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  1. Google Translation: UltraHD category and changes NEW category! Before more than 10GB releases went freely, but this limit has now been taken care of.
  2. "Tens of thousands of people all together as one, that’s what we do." Bon Jovi have announced details of a huge UK stadium tour for 2019 – including shows at London’s Wembley Stadium and Liverpool’s Anfield. The rock giants will kick off their first UK tour in six years with a massive Anfield show on June 19, before heading to Wembley Stadium on June 21. The tour will then conclude with a final stop off at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on June 23. The band will be joined by special guests Manic Street Preachers. Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday November 2. Describing the shows, frontman Jon Bon Jovi said: “Those huge shows, tens of thousands of people all together as one, that’s what we do. “And we’ve got a few things to put right by playing Wembley Stadium. We were so excited to be the first band to play that new Stadium, I would have helped build it myself to make it happen. So we have a new history to write there. We’ve had some great nights at the Ricoh too. “Throw in Anfield as a new venue – OK that’s just us showing off! We’re honoured to play there and the first thing I’m doing is getting that iconic picture under the This Is Anfield’ sign.” He added: ““We’ve become a new, rejuvenated Bon Jovi. A refreshed line up that kills every night. We sound better than ever and we’re enjoying every minute. We are out there as a band, feeding off each other and the fans, having the time of our lives all over again.”
  3. "Peace is power". Yoko Ono, Skepta and Idris Elba will lead the line up for next year’s Manchester international Festival. The event will kick off next July with Ono’s Bells for Peace, which will see 8000 members of the public forming a bell orchestra in Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens. “The beauty of this piece will break the sky and more”, Ono said of the event. “More than ever, we must come together to heal each other, and the world. Peace is power!” The fortnight long festival will also see Skepta presenting Dystopia987, an immersive rave which he describes as “real-life magic”. The performance will see the Mercury Prize winning rapper appearing alongside a selection of DJs for an experience that is billed as reflecting the future of rave culture. According to festival director John McGrath, the performance is “somewhere between an immersive theatrical experience and a futuristic rave. The idea for Skepta is: what is the future of the space that has been called a rave over the years? Where might it be heading, and what kind of experience might that be?” Elsewhere, Idris Elba’s 2014 album ‘Mi Mandela‘ will be transformed into a musical theatre production, after the actor and DJ joined forces with Kwame Kwei-Armah, the artistic director of London’s Young Vic theatre.
  4. "I will be back soon" Childish Gambino has announced that he’ll postpone his show at The O2 in London next weekend after suffering a foot injury. The ‘This Is America’ rapper, an alter-ego of Donald Glover, was originally due to play the London venue on November 4, but he has been forced to shelve a string of dates after sustaining an injury to his foot during a gig in Dallas last month. Instead, he’ll now make a belated London appearance on March 24 next year. All tickets for the original date remain valid, although fans are advised to contact their point of purchase if they are unable to make it. “Not ready to put on 100% shows. apologies to the fans. i will be back soon”, Glover confirmed in a statement. It’s also been confirmed that a forthcoming tour of Australia will be postponed too. For tickets to Gambino’s upcoming London show, visit here. The initial incident took place during Glover’s show at Dallas’ American Airlines Center, which ended earlier than expected after he sustained the injury It was later reported that the actor and musician aggravated an existing injury during the gig, with audience members claiming that Glover appeared to hurt himself while dancing or “attempting to do the splits”. Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Childish Gambino is among the frontrunners to headline Coachella in 2019.
