Thursday, 22 June 2017

NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL 2017: First Wave Artists - Ones to Watch

Last October saw the birth of Manchester's most exciting new festival, Neighbourhood. Every street was buzzing, every bar was bouncing, and every venue was packed with fans lapping up every lyric and every chord played by their favourite bands. This year's Neighbourhood Festival promises to deliver more of the same with the announcement of excellent headliners and a line-up to match. We will take you through the must sees from the first wave of artists announced to play #NBHD17. 

The Strypes

The young rockers from Ireland have achieved so much in their short music careers. Since the release of their debut breakthrough album 'Snapshot' in 2013 (when they were just 16!) they have gone on to support the Arctic Monkeys on tour, play Glastonbury and perform on likes Jools Holland and the David Letterman Show. Influenced by blues, rock 'n' roll, and more recently punk, The Strypes' performance at Neighbourhood will be one to look out for. 

Rory Wynne

Rory Wynne is the latest to come out of Stockport's ever growing music scene. His vocals are edgey, his lyrics are straight to the point, and his riffs are catchy. If you missed Rory Wynne at Neighbourhood last year, then you're a fool. However, there's a chance to make up for it this year so DO NOT miss! 

The Vryll Society

One of Liverpool's brightest indie bands, The Vryll Society create rich music which will reach out to you and pull you right in. Expect melodic tunes, ambient guitars and driving rhythms from The Vryll Society this year. 


Mabel will perform one of the biggest sets of #NBHD17. Daughter of the Nineties RnB sensation Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, Mabel has had music in her blood since birth. You can hear influences from her parent's backgrounds in her music, but she has turned her upbringing into something completely original. Don't miss Mabel at Neighbourhood this year. 

The Pale White

Geordie band The Pale White will be making the trip down the M62 to play at Neighbourhood Festival this year. Their music is driven by heavy drums, distorted guitars and powerful vocals. They'll go down a treat at #NBHD17


Reigning from South London, INHEAVEN have a huge year ahead of them. They co-headlined DIY's Neu Tour back in 2015, played Reading and Leeds Festival in 2016 and supported both Circa Waves and Sundara Karma on tour. However, this year they have a headline tour around Europe booked and their debut album dropping in September. Exciting things are happening for INHEAVEN and they will certainly not to be missed at Neighbourhood this year. 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


It's the most wonderful time of the year! And no, its not Christmas... or your birthday, it's Glastonbury time! Don't pack your wellies, don't pack your raincoat and don't pack your over-sized brolly which smashes everyone in the head as you party at the Pyramid Stage because THE SUN IS HERE! (... finally) So pack your sunglasses, pack your sun cream, and let the good times roll at Glastonbury 2017. 

Saturday, The Other Stage, 22:30

The lads from Leeds are rocking up for a headline slot on The Other Stage this year after big success since their debut album back in 2012. The indie band will bring rocking beats and easy melodies to Glastonbury this year so don't miss out! 

Saturday, John Peel Stage, 15:30

One of the most recent and exciting bands to come out of Manchester, Cabbage will blow you away with a fast paced and politically charged set on the iconic John Peel Stage this year. 

Dizzee Rascal
Friday, West Holts Stage, 22:30

The Mercury-prize winner and pioneer of Grime has a well earned headline slot on West Holts. Dizzee Rascal will send all you bassline junkies absolutely bonkers at Glastonbury.

DJ Shadow
Saturday, John Peel Stage, 19:30

A legend behind the decks, DJ Shadow has been wowing audiences around the world since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album 'Endtroducing' over 20 years ago! 

Friday, The Other Stage, 20:45

Although only 20 years old it feels like Lorde has been around for ages! The New Zealand born star is sure to blow everyone away with her down to earth pop anthems.

Loyle Carner
Saturday, John Peel Stage, 16:50

Loyle Carner released his debut album 'Yesterday's Gone' earlier this year which spent a total of 3 weeks in the charts. The hip-hop artist is one of the most exciting around and is certainly a must see on the John Peel Stage.

Friday, Pyramid Stage, 21:30

They were the first headliner announced at Glastonbury 2017 with a picture of their logo painted on the Pyramid Stage fields back in October last year. After playing iconic headline sets in 1997 and 2003, Radiohead's headline slot is one of the most eagerly anticipated in years. 

Run The Jewels
Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 16:15

The American hip-hop supergroup are coming to the Pyramid Stage this year after releasing 3 critically acclaimed albums. Get their early if your a fan of Jeremy Corbyn as he will be introducing his self-proclaimed fans RTJ.

The Avalanches
Saturday, West Holts, 19:00

The Australian trip-hop outfit released their first album in 16 years in 2016 to wide-spread critical acclaim and after a string of DJ shows they've got the band back together and bring a full live show to Glasto. It might be another 16 years until we see them again so don't miss out!

Saturday, West Holts, 14:30

The experimental bass player always wows with his crazy technique and at times unbelievable ability. Backed by a strong drummer and keys player his set will be a highlight for any jazz, funk or electronic music fan. 

Anderson. Paak and the Free Nationals
Friday, West Holts, 20:45

Arguably the coolest artist at Glastonbury this year, Anderson. Paak will be bringing funk, soul, hip-hop and RnB to West Holts this year. He sings, he raps, he plays drums... it's set to be a special one. 

Nick Mulvey
Sunday, Park Stage, 18:00

Nick Mulvey is not your ordinary singer-songwriter. Reigning from Cambridge but moving to Havana, Cuba to study music and songwriting, Nick Mulvey will certainly bring some of that Caribbean sunshine to the Park Stage this year. 

Saturday, John Peel Stage, 22:30

Headlining the John Peel Stage, the French synth-pop band will certainly be a highlight of Glastonbury 2017. Their 5th studio album 'Bankrupt!' was a big hit in the UK and US, and their Glasto set will certainly go down the same. Expect lots of new music off their forthcoming album. 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Sunday, John Peel Stage, 14:30


Having one of the coolest names on the line-up has nothing to do with them being a must see at Glastonbury this year. The psychedelic rockers from Melbourne will blow you away on the John Peel Stage. 

Friday, Pyramid Stage, 13:30

Reigning from Stockport, the indie rockers have had a brilliant year since the release of their debut self-titled album which spent two weeks at the top of the charts. They've sold out tours across the UK, blew the Americans away at Coachella and recently supported The Stone Roses at Wembley Stadium. Don't miss Blossoms on the Pyramid Stage!

Sunday, The Other Stage, 18:55

Fresh from their sold out iconic gig in their hometown to over 50,000 Mancunians, Courteeners will make the earth beneath The Other Stage move. One of our favourite bands will be bringing a slice of Manchester to Glastonbury... 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's day is fast approaching and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift then don’t worry… We have got your back!

Check out our favourite picks below and grab tickets from Gigs and Tours

Royal Blood

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Blink 182

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Australian Pink Floyd Show

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The Charlatans 

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Shed Seven

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Richard Ashcroft

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Michael Kiwanuka

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Q&A With Greg From Scouting For Girls

Q&A With Greg From Scouting For Girls 

What are you most looking forward to about going on the road for the anniversary?

I think playing the first album but to a whole new group of people coming to the show. But the feeling you got playing the first tour was absolutely amazing, and now we’re actually better musicians and better performers it’s going to be even better – so hopefully the old guard will come along and bring a bunch of new friends.

Demand for your Valentine’s Day gig at Bush Hall this year was extraordinary.  Why do you think your fans have stayed so loyal to you?

That’s a good question – I think it’s down to Roy’s canny ability to make songs that people really want to sing along to and that put a smile on your face and make you happy. There’s nothing downbeat about a SFG gig.

What’s your favourite song from that album?

You know what I think it’s Heartbeat. When we actually went into the studio to record it, we weren’t actually sure -we’d actually dropped it from a live set previously- then our producer did some jiggery with it, and kind of chopped a couple of bits out and mixed some stuff around. It’s such a in your face happy song and from the first note you play it live it just goes absolutely mental.

Will you be playing any new material on this tour?

We still have several more briefing sessions in the pub with ale to decide that, so we’re going to have to get back to you on that one.

What would you say has been your highlight of the past decade?

There are just too many to mention! I suppose the biggest one would be signing the record deal- that was just the most amazing feeling and then phoning up my boss going ‘I’m really sorry but I’m not going to be coming into work on Monday, we just signed a record deal with Sony” he still phoned me back and asked me if I could work and I was like ‘No I told you I can’t, I’m sorry!’

