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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: John Legend, Temper Trap, Kasabian and Erasure

By | Published on Wednesday 28 May 2014

John Legend

Rounding up the latest gig news…

Extra ‘Ordinary’ soul man John Legend (pictured) has foretold of a tour he’s doing in October. Starting on 6 Oct at the Manchester Apollo, it winds on through Newcastle, Cardiff, Nottingham and Birmingham on 7, 9, 10 and 12 Oct, and alights finally on 13 Oct at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. The dates go to support John’s fourth LP, ‘Love In The Future’, which encompasses my all-time fave hit of his, ‘All Of Me’. Link to listings for the so called #AllOfMeTour via this page.

Next, it’s The Temper Trap! Who are back in all senses of the term. The band are playing three extremely ‘intimate’ (ie relatively tiny) sets at Oslo, in London, on 21, 22 and indeed 23 Jul. Not only ‘intimate’, but also rare, since the shows will be the first TTT have headlined in over a year. Vocalist Dougy Mandagi catches the mood in-camp like so, also managing to slip in a hint re new material: “We’re all really excited about the direction the new tracks are taking and we can’t wait to play them live to our fans for the first time. These will be our most intimate shows in a very long time”.

And what’s more, Kasabian have added a big new gig to their timetable, which sure is looking quite frantic right now. But wait! It’s for War Child, so I’ll spare the Kasabian jibes, and instead go ahead and inform you that the show will ‘go down’ at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 18 Jun, with all takings from tickets (which are £50 a pop) going to the charity. Kasabian are, as is unavoidable public info, putting out their new album ’48:13′ on 9 Jun, but that’s quite beside the point.

Kasabian’s Tom Meighan, meanwhile, says this: “That children suffer in war is unacceptable, and it’s important that War Child are there to do something about it. We couldn’t be happier to again help them in their vital work with a concert we’re really looking forward to”.

Well-versed synth wizards Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, aka Erasure, are releasing an LP mixed by high-gloss pop pope Richard X. Its title is ‘The Violet Flame’, and Erasure are due to set its campaign trail alight by playing a whole heap of shows aaaall over the world.

Of those taking place in the UK and Ireland, the first is at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on 8 Nov, and the final one is on 30 Nov at the Manchester Apollo. Check details of what’s going on in the interim via the Erasure gigs listings page, and view a taster trailer for ‘The Violet Flame’, which is arriving on 22 Sep, here: