Events


Gigs, festivals, tours and all that jazz

The clue’s in the title: live event news and reviews go here. And don’t forget… if you’ve got a gig of your own to promote, you can always stick a flyer or a web link on our Facebook page!

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20/08/2014

Bestival is going global

The popular UK festival curated by Rob Da Bank is to expand, with new Bestivals in the USA and Europe…
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Songwriting Live – April '14 (generic)

19/08/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (26 August ’14)

Our series of regular songwriter showcases and Q&A sessions continues in the intimate surroundings of Clifton’s Fringe Bar in Bristol…
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Bjork

15/08/2014

Bjork announces ‘Biophilia’ dates

Björk has released dates for screenings of her documentary film, which gives insight into the performance of her latest album…
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Songwriting Live, Bristol (29 July 2014) line-up

13/08/2014

Live review: Songwriting Live, Bristol (29 July ’14)

Five of the southwest’s finest singer-songwriters recently gathered in Clifton’s Fringe Bar to play Songwriting Live – our monthly acoustic…
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Reeks Of Effort

06/08/2014

Live review: Teenage Gravediggers Festival

As the maiden festival for Reeks of Effort & Space Junkie Press, Teenage Gravediggers saw performances from indie-rocks finest acts…
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David Gray live at Colston Hall, Bristol

28/07/2014

Live review: David Gray

Tuesday 8 July 2014: Head-swaying singer-songwriter and six-part harmonies enchant Bristol’s Colston Hall, and successfully brush off a Babylon-demanding heckler…
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Here Lies Love

27/07/2014

Byrne/Fatboy musical to open in London

‘Here Lies Love’, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical about Imelda Marcos, opens at the National Theatre on 30 September…
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George Ezra

07/07/2014

George Ezra announces UK tour

With his album riding high in the charts, the Bristol-based purveyor of blues- and folk-influenced rock is hitting the road…
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Songwriting Live

02/07/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (29 July ’14)

Our series of regular songwriter showcases and Q&A sessions continues in the intimate surroundings of Clifton’s Fringe Bar in Bristol…
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Songwriting Live, Bristol – June '14

01/07/2014

Live review: Songwriting Live, Bristol (24 June ’14)

Our series of showcase events featuring the cream of southwest UK songwriting talent continues… isn’t it time you came along?…
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Songwriting Live – 27 May

03/06/2014

Live review: Songwriting Live, Bristol (27 May ’14)

Our series of showcase gigs featuring songwriting talent from across the southwest (and beyond, if you wanna come play?) continues…
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Songwriting Live, Bristol banner – 24 Jun

30/05/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (24 June ’14)

Our series of regular songwriter showcases and Q&A sessions continues in the intimate surroundings of Clifton’s Fringe Bar in Bristol…
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Martyna Wren

18/05/2014

Yamaha to host songwriting workshop by Martyna Wren

Next Saturday sees the British jazz singer-songwriter Martyna Wren give a day of basic songwriting workshops at Yamaha Music London…
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Songwriting Live – 27 May

16/05/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (27 May ’14)

Our series of regular songwriter showcases and Q&A sessions continues in the intimate surroundings of Clifton’s Fringe Bar in Bristol…
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Song Academy Young Songwriter 2014

12/05/2014

Young Songwriter contest winners announced

Song Academy reveal the winners of Young Songwriter 2014, judged by the likes of Eg White and Fraser T Smith…
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05/05/2014

Live review: Songwriting Live, Bristol (29 April ’14)

Our series of showcase gigs featuring songwriting talent from across the southwest (and beyond, if you wanna come play?) continues…
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Kiran Leonard

04/05/2014

Kiran Leonard announces first full tour

The teenaged Oldham singer-songwriter will play 11 headline shows across the UK in July, plus a string of festival dates…
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Frank Turner

03/05/2014

Frank Turner to give songwriting workshop at The Institute

The folk-punk songwriter will be giving an exclusive masterclass to students of the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London…
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The Libertines

25/04/2014

The Libertines to reunite this summer

Pete Doherty, Carl Barât and co will be joining forces once more for a decidedly unsmall gig in Hyde Park…
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Peter Gabriel

22/04/2014

Peter Gabriel to tour UK arenas

The former Genesis frontman and solo artist will be performing his 1986 album ‘So’ in full at the shows this…
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Songwriting Live, Bristol – March 2014

17/04/2014

Live review: Songwriting Live, Bristol (25 March ’14)

