Morrissey announces summer gig in Manchester


Morrissey will be back in action at the Manchester Arena next month.


The gig has come out of the blue to say the least, announced on True To You to take place on August 20th, with tickets on sale from this Friday and support coming from Damian Dempsey.

Amidst an apparent lack of record company interest and various health problems which had affected tours around the world during his ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business‘ period, Morrissey had appeared to signal his intention to retire on the same website following a gig at the Eventim Apollo in September last year, writing there was, ‘no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom’.

“There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows,” he continued.

By Live4ever - Posted on 05 Jul 2016 at 2:16pm 

Aurora, The Divine Comedy, Dinosaur Pile-Up lead UK Record Store Chart

Aurora performing at the Bristol Trinity in October 2016. (Photo: Jessica Bartolini for Live4ever)

Aurora performing at the Bristol Trinity (Photo: Jessica Bartolini for Live4ever)

Aurora, The Divine Comedy and Dinosaur Pile-Up have the highest new entries on this week’s UK Record Store Chart.


Last week’s number one – Further by Richard Hawley – and another new entry from Neil Young complete the Top 5, while Vampire Weekend climb to #12 with Father Of The Bride.

It was in 2012 when the Official Charts Company began acknowledging the comeback of vinyl which first started over a decade ago with Record Store Day by publishing a weekly Record Store Chart compiled from the best selling albums at 100 of Britain’s leading independent music shops.

UK Record Store Chart, Top 20:

1 – (new) Aurora – A Different Kind Of Human Step 2
2 – (new) The Divine Comedy – Office Politics
3 – (new) Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions
4 – Richard Hawley – Further
5 – (new) Neil Young & Stray Gators – Tuscaloosa
6 – (new) Beatenberg – 12 Views Of Beatenberg
7 – (new) Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue
8 – Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
9 – (new) Vanishing Twin – The Age Of Immunology
10 – (new) Peter Perrett – Humanworld
11 – (new) Wovoka Gentle – Start Clanging Cymbals
12 – Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride
13 – The National – I Am Easy To Find
14 – Amyl & The Sniffers – Amyl & The Sniffers
15 – Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
16 – Pip Blom – Boat
17 – Rory Gallagher – Blues
18 – (new) Santana – Africa Speaks
19 – (new) Jamie Cullum – Taller
20 – Yonaka – Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow

By Live4ever - Posted on 15 Jun 2019 at 6:08am 


black midi share new single Talking Heads

black midi @ SXSW 2019 (Sam Huddleston / Live4ever)

black midi have shared their latest single Talking Heads.


Finally giving a name to one of the early tracks which ignited such an immediate buzz around the band, it’ll be backed by the previously unveiled Crow’s Perch and be released via Rough Trade on May 17th.

black midi’s touring continues at Sounds From The Other City in Manchester this weekend, with Great Escape due soon after.

Tour dates:

5 – Manchester, UK, Sounds From The Other City
9-11 – Brighton, UK, The Great Escape Festival
25 – Totnes, UK, Sea Change
30 – Nimes, FR, This Is Not A Love Song Festival
31 – Dudingen, CH, Bad Bonn Kilbi

1 – Neustrelitz, DE, Immergut Festival
6 – Gothenberg, SE, Garden Festival
8-9 – Paris, FR, Villette Sonique
10 – Moers, DE, Moers Festival
15 – Bergen, NO, Bergenfest
18 – London, UK, EartH (Concert Hall)
20 – Bristol, UK, Fiddlers
21 – Liverpool, UK, Phase One
22 – Glasgow, UK, Mono
23 – Nottingham, UK, Contemporary Space

5 – Roskilde, DK, Roskilde Festival
5-7 – Moscow, RU, Bolь Festival
12 – Madrid, ES, Mad Cool Festival
14 – Nijmegen, NL, Valkhof Festival
18 – New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
21 – Chicago, IL, Pitchfork Music Festival
22 – Minneapolis, MN, 7th Street Entry
23 – Madison, WI, The Terrace at University of Wisconsin
26 – Hyères, FR, Midi Festival

2-4 – Katowice, PL, Off Festival
4 – Waterford, IRE, All Together Now Festival
8 – Rees Haldern, DE, Haldern Pop
10 – Oslo, NO, Øya Festival
16 – Viana do Castelo, PT, Paredes de Coura
16-18 – Biddinghuizen, NL, Lowlands Festival
24 – Gueret, DR, Check In Festival
31 – Dorset, UK, End of the Road Festival

19 – Paris, FR, La Boule Noire

7 – Berlin, DE, Lido
8 – Hamburg, DE, Kampnagel
9 – Cologne, DE, Bumann & Sohn


By Live4ever - Posted on 03 May 2019 at 3:50am 

The Chemical Brothers premiere We’ve Got To Try from new album No Geography

Hamish Brown

The Chemical Brothers have premiered a new track entitled We’ve Got To Try which is due for inclusion on their ninth studio album No Geography when it’s released on April 12th.


The accompanying promo was directed by Ninian Doff and is shared ahead of the start of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons’ live duties in May. Later that month, they play All Points East in London and will also appear at Eden Sessions in Cornwall on June 28th.

There’s a UK arena tour booked for November too, which will visit Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham.

