GIGSANDTOURS Archive

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Q&A || INHEAVEN



October will see the launch of the very first DIY presents the Neu Tour. Three of the UK’s most exciting new bands will take to the stage and will perform eleven very special dates across some of the UK’s major cities. We caught up with one of the headline bands INHEAVEN to find out more.

Firstly what’s the story behind the band, how did you all get together?
We formed about a year ago, it was a natural progression from writing songs in a bedroom to meeting other likeminded people who could bring those ideas into reality.

Are you excited about being part of the DIY Presents the Neu Tour?
Very excited. We want to tour as much as humanly possible, so going away with 2 such great bands is a great start for us.

You guys will be playing 11 dates across the UK alongside VANT and The Big Moon. Is there a particular city that you’re looking forward to performing at?
We are looking forward to going back to Leeds. We played at The Brudenell back in May and it was one of our favourite live shows ever, so can’t wait to do that all over again. However all the venues and cities are great, and we are excited to play in places we’ve not yet had the chance to.

Describe INHEAVEN in 3 words?
Everything is fine.

Tell us about your new track ‘Regeneration’?
It was the first track that was written and it happened very quickly. It made sense for it to be the first song we put out. It kind of depicts how we were feeling at the time.

What can we expect from an INHEAVEN show?
Hopefully something loud and aggressive, but with moments of clarity and emotion….

You’ve received great support so far from the likes of XFM, Radio 1, Clash and Noisey. Is it mad hearing your songs on the radio?
Yes I don’t think that will ever get old. The support has been overwhelming and we want to show all those people that they were right to back us so early on. We have a lot to prove now.



What has been the best bit of advice that you have received so far?
I think just to keep focused on what your priorities are. All we’ve ever wanted is to make thought provoking music and being the best live band we can possibly be. There can be a lot of distractions and it’s easy to let those creep into your daily routine, however we try our best to stick to what we know, writing and recording. Basically just be a recluse.

What’s the most exciting thing you are looking forward to this year?
Recording the album and playing as many shows as humanly possible.

What tracks will you be listening to on tour? 
Here they are below or click HERE for our playlist.



INHEAVEN will be joining VANT and The Big Moon on the DIY Presents the Neu Tour this October. Grab your tickets HERE.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Top Tips For A Tip Top V Festival



This huge festival which is spread across two locations, Hylands Park (Chelmsford) and Weston Park (Staffordshire), is always one of the highlights of the Great British summer so we at Gigs and Tours want to make sure you festival goers get the most out of your V Festival experience by recommending a few acts from the HUGE line-up.

DJ EZ
THE DANCE TENT
22nd August - Hylands Park
23rd August - Weston Park

DJ EZ promises to be a highlight of the weekend as he has built up quite the reputation over the festival scene in the last few years for his mad intros, crazy skills, rare edits and perfect mixing!

DE LA SOUL
THE ARENA
22nd August - Weston Park
23rd August - Hylands Park

Just as the V Festival line-up couldn't look any stronger,Old School Hip Hop group De La Soul have recently been added as well! De La Soul bring back the 90s with a modern twist and are prepared to take The Arena Stage by storm at both parks.

SIGMA
MTV STAGE
22nd August - Weston Park
23rd August - Hylands Park

This English drum and bass duo will bring some heavy energy V Festival this year with their stunning live show. Also, check out Ella Henderson who features in Sigma's track 'Glitterball'. She's also playing The Virgin Media Stage. 

CHVRCHES
MTV STAGE
22nd - Hylands Park
23rd August - Weston Park

Synthpop sensations Chvrches (pronounced Churches) are playing the MTV Stage this year, and will provide special vibes as the Scottish elctro-band love to experiment with their live performances. DO NOT MISS.



JESS GYLNNE
MTV STAGE
22nd August - Hylands Park
23rd August - Weston Park

Jess Glynne broke through after featuring on Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be', which picked up and Grammy and since then she has established herself as one of the best new solo artists in the game right now!

SAM SMITH
VIRGIN MEDIA STAGE
22nd August - Hylands Park
23rd August - Weston Park

Sam Smith has gone from strength to strength since appearing on V Festival's 'Futures Stage' in 2013! Most of his tracks have quickly become modern day classics and his live voice is impeccable.

