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Monday, 16 October 2017






DJANGO DJANGO are set to release their brand new album 'Marble Skies' January 26th, 2018. After their 2012 Mercury Prize nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up ‘Born Under Saturn’, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album ‘Marble Skies’ which will be released on January 26th:

Today the album launches with first single ‘Tic Tac Toe’, a rousing, trippy upbeat rock track with an enormous echoing hookline which will excite fans of the band’s rockabilly-influenced elements. The accompanying video for ‘Tic Tac Toe’ was directed by John Maclean, brother of Django Django drummer/producer David Maclean and director of the critically acclaimed modernist western ‘Slow West’. It depicts vocalist/guitarist Vincent Neff enjoying a rapid-fire day-trip to Hastings which takes a turn into the surreal and sinister when a ghost train puts him on a collision course with a grim reaper inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

As John Maclean explains: “The film could be about the fading era of the beach arcades, time moving too fast, love and games, horror and happiness but it is actually about a man who needs to go buy a pint of milk to make a cup of tea.”

After the brilliant, rave-shaped grooves and expansive arrangements of its predecessor, ‘Marble Skies’ is a more concise and focused offering which recalls the dynamic, genre-blurring music of their debut. It’s a return to form; an album which finds them returning to the handmade, cut-and-paste approach of the past.
Upon finishing the ‘Born To Saturn’ tour, Dave ventured to LA to work on a production project, whilst the other band members went to India with the British Council. When they returned, the new album process began with a back-to-basics approach which recalled the DIY ethos of the band’s early days, Django Django – minus an absent Maclean – assembled at Urchin Studios in Tottenham, London with Metronomy drummer Anna Prior to experiment with the idea of coming up with new tracks through loose jamming sessions. After ten days of recording, there was plenty of raw material to send up to Dave (then back in his hometown of Dundee) for him to edit, refine and evolve.

As ever, all four band members (completed by Tommy Grace on synths and bassist Jimmy Dixon) contributed to the band’s music, melodies and lyrics as the final album took shape.

Parts of ‘Marble Skies’ find Django Django sailing into uncharted territories, not least the driving title track (propelled by Prior’s drumming), with its echoes of Krautrock and Suicide. Meanwhile, the hazy Zombies-like summer pop of ‘Champagne’, which explores the joys and ills of alcohol, was inspired by the band’s over-indulgence during a boat trip on the Seine that was hosted by their label.

Those drawn to the more dance-orientated side of Django Django will find much to love in the twisted ‘80s electro pop of ‘In Your Beat’ and the dancehall-influenced ‘Surface To Air’, a dreamy-headed pop song fronted by Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club. The collaboration came as a result of the two bands meeting up at SXSW some years ago, where Rebecca and Dave in particular bonded over shared interests in R&B, hip-hop and dancehall. Another more surprising collaborator is Jan Hammer, the Czech-born, American-based jazz-fusion and electronic artist who shares writing credits with the band on the gorgeously floaty ‘Sundials’.

If there’s a mood running through ‘Marble Skies’, it’s one of reflection on things past and present, and finding some kind of peace with your place in the grand scheme of things.

‘Marble Skies’ will be released on digital, black vinyl, coloured vinyl and CD formats. Rough Trade will be retailing an exclusive extended edition which compiles ‘Marble Skies’ on coloured vinyl along with a 12” bonus record and CD which features six dub mixes courtesy of roots and reggae producer Wrongtom. Django Django meets Wrongtom ‘Marble Dubs’

The album tracklisting is:

1. ‘Marble Skies’
2. ‘Surface To Air’
3. ‘Champagne’
4. ‘Tic Tac Toe’
5. ‘Further’
6. ‘Sundials’
7. ‘Beam Me Up’
8. ‘In Your Beat’
9. ‘Real Gone’
10. ‘Fountains’

Live, Django Django are incendiary. See them live in Paris or Edinburgh this autumn:

23rd – Paris, La Gaîté Lyrique (LesinRocks festival)
25th – Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms (Alternative Peers’ Ball)


