Tour news, Everything Everything announced a UK tour last week set for October with support coming from Dutch Uncles. The band who released a brilliant second album ‘Arc’ at the very start of this year will be following up what is set to be a busy festival season for them with a 13 date tour that sees them visit Manchester twice, Nottingham, Bristol, Sheffield and many more, finishing up with two nights at London’s Forum on October 24th and 25th. Tickets are on sale now with some places already sold out so act fast to get your tickets.
Kids In Glass Houses announced that their new and fourth album entitled ‘Peace’ is to be released on 30th September. It’s been two long years but the Welsh quintet are now ready to release the new album and take on the music business yet again. From the sounds of first single ‘Drive’ it seems the band have gone back to the stuff that made them so likeable and brilliant in the first place which is the catchiness of their well crafted rock songs while also sounding like a more grown up version of themselves. The album announcement also came with news of a UK tour to take place in October/November this year. All systems go on the KIGH front and I am definitely glad to have them back. Visit their website for more details on tour dates and album preorder info.
Other album news came from The Horrors who confirmed that they are nearly finished with their new album. This will be their fourth album and after the success and warm reception to 2011’s ‘Skying’ it will be an anticipated release. Bassist Rhys Webb spoke to the NME this week where he said that there will be 11 tracks and the band are striving again to ‘move forward and make something better’, though the last album was brilliant anyway I’m sure this will be another interesting listen.
The Maccabees have also officially confirmed they are making a start on album 4, speaking to NME lead singer Orlando Weeks said the band are starting to piece together parts and hope to record to album by the end of the year. After the absolutely massive success and Mercury nominated for last year’s ‘Given To The Wild’ it will be interesting to see where the band go after that. I genuinely can not wait for a new The Maccabees record either.
Plenty of festival additions have been announced over the course of the last week, as the festival season takes hold now the announcements of final acts are starting to happen. Flume, Chloe Howl, Joey Badass and more have been added to the Wireless Festival line up while Hudson Mohawke was added to 2013 Bestival line up. iTunes festival announced some of their line ups for their onth long festival of shows featuring: Pheonix, Justin Timberlake, Queens of the Stone Age, Jake Bugg and many more, yet again the festival will cover all sorts of music and there really is a show for every single person out there with some brilliant acts taking part yet again this year.
Glastonbury news, the festival is set to be bigger than ever this year with the BBC’s coverage of the weekend. The corporation has called it a truly digital festival with plenty of coverage, over 250 hours worth, online, on TV and on the red button. However The Rolling Stones who will be headlining one of the nights are refusing to let the BBC air more than four songs of their live set. There have been rumours of a money issue which was denied by some sources last week with talk turning more to sound factors, talks are currently underway now between the band and the corporation with BBC’s head of music TV Mark Cooper saying they are hopeful they will ‘get the sufficient amount of music’.
Finally, Rough Trade announced that they were to publish a book in collaboration with Russia’s Pussy Riot entitled ‘Let’s Start A Pussy Riot’. The book will feature cntributions from the music world and it will be launched at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival which takes place in London on June 14th. The book will be available to buy from Royal Festival Hall bookshop as well as online through Rough Trade’s website and other indie music stores. A book that is surely set to be around the subject of feminism in this day and age and with musicians contributions it seems set to be a good and educational read.