News Round-Up: The 1975, Fontaines D.C.

The 1975 performing at Pitchfork Paris 2019 (Jessica Bartolini for Live4ever)

The 1975 performing at Pitchfork Paris 2019 (Jessica Bartolini for Live4ever)

Our recap of the main stories we featured during the past seven days includes the live return of The 1975 and new music from Fontaines D.C..

The 1975’s live comeback has been set for the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan where they will headline along side Post Malone.

The news signals a restart for the band after they took the decision cancel the entirety of their world tour plans for 2021 a year ago.

“These are incredibly difficult times for a lot of people, and until we can be sure that we will be able to play shows in a way that is safe for our fans and crew, we have decided the best course of action is to cancel our touring so that, where possible, everyone can get their tickets refunded sooner rather than later,” they wrote on social media at the time.

Rage Against The Machine have confirmed the new dates for the North American gigs which had been due to take place this spring.

Already significantly delayed (well if you will announce your reunion just before a global pandemic…), the Public Service Announcement tour is holding firm for the summer, but the rest of it has been moved to early 2023, now opening in Las Cruces, NM on February 22nd.

Two nights at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit should later end the run at the start of April next year.

The BBC Radio 6 Music Festival has unveiled the line-up for its return in April 2022, with station favourites Idles leading the way alongside Little Simz, Father John Misty, Self Esteem, Johnny Marr and many more.

“The most exciting element about the 6 Music Festival is the coming together, in a physical space, of our beloved 6 Music listeners and the staff at the station, with artists we love. Lockdowns have kept us apart since 2020, so this year’s gigs in Cardiff are going to feel super-charged,” DJ Mary Anne Hobbs says.

“It’s great news that the 6 Music Festival is coming to Cardiff,” Huw Stephens adds. “We love our live music here; gigs and club nights are a massive part of what makes Cardiff special, and live music is in our blood.”

Fontaines D.C. by Filmawi

Fontaines D.C. by Filmawi

Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten has described the band’s new single I Love You as, ‘the first overtly political song we’ve written’.

It continues the work started by Jackie Down The Line, the lead from their new album Skinty Fia which is due for release on April 22nd.

“It’s standing in the centre of our beloved home country as a multitude of things are brought to tragic ends in an apocalyptic state of affairs,” Chatten added. “That’s how it feels to me, and what I felt when I wrote it.”

Taylor Swift, Noel Gallagher, Sam Fender, Blur and many more have all had their contributions to this year’s Record Store Day confirmed.

Gallagher has put together We’re Gonna Get There In The End and Trying To Find A World That’s Been And Gone, the two demos he’s shared recently online, for a release entitled Magic Secrets #1, while Sam Fender has arranged a live 7″ of Alright and The Kitchen.

From Blur is a 12″ remix compilation, and Taylor Swift – the first ever global ambassador for RSD – is issuing a 7″ of ‘the lakes’.

Paul McCartney has announced some more US live dates.

The ‘Got Back’ tour will open in Spokane’s arena venue on April 28th and remain in Washington state for two nights at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena on May 2nd and 3rd.

From there, the tour is set to take McCartney neatly around the US coast, finishing on the east side with stops in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey.

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