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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Pharrell, Culture Club, Enter Shikari, The Growlers and Girl Band

By | Published on Friday 23 May 2014

The Growlers

Rounding up the latest gig news…

Mr Pharrell ‘four count’ Williams is heaving his big dumb couture hat over from the States later this year, mainly to wear it while he plays twenty live dates in Europe. The ‘Happy’ hit-man is calling it is ‘Dear G I R L’ tour, after his reigning solo LP, so I guess that’s what you could all call it too. The UK shows, of which two exist, are at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester on 9 Sep, and at London’s O2 on 9 Oct. Tickets have been on sale since 9am this morning so dash over here to get em.

Also, the original line up of Culture Club have just gone and announced, oh, only their first tour in fifteen years. No big deal. The first of the dates, which will feature a special guest in the gracious Ms Alison Moyet, is on 1 Dec at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, and the last is on 15 Dec at the Bournemouth International Centre. Click here to see details of the shows in between, and click here to see the ‘Karma Chameleon’ video. Oh, go on, do it.

And next, get this: electro-thrash types Enter Shikari have set a single ‘gig’ to get them all lithe and limber pre a trip to Russia and the US, and a streak of festival appearances. The show is on 26 Jun at the Forum in Hatfield, and this is the link to get tickets. The end.

Well not quite the end, actually, because tangle-haired beach bums The Growlers (pictured) have added a short UK stop-over to the far-end of an upcoming tour of Europe. Kicking right off with a show at London’s Oslo on 16 Aug, the fun will go on thanks to slots supporting Fat White Family at the Bristol Fleece (17 Aug), Liverpool’s Kazimier (18 Aug), and the Brighton-based Concorde 2 (19 Aug). And here’s something Growlers-related to look at whilst you’re turning that over in your mind. It’s the aptly road-trip-depicting ‘Change In Your Veins’ video, the track being one off the band’s latest record, ‘Gilded Pleasures’:

Lastly and mostly, it’s approved Dublin four-piece Girl Band, who are in fact all boys. Though they are a band. Aaaanyway, they have a virtual ton of UK shows coming up, starting at Newcastle’s Dog & Parrot on 2 Jun, and winding up following a further seven nationwide dates at The Shacklewell Arms, in London, on 11 Jun. Check the GB Facebook page for all the relevant details, but not before you’ve watched the visuals to go with their invigorating latest single ‘Lawman’ here: