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Linkin Park share ‘Lost’

Linkin Park – ‘Lost’

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

“Finding ‘Lost’ was like finding a favorite photo you had forgotten you’d taken, like it was waiting for the right moment to reveal itself.” – Mike Shinoda

Linkin Park will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their seminal ‘Meteora’ album with a special edition out April 7th.

This week the band shared a previously unreleased track that will feature in the new collection. You can listen to ‘Lost’ above now.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Enter Shikari share new single ‘It Hurts’

Enter Shikari – ‘It Hurts’

Enter Shikari recently announced their upcoming new album, ‘A Kiss For The Whole World’, will be out April 21st, and this week saw the band share the latest taste.

You can listen to new track, ‘It Hurts’ above. Of the track, Lead vocalist and producer Rou Reynolds explains:

“It Hurts came to me in a dream. Literally. Melody, chords, and fully-formulated chorus were all part of a dream that, thankfully, remained with me when I woke up. I was hiding under the duvet at 3AM, singing it into my phone, much to the bewilderment of my girlfriend.

Lyrically, It Hurts is about perseverance, and the importance of reframing failure as a fruitful and, in fact, pivotal route to progress. Society teaches us we should avoid and criticise failure, when defeat and honest mistakes can actually present us with insights that light our way forward.

In reality, we should be taught that simply to try makes us more than enough.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Enter Shikari live in London

Gengahr return with new single ‘A Ladder’

Gengahr – ‘A Ladder’

This week saw the return of Gengahr as the band shared their brand new single, ‘A Ladder’, which you can listen to above.

Frontman Felix Bushe comments: “A Ladder is a fun, trippy little song soaked in cartoon-like imagery. Essentially it’s about the power of true love and its ability to not only change the way we feel but also the way we see and interact with the whole world around us.”

More here.

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Dream Wife debut ‘Hot (Don’t Date A Musician)’

Dream Wife – ‘Hot (Don’t Date A Musician)’

Dream Wife have announced details of their next studio album with ‘Social Lubrication’ set to be released on June 9th.

This week the group preceded the release with new single, ‘Hot (Don’t Date A Musician)’, which you can check out above.

‘Social Lubrication’, in the band’s words, is “Hyper lusty rock and roll with a political punch, exploring the alchemy of attraction, the lust for life, embracing community and calling out the patriarchy. With a healthy dose of playfulness and fun thrown in.”

Vocalist Rakel says, “Dating musicians is a nightmare. Evoking imagery of late night make-outs with fuckboy/girl/ambiguously-gendered musicians on their mattress after being seduced by song-writing chat. The roles being equally reversed. Having a laugh together and being able to poke fun at ourselves is very much at the heart of this band. This song encapsulates our shared sense of humour. Sonically it is the lovechild of CSS and Motorhead. It has our hard, live, rock edge combined with cheeky and playful vocals.”

“Music is one of the only forms of people experiencing an emotion together in a visceral, physical, real way,” says Alice. “It’s cathartic to the systemic issues that are being called out across the board in the record. Music isn’t the cure, but it’s the remedy. Calling the record Social Lubrication harks to that. It’s the positive glue that can create solidarity and community.”

“The album is speaking to systemic problems that cannot be glossed over by lube,”
says Bella. “The things named in the songs are symptoms of f-ed up structures. And you can’t fix that. You need to pull it apart.”

Pre-order your copy here.

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Fall Out Boy announce UK Arena Tour

We move our News Report on now to the best tour announcements from the past week and of course we have to start with the above dates from Fall Out Boy!

The group will make their way to the UK and Europe this Autumn with five UK Arena shows in scope finishing up at The O2 in London.

Support for the tour comes from both PVRIS and nothing,nowhere.

The tour will follow the release of their upcoming new album, ‘So Much (For) Stardust’, which is out March 24th.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

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Skillet reveal UK dates

Another act coming over to the UK will be Skillet who have two dates lined up in Manchester and London in April.

Support will come from Like A Storm and Eva Under Fire.

Tickets are here.

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Rude Records presents The Getaway Tour

Our next tour announcement is a package tour from Rude Records with Delaire The Liar, Modern Error and Oakman joining forces for ‘The Getaway Tour’.

Shows will take place in London, Manchester and Glasgow this April!

Tickets are here.

Watch Episode 22 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests Oakman

‘Discover’ New Music Podcast – Episode 22 – Oakman

Listen to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist!

Royal Blood announce huge hometown show

Next up we have Royal Blood who have announced a huge homecoming outdoor gig set to take place on Brighton Beach on Saturday 29th July!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Royal Blood live in London

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Victorious reveals next wave of additions

Our News Report looks now at the best festival announcements made over the past week and we start by the coast with Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival.

Jamiroquai and Kasabian are already announced to headline with one more headliner yet to be revealed.

They will now be joined in August by the likes of The Charlatans, Jake Bugg, Circa Waves, The View, Newton Faulkner, Blossoms, Alt-J, Kaiser Chiefs, Amyl & The Sniffers, The Coral, Pale Waves, Shame, The Vaccines, Sea Girls, Johnny Marr, The Enemy and Hard-Fi!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Kasabian live in Norwich

Steelhouse makes further additions

Steelhouse Festival this week confirmed that Those Damn Crows will be heading up the mountain as Saturday’s Special Guests. Also added this week was Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners.

They join the likes of Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, Kris Barras Band, The Answer, Blues Pills, Florence Black and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Black Stone Cherry live in Birmingham

110 Above presents OTHR Festival

110 Above Festival in Leicestershire will step back this year and instead present a scaled back version known as OTHR Festival.

This week the line-up for the event was revealed to include Circa Waves, Jack Garratt, Twin Atlantic and Somebody’s Child.

Tickets for the event are here.

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Handmade line-up set

Staying in Leicester next, Handmade Festival made their initial line-up announcement this week for the event in April.

Playing this year will be the likes of Grace Petrie, Johnny Foreigner, October Drift and Other Half.

Tickets are here.

Watch Episode 10 of The Full Pelt Music Podcast with guests October Drift

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Read our review of ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ from October Drift

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As always we conclude our News Report with the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist!

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Electron – ‘Sick and Wrong’

UK metallers, Electron, draw a line in the sand with their explosive new single, ‘Sick and Wrong’, which is out now!

On the single, frontman Jason Payne discusses: “The track symbolises solitude, melancholy, madness, anxiety and fear. The persona in this song (inspired by “The Scream, E. Munch”) is suffering a lot of pain. In the beginning, this person has hope that they will escape from the terror of its own mind – however, as the song evolves, they grow aware that the melancholy is eternal, and revolt with their agony.”

This Dying Hour – ‘Age of the Coward’

Modern metalcore 4-piece This Dying Hour have shared their blistering new single ‘Age Of The Coward’.

“‘Age of the Coward’ challenges the way we see ourselves – how we can either perpetuate or abolish the feelings of nihilism and guilt through the way we understand personal accountability. Over the years I have personally battled with self-identity and purpose. I don’t think these things are exclusive to me, but a journey we all must take. This is why we shouldn’t settle with your shortcomings, but instead with discipline and hard work we can lace their linings with gold. You can’t make the world a more meaningful place, until you see through who you truly are.” – Vocalist Steve Kerr.

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Creature Cult – ‘poster boy’

With just one single out in the world – the powerful and rousing, ‘ughly’Creature Cult have shared new single ‘poster boy’ – another message delivered loud and clear: in the face of bigotry and hatred, be uncompromising in your self-expression.

Commenting on the new single, Connar says: “Poster boy is my hate letter to homophobia. It takes all the disgust and discrimination from vicious people and spits it right back at them. It’s basically saying I’m going to be the fucking biggest and loudest version of all the things you hate about me because I really don’t care what you think and I know that scares you. Being able to express yourself and love who you want to love should be treated by everyone as the basic human right that it is.”

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Kendal Calling line-up revealed

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

We start this week by running through the best festival announcements made over the past week and up first we have Kendal Calling.

Topping the bill this year will be Kasabian, Royal Blood, Blossoms and Nile Rodgers & Chic! They are joined by the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Frank Turner, Circa Waves, The Enemy, KT Tunstall and The Amazons.

Also across the weekend will be The Hunna, The Murder Capital, Vistas, We Are Scientists, Lottery Winners, Black Honey, Newton Faulkner, October Drift, Jack Valero and many more!

Tickets and info here.

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The Strokes set to return to All Points East

All Points East returns to Victoria Park in London this August and also returning will be previous headliners The Strokes!

The band will headline Friday 25th August with the bill that day including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Amyl And The Sniffers and Black Midi.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Gorillaz at All Points East

TRNSMT add 50 artists to bill

Glasgow’s TRNSMT has added some fifty new acts to the bill for this year’s festival. The events features headliners Pulp, Sam Fender, The 1975, George Ezra, Kasabian and Royal Blood.

They are joined by Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, The View, The Kooks, Pale Waves, Hot Milk, Hamish Hawk, The Wombats, Nothing But Thieves, The Enemy, The Amazons, Bob Vylan, Dream Wife, Lauran Hibberd and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Neck of the Woods Festival

Maid Of Stone reveals inaugural line-up

Rock returns to Mote Park in Maidstone with the newly minted Maid of Stone taking place in July. The first headline act to be revealed are rockers Airbourne.

Joining the Aussies on the bill will be Skindred, The Hunna, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, Kris Barras Band, Elles Bailey, Florence Black, Bad Touch, Black Spiders and more.

Tickets and info here.

Read our review of Airbourne live in Norwich

Steelhouse add Black Stone Cherry

Wales is also able to attract rocks finest with Steelhouse Festival leading the way. This week the festival announced that Black Stone Cherry will be topping the bill alongside already announced Saturday headliners Airbourne.

