First Aid Kit – Eventim Apollo London – 27th
It would be impossible to leave the Swedish sisters out of a post entitled “5 shows to brighten up your month”. Since their cover of Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Pleasant Song” attracted praise from Foxes frontman and guitarist Robin Pecknold, First Aid Kit have been at the forefront of the resurgence in popularity of the folk genre. It was their second album, 2012’s “The Lion’s Roar”, which truly thrust them headfirst into the international spotlight. Produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley), the album was certified Platinum in Sweden and Silver in the UK, selling upwards of a quarter of a million copies worldwide.
First Aid Kit return to London later this month following an incredible sold out show at the Royal Albert Hall last September. One not to be missed.
Jessie Ware – O2 Academy Leeds – 24th
Having your tracks compared to “Prince at his minimalist 80’s best” is no mean feat for even the most seasoned of singers, and after influential online publication Pitchfork did just that in reference Jessie Ware’s latest offering “Tough Love” prior to its release, the path to stardom looked brighter still for the soulstress from South-London. Combine that with a collab list that’s a who’s who of recent radio 1 a-lists (Ed Sheeran, SBTRKT, Jack Peñate, Florence Welch) and you have all the ingredients for an incredible live show.
Jessie Ware plays O2 Academy Leeds on 24th January 2015 in support of the second studio album “Tough Love”.
Queen & Adam Lambert – first direct arena Leeds 20th and Manchester Arena 21st
It’s safe to say that performing in a spot once occupied by one of the most legendary, charismatic and flamboyant frontmen that ever lived is a tough ask, but anyone who saw Queen & Adam Lambert’s special “Rock Big Ben Live” concert on New Year’s Eve 2014 would be hard pressed to argue that there is some of the old magic starting to develop. Having toured with the legendary rockers since 2011, both Adam Lamberts vocals and stage presence are starting to draw comparisons with the great man himself as Guardian writer Dave Simpson put it in his recent review of their show at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle “this show succeeds because of Adam Lambert, not despite him”. If you’re only planning on seeing one arena show this year, this should definitely be a contender!
Queen & Adam Lambert continue their UK tour in Leeds on the 20th and Manchester on the 21st.
The Smyths – The Britannia Theatre – 24th
It seems a little strange to jump from Queen & Adam Lambert straight to a Smiths tribute band, being as they are (in their original incarnations) at opposite ends of the 80s rock spectrum, but a good gig is a good gig, right? By their own admission The Smyths are not just a tribute band, they’re a band set on “recreating what it was to see and hear The Smiths live”. In my experience the good tribute acts do just that, they’re note perfect and have studied the band so the mannerisms are down to a tee.
Rumours surface every year of a Smiths reunion, and every year they’re quashed (although Morrissey announced a UK tour recently, tickets for his Leeds show are available here) just as we all get excited. One day maybe, but until then…go see The Smyths.
The Smyths tour the UK between January and May this year. Catch them at The Britannia Theatre in Kent on the 24th.
Slipknot – Prepare For Hell Tour – 19th & 20th
Slipknot return to our shores this month and frontman Corey Taylor is clearly excited by the prospect, but as you might expect, there’s a warning to be noted also.
”The UK has always been very special for us. In a lot of ways, it’s where this insanity began. So, for this tour, we decided to try and hit as many places as we could – not only England, but Scotland and Wales as well. Technically Ireland is Europe, but we’re going there too. We’re coming back for the people who started this for us: that would be YOU. Prepare yourselves… Hell is coming.”
Slipknot grace the stage at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on the 19th and at the Manchester Arena on the 20th supported by Korn.
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