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THE LATHUMS + Special Guests – 24th April 21 **SOLD OUT**

Britain’s most exciting new band, The Lathums reveal their biggest shows to date, hitting the road in 2021. Having sold out previous hometown shows in 60 seconds, all tickets for upcoming dates are set to go on general sale on Fri 31 July 2020 at 10am.

The emergence of the melodic indie band from Wigan with heart-quickening live intensity, near-spiritual positive energy and literary influences (Essential listening: Fight On – influenced by tales of the French Resistance) has thrilled those waiting patiently for new heroes of emotive guitar music that means everything. An 18-month journey from playing bars to selling out their first headline tour in just one day, signing to Island Records on the way, made for a breathless first chapter. With the plot warming up to the point of overheating, the next, exciting episode gets underway on even bigger stages.

The Lathums’ beg-for-a-ticket live shows have become legendary amongst those ‘in the know’ fans enjoying the ride as it has gathered pace. Delivering pure joy and tall tales, the four talented friends from the overlooked fringes of Greater Manchester netted streaming figures in their millions with a string of independent releases prior to signing their deal with Island. It’s a journey immortalised in their short film; The Memories We Make, with a compilation EP of the same name flying into the UK Album Charts at Number 14 in on release in July.

Tickets on general sale Fri 31st  July at 10am via The Sugarmill, or Music Mania.

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PHOXJAW + Poisonous Birds + Special Guests – 27th Feb

PHOXJAW return to The Sugarmill on 27th Feb.

Debut full-length album ‘Royal Swan’ will be released July 3rd on Hassle Records

Kerrang! – Cataclysmic Riffs

Noizze – The band have nailed a new wave of grunge that feels prominent and fresh at the same time as holding the melancholic and downtuned raw angst

Support from Posionous Birds + Special Guests

Tickets on sale Monday 6th July at 10am via The Sugarmill, or Music Mania.

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The Quireboys + Massive – 30th Jan

Following the announcement of the release of the re-recorded version of A Bit Of What You Fancy – to celebrate its 30th Anniversary – The Quireboys will embark on a special UK TOUR from December 2020 to February 2021.

A 48-hour Planet Rock Ticket Pre-Sale will start on Wednesday 3rd June at 10am from www.planetrocktickets.co.uk. Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 5th June at 10am from www.thegigcartel.com.

Australian beer drinking rock n roll warriors MASSIVE, who are no strangers to the UK music scene, are returning as tour support for the Quireboys. The band are on the road promoting their 3rd studio album Rebuild Destroy out now through Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

The 13-date tour will kick off at the Bullingdon in Oxford on Thursday 10th December and will include dates in Bristol (11 Dec), Nottingham (13 Dec), Brighton (28 Jan), Birmingham (29 Jan), Leeds (4 Feb), Glasgow (5 Feb), Manchester (12 Feb) and Gateshead (13 Feb).

To mark the 30th Anniversary of A Bit Of What You Fancy, the Quireboys are currently re-recording their iconic debut album with their current Gypsy Rock & Roll sound. Released on Friday 1st July, the album will be available on vinyl and CD both on limited edition runs. The CD will include bonus live tracks.

Pre-order the album at https://offyerrocka.com/product-category/artists/the-quireboys

“A Bit of What You Fancy is where it all began for the Quireboys,” says the band’s frontman Spike. “It was an incredible album that launched our career. However, the way we sound and play now doesn’t do it justice. Henceforth, it has been a pleasure updating it to our modern-day Gypsy Rock & Roll Sound. I’m sure everyone will enjoy this new version in all its glory, marking its 30th Anniversary.”

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Tickets on sale Friday 5th June at 10am via The Sugarmill, or Music Mania.

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EVIL SCARECROW + Witch Tripper – 29th Oct

Many uncounted years have passed since the world was consumed in fire and water. Now the lost tribes of humanity drift across the hot dunes, driven to despair and savagery in the battle for survival. But you seek something greater, a higher purpose.

Your quest takes you through the ravaged wastelands of hollowed-out cities, the endless deserts of civilisation’s demise, until at last you come upon a scrap metropolis, rising from the ground like a great metal god. The entrance is guarded by the huge effigy of a crucified Scarecrow, and a cloud of black crows scatters from its up-raised arms, cawing noisily to herald your approach. As you enter the city walls you begin to hear another sound, a tribal rhythm that calls to something deep inside you. You follow as it grows louder and louder.

