This summer, London's Secret Cinema have embarked on their most ambitious project yet: an immersive screening of '80s mega-classic Back To The Future that promises audiences a chance to get inside the film. In June, it broke the world record for film ticket sales, with 42,000 sold in four hours, and 34,000 of those going in the first 20 minutes. Further dates were added throughout August, meaning 80,000 people will see the production. But there has been concern that Secret Cinema has been a bit too ambitious this time.
Ahh, the Noughties. Remember? Before the coalition. Before Miley's naked wrecking ball swinging. Before Snapchat. Back when impending financial gloom was not "the recession" but merely "the credit crunch". No wonder many people are nostalgic about the 2000s. There were some pretty decent indie bands kicking about back then, too. Not just Arctic Monkeys, Foals, the Cribs and other indie mainstays who've continued to ride high but some bands that time has sadly since forgotten.
Last week, Unlocking The Truth, a high school hardcore band with a combined age of just 38, netted a six-album record deal with Sony worth $1.7m (£992,000) having been discovered busking in locations around New York. Hot on their heels this week comes 10-year-old YouTube hit Audrey.
July is traditionally quite a quiet month in the music world, but the last few weeks has seen a steady stream of strong releases. From La Roux's 'Trouble In Paradise' to Manic Street Preachers' 'Futorology' and Honeyblood's self-titled debut to Morrissey's 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business', major and brand-new artists saw fit to brighten summer 2014. There was also a whole raft of excellent EPs from Twin Peaks, The Acid and Autobahn.
"Love's a fucking bitch/Do I really need another habit like you?" coos Karen O over creaky acoustic guitar in this first glimpse at her upcoming debut solo album. 'Rapt', along with the rest of 'Crush Songs' was written way back in 2006, a time when life, not just romance, was proving a "fucking bitch" for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman. Following a failed tryst with film maker Spike Jonze (“I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again," she later explained), the New Yorker was also facing up the prospect of loneliness in other areas of her life: "I really contemplated quitting.