Pet Shop Boys announce summer 2023 UK tour dates

Pet Shop Boys have announced details of their summer 2023 UK arena tour.

The duo, who headlined The Other Stage at Glastonbury 2022 last weekend, will continue their ‘Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live’ tour next year.

The new tour dates will kick off with a show at London’s OVO Arena Wembley on June 17, 2023, with dates following in Aberdeen, Liverpool and Leeds.

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Tickets for these shows are on sale now from here, and you can see details of Pet Shop Boys’ newly announced 2023 UK tour dates below.

June
17 – OVO Arena Wembley, London
21 – P&J Live, Aberdeen
23 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
24 – First Direct Arena, Leeds

Pet Shop Boys were joined on stage at Glastonbury on Sunday night (June 26) by Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, with the two artists performing ‘Dreamland’ together.

Earlier in the day, Alexander covered the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’ during Years & Years’ set on The Other Stage.

Back in March, Pet Shop Boys joined forces with Soft Cell to release the joint single ‘Purple Zone’.

The song was originally intended to be remixed by Pet Shop Boys until it morphed into a full collaboration, which Soft Cell’s David Ball has labelled as “probably our finest pop moment since the early 1980s”.

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“Working with the Pet Shop Boys was a pleasure, and this track is the perfect combination of us and them,” Soft Cell’s Marc Almond added, while Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with such an inspirational duo as Soft Cell on this gorgeous song.”

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Mongolian rock band The Hu unveil UK and European tour dates

Mongolian rock band The Hu have unveiled details of a full UK and European tour this year – check out the dates below.

The band will perform at Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Cardiff, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow, as well as a huge show at London’s Roundhouse on December 9.

Tickets for the shows are available here from Friday July 1 at 9am and you can see all the UK dates here:

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NOVEMBER
28 – Manchester, Academy
30 – Leeds, Stylus

DECEMBER
1 – Nottingham, Rock City
2 – Cardiff, Great Hall
3 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
5 – 
Dublin, 3Olympia
6 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
07 – Glasgow, SWG3 (Galvanizers)
09 – London, Roundhouse

Back in May, The Hu shared their latest thunderous single, ‘This Is Mongol’.

The track is another preview of their upcoming second studio album, which is set for release later this year via Better Noise Music.

A statement said of the track: “As with all of their music, The HU connects the world to Mongolian culture and its unique core values of natural preservation and spiritual connection with the earth. These core values are on full display in the new, epic official video for ‘This is Mongol’.”

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Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya from the band said: “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, it happened during our tour and it gave us a little break to reminisce about home.

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Listen to Pale Waves’ riotous new single ‘Jealousy’

Pale Waves have today (June 28) shared a new single – listen to ‘Jealousy’ below.

It’s the latest single to be taken from the band’s upcoming new album ‘Unwanted’, the follow-up to 2021’s ‘Who Am I?’. The new album is set to be released on August 12 via Dirty Hit.

The latest single follows on from the band’s previously released singles ‘Lies‘ and ‘Reasons to Live‘.

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A press release says the new single finds frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie “playing upon her overly obsessive personality” – you can listen to Pale Waves’ ‘Jealousy’ below.

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Speaking about the track, Baron-Gracie said: “Some may see it as ridiculous…but I love a bit of jealousy – not too much, but just enough… I want jealousy in a relationship because it shows me the person only has eyes for me and me only.”

Of the band’s upcoming album, she added: “The album dives into feelings that I felt not only needed to be written but I felt like our fans want to hear.

“Almost everyone has felt like they don’t belong, or has been made to feel like they’re not good enough. That’s a consistent theme that I’m seeing from our fans – that their family doesn’t approve of them, or their friends have disowned them because they’ve come out. So Unwanted had to be honest, provocative and loud. Not only thematically, but in the music as well.”

Pale Waves have also announced a UK headline tour for November, which follows a number of festival appearances including Neighbourhood Weekender, Community Festival, Y-Not, Kendal Calling, Boardmasters and Reading & Leeds. They will also headline Live At Leeds: In The City in October.

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See full dates below and buy tickets here.

November
25 – Albert Hall, Manchester
26 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
27 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
28 – Fat Sam’s, Dundee
30 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

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Watch LCD Soundsystem kick off their London residency

LCD Soundsystem began their residency of shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton last night (June 27) – you can watch fan-shoot footage and see last night’s setlist below.

The James Murphy-led band are playing six nights at the venue, with the second and third due to take place tonight and tomorrow (June 28-29).

The final three gigs will then take place from Friday through to Sunday (July 1-3) – any remaining tickets are available here.

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LCD kicked off their first show last night with ‘Get Innocuous!’, with tracks from the band’s 2005 self-titled debut, 2007’s ‘Sound Of Silver’ and 2010’s ‘This Is Happening’ dominating the setlist.

Closing with ‘Home’, the band returned to the stage for a three-song encore which consisted of ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’, ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ and set-closer ‘All My Friends’.

You can watch fan-shot footage from the gig and see the setlist below.

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LCD Soundsystem played:

‘Get Innocuous!’
‘I Can Change’
‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’
‘Time to Get Away’
‘You Wanted a Hit’
‘Tribulations’
‘Movement’
‘On Repeat’
‘Tonite’
‘Thrills’
‘Yr City’s A Sucker’
‘Someone Great’
‘Losing My Edge’
‘Home’

‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’
‘Dance Yrself Clean’
‘All My Friends’

LCD Soundsystem are planning further residencies in Oakland and San Francisco in August.

Late last year, LCD played 17 dates of a planned 20-show residency at Brooklyn Steel in New York. The run, however, ended prematurely due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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Emily Eavis on Glastonbury 2022: “It surely was the best one yet!”

Emily Eavis has reflected on this year’s Glastonbury Festival, describing it in glowing terms as “surely the best one yet”.

The festival’s organiser shared a short statement on Instagram yesterday (June 27) following the conclusion of this year’s Worthy Farm event on Sunday (June 26), which was the first to be held since 2019 after Glastonbury’s 2020 and 2021 editions were both cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her post, which featured images of Sunday performers Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross and Pet Shop Boys, Eavis wrote: “Sunday rounding off an incredible weekend… thank you to everyone who came here and made it so special. It surely was the best one yet!

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“A remarkable feat by all artists and crew, thank you to everybody who played a part and everyone who came and created such an amazing atmosphere of joy and love. Safe travels home. See you next year!”

Eavis previously shared her joy and relief last Wednesday (June 22) when the festival gates finally opened.

“We’ve never had a build-up as long as this, obviously,” she told BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne. “We’ve never all collectively been through such an extreme time together.

“So to actually be able to see people there, welcome them in and just watch them streaming in and just running to pitch their tents up and fill the fields, its just an amazing feeling.”

You can revisit all of NME‘s Glastonbury 2022 coverage, including live reviews, video interviews and photos, by heading here.

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