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Meet the musical pioneers re-invigorating the Brummie sound

Words by: Fred Garratt-Stanley The dingy cobbled alleys of 1920s Small Heath have transformed into the imposing high-rise council estates of 21st century Birmingham, but the grittiness captured by Peaky Blinders remains central to much of the music being made in England’s second city. Known as the spiritual home of metal, but now making its name as the birthplace of...

Boardmasters 2019 offers up ticket refund information after it was abruptly cancelled due to “severe weather conditions”

Boardmasters 2019 have given an update on how fans can claim refunds after it was cancelled last night (August 6) due to bad weather conditions. The four-day music and surfing festival, which was to be held in Cornwall, was meant to kick off Wednesday (August 7) and conclude on Sunday (August 11). But the organisers were forced to pull the plug...

Lady Leshurr has shared a video of a security guard ‘verbally abusing’ her at Wireless

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Lady Leshurr has shared a video of a security guard at Wireless Festival after he refused to let her and her friends through an exit. The singer and rapper was attempting to get back to her parked car to leave the event but alleges that the guard verbally abused her. Sharing the video on Instagram, she wrote, "Last Night I Performed...

‘The coolest woman alive’ – how your favourite British musicians marked Mother’s Day

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Even when you've got limitless access to champagne, caviar and lapsang souchong, there's nothing like coming home to a mum holding a mug of home-brew tea. That's why everyone, even these busy British musicians, took the time yesterday to post gushy social media dedications to the most magical people in the world: their mums. (Americans, you can relax: your...

Run The Jewels, Lady Leshurr and more added to Field Day 2017 line-up

Run The Jewels, Lady Leshurr join Field Day 2017
Run The Jewels, Lady Leshurr and Arab Strap have all been added to the line-up of Field Day 2017, joining a bill that already includes Aphex Twin and Slowdive. Also added in the latest line-up announcement are Machinedrum, Clams Casino, Rae Morris, Forth Wanderers, Kite Base, Sinkane, Thee Oh Sees, ABRA, and PC Music associates Danny L Harle and A.G....

Eats & Beats: Lady Leshurr Taste Tests Salmon

Lady Leshurr’s one true love is smoked salmon. Seriously. “I love the feel of it, it’s squidgy and soft and slimy,” she explains. “It makes me happy. I wake up really angry or moody, but then I go in the fridge and find the salmon and get excited!” So we decided to get her into the NME office and...

Lady Leshurr shares ‘#Represent’ video in collaboration with the NHS and MOBO

Lady Leshurr has shared a new music video that aims to drive young donors to register and give blood, especially those from black and Asian communities. The song leads the new #Represent campaign, a joint initiative from the NHS Blood and Transport authority and MOBO that has the aim of increasing registrations of blood donors from the two communities. In figures...

The Inspiration Issue: Words Of Wisdom From The Creative World

Barney Artist Emerging east London rapper with a message “My advice is for people who feel stuck in a job while chasing a dream. Success doesn’t come in an instant, so don’t be discouraged if it’s not happening as soon as you’d want it to. Don’t allow ‘social media envy’ to corrupt your drive. There’s a special unique path you have...

Listen to Lady Leshurr’s banger-packed hype playlist

10-track playlist is all killer and no filler