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Vol. 30

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The latest issue of the Full Pelt Magazine is here, and you can download your copy for free below!

Volume 30 features our cover stars Sum 41 as they release their final album, ‘Heaven :x: Hell’. We also catch Pendulum live in Birmingham.

Our News Report has all the latest music news including live announcements from Download Festival, Foolhardy Folk Festival, Live At Leeds, Maximo Park, Fu Manchu, The Cribs, Cast, Twenty One Pilots, The Enemy, Northlane, The Home Team and Melt-Banana!

Plus all the best new releases including Courting, Feeder, James, Maximo Park, Frank Turner, Defects, The Lovely Eggs, Hacktivist, Ruel, DMA’s, Stand Atlantic, Accept, Fu Manchu, Bears In Trees, The Home Team and Daytime TV!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist including Chasing Kites, EEVAH, Hunter Oliveri, ARCHIVES, LOWLIVES, Belmondo, Good Kid, Eat Your Own Head, Ella Galvin, Fast Blood, Luna Marble and Sans Froid!

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The latest issue of the Full Pelt Magazine is here, and you can download your copy for free below!

Volume 25 features our cover stars The Mysterines as reveal details of their sophomore album. We also review new albums from The Snuts, Gen and the Degenerates and Blackout Problems, and we review The Zutons live in Norwich!

Our News Report has all the latest music news including live announcements from Liam Gallagher, Kings of Leon, Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Alice Cooper, The Pearl Harts, Greta Van Fleet, Royal Blood and Radar Festival!

Plus all the best new releases including Kasabian, Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Frank Turner, Linkin Park, Sum 41, Daytime TV, Crossfaith, The Cruel Knives, TheCityIsOurs, Between You & Me, Susan Santos, Raven Numan and The Struts!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist including Major Moment, Caroline Romano and DeadWax!

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Vol. 21

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The latest issue of the Full Pelt Magazine is here, and you can download your copy for free below!

Volume 21 is a special edition celebrating our ‘Discover’ New Music Week! We also have album reviews for Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Alkaline Trio, an EP review for Dream State and live reviews of The Sleeping Souls & Sean McGowan in Nottingham and the Slam Dunk Winter Jam in Norwich.

Our News Report has all the latest music news including live announcements from Latitude Festival, Y Not Festival, Truck Festival, Kendal Calling, Wychwood Festival, Live At Leeds, Liam Gallagher & John Squire, Billy Talent, Eagles, The Black Crowes, Placebo, October Drift, Pitchshifter, The Wildhearts and Alkaline Trio!

Plus all the best new releases including Frank Turner, Courting, The Zutons, Bad Wolves, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Don’t Panic, Blackout Problems, Shannon & The Clams, Scott Stapp, Bruce Dickinson, The Longest Johns and Amongst Liars!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist with a special bumper update including El Moono, Ashen Reach, SWARM6IX, Shooting Daggers, Feral Family, Attendant, VENUS GRRRLS, Gürl, Neversaid, The Gems, FLOYA and Defects!

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The latest issue of the Full Pelt Magazine is here, and you can download your copy for free below!

Volume 18 is a special edition in which we preview 2024 including highly anticipated albums, the most exciting tours, the hottest festivals and our ones to watch list!

Our News Report is still here also covering the latest from Liam Gallagher & John Squire, Mouth Culture, Nicko McBrain, Frank Turner, PET NEEDS, YONAKA, Normandie, Troy Redfern, The Lemon Twigs, Bring Me The Horizon, Cast, Green Day, Casey, Any Given Day, VENUES, Smash Into Pieces and Alkaline Trio!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist with Chloe StarWhere Oceans Burn and Grieving!

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The 2023 Full Pelt Awards are here and you can have your say from our shortlists below!

Votes here will be tallied with those on Social Media, plus weighted votes from our Full Pelt staff with the winners all revealed in a special Magazine on New Year’s Day!

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Our 2023 Album of the Year will be revealed on our Social Media on Christmas Day! Let us know your favourite album of the year in the comments and be sure to follow us across social media to be the first to see who wins our award!