Our series of regular songwriter showcases and Q&A sessions continues in the intimate surroundings of The Fringe Bar in Bristol…
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Shure 2014 National Open Mic Night

13/04/2014

Shure announces venues for National Open Mic Night

The annual US event brings aspiring singers, songwriters, musicians and spoken word artists together to celebrate the manufacturer’s 89th anniversary…
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Kasabian

04/04/2014

Kasabian announced as Glastonbury headliners

Glastonbury has added 87 names to the line-up, including Jack White, Jake Bugg, Pixies – and Kasabian as Sunday’s headline…
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Songwriting Live – April '14

03/04/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (29 April ’14)

Our series of regular songwriter showcases and Q&A sessions continues in the intimate surroundings of Clifton’s Fringe Bar in Bristol…
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The Rolling Stones

25/03/2014

Rolling Stones to headline Roskilde

The veteran rockers will co-headline the famous Danish rock festival alongside previously announced bill-toppers Arctic Monkeys, it was announced yesterday…
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Kate Bush

21/03/2014

Kate Bush announces live shows

Kate Bush makes her live return after 35 years, with 15 dates in London under the banner ‘Before The Dawn’…
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Lily & Madeleine

10/03/2014

Live review: Lily & Madeleine at The Birdcage, Bristol

On the year’s most romantic day, Lily & Madeleine gave listeners a love of their music that’s sure to endure…
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Songwriting Live, Bristol – February 2014

06/03/2014

Live review: Songwriting Live, Bristol (25 February ’14)

Local songwriters returned for the second incarnation of our monthly Live event, with another six stirring performances illuminating the evening…
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Speedy Ortiz

04/03/2014

Live review: Joanna Gruesome & Speedy Ortiz

Thursday 13 February 2014: Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds plays host to a Cardiff C86-grunge act and an Massachusetts indie-rock foursome…
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Songwriting Live – 25 March 2014

01/03/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (25 March ’14)

Our series of regular songwriter showcases and Q&A sessions continues in the intimate surroundings of The Fringe Bar in Bristol…
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Dolly Parton

27/02/2014

Dolly Parton set to play Glastonbury

Country legend Dolly Parton has confirmed she will headline Sunday afternoon at Glastonbury Festival, continuing her Blue Smoke World Tour…
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Arctic Monkeys

06/02/2014

Arctic Monkeys to headline Reading and Leeds

Arctic Monkeys are to headline this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals in August – their only England and Wales headline…
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Songwriting Live, Bristol

01/02/2014

Live review: Songwriting Live, Bristol (28 January ’14)

Six of the southwest’s finest songwriters recently gathered in Bristol to play at Songwriting Live – our new monthly talent…
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Songwriting Live – 25 Feb

01/02/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (25 February ’14)

Our second event in a series of regular songwriter showcases to be held at The Fringe in Bristol’s Clifton Village…
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24/01/2014

Goldfrapp release film

Goldfrapp announce details of a cinematic event that will be screened globally and immediately followed by a live, streamed performance…
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Taylor Swift

21/01/2014

Taylor Swift announces London gigs

Country-pop songstress and seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift is set to play five dates at the 02 Arena in February…
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Songwriting Live, Bristol Fringe, 28 January 2014

18/01/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (28 January ’14)

Introducing the first in a series of monthly songwriter showcases to be held at The Fringe in Bristol’s Clifton Village…
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24/12/2013

Pixies announce next wave of 2014 live dates

After a 33-date city tour of North America, the Pixies will head to South America before finishing off in Europe…
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Arcade Fire

20/12/2013

Arcade Fire will headline Glastonbury

The Canadian seven-piece have confirmed through Twitter that they will be headlining on the Friday night of Glastonbury festival 2014…
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Cheatahs - Start The Bus, Bristol

03/12/2013

Live review: The Wytches, Cheetahs & Metz

Tuesday 26 November 2013: Start The Bus in Bristol plays host to a night of raw grunge, shoegaze and post-hardcore…
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Ellie Goulding

02/12/2013

Ellie Goulding announces US tour

The chart-topping, Brit Award-winning singer-songwriter from Herefordshire is to embark on a 20-date trek across the USA early next year…
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Beck

02/11/2013

Beck to perform ‘Song Reader’ tracks live

The singer-songwriter will be performing tracks from his 2012 sheet music release in LA, with Jarvis Cocker and other guests…
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02/11/2013

