C’mon guys. We’re not quite in the summer festival season, but there’s still enough good stuff happening in the world of music to turn that frown upside down.
We’ve picked out a dozen things happening across March that should please even the glummest of music fans. Dive into our monthly round-up to find something to clap about.
1. Adele is doing a massive UK tour
— Adele (@Adele) November 26, 2015
Fresh off taking home an armful of Brit Awards for her latest album 25, Adele has set out on her UK tour with a number of big arena shows. Things got under way last night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, with the South Londoner mixing big plush orchestral ballads with an on-stage cup of tea.
Despite picking some of the UK’s biggest venues, Adele’s tour sold out pretty quickly – meaning there were some very mixed emotions for her loyal fans.
March 7: Arena, Manchester
March 8: Arena, Manchester
March 15: O2 Arena, London
March 16: O2 Arena, London
March 18: O2 Arena, London
March 19: O2 Arena, London
March 25: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
March 26: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
March 29: Genting Arena, Birmingham
March 30: Genting Arena, Birmingham
More information at adele.com/live
2. Wolf Alice will be tearing up a venue near you
If warbling pop ballads aren’t really your thing, you may be more pleased to hear that full-throttle alt-rockers are also set to be touring up and down the country.
The group fronted by Ellie Rowsell have slowly been building into one of the UK’s most hyped acts, following a Mercury Award nomination for their debut album My Love is Cool, a Grammy nomination for single ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and a growing reputation as an intense live act.
Get yourself down to one of these intimate venues and catch them now. Before they’re playing the much bigger ones.
March 4: Mandela Hall, Belfast
March 7: Keele University, Stoke-On-Trent
March 9: Arts Club Theatre, Liverpool
March 10: Academy, Manchester
March 11: UEA, Norwich
March 13: O2 Academy, Oxford
March 14: Pyramids, Portsmouth
March 16: Barrowlands, Glasgow
March 17: Barbican, York
March 19: O2 Academy, Leeds
March 21: Leas Cliff Halls, Folkestone
March 23: Rock City, Nottingham
March 24: Great Hall, Cardiff
March 26-29: The Forum, London
More information at wolfalice.co.uk/tour
3. Grimes will be stopping by some UK venues
Grimes continues her reign as the undisputed queen of hipster electro with her latest album Art Angels and the succession of interesting videos that have followed.
The Canadian artist will stopping by in the UK during the European leg of her European tour, with shows in Leeds, Nottingham, Brixton, Manchester and Glasgow. Expect plenty of weirdness, and good music to boot.
March 7: O2 Academy, Leeds
March 8: Rock City, Nottingham
March 10: O2 Academy, Brixton
March 12: Academy, Manchester
March 13: O2 ABC, Glasgow
More information at grimesmusic.com/tour-dates
4. The Internet are making a brief appearance
The OFWGKTA hip-hop group may have all but disbanded into several different parts, but their alumni remain an excessively talented bunch of artists.
Following on from the success of Tyler The Creator, Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt – it seems that The Internet could be the next act to be ready to be blasted into the stratosphere. The neo-soul outfit fronted by Syd the Kyd have come on leaps and bounds from their 2011 debut, and their latest album Ego Death was an album dripping with smooth vocals and esoteric beats.
The group will be stopping by a few UK cities throughout March and are well worth catching.
March 9: KOKO, London
March 10: Motion, Bristol
March 11: Academy 2, Manchester
March 12: O2 ABC, Glasgow
More information at internet-band.com/tour
5. Kurt Vile and his Violators are in town
Hey Kurt, do you not love us any more? The baritone-voiced singer songwriter will be bringing his band The Voilators along to for just two UK shows in London and Hove respectively.
Perhaps we’re being a little greedy. After all, Vile was just over back in November – but it’s hard to get tired of an artist who makes folk rock albums as strong as 2015’s B’lieve I’m Goin Down….
March 10: The Roundhouse, London
March 11: All Saints Church, Hove
More information at kurtvile.com
6. There’s a new album of unreleased Jeff Buckley material
While you would have thought the vast amount of Jeff Buckley’s bootleg recordings would have been released after all this time, it seems there’s more in the archives.
You and I features a new collection of previously unreleased songs, found in the vaults by Legacy Records and recorded before the artist’s tragic death.
The only track released so far is a cover of The Smiths melancholy ballad ‘I Know It’s Over’ which is given a haunting quality in the hands of Buckley. The album also features covers of Led Zeppelin and Sly and the Family Stone – as well as few unheard recordings of his own material too.
You and I is set for release on March 11
7. South by Southwest 2016 is getting underway
The British festival season may still be a few flips of the calendar away, but the USA is already getting things underway in the city of Austin.
The annual SXSW festival remains a great platform for new and exciting artists, from Mark Mothersbaugh to Lower Dens.
It’s okay to be jealous that you’re not watching your favourite artist while basking in Texan sun, but at least there’ll be a good selection of videos across YouTube.
March 15-20: Austin Texas
More information at sxsw.com
8. Iggy Pop and Josh Homme made an album
Holy surprise collaborations, Batman!
Rock n’ roll lizard man Iggy Pop has been secretly working away on a new album titled Post Pop Depression with Queens of the Stone Age band-mates Josh Homme and Dean Fertita, as well as Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders.
Pop debuted the track ‘Gardenia’ on Stephen Colbert, which is a theatrical rock number with more than a dash of David Bowie thrown in for good measure.
Post Pop Depression is set for release on March 18
9. The Last Shadow Puppets are going back on the road
Miles Kane and Alex Turner are finally back in each other’s arms – sporting a fine pair of matching tracksuits into the bargain.
The Last Shadow Puppets’ first record in eight years, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, is set for release on April 1 – but the guys are beginning their tour this month, with a trio of shows at some particularly Gothic venues.
Judging from the first snippets released, the new album is keeping the soaring strings of The Age Of The Understatement but adding a 60s garage rock edge. Hopefully it won’t be an eight-year wait until the next TLSP record.
March 24: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
March 25: Town Hall, Middlesbrough
March 26: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
More information at thelastshadowpuppets.com/#gigs
10. The At The Drive-In reunion crashes into London
Although seemingly an impossible prospect just a few years ago, post-hardcore outfit At The Drive-In are back on the road.
The group mended the bridges which were broken when the band fractured into The Mars Volta and Sparta, and are now back on the road and re-living the raucous energy of their seminal album Relationship of Command.
So far, the band will only be playing this one-off show at the Roundhouse – but who are we to rule out a summer festival booking?
March 27: Roundhouse, London
More information at atthedriveinmusic.com/tour-dates
11. Soul man Charles Bradley stops by in London
Charles Bradley is a performer with soul running through his veins. The artist began his career as a James Brown impersonator in Brooklyn named ‘Black Velvet’.
Bradley’s own troubled life has meant his development into a fully-fledged artist in his own right, while still retaining some of that James Brown showmanship.
The soul singer is still making records on the Daptone Label and is a truly unmissable live prospect.
March 30: O2 Forum, London
More information at thecharlesbradley.com/#tour-section
12. There could be a surprise from Radiohead
Could it be? Could this finally be the month that Radiohead re-appear from their hidey hole and gives us a new album?
While we definitely did speculate that this could happen last month (it didn’t), we’re even more confident this time. Fingers crossed.
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