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Resorts World Arena, Birmingham

Friday 15th April 2022

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GHOST – BIRMINGHAM – LIVE REVIEW

It may be Good Friday today but for hard rock fans heading to the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham it’s destined to be a great Friday! That’s because revered group Ghost are in town with their travelling theatre of the macabre.

Opening act on this tour is the American band Twin Temple who appear to have the knack for satanic imaginary and theatrics down much like our headliners. The bands short set is well received from the audience and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for a band who perhaps need to divert some more focus toward the musical side of their act.

Our next support band interestingly has the opposite focus. Whilst the lighting engineer does a great job, the heavy lifting for Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats is done by their music. A pretty experienced band now, they have no issue in delivering a rambunctiously rocking performance. On a night of the dramatic however, they run the risk of being out shadowed.

The reason for the enhanced excitement levels in Birmingham tonight though is because our headline act have managed to perfect both the musical and theatrical sides of their game.

Ghost aren’t an overnight success, they have spent a number of years honing their craft and earning their way into the country’s biggest venues. But now it feels as though they have everything in place to take themselves to the next level.

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Ghost – ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’

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New album, ‘Impera’, arrived last month and continues the bands musical evolution into prolific rock hit makers. New tracks ‘Kaisarion’, ‘Hunter’s Moon’, ‘Spillways’ and ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’ are all highlights tonight in a set list that is now wall to wall bangers as the kids would say.

Recent favourites such as ‘Mary on a Cross’ and ‘Kiss the Go-Goat’ mix well with older staples like ‘Rats’, ‘Cirice’, ‘Ritual’ and ‘Year Zero’. As we say, musically Ghost have built a formidable catalogue of stupendous live songs.

Combining this feast of musical treats with the well established show that the band are able to deliver with such ease makes them an exciting prospect. With the rock world calling out for new superstars, Ghost are surely amongst the best placed to take on the mantle of the old guard such as Brummie legends Black Sabbath.

An encore of sorts featuring their recent Metallica cover, ‘Enter Sandman’, plus the incredibly catchy finale of ‘Dance Macabre’ and ‘Square Hammer’, sends the crowd into the warm spring evening happy and in awe of the majesty that is Ghost.

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Ghost

IMPERA

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GHOST – IMPERA – ALBUM REVIEW

The evolution of Ghost over the years has been fascinating to watch. The imaginary around the band, their stage show and importantly their musical output have always evolved and grown in majesty with each incarnation.

With the band at their commercial and creative peak and with the revelation of Papa Emeritus IV coming just days before the pandemic took a grip on the world, I was worried that their momentum could die.

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Ghost – ‘Hunter’s Moon’

In September as the band emerged from the darkness once more with the single ‘Hunter’s Moon’, I again considered whether the band would be able to pick up where they left off. This apprehension may of translated across to the way I received their pre-release singles, ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’ and ‘Twenties’.

Ahead of the release of ‘IMPERA’ I will admit to having my doubts that the band would be able to continue their hot streak. All of that however quickly dissipates when the opening fanfare of ‘Imperium’ takes hold. Soon thereafter ‘Kaisarion’ and ‘Spillways’ suck me straight into the magnificence that is Ghost!

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By the time we have passed through ‘Hunter’s Moon’ and ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’ to ‘Twenties’, which I’d initially bulked at, this incredible band has once again hypnotised me. It’s a magical place under the mesmerising spell of Ghost at their pinnacle, and by the time the album closes out all my doubts and worries have disappeared.

‘IMPERA’ may not instantly standout as a masterpiece as its predecessors have done, but it burns slowly into your conscience and enthrals you with the unparalleled glory of Ghost. How, just how could I have ever doubted this band?

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Ghost announce new album ‘IMPERA’

Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report where we roundup the best news from the past week. We start this week with some huge new album announcements and single releases.

Anticipation has been high for the next chapter of Ghost since the band finished their last tour prior to the pandemic. The wait is now coming to an end with the announcement this week that they will release their latest album on March 11th.

The record will be titled ‘IMPERA’ and this week the band gave a taste of what to expect with new single, ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’, which you can listen to here.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Deaf Havana announce ‘The Present is a Foreign Land’ will arrive in July!

Deaf Havana – ‘Going Clear’

Another act announcing a new album this week was the new look Deaf Havana. The band will be releasing ‘The Present is a Foreign Land’ on July 15th!

The first view of the album comes from the new single, ‘Going Clear’ which you can check out above.

Pre-order the album here.

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Fatherson debut ‘Dive’

Fatherson – ‘Dive’

Fatherson also had new music to debut this past week with the band unveiling their latest single ‘Dive’.

‘Dive’ precedes their latest studio album, ‘Normal Fears’ which will arrive on February 25th. You can listen to the track above.

Pre-order your copy of the album here.

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Ho99o9 debut ‘BATTERY NOT INCLUDED’

Ho99o9 – ‘BATTERY NOT INCLUDED’

There was more new music this week with Ho99o9 also debuting a new track. You can listen to ‘BATTERY NOT INCLUDED’ above.

More from the band here.

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Papa Roach return with ‘Stand Up’

Papa Roach – ‘Stand Up’

Papa Roach also returned with a new single this week. You can listen to ‘Stand Up’ above.

More from the band here.

YONAKA reveal new tour dates

Tour news now in our News Report as the ongoing pandemic continues to result in postponements and cancellations.

Yonaka this week revealed that their tour will be pushed back and will now commence in Brighton next month. Support for the tour has also been revealed as July Jones.

Tickets are here.

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Blood Red Shoes reveal updated tour plans

Finally this week we have the newly announced tour dates for Blood Red Shoes following the postponement of their original dates. You can now catch the band live this June in the UK and July across Europe.

Tickets are here.

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TRNSMT Festival 2022 gets bigger

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Welcome to another edition of our News Report. We start this week with a couple of huge 2022 Festival announcements.

Scottish event TRNSMT this week announced more acts for next years festival, which takes place 8-10 July in Glasgow. The event is set to be headlined by Paolo Nutini, The Strokes and Lewis Capaldi.

There are prominent spots also for Sam Fender, Foals and Wolf Alice. The rest of the bill includes The Regrettes, The Snuts, Fontaines D.C., Jimmy Eat World, Maximo Park, Self Esteem and Wet Leg.

Tickets are here.

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All Points East unveil 2022 line-up

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All Points East will return to Victoria Park in London next August and this week unveiled their line-up across six days of music.

Headliners over the course of the event will be Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk, Tame Impala, The National, Disclosure and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Supporting acts across the event include IDLES, Self Esteem, Dry Cleaning, Fleet Foxes, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Michael Kiwanuka and Anna Calvi.

Tickets are here.

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Ghost announce UK Arena Tour

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We move on to tour news now as our News Report continues. This week saw Ghost announce that they will be coming to Europe early next year.

This will include four UK dates in Manchester, London, Glasgow and Birmingham. Support will come from Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and Twin Temple.

Tickets are here.

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Bloc Party announce new Tour

Bloc Party returned this week with the news that they will release a new album, ‘Alpha Games’ on April 29th. Not only that but the band will be touring the UK next Spring.

Tickets info and pre-orders are here.

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Trash Boat announce UK Tour

Another band announcing a tour for early next year this is Trash Boat who will hit the road in March. The intimate tour will see the band playing towns and cities not always on all touring schedules.

Tickets are here.

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Bob Vylan reveal headline tour dates

Our final tour announcement this week comes from Bob Vylan. The band will be hitting the road for a headline tour this May and June in support of new album ‘The Price of Life’ which is out April 23rd.

Fresh from supporting both Biffy Clyro and The Offspring, this is one not to be missed.

Tickets and album pre-orders here.