Live review: Josh Ritter & Tift Merritt

Wednesday 30 October 2013: The pristine St George’s concert hall in Bristol hosts ‘An Acoustic Evening’ of fine American songwriting…
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22/10/2013

Glenn Tilbrook announces acoustic tour dates

Squeeze songwriting legend Glenn Tilbrook is to embark on a 33-date UK tour to promote his new album ‘Happy Ending’…
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Kate Nash

29/09/2013

Kate Nash UK/US tour… and musical

The singer-songwriter from Harrow announces US and UK dates, as news breaks of a Broadway musical based around her songs…
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Paul McCartney

22/09/2013

Paul McCartney, Manics and Goldfrapp announce free gigs

Stunning line-up of big-name songwriting talent to play free concerts at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios for 6 Music in…
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09/09/2013

Live review: Beautiful Days 11

Now in its 11th year, Beautiful Days is a refreshingly uncommercial fixture on the UK festival scene. Clare Blakely reports……
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Haim

27/08/2013

Haim announce headline dates in UK and Europe

The sisterly outfit will be touring in support of their debut long-player ‘Days Are Gone’, due out on 27 September…
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Camp Bestival 2013

26/08/2013

Live review: Camp Bestival 2013

The unashamed garden-party-kid-fest rolls into Lulworth Castle’s grounds again. Aaron Slater investigates and speaks with Levellers’ songwriter Mark Chadwick too…
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Basia Bulat

23/08/2013

Canada’s Basia Bulat to tour Europe

The Canadian folk singer-songwriter will tour the UK and Europe in October to promote her new album ‘Tall Tall Shadow’…
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Nine Inch Nails

08/08/2013

Nine Inch Nails to play intimate London show

Latest line-up of Trent Reznor’s industrial rock outfit will play at Scala to warm-up for the Reading and Leeds festivals…
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The Fratellis

01/08/2013

The Fratellis return with new album and UK tour

Scotland’s finest indie rock band of the Noughties are back with new material and live dates after a half-decade hiatus…
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V Festival

27/07/2013

Festival preview: V Festival (17-18 August)

It’s V’s 18th birthday and you can celebrate with them in Chelmsford or Stafford along with a mammoth mega-star line-up…
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Shambala Festival

27/07/2013

Festival preview: Shambala (22-25 August)

A not-so-secret and not-so-tiny gem of a festival that pops up somewhere in Northamptonshire. A legendary party for modern hippies…
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Green Man Festival

15/07/2013

Festival preview: Green Man (15-18 August)

A mystical mash-up of music, poetry, art and more in the Welsh mountains. Ten years old and hasn’t he grown!…
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Camp Bestival

15/07/2013

Festival preview: Camp Bestival (1-4 August)

The likes of Richard Hawley, Ash and Billy Bragg share the bill with Mr Tumble in this truly family festie…
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Sting

11/07/2013

New Sting album to debut in New York

Sting’s next album, ‘The Last Ship’, will be debuted live in NYC in September (despite the songs being about Newcastle)…
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Amy Winehouse

05/07/2013

London’s Jewish Museum honours Amy Winehouse

The life and work of the late ‘Back To Black’ starlet is honoured in a new exhibition that opens today…
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Cambridge Folk Festival

25/06/2013

Festival preview: Cambridge Folk (25-28 July)

Bellowhead, The Mavericks, KT Tunstall and Levellers headline an eclectic Friday and Saturday line-up at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival…
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19/06/2013

Full line-up for Lawrence memorial concert revealed

Plan B and Ed Sheeran among those appearing at the memorial concert for murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence in September…
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Latitude Festival

18/06/2013

Festival preview: Latitude (18-21 July)

Kraftwerk, Bloc Party and Foals will headline this winner of the ‘Best Family Festival’ award, but Latitude offers much more…
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Bob Dylan

13/06/2013

UK Dylan shows announced

Bob Dylan announces nine UK dates to take place this November, with three shows apiece in Glasgow, Blackpool and London…
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Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival

05/06/2013

Festival preview: Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul (5-7 July)

Does exactly what it says on the tin! This 3-day event in Birmingham celebrates the best in jazzy, funky soulfulness…
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Hop Farm

05/06/2013

Festival preview: Hop Farm (5-6 July)

In 400 acres of unspoilt Kent countryside, this back-to-basics weekender will have no VIP area, no sponsorship and no branding…
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Jake Gosling