  5. Get ready, Lovecats... With a new album on the horizon, The Cure continue to announce dates as part of their 2019 festival tour. Check them out below. Earlier this year, frontman Robert Smith revealed that The Cure would soon be recording new material and touring again in 2019 – teasing that they could ‘maybe’ headline Glastonbury 2019. The band then confirmed that they would be headlining ‘around 20 festivals’ throughout the year, with the majority taking place in Europe. As time goes by, the goth-rock legends are gradually unveiling more and more shows. Check out the latest dates announced so far below, and visit here for ticket updates. The latest updates: The Cure have just been announced to headline NOS Alive Festival in Portugal The Cure have announced the following tour dates so far MARCH Saturday March 16 – The Festival Lawns at Carnival City, Johannesburg, South Africa Thursday March 21 – Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town, South Africa JUNE Saturday June 8 – Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland Sunday June 16 – FIRENZE ROCKS Festival, Florence, Italy Friday 21 – Sunday 23 – HURRICANE and SOUTSIDE Festivals, Germany Friday June 29 – Rock Werchter Festival, Belgium JULY Thursday July 4 – EXIT Festival Serbia Thursday July 11 – NOS Alive Festival, Portugal Wednesday July 17 – EJEKT Festival Plateia Nerou, Faliro, Athens, Greece Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 – Colours Of Ostrava, Czech Republic AUGUST Friday August 16 – Glasgow Summer Sessions, Scotland Friday August 23 – Rock En Seine Festival, France The long-running Crawley band celebrated their 40th anniversary back in July with a special show in London’s Hyde Park as part of the BST concert series. They also curated and played at this year’s Meltdown Festival. Speaking about the Hype Park gig, NME described it as “pure perfection”, adding: “With Smith’s voice as strong and pure as it has ever been over the last four decades and the band clearly revelling in the joy of just playing, you sense that you’re witnessing that rare feat of a band perhaps entering their prime rather than their twilight years.” Speaking about new material in the summer, Smith said that he had “hardly written any words” since their last album ‘4:13 Dream’ in 2008, but was inspired by the discoveries he made in curating this year’s Meltdown Festival. “I have tried to write songs about something other than how I felt but they’re dry, they’re intellectual, and that’s not me,” said Smith. Asked if he would be disappointed if the band were to never make another album, Smith replied: “I would now, yeah. Because I’ve committed myself to going into the studio and creating songs for the band, which I haven’t done for 10 years. “Meltdown has inspired me to do something new because I’m listening to new bands. I’m enthused by their enthusiasm. So if it doesn’t work, I’ll be pretty upset, because it will mean that the songs aren’t good enough.”
  6. He's back... Steve Aoki has announced that he’ll return to the UK for a lengthy tour in 2019. See full dates and ticket details below. The EDM icon, who recently collaborated with BTS on their track ‘Waste It On Me‘, will play eight shows next February – including a return to London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Check out the dates in full below, tickets go on sale from 9am on November 2. February 14 — Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham February 15 — Glasgow, Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom February 16 — Newcastle, O2 Academy Newcastle February 18 — Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds February 19 — Nottingham, Rock City February 21 — Bristol, O2 Academy Bristol February 22 — London, O2 Academy Brixton February 23 — Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse BTS’ collaboration with Aoki was released last week and marked the group’s first ever song to be released in English. The DJ and producer previously worked with the Korean boyband when he remixed their track ‘Mic Drop’ earlier this year. The remix featured on the band’s latest album, ‘Love Yourself: Answer‘, while the video has over 365 million views on YouTube.
  7. "In 2018, we’re only tapping on the window of the fact that it’s OK for a man to ask for help" John Grant has spoken out about the political nature of his new album, and the importance of shifting attitudes towards toxic masculinity. This week sees Grant return to the UK for a tour in support of his acclaimed fourth solo album ‘Love Is Magic‘. Speaking to NME, Grant has said that he’s found that some people have been offended by the track ‘Smug C**t – but Grant is keen to express how important a song it is to the record. “It talks about how the cult of masculinity in the United States, as it seems to me, means that to be a successful male you must be feared. Like, the only way to command respect is through fear,” Grant told NME. “I talk about proteins flying off the shelves, everyone’s at the gym, getting those big muscles. Everyone’s into MMA because it’s a case of ‘I’m going to fuck you up if you don’t get with the programme’. Those panties ain’t goin’ to wet themselves, so you need to go get them muscles, make people fear you, incite fear, lie to people.” He continued: “There’s this huge cult of manipulation. The most attractive thing is unbridled ambition. That’s the sexiest thing – just ‘fuck everybody else, get the fuck out of my way because I’m realising myself’. It’s absolutely fucking vile, but how else are you supposed to react to that shit?” Speaking of positive portrayals of the approach to male norms with regards to mental health, Grant hailed Richard Madden’s portrayal of Sergeant David Budd, the former soldier suffering with PTSD in The Bodyguard. “That’s a really incredible performance,” Grant went on. “They definitely touch on how strange it is that in 2018 we’re only tapping on the window of the fact that it’s OK for a man to ask for help. It’s still