The government has backed new plans to protect grassroots music venues

The government has backed new plans to protect grassroots music venues

Grassroots venues are cherished in the UK and can be found in almost every town – everybody has to start somewhere, and some of the finest UK acts are no exception. From the Sex Pistols historic show at Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester to Radiohead’s unlikely support of Sultans of Ping at The Pink Toothbrush in Essex, small venues have certainly had their fair share of talent. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for grassroots…

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UK’s £4.5bn music industry is under threat from touts

UK’s £4.5bn music industry is under threat from touts

The UK music industry is growing. According to UK Music, the industry saw a growth of 6% in 2016, and the rise of UK superstars such as Adele, Ed Sheeran and Skepta are proving highly beneficial; exports of UK music rose an impressive 13% in the same year, resulting in a figure of around £2.5 billion. Now worth a whopping £4.5 billion, the UK music industry employs around 117,000 people, and is currently experiencing a…

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Tom Hardy’s 1999 rap mixtape surfaces online

Tom Hardy’s 1999 rap mixtape surfaces online

You know Tom Hardy. Not a lot of people don’t. The Oscar nominated actor who has starred in such prestigious films as The Revenant and Bronson. Well you’ll never guess what. Hardy made a rap mixtape all the way back in 1999, under the alias Tommy No 1. Along with the production skills of Eddie Too Tall, the duo made Falling on Your Arse in 1999. Hardy raps, reasonably well, over some hip-hop beats riddled…

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Brian May criticizes Theresa May and Brexit

Brian May criticizes Theresa May and Brexit

Queen guitarist Brian May, 70, has criticised Theresa May over Brexit. He said the PM is “driven by vanity and thirst for power” and added that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union is “the dumbest thing Britain has ever done in my lifetime”. The Queen guitarist has often criticised both the Tory leader and Brexit and accused the PM to have a “lack of moral fibre”. With regard to Brexit, the musician referred…

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Ed Sheeran is engaged

Ed Sheeran is engaged

Ed Sheeran announced his engagement with long term girlfriend ‘Cherry Seaborn’ over an instagram post showing the pair kissing. Ed Sheeran who is 26 proposed to his now fiance in 2017 but kept the news a secret from the media. Here is Ed Sheerans number 1 single ‘Perfect’. Article by Music News Global. 

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Paul McCartney says the future of music is in danger

Paul McCartney says the future of music is in danger

Sir Paul McCartney and many rock and pop legends – among whom Chrissie Hynde, Craig David, Sandie Shaw, Ray Davies, Billy Bragg, Feargal Sharkey and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason – are backing a move in Parliament to protect music venues from closure. Senior Labour MP John Spellar is introducing a bill in the Commons to change planning laws in an effort to implement the “Agent of Change” principle into UK law. If implemented, the…

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Motorhead guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke dies at 67

Motorhead guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke dies at 67

Motorhead guitarist and speed metal pioneer ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke has died after a battle with pneumonia. The official Motorhead Facebook page announced on Thursday 11th January that the rocker had passed peacefully while in hospital. Clarke was known for being the guitarist of Motorhead during what many consider to be their golden years (1976-1982), helping to create albums such as Overkill and Ace Of Spades, the latter of which propelled the band to an international…

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Paramore invite Stranger Things star on stage

Paramore invite Stranger Things star on stage

Paramore have invited Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo to perform with them live after having seen him and his band cover their song ‘Misery Business‘. Last month a video went viral showing Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo playing with his band, Work in Progress, to Fall Out Boy’s classic “Sugar We’re Going Down” and Paramore’s hit “Misery Business” before a crowd in Asbury Park, NJ. After seeing the video, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams took to…

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Neil Young shares musical archive

Neil Young shares musical archive

Neil Young – free world rocker, Vietnam-era icon, godfather of grunge. It is indisputable that his work has inspired millions, and helped shape the entire music industry in the 20th century. Young’s influence spans across decades – from having a whole verse dedicated to him in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s epic “Sweet Home Alabama” in 1974, to being the last thing mentioned in Kurt Cobain’s suicide note, 20 years later. Fitting, then, that he has released an…

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies aged 46

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies aged 46

The lead singer of Cranberries Dolores O’Riordan has suddenly died aged 46 in London. The Irish singer had been in London for a recording session and her publicilst sadly announced the news. The cause of death has yet to be announced however the death has been described as ‘sudden’ by the publicist who also went on to say that “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very…

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