The @TravellingBand (I approve greatly of the two L's there) set their #sails for a #tour and new album @TheCluny #newcastle 10/11



“Honeyed harmonies and reverb-soaked guitars ” - Drowned in Sound
“They produce an inventive brand of guitar-laden cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage” - Clash 
“Their harmonies are tight, guitar picking deft and tunes melodic” - Q Magazine
“It’s all here - passionate yet delicate vocals, deep forceful drumming, jangly guitar, fluctuating strings - everything you could ask for from a song that oozes summer” - The 405

Manchester’s The Travelling Band will tour their recently released album, SAILS, throughout the UK next month.  Focused around the songwriting talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, The Travelling Band have been quietly honing what Marc Riley described as “Mancunian Americana”. The resulting album mines a rich seam of influences, with key album track ‘Last Night I Dreamt (of Killing You)’ and the grungy ‘Wasted Eyes’ highlighting the band’s love of American indie rock, but still with that Mancunian twist nodding to Elbow and I Am Kloot. ‘Mopping Forwards’ draws on their time spent in East Nashville and the almost Satie-like melancholic ballad ‘Loser’ belies the darker turn that Jo and Adam’s lyrics have taken.

Beneath the surface of the rockier exterior and beautifully woven string and horn textures, the album’s unexpected darker lyrical themes and noir-esque approach reveal a band navigating stormy waters as personal and relationship issues began to emerge after ten years of hard-hitting life on the road. Two of the five remaining founding members jumped ship during the album’s turbulent recording process, and an album that was essentially recorded live ended up taking a further twelve months to complete.

Ironically, it was Spenny, one of the two departing members, who had driven the band to get back in to the studio after the event that Jo has dubbed “the Christmas miracle”. The band made national news when social media rallied round after all their gear was stolen along with their tour van: “what happened made us feel wanted and relevant to people’s lives. The band seemed bigger than just the members,” Jo says. When the van and all the gear was safely returned, Spenny floated the idea of getting straight in to the studio to record a new album live, quickly.

However, despite the initial enthusiasm, the band started to fracture. As the recording process stalled, Jo travelled to Nashville and became inspired by the sense of community amongst artists and musicians in the city’s buzzing East Nashville suburbs. He returned to Manchester with renewed confidence and a desire to create a similar kind of supportive hub back in his home city:

“It seemed an obvious thing to me: if there’s a city in the world that has that collaborative spirit at its core, then it’s Manchester.”

It was out of this new-found optimism that Pinhole Sound Studio was born: Jo and Adam consolidated their instruments and recording equipment into a space which they have turned into a hub of creativity for the Manchester musical community.

“All the bands coming in to record at Pinhole Sound Studio gave us the impetus to finish our own record,” Jo continues. “The songs we had were the sails for the band - all we had to do was find the energy to breathe life in to them.”

SAILS was released 25th August via Sideways Saloon Records/Kartel Music Group and available Here

Travelling Band UK Tour Dates

November, Wed 1 BRIGHTON Prince Albert

November, Thu 2 BRISTOL Thekla

November, Fri 3 CHELTENHAM Frog & Fiddle

November, Sat 4 LIVERPOOL Shipping Forecast

November, Sat 11 GLASGOW The Hug & Pint

November, Sun 12 EDINBURGH The Mash House

November, Thu 16 LEICESTER Soundhouse

November, Fri 17 MANCHESTER Deaf Institute

November, Sat 18 BANGOR Blue Sky Cafe

November, Tue 21 LONDON Borderline

November, Thu 23 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds

November, Sat 25 LEEDS High & Lonesome Festival

November, Sun 26 NOTTINGHAM Bodega

Writing new songs and #ontour in November, the delightful @KerriWatt #tourdates


BBC Radio 2 A-listed singer songwriter Kerri Watt has announced her first ever headline tour, with 14-dates across the UK this November. 
Kicking off on 2nd November in Derby, Kerri will be playing in some of the UK’s biggest towns, including shows in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, London, Manchester and of course her home town – Glasgow. 

“I've spent the last couple of years supporting some amazing acts across the UK which helped me pick up fans around the country” says Kerri. “I've really seen a demand on social media for me to play some headline shows, so it's definitely the right time for my first headline tour! I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces from previous tours plus hopefully some new fans since the release of 'Old School Love.' My last show is in my hometown of Glasgow... a perfect way to kick off the Christmas season!

This news comes off the back of Kerri’s recent single, ‘Old School Love’, her first for her new label East West Records (Warners). Whilst continuing to showcase her knack for writing a great hook, ‘Old School Love,’ marked a slight change from her previous two singles, the BBC Radio 2 play listed ‘Long Way Home’ and ‘The Wild’.  With a more simple production and mellow instrumentation, it’s a love song that as its title suggests, plays homage to an old school sound. The melody let’s Kerri’s vocal shine, laying bare the honest accessible song writing that has already won her an army of loyal fans. 

Over the past year, Kerri has been travelling across the world, performing and writing new material. This includes a track written and recorded with Embrace which she recently performed with them at their two night opening slot for Coldplay at Cardiff's Principality Stadium - in front of 74,000 - her biggest audience yet.

Kerri’s previous success includes the aforementioned BBC Radio 2 A-list for her single’ Long Way Home’ and a Radio 2 B-List for ‘The Wild.’  She’s performed on ITV’s Weekend Show and STV's Live At Five, plus had critical acclaim everywhere from the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Sun, Metro, Daily Star, Notion, Glamour Magazine, to Attitude Magazine, Music Week and Record of the Day amongst many others.  She also hit Number 1 on Hype Machine with the remix of her single ‘You’ and has performed at festivals including Isle of Wight, The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury. She’s also supported Nina Nesbitt, Ward Thomas, Starsailor, Mike & The Mechanics and The Overtones. 
‘Old School Love’ is out now.

Kerri’s tour kicks off on November 2nd – Tickets available now! 

Nov 2nd Derby - The Venue
Nov 4th Maguires - Liverpool
Nov 7th Lincoln - Student Union
Nov 8th Leeds - Hyde Park Book Club
Nov 11th Birmingham - ORT
Nov 18th Exeter - Voodoo Lounge
Nov 19th Plymouth - Barbican Theatre
Nov 21st Brighton - The Komedia
Nov 23rd London - Thousand Island
Nov 27th Cardiff - The Moon
Nov 28th Manchester - Night & Day
Nov 29th Newcastle - Cluny 2
Nov 30th Glasgow - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Dec 5th Dundee - Clarks
Dec 6th Aberdeen Tunnels

3rd Thursday in the month

Thursday, 12 October 2017

INTIMATE TOUR for @GARYBARLOW with two dates at @sundEmpire #sunderland #takethat ..and party! Looking good Gary! #ticketlink http://bit.ly/2xA3At0


New Solo Tour 2018 Announced



30 APRIL & 1 MAY 2018

Tickets on public sale 10am, Friday 20 October 2017

Gary Barlow today announced that he will embark on a solo tour of the UK kicking off in April 2018, playing 33 dates in 24 intimate venues including 2 nights at Sunderland Empire, 30 April and 1 May 2018. Tickets go on public sale at 10am, Friday 20 October.

The tour will see Gary play intimate venues across the UK and Ireland including some never visited before. The last time Gary played a string of venues this size, demand was so high he could have sold certain venues out six times over!

‘I had such a lot of fun back in 2013 when I played those smaller venues because you’re so much closer to the fans’ says Gary of his forthcoming tour. ‘The audience always seem to love the intimacy of it all too. I’m also really looking forward to playing in a couple of cities I’ve never played before as well as getting a chance to meet the fans there.’ 

Gary last toured as a solo artist in 2014 to acclaim from fans and critics alike, playing some of the biggest venues he had ever played as a solo artist including The O2 London, Birmingham LG Arena, Glasgow The SSE Hydro and Manchester Arena.