You find yourself inside a vast amphitheatre. Thousands of people move in unison, their hands raised in horn symbols towards five figures who stand elevated on a dais before them. The gathered crowd are dressed in strange armour made from scavenged parts – here a robot crafted from an air conditioning unit, there a car door turned into a crab carapace. The music is so loud now that it fills your mind, blasting from the great black towers that stand on either side of the stage. As you watch and listen, you find you cannot help but dance, your body driven by an urge as ancient as time itself. You don’t understand what’s happening, but you feel something you haven’t felt for a long time. You’re having… fun…

“… as you’re headbanging to this majestic metal madness, be aware that you might be doing so in the presence of a band who could one day help British metal take over the world again!”

Planet-Loud

“Evil Scarecrow… find themselves on the brink of being a genuinely significant concern on the British scene…”

Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer

“We had the most people in the history of Bloodstock get up early especially to see Evil Scarecrow play! If that isn’t testimonial to how incredible this band is, I don’t know what is! Stunning live band…”

Vicky Hungerford, Bloodstock Open Air

“‘Scream for me Download!’ asks ingeniously monikered Evil Scarecrow (KKKKK) frontman Dr. Rabid Hell. The prop-heavy, self-declared ‘Blue Peter-Metallers’ veer between ‘zero-gravity’ moon-moshing’ and inexplicably getting the overspilling tent to chant ‘eggs’. World domination is only some sticky-backed plastic away”

Kerrang!

Evil Scarecrow’s live show has been captivating, delighting and surprising audiences for many years. From the local pub to the main stage at Bloodstock Festival, it has grown bigger, louder and sillier with each year of success. More than just a metal gig, an Evil Scarecrow show is a performance, a piece of bizarre rock theatre unlike any you’ve seen before.

Famous for their ‘Blue Peter’ props, gregarious characters and catchy metal anthems, the band have gone from strength to strength. As well as regularly touring big venues across the UK, they’ve entertained fans at HRH Road Trip in Ibiza, Wacken Festival in Germany, and Summer Breeze Festival in Bavaria.

Everywhere they play, their cult grows – and their fans are dedicated and enthusiastic. It’s not an Evil Scarecrow crowd without a few cardboard robots, foam crabs and other hilarious homemade props raised aloft. Crowd participation is just as important as what the band does on-stage, and the whole experience is a truly immersive one that will challenge even the most cynical to not join in.

In late 2018 the band released their 4th full-length album, Chapter IV: Antartarctica. This was followed by the Lost in Antartarctica Tour, which played to huge audiences all across the UK.

In 2020 the band will be touring with a new show, playing fan favourites from their full catalogue. In the meantime, rumours of a new album can neither be confirmed nor denied…

Tickets on sale on the 1st May at 10am via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

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THE SUGARMILL x ENTREPRENEURS x KIDDA KINSEY

We’ve teamed up with local artist Kidda Kinsey to produce a new range of tshirts, prints and tote bags. These will be made and dispatched by local print company Entrepreneurs Network and will have proceeds split between all three project partners 🙌
 

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THE DEVOUT – Depeche Mode Tribute Act – 26th June 2021

Europe’s leading Depeche Mode experience, meticulously recreated and passionately performed by seasoned musicians and lifelong fans.

The Devout’ is the natural continuation of Speak and Spell, one of the World’s most infamous Depeche Mode tributes. Rebooted and reengineered for an even more accurate performance ‘The Devout’ includes Barclay Quarton (S&S’s new frontman), Keith Trigwell, the production engine behind both bands, Killing Joke’s Reza Udhin and Glen Wisbey from Modovar and Blue October. With refined productions, live delivery and a fresh line-up, The Devout are delivering classic Depeche Mode shows at parties, gigs and festivals.

www.depechemodetribute.co.uk

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

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THE HOWL & THE HUM + Special Guests – 13th Feb 2021

In 2020, there are more ways than ever to get your name out there. Stars are born on Soundcloud, or via Instagram; musicians can cultivate a whole following without having ever played a note outside of their bedrooms. It’s a new type of opportunity, but it’s also one that lacks the romance and community of a youth spent cutting your teeth around like-minded souls. And, as The Howl & The Hum’s chief singer and songwriter Sam Griffiths discovered over years embedded in York’s artistic open mic scene, it’s those experiences that really whip you into shape. After moving to York, Griffiths was hanging out at open mic and poetry nights, a strange Yorkshire version of Greenwich Village in the 60s, and it was through these nights that Sam would go on to meet bassist Bradley Blackwell, drummer Jack Williams and guitarist Conor Hirons.