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Foolhardy Folk Festival

Nottingham Arboretum

Sunday 27th August 2023

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Foolhardy Folk Festival – Nottingham – Live review

Towards the end of the original lockdown, the ever creative music industry sought ways to bring people back together to experience the unparalleled joy of live music. The Arboretum in Nottingham hosted a number of events including a couple of shows from folk favourite Frank Turner.

That is where the story of the Foolhardy Folk Festival begins as the man behind the festival, fellow folk icon Beans On Toast played in support of Turner. From there on Beans has affectionately taken over and curated his own festival which this year is a complete sell out.

A large part of this is the stunning line-up put on but another is the fantastic sense of community that exists in this portion of the folk scene and the lovely audience that has taken this back to basics event to heart.

Opening his own event Beans On Toast highlights the great music, great food and great beer theme. On the music front Beans serenades the already full venue with the likes of ‘Major Oak’, ‘The War on War’ and ‘Humans’ as the festival gets into full swing.

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The festival is family friendly and this is punctuated by the vibe created by attendees in that we are all family. Beans own daughter lays on kids activites, there is live art and lots of merch offer as well but with short changeovers the attention is mainly on the one stage where both Vona Vella and Tensheds play delightful early sets.

Soon enough it’s time for our special guest to take to the stage and this year that means Frank Turner himself as he returns the favour three years on from that socially distanced affair.

As you’d expect Turner gets a hero’s welcome as he begins his set with ‘Be More Kind’ and ‘The Ballad of Me and My Friends’. The crowd’s singing voices are in fine fettle which is a good thing considering the sing-a-longs continue through to final song ‘I Still Believe’.

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Another beautiful thing about this community is the lack of ego on show, Turner as always appearing eternally grateful for the opportunity to play. The same can be said for your next three acts Truckstop Honeymoon, Ferris & Sylvester and Jeffery Lewis & The Voltage. All three acts are given equally as passionate reactions from the audience who can clearly appreciate beautiful music.

Considering we’ve brought our two little monsters with us another great thing about Foolhardy Folk Festival is that the music is wrapped up by 9pm! But before then we still have two highly anticipated performances.

First up are the always joyous Skinny Lister who bring their traditional party atmosphere to the festival. Perhaps more so than any other set today, the Lister crew get the fans up and dancing to the likes of ‘Cathy’, ‘This Is War’ and ‘Trouble on Oxford Street’. The band are surely now established as one of the best live acts in the UK and with a new album and tour on the horizon, there will thankfully be lots of opportunities to catch them again in the near future!

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Finally the event ends just as it began… with our gracious host Beans On Toast! With backing band in tow this time around the show feels different and special as our headline performance. Kicking off with ‘Life’ and ‘Not Everybody Thinks We’re Doomed’ the set is an uplifting celebration of our existence and is the perfect way to end a wonderful day.

The cutest cameo from Beans daughter, new material and old favourites ensure that despite having to follow some sensational artists, Beans On Toast is able to send the crowd into the night reminiscing about a beautiful day, many including our kids still singing the chorus of ‘On & On’!

With another edition already announced for next August, the Foolhardy Folk Festival has quickly established itself as a must attend date on the folk calendar. This is of course a credit to Beans On Toast, but also to everyone involved behind the scenes and of course the fan community that makes the event so special.

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Lottery Winners

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The Lottery Winners have been building up an indelible reputation for their incredibly fun live shows. Numerous memorable festival shows and hugely popular support slots have created a real buzz around the band, and now feels like the time for them to strike while that proverbial iron is hot.

With the band finishing out their current headline tour, the iron is in fact not just hot but absolutely steaming and it’s no surprise that they now find themselves in a little chart battle for the number one spot. Some ingenious sales techniques will certainly have helped those pre-order numbers.

But, all that build needs an important thing at the end of the day and that’s a top quality album! So, when you strip back all the showmanship and focus on the music, can the Lottery Winners deliver the goods required to take their next big leap forward?