31/05/2013

BASCA presents an evening with Ed Sheeran’s co-writer

Held in London, June’s music publishing event includes guest speakers acclaimed songwriter-producer Jake Gosling, and Sarah Liversedge of BDi Music…
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Leonard Cohen

29/05/2013

Leonard Cohen to tour UK

The writer of ‘Hallelujah’ and godfather (or is that grandfather?) of miserablism will play seven dates in August and September…
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Fleetwood Mac

27/05/2013

Fleetwood Mac add Australian dates to tour

Veteran rockers will play seven dates down under in November and December, in support of their recent ‘Extended Play’ EP…
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London Folkfest 2013

25/05/2013

London Folkfest 2013 details announced

The Bedford in Balham will play host to the four-day folk event that’s been called “a smaller version of SXSW”…
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16/05/2013

Emeli Sande triumphs at Ivor Novello Awards

British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé was awarded two Ivors at today’s ceremony, with other winners including Noel Gallagher and Randy Newman…
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Nina Nesbitt

15/05/2013

Nina Nesbitt announces UK tour

The 18-year-old singer-songwriter will undertake second UK headline tour in October, following her recent Top 40 debut with ‘Stay Out’…
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Sharleen Spiteri

13/05/2013

Texas announce UK tour dates

Sharleen Spiteri and co to play 16 dates in November, in support of their new album ‘The Conversation’ (out next…
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Kenny Rogers

26/04/2013

Kenny Rogers to tour UK this summer

The country legend will play a series of five arena dates in Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh this summer…
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INmusic Festival

24/04/2013

Festival preview: INmusic (24-26 June)

Croatia’s largest open-air festival with an eclectic line-up including Arctic Monkeys, Iggy And The Stooges, NOFX and numerous European acts…
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23/04/2013

Dylan launches his own festival

Bob Dylan is set to curate and headline AmericananaramA, his very own 26-date US ‘touring festival’ in the Lollapalooza mould…
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Glastonbury Festival 2013

20/04/2013

Get ready for Glastonbury Festival 2013 resale tickets

Missed your chance to buy Glasto tickets and still want to go? Then set your alarm for 9am on Sunday…
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Record Store Day 2013

19/04/2013

Record Store Day 2013

Tomorrow is Record Store Day… here are some selected highlights, plus how you can find out what’s happening near you…
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17/04/2013

Ivor Novello shortlist announced

Emeli Sandé, Jake Bugg, Plan B, Alt-J and Bat For Lashes are among those in running for prestigious songwriting award…
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Isle Of Wight Festival

15/04/2013

Festival preview: Isle Of Wight (13-16 June)

No Jimi Hendrix this year but another star-studded line-up nonetheless – this legendary 55 year-old event is still going strong…
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Yoko Ono

08/04/2013

Yoko Ono’s Meltdown choices revealed

Curator Yoko Ono has confirmed part of her line-up for the 20th Meltdown Festival, taking place in London in June…
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Wychwood Festival

31/03/2013

Festival preview: Wychwood (31 May – 2 Jun)

Blasts from past, Soul II Soul, The Human League and Toploader, headline this very family-friendly fest at the Cheltenham Racecourse…
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Evolution Festival

26/03/2013

Festival preview: Evolution Festival (26-27 May)

Two days of music in the North East over the May Bank Holiday weekend, including Paloma Faith and The Vaccines…
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John Lennon & George Harrison

23/03/2013

Beatles VOX guitar up for auction at Music Icons 2013

A chance to own some rare songwriting memorabilia or, if you’ve not got $200,000 spare, a chance to see them…
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The Great Escape Festival

16/03/2013

Festival preview: The Great Escape (16-18 May)

Brighton’s TGE has a reputation for showcasing emerging talent on the verge of universal acclaim. Who’ll be discovered this year?…
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15/03/2013

Return of the Mac

Echo & The Bunnymen legend Ian McCulloch to release double solo album in April, featuring new material and reworked classics…
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The 1975

06/03/2013

The 1975 to play their biggest show yet

Manchester indie rockers The 1975 will play Shepherds Bush Empire in September, the biggest headline gig of their career to…
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Cathy Dennis

25/02/2013

Cathy Dennis to reveal her songwriting secrets at The Institute

BASCA members and students at The Institute in London will be treated to a Q&A with the multiple award-winning songwriter…
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Jake Bugg

