FEBRUARY is set to be a fantastic month for music.
‘Gig season’ starts properly and there are a few albums that I am really looking forward to hearing.
The first gig of 2016 for me is Plaza/NGOD at Middlesbrough’s Mixtape event on Tuesday (2nd Feb). Be sure to check both bands out – it is free entry on Tuesday so I can’t really turn that down.
The Front Bottoms are the next gig. After getting massively into them at the start of 2015 I have waited for what seems an eternity to see them live. They play Newcastle’s tiny Riverside on 6th February.
Eliza And The Bear are set to play Stockton’s tiny Georgian Theatre on Friday 12th Feb. Bringing their Of Monsters Of Men kind of vibe to the region will be a treat for everyone lucky enough to get a ticket. The Georgian Theatre is one of my favourite venues so it will be lovely to finally return.
I return to Newcastle Riverside on 15th Feb to see Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant. After interviewing front-man Matt Shultz I am looking forward to seeing the band live.
Reading and Leeds’ co-headliners Foals will rip Leeds Arena apart on 20th Feb. Playing hits from their four studio albums will be a brilliant preview of why they are capable of headlining the festival.
After seeing them at the festival and at Newcastle O2 Academy last year, I am very excited to see the Oxford-math-rockers pack out an arena. As well as getting to see Foals; Everything Everything and a Peace DJ set open the show.
Two days later I will be travelling back to Leeds. This time it is to the intimate Brudenell Social Club for Madrid girl-band Hinds on 22nd Feb. I saw Hinds at 2015’s Deer Shed Festival and they were amazing. They have just dropped debut album Leave Me Alone so tracks from that will be belted out.
One of the most highly anticipated albums of 2016 is The 1975‘s second album. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It will be released on slick coloured vinyl on 26th Feb.
Only two months in and I could already experience my favourite gig and album of 2016.
Surely the year will get bigger and better than this as well!
Leave a comment of your favourite gigs/albums coming this month below!