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The Year In Review 2021

The Year In Review 2021

Full Pelt Music looks back on 2021 for our Year In Review

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2020 was a year that we all wish we could forget. Could 2021 be any better? Well, it started off just as the previous year ended; with the live music industry on its knees. Lockdown restrictions still ruled out any live in person shows, with even socially distanced shows initially outlawed.

Come late spring, things began to look up and a number of “test” events were planned. We were lucky enough to attend the Pilot Download Festival and the euphoria of being amongst fellow music fans in a field can’t truly be put into words. Things were looking up!

Live music would eventually make a full return but sadly as we write this The Year In Review 2021 feature, the sector is once again holding its breath waiting for the Government to take action. Alas, true normality may still be a long way off, but for a few months this year we got to feel alive again.

That alone elevates 2021 above 2020, but there is plenty more to unpack. We recently undertook our now annual countdown of our top albums of the year over on our social media. 2021 was a truly exceptional year in terms of album quality. Those musicians kept in lockdown last year certainly found their creativity and compiling a list of the top 50 albums of the year was highly competitive.

Read our Album of the Year 2021 feature

In our The Year In Review 2021 article, we will be revealing our end of year award winners. As with last year we will announce our Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, Gig of the Year and Festival of the Year.

This year however we have an additional award to hand out. 2021 was a big year for Full Pelt Music, our first full year in existence. We’ve grown and we’ve enhanced our focus on new music. We launched initially our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist on Spotify through which we highlight the best up and coming artists.

We also launched not one but two Podcasts this year, including the accompanying ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast where we truly shine the spotlight on your new favourite acts. As such, this year we will also be awarding the ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year award!

Before we get to those awards though, let’s run you through a few of our highlights this year. First of all, as mentioned we also launched The Full Pelt Music Podcast this year. Fittingly our inaugural guest was Frank Turner, the winner of both our Gig of the Year and Artist of the Year awards in our 2020 Year In Review.

Across the Podcasts this year we’ve had the pleasure to talk with Press To Meco, Beans On Toast, Miss Vincent, Planet Fatale, Mercutio, Light By The Sea, Freddie and the Fabs, The Damned Few, Project Renegade, Icarus and Smoke! Be sure to check out these conversations, and also to Subscribe on Youtube or wherever you listen to your Podcasts. After all, we will have plenty more for you to enjoy in 2022.

The Music Industry has seized on the opportunity to entertain this year both live and on record. We’ve reviewed 66 albums, 2 festivals and 27 gigs in 2021 as fans have been treated to incredible releases and some truly stunning live shows. Again, perhaps the enforced break has allowed creativity to breed innovation.

So with that in mind, let’s work through those award catagories!

Album of the Year

As we’ve already referenced, the pure quality of releases this year made compiling our Top 50 Album of the Year List very tricky. It was hard work but we did it, and you can read the full list here.

The quality is demonstrated best by last year’s winners IDLES only reaching a still respectable number 7. The winner however had to be ‘Blue Weekend’ from the incredible Wolf Alice who continue to go from strength to strength. After three stunning albums, there is no ceiling for this band and we can’t wait to catch songs from the album live in 2022.

Winner:

‘Blue Weekend’ by Wolf Alice

The Contenders:

‘Written & Directed’ by Black Honey, ‘Typhoons’ by Royal Blood, ‘Seize the Power’ by Yonaka and ‘Transmute’ by Press To MECO

Previous Winners:

2020 – ‘Ultra Mono’ by IDLES

Single of the Year

We move on now to our award for the Single or Song of the Year. This year has again seen us locked down for considerable amounts of time and many will have sought solace in Playlists such as our Spotify Hot List.

In selecting our track of the year we considered which songs we’ve come back to time and time again, which songs remain as fresh now as they did on first listen and what songs simply just resonate on a different level.

Our winner is an incredible track from the fantastic album ‘Transmute’ from Press To MECO. ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’ ticks all of the criteria and also sounds absolutely massive live.

Press To MECO – ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’
Winner:

‘A Test Of Our Resolve’ by Press To MECO

The Contenders:

‘My Town’ by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, ‘Afterlife’ by Holding Absence, ‘Midnight’ by Creeper and ‘Haven’t Been Doing So Well’ by Frank Turner

Previous Winners:

2020 – ‘Obey’ by Bring Me The Horizon feat. Yungblud

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. Last year we gave the award to Frank Turner for his incredible work for the #SaveOurVenues campaign through his Independent Venue Love series.

This year our winners are a band that also dabbled with livestreams during that first lockdown. This year however has been a hugely important year for Biffy Clyro. A new album, ‘A Myth of the Happily Ever After’ came hot on the heels of last year’s ‘A Celebration of Endings’. It’s another quality album from a band that continue to deliver consistently great music.