19/02/2013

Jake Bugg announces UK tour

Following a support slot with the Stone Roses, the Nottingham singer-songwriter will undertake a headline tour in October and November…
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11/02/2013

2013 Grammy Award winners

Adele and Mumford & Sons were among the Brits taking home awards, while Frank Ocean and Gotye also did well…
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06/02/2013

Ireland’s Other Voices festival is on the move

After 10 years, the boutique festival is moving from Dingle in Co Kerry, first to Derry and then to London…
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Fleetwood Mac

05/02/2013

Fleetwood Mac announce UK live dates

The Mac are back! Live shows in Dublin, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow announced for September and October this year…
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Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition

03/02/2013

Young Songwriter Competition open for entries

Award-winning judging panel announced for the 2013 Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition, including songwriters Eg White and Fraser T Smith…
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Wilko Johnson

22/01/2013

Wilko Johnson farewell tour extended

Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson announces an extra date at KOKO for his farewell tour after all four shows sell out…
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

16/01/2013

Bad Seeds album shows announced

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds to play a series of exclusive events to launch album ‘Push The Sky Away’…
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Emeli Sandé

21/12/2012

Emeli Sande to headline Stephen Lawrence memorial

Sandé will top the bill at an 02 Arena concert marking the 20th anniversary of his murder – more acts…
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Edwyn Collins

16/12/2012

Edwyn Collins definitely NOT retiring!

The Scottish songwriting legend and former Orange Juice frontman announces tour – and a new album for release in March…
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Gabrielle Aplin

14/12/2012

Gabrielle Aplin debut album and tour

The Bath-born singer who’s all over British TV with her Lewis advert FGTH cover will release debut album in April…
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Valerie June

10/12/2012

Valerie June to tour with Jake Bugg

The hotly-tipped Tennessee purveyor of ‘American roots music’ will play 14 dates with the 18yo singer-songwriter from Nottingham in February…
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Bruce Springsteen

30/11/2012

Springsteen coming back to UK

Great news for fans of The Boss! Three extra UK dates added to the E-Street Band’s Wrecking Ball world tour…
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Happy Mondays

13/11/2012

Happy Mondays Xmas gigs announced

Hallelujah, hallelujah, it’s Shaun William Ryder! Happy Mondays announce a series of live dates in Manchester and London this December…
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Richard Hawley

03/11/2012

Richard Hawley announces UK tour

The Mercury-nominated, Sheffield-based singer-songwriter and former Longpigs/Pulp guitarist is to play eight live gigs across the UK in February 2013…
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Sinead O'Connor

02/11/2012

New Sinead O’Connor single and live dates

Sinead O’Connor is to release a second single, ’4th And Vine’, from her latest long-player and perform four London gigs…
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Glasvegas

26/10/2012

Glasvegas announce album and tour

The Scottish indie rockers’ third full-length ‘Whoever Shouts The Loudest’ will be out next year, and they’re touring in December…
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Micachu & The Shapes

24/10/2012

Live review: Micachu And The Shapes

Songwriting checks out a live show in Bristol by the Matthew Herbert-tipped experimental pop trio, and comes away suitably impressed…
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Biffy Clyro

23/10/2012

Biffy back on the road

Scottish chart-toppers Biffy Clyro have announced the dates for their extensive UK arena tour in March and April next year…
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Justin Parker

17/10/2012

An introduction to songwriting with Justin Parker

Following their recent masterclass with Eg White, London Songwriting School is hosting a weekend course with another Ivor award-winning songwriter…
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Gary Barlow 2012

16/10/2012

Gary Barlow tickets on sale Friday

The Take That man is to round off what’s been a memorable 2012 for him with a 14-date UK tour…
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Frightened Rabbit

15/10/2012

Frightened Rabbit reveal details of 12 date UK tour and new album for 2013

Frightened Rabbit will embark on a 12 date UK tour from February 2013, as well as releasing a new album…
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14/10/2012

Lianne La Havas reschedules tour dates

English folk and soul singer Lianne La Havas has announced re-scheduled tour dates after hospital time due to serious illness…
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13/10/2012

Live review: Nina Nesbitt

The angelic Scandi-Scot embarks on her first headline tour after supporting Sheeran. We join Nina and her ‘Nesbians’ in Bristol…
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13/10/2012

ISC entry deadline extended

Due to high demand, the International Songwriting Competition has pushed back the final date for entering songs until 1 November…
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Singer Songwriter 2

09/10/2012

Are you the next great unsigned US singer songwriter?

