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UK Acts That Need to Tour America

on February 25, 2013, 12:00am
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We can agree to disagree, but the rainy and grey United Kingdom has produced several of the most evocative and influential bands of the past century, extending far past The Beatles and The Smiths to contemporary experimental acts. The problem, however, is that a good number of them have an irksome tendency to become insular, preferring to stay close to home. True, it’s at times more cost-effective and far easier to schedule, but that doesn’t help us fans here over in the States. With that in mind, here’s a list of UK acts we’d love to see in the near future — or, like, now.

-Paula Mejia
Staff Writer

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March 27, 2013 at 12:52 am

Burial and Aphex Twin should tour together. It would go down in history as one of the greatest tours ever. Personally, I think the tour should include Burial, Four Tet, Radiohead and Aphex Twin. Hell, Massive Attack could tag along as well. I would pay 200-300 Dollars to see that.

Riot Nrrrd™
February 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm

To Alex Young/CoS Staff:

I would think a music site would be savvy enough to know that the main reason many UK acts don’t tour the States is because of our idiotic work visa laws. The amount of money they want combined with the Byzantine process involved has led several acts to say that they can’t be bothered to even try anymore.

I have spoken directly to people like Demdike Stare (who did come over, but the two of them had to pay over £3,000 for their visas and could barely even break even on touring to pay it off) and DJ Pete from Chain Reaction/Hardwax in Berlin and The Black Dog in England (who say they can’t be bothered to even try anymore).

That is the real story you should be covering here, IMHO.

February 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Stone Roses anyone? Never a full US Tour in their history
Neds Atomic Dustbin..havent been here in over a decade
Stereophonics..been too long since they’ve been here

February 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

But they’re headlining Coachella (spell check can’t help me with the spelling of this one)

February 28, 2013 at 2:49 am

Not a tour. ..its one show

February 27, 2013 at 2:04 am

Prodigy played Mexico in October 2011, but nothing in the US.

Aphex Twin played the US in the 90’s.

other names overdue to tour the US coast to coast:

Edwyn Collins, Scritti Politti(one US show in 30 years?), Cerys Mattews(1 US show in 15 years), Love & Rockets, Culture Club(if george can get a Visa), Tears for Fears, Graham Parker, Ian Hunter, Adam Ant, Gary Numan, Elastica and Bjork(lived in london)

February 26, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I would be wiling to pay good money to see Aphex Twin. Also, if Mr. Skinner ever picks up “the Streets” monicker again, I’m in.

Falco Zappa
February 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I know the Manic Street Preachers are taking a break at the moment, but they need to come back to the US again. Please don’t leave it another 10 years.

Corey Bell
February 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm


The Festival Lawyer
February 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Cool article..I was watching some footage of The Prodigy destroying at various European festivals on the Palladia channel and had the exact same thought of “with all the EDM craze.. why are these guys not at Coachella, Bonnaroo etc..”..

Jordan Bellant
February 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Add Bastille to this list.

B. M.H.
February 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

how about some ned’s atomic dustbin!!!!



primal scream (they don’t play across the pond enough!)
the charlatans

Jim Redmond
February 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

My Bloody Valentine are from Dublin, Ireland. They are not British.

Alex Young
February 25, 2013 at 9:47 am

That’s true, but I think they work in the scope of this feature.

February 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Seriously? That makes Radiohead the best British band in the world. Two very different countries. Kind of offensive.

Jim Redmond
February 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

The scope of the feature is UK acts who should tour the U.S. MBV are Irish, not British. If the scope of the piece was U.S. artists who should tour, would it be deemed ok to include say Joni Mitchell or the New Pornographers? This image shows the UK. You will notice that Dublin is not on it **because it’s a completely different country!!***

Jim Redmond
February 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

UK below. Not Ireland!

Michael Roffman
February 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Yeah, we got it.

Falco Zappa
February 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm

So to summarize, although Shields is Irish, the band is British (having been formed in London) and as such is from the UK.

May 17, 2013 at 7:34 am

Haha, Jim Redmond went on a mad one. He’ll be sitting in a mental asylum repeatedly saying to himself, “MBV are irish, MBV are irish…”

Paul Ashmore
February 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

1. I’ve no wish to deny MBV’s Irish origins (though I believe that Shields was born in the US, while Butcher & Googe are English) but I was rather under the impression that they moved to London 20-odd years ago. I’d think that unless one was being petty and nationalistic, that makes their inclusion in a list of UK-based acts forgiveable, at least from a North American perspective.
2. So Joni Mitchell is Canadian then?
3. I’m clearly missing the point on the Radiohead front. They are from Oxford, aren’t they?

David Holland
May 1, 2013 at 4:16 am

“The best part about being in Black Sabbath is playing Freebird”-Jimmy Page of Pink Floyd

February 25, 2013 at 1:51 am

The Verve (my favorite band) played a few shows after Forth, one in Vegas, Coachella (I think) but never did a proper tour. Then they broke up (again). We won’t see them ever again i’m afraid.

Rory Biller
February 25, 2013 at 1:44 am

Prodigy was around in 2006 and 2009. If you missed it either time, then poo on you.

Andrew Donnelly
February 25, 2013 at 1:16 am

Chvrches as well,


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