The band also had a huge impact on the live music scene this year. Firstly, the band rode to the rescue by stepping in as late replacements for Queens of the Stone Age to once again headline Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Secondly, the band played huge outdoor shows in Cardiff, Glasgow and Margate to help signal the return of live music after around 16 months of lockdown. Highlights of both their Reading and Glasgow performances aired on the BBC.

Lastly, the band played a completely sold out and very intimate ‘Fingers Crossed’ Tour across the UK. Their shows this year giving fans an opportunity to witness songs from not one but two albums live for the first time.

Biffy Clyro – ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt / Unknown Male 01’
Winner:

Biffy Clyro

The Contenders:

Enter Shikari, Bring Me The Horizon, Creeper and Wolf Alice

Previous Winners:

2020 – Frank Turner

Festival of the Year

Festivals made a belated return from lockdown restrictions in late summer, although the majority of the usual seasons events were still cancelled. For our Festival of the Year however we can’t look anywhere other than the special event that laid the groundwork for all events to return, the Download Pilot Festival!

Back in June the Government test event was the first opportunity for music fans to camp in a field and rock out for three days. The camaraderie and atmosphere this situation created, combined with the uniquely intimate Download layout and line-up made for a once in a lifetime experience.

British bands took centre stage and delivered an incredible weekend of music; with bands and fans both desperate to experience live music again. Thanks to all involved we can hopefully experience a full fat Download Festival again this summer.

Read our review of the Download Pilot Festival!

Winner:

Download Pilot Festival

The Contenders:

Reading Festival and Lost Evenings

Previous Winners:

2020 – Wild Fields Festival

Gig of the Year

Last year’s winner of Gig of the Year was a socially distancing outdoor affair, this year however true live music returned! Picking a winner this year is difficult because the pent up frustration of lockdown on both musicians and fans vented fully across some amazing gigs.

We reviewed 27 of those shows this year and there were some very special moments amongst them. The winner however must go to Bring Me The Horizon who stormed the O2 Arena with You Me At Six and Nova Twins in tow.

The night was a massive middle finger to any remaining doubters and the band solidified themselves not just as arena fillers but as festival headline ready. Fitting therefore that they have recently been revealed as headliners for Reading & Leeds Festivals next year.

Read our review of Bring Me The Horizon live in London

Winner:

Bring Me The Horizon @ O2 Arena

The Contenders:

Creeper @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, Idlewild @ Electric Brixton, The Offspring @ Wembley Arena, Biffy Clyro @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, Vukovi @ Norwich Waterfront Studio and Royal Blood @ Norwich UEA

Previous Winners:

2020 – Frank Turner @ Nottingham Arboretum

‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year

Our final award is a new award for this year where we shift focus on to the future. Having launched our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist and Podcast this year we wanted to honour an act that we have featured and for whom the future is bright.

With their debut album ‘A Funeral For Youth’ cracking our top 20 for the year, Miss Vincent take the inaugural ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year award!

Miss Vincent – ‘Rosaline’
Winner:

Miss Vincent

The Contenders:

Planet Fatale, Dead Nature and Thumper

So, it hasn’t been a usual year again, in fact at times it has been just as hard as 2020. 2021 has however reminded us of what we were missing. Stunning new music, incredible live shows and a return to some normality (nobody say ‘new’ normal!), make 2021 a year that will live long in the memory for many reasons.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our The Year in Review 2021 feature and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Here’s hoping 2022 is a good one!

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Album of the Year 2021

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We countdown our Top 50 Albums of 2021

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2021 has been another tough year to live through. There have been some signs of normal life, for example the return of live music, but we end it as we started with true normality a distant memory.

This year has however been a stunning year for new music releases. Yes, lockdown musicians and the odds are their creativity will take over. In Full Pelt Music’s first full year of existence we have reviewed 65 albums and the quality of those releases has been exceptional.

Last year we counted down our Top 20 albums of the year, with a special Advent Calendar countdown on our Twitter. This year we have expanded! Our 2021 countdown has taken place across all our social platforms, and has listed our Top 50 albums of the year!

With that social media countdown completed, it’s now time to compile our completed Top 50 in one place. So let’s get started!

Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are stunning moments spread throughout the album”

Read our review of ‘Lo! Soul’

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Roddy Woomble – ‘Architecture in LA’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are plenty of songs on this album that rate amongst the best that the band has produced”

Read our review of ‘Waiting For Good Luck’

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The Treatment – ‘Rat Race’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“Garbage are an incredible musical force”

Read our review of ‘No Gods No Masters’

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Garbage – ‘No Gods No Masters’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“we have thrashing guitars, thumping drums, bizarre lyrics and plenty of bells and whistles to emphasise his brilliantly quirky musicianship”

Read our review of ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy’

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Rob Zombie – ‘The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“was anybody craving a new album from The Offspring in 2021? Perhaps not, but actually in this messed up world we live in, maybe, just maybe, we needed it!”