KASABIAN
VIRGIN MEDIA STAGE
August 22nd - Hylands Park
August 23rd - Weston Park

How could we miss off one of the festival headliners, and possibly the biggest band on the Earth right now, Kasabian. Lead singer, Tom Meighan, has the audience in his hands whilst guitarist Sergio Pizzorno not only performs, but works on stage to master the gigantic sound of Kasabian. 

THE CHARLATANS
MTV STAGE
22nd August - Weston Park
23rd August - Hylands Park

One of the most hardest working groups out there, the Charlatans are this year doing the festival rounds on the back of their 12th album release 'Modern Nature'. Their music has matured incredibly since their first release back in 1990, but their stage presence and energy still has that sparkle it did in the Madchester era. 


OLIVER HELDENS
THE DANCE TENT
22nd August - Weston Park
23rd August - Hylands Park

Picked to headline the Dance Tent, and for all the right reasons. Heldens' mixes can lift the audience off the ground and make them dance all night and into the early hours of the morning. Enjoy his set because it will be one of the best DJ sets at the festival.

SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
MTV STAGE
22nd August - Weston Park
23rd August - Hylands Park

If you're scouting for easy listening music, a good sing and smiles all round, then these guys are definitely worth your time. Scouting For Girls love V Festival and they want to see you as much as you want to see them. 

STEREOPHONICS
MTV STAGE
Saturday 22nd August - Weston Park
Sunday 23rd August - Hylands Park

The rockers from Wales come back to V Festival off the back of their new single 'C'est La Vie' which could be one of their best yet. The group always put on a great show in which Kelly Jones' growly vocals are always a highlight. 

Q&A || LIFEHOUSE




Following the release of their new album Out Of The Wastland, Lifehouse are also set to tour the UK in October 2015. We had a chat with the American rock band to find out more.

You have just released your new album Out Of The Wasteland how does the album differ from your past records and has your song writing process changed over the years?
This record is a mix of the formulas we have used for our past records tied in with the formula that we currently use. We wanted to get back to our roots while staying in the present, appealing to our fan base while appealing to ourselves at the same time. Our songwriting process is always evolving and changing and growing. There have never been any rules, which keeps the creative process healthy.

You worked with James Newton Howard on your song ‘Hourglass’ how did the collaboration come together?
Our manager/producer Jude Cole had worked with James over the years and the song had been laying around unused for quite some time. Jason came in and finished the song. It was an exciting experience to work with such a legendary composer.

You’ve announced an additional date at London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on October 3rd after quickly selling out your first show. Are you looking forward to bringing the tour to the UK?
Absolutely. Our fans in the UK are so hospitable, and great singers. They sing with the best voices along with our songs. It must be from chanting at all of their football matches!

What can we expect from the show?
It will be mix of old and new songs, mostly songs that our fans came to see, but also a few deep cut songs that we want to play.

What has been one of the biggest highlights of your career so far?
Probably opening for the Rolling Stones! 

After the release of your last album Almeira, you decided to take a break as a band and explore individual projects. What was behind that decision? 
I think after 13 years of touring, we were all just a little bit burned out. It was necessary to recharge the batteries while exploring other avenues to individually grow.

What have been your biggest influence in music?
We pull influences from all over, whether it be art, films, books, music or life experiences. It's hard to pinpoint just one.

What is the most exciting thing you are looking forward to this year?
Playing overseas!! No joke.

What tracks will you be listening to on tour?
Here's their Tracks On Tour playlist below or click HERE



Have you got any messages for your fans?
We look forward to playing for you! It's because of you that we have been around this long. Let's keep this train going. 
Much love and see you soon. X

Lifehouse are touring the UK in October 2015 get your tickets HERE



Saturday, 4 July 2015

JULY 4TH - AMERICA'S FINEST TOURING THE UK!

AMERICA - JULY 4 



Happy Independence Day to everybody across the pond! For those who don't know about American Independence Day, it's pretty much our Bonfire Night... but on steroids. Instead of standing in the November Rain, the people of America get to stand in the American Sun. The 4th of July is all about the USA coming together to celebrate the fact they're American. So we thought we'd get our own slice of the American Dream and tell you about the must see American artists touring in the UK this year. God Bless America. 

Kid Ink 
This LA born rapper is a real homie, working with some of the best hip-hop artists in the business as well as having success on his own. He's coming to the UK in October, so get your tickets HERE

Action Bronson
The Queens born rapper really shows his roots in his music. Action's latest music video for his track 'Baby Blue' starts off by talking about the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, which was probably the one of the biggest fights in American and world history. Get tickets to Bronson's UK dates in September HERE 

Bad Religion
Ahhh, good ol' American pop-punk. Bad Religion feed the youth of the US words of rebellion and anarchy with the use of the growly voice of Greg Graffin. Witness the pop-punk sensations in the UK this August by getting your tickets HERE


Miguel
One of the coolest artists in the World right now. The singer, songwriter and producer has been busy in the build up to the release of his new album 'Wildheart', with the release of the 3 track EP including this song 'Coffee'. Miguel comes to the UK in October, so don't miss the chance to see him. Get your tickets HERE


Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish are classic example of a band who don't take themselves too seriously. With a very original ska sound, the big brass section in the pop-punk separate them from the rest. They play two shows in the UK this October in Birmingham and Manchester, so get you tickets HERE before they Sell Out!


TNA Wrestling
Okay, we know this isn't music, but TNA Wrestling is a massive part of American culture which we cannot miss out on. MVP and co are coming the Britain to cause havoc in January so don't miss out. Get you tickets HERE


SOJA
However, if you don't fancy the mayhem of Total Non-stop Action Wrestling, come and chill with rock-steady vibes of SOJA who come to Manchester in August. Don't miss this one. 



Sturgill Simpson 
Sturgill Simpson is definitely one to enjoy with some shrimps on the barbie... Wait no, that's not right! Grab a bottle of Jack and come and be mesmerised by the impressive American country singer when he comes to London. Get your tickets HERE.

 

Story So Far
These lads from California definitely know how to put on a show, with tasty guitar riffs, driving drum beats and screaming vocals. Story So Far are ones not to be missed, so get your tickets HERE



TV On The Radio
Here, we have another artists from the Big Apple, but unlike Action Bronson, TV On The Radio are an experimental indie band which a British audience will love. Don't miss their shows and get your tickets HERE


Welcome To Night Vale
Not a musical act, but Welcome To Night Vale is a popular American podcast which airs weekly. The podcast is about a fictional town called Night Vale, which tells tales about the town using weird and flowing language that seem to set the mood of the town. Their show will consist of never seen before shows as well as live music and role-play scenes. Don't miss their UK shows by getting your tickets HERE


Monday, 29 June 2015

GLASTONBURY 2015: BEST BITS


This weekend has absolutely flown by with Glastonbury captivating eyes from all across the globe. There were so many amazing moments during the festival but we have worked hard to pick out the most captivating ones to make sure you guys haven't missed all the best bits, whether you were there or not!



Lianna La Havas 
What You Don't Do 

This girl blew everybody away with her astonishing performance. You do not want to miss her playing with Paolo Nutini this Thursday at Summer In The City, Manchester. Tickets available HERE.


Alvvays 
Archie, Marry Me 

Alvvays are tipped to be the indie band of the moment, and what way better to prove this than a knockout set at Glastonbury? Luckily for you, Alvvays are touring this year and tickets are available HERE


Gregory Porter
Liquid Spirit 

We told you not to miss him. If you were foolish enough not to take our advice then we will forgive you... IF you watch this mind-blowing performance from one of the great modern day jazz artists. He is quickly becoming a must see on the festival scene, so make sure you get your tickets to V Festival to watch him and many others HERE. 


Slaves 
The Hunter

The power generated from this heavy rock duo is second to none. The frontman, also the drummer, Isaac Holman, has the audience in his hands, and his sticks, as his energy is transferred to everybody who witnessed the carnage of this set at Glastonbury. Witness for yourself and get your tickets for their upcoming tour HERE.


