2017 got off to a flying start for Astroid Boys, releasing new track Foreigners which is currently sitting at over 150,000 views on YouTube and things are looking to get even better as today Astroid Boys announce a string of UK live dates starting in April!
After gaining a big following on the underground scene since forming in 2012, rising rock/grime collective Astroid Boys, who hail from Cardiff’s CF10 area code, have partnered with Music for Nations (Sony) as the label’s first signing since being recently re-launched.
Comprising Traxx (MC), Benji (MC), DJ Comfort (DJ), Dellux (producer) and Big H (drums), Astroid Boys have created something new and exciting, which was the intention when co-frontman Traxx started the band in 2012, wanting to merge his past as a punk kid with his transition into grime in his late teens.
With the band sitting comfortably between grime and punk/hardcore, their sound fuses together multiple sub-cultures and perspectives—a growth that defines them less as a band and more as a voice for the youth. Not many artists can say they’ve supported Trash Talk and Deez Nuts, as well as Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Skepta and Stormzy, but Astroid Boys have taken their live show to the urban and metal scenes across the UK. Along with an impressive list of tour supports under their belt, they’ve played at Reading & Leeds Festival, Download Festival and T in the Park, as well as festivals in mainland Europe, including Block Party Festival and With Full Force Festival in Germany.
28th April – Hit The North Festival, Newcastle
2nd May – Music Hall, Ramsgate
3rd May – The Horn, St Albans
4th May – Empire, Coventry
5th May – Vintage Bar, Doncaster
6th May – Parish, Huddersfield
8th May – KU Bar, Stockton
9th May – Tunnels, Aberdeen
10th May – Alma Inn, Bolton
11th May – Focus Wales, Central Station, Wrexham
9th June – Download Festival, Donington
13th August – Boomtown Fair, Winchester
Ticket link: www.astroid-boys.com
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Multi-talented, award-winning artist, actress and activist Kate Nash announces the 10 year anniversary of her platinum selling debut album 'Made Of Bricks'. Kate will be touring the album over the summer including a show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, tickets will be available for pre-order Wednesday 29th March and on general sale 31st March. A limited run of original pink 'Made In Bricks' vinyl will be available on the tour.
Kate on 'Made Of Bricks':-
"I am so excited to celebrate my 10 year anniversary of Made of Bricks. This was a life changing record for me. At the time of making it I had no idea what to expect, what making a record even was, and how much this would open up a world of art and music to me. After a decade of creating, recording, performing and living I feel more confident about my abilities than ever and I look forward to approaching these performances from where I am today. I can’t wait to share this with fans old and new, I’ve honed my performance skills and this will bring new life to old material, mixing a sense of nostalgia with a shiny bright future.
I’m so proud of how far I have come and I actually feel like I have a stronger connection to the songs now than I did then. I’m more in tune with myself and I think that translates through my performance. I also feel like this album keeps me connected to why I create music. It's an important reminder to me to stay creative, open, imaginative, to have a sense of fun and remember the London streets I grew up in. It's amazing to be fortunate enough to have a career as an artist. So hashtag blessed. I’m as ever grateful to my beautiful fans!! And I’m excited to invite them to something extra special this summer!"
In other news, Kate Nash has been confirmed to play Rhonda is the upcoming Netflix Original series “G.L.O.W.” Produced by award winning Jenji Kohan (Weeds, Orange is the new Black), “G.L.O.W” (aka Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) was created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange Is The New Black) and is a 10-episode comedy inspired by the real story of the 1980s female wrestling league.
MADE OF BRICKS TOUR
1st August - Edinburgh, Queens Hall
3rd August - Leeds, Church
4th August - Manchester, O2 Ritz
5th August - Nottingham, Rock City
6th August - Bristol, O2 Academy
8th August - Brighton, Concorde 2
10th August - London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
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It seems Australia and New Zealand can’t get enough of Hevy Devy. Melbourne’s 170 Russell Show on 24th May has completely SOLD OUT and a second show at the same venue has now been announced for Tuesday the 23rd May.
Tickets for the additional show are now on sale at mjrpresents.com.
Post-Rock/Prog legends sleepmakeswaves will be taking the stage with DTP on the whole tour - and they will have their new album “Made of Breath Only” out in time for the tour. New single Tundra is already a triple favourite and the shows promise to be an epic one-two punch of prog goodness.
Previously here in 2015 on a string of sold-out shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – this time Perth and Auckland (NZ) are getting some HevyDevy love. The guitar virtuoso is one of the most celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarists in heavy music and Devin Townsend Projects’ live show never fails to satisfy and amaze.
