Our guide to this month’s finest live music across the UK, featuring everything from nostalgic indie-pop to punk-rock.
- Scroll to the end for a playlist featuring all of the acts mentioned
The Welsh rockers return with album All Bright Electric, their first in four years. Early snippets hint at a recaptured energy, and the veteran band have always been great at presenting fans with a career spanning set that keeps everyone happy.
Support act? Torquay rockers Reigning Days will be keeping camaraderie high on the tour bus, alongside Macclesfield’s The Virginmarys.
1 Oct: Student Union, Newcastle
3 Oct: O2 Ritz, Manchester
4 Oct: O2 Institute, Birmingham
6 Oct: UEA, Norwich
9 Oct: Beckett University, Leeds
10 Oct: O2 Academy, Bristol
12 Oct: Roundhouse, London
13 Oct: Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
14 Oct: Rock City, Nottingham
16 Oct: Academy, Dublin
17 Oct: Limelight, Belfast
19 Oct: Tramshed, Cardiff
20 Oct: Lemon Grove, Exeter
More info: www.feederweb.com
Stockport’s Blossoms built a large fan-base through hard graft before eventually being picked up by Virgin EMI. The quintet take their catchy, synth-based guitar pop on tour this month after a triumphant summer festival season and a number one debut album.
Support act? Youthful singer-songwriter Declan McKenna has gained exposure thanks to the track ‘Brazil’ and won Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent award.
1 Oct: O2 ABC, Glasgow
3 Oct: Riverside, Newcastle
4 Oct: The Leadmill, Sheffield
5 Oct: Leeds Beckett University Student Union, Leeds
7 Oct: Rock City, Nottingham
8 Oct: Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
More info: www.blossomsband.co.uk
You might not have heard The Hunna’s upbeat indie-pop before, but a lot of other people in your hometown have, with this tour steadily selling out venues. Think the Madchester-flecked indie of bands like Peace with even more sickly sweetness.
Support act? Liverpool’s Night Café bring their reverb-drenched indie along for the ride, and Blaenavon‘s self-described ‘Ghostjazz’ will be warming the crowds up nicely.
1 Oct: O2 Academy, Newcastle
2 Oct: Garage, Glasgow
3 Oct: Academy 2, Manchester
4 Oct: Academy 2: Birmingham
5 Oct: O2 Kentish Town Forum, London
7 Oct: Waterfront, Norwich
More info: www.facebook.com/thehunnaband
One for the pop fans, the reformed girl group return to stages to perform tracks from Red Flag, their first record in ten years. They’ve also promised to play all of their successful singles.
Support act? Hanne Leland is Norway’s pop/country export, looking to introduce herself to a new audience.
6 Oct: O2 Academy, Newcastle
7 Oct: O2 Academy, Glasgow
8 Oct: Academy, Manchester
10 Oct: O2 Academy, Bournemouth
11 Oct: O2 Academy, Liverpool
13 Oct: O2 Academy, Brixton
14 Oct: O2 Academy, Birmingham
15 Oct: O2 Academy, Sheffield
17 Oct: Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-sea
18 Oct: UEA, Norwich
More info: www.allsaintsofficial.co.uk
Twin Atlantic have been steadily honing their rock behemoths into more radio friendly gems on recent albums. The latest – GLA – retains enough gritty riffs and guttural vocals to keep mosh fans happy.
Support act? Leeds’ very own riff heavyweights Pulled Apart By Horses, who have been locked away working on their fourth album, reportedly titled Papa Lulu’s Home Juice Bar.
7 Oct: University Students Union, Newcastle
9 Oct: Y Plas, Cardiff
11 Oct: O2 Institute, Birmingham
12 Oct: O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
14 Oct: Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
15 Oct: Beckett University, Leeds
16 Oct: Waterfront, Norwich
More info: www.twinatlantic.com
Goo Goo Dolls
These New York-state alternative rockers may have been churning out material for 30 years now, but they still have a fervent following. Their upcoming six-date tour is in support of 11th album Boxes, released earlier this year.
Support act? Johnny Lloyd, who indie fans will remember as front man of the short-lived Tribes, continues his fledgling solo career, which has seen stamps of approval from Jamie T.
8 Oct: UEA, Norwich
9 Oct: O2 Academy, Leeds
10 Oct: O2 Academy, Glasgow
12 Oct: Albert Hall, Manchester
13 Oct: O2 Institute, Birmingham
14 Oct: Eventim Apollo, London
More info: www.googoodolls.com
The Canadian punk rockers have kept a low profile since their 2012 album Dead Silence, but now they’re back with new album Afraid of Heights, and are ready to deliver sets that span their 20-year career.
Support act? High Wycombe alt. rockers Young Guns and Ontario rockers Say Yes will also be appearing.
Oct 12: UEA, Norwich
Oct 13: O2 Academy, Bristol
Oct 15: Academy, Manchester
Oct 16: O2 ABC, Glasgow
Oct 17: O2 Academy, Newcastle
Oct 19: O2 Institute, Birmingham
Oct 20: O2 Academy, Leeds
Oct 22: Rock City, Nottingham
Oct 23: Roundhouse, London
Oct 24: Tramshed, Cardiff
More info: www.facebook.com/billytalent
With an HQ in the south of France’s ‘European Surfing Capital’, Sunset Sons sure know a thing or two about creating blissed-out, indie-pop.
Support act? Soulful singer-songwriter from LA Jessarae will be propping up the bill on all dates, while Peterborough’s surprisingly hard-hitting Airwaves join between 24 – 28 October.
17 Oct: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
18 Oct: O2 ABC, Glasgow
19 Oct: Wylam Brewery Ltd, Newcastle
20 Oct: Leadmill, Sheffield
22 Oct: Academy, Manchester
23 Oct: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
24 Oct: O2 Academy, Oxford
26 Oct: UEA, Norwich
27 Oct: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
28 Oct: O2 Institute, Birmingham
30 Oct: O2 Academy, Bournemouth
31 Oct: Lemon Grove, Exeter
More info: www.sunsetsons.com
Hooton Tennis Club
Like indie-rock favourites Pavement being filtered through 70 years of Merseyside musical history. The four-piece will be hitting the road in support of second album Big Box Of Chocolates, which hits the shelves on 21 October.
Support act? South London’s Sweat, fresh off the back of supporting Lady Gaga at the capital’s tiny Moth Club last month. Their live shows can be just as clammy as their name suggests.
24 Oct: Grand Social, Dublin
26 Oct: Wardrobe: Leeds
27 Oct: Waterfront Studio, Norwich
29 Oct: Stereo, Glasgow
30 Oct: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
31 Oct: Think Tank?, Newcastle
More info: www.facebook.com/HootonTennisClub
No second album syndrome for Oxford group: How To Be a Human Being took the sophisto-pop of their debut and added a layer of R’n’B sleaze – in the nicest possible way.
Support act? Pixx, real name Hannah Rodgers, is an apt tour mate for Glass Animals, bringing her own style of glossy dream-pop to the road.
21 Oct: O2 Academy Oxford
22 Oct: Brighton Dome, Brighton
25 Oct: Roundhouse, London
26 Oct: Manchester Academy 2, Manchester
27 Oct: The Art School, Glasgow
28 Oct: O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
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Originally published here.