You’d forgive a hotly tipped British hip-hop hopeful about to embark on a busy summer of huge festivals for being nervous about the months ahead. Loyle Carner, however, is more concerned about how his fast-filling-up schedule is going to impact the five-a-side football team he plays with on Tuesday nights a stone’s throw from his south London home. “None of the shows are on Tuesday at the minute.
Stop all the clocks, turn off your phone, see if Mark Lamarr’s at home. The BBC have announced today that Never Mind The Buzzcocks is to cease broadcasting after 18 years, 28 series, 269 episodes and countless guest hosts, but only one Phill Jupitus, the show’s sole constant. Over the years the irreverent music quiz has played host to some hilarious, cringe-worthy and surreal moments.
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.
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.
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.