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Spoiler alert – you’re damn right they can! ‘Anxiety Repleacement Therapy’ is a perfectly timed blast of infectious indie pop that gets your feet moving and your brain thinking. Sonically uplifting and thematically inspiring, the album takes you on a literal journey towards enlightenment.

There are some purely stunning moments that will have you completely lost in the music such as ‘Worry’, ‘Burning House’ and ‘Sertraline’, then there are times where the smart lyrics will have you considering the depths of your inner being such as the highly relatable ‘Letter To Myself’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’.

Everything on this album just clicks and flows effortlessly. For example, seeing in advance of release that the album would feature guest slots from Frank Turner, Boy George and Shaun Ryder; I wondered if these would take something away from the Lottery Winners and disrupt the album. Quite the opposite is in fact the reality as each fits in seamlessly and works superbly within the context of the album.

The time really does feel like such an important one in the history of the band as they look like they are ready to firmly breakout into the mainstream. They have the live show to back up the music and now they have a masterpiece of an album to showcase, the world very much appears to be their oyster!

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More acts heading to Reading & Leeds

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

We get started this week with the latest from Reading and Leeds Festivals which as is tradition take place this August Bank Holiday weekend.

This week saw the likes of Lauran Hibberd, The Royston Club, Somebody’s Child and Bilk.

They will join names such as The Killers, Yard Act, The Amazons, You Me At Six, Frank Turner, Imagine Dragons, Don Broco, The Snuts, Hot Milk, The Murder Capital, Yonaka, Normandie and Sleep Token.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Truth Decay’ from You Me At Six

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Blur announce intimate warm-up shows

Britpop icons Blur this week announced and then quickly sold out four very intimate warm-up shows ahead of their dates at Wembley Stadium this summer.

More here.

Read our review of ‘Who On Earth’ from Sean McGowan

Nothing But Thieves set UK Tour dates

Nothing But Thieves this week revealed a huge tour for this Autumn in support of their upcoming new album, ‘Dead Club City’, which is out on July 7th.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘A Kiss for the Whole World’ from Enter Shikari

The View announce Autumn UK Tour

The View recently announce that their new album ‘Exorcism of Youth’ will be released on August 18th. Now the band have revealed a full Autumn UK Tour in support of the album.

Kyle Falconer commented, “Touring has always been what we’ve done best, we just needed some time to refuel. Can’t wait to get back to it!” 

Tickets are here.

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The Pigeon Detectives reveal UK Tour

The Pigeon Detectives also had a new tour to announce this week with the band heading out on the road this November.

The tour is in support of their brand new album, ‘TV Show’, which is released July 7th.

Tickets are here.

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The Xcerts unveil UK Tour

Next up in our News Report is another band with a new album on the way! The Xcerts will release ‘Learning How to Live and Let Go’ on August 18th.

The band will also be hitting the road to celebrate the release this Autumn.

Tickets and pre-orders and here.

Read our review of The Xcerts live in Cambridge

Lindemann announces Wembley Arena date

Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann will be bringing his solo project to the UK in December with a special show at Wembley Arena in London.

Support comes from Aesthetic Perfection and Phantom Vision.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Rammstein live in Coventry

Wolfmother heading to London

Wolfmother will also be heading to London for a one-off show at the O2 Islington Academy.

Tickets are here.

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Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons set up new tour dates

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons have announced that new album, ‘Kings of the Asylum’, will arrive later this summer.

In support of the release the band will be out and about this Autumn for the ‘Kings of the Asylum’ tour.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘We’re the Bastards’ from Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons

The Answer reveal new UK Tour

The Answer will also be out on the road later this year with a small run of dates now confirmed for November.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ’72 Seasons’ from Metallica

Finch set for special UK shows

Next up in our News Report are Finch who will be playing two special UK shows in November.

The band will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their album, ‘What It Is To Burn’ in Manchester and London.

Tickets are here.

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Hot Mulligan announce new UK Tour

Hot Mulligan have quickly announced their return to the UK later this year with support from Spanish Love Songs.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Hundred Reasons live in London

Malevolence set for UK tour

The final tour announcement for our News Report this week comes from Malevolence who will be hitting the UK and Europe later this year.

