BALLET SCHOOL announce May live shows

Currently putting the finishing touches to their long-awaited debut album, due for release late summer, and following a show-stopping stint at sxsw, BALLET SCHOOL have just announced a week of UK live shows in early May. The band will perform at a number of regional events such as Liverpool Sound City and Glasgow Stag & Dagger before heading to London for headline shows at the Social and Birthdays then moving on to Brighton for apperances at The Great Escape.

Dates/info below.

Friday 2 May – LEEDS – Belgrave Music Hall (Live at Leeds launch party)
Saturday 3 May – LIVERPOOL – Zanzibar (Sound City Festival)
Sunday 4 May – GLASGOW – Glasgow School of Art (Stag & Dagger Festival)
Tuesday 6 May – LONDON – The Social
Wednesday 7 May – LONDON – Birthdays (free entry)
Thursday 8 May – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store (The Great Escape Festival)
Thursday 8 May – BRIGHTON – Coalition (The Great Escape Festival)
Friday 9 May – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store (The Great Escape Festival)

John Grant announces November orchestral tour

Just over a year since the release of his critically-lauded second album Pale Green Ghosts, and with numerous Best Album of 2013 accolades and a Brit Award nomination to his name, JOHN GRANT has announced news of one of his most exciting ventures yet.

This November will see the former Czars frontman embark upon a seven-date tour accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia in which John’s celebrated catalogue will be reworked and reimagined with a sumptuous orchestral setting, alongside the world premiere of some especially written new songs. John Grant’s creativity, unique songwriting and wonderful vocals combined with thirty four musicians promises a one-off musical experience. The tour will be orchestrated by Fiona Brice who has provided arrangements for the the likes of Roy Harper, Vashti Bunyan, Anna Calvi, Midlake, Placebo, as well as John himself.

As the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia has built a reputation as both fresh-thinking and versatile and has in recent years collaborated with artists as diverse as Pet Shop Boys, Joanna Newsom, Efterklang and Spiritualized. The tour will visit some of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Usher Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Sage Gateshead, and is produced and presented by Music Beyond Mainstream (MBM), the UK’s national network of large scale music venues working together to bring audiences something a little bit special.

Dates/info below:

Saturday 22 November – LIVERPOOL – Philharmonic Hall www.liverpoolphil.com
Sunday 23 November – MANCHESTER – Bridgewater Hall www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk
Monday 24 November – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall www.thsh.co.uk
Tuesday 25 November – BRISTOL – Colston Hall www.colstonhall.org
Friday 28 November – GATESHEAD – The Sage Gateshead www.sagegateshead.com
Saturday 29 November – EDINBURGH – Usher Hall www.usherhall.co.uk
Sunday 30 November – LONDON – Royal Festival Hall www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Horse Thief announce UK shows for May + stream new song ‘Little Dust’

With their debut album Fear In Bliss due for release a week on Monday (14th April) and excellent reviews running in the likes of Q, MOJO and Uncut, HORSE THIEF have just announced news of four UK live shows in late May. The Oklahoma-based quintet will kick off with a London show at Oslo accompanied by their labelmates Mt. Royal and The Trouble With Templeton before taking to the road for the Dot To Dot festival which will see them visit Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham. Those dates below…

Thursday 22 May – LONDON – Oslo (Bella Union night with Mt. Royal & The Trouble With Templeton)
Friday 23 MAY – MANCHESTER – Dot to Dot Festival
Saturday 24 May – BRISTOL – Dot to Dot Festival
Sunday 25 May – NOTTINGHAM – Dot to Dot Festival

Horse Thief have just premiered the track “Little Dust” on Stereogum which can he heard below, and have just been the subject of a Guardian new band of the day.