It’s safe to say we’ve just about passed most of the way through the music awards season, after the BRITs the other week with lots of live performances and no real drama (apart from Drake grinding on Rihanna, obvs) and the Grammy’s where T-Swizzle finally stood up to the one and only Yeezus, Kanye West. Now that’s out the way, we can get back to the real deal, as many artists and bands across March will be heading across the UK and Europe on their own headline tours. We’ve handpicked our top five for this weeks Gig Pic Guide, which we think are worth heading down to…
There was absolutely no doubt in the fact that Adele pretty much cleaned up at the BRITs last week, and rightly so. The singer-songwriter who hails from Tottenham, wiped the floor with the rest of the nominees as she went onto triumphantly win the awards for Global Success, Best British Female Artist, Best Album and Best British Single of the year. Some may say this is well deserved, after Adele made a comeback after the star went on a five year hiatus, pushing back her album after claiming she wasn’t ready to release. And perhaps this was a positive thing, as when she was finally ready, Adele came back with arguably the biggest hit of all time in the world of pop, which of course was Hello. Hello has racked up over 1 billion views on YouTube, and is still climbing as she stormed the VEVO Record title and stole the crowd from Taylor Swift and her video for Bad Blood. Not too shabby, eh? Despite claiming she would never do an arena tour… Well, she is now! Adele is about to currently embark on a mammoth tour across the UK, playing multiple dates for various cities and she’ll start off this week in Manchester. You can buy remaining tickets from here.
The 1975… You either love them, or hate them. Despite their hugely successful start in the music industry back in 2013 with their debut single Chocolate, they were dubbed as one of the UK’s most exciting bands. Skip to 2016, and we as music fans seem to have very divided opinions on the Manchester and Cheshire born-band, who consist of Matty Healy, George Daniels, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald. With a little bit of arrogance and swagger thrown in (usually with a bottle of red wine) people are usually quick to slate frontman Matty Healy, son of Denise Welch and Tim Healy. But what people forget is their ability to make brilliantly catchy tunes, albeit usually more on the poppy side – but still pretty damn good. With a huge following all over the world, it seems like The 1975 are the ones who are laughing now. The four-piece have just released their extravagantly named second album ‘I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ (Erm – what a mouthful!) which has hit number 1 around the world, and are now celebrating the success of the new record with a UK tour, which started off in London, before heading round the rest of the UK. To buy remaining tickets, click here.
CLEAN CUT KID
Liverpool-based band Clean Cut Kid seemed to have arrived on the music scene fully formed and ready to roll, since appearing in our lives last year. Comprising of Mike Halls, Evelyn Halls, Saul Godman and Ross Higginson, the four piece have graced us fans and critics alike with their infectious melodies and poetic lyrics, creating hit tracks such as Vitamin C (which was recently performed in Radio 1’s Live Lounge) and more recently Jean, which was released towards the end of 2015 last year. After supporting the likes of Fickle Friends and Shura in recent months, Clean Cut Kid are about to embark on a mini tour, visiting Liverpool, Manchester and London. There are only a handful of tickets left for each show, so make sure you snatch them up whilst you can here.
With hints of Vampire Weekend and Two Door Cinema Club running throughout their tracks, Model Aeroplanes are the perfect Scottish alternative to fall in love with. The band from Dundee, who formed back in 2013, have had a whirlwind of a journey so far since starting out. Made up by Rory (vocals, guitar), Grant (lead guitar, vocals), Ben (bass) and Kieran (drums, vocals), they’ve released a collection of fun and fresh tracks laden with plenty of hooks and choruses to get you singing along. Despite still being in their late teens, the four-piece have been supported by the BBC continuously over the past couple of years, playing on the introducing stages at both T in the Park and Radio 1’s Big Weekend, which shows just how skillfully talented the four lads have come to be in their younger years. And if their recent EP Something Like Heaven is anything to go by, they’re set for a huge career. Model Aeroplanes are currently on tour, stopping off in Bristol tonight before making their way further up North and ending in Leeds. You can buy tickets from here.
If you’re looking for a soulful and absorbingly honest voice, chances are, Jake Isaac is the guy you’re looking for. The singer-songwriter who originally hails from South London, has won the hearts of many music fans with his rare talent and humble persona. And not only music fans love him, Jake Isaac went onto support the likes of Paloma Faith, Ella Eyre and Josh Record. Despite being unsigned for a little while as he started out, he went on to be snapped up by Elton John’s management and label, just a week before he made his debut at Glastonbury Festival. Good timing, right? A few EP’s later, Isaac is now setting off on his own tour, continuing in Bristol tonight and Leeds tomorrow before heading off to gig around Europe. You can buy your tickets from here.
Photography by EST. 1987