Rejuvenated power-pop rock’n’rollers LAST GREAT DREAMERS return this Spring with a brand new album and UK tour.

Recorded in deepest Oxfordshire last Autumn with producer Peter Brown, 13th Floor Renegades follows on from the widely acclaimed Transmissions From Oblivion released in 2016.

Originally coming together in London during the early 90s, the band turned a lot of heads with their debut album Retrosexual,  and as support du jour for visiting major US bands. Derailed by the onslaught of Britpop, vocalist Marc Valentine and lead guitarist Slyder convened a new line-up in 2014, issuing the rarities album Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven followed by the all-new Transmissions….  Since then they’ve been touring widely with the likes of The Quireboys, Bernie Tormé and former Runaways singer Cherie Currie.

“Everything fell into place at the right time,” says Valentine of the new album. “We started a Pledge campaign for the album, which had a fantastic response. The fans’ involvement was truly incredible and their generosity never ceases to amaze us. Hopefully with this album we get to repay their faith. It’s really been an organic process from start to finish, with a few twists and turns along the way, but we’re really proud of what we’ve managed to achieve in a short space of time.”

With the new album set for release on Friday 13 April through Ray Records, the band have lined up a series of UK dates, including an album launch party in Birmingham on 7 April, a London show at The Black Heart on 12 April and an appearance at Bearded Theory on 25 May. Full dates are…

Fri 9 March GREAT YARMOUTH Legends of Rock Festival

Sat 7 April BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
Thu 12 April LONDON The Black Heart
Fri 13 April CANNOCK The Station
Sat 14 April BRIDGEND Hobos
Sun 15 April CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
Wed 18 April WAKEFIELD Black Mass
Thu 19 April GRIMSBY Yardbirds
Fri 20 April CARLISLE Embers
Sat 21 April GLASGOW Nice’n’Sleazy
Sun 22 April NEWCASTLE Trillions

Fri 25 May DERBY Bearded Theory Festival
Sat 26 May BROMSGROVE Breaking Bands Festival
Sun 27 May BIRMINGHAM Dementia Awarefest

Tickets are on sale now via the band’s website.

Check out the video for last year’s single ‘Oblivion Kids’.

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THE CURE frontman Robert Smith is to curate this year’s Meltdown Festival.

Founded in 1993, the Festival takes over venues on London’s South Bank each year with a series of events by artists chosen by a guest director. Past directors have included David Bowie, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, John Peel, Nick Cave, Morrissey, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and David Byrne.

Says Smith, “I am honoured and excited to be curating the 25th Meltdown Festival. More than 30 of my all time favourite artists – some of the most exciting, inspirational, intense and influential performers of the last 40 years – will make sure this 10-night extravaganza at London’s Southbank Centre is the must-see event of the summer!”

This year’s Meltdown will take place from 15-24 June. Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre members on 13 March, and to the general public on 15 March, when first acts will be announced.

The Cure, whose most recent album was 4:13 Dream in 2008, last played the UK in 2016. They play a one-off sold-out 40th Anniversary show in Hyde Park on 7 July.

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Vive Le Rock favourites JAYA THE CAT have unveiled a new video on the eve of their latest tour of the UK and Ireland.

‘Huddersfield Rain’ – surely the only song written about the West Yorkshire market town – is taken from the band’s latest album A Good Day For The Damned, released last November. The video was shot at their London show during their previous visit in December.

They’re not playing Huddersfield this time around, but are playing….

Feb 8 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Feb 9 – The Maze, Nottingham
Feb 10 – The Art Department, Belfast
Feb 11 – Fibber McGees, Dublin
Feb 12 – Marr’s Bar, Worcester

Buy A Good Day For The Damned here.

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Texan country-billy saviour DALE WATSON crosses the pond for a series of European dates next month.

The silver-haired Austinite has been working hard over the past 20+ years in providing an antidote to the bland airbrushed attempt at country music that’s been issuing forth out of Nashville, engaging legions of fans with raw, honest, beer-drinking, trucking and cheating songs inspired by the likes of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard in their outlaw country heyday.

Such sounds are captured on his recent live album, Live At The Big T Roadhouse, recorded in St Hedwig, Texas on one of the now legendary Chicken Shit Bingo Sundays.

This time around, Dale and his Lone Stars will be featuring a special guest appearance by co-vocalist Miss Celine Lee. Last time they played the 100 Club, it sold out quickly so prompt booking is advised. Full dates are….

Sun 11 Mar – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam
Mon 12 Mar – Four Corners Music Hall, Untermeitingen
Wed 14 Mar – Schützenhaus Albisgütl, Zurich
Fri 16 Mar – The 100 Club, London
Sat 17 Mar – The Cluny, Newcastle
Sun 18 Mar – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Tickets are available now from Punk Rock Blues.

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Tickets are selling fast for the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!

Already shaping up to be the rock’n’roll event of the year, the awards, which are sponsored by AEG Presents, will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring 7 special live performances from Ginger, The Professionals, the UK Subs’ Charlie Harper TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers, featuring members of The Urban Voodoo Machine, The Ruts and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – plus very special guests to be announced!!! You really don’t want to miss this!!!

Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket allowing holders to hang out with the bands and award-winners in the private backstage bar and at the aftershow party, are available here! Book now because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Guaranteed to be a wild night, votes are still being taken for the awards for Best Live Band and New Blood. Go here for full details!

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