Read our review of ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’

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The Offspring – ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this is an artist pouring all of their self into their creation and discovering magic”

Read our review of ‘Watch Me Break Apart’

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Dead Nature – ‘Watch Me Break Apart’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this record manages to encapsulate the sound that the band has nurtured over the past few years both on record and in the live setting”

Read our review of ‘How to Ruin Your Life’

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Paris Youth Foundation – ‘The Back Seat’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“remind you how gloriously heavy yet anthemic the band can get”

Read our review of ‘The Bitter Truth’

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Evanescence – ‘Use My Voice’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“it won’t take long for people to stop and take notice of this great young band”

Read our review of ‘Fractured Party Music’

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Pet Needs – ‘Toothpaste’
What we said:

“this is Volbeat at their very best”

Read our review of ‘Servant of the Mind’

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Volbeat – ‘Shotgun Blues’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“vitality shouldn’t be mistaken for relevance and whilst the band may have peaked commercially, they remain of utmost importance to a generation of music fans”

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Rise Against – ‘Nowhere Generation’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“anybody that had any doubts about the natural talents of this group of musicians, they should now acknowledge a new force”

Read our review ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’

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Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“over the top, outlandish, brash and most of all fun, the album not only lives up to but surpasses all expectations”

Read our review of ‘Van Weezer’

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Van Weezer – ‘Hero’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“quality continues to run throughout the entire record and there is very little ease on the throttle”

Read our review of ‘Below’

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Beartooth – ‘Skin’
What we said:

“another very good release from a band overdue commercial success”

Read our review of ‘Into the Blue’

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The Joy Formidable – ‘Into the Blue’
What we said:

“a middle finger up at the haters”

Read our review of ‘Still Sucks’

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Limp Bizkit – ‘Dad Vibes’
What we said:

“a delicate masterpiece from a songwriter of the highest level”

Read our review of ‘The Hole Around My Head’

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Will Varley – ‘Pushing Against Us’
What we said:

“an enjoyable listen and the band clearly still has something to say”

Read our review of ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

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Manic Street Preachers – ‘The Secret He Had Missed’
What we said:

“up there with the best that Beans On Toast has released”

Read our review of ‘Survival of the Friendliest’

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Beans On Toast – ‘Humans’
What we said:

“it really is time to stop being surprised by the quality in this band”

Read our review of ’21st Century Love Songs’

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The Wildhearts – ‘Remember These Days’
What we said:

“the extravagance of the band is what makes them great and thankfully their 7th studio album has it in abundance”

Read our review of ‘Motorheart’

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The Darkness – ‘Jussy’s Girl’
What we said:

“for their tenth album the band has set out to create their masterpiece”

Read our review of ‘Coral Island’

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The Coral – ‘Change Your Mind’
What we said:

“a strong debut album that lays the foundations of what will likely be a long and successful career”

Read our review of ‘W.L.’

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The Snuts – ‘Glasgow’
What we said:

“this is a stunning pop rock album”

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Pale Waves – ‘Fall to Pieces’
What we said:

“the album is laced with quality and shows the ease with which AFI are able to produce catchy songs”

Read our review of ‘Bodies’

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AFI – ‘Dulceria’
What we said:

“Iron Maiden doing exactly what you’d expect Iron Maiden to do”

Read our review of ‘Senjutsu’

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Iron Maiden – ‘Senjutsu’
What we said:

“this is very much Numan at the top of his game

Read our review of ‘Intruder’

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Gary Numan – ‘Intruder’
What we said:

“the signature of a band comfortable in their skin”

Read our review of ‘Pressure Machine’

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The Killers – ‘Quiet Town’
What we said:

“the very thing that identifies their sound is their lack of boundaries, their quirkiness and willingness to experiment”

Read our review of ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’

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Biffy Clyro – ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’
What we said:

“well crafted and superbly delivered album that is well worth your time and attention”

Read our review of ‘A Matter of Life & Love’

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Skinny Lister – ‘Damn The Amsterdam’

The quality of this year’s releases has been truly phenomenal as our opening 30 albums attests. The competition is extremely tight for the coveted top spot and that is clear throughout the prestigious Top 20 that follows.

What we said:

“a sublime collection of upbeat, heartfelt and powerful songs that is bound to be stuck on repeat for the foreseeable future”

Read our review of ‘A Funeral For Youth’

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Miss Vincent – ‘Rosalie’
What we said:

“The Pretty Reckless have solidified themselves in the upper echelons of Hard Rock”

Read our review of ‘Death by Rock and Roll’

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The Pretty Reckless – ‘Only Love Can Save Me’
What we said:

“you are fully absorbed by the mix of heavy hooks and catchy sing-a-long pop vocals”

Read our review of ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’

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Normandie – ‘Hostage’
What we said:

“Trash Boat have delivered their best work yet and they appear ready to lead the charge for British rock”

Read our review of ‘Don’t You Feel Amazing?’

