It’s finally August! That means it should still be sunny and warm, but it has poured down with rain every day this week. Bummer.
The rain hasn’t kept the news at bay, though. Read on to discover all of the most interesting and exciting stories from the publishing world and the music industry from the past seven days.
The publishing world:
Are y’all ready for these new releases?:
A couple of beautiful cover reveals, too:
In other news:
- Robert Hardy, who played Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, passed away at 91.
- Security asked to see George R.R. Martin‘s ID when he visited his publisher. Cheeky!
- Usbourne will be publishing Kim Curran‘s ‘Slay’, the first in a two book series about a boy band who slay demons. Sick!
- Jen Wilde‘s second novel, ‘The Brightsiders’, was announced.
- Angie Thomas‘s ‘The Hate U Give’ is being adapted into a film. See the first casting announcements here.
- Victoria Aveyard has announced her first ever UK tour. She’ll be visiting our shores towards the end of August.
The music industry:
I couldn’t find any new releases this week, but the new music just kept coming:
Mallory Knox‘s new song tastes like ‘Sugar’:
PVRIS celebrated ‘Winter’ with their newest release:
While Manchester Orchestra released an ode to ‘The Sunshine’:
And Enter Shikari really wanna ‘Live Outside’:
There were also new releases from Oceans Ate Alaska, 7 Minutes in Heaven, Trivium, Crossfaith, Garbage, Fickle Friends, Citizen, Kesha, Lorde, Sleeping With Sirens, Seaway, Wage War and Comeback Kid, while Avenged Sevenfold covered Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway‘ and The Bombpops released ‘Be Sweet’, a tribute to Teenage Bottlerocket’s Brandon Carlisle.
Ready for these tour announcements?:
- Plenty of chances to catch Pinegrove, who are on tour from August until the middle of December. Wow.
- Celebrating the awesome UK rock scene, Milestones and The Gospel Youth have teamed up for a September co-headline tour.
- Biffy Clyro are heading to America in September.
- While Real Friends are playing just two American shows in September.
- Want to catch The Wonder Years acoustically? Head to one of these American shows in September or October!
- Instead of playing just one album in full, Hellogoodbye have decided to play their first two albums back-to-back on a tour across America in September and October. Fingers crossed that this one will come to the UK!
- Let’s not forget Australia! To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of ‘Full Circle’, Pennywise are heading down under for a handful of shows in October and November. Support comes from The Bronx.
- In October and November, Third Eye Blind are headlining shows across the US.
- Bury Tomorrow have revealed The Stage Invasion Tour, which is running throughout October and November. Playing intimate shows across the UK, you won’t be catching them in rooms this small again.
- From October to December, The Interrupters and SWMRS are going on a co-headline tour across America. Support at the early dates comes from Sharp/Shock, but towards the end of the year they’ll be joined by The Regrettes instead.
- One more co-headline tour: Trivium and Arch Enemy are teaming up between October and December. Support comes from While She Sleeps and Fit For an Autopsy.
- Following the announcement of their second album, ‘Shapeshifter’, Knuckle Puck have announced a couple of tours! In October and November, they’re playing shows across the US with With Confidence, Movements and Homesafe. When that tour wraps up, they’re heading to Europe and the UK, playing shows throughout November and December with Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy and Movements.
- Waterparks are heading out on the Made in America tour during November and December. Support comes from As It Is, Chapel and Sleep On It.
A handful of album announcements:
- That The Wonder Years acoustic album that was rumoured last week was officially announced, and will be out on September 22nd…
- …the same date that Enter Shikari are releasing their fifth album, ‘The Spark’.
- While Astroid Boys are releasing their debut album, ‘Broke’, on September 29th…
- …the same date that The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die are releasing ‘Always Foreign’…
- …and Tigercub are releasing their next EP, ‘Evolve or Die’.
- New Politics‘ fourth album, ‘Lost in Translation’, is hitting the shelves on October 6th. Check out the first single, ‘CIA’, here.
- Meanwhile, Cassels are releasing their debut album, ‘Epithet’, on October 6th via Big Scary Monsters. Congratulations, guys!
In other news:
- Sadly, Anarbor‘s 17-year-old drummer, Tyler Hedstrom, committed suicide last weekend.
- Hope and Glory Festival was cancelled, with a pretty succinct message from the promoter…
- Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix has undergone vocal surgery, leading to the band cancelling their planned August tour dates…
- …while All Time Low were forced to cancel their show at Florida’s House of Blues, after the air conditioning unit broke.
- Christina Perri has announced that she’s pregnant!
- With Confidence‘s second full-length album will be out next year. More details to come.
- Three years have passed since their last album was released, but Neon Trees are back!
- A fire at Tomorrowland festival led to over 20,000 EDM fans being evacuated. Luckily, no one was hurt.
- Sia signed with Atlantic Records. She’s releasing a collective of original holiday songs towards the end of the year.
- King 810‘s guitarist, Andrew Beal, has been arrested over weapons possession. Looks like they might not be appearing at Bloodstock festival after all…
- Peter Bywaters, singer of Peter & the Test Tube Babies, was deported for mocking President Trump on their German tour last year. AMAZING!
- To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of sophomore album ‘Santi’, The Academy Is… are getting it pressed on vinyl. Let’s hope tour news will follow…
- …meanwhile, Paramore‘s ‘After Laughter’ has also finally received the vinyl treatment.
- Chris Martin of Coldplay covered ‘Crawling’ by Linkin Park as a tribute to their vocalist, Chester Bennington, whose funeral was on Monday.
- Meanwhile, EVERY Linkin Park album reappeared on the Billboard 200 chart, smashing records.
- Liam Gallagher left the Lollapalooza stage after playing just twenty minutes of his set. He claims this was due to “a difficult gig” the night before which “fucked [his] voice”. Wonder if this will happen at those Reading and Leeds performances?
- Lollapalooza then got cut short due to weather conditions. Unlucky.
- AFI released a statement after their former bass player, Geoff Kresge, started selling reissues of their early material. Seems they’re not happy…
- Dan Trapp is drumming on Senses Fail‘s next album.
- The Struts had to upgrade their London show. They’ve moved the performance from The Garage to the Electric Ballroom in Camden. Don’t hesitate, tickets will go fast!
- Fall Out Boy have pushed back the release date for ‘MANIA’. It’ll now be released on January 19th. Fingers crossed that means it won’t all be auto-tuned garbage!
- Scuzz have teamed up with Rock Sound to host The Rock Sound show, starting soon.
- Last, but certainly not least, OneRepublic teamed up with Toni Cornell to perform a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ in tribute to her father, Chris Cornell, and Chester Bennington. Beautiful stuff.
Thank you for checking out another week of WTF news. Tune in next week to see what crazy things happen next!