Into Music : Upcoming Gigs
We are well and truly into the deep, dark nights and with that comes the festive gig season with plenty of bands and artists hitting towns and cities up and down the U.K. over the next couple of months or so. That said, there are plenty of gig announcements beyond that and going into 2023 and Into Creative bring you a few which we think will grab your attention, so please read on……
Concert: The Murder Capital
Venue: Glasgow, SW3G
Date: 18 February 2023
What an absolute delight to have Dublin’s post-punk five piece The Murder Capital back touring. Having been one of the hottest gig tickets around following their debut album, When I Have Fears, released in 2019, they are back with a new European/U.K. tour to promote album number two, Gigi’s Recovery.
New single A Thousand Lives highlights the development the band have taken since the earlier released music. The track is disparate, drum focused but guitars and bass weave through the heart of the track while singer James McGovern brings a typically astute vocal. At times, hints of The Walkmen and the Arctic Monkeys but clearly the band are ploughing an increasingly suave, dynamic sound of their own.
It’s great to have them back and I for one cannot wait for their return to Glasgow. Catch up on details of the new album (released 20th January 2023) and the tour via The Murder Capital website here.
Concert: Peter Gabriel
Venue: Glasgow OVO Hydro
Date: 22 June 2023
If you had to write down names of truly iconic pop/rock stars then surely Peter Gabriel would be on that list. Having helped form prog-rock superstars Genesis in the late 1960s, Gabriel on vocal duties helped develop the band into an international juggernaut before leaving in 1975, embarking on a hugely successful solo career which has saw him release 10 studio albums to date.
Gabriel plays the cavernous OVO Hydro next June and this is surely going to be a fast ticket seller. The gig will see long time collaborators Tony Levin, David Rhodes and Manu Katche take to the stage to belt out some old classics but also tracks from Gabriel’s hotly new anticipated album i/o.
A first solo tour in 8 years will see Gabriel and his band undertake 22 concerts, criss-crossing Europe from Poland in May through to Dublin in June including that date in Glasgow. Of the tour, Gabriel said “It’s been a while and I am now surrounded by a whole lot of new songs and am excited to be taking them out on the road for a spin. Look forward to seeing you out there”.
Head over to the Peter Gabriel website for full details on the new album and tour here.
Concert: The Clone Roses
Venue: Glasgow Barrowland
Dates: 22 April 2023
It’s not often Into Creative do a review/preview of what is essentially a tribute band but we make no apologies for this one. 2023 will see the 25th anniversary of the formation of the number one Stone Roses tribute band and The Clone Roses will celebrate by playing the iconic Glasgow Barrowland and Manchester’s Heaton Park. The former won’t be lost on fans as being a favourite of the Roses and the latter the scene of the original band’s much remembered reunion gigs in 2012.
Having never played Glasgow before, this is definitely one to look forward to and lead singer Gav Scott said “We’ve never in 25 years played a headline show in Glasgow… But we’ve had so many messages from people saying we need to play Glasgow, it’s almost like a second Manchester, the music from that era is so popular. We felt the time was right to put a big show on in Glasgow at one of the most iconic venues in the UK. This is going to be a special night. We’ve heard so many great things about how mental Scottish fans are at gigs like this, can’t wait to see it for ourselves”.
The support isn’t too shabby either with Oas-is, The Smiths Ltd, The James Experience and The Gerry Cinnamon Experience adding to the mix.
Having checked the band out on YouTube and spoken to a few pals who have seen them live, it’s pretty clear they have the tunes down to a tee and there is the added bonus that Scott’s vocal will easily eclipse that of Ian Brown.
Check out The Clone Roses website here for further details.
Concert: Little Man Tate
Venues: Glasgow Garage
Dates: 23 April 2023
Sheffield has a long, rich history of producing amazing bands and artists – think Arctic Monkeys, The Human League, Richard Hawley, Milburn, Pulp, ABC, Comsat Angels, Joe Cocker, Reverend & the Makers, Cabaret Voltaire and so on. Nestled in there are Little Man Tate and while they’ve only had two albums released since forming (2007/2008) the indie rockers have contributed to the city’s rich musical legacy (check out This Must Be Love and Sexy In Latin).
Of course, part of the reason there are only two studio albums is the fact the band split up and only reformed last year to do two homecoming gigs in Sheffield. Fueled by the success of those concerts, the original line up of Jon Windle, Ben Surtees, Dan Fields and Edward Marriott are hitting the road on an eleven date trek around the U.K. including a gig at the Garage in Glasgow.
Who knows what the future holds for Little Man Tate but it’s good to have them back. Go see them. For more details head over to their website here.
Concert: The Illicits
Venue: Glasgow Hug & Pint
Dates: 07 December 2022
So we did say at the start there were gigs coming thick and fast but we’ve generally focused on 2023. If you are looking for a final gig “fix” in 2022 then look no further than The Illicits who headline Glasgow’s Hug & Pint venue on December 7th.
New single Modern Life evokes The Jam on steroids (This Is A Modern World) with a Johnny Rotten vocal ala Bodies which is something else. Kick ass guitars, heavy bass and thundering drums accompany that vocal from singer George Richards.
Bass player Joe Mitchell said of the track “the stomping rhythm and punk production helps conjure up familiar Lancashire moods: cold early morning walks, rain-soaked shoes and slow, clattering commutes on buses and trains. The lyrics centre around how the people around us speak — ‘but you have to keep on’ is a well-known Lancastrian phrase, despite modern day life struggles. There are also references to local landmarks such as Winter Hill, and a natural rebelliousness against those who have let the industries around them fall and decline“.
Modern punk with a throwback nod to their roots, The Illicits hit the mark with their latest single ahead of their imminent U.K. tour. Having cut their chops supporting the likes of Liam Gallagher, Primal Scream and The Zutons, this is definitely the time to see the Blackburn band step out from the shadows to forge their own identity as a headline act. It’s no surprise the band are on Alan McGee’s Creation 23 label.
For more details on this northern powerhouse that is The Illicits, head over to their website here.