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Trash Boat – ‘He’s So Good’
What we said:

“there are moments of grandeur that harness the bands expansive sound spread throughout”

Read our review of ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’

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Holding Absence – ‘Afterlife’
What we said:

“the album attacks your senses and gets your feet stomping and your head banging”

Read our review of ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’

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Ricky Warwick – ‘When Life Was Hard & Fast’
What we said:

“Trivium have well and truly earned their place at the top table of metal”

Read our review of ‘In the Court of the Dragon’

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Trivium – ‘Feast of Fire’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“a stunning release from a band assumedly at the peak of their powers”

Read our review of ‘American Noir’

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Creeper – ‘Midnight’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there is a real good mix of sounds on this album which together encompass Kennedy’s various alter egos”

Read our review of ‘The Ides of March’

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Myles Kennedy – ‘In Stride’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the power of this album doesn’t just lie with Bennett of course and the rest of the band have summoned even more power and majesty then before”

Read our review of ‘The Hope List’

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Lonely The Brave – ‘Bound’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the album really feels like a love letter to both the bands own history and the music of those that influenced the members”

Read our review of ‘Medicine at Midnight’

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Foo Fighters – ‘Love Dies Young’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“an album packed with rock club dancefloor fillers, designed to get you moving”

Read our review of ‘Sticky’

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘My Town’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are grandiose ambitions spread throughout the album with the band obviously striving for more”

Read our review of ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’

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Architects – ‘Animals’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“IDLES continue to be one of the most exciting and vital bands around”

Read our review of ‘CRAWLER’

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IDLES – ‘Car Crash’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“an album of pure, unadulterated, adrenaline-filled pop rock pleasure”

Read our review of ‘Amazing Things’

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Don Broco – ‘Bruce Willis’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“Press To MECO have always had a knack for creating ferocious yet catchy songs and this album is packed full of tasty rifftastic bangers”

Read our review of ‘Transmute’

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Press to MECO – ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the band are still able to mix catchy pop melodies with hard hitting beats to create a sound equally at home in front of mosh pits and dancefloors”

Read our review of ‘Seize the Power’

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Yonaka – ‘Call Me A Saint’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the duo however manage to amplify these electronic elements without losing their rock attitude and resonance”

Read our review of ‘Typhoons’

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Royal Blood – ‘Boilermaker’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“a rare talent that have now reinforced their passion and ability to create great music for anybody who wants to listen but without concession on their vision”

Read our review of ‘Written & Directed’

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Black Honey – ‘Believer’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this record feels like it comes from a band at the peak of their powers, but knowing this group, they will still have plenty more to come”

Read our review of ‘Blue Weekend’

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Wolf Alice – ‘Smile’

Well there you have it! What a truly magnificent year for new music 2021 has been. What will 2022 have in store? Remember to discover the best new acts by following our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist’!

Stay tuned for our 2021 Year in Review coming very soon.

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Reading Festival unveil 2022 line-up!

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Welcome to another edition of our News Report. We have festivals galore to report on this week as organisers look to get in on the Christmas shopping rush!

We’ll start with one of the biggest events on the planet, Reading and Leeds Festivals. This week saw the combined event reveal the first acts for 2022 including headline slots for Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me The Horizon and Rage Against The Machine!

If that wasn’t enough there are also sets from Wolf Alice, Enter Shikari, Fontaines D.C., Bastille, Fever 333 and Pale Waves. There are many, many more still to be announced too.

Tickets are here

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Victorious Festival announce Stereophonics and more

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Taking place the same weekend will be Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival. This week the event announced their first wave of acts including Friday headliners Stereophonics.

Also playing over the weekend will be James, Nothing But Thieves, The Wombats, Self Esteem, We Are Scientists, Little Man Tate and more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Stereophonics live in Cambridge

Rebellion Festival reveal new R-Fest

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Blackpool’s Rebellion Festival will next year include the new R-Fest. Taking place alongside the usual event, R-Fest will be part of the festival ticket or is purchasable as a standalone.

The outside event will feature headliners The Levellers, The Stranglers, Gary Numan and Squeeze.

They’ll be joined by The Wildhearts, Ferocious Dog, Beans On Toast, The Undertones, From The Jam, The Vapors, Peter Hook & The Light, Buzzcocks and more.

Tickets and information here.

Read our review of ’21st Century Love Songs’ from The Wildhearts

Burn It Down Festival reveals first acts for 2022

Torquay festival Burn It Down this week revealed the first acts for the 2022 edition. Taking place on 2nd and 3rd September, the event will feature a huge set from Dream State.

They will be joined by the likes of Tigercub, Gender Roles and Pupil Slicer.

Tickets are here.

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Cambridge Folk Festival reveal first wave of 2022 acts

The festival announcements continue with Cambridge Folk Festival. The event revealed a host of acts for the 2022 return of the festival following the pandemic.

Acts playing the event include Passenger, Seasick Steve, This Is The Kit, Show Of Hands and Beans On Toast!

Tickets are here

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Moseley Folk & Arts Festival reveal first acts for 2022

More festival goodness comes from Birmingham and the Moseley Folk & Arts Festival, which this week revealed their first acts for next year.

