Mark your calendars for some upcoming concerts and performances…
The ongoing Covid crisis has had a big impact on live performances this year. Despite this, here’s a select guide to some of the forthcoming performances from bands that TEC has championed, as well as links to other events which we feel might be of interest to TEC readers. Click on each individual listing for full details.
Please note that with the current Coronavirus crisis, many scheduled concerts are either being postponed or cancelled. Check with the venue or ticket sellers for details closer to the scheduled dates.
Empathy Test launch their much-anticipated 3rd album, Monsters, at the world famous The Underworld Camden. This will be a livestream event live from The Underworld Camden on 2nd April
Empathy Test launch their much-anticipated 3rd album, Monsters, at the world famous The Underworld Camden.
This will be a livestream event live from The Underworld Camden on 2nd April 2021. Tickets ➡️ https://bit.ly/ETlivestream
Please Note: This event has been rescheduled from the previous date.
Since Empathy Test's conception in January 2013, the London-based electronic pop act has self-produced and released two stunning albums, Losing Touch and Safe From Harm, plus a string of memorable singles.
Their "emotional electronic music" (Earmilk) has won them critical acclaim and a legion of dedicated fans worldwide. They've been featured by the likes of Vice on HBO, MTV's Catfish, Netflix, KCRW, BBC Introducing, Line of Best Fit, PopMatters and many more. Boy George described them as “a musical orgasm” via his official Twitter account.
Empathy Test released the first taste of their forthcoming third album, Monsters, in October 2018, in the form of a new double a-side single Holy Rivers / Incubation Song. Clash Music noted that the new material, featuring "shimmering synths, glacial electronics, and heartrending vocals", illuminated the band's "potent creativity".
A second single, 'Empty Handed', was released in June 2019. Fresh on the Net described it as a "dark, anthemic electro-pop tune layered with a sense of desperation".
Empathy Test are Isaac Howlett (vocals / songwriting), Christina Lopez (drums / backing vocals), Oliver Marson (synthesisers / backing vocals) and non-performing fourth member Adam Relf (composition / production)
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Underworld Camden
174 Camden High Street, NW1 0
The first Wirral show from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark since 1979 is the first show announced for the new Near Future venue in Birkenhead. “This Pop-Up Venue from Future
The first Wirral show from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark since 1979 is the first show announced for the new Near Future venue in Birkenhead. “This Pop-Up Venue from Future Yard offers an opportunity for the creative kids on Wirral to test their dreams out in reality, like OMD did 41 years ago,” said OMD’s Andy McCluskey.
The electronic pioneers – who were labelled “Wirral’s Kraftwerk” by The Guardian in a review of their York Barbican show as part of their 40th anniversary tour – will take the opportunity to revisit the material they performed at their last show on the peninsula; at West Kirby Youth Club in August 1979.
The 10th October performance will feature a selection of tracks from the band’s debut album, songs that McCluskey and co-founder Paul Humphreys showcased on that night in 1979. The show will also be a two-man performance, mirroring the original show.
Andy McCluskey: “We would like to celebrate as much as we can about the fact that the last time we played on Wirral, we were still a two-piece and we hadn’t even made our first album. We’d just been made an offer, we were about to go on tour with Gary Numan. Our world was about to change, but this was the closing of chapter one. So it will be nice now to reflect upon that moment again… ‘who would have known, 41 years later?’”
Support on the night comes from two of the most exciting emerging artists in Wirral in 2020. MiG-15‘s electric waves of feel-good indie-pop are the hallmarks of the quartet’s groovy enigma; and Alex Teleko inhabits a world soundtracked by 80s melodies while convulsing to the maddening beats and bleeps of the contemporary era.
This show is now SOLD-OUT.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Avec Sans are Alice Fox and Jack St James, an independent pop band from Manchester and Trinidad, now living in London, UK. They are well known for their energetic live shows.
Avec Sans are Alice Fox and Jack St James, an independent pop band from Manchester and Trinidad, now living in London, UK.
They are well known for their energetic live shows. Jack plays light shows across his three hacked and tilted Novation launch pads and has been active in working with Novation to demonstrate and launch new products.
Avec Sans supported Ladyhawke on her 2016 UK tour and have played alongside acts such as Betty Who, Little Boots, Capital Cities & Bright Light Bright Light. The band signed to US independent label Beverly Martel in 2016 and their debut album Heartbreak Hi subsequently charted in the top 50 on iTunes.
2020 saw the band join forces with multi-instrumentalist and producer, Willow Sellers (Rihanna, Lewis Capaldi) for forthcoming album Succession, which was heralded by the energetic pop of 'Altitude'.
To celebrate the release of new album Succession Avec Sans are playing an exclusive album launch show Friday 21 May 2021 at The Grace, London.
Tickets on sale 5th Oct at 10:00: https://myticket.co.uk/gigs/avec-sans-london-2021-05-21-19-30
(Friday) 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
20-22 Highbury Corner, Highbury East, N5 1RA
The Human League are one of the UK's most successful synthpop acts. Originally formed in Sheffield in 1977, the band came to attention on the back of their 1978 single
The Human League are one of the UK's most successful synthpop acts. Originally formed in Sheffield in 1977, the band came to attention on the back of their 1978 single 'Being Boiled'. They later achieved commercial success after signing with Virgin Records in 1979, particularly on the back of third album Dare in 1981. The album featured four hit singles, including 'Love Action', 'Open Your Heart' and the UK/US number one hit 'Don't You Want Me'.
The band received the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 1982. Further hits followed throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, including 'Mirror Man', 'Fascination', 'The Lebanon', 'Human' (a US No. 1) and 'Tell Me When'.
Celebrating forty years since the release of DARE, The Human League will be performing this classic album in it’s entirety, as well as other hits from their extensive back catalogue, here in Birmingham in December 2021!
Support from Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey and Altered Images.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Utilita Arena Birmingham
King Edwards Road B1 2AA