When you’re not performing how do you keep yourself busy?

I’m not gonna lie, there is a lot of time spent in the pub.

What has been your favourite gig that you’ve been to? And what’s your favourite gig you’ve ever played?

Favourite gig I ever went to was seeing the Stone Roses at Wembley Arena – that me and Roy went to see, that was absolutely phenomenal. Best gig we’ve played will probably be our gig that we played at Wembley Arena. It’s just the most iconic venue in the world- for someone who was born in West London!

At the moment, what other artists are you listening to?

Generally I kind of like the whole good ol days of Britpop in the 90’s- Shed Seven, Suede I’ve found this 90’s playlist on Apple Music and literally haven’t listened to anything else!

What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago when you signed your record deal?

Try and remember to take more photos. Don’t drink too much so you can remember it.

How are festival appearances for you? Do you like coming back to V festival and those sort of festivals?

Oh totally, especially V because I think we’ve played that the most out of any festivals. It’s always the most special festival I think, because we’re kind of late on in the summer, the crowd are always well up for it – we were chatting about it literally about an hour ago that the last time we played we were on at like half 12 and even then everybody was up for having a good time.

Any messages for the fans?

A massive thank you for all the years of support and for just being so lovely and thank you for buying tickets for the new tour it’s going to be absolutely amazing.

Grab your tickets for Scouting For Girls' upcoming tour here

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Treat Mum to the ultimate live experience this Mothers Day!

Giving you a helping hand in deciding what the perfect Mothers Day gift would be... 

Beverley Knight 

Following the release of last years acclaimed Top 10 album Soulsville, singer songwriter and actress Beverley Knight has rescently announced a new UK Tour for summer 2017! 

Get tickets HERE. 

Billy Ocean 

Having last year announced a huge run of UK headline dates for 2017, Billy Ocean will perform all of his greatest hits from his new album 'Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean' next month.

Get tickets HERE. 

Caro Emerald 

Caro Emerald heads out on her most extensive UK Tour- 'The Emerald Island Tour' - next month, including a recently announced additional show at London's roundhouse on 29th April 2017. 

Get tickets HERE. 


Following a huge sold out UK tour last year. Collabro have announced dates for their third nationwide tour. The twenty nice-date run will kick off in Liverpool this October. 

Get tickets HERE. 


After six sell out UK tours, 300,000 tickets sold and countless television performances. Diversity head out on their seventh tour 'Genesis' in April 2017. 

Get tickets HERE.

Imelda May 

Imelda May announced in late 2016 her first UK tour in over three years. The tour comes in support of her highly anticipated new album 'Life Love Fresh Blood' due for release in March 2017.

Get tickets HERE. 

KT Tunstall 

Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award winning KT Tunstall tours the UK in 2017, visiting 9 venues between 18th and 27th May. The tour includes a show at London's Barbican 

Get tickets HERE

Mrs Brown 

Recently voted as the Best British Sitcom of the 21st Century, Mrs Brown's Boys will make a triumphant return to UK arenas in 2017, taking over some of the country's biggest venues. 

Get tickets HERE. 

Nashville In Concert 

Stars of the hit series 'Nashville' are set to play for audiences across the UK during a second international tour. Due to demand a matinee show has been added at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Get tickets HERE

Robbie Williams 

Robbie Williams's highly anticipated 2017 European stadium tour starts this June, opening with a date at Manchester's Etihad Stadium. Erasure will join Robbie on the tour. 

Get tickets HERE. 

Virgin V Festival 

Jay Z and P!nk will headline the iconic festival, as the first wave of the incredible line up is revealed! other acts include Ellie Goulding, Stormzy, Craig David and more! 

Get tickets HERE

Wild Life Festival 

Dizzee Rascal, Jess Glynne and Fatboy Slim announced as headliners for Wild Life Festival 2017, plus Chaka Khan, Zara Larsson, Wiley, Andy C, Giggs, Pete Tong and many more. 

Get tickets HERE

Wednesday, 8 March 2017



Today is a big celebration for women across the world as its a day when women can be appreciated and celebrated for all the great talents they have and great things they do! In Music in Particular, there are many women that are powerful and express there drive to create equality between Men and Women, and this is helping to give women the equal status they should have and deserve to have! Gigs&Tours have a fabulous array of female artists, and some below are touring very soon! Have a read through and see if any take your fancy...

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall is heading out on tour in May! Grab tickets ... HERE

Melanie C

Melanie C is back and she is on tour from April 4th! Tickets HERE

Caro Emerald

Caro is a star in her own right, Tickets for her tour HERE

Imelda May

Imelda May is a stunning performer, tickets to her tour are HERE

Beverley Knight

Beverley Knight is back, and she is bound to stun us live on her UK tour! Tickets HERE

The Japanese House

This Lady is a very exciting talent and since supporting the 1975 in 2016, she is back and touring! Tickets HERE

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith is highly tipped to do great things, and you have the chance to see her on tour in April! Tickets HERE

Una Healy

And finally, the new face of UK Country music, Una Healy has announced a new date at Bush Hal in April! Tickets HERE

Tuesday, 7 March 2017



This year has seemingly flown by since the huge V21st last August when we saw a huge weekend including headliners of Rihanna and Justin Bieber! Now we get to look forward to another huge line up for the 22nd year of V festival, with HUGE headliners of P!NK and JAY-Z! This year is set to be huge and we hope that this Gigs and Tours blog piece will get you excited as we talk about who the top acts are at the event this year!

The Legend is headlining V Festival... OMG! This is a massive headliner for the man who hasn't been in the UK for a few years now. He Has recently been awarded a place in the "Songwriters Hall of Fame" and he has sold a whopping 100 million + records worldwide and won 21 Grammy Awards... enough said... this man is going to be incredible!


Pink provides some of the most incredible, acrobatic and energetic performers in the world. She is a global icon in Pop music and this is replicated by her sales of 60 million albums worldwide to date. She is set to light up the stage with a fantastic array of madness and some exquisite vocals!


Rudimental are back at V Festival this year and if its anything to go by their 2015 performance, then we are in for a TREAT! They have had huge hits starring alongside the likes of Will Heard, Anne Marie and also Ed Sheeran! They have completed various Arena tours and look set to being a great set full of instrumentals and energy!

Craig David

The King is back! We saw him at V Festival last year and this year he has expanded into a huge pop star, selling out arenas across the country in his 17 Date Arena tour in the UK! He will be bringing back classics of years ago and also new tunes that can only make you want to dance!

Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne will return to V Festival this year, and its safe to say we are over the moon to have her back as she is simply the UK's Queen of Pop right now! Her fame is clear with over 280 MILLION YouTube hits on her videos! Be sure she will bring some fabulous summery sing along tunes to Weston and Hylands Park!

George Ezra

George is a real V Festival favourite and his first and most recent album 'wanted on voyage' was a huge hit in the UK, and he was branded by music critic and well respected Radio 1 DJ as "One of the most compelling and exciting voices around". He is teasing us with a much anticipated new album and the wait we hope is nearly over for this 2nd album!

Pete Tong presents IBIZA CLASSICS performed by The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley

Pete Tong has made his name as being a household name in the DJ and Dance industry, yet now he has created, alongside Jules Buckley, a different, individual and special set up where he combines his skills with Jules to create a Dance styled orchestral progress style of house music! Its very different to anything else and will expand your mind on what the limits to music may be!

Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding has been the star of the hits such as 'Love Me Like You Do', 'Falling for You' and also 'BURN'. She smashed it on the main stage last year at V Festival, and we expect the same from the lady who has since done a huge Arena Tour in the UK!


This man came in as a late addition to V Festival last year... but he seemingly added a whole new level to V 2016! He had one of the biggest crowds of the weekend as about 40-45,000 people came to see him at the main stage! This man has since has a HUGE album entitled 'Gang Signs + Prayers' whilst also recently selling out his first UK tour, including 3 sold out nights at Brixton Academy!

Emeli Sande

Emeli Sande is one of the most beautiful artists that you can listen too, she provides an incredible vocal range, alongside and her star presence that will be hard to avoid when you choose who to watch at V Festival! She will be certain to wow us all with new tracks from her new album 'Long Live The Angels' and older tracks such as 'beneath your beautiful' and 'Read all about it'.


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