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Blood Red Shoes debut ‘ I Am Not You’

Blood Red Shoes – ‘I Am Not You’

We finish off our News Report again with this weeks new music releases. First up is, ‘I Am Not You’, the latest single from Blood Red Shoes.

The single precedes new album, ‘Ghosts On Tape’ which arrives January 14th.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Tigercub unveil new single ‘I.W.G.F.U.’

Tigercub – ‘I.W.G.F.U.’

Tigercub also released new music this week, ahead of their upcoming UK Tour.

You can listen to new single, ‘I.W.G.F.U.’ above, and you can grab tour tickets here.

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Isle Of Wight reveals 2022 line-up

Isle of Wight News Report

Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report. We start this week with some festival news with events turning now to the 2022 festival season.

One of the biggest events in the UK, the iconic Isle Of Wight Festival has this week revealed the first acts set to grace the festival next year. Topping the bill will be Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Kasabian, Pete Tong and huge Sunday headliners Muse.

They’ll be joined by the likes of Blossoms, The Vaccines, Happy Mondays, Shaggy, The Proclaimers and The Coral.

Tickets and information can be found here.

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2022 2000trees Festival line-up takes shape!

2000trees News Report

This week also saw a stunning line-up announcement from 2000trees Festival as their 2022 edition takes shape. The event will be headlined by IDLES, Thrice and Jimmy Eat World!

They will be joined by The Amazons, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Young Guns, Royal Republic, Rolo Tomassi, Lonely The Brave, Crossfaith, Vukovi, Bob Vylan, Beans On Toast, Will Varley, Lauran Hibberd, Press To Meco, Haggard Cat and many more.

To join the fun, tickets can be found here

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You Me At Six to celebrate ‘Sinners Never Sleep’

You Me At Six News Report

Last week Slam Dunk Festival announced the first acts that will play the event next summer. This week two huge shows were announced to take place on the same site in the days leading up to the festival.

Hitting Leeds and Hatfield in June will be You Me At Six as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’. There will also be a supporting bill that will include The Hunna.

Tickets can be found here.

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Liam Gallagher set for Knebworth return

Liam Gallagher News Report

Next June will see Liam Gallagher return to Knebworth Park. The ex-Oasis icon will headline a venue close to his heart coinciding with the release of his new album ‘C’mon You Know’ on May 27th.

A huge support bill has been revealed with Kasabian, Michael Kiwanuka, Fat White Family and Goat Girl all set to join Gallagher.

Tickets will be here.

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Tool announce rare UK dates

We continue our News Report with some tour announcements. First is a run of three UK dates for Tool. The rarely seen band will be playing shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London in May 2022.

Tickets are here.

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Billy Idol set for UK Arena Tour

Also revealing a run of UK Arena dates for early summer next year is Billy Idol. Playing six dates in June he will be joined by The Go-Go’s for ‘The Roadside Tour’.

Tickets are here.

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Rolo Tomassi set for February tour

Our final tour announcement comes from Rolo Tomassi who will team up with Pupil Slicer for a February European Tour which will include four UK dates finishing up in London.

Tickets are here.

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IDLES announce fourth album ‘Crawler’

IDLES – ‘The Beachland Ballroom’

This week saw IDLES announce the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Crawler’ which will arrive November 12th. The first single from the album, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, can be heard above!

You can pre-order the album here.

Listen to ‘The Beachland Ballroom’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Ghost launch new era with ‘Hunter’s Moon’

Ghost – ‘Hunter’s Moon’

Ghost are the masters of the mysterious, the epic, the macabre… the enthralling. Now, they are gearing up for their next chapter with the unveiling of their brand new single, ‘Hunter’s Moon’.

You can order a 7″ or stream here.

Listen to ‘Hunter’s Moon’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Fatherson reveal ‘End Of The World’

Fatherson – ‘End Of The World’

We close out our News Report this week with the ‘End Of The World’! After all that is the title of the new single from Fatherson and they also enter the next phase of their career.

You can find more here.

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