They are joined over the weekend by the likes of The Answer, Blues Pills, Kris Barras Band, Florence Black, When Rivers Meet, The Cruel Knives and Dead Man’s Whiskey!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Black Stone Cherry live in Cambridge

Slam Dunk gets bigger!

Another rock event getting bigger this week was Slam Dunk Festival who have added more bands to an already packed bill. Probably a good thing then that they’ve also broken down the stage splits.

Added to the event were PVRIS, Sueco, Millie Manders and many more. They join the likes of Enter Shikari, The Offspring, Billy Talent, Bowling For Soup, Yellowcard, Creeper and far too many others to mention!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Offspring live in London

Live At Leeds add The Hives and more

Live At Leeds: In The Park has added The Hives, DMA’s, gengahr and more to an already packed line up headlined by Two Door Cinema Club.

They join amongst others, The Big Moon, Black Honey, The Beths, Skinny Living, Deadletter, Ellur, Low Hummer and Opus Kink.

Speaking about their appearance at Live At Leeds: In The Park 2023, The Hives’ frontman Pelle Almqvist said: “Some festival names just have a ring to them don’t they? Live At Leeds. It sounds like some upper echelon rock shit and if this year’s edition wasn’t before, now it is. The Hives are very proud and happy to join this upper echelon. They are coming for your money and dignity and in exchange they will deliver however long a show you will let them of life-affirming record-breaking rock ’ ‘ roll music. If you have never seen them before. imagine a rock show but to the 3rd power. Too much of everything. If you have seen them before, you know you will have to again.”

Skinny Living said: “Live At Leeds is one of our favourite festivals in the UK! The line up is always top class, so to be able to play the main stage as a local band this year is a proper moment for us and our people.”

Looking ahead, Festival Promoter Joe Hubbard said: “It may be chilly outside, but we’re already incredibly excited about returning to Temple Newsam for an unforgettable summer festival celebration – with even more favourites and new faces joining the party at Live At Leeds: In The Park this year.

DMA’s and The Hives may just be some of the best festival bands going right now, and having phenomena like Cavetown and Crawlers join the party is truly special. At Live At Leeds, we always look to bring unmissable live titans together with fans’ next favourite bands – and this year’s In The Park is the perfect example of that. All coming together on one day at Temple Newsam, there’s nothing quite like it – and we can’t wait to see everyone this May!”

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Black Honey live in Norwich

Community Presents set for Crystal Palace Park

The final festival in our News Report this week sees Community Festival take a trip across London to Crystal Palace Park.

Community presents will feature Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats, The Vaccines, Sea Girls and Baby Queen.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Y Not Festival

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Billy F Gibbons reveals UK dates

We move our News Report onwards now to the best tour announcements from the last week and up first is ZZ Top icon Billy F Gibbons.

Gibbons will be joined by Matt Sorum and Austin Hanks in London, Birmingham and Bournemouth this Summer.

Tickets are here.

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Europe announce 40th Anniversary celebrations

Europe will celebrate their 40th Anniversary in style with the ‘Time Capsule’ Tour set for later this year.

The ‘Evening With’ dates include eight UK show with the band ending on two London shows at The Palladium.

Tickets are here.

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Killing Joke announce warm-up shows

Ahead of their sold out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Killing Joke this week revealed four intimate warm-up shows.

Any remaining tickets are here.

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Gun announce acoustic tour

Scottish rockers Gun will be hitting the road for an acoustic tour this Spring concluding with a show at the 100 Club in London

Tickets are here.

Read our review of British Lion live in Norwich

Chris Shiflett reveals UK Tour dates

Following a run of new solo singles, iconic guitarist Chris Shiflett this week revealed a run of UK dates this March including a tour finale at Scala in London.

Tickets are here.

Listen to ‘Born & Raised’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Pierce The Veil announce UK Tour

Our News Report continues with news that Pierce The Veil will be in the UK next April. The band will play a number of large venues finishing up at Alexandra Palace in London.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Alter Bridge live in London

Lottery Winners reveal headline tour

Currently out on the road with Frank Turner, Lottery Winners have revealed a lengthy UK Tour taking place in April/May this year.

Tickets are here.

Watch Episode 11 of The Full Pelt Music Podcast with guests Pet Needs

Pet Needs add third leg to UK Tour

Pet Needs continue to tour in support of sophomore album, ‘Primetime Entertainment’, with the second leg of the album tour kicking off this week.

With shows continuing to sell out, the band have this week revealed a third leg of the tour set for May/June this year!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Primetime Entertainment’

Fall Out Boy share ‘Heartbreak Feels So Good’

Fall Out Boy – ‘Heartbreak Feels So Good’

Next in our News Report we focus on the best new releases from the past week and begin with Fall Out Boy.

Following their return last week, the band now shared another new track, ‘Heartbreak Feels So Good’, which you can listen to above.

The track comes from upcoming new album, ‘So Much (For) Stardust’, which is out March 24th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Heartbreak Feels So Good’ on our Spotify Hot List!

PVRIS debut ‘Goddess’

PVRIS – ‘Goddess’

PVRIS this week debuted their latest single, ‘Goddess’, which you can listen to above.

More here.

Read our review of ‘BAD LOVE’ from MOSKITO

The Last Internationale share ‘Running for a Dream’

This week also saw The Last Internationale sharing their latest single, ‘Running for a Dream’, and you can of course listen above!

The track comes from their upcoming third studio album, which arrives March 31st.

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Download Festival 2022

Demob Happy return with ‘Voodoo Science’

Demob Happy – ‘Voodoo Science’

Demob Happy returned this week with their new single, ‘Voodoo Science’, which you can listen to above.

The track will feature on newly announced upcoming album, ‘Divine Machines’, which is out May 26th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Willie J Healey debuts ‘Thank You’

Willie J Healey – ‘Thank You’ feat. Jamie T

Next in our News Report is the latest single from Willie J Healey featuring Jamie T. Listen to ‘Thank You’ above now.

The track comes from forthcoming album, ‘Bunny’, which is out August 25th.

Willie comments on the new single: “I was tired and flat and didn’t know what to make & then my friend Jamie said ay willie I’ve got this drum machine it might inspire you.. I picked it up and wrote ‘Thank You’ the next day, it was my way of thanking Jamie for being a good friend. I dedicate it to anyone trying to do their own thing.”

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Mimi Barks shares video for ‘SAW’

Mimi Barks – ‘SAW’

Mimi Barks concludes this portion of our News Report with the new video for her track, ‘SAW’, which you can watch above!

The track features on their recently released mixtape, ‘DEADGIRL’.

Barks had the following to say, “SAW, the third song on the DEADGIRL Mixtape, marks the resistance, rage, and anger I experienced while seeking my identity and self-worth on an emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental level.”

She continues to mention – “Working independently on set with a micro team—just me, and my videographer, and his camera—it takes me back to my roots. No crew, no lights, and no screenplay. It’s raw, industrial and dirty – with the walls of the derelict buildings captured in the music video reflecting the wrath and backlash of my internal war.”

Grab your copy here.

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Watch Episode 28 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests Oxbowlake

As always we conclude our News Report with the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist!

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Blondshell – ‘Joiner’

Blondshell will release her self-titled debut album arrives April 7th and is preceded by new single, ‘Joiner’.

Describing the new single, Blondshell explains, “I was listening to a lot of Britpop when I wrote this song. A lot of those bands like The Verve, Pulp, Suede, and Blur channelled dark subject matter, drugs, and all this dirty stuff, but with a fun acoustic guitar under it. I was listening to The Replacements, too. That’s what this song was inspired by sonically. I wanted it to feel like you’re watching HBO, where even though it’s heavy, it’s still a good time.”

BLACKGOLD – ‘Boogeyman’

Masked Misfits BLACKGOLD are back at it again with new single ‘Boogeyman’!

The band comment, “‘Boogeyman’ is about that person that haunts your dreams. They have full control over you within your subconscious and it feels like you can’t escape.”

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Riyah – ‘Perfect’

Riyah is ready to unleash her first single ‘Perfect’, showcasing what is to come from her hands and lungs.

She comments, “I’m excited to see this new chapter roll out with this new EP. I’ve spent almost two years figuring out which way to go, and these songs might feel like baby steps to some, but for me it’s gigantic leap into my passion” 

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The Year In Review 2022

Full Pelt Music looks back on 2022 for our Year In Review

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It’s been another big revival year for the music industry following the pandemic years, and it’s been another year of growth for us at Full Pelt Music! We’ve reviewed 67 albums, 7 EP’s, 6 festivals and 38 gigs in 2022 as some level of normality or even stability has returned to our industry.

That said, there are still many issues facing the industry with livelihoods, venues and organisations at risk for a plethora of reasons. Whilst government action is required in many places, what we as fans can do is support the industry with our money. Times are tough for us all, but purchasing an album, buying a t-shirt, nabbing a ticket and grabbing a drink whilst at a gig does so much to support the industry that we love.

Our two great Podcasts have continued to grow and highlights this year came from guests such as Blood Red Shoes, The Treatment, Skinny Lister, Daytime TV, Pet Needs, The Ninth Wave, Sunflower Bean, James and the Cold Gun, Guise, October Drift, BERRIES, Asylums, As Sirens Fall and Jamie Lenman! We’ve already got some fantastic guests lined up for 2023, so ensure you subscribe and follow us across Social Media!

In our now annual end of year awards we’ll be giving out seven hotly contested awards looking at both the recorded and live sides of the industry. Adding to our well established Album of the Year award this year will be the new EP of the Year award. We’ll also once again be revealing our Single of the Year. All awards have seen fierce competition, as once again it’s been a high quality year for new releases.

