NME Festival blog: Creators of Printworks on their new Greenwich venue London Magazine

It’s set to open its doors next summer Magazine London is intent on entering 2019 with a big bang. The new Greenwich-based event space, named after the gunpowder magazine which used to sit on the site, is marketing itself as being so much more than just a simple music venue. Conceived by Venue Lab – a company owned by the Vibration Group, who are behind East London’s Printworks – the venue’s ambitious combined indoor and outdoor space will be home to an array of events, from exhibitions to theatre productions – and, yup, the odd gig and festival, too. NME spoke to Vibration Group’s CEO and creative director Simeon Aldred this week about what exactly the new venue will bring to the capital, […]

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NME Festival blog: “Totally different adventure” to replace Arcadia Spider at Glastonbury 2019

RIP Arcadia Spider Glastonbury’s famous Arcadia spider will not appear at the next festival, it’s been revealed. An as yet unbuilt “totally different adventure” will instead debut at the festival, which returns in June 2019 following a fallow year. The giant fire breathing metallic monster has been a mainstay of the festival, with DJs performing underneath it and thousands of people gathering to watch the… READ MORE… Source link Straight from the NME UPCOMING FESTIVALS

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The Guardian festival blog: And all that jazz … performers pick their highlights from the 2018 London jazz festival | Music

Mélissa Laveaux Mélissa Laveaux. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images Windrush: a Celebration by Anthony Joseph (Barbican, 17 November) is going to be brilliant. I’ve shared the stage with Anthony many times and he’s such a generous performer. So is Calypso Rose – almost to a fault. I can only imagine the type of glee that can come rushing over you after dancing the night away to Trini tunes. Lea Delaria (London Bridge theatre, 18 November) from Orange is the New Black has an insane range and stage presence. I think her show has the same level of camp as the Peaches Christ Superstar show I saw the other night. Definitely a must-see! Everyone should see saxophonist Archie Shepp (Barbican, 19 November) […]

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NME Festival blog: Sigur Ros’ Jónsi to release lost triple album of solo recordings next week

The recordings date back to 2000-2004 Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi is set to release a lost triple album of solo recordings dating back to 2000-2004. Recording under the moniker Frakkur, the music was never given an official release, with much of it thought to have been lost due to corrupted hard drives. Years later, the songs were recovered from a CD that had been given to a friend and the previously unreleased Frakkur, 2000-2004 compilation is now set to be released digitally on November 23. The compilation, which features 24 songs, was released last year as a limited-edition, vinyl-only release that featured only half of the songs. Each of the three albums collects material from a specific period, each recorded in […]

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NME Festival blog: Kanye West sang Backstreet Boys with Mark Zuckerberg on karaoke

They did it their way Kanye West has posted a photo of himself with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg doing karaoke together. The rapper posted a pic of the pair holding microphones on his Twitter account which you can view below, declaring that the pair sang the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 hit ‘I Want It That Way’. We sang Backstreet Boys I want it that way pic.twitter.com/IzGHk7i7OP — ye (@kanyewest) November 15, 2018 Many took to Twitter to voice their approval with one user writing: “Imagine being in a room with Kanye West and Mark Zuckerberg and they start doing Backstreet Boys karaoke,” while another wrote: “Kanye West and Mark Zuckerberg singing ‘I Want It That Way’ together,” is a phrase I never even […]

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The Guardian festival blog: Stormzy announced as first headliner of Glastonbury 2019 | Music

Grime MC Stormzy has been announced as the first headliner of the 2019 Glastonbury festival. Posters announcing the news appeared in Oxfam stores in Streatham, near Stormzy’s hometown Croydon, and in the town of Glastonbury itself, reading “Stormzy Friday! First Glastonbury headliner revealed” in the festival’s distinctive house font. Stormzy himself then posted the message on Instagram, with the caption: “THE HEADLINE ACT – GLASTONBURY 2019, well lets be fucking having ya then.” It will be the London rapper’s most prestigious live show yet, and a new high point on a remarkable career trajectory. He broke through in 2015 with the freestyle Shut Up, originally recorded in a London park, and released his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer in […]

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NME Festival blog: The six original Avengers take out full page advert to pay tribute to Stan Lee

“We’re grateful to represent a small part of your amazing legacy.” The six original Avengers have taken out a full page newspaper advert to pay tribute to Stan Lee. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth hailed Lee’s lasting legacy after the comic book icon passed away on Monday. “We acknowledge his creative contribution, the thousands of men and women it has long employed, the millions that will continue to be entertained, and above all, his inimitable wit, grace and humility”, the Hollywood Reporter advertisement read. “Stan, we love you, we will miss you, we’re grateful to represent a small part of your amazing legacy.” A very nice Stan Lee tribute ad from […]

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NME Festival blog: Dan Aykroyd gives another update on ‘Ghostbusters 3’

The movie – if it ever sees the light of day – would follow directly on from the 1989 sequel Dan Aykroyd has given an update on the current progress of Ghostbusters 3, confirming that there is still a “possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters”. The original Ghostbusters film – which starred Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis as the titular ghost-catchers – was released in 1984, with a sequel following in 1989. A female-led reboot of the franchise – starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – came out in 2016. Aykroyd has spoken once again about the prospect of a follow-up to Ghostbusters II, with the actor – who […]

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NME Festival blog: Stan Lee’s daughter reveals they created one final super hero

“It’s very interesting. We still have a little trickery.” Stan Lee’s daughter has revealed that she worked with her father on a new character before his death earlier this week. The Marvel Comics icon died at the age of 95 earlier this week, after being rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. But as tributes continue to pour in, his daughter J.C. Lee says that the comic book legend has one more creation in store for the world. “We have been working on a character called Dirt Man”, she revealed in a new interview with TMZ. Stan Lee “The last little angel we’ve got tucked away is called Dirt Man. I said ‘Daddy please, no clatter, no steel […]

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NME Festival blog: Is this the end of U2? Bono says the band are “going away now”

The band finished their tour in Berlin tonight Bono alluded to what might be the end of U2, speaking onstage at the final date of the band’s ‘Experience + Innocence’ tour in Berlin tonight (November 13). According to fan account U2gigs, who regularly provide live coverage of the band’s shows, Bono addressed the crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. “We’ve been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and this last 4 years have been really something very special for us. We’re going away now…” he said. Bono: “we’ve been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and this last 4 years have been really something very special for us. We’re […]

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