Gary Barlow is a British singer-songwriter and record producer who found worldwide fame as a member of British pop group Take That. Since forming in 1989 Take That have won eight BRIT awards, sold over 45 million records and over eight million concert tickets.

Gary is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 Number One singles as well as being a six-time recipient of an Ivor Novello Award.  Aside from his achievements with Take That, he has also co-written and produced music for other renowned artists including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Robbie Williams. Gary’s last solo record ‘Since I Saw You Last’ sold more than 600,000 copies and was the ninth biggest selling album that year.  In more recent years, Gary has also turned his attention to the world of theatre, composing the score for the hugely successful production ‘Finding Neverland’, working alongside screenwriter Tim Firth to write the music and lyrics for musical ’The Girls’ and also working alongside his Take That band mates to produce ‘The Band’ a record breaking musical featuring the music of Take That.


Announce 'Twist it, shake it. Rock & roll!’

Junkyard Jazz EP out 17 November 

Announce UK Autumn Tour

Trudy and the Romance announce ‘Twist it, shake it. Rock & roll!’ Junkyard Jazz EP out 17 November + announce Autumn UK tour.

“Impossible to pin down, they deliver a drunken, stumbling, shambolic rock ’n roll that somehow keeps its shit together when the going gets tough. Truly, Trudy are something very special indeed” – DIY

“..all lovesick sea shanties and Orange Juice inflected rabble rousers” – I-D Magazine

Following up on ‘Is There A Place I Can Go’, the trio share the second single from their Junkyard Jazz EP, ‘Twist it, shake it. Rock & roll!’.

With whip-smart imagination and tongues firmly lodged in cheeks, Trudy and the Romance are nowhere boys for the 21st century. Born of a bygone era; the days when sharply-suited Teds strolled the streets and a sea-breeze would fail to fuck the flicks of a head well-oiled, Trudy take the good-hearted ramshackles off Jonathan Richman, punch out The Four Freshmen’s surf harmonies and scruff them up through the raw audacity of the noughties whilst tightrope-dancing somewhere between reality and fantasy. “We’re real-meets-cartoon… kind of tacky but great, y’know, it’s trashy,” Trudy’s singer and guitarist, Olly, explains. “It’s a bit like Ralph Bakshi’s Cool World, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mary Poppins or Space Jam. That’s why we call it Mutant 50s pop… the more cartoon we get, the better. It’s a little heart-warming and gently creeps up on you. It’s not tugging but just kind-of-there; Alligator Rock’n’roll!”

Support on the wireless has come from John Kennedy, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens & Phil Taggart and 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq (as Featured Artist of the Week).

Having hit #7 Spotify viral charts with floor filler ‘He Sings’, Trudy finished the year as part of DIY’s Class of 2017, NME’s ‘100 for 2017’ and 14th most blogged artist of 2016 on the Hype Machine Zeitgeist end of year list.

Upcoming Junkyard Jazz EP was recorded in former vicarage with Stockport’s Eve studios with producer David Pye and ‘Twist it, shake it. Rock & Roll’ comes with its own spiritual sentiment;

“For a while I’ve wanted to write a record with the swagger of Jonathan Richman. Jonathan like the Beatles, Beach Boys and Springsteen cheers me up whatever the weather. My head was still a little mashed after someone I care about deeply got badly, Twist It, Shake It. Rock & Roll is a record for the stiff necks to lighten up a little; to love and understand what you actually want and not listen to the gang.
See where it goes with a new flame. A true friend loves you for who you are. I’m an old soul and I miss the old world.
Rock & Roll, shake up the world and get on with it. Don’t be cynical, try to not be boring.
Hopefully this record will stir up that melancholic purple in your heart and give you a big fat old grin whilst doing so.”

Junkyard Jazz EP is being released by B3SCI and will be available on all DSPs and limited edition 45 RPM 12″ vinyl on the 17th of November. ‘Twist it, shake it. Rock & roll!’ is available X.

