Following the hype surrounding the start of the brand new Premier League season, you may be looking to continue your high from the weekend, or you may just want to get away from the “bloody football”! And there is no better way to do that than to go see some live music.
This Week in Live brings you artists from all different genres, so there really should be something for everyone. Have a look, have a listen, and go and have a great night out based on these recommendations!
Rival Sons: An American rock band from Long Island, California, Rival Sons will be performing at The Point in Sunderland. When they formed back in 2009, Rival Sons were quick to gain high praise and recognition, which helped lead to supporting legendary artists such as AC/DC, Alice Cooper and Kid Rock. The group have released four studio albums so far, with the most recent coming in the form of Great Western Valkyrie last year which peaked at number 14 in the UK album charts. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £17.
Flogging Molly: A seven-piece Irish punk, rock and folk band from Los Angeles, Flogging Molly will be bringing their sound to the North West of England when they grace Manchester’s Academy 2, with support coming form Beans On Toast. The group are fronted by former Fastway lead singer Dave King and are signed to their own independent record label. The band are currently working on a new album, which is due to be released in early 2016. The new album will be the band’s first since 2011’s highly acclaimed Speed of Darkness. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £17.50.
Ceremony: Fresh off playing on the bill at Vision Festival in London on Saturday, Ceremony will travel north to play Sound Control in Manchester. The punk rock five-piece from Rohnert Park in California were founded a decade ago in 2005 and have released five studio albums to date, with the most recent release coming in the form of The L-Shaped Man, which was released in May via Matador Records. The band’s early sound has been described as a “non-stop bludgeoning of sonic fury” and “fast, brutal hardcore”. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £10.
Black Sheep: Southampton born and bred, rock and blues trio Black Sheep will be in their home city to perform at one of its most prestigious venues in the form of The Joiners. They had a slot at the first ever Southampton Tattoo Festival earlier this summer at The Ageas Bowl and play a flurry of local shows over the next couple of months. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £5.
Spandau Ballet: If you are gold or if you have the power to know you’re indestructible, you’ll want to head to Newmarket Racecourse to catch Spandau Ballet perform. The five-piece group fronted by Tony Hadley enjoyed most of their success in the 80’s before their split in 1990. The quintet decided to reunite almost 20 years later in 2009 and embarked on a world tour which commenced in Dublin in the October of that year. Eastenders fans will recognise bassist Martin Kemp from his portrayal of Steve Owen. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £34.
The Stranglers: Since their formation in 1974, The Stranglers have produced a total of 17 studio albums, with the latest coming three years ago in 2012 in the form of Giants. Prior to the 1992 album Stranglers in the Night, their first ten albums all appeared in the top twenty of the UK album charts, with their highest performing albums being 1977’s No More Heroes and 1978’s Black and White which both peaked at number two. The four-piece from Guildford will be performing at The Copper Rooms at the University of Warwick. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £25.
SOJA: An eight-piece American Grammy Award-nominated reggae band from Arlington in Virginia, SOJA will be at the University of Manchester’s Manchester Club Room. The group have released eight studio albums to date, with their most recent record Amid the Noise and Haste, which was released in August of last year, being their first to hit the top 20 in the Billboard 200 chart. The album features appearances from the likes of Damian Marley and J Boog, and was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy’s. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £15.