Welsh favourites The Blackout have made a plethora of announcements today and all of them good! Not only have they announced the followup to Hope, but they’re giving us a pre-party tour to be followed by a set of intimate dates in January to support new album Start The Party.
The 11-track creation from Merthyr Tydfil’s finest will be released January 21st 2013 – but the first single and title track will be available from 29th October. Speaking about the album, which was recorded at the Distillery Studios, vocalist Sean Smith explains “This album captures our real personality,” says Sean. “That laryiness, the yobbish, laddish, loud, shouting happy gang that’s all about doing what we want and having a good time. We’re like the Beastie Boys meets Andrew W.K. meets Dirty Sanchez.”
A number of formats will be available for purchase with standard physical and digital options as well as a Deluxe physical album with bonus dvd containing development of the album as well as live performances from Leeds and Reading; alternatively an itunes edition comes with 3 bonus cover tracks Boom! Shake The Room, Super Freak and Sorry for Party Rocking; while the HMV pre-order contains 4 holiday postcards and the play.com pre-order is a singed album.
The pre-party tour hits five cities this October, while the headline tour in January will take in alternative locations.
20.10 – The Globe, Cardiff (Part of SWN Festival)
23.10 – Cockpit, Leeds
24.10 – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
25.10 – Acacemy 2, Oxford
29.10 – The Underworld, London
20.01 – King Tuts, Glasgow
21.01 – Academy 2, Newcastle
22.01 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
23.01 – Institute, Birmingham
25.01 – Electric Ballroom, London
26.01 – Ritz, Manchester
Yellowcard have posted the following on their website “Looks like we can finally announce that we will be touring the United Kingdom and Europe in February and March of 2013! Set It Off will be supporting the whole tour, Like Torches (new album out next year produced by Ryan Key and Ryan Mendez) from Sweden will be with us in the UK, and we will be making another amazing announcement about additional support very soon. We have been working really hard overseas these last two years so we are really looking forward to this headlining tour. Stay tuned for more details as they come!”
The tour will be in support of their most recent album Southern Air, which has hit the charts worldwide and gained a top 10 spot in the US Billboard charts.
25.02 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
26.02 – KoKo, London
28.02 – QMU, Glasgow
01.03 – Ritz, Manchester
02.03 – Kasbah, Coventry
05.03 – Waterfront, Norwich
Tickets go on sale this Friday, 21st September.
If Vans weren’t doing enough with themselves at the moment with the up and coming UK Warped Tour, they’re also supporting the annual Vans Off The Wall Music Night Tour.
This year’s line-up isn’t holding back with some of the best rising bands around including Marmozets, hardcore boys Your Demise along with pop-punk darlings We Are The In Crowd. Finishing this years line-up is Buckinghamshire quintet, Young Guns, who after the success of sophmore album Bones have more than earned their headlining spot.
You can catch this tour on the following dates:
08.10 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
09.10 – Waterfront, Norwich
11.10 – Great Hall, Cardiff
12.10 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
13.10 – Ritz, Manchester
14.10 – ABC, Glasgow
16.10 – Cockpit, Leeds
17.10 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London