Dan Stubbs

We went to Rock In Rio, the music festival where mega-gig meets Disneyland meets religious cult

To sum up Rock In Rio in one word, it would have to be this: big. Or maybe even this: BIG.  The gigantic festival, which...

The Big Read – The 1975: “I feel more like I’m in a punk band than ever before”

This weekend, THE 1975 will fulfil a lifelong ambition and headline Reading & Leeds festivals for the first time, and to mark the occasion, the musical changelings have released a searing, politically-charged punk track named 'People'. With the gears of 2020 album 'Notes On A Conditional Form' already turning, frontman MATTY HEALY tells Dan Stubbs about the band's aims to save the world, freak out the squares and tear Reading & Leeds a new one. All he needs to do in the meantime is resist the urge to perform his Dubai gig with the words 'GOD LOVES FAGS' scrawled on his chest. What could possibly go wrong?

Sziget 2019 – relive the magical Budapest fest with these stunning pictures

The bridge to freedom Sziget takes place on a beautiful, wooded island in the middle of the Danube river, accessed by this rickety (and very...

Sziget 2019: Florence + The Machine dedicate ‘You Got The Love’ to Hungary’s LGBTQ community in utterly joyful headline set

At the end of a blistering, 36-degree day at Budapest’s Sziget festival, Florence + The Machine floated in like a summer breeze to perform...

Sziget festival 2019: Post Malone does the ultimate one-man-band act; Years & Years bring sheer star power

The trend among this year’s Sziget headliners is definitely one of going it alone – the sprawling, seven-day, semi-magical festival kicked off last Wednesday with...

Sziget festival 2019: The National bring the grandeur, Macklemore brings the laughs, a fan hurls the underwear

“There's a bra on stage!” exclaims Macklemore, holding it aloft. “On the first song? This shit never happens! God, I'm gonna keep this. This...

The Big Read – Slipknot: “I’m just going to tell you the facts: this album is a masterpiece”

Twenty years ago, Slipknot were considered a menace to society. Today, they release a new album – their sixth – that proves the world at large has caught up to the sound of their rage. Fuelled by loss, depression, desperate times, demagogues and demons, 'We Are Not Your Kind' is the band's greatest – and angriest – album yet. As the band tours its Knotfest roadshow around the States, Dan Stubbs talks to founder member Shawn 'Clown' Crahan and guitarist Jim Root about masks, metal and the making of a masterpiece.

IAMDDB on playing this week’s Sziget festival, her debut album and rebranding Manchester as ‘The 0161’

A cross-genre polymath with a grounding in what she calls "urban jazz", Manchester's IAMDDB is one of the UK's most ferociously creative new artists,...

Never got over the post-Glasto blues? Here’s 11 ways to cure them at the Budapest’s brilliant Sziget Festival next week

There are, throughout the world, just a handful of festivals that manage to bottle a sense of the scale, ambition, fan-serving cheer and sheer...
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