Louise Distras announces new single ‘Aileen’ and confirms European tour dates

Louise Distras 2016

British firebrand singer-songwriter Louise Distras will release her new single “Aileen” on the 30th of September. The song will be Distras’ first new music since the release of her debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor.

Co-produced by Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, The Vamps, John Mayer) and Dreams from the Factory Floor producer Steve Whale (The Business), “Aileen” represents real musical growth and a sonic shift for Louise, being an impassioned radio anthem that steps away from the punk and protest tags of her past and into powerpop territory. Nevertheless, the pop-friendly hooks house an intense emotional core.

Lyrically “Aileen” is a hard-hitting track that explores the dark story of ‘America’s first female serial killer’ Aileen Wuornos. It’s a song that sees Distras questioning rape culture and the sanctity of life. The song is living proof – if ever it was needed – that pop music does not have to mean ‘dumbed-down’ or ‘throwaway.’

Says Distras of “Aileen”: “One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary ‘Selling of a Serial Killer’, which is about ‘America’s first female serial killer’, Aileen Wuornos. As someone who has also experienced homelessness and sexual assault, Aileen’s story hit me pretty hard but left me feeling inspired to share it through my music. The film also left me with my own questions about rape culture and the idea of nature VS nurture, so I decided to make my own DIY film that explores the lyrical content of the single. It’s called ‘Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement’ and it’s available via scanning a QR code that’s printed on the back of the CD and also on tour posters across the UK and mainland Europe.”

“Aileen” and it’s accompanying film will be released worldwide on 30th September 2016 via iTunes and Amazon, or CD and coloured vinyl available exclusively via Louise’s official website. You can pre-order your copy now: louisedistras.co.uk/store

Distras has also confirmed a series of European tour dates for the remainder of the year. Don’t miss your chance to hear “Aileen” live at the following shows:

24th Sep: Forest of Dean, Something Else in the Dean Festival
26th Sep: Manchester, Gullivers w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes
30th Sep: Camden, Black Heart w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes
01st Oct: London, Rich Mix
05th Oct: Birmingham, The Rainbow
06th Oct: Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
07th Oct: Derby, The Maypole
08th Oct: Kingston, Fighting Cocks w/ Get Dead
10th Oct: Norwich, Owl Sanctuary w/ Get Dead
11th Oct: Nottingham, Doghouse w/ Get Dead
12th Oct: 02 Islington Academy, London w/ Get Dead
13th Oct: Dundee, The Vestry
14th Oct: Glasgow, Audio
15th Oct: Edinburgh, Bannerman’s
16th Oct: Nottingham, Foreman’s w/ TV Smith
21st Oct: Leeds, Verve
19th Nov: Groningen, Spieghel (Netherlands)
21st Nov: Essen, Anyway (Germany)
22nd Nov: Bonn, Kult 4 (Germany)
23rd Nov: Koln, Sonic Ballroom (Germany)
27th Nov: Berlin, Wild At Heart (Germany)
29th Nov: Dresden, Chemiefabrik (Germany)

Louise Distras 2016 euro tour poster

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Anneke van Giersbergen reveals solo European tour dates

Anneke van Giersbergen

Anneke van Giersbergen has shared full details of her forthcoming solo European tour.

The dates will see Van Giersbergen playing a slew of acoustic shows before she takes a break from performing to focus on her next solo album, tentatively scheduled for 2017.

She recently said: “I have a plan and I think it will knock you off your feet – but I really need to take my time and make this new album the best it can possibly be.

“I feel like I’m on the verge of something wonderful. Expect something heavy and progressive, folks!”

17th Apr: Helmond Muziekcafe, Netherlands
22nd Apr: Glasgow Audio, UK
23rd Apr: Manchester Fac251, UK
24th Apr: Leicester Soundhouse, UK
25th Apr: London O2 Islington Academy, UK
26th Apr: Bristol Exchange, UK
27th Apr: Southampton Engine Room, UK
28th Apr: Verviers Spirit of 66, Belgium
29th Apr: Leipzig UnterRock, Germany
30th Apr: Berlin Arter Gallery, Germany
01st May: Hamburg Rock Cafe, Germany
05th May: Oberhausen Kuittempel, Germany
06th May: Roeselare Verlichte Geest, Belgium
07th May: Paris La Maroquinerie, France
08th May: Lille La Penuche, France (morning and afternoon shows)
12th May: Turku Gong, Finland
13th May: Helsinki Semifinal, Finland
14th May: Trondheim Good Omens, Norway
20th May: Nijmegen Thiemeloods, Netherlands
21st May: Willemsoord Muziekcafe de Steen, Netherlands
28th May: Reuver Rock Station, Netherlands

Van Giersbergen will also appear at her first-ever fan weekend in Amsterdam in December, with tickets on sale now.

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Refused announce 2016 European tour

Refused 2015

Refused have confirmed a European tour for 2016.

The Swedish hardcore outfit will kick off proceedings in their hometown of Malmo on the 26th February, with the tour taking in five dates in the UK.

Anna von Hausswolff will play in support for the UK shows.

Say Refused: “We’re excited to finally be able to do a few more shows throughout the UK in the spring and have Anna von Hausswolff on the tour with us for these. See you soon.”

Tickets for the live dates are available via Refused’s official website. The band have teamed up with the MOAS charity, with fans who buy tickets through officialrefused.com having the opportunity to make a donation that Refused will then match.

Say Refused of the initiative: “Purchases made through officialrefused.com will have the option to make a donation to MOAS and we will match all donations.

“MOAS is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing assistance to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe vessels.”

Refused will play:

Feb 26th: Malmo KB, Sweden
Feb 27th: Gothenburg West Coast Riot, Sweden
Mar 16th: Saarbrucken Garage, Germany
Mar 17th: Berlin Kesselhaud, Germany
Mar 18th: Vienna Arena, Austria
Mar 19th: Fribourg Fir-Son, Switzerland
Mar 20th: Cologne Stollwerck, Germany
Mar 22nd: Glasgow Garage, UK
Mar 23rd: Manchester Academy 2, UK
Mar 24th: Leeds Stylus, UK
Mar 25th: Brighton Concorde 2, UK
Mar 26th: Birmingham Library, UK
Mar 27th: Schijndel Passpop Festival, Netherland
Apr 08th: Umea Open, Sweden
Apr 09th: Umea Open, Sweden
Apr 20th: Stockholm Nobelberget, Sweden
Apr 21st: Huskvarna Teaterladen PF, Sweden
Apr 22nd: Karlstad Nojesfabriken, Sweden

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Skunk Anansie reveal new album and European tour dates

Skunk Anansie 2015

Skunk Anansie have confirmed details of their sixth studio album, Anarchytecture.

The LP will be released on the 15th of January 2016 and comes ahead of a European tour. It is being described as a collection of “…hard-hitting alternative rock anthems, brimming with punchy riffs and the sort of fire that can only burn from the heart and soul of vocal powerhouse, Skin.”

Anarchytecture was produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Killing Joke, Band of Skulls) at RAK Studios in London, with mixing handled by Dalgety & Jeremy Wheatley. Mastering is set to be completed by the legendary Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York.

The band’s 2016 European tour will take in shows across the continent, beginning with two UK shows in early February:

Feb 04th: Manchester Albert Hall, UK
Feb 05th: London Forum, UK
Feb 07th: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Feb 08th: Amsterdam Paradiso, Netherlands
Feb 10th: Paris Bataclan, France
Feb 11th: Luxembourg Rockhal, Luxembourg
Feb 12th: Hamburg Markethall, Germany
Feb 13th: Berlin Astra Kulturhaus, Germany
Feb 15th: Vienna Arena, Austria
Feb 16th: Zurich X-Tra, Switzerland
Feb 17th: Milan Alcatraz, Italy
Feb 18th: Lausanne Les Docks, Switzerland

Tickets are available now from Gigsandtours.com

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Ghost confirm UK leg of forthcoming European tour

Ghost 2015 Promo

Following the release of their new album, Meliora, and critically lauded performances at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, Ghost have announced the UK leg of their forthcoming European tour.

The live dates will be the first time that Ghost have headlined shows in the UK under their own name alone, so fans are being prepped to expect “the full Ghost experience.”

Confirmed UK shows are as follows:

12th Dec: Beckett University, Leeds
14th Dec: Rock City, Nottingham
15th Dec: Institute, Birmingham
16th Dec: Academy, Newcastle
18th Dec: ABC, Glasgow
19th Dec: Ritz, Manchester
20th Dec: Academy, Bristol
21st Dec: KOKO, London

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday the 4th of September. Support for the shows will be coming from Dead Soul.

You can watch Ghost’s doppelganger-led video, directed by Roboshobo, for Meliora album track “Cirice” below.

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