Esben and the Witch tour the UK and Europe in 2011, announce album tracklisting

Following on from last week’s short stint of dates around the UK, Esben and the Witch will return next year with live shows starting the same day as the release of their debut album, Violet Cries, on January 31st.  The band’s most recent UK shows were hailed as “strangely beautiful… a masterclass in sustaining an audiences attention” (Spoonfed) and at least one writer’s “gig of the year” (High Voltage).

You can see the band playing at the following UK dates:


31st – The Louisiana, Bristol (tickets)


1st – Pavilion Theatre, Brighton (tickets)

3rd – Other Rooms, Newcastle (tickets)

4th – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh (tickets)

5th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (tickets)

7th – The Harley, Sheffield (tickets)

8th – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (tickets)

9th – XOYO, London (tickets)

before they head overseas the take in several other European countries:

11th – Botanique/Rotonde, Brussels, Belgium (tickets)

12th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tickets)

13th – Gebäude, Cologne, Germany (tickets)

14th – Molotow, Hamburg, Germany (tickets)

16th – Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark (tickets)

17th – Comet, Berlin, Germany (tickets)

19th – Route Du Rock Festival, Saint Malo, France (details)

21st – Point Ephemere, Paris, France (tickets)

The band have also now shared the track-listing for Violet Cries, the previously released EP track ‘Marching Song’ and free download ‘Warpath’ feature, along with a re-working of ‘Eumenidies’, an early track taken from their very first ’33′ EP.

1. Argyria

2. Marching Song

3. Marine Fields Glow

4. Light Streams

5. Hexagons IV

6. Chorea

7. Warpath

8. Battlecry/Mimicry

9. Eumenides

10. Swans

Catch Delorean in Europe this December

Ekhi of Delorean @ Standon Calling Festival – Photo shot by James Kendall (Flickr)

Delorean will be rounding up their US dates with Lemonade shortly and will be heading back over to tour Europe in December. They haven’t played live here since their festival sets in the summer, so make the most of it and get yourself along to a show if they’re playing nearby!

December 6th – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London, UK (tickets)
December 7th – Ruby Lounge, Manchetser, UK (tickets)
December 8th – Jam, Brighton, UK (tickets)
December 9th – Ponteverda, Karma, Spain
December 10th – Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain
December 11th – El Hanger, Burgos, Spain
December 13th – Point Emphere, Paris, France
December 14th – Rotonde @ Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
December 15th – Upstairs @ Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 16th – Mondial Club, Hamburg, Germany
December 17th – Magnet (Intro Night), Berlin, Germany

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Sonic Youth play London NYE show

As previously reported by our buddies over at ATP you’re in for a treat if you happen to be in London this new years eve as there’s an amazing gig with Sonic Youth headlining a 4-band bill. Make sure to get down there early to see Factory Floor opening the party, followed by The Pop Group and the ‘ATP house band’ Shellac, with Mr Stuart Braithwaite spinning records between sets.

Not a bad start to 2011!

Perfume Genius in Europe

Photo of Perfume Genius @ Matador at 21

taken from TooSunnyOutHere’s Flickr

Perfume Genius are currently showcasing tracks from this years debut album Learning alongside some new material at dates around Europe, which you should try and attend if they head your way.  The upcoming dates are as follows:

21st October – The Cube, Bristol, UK
22nd October – The Hope, Brighton, UK
23rd October – Swn Festival, Cardiff, UK
25th October – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
26th October – Le Point Emphere, Paris, France
27th October – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
28th October – Prizenbar, Hamburg, Germany

If they’re not playing near you this time then you can always treat yourself to watching the Pitchfork session they did earlier this year.

Magic Kids in Europe, new date added

The wheels on the Magic Kids tour bus keep on turning during their super busy European tour and just to keep them a little more on their toes we can announce they’ll be playing an extra London show. They now headline the NME Radar show at Upstairs at The Garage on the 27th of October, with support coming from the much-hyped new band Islet. A full list of all their upcoming European shows are below, they’ll also be recording a BBC radio session at Madia Vale while we have them here too!

14th October – Werkstaff, Koln, Germany
15th October – Atomic Cafe, Munich, Germany
16th October – Club Zukunft, Zurich, Switzerland
17th October – Rocket, Milan, Italy
18th October – Point Emphere, Paris, France
19th October – Jercicho Tavern
, Oxford, UK
21st October – Louisanna
, Bristol, UK
22nd October – The Social, Nottingham, UK
23rd October – Swn Festival, Cardiff, UK
24th October – The Cluny
, Newcastle, UK
25th October – Nation of Shopkeepers
, Leeds, UK
26th October – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, UK
27th October – Upstairs at the Garage, London, UK
28th October – Lexington, London, UK

Fucked Up’s Against Me Euro tour cancelled

Sadly due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ in the Against Me camp Fucked Up’s previously announced european dates with them have sadly been cancelled, however the dates with Arcade Fire later in the year are still all good and going ahead! For refunds on any tickets bought for the Against Me shows please return them to the point of purchase.

