As part of the victory lap for their acclaimed album, Combat Sports, released earlier this year, prime garage rockers The Vaccines will be kicking off the new year with a run of shows. The tour will be calling at Brighton (25th January, Brighton Dome), Oxford, Blackburn, Newcastle, Motherwell, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton, Leicester, and Guildford, before culminating at London’s Roundhouse.
London’s Community Festival has just announced the line-up for their third festival, taking place on 30th June in Finsbury Park, London. A festival that focusses on and celebrates British guitar bands, the Brighton-formed The Kooks are next year’s headliners, along with Blossoms, Kate Nash, The Amazons, The Night Cafe, Sea Girls, Gerry Cinnamon and Bloxx, with many more to be announced over the coming months.
Local indie treasures British Sea Power love an alternative venue, and this time around they’ve plumped for Lewes’ Con Club, 14th December.
Fleetwood Mac have announced three European dates next year, with tickets being released Friday 25th October. No doubt they will be gobbled up extremely fast, so better get your fingers on the button. London, Dublin and Berlin are the lucky cities, with Wembley Stadium the venue for their London show on 16th June. These dates will feature a line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, who recently replaced Lindsay Buckingham.
With the sounds of the 60s very much on their mind, Brighton’s Hollow Hand have nevertheless managed to carve out an exquisite psychedelic pop beauty in the form of Star Chamber, recalling The Zombies, The Move, The Beatles, and all those classic bands of the era, as more modern outfits such as Super Furry Animals. “When I recorded the album we were literally affected by the elements, the changing of the seasons,“ says singer/songwriter Max Kinghorn-Mills. “We didn’t have much protection from the outside, if there was a storm we would have to record through it, if the Yamaha DX7 was waterlogged from a breach the night before we’d have to dry it out on the heater and record some other parts first."
The now established Love Supreme festival, which has enjoyed six years of stellar growth since it first appeared on the scene back in 2013, has come up with the idea of Supreme Standards, as a way of supporting new UK and international jazz, funk and soul artists.
Sticking firmly to his own tradition of releasing a new album on the same date each year, 30th November, A Bird in the Hand is Beans on Toast’s tenth release in as many years. This time around Jay McAllister, aka Beans on Toast, went to Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons (who produced his first album ten years ago) and they hatched a plan. While Mumford’s were making their forthcoming album in Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios in London during any down time, Ben and Jay worked on the new BOT album.
Having featured on Lost Horizons’ Ojala album last year, Bella Union’s Liela Moss and Hilang Child will be performing together at Brighton’s Unitarian Church on 14th December. The Brighton-based label which was run and founded by Simon Raymonde, released Hilang Child’s debut album, Years, this summer and now the half-Welsh, half-Indonesian Londoner has just shared a video for 'Starlight, Tender Blue', a track described by Ed Riman (Hilang Child) as the "darkest, angriest song on the album”.
Following the recent Soft Cell farewell gig last month at the O2, Marc Almond has teamed up with Jools Holland for A Lovely Life To Live, which will be released on 23rd November, with the title track available now.