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Upcoming shows: Rain Parade... Matthew and the Atlas... Gratis: Makushin... Lightheaded + Mt. Misery... Jake Xerxes Fussell... Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman... Cat Clyde... Charlie Parr... Mock Tudors... Dominie Hooper... Steve Wynn... Ryley Walker... Terry Reid... Chime School... The Courettes... Douglas Dare... Tusks... Rachael Lavelle... Roddy Woomble... John Francis Flynn... Old Sea Brigade... Myriam Gendron... Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra... Kris Drever... Erland Cooper... Pokey LaFarge... Admiral Fallow... Skinny Lister... The Sheepdogs... The Unthanks in Winter... Emily Barker...

When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 September 2012
Where: The Fleece, 12 St Thomas Streeet, Bristol BS1 6JJ

When: 7.30pm on Friday 7 September 2012
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 12 September 2012
Where: The Haunt, 10 Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ

We’re excited to be promoting three shows for Hey! Manchester favourites Allo Darlin’!

Allo Darlin‘ are many things. They can turn a room in a famous punk venue into a joyous, jumping, sweaty, pop-mosh pit. Or bring a room of 500 to hushed silence with the few strums of a ukulele and a love song about cooking. Coming very much from a DIY approach, they inspire true dedication from their fans, many of whom will travel hundreds of miles to see them.

In their brief lifetime they have toured the USA four times, sold out tours across the UK and embarked on an epic five-week European tour. They have played the End of the Road festival twice and recently headlined a packed-out Scala in London for their label Fortuna POP!’s 15th Anniversary celebrations. The band have also been strongly supported by BBC 6music, recording several sessions including one at the BBC’s prestigious Maida Vale Studios.

Their self-titled debut was released to universal acclaim in 2010 with plaudits including being named No 2 record of the year by eMusic and a glowing 1200-word essay by legendary Go-Between Mr Robert Forster in the Australian critical magazine, The Monthly.

Despite all the activity, Allo Darlin’ have found time to write songs for their follow-up album which was recorded at different stages during the year and slated to come out in the spring. Their new record Europe is very different from their first as the world has changed a lot since their debut in 2009. There have been riots in the streets of London and there is a sense that people are unhappy, so a carefree album didn’t seem appropriate. Singer Elizabeth Morris says: ‘I wanted to make beautiful songs and end up with a beautiful album, not necessarily an album with four singles… I suppose the songs have an awareness of a darker place but end up coming out the other side. We wanted to make the best album we possibly could and I think we’ve ended up with that.’

Live, the London-based four-piece – led by Australian ukulele-toting songbird Elizabeth Morris, with guitarist Paul Rains, Bill Botting on the bass and Michael Collins on drums – create perfect, sophisticated pop gems and know how to put on a joyous, effervescent, fun-filled show.

‘Terrific, witty and heartfelt, like a less moody Belle & Sebastian‘ – The New York Times

BRISTOL: Tickets are available from Bristol Ticket ShopSeetickets.comTicketweb.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260. This show is a co-promotion with The Fleece. 

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MANCHESTER: Support comes from Butcher The Bar. Signed to Morr Music (Múm, Amiina, The Go Find, Telekinesis) they make subtle pop songs reminiscent of label-mates Seabear, but also of indie-pop greats such as The Lucksmiths. The band recently toured with Death Cab For Cutie.

Book tickets now. Tickets are also available from the bar, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260. This show is a co-promotion with Underachievers. 

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BRIGHTON: Tickets are available from Resident, Rounder, Seetickets.com,WeGotTickets.com, Ticketweb.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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All shows are 18+ unless otherwise stated.