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.
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.
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.
On the red carpet media run before the Mercury Prize ceremony kicked off, I asked all the nominees why their album deserved to claim victory. Most of the bands and artists shuffled awkwardly, mumbling that they didn’t think they should win but were just delighted to be nominated. Apart from Young Fathers. “We’ve made something new and original,” said Alloysious Massaquoi. “No one else is doing what we do.” The Scottish trio said they didn’t care for awards and that the only thing that mattered was performing later that night.