Hip hoppers Big Boi and Andre 3000, have been out on their own since the 2003 release of Speakerboxx/The Love Below. The double release was essentially a collection of two solo albums, one done by Big Boi and the latter by Andre 3000. Nevertheless, it was a massive success, yielding singles “Hey Ya!,” “The Way You Move,” “Roses,” and “Ghetto Musick,”
Keeping all that in mind, it’s been a busy morning for UK festival organisers and hip hop fans, as OutKast have been announced as the first headlining act for Bestival 2014 and as part of the Wireless Festivals‘ initial wave of confirmations.
As of now, OutKast has been announced not only as the headlining act, but also as the only act for Bestival 2014, which will take place September 4th to 7th on the Isle of Wight.
Bestival tickets go on sale this Friday, January 31st at 9 AM. Watch this space for ticket and lineup updates.
If that wasn’t enough to overload you this morning, the Wireless Festival has dropped its initial lineup, and what can we say other that it’s rap and hip-hop heavy and absolutely HUGE!
In the words of Rudimental, it’s “gonna b absolutely mental this year!” OutKast will join a the bill topped by Kanye West, Drake, and Bruno Mars. Filling the gaps will be some big names like Pharrell Williams, who’s achieved monster fame after voicing Daft Punk’s massive hit “Get Lucky,” Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa, Basement Jaxx, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks, Ellie Goulding, and, one of our favourites at 5gig, Pretty Lights.
Tickets go on sale January 31st as well, and are available below:
Keep track of OutKast’s comeback tour with our list off all their festival appearance (and headlining shows if any are confirmed).
Watch OutKast perform at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards:
Sixto Rodriguez, the man now known across the globe as the Sugar Man, is set to make three UK performances this March as he takes his show across Europe.
Rodriguez, the man who published hits like “Crucify Your Mind,” “Cause,” “Hate Street Dialogue,” and “I Wonder” in the late 60s and early 70s, will treat the towns of Bournemouth, Birmingham, and London to theatre shows before he heads across the Channel and dives down into Europe for a ten gig tour.
Tickets for Rodriguez’s English tour are on sale now and available below:
Sixto Rodriguez tour dates and tickets.
As previously stated, after playing London, Rodriguez will continue on to play the Olympia in Paris (March 16th). He’ll play two shows in Switzerland (March 28th in Geneva and the 24th in Zurich), two concerts in Italy (the 21st in Bologna, the 22nd in Milan), and two more in Warsaw, Poland (March 28th and 29th).
He’ll play single shows in Vienna, Austria (26th), and Brussels, Belgium (April 3rd) along the way as well!
It’s possible the Rodriguez crew announce more tour dates for 2014, so be sure to sign up for out Gig Alerts to find out when he schedules shows in your area.
While your waiting for his March tour to roll around, make sure to watch his Glastonbury 2013 performance a couple hundred times:
Canadian jazzy, swingy pop singer, Michael Buble, is seemingly always selling out arenas across the globe and has just announced plans to return to the UK earlier this month.
Now, currently in the midst of an extensive tour of North America, the “It’s a Beautiful Day” singer will be making his way East of the Atlantic for a highly-anticipated 7-gig UK tour sandwiched between the 2014 European and Australian legs of his world tour.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, September 20th at 9 AM and are sure to fly!
Michael Buble tour schedule and concert tickets.
He’ll be touring behind new record To Be Loved, which came out earlier this year, on April 22nd, and has gone on to become a smash hit worldwide.
Complete To Be Loved tracklisting:
- You Make Me Feel So Young
- It’s a Beautiful Day
- To Love Somebody
- Who’s Lovin’ You
- Something Stupid (featuring Reese Witherspoon)
- Come Dance with Me
- Close Your Eyes
- After All (featuring Bryan Adams)
- Have I Told You Lately that I Love You? (with Naturally 7)
- To Be Loved
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me
- Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You) (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
- I Got It Easy
- Young at Heart
Watch Michael Buble’s music video for single “Close Your Eyes” below:
Josh Homme Bring His Queens of the Stone Age to the UK in November with Band of Skulls and Sweethead.
