R&L ANNOUNCEMENT

Foals, Disclosure and Two Door Cinema Club were just some of the acts to be added to the festivals’ line up.

Rock band Foals and the Disclosure brothers will joint headline Reading and Leeds Festivals, alongside the previously announced Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

The highly anticipated announcement was made on Radio 1 earlier this morning.

This morning’s additions join acts including The 1975, RatBoy and Slaves, who have all been on tour in the past year.

There was some speculation as to whether recent comebacks from the The Strokes and The Last Shadow Puppets would cement them a place on the yellow poster, where there remains spaces to fill.

Past headliners of the world famous festival include: Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, Foo Fighters and Kasabian.

CLICK HERE for the full line up

 

NOT SUCH A BLUE MONDAY

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Manchester’s New Order will play a one off show at Castlefield Bowl this Summer.

The band will take to the stage on Saturday, 9 July.

They will join Guy Garvey, Stereophonics, Hacienda Classical and Catfish and the Bottlemen over a weekend of live music at the infamous Manchester venue.

The announcement comes after the band played two sold-out shows at The Warehouse Project last year.

The news follows the release of their tenth studio album, ‘Music Complete’, which was released last September and features guest appearances from Iggy Pop and Brandon Flowers.

Fans of New Order (Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham) are sure to hear favourites from classic records worked around new material.

 

 

LAST SHADOW PUPPETS TOUR

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The Last Shadow Puppets have announced a UK tour.

The band, who’s second album ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ is due to be released in April, will play London, Sheffield and Liverpool dates in the UK.

Earlier this month, they released the single ‘Bad Habits‘, their first since 2008.

The band is made up of Arctic Monkeys’ front man Alex Turner, Miles Kane, James Ford and Zach Dawes.

Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday, 29 January.

 

THE CORRS @ MCR ARENA – 24/01/16

Last night, the Arena welcomed The Corrs’ White Light tour to Manchester. The Irish band, who have been inactive for almost 10 years in order to raise families and pursue solo careers, announced their come back early last year, and in November released their sixth studio album and first for a decade, ‘White Light’. The Corrs brought with them country duo ‘The Shires’.

Singer-songwriters Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes greeted the filling arena before descending into a distinctly country sound. The English pair, formed in 2013, instantly had the crowd clapping along to their upbeat opening record ‘All Over Again’.  The deceivingly English name contrasts their American musical influence, with lyrics describing “Nashville skies”, wishfully transporting the venue to a sunny Tennessee. Rhodes introduced the title track of their debut album ‘Brave’, the first ever from a UK country act to achieve top ten in the UK Album Chart. The band, who take inspiration from American group Lady Antebellum, continued to rock the arena with songs ‘Friday Night’ and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, before performing a slowed down version of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers’ ‘Islands in the stream’, during which they encouraged the audience to use their phones to light up the night. The set finished with ‘Tonight’ and cheers from the audience, who would surely be listening to them again.

At 8.30, the arena was enveloped in a powerful drum solo before the curtain dropped to reveal The Corrs siblings Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and Jim. The band opened with the first single from their new album, ‘I Do What I Like’, before dancing into ‘Give me a reason’, which was released back in 2000. An array of light bulbs hung from the stage creating a magical effect of lanterns, before Andrea took out her tin whistle to perform ‘Forgiven Not Forgotten’ and ‘Bring on the night’.

“Manchester, let’s have a brilliant night!”

Both lifelong and new fans of the talented musicians were treated to both past and present material, as the band continued their set with crowd favourites ‘What Can I Do’ and ‘Radio’, both released in the late 90s. Andrea highlighted the band’s loyal worldwide support by welcoming those who had travelled from Australia, Italy and Mexico, before returning back to their roots with a performance of ‘Lough Erin Shore’, which saw Caroline take to the bodhran, a traditional Celtic drum.

The band contrasted their energetic performance of ‘Runaway’ with the emotional ‘With Me Stay’, written about the death of their mother, before accepting a gift from an eager fan, a cushion in the shape of a heart, which remained with Andrea for the rest of the set. ‘Ellis Island’ highlighted the band’s thought about emigration, before they resumed their nod towards their Celtic heritage by singing in Irish. Andrea and co radiated youthful energy, as the lead vocalist bounced around the stage through the remainder of the set, with the crowd on their feet for ‘Queen of Hollywood’ , the much loved Fleetwood Mac cover of ‘Dreams’ and finishing with the hit ‘So Young’, off their second album ‘Talk On Corners’, released in 1998.

The band were greeted by cheers and applause as they entered the stage to complete their encore. The first few notes of ‘Breathless’ were enough to get the crowd back on their feet, before they played Manchester out with a cover of the traditional folk song ‘Toss the feathers’ from across the Irish Sea.

1. WHAT I LISTEN TO… ON THE TRAIN

All of my previous posts have been reviews and interviews, pieces I have written for my university’s news website, which I am very proud of. However, I wanted to use this blog as my own little space to write, review and think. So, I have decided upon a little series to start me off, entitled ‘What I listen to…’, which will be little playlists that I like to listen to in different situations (roll with it) (ooh oasis!)

So, here we go…

WHAT I LISTEN TO… ON LOOOOOONG TRAIN JOURNEYS

Being in a long distance relationship and currently living in a city means that most of my life is spent on public transport (*cough* dirty double decker stagecoaches *cough* I ALWAYS happen to miss) so I spend a lot of my time with headphones on staring out of windows pretending I’m in a film. To be honest, I quite enjoy miming along to my favourite records (who doesn’t?!) despite of all the funny looks I get from other passengers.

