Austin's annual new music showcase SXSW, which kicks off tomorrow, has always been press worthy - last year NME did a Peace cover feature direct from there, no less - but in 2014 it seems even bigger, even more intense. Undoubtedly, a lot of that is down to BA, who've just starting direct flights from London to Austin for the first time. This is great news for Brits who love new music - because it's about time the wider world woke up to the genius of the city.
The lineup for the 2014 Reading and Leeds Festival was announced tonight (March 10), revealing – as promised by festival organiser Melvin Benn last week – “something we’ve never done before.” NME spoke to the man in charge about how he convinced Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age to co-headline, the surge in young British acts storming the lineup’s other stages this year and the 24/7, 365 demands of running one of Britain’s biggest music festivals. Read More
This year's edition of annual music industry showcase SXSW kicks off in Austin, Texas this week and, while it's primarily about the next generation of bands and artists, there's loads of big names that'll be making the news. Here's 10 things that everyone's bound to be talking about between guzzling margaritas and chowing down on BBQ.
How much of a Kurt Cobain super fan are you? Put your Nirvana knowledge to the test in this week's Quiz This It special spotlighting the Seattle grunge heroes and the '90s rock scene they inhabited. And if you like the below kind of trivia, there's plenty more where that came from in NME's Nirvana special edition, in stores now.
This. Is. Class.