On the live side of things, we’ll announce both our Gig and Festival of the Year awards. This year of course provided our first full calendar of music since 2019! We were able to witness many great performances this year and we can’t wait to share with you are favourites.

Lastly we’ll look at the artists who’ve had special years as we award our Artist and ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year awards. So without further ado, let’s work through those award catagories!

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

It has been a truly magnificent year for album releases and getting a spot anywhere in our Top 50 was hard enough but in particular the Top 10 was incredibly tightly fought. You can read the full list here.

‘IMPERA’ from Ghost was able to take the crown this year but any of the top 10 could’ve taken that spot. ‘Reeling’ from The Mysterines in particular would likely have won in any other year, but the majesty and magnificence of ‘IMPERA’ proved unbeatable.

Winner:

‘Impera’ by Ghost

The contenders:

‘Reeling’ by The Mysterines, ‘FTHC’ by Frank Turner, ‘Skinty Fia’ by Fontaines D.C. & ‘The Price of Life’ by Bob Vylan

Previous Winners:

2021 – ‘Blue Weekend’ by Wolf Alice
2020 – ‘Ultra Mono’ by IDLES

EP OF THE YEAR

For the first time this year, we are separating EP’s out of our main award and giving them their own pedestal. That alone is the truest compliment to the quality of EP’s on offer this year.

Again, all EP’s in our top 5 are worthy of the number one spot, but it’s ‘coming of (r)age’ from As Sirens Fall that pips it. Catchy as hell single, ‘heaven (spat us back out)’, helps elevate the release to be crowed our first ever EP of the Year.

Winner:

‘coming of (r)age’ by As Sirens Fall

The contenders:

‘False Start’ by James and the Cold Gun, ‘SCP’ by Oakman, ‘Tyrants’ by IOTA and ‘BLACKGOLD’ by BLACKGOLD

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

We look now at our Single or Song of the Year. In considering the award this year we’ve considered the ear worms that have stayed with us after live performances. We’ve also pondered which songs instantly struck a chord and created a buzz of excitement for the albums and live shows that would follow.

Songs which fell into both of these considerations competed for the award and it was again a tight decision, but ultimately for us this year ‘Dangerous’ from The Mysterines has not just ticked both boxes but also remained on heavy rotation throughout the year despite being an early arrival in 2022. That’s why that track is our 2022 Single of the Year!

Check out the winning single below:

The Mysterines – ‘Dangerous’
Winner:

‘Dangerous’ by The Mysterines

The contenders:

‘Talk Hard’ by Jamie Lenman, ‘Compliance’ by Muse, ‘Wicked Ways’ by Halestorm, ‘Spillways’ by Ghost

Previous Winners:

2021 – ‘Test of our Resolve’ from Press To MECO
2020 – ‘Obey’ by Bring Me The Horizon feat. Yungblud

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

2022 was the first full festival season since 2019 and what a return it was. All eyes were on Glastonbury once again, British Summer Time curated a stunning line-up, Download Festival breathed fire and 2000trees was able to remind everyone what’s so great about smaller festivals.

Our winner this year though is Reading & Leeds who went big, sold out and delivered an action packed weekend even with the huge loss of Rage Against The Machine amongst others. Always a perennial contender for this award, 2022 felt like the year the event reclaimed its identity.

Read our review of Reading Festival Saturday

Winner:

Reading & Leeds

The contenders:

Glastonbury Festival, British Summer Time, Download Festival, 2000trees Festival

Previous Winners:

2021 – Download Pilot Festival
2020 – Wild Fields Festival

GIG OF THE YEAR

We’ve reviewed many gigs this year but in reality there could only ever be one winner. Rammstein’s tour is less of a concert and more of an experience; one that everyone, fan of the band or not, should experience at least once.

Beyond that there was still some incredible, top tier gigs in 2022 and our contenders are all worthy of glory, but Rammstein are currently on a whole different level.

Read our review of Rammstein live in Coventry

Winner:

Rammstein @ Coventry Arena

The contenders:

Royal Blood @ O2 Arena, London, Ghost @ Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, Muse @ Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London, The Killers @ Carrow Road, Norwich, The Hella Mega Tour @ London Stadium, London, Creeper @ Roundhouse, London, Idlewild @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, London

Previous Winners:

2021 – Bring Me The Horizon @ O2 Arena, London
2020 – Frank Turner @ Arboretum, Nottingham

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Artist of the Year now and for this award we look for somebody who has had a huge, perhaps even career-defining year. Previous winners Frank Turner and Biffy Clyro have done so by delivering incredible feats, far above the norm.

This year was a big year for many acts, but we’ve gone for Bring Me The Horizon as a band that have had a career-defining twelve months. Long tipped as festival headliners at a major event, many felt that the time would never come for one of the best live bands on the planet. Big releases, sold-out tours, no matter what the group did they never seemed to be given that torch, that is until this year!

Watching Bring Me The Horizon step up and headline at Reading & Leeds this summer felt like a real moment, not just for the band but for the whole scene. For any metal band, let alone one once considered so unfashionable to headline the biggest festivals in the UK is massive.

Already announced to finally headline Download Festival in 2023, 2022 will forever be linked for Bring Me The Horizon to taking that final career-defining set. Throw in their genre-defying collaboration with Ed Sheeran, 2022’s Artist of the Year had to be Bring Me The Horizon.

Winner:

Bring Me The Horizon

The contenders:

Ghost, Rammstein, Biffy Clyro, Muse

Previous Winners:

2021 – Biffy Clyro
2020 – Frank Turner

‘DISCOVER’ NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

As a publication we always want to put new music at the heart of what we do, and that’s why our final award is perhaps our most important! Our ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year is awarded to the act we’ve chosen to highlight on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist and Podcast who we feel has made the biggest impact this year.

At the beginning of 2022 we put the spotlight on new Colchester act PET NEEDS as they continued to promote their debut album, ‘Fractured Party Music’. From that point on the band never looked back with a world tour, a second album (‘Primtime Entertainment’) and a sold out hometown show all under their belts.

They even found the time to become the first (and only at the time of writing) band to progress from our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast and appear on The Full Pelt Music Podcast! Yes, fighting off some stiff competition for the ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year award in 2022 is PET NEEDS!

Winners:

PET NEEDS

The Contenders:

BERRIES, As Sirens Fall, Oakman, James and the Cold Gun, Daytime TV, MOSKITO

Previous Winners:

2020 – Miss Vincent

So, that’s it! Another year in the record books, it’s been another difficult year and it has again been particularly tough on the music industry. That said, we’ve had a full year of live music for the first time since 2019 and the creative juices remain flowing with some absolutely stunning new releases over the past twelve months.

Below you can enjoy some of our favourite gig photos of the year courtesy of our wonderful photographer Denis!

All 📸 (c) Denis Gorbatov / Full Pelt Music

We hope you’ve enjoyed our The Year in Review 2022 and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Here’s hoping 2023 is a good one!

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Kiss extend ‘End of the Road’ Tour into 2023

Welcome everyone to the final News Report for 2022! We hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year! Our action packed News Report will return in January, but before then we have plenty of delicious music news to dissect!

Up for this week, we look at the best tour announcements from the past week and we start with Kiss. The band has revealed that their ‘End of the Road’ World Tour will continue into 2023 with a new UK Tour announced starting in Plymouth and ending up in Glasgow.

This *could be* your last chance to catch the band live! Tickets are here.

Read our review of Download Festival 2022

Rancid are coming to the UK

Another act revealing their return to the UK this week was Rancid, who will play London and Manchester in June.

Support comes from The Bronx and Grade 2.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Hella Mega Tour

Electric Callboy announce UK Tour

Also coming to the UK next year will be Electric Callboy who have announced a run of dates in October.

Tickets are here.

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The Ghost Inside reveal UK Tour

You can also catch The Ghost Inside hitting the UK in 2023. The group will play five dates in March/April finishing up in Bristol.

Tickets are here.

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Tom Meighan announces new live dates

Former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has revealed a full UK & Ireland Tour for next spring. The tour will showcase upcoming debut album, ‘Put Your Foot Down’, which is out April 28th.

Tickets & Pre-orders here.

Read our review of Kasabian live in Norwich

Pet Needs announced the ‘Fractured Party III’

On Friday, Colchester’s Pet Needs played a huge homecoming show which served as the 2nd ‘Fractured Party’. As the show concluded, the band announced the 3rd instalment will take place on December 16th 2023.

Tickets are available now here.

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October Drift announce new London show

October Drift have also announced a special one off show. The band will take to the stage at Colours in London on Wednesday 17th May.

Tickets are here.

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Read our review of October Drift live in Norwich

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Brits Week returns in 2023

We move now on to festival announcements and up first is the return of Brits Week in aid of War Child. February will see bands playing intimate shows across the country with a focus on London.

The Hunna, The Snuts, Sea Girls, Frank Turner and Bob Vylan are amongst those on offer in 2023.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘The Price of Life’ from Bob Vylan

Teddy Rocks reveals 2023 line-up

Another event doing a fantastic job in raising money for charity is Teddy Rocks festival in aid of research and direct support for children with cancer.

This year the event hosts Feeder, Jake Bugg, The Amazons, Those Damn Crows, Punk Rock Factory, Kid Kapichi, Dream State, Mason Hill, The Bottom Line and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Torpedo’ from Feeder

Penn Fest unveils 2023 line-up

Penn Fest in Buckinghamshire also unveiled their line-up for next Summer this past week, including headliners Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Bastille.

They’ll be joined by the likes of Johnny Marr, Gaz Coombes, The Skinner Brothers and Embrace.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Signs of Life’ from Asylums

Firestorm add Massive Wagons

The final festival news in our News Report this week comes from Firestorm Festival. The event has added Massive Wagons to the top of their Friday bill for 2023.

