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Lucy Jones

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 
Kate Bush's Before The Dawn Shows Begin: The Story Of The First Night

Everything about tonight was extraordinary. First, for Kate Bush fans, it was a moment we never thought would happen. After 35 years away from the stage, we had accepted it was likely that our live experience of Bush would be consigned to the 1979 The Tour Of Life documentary and the music videos that followed. Second, well, we’re going to see Kate Bush, the ultimate one-of-a-kind. It is, really, the most extraordinary live event of the century so far. Never has so important an artist shunned the limelight for so long, while gathering legions of fans, generation after generation.

 

Matt Wilkinson

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 
Radar New Act Of The Week: Stream Kiran Leonard's 'DMF/GP'

Open this week's issue of NME and you'll find a full page dedicated to boy-wonder Kiran Leonard. The Oldham-based teen has been named our New Act Of The Week on account of his genius way with instruments (from the guitar to, er, radiators - Kiran can play 'em all) and rising status as one of the UK's most promising, prodigious talents.

 

NME Blog

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 
Leeds 2014: Three Of The Buzziest New Bands At Leeds Festival 2014

Since its advent in 1999, Leeds festival has grown to become a festival that pulls in a crowd of many cliques - there’s the teenagers, fresh-faced with their GCSE results in one hand and plastic tubes of neon paint dappling the other. There’s also the music enthusiasts, a clientele who congregate nonchalantly in the sidelines, tucking highlighted itineraries in their backpacks and bumbags.

 

NME Blog

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 
Instagram Video Reviews: What Leeds Festival Fans Made Of The Weekend's Big Performances

Reading and Leeds Festival may have shut its gates again for another year but, as ever, it's given us an array of talking-point sets. Between its world-beating returning heroes (Arctic Monkeys) to its breakthrough stars (Royal Blood, Jungle), via more controversial performers like Fat White Family, tongues were set wagging around both sites. To gauge a sense of what it was like to really be there at the front at some of the weekend's biggest sets, we got fans at Leeds to give their three-word instant reviews straight after the gigs. The bands taking the stand for judgement?

 

Al Horner

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 
Stream Girl Band's Violent And Deranged New Track 'I Love You'

'I Love You'? Have 2014's most unforgiving and uncompromising newcomers, four Dublin troublemakers whose slurring noise-rock brutalises convention as much as it does eardrums, turned over a gooey new leaf with this schmaltzily-titled track? Don't panic. Girl Band are just as loud and nihilistic on this B-side to new single 'De Bom Bom' as we've come to expect from them, pounding through two minutes and 25 seconds of deranged moans about shady KGB conspirators and Albini-ish chainsaw guitars.

 
 
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