Welcome, dear reader, to the Pure Rawk Tour News Round-Up, something which will become a semi-regular feature on the website. Think of it as a place where we put all the tour news that doesn’t quite stretch to a full article’s worth of words – a digest of upcoming awesome around the UK gigging circuit.
Pure Rawk’s Band of the Year 2012 Obsessive Compulsive have announced a series of tour dates through the autumn to support their highly recommended new album “Seculo Seculorum” (you can read our ed Nix’s review of it here). Catch Kelli and the boys at the following venues:
25th September – Maidstone Lashings
26th September – Canterbury Lady Luck
27th September – Croydon Scream Lounge
26th October – Bristol Empire Theatre
1st November – Basingstoke Sanctuary
2nd November – Colchester Hole In The Wall
The group will then be heading out as main support to veteran glammers Rachel Stamp with Velvet Star also on the bill with the following dates announced for the tour so far:
7th November – Birmingham Asylum 2
8th November – Manchester Star & Garter
9th November – York Duchess
10th November – Leeds Packhorse
If, on the other hand, a bit of good old-fashioned steampunk’s what floats yer boat then The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have announced a special one-off date at the Garage in London on 4th October. The group are currently finishing work on their upcoming third album which should see the light of day in early 2014. Our very own Sexy Dave recently caught the band live and you can read his thoughts on ‘em here – for what should be a rollicking good night all round, you can get tickets from the official venue website.
A date for the diary for those of you out in East London – goth punks the Healthy Junkies and glam guttersnipes Bubblegum Screw will be joining forces for a gig at Mother near Old Street tube station on the 30th August. Both bands are currently gearing up for the release of their second albums which will hopefully see the light of day before the end of the year.
Also on the 30th August, Nick Marsh will be playing at the Buffalo Bar as part of the Some Weird Sin club night run by Mauro and Simon from Jonny Cola & The A-Grades. This is a precursor to the full on Flesh For Lulu reunion at the Borderline on 14th October which should hopefully be a triumphant comeback from one of the ’80s’ most under-rated bands. You can also catch Marsh with The Urban Voodoo Machine who have shows booked at Bedford Esquires on October 11th and the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on October 18th. The Voodoos’ third album “Love, Drink And Death” is due out in September, hot on the heels of their recent rarities compilation “Rare Gumbo” which we reviewed here a few weeks back.
… and speaking of Jonny Cola & The A-Grades, they’ll be having the launch party for their excellent new “Spitfire” album (Pure Rawk review here) at the Lexington on September 4th followed by a gig at Harlow Square on the 6th. Pure Rawk highly recommends that you get along to one or the other and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.
Following the success of last year’s triple-header Sleigh The UK Tour, the Wonder Stuff are again hitting the road with Pop Will Eat Itself and Jesus Jones in support in the run-up to the festive season. Catch Miles Hunt and his gang at the following venues and get yer festive season off to a flying start:
17th December – Edinburgh Picture House
18th December – Sheffield Academy
19th December – Bristol Academy
20th December – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
21st December – Birmingham Academy
And finally, for those of you who prefer your pre-festive fun to have a more gothic atmosphere, The Mission and Fields of the Nephilim will also be teaming up for a tour together in the run up to Christmas at the following venues.
14th December – Glasgow Academy
15th December – Leeds Academy
17th December – Birmingham Academy
18th December – Brixton Academy
The Mission are currently gearing up for the release of their new album “The Brightest Light” on September 23rd which sees Wayne Hussey reunited with original guitarist and bassist Simon Hinkler and Craig Adams for the first time in over two decades. Here’s hoping it’ll be worth the wait…