The Brits may have ended, hmm, a bit abruptly last night… oh who are we kidding, it was a train wreck. That table side banter with Kylie and those pointless telepathic promo clips for Best Album – nice use of precious time guys. At least Blur were the right choice for Outstanding Contribution. The first indie/alternative band to receive the award, their win comes in a year when a staggering amount of their contemporaries are hitting the road again for a second bite of the cherry. If you’re unable to give Britpop and ’90s indie the finger, here’s a few gigs to consider over the next few months.
Blur – Sun Aug 12, Hyde Park
They may have been cut off mid-song last night, but August should see Blur unfettered and in their element as they play the Olympics closing ceremony party at Hyde Park. Headlining a show billed as the ‘Best of British’, they’ll hopefully intersperse hits with newies as strong as the recently debuted ‘Under The Westway‘. Coventry’s glorious and iconic ska men The Specials support, as do Manchester’s New Order – more at home with a different kind of ‘Ceremony‘.
Happy Mondays – Thur 10, Fri 11 and Sat May 19
With 2012 officially the year of ‘Dadchester’, a swathe of men are avidly scouring eBay to find Joe Bloggs flares to fit their expanded waistlines. The big news is the reformation of the Stone Roses, a surprise given that guitarist John Squire was once so ebbulient they’d never pal up again that he created a huge metal art-rebuttal. London dates are still to be announced, but fellow baggy-ists Shaun ‘n’ Bez make Brixton a freaky dancing hot spot on these three nights, with fellow Mancs Inspiral Carpets supporting.
The Charlatans – Fri Jun 8, Hammersmith Apollo
While many will be chuffed to see raven-haired pout lord Tim Burgess leading the band out for this track-by-track revisit of 1997 album ‘Tellin’ Stories’, fans who only who know ‘The Only One I Know’ might be a bit lost (oh who are we kidding, they’ll obviously do it as an encore). Burgess also publishes his autobiography with Penguin this April. It’s called ‘Tellin’ Stories’. Loving that synergy Tim.
Dodgy – Wed Feb 22, Bush Hall
The trio of happy-go-lucky chancers may not be splashing out on surfer streaks or expensive videos in the Caribbean anymore, but they’ve gamely stepped back into the fray with their imminent, Radio 2-friendly ‘Stand Upright In A Cool Place’ LP, which they delve from tonight.
Placebo – Sat April 28, IndigO2
Oh lordy, it was easy to mock Placebo back in the day. A fauxmosexual singer with naff lippy heavily cribbing from Sonic Youth, why, we all thought they’d be done after two albums. And then emo happened. They’ve been carried aloft by successive generations of outsiders ever since and even packed out the O2 a few years ago. Catch them playing the venue’s sister stage in April.
My Life Story – Sat March 3, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
More enamoured with melodramatic pomp pop than most of their Kappa-clad contemporaries, My Life Story’s orchestral indie didn’t make them stars but they did garner an extremely loyal fanbase who are sure to congregate at this 15th anniversary of album ‘The Golden Mile’. Competitive Britpop diehards have the chance to earn double points by turning up early for Gene’s Martin Rossiter in the support slot.
Cast – Fri April 6, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
All those pennies you tossed in that fountain, all those painful eyelash wishes, all those increasingly irate emails you sent to Cast’s management company begging for new songs… they’ve all come to pass my friend. The Liverpool four-piece have answered your prayers and release fourth album ‘Troubled Times’ next month with a tour planned for April. Oliver Keens
Want to see the other Brit Award winners too? Check out their upcoming gigs.