Support comes from Sylosis, GUILTTRIP and Justice For The Damned.

Tickets are here.

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PJ Harvey debuts ‘A Child’s Question, August’

PJ Harvey – ‘A Child’s Question, August’

PJ Harvey has announced her new album, ‘I Inside the Old Year Dying’, will be out on July 7th.

Ahead of her first album since 2016, Harvey has also debuted brand new single, ‘A Child’s Question, August’, which you can check out above.

On the new single: “I think the album is about searching, looking – the intensity of first love, and seeking meaning,” says Harvey. “Not that there has to be a message, but the feeling I get from the record is one of love – it’s tinged with sadness and loss, but it’s loving. I think that’s what makes it feel so welcoming: so open.”

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Grian Chatten shares debut single ‘The Score’

Grian Chatten – ‘The Score’

Grian Chatten, vocalist of Dublin’s critically acclaimed band Fontaines D.C., has shared his debut solo single, ‘The Score’, which you can check out above.

Commenting on the track, Chatten explains, “‘The Score’ is a heavyweight bated breath of lust. I wrote it in Madrid between an electric fan and a dying plant and I intend to keep it there. It was inspired by sugar and sunset.”

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Read our review of ‘Skinty Fia’ from Fontaines D.C.

The Gaslight Anthem debut ‘Positive Charge’

The Gaslight Anthem – ‘Positive Charge’

This week saw the return of The Gaslight Anthem with their new single, ‘Positive Charge’, which you can check out above.

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Lord of the Lost share ‘Destruction Manuel’ video

Lord of the Lost – ‘Destruction Manuel’

Very first German rock/metal Eurovision Song Contest representatives, Lord of the Lost, have released an official music video for ‘Destruction Manual’, which you can check out above.

The band on the new video: “A video where the whole band is represented by women. That is something I’ve wanted to do for half of my life. But it wasn’t the right time until now: the moment has come! Next to Louisa, we have four outstanding female musicians from all over the world at our instruments, and we love the energy that all five of them radiate here. What can I say? We’ve never looked so stunning!”

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K.Flay releases ‘Raw Raw’

K.Flay – ‘Raw Raw’

Next in our News Report is K.Flay who this week released her latest single, ‘Raw Raw’, which you can check out above.

Regarding the single K.Flay says, “‘Raw Raw’ is the start of my next chapter. After losing half my hearing last fall, I was faced with a sudden and intense episode of fear and vulnerability. Like, could I even make music again? Once I got into my recovery and started writing and recording, I knew that I could. And what I wanted to create was music that felt properly rock but also properly future oriented. Uninhibited and different.

“With ‘Raw Raw’ I wanted to capture what vulnerability really feels like. Outwardly it might seem tender, but on the inside it’s messy and bloody and somewhat terrifying. It’s a chainsaw buzzing at your throat.”

More here.

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Loose Articles share video for ‘Sinead Loves Bitcoin

Loose Articles – ‘Sinead Loves Bitcoin’

Manchester indie punks Loose Articles this week shared new single ‘Sinead Loves Bitcoin’, which you can check out above.

“The song is about our pal and local legend Sinead Ferguson, who’s a band photographer,” say the band of the story behind the track. “She had her instagram account hijacked by Bitcoin hackers who were posing as her and trying to sell everyone Bitcoin for £10,000. For a split second everyone thought Sinead was a Bitcoin dealer, so we turned it into a song where she was stealing your wifi and hacking your social media accounts to sell Bitcoin.”

The band have launched a spoof NFT scheme to accompany the track, alongside Sinead’s Bitcoin Fund, which will offer fans the ability to donate money to the band to unlock perks.

Tiers range from £0–20+ and include incentives like a specially recorded B-side short story, a cassette tape of the release, a DTG Ape Loose Articles shirt, and more special gifts TBC.

More here.