They join the likes of Royal Republic, The Virginmarys, Mason Hill, Hollowstar, Kris Barras Band, Black Spiders and Scruffy Bear.

Tickets are here.

Watch Episode 13 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests Scruffy Bear

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Hell Is For Heroes share ‘I Should Never Have Been Here In The First Place’

Hell Is For Heroes – I Should Never Have Been Here In The First Place’

New releases are up next in our News Report as we bring you the first new music from Hell Is For Heroes in 15 years. You can listen to their new single, ‘I Should Never Have Been Here In The First Place’, above.

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Mimi Barks – ‘ASHES’

On the week of her highly anticipated ‘DEADGIRL’ mixtape release fearless Doom Trap artist Mimi Barks has unveiled her new track ‘ASHES’.

Talking about the meaning behind ‘ASHES’, Mimi Barks shares, “Women who posed a threat during the dark ages were accused of being witches, intimidated, burned alive, and sentenced to execution. Today, ever since the Age of Enlightenment, a creative, strong-willed, and self-assured woman still gets burnt to the stake verbally by those led by their own anxieties.”

XL LIFE – ‘Baby Steps’

XL LIFE shared new single ‘Baby Steps’ featuring Bob Vylan!

On working with Vylan for the new single, vocalist Traxx says: “We always felt a kinship with Bob because of his message, his boldness, and his morals, so with this song we took the opportunity to have him on the album and co-sign each other’s work. We will support him to the end.”

Commenting on the relevance of the new single, vocalist Traxx says: “We knew this song had to be made, because we had all been going through some heavy stuff outside of the band. The band has been stop-start/stop-start the whole time, trying to prioritise our health and coming up against some really traumatic circumstances, so this song had to address that. The healing journey. Baby steps. Holding onto the promises.”

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Fountain Island – ‘Pretty Little Nightmare’

Pop-punk newcomers Fountain Island reveal their contagious new single, ‘Pretty Little Nightmares’.

The band remark about its creation: “’Pretty Little Nightmares’ explores the bittersweetness of the first time with a loved one, and the realisation that one day it will just be a memory and can never be experienced again. The track takes cues from Blink182’s ‘I Miss You’, with its melancholy gothic tone whilst retaining the youthful pop feel.”

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Latitude announces 2023 headliners & more

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report, and happy Halloween 🎃!

It’s that time of the year where it’s not just the ghosts and ghouls haunting our News Report but also festival announcements for next Summer!

We start with Suffolk staple Latitude Festival which returns to Henham Park next July. This week saw the organisers reveal Pulp, Paolo Nutini and George Ezra will be headlining in the new year.

They’ll be joined on the bill by the likes of The Kooks, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, The Big Moon, Lightning Seeds, The Proclaimers and The Beths!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Neck of the Woods Festival

Neighbourhood Weekender reveal line-up

Yes, we have plenty of festival announcements in our News Report this week and next up is Neighbourhood Weekender!

Headlining the event will be Pulp, The Kooks and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott. They’ll be joined by the likes of The Wombats, Ocean Colour Scene, The Enemy, Self Esteem, Sea Girls and Lottery Winners.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Fix Yourself, Not the World’ from The Wombats

TRNSMT make first line-up announcement

Scotland’s TRNSMT will return to Glasgow Green in July with the reformed Pulp also topping their bill. Also at the top of the line-up will be Sam Fender, The 1975, George Ezra, Kasabian and Royal Blood.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott and The Kooks are on this one too, as are Inhaler and others, with many more to come.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Royal Blood live in London

Live At Leeds: In The Park is back in 2023

Following a successful debut this year, Live At Leeds will once again hold an ‘In The Park’ event at Temple Newsam Park in May.

The line-up includes headliners Two Door Cinema Club plus The Lathums, Everything Everything, The Big Moon, Black Honey, The Beths, Low Hummer and many more.

Speaking about their headline show at Live At Leeds: In The Park, Two Door Cinema Club said: “Excited to say we’ll be coming to Live At Leeds in the park next year for the first time! Yoooooooooooorkshire!”

Everything Everything said: “Always a pleasure to play in Yorkshire, always special to play Leeds, and where better than at this stalwart event?  Come and see us Live At Leeds: In The Park!”

Brooke Combe said: “Can’t wait for next year to be a part of Live at Leeds. See you all there for a boogie and a sing song 🥰”

Panic Shack said: “We can’t wait to play Live at Leeds in The Park!! Leeds has a special place in our hearts, we spent a few late nights here on our first ever tour with The Wytches. We’re excited to bring back our new and improved dance routine and to just have a bit of a laugh with everyone really!”

Hannah Wilson from Dolores Forever said: “We can’t wait to play Leeds. It’s my home town, so it will be mega special. It will be our first time playing Leeds in 2023 and we want to bring big energy vibes!”

Dan Mawer from Low Hummer said: “We’re chuffed to be a part of Live at Leeds: In The Park! The festival has a brilliant mix of well established names alongside exciting new artists, all taking place in a truly beautiful setting.

We loved attending last year’s event so we’re honoured to get the chance to play it in 2023. It’ll be really rewarding to take part in an event that will emulate the lovely sense of community we witnessed at this year’s festival.”

Speaking about Live At Leeds: In The Park 2023, Festival Promoter Joe Hubbard said:

“After such an incredible first year in 2022, we’re delighted to be returning to Temple Newsam for Live At Leeds: In The Park 2023! Bringing together bonafide festival headliners such as Two Door Cinema Club alongside some of the best in modern indie/alternative music – it’s going to be an unforgettable day and the perfect summer party not only full of singalongs left, right and centre but also loads of opportunities to discover your next favourite artist.

It’s what we do best at Live At Leeds and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back for an even bigger and even better Live At Leeds: In The Park in May. Catch ya down the front!” 

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Black Honey live in Norwich

Lytham Festival reveals 2023 line-up

Lytham Festival also returns in 2023 and this week organisers shared the line-up including headliners Jamiroquai, George Ezra, Sting, Lionel Ritchie, Motley Crue and Def Leppard.

Also on the bill are the likes of Blondie and Kaiser Chiefs.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Diamond Star Halos’ from Def Leppard

Slam Dunk Festival grows bigger

The already superb looking Slam Dunk Festival 2023 line-up grew even bigger and better this week.

New additions include Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, The Hunna, Spanish Love Songs, The Menzingers, Boston Manor, Wargasm, VUKOVI and Static Dress!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Hunna’s self-titled new album

Stonedead Festival reveals line-up

The run of festival announcements in our News Report gets a little heavier now with the 5th Anniversary of Stonedead Festival set to host headliners Blue Oyster Cult.

Also playing will be Therapy?, The Answer, King King, Mason Hill and more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Therapy? live in Norwich

Firestorm Festival makes 2nd announcement

Following a successful inaugural event this year, Firestorm Festival is back in Manchester next year with a line-up including Royal Republic, Kris Barras Band, Black Spiders, The Virginmarys, Hollowstar, Scruffy Bear and many more!

Tickets are here.

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Hollywood Vampires announce UK Tour

We move our News Report onwards now to the best tour announcements from the past week. Up first, is a July UK Tour for Hollywood Vampires.

Messrs Perry, Cooper, Depp and Henriksen will be joined by guests Seether and The Tubes.

Tickets are here.

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Black Veil Brides reveal UK Tour dates

Another act on their way to the UK are Black Veil Brides, who have revealed a run of dates for February, culminating at Troxy in London.

Tickets are here.

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Boston Manor reveal intimate UK Tour

Boston Manor have revealed details of an intimate UK Tour in which they will perform new album, ‘Datura’ in full.

Support comes from Heriot and Calva Louise.

Tickets are here.

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Jaret (Ray) Reddick announces UK dates

Bowling For Soup frontman Jaret Reddick will bring his new country project to the UK in December with shows announced this week in London and Birmingham.

Support comes from Gasoline and Matches.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Pop Drunk Snot Bread’ from Bowling For Soup

THE HARA unveil new Tour dates

THE HARA have announce the ‘Survival Mode’ Tour which will take them around the UK next April.

Tickets are here.

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The Lathums set for UK Tour

The final tour announcement for our News Report this week comes from The Lathums who will be on the road early next year.

Their new album, ‘From Nothing To A Little Bit More’ is available for pre-order now.

Tickets and albums are here.

Read our review of Reading Festival

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Hundred Reasons return with new single ‘Glorious Sunset’

Hundred Reasons – ‘Glorious Sunset’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and we start off with the spectacular return of Hundred Reasons.

The band this week announced their first new album in 15 years! ‘Glorious Sunset’ will be released on February 24th, and you can check out the title track above.

Lead singer Colin Doran says of the first writing session; “I came away from that session not just feeling closer to the other guys, having not seen them for some time, but thinking the music was f****** awesome. We all looked at each other and knew it was a go.”

He continues about the single: “When we started writing again it was really important that we did not go back to any material that had been cut previously. It all had to be completely new. We started writing just before Covid and got together sporadically as and when we could to write and demo which was not our usual way. We would normally be in a room together for the most part but this time it was not always possible. Larry and I would write, The Andy and Larry would write and then I would join the session later in the day (I have a day job) but we were all super happy with what was coming out. This was a deal breaker for all as if we were putting out new material it had to be amazing.

Glorious Sunset came about from an instrumental idea from The Andy which was nearly complete minus any vocal ideas. The lyrics for the song completely changed from the demo version to the recorded version as within that space of time my mother passed away after a 4-year battle with cancer. She had gone into remission twice previously and it come back again but this time it would be terminal. The title of the song took on a new meaning as the song talks about being relieved that someone you love is no longer suffering. The sunset refers to the light that many people say they see when they die.

