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.
May 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
June 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
July 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
August 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
September 19 – Paris, FR, La Boule Noire
October 7 – Berlin, DE, Lido 8 – Hamburg, DE, Kampnagel 9 – Cologne, DE, Bumann & Sohn
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.
May 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
June 6 – Yubileyney Sports Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia 7 – VTB Arena, Moscow, Russia 15 – IEC, Kiev, Ukraine 28 – Eden Sessions, Cornwall, UK
July 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
August 21 – Zurich Open Air, Zurich, Switzerland 24 – Creamfields, Daresbury, UK
November 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
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.
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 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‘ 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.”
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.”
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