COMING UP: THE BANDS & ARTISTS PLAYING IN MANCHESTER THIS YEAR 0 41

While the likes of, among others, The 1975 are currently kicking off this new year of live music in some style, there are also plenty of other fantastic acts hitting the road to perform in Manchester (and, of course, many other venues) in 2019. Here’s a quick guide to just some of the artists performing for music fans everywhere in the months ahead.

Frank Turner – Victoria Warehouse, 25/1/19 & 26/1/19

One of the most gifted singer-songwriters of our generation, critically acclaimed performer Frank is once again taking his talents, as showcased on latest album Be More Kind, out on the road to entertain the masses, kicking off his latest tour in the capital of the North.

Bastille – Victoria Warehouse, 3/2/19 & 4/2/19

One of the hottest and biggest UK bands in recent years, Bastille, who released their latest mixtape Other People’s Heartache Pt. 4 in December, kick off their UK tour later this month and close out the run with a show at London’s 02 Academy Brixton.

Ferris & Sylvester – Eagle Inn, 6/2/19

This critically acclaimed duo, who released their EP Made In Streetham last year and who are gearing up to play Texas’ SXSW Festival in March, will embark on their first UK headline tour on the 4th of February when they play in Leeds, rounding off their run of gigs in Dublin on the 14th.

Another Sky – Yes, 11/2/19

With their latest single “Apple Tree” having been premiered by Annie Mac on Radio 1, Another Sky, fronted by incredible vocalist Catrin Vincent, are quickly earning themselves a growing following, one which they will play to on a 17-date tour which will take them the length and breadth of the country.

Palace – Band On The Wall, 22/2/19

With a dedicated following behind them and having spent much of last year writing new material, the trio’s run of 8 dates will be sure to shake off any remaining winter blues they or their fans have while ensuring a good time is had by all.

Sam Fender – Gorilla, 25/2/19 & Ritz, 2/5/19

The latest recipient of the Critics Choice Brit Award, this rising star has a debut album in the works and will be sharing his talents with music fans at a sold out show in Manchester next month before returning to the city for another performance, this time at the Ritz, as part of his UK Spring tour.

Blue Oyster Cult – Academy, 1/3/19

Returning to the UK for their first tour of the country in 8 years, the New York rock icons, who have a four decade long career to their name, will entertain their army of fans at 8 shows which kick off on February 21st in Norwich.

Lany – Albert Hall, 14/3/19

Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest, AKA Lany, head back the UK this Spring for a seven-date run of shows, beginning in Nottingham on the 6th and ending in Glasgow on the 15th, in support of their latest album Malibu Nights.

Self Esteem – Yes, 14/3/19

Self Esteem, AKA Rebecca Lucy Taylor, will mark the release of her debut album Compliments Please on March 1st with a run of 11 shows beginning on March 9th in Ramsgate, with the final date taking place on the 22nd in Leeds.

Sleaford Mods – Academy, 15/3/19

With music that is both politically charged and thought provoking, this duo, who release their new album Eton Alive next month, will be raking their messages to the masses on a 33-date run of shows, beginning in Belfast on February 7th and finishing in Hitchin on May 11th.

Alice Merton – Academy 2, 19/3/19

Having just released her debut album Mint last week, singer-songwriter Alice has already toured with The Killers and Vance Joy, but will be taking centre stage as she performs at 5 venues across the UK, opening her tour in Bristol on the 17th and playing the final show at Scala in London on the 24th.

Grace Carter – Gorilla, 24/3/19

With an album due out later this year and nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2019, Grace has already been championed by the likes of The Line Of Best Fit and will be taking her soul-sound out on the road for a five date run of UK shows as part of her larger European tour.

Maverick Sabre – Club Academy, 5/4/19

In support of new album When I Wake Up, which will be released on March 22nd, Maverick will be hitting the road for his first headline tour in five years, playing a total of 12 shows.

James Blake – Victoria Warehouse, 7/4/19

Already receiving rave reviews for his latest album Assume Form which was released last week, James, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Kendrick Lamar, will delight and entertain his fans with 3 shows this Spring.

Midge Ure – Albert Hall, 25/10/19

An iconic artist of the 1980’s and still hugely popular today, Ultravox’s Midge Ure is heading out on an extensive UK tour to play the classic ‘Vienna’ album in full and celebrate its 40th anniversary, alongside many other hits. He’ll kick off the run in Norwich, with the final date taking place in Liverpool.

Tickets for the shows listed above are available now from all usual vendors and websites.

 

 

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BLUE OYSTER CULT TALK THEIR UPCOMING UK TOUR & 50 YEAR CAREER 0 23

With a career that spans 50 years behind them already, Blue Oyster Cult have firmly established themselves as one of the music industry’s most illustrious bands, respected by music fans and critics on both sides of the Atlantic. As the band prepare to make a long overdue return to the UK, guitarist and song-writer Buck Dharma teased what fans can expect from their upcoming shows and reflected on the bands’ career and success so far.

Q: Are you looking forward to coming back to the UK? What do you most enjoy and how does playing here compare to back home in the States?

Buck Dharma: Yes I am. I have enjoyed the UK since first coming in 1975. I like the difference in culture and customs compared to the US, and revisiting friends and fans I’ve gotten to know over the years.

Q: What are some of your favourite memories of playing in the UK? Any previous shows that have always stuck with you?

