Think you've had a tough week at work? Think again: none of the miserable commutes, horrible bosses or spirit-sapping tedium can compare to the [url=http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/81508]recent experiences[/url] of Otto Schimmelpenninck, the bassist for metal band Delain. The band were playing in Birmingham when Schimmelpenninck, unfortunately, was hit in the groin by a streamer cannon. Ouch. And yet, of course, the show must go on – and so Schimmelpenninck carried on with the gig, despite the fact he'd ruptured his testicle.
Be a music journalist for long enough and you'll soon learn what a band say in the studio, teasing their work-in-progress next album in excited chunks of hyperbole, isn't always how things pan out.
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Festival takes place this weekend and if you're not going, too bad, because it's going to be pretty massive. From Neutral Milk Hotel and Death From Above 1979 to Fat White Family and Flying Lotus, the list of amazing bands taking to Texas this weekend is long as any festival bill we've seen this year. Whittling down our must-see sets to just five bands was no easy task but we managed it, just about. Here's who to see if you're heading down to this weekend, from Run the Jewels' dystopian rollercoaster rap to the all-conquering eclectic indie of Alt-J...
Tissues at the ready: Glastonbury’s benevolent overlord Michael Eavis will be stepping down from running the festival in 2020. But before he gets his commemorative carriage clock and knighthood for services to partying, he’s got six more years to make sure the Worthy Farm weekender remains the best bash in the world. He recently revealed his tactic for doing so to Music Week: pumping more cash into the grown-up fantasylands of Shangri-La and Arcadia. It’s a brilliant, typically Glastonbury answer to what Eavis sees as the ‘headliner problem’.
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.