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Artists voice support for Sheffield’s The Leadmill as iconic venue announces eviction and closure
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Artists voice support for Sheffield’s The Leadmill as iconic venue announces eviction and closure

Sheffield venue The Leadmill has announced that it is facing threat of closure next year due to its landlord issuing a notice of eviction. Artists and the music community have since rallied round to save it. READ MORE: The NME guide to Sheffield First opening its doors in 1980, the venue and club has played host to early shows from Arctic Monkeys, Kings Of Leon and The Killers, and remains popular with live music fans and clubbers in the Steel City. However, today (March 31) saw the venue – which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year – issuing a statement on its website explaining that it is being forced out of business. “Today we have received some devastating news that in one year’s time, our Landlord is trying to evict us, forcing us to close,” the statement began. “Since 1980 The L...
Lizzo launches her own Yitty Shapewear brand
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Lizzo launches her own Yitty Shapewear brand

Lizzo has announced the launch of a new venture: she’s releasing her very own Shapewear brand. READ MORE: ‘Rumors’, Lizzo’s new song with Cardi B, is a dizzying, multi-layered return The ‘Truth Hurts’ singer took to Instagram yesterday (March 30) to share that her shapewear company, Yitty, will be arriving sometime soon. “This is a dream 5 years in the making,” Lizzo wrote, captioning a picture of her lower body wearing mesh, white underwear with the word “Yitty” painted on her butt cheek. She continued: “Introducing @YITTY: Shapewear you can wear Underwear, Overwear, Anywhere. For Every Damn Body. 6X to Xs. Are you ready for the YITTY LIBERATION?” No launch date has yet been revealed for the brand or its products. View this post on Instagram A post shar...
ABBA announce new career-spanning album box set
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ABBA announce new career-spanning album box set

ABBA have announced details of a new career-spanning box set which will celebrate their nine studio albums. READ MORE: ABBA are back – here’s 10 songs their “ABBAtars” must play live The Swedish pop group returned in November with their ninth studio album ‘Voyage’, marking their first LP since 1981’s ‘The Visitors’. ABBA have now shared details of ‘The ABBA Album Box Set’, which will celebrate their nine studio albums to date and be completed by ‘ABBA Tracks’ – a special record featuring non-album singles such as ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ and ‘Fernando’. The collection, which is set for release on May 27 via POLAR/Universal Music, will be available in both 10xLP or 10xCD formats. Pre-order is available from here. View this post on Instagram ...
Superorganism team up with Stephen Malkmus for new song ‘It’s Raining’
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Superorganism team up with Stephen Malkmus for new song ‘It’s Raining’

Superorganism have dropped a new track called ‘It’s Raining’, featuring Stephen Malkmus – you can listen to it below. READ MORE: Superorganism – ‘Superorganism’ review The track – which also features UK rapper Dylan Cartlidge – is the latest preview of the London-based pop collective’s forthcoming second album ‘World Wide Pop’, following the Stuart Price-produced ‘Teenager’. Speaking about the glitchy, hip-hop-infused new track in a press release, the band said: “We’ve been enormous fans of Stephen Malkmus forever, and we loved the idea of combining Malkmus and Scott Walker into a strange almost broken-sounding hip hop track. “We’d done a remix for Dylan Cartlidge and absolutely loved his flow; we asked him if he’d like to try a verse and he fit so naturally. With Dylan being from the nort...
Royal Blood postpone UK and European tour dates after Mike Kerr tests positive for COVID-19
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Royal Blood postpone UK and European tour dates after Mike Kerr tests positive for COVID-19

Royal Blood have postponed their upcoming tour dates in the UK, Ireland and France after frontman Mike Kerr tested positive for COVID-19. READ MORE: Royal Blood live in London: a celebration of life, friendship and the late Taylor Hawkins The two-piