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NME Festival blog: Music world remembers Mac Miller on the anniversary of his death

“Thank you Mac, you were, and still are, a guiding light in my life and growth” Fans and friends of Mac Miller have taken to social media to remember the rapper one year after dying of an accidental overdose. Mac, whose…

The Guardian festival blog: Nile Rodgers’s Meltdown review – a radical world party | Music

A genial anarchy has descended on the Royal Festival Hall as the audience readies itself to receive Anitta, Brazil’s biggest pop star. Born Larissa de Macedo Machado in the same year the Meltdown festival began, the 26-year-old is curator Nile…

The Guardian festival blog: ‘So flawed and problematic’: why the term ‘world music’ is dead | Music

Ask most musicians what genre they play and you’ll likely get a prickly response. As one well-known, and slightly tipsy, jazz musician once told me: “If you all stopped obsessing about me playing ‘jazz’, maybe I would be playing festival…

The Guardian festival blog: Latitude festival accused of cruelty over pink sheep stunt | World news

Animal rights organisations and activists have accused the Latitude festival organisers of cruelty for dyeing a flock of sheep pink as part of a marketing campaign. A promotional tweet posted on the opening day of the Suffolk event showed fuchsia-dyed…

NME Festival blog: Six troubling questions raised by the ‘Cats’ trailer that’s giving the world complicated felines today

How big is a cat? “Oh god, I don’t know?! A bit smaller than a knife and fork?!” A new star-studded adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats musical hits screens in December. Helmed by Tom Hooper, director of the Oscar-winning…

The Guardian festival blog: Croatia music festival evacuated after fire breaks out – video | World news

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a hip-hop festival on the Croatian island of Pag after a forest fire broke out nearby. Flames were seen billowing behind the site as attendees left the Fresh Island festival on Zrće beach…

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The Guardian festival blog: Nicki Minaj to headline music festival in Saudi Arabia | World news

Nicki Minaj will perform in Saudi Arabia, it was announced on Wednesday, as the ultraconservative kingdom sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment. The female rapper is known for her outlandish, provocative style and hits like Anaconda, where she raps about…

NME Festival blog: Glastonbury will air England vs Norway Women’s Football World Cup quarter-final match

The Lionesses’ Georgia Stanway requested it be shown at the festival Glastonbury has confirmed it will screen the Women’s Football World Cup quarter-final match during this year’s festival. The news came after England player Georgia Stanway tweeted the festival yesterday (June…

NME Festival blog: ‘Yesterday”s Richard Curtis, Danny Boyle, and Himesh Patel on teasing Ed Sheeran and imagining a world without The Beatles

The new film presents a reality where only one man remembers the music of The Beatles In Yesterday, the new film from British cinema giants Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, something terrifying has happened – the music of The Beatles has…

The Guardian festival blog: Music industry urged to join campaign for gender parity | World news

Orchestras, opera companies, concert halls and record labels are being urged to join a campaign for gender parity in the music industry. The PRS Foundation on Tuesday announced an extension of its Keychange pledge, in which music festivals, so often…

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