BD: I’m looking forward to playing what used to be called Hammersmith Odeon in London again. We had great shows there in the heyday of Blue Oyster Cult and look forward to returning. Otherwise I like to get out into the countryside and visit the other cities and towns in the country.

Q: If at all, how have you adapted and developed your live production and your approach to playing your music live over the decades?

BD: We are currently touring with less special effects and props, focusing primarily on the music and the musical performance. It’s essentially what it’s all about, and I enjoy concentrating on that aspect of our musical catalogue.

Q: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” is such a great track that has really stood the test of time. How does it feel to have a song that is so universally recognised and loved, even in 2019? Has the song’s success continued to surpass your initial expectations for the track?

BD: It’s great that “Reaper” has held up so well over time. It’s endurance continues to surprise and gratify me, and yes, I had no idea when we recorded it that it would have had the impact it has.

Q: A lot has changed within the Rock community since you first started, but are there any current rock artists that have impressed you over the last few years? Any albums you’re particularly enjoying at the moment?

BD: I like The Rival Sons and the new youngsters Greta Van Fleet. I also discovered last year a 2015 album by Chris Cornell called “Higher Truth.”

Q: Your last studio album, Curse of the Hidden Mirrors was released 18 years ago – any current plans to make another record?

BD: As matter of fact, yes. BOC is recording another LP this year, 2019, the first in many years. Should be out by fall.

Q: You have worked and toured with the likes of Patti Smith, Randy Jackson and Alice Cooper over the course of your career – any highlights or people you still have on the wish list?

BD: All our collaborations and touring have been rewarding. I’m open to collaborating with anybody, perhaps some of the younger artists, although I don’t actively pursue such cooperation.

Q: You have been doing this for over 50 years now which is incredible. Having reached such a large milestone in your career, what inspires you to keep going and keeps you motivated?

BD: I enjoy playing and singing as much today as I ever did. I don’t have to work, but I do it because it’s rewarding personally. I could live if I couldn’t do it anymore, but I truly enjoy it, and will do it for another couple years at least.

Q: If you could turn back time, is there anything you would change or do differently?

BD: I have no regrets. It might be nice to have known more about the business side of the Music industry, but I’m not complaining about the way it’s gone. I’m lucky to have worked at a job I like all my life.

Q: Finally, knowing all that you know now, what advice would you give your former self when first starting out, and what advice would you give to anyone wanting to be in a band now?

BD: Only that I should prepare for a long career. I never anticipated I’d be still doing what I did in my 20’s fifty years later. I don’t know what to advise young people today. I’m not really involved in the current state of music business, it’s changing rapidly, of course, like everything else in life.

Tickets for Blue Oyster Cult’s UK tour, which kicks off on February 21st, are on sale now. For more information on the band, visit their website or give their page a like on Facebook.

P!NK CONFIRMED TO PERFORM AT 2019 BRITS; RECIPIENT OF OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD 0 29

We are thrilled to announce that multi-million selling global pop icon P!NK will be honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s ceremony. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive this award.

Seven studio albums and one greatest hits album on since her debut in 2000, totalling over 60 million global sales, over 8 million in the UK alone along with over 12 million UK single sales, P!NK is a musical force to be reckoned with. With seven Top Five albums – with two going No. 1 (Funhouse and the most recent platinum-certified Beautiful Trauma), three UK No. 1 singles (‘Just Like A Pill’, ‘So What’, ‘Lady Marmalade’) and 32 Top 40 singles, 19 of which going Top 10, including ‘Try’, ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ and ‘What About Us’, P!NK has become one of the UK’s best-selling female artists and one of the world’s greatest singers, with her inimitable powerhouse vocals and show-stopping stage performances.
 
Over 2 million tickets sold in the UK alone to date, nine BRIT nominations, and one win for International Female Solo Artist in 2003, and a string of other prestigious awards and accolades including three GRAMMY awards (20 nominations) and two Billboard Music Awards, P!NK’s career sees no sign of letting up with her first UK stadium tour in five years booked for this summer, including two nights at London’s Wembley Stadium.
 
P!NK said: “I am so honored to be recognized with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the 2019 BRITs! Since the beginning of my career the British fans have been some of the most fierce and loyal in the world. I am humbled to receive this honor and be in the company of an illustrious group of British icons!”

BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland Jason Iley said: “P!NK is a trailblazer, a phenomenally talented singer and songwriter, and truly one of the greatest artists of our time.  It is a real pleasure to honour her at this year’s BRIT Awards with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. With her remarkable career spanning nearly 20 years, P!NK is one of the most successful artists in the world, consistently releasing multi-million-selling albums and selling out tours all over the globe. I am really excited to welcome her back to The BRITs and to recognise her prodigious success.”
 
P!NK joins an illustrious list of previous BRIT Awards Outstanding Contribution to Music recipients including Sir Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, Spice Girls, U2, Sir Paul McCartney, Oasis, Robbie Williams and Blur. The award was rested in 2013 to make way for a Special Recognition for War Child to mark the charity’s 20th anniversary. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive the honour, a decision taken by The BRITs committee to open the award up to overseas acts who have achieved long term success in the UK, and P!NK will be awarded in recognition of her significant impact on British music and her incredible musical repertoire over the past two decades.

Like all winners on the night, P!NK will be presented with an exclusive trophy designed for this year only by Sir David Adjaye OBE, and she will close the show with an exclusive performance on the night, showcasing her extraordinary talent which continues to wow audiences all over the world.