During recording, Larry started playing around with synths and effects that added more to the song but by the time all of the music was recorded, no one in the band knew that the lyrics had changed so it ended up being an emotionally draining session in the studio that day. In all lots of lyrics changed during that time period as it brought on a new perspective which shaped the narrative of the material.”

“This album isn’t something we felt we had to do. We simply arrived at a position where the music was so good that it was something we needed to do.”

Pre-order your copy here.

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Bob Vylan debut ‘The Delicate Nature’

Bob Vylan – ‘The Delicate Nature’ ft. Laurie Vincent

This week saw Bob Vylan unleash their new, Laurie Vincent featuring single, ‘The Delicate Nature’, which you can check out above!

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Read our review of ‘The Price of Life’ from Bob Vylan

The Pearl Harts share ‘MORE’

The Pearl Harts – ‘MORE’

The Pearl Harts returned this week to share the first single from their forthcoming new album. You can listen to ‘MORE’ above.

‘MORE’ here!

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Miss Vincent return with ‘In the Still of the Night’

Miss Vincent – ‘In the Still of the Night’

This week also saw Miss Vincent return with their new single, ‘In the Still of the Night’, which you can check out above.

More here.

Watch Episode 7 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests Miss Vincent

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October Drift share ‘Lost Without You’ video

October Drift – ‘Lost Without You’

Following the release of their latest album, ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’, October Drift this week shared the video for ‘Lost Without You’, which you can of course check out above.

Regarding ‘Lost Without You’ frontman Kiran Roy says, “It’s a song about heartbreak and helplessness. Inspired by a long-distance relationship, with my girlfriend living over 400 miles away in Scotland. It’s about missing loved ones and the struggle of being apart.”

More here.

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Idlewild announce ‘Passing Places’ Journal

Book news closes out our News Report this week as Idlewild have announced details of a new limited edition publication entitled ‘Passing Places’.

Roddy Woomble says:

“Initially, we had an idea of putting something together to commemorate The Remote Part tour dates – a programme or a journal, something fans of the band would love to read and have. It would be made in a similar style to Tom’s beautifully designed journal Gold Flake Paint, somewhere between a magazine, a journal, a novella and a photo book. Something different and personal.

The journal acts almost like a souvenir programme for the 20th Anniversary Remote Part shows, particularly for those who travelled up to Ullapool in September, as primarily that is where the journal is set. 

This idea appealed to me enormously, so Tom accompanied the band up to the Highlands for our The Remote Part show in Ullapool, close to where the album was written. As we got chatting on the journey, at the gig and the following day driving around the Highlands, it became clear to both of us that this writing collaboration could be explored in many different ways, not necessarily just about one album.

This is a great writing project for me, working with an experienced writer like Tom, making something special for Idlewild fans all about an album that means a great deal to me, but also to Tom – a journey from two different perspectives.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Idlewild live in London

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ĠENN – ‘Rohmeresse’

Ahead of their tour supporting Pussy Riot, Brighton’s ĠENN have shared their new single, ‘Rohmeresse’.

On the song, vocalist Leona Farrugia said, “I’ve often felt a pressure running through everyday life: a pressure to be productive whilst being true to oneself. Modern life can be very dissociative and small tasks become a real burden to uphold. I wanted to capture these thoughts through the track, whereby these emotions gradually build to a point of ecstasy.”

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MOSKITO – ‘Sweet Fruit’

Following the breath-taking launch of MOSKITO towards the end of 2021, they now return with their brand-new single ‘Sweet Fruit’.

“Sweet Fruits lyrics portray how easy it is to play away in a relationship, with all the distractions in today’s society. It’s unwieldy temptation at the push of a button. Is it too sweet? What a waste it is.” – Front man Jake Rudd.

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Pollyanna Blue – ‘Haunted’

Bristol-based alt-rock two-piece Pollyanna Blue reveal their latest single ‘Haunted’.

Speaking of the inspiration for the song, lyricist and vocalist Zoe Collins says, “In this song trauma is depicted as an unforgiving evil spirit that will come at you at night and relentlessly try to tear you down.  The impactful delivery of the lyrics harnesses the real range of emotions of someone experiencing immense feelings of emptiness, sadness and anger.

The lyric ‘like a headache’ depicts the side effects of dealing with large and repetitive amounts of trauma and stress to the brain, painting an unpleasant experience for the person being Haunted by their own predicament.”

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I Don’t Belong Anywhere

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October Drift have spent the year slowly building towards the release of their second album. A steady stream of superb singles has signalled what was coming and now ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ is here and fans are in for a real treat.

The band continue down the euphoric path they set with their 2020 debut ‘Forever Whatever’. That year of course was a show stopper for most bands and many new acts were lost to the pandemic.

Thankfully, October Drift have emerged not just intact but firing on all cylinders. ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ is an incredible achievement considering the restraints in which it was written and recorded. The difficult past two years are referenced on tracks such as the hauntingly beautiful ‘Webcam Funerals’, but there is much more do dissect on this album.

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‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ finds the band again in a reflective mindset but this time they are analysing the world around us. This is a sombre yet uplifting record packed with intensity and controlled ferocity. There are tender moments, brutally honest lyrics and a constant visceral sonic onslaught.

You can feel that the band has poured everything into this album, and that work pays dividends with a stunning collection of songs. Pre-release singles such as ‘Airborne Panic Attack’ and ‘Insects’ promised something great and ultimately October Drift have delivered something very special indeed!

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Arctic Monkeys set for huge UK Stadium Tour

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

We start this week with the latest live announcements and they didn’t come any bigger than the revelation that Arctic Monkeys will be performing a huge UK Stadium Tour next Summer.

The band will perform 13 dates in May and June 2023 including double dates in London and hometown Sheffield.

Making the events even more unmissable will be special guests The Hives and The Mysterines!

Ticket information is here.

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Roger Waters reveals UK ‘This Is Not A Drill’ dates

The legendary Roger Waters also had UK Tour news on offer this week as he revealed three dates for next Summer on his ‘This Is Not A Drill’ Tour.

“This Is Not A Drill is a groundbreaking new rock and roll/cinematic extravaganza, performed in the round, it is a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to Love, Protect and Share our precious and precarious planet home.  The show includes a dozen great songs from Pink Floyd’s Golden Era alongside several new ones, words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, the same man. Could be his last hurrah. Wow! My first farewell tour! Don’t miss it”.  Love R.

Tickets are here.

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The Dead Daisies reveal UK Tour dates

Rockers The Dead Daisies have this week revealed new UK Tour dates for December.

Support comes from both FM and Graham Bonnet Band.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Patient Number 9’ from Ozzy Osbourne

Black Honey announce Halloween show

This week also saw Black Honey reveal details of a special Halloween show at Colours Hoxton!

Tickets here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers debut ‘Eddie’

Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Eddie’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and we start with the iconic Red Hot Chili Peppers!

The band debuted their latest single this week from upcoming new album, ‘Return of the Dream Canteen’, which is out October 14th.

You can listen to, ‘Eddie’, above now.

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Red Hot Chili Peppers live in London

The Smashing Pumpkins debut ‘Beguiled’

The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Beguiled’

Another iconic act with new music out this week was The Smashing Pumpkins who revealed new single, ‘Beguiled’, which you can check out above.

The track comes from new album, ‘ATUM’, which is out 21st April.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Fontaines D.C. share video for ‘The Couple Across The Way’

Fontaines D.C. – ‘The Couple Across The Way’

Fontaines D.C. shared the video for their single, ‘The Couple Across The Way’, this week and you can check it out above.

Speaking on the track and video, frontman Grian Chatten says, “I was living in a tiny little flat in North London with my girlfriend and there was this Hitchcock – esque view of an elderly couple across from us. They had these blazing arguments that sent pigeons flying around, and after each one the man in the couple would come out onto this little balcony he had and just breathe for about 10 minutes. I couldn’t help but imagine it as a reflection of myself and my girlfriend in years to come, and ourselves as a reflection of a younger, happier version of them”

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Disturbed debut new single ‘Unstoppable’

Disturbed – ‘Unstoppable’

Our News Report continues with the latest single from Disturbed. You can check out, ‘Unstoppable’, above.

The song comes from newly announced upcoming album, ‘Divisive’, which is out November 18th.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Saxon share new single ‘Black Is The Night’

Saxon – ‘Black Is The Night’

The mighty Saxon have released a new single to preview their upcoming tour. You can watch the video for ‘Black Is The Night’ above.

Frontman Biff Byford comments: “Looking forward to the Seize The Day Tour. See you all on the road and enjoy the new video for Black Is The Night!

Tickets for the tour are here.

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Skid Row share new single ‘Time Bomb’

Skid Row – ‘Time Bomb’

Skid Row also had a new single to share this week, and you can check out, ‘Time Bomb’, above.

The track comes from new album, ‘The Gang’s All Here’ which is available October 14th.

The video for ‘Time Bomb’ was helmed by director Dale ‘Rage’ Resteghini who Rachel Bolan sought out to realize his artistic vision for the song about humanity’s continuing struggles with self-indulgence and monotony.
 
“What would it be like to be in that position?” Rachel asks. “Just be completely going about life, your normal everyday thing, but you’re thiiiiis close to just completely losing your shit?”

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The Last Internationale debut ‘Hoka Hey!’

The Last Internationale – ‘Hoka Hey!’

There is plenty more new music to come in our packed News Report this week and next we turn to The Last Internationale.

This week saw the group debut their latest track, ‘Hoka Hey!’, which you can check out above.

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Poppy shares ‘FYB’

Poppy – ‘FYB’

Poppy shared her latest track this week. Listen to ‘FYB’ above, which will feature on her ‘Stagger’ EP out October 14th.