Guitar Center’s Singer Songwriter 2 search offers a prize package including studio time with Grammy Award winning producer John Shanks…
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Squeeze

06/10/2012

Squeeze to sell new songs direct to gig-goers

Difford, Tilbrook and co will tour the UK later this year and sell CDs to fans right after the shows…
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Emeli Sande

04/10/2012

Emeli Sande to host songwriting workshop

Royal Albert Hall invites pop songstress to lead workshop for young musicians from Hackney and Lewisham ahead of live performance…
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Eugene McGuinness

02/10/2012

Eugene McGuinness announces live dates

The up-and-coming British singer-songwriter will play five dates in October and November, in support of his recently released second album…
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Jessie Ware

28/09/2012

Jessie Ware announces UK live shows in March

With her November tour now sold out, the Mercury-nominated British singer-songwriter will play another string of UK dates in March…
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Kipper Eldridge - UK Songwriting Contest judge

23/09/2012

UK Songwriting Contest open for entries

Songwriters worldwide have the chance to showcase material to London’s music industry and win prizes including mentoring by top producers…
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Aspen Songwriters Festival

19/09/2012

US national songwriting contest announced

American songwriters are invited to enter a festival competition in Aspen, Colorado to win a VIP artist experience and more…
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Ellie Goulding

16/09/2012

Ellie Goulding UK tour details announced

Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has announced dates for a UK tour taking place in December, in support of new album ‘Halycon’…
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Boomtown Opener

15/09/2012

Live review: Boomtown festival

Electronic music is the main draw to ‘the UK’s maddest city’ but ska, punk and reggae get a look-in too…
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Plan B

14/09/2012

Plan B tour tickets on sale today

Following the highly-acclaimed film and album ‘Ill Manors’, Ben Drew will play 11 dates across the UK in February 2013…
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Shambala 2012

31/08/2012

Live review: Shambala 2012

One of the best-kept secrets on the festival calendar, Shambala’s stunningly diverse musical line-up offers something for just about everyone…
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Folks

29/08/2012

Folks announce debut album and UK tour

The Manchester-based guitar band will be touring both on their own and with Band Of Skulls to promote ‘I See…
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Kaiser Chiefs

27/08/2012

Kaiser Chiefs announce UK tour

The Leeds indie rockers will be playing 13 UK dates in support of their singles album ‘Souvenir’ in spring 2013…
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Green Day

26/08/2012

Surprise Green Satur-Day performance for Reading

Green Day cause Reading Festival to grind to a halt after starting their Saturday morning surprise gig an hour early…
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Africa Express

24/08/2012

Jump aboard Damon Albarn’s Africa Express

The Africa Express, co-founded by Blur’s Damon Albarn, will depart the station imminently for its September journey around the UK…
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The Fall

21/08/2012

Fall and Undertones launch John Peel Festival

The Fall and The Undertones to play launch gig for Norwich’s John Peel Festival of New Music, held in October…
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Ellie Goulding

20/08/2012

Ellie Goulding added to iTunes festival line-up

Starry-eyed singer is the newest addition to the bill for the month-long Camden festival, and will play on 26 September…
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Elvis Costello

16/08/2012

Elvis Costello: major UK tour in 2013

2013 looks like being a good year for the roses: the bespectacled British balladeer will be touring in the summer…
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Nina Nesbitt

06/08/2012

Radio One ‘Big Thing’ Nina Nesbitt makes her debut

Rising Scottish singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt releases her first single ‘Boy’ on 15 October, accompanied by a new UK headline tour…
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Camp Bestival

04/08/2012

Live review: Camp Bestival 2012

Set in the grounds of Lulworth Castle, Dorset, Camp Bestival is Bestival’s family-friendly little sister. Songwriting went along to investigate……
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Kasabian

01/08/2012

Kasabian announce Brixton Academy gig

Kasabian have announced a one-off warm-up show at Brixton 02 Academy to prepare for their Reading and Leeds headline spots…
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Family Of The Year

29/07/2012

BBC Introducing… acts for Reading and Leeds announced

The full line-up for the BBC Introducing… new artist stages at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals has been unveiled…
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Blur

26/07/2012

Blur to play intimate warm-up gig at the 100 Club

Blur have been announced as special guests for a Converse gig at legendary London venue the 100 Club next month…
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The XX

