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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Prince Gruff Rhys, The Chills, Kwabs, Altrego and The Ordinary Boys

By | Published on Tuesday 3 June 2014

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Rounding up the latest gig news…

Hey, Prince is coming back to the UK again. We just can’t get shot of him, can we? Him and 3RDEYEGIRL will be playing two shows at The Roundhouse in London this Wednesday. Tomorrow. One will take place at 5.30pm, then another at 9.45pm. Tickets will go on sale here at midday today.

Following a commitment made last month to play at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 20 Sep, Mr Gruff Rhys (pictured) has announced around that a UK tour of churches, town halls and city venues.

Beginning on 4 Sep at Mareel in Shetland, it takes in twelve all-new dates in all, the last of which is on 21 Sep at The Dylan Weekend festival in Laugharne. Anyway, keep September free and check the trek’s listings via

And finally hear Gruff’s new single ‘Liberty (Is Where We’ll Be)’, the latest off his sprawling vari-format LP ‘American Interior’, which is presented here:

Next, New Zealand band The Chills have been adding live dates to their agenda recently, not least shows in Leeds, London and Dublin on 23, 24 and 31 Jul. Find details here, and a new, alternative take on what’s perhaps The Chills’ greatest hit, ‘Pink Frost’ (a rework which they released as a B-side to their first new track in over ten years, ‘Molten Gold’), here:

Riding a wave of acclaim for his new EP ‘Pray For Love’, Atlantic-signed artist-to-watch Kwabs, the soul-toned R&B man from South London, has confirmed his most high-profile headline show ever, at London’s Koko on 16 Oct.

Kwabs, real name Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong, says this: “2014 has been incredible so far. It’s all been amazing and I am really looking forward to playing Koko later this year”.

This is a link to Koko tickets, and this, in the meantime, is the clip for the Plan B-produced title song to ‘Pray For Love’:

Approved Anglo-Belgian artist/producer Altrego, who bolts 1980s pop hooks on to funk (case in point his last track ‘Love Is Flawless’) is also prone to play the odd show. And hey, his next live set is at the King’s Head in London TOMORROW NIGHT, so get there on time to see him air his new EP, which is released on 16 Jun.

Get info on and tickets to the show here, and see the clip for the EP’s modestly-titled first single ‘Miraculous Epiphanies’ here:

Finally, The Ordinary Boys, who are still insisting on playing shows, are doing so later this year, in November to be precise. OB originals Preston, Charlie and James, and new (ex Spectrals) guitarist Louis Jones will kick things off at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on 18 Nov, and finally, following seven intervening dates, light up the Southhampton Joiners on 28 Nov.

The band have, by the way, officially called time on the hiatus they were apparently taking for the past seven years, and have a new LP on the way. Details on the November shows, and whatever else, are freely accessible via the group’s Facebook page.

This is a semi-relevant stream of ‘Dress To Kill’, Cher’s version of Preston’s very first solo single, which he wrote. Who knew?

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