Kodaline – Albert Hall – Monday 16th February:
Touring just after the release of their latest album Coming Up For Air, Kodaline are one of the big success stories of the last few years. Fans will get the chance to hear their latest material as well as some of their favourites from 2013’s In A Perfect World, which peaked at number 3 in the UK album charts.
Orla Gartland – Deaf Institute – Tuesday 17th February:
An artist to watch in 2015, Orla Gartland has been building a strong following through her support slots for the likes of Bastille, John Newman, Kodaline and Hudson Taylor as well as through the releases of her own highly successful EPs Roots and Lonely People. Blending indie and pop perfectly, she creates the sort of dreamy, heartlifting music which you’ll find yourself whistling in the streets or singing along to in no time.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis – Gorilla – Tuesday 17th February:
London siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis perform at Gorilla just weeks after the release of their third album the rather appropriately titled Kitty, Daisy and Lewis The Third. Delivering an eclectic mix of pop, r’n’b, blues, psych, soul, country, jazz and ska, the multi-instrumentalists saw their first two albums sell over a quarter of a million copies worldwide, resulting in sell out headline tours.
The War On Drugs – Albert Hall – Wednesday and Thursday 18/19th February:
Performing two nights at Manchester’s Albert Hall, Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs, fronted by Adam Granduciel, released their phenomenal third album Lost In The Dream early in 2014. The album, which followed on from 2011’s Slave Ambient and 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues, took the band to a whole new level, grabbing new fans, delighting existing ones and staking their claim as a band to be heard.
Enter Shikari – Manchester Academy – Friday 20th February:
Following the release of their fourth studio album The Mindsweep, Enter Shikari go on tour, stopping off at Manchester Academy. This is ones for those who like it raw and heavy. Vocalist Rou Reynolds had this to say: “We pushed ourselves vocally with some of the rawest angriest vocals we’ve ever done as well as some of the most dulcet and delicate. It’s even more diverse than normal as we’ve built more confidence and fearlessness to widen our influences further. Melody and aggression will always be an important side of what we do, but with this album there was also a concerted effort to concentrate on texture too. Alongside the core of our guitar, bass, drums, electronics set-up, there’s so much new instrumentation and orchestration. Writing for and recording woodwind, brass and strings was so rewarding and really felt like it brought a new dimension to the music. Just can’t wait to play these songs live now!”
The Sherlocks – Sound Control – Friday 20th February:
Four piece indie/rock band The Sherlocks saw their debut single Live For The Moment storm its way through the iTunes single charts. With a loyal fanbase and an uplifting bouyant sound, the two sets of brothers, who have supported Twisted Wheel, The Buzzcocks, The Enemy and Reverand and the Makers to name a few, will now doubt light up Sound Control.
George Ezra – O2 Apollo – Saturday 21st February:
Hertford-born singer-songwriter George Ezra achieved a massive breakthrough into the mainstream with his single Budapest, following the release of his debut EP Did You Hear The Rain? and released his first solo album Wanted On Voyage mid 2014, hitting the number one spot three months after release.
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