LEEDS indie stars The Music are to perform two gigs in Huddersfield as part of their current UK tour.
The Music will perform at Huddersfield University Student Union on October 14, followed by a gig at Holmfirth Picturedrome on October 18.
The gigs are part of a 14-date UK tour, which the band will complete before heading out to perform seven dates in Japan in November.
The tour follows the release of the band’s comeback album, Strength In Numbers, which came out in June.
The Music formed in Kippax in Leeds in 1999 and caught attention as an unsigned band in 2001. They were signed by Hut and in 2002, released their debut album, followed by 2004’s hit Welcome To The North, which put them firmly on the music map.
They toured with Incubus and played 2005’s V Festival before retreating from the scene because of singer Robert Harvey’s battle with alcoholism.
He had spoken before of drug abuse in his mid-teens, which he managed to escape.
However, around the release of The Music’s second album, he replaced his addiction to drugs with alcohol.
He said: “Drinking became the place to hide. I’d have a bottle of wine before 7pm, then go out and make a fool of myself. The next day was always panic and more questions.”
After a close friend suggested he may be depressed, Harvey sought help at the end of 2005 and underwent a treatment programme.
Now, along with guitarist Adam Nutter, bassist Stuart Coleman and drummer Phil Jordan he is back – to a warm welcome from loyal fans.
They signed a new deal with Polydor in 2007 and have spent the past year recording Strength In Numbers with producers Flood and Paul Hartnoll.
Fans had their first taste of new material with the release of single Strength In Numbers in June.
Now, the second track from the album, Drugs, has gone on sale exclusively through the gigs and via the band’s website.
Supporting The Music on tour will be The Chemists.
For more details, visit www.myspace.com/themusic or www.themusic.co.uk.
For tickets to the Huddersfield University gig, visit www.seetickets.com or call 01484 473445.
To buy tickets for the Picturedrome, visit www.picturedrome.net.
YOU could be in with a chance of winning tickets to see The Music at Huddersfield University.
We have five pairs of tickets to give away for the October 14 gig. To enter, simply answer the following question:
What was the name of The Music’s second album, released in 2004?
Send your answers to The Music competition, Katie Campling, Huddersfield Examiner, Queen Street South, HD1 3DU or email@example.com The deadline for entries is October 3.