Listen to ‘Sinead Loves Bitcoin’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

CARSICK share ‘Anaconda Frank’

CARSICK – ‘Anaconda Frank’

Salisbury punk rockers CARSICK have shared their latest single, ‘Anaconda Frank’, which you can check out above.

The band are also set to drop their forthcoming debut EP ‘Drunk Hymns’ on 30th June.

Anaconda Frank is our biggest rager yet,” the band said of the song. “We wanted to capture the chaotic energy of our lives right now and so we’ve drawn on a bunch of real experiences we’ve had recently – covering everything from addiction to giant exotic snakes. It’s about being in a transitional stage of your life and figuring out what exactly it is you want to do and the kind of person you want to be.”

More here.

Listen to ‘Anaconda Frank’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Saint Agnes share ‘Animal’

Saint Agnes – ‘Animal’

Saint Agnes shared their latest single this week and you can check out ‘Animal’ above.

The track comes ahead of the release of new album, ‘Bloodsuckers’ on July 21st.

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Salvation Jayne debut ‘So Dull, So Quiet’

Salvation Jayne – ‘So Dull, So Quiet’

Lastly in our News Report this week is the return of Salvation Jayne with their new single, ‘So Dull, So Quiet’, which you can check out above.

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Oxymorrons – ‘Last Call’

New York-based punk band Oxymorrons continue their genre-bending revolution with their latest single, ‘Last Call’ featuring Troi Irons.

When asked what inspired them to write such an honest song and share themselves so openly, the band explained, “‘Last Call’ is an exercise in vulnerability and using our music to help us better understand ourselves and our coping mechanisms. Too many times we’ve all found ourselves drowning at the bottom of a bottle, using alcohol to help us feel something different or feel nothing at all. Whether you’ve struggled in the past or are struggling right now, we hope this song helps you feel seen and plays a role in helping you not struggle in the future.”
 
Featured artist Troi Irons brought a different perspective to the track, sharing, “I’ve long been a fan of the Oxymorrons and what they do so I was thrilled to hop on this song. I don’t really drink but it’s more a metaphor for how humans tend to reach for the closest thing to help us feel less alone. It’s not always healthy. Hopefully people reach for the music to feel less alone with this one.”

DETHRXNER – ‘STAY COLD’

Copenhagen’s DETHRXNER share their new single, ‘STAY COLD’ featuring Aaron Matts of ten56..

“‘Stay Cold’  is a track about resilience and perseverance in the face of challenges. The lyrics convey a determination to stick to one’s plan, despite past failures and missed opportunities – it’s ultimately a declaration of staying strong, staying true to oneself, and staying focused on success, no matter how tough the journey may be”  – Vocalist Neema Rad 

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Tribe of Ghosts – ‘Sunburner (Deny the Rot)’

Tribe Of Ghosts share their brand new single ‘Sunburner (Deny the Rot)’.

“When my mental health began severely declining before my diagnosis, I always associated the Sun as some kind of aggressor or enemy as it would cause emotional and physical discomfort whenever I saw it… This discomfort would bring on these intense feelings of anxiety and intense physical pain that I would daily attempt to mask and ignore as I didn’t want to accept that I was mentally unwell.” – Guitarist Adam Sedgwick.

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Glastonbury Festivals reveals line-up

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

Where else could we start this week other than with Glastonbury Festival and their initial 2023 line-up! We now know that Elton John will be joined in headlining the Pyramid Stage by Arctic Monkeys and Guns N Roses!

Also playing over the weekend will be Alt-J, Blondie, Manic Street Preachers, Nova Twins, Royal Blood, slowthai, Texas and Legends Slot filling Yusuf (Cat Stevens).

More here.

Read our review of Nova Twins live in Norwich

Reading & Leeds reveal latest additions

Another major festival dropping line-up additions this week were the August stalwart Reading & Leeds Festivals.

The likes of The Amazons, Frank Turner, Easy Life, Palaye Royale, Sleep Token, Sea Girls, Vistas, The Murder Capital, Normandie, Knocked Loose, Yonaka, Yard Act and Don Broco join the line-up.

They join the likes Sam Fender, Foals, The Killers, Billie Eilish, Imagine Dragons, Wet Leg, You Me At Six, Nothing But Thieves, The Snuts and Hot Milk.

Tickets are here.

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2000trees line-up grows

It was a good week for festival fans this week as our News Report continues with this stunning line-up from 2000trees Festival!

The absolutely stacked line-up now features added American Football, Eagles of Death Metal, Electric Six, Employed To Serve, Joy Formidable, Tigercub and Black Honey.

The full line-up also hosts the likes of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Hundred Reasons, Skindred, Deaf Havana, Rival Schools, Bob Vylan, Empire State Bastard, Holding Absence, Kid Kapichi, Cancer Bats, Dream State, LostAlone, Witch Fever, Blackgold, Guise, Mimi Barks, Pet Needs, Press To Meco and many more!

“For us, seeing fans just as excited about the bands lower down the line up as they are about the bigger artists is what 2000trees is all about, and this announcement is no different. Heriot and Kneecap were big personal highlights from 2000trees 2022, so to be able to have Heriot return to smash the Main Stage and Kneecap bringing the carnage to the Forest Stage is going to be something special! And there’s still two headliners to come sooner than you might think…” – Festival booker James

Tickets are here.

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Standon Calling line-up expands

Also unveiling more of their line-up this week were Standon Calling. The event is due to be headlined by Years & Years, Self Esteem, Bloc Party & The Human League.

Playing across the weekend will be the likes of Rick Astley, Squid, We Are Scientists, Bob Vylan, The Murder Capital, The Big Moon, Lottery Winners, KT Tunstall and The Sherlocks.

Sharing in the excitement of today’s news, Rick Astley said: “I can’t wait to head back to Hertfordshire for Standon Calling this July, hope to see you all there!”

Tickets are here.

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The Long Road announce first names for 2023

Leicester’s The Long Road festival returns in 2023 with a line-up including Jon Pardi, Blackberry Smoke and many more.

Commenting on today’s announcement, TLR’s Tennessee-born Creative Director Baylen Leonard said: “We’re delighted to announce the first wave of artists for The Long Road 2023. Our festival is about offering a unique, inclusive experience for our visitors, with amazing music, great food, and a welcoming atmosphere. Our line-up reflects the very best in Country and Americana music today, and we can’t wait to welcome visitors to Stanford Hall for what is going to be a truly unforgettable bank holiday weekend.”

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Beans On Toast live in Norwich

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Kings of Leon announce Wrexham shows

We move our News Report on now to the best tour announcements from the past week and we begin in Wales as Kings of Leon reveal two special dates at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham this May.

Tickets are here.

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Ashnikko announces UK shows

Also this week, pop disruptor Ashnikko announced her hotly anticipated world tour and debut album ‘WEEDKILLER’, which is out June 2nd.

Speaking on the announcement Ashnikko states “My bioluminescent heart is glowing. My post-apocalyptic fae world is here for you to journey into. My wings have been ripped out, but I’ve built them anew using WEEDKILLER machine parts. I am the one sent here to eliminate you, WEEDKILLER.”

Tickets and album pre-orders are here.

Read our review of ‘This Is Why’ from Paramore

British Lion announce summer tour

British Lion next in our News Report as this week they announced a new UK and European summer tour including dates in Manchester and Nottingham.

Steve Harris comments, “We just had a brilliant time on the January UK tour and it’s great to be heading out again in 2023. I’m really looking forward to BOTH Summer tours this year!”

Tickets are here.

Read our review of British Lion live in Norwich

The Almighty announce special reunion shows

The rumours are true and the original line-up of The Almighty are reuniting for three special shows later this year in Glasgow, Manchester and London.

Support comes from Balaam and the Angel.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Black Star Riders in Ipswich

The Hu announce additional tour dates

Alongside their summer festival appearances, The Hu have revealed a string of headline shows across the UK and Europe.

Tickets are here.

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Theory of a Deadman unveil UK Tour

Canadians Theory of a Deadman are headed to the UK in September for the ‘Dinosaur’ tour with guests Amongst Liars.