Tour dates:

11 – Corona Capital Guadalajara Festival, Mexico
12 – Arena, Mexico City, Mexico
15 – The Shrine, Los Angeles, USA
16 – The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
17 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, USA
24 – All Points East Festival, Victoria Park, London, UK

6 – Yubileyney Sports Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
7 – VTB Arena, Moscow, Russia
15 – IEC, Kiev, Ukraine
28 – Eden Sessions, Cornwall, UK

7 – We are Electric, Velder Woods, Netherlands
11 – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
13 – NOS Alive Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
14 – Doctor Music Festival, Escalarre, Spain
21 – Deichbrand Festival, Cuxhaven, Germany

21 – Zurich Open Air, Zurich, Switzerland
24 – Creamfields, Daresbury, UK

21 – Leeds, First Direct Arena, UK
22 – Manchester, Arena, UK
23 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro, UK
28 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena, UK
29 – Birmingham, Arena, UK


By Live4ever - Posted on 08 Mar 2019 at 10:02am 

Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Elbow to headline 2019 Y Not Festival

Foals’ Yannis Philippakis performing at Wembley Arena (Photo: Alberto Pezzali for Live4ever Media)

Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Wolf Alice are becoming familiar names on the 2019 European festival scene.


All three have been confirmed for this year’s Y Not Festival, with Foals and Two Door Cinema Club due to headline along with Elbow, and Wolf Alice leading the charge of the other main acts that also includes Franz Ferdinand and You Me At Six. “After an amazing 2018 festival we’re so happy to have a 2019 line-up bursting at the seams,” Y Not organisers respond.

“We’ve got a huge mix of new and old faces to the Derbyshire Dales, with massive returns from classic bands such as White Lies, plus the huge welcomes to the UK’s hottest emerging stars like Idles and Mahalia. Not forgetting 3 huge headliners.”

Foals’ regular festival outings will help support part one of their new album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, which is due for release on March 8th.

By Live4ever - Posted on 07 Feb 2019 at 6:29am

New Order, Hot Chip join Kraftwerk as headliners for this year’s Bluedot Festival

By Live4ever - Posted on 22 Jan 2019 at 7:20am 

2018 Bluedot Festival (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

New Order and Hot Chip have joined Kraftwerk as confirmed headliners for this year’s Bluedot Festival, which is due back at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory site for a fourth year in July.


They join a line-up which already includes Jon Hopkins, Kate Tempest, Anna Calvi and Gruff Rhys, as well as John Grant who’ll be at the event with his 2018 album Love Is Magic – one of Live4ever’s top picks of last year:

“John Grant’s fourth solo album seems straightforward enough on the surface,” our review opens. “‘Love is magic’, he sings on the title track, his dreamily smooth baritone steering the casual listener towards a typically sentimental – and hopeful – perception that merely being in love is a life elevating panacea for the beholder that makes all the bad stuff go away.”

“So far, so fifty-year-old man that’s stepped away from a mid-life that featured drugs, emotional laceration and the disintegration of The Czars, a band he fronted who also made sensationally beautiful and melancholic songs in an era when repression was a just another word for the life of being a guy.”

Alias Kid back in February with new single, Manchester gig

By Live4ever - Posted on 11 Jan 2019 at 10:23am 

Alias Kid are back with a new single ahead of a hometown gig at The Deaf Institute in Manchester on February 2nd.


Inglorious will come out a day earlier and is available to pre-order now for the band who were featured by Live4ever in our Presents series back in 2015. “We have so many influences it’s impossible to tie down,” they told us then. “Sean’s into the Sex Pistols and that, I’m into Lennon but loads of other stuff. Nick and James are pretty much into the same as me in the main, Col is well into his punk. But there is loads of cross over for us all.”

“We get tagged with the ‘Oasis thing’ because we’re signed with McGee and from Manchester; I don’t think me or Sean would have picked up a guitar if it wasn’t for them, but truth is we aren’t the ones saying that, we say we’re Alias Kid.”

Doves’ 2019 live comeback continues with Bearded Theory confirmation

By Live4ever - Posted on 21 Dec 2018 at 5:26am 

Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever Media

Doves‘ live comeback keeps expanding and has now been confirmed to include an appearance at Bearded Theory in May next year.


They join others such as The Cult, Suede, Oh Sees, The Orb and Editors at Catton Hall next year. Doves’ return is set to include a couple of outings with Noel Gallagher next summer and will start at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust, whose organiser Roger Daltrey said:

“I’m incredibly grateful to all of the artists who’ve given up time in their busy schedules to help young people with cancer get the specialist care they deserve.”

“Looking back, we’ve had so many unforgettable moments at the shows over the years and these moments are amplified by the wonderful young people with cancer I have met. I’m consistently overwhelmed by their positivity in the face of a life changing circumstance. They are the reason we strive to make these shows the very best we can and this year will be no different.”

December 28, 2018


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The Good The Bad & The Queen arrange six UK dates for next year

By Live4ever - Posted on 18 Dec 2018 at 5:54am 

Pennie Smith

The Good The Bad & The Queen have arranged six UK dates for April next year.


The collective of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong will play shows in Norwich, Cardiff, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool and London after releasing their Merrie Land album last month. “This has been coming – Damon Albarn has been opposed to Brexit from the off,” Live4ever’s review opens.

“Back in 2016, on the day after the UK’s EU referendum vote, he was at Glastonbury performing with The Orchestra Of Syrian Musicians and addressed the subdued crowd: “Democracy has failed us because it was ill informed,” he said.”

“A reformation of The Good The Bad & The Queen (back in 2007 it was ambiguous as to whether or not it was a band, an album or a project – now we know) was the most likely of his various platforms to be an outlet for his thoughts on the subject.”

Tour dates:

April 2019
12 – Norwich, The LCR, UEA
13 – Cardiff University, Great Hall
15 – Sheffield, Octagon Centre
16 – Manchester, Albert Hall
18 – Liverpool, Eventim Olympia
19 – London, The Palladium