What’s In Store For 2018?

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Despite the fact that music in 2018 took an early hit with the revelation of a Glastonbury fallow year, there’s still plenty to look forward to. From long awaited returns to hotly tipped debuts, just what is in store for this calendar year?

The Year of the Monkeys…

This is potentially the most eagerly anticipated return of 2018. We know that album no. 6 is nearly ready, so new material from the Arctic Monkeys is imminent. Frontman Alex Turner rejoined Miles Kane for the second installment of The Last Shadow Puppets following the band’s post AM hiatus, whilst drummer Matt Helders joined forces with Iggy Pop for his own side project.

However, we can all agree that new Arctics is what we really want. Although nothing has been officially confirmed, the Arctics return is the worst kept secret in the music business at the minute. We can’t wait to hear the new stuff!

Potentially TWO Biffy Clyro Albums…

We were recently treated to the news that Kilmarnock trio Biffy Clyro are not only working on their next album in 2018, but also a film and another separate album to accompany it. Biffy’s most recent record Ellipsis was released in 2016, and time constraints have delayed work on its follow-up.

For the first part of 2018, Biffy will be working on an album which will be the direct influence for a film directed by Jamie Adams. Once completed, work on the new album will commence, and according to Simon Neil the creative process could be very politically influenced. So there will definitely be one album, and the second will be just around the corner if not released this year!

New Chvrches & Franz Ferdinand…

It’s promising to be a great year for the Scottish indie scene, with both Chvrches and Franz Ferdinand set to release new albums at some point in 2018. Franz will be releasing Always Ascending next month, and Lauren Mayberry has promised Chvrches’ new record later on in the year. Greg Kurstin has worked on the latter, and Mayberry has described the third album as their ‘most poppy yet’.

‘Music For Cars’…

The final part of the ‘trilogy’, as frontman Matt Healy put it when announcing the band’s third album. Taking the title from one of the band’s popular early EPs, the next record will be released this year and will be followed by Healy’s side project ‘Drive Like I Do’ in the coming years.

Of course, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the end for The 1975, but the future remains unclear. It will take some doing to match the critically acclaimed ‘I Like It When You Sleep…’, but it won’t be long before we finally get a taste of some new material.

The Pale Waves Debut…

Is it time to believe the hype? 2018 may be marking the end of an era for The 1975, but it sparks the beginnings for a band hotly tipped by Matt Healy himself. Manchester’s Pale Waves finished fifth in the BBC Music Sound of 2018 and have been rapidly gathering a global following with their catchy indie pop hits. The debut album is coming this year, so will they live up to expectations?

Neighbourhood Weekender….

The latest addition to the festival season is Neighbourhood Weekender, which arrived with a bang following the release of its impressive line-up last year. Victoria Park in Warrington will host two days of sold out music in May, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Courteeners topping the bill. It promises to be big!

More Huge Gigs…

And of course, more big gigs! There will be plenty of big performances this year, with Liam Gallagher’s Finsbury Park and Emirates Old Trafford shows confirmed, as well as Courteeners’ Manchester Arena and Royal Albert Hall gigs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of debut album St Jude. There will be lots more taking place and of course, more to be announced. Happy 2018!

Sean Marsh

Sean Marsh

Founding Editor of Northern Chorus

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