Music icon and pioneer Gary Numan arrives in Norwich on a warm Sunday night, as his lengthy UK Tour draws towards a close.
This has been a tour that has included a statement headline show at Wembley Arena, as the career resurgence continues for Numan. Part of the reason for this renaissance is the cult-like devotion of Numan fans who fill the venue well in advance of their hero’s arrival.
The second reason for this rejuvenation is the current hot streak of releases from an artist very much in form. After reaching Number 20 in the Album Charts with 2013 effort ‘Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)’, Numan has delivered not one but two Number 2 Albums with 2017’s ‘Savage (Songs from a Broken World)’ and last year’s ‘Intruder’.
Vindication for an artist who has never taken the easy route via the nostalgia circuit and has always followed the creative path.
The third reason for recent successes is that Numan is a force of nature live, but we will get on to that in just a moment. First a mention to opening act, Divine Shade, who do a fantastic job in warming up the receptive UEA LCR.
Fans early arrival is well rewarded with a superb performance from the French trio; who much like our headliner are able to perfectly blend rock and electronic influences into an aurally stimulating sound. Combining this with a visually pleasing stage presence, the band has the winning formula down.
Soon enough, it’s time for Numan to take to the stage, but he doesn’t just take to it… he owns it. As we mentioned, the live presentation of Numan and his band is a large reason for his recent success, and from the stunning opener, ‘Intruder’, onwards the band have the audience in the palm of their hands.
The visual effects on offer on this tour are incredible and complement the music splendidly. This dynamic typifies Numan live and creates an immersive experience for gig-goers. It’s hard not to be mesmerised by the light show whilst simultaneously being captivated by the music.
On the set list front there is a great mix of new and old material with latest album, ‘Intruder’ at the forefront. There is no real lull in the set, but obvious highlights include ‘Metal’, ‘Down in the Park’ and ‘Cars’.
It’s newer tracks though such as ‘The Gift’, ‘My Name Is Ruin’ and ‘Love Hurt Bleed’ that really standout this evening; which again provides evidence that whilst undoubtedly a music icon, Numan is far from a nostalgia act.
An encore of ‘A Prayer for the Unborn’ and ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’ sends the audience home happy and cements Gary Numan as an artist at the top of his game.
2021 has been another tough year to live through. There have been some signs of normal life, for example the return of live music, but we end it as we started with true normality a distant memory.
This year has however been a stunning year for new music releases. Yes, lockdown musicians and the odds are their creativity will take over. In Full Pelt Music’s first full year of existence we have reviewed 65 albums and the quality of those releases has been exceptional.
Last year we counted down our Top 20 albums of the year, with a special Advent Calendar countdown on our Twitter. This year we have expanded! Our 2021 countdown has taken place across all our social platforms, and has listed our Top 50 albums of the year!
With that social media countdown completed, it’s now time to compile our completed Top 50 in one place. So let’s get started!
What we said:
“there are stunning moments spread throughout the album”
The quality of this year’s releases has been truly phenomenal as our opening 30 albums attests. The competition is extremely tight for the coveted top spot and that is clear throughout the prestigious Top 20 that follows.
What we said:
“a sublime collection of upbeat, heartfelt and powerful songs that is bound to be stuck on repeat for the foreseeable future”
Welcome to another edition of our News Report. We have festivals galore to report on this week as organisers look to get in on the Christmas shopping rush!
We’ll start with one of the biggest events on the planet, Reading and Leeds Festivals. This week saw the combined event reveal the first acts for 2022 including headline slots for Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me The Horizon and Rage Against The Machine!
If that wasn’t enough there are also sets from Wolf Alice, Enter Shikari, Fontaines D.C., Bastille, Fever 333 and Pale Waves. There are many, many more still to be announced too.
On to tour announcements now as our News Report progresses. My Chemical Romance fans have been left desperate to catch their returning heroes with their much hyped reunion continuously delayed by the pandemic.
With all three Milton Keynes dates long sold out, fans will now have more opportunity to catch them when they finally do arrive. This week saw the band reveal extra dates including Warrington, Cardiff and Glasgow.
The Lumineers this week announced their return to Europe, which will include an impressive UK Arena Tour. Whilst in the UK, the band will pass through Nottingham, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and finally The O2 in London.
The Anniversary celebrations continue this December. The Cadillac Three will return to the UK for a 10th Anniversary tour, set to include a show at the Roundhouse in Camden. Support will be from Brent Cobb.
Our News Report continues with more news from the US. Less Than Jake will be heading to the UK in Spring 2022 for a huge UK Tour. To make things even better, they will be joined variously by Skinny Lister, The Toasters and Millie Manders & The Shutup!
From album openers ‘Betrayed’ and ‘The Gift’ to the finale of ‘When You Fall’, there is quality in abundance. This is a record that sucks you into it and holds your attention through its ambient peaks and troughs.
