Bloc Party back in Brixton

The resurrected Bloc Party are back in Brixton early next year.

Their show, on 11 February 2016, is part of the NME Awards Tour 2016 and comes just days after the band release ‘Hymns’, their first full-length album since 2014.

Tickets for the show, with support from Drenge, Ratboy, and Bugzy Malone, go on sale on 6 November.

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It’s not too late for Shannon and the Clams at Oslo

Shannon and the Clams have unveiled their latest music video just days ahead of a show in London next week.

‘It’s Too Late’, featured in the clip directed by Ryan Browne, is taken from the  San Francisco Bay area band’s latest album, ‘Gone By The Dawn’.

The garage punk trio will be performing songs from it and their previous three albums I Wanna Go Home’, ‘Sleep Talk’, and ‘Dreams in the Rat House at Oslo in London on 11 November 2015.

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Brian Fallon & the Crowes flying to KOKO

Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem is returning to London – but this time as a solo artist.

“I’ve been waiting a long time to do this tour and I’m excited the opportunity has come to play these songs live for everybody there,” the singer and guitarist wrote on his website.

His show at Koko on 8 April 2016 will mark his first in London since The Gaslight Anthem played Shepherd’s Bush Empire in August, their second last show before going on an indefinite hiatus.

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Glenn Hughes: I got my freak flag flying again

Photo credit: Reg Richardson 

Glenn Hughes | Electric Ballroom | 1 November 2015

“Music is a healer,” Glenn Hughes tells a packed Electric Ballroom. “It keeps us all sane.

Of course he’s right, driving home the point with a two-hour masterclass in its power to uplift. His source material: highlights of a four-decade career, spanning his first taste of success with Trapeze in the early ‘70s to the latterday powerhouse that was Black Country Communion. Classics from Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, and his expansive solo discography round out a far-reaching setlist, given total cohesion by Hughes’ magnificent vocals and Doug Aldrich’s shape-shifting playing.

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The Parlotones: History’s in the past and the future’s unknown

‘Here Comes The Man’ was a minor hit for Boom Boom Room. And the soundtrack to a moody ‘80s TV ad for something like aftershave or deodorant or perfume or cologne.

In 2004 The Parlotones made it their own, heralding almost a decade of South African ubiquity: six hit studio albums, a rock opera with accompanying 3D concert film, international tours, their own range of wines, shows supporting Coldplay and Snow Patrol, and even a KFC meal tie-in.

But last year the wheels almost came off.

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U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE at The O2

U2 brought their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour to London’s O2 Arena  for six shows between 25 October and 3 November 2015.

The third show of the run saw Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr bring ‘New Year’s Day’ and ‘Bad’ back into the setlist, while Patti Smith joined the group to end the night with a rousing rendition of ‘People Have The Power’.

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