The line-up will be topped by Supergrass and Seasick Steve.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Seasick Steve live in Norwich

Wide Awake Festival returns to Brockwell Park next year

Our final festival announcement comes from London event Wide Awake, which takes place in May in Brockwell Park

The two day event will feature a headline set from Primal Scream plus appearances from Working Men’s Club, Billy Nomates, Chubby & The Gang, Yard Act and many more.

Tickets are here.

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My Chemical Romance add additional UK dates

On to tour announcements now as our News Report progresses. My Chemical Romance fans have been left desperate to catch their returning heroes with their much hyped reunion continuously delayed by the pandemic.

With all three Milton Keynes dates long sold out, fans will now have more opportunity to catch them when they finally do arrive. This week saw the band reveal extra dates including Warrington, Cardiff and Glasgow.

Tickets will be here.

Listen to our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

The Cure announce UK Tour

Another special tour announcement this week saw The Cure reveal a run of UK dates. Fans will have the opportunity to catch them in arenas across the UK next year.

Making the dates even better is support act The Twilight Sad!

Tickets are here

Read our review of Idlewild live in London

Jack White to play 2 London shows

Seeing out our tour announcement section of the News Report is the iconic Jack White.

White this week revealed a huge World Tour for next year. ‘The Supply Chain Issues Tour’ will include two nights in London at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in June.

Tickets are here.

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TRNSMT Festival 2022 gets bigger

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

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

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

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Snuts live in Colchester

All Points East unveil 2022 line-up

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

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

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

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘CRAWLER’ from IDLES

Ghost announce UK Arena Tour

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

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

Tickets are here.

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Bloc Party announce new Tour

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

Tickets info and pre-orders are here.

Listen to ‘Traps’ from Bloc Party on our Spotify Hot List!

Trash Boat announce UK Tour

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

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Don’t You Feel Amazing?’ from Trash Boat

Bob Vylan reveal headline tour dates

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

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

Tickets and album pre-orders here.

Read our review of Bob Vylan live at Wembley Arena with The Offspring

Blood Red Shoes debut ‘ I Am Not You’

Blood Red Shoes – ‘I Am Not You’

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

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

Pre-order your copy here.

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

Tigercub – ‘I.W.G.F.U.’

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

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

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Frank Turner announces new single, album and UK Tour

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly News Report where we roundup the best music new from the past week including single, album and tour announcements.

This week one artist has ticked all three of those boxes, as Frank Turner begins the next era of his career. Turner has revealed that his new album, ‘FTHC’ will arrive February 11th. You can pre-order the album here.

Those that do pre-order will be given priority access to tickets for his ‘Never Ending Tour of Everywhere’! Yes Turner will play a staggering 29 date tour in early 2022, dates for which you can see above.

Finally, giving fans a sample of what’s to come, Turner has debuted his latest single, ‘Haven’t Been Doing So Well’, which you can check out below.

For ticket and album details head here.

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Primal Scream celebrate 30 years of ‘Screamadelica’

Primal Scream News Report

Continuing on the tour announcement front, Primal Scream this week announced plans to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of ‘Screamadelica’. They will do this with a special tour and re-release of the album.

Tickets are here, and you can pre-order the album here.

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Alice Cooper and The Cult announce UK Tour

Alice Cooper The Cult News Report

Two iconic rock acts will join forces for a UK Tour next spring, as Alice Cooper and The Cult announce an arena run starting in Swansea and finishing in Leeds.

Find tickets here.

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Turbowolf announce special tour

Another anniversary tour announced this week will see Turbowolf celebrate 10 years of their debut album. The band will play shows in Bristol, Manchester and London this November where they will also preview some new music.

Tickets are here.

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Bowling For Soup set for acoustic UK Tour

Jaret and Rob from Bowling For Soup will be heading to the UK this December for an intimate run of acoustic shows.

Tickets are here.

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TRNSMT Festival unveils 2022 lineup

On to the Festival portion of our News Report and following a successful 2021 event, Glasgow’s TRNSMT has already revealed the first acts for the 2022 edition.

Taking place from 8th to 10th July, Glasgow Green will welcome The Strokes, Paolo Nutini, Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Fontaines D.C., Wolf Alice, Jimmy Eat World and The Snuts!

Tickets are here.

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Lytham Festival reveals stunning 2022 bill

Lytham Festival has revealed details for 2022 including the rescheduled 2021 dates. 2021 acts Diana Ross, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran and Lionel Richie will play Weekend 1.

Weekend 2 will include a date for The Strokes with guests Fontaines D.C. and a date featuring Tears For Fears, Alison Moyet and Natalie Imbruglia!

Tickets are here.

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Bring Me The Horizon debut ‘DiE4u’

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘DiE4u’

New music releases now as our News Report continues. First up is the new track from Bring Me The Horizon. Ahead of their upcoming UK Tour, the band this week debuted ‘DiE4u’ which you can check out above.

More ‘DiE4u’ listening options here.

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Placebo return with first new single in 5 years!

Placebo – ‘Beautiful James’

Placebo returned this week with their first new single in 5 long years! You can check out ‘Beautiful James’ above. There are more listening options here.

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Dead Man’s Whiskey debut ‘Never Ever’

Dead Man’s Whiskey – ‘Never Ever’

Finally this week, new music from a great young band, Dead Man’s Whiskey. The band debuted ‘Never Ever’ this week ahead of the release of their EP ‘Breakout’ which you can pre-order here.

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New additions for Reading & Leeds Festivals

Reading & Leeds News Report

Welcome to another edition of our News Report, where we roundup the best music news from the past week. We start this week with festivals and the behemoth that is Reading & Leeds Festivals. The twin events take place in just two weeks!

This week organisers revealed that Dinosaur Pile-Up, Loathe and Holding Absence will join a bill already including Biffy Clyro, Liam Gallagher, Wolf Alice, Yungblud, Fever 333, Creeper, Wargasm, Bob Vylan, Yonaka, Boston Manor and Demob Happy.

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Bloodstock Festival drop first 2022 names

Bloodstock Festival News Report

Bloodstock Festival this week revealed the first names for their 2022 edition, before the 2021 edition was even over!

Huge names on the bill include Lamb of God, Mercyful Fate, Testament, Bury Tomorrow, Static-X and Butcher Babies.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Download Pilot Festival

Biffy Clyro head to Margate

Biffy Clyro have a busy summer lined up as they headline Reading & Leeds Festivals alongside shows in Cardiff and Glasgow. A new addition to their schedule is a special show at Dreamland in Margate which was announced this week.

More information on all shows here.

The Dead Daisies set for UK Tour

Rock collective The Dead Daisies are set for a UK Tour later this year. Announcing the tour, it was also revealed support will come from The Quireboys (except Cardiff).

Tickets from here.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes debut ‘Go Get A Tattoo’

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Go Get A Tattoo’ feat. Lynks

We turn to the latest new releases now in our News Report. The incomparable Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes this week debuted their latest single, ‘Got Get A Tattoo’ which features Lynks.

The track will feature on their upcoming album, ‘Sticky’, which you can pre-order here.

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Trivium unveil new single ‘Feast of Fire’

Trivium – ‘Feast of Fire’

American metal lords Trivium have this week unveiled their latest single, ‘Feast of Fire’ which you can check out above. The song comes ahead of their new album, ‘In The Court Of The Dragon’ which you can pre-order here.

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Introducing the ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast!

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Now, we are proud to announce the accompanying ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast! Yes, we’ll be talking to some of those bands being spotlighted by our Playlist.

You can find the latest episodes here, or catch the video edition here.

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Latitude Festival given ‘Pilot Event’ status

Latitude Festival News Report

We start our News Report this week on the topic of festivals. There is presently a overriding sense of doom as the Government Roadmap remains in doubt.

One festival did go ahead last week, and that was the pilot version of Download Festival. We were there and you can read our review here. The question now remains what is the possibility of other festivals going ahead?

That question has been answered for Latitude Festival, as it has now been confirmed as another pilot event for the Governments research programme. That gives Latitude the guarantee that it will go ahead.

The lineup is typically eclectic for Latitude with headline sets from Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club. You can also catch the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Supergrass, Fontaines D.C., Black Honey, Dream Wife and Shame.

Tickets are available here.

Read our review of ‘Blue Weekend’ from Wolf Alice

Slam Dunk reshuffle line-up

Slam Dunk Festival News Report

For all other events, scepticism remains. Events taking place later in the summer are still holding out hope however. One such event is Slam Dunk Festival who have recently reshuffled their line-up once again. The events take place on the 4th & 5th September from Leeds and Hatfield.

The event is scheduled to be headlined by Sum 41 & Don Broco. The stellar line-up now also includes Frank Turner, Alkaline Trio, Funeral For A Friend, Trash Boat, A, Normandie, Hacktivist, Vukovi and Wargasm.

Tickets are available here.

Read our review of ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’ from Normandie

Limp Bizkit announce UK dates

Limp Bizkit News Report

The iconic Limp Bizkit have announced a couple of UK dates for next year. The band will takeover Manchester Academy and Brixton Academy in July 2022.

Tickets will be available here.

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Blood Red Shoes reveal 2022 tour dates

More tour news as our News Report continues. Blood Red Shoes this week announced a huge European tour including a string of dates in the UK. With the tour set for early 2022, you can pick up tickets here.

Fozzy announce UK Tour

Americans Fozzy have announced that they will return to the UK later this year for a UK Tour. The band will be joined on tour by The Treatment and Stitched Up Heart.

Tickets will be available here.

Read our review of ‘Waiting For Good Luck’ from The Treatment

Lotus Eater set for lengthy tour

Lotus Eater will be hitting the road hard later this year as they celebrate the release of their new record ‘Where The Body Goes’. Support will come from Gutter and you can pick up tickets from here.