After crushing festival after festival, many times as headliners, over the course of the summer, and getting ready to head out on a lengthy North American tour, the Queens of the Stone Age are set to do just the same in our neck of the woods come November behind their latest release, Like Clockwork…
The Josh Homme-led Queens will play The Hydro in Glasgow before moving on to Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, and London, where they’ll play two massive gigs on November 22nd and 23rd at the Wembley Arena.
Tickets are on sale for as low as £32.50 and available below:
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QOTSA gig guide and concert tickets.
We’ve been following Band of Skulls for a few years now, since the release of their follow-up album Sweet Sour back at the beginning of 2012. Being able to see them and Queens in the same night should make for a great, melodic rock show – plus Sweethead!
Watch Queens of the Stone Age plow through their headlining Lollapalooza 2013 set:
Jay-Z Bringing ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’ to UK and Ireland in October. Tickets on Sale Friday, July 19th at 10 AM.
The rap mogul has gone straight back to his home turf in New York to start up his 2013 joining Legends of Summer, along with Mr. Sexy himself, Justin Timberlake. The tour will see the two travel the United States and Canada until mid-August.
However, the good news for British and Irish hip hop fans is that Jay-Z has announced plans for a solo headlining UK tour. The 6-gig trek will see him bring his new album Magna Carta…Holy Grail to Manchester, Dublin, and Birmingham before he finishes the UK leg off with a three-night stand at The O2 in London!
Tickets to the shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday, July 19th at 10 am.
Jay-Z tour schedule and tickets.
As previously alluded to, Jay-Z snuck up on a lot of people last month when he announced that a new album was all ready for release via a three-minute Samsung video, which immediately viral.
After titling his last album, the collaborative effort with Kanye West, Watch The Throne, we can’t think of anything better than Magna Carta Holy Grail as the only logical title to follow.
Complete tracklisting is as follows:
- Holy Grail (featuring Justin Timberlake)
- Picasso Baby
- Tom Ford
- FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt (featuring Rick Ross)
- Oceans (featuring Frank Ocean)
- Somewhere In America
- Part II (On the Run) (featuring Beyoncé)
- Beach Is Better
- JAY Z Blue
- La Familia
- Nickels and Dimes
Listen to Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s lead single “Holy Grail”:
Currently travelling across the United States and Canada as headliners on the 2013 Rockstar Uproar Tour, original grunge rockers Alice in Chains will soon be heading to the UK for a round of 6 gigs this coming November.
The Jerry Cantrell-led band made up of Sean Kinney, Mike Inez, and new frontman William Duvall will bring their brand of raunchy, aggressive rock to cities like London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Newport starting November 9th.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12th.
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Full Alice in Chains tour agenda and tickets.
AIC will be joined on their UK trek with Swedish melodic doom metallers Ghost B.C., who just released their sophomore album Infestissumam in April.
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is their 5th overall and the follow up to 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue, which was the first AIC album to feature new vocalist/guitarist William Duvall. In an interview with Rolling Stones, Canrtrell described the sound of the record, saying: “There’s some real filth in there. That’s intentional, and that’s also just how we sound together.”
- Pretty Done
- The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
- Lab Monkey
- Low Ceiling
- Breath on a Window
- Phantom Limb
- Hung on a Hook
Watch Alice in Chains perform “Nutshell” live from Santiago, Chile:
The Pixies Announce European Tour. Headed to UK in November for Gigs in Manchester, Glasgow, London, Plus Dublin.
Last Friday we were both surprised and treated to a brand new Pixies song, “Bagboy” (listen below), after hearing nothing but silence from their part for the better part of 10 years.
Yesterday, they announced their plans for an autumn European tour that will see them traveling the continent starting in Paris with their September 29th gig.
Afterwards, they’ll zig-zag their way through a 17-concert tour, that will see them wrap things up with a November 18th show at the Olympia in Dublin before playing three UK gigs in Manchester (November 21st at the Apollo), Glasgow (November 22nd at the Barrowlands), and London (November 24th at the Hammersmith Apollo).
