With festival season but a distant memory, it’s left to the touring live music machine to grind into gear and get that Autumnal gig season chugging along nicely.
That’s exactly what we’re getting in October, which sees bands jumping into their tour vans and embarking on a number of high profile jaunts.
Here are our picks for the month ahead. Which of these will you be getting tickets for?
Having recently enjoyed a spot on on This Is England ’90 inspired playlist, we’re at an all time high for appreciation of Evan Dando’s Boston alt. rockers. While chances of them pulling much from 1990’s Favorite Spanish Dishes seems unlikely, you can be sure their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Mrs. Robinson’ will be getting an airing.
October 1: Library, Birmingham
October 2: The Gate, Cardiff
October 4: Limelight 2, Belfast
October 5: Academy, Dublin
October 7: The Ritz, Manchester
October 8: Indigo2, London
We were initially sceptical when the brilliant Beacons Festival announced that 2014 would be its last edition as a traditional “in a field” festival, instead moving to more of an arts focused inner city event. Once we clapped eyes on what the organisers had lined up for us though, our thoughts soon changed. Presented as a series of gigs across a two-month period in Leeds, highlights include Traams, Kagoule, Everything Everything, East India Youth and LoneLady (who we recently interviewed). But there’s so much more.
Too much to go in to here, check out their website for all the info.
October 2 – December 10: Various Venues, Leeds
This hard rockin’ indie four-piece hail from Sheffield, and will be putting the tour van through the most vigourous of road tests this month if the long list of tour dates they’ve got planned is anything to go by. Recent single ‘XXX’ was featured on the soundtrack to last year’s Forza Horizon 2, and the band haven’t looked back since.
October 2: Arts Centre, Norwich
October 3: The Temple, Birmingham
October 4: Sound Control, Manchester
October 5: Leadmill, Sheffield
October 7: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
October 8: Loft Arts Club, Liverpool
October 9: Wardrobe, Leeds
October 11: The Bullingdon, Oxford
October 12: The Musician, Leicester
October 14: Thekla, Bristol
October 15: Academy 2, Dublin
October 16: Voodoo, Belfast
October 18: Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea
October 19: Tufnell Park Dome, London
Brawlers + Allusondrugs
This joint headline tour sees two of Leeds’ finest rock outfits locking horns in an attempt to prove just really who is the best through a series of gigs that will no doubt quickly become an insane game of live show one-upmanship. Allusondrugs’ indelible stage presence against Brawlers’ infectious pop-punk? We can’t pick a favourite!
October 4: Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
October 5: Scholar Bar, Leicester
October 6: Fruit, Hull
October 8: Busks SU, High Wycombe
October 9: The Junction, Plymouth
October 10 Twisteralla Fest, Middlesborough (just AUOD)
October 10: The Scene, Swansea (just Brawlers)
October 12: Rainbow Courtyard, Birmingham
October 13: Live Rooms, Chester
October 14: Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield
When Gengahr released their debut album A Dream Outside back in June, many outlets heaped praise on its ability to marry pop sensibilities with indie-rock. With influences as far reaching as The Smiths, Modest Mouse, and more contemporary acts like Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Youth Lagoon, Genghar have been receiving high acclaim from taste makers.
They may also be named after a Pokémon…
October 6: Komedia, Brighton
October 7: Exchange, Bristol
October 8: Scala, London
October 9: The Bodega, Nottingham
October 10: The Bullington Arms, Oxford
October 12: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
October 13: Arts Centre, Norwich
October 14: Portland Arms, Cambridge
October 16: Dead Institute, Manchester
October 17: Wardrobe, Leeds
October 19: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
October 20: Think Tank, Newcastle
October 21: The Harley, Sheffield
Liverpool’s Circa Waves manage to prove their Strokes-lite critics wrong by delivering their bouncy indie-pop with undeniable energy and an unrivalled knack for a hooky chorus. A date in Brixton’s Academy should prove career defining for the young band, and we expect them to get a hero’s welcome on each of their eight October tour dates.
October 8: Waterfront, Norwich
October 9: O2 Academy, Bristol
October 10: Brixton Academy, London
October 12: O2 Academy, Leeds
October 13: O2 ABC, Glasgow
October 14: Academy, Manchester
October 16: Institute, Birmingham
October 17: O2 Academy, Oxford
Norwich Sound & Vision
A fairly new addition to the inner city festival schedule, Norwich Sound & Vision has nonetheless been carving out a decent name for itself over the past few years with some healthy bodied line-ups occupying some of the Fine City’s more hidden venues. This year’s line-up focuses on exposing new music, both local and national, more than ever and highlights include Spring Kind headlining the Arts Centre on the 8th, and Manningtree’s Superglu at the Mash Tun.
See the website for more info.
October 8 – 10: Various Venues, Norwich
Branching out from the Birmingham scene that also birthed Peace spectacularly, Swim Deep have been steadily climbing the indie ranks ever since. This run of dates should cement their place in the musical landscape, just in time for the release of second album Mothers (October 2). Of note is a slot supporting shoegaze heroes Ride in Liverpool.
October 10: Leadmill, Sheffield
October 11: Riverside, Newcastle
October 12: Òran Mór, Glasgow
October 14: The Duchess, York
October 15: O2 Academy, Liverpool (supporting Ride)
October 16: The Ritz, Manchester
October 17: The Institute, Birmingham
October 18: The Junction, Cambridge
October 20: Trinity Centre, Bristol
October 21: Concorde 2, Brighton
October 22: Roundhouse, London
Darwin Deez’s wonk-pop goes strangely unnoticed by a critical cross-section who really should be lauding the curly haired Darwin Smith for his inventive indie. No matter, there’s plenty of chances to catch the New Yorker this month, and with sets regularly breaking down into full on cheesy dance routines, there’s every reason to get yourself a ticket.
October 11: The Boileroom, Guildford
October 12: Thekla, Bristol
October 13: Sound Control, Manchester
October 14: Workman’s Club, Dublin
October 15: Limelight 2, Belfast
October 17: Leadmill, Sheffield
October 18: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
October 19: The Duchess, York
October 20: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
October 21: Rainbow, Birmingham
October 22: Concorde 2, Brighton
October 23: Scholar, Leicester
October 25: Bodega Social, Nottingham
October 26: Academy 2, Oxford
October 27: Islington Assembly Hall, London
The great shoegaze revival rolled on this week with the announcement of Lush’s reformation, but Ride have been back doing their thing for about a year now, and show no signs of slowing down. They may not quite resemble the above picture any more, but the one-time poster boys of the shoegaze movement are sure to play on their years of experience for an incredibly loud live show.
October 11: O2 Academy, Leeds
October 12: UEA, Norwich
October 14: O2 Academy, Brixton
October 15: O2 Academy, Liverpool
October 17: Anson Rooms, Bristol
October 18: O2 Academy, Newcastle
October 19: Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
October 21: Rock City, Nottingham
October 22: Institute, Birmingham
The lackadaisical Massachusetts indie-rockers return to UK shores to showcase fresh cuts from this year’s amazing Foil Deer album, as well as choice ‘oldies’ from their previous releases. Pull out your best plaid shirt and perfect your best slacker drawl for this one.
October 15: The Haunt, Brighton
October 16: Sound Control, Manchester
October 17: Whelan’s, Dublin
October 18: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
October 21: Tufnell Park Dome, London
October 22: Stereo, Glasgow
October 23: All Years Leaving, Birmingham
Wakefield’s favourite band of brothers embark on their first full tour after the release of this year’s For All My Sisters (possibly a career best). Expect power-pop anthems from a band who’ve only gotten better from their scrappy proto-punk early days. Get your waltz-step in check for tracks like ‘An Ivory Hand’ and ‘Finally Free’.
The confirmed support slots are all amazing too, with Pulled Apart By Horses, The Wytches and Glasgow’s Paws opening throughout. Cross reference the tour poster to find out who’s playing near you.
October 19: O2 Academy, Newcastle
October 20: Barrowlands, Glasgow
October 21: Albert Hall, Manchester
October 23: O2 Academy, Liverpool
October 24: O2 Academy, Sheffield
October 25: O2 Academy, Bristol
October 26: Rock City, Nottingham
October 28: Roundhouse, London
October 29: O2 Academy, Oxford
October 30: Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth