Returning Live Shows

It is perhaps indicative of the times that this month’s column begins with the news of a tour by a band who has had to reschedule the tour no less than seven times! Moreover, they will also make post-covid history by being the first band to play the iconic Brudenell to a full audience since all the restrictions. The Lovely Eggs do not give up. Ever. The proudly independent Northern psychedelic punk rock duo have now, since the beginning of the pandemic, rescheduled the tour originally intended to promote the release in April 2020 of their ‘I Am Moron’ album, a staggering seven times. And again, with the cancellation of ‘Freedom Day’ this week, The Lovely Eggs have once again had to reschedule the gigs they had set to start in early July and have successfully pushed the dates back by a couple of weeks to meet the new restrictions. 

“It’s part of the DIY culture,” exclaims singer/guitarist Holly Ross. “You just don’t give up. So as soon as we found out that re-opening had been pushed back, we set about heaving all our tour dates back into late July/August. We didn’t want to wait till next year. And within 24 hours we’d re-booked our UK tour for the seventh time! We are all just ready for the party now. Everyone has been looking forward to these shows for over a year and we can’t wait to bring it to em!”

These shows will be a long-awaited celebration of the critical and chart-topping success of ‘I Am Moron’ and also follow on from the band’s forthcoming collaboration with Iggy Pop for the July 9th release of new single ‘I, Moron’ via their own label, Egg Records.

“Being in The Lovely Eggs we’re kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit,” exclaims Holly. “It’s actually unbelievable. For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just GOT it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron.”

■ Anne Marie

Off the back of Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and Nick Grimshaw’s Tune Of The Week for remarkable new single ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’, Holly Humberstone has announces her biggest UK and Ireland headline tour taking place this winter, following a record-breaking sell-out four date stint for a debut show at Omeara. Holly’s incredible ascent during a global pandemic to Britain’s breakthrough star of the year means only her second London headline will take place at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 8 November, the penultimate show in a nine-date tour. Becoming renowned for visually striking, narrative driven live performances, the 21-year-old will also star on Later..With Jools Holland on 28 May, alongside Sigrid, Little Simz and Imelda May for an all-female episode. Again, the Brudenell will be the venue to catch Holly on the 27th of October. Undoubtedly 2022 will e be a breakthrough year for this stunning talent – expect Brit awards for her next February.

2020 seems a lifetime ago. That was the year Anne Marie hit the big-time and fresh from unveiling details about her second studio album titled ‘Therapy’, Anne-Marie is delighted to announce her upcoming UK & Ireland ‘Dysfunctional Tour’ that’ll take place in May 2022. Running over five dates, Anne-Marie will play shows in Dublin, Glasgow, Cardiff and Leeds before culminating at London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley – her biggest UK headline show date.

Therapy, which will be released on July 23rd, is the official follow-up to Anne-Marie’s multi-platinum and four million-selling 2018 debut, Speak Your Mind [the UK’s biggest-selling debut release of that year]. An artist whose everywoman candour and knock-you-down vocal range has reverberated across the globe, the new album is a collection of songs that embody Anne-Marie’s characterful artistry, self-effacing attitude and beautiful honesty.

Following on from their 40th anniversary celebrations last year which saw them release their greatest hits and anniversary box set, ’Souvenir’, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) have announced further remastered reissues of their UK Top 20 album Liberator and their 1996 album Universal on vinyl on August 6th on UMC/Liberator. They’ve also announced a First Direct Arena date on November 8th. Expect fireworks!

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