Hands Off Gretel gear up for UK tour with Skating Polly


Photos: Helen Tate

Hands Off Gretel, the alternative grunge band from South Yorkshire, will be supporting US rock outfit Skating Polly on six of their UK headline tour dates this summer.

The two bands, both heavily influenced by the riot grrrl bands of the 90’s, first met when Lauren Tate from Hands off Gretel watched Skating Polly supporting Babes in Toyland in 2015 in Manchester. Following an exchange of Cd’s at the gig, Hands off Gretel were invited to support Skating Polly in London in 2016 and played a sold out gig at the Lock Tavern.

Skating Polly return to the UK in July to support Kate Nash on her European tour. In between these dates they will play a series of headline shows and have invited Hands Off Gretel to join them as special guests.

Catch Skating Polly and Hands Off Gretel on the following dates:

Jul 27th: The Moon Club – Cardiff
Jul 28th: The Cavern – Exeter
Jul 30th: Yardbirds – Grimsby
Jul 31st: Broadcast – Glasgow
Aug 02nd: Thunderbolt – Bristol
Aug 11th: Sebright Arms – London

You can watch Hands Off Gretel’s video for their track “Plasters” below.

Hands Off Gretel’s album “Burn The Beauty Queen” is out now.

Connect with Hands Off Gretel via:
Facebook: facebook.com/handsoffgretel
Twitter: twitter.com/HandsOffGretel
Web: handsoffgretel.co.uk

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Iron Maiden announce new European dates for The Book Of Souls World Tour

Iron Maiden 2015 promo

Iron Maiden have extended their The Book Of Souls World Tour with the announcement of a raft of new European arena dates.

Beginning in Antwerp on the 22nd of April, 2017, ‘Maiden will play a total of 16 new shows across Belgium, Germany, the UK and Ireland.

Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris says:

“As it’s been so long since our last full UK arena tour, we really wanted to get to our fans in as many cities as possible. We’re really looking forward to it, especially visiting places we haven’t been to for a very long time like Leeds where we haven’t played since 2005 and Liverpool where we haven’t played since 1990.

“The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas,” he continues. “The songs from The Book Of Souls album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do.”

Iron Maiden will play:

Apr 22: Belgium, Antwerp, Sportpaleis
Apr 24: Germany, Oberhausen, König-Pilsener-Arena
Apr 28: Germany, Frankfurt, Festhalle
May 02: Germany, Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
May 04: England, Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
May 06: Ireland, Dublin, 3arena
May 08: England, Manchester, Arena
May 10: England, Sheffield, Arena
May 11: England, Leeds, First Direct Arena
May 14: England, Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
May 16: Scotland, Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
May 17: Scotland, Aberdeen, AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
May 20: England, Liverpool, Echo Arena
May 21: England, Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
May 24: Wales, Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
May 27: England, London, O2 Arena

Special Guests for all shows will be American arena headliners Shinedown. Shinedown’s Zach Myers comments: “Iron Maiden are the kings of metal and one of the greatest live bands of all time. It’s an honour to be touring with them in Europe and in their home country and to play in front of their fans. We can’t wait to see you in 2017!!!”

Tickets are on-sale from 9am on Friday 30th September via www.livenation.co.uk priced at £57.50 / £49.50 / £46 regionally and £57.50 / £50 / £48 for London. There will be an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members, details of which can be found on www.ironmaiden.com.

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Fish targets retirement from music in 2017

Fish press shot 2012

Renowned singer, musician, writer and former Marillion frontman Fish has announced that he is aiming to retire from music in 2017.

Despite planning his retirement for a number of years, the singer says that the critical acclaim surrounding his last album, 2013’s A Feast Of Consequences, has led to offers of work that he doesn’t want to turn down.

Writing via his website, Fish says: “2015 has swiveled and repositioned itself as far as cunning plans go, and that’s having a knock-on effect on the overall outro I was looking at.

“The 4 weeks of rescheduled dates in January and February have torn a chunk out of my intended schedule and after discussions and offers in the last few days I have to reconsider how the year unfolds with projects. I can’t name specific events… what I can say is that July and August will be full on as a mixture of open airs in Europe will be threaded together with a string of club shows which will hopefully have us on a bus for nearly 5 weeks leading up to the Cropredy festival on the 14th August with weekends pretty much full with shows all the way up to the second week of September.

“It would be unwise to attempt to write, record and release the Weltschmerz album in 2015 without putting unnecessary pressure on myself, and running the risks of not only missing deadlines but also being forced into compromises I don’t want to entertain on this project. It has to be special on every level.”

Fish will instead concentrate his efforts on reissues of his solo material, including the albums Sunsets On Empire, Raingods With Zippos, Fellini Days and Field Of Crows.

As the singer continues: “The first batch I would like to have available at the beginning of June. Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors, Internal Exile, Suits and Songs From The Mirror will be put together at the end of the year – so that by December my entire catalogue will once again be fully available.”

Each album will be presented in a hardback case with two additional discs and a 40 page booklet.

Fish ends by reflecting: “I feel comfortable with the scheduling and I think it gives me the time to prepare for the next important steps in my life. It means I will be retiring from the music business just before my 60th birthday which I think is a pretty good time to ring the changes I want to make.

“I know there will be some of you who perhaps disagree with this ambition and many who will be disappointed at this decision but a man has to have a plan and this is mine in January of 2015 as I stare into the future which I know holds a lot of promise and new adventures.”

Skin Back Alley caught Fish’s live show at The Picturedrome, Holmfirth on the 18th December last year. You can read our review of the gig here.

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