NME Festival blog: German train network scraps plan to deter homeless with atonal music

A protest from artists has led to the plan being scrapped Germany’s national train operator Deutsche Bahn has scrapped a controversial plan to play atonal music on Berlin’s S-Bahn public rail network as a method of deterring the homeless and ‘drug users’. The ‘hostile music’ scheme was due to be trialed at Hermannstrasse station, but was called off following a protest concert by contemporary music organisation Initiative Neue Musik. The initiative held an atonal concert outside the station to protest what one of their members Lisa Benjes called “the exploitation of this art form against vulnerable people.” The impromptu concert was attended by 300 people including the homeless, who were also offered food. Also in attendance was The S-Bahn’s manager, Friedemann Kessler, who then […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: The 12 Step Plan for GDPR Compliance

Steve Jenner leads business development in the UK and Ireland for PlayPass, one of the world’s top providers of RFID solutions for cashless payments, crew accreditation & management and access control at live events. This summer sees more UK events than ever before adopting PlayPass’ technology including WeAreFSTVL, British Summer Time, Standon Calling, 2000Trees, Neverworld, Southbeats and over 200 events worldwide. May 25 2018 is the day that the most significant legislation of the digital age takes effect, giving individuals enforceable rights over the collection, processing and distribution of their personal data. Data is the lifeblood of the live events industry and everyone involved in the sector will need to actively adapt their working lives around GDPR’s new parameters or […]

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READING FESTIVAL NEWS: Last chance to split the cost of your tickets with our Instalment Plan

Latest update from Reading Festival 🚨 LAST MONTH to split the cost of your Reading ticket with our Instalment Plan!! 🎪 Last chance to split the cost of your tickets with our Instalment Plan MAYDAY, MAYDAY. This is your last chance to take advantage of Reading’s Instalment Plan option, split the cost of your ticket into two handy chunks. Source

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NME Festival blog: Listen to Plan B’s new track ‘Grateful’

It’s taken from his forthcoming comeback album ‘Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose’, which is now set to drop next month Plan B has released the second track from what’s set to be his first album in over eight years – listen to ‘Grateful’ below. Originally slated for a release on Friday (April 13), Plan B’s third studio album ‘Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose’ will now be released on May 4 via Atlantic. It’ll be his first solo LP since 2010’s ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’, which hit number one in the UK album chart. Plan B has kept up the momentum for his comeback album by releasing its second single in the form of ‘Grateful’. The song’s arrival […]

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NME Festival blog: ‘SNL’ cast members mock Trump with Drake ‘God’s Plan’ parody

SNL cast members have mocked Donald Trump with a parody of Drake‘s ‘God’s Plan’. Chris Redd and Pete Davidson teamed up on the satirical reworking of the rapper’s recent hit single, renaming it ‘Don’s Plan’. Over the same beat used by Drake’s, the pair rewrote the lyrics to centre around the controversies surrounding the US President recently, and since he was inaugurated last year. “Keeping calm while tweeting is a struggle for me/Tell Stormy she can pee and cuddle with me,” they rap at one point, referring to Trump’s infamously unrestrained approach on the social media platform and his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels. Don’s Plan (Parody of God’s Plan by Drake) by Chris Redd & Pete Davidson Redd & […]

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NME Festival blog: Watch Drake give away almost $1 million in his ‘God’s Plan’ video

Drake has shared a video for his recent single ‘God’s Plan’. It sees him giving away almost $1 million to various good causes. In January, Drake dropped the track, along with another new song called ‘Diplomatic Immunity’, as part of his ‘Scary Hours’ project. He was later accused of stealing the artwork for the double single. Now Drake has revealed a video for ‘God’s Plan’, which broke Taylor Swift’s Spotify streaming record. The clip opens with the text: “The budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label.” It sees the rapper doing various good deeds in Miami, like paying for supermarket goods, donating to a women’s shelter and covering a student’s tuition. See in […]

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