‘Intruder’ is typically lyrically and thematically dark as typified by the title track. Numan delivers a philosophical assessment of a possible future apocalypse which feels all too relevant these days.
Whilst other artists at this stage of their career are happy to rest on their laurels, Numan still has his creative juices flowing. He clearly isn’t ready to join the nostalgia circuit and his efforts are being rewarded.
It’s no coincide that he is enjoying his best chart positions in years and is about to embark on his biggest tour in just as long. Numan will be headlining Wembley Arena for the first time since 1981. That is over 40 years ago.
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With ‘Intruder’, Gary Numan is once again showing his ambition both artistically and vocationally. The likes of ‘Is This World Not Enough’ and ‘Saints And Liars’ will sound atmospheric at Wembley. There is a reason that Numan is enjoying the success he is. After all, to use an old football analogy – form is temporary but class is permanent!
Frank Turner announces travelling show ‘The Gathering’
We said that we would have more Frank Turner news, and here it is! We kick off our tour section of the News Report with a special run of shows from Turner.
Turner will play a series of ‘The Gathering’ shows this summer with a touring cast of friends. Playing at select shows will be Skinny Lister, Guise, Johnny Lloyd, BERRIES, Deux Furieuses, Ducking Punches, Non Canon, Pet Needs and Samantics!
Reading & Leeds Festivals add 90 more bands and reveal stage splits
The August bank holiday weekend tradition that is Reading & Leeds Festivals just got a whole lot bigger. We start the News Report this week with news that the events have announced a further 90+ acts.
This year the events will feature two massive main stages and now the organisers have revealed the stage splits for each day. As has become the norm in recent years you can expect a pretty eclectic bill across the weekend with something for everyone.
Here are our picks for each day:
Friday will feature sets from main stage headliners Stormzy and Catfish and the Bottlemen plus Declan McKenna, Nothing But Thieves, Sam Fender, Sports Team, Demob Happy, Gallows, Boston Manor, Yonaka, Nova Twins and Wargasm.
Saturday will see performances from main stage headliners Post Malone and Disclosure plus The Wombats, Slowthai, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, Fever 333, Creeper, Ho99o9, Cleopatrick and Bob Vylan.
Finally, closing out the Sunday will be main stage headliners Liam Gallagher and Queens of the Stone Age plus Wolf Alice, The Hunna, The Struts, Yungblud, Machine Gun Kelly, Gerry Cinnamon, Neck Deep and Hot Milk.
Tickets for the festivals flew out when the Government announced their roadmap, but you can check the events websites for more information:
Ash announce special Livestream celebration of ‘1977’
We conclude the live event section of the News Report with some exciting news from Ash.
The band has announced that they will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut album ‘1977’ with a very special livestream event. Taking place on Saturday 5th June, tickets to the event can be found here.
Wolf Alice are well and truly back. As we start the new music portion of our News Report, we start with their latest single, ‘Smile’. Premiered this week, the track continues to build anticipation for their upcoming third studio album.
‘Blue Weekend’ arrives on June 11th, and you can pre-order your copy now by heading here.
Following their recent, highly successful, livestream event, The Wildhearts have now announced details of their new upcoming album. ’21st Century Love Songs’ will arrive September 3rd and can be pre-ordered here.
Gary Numan unveils ‘Now And Forever’
With the release of his latest album imminent, Gary Numan has unveiled it’s latest single ‘Now And Forever’. You can listen to the track above, and you can pre-order ‘Intruder’here ahead of its May 21st release.
The Fallen State release ‘River’
The Fallen State this week released the second single from their forthcoming new album ‘Between Hope And Disillusion’. You can check out the new track, ‘River’here.
Wargasm unveil ‘Your Patron Saints’
The incredible Wargasm have this week unveiled their latest single – ‘Your Patron Saints’. Check out the track here.
Wargasm have also announced a headline show at Camden’s Underworld on September 10th. Tickets will be available here.
Full Pelt Music announces the launch of The Full Pelt Music Podcast!
To finish the News Report in style, we are proud to announce the launch of our very own podcast! Yes, The Full Pelt Music Podcast will debut on Monday 26th April 2021. Joining us on episode number one will be the one and only Frank Turner.
Be sure to follow us on Social Media for more news. The video podcast will debut here, so be sure to subscribe!
Whilst we are of course hopeful that we will safely be able to return to live music this summer, it’s not yet guaranteed. One festival that has chosen to move to 2022 is Bearded Theory.
In doing so they have revealed that the event will be headlined by Placebo, Patti Smith and The Flaming Lips. The event promises to be one not to miss and you can grab your tickets here.
Red Rooster reveals full line-up
Suffolk’s Red Rooster Festival is another event still looking to go ahead. The festival will take place over the weekend of 27-29 August and will feature sets from Richard Hawley, Jade Bird, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Emily Barker, The Urban Voodoo Machine and many more.