24/07/2012

The XX announce three UK dates

The XX are to play three dates in the UK in September, in support of eagerly anticipated second album ‘Coexist’…
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Fleetwood Mac

13/07/2012

Fleetwood Mac to tour in 2013

Stevie Nicks has confirmed that the 70s giants will be reforming for another tour next year, albeit minus Christine McVie…
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Florence Welch

12/07/2012

Florence & The Machine dates cancelled

Florence & The Machine are forced to pull out of two European festivals due to problems with Florence Welch’s voice…
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Beth Orton

07/07/2012

Beth Orton: tour details announced

The British singer-songwriter has first album in six years in the can, and will play seven UK dates this winter…
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Patti Smith

03/07/2012

Patti Smith reaches End Of The Road

No, the high priestess of punk isn’t retiring – she’s just been added to the End Of The Road festival…
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Michael Kiwanuka

02/07/2012

Michael Kiwanuka to tour Europe in November

British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has announced that he will be embarking on a tour across Europe this November and December…
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Noah "40" Shebib - ASCAP Songwriter of the Year

30/06/2012

ASCAP honours Quincy, Pharrell and Noah ’40′ Shebib

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers hosted its 25th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles…
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Abigail Washburn

26/06/2012

Live Review: Abigail Washburn

Singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn brings her unique brand of China-influenced folk to London’s The Lexington…
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Bon Iver

25/06/2012

Bon Iver announces November UK and Ireland tour

Bon Iver has confirmed that he will tour the UK and Ireland this November, following from his recently released EP…
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Seasick Steve

21/06/2012

Seasick Steve added to Strummer Of Love line-up

World’s most unlikely pop star will play the Somerset shindig in August, the latest addition to an already impressive bill…
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van dyke parks

19/06/2012

Van Dyke Parks returns

The man who helped sculpt Smile will play a one-off London show to mark reissue of his early solo albums…
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Benicassim

18/06/2012

International music festivals in 2012

Songwriting’s guide to some of the best music-based fun and frolics to be had in Europe and beyond this summer…
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Cate le Bon

18/06/2012

Cate Le Bon announces CYRK II and UK/US tour

Welsh songstress Cate Le Bon releases CYRK II on August 20, and will tour the UK and US from July…
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Paloma Faith

16/06/2012

Paloma Faith announces UK tour

The Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? songstress will be playing a series of domestic dates this coming…
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Mogwai

06/06/2012

Mogwai confirmed as Green Man headliners

This year’s Green Man-goers will be treated to Scottish post-rockers Mogwai, following their confirmation as the Welsh festival’s headline act…
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Camp Bestival

05/06/2012

Best of British festivals in 2012

The Songwriting guide to some of the best music-based fun and frolics to be had in British fields this summer…
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London Folkfest

03/06/2012

London gets new folk festival

Alessi’s Ark and Coal Porters will headline three-day event at London Folkfest, a three-day event at The Bedford in Balham…
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Gotye

31/05/2012

Gotye announces two UK shows

Somebody that you need to see? Goyte confirms he’ll be playing two UK live dates at the end of November…
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Lou Reed

30/05/2012

Lou Reed confirmed for Meltdown festival

Former Velvet Underground frontman will play the Royal Festival Hall on August 10, as part of the Antony Hegarty-curated festival…
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Hooded Fang

16/05/2012

Live Review: Howler, Hooded Fang, Fin

I feel as though I picked up the wrong glasses this morning. Everything is almost the same, except I feel…
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Ray Davies

14/05/2012

Ray Davies announces UK tour

The legendary Kinks frontman will be playing 14 dates across the UK this autumn, including a Royal Albert Hall show…
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Florence Welch

09/05/2012

Florence & The Machine to open festival in Oz

Florence and chums will be joined by the 40-strong Ceremonial Orchestra to kick off Vivid Sydney on May 25 lorence…
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Alanis Morrisette

03/05/2012

New Alanis Morissette album and UK tour

Canadian singer-songwriter releases her eighth studio album in August, and will be gracing UK shores with her presence in June…
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Ben Folds

29/04/2012

Reunited Ben Folds Five to tour UK

Come November, Ben Folds will be ‘rocking the suburbs’ once more… but this time with his old bandmates in tow…
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Cat Stevens

27/04/2012

Yusuf Islam musical to premiere in May

Moonshadow, a new musical written by The Artist Formerly Known As Cat Stevens, will have its debut performance in Melbourne…
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Imelda May

