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Ben Hewitt

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kate Bush Kept Fans Waiting 35 Years For Live Concerts: Why No-One Should Pressure Her Into Doing More

Is this the place where the crossroads meet? And if so, which way will they go? Thursday evening (October 2) was Kate Bush's final 'Before The Dawn' live show, bringing her run of 22 sold-out gigs at London's Eventim Apollo to an end. As the BBC reports, she was coy about when she'd be back again. It would, she said, be "a while" until she returned. A while? A while? How maddeningly vague. That could be a month or a year or a decade or another 35 years. It could be longer.


NME Blog

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About UK Festivals In 2014 In One Mighty Infographic

Counting down the hours till next summer and the advent of festival season 2015 already? Us too. In the meantime, we wanted to know everything about your festival experiences over the summer, from the bands you saw to the drugs you took. Here's a breakdown of how NME readers responded - in infographic form.


NME Blog

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Editor's Letter From The NME Archive: The Booking Of The Beatles And The 'Insignificant' Rolling Stones

It's unlikely you'd describe The Rolling Stones as an "insignificant group" nowadays, isn't it? But the folks at The SSE Arena (formerly Wembley Arena) have sent us a fascinating document of pop's history, which you can see below: it's a letter from former NME executive Maurice Kinn, who was locked in negotiations with The Beatles' management team over NME's 1964 Poll Winners Party. The Beatles wanted to close the show; Kinn worried that their presence would cause a mass scrum. And so they thrashed out a deal for the Fab Four to appear earlier in the programme. "Dear John," it says.


NME Blog

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NME Festival Survey 2014: Five Massive Questions About The State Of UK Festivals Answered

The dust may have now settled on festival season 2014 but discussion continues to rage: are our festivals safe? Do weekenders abroad offer better value for punters and promoters alike? And are escalating ticket costs pricing regular people out of live outdoor music events? There were some big themes coming out of the UK's summer season.


Rhian Daly

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

7 Things We Like This Week (1/10/2014)

Each week, NME chooses the best books, clothes, boxsets, DVDs and more that you need to get your hands on. It could be pretty much anything. This week, it's the BFI Film Festival to the Breaking Bad Collector's Edition Blu-Ray. Event: BFI Film Festival On October 8-19, the British Film Institute is bringing 248 films to 17 venues in London. Catch a host of new releases, including Dear White People and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby as well as restored classics such as Guys And Dolls and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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