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I transformed into a drag queen with Sink The Pink and performed to 2000 drunk students

A scene from Swansea University Students’ Union: a pair of paramedics tend to Little Jimmy Johnson, a six-foot drag artist who, dressed in a...

Future Islands on their explosive breakout, gruelling touring schedule and new record ‘The Far Field’

Sat at the top of a flight of stairs, with the winter night air blowing in through the backstage fire exit, Samuel T. Herring...

Tinie Tempah: “I don’t know how many people thought I was gonna be a one-hit wonder… but I’m still here”

Tinie Tempah is posing for NME’s photographer wearing an actual crown. It’s a personal gift from Dolce & Gabbana head Domenico Dolce, given to...

SNL vs Trump: Every time the President has appeared on the show – and how he reacted

Late last year, Donald Trump accidentally coined the word ‘unpresidented’ – before deleting the tweet it appeared in. Let history not forget it. It’s...

The Chainsmokers: “I promise you, we’re not a**holes”

It would be good to be a Chainsmoker, I think, while watching one of the duo’s YouTube travelogues. The lives of Alex Pall, 31,...

Gone Is Gone: Five things you need to know about the ‘supergroup’

1. You shouldn’t call them a supergroup (to their faces) “I dislike the term,” claims Troy Sanders, bassist and co-vocalist of art-metallers Mastodon, explaining: “It...

‘I am not the go-to person to fix this country’ – Russell Howard on his mammoth world tour and ‘Good News’

You’re famous for talking about good news but there’s not loads of it about at the moment. Has that impacted on your new touring...

Bands 4 Refugees: Meet the indie supergroup shining a light on the refugee crisis

It’s two days before the VO5 NME Awards and, in a rehearsal room in London’s King’s Cross, a group of musicians are gathering to...

Stormzy: Tracking the next big MC’s rise to the top

July 26, 1993 A smart – but naughty – kid Stormzy was born Michael Omari in 1993 into pretty average circumstances. Brought up in Thornton Heath,...

Pet Shop Boys: Exclusive interview with VO5 NME Awards 2017 Godlike Geniuses

As kaleidoscopic orbs spin overhead, the duo sit stoically, barely flinching, one in a gold-lined showman’s blazer, the other wearing a helmet resembling a...

‘The OA’s Brit Marling: Meet the brains behind the cult TV phenomenon

Brit Marling – co-writer, executive producer and star of The OA – is currently experiencing what happens when you unleash a little magic into...

Ten Fé: the busking duo on how “tough circumstances” created their free-wheeling debut ‘Hit The Light’

It’s tempting to place every piece of music under a political microscope right now. Each declaration of freedom could be seen as an attack...

Rag’n’Bone Man: The unstoppable rise of the 21st-century blues man

The ‘Elton John Call’ has, for a long time now, been as sure a sign as you can get that an up-and-coming singer is...

Building an empire: How Lego took over the world

A piece of Lego can take 432kg of weight – about five average Brits – before it starts to crack. That’s why it hurts...

‘Trainspotting’: an oral history of the cult film and its sequel

"Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family...” When Trainspotting was released in February 1996, those words – voiced by Ewan McGregor’s...

Kehlani: how she turned hard times into a stunning, positive debut album

From collaborations with Zayn Malik, Chance The Rapper, G-Eazy and Little Simz to her appearance on the Suicide Squad soundtrack and a Grammy nomination...

Donald Trump is now President. What’s the worst that could happen?

Obama has gone and the Trumpocalypse begins today. How worried should we be in the UK? Mark Beaumont runs four doomsday scenarios past the...

Run The Jewels: The heroes we need in Trump’s America

This week, Donald Trump will place one of his tiny hands on the Bible and his puckered lips will accept the US presidency: the...

Loyle Carner: Why the South London rapper’s album may have you in tears

‘Sun Of Jean’, the 
final track on Loyle Carner’s stunning debut album, features the 22-year-old MC’s mum reading a poem about her son (“He...

You Me At Six: Their 10-point plan for world domination

Frontman Josh Franceschi tells Thea De Gallier their 10-point plan for world domination Know what you’re capable of The last thing you might imagine a band...
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