Their new album, ‘Dinosaur’, is out March 17th.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Read our review of Bullet For My Valentine live in Cambridge

grandson reveals new tour

To launch his second album, ‘I LOVE YOU, I’M TRYING’, grandson has revealed a huge world tour including a number of stops in the UK in September.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of YUNGBLUD live in London

Empire State Bastard reveal debut headline shows

Hype continues to build for the new project from Biffy Clyro duo Simon Neil and Mike Vennart – Empire State Bastard.

This week saw the duo confirm their first headline shows and confirm that the iconic Dave Lombardo will join them on drums!

Tickets sold out in a flash, but you can find more info here.

Read our review of Biffy Clyro live in London

Vistas set for new tour

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week comes from Vistas who will be back out on the road this May.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Y Not Festival 2022

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Metallica debut ‘If Darkness Had a Son’

Metallica – ‘If Darkness Had a Son’

Our News Report looks now at the best new releases from the past week and we begin this week with Metallica!

The legendary band are readying their latest album, ’72 Seasons’, which is out April 14th. This week that meant the debut of new single, ‘If Darkness Had a Son’, which you can listen to above.

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Underoath share new single ‘Let Go’

Underoath – ‘Let Go’

This week saw Underoath return with their brand new single, ‘Let Go’, which you can check out above.

In discussing the song, the band said, “This is actually the first song we completed after recording (last year’s) Voyeurist. It took a few different forms but we got it to a place where we knew this is what it should be. It’s about letting go of whatever trauma or demons that might be holding you back. As hard as it is to make those decisions sometimes, I feel like we can never grow without stepping out of those toxic environments.”

More here.

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DMA’S share ‘Something We Are Overcoming’

DMA’S – ‘Something We Are Overcoming’

DMA’S have this week shared their latest single, ‘Something We Are Overcoming’, which you can listen to above.

The track comes ahead of new album, ‘How Many Dreams?’, which is out March 31st.

“‘Something We Are Overcoming’ started as a moving ballad about perseverance but quickly morphed into a trancey anthem of a side quest that is slightly but steadily DMA’S. We hope you like it.” – DMA’S

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snake eyes debut ‘no one is truly cool’

snake eyes ‘no one is truly cool’

Brighton’s snake eyes have shared new single, ‘no one is truly cool’, and you can check out the video above.

Commenting on the new single, vocalist Jim Heffy says: “I met a bloke in a band I like at a festival after separately having a really lovely chat with one of their bandmates. he was stand-offish and, to be honest, a bit of a prick, giving proper ‘too cool for school’ vibes. the whole exchange left a bad taste in my mouth.”

“the fake cool guy thing can only go so far. no need for a fake personality. just be real, be yaself. even Keith Richards puts down the whiskey and cigs sometimes and watches ‘the last of us’ in his pants with a bowl of nik naks like everyone else.”

The official video for the track was created by the band’s drummer and visual director Thomas Coe-Brooker, who explains of the concept: “in keeping with the song, we thought it’d be fun to make a really cool looking video in the least cool of spaces – a family garage. kinda like when you’re having band practice as a teenager and you’re all really sending it like total bad asses…but ultimately, your mum’s seconds from bursting in to tell you it’s too loud and that your dinner’s ready. that, but with satisfying, nicely framed angles and dreamy in-camera long exposure, 90s style.”

More here.

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Hell’s Ditch – ‘Ghosts’

Hell’s Ditch have shared new single, ‘Ghosts’, ahead of their debut EP, ‘Take Cover’, out March 23rd.

Vocalist Nick Davis explains: “Ghosts is about the hanging weight of the past, the present and the future. Capitalism puts a premium on individual success, which leads people to feel like their failing if they don’t achieve certain goals or milestones. It’s all too easy to plant trees, grow them, and then cut them down inside the confines of your own head. I wrote most of the lyrics while watching my cats seemingly stare at nothing on the ceiling”.

paradise fell. – ‘VICES.’

Alternative artist paradise fell has shared their debut offering ‘VICES.’.