Get Together festival will take place this August from Sheffield Uni Students’ Union. The two day event has just announced a great line-up featuring Black Honey, Dream Wife, Tim Burgess, Willie J Healey, The Mysterines, The Ninth Wave, Self Esteem and The Orielles.
The trend of festivals selling out continues following the recent government roadmap announcement. We again start our News Report this week with the pick of the festival news.
Up first is Slam Dunk Festival. The organisers had already announced that the twin event would move to the 4th and 5th of September at Leeds Temple Newsam and Hatfield Park. Now they have unveiled a line-up that includes headliners Sum 41 and Don Broco!
Also on the festival bill is a collection of some of our favourites including Reel Big Fish, A, Dream State, Normandie and Wargasm. Pick up your tickets here.
Another event cementing their 2021 line-up this week is Bloodstock Festival. Having lost Mercyful Fate from the Saturday headline slot, the organisers have moved quickly to bring in Kreator to fill that spot.
They join the already announced Judas Priest, Skindred and Saxon. Pick up your ticket here.
Steelhouse Festival reveals their final three
We also saw this week the final three acts announced for a fantastic looking Steelhouse Festival. The Wildhearts, Bernie Marsden and Wayward Sons join the likes of Anthrax, Europe, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, Therapy? and Those Damn Crows.
Our final festival coverage this week goes to a stunning line-up from Black Deer Festival in Kent. The event is set to feature performances from Van Morrison, Saving Grace, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Emily Barker.
Enter Shikari reveal rescheduled tour with new dates added
It isn’t just festivals maneuvering in the wake of the governments roadmap. Tours have been also been adjusting to those plans. This week has seen more rescheduling from the likes of Biffy Clyro and Enter Shikari. The latter even adding in five additional dates!
Lincoln, Hull, Bristol, Liverpool and Leeds will now also get to witness the majesty of Enter Shikari with Dinosaur Pile-Up and Nova Twins in tow. Grab any remaining tickets here.
Fatherson plan huge UK tour
Another tour announced this week will see the incredible Fatherson hit the road for a lengthy trek around the UK. This promises to be one not to miss and you can pick up your tickets here.
Korn has announced details of a massive global livestream event taking place on Saturday 24th April 2021. Announcing the event frontman Jonathan Davis said “We hope you take part in this experience with us. And though it is not the same as performing live with you here, we still want to bring you some great music and a fun show.”
The show promises “hits, rare and sought-after deep cuts and select tracks from their latest album”. The event will be shot in downtown LA on the set of Stranger Things! Interest piqued? Grab your tickets here.
We move now into our new music section of our weekly news roundup. This week we were treated to the second single from the upcoming second album from Yonaka. ‘Ordinary’ is further evidence that the new album will be very special.
Finally this week, news from Danko Jones. The band will be releasing their tenth studio album, ‘Power Trio’, on August 27th. In announcing the album, the band also unveiled the first single ‘I Want Out’.
Music Feeds returns with stunning line-up to help fight food poverty!
As we get to know 2021, I think it’s safe to say that any hopes that the new year would magically fix the wrongs of the world have been very quickly dispelled! The reality is that there are many injustices that still require urgent attention, such as the continued battle against food poverty!
Thankfully this week we learnt that the online music festival Music Feeds is making a timely return to help fight the good fight. The event will be raising funds by delivering a stunning line-up across 28th & 29th January 2021! You can find out more information about the event of their website here.
The line-up over the two days truly is magnificent and ticket holders will be treated to performances from a number of our favourites including Fontaines D.C., Newton Faulkner, Flogging Molly and Emily Barker!
It’s a great line-up that features an eclectic mix of artists and there should be something for everyone with the event featuring household names such as Sam Smith, Charlotte Church and Blossoms. You can grab your ticket here.
The Wildhearts have this week unveiled plans to play a global livestream concert, and fans will have the opportunity to help select the setlist! A must see for fans of the band, you can sign-up for further details here.
Gary Numan announces new album ‘Intruder’ for May 21st
Gary Numan has announced his new album ‘Intruder’ will be arriving on the 21st May 2021. Numan debuted the title track during his (R)evolution 40th Anniversary Tour in 2019 and fans have been hotly anticipating the new record ever since. The wait is almost over and you can pre-order your copy here.
Kings of Leon return with two new tracks and a new album on the way!
Kings of Leon are finally back with new music and a new album on it’s way. ‘When You See Yourself’ will be released on 5th March 2021 and you can pre-order your copy here. That band have also dropped not one, but two new tracks and you can watch ‘The Bandit’ above!
The Pretty Reckless unveil ‘And So It Went’
The Pretty Reckless are gearing up for the release of their new album ‘Death By Rock And Roll’ on 12th February 2021, and this week they delivered new song ‘And So It Went’ which you can listen to above. Pre-order the new album here.
Black Honey make us believe!
Black Honey have released the video for their song ‘Believer’ and we believe that their second album will be one of the albums of 2021. You can pre-order ‘Written & Directed’here.