New Albums & Gigs!

April saw the release of her eagerly anticipated new album ‘Blood Orange’ and now Freya Ridings announces details of a major UK and Ireland tour in support of the record. The ‘Blood Orange’ tour will represent Freya’s first full scale headline tour in four years and culminates with a 5000-capacity homecoming show at London’s Eventim Apollo. Confirmation of the tour followed the big news that Freya is performing at The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle on May 7th as part of an all-star line-up led by Take That, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.  Freya told us, “The album and tour have been years in the making and words can’t express how much I’ve longed to sing with you all again. You helped me make this album and I’m so excited to play all around Ireland and the UK again!!”  She plays the O2 Academy on 5th October. The album campaign has also seen Freya remind fans of the majestic vocal ability and elegant stage presence that have become hallmarks of her live shows,  as demonstrated by an appearance on The Graham Norton Show as well as two performances filmed live at Alexandra Palace. She will celebrate the release of ‘Blood Orange’ by playing a short run of very intimate outstore shows, before her summer festival adventures include Glastonbury, Tunes in the Dunes, Hideaway,Hardwick and The Big Feastival.

■ Scouting For Girls

Scouting For Girls’ unforgettable indie-pop anthems such as ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ and ‘Heartbeat’ set them on a path to phenomenal success which included four Top 10 singles, four Top 10 albums, 2 million sales and more than a billion streams – plus four BRIT Awards and an Ivor Novello. After so many highlights, the trio questioned where to go next as they planned their seventh studio album. The solution? To return to their roots back when they were three unknown musicians in Ruislip, West London, and reconnect with the reasons that they started a band in the first place. As a result, Scouting For Girls are back to their best with their new album ‘The Place We Used To Meet’, which will be released on October 13th. They have also announced details of a major UK headline tour this autumn which includes a show at Leeds, O2 Academy on 23rd November ‘The Place We Used To Meet’ was written and recorded in the same way that they recorded their debut single ‘She’s So Lovely’ in 2007. It’s an album full of the instantly memorable, life-affirming, sing-along indie-pop with which made their name, with songs that resonate with stories of longing and loss. The band still consists of its original line-up: Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard.

■ Dream Wife

Dream Wife: Rakel Mjöll, Alice Go and Bella Podpadec have announced new single “Orbit”, and a tour for October 2023.  The band explain, “Written through the joy of jamming together and locking into the groove like a multi limbed space age organism, Orbit has a dance rock edge from the early noughties of bands like New Young Pony Club and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Lyrically, it was inspired by post-lockdown London coming back to life and sharing a space through friendship and community. And how each day you never know what’s in store for you or how a stranger can become someone close to you – for a day, a heartbeat, a phase, or a lifetime.” The tour kicks off state side in September for a number of shows before their UK leg in October which includes their biggest London show to date at Electric Brixton. Ahead of the tour they’ll be performing at a number of summer festivals and 8th October at The Brudenell. ‘New album Social Lubrication’ showcases a band in electrifying form. An entirely self-written and self-produced album, with the only outside influence being the heavyweight mixing duo of Alan Moulder and Caesar Edmunds (Wet Leg, Beach House), the incendiary and riotous record finds the band once again tackling big subjects in their trademark unapologetic manner where, with the band being adept at merging the political with the playful, vital statements are hidden within hot and heavy anthems about making out, having fun and staying curious.

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