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AWOLNATION share ‘Freaking Me Out’

AWOLNATION – ‘Freaking Me Out’

AWOLNATION have debuted their new single, ‘Freaking Me Out’, which you can watch the video for above.

Aaron Bruno shared his inspiration behind the song: “I had a sense of a hopeful paranoia of sorts in creating this song, plus you can disco dance to it, or bang your head. Or both. It’s up to you.”

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The Murder Capital share new single ‘A Thousand Lives’

The Murder Capital – ‘A Thousand Lives’

We continue our News Report with The Murder Capital. The band this week debuted new single, ‘A Thousand Lives’, which you can check out above.

The band also revealed that their second album, ‘Gigi’s Recovery’ will be out January 20th.

Front man James McGovern had the following to say about the themes behind the new single:

“Knowing that the day is only X-hours long, alongside my understanding of how love can be the true restorative seed, means that if and when you are so lucky to find it (and it is true) the seemingly small glance that is our lifetime could never contain enough of those days or those hours. Even a thousand of those lifetimes would never be enough.”

The band had the following to say about the new album and next year’s tour:

“For us, having worked on Gigi’s Recovery over the past two-plus years, now knowing every detail of every room in this house that we have built together, all we want to do is invite everybody in. We can’t wait to reveal more and more of what we’ve been creating with this record, and eventually in the new year, to reveal the full story.

The greatest thing about making a record is touring a record. The connection we make and the energy created at our live shows is the highest point for us. We can’t wait to meet new faces in the crowds, and to see this record under the new light that each and every one of you will shine on it. No better place to be than in the centre of it all.”

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LIFE share video for ‘Shipping Forecast’

LIFE – ‘Shipping Forecast’

Following the release of their latest album, ‘North East Coastal Town’, last month, LIFE have shared the video for, ‘Shipping Forecast’, which you can watch above.

Speaking on the single, singer Mez Green:

“The ‘Shipping Forecast’ is a track that is awash with Hull’s nautical heritage. The music channels the power of the waves somewhere between Dogger and Humber.

It’s an urgent and powerful track that grapples with the need to get home and pins themes of toxic social media and control to its mast.

The track was one of the first to be written from North East Coastal Town and its energy and mood very much set the scene of our recording process.”

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October Drift share video for ‘Waltzer’

October Drift – ‘Waltzer’

October Drift will soon release their second album, ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’, with the record available on October 14th.

This week the band revealed the video for their single, ‘Waltzer’, which you can watch above.

Regarding the video the band say, “We wanted to make a video which visually encapsulated what the song was about. We knew we wanted to film it at an empty seaside location, so we got up at 3am and drove to a beach in Dorset to shoot at sunrise. Somehow we roped a friend into getting up that early to pour the water over Kiran, but managed to misjudge the sunrise so ended up standing around in the dark for two hours before it was light enough to film anything. Not sure how many takes we did in the end, but it was enough to give Kiran mild hypothermia.”

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Courting debut ‘Famous’

Courting – ‘Famous’

Courting have just released their debut album, ‘Guitar Music’, and this week shared the video for new single, ‘Famous’, which you can check out above.

Speaking on the new song, frontman Murphy-O’Neill says, “Famous is about growing up, finding comfort in smaller things, It is a song about nights forgotten and days of just watching sitcoms with your friends. Musically, we wanted to create something truly euphoric, something we could cry to. We intended for this song to be the centerpiece of the record, a bit like a carousel.”

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PVA share video for ‘Bad Dad’

PVA – ‘Bad Dad’

Our News Report turns now to PVA who this week share the video for their recent single, ‘Bad Dad’, which you can watch above. The track comes from new album, ‘Blush’, which is out October 14th.

Speaking on the themes of the single, Ella Harris says “Bad Dad explores the internal world of a new father checking in on his son at night, afraid of the lineage of masculinity and how it might impact someone so untainted.”

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The Hot Damn! share new single ‘Live Laugh Love’

The Hot Damn! – ‘Live Laugh Love’

Closing out this section of our News Report are The Hot Damn!. This week saw the rockers share their latest single, ‘Live Laugh Love’, which you can check out above.

Physical copies are here.

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Softcult – ‘One Of A Million’

Set to support Incubus on their UK Tour, Softcult this week shared their new track, ‘One Of A Million’.

On the track Mercedes says, “Originally, I was writing from a frustrating perspective, expressing my feelings about the people in our society who think they are the exception and can justify repeating selfish actions, no matter who they harm in the process.

As the song began to take shape, it also became about my own personal insecurities and fear of being ordinary and unexceptional, but the more I thought about it and wrote about it, I realized that accepting how similar we all are as human beings is a comforting sentiment, if not a vital one.

The more we relate to each other and acknowledge our similarities, the more empathy and compassion we will have for one another. The more divided we are, the longer these issues get drawn out instead of solved. It’s important to not only celebrate our diversity and unique-ness, but also to remember that at a very basic level we are all more the same than different.”

No Windows – ‘Shout (Red Song)’

Edinburgh duo No Windows share their new single, ‘Shout (Red Song)’, from newly announced debut EP ‘Fishboy’.

Morgan had the following to say about the themes behind the track:

“Shout (Red Song) felt loud, thrashy and noisy – which to me felt most like the colour red. Red reminds me of things that are intense like anger or love which, and while neither of those things are explored directly, they feel present as an undercurrent in the melody and sonic set-up of the final recording.”

noyou – ‘Love is Enough’

Synthetic Pop-Rock band noyou have dropped just dropped their debut EP ‘This Game We Started’ amd alongside the EP comes new single ‘Love Is Enough’.

“’Love is Enough’ explores the challenges often faced in the world of an independent artist. Whether it be battles with egos, gigs to no one or overwhelming self-doubt, the song is a reminder to ourselves and to anyone who can relate to soldier on and keep doing what it is you enjoy, for as long as you continue to enjoy it.” – Connor Jobes

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Slam Dunk Festival reveals 2023 Line-Up

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

We start this week with festival announcements and we can’t begin anywhere else other than Slam Dunk Festival. The dual location event has revealed the first batch of bands set for Leeds and Hatfield next year and it’s a stunner!

On tap are The Offspring, Enter Shikari, Billy Talent, Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake, Creeper, Holding Absence, Trash Boat and Kids In Glass Houses amongst many more.

Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari comments:

“I’ve been intoxicated by the idea of headlining Slam Dunk again ever since our Take To The Skies celebration headline set back in 2017. It’s such a great festival, always nails its bills, and has the added bonus that us lads can actually cycle to the Southern date, being that Hatfield is a neighbouring town to us!

In fact, essentially, this will be our biggest “hometown” show ever, now that the festival has grown even more. I cannot wait. In fact, I will not wait. I demand we play this tomorrow!

I think playing outdoors is my favourite thing to do in life. Just being able to look up and see the sky, with the expanse of people underneath it, all sharing the same emotions and experience, it’s just such a raw, beautiful, and reifying thing.

Slam Dunk is a festival I try to attend every year regardless of whether we’re playing it. I love both the sites, and it’s always full of mates and has such a convivial vibe. (That’s my word of the week).

We’re already thinking about stage production ideas, we’re going to do everything we can to make this our biggest show yet.”

Tickets are here.

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Live At Leeds: In The City line-up gets bigger

Staying in Leeds, and Live At Leeds: In The City grew by some 80+ acts this week.

Joining the already announced Pale Waves, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Baby Queen will be the likes of Sundara Karma, White Lies, Swim Deep, Lottery Winners, King No-One, The Pale White, The Hara and many more.

Speaking about the new additions to Live At Leeds: In The City, Festival Promoter Joe Hubbard said: “After the incredible reaction to our first wave of names, we’re delighted to announce over 80 new artists joining us across Leeds City Centre this October. There’s something incredible about bringing together some of the most exciting names in new music that us in the Live At Leeds office have been playing constantly or lucky enough to see this year – and Live At Leeds: In The City 2022 feels like the perfect combination of artists we know are set for massive things in the year ahead.

I can’t wait to dive around the city catching set after set of must-see moments, and we’re sure that everyone will come away from the festival with countless new favourite artists”

Tickets are here.

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Mutations Festival reveals line-up

Another fantastic looking line-up comes from Mutations Festival in Brighton.

Announced to play the November event are the likes of Bob Vylan, Pussy Riot, Squid, Do Nothing, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Pip Blom, Crows, Coach Party, Lynks and Hamish Hawk.

Tickets are here.

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Courteeners announce return to Heaton Park

Our News Report moves on to the biggest tour announcements from the past week, but we start off with another huge summer show set for 2023.

Courteeners will be returning to Heaton Park to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of their debut album, ‘St.Jude’.

Speaking about the special ‘St Jude’ Heaton Park show, Liam Fray says:
“They grow up so fast. Can’t believe our darling St. Jude is 15 next year. Think it’s time for a celebration and we all know that great things come in threes….The Star Wars Trilogy, Sooty, Sweep & Soo and now, here we are, with the third instalment of ‘Courteeners at Heaton Park’. 

June 2015. June 2019 and now June 2023 … 

This time, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its release we’ll be playing ST. JUDE (in full) PLUS (of course) THE HITS.  I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than to make the pilgrimage to Heaton Park with like-minded souls and lose ourselves like it’s 2008. And, because we’re good like that, we’ve remastered the original album … GOD BLESS THE BAND. GOD BLESS THE FANS. OMNE TRIUM PERFECTUM.’

Tickets are here.

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The 1975 announce UK Tour

Fresh from heading Reading & Leeds Festivals, The 1975 have announced a huge UK Tour for January.

Tickets are here.

