The Guardian festival blog: Public Health England warns of measles outbreak at music festivals | Music

Public Health England is advising attendees at summer music festivals to be vaccinated against measles, amid worries that the events could allow for the easy spread of an outbreak. In a statement, the government body said that music festivals “pose an ideal chance for the infection to spread quickly” and that “close-mixing environments such as […]

NME Festival blog: Will Smith raps about ‘Fresh Prince’ and marrying Rihanna in music comeback video

Will Smith has teased his musical comeback, sharing a behind-the-scenes studio clip that shows him rapping about Fresh Prince and marrying Rihanna. The actor/rapper hasn’t released an album in 13 years, but has been signalling his return to music for some time. Last year saw Smith reunite with DJ Jazzy Jeff for new track ‘Get Lit’. […]

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 […]

The Guardian festival blog: Feel the beat: deaf fans fight for access to live music | Music

Growing up among the reggae soundsystems and pirate radio stations of 1980s Hackney, Troi Lee was surrounded by music, “speakers on the street corners blaring”. After getting a Walkman for his 14th birthday, he would wander through his neighbourhood playing songs by Public Enemy on repeat: “It was pure joy,” he says. This passion led […]

NME Festival blog: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Live music festival has only sold 15% of its tickets

A festival billed as Jeremy Corbyn‘s “own Glastonbury” is struggling to shift tickets. According to the Huffington Post, only 15% of its ticket allocation has been sold, meaning only 2,500 tickets have been purchased the site’s capacity of 15,700 people. It’s set to held at the White Hart Lane Recreational Ground in Tottenham on June […]

The Guardian festival blog: Vale of Glamorgan festival review – flavours of Messiaen and mystery | Music

Composer Qigang Chen reached a global audience at the Beijing Olympics’ opening ceremony, but his characteristic approach is the delicate weaving together of his Chinese heritage with western disciplines. Chen has been based in Paris since studying with Olivier Messiaen, and traces of the master’s harmony and colour continue to influence his writing. Qigang Chen […]

The Guardian festival blog: Anne-Marie: ‘I’ve looked inside a festival loo before … not nice’ | Music

Had you been to many festivals before being asked to actually sing at one?When I was 18 I went to V festival because my friend had split up with his girlfriend and he needed someone to go with. I loved the staying in the tent bit and seeing loads of different artists in one night. […]

The Guardian festival blog: SZA, Brockhampton and Sigrid: 2018’s festival anthems | Music

In 1970, a band called Fairfield Parlour were commissioned to write a “theme tune” for the Isle of Wight festival. They obligingly changed their name to I Luv Wight and devised a charming bit of psych whimsy called Let the World Wash In. The event itself went down in history: the crowd was bigger than […]

The Guardian festival blog: MNEK: ‘The tent thing is not going to happen’ | Music

You’re a tall man. How do you feel about sleeping in a tent?It’s just not what I’m made to do [laughs]. It’s not practical. The tent thing is not going to happen. If you dropped your phone down a festival toilet, would you attempt to retrieve it?Abso-fucking-lutely. I love my tech. That’s the whole thing […]

The Guardian festival blog: Liam Gallagher, Jack White, Damon Albarn: how to grow old in rock | Music

People often talk about music going in cycles. However, after each cycle – flatulent indie, breathy electro, murmuring rappers who only use vowels – is complete, the artists who participated rarely disappear; they just continue releasing music that fewer people care about. Now is the perfect time to appraise these beings. This summer’s festival season […]