Ticket have gone on sale as of this morning (Tuesday, July 2nd), with prices starting at £31.
Complete Pixies tour dates and tickets.
The American alternative rock group from Boston is currently made up of Black Francis (vocals/guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar), David Lovering (drums), and Kim Shattuck (bass). Original bassist Kim Deal will not be playing with the band on the tour, as she’s been replaced by Shattuck and is currently busy with The Breeders, who have their own U.S. tour going on right now.
Black Francis described what fans can expect on the upcoming tour, telling Mojo 4 Music:
Along with everyone’s favorites, we’ll be playing songs that we haven’t played in ages or never played live before… Songs like “Brick Is Red,” “Havalina,” “Tony’s Theme” and “Sad Punk.” We’ve probably rehearsed some 80 songs, so we’ll be able to change up the set at the last minute if we feel like it. We’re all really looking forward to this tour.
Listen to new Pixies song “Bagboy:”
It’s been a busy week for Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys, and only getting bigger! First, Alex Turner and his band of indie rockers announced a new single “Do I Want to Know?,” they went on to confirm a new album for September and a 10-gig U.S. tour to boot!
That was all in the first half of the week, which was good news in general. Now, the great news is what the Arctic Monkeys have in store for UK fans during the second half of the week!
Just a few short hours ago they announced plans for a UK arena tour for October and November. On top of that… well, they’ll just be playing one of the world’s biggest festivals this Friday, June 28th — Glastonbury!!
Full Arctic Monkeys tour agenda.
Glastonbury is all set up to be nothing short of spectacular this year, with a lineup featuring headliners Mumford & Sons, Portishead, The XX, Chase & Status, Chic (featuring Nile), Public Enemy, Bobby Wolmack, and, oh yeah, a little 50-year old band name THE ROLLING STONES.
Everyone’s geared up for this weekend, including Mic Jagger who says he’s been watching film to insure the Stones put on the best performance possible.
As previously mentioned, they’ll be touring behind forthcoming album AM, which is their fifth studio effort overall and the follow up to smash hit Suck It and See (2011). The seconds track should be nice and familiar, as “R U Mine” was released back in February 2012 and we’ve been hearing it all over indie internet radio stations ever since!
Tracklisting is as follows:
- Do I Wanna Know
- R U Mine
- One for the Road
- I Want It All
- No.1 Party Anthem
- Mad Sounds
- Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
- Snap Out of It
- Knee Socks
- I Wanna Be Yours
Watch the animated music video for “Do I Wanna Know?”:
Currently ready to embark on the can’t-miss North American Americanarama Festival Tour with Wilco and My Morning Jacket, plus several appearances from the likes of Bob Weir, Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Ryan Bingham, and Beck, the sensei of all songwriters, Bob Dylan, has announced plans for a November 2013 UK tour.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 9 AM and prices range from about ££ 50 to £ 80.
Complete Bob Dylan tour dates and tickets.
Watch the music video for single “Duquesne Whistle” from his latest album (2012), one of our favourites from last year:
Rod Stewart is planning quite an impressive tour for the rest of 2013 for a youngster, let alone a 68-year old!
Rod Stewart will be setting out on his ‘Time’ tour June 1st with his gig at Nottingham‘s Capital FM Arena, which will then see him go on to play two-night-stands in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Belfast, before wrapping up the summer leg June 29th at the RDS Arena in Dublin.
Complete Rod Stewart tour dates and tickets.
He’s touring behind new album Time, which came out earlier this month, on May 7th, and represents the perpetual hit machine’s first album of original material in about 20 years. Time features 12 songs, 11 original and a cover of Tom Waits‘ “Picture in a Frame.”
Full tracklisting for Time:
- She Makes Me Happy
- Can’t Stop Me Now
- It’s Over
- Brighton Beach
- Beautiful Morning
- Live the Life
- Finest Woman
- Picture In a Frame
- Sexual Religion
- Make Love to Me Tonight
- Pure Love
Listen to single “She Makes Me Happy”