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The Front Bottoms to play O2 Institute Birmingham

June 29, 2016 in News

New Jersey quartet The Front Bottoms recently shared a new video for their song ‘Ginger’ via Pitchfork TV. ‘Ginger’ is from their 2015 critically acclaimed album, Back On Top, which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, The Strokes, White Stripes), and received widespread praise for its earnest sentiment and sing-along anthems.

The band made their network TV debut earlier this year, performing ‘West Virginia’ on Late Night with Seth MeyersRolling Stone called them one of the best 30 Best Things they saw at Coachella this year and NPR: All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen has hailed them as “one of the absolute ten best American bands in a live situation.”

The Front Bottoms have also announced tour dates in Europe and Australia, including a Birmingham show at O2 Institute on Wed 23rd November. With a string of sellout Birmingham shows already under their belts, we recommend picking up your tickets asap!

The Front Bottoms Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Front Bottoms play O2 Institute Birmingham on Friday 25th November 2016. Tickets available from 10am on Thurs 30th June here.

Watch the video for ‘Ginger’ below:

Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson & Hannah Grace live

February 2, 2016 in News


“Effortlessly switching form sultry, hypnotic sounds to more upbeat jazz melodies, Gabrielle Aplin’s second album is exactly what we wanted to hear.” – 5/5, Glamour

Following the positive reception that greeted her new album Light Up The DarkGabrielle Aplin approaches a major UK and Ireland headline tour that includes a Birmingham show at O2 Institute!

Light Up The Dark adds a new chapter to a career that has already delivered 80 million Spotify streams, 90 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of single, and #1 chart positions in the UK and Australia over the course of her debut album English Rain. Her second album has already received extensive Radio 1 support with a playlist for the title track as well as Huw Stephens’ Hottest Record followed by a second playlist for the recent single ‘Sweet Nothing’.

The new album was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder. “Her voice is just here, right at the front, and everything sits around it perfectly,” says Aplin. “I’ve also become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Gabrielle’s recent underplay show at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall sold-out in less than 24 hours. The Evening Standard’s review drew comparisons with Florence + The Machine and Feist, and concluded that it was “A mini-triumph; greater ones will come.”

Gabrielle Aplin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

GABRIELLE APLIN PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 14TH FEBRUARY 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM LEWIS WATSON & HANNAH GRACE. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Sweet Nothing’ below:

Jesse Malin to play O2 Institute Birmingham

December 8, 2015 in News

Fresh off the heels of New York Before The WarJesse Malin returns with his latest album, Outsiders, released via One Little Indian / Velvet Elk Records. Born from late night recording sessions in the Pennsylvania woods with producer Don DiLego, far from any expectations, this new record presents Jesse Malin in his rawest form yet.

Malin began playing live the age of 12 years old in the seminal hardcore band Heart Attack. Following several in-between bridge bands, he embarked on a solo career and has released six critically acclaimed records, starting with 2002’s The Fine Art of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams. Malin has been nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize, received four star reviews in Rolling StoneUncutand more, and collaborated with artists such as Bruce SpringsteenGreen Day, and Wayne Kramer along the way.

February will also see the re-issue of The Fine Art of Self Destruction, featuring a bonus disc and brand new liner notes by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Athem.

Jesse Malin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

JESSE MALIN PLAYS THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 18TH FEBRUARY 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 10AM ON WED 9TH DEC 2015 HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Turn Up the Mains’ below:

Funeral For A Friend Announce Final Ever Tour

September 14, 2015 in News

Funeral For A Friend have announced the ‘Last Chance To Dance’ Tour, a final curtain call on the band’s illustrious fifteen year career and each city they play will be treated to two shows. As Matthew Davies-Kreye elaborates –

“It’s the natural end. We’ve done everything we set out to do and way more than I could ever have hoped so I’m not upset that it’s run its course. For me it seemed obvious to go out with both Hours and Casually Dressed. I feel that both those records distill what Funeral is to a whole load of people more definitively than just piecing together a set from all the records we’ve made.”

The ‘Last Chance To Dance’ Tour will feature an Hours show one night followed by a Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation show the next in each and every city the band play.

As pioneers of the modern UK rock scene, Funeral For A Friend’s music has inspired a whole generation of British bands to follow in their footsteps to international acclaim. From their beginnings in the early-2000s, FFAF’s own unique take on post-hardcore captured the imagination of music fans across Britain and propelled the band to a formidable career. The band released their seventh and final studio album Chapter And Verse via Distiller Records earlier this year and will be leaving behind an impressive catalogue of music which will be held dear by their dedicated legion of fans.

Tickets are on sale this Friday 18th September at 10am. 

Funeral For A Friend Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON WEDNESDAY 13TH & THURSDAY 14TH APRIL 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Juneau’ below:

Prides to play The Institute Bham

September 8, 2015 in News

Following the success of their debut album, The Way Back Up, and huge sets at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Latitude and Reading & Leeds Festivals, Prides now announce a huge UK tour across 22 cities starting this October.

Lead singer, Stewart Brock, says “This year has been ridiculous, getting to release our debut album just before the summer, and playing hands down the most fun shows over the festival season, we thought it was high time we hit the road… again! This time, stopping in more cities so we get to see more of your faces. We’ll be playing some tracks from the album that have yet to be played live anywhere, and we have plenty of surprises in store”.

With over 4.2 million Spotify streams, over 2.6 million video views, two sold out UK tours and a charting debut album at 24 in the Official Charts and 5 in Scotland, Prides have had a remarkable year so far.

Prides Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

PRIDES PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM FATHERSON. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for the Prides tour announcement below: