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Melt Festival Day One: Florence and the Machine dominate at riotous German weekender

Held in Ferropolis – Germany’s City Of Iron, near Berlin - in a disused mine, where cranes loom everywhere you look, Melt Festival cuts...

NOS Alive Day 3 – the NME report

Rudely shaking the afternoon with a jolt  Bingley’s finest rockers are thrashing about NOS Alive’s Sagres stage with erratic abandon. “We’re the Marmozets,” announces...

Depeche Mode played all your favourite Depeche Mode songs at Mad Cool (and Gahan wore a waistcoat better than Southgate)

One of the simple joys in life is seeing a band you like playing the songs you want to hear. And a greater joy...

Rag & Bone Man at Mad Cool? Rag & Bore Man more like

The crowd at Rag & Bone Man’s Mad Cool set is a funny shape, like a Space Invader. They’re chasing the few bits of...

NME’s famous Alex Turner Challenge: Mad Cool Edition

A couple of weeks ago, we challenged the good people at Polish festival Open'er to do their best impressions of Alex Turner, whose mighty...

NOS Alive 2018, Day 2 – the NME report

Japandroids have had a hectic day, they tell their sizeable crowd at the Sagres stage. Despite it currently being late afternoon, they feel like...

Sofi Tukker battle technical difficulties during euphoric set of pure pop at Mad Cool Festival

You might not know the name, but you’ll definitely recognise Sofi Tukker’s music. The jungle pop duo have appeared on an Apple Watch ad...

Oh go on Big Moon, let us in your band

It’s approximately 479 degrees and we’re in Mad Cool’s Thunder Bitch tent to watch The Big Moon. By the looks of the 'gram, the...

The story of Madrid’s sweltering Mad Cool Festival 2018 in pictures

80,000 festival-goers, a killer line-up that includes Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa, and one of the greenest (astroturf) festival sites around, can...

Lovebox Festival, Day 1 – the NME report

If there’s one cure for soothing a post-World Cup comedown, it’s a hefty dose of live music. The lingering blues caused by England’s heart-breaking...
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