, Bristol

With a billion streams, two Top 10 albums, 750,000 album sales and a Mercury Prize nomination, the iconic production duo Jungle are one of the UK music scene’s biggest success stories. Now they return bigger, bolder and more ambitious than ever before; ‘Loving In Stereo’ is a dynamic disco record for the post social distancing age, with a dancefloor-igniting celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly fun. 

 

Energetic and real are the first words that come to mind when you hear their huge summer singles ‘Truth’, ‘Keep Moving’ and ‘Talk About It’. The album also bursts into sounds that we haven’t heard from Jungle before; ‘Romeo’ represents Jungle’s first ever feature collaboration, the nostalgic yet postmodern ‘All Of The Time’ and the avant-funk/post-punk attack of ‘What D’You Know About Me?’.

 

‘Loving In Stereo’ is the focal point of the wider Jungle experience, in which music, aesthetics and choreography co-exist as one distinctive artistic vision. Each song has a music video to accompany it, forming a complete narrative universe and blend of startling choreography, urban locations and street style that have become essential hallmarks of Jungle’s visual aesthetic.

26Jun

BRISTOL SOUNDS - FIRST AID KIT

Lloyd's Amphitheatre, Bristol

A Swedish indie folk duo with a devoted international following, First Aid Kit blend the bright vocal harmonies and pastoral, contemplative songwriting of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg. After receiving radio play in Sweden as teenagers, they went on to chart across Europe, and in the U.S. and Australia with albums such as The Lion's Roar (2012) and Ruins (2018). Often accompanied by a backing band, the group has staged Leonard Cohen tribute concerts and covered other musicians including Simon & GarfunkelR.E.M., and Kate Bush.

27Jun

Bristol Sounds - The War On Drugs

Lloyd's Amphitheatre, Bristol

The history of rock ’n’ roll is a story of splintering. Stop here for 10 seconds, and think: How many niches can you name without even trying, without having to pause for just a split second? They seem infinite and, already the better part of a century since rock’s bastard birth, still ceaseless, each new form defined by the mainframe’s perpetuity of flux.

 

But over the last 15 years, The War on Drugs have steadily emerged as one of the mightiest counterweights to this endless division, reconnecting rock’s manifold hyphenates with an ardor and ease that suggest they were never split far apart in the first place. Folk, indie, kosmiche, noise, roots, arena, psychedelic, soft, whatever—The War on Drugs are this century’s great rock ’n’ roll synthesists, obviating the gaps between the underground and the mainstream, between the abstruse and the anthemic, making records that wrestle a fractured past into a unified and engrossing present. The War on Drugs have never done that so well as they do with I Don’t Live Here Anymore, their fifth studio album and their most compulsive and bold set of songs to date.

27Jun

Bob Mould

The Live Rooms, Chester

Bob Mould began his career as one of the angry upstarts of the hardcore punk scene, and over several decades he's matured into one of the elder statesmen of alternative rock without giving up his integrity, his intelligence, or the fierce passion of his best music.

28Jun

Bob Mould

The Globe, Cardiff

Bob Mould began his career as one of the angry upstarts of the hardcore punk scene, and over several decades he's matured into one of the elder statesmen of alternative rock without giving up his integrity, his intelligence, or the fierce passion of his best music.

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