Tomorrow I’m going to see my boyfriend, which means 3.5 hours on a Pendolino pondering why train tickets are soooo expensive.

Here’s some of what I’ll be listening to:

  1. COURTEENERS – FALLOWFIELD HILLBILLY

This is a walking-to-the-bus-stop kind of song. I live in Manchester and can very much relate to Fray’s thoughts in these lyrics, having been a victim of feeling rather uncool when walking around the NQ myself, not having any piercings and owning only one pair of docs. I saw the band twice last year, in a crowded tent at T in the Park and on their fourth night at the Apollo. They are one of my favourite live bands and lovely lads. God Bless The Band X

  1. PEACE- O YOU 

I’ve enjoyed listening to Peace for a while now; it was great seeing them both at a festival and at one of their own gigs. This, the first song on their second album ‘Happy People’, is fast becoming my favourite. It’s definitely a staring-out-of-the-window kind of track and makes me want to get up and rule the world.

  1. WOLF ALICE – YOUR LOVES WHORE

I’m definitely (maybe lol) in the Ellie Rowsell fan club. Wolf Alice were recently nominated for a Brit Award and rightfully so. ‘My Love Is Cool’ is a masterpiece and was one of mine, and many of my friends’, albums of 2015. Viva Glitter.

  1. BLOSSOMS – BLOWN ROSE

Regulars at 42’s nightclub, Blossoms are having an incredible year so far and we’re only 3 weeks in. The Stockport band’s debut single, ‘Blown Rose’ was released only last year, but since then they were shortlisted for the Sound of 2016, been regulars on the XFM playlist and have a near sold out tour around the UK starting in a couple of weeks. ‘Blown Rose’ is an anthem.

  1. MAC DEMARCO – TREAT HER BETTER

Unfortunately I only properly started listening to Mac after moving to uni and so missed out on tickets for his shows in the UK last year. I love this song because it reminds me of my boyfriend as he was the first person to recommend the Canadian to me. It’s a lovely, chilled out tune to listen to on a warm summer’s day (OR a frosty January morning!)

 

 

THE MACCABEES @ ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER – 18/01/16

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Last night, a sold out Albert Hall played host to indie rockers The Maccabees. For almost a decade, the Londoners have been producing indie favourites, including ‘Toothpaste Kisses’, ‘Pelican’ and ‘Feel to Follow’. The evolution of the band has led them to a punchier sound, encompassed in their fourth album ‘Marks to prove it’ released last year. On the first night of the tour, the quintet were supported by fellow Londoners Johnny Lloyd and The Big Moon.

Former Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd warmed up a cold January night in Manchester with an explosion of fiery guitar. Supported by his live band, the Camden based songwriter played tracks from his debut solo EP ‘Pilgrims’, which was released last year. The fast filing crowd applauded after Johnny played his opening track, boasting an unmistakeably indie sound, one reminiscent of The Maccabees themselves. He continued with the chilled out ‘Happy Human’ before descending into a heavier sound with ‘Pilgrims’. Lloyd finished with ‘Running Wild’, a record which was produced with the help of Mystery Jets’ Blaine Harrison, who Lloyd will support for five nights in February.

At 8.15pm, all girl gang The Big Moon jumped onto stage in a flurry of smiles and ‘hello’s, before kicking off their set enveloping the buzzing crowd in a wave of heavy guitar riffs. The four girls, fronted by Juliette Jackson, commanded the intimate venue from the start, playing unapologetically loud and feisty. Each record flowed into the next, with a sound comparable to the likes of Honeyblood. The girls, who have been selected as one of NME’s ‘Ones to watch’ in 2016, exclaimed “It’s so nice to be back in Manchester, it’s so cool here!” Before introducing a punchy cover of Madonna’s ‘Beautiful Stranger’. The girls jumped around the stage in their Dr Marten boots, surely leaving The Big Moon’s mark on Manchester. The band finished with their catchy debut single Sucker.

The Maccabees’ triumphant walk on music was fitting for the band’s long awaited return. The Londoners were greeted with cheers and applause, before kicking off their set with the brilliant title track off their latest album ‘Marks to Prove It, released in July last year. Modest frontman Orlando Weeks enjoyed calls from the crowd before the five piece followed the bold welcome with the indie staple ‘Feel to Follow’, the second single from the 2012 Mercury nominated album ‘Given to the wild’. The packed floor and balcony filled the resurrected former Chapel, joining in as the band sailed through ‘Wall of Arms’, ‘Kamakura’ and ‘Ribbon Road’.  Each track finished with cheers from the crowd and guitarist Felix White waving to each corner of the venue through the striking strobe lights. Felix endeavoured to introduce each band member with their instruments before a mosh pit opened up for ‘Spit it out’ and ‘Silence’. ‘Latchmere’, the second single from their debut album ‘Colour It In’, released in 2007, followed ‘X-Ray’ – “This was the first song we put out on single”. Orlando introduced the last track before the encore, ‘Something like Happiness’, another crowd favourite from their most recent release. The buzzing venue evidently weren’t yet ready to say goodbye to The Maccabees. The band came back on stage to perform four songs, including Orlando’s solo ‘Toothpaste Kisses’, a welcomed change of pace from the high energy production. The band finished on a high with the anthemic ‘Pelican’ before saying goodnight to Manchester before embarking on the rest of the tour.