With a magpie mentality they cut their teeth playing in and learning from local bands and busking, with a strong songwriting core and an inventive, progressive view on what place guitar music has in today’s culture. Their inspirations ranging from Leonard Cohen and Phoebe Bridgers to Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar, and have been likened to Massive Attack, Radiohead and Alt-J.

Having signed with Kobalt/AWAL, The Howl & the Hum are now gearing up for the release of their debut album in the Spring. The band have received strong support from Annie Mac and Huw Stephens on their BBC Radio 1 shows, on BBC 6 Music from Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, and with press supporters including The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, Wonderland, Music Week, Dork, Clash and more. They have also performed at SXSW and The Great Escape, sold-out Omeara and The Scala in London, and now the signs are there for The Howl & Hum to have a breakthrough year in 2020.

Tickets on sale Fri 6th March at 9am!

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BC CAMPLIGHT + Katy J Pearson + Special Guests – 8th May 21

**RESCHEDULED – ORIGINAL TICKETS REMAIN VALID**

 

Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, Shortly After Takeoff is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his “Manchester Trilogy”, following 2015’s “How To Die In The North” and 2018’s “Deportation Blues”. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.

The “heavy stuff” has come thick and fast for Christinzio. Just days before How To Die In The North was released, he was deported and banned from the UK because of visa issues. Estranged from his new home, his girlfriend and his dog, unable to promote his album and back home with his parents, Christinzio sunk deep into the dark. An Italian passport, care of his grandparents, eventually allowed him to re-settle in Manchester, but then just days before Deportation Blues was released, his father Angelo unexpectedly died.

“I went into a spiral that was worse than any time since my twenties,” he recalls. Hence the title Shortly After Takeoff: the feeling of being suddenly thwarted by what life throws at you. Making matters worse was a neurological disorder that returned after years in remission: “I see TV static, and it messes with how my brain interprets everything from sound to my own feelings.”

One way to process tragedy is comedy, which elevates Shortly After Takeoff to a heightened plateau, from grief-stricken vulnerability to armoured bravado, from the black dog of depression to gallows humour

“I’m pretty sure the BC Camplight live experience isn’t something you can find elsewhere,” he declares. “It is a journey every night. One moment, I’m basically doing a stand-up routine and the next, the band and I are playing like we plan on dying that evening, giving our everything. Then I’m on speakerphone to my Mom on stage before assaulting my piano. I’m very thankful that, after all this time, the audience is finally there.” One regret is that his father never saw Christinzio experience any level of success. “I wish he could have seen what I’ve started to do here,” he says. “I certainly gave that guy more grey hairs than he deserved. He would have liked to see this.”

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

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ASH + Special Guests – 14th July 21

  1. Having successfully outlasted their self-described ‘guaranteed real teenagers’ tagline when they first burst in earshot in 1994, ASH have released Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash on 14th February 2020, and it has subsequently gone to number one in both the UK and Irish independent charts!

Teenage Wildlife traces the band’s recording career from exuberant debut Jack Names The Planets through to the likes of BuzzKill from 2018’s top twenty album Islands whilst also including a brand new offering Darkest Hour Of The Night alongside thirteen Top 40 singles such as Girl From Mars, Gold Finger, Oh Yeah amid an array of the band’s recorded history. Teenage Wildlife also comes in a limited lenticular three CD set that will include a nineteen-track collection of rarities including a version of The Buzzcocks’ classic Everybody’s Happy Nowadays (featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin), the eternal Teenage Kicks and the collection’s infamous title track.

From their mini-album Trailer, a volley of intent with Jack Names The Planets, Uncle Pat and Petrol recorded whilst still at school debut album proper, 1996’s Number One album  1977, almost imploding with the follow-up Nu-Clear Sounds, the addition of teenage guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, 1998’s  historic Northern Irish Referendum show in Belfast before a return to the number one spot with the universally acclaimed Free All Angels seeing Tim Wheeler awarded with an Ivor Novello for Shining Light, consolidating a reputation for a run of extraordinary singles.

Whether the original trio or expanded four-piece with the multi-talented Hatherley, ASH have continually excelled both live and on record – an edited overview of reflection, Teenage Wildlfe encapsulates the past twenty-five years perfectly.

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

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SUGARMILL SHORTLISTED FOR MUSIC WEEK AWARD

We’ve been nominated for Music Week‘s ‘Grassroots Venue – Spirit of the Scene’ award for the third time.
We’re up against some really worthy competition, so it’s an honour to even be on this list.
For the first time, the winner will be decided by a public vote.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of our customers during this tough time, so thanks to you all!

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