NME Festival blog: Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ narrowly loses out as ‘Shoplifters’ claims prestigious Palme d’Or prize

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s movie came out on top following what head judge Cate Blanchett called a “painful” decision-making process Hirozaku Kore-eda has picked up the prestigious Palme d’Or award for his indie film Shoplifters, with his latest work narrowly beating Spike Lee’s much-hyped movie BlacKkKlansman to the grand prize. The award, which is given out at […]

NME Festival blog: Haim respond to being parodied by ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Nicki Minaj

The sketch didn’t make the cut during last night’s episode (May 19) – but it has since been posted online Haim have registered their approval of a new Saturday Night Live sketch which parodied the band and featured Nicki Minaj delivering a guest rap. Minaj was the musical guest on last night’s episode of the […]

NME Festival blog: Watch Lykke Li’s trippy new music video for ‘Deep End’

Lykke Li has released the music video for ‘Deep End’ which documents an out-of-control night out filmed entirely on an iPhone. The track was one of the to tracks released last month from the Swedish singer. ‘Deep End’ and ‘Hard Rain’ will both appear on ‘So Sad So Sexy’, the Swedish singer’s fourth record to date which […]

NME Festival blog: George Ezra to appear on CBeebies’ ‘Bedtime Stories’

George Ezra is set to appear on CBeebies‘ Bedtime Story – and has compared the booking to being “right up there with Glastonbury”. Ezra released his new album ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ back in March. Reviewing the record, NME said: “Ultimately, it’s this blend of new-found maturity and crowd-pleasing choruses that transform Ezra’s second offering into […]

NME Festival blog: Prince’s iconic Yellow Cloud guitar auctioned off for $225,000

Fans had a chance to get their hands on over 150 pieces of memorabilia in New York yesterday Prince‘s custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar has been auctioned off for a huge $225,000 (£167,000). A memorabilia auction took place at New York City’s Hard Rock Cafe yesterday (May 18), with fans of His Royal Badness bidding on […]

NME Festival blog: Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg to reunite for new Ulysses S Grant movie

Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg are teaming up for the first time in 16 years for a biopic on Ulysses S. Grant. The pair last worked together on the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, which also starred Tom Hanks. They are now in early talks to work together again on the biopic on […]

NME Festival blog: Taylor Swift fans are more likely to oppose same sex marriage, study finds

Taylor Swift fans are more likely to oppose same sex marriage, according to a new study. The survey, conducted by TickPick, asked 1000 people in the US about subjects related to politics, music and issues in society. Of those polled, 19.7 per cent of Swift fans were not on board with same sex marriage. Celine Dion’s followers were even […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Entertainment Agents Association publishes checklist for promoters following increase in email scams

UK: The Entertainment Agents’ Association has issued a checklist for concert promoters to help ensure that they are dealing with the genuine agent of an artist when booking a show. The checklist is issued following recent scams that have seen fraudsters claim to represent artists including Adele, Justin Timberlake, Dire Straits, Beyoncé, System Of A […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Eighth Plate food waste scheme rises from the flames of Arcadia London

UK: The festival food waste scheme, Eighth Plate, returned after a two-year hiatus on the first May bank holiday weekend at the Arcadia London Spectacular. From May 4 – 6, staff from the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) visited the food traders onsite at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to discuss surplus food at the end of […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Eventbrite announces Instagram partnership | Festival Insights

WORLDWIDE: Eventbrite users can now add a ‘Get Tickets’ button to the profile page of their Instagram business account, making it easier for potential buyers to not only learn more about the shows and events they’re offering, but to act on their interest by buying tickets via a simplified checkout process. Eventbrite is Instagram’s first […]