Three years have passed since the last U2 world tour but now, just when you thought it was safe to go back in a stadium, two more may be coming at once. Despite the uncertain reaction to them delivering their new album onto almost every iPhone on the planet, the band’s belief that there is an unquenchable thirst for their music seemingly remains. Bass player and noted spoon collector Adam Clayton recently spoke to Rolling Stone about their forthcoming live plans. "There is talk of doing two different kinds of shows,” he said.
In this year's search for Britain's Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel's, you voted in your thousands to shortlist 11 awesome venues across the UK. There's not long left to cast your final vote and have your say in who should be crowned the ultimate best small venue in Britain, we hear why the venues have such a special place in the hearts of some of the bands who've played them.
If you've been anywhere near Radio 1 in the past week, you'll have heard about Zane Lowe's ambitious plot to re-score 2011 movie 'Drive' with a whole raft of original music. Last night (Thursday October 30) the re-worked version of the film was broadcast on BBC Three. The whole thing is admirable in its ambition. It took them 18 months to put it all together - a huge undertaking for the Radio 1 DJ (with his peerless contacts book) and his team; a process almost certainly littered with clearance issues and logistical barriers.
The whole point of the NME New Breed Tour 2014 is to highlight the most exciting up'n'coming music out there.
In our DIY special last week, Laura Snapes visited Cornwall to investigate the burgeoning Falmouth sound - the result of creating a music scene at the very end of the country, away from any kind of formalised music infrastructure.