NME Festival blog: Dave Grohl admits he still gets “choked up” playing ‘Everlong’ live

“When you launch into a song like that, it immediately brings you back” Dave Grohl has revealed that he still gets “choked up” performing some of Foo Fighters‘ biggest hits on stage. Discussing the band’s 1997 hit ‘Everlong’, Grohl told Rolling Stone that even after decades of touring he still feels emotional when singing the fan […]

NME Festival blog: Latitude 2018, day 3: Alt-J bring monk-rock and pagan vibes; Wolf Alice shout out to Gareth Southgate

Alt-J even Rick-rolled themselves as the festival drew to a close Al-J brought Latitude 2018 to a close last night (July 15) with a bewitching set of synthetic future-folk and minimalist medieval funk pop. Before visuals of glistening white lights and flanked by slivers of neon, the band delivered a captivating amalgam of fan favourites […]

The Guardian festival blog: Latitude festival – teenage fans bring energy to middle-class kingdom | Music

This time next year, you might hear some album-of-the-decade buzz around Solange and her leftfield R&B masterpiece A Seat at the Table. But featherlight blues and sober reflection are a tough sell live, particularly to holidaying punters drunk in rural Suffolk. “I want to turn this festival into church,” Solange informs the few thousand gathered, […]

NME Festival blog: “I nearly died” – Richard Bacon issues first update after being brought out of medically-induced coma

The TV and radio presenter was taken ill earlier this month Richard Bacon has made his first public statement since he was brought out of a medically-induced coma last week after he became critically ill. The former Blue Peter presenter was initially hospitalised after falling ill on a flight from the US to Britain earlier […]

NME Festival blog: Bruce Willis declares that ‘Die Hard’ is definitely not a Christmas movie

The actor puts an end to the debate Bruce Willis has declared that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie during his appearance on The Comedy Central Roast Of Bruce Willis. Released in July 1988, Die Hard is set at Christmas Eve and regularly appears in Top Christmas Films lists every year. Fans have long […]

NME Festival blog: Melt Festival Day 2: Fever Ray bring their subversive and empowering rave-up to Germany

“Let’s get those fanny-flaps moving!”, commanded Fever Ray’s demented disco of debauchery On stage, there are more pussies than Meow The Jewels.  “Melt Festival, are you ready for a shoooowwwwww?” enquires Pansy Parker  of the House of Presents –  on the second night of the riotous Berlin weekender, before his troupe of avant garde  drag […]

NME Festival blog: Lovebox Festival 2018: Childish Gambino conjures up some summertime magic with dazzling headline show

Donald Glover’s stunning set at the Gunnersbury Park festival last night (July 14) was an I-was-there-moment The most important Donald in the UK this weekend didn’t spend his Saturday playing golf in Scotland or having his likeness mocked by a giant inflatable orange effigy. No, this Donald was excitedly addressing thousands of his fans who’d […]

NME Festival blog: Melt Festival Day One: Florence and the Machine dominate at riotous German weekender

Florence headlined the main stage on Friday night – and paid tribute to Patti Smith Held in the Ferropolis – Germany’s City Of Iron, near Berlin – in a disused mine, where cranes loom everywhere you look, Melt Festival cuts a surreal image. But then even if it was operational, you get the feeling that […]

NME Festival blog: NOS Alive Day 3 – the NME report

Jack White and Pearl Jam bring two career-spanning sets to the Iberian Peninsula. Rudely shaking the afternoon with a jolt  Bingley’s finest rockers are thrashing about NOS Alive’s Sagres stage with erratic abandon. “We’re the Marmozets,” announces Becca Macintyre, “and we’re not going anywhere”. It’s easy to understand their tenacity. A couple of years ago, […]

NME Festival blog: Depeche Mode played all your favourite Depeche Mode songs at Mad Cool (and Gahan wore a waistcoat better than Southgate)

All I ever wanted, all I ever needed… One of the simple joys in life is seeing a band you like playing the songs you want to hear. And a greater joy is to hear old songs sound utterly relevant, with on-point visuals and an enthusiastic performance that – from a distance, at least – lets you […]