Chicago based metallers Black Sites will be releasing their debut album 'In Monochrome' on 17th February 2017 on Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.
Formerly the mastermind behind the cult metal quartet Trials guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Mark Sugar returns with a new band and one hell of a heavy sound. “I wanted to challenge myself with clean singing and by writing well-crafted songs,” reveals the Chicago-based artist. “I went back to my influences, old school metal, prog rock, and hard rock—music built on classic songwriting.”
His new band, Black Sites unleash the 10-track album early in 2017 and in the meantime as anticipation builds for the band's first live shows as well as the album, Sugar is reflective. After all, in the span of a year he’s gone from no band to a new band; “I remember driving in my car listening to the final album and just feeling so relieved and excited to hear these songs come to life,” he says. “I learned a lot during this time. I learned how to keep an open mind and stay focused. I feel like this is the best thing I’ve ever done.”
The Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2017 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 29th and 30th April 2017.
The first wave of bands for the 2017 music programme are:
Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses, Honeyblood, JAWS, Muncie Girls, Tigercub, Puppy and Idles
Plus many more acts performing across multiple stages to be announced. Weekend tickets are on sale now.
Tickets start at £40 for adults and for the first time the festival is able to offer tickets at £30 for students and £20 for under 16s
The Blue Aeroplanes release their brand new album "Welcome, Stranger!" on Friday 6th January 2017 which is now available to pre-order via Pledgemusic.
Pre-order here today and you'll receive a free download of the new single Dead Tree! Dead Tree! straight away.
Their Bristol Christmas show is now sold out but there are still tickets available for the January UK tour! which you can book here
Blues-rock guitarist Aynsley Lister is back on tour in the UK again after playing 20 shows in Europe. Aynsley kicks off the second part of his UK Tour on Thursday 1st December 2016 at the Putney Half Moon.
Aynsley Lister's 41-date UK and European tour dovetails the release of his eighth studio album 'Eyes Wide Open'.
When Joe Bonamassasa was interviewed by the Nottingham Post whilst on tour in the UK in October 2015, the newspaper asked the blues guitarist who his favourite British blues guitarists were. "There is a great little crop of blues musicians out there over in the UK right now," answered Bonamassa. "There is an Irish kid called Simon McBride who is very good, Joanne Shaw Taylor is a superstar in waiting, and I think and Aynsley Lister is also very good."
So check out the show!
Tickets from Bandsintown
Putney, Half Moon Thursday 1 December
St. Helens, Citadel Friday 2 December
Derby, The Flowerpot Saturday 3 December
Newcastle, The Cluny Sunday 4 December
Kendal, Bootleggers Thursday 8 December
Darlington, Rhythm 'n' Blues Club Friday 9 December
Norwich, The Waterfront Saturday 10 December
Leicester, The Musician Sunday 11 December
Farnham, Maltings Monday 12 December
Southampton, The Brook Thursday 15 December
Sheffield, The Greystones Friday 16 December
Manchester, Academy 3 Saturday 13 December
Edinburgh, The Caves Sunday 18 December
Cheltenham, Vonnies Wednesday 18 January 2017
Wolverhamtpon, Robin 2 Thursday 19 January 2017
London, 100 Club Tuesday 31 January 2017