Tickets for Devin Townsend Project’s Australia/New Zealand Tour in May 2017 including the added Melbourne show on May 23rd are now mjrpresents.com.
Wednesday 17th May - Powerstation, Auckland
Saturday 20th May - The Triffid, Brisbane
Monday 22nd May - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
* JUST ADDED *
Tuesday 23rd May – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Wednesday 24th May - 170 Russell, Melbourne - SOLD OUT
Friday 26th May - Capitol, Perth
Tickets at MJRPRESENTS.COM
The Iberian Extreme Metal act Noctem confirms its first headlining tour in Rusia presenting the brand new album "Haeresis" (Art Gates Records-Prosthetic Records). Supporting act will be "From Hell" from North America. Dates as follows:
HAERESIS RUSSIAN ASSAULT 2017:
18.08 ZELENOGRAD - "Pub Rebel"
20.08 KALUGA - "Garage"
21.08 YELETS - "Scena"
22.08 VORONEZH - "Station Mir"
23.08 ROSTOV-ON-DON - "Podzemka"
24.08 LIPETSK - "Centre"
25.08 MOSCOW - "Rock House" MOSCOW BLACK METAL CONVENTION
26.08 TULA -"Dolina X" BLACKENED LIFE FEST
27.08 SAINT -PETERSBURG -"Opera"
There is a slot available for this tour. If you're interested in your band opening for Noctem contact to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Noctem shows confirmed so far:
8-10.06 Santa María Summer Fest / Portugal
1.07 Rock Arena / Alicante (Sp)
5-8.07 Resurrection Fest / Viveiro (Sp)
9-12.08 Leyendas del Rock / Alicante (Sp)
official sites of Noctem:
Alternative Metal band Mercy Brown are pleased to reveal that they will be embarking on a tour of the west coast of the USA this week. The tour will consist of 14 dates from March 10th to the 25th.
Frontwoman Sera Hatchett commented: "We're looking forward to getting on the road again and making our way to Southern California for the first time, and back up to Boise to play Treefort Music Fest. Hope to see you soon!"
In addition to embarking on the tour, the band have also recently released an amazing video for their track "Codependent" which is taken from their self-titled 2015 album.
Watch "Codependent" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hKc9MVM4YQ
Listen to Mercy Brown here: http://mercy-brown.com/
The controversial Chinese pianist, Sunny Li, who caused a social media storm amongst the normally sedate Classic FM online community when ‘training’ videos of her playing two grand pianos went viral with over a million views , sparking admiration and outrage in equal measure, is embarking on a UK tour this spring in line with the release of her new album.
Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/ClassicFM/videos/10154894757289260/
Whilst many of the comments on the video were complimentary, others took the form of what some may consider a sexist tirade due to the seemingly provocative style Sunny had to adopt when performing the ‘double grand work out’. The comments deeply affected the young pianist who had never experienced such attention in her homeland of China.
Sunny stated that she ‘wasn’t expecting a lot of views’ as the video was meant to be just for fun, as a way of displaying one of her piano workout methods, but some of the comments left her feeling confused and upset. Despite this, Li feels strongly about equality and encouraging people to play the piano. She added ‘There is no reason why women can’t play like men, they are just as equal. It’s the modern day – sometimes women are even better than the men!’
To add insult to injury, Sunny, who is a strong advocate of getting young people into classical music, believes that the musical genre is potentially on the verge of becoming extinct and therefore feels that the passionate side of classical music needs to truly compete with its pop music counterparts. Consequently, talent needs to go hand in hand with style and fashion in order to reach a younger ‘streetwise’ audience. She has compared classical music to ‘a very meaningful book that is close to the soul’ and it is this idea that she wants to push forward to young people in the hope that they might give classical music a chance.
Sunny is combating her detractors with these empowering standpoints and intends to show them just how passionate she is to spread the classical message with her upcoming tour of the UK this year. Having won many awards in China for her art as well as being a brand ambassador for the leading UK piano company, www.pianorestorations.co.uk , Sunny is also in the running to become a ‘Young Steinway Artist’, a highly sought after distinction that may well see her endorsed by the piano manufacturing giants.
