THE LOVELY EGGS Fri 3 Nov The Haunt
Combining punk rock, with an array of psychedelia, The Lovely Eggs have created, and continue to create untouchably unique and independent music, away from the mainstream popular music culture. Backed by support from Radio One and 6 Music, this inspiring duo, formed of married couple Holly Ross, on vocals and guitar and David Blackwell, on drums, are back with their first full-length tour in over a year. For the past year, they have been creating a masterpiece of an album with Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. Album, The is Eggland is set to come out in early 2018, with their tour coming to The Haunt, debuting some of their transforming musical delights.
THE HEAD Tues 7 Nov Green Door Store
Releasing their latest rock full-length album Space to the UK public this autumn, The Head come to the UK with 14 dates across the country. Currently touring in the US, the brothers Mike Shaw and Jack Shaw and Jacob Morell, are set for continuing showstoppers at every date. Inspired by some of their favourite bands, including The Verve and Echo and The National, the band first came together through jamming and creating original lyrics during high school. From this, they followed their ambitions and were later signed. Throughout the years, they have opened for and shared shows from other renowned names, such as Primal Scream, Lucy Dacu, Shovels and Rope and so many more.
GHOSTPOET Weds 8 Nov Concorde 2
The night before his latest album Dark Days + Canapés dropped on Fri 18 Aug, the British vocalist and musician Ghostpoet, released his track Dopamine If I Do. This play on words track, was inspired for those struggling in an ever-expanding, connected, yet undeniably lonely world. The track also features singer-songwriter EERA, using her Nordic voice against Obaro’s doom-noir. Combining issues surrounding loneliness and looking at society from an outsider’s perspective, Ghostpoet acts as a social commentary on today’s society. His latest tour is set to be brilliantly transforming, with his electronic sounds as well as lyrical monologues.
WILL STRATTON Thurs 9 Nov The Brunswick
Stratton’s first album Rosewood Almanac evokes all emotional senses with its hypnotic combination of earthy voice, tingling melodies and instrumentation and infinite lyrical imagery, all centred around his acoustic guitar. The upcoming show will see all of these combined with delicacy and intimacy. After falling in love with a guitar back in high school, this New Yorker first started out combining songwriting and musical talents of his guitar into beautiful compositions, helped by studying philosophy and music composition at university. Using inspiration from Nike Drake and other iconic folk singers, led Stratton to produce such directly beautiful sound and lyrics. His album centralises around his guitar, so the tour is set to do the same.
NATHASSIA Fri 10 Nov Komedia
London-based electronic music artist Nathassia and her band are getting ready for their debut World tour. This uncompromising outfit skilfully blend ground-breaking electronic music with a unique vocal style. It’s a sumptuous mélange of East and West, with audaciously crafted live electronica and truly mesmerising visuals. Their shows take you on a spellbinding journey, bringing the past back to life then transporting the audience into the future. From 3D to singularity, Paganism to Transhumanism, Egypt to Nanotech and Third Eye to A.I. Their forthcoming debut album Light of the World is set to cause a storm, so this is a great chance to catch this unique and ascendant artist in an intimate setting.
LOST HORIZONS Sat 18 Nov Nov Rialto Theatre
In celebrating 20 years of record label Bella Union, Simon Raymonde collaborates with Richie Thomas, a drummer to create Lost Horizons, with combinations of soul, dreaminess, and at times can be seen as loud and fast-paced in some songs. The two musicians have been in the shadows for the past 20 years, absent and faded, yet their heavenly debut album changes all of this. Ojala incorporates areas of interest for everyone, whatever your taste in music is, with area of passionate soul, odd fast detours and dreamy invocations but the overall domineering mood being rich with melancholia. It also includes many guest singers: some who are signed to Bella Union like Marissa Nadler and other friends and favourites of Raymond himself, such as Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission.
MOON DIAGRAMS Tue 21 Nov Green Door Store
Coming from the depths of Atlanta, Georgia, Moon Diagrams comes to the Green Door Store this November. A solo project of drummer and co-founder of Deerhunter’s, Moses Archuleta, fuses airy vocals, synth sounds and melodic percussion. This concoction of blends, sounds and lyrics has taken 10 years of recordings to create Life Time of Love, which follows on from an earlier EP release in 2015. The album itself is said to be created across 3 contrasting periods in Archuleta’s life, which can be seen through the reflection of the varying sounds. As well as finding inspiration with the arty city of Berlin, falling in love with techno sounds, subverting from his indie routes in his first band.
MY SAD CAPTAINS Tues 21 Nov Sticky Mikes Frog Bar
This London-based band, released its fourth album, Sea Bridge, three years after their last album. Named after how a still lake can offer beautifully ideal reflections for sun to resemble a bridge across the water. Hidden under the dream-pop genre, the album reflects how unsettled and unsolved times can be the foreground for change or changing adventures. With their aim to be more dynamic and pushing their own boundaries, this album does just that. With the foregrounding ideals surrounding evolution being necessitated by change, it is reflected in their music. After some of the band left, new delights entered with a whole new creative palette.
BAD SOUNDS Weds 22 Nov Komedia
Starting as a sibling duo, began playing together in school bands but grew into different musical passions. Struggling with where to go, and what kind of music to produce, the band grew into a full band in September 2014, with a drummer, guitarist and bassist. Their first gig was a flop, with only five people turning up. Following this, spending two years locked away, working on their style, music and lyrics. Releasing a couple of their indie singles along the way, I Feel and Avalanche. 2016 for them, became a huge year for the band, with their first headlines shows in London and their hometown of Bristol, being sell out shows. This tour is set to be even more focused.
ENTER SHIKARI Weds 22 Nov Brighton Centre
This British rock band from St. Albans come to the Brighton Centre fiercer and more ferocious than before. With their new album The Spark being more ambitious, reflecting their huge successful career from the beginning to where it is today. The album becomes a soundtrack to the world in which we live, filled with frustration and turmoil, but holding onto a spark of hope. This tour being their biggest and greatest Arena tour to date across the UK and Europe, with support from Lower Than Atlantic and Astroid Boys. Following their previous albums, the band continue with their alternative and experimental rock genre, producing exceptional tracks and tours every time.
JAMES BLUNT Fri 24 Nov Nov Brighton Centre
James Blunt has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and 12.8 million singles, with this fifth album realised earlier this year. The album, The Afterlove is a follow up to his 2013 platinum album, Moon Landing. This English singer-songwriter, started out as a soldier, leaving to pursue a musical career, being signed in 2003. Since then his success has grown considerably, having worked with a huge range of professional and talented musicians, recording his latest album with the likes of Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and many others.
T’PAU Fri 24 Nov Concorde 2
This month marks the 30th anniversary of China In Your Hand reaching number one in the UK charts. Marking the occasion, Carol Decker and the band are performing a set of uniquely special live shows across the UK. First coming on the seen in 1987, this 80s hit band was in full force from the moment Heart & Soul came into play. With UK Arena Tours supporting Bryan Adams, and their own headlining tour across the globe. In 2013, Carol and Ronnie recorded, Pleasure And Pain after a wildly successful 25th Anniversary tour, which was later released in 2015. Carol herself continues to perform across worldwide, and has presented many radio shows for some of the top radio stations.
HOLY MOLY AND THE CRACKERS Sun 26 Nov The Brunswick
Ferociously touring near to non-stop for the last two years, Holy Moly and The Crackers are at it once more, becoming more fiery, yet darker than ever before. Creating a whole mix of genres, largely influenced by electric, folk and even popular music, fusing an unique balance of gypsy folk rock. Originating from the North East, the band have built themselves a huge reputation, always having filled out shows. This has further increased through their latest album Salem, with the songs still surrounding a narrative but with a further increased emphasis on the beat, the sound and overall the music. From this, it has enabled continual touring and in 2016, they played at numerous amounts of festivals.
FLEET FOXES Tues 28 Nov De La Warr Pavilion
Indie folk band Fleet Foxes return, after their last sell-out performance at the Brighton Dome. This American band from Seattle released their third album CrackUp earlier this year. This new album is more powered with long boundless compositions and lyrics, whilst still including their trademark harmonies that they are renowned for. Forming in 2005, the bands popularity soon grew and it has not stopped growing since. Crack-Up engages with political debate and situations throughout the world, with references to the death of young black men across the US, and Muhammad Ali’s death also. Through immersive sound, the lyrics become more powerful and speak out the listener.
BETSY Tues 28 Nov The Haunt
Born and raised in the rural depths of a Welsh farm, Betsy found herself singing from an early age. Her much-anticipated debut album was released via Warner Brothers, typically named BETSY. It surrounds her famous single You Won’t Love Me, which was picked up across Radio 2, 6Music and Virgin Radio, and recently debuting onto TV. This powerhouse popstar is renowned for her intense vocal range, crossing elements of soul, ballads, and euphoric dance. Using influences from film, art, fashion, travel, and relationships, BETSY is one of this year’s stand-out voices and one to watch in the following future.
TOM WALKER Tues 28 Nov Nov Green Door Store
With his EP Blessings released in mid-May, he also released 7 dates for his UK headliner tour. Co-produced with Jim Abbiss, the EP features three tracks written by Tom himself, alongside an alternative version of is hit Just you & I which has streamed 12 million times already. The EP shows a new side to Tom, with a more up-beat and formalised side on Karma and Rapture whereas the other two songs showcase an intimate stripped back side of him, on lead track Blessings and Just You & I. After playing three sold out shows in the US and one in Camden Assembly earlier this year, he introduced this latest tour, which is set to be a sell-out too.
AT THE DRIVE IN Weds 29 Nov Brighton Centre
American punk-rock band from Texas, headline the Brighton Centre this November. Formed in 1994, the band is seen to be one of the most influential post-hardcore acts of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, stylised as punk rock, emo and art punk. Beginning out by performing some of their favourite artists like Pink Floyd, The Ramones and The Smiths, they soon stylised into their own range of movement within the music industry, having now released their fourth album. Their latest album In.ter. a.li.a is their first studio album since Relationship of Command 17 years ago. Replicating everything that they do best, and so much more.
FEMME Weds 29 Nov The Hope & Ruin
Described as a “one-woman powerhouse’” by Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Femme is a truly uncompromising artist. A composer, producer, director and choreographer, she’s eschewed major label interest to maintain her musical vision without interference. This uncompromising approach hasn’t stopped her working with the leading lights of the industry. Femme has toured the USA with Charli XCX, featured on tracks by Huxley, been remixed by NZCA Lines and partnered with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich for their critically acclaimed Ultraísta collaboration and album. This is an astonishing pop star – fashion-forward, aware and equipped with a fierce arsenal of dancefloor-ready pop tunes.
BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE Thurs 30 Nov Brighton Dome
British singer, songwriter and poet Benjamin Clementine has released his latest music since being awarded 2015’s Mercury Music Prize for his debut album At Least For Now. Having grown up in London he moved to Paris, where he became homeless, as a teenager. This prompted him to write about his experiences and issues. His performances enabled him to become a cult figure, and he later moved back to the UK where he debut on TV show Later With Jools Holland in 2013. His latest album talks about his experiences of being bullied, but how it is not comparable to the problems children face when placed with war and trauma. Beloved for his emotional performances, Benjamin’s tour is set to be phenomenal.