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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 
BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend 2015: The Five Best Performances

Over the bank holiday weekend, Radio One took their annual pop extravaganza to Norwich – home to Alan Partridge and Delia Smith and the kind of place it’s fair to say that Taylor Swift wouldn’t normally pop down to on a Sunday night. The two days of performances featured everyone from Catfish & The Bottlemen to Snoop Dogg to David Guetta, but it was those hawking new wares that thrilled the most.

 

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Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

 
Foo Fighters UK Tour To Kick Off: NME Readers On Their Dream Setlist

Rock fans the nation over should be getting very excited indeed, because the Foo Fighters return to these shores to kick off a scattered run of UK dates this weekend. Starting with a casual headline slot at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich before their own stadium shows in Sunderland, Manchester and Slane next week, Dave Grohl and the boys are then off to prance around mainland Europe, returning for two Wembley Stadium shows as well as a gig in Edinburgh and… oh yeah, a Glastonbury headline slot that promises to be one of the most ferocious gigs they’ve ever played.

 

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Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

 
Fearne Cotton Leaves Radio 1: Five Of Her Live Lounge Sessions Worth Revisiting

Fearne Cotton's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed presenting style was never to everyone's taste on Radio 1, but as the departing DJ waves goodbye to London's New Broadcasting House there are surely two things we can all agree on: 1) Nobody reads a gushing tweet with quite as much enthusiasm, and 2) She's overseen some stellar Live Lounge performances during her tenure. Having taken over the station's flagship live sessions from Jo Whiley, she's coaxed covers out of pretty much anyone who's anyone in pop music.

 

Andy Welch

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

 
John Lydon on politics, passports, poo… and Public Image Ltd’s new album

Four decades after he joined the Sex Pistols and became Johnny Rotten, John Lydon still has a unique ability to lower the tone. “Sorry I was a bit late, I was just having a Farage,” he says, by way of greeting, as he arrives to speak to NME. “That’s when it’s all a bit dribbly.” Lydon is here to introduce Public Image Ltd’s 10th album, due out on September 4. Preceded by the single ‘Double Trouble’, it’s called ‘What The World Needs Now…’ “There’s a dot dot dot at the end, because I am asking the question,” explains Lydon. “You fill in the blank.

 

Kevin EG Perry

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

 
Fraser A Gorman Interview: ‘I Look A Fair Bit Like Dylan – The Hair, The Harmonica, The Guitar…’

Meet the Melbourne singer-songwriter crafting eloquent pop on Courtney Barnett’s label. Interview by Kevin EG Perry Fraser A Gorman has a distinct memory of the very first time he ever met his now-label boss, Courtney Barnett, after moving to Melbourne as an 18-year-old. “I met her in a bar and tried to pick her up,” he laughs. “Which is kinda funny because she likes girls!” The pair have now become good friends, and as singer-songwriters they share an aesthetic as well as a certain lyrical wit and ability to convey their lives, hopes and fears openly.

 
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