Trudy head off on a UK headline tour this autumn supporting The Fall in Newcastle and Happyness in London along the way.

Pre-Order Trudy and the Romance ‘Junkyard Jazz (EP)’ digitally here: https://Trudy.lnk.to/rtb-D
Pre-Order on Limited Edition 12″ vinyl at B3SCI Records: http://b3sci.com/product/b3sr-061-trudy-a…junkyard-jazz-ep/

1. Seashore Overture
2. Twist it, Shake it. Rock & Roll
3. Junkyard Cat
4. Ruff Ryder
5. Is There A Place I Can Go

Trudy Live tickets here: http://www.trudymylove.com/live

21, OXFORD, Ritual Union Festival
21, CARDIFF, SWN Festival
23, NEWCASTLE, Boiler Shop (Supporting The Fall)
24, EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete’s
27, LONDON, The Garage (Supporting Happyness)

03, SHEFFIELD, Picture House Social
08, BRIGHTON, The Hope And Ruin
09, READING, The Face Bar
10, LEICESTER, The Cookie
14, MANCHESTER, Gullivers
15, LEEDS, The Lending Room
16, BIRMINGHAM, Sunflower Lounge

Local lad @tommousesmith supports @TheCharlatans on 5/12 @O2Academynew who needs #BGT ?

Tom ‘Mouse’ Smith will open for The Charlatans on December 5th at the 02 Academy in Newcastle.

Tom Mouse Smith is a 13 year old singer and songwriter from County Durham.. Already an accomplished guitarist, In his short career he has supported and played alongside James Bay and Catfish and the Bottlemen (three times), he has also supported Shed Seven and Madness. This summer he was the youngest ever Artist to perform at Liverpool Sound City,  Festival No.6 and The Great Escape and has played to a full house at Kendal Calling's Tim Peaks Diner. His appearance at Glastonbury Festival resulted in him being described as one of the highlights of the smaller stages.  He achieved national media attention earlier this year for publicly rejecting the opportunity to appear on Britains Got Talent

Tom has achieved so much in such a short time, while living with the life limiting condition Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which means he was born, and continues to function, with only half a working heart.

Wednesdays at Billy Bootleggers

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Live @TheCumby on 22/10 supermultiinstruMENTAList @ThomasTruax plus more #tourdates



"When he performs, it is a spectacle - the originality and seeming impossibility of what he does is much of the appeal."  -The Guardian

Merging a fevered imagination and solid songwriting with a mad scientist's brain for weird gadgets, American singer Thomas Truax is a true one-off. Returning with new single ‘Save Me’, a UK tour has been booked to coincide with its release. 

Truax has brought in British pop-noir chanteuse Gemma Ray for a warm and poignant duet. The song begins with a pair of down-on-their-luck barflies and ends with a spider who has spun his web in an unfortunate place. It's the first single from Thomas's upcoming ninth full-length album. Thomas and Gemma are joined by underground luminaries drummer Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, Violent Femmes) and Pete Harvey (Modern Stories, Withered Hand) on strings. (All of the above feature on additional music on Truax's upcoming album)

Gemma Ray's album 'Lights Out Zoltar!' earned her an Independent Music Award and on its release her album 'Milk For Your Motors' was named Mojo Magazine's ‘Album of the Week'.  More importantly, she often plays guitar with a knife.

UNCUT magazine says "Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics" while Splendid magazine called him "one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you've never heard of...an exceptional talent.” His evolving "band" of self-made sound sculptures include a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a souped up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator' (but he never leaves his trusty guitar Hank out of the equation too long).