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Bullet For My Valentine return with new single, album and tour

The latest era for Bullet For My Valentine has started with a bundle of announcements. The band will tour the UK later this year following the release of their new self-titled album on October 22nd.

The band this week released the first single from that record, ‘Knives’.

Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Knives’

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The Wildhearts unveil ‘Remember These Days’

The Wildhearts – ‘Remember These Days’

The Wildhearts continue to gear up for the release of their latest album, ’21st Century Love Songs’ on September 3rd. This past week the band unveiled their latest single ‘Remember These Days’.

You can pre-order the album here.

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Wayward Sons debut new single

Wayward Sons – ‘Faith In Fools’

To conclude our News Report this week we have news from Wayward Sons. The band are preparing to release their third album ‘Even Up The Score’ and this week released their latest single, ‘Faith In Fools’.

Pre-order details here.

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Blue Weekend

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Wolf Alice – ‘Blue Weekend’

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WOLF ALICE – BLUE WEEKEND – ALBUM REVIEW

The success of Wolf Alice has always had an air of inevitability despite their desire to do things their own way. Their success comes not from compromise but from confidence that their quality will shine through.

With the release of their third album, ‘Blue Weekend’, you will doubtless hear many superlatives thrown the bands way and rightfully so. The universal acclaim that will likely follow this album is deserved. Wolf Alice are a band that has somewhat defied convention and attained their reputation simply for the consistent quality of their music.

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‘Blue Weekend’ continues the evolution of the bands sound, entwined with experimentation and familiarity. The album is a rollercoaster, full of peaks and troughs, twists and turns, that leaves you wanting to hop straight back on.

This record feels like it comes from a band at the peak of their powers, but knowing this group, they will still have plenty more to come. As the band grow into bonifide superstars, they can do so knowing they have earned it. This album as a whole is magnificent, but the likes of ‘Smile’, ‘No Hard Feelings’ and ‘The Last Man On Earth’ will grace their set lists for years to come.

Listen to ‘The Last Man On Earth’ on our Spotify Hot List!

After three truly great albums, there is now no denying Wolf Alice their spot at the top of music world. ‘Blue Weekend’ manages to grow the bands sound without alienating what brought them to the dance. This is a special album and it deserves all the praise that it will no doubt receive.

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Manic Street Preachers ready 14th studio album

Manic Street Preachers – ‘Orwellian’

We start our News Report this week with a whole load of Manic Street Preachers news. This week the band returned with a new single, new album announcement and some huge tour news!

Let’s start with the news that the legendary group will be releasing their 14th studio album on September 3rd. That album is entitled ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’, and you can pre-order your copy here.

Coming with the announcement of that new album was the first taste of what to expect. You can check out the latest single from the band, ‘Orwellian’, above!

Manic Street Preachers Tour News Report

Finally the band has unveiled a huge run of dates around the UK which will conclude in December at Wembley Arena. Support comes from The Anchoress. Should you pre-order the new album then you will receive access to a special pre-sale on Wednesday 19th May.

Otherwise tickets go on sale Friday 21st for general sale, here.

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Don Broco unveil ‘Amazing Things’

Don Broco – ‘Manchester Super Reds No. 1 Fan’

Another band with plenty of news to share this week is Don Broco. You can listen to their new single ‘Manchester Super Reds No. 1 Fan’ above. The track will feature on the groups newly unveiled upcoming album ‘Amazing Things’.

The new album is set to arrive on September 17th, and you can pre-order your copy here. The band has also announced a UK Tour for later this year. Once again, album pre-orders will include pre-sale access from Wednesday 19th.

General sale tickets go on sale Friday 21st here.

Don Broco Tour News Report

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Wolf Alice premiere ‘No Hard Feelings’

Wolf Alice – ‘No Hard Feeling’s

We continue to focus on new music now as we carry on with our News Report. Up next, the stunning new single from Wolf Alice. You can listen to ‘No Hard Feelings’ above.

The premiere of the single comes just weeks ahead of the release of ‘Blue Weekend’, the bands third studio album. You can pre-order that album, here.

Listen to ‘Smile’ from Wolf Alice on our Spotify Hot List!

Valeras debut ‘Rita’

Valeras – ‘Rita’

This week saw Valeras return with their latest single, ‘Rita’. You can check out that single above and you can also find more from the duo here.

Listen to ‘Rita’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Paris Youth Foundation are ‘Tired of Loving You’

Paris Youth Foundation – ‘Tired of Loving You’

There was more new music this week from Paris Youth Foundation. The band unveiled their latest single, ‘Tired of Loving You’, which you can hear above. More from the band here.

Listen to ‘The Back Seat’ from Paris Youth Foundation on our Spotify Hot List!

Wild Paths Festival reveals line-up

Just the one festival in our News Report this week and that festival is Norwich event Wild Paths. The festival is set to takeover various venues in the city from 14th to 17th October.

Organisers this week unveiled a stunning line-up for the event headlined by Sports Team, Biig Piig and Palace. It’s lower down the line-up where there are many gems to be found however with the likes of The Big Moon, Bessie Turner, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, The Mysterines, Feet, Press To Meco, John and Anorak Patch amongst many fine bands set for the fine city.

Tickets are available here.

Read our 2020 ‘Year in Review’ including our Festival of the Year – Wild Fields

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame confirm latest inductees

The final list of inductees into the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been confirmed. Joining the institution will be Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, Billy Preston, LL Cool J, Clarence Avant and Randy Rhoads.

More information can be found here.

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Reading & Leeds Festivals add 90 more bands and reveal stage splits

Reading & Leeds Festivals Lineups News Report

The August bank holiday weekend tradition that is Reading & Leeds Festivals just got a whole lot bigger. We start the News Report this week with news that the events have announced a further 90+ acts.

This year the events will feature two massive main stages and now the organisers have revealed the stage splits for each day. As has become the norm in recent years you can expect a pretty eclectic bill across the weekend with something for everyone.

Here are our picks for each day:

Friday will feature sets from main stage headliners Stormzy and Catfish and the Bottlemen plus Declan McKenna, Nothing But Thieves, Sam Fender, Sports Team, Demob Happy, Gallows, Boston Manor, Yonaka, Nova Twins and Wargasm.

Saturday will see performances from main stage headliners Post Malone and Disclosure plus The Wombats, Slowthai, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, Fever 333, Creeper, Ho99o9, Cleopatrick and Bob Vylan.

Finally, closing out the Sunday will be main stage headliners Liam Gallagher and Queens of the Stone Age plus Wolf Alice, The Hunna, The Struts, Yungblud, Machine Gun Kelly, Gerry Cinnamon, Neck Deep and Hot Milk.

Tickets for the festivals flew out when the Government announced their roadmap, but you can check the events websites for more information:

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Royal Blood announce huge 2022 UK Tour

Royal Blood Tour Poster News Report

Royal Blood will be taking over eight of the UK’s largest venues for a huge UK Tour in 2022. The huge dates, which include a stop at The O2 in London, go on sale Friday 7th May here.

However, those that pre-order their new album ‘Typhoons’ from here, will get pre-sale access from Wednesday 5th May!

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Status Quo are once again hitting the road!

Status Quo Tour Poster News Report

The iconic Status Quo are once again hitting the road in 2022. The group will play 14 shows with special guests Flawes. To grab your tickets you’ll want to head over here.

Mason Hill reveal additional dates for their UK Tour

Mason Hill Tour Poster News Report

Mason Hill have added additional dates to their already massive UK Tour. Tickets to the tour are in high demand as the band will also be joined by Hollowstar and Empyre on select dates.

Pick up your tickets here.

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Ash announce special Livestream celebration of ‘1977’

We conclude the live event section of the News Report with some exciting news from Ash.

The band has announced that they will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut album ‘1977’ with a very special livestream event. Taking place on Saturday 5th June, tickets to the event can be found here.

Read our review of ‘Sweep It Into Space’ from Dinosaur Jr.

Wolf Alice premiere ‘Smile’

Wolf Alice – ‘Smile’

Wolf Alice are well and truly back. As we start the new music portion of our News Report, we start with their latest single, ‘Smile’. Premiered this week, the track continues to build anticipation for their upcoming third studio album.

‘Blue Weekend’ arrives on June 11th, and you can pre-order your copy now by heading here.

Listen to ‘Smile’ on our Spotify Hot List!

The Wildhearts ready new album

The Wildhearts – ’21st Century Love Songs’

Following their recent, highly successful, livestream event, The Wildhearts have now announced details of their new upcoming album. ’21st Century Love Songs’ will arrive September 3rd and can be pre-ordered here.

Gary Numan unveils ‘Now And Forever’

Gary Numan – ‘Now And Forever’

With the release of his latest album imminent, Gary Numan has unveiled it’s latest single ‘Now And Forever’. You can listen to the track above, and you can pre-order ‘Intruder’ here ahead of its May 21st release.

The Fallen State release ‘River’

The Fallen State – ‘River’

The Fallen State this week released the second single from their forthcoming new album ‘Between Hope And Disillusion’. You can check out the new track, ‘River’ here.

Wargasm unveil ‘Your Patron Saints’

Wargasm – ‘Your Patron Saints’

The incredible Wargasm have this week unveiled their latest single – ‘Your Patron Saints’. Check out the track here.

Wargasm have also announced a headline show at Camden’s Underworld on September 10th. Tickets will be available here.

Listen to ‘Your Patron Saints’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Full Pelt Music announces the launch of The Full Pelt Music Podcast!

To finish the News Report in style, we are proud to announce the launch of our very own podcast! Yes, The Full Pelt Music Podcast will debut on Monday 26th April 2021. Joining us on episode number one will be the one and only Frank Turner.

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