King Monkey hits the road and plays five shows in one day and we have a pair of tickets to each to give away...

Ian Brown will play five free dates on October 6 to promote his second solo album, ‘Golden Greats’, released on November 8 through Polydor.

The former Stone Roses singer will perform two songs at each venue and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis from independent record shops in each town. Fans can also hear a playback of the new album.

On the same day Brown will play:

Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (from 2.15pm) – tickets from 0131 226 7010Newport TJ’s (from 6.30pm) – 01633 222313Cheltenham The Attic (from 8.15pm) – 01242 227725 Stoke Riddles Bar (from 9.15pm) – 01782 269815 Manchester Roadhouse (from 11pm) – 0161 834 8888

Door donations will go to the Youth Clubs UK charity.

nme.com has a pair of tickets for each show. Click to enter.

The first 50 at each venue will receive signed Ian Brown pictures, singles or posters.

Following the promo day, Brown will release his new single ‘Love Like A Fountain’ on October 25. The single will be released on two CDs and feature a new track ‘The Fisherman’ along with remixes of ‘Love Like A Fountain’ by Grand Central and Stereo MC‘s.

The tracklisting for the album is ‘Getting High’ ‘Love Like A Fountain’ ‘Free My Way’ ‘Set My Baby Free’ ‘So Many Soldiers’ ‘Golden Gaze’ ‘Dolphins Were Monkeys’ ‘Neptune’ ‘First World’ ‘Babasonicos’

Meanwhile, Brown has confirmed his first UK dates since his cancelled tour of late-’98. He’ll be performing with a new backing band, featuring keyboard player/programmer Dave McCracken, ex-Fall drummer Simon Wolstencroft and percussionist Inder Mathura.

They’ll play: Newcastle University Of Northumbria (November 23) Sheffield Octagon (25) Liverpool Royal Court (26) Leeds University (27) Glasgow Barrowlands (29 & 30) Wolverhampton Civic Hall (December 2) Norwich UEA (3) Manchester Apollo (5) Nottingham Rock City (6) London Brixton Academy (7)

Get tickets for Ian Brown‘s UK shows only now through the nme.com Virgin Cola Ticketshop – click here

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