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.
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
Sydney quintet Tonight Alive have announced that following their successful stint opening for Young Guns earlier this year on the Bones UK Tour they are set to return on a headline tour of their very own in support of debut album What Are You Scared Of? The first single ‘Breaking and Entering’ will be availabe to download via the bands facebook as of July 9th.
02.10 – Cockpit 2, Leeds
03.10 King Tuts, Glasgow
04.10 – Academy 3, Manchester
05.10 – Crafurd Arms, Milton Keynes
06.10 – Asylum, Birmingham
07.10 – Scholar Bars, Leicester
08.10 – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
09.10 – Barfly, London
Everybody’s favourite band in the world and pop-punk legends Blink-182 have announced two more shows to their mammoth UK tour – and they’re pretty darn tiny, compared to the rest of the arenas they’ll be playing. The new dates are as follows:
24.07 – Manchester, Apollo
25.07 – London, Brixton Academy
Tickets are on sale this Friday at 9am from all the usual outlets.
So this year’s Slam Dunk Festival has crept up on us once again with the North and South based events taking place over the May bank holiday weekend. Like every year, the festival has failed to disappoint with the range of bands across the pop punk, ska and emo scene. This year’s headliners come in the shape of coming of age screamers, Taking Back Sunday and a double Welsh whammy from The Blackout and Funeral for a Friend.
Although the main bands at the festival are ones anyone would want to see, what about the smaller bands? If you’re struggling to decide who to see before the big ones then let us help you out by giving you our 5 must-see bands of the festival.
Slam Dunk 2012 seems to be providing us with even more Welsh talent as well as the aforementioned headliners. This year, we’re gifted with the presence of Save Your Breath. The Newport five-piece have already made quite a name for themselves on the scene supporting Man Overboard on their January tour earlier this year. The band also gained great response from their 2011 release ‘Vices’ and have since then gained incredible press coverage as well as being picked up by the BBC and having nationwide radio play. If you’re looking for a completely gratuitous pop punk jump around, then these are the chaps for you. Song to listen for: Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy
Returning to Slam Dunk for the second year running are the young Brit hopefuls, Don Broco. If you haven’t heard of them yet then heaven knows where you’ve been for the past 12 months as this Bedfordshire troupe have truly exploded into the spotlight. With a tour earlier this year with Four Year Strong, 2012 has been looking bright for the boys. If there’s one thing they’re good at it’s pulling in a crowd and making them go wild. If you want to lose yourself for half an hour be sure to check out their set! Song to listen out for: Priorities
Returning just a mere 4 months later all the way from California, The Story So Far demand your attention with their catchy choruses. Not only content with just playing the North and South festivals (rightly so, travelling that far for 2 shows would be a silly) the group are hitting a number of cities across the UK with the ‘Slam Dunk on Tour’ shows alongside Transit, Decade and Hit the Lights. Whilst still relatively unknown on the UK scene, The Story So Far are perfect for fans of real, raw pop-punk. For honest lyrics with some fine, fresh, fierce melodies to boot, give these Cali natives a half an hour of your time. Song to listen out for: Mt Diablo.
Decade, who coincidentally are also signed to Slam Dunks very own record label, are the one of the best-kept secrets of the UK music scene finally being let out of the bag. With their fan base shooting through the roof, it’s safe to say these are the ones to catch whilst they’re still small. Their self-titled EP released earlier this year took the UK alternative scene by storm and an impressive, packed-out performance at Hit The Deck Festival secured their live reputation. If you fancy watching a band that’s going to take off in the next 12 months, then Decade are the ones for you. Song to listen out for: It’s Good To Be A Vampire
The fifth and final band we recommend you check out at the festival comes in the form of Canterbury. After a string of high profile support slots, they’re taking steps towards conquering the world one show at a time. Breaking the trend of breakdowns-and-beards with their mature indie pop, Canterbury are set to offer a stunning new energy to proceedings on the day. Whether you’re a fan of the genre or not, watch ‘em and try and tell us they’re not fantastic. Song to listen out for: Set You Right.
Whether you’re at Leeds or Hatfield, whether you’re planning on spending your day at the Atticus mainstage or dancing outside the Red Bull truck, there’s no doubt the festival is going to be incredible. With something for everyone, it’s sure to put past years’ festivals to shame with the mix of talents that are gracing the stages for Slam Dunk 2012.
Having been absent from the scene for the best part of three years Mindless Self Indulgence are back! After a successful US tour with a number of sold out dates the quartet have announced a small number of UK shows for this October.
25.10 – Academy3, Manchester
26.10 – Garage, Glasgow
27.10 – Academy2, Birmingham
28.10 – Forum, London
Lostprophets and Bring Me The Horizon are to headline the UK leg of the legendary music festival, coming to Alexandra Palace on 10th November. Also playing are 3OH!3, A Loss For Words, A Skylit Drive, Architects, AWOLNATION, Blood On The Dance Floor, Bowling For Soup, Breathe Carolina, Bury Tomorrow, Crossfaith, Dead Sara, Family Force 5, Less Than Jake, Man Overboard, Me Vs Hero, Middle Finger Salute, New Found Glory, The Acacia Strain, The Story So Far and Yashin. More bands will be announced over four stages and the festival will play host to a skate show and a huge merch market. All of the fun of the US Warped, under one roof to keep you warm and dry! Tickets are on sale now from this link.