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Sam Fender announced St. James Park gig

Sam Fender will be playing at his beloved St. James’ Park Stadium in Newcastle next June. Support comes from Inhaler and Holly Humberstone.

Tickets are here.

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Fever 333 announce UK shows

Fresh from performing at Reading & Leeds Festivals, Fever 333 have announced a full UK/EU Tour for early next year culminating with a huge show at London’s famous Roundhouse.

Tickets are here.

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Kid Kapichi reveal new UK Tour

Kid Kapichi have revealed a new UK Tour set for early next year. The news comes ahead of the release of new album, ‘Here’s What You Could Have Won’, which arrives September 23rd.

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Bears In Trees announce new UK shows

Bears In Trees also had new UK shows to reveal this week as they announced the ‘Moonbeam’ Tour set for this November.

Tickets are here.

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Jamie Lenman reveals Autumn live dates

Jamie Lenman will be on road the again this autumn with four dates announced this past week.

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HECK announce London show

Recently returned HECK have announced a further one off show for this December at the Underworld in Camden.

Tickets are here.

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Daytime TV reveal new live dates

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week comes from Daytime TV. The band will be playing a handful of headline shows this October alongside a Glasgow support slot with The Amazons.

Tickets are here.

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Arctic Monkeys debut new single ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’

Arctic Monkeys – ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’

Our News Report turns now to the best new music releases from the past week and we start with the iconic Arctic Monkeys.

Last week the band revealed that new album, ‘The Car’, will be released on October 21st. This week the band debuted the first single from the album, ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’, which you can check out above.

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Gorillaz debut new single ‘New Gold’ with Tame Impala & Bootie Brown

Gorillaz – ‘New Gold’ feat. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown

Our News Report is packed with great new music this week and next is the latest new track from Gorillaz. ‘New Gold’ features both Tame Impala and Bootie Brown, and you can check it out above.

This week also saw Gorillaz announce that new album, ‘Cracker Island’, is out February 24th.

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Yungblud debuts ‘Tissues’

Yungblud – ‘Tissues’

Next up is Yungblud who released his self-titled new album this week. Ahead of the release the singer debuted latest tack, ‘Tissues’, which you can check out above.

Grab your copy of the album here.

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Architects share new single ‘deep fake’

Architects – ‘deep fake’

Another act with a new album on the way is Architects who will release, ‘the classic symptoms of a broken spirit’, on October 21st.

This week the band shared their latest single, ‘deep fake’, which you can listen to above.

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Read our review of Architects live in Norwich

Editors debut ‘Vibe’

Editors – ‘Vibe’

Editors are preparing for the release of new album, ‘EBM’, on September 23rd. This week they debuted the latest track from the album, ‘Vibe’, which you can check out above.

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The Wonder Years share ‘Old Friends Like Lost Teeth’

The Wonder Years – ‘Old Friends Like Lost Teeth’

As we continue our News Report we look now at The Wonder Years who this week shared new track, ‘Old Friends Like Lost Teeth’, which you can check out above.

The track will feature on upcoming album, ‘The Hum Goes On Forever’, which is out September 23rd.

“As much as I try not to dwell on loss, I can’t help myself from thinking about it, writing about it, singing about it,” Vocalist Dan Campbell explains. “This is a song for another friend who passed too soon and about how I wish I could stop myself from opening the sutures, about how I know it’ll be painful to play live, and how powerless I am to do anything else.”

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Boston Manor share new track ‘Inertia’

Boston Manor – ‘Inertia’

Boston Manor this week shared new track, ‘Inertia’, which you can listen to above. The track comes from new album, ‘Datura’, which is out October 14th.

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Pierce The Veil debut ‘Pass The Nirvana’

Pierce The Veil – ‘Pass The Nirvana’

Our News Report continues with news that there was new music on offer this week from Pierce The Veil as they debuted new single, ‘Pass The Nirvana’, which you can listen to above.

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Pulled Apart By Horses share ‘Sleep In Your Grave’

Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘Sleep In Your Grave’

Pulled Apart By Horses this week shared new track, ‘Sleep In Your Grave’, which you can check out above. The track comes ahead of fifth album ‘Reality Cheques’, out September 30th.

Commenting on the band’s sonic evolution for the new record, vocalist Tom Hudson says: “One major thing we all chatted about was the ‘less is more’ approach, so we made a collective decision for me to ditch my guitar. It was a logical and simple way of trimming the fat, it gave us a more direct ‘to the point’ urgency. Instead of the racket of multiple duelling guitars and a cacophony of noise, everything had a pocket to sit in. A sonic corner. PABH 2.0.”

“Whilst we were working through writing and jamming, we also experimented with load of different recording techniques, an array of vintage microphones that we’d accumulated, trashed 70’s WEM guitar combo amps, routing vocals through old fender spring reverb heads, manipulating sounds with Space Echo tape effects and a load of other things for us to play around with.”

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October Drift release new single ‘Waltzer’

October Drift – ‘Waltzer’

October Drift released new single, ‘Waltzer’, this week, which you can check out above. The tracks will feature on upcoming album, ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’, which is out October 14th.

Regarding the single frontman Kiran Roy says, “‘Waltzer’ always makes me think of Robert Eggars film The Lighthouse. The isolation and spiralling madness of the film really echoes with this song. I guess it’s mainly about the fog of depression. It’s a kind of focus lens on my lowest and darkest thoughts, as well as a reflection of people I love and care about who have themselves battled with these kinds of things.”

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Charlotte Wessels shares latest single ‘Toxic’

Charlotte Wessels – ‘Toxic’

Charlotte Wessels debuted her latest single, ‘Toxic’, this week which you can listen to above. The track will feature on new album, ‘Tales From Six Feet Under Vol II’, which is out October 7th.

On ‘Toxic’, Charlotte says: “‘Toxic’ is a direct response to the populism, greed, misogyny and victim blaming that come screaming from our screens on a daily basis, and with the recent overturning of Roe v Wade, it has sadly become only more relevant since its initial release on Patreon. I hope you like the song but I mostly hope the issues it deals with will be a thing of the past before I am.”

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Mimi Barks – ‘nihil’

Doom trap pioneer Mimi Barks has announced her highly anticipated upcoming mixtape ‘DEADGIRL’ which is set for release in December 2022. She has also dropped a new offering in the form of defying single ‘nihil’.

“‘nihil’ is the first track I wrote after having my entire music collection and visuals wiped off all DSP’s including YouTube in 2020. And just when I entered the void, thinking this is it, my brother KOEN sent this beat, which lead me to writing the first song for what would later become the DEADGIRL Mixtape. I needed to move forward from this, and “nihil” be my reboot in a paradoxical way.”“There lies great power in resistance” – Mimi Barks

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Sunsleeper – ‘Quitter’

Indie rock band Sunsleeper have shared their new single ‘Quitter’.

“’Quitter’ is about the pains and joys of being a band,” says vocalist Jeffery Mudgett. “How touring is both incredibly fulfilling while also being a detriment to normalcy and comfortability. Poking fun at the comparison game. The realization that creating music in a live scenario is often the place I feel the most present, when I allow myself to be.”

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noyou – ‘Same Old Story’

Having recently exploded onto the scene, Synthetic Pop-Rock band noyou have dropped their new single ‘Same Old Story’.

“Same Old Story explores the anxieties and stresses that come with adult life. Are we ‘on track’ with where we’re supposed to be for our age? The track deals with the repetition and monotony of the everyday and the struggles of wanting to be released from it. The train never stops, but what is our destination?”  – noyou front man Connor Jobes.

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Bruce Springsteen announced for BST

Welcome one and all to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

We start this week with some huge news from Bruce Springsteen, who will be arriving back in the UK next summer for four massive shows.

Springsteen will headline two nights at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, and will also play stadium shows in Edinburgh and Birmingham.

Tickets for all shows can be found here.

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Bob Dylan announces UK Tour

As we move into the tour announcement segment of our News Report, we also move onto another legendary artist.

Yes, Bob Dylan has announced that he will play a UK Tour this October including a run at the London Palladium.

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Creeper set for special Roundhouse show

There was a special announcement this past week from Creeper, as the band revealed a special one night stand at Camden’s famous Roundhouse venue.

Remaining tickets are here.

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We Are The Ocean return for London show

Speaking also of special one off London shows, this week saw the return of We Are The Ocean who revealed that they will play at OMEARA in the capital this October!

Tickets are here.

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October Drift announce new UK Tour

October Drift continue to prepare for the release of their second album, ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ on October 14th.

With that in mind the band this week announced details of the album tour set to follow the album release this October.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

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Rolo Tomassi set for the Electric Ballroom

Another band opting for a one off London date is Rolo Tomassi, who will be gracing the Electric Ballroom in Camden next year.

Tickets are here.

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The Snuts reveal UK + Ireland Tour dates

New indie favourites The Snuts also announced a lengthy UK and Ireland tour this past week.

The band will head out on the road this October in support of new album, ‘Burn The Empire’, which is out on October 7th.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

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Kris Barras Band to hit the road in 2023

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week is a lengthy one from Kris Barras Band.

Barras and co will be hitting the road very hard early next year concluding with a show at The Garage in London.

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Within Temptation debut video for ‘Don’t Pray For Me’

Within Temptation – ‘Don’t Pray For Me’

We move our News Report on now to the best music releases from the past week and begin with the new video from Within Tempation. You can check out ‘Don’t Pray For Me’, above.

Vocalist Sharon den Adel comments: “‘Don’t Pray For Me’ strives against forcing beliefs and fears onto others and bears witness to being acceptive of everyone’s own journey. It is an anthem about coming to terms with the fact that beliefs can be fluid, multiple or frankly: different. The song is about allowing people to pursue their own destiny.”