Thomas Truax Tour

15th September -  Oxford, Old Fire Station
5th October - Brighton, Prince Albert
6th Oct - Portsmouth, The Loft
13th  Oct - Manchester, Castle Hotel
15 Oct - Aberdeen, The Blue Lamp
16 Oct - Mon: Inverness, Market Bar
18 Oct - Wed: Glasgow, Hug & Pint
19 Oct - Thurs, Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
20 Oct - Fri: Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
22 Oct - Sun: Newcastle, Cumberland Arms Ouseburn
5 Nov - Sun: London, Lexington

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Monday, 2 October 2017

#Review: @InHeaven, @OtherkinOK, @ParisYouthBand @WeAreThinkTank, Newcastle 30/09/2017

Review: In Heaven, Otherkin, Paris Youth Foundation at Think Tank, Newcastle 30/09/2017

It was evident that the PR for In Heaven had done the right thing and attracted the attention of the youth indie crowd. A decent size audience was ready for Paris Youth Foundation whose sound harkens back to Echo and The Bunnymen and the 90’s incarnation, Electrafixion. PYF are a talented bunch of musicians but I found myself wanting some more variety in the sound. I think it will come. They were appreciated by the young crowd which is the important thing.

Otherkin managed to tickle my eardrums enough to make me want the CD. With a bit of a sound of Arctic Monkeys, a punk attitude and some damned catchy tunes their lead vocalist had a bit of the Iggy Pop about him, which was nice. Sorry for all the comparisons, I like to give people a cultural reference. I’ve heard it said they are “not your typical Irish Band”. Having not done an in-depth statistical study of the music of Irish bands I cannot judge as to how near the average Otherkin is, but I like them.

The headliner, InHeaven, were obviously pleased at the well-attended gig which was the first of the tour. Having played the venue before to a more bijou crowd they must have had a warm fuzzy feeling from the very bouncy crowd. InHeaven have a sound that benefits from Nirvana-style guitar riffs, fun melodies and a pop sensibility. Not knowing much about the band I get the impression these guys have played with different styles until they found a musical “sweet spot” of their own. They are great on stage and built on the mosh circle that started with Otherkin. 

Some of the audience were maybe past their bedtime and felt the need to jump on the stage. This isn’t wise, kids. Bands depend on expensive equipment to create that great sound…do your dancing in the crowd. Of course, crowd surfing by the male lead singer is fine, we approve of that. 

All photos copyright Carliol Photography 2017

Blues on Wednesday night at Billy Bootleggers with Simma

Monday, 25 September 2017

New single and #tourdates for @JJandtheRM @thecluny on 15/11


“Incendiary Rock N Roll at it’s best” – Classic Rock 

“A truly mesmerising swampy Beast” -- Vive Le Rock

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind will release “Something’s Gonna Get Its Hands On You” the 4th single from their recent, critically lauded debut album Super Natural on MaSonic Records. Impact date for “Something’s Gonna Get Its Hands On You” will be 17th November 2017. 

In conjunction with the single release, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind will be rocking the UK for the final time this year, along with a slew of dates on the continent. Tickets for their upcoming shows are now on sale and can be purchased via the band website: 

Support on the UK dates comes from London’s new grunge – punk twosome Dolls, playing in support of their new Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman) produced E.P.

Tour dates are:

15.11.17 The Cluny, Newcastle, UK 


16.11.17 The Lantern, Halifax, UK


17.11.17 Soundhouse, Leicester, UK


18.11.17 The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, UK


24.11.17 Brain Freeze Festival, Ebbw Vale, UK


Recorded and mixed at London’s Space Eko East Studio, Super Natural is available in CD, vinyl and download formats on the band’s own label MaSonic (under license to Hound Gawd! Records). Jones’ musical history has spanned several bands including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics, but Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind is his most ambitious musical effort to date. Here they are in action in their video for album track “Heavy Lounge”: 

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind are: Jim Jones (lead vocals & guitar); Malcolm Troon (guitar; pedal steel & backing vocals) Matt Millership (keyboards & backing vocals); Gavin Jay (bass guitar, upright bass & backing vocals); Phil Martini (drums & backing vocals). 


Sunday, 24 September 2017

#ontour @JoannaForest at @RoyaltyTheatre #sunderland 3/10/17 #starsarerising


Fans of classical and popular music alike are set to enjoy a fantastic night of entertainment from official number one soprano Joanna Forest, at the Royalty Theatre in Sunderland, on Tuesday October 3rd at 7.45pm.

Joanna, who earlier this year knocked Alfie Boe from the top spot in the UK classical charts, and has performed to millions on the BBC, ITV, Sky and Classic FM, will perform at the Sunderland venue to promote her debut album, Stars Are Rising.  The album is the first ever debut by an independent artist to reach the top spot, and was applauded by the national press for its eclectic mix of dramatic arias, cinematic classics and crossover versions of popular gems such as Bowie's Life on Mars and Slade's How Does It Feel?.

Joanna says, “I am so delighted to be bringing my tour to the fantastic Royalty Theatre. I look forward to singing songs from my No.1 Classical Album 'Stars are Rising' as well as musical and classical favourites”

Joanna has been performing since the age of 13 and has been described as one of the most exciting and important sopranos performing today.  John Appleton, Chair of the Royalty Theatre, says, “It’s wonderful to have somebody of Joanna’s talent performing here.  It promises to be a hugely entertaining night and a real treat for the people of Sunderland.”

Tickets are priced at £10 and are available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/royaltytheatre.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

LIVE IN OCTOBER #tour for #TheatreofHate



Cult favourites THEATRE OF HATE have announced a run of UK shows this Autumn. In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, “Legion”/”Original Sin”, topped the independent chart in 1980, and “Westworld”, their debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. The single taken from the album, “Do You Believe In The Westworld?” has become an anthem and is still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.

Supporting the likes of The Clash & Ian Dury lead to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK & Northern Europe.

Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows.
Having been asked by John Curd to join The Damned for a massive show at London’s infamous Roundhouse in December 2014 the band once again joined the fray. A short set of dates around the London anchor show attracted rave reviews, as did a 6 night night SOLD OUT run in December 2014. (see reviews below)

2015 saw the band play two short jaunts across the UK in April and December both sets of dates wowed large crowds.

During touring in 2014 and 2015 the band constantly recorded at Oxygen Studios in Manchester, the first new studio album in 30+ years is now complete and released via a private pledge! 'Kinshi' was released on October 14th 2016 on CD, Vinyl, Download & Dub to pledgers. The 12 brand new songs are simply stunning. 2017 is looking like a very busy year with the album getting labels releases in Europe & the USA. Shows in the UK, Europe and the USA are already on sale.

Kirk, Stan and John will be joined by current Spear Of Destiny band member Adrian Portas (New Model Army) on guitar and Chris Bell(Hugh Cornwall) on drums to pay homage to the iconic TOH sound.


Friday, October 6 @ 7:30 PM
Zephyr Lounge , Leamington Spa

Saturday, October 7 @ 7:00 PM
Patterns, Brighton

Sunday, October 8 @ 7:00 PM
GB Alt Festival, Skegness

Wednesday, October 11 @ 7:00 PM
Warszawa, Poglos

Thursday, October 12 @ 7:00 PM
Zdunska Wola, Ratusz

Friday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM
Pamela Rock Pub, Torun

Saturday, October 14 @ 7:00 PM
Ekidna, San Martino Secchia, Carpi (Modena)

Sunday, October 15 @ 8:00 PM
Cortina Bob, Berlin

Friday, October 20 @ 7:30 PM
Warehouse 23, Wakefield

Saturday, October 21 @ 7:00 PM
Bungalow Bar, Paisley

Sunday, October 22 @ 7:00 PM
Hairy Dog, Derby

Monday, October 23 @ 7:30 PM
The Fleece, Bristol

Wednesday, October 25 @ 7:30 PM
Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Thursday, October 26 @ 7:30 PM
1865, Southampton

Friday, October 27 @ 7:00 PM
Goth Weekend, Whitby

Saturday, October 28 @ 7:30 PM
Georgian Theatre, Stockton On Tees

Sunday, October 29 @ 7:30 PM
The Ruby Lounge , Manchester