“VICES. is a frantic confrontation of the irony; that something which kills us slowly, sets us free in the moment. It makes us feel alive. The bad habits we have are the only things that can save us from the drudgery of daily life. The very things that are killing us, become a cornerstone of our identity. They become familiar. They become part of who we are. A comfort in a chaotic world.” – paradise fell.

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Hunch Power – ‘Eye for an Eye’

Hunch Power hits back with their new pacifist anthem, ‘Eye for an Eye’.

“I’d been wanting to write a pacifist song about revenge for ages. I was sure about borrowing Ghandi’s famous words for the title and chorus but I couldn’t find the right music to go with it. One day I remembered an old idea I never demoed and realised the music matched perfectly so I wrote new lyrics and the band loved it” – Singer Harvey Springfield

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Xtra Mile Recordings 20th Anniversary

Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Thursday 9th February 2023

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There are a number of Anniversary celebrations taking place tonight at Shepherds Bush Empire in London. This is a Brits Week show raising funds for the incredible work conducted by War Child, who this year are in their 30th year of action.

Secondly, it’s the 20th Anniversary of the brilliant Xtra Mile Recordings and finally later on in the evening we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our headliner Frank Turner’s stunning album, ‘Tape Deck Heart’!

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Guise – ‘Don’t Come Back’

Lots to dissect then, and lots of action to pack into a short space of time, starting with our first artist this evening, Jess Guise. Guise serenades the early attendees with a number of tracks from her debut album, ‘Youngest Daughter’ such as the fantastic ‘Don’t Come Back’. A short yet delightful performance from an artist who continues to develop into one of Xtra Mile’s hidden gems!

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BERRIES – ‘We Are Machines’

Following on from Guise after a short changeover are BERRIES, who released their stunning debut album, ‘How We Function’, last year also. Tonight London is treated to some of the fantastic tracks that make BERRIES such an impressive force such as ‘Copy’, ‘We Are Machines’ and ‘Spiral’. Again, their time onstage may be only fleeting but BERRIES make the most of it with a thoroughly enjoyable set.

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Pet Needs – Get on the Roof’

Next up are Pet Needs who are fast acquiring themselves a fanbase as dedicated as our headliner’s. Yes, the usual swathe of Pet Needs t-shirts are present and from the opening chord to the last strains of feedback, every song is greeted with wild abandon from the packed crowd.

The quality of their songs combined with the energy offered onstage make a Pet Needs performance a real experience. ‘Ibiza In Winter’, ‘Toothpaste’ and ‘Get on the Roof’ are all superb tonight as the band are once again on fire.

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Frank Turner – ‘Recovery’

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Soon enough it’s time to focus on that final Anniversary as Frank Turner takes to the stage to play ‘Tape Deck Heart’ in full. An album that solidified Turner as somebody able to fill some of the UK’s largest venues, it’s a treat to see him play it in the relative intimate surrounds of Shepherds Bush Empire.

Mixing up the order of songs, Turner regales the crowd with snippets of insights into the record whilst delivering some rarer tracks like ‘Broken Piano’, ‘Good & Gone’, ‘Oh Brother’, ‘The Fisher King Blues’, ‘Tell Tale Signs’ and ‘Anymore’. The crowd savour these moments just as they do the plethora of favourites that the album created such as ‘Recovery’, ‘Plain Sailing Weather’, ‘Polaroid Picture’, ‘Losing Days’, ‘The Way I Tend To Be’ and ‘Four Simple Words’!

The evening doesn’t finish there though and ever the entertainer, Turner blasts though a selection of hits to close out the night. The sing-a-long for ‘The Ballad of Me and My Friends’ is spine-tingling as Xtra Mile’s most famous son honours the label in style.

It’s been a fantastic evening celebrating ‘Tape Deck Heart’ and Xtra Mile Recordings 20th Anniversary and we should be thankful for Xtra Mile sharing artists the calibre of Turner, Pet Needs, BERRIES and Guise.

What we should be most thankful for though is for organisations such as War Child and the incredible work that they are doing. For more information and to donate head here!

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