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Architects share new single ‘tear gas’

Architects – ‘tear gas’

There was a surprise for Architects fans this week as the band shared their new single, ‘tear gas’, which you can check out above.

They also announced a new album, ‘the classic symptoms of a broken spirit’, will arrive on October 21st!

Pre-order your copy here.

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Disturbed debut ‘Hey You’

Disturbed – ‘Hey You’

Disturbed also had new music on offer this week as they debuted new single, ‘Hey You’, which you can listen to above.

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Skid Row debut new single ‘Tear It Down’

Skid Row – ‘Tear It Down’

Finally our News Report concludes the week’s releases with the new single from Skid Row. Listen to their latest track, ‘Tear It Down’, above.

“’Tear It Down’ is about breaking down barriers, because coexisting isn’t about building walls, it’s about getting rid of them.” – Rachel Bolan

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IOTA – ‘Take It’

Bristol-based rock five-piece IOTA share their new single, ‘Take It’.

Speaking about the single, the band reveal, “Take It was inspired by the fight with yourself in a multitude of circumstances, work, relationships, socially and mentally. The continuum of holding yourself back and having this other side to yourself that is constantly telling you, “you aren’t good enough, you won’t make anything of yourself”.

The persistent reminder of how well everyone else is doing, social media controlling us and having a huge effect on us mentally. Constantly taking that push back and battling with your own mind as if it is a whole other person inside of you.

We wrote the song during and before lockdown with Lee Kiernan who helped us build on the track instrumentally and melodically.”

Rosen Bridge – ‘Watchers’

UK Metal outfit Rosen Bridge make their return with a punishing new offering titled ‘Watchers’. The Welsh originated 5-piece have teamed up with vocalist Jot Maxi of the formidable Hacktivist on the track.

“We were privileged to have Jot Maxi feature on the track having been huge fans of Hacktivist for some time. The song continues the sound we’ve established in our recent singles, pairing an intense heaviness with big melodic moments. We enjoyed experimenting with lots of dark electronic sounds in the track as well, with platinum producer Andrew Wade bringing the cohesiveness we needed in the final mix” – Alex Woodall, vocalist.

“It’s crazy that they (Rosen Bridge) approached me to feature on a song that’s about corruption within organised religion because I actually spent the first 26 years of my life in a cult! In fact, I didn’t find the true God of the bible until very recently… So, directing my verse against false, man-made and twisted religions that are designed to glorify humans instead of God was very natural for me, as I obviously have a lot of passion for the subject!” – Jot Maxi of Hacktivist.

Trashed – ‘Memories’

Bristol-based emo punk-rock three-piece Trashed have released their new single ‘Memories’, the third single taken from their debut full-length album due later this year.

Speaking about the single, the band state, “Memories came together very quickly. It’s about trying too hard to let go of someone while your brain clings tighter and tighter to them. Of course written during a dose of heartbreak Jimmy was going through, it’s relatable and sincere… and will probably stick in your head like heartache does.” 

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British Summer Time Hyde Park

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th July 2022

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PEARL JAM – BST HYDE PARK – LIVE REVIEW

It’s hot, hot, hot! It’s British Summer Time and the hot ticket this year is a two night stay from Seattle icons Pearl Jam. Oh yes, Hyde Park in London is packed in like a giant sweaty sauna with a delicious soundtrack on offer so let’s dive straight in.

This is another event to have suffered multiple COVID postponements but finally the gates upon on a sweltering hot Friday and diehard fans man the barriers and merch stands as they await the arrival of their heroes.

Whilst the Pearl Jam name sits atop of the banner this weekend, there is actually a packed undercard to enjoy as well. First up for us is Simon Townshend on the main stage who plays a decent opening set despite appearing more concerned with the fact Eddie Vedder was going to join him for a song, but couldn’t. When not awkwardly obsessing on the matter, Townshend showed why his own musical pedigree was actually sufficient. Very odd!

Townshend is followed on the main stage by The Murder Capital, who turn the intensity up a little. This is a band that has been winning man plaudits since their 2018 inception, and with performances like this you can see why.

It is then over to the ‘Hard Rock Rising’ stage where the fantastic Daytime TV make an early bid for performance of the weekend. Our recent ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast guests stop early attendees in their tracks, as they pause to savour the likes of ‘We Can’t Be Friends’, ‘Ugly’ and ‘Zombie’. Expect big things from this group.

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Perhaps it’s the sunshine, or the atmosphere and sense of occasion but there are some great sets this afternoon. Both White Reaper and Cat Power entertain the masses on the main stage, whilst sandwiched in between over on the ‘Birdcage’ stage are LIFE. LIFE attract a big crowd to the small stage and certainly make the most of their time on stage as they showcase their upcoming release, ‘North East Coastal Town’.

The quality of the line-up shines through next with a run of Fatherson, Pixies and October Drift before our headliners Pearl Jam. Fatherson first deliver a superb set on the ‘Birdcage’ stage which spotlights latest album, ‘Normal Fears’ with airings of ‘Better Friend’, ‘Dive’ and ‘Love For Air’.

Pixies are a major draw over on the main stage and they don’t disappoint playing a crowd pleasing set featuring ‘Gouge Away’, ‘Where Is My Mind?’, ‘Monkey Gone to Heaven’ and closer ‘Debaser’. Stood in the early evening sunshine, this is surely the definition of the perfect festival set.

Tucked away on the ‘Birdcage’ stage however is perhaps the perfect opportunistic festival set. That is in sense of a band grabbing their opportunity and their audience with both hands and dragging them kicking and screaming into a moment.

One of those moments that you walk away from and say, “wow”, that you tell your friends about. The band in question is October Drift who deliver a typically visceral experience for the audience, not least when singer Kiran Roy climbs a literal tree mid song.

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The Full Pelt Music Podcast – Episode 10 – October Drift

It’s then finally time for Pearl Jam to take to the main stage much to the delight of those diehard fans still stood stoically. BST is typically a very corporate event with an often stagnant atmosphere, but the Pearl Jam fans help to bring some life this year.

There are upsides to these highly polished BST events such as the good facilities, but a downside can be the various VIP sections sucking the life out of the crowd. Thankfully they have minimal impact this weekend with fans clearly desperate to catch their heroes after a two plus year wait.

Pearl Jam for their part do exactly what they need to do, which for the most part is just play. Vedder does regularly take time to engage the audience but it’s the music that really does the talking tonight.

Friday’s set list is well received and features the likes of ‘Even Flow’, ‘Jeremy’ and ‘Alive’, before a finale of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ with guest John McEnroe!

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Pearl Jam – ‘Alive’

There can be no complaints from fans with the band on form, the weather absolutely cracking and the undercard on fire. It’s good then that we get to do it all over again on Saturday!

The weather is again relentless hot as we arrive on day two. There is a sense of déjà-vu with fans again getting in early to stake out their spots and pillage the merch stalls.

Today is different however as we have a wholly different undercard, which starts for us today on the ‘Hard Rock Rising’ stage with Tigercub. The Brighton band help to blow off any cobwebs and get the day started right, with a good rocking!

We are then back down to the main stage for The Last Internationale who have proven themselves to be an incredible live act. Today is no different with vocalist Delila Paz orchestrating the performance from the front. The band’s tight bluesy rock goes down perfectly as the mid-afternoon sun beats down, and day two is already picking up where day one left off.

It’s another day of darting between stages today due to the excellent booking across the stages. Both The Wild Things on the ‘Hard Rock Rising’ stage and Imelda May back on the main stage continue the streak of solid performances next.

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James and the Cold Gun – ‘Seven’

Next we head back to the ‘Birdcage’ stage for another recent ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast guest, Welsh rockers James and the Cold Gun. The band has been honing their craft supporting various acts over the past year and recently undertook their debut headline tour. Each show that we’ve caught from the band has been better than the last, and again today they hit new heights with a hard hitting show.

Johnny Marr belatedly takes the main stage next and rattles through a set mixed with solo material and Smiths classics that go down very well with the baying audience.

Back over on the ‘Birdcage’ stage Petrol Girls blitz their short time on stage leaving a trail of both awe and bewilderment. Those that get it, get it and those that don’t, don’t; either way the band make an impression, which is all they need to do both musically and politically speaking. Perhaps a little out of place amongst the BST elite, but an important set at a fragile time for this country.

Soon enough it’s time for Stereophonics to grace the main stage and showcase why they could probably headline this venue themselves with the right undercard. Stereophonics are national treasures that can still pump out quality new material. They are also of the best live acts around, so of course this performance was bound to be a huge success.

New material such as ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’ and ‘Do Ya Feel My Love’ more than hold their own amongst mega hits like ‘Have a Nice Day’ and ‘Dakota’. Sing-a-longs aplenty as the band set the stage for the grand finale.

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Stereophonics – ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’

Before Pearl Jam do their thing for a second time, we pop back to the ‘Birdcage’ stage one final time for Whispering Sons who are perhaps the only underwhelming performance of the weekend. Not bad for a festival whose undercards are usually a little tedious. Bravo to the booking team for these two days of fantastic acts.

To top it all off? Pearl Jam of course! Yes headline set number two from a band that always mixes things up. This weekend in London that means two nearly entirely different setlists, a real treat for fans.

Night two highlights include ‘Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town’, ‘Black’‘Yellow Ledbetter’ and an impassioned speech from Eddie Vedder on American gun culture prior to an airing for ‘Throw Your Hatred Down’ with Johnny Marr.

Closing out the double header with a cover of ‘Baba O’Riley’, Pearl Jam have reaffirmed their status as one of the most vital bands of the past 30 years. Their legacy is built and they have legendary status, but there still feels like there is more to come.

These two days have been a delight with quality performances from top to bottom, plus British Summer Time came through with not a rain cloud in sight – could we have asked for any more?

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