George Ezra
Did You Hear The Rain? 

Possibly the hottest singer/songwriter at this very moment, and his performance on the biggest stage of all justifies this. If he can repeat this performance as half as well as he did last weekend at V Festival then you will be in for a treat. Get your tickets HERE


Leon Bridges
Coming Home

Leon has the smoothest voice in the business which can change anyone's mood in a second. GET YOUR TICKETS for his tour, which promises one not to be missed. 


Hot Chip
Need You Now

They came back, and they promised not to disappoint... A promise they certainly took seriously. They were awesome. Do not miss out on their tour, you'll thank us for this one. Get your tickets HERE


Courteeners 
Not Nineteen Forever

 On the back of a great concert at Heaton Park earlier in June, they took off from where they left at Glastonbury this year. God bless the band. Tickets to their V Festival performance are available HERE.


The Vaccines 
Dream Lover 

The Vaccines are an inspiring indie-punk band who have matured fantastically over the years. With influences of early Ramones, they have grown into their own style which was so clearly visible at Glasto. Do not miss the chance to see them on tour. Tickets HERE.


Steel Pulse 
Chant A Psalm

For many, Bob Marley's favourite band Steel Pulse provide the sound track for summer. Their groovy rock-steady beats were perfect for a Sunday afternoon at Glastonbury. 


Mark Ronson
Uptown Funk

Mark lit up Glastonbury this year, and of course, possibly the most famous song he's ever produced 'Uptown Funk' was one of the highlights of his set. Guest appearance after guest appearance kept his performance one you could not take your eyes off and promises to be just as mesmerizing at V Festival this year. 
GET YOUR TICKETS.


Circa Waves
T-Shirt Weather 

Happy chord sequences, joyful lyrics and twangy guitars can only mean one thing. Circa Waves. They were brilliant this year and their tour promises great things. Get your tickets HERE


The Chemical Brothers
Saturate

Everybody who saw these were dancing. From the party goers in the front row to those sat at home in their front room, The Chemical Brothers' tunes and production to match was one of the best sights of the festival. 


Florence And The Machine 
Ship To Wreck

The stand-in headliners certainly looked like no substitute as Florence and co completely owned the stage on Friday night. The first headline performance of the festival is always a tough one, but The Machine made it look like a piece of cake. 



Catfish And The Bottlemen 
Pacifier

After the release of their first album, 'The Balcony', Catfish are definitely one of Britain's biggest talents right now. Vann McCann is an energetic frontman who adores his fans as much as they adore the band. He can adore you too, tickets to their tour are available HERE


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

GLASTONBURY 2015: ONES TO WATCH

GLASTONBURY 2015: ONES TO WATCH

Photo: FACT MAG

The pinnacle of the Great British summer is dawning upon us, and we cannot wait! The most iconic festival that Britain and probably the rest of the world has ever seen is just around the corner and we are counting down the days until we get witness the best acts on the grandest, and possibly the muddiest, stage of all. This year promises to be one not to miss with headline performances from rock gods The Who, the queen of the music festival Florence and the Machine and also from Kanye West. Performances from Courteeners, Peace and Lionel Richie himself are not to be missed by those who are lucky enough to be partying in the fields of Sommerset this weekend. The vast amount of talent available to view at Glastonbury almost makes it impossible to see the artists you CANNOT miss... almost. Thankfully, we have put together the acts you have to watch to make the most out of one of the greatest weekends of your lives.

GREGORY PORTER
Saturday, West Holt Stage, 17:00

This Grammy-award winning Jazz artist has one of the best voices in the business!





JESSIE WARE
Saturday, John Peel Stage, 18:15

An act worthy of a call up to a festival of this magnitude.



COURTEENERS
Friday, Other Stage, 19:30

One of Manchester's and Britain's most exciting indie rock bands to both listen to and adore live. A great show which will require you to sing your heart out.




RUN THE JEWELS
Friday, West Holts Stage, 19:00

After releasing one of the best albums of 2014, don't miss their incredible live show!



CLEAN BANDIT
Saturday, Other Stage, 17:35

A really clever act that has managed to blend classical music elements with dance music. 