26/04/2012

Imelda May touring the UK

The rockabilly- and jazz-inspired songstrel is sitting on a tour bus on a motorway somewhere, even as we speak. Probably.…
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Jason Pierce

24/04/2012

Spiritualized announce UK tour in November

Jason Pierce and co to tour the UK in November in support of their new album Sweet Heart, Sweet Light…
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Festival No 6

24/04/2012

Come in, No 6: UK gets a new festival

New Order, Spiritualized and Primal Scream to headline a new festival in Portmeirion, Wales, famous as setting for The Prisoner…
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Dexys 2012

20/04/2012

Dexys to play Lounge On The Farm

One of two festival appearances this year from the not-so-young soul rebels, who return with a new album in June…
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Mumford & Sons

16/04/2012

Mumford & Sons to curate two festivals

The world’s hippest folk band are staging two festivals of their own this summer, as well as touring the UK…
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Portishead

10/04/2012

Portishead touring Europe this summer

Trip-hop faves Portishead will play a series of gigs in Europe this summer, though no UK dates have been announced…
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Camden Crawl 2012

30/03/2012

Camden Crawl 2012 tickets on sale

London’s urban festival returns, with Death In Vegas and Alabama 3 headlining a bill largely packed with new, up-and-coming talent…
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Bob Dylan

29/03/2012

This year’s festival fave: Bob Dylan

The legendary Bob Dylan will be the headliner at Hop Farm in the UK and Benicassim in Spain this year…
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Leonard Cohen live

28/03/2012

Leonard Cohen tour dates announced

The 77-year-old legend will be playing a string of European dates, but no news of any UK performances as yet…
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Regina Spektor

27/03/2012

Regina Spektor to perform live in the UK

Russian American singer-songwriter Regina Spektor returns to the UK with new single, album and live dates in Manchester and London…
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Lauryn Hill

26/03/2012

Lauryn Hill announces first UK show in five years

The miseducated one will headline London’s O2 Arena on 14 April – but tickets are going fast so be quick!…
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Hard-Fi

21/03/2012

Hard-Fi to headline Lemonfest

Small Devon festival bags itself a headline act that’s hard to beat (sorry), with a plethora of local talent supporting…
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John Mayer

20/03/2012

John Mayer forced to cancel US tour

Disappointed fans concerned as US rocker has to pull out of live dates due to recurrence of granuloma in throat…
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Guillemots

18/03/2012

Guillemots to play acoustic London shows

Fyfe Dangerfield and his feathered friends plan unplugged performances for two nights at the Village Underground in London this month…
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Women's Music Summit - Malina Moye

17/03/2012

Woodstock to host first Women’s Music Summit

Unmissable event for US-based female perfomers wanting to get ahead in the industry… if the credit card can stand it…
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Eden Sessions

17/03/2012

Eden Sessions folk line-up revealed

The Cornwall ecology centre is to host a series of live music events this summer – including this folk-oriented day……
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Birdy

14/03/2012

Birdy’s first headline gig confirmed

British teen singer-songwriter Birdy, much loved by Fearne Cotton, to top the bill at The Tabernacle, London on 12 April…
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Liz Green

12/03/2012

New single and tour by Liz Green

Rising singer-songwriter Liz Green will be touring the UK in March and April to promote her new single, Bad Medicine…
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Lee Fields

07/03/2012

Soul/R&B veteran Lee Fields to tour UK

Lee Fields to tour the UK in April and release his new album ‘A Faithful Man’ on Truth & Soul…
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Latitude Festival 2012 poster top

07/03/2012

Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller to headline Latitude

The line-up has been announced for this year’s Latitude Festival, with Paul Weller, Elbow and Bon Iver as the headliners…
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Radiohead

06/03/2012

Radiohead announce UK tour, extra US shows

Radiohead to play their first UK live dates since 2008 – and US fans are also being treated to extra…
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Suzanne Vega

05/03/2012

Suzanne Vega to tour UK

Leading US singer-songwriter announces live gigs in UK and Europe in June in support of new ‘Close Up’ career retrospective…
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04/03/2012

Cee Lo Green announces Las Vegas residency

Singer/rapper unveils plans for Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, promising to bring his fans “mind-twisting magic and sexified showgirls”…
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Jazz FM

02/03/2012

New UK jazz festival announced

Three-day UK jazz festival Love Supreme due to launch in 2013, with backing from Jazz FM and festival circuit heavyweights…
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