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.
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.
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.
September was pretty a pretty good month for music, wasn't it? A bounteous crop of new music has sprung up over these past weeks, some of which we didn't even know existed this time last month: huge albums from big names such as Thom Yorke, Aphex Twin, Gerard Way and Jamie T. But what were the stand-out pieces of new music? Were there other treasures to plunder away from the big-hitters? Of course there were.
Few teen-orientated, inspirationally-messaged phenomena have taken off at the speed of The Hunger Games in the past few years. Besides, of course, Lorde. Which why it makes total, utter sense that New Zealand’s prodigal daughter has curated the soundtrack for the next movie installment (titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1).