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Music news round up: w/e 18 May

'What Love Is Made Of' will be the next single released by Katy B, out July 8th via Rinse / Columbia. The track (which you can listen to below) is the first taster of her soon to be announced second album, set for release in the autumn.


Lawson will release their new single 'Heartbroken', featuring B.o.B, on July 7th. This summer, you can catch the band playing at the Isle of Wight Festival, Capital FM Summertime Ball and T In The Park. Listen to the track below.


Tonight Alive have announced a UK headline tour for later this year, to follow the release of their new album in September through Sony/Search and Destroy. Tickets for the tour are on sale now and full details are as follows:

29th - Brighton, The Haunt

1st - Birmingham, Institute Library
2nd - Glasgow, King Tuts
3rd - Manchester, Academy 3
4th - Liverpool, O2 Academy
5th - Dublin, Academy 2
6th - Belfast, Oh Yeah Centre
8th - Newcastle, Academy 2
9th - London, Electric Ballroom
10th - Kingston, Peel
11th - Leeds, Cockpit 2


The Strypes' new EP Hometown Girls will be out on July 8th through Virgin EMI. The EP features the title track and two live recordings of 'Stormy Monday Blues’ and ‘CC Rider’. Check out the lyric video for 'Hometown Girls' below.


Liars have offered up two new tracks for download. Fans should visit here where they can view a ‘I Saw You From The Lifeboat’ film and get instructions as to how to get the tracks.

They play Brighton and Manchester next month:

8 June – Brighton, The Haunt
9 June – Parklife Festival, Manchester


FIDLAR announce UK and European festival dates. Returning from a sold-out, six week US tour with Wavves and label-mates Cheatahs, LA's FIDLAR will return to Europe with a string of dates.

14 Download Festival, Donnington
16 Novarock, Austria
18 Sun Agostino Festival, Modena, Italy
19 The Bunker, Turin, Italy
20 Zannes Festival, Catania, Italy
22 Hurricane Festival, Germany
23 Southside Festival, Germany
24 Cassopeia, Berlin
25 Luxor, Cologne, Germany
26 Tivoli, Utrecht, The Netherlands
28 St Gallen Festival, Switzerland
29 Garorock Festival, Marmonde, France
30 Solidays Festival, Paris, France

4 Rock Werchter, Belgium
5 Eurockennes Festival, Belfort, France
7 Roskilde Festival, Denmark
9 What We Do Is Secret - Summer Fest,
10 What We Do Is Secret – Summer Fest, Trädgår’n, Stockholm, Sweden
12 T In The Park, Kinross, UK

10 Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan
23 Reading Festival, UK
24 Leeds Festival, UK


Sunderland based five-piece, Frankie & The Heartstrings are pleased to announce that they will be opening their own records store, Pop Recs Ltd on June 1st.

Located on Fawcett Street, in the heart of Sunderland and housed in what was formerly the area’s tourism office, the store is being opened thanks to assistance from the local council, who have granted the space on an initial lease to the band as the nascent partnership look to create another social and cultural destination for the local creative community. Alongside being a record store that will be selling all the current record releases from across Britain and beyond, as well as a comprehensive range of music from artists in the North East, Pop Recs Ltd will be home to a performance area, recreational space and as well as a gallery wall which will be utilised by local and national artists of varying disciplines.

An additional and equal aim is to create an inclusive space for the Sunderland arts community, one that hopefully brings benefits to many of the city’s creative groups. The area itself has been home to a disproportionate amount of creative people – artists, musicians and photographers – but sometimes fails to benefit from the same spotlight and support that other major cities in the area.

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