For the first week of 2017, there were some exciting new releases (including one of my most anticipated debuts!):
There were a couple of interesting cover reveals:
In other news:
- John Berger, Booker prize winning author, passed away at 90.
- Simon and Schuster UK are refusing to publish that controversial autobiography. I'm so happy that they made this decision.
- Tracy Darnton has been signed by Stripes after being featured in their 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' anthology.
- After two librarians in California were suspended for creating fake borrower accounts to raise issuing statistics, Cory Doctorow wrote a wonderful piece condemning automated culling software.
- Sayantani DasGupta announced that she'll be releasing her middle-grade novel, 'Kiranmala and the Kingdom of Serpents', via Scholastic in 2018.
- Stephanie Perkins horror novel, 'There's Someone Inside Your House', will be released towards the end of the year.
- And Becky Albertalli showed all authors how to deal with criticism. (Thread!)
For the first week of new releases in the new year, I managed to find a couple of exciting ones:
The new music this week includes a highly anticipated comeback:
Ed Sheeran returned with not one but TWO new tracks:
Suicide Silence also released a video for 'Doris', taken from their upcoming self-titled album:
After a quiet couple of weeks, I finally have some more tour announcements for you:
- The Kenneths are playing small venues throughout the UK at the end of January, in celebration of Independent Venue Week.
- I Prevail are kicking off their US headline tour next month, running from the 12th of February to the 8th of March, with support coming from Wage War, Islander and Assuming We Survive.
- Modern Baseball will be touring the US throughout March and April, with support coming from Kevin Devine, The Obsessives and Sorority Noise.
- Attila (which I still can't spell correctly first time...) parted ways with drummer and founding member Sean Heenan. Presumably he's just realised that their music is dreadful, and is making his long overdue escape.
- The XX's vocalist Romy Madley announced her engagement...
- ...as did ex-Young Guns drummer Ben Jolliffe.
- Bon Iver cancelled all upcoming UK and European dates.
- Mayday Parade are doing something to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of 'A Lesson In Romantics'. What will this be? Only time will tell...
- Good Charlotte twins Benji and Joel Madden appeared on Masterchef.
- Twin Atlantic performed on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on Thursday.
- The Wonder Years added Trash Boat as openers on their UK tour, and announced that they're working on their new album...
- ...as are Sleeping With Sirens...
- ...and Foo Fighters, who also announced their first North American show in nearly two years - a headline set at Bottle Rock Festival in California in May.
- The Gospel Youth have been signed to Rise Records...
- ...while Memphis May Fire's vocalist, Matty Mullins, has been signed to BEC Recordings, who will be releasing his next solo album in the spring.
- The first line-up announcement for brand new UK festival Fat Lip Fest was revealed. Fat Lip Fest will be held on July 29th in Bristol...
- ...while Rock on the Range added a couple of bands to their sold out line-up, including recently screamer-less Of Mice and Men...
- ...and there were also line-up announcements from Coachella (April 14th-16th, 21st-23rd) Groezrock (Belgium, 29-30th April), Governor's Ball (New York, June 2nd-4th), and Slam Dunk (via Daniel P Carter's Radio 1 Rock Show earlier tonight).
- It's been a big week for twenty one pilots, who were named on Forbes presitigious 30 Under 30 list, were announced by BuzzAngle as one of the biggest selling artists of 2016 (as if that surprises anyone...) and were nominated for a heck ton of iheartradio awards.
- This week also heralded the arrival of Kerrang!'s Fresh Blood issue, featuring 60 bands to watch in 2017. As Kerrang! have their own Fresh Blood stage at Slam Dunk, the as-yet-unannounced stage line-up will likely comprise of a selection of these artists.
- And last, but certainly not least, Old Wounds announced that their new vocalist will be their drummer, Brandon Gallagher.