You can still catch Fucked Up in Europe later this year at the following shows:

18th November – Atlantica Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal^

20th November – Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, Spain^

21st November – Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain^

24th November – Le Dome, Marseille, France^

26th November – Halle Tonby Garnier, Lyon, France^

28th November – Zenith, Munich, Germany^

29th November – Philipshalle, Desseldorf, Germany^

^Supporting Arcade Fire

Fucked Up tour with Arcade Fire

Pink Eyes @ Standon Calling Festival – 2010

Photo credit – James Kendall (Flickr)

So while the mania surrounding Matador @ 21 continues, those of us in Europe need to remind you of tours and things happening over here! Fucked Up have just announced another European tour, this time supporting Arcade Fire at a bunch of arena shows around Europe at the end of November.  Before trying to conquer some of the biggest stages they’ve ever played they’ll be playing with Against Me! in the UK – all of the relevant dates are listed below.

Aside from that we’ll also finally have copies of the Year Of The Ox EP available to buy from October the 4th, you might be interested in pre-ordering that from Rough Trade (US customers can pick up the EP now via our friends at Merge) if you can’t make it along to see them play.

Catch Fucked Up live at the following shows:

22nd October – Southampton, Mo’ Live *
23rd October – Manchester, Academy *
24th October – Cardiff, Solus *
25th October – Bristol, O2 Academy *
26th October – Coventry, Kasbah *
27th October – Glasgow, QMU *
28th October – Nottingham, Rock City *
29th October – Leeds, Met Uni *
30th October – Reading, Sub 89 *
31st October – Plymouth, University *
1st November – Cambridge, Junction *
2nd November – Oxford, O2 Academy *
3rd November – London, Electric Ballroom *
*Supporting Against Me!
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18th November – Atlantica Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal^
20th November – Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, Spain^
21st November – Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain^
24th November – Le Dome, Marseille, France^
26th November – Halle Tonby Garnier, Lyon, France^
28th November – Zenith, Munich, Germany^
29th November – Philipshalle, Desseldorf, Germany^
^Supporting Arcade Fire

Harlem european August dates

(Photo taken from howsmyliving‘s flickr)

Harlem’s touring madness continues this month with a stint of island hopping shows taking in some more of the countries they didn’t manage to reach on their last outing.  Rounding up the tour will be sets at Reading and Leeds festivals at the end of August before heading back stateside to hit more southern states.

The all important dates are:

August 11th – Oya Festival – Norway
August 12th – Way Out West – Sweden
August 13th – The Gun Club – Denmark
August 14th – Dockville Festival – Hamburg – Germany
August 15th – Magnet Club – Berlin – Germany
August 17th – Ekko – Utrecht – Netherlands
August 18th – La Plage – France
August 20th – Pukkelpop – Belgium
August 21st – Vera – Holland
August 23rd – Hoxton Bar & Grill – London – UK
August 24th – Buffalo Bar – Cardiff – UK
August 25th – Whelans – Dublin – Ireland
August 27th – Reading  Festival – Reading – UK
August 28th – Sneaky Petes – Edinburgh – UK
August 29th – Leeds Festival – Leeds – UK

Elvis @ 21?

Well, as far as rumours for the Lost Weekend go that might be a little far fetched, but Savage Pencil took the opportunity to imagine how Thurston Moore might enjoy the Matador birthday celebrations in Vegas a little too much later this year.

You can see the comic strip for yourself in the latest edition of The Wire magazine and you can find more of Edwin Pouncey’s excellent Savage Pencil work here.

Help save a venue

A good friend of mine (who I once upon a time put on shows with) runs a venue over here in the UK down in Brighton, but sadly the venue is under threat of closure due to noise complaints (but actually there has only been one in the past 12 months) made to the local council.

They are looking to enforce a noise limiter on the venue which would mean any amplified equipment played would trip the limiter and effectively end all live music at the Freebutt.

Over the  years they’ve had a load of Matador bands play, with Fucked Up and Times New viking having played there recently and they’ve booked the Brighton show of the upcoming Shearwater tour, so it means a lot to us here to not see such a decent place go under.  Although many of you reading this might be far away I’d urge you to take 2 minutes out of your day to sign the petition against this happening here and you can read more about the story on the Freebutt’s blog. Thanks!

