News Round-Up: SXSW, Swedish House Mafia

Live4ever @ SXSW (Photo: Paul Bachmann)

Live4ever @ SXSW (Photo: Paul Bachmann)

Our recap of the stories we featured during the past seven days includes the first names for SXSW 2022 and more from Swedish House Mafia’s reunion.

The first list for next year’s South By Southwest Festival has been revealed, and Katy J Pearson and Yard Act will be some of the UK artists making the trek over to Austin, Texas in March 2022.

Among the others from British shores who’ve been confirmed are Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Nuha Ruby Ra and Hamish Hawk, as organisers aim for a, ‘diverse lineup full of adventurous talent’ upon the event’s return.

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The departure of Franz Ferdinand‘s long-serving, talented drummer Paul Thomson has been announced.

“Paul is leaving the band,” a social media statement reads. “It was a bit of a shocker for us when we found out, so it probably will be for some of you too. Paul has been our friend for over twenty five years and we’re looking forward to at least another twenty five. He’s a funny, smart, sensitive guy.”

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Dave will head to North America not too long after the completion of his UK and Ireland tour in Dublin on March 3rd next year.

There’ll be a quick change of scenery on the North American run when it starts in San Francisco on April 26th and moves to Vancouver a day later, while May will bring a date in New York at Irving Plaza and a closing night back in Canada.

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Swedish House Mafia by Alexander Wessely

Swedish House Mafia by Alexander Wessely

Swedish House Mafia have unveiled the world tour dates they’ll embark on next year, as well as a new single entitled Moth To A Flame which sees them collaborate with The Weeknd.

The US and Canada will get the first leg of the tour during July, August and September 2022, while UK and Ireland dates start shortly after at the AO Arena in Manchester.

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Florence + The Machine, Queens Of The Stone Age and Sam Fender are some of the new names confirmed for Mad Cool Festival 2022.

Florence + The Machine join the Saturday bill which is being led by Kings Of Leon, while Queens Of The Stone Age are on the Friday with Muse and The War On Drugs.

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The UK and Ireland arena tour which will support Stormzy’s 2019 album Heavy Is The Head will now take place early next year.

March 13th, 2022 is the new opening night, at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, while the three gigs at the O2 in London have been moved to the 27th, 28th and 29th of that month.

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