24/02/2017: St. James Church, London
07/03/2017: Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge
17/03/2017: St. James Church, London, with orchestra
25/03/2017: St. Margaret Church, Oxford
26/03/2017: Stanborough Park Church, Watford
01/04/2017: Faversham Assembly Rooms
07/04/2017: St. John's, Waterloo
28/04/2017: St. John's, Waterloo
12/05/2017: Wigmore Hall, London
27/05/2017: St. George's Church, Beckenham
16/08/2017: Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge
Sunny’s album, Sunny Li Piano, is out now on Itunes, Google Music, Spotify and Amazon:
Skunk Anansie have announced some additional UK headline & festival shows for May 2017; these follow on from a full European tour kicking off in late January, with the band set to visit 14 different countries across a six week period, including a sold out London date at the Brixton Academy on February 4th.
Support on the European tour comes from edgy, rockin’ duo, The Pearl Harts.
An opening act for the UK shows in May is still to be confirmed, but the dates & venues are as follows:-
May 25th – Bristol, O2 Academy
May 26th – South Derbyshire, Bearded Theory Festival (‘Pallet’ stage headliner)
May 27th – Manchester, O2 Ritz
‘Anarchytecture’ – Skunk Anansie’s sixth studio album, produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Pixies, Ghost) – was released last year to much critical acclaim and impressive official chart positions, with Classic Rock magazine saying, ‘Like Queen or Muse, they’re at their best when they push beyond the narrow centre-ground of hard rock in search of something bigger, stranger and more glamorous…’
‘Anarchytecture’ is available to purchase here via Amazon or here via iTunes.
Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast have just announced their first ever full UK headline tour for next March, following the release of their anticipated new album 'Bringer Of Pain' which will be released via Nuclear Blast on February 17th.
Check out the trailer for 'Bringer Of Pain' here:
Bassist and vocalist Eero Sipilä commented:
"United Kingdom - the holy land of heavy metal! It’s taken its bloody time for us to make it past London, but like they say, all bad is worth waiting. We're super excited to finally explore UK further, and meet with all the people who've had to live without the beast for so very long. This will indeed be a blast! Majesty are old touring mates of ours, so it’s great having them on board to bring in some well needed German sex-appeal ". - Eero / BB
Tickets are on sale now and available via the links below:
22nd March - Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
23rd March - Manchester - The Ruby Lounge
24th March - London - Underworld
Children Of Bodom's prodigious debut album ‘Something Wild’ was released 20 years ago and thus the mighty Hatecrew were born. Finland's melodic death superstars will take to the road in 2017 to celebrate 20 years of life in the form of a mind blowing classic set-list. For an entire month, Children Of Bodom will bring their reaper sound over to the UK and Central Europe, so make sure to catch the guys on one of these dates.
The UK leg will see the band hit two prestigious venues - London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Manchester’s Academy 2.
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday Dec 14th @ 10.00 GMT:
11th March 2017 – Manchester, Academy 2
12th March 2017 – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
A few weeks ago, Children Of Bodom released a special lyric video for the song 'My Bodom (I Am The Only One)', taken from the band's latest studio album, ‘I Worship Chaos’. On October 20th, fans were encouraged via social media to submit photos of themselves with the band for a chance to be in the upcoming video. Over 300 photos were selected to be featured in the 'My Bodom (I Am The Only One)' lyric video. You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/EMje43asm-A
Crystal Fairy, the recently announced outfit featuring Le Butcherettes’ Teri Gender Bender, the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover with At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, share “Chiseler” (https://crystalfairy.bandcamp.com/ or http://bit.ly/CrystalFairyChiseler), a new song from their forthcoming self-titled debut album (Feb. 24, Ipecac Recordings) as the four-piece announce their first round of tour dates.
"It was so much fun to write this song with these guys,” said Gender Bender. “It literally just came out like a flying saucer; we recorded everything in one day. It was so impressive to see how well we all experiment with one another.”
“Chiseler,” which Buzz dubbed “a hot little punk rock number,” and “Drugs On the Bus” (https://youtu.be/N31SHZ93zu4) are available as instant downloads with pre-orders of Crystal Fairy (Bandcamp: https://crystalfairy.bandcamp.com/; iTunes: http://hyperurl.co/CrystalFairyiTunes; Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h7utu8; Apple Music: http://apple.co/2gWqvGH). Physical bundles are available via Ipecac’s webstore: http://www.merchaye-revolve.com/ipecac-music-store.
Crystal Fairy will play their first live dates in February, with the band announcing a week of intimate club outings throughout California:
February 21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory Constellation Room
February 22 San Diego, CA Casbah
February 23 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet’s
February 24 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
February 25 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Tickets are available on Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 am pacific.
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