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He may be well for being a bit of a sourpuss, but legendary crooner Morrissey has a definite soft spot when it comes to cute critters – in fact, he probably prefers animals to humans. A devout vegetarian and a writer of songs such as ‘Meat is Murder’ and ‘The Bullfighter Dies’ it’s not surprising that the former Smiths front man has set up a pop up shop at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home this weekend.

‘The Mporium’ as it has been dubbed is open for a mere four days from this Friday to Monday and will feature various Morrissey merchandise.  Also available are exclusive signed records ofYour Arsenal and Vauxhall and I his ’92 and ’94 albums respectively.  There are a limited amount of the vinyl and demand is expected to be high, so get down there early to secure yours.  Each one also comes with an engraved and dated Battersea dog/cat tag for your beloved pet.  

The always outspoken Morrissey, who will also be playing two gigs this weekend at The Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, has always been incredibly passionate about animal welfare and all he asks for entrance to the Mporium is a the usual £2 donation to the pet home.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
4 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4AA

Friday 18th September 10.30am until 5pm
Saturday 19th September 10.30am until 5pm
Sunday 20th September  10.30am until 5pm
Monday 21st September 10.30am until 3pm 

In other music news this week: if you find yourself in the mood for some free live music then look no further than the Budweiser Live Project, an epic nationwide music tour taking place over three weeks this October. The project will transport hot British music talent across the UK, including free, exclusive gigs and pop-up performances, giving music fans the ultimate chance to get closer to the artists. Headline talent includes The Wombats, Twin Atlantic, Krept and Konan, and Coasts.

This week also saw the announcement of Guy Garvey’s solo record Courting The Squall. Garvey, like Morrissey, is also known for his melancholy and reflective lyrics, has been a frontman of chart topping band Elbow for the past 25 years, so his solo effort is highly anticipated.

This album gave Garvey a chance to work with his favourite musicians outside of Elbow and was recorded in a live environment with minimal overdubs. The musician, who is well known for the lyric I’m working on a cocktail called grounds for divorce… said the band ‘moved fast and drank a lot’ creating a spontaneous and experimental record.  

Courting the Squall is released on October 30th on vinyl, CD and download and will be accompanied by his first ever solo tour.

Thursday 26th Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
Saturday 28th Berlin, Postbahnhof
Sunday 29th Amsterdam, Paradiso

Tuesday 1st London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Wednesday 2nd London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 4th Manchester, Albert Hall
Saturday 5th Manchester, Albert Hall
Monday 7th Dublin, Olympia
Tuesday 8th Glasgow, O2 ABC


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