Like your music a bit louder? May is the month
Winter in the UK is the domain of the solo singer-songwriter, but as soon as the festival season gets going, things start rocking as the bands cross the Atlantic. This year, those who like their music a little louder only have to wait until the month of May for a host of delights.
The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival at the beginning of May is the first stop for Jason and the Scorchers, back with their first all-new studio album in 14 years. They then embark on a short tour of the UK, covering Leicester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle and London.
Also appearing in Kilkenny as part of European tours, but not coming to the UK, are Austin’s high-flying Band of Heathens and Alabama-based Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
Jace Everett, who picked up many new fans with his song “Bad Things”, the theme tune to the cult TV show True Blood, arrives on May 5 for 11 shows, of which the first four – in London, Maidstone, Glasgow and Nottingham – will be with his full band.
The same day sees the start of a 12-show tour for San Francisco rocker Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, beginning at the Railway Inn in Winchester and crisscrossing England, Scotland and Wales.
Also on tour in May are West Sussex-based band Society and Swedish rockers Winter. A little less rocking but no less swinging, Hot Club of Cowtown will be in the UK from May 1 to 16.
Tours for later in the year have mostly not been finalised yet, but one band that is set to make a return is Blue Rodeo, the Canadian group who’ve been defining Americana for more than 20 years.
Check the gig guide for full details on all the bands. Please note that dates and tour plans can change. Always check before travelling.