The Big Read

Foo Fighters: “Our connection is beyond music”

After more than 25 years, the biggest rockers on the planet have been everywhere and seen everything. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins raise a glass to the everlong and winding road

Celeste: “This album is me taking a firm stance and saying, ‘This is who I am’”

Inspired by the soul and jazz greats, the megastar-in-waiting’s super-slick debut ‘Not Your Muse’ proves that bringing people together is what she does best

Lil Baby: “It’s not about the fame game – I’m more about real life”

Rap’s reluctant superstar, whose ‘My Turn’ was America’s most-streamed album of 2020, reflects on a headfuck of a year, collabing with Kanye and his passion for activism

Shame: “If this is a good year, everything can change around”

12 months later than planned, the London punks return with their James Ford-produced second album, ‘Drunk Tank Pink’, and optimism for a better year

Pa Salieu: “I’ve been cut from the system, but I will rise up like a phoenix”

The Coventry star is sitting pretty atop this year’s NME 100 list, and his journey to this point has been powered by determination and faith in his talents

David Byrne: “I have a little bit of hope. Not every day, but some days”

The perceptive former Talking Head looks back on this strangest of years, and ruminates on the future

The 50 best albums of 2020

We’ve collated our writers’ ‘best of’ lists and crunched the numbers in a big old music ranking machine. You can’t argue with science

Yungblud: “I wanted to write my ‘Urban Hymns’ or ‘Back To Black’”

Doncaster’s pop-punk rebel with a cause comes back down to earth with his theatrical second album, ‘Weird!’

King Princess: “When Harry Styles tweeted about me, it was a huge deal”

The genre-blurring star, currently in the studio with Mark Ronson, reflects on viral fame, ‘queer pop’ and her love of gak (not that kind)

The Avalanches: “Now we’re just a regular band instead of the band who made an amazing debut”

Two decades after breaking new ground with ‘Since I Left You’, The Avalanches have their sights set on the stars. Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi tell NME about their sprawling, big-hearted new album ‘We Will Always Love You’