Shearwater take a trip to Europe

Not wanting to feel left out of the summer fun, Shearwater will be heading over for a visit to Europe in July and August with visits to some rather intimate UK venues and to play as part of a special show at London’s (amazing) Barbican Theatre featuring 13 of Andy Warhol’s screen shots being accompanied by live music.

They’ll also be spreading some peace and love/playing songs from their most recent and most excellent album The Golden Archipelago at a bunch of festivals around mainland Europe.

To be even more helpful, here’s a full list of all the shows that I’ve just been hinting at…

23rd – De Affaire, Nijmegen
24th – Boomtown Festival, Gent
25th – Pop aan Zee, Domburg
26th – Paradiso, Amsterdam
27th – Audio, Brighton
28th – Stereo, Glasgow
29th – St. Bonaventures, Bristol
30th – The Barbican Theatre, London
31st – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st – The Railway, Winchester
4th – Hana B, Marina di Ravenna
5th – Ampere, Munich
6th – Das Bett, Frankfurt
7th – Beatpol, Dresden
8th – Off Festival, Katowice
9th – Comet, Berlin
10th – Uebel & Gefaehrlich (Turmzimmer), Hamburg
12th – Loppen, Copenhagen
13th – Oya @ John Dee, Oslo
14th – Way Out West, Gothenburg

Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine

It seems everyone is after some sort of Euro trip this summer, with Fucked Up joining (what feels like) the rest of the Matador roster in having a jolly overseas, playing a load of festival dates and a some headline shows in between.  Presumably just to break up the travelling and to hopefully stop the arguing in the back of the van, fights over the stereo and never ending “Are we there yet?!” pestering.

They’ll be tearing up stages on the following dates

15th July – The Barfly, Cardiff, UK

16th July – Guilfest (Rocksound Stage), Guildford, UK

17th July – Dour Festival, Belgium

18th July – Melt Festival, Gräfenhainichen, Germany

19th July – MTC, Cologne, Germany

20th July – De Affaire Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands

21st July – Hana Bi Beach, Marina Di Ravenna, Italy

22nd July – Spaziale Festival, Turin, Italy

24th July – 1234 Festival, London, UK

25th July – Truck Festival, Oxford, UK

26th July – Klubi, Tampere, Finland

27th July – Klubi, Turku, Finland

28th July – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

29th July – Tanci Venue, St Petersburg, Russia

30th July – Aktzal, Moscow, Russia

6th August – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire, UK

7th August – Hevy Festival,  Kent, UK

8th August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK

9th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London, UK

11th August – OYA Festival, Oslo, Norway

The ‘Together’ bus keeps on rolling…

photo credit: James Berry for Gigwise

All this togetherness that The New Pornographers have been spreading shows no sign of slowing down, as hot on the heels of last nights sold-out London Electric Ballroom show they’ve announced details for a brace of UK festival dates and headline shows.

They’re heading back this way in September before returning to headline London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and play the Belle & Sebastian curated ‘Bowlie 2‘ ATP weekend in December – full dates below:

5th Electric Picnic Festival, Portlaoise, Ireland
7th Oran Mor,  Glasgow
8th Ruby Lounge,  Manchester
9th Concorde 2,  Brighton
10th End of the Road festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorest

9th Shepherds Bush Empire, London
10-12th ATP Belle & Sebastian ‘Bowlie 2’ Weekender, Minehead, Somerset.

The band also performed “Crash Years” and “What Turns Up In The Dark” live on Mark Riley’s BBC radio show, which you can listen to here (only in the UK, sadly), just skip 12 minutes in.

Harlem touring in Europe

Yet more Matador touring action hits Europe and the UK later this month with Harlem bringing the party to a town (possibly) near you (barring any other international air travel chaos), dates below:

May 25th – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
May 26th – Tout A Fond, Saint Jean De Vedas, France
May 28th – Primavera Sound festival, Barcelona, Spain
May 30th – Poste A Galene, Marseille, France
May 31st – Brasserie Du Chateau, Lausanne, Switzerland
1st June – Circolo Magnolia (Magnolia Summer Festival), Milan, Italy
2nd June – PMH, Innsbruck, Austria
3rd June – Ponyhof, Frankfurt, Germany
4th June – Pleasure Night, Gent, Belgium
5th June – Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium,
6th June – Rotown, Rotterdam, Holland
7th June – Paradiso (Small Room), Amsterdam, Netherlands
9th June – Jalouse Festival, Paris, France
10th June – Flowerpot, London, UK
11th June – Lexington, London, UK
12th June – Captains Rest, Glasgow, UK
14th June – Head Of Steam, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
15th June – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds, UK
16th June – The Corner, Manchester, UK
17th June – Spanky Van Dykes, Notingham, UK