MBC Newsletter June 18th The Football Playing, Guitar Shredding Edition

Jack Savoretti can now add Soccer Aid winner & culinary expert to his name. Coming on at Stamford Bridge for Piers Morgan’s World XI team, playing alongside footballing legends and celebs alike including Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, Roberto Carlos, Didier Drogba and many more, they emerged victorious in the UNICEF charity match. He also put his food expertise to the test on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, and flew off the next day to the US to join our very own Dido for a host of support shows.
From football & food, to heavy metal! The giants that are Metallica bring their stadium show to the Etihad tonight and Twickenham on Thursday. There’s also the small matter of the Kerrang! Awards on Wednesday.

Last week was a big one for Madonna with the arrival of her new album ‘Madame X’. As well as receiving rave reviews, she treated fans to a special Q&A hosted by Graham Norton at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre where she took a slew of questions from fans from all around the world. We can’t wait for her 15 night run at London’s Palladium early 2020.

Congratulations to Neil Hannon who’s magnificent new Divine Comedy album ‘Office Politics’ charted at Number 5 – his highest ever position!

Talking of chart positions, Lewis Capaldi‘s reign at the top continues yet again! ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ has now reached a full month at Number 1, has been certified Gold & and is the fastest selling album of 2019 so far.

LION (aka Beth Lowen) kicks off a double whammy of shows with Band Of Horses this week, which will see performances at the Oxford Academy on Thursday, and London’s HMV Forum on Friday. These are not to be missed!

The Isle Of Wight played host to a string of MBC artists at the weekend, with much talked about sets taking place from Keane, Tom Walker, Rick Astley, Miles Kane, Picture This & Ward Thomas.

We are sad to announce the cancellation of Cage the Elephant‘s 3 UK shows, as well as their IOW performance due to guitarist Nick Bockrath hurting himself on stage. We wish Nick a very speedy recovery.

We’re creeping ever closer to the release of Mark Ronson’s acclaimed new album ‘Late Night Feelings’ – out on Friday. He’ll be paying a visit to the Scala on June 25th. Expect a host of exciting guests!

Following a mesmerizing show at London’s Union Chapel in April, Ryan Bingham returns to the UK for a short run of headline shows, including The Garage in London on June 21st and a slot at the coveted Black Deer Festival.

 Miles Kane released a delicious teaser of new music ahead of a jam packed summer of festival dates. ‘Can You See Me Now’ (
listen here) is a subtle nod towards new music that is expected to come later this year.

It’s also an exciting time for Ida Mae as they gear up for the release of their debut album ‘Chasing Lights’ – out July 12th. The blues-folk duo will kick off celebrations the night before with a special, intimate show downstairs at The Kings Head.