Welcome to another news roundup! Expect all the latest music news condensed for your satisfaction and yes I used the Reading/Leeds Festival news as an excuse to head this article up with a picture of Thom Yorke.

Reading/Leeds Festival

The right of passage festival will be headlined by the Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Radiohead. It seems that the first two bands have time shares on British Music festivals but fair play on getting Radiohead! For more info head over to www.readingfestival.com

Post War Years

The Awesome Post War Years will be playing a host of shows to support the release of their debut album 'The Greats And The Happenings' released on 18th May through Wealth records. March MON 30th  Madam Jojo's April TUES 7th - Artrocker @ Vibe Bar SUN 12th - Bird On The Wire @ Bardens Boudoir SAT 18th - Play It By Ear @ Monarch

Sunset Rubdown

DRAGONSLAYER, the third full band album by Sunset Rubdown (second for Jagjaguwar), will be released on June 23rd in North America and June 22nd in the UK/Europe. For more info head over to www.sunsetrubdown.net

Eden Sessions/Ladyhawke

New Zealand singer-songwriter Ladyhawke will play on the same bill as The Kooks at the Eden Sessions on July 18. I've never been to one of the Eden Sessions before but they look amazing. Head over to www.edensessions.com for more info!


May 27 - Brighton, Engine Room  8pm, £8 adv May 28 - London, MOJO Club @ Jazz Cafe  7pm, £10 adv May 29 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach  7.30pm, £8.50 adv May 30 - Manchester, The Deaf Institute  7pm, £8.50 adv May 31 - Glasgow, Captains Rest  7.30pm, £8 adv June 1 - Dublin, Whelan's  8pm, €15 adv June 2 - Cork, The Pavilion  8.30pm, €15 adv

Ice Age 3

Who doesn't like the Ice Age franchise? If you're hand is up in the air you smell. Anyway, Twentieth Century Fox are delighted to announce Simon Pegg as the voice behind Buck the newest addition to the Ica Age herd. Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs the third film in the Ice Age franchise will be released in the UK on July 1st, and for the first time, will also be available in 3D.


Hockey release their new single ‘Learn To Lose’ through Virgin Records on 1 June. The single will be released on CD, 7 inch and download and is taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Mind Chaos’ which is released later in the year.

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers return this year with their ninth studio album, ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’ released on May 18th on Columbia Records. Produced by Steve Albini and recorded live at Rockfield Studios in Wales during the Winter of 2008, the album features lyrics left behind by former guitarist Richey Edwards across all 13 new tracks. An original piece of Jenny Saville’s art is the cover of ‘Journal for Plague Lovers’, whose painting graced the cover of 1994’s ‘The Holy Bible’. For more info head over to www.manicstreetpreachers.com


The amazing Fanfarlo will be heading out on tour and you'd be a fool to miss out! April 30 - Hinterland Festival, Glasgow May 14 - Great Escape, Brighton 17 - Arts Centre, Colchester 18 - Plug, Sheffield 19 - Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh 20 - Head of Steam, Newcastle 21 - Brudenell Club, Leeds 26 - O2 Academy 2, Oxford 27 - Flapper, Birmingham 28 - Moles, Bath 29 - Hamptons, Southampton June 01 - Arts Centre, Norwich 02 - ICA, London