Leeds Cockpit Closing

Leeds Cockpit has announced that the venue is closing. The full statement is over at http://thecockpit.co.uk/. It begins:

It is with great regret that we have to announce the permanent closure of the Cockpit. After 20 great years as an integral pillar of the Leeds music scene we have decided that it is no longer viable to deliver you the level of service you deserve with the building in it’s current condition.

However, Slam Dunk are planning to open a new music venue - The Key Club on Merrion Street. This will open on September 20th.

All forthcoming live events at The Cockpit will move to alternative venues. Original tickets will remain valid.

RIP Leeds Cockpit.

Free States And Empires UK Tour

States And Empires (featuring Neil Starr and Will Davies of Attack! Attack!) are off on a European tour this month but will follow it up with a free UK tour in October. All UK shows are free entry - so make sure you get to one. Tour dates are listed below.

The band’s new album ‘Freedom’ is available on iTunes now. Signed physical copies can also be purchased at

RIP Jody Has A Hitlist

Jody Has A Hitlist will soon no longer exist as a band. The band will still be making music but not under the moniker of Jody Has A Hitlist. To wrap up their time as Jody Has A Hitlist the band will be supporting Kids In Glass Houses in October. They wrote on Facebook:

Sorry for the lack of updates as of yet, as some of you may be aware, we have recorded an album of material called ‘You: My Drug, My Downfall’ and have since then we’ve just been writing, rehearsing and demoing as much as we can.

We really feel that the new songs and ideas we’re coming up with and playing now are branching off in a different direction to anything we’ve ever done before as Jody Has A Hitlist and for a number of different reasons, such as there being a few line up changes over the years, personal musical tastes naturally evolving and also basically just to keep this whole thing enjoyable and fun for ourselves we’ve decided to draw a line under Jody.

We started in 2008 in and since then have got to do a lot of amazing things. Met some of the best people and had the absolute craic. To anyone that’s ever came out to a show, bought a T-Shirt or even just told their friends about us: THANK YOU.

We’ve always been 100% independent and any money made from shows, merch or digital/physical sales of our music have just gone straight back into the band to keep the wheels turning. We do this because we love it so if you’ve supported us in any way over the years please know that you kept us going in more ways than one and for that we are very very grateful.

These shows in Dublin and Belfast at the start of October will be the last time we play any Jody Has A Hitlist songs live. It’s one last hurrah. MY LAST SERENADE. Last chance saloon etc. So come on down for old times sake and get messy with us, should be a laugh and a half. Also it’s Kids In Glass Houses’ last Irish shows ever so come on down and check them out as well
You Me At Six / All Time Low Co-Headline UK Tour

You Me At Six and All Time Low have announced a co-headline UK tour for next February. Tickets go on sale next Friday, August 29th. Dates are as in their tour poster below.

Billy Idol announces UK Shows

Billy Idol has announced three UK shows. He will play Birmingham, London and Manchester in November, 2014 – his first UK appearances since his Download 2010 appearance.

The newly announced dates will follow Billy’s first new album in almost ten years, which will be released in late October. Billy is also bringing out an autobiography through Simon and Schuster on October 7th -  entitled ‘Dancing With Myself’.

Idol’s band includes his long-time lead guitarist Steve Stevens, Stephen McGrath on bass, Billy Morrison on guitar, Eric Eldenius on drums and Paul Trudeau on keyboards.   

The three dates are:

Nov 5th        Birmingham O2 ACADEMY  0844 477 2000   http://www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk/

Nov 9th        London EVENTIM APOLLO 0844 249 1000   http://www.eventim.co.uk/

Nov 10th       Manchester O2 APOLLO 08444 777 677   http://www.o2apollomanchester.co.uk/

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15th August at 9.00am.   Ticket are available online from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/billy-idol-tickets - 24 hour phone line: 0844 576 5483.  

Photo By Charles Jischke

Sleeping With Sirens Intimate London Show
Sleeping With Sirens have announced a special intimate show on Thursday 21st August at The Underworld, London.  The show is the band’s first show since their headline slot at Brixton Academy in 2013 and will be a warm up show before they perform on the main stage at this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival.
 
Singer Kellin Quinn says “We’re excited about this show because it’s a smaller venue, so we have the opportunity to put on a more intimate show.  We love playing London - it’s one of my top places to play!”
 
Tickets are £18.00 in advance and on sale from Friday 15th August at 9am
 www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
 
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Tonight Alive to play ‘The Other Side’ in full

Tonight Alive are to play their latest album, ‘The Other Side’, in its entirety at London Koko on November 25th. This show is the day before their previously announced Koko show on November 26th which is sold out.

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Bryan Adams UK Bare Bones Shows
Bryan Adams has announced a special acoustic UK tour to take place this September. The intimate ‘Bare Bones’ shows will take place in Plymouth, Bristol, Brighton, Southend and Bournemouth and will go on sale at 9am on Friday 8th August from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.livenation.co.uk
 
Dates are:
 
MONDAY 8TH SEPT PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS
TUESDAY 9TH SEPT BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPT BRIGHTON CENTRE
FRIDAY 12TH SEPT SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION
SATURDAY 13TH SEPT BOURNEMOUTH BIC
 
Tickets go on sale 9am 8th August 2014 priced £55.00 / £40.00  (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
 
Bryan will then be back for a full arena tour in November.
 
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All Time Low announce Wembley Show
All Time Low have announced their first UK arena show, a headline show at London’s SSE Wembley Arena on March 20th 2015. The show will be filmed for a forthcoming DVD release.
 
Speaking of the show, singer Alex Gaskarth says, “Playing Wembley feels like it’s been a long time in the making. We can’t wait to get in front of London’s finest and rock the fuck out!! This will be a show to remember!”
 
Tickets go on sale at 9am on August 8th from: http://www.gigsandtours.com and http://www.axs.com
 
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Octane OK - not OK

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Octane Ok have sadly announced that they are splitting. The announcement comes two days after bassist Drew Comley posted on Twitter that he was flying out to Dubai to live and work as a bass player for the foreseeable future. The band wrote on Facebook, with the above collage:

We regret to announce that Octane Ok will be calling it a day.

All of us have decided to move on to other things & believe we’ve taken the band as far as we can.

We’d like to say special thanks to our manager Martyn who has invested in us in every way helping us achieve things we could only dream of when we started out & our great friend Tibor for his faith.

Also Scream, Duff, Shari, - Kerrang Radio/TV & every station that played our music.

BUT MOST OF ALL we’d like to thank you, every single one of you who came to our live shows, bought or downloaded our songs & supported us through these past five years.

We feel sad to have to wind things up but now seems the right time.

THANK YOU XXX

Paul, Tom, Drew & James

Black Velvet is sad to hear this news, particularly as they were one of our favourite bands. We will miss these guys, their great live shows and quality music (although of course their music will live on). We wish them the best of luck in the future and hope it’s not too long before we hear of some new and equally awesome musical projects from the members.

https://www.facebook.com/octaneok

Issue 81 of Black Velvet Zine is out now and is the final printed issue of Black Velvet (before we go fully online).
It includes:


Interviews with The Summer Set, Halestorm, Chevelle, Delain, Toseland, Lit, Reachback, Lacey, Twister, My Favourite Runner Up and Everybody Looks Famous.


Concert reviews of Within Temptation, Richie Sambora, Lit and The Summer Set.


Jon Bon Jovi in Mexico.


2 page Slam Dunk Midlands Report.


Album, single and EP reviews such as Saliva, Chevelle, Seether, Reachback, Zoltar Speaks, Heavy Honey, The Cringe, Diaries Of A Hero, The Tripdown Project, MisterNothing, Matty James, Martyr De Mona, Fahran, My Favourite Runner Up, A New Day, Sevendaze and more


'A (Musical) Note From…' - Mitchel Emms of MisterNothing. Read a regular column which is written by a different musician every issue. In a band and want to write a column? Get in touch.


'Me, Me, Me & My Rock CV' - If you have a job in the music industry you get to tell us what you do and why you do it. This issue featuring metal DJ Emidio Vaz.


All the usuals such as DVD Reviews & Supersonic Future Superstars (this issue featuring Casino Thieves and Carson).


Get the final printed Black Velvet!


Order Black Velvet Online at:

(UK) http://www.punkrockshop.co.uk & http://www.jumborecords.co.uk

(USA) http://www.atomicbooks.com & http://www.quimbys.com


Find in stores such as Birmingham Newspoint Newsagents (along the Bullring walkway), Redditch train station newsagents, Dudley ST Records, Leeds Jumbo Records, Cardiff Spillers Records, Baltimore Atomic Books & Chicago Quimbys.


More info at www.blackvelvetmagazine.com

Issue 81 of Black Velvet Zine is out now and is the final printed issue of Black Velvet (before we go fully online).

It includes:

Interviews with The Summer Set, Halestorm, Chevelle, Delain, Toseland, Lit, Reachback, Lacey, Twister, My Favourite Runner Up and Everybody Looks Famous.

Concert reviews of Within Temptation, Richie Sambora, Lit and The Summer Set.

Jon Bon Jovi in Mexico.

2 page Slam Dunk Midlands Report.

Album, single and EP reviews such as Saliva, Chevelle, Seether, Reachback, Zoltar Speaks, Heavy Honey, The Cringe, Diaries Of A Hero, The Tripdown Project, MisterNothing, Matty James, Martyr De Mona, Fahran, My Favourite Runner Up, A New Day, Sevendaze and more

'A (Musical) Note From…' - Mitchel Emms of MisterNothing. Read a regular column which is written by a different musician every issue. In a band and want to write a column? Get in touch.

'Me, Me, Me & My Rock CV' - If you have a job in the music industry you get to tell us what you do and why you do it. This issue featuring metal DJ Emidio Vaz.

All the usuals such as DVD Reviews & Supersonic Future Superstars (this issue featuring Casino Thieves and Carson).

Get the final printed Black Velvet!

Order Black Velvet Online at:
(UK) http://www.punkrockshop.co.uk & http://www.jumborecords.co.uk

(USA) http://www.atomicbooks.com & http://www.quimbys.com

Find in stores such as Birmingham Newspoint Newsagents (along the Bullring walkway), Redditch train station newsagents, Dudley ST Records, Leeds Jumbo Records, Cardiff Spillers Records, Baltimore Atomic Books & Chicago Quimbys.

More info at www.blackvelvetmagazine.com
MOTÖRHEAD Announce UK Shows
MOTÖRHEAD have announced that they will be returning to the UK for three shows in November, hitting O2 Apollo Manchester on 4th November, Birmingham NIA on 6th November and culminating in their largest headline show in over a decade at London’s SSE Wembley Arena on 8th November. Joining the band on their November run will be The Damned and The Bosshoss.
 
Tickets go on sale 9am on 25th July 2014 priced £39.50 London / £36.50 Birmingham / £36.50 Manchester (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk  or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Linkin Park European Tour
Linkin Park have announced a European tour for November. The tour only includes two dates in the UK - at Manchester Arena on November 22nd and London’s O2 Arena on November 23rd.   Tickets go on sale on Friday 11th July at 9 a.m. More info at www.linkinpark.com 
 
Special guests on the tour will be Of Mice And Men.
Dates are:
 
November 2014:
Monday 3rd                       Zurich Hallenstadion
Tuesday 4th                         Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
Thursday 6th                       Cologne Lanxess Arena
Friday 7th                              Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
Sunday 9th                           Oberhausen Koenig-Pilsner Arena
Monday 10th                       Hamburg 02 World
Wednesday 12th               Leipzig Arena
Thursday 13th                     Munich Olympiahalle
Friday 14th                           Vienna Stadhalle
Sunday 16th                         Paris Bercy
Monday 17th                       Frankfurt Festhalle
Wednesday 19th               Berlin 02 World
Thursday 20th                     Bremen OVB Arena
Saturday 22nd                     Manchester Arena
Sunday 23rd                        London 02 Arena
Joe Elliott’s Down ‘N’ Outz Announce Tour
Down ‘N’ Outz featuring Joe Elliott and London Quireboys (Guy Griffin, Paul Guerin, Keith Weir & Phil Martini) have announced a tour in support of their latest release, ‘The Further Adventures Of… Down ‘N’ Outz’. Tickets go on sale tomorrow via the usual outlets.
 
Dates are:
 
Dec 05 Bristol Bierkeller
Dec 06 South Cornelly Park Dean Holiday Park
Dec 08 London Garage
Dec 09 York Fibbers
Dec 11 Sheffield Corporation
Dec 12 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Dec 14 Newcastle  Riverside
Dec 15 Glasgow Garage
Dec 17 Belfast Limelight
Dec 18 Dublin Academy
 
More info over at http://www.downnoutz.net/
frnkiero and the cellabration to support Taking Back Sunday / The Used.
 
frnkiero and the cellabration (featuring Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance) will support Taking Back Sunday and The Used on their upcoming North American co-headlining tour.
 
Taking Back Sunday have also added three headlining stops with frnkiero andthe cellabration in Cincinnati, OH, Spokane, WA, and Nashville, TN.  Tickets for these dates go on sale this Friday, June 20 at 10 am local.
 
Taking Back Sunday will wrap up their North American fall touring, which also includes performances at all three dates of RIOT FEST, on October 8th with a special show at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC with label-mates The Wonder Years and Modern Baseball. Tickets are available for pre-sale now at: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0E004CD0CEB0DB1B
 
 
TAKING BACK SUNDAY UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
* with The Used
# with frnkiero andthe cellabration
^ with Marmozets
 
JUN 20  Amnesia Rockfest  | Montebello, QC
JUL 18  Great South Bay Music Fest | Patchogue, NY
AUG 13-17 Chiemsee Rocks | Übersee, DE
AUG 15-17 Serengeti Festival | Ostwestfalen, DE
AUG 15-17 Highfield Festival  | Leipzig, DE
AUG 17 Merthyr Rock | Merthyr Tydfil, UK
AUG 21 HQ  |  Adelaide, AU *
AUG 22 Eatons Hill Hotel | Brisbane, AU *
AUG 23 UNSW Roundhouse | Sydney, AU *  SOLD OUT
AUG 25 170 Russell | Melbourne, AU *
AUG 26 170 Russell | Melbourne, AU * SOLD OUT
AUG 30 Bazooka Rocks | Quezon City, PH *
 
SEP 6-7 RIOT FEST | Toronto, ON
SEP 7  89X Chill On The Hill | Detroit, MI
SEP 8  LC Pavilion |  Columbus, OH* #
SEP 10  Stage AE |  Pittsburgh, PA* #
SEP 11  Bogart’s | Cincinnati, OH #
SEP 12  Orbit Room  | Grand Rapids, MI * #
SEP 12-14 RIOT FEST |  Chicago, IL * #
SEP 14  Egyptian Room | Indianapolis, IN * #
SEP 16  The Myth |  St. Paul, MN * #
SEP 17  The District |  Sioux Falls, SD * #
SEP 19  KC Live! (FREE) | Kansas City, MO * #
SEP 19-21 RIOT FEST |  Denver, CO *
SEP 21   Shrine Auditorium | Billings, MT * #
SEP 23  Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium |  Idaho Falls, ID * #
SEP 24  Knitting Factory | Spokane, WA #
SEP 25  Showbox Sodo |  Seattle, WA * #
SEP 26  Roseland Theater | Portland, OR * #
SEP 27  Summer Ends Festival | Tempe, AZ
SEP 29  Macewan Hall  | Calgary, AB * #
SEP 30  Union Hall  | Edmonton, AB * #
OCT 2  Burton Cummings Theatre  | Winnipeg, MB * #
OCT 3  The Venue |  Fargo, ND * #
OCT 4  7 Flags Event Center | Des Moines, IA * #
OCT 6  The Pageant  | St. Louis, MO * #
OCT 7  Cannery Ballroom | Nashville, TN #
OCT 8   The Fillmore  |  Charlotte, NC (w/ The Wonder Years & Modern Baseball) 
 
NOV 30 Vega Hall  | Copenhagen, Denmark ^
DEC 03  Roxy  |  Prague, Czech ^
DEC 06  Mod Box  | Hasselt, Belgium  ^
DEC 07  Pyramids  | Portsmouth, UK ^
DEC 08  02 Academy |  Bristol, UK ^
DEC 09  Roundhouse |  London, UK ^
DEC 11  Institute  |  Birmingham, UK ^
DEC 12  The Ritz |  Manchester, UK ^
DEC 13  O2 ABC | Glasgow, UK ^
DEC 14  02 Academy | Oxford, UK ^