a big deal, because it’s never been OK for a man to say ‘I can’t deal with this, and I need help’.” Grant also believes that one should always be careful when it comes to the balance of censorship and artistry. “This freedom of speech and political correctness thing is a very difficult conversation – especially when it comes to things like comedy,” said Grant. “It’s almost like comedians won’t be allowed to exist any more because they won’t be allowed to make fun of anything. I worry a little about certain things like that, but I think it’s about motives and the spirit behind what’s said. Context is very important. “Compassion, gentleness and empathy has to be a part of the masculine picture. Courage, strength and all of those things are great and essential, but they have to be tempered with all these other things.” With this in mind, the former Czars frontman said that he felt ‘heartened and encouraged’ by the volume of audiences speaking out against homophobic, sexist and racist language in music when there were cruel intentions afoot; especially in light of the ‘normalisation’ of offensive views via the spread of right-wing ideas in countries such as Brazil and Germany. “People are just feeling emboldened to do and say anything out in the open right now,” Grant told NME. “It’s heartening that people are questioning language and being more open about what it means to be a more or a woman, but there’s also something more ugly going on. “The stuff that’s going on in Germany right now with the far right breaks my heart. It’s quite alarming.” ‘Love Is Magic’ by John Grant is out now. His full upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and more information. Monday October 29, 2018 – BRIGHTON Dome Tuesday October 30, 2018 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton Wednesday October 31, 2018 – BATH Bath Forum Friday November 2, 2018 – SHEFFIELD Octagon Saturday November 3, 2018 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall Wednesday January 30, 2019 – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds Thursday January 31, 2019 – GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead Friday February 1, 2019 – GLASGOW Kings Theatre Sunday February 3, 2019 – HULL Bonus Arena Monday February 4, 2019 – LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall Tuesday February 5, 2019 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City Thursday February 7, 2019 – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange Friday February 8, 2019 – SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall Southampton Sunday February 10, 2019 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall Monday February 11, 2019 – CARDIFF St David’s Hall Wednesday March 27, 2019 – LIMERICK University Concert Hall Saturday March 30, 2019 – GALWAY LEISURELAND Sunday March 31, 2019 – DUBLIN Bord Gais Energy Theatre
  8. "It feels like it’s died, the dream is dead" Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has paid tribute to Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died when his helicopter crashed outside the Premier League club’s stadium this weekend. The billionaire Thai businessman perished alongside two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the aircraft span out of control and crashed in the car park of the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. Meighan, a lifelong fan of Leicester City, has now joined the legions of fans who have headed to the King Power stadium to pay their respects to Mr Vichai – who is widely credited with sparking the revival in the club’s fortunes that led to an unlikely Premier League triumph in 2016. “They’ve been amazing. They’ve come in and got us out of debt and avoided relegation”, Meighan said of Vichai and his family in an interview with Sky News. “They won the Premier League and now it’s this. It feels like it’s died, the dream is dead.” In a separate interview, Meighan reflected on how he had personally met the billionaire owner before Leicester played the King Power stadium in 2016. “I remember meeting him, I met him a couple of times. We played the stadium here twice”, he wrote. “I met on the stage, said hello and gave him a hug. Amazing memories and it just feels like it is dead. I think Leicester City feels dead at the minute. It is going to take a long time to recover.” Meighan’s emotional tribute comes after Kasabian paid tribute on their own Twitter account. “We are really shocked and saddened by the events of last night”, the band wrote. “Our thoughts are with everyone at @LCFC, their friends and their families.X”
  9. Fiddy recently bought 200 tickets to a Ja Rule show so that it would appear empty Ja Rule has been accused of transphobia after hitting back at 50 Cent for recently buying 200 tickets to his show so that it would seem empty. The two rappers have been feuding for almost 20 years, having released a number of diss tracks, including 50 Cent’s 1999 song ‘Life’s on the Line’. The latest development arose at the weekend when Fiddy revealed that he’d picked up 200 tickets to a recent show when he shared the below photoshopped image of himself sitting amongst the empty seats with the caption:“What a show, I mean just fucking great. Do it again my kid went to the restroom. LOL #bellator #lecheminduroi” Ja Rule then responded by sharing a number of photoshopped posts on social media, appearing to suggest that he may either be a trans woman or had relations with them. “This beef is a JOKE to everyone except this lil ape looking bitch,” he wrote in one post which depicted 50 Cent in make-up and with a female hairstyle. “She mad mad!" A number of fans have since taken to social media to complain that Ja Rule’s responses were offensive to members of the transgender community. According to XXL, in 2013, Ja Rule admitted that he felt that he and Murder Inc. had lost the war between the rappers due to a federal investigation into the label. The war of words between the pair continues to rage on.
  10. "This will be the ultimate celebration KISS have announced details of the UK leg of their final ever tour. Check out full dates and ticket details below. The farewell jaunt was first touted earlier this year, after the band tried to trademark the phrase ‘The End Of The Road’, to be used in connection with “live performances by a musical band”. Now, it the farewell shows have been confirmed – with the glam-rock icons set to call at Birmingham, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow. “All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years,” said KISS in a statement. “This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. “KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.” KISS’ upcoming UK tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday November 2 and will be available here. 9 July 2019 – Birmingham, Birmingham Resorts World Arena 11 July 2019 – London, The O2 12 July 2019 – Manchester, Manchester Arena 14 July 2019 – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena 16 July 2019 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena “Let me put it bluntly: One day we are going to stop and do the last show,” he said. “I don’t know when that is… I still look stunning in real life.” Hopes of a swansong album were put to bed last week when Stanley said a final record is unlikely to happen. “No, I don’t think so,” he said. “It’s a different time now. I could write ‘Let It Be’ and people would still say, ‘That’s great. Now play ‘Detroit Rock City’.”
  11. "They had faces of horror" Stormzy has revealed how the shocking reality of being stabbed didn’t sink in until he left south London for a community project. The grime icon, 25, told the Sunday Times how he grew up in Thornton Heath, south London, an area which has previously been plagued by gang violence. But it was only he went to the Midlands on a project management course during his time at an oil refinery that he realised how serious the attack on him actually was. “It was in Tipton. We’d gone there to do the work of the people we were to manage, like welders and in the room were 17 white kids”, he explained. “One day we had our hard hats off. I had a scar on my head and someone goes ‘what happened?’, I said ‘Oh, I got stabbed’. “I will never forget. I was explaining ‘I got stabbed here, there, there….’ They had faces of horror – and that’s when it dawned on me. Where I come from is mad. Of course it’s shocking I’ve been stabbed. Of course it shouldn’t be normal.” It comes after Stormzy last year mourned the loss of his close friend Bugz, who was fatally stabbed in Thornton Heath. Bjorn Brown, 23, was knifed by two men before he collapsed as he attempted to cycle away. The same interview saw Stormzy reflecting on the once-in-a-lifetime experience of receiving piano tuition from Paul McCartney. Later this week, he will release Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far, his first autobiography.
  12. Healy checked into a rehab facility in Barbados in October 2017 Coronation Street‘s Denise Welch, the mother of The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, has spoken out about her son’s recent battle with heroin addiction, saying she’s “proud” of him for telling “his truth”. Healy previously revealed that he checked into a Barbados rehab clinic ahead of recording The 1975’s upcoming album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘ – with the honest admission coming after he referenced his drug battles on comeback single ‘Give Yourself A Try’. Speaking in a new interview with Q, Healy said that heroin made him ‘a worse writer, person, friend, partner [and] son’. “I just want to apologise to my mum,” he said. “You can’t be a parent and have that kind of thing [his drug addiction] out there and not think, “Well, why didn’t I… You think it’s your fault, d’you know what I mean? When it’s completely not.” During her latest appearance on Loose Women, Welch discussed Healy’s issues. “It’s been a struggle because Matt has had issue with drugs, as you know and he’s 29 now,” she said. “Last year he realised he was in trouble, and I wasn’t seeing a great deal of him because he is on a world tour all the time. “It felt I’ve lost my son to this other world so it’s not like I was witnessing the effect it was having on him. He told me when I was in LA last year that he was going to take himself off to rehab.” She also spoke of the “shame and guilt” she felt about things the musician saw growing up, saying she she would “redo” parts of his childhood if she could. “So to hear he has had issues with drugs has been very difficult for me,” Welch said. “As a mum you do always look to yourself to see if there’s anything different you could have done. “I was very thrilled and proud that he told me about it – I was extremely proud of him for talking about it. Matty has decided to publicly speak about it because the way he writes songs, he will be writing about his battle with drugs in there.” She added: “I’m incredibly proud of him, he’s completely clean now… he’s a wonderful young man, a wonderful son and a wonderful brother – he’s coming back from LA this week and I can’t wait to see him. I’m very proud he’s decided to tell his truth.” In 2016, Healy wrote ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’ track ‘She Lays Down’ about Welch’s battle with post-natal depression. In the interview, he also spoke of Mac Miller’s death. The late rapper passed away in September after he was found unresponsive at his San Fernando Valley home. He is believed to have died from an apparent overdose. He was 26 years old. Healy said he knew Miller ‘a little bit’ after they met a festival in Australia in 2014, adding that the news of his death ‘really upset me.’ “It’s just sad, man. He was a good person. Incredibly talented,” he said. Last month, Healy revealed how equine therapy helped him to beat his heroin habit. “One of my therapists there asked did I want to do equine therapy,” he told NME. “And I thought, because I’m a very cynical English person who doesn’t believe in energy and vibes and is a sceptic at heart, I thought, fucking hell, what am I going to do? Stand next to a horse for two weeks? “So I’m stood there, and the first day, to be honest, I am stood next to a horse, and I’m thinking, ‘What a fucking dickhead I am, stood with a horse thinking that I’m going to have a profound moment’. Then three days in, my therapist takes me into this round pen and tells me, ‘Breathe,’ shows me this thing where I’m spinning a rope near the horse, and he basically teaches me how to get the horse to trust me in about five minutes.” Healy continued: “And when it happened, and the horse came up to me and put his thing next to me, and he was just with me for the whole day, feeling safer with me than not, it was the most profound experience I’ve ever had, because I just got it. In that time, and probably if I went back now, I cared a million times more in a human way about the approval of that horse than I did anybody else.”
  13. Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples, John Mayer, and more are confirmed to play at Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life A concert celebrating Mac Miller is to be live-streamed in full, organisers have confirmed. The event, called Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life, is due to take place later this week (October 31) at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. The likes of Action Bronson, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples, Schoolboy Q, John Mayer, Travis Scott, and Earl Sweatshirt are all scheduled to perform at the show, which was announced earlier this month. Organisers announced their plans to stream the concert online in a tweet posted from Miller’s official Twitter account. The message also reiterated plans to donate proceeds to The Mac Miller Circles Fund “to support youth arts & community-building programs in Mac Miller’s memory.” The concert will begin at 6:30pm PT (2:30am GMT). The rapper was found dead at his San Fernando Valley home on September 7. No official cause of death has been confirmed, however, it is believed he died from a drug overdose. He was 26 years old. Anderson .Paak used his speech at the BET Hip-Hop Awards earlier this month (October 16) to pay tribute to Miller. “Legends never die,” he said. “And Mac Miller not ‘was’ but is a whole legend. “Mac Miller did more in 26 years than some of y’all can do in three lifetimes. He never hesitated to extend his hand to the people he loved, and was responsible for putting on so many artists. He not only influenced me but a whole new generation of new, creative, independent artists.” Travis Scott also remembered the late star during his set at Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful festival last month (September 22). In a freestyle between tracks, he rapped: “Malcolm that’s my boy/Mac Miller I love you, always be my boy/Mac Miller we fucking love you, you the fucking one.“
  14. "I might have said f*** off you c****" Happy Mondays and Black Grape legend Shaun Ryder has revealed that he was asked to take part on BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing. In a new interview with Absolute Radio, Ryder said he was asked to do the show but was “f***** off” from the part when producers feared the Manchester legend might swear on live television. Ryder said: “I did get asked to do Strictly, yes, and it was at the same time I got asked to do the Jungle…“The absolute truth of that is Strictly f***** me off and the Jungle had me.” He added: “I don’t think they were going to let me go on Saturday night television live on the BBC…I might have said ‘F*** off you c**** – who the f*** do you think you are you bunch of t**** talking about me? “I might have done that, just might. There might have been a small chance.” You can watch a clip of the interview below. Ryder said his experience in the jungle on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here was “brilliant” after finishing runner-up to Stacey Solomon in 2010. Back in August, Ryder revealed the reason why Happy Mondays were banned from appearing on Top of The Pops. The band made their debut on the show in 1989, performing ‘Hallelujah’ with Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals. Speaking on Joe Presents: Ufiltered with James O’Brien, Ryder said that after their debut, the band were banned by the boss of the show. “We was giggling and this guy didn’t like us giggling, who was the boss at the time,” he explained. “And when he told me to shut up and I’m a young, silly kid… I mean, this guy’s probably never been told to f*** off and do one before. They also made their debut on the same show as the Stone Roses, who performed their track ‘Fool’s Gold’.
  15. Playing to 50,000 people with James, DMAs and Pale Waves Courteeners have announced details of a huge homecoming show at Manchester’s Heaton Park in 2019. Ticket details are below, along with part one of our interview with frontman Liam Fray. While the band are currently adding the finishing touches to their ‘adventurous and emotional new album‘ ahead of kicking off a UK arena tour next month, the band have now announced that they’ll be playing at the iconic park on Saturday June 15, with support from James, DMAs and Pale Waves. Following on from their massive gig at Old Trafford last year and their previous gig at Heaton Park to 25,000 fans, now they’ll be returning to play to a crowd of 50,000. “It’s 50,000 people, which is bullshit in my eyes because I know we could have done more,” frontman Liam Fray told NME. “We’re still in talks with the council, we think we’re going to cap it at 50k. I know how absurd that sentence is. If we were doing 25k, we’d be like, ‘Well, that’s 25k more than we thought we’d ever do 10 years ago’. But, it’s in our own backyard, we’ve done the smaller version with 25 and now we’ve bringing it up to 50. “On the bill is Pale Waves, DMAs and James. Tell me that’s not the best fucking day out next year. That’s the best day Manchester’s seen since Oasis played there ten years ago.” Speaking of what the gig means to the band, Fray continued: “It cements our place at the table. Let’s face it, if someone was doing that in London at Hyde Park, the fucking world would explode. This will be our second gig to 50,000 in as many years. I still have to pinch myself. I was talking to Paul Weller the other week and he said ‘Fucking good on you, because it’s fucking perseverance’. It’s really difficult to block out the naysayers if you do anything creative. “You’re always up to be taken aim at. That can hurt; especially when it’s the big tastemakers who say no. When they dismiss it, you’re kind of like ‘Oh, is that it then?’ But to have 50,000 people in a field singing b-sides for the second time in two years, that’s an indication of where we’re at.” Courteeners announce huge at Heaton Park in Manchester with James, DMAs and Pale Waves. Talking up the band’s special guests, Fray described the combo as ‘a dream’ and ‘fucking insane’. “Heather [Baron-Grace] from Pale Waves – she’s a rockstar already,” Fray told NME. “I was walking through Manchester at half term and I must have seen five 16-year-olds trying to be her. That means it’s happening. You’re connecting. I fucking love it. “DMAs have been my favourite band since I heard ‘Delete’ about five years ago. They’ve been on tour with us and they’re good friends of us. They’re one of the few bands who know to party. James are, in my eyes, just absolute bona fide legends. Not just round here, but they were massive. They don’t get lumped in with the other icons like Oasis, Roses and The Smiths, and I’ve never understood that. Growing up, they were the band that were on in our house the most. My sister was a huge fan. They’ve got a real heart and soul and I just think Tim is a phenomenal writer. He never got any credit for. A lot of people put him second fiddle to Morrissey. I can’t wait to watch them.” Having played so many huge ‘victory lap’ shows in their native Manchester at Old Trafford, Heaton Park, the arena and Albert Square, Fray says that the band are currently fine-tuning plans to make this show truly one-of-a-kind. “I think we’re going to do a tour documentary leading up to it and do something different this time around,” Fray revealed. “There might be some guests. Once you’ve done it, you have to change it up a little bit. I don’t want people to think we’re just peddling another gig, because we’re not. We’re still growing. Our last record was as exciting as the first and our next one is as exciting as the previous three. A lot of the time you go and see big bands and the new stuff in shit and not carrying, but we’ve got ‘The 17th’, ‘Modern Love’ and there’s a few from the last record that get just as good a reaction as anything else.” He added: “As long as that keeps happening, then great. But I won’t run it into the ground, and I really mean that. If it felt like we were trotting out the same shit or dwindling in some way then I wouldn’t do it, and I think the people would let us know. The gig is all about them and their voices. They see us in them.” 2018 Thursday 15 November -Stoke Victoria Hall Friday 16 November -Birmingham O2 Academy Saturday 17 November – Leeds First Direct Arena Monday 19 November – Nottingham Rock City Tuesday 20 November – Leicester O2 Academy Thursday 22 November – Llandudno Venue Cymru Friday 23 November – Newcastle Metro Arena Saturday 24 November – Glasgow SSE Arena Monday 26 November – Southampton O2 Guildhall Tuesday 27 November – Bristol O2 Academy Thursday 29 November – Hull Venue Friday 30 November – Liverpool Echo Arena Saturday 1 December – London O2 Brixton Academy 2019 Sunday 15 June – Manchester Heaton Park