  


YOUNG FATHERS
Saturday, Other Stage, 14:45

What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon experiencing one of the world's most experimental groups: Young Fathers. For those old fathers in the crowd, we're afraid Dad dancing is banned. 




HOT CHIP
Friday, West Holts Stage, 22:15

The original Electro-indie pioneers are back and bring their new live show for a headline slot at Glasto!






GLASS ANIMALS
Friday, The Park Stage, 15:30

After releasing their incredible critically acclaimed debut album 'Zaba', the band bring their equally special live show to Glasto.





LEON BRIDGES
Friday, John Peel Stage, 14:00

Raw talent. Influenced by Marvin Gaye himself, his music has a welcoming vibe which anyone will fall in love with.






FFS (FRANZ FERDINAND & SPARKS)
Sunday, John Peel Stage, 22:05

Contemporary art rockers Franz Ferdinand have teamed up with legendary duo Sparks to create this super-group and earn a headline spot on the legendary John Peel Stage.




ANDREYA TRIANA
Saturday, Greenpeace, 17:00

This girl has come a long way since her appearance on the BBC introducing stage in 2009, Andreya will bring her stunning vocals to the famous Greenpeace stage.




FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
Friday, Pyramid Stage, 22:15

Florence has a huge statement to make after the original headliners Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl took the term 'break a leg' too literally. No doubt though that Florence and co will smash it. 





WILKO JOHNSON
Friday, Acoustic Stage, 18:30

Not bad for an old man who stared death in the face and told it where to go without the use of medicine. Go and boogie 60's style to the great Dr. Feelgood's Wilko Johnson.





GRAND MASTER FLASH
Sunday, Sonic Stage, 23:00

Dududududududududu... BASS. Old school. Probably worth seeing them for the iconic track 'White Lines' alone.




HANNAH WANTS
Sunday, Arcadia, 19:00

One of the biggest in the house game right now, Hannah Wants blows up every stage she plays! 







Monday, 15 June 2015

Father's day is fast approaching...



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

This year we’ve got an eclectic mix of shows ranging all the way from Paddy McGuinness to The Prodigy, as well as everything in between. We’re going to make sure you’re #1 son or daughter in your fathers life this weekend with a ticket to his favourite show… And you don’t even have to move off your couch. Boom!

All tickets are available from Gigs and Tours...



Badly Drawn Boy
Badly Drawn Boy is back this July and touring one of his most iconic albums The Hour of the Bewilderbeast. 



The Charlatans
The Charlatans return to Manchester for what looks like an incredible live show. The guys will be taking to the stage this July at the Castlefield Bowl with support from Super Furry Animals and Blossoms.



Gaz Coombes
Supergrass front man and BRIT and Ivor Novello award winner returns to perform tracks his latest album Matador this October which includes singles such and 20/20 and Buffalo.




The Prodigy
Arguably the biggest dance act in the world will be bringing their explosive live show back across the UK at the end of this year with tour support from the amazing Public Enemy.




Imagine Dragons
Grammy award winners Imagine Dragons return to the UK with their biggest shows yet. They will be taking over the arenas in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle this November!




Shed Seven
Shed Seven make a glorious return this year with a huge UK tour this December with support from the amazing Inspiral Carpets.



Simple Minds
Scottish rockers Simple Minds take on 3 huge live dates this November at the O2 Arena in London, First Direct Arena Leeds and finally The SSE Hydro Glasgow.




Squeeze with Dr John Cooper Clarke
Squeeze are set to embark on a huge tour this September and October and they’re brining the legendry John Cooper Clarke with them!




Simply Dylan
No frills, no gimmicks, no pretence SIMPLY DYLAN is John O'Connell's personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan.




TNA Wrestling
Total Non-Stop Action Wresting will be embarking on its next UK tour in January 2016 and will be stopping in Manchester, London and Birmingham!




Paddy McGuinness
After numerous sell out tours and best-selling DVD's one of the UK's best-loved and popular comedians Paddy McGuinness returns for another hotly anticipated live tour, Daddy McGuinness. Back this year with a huge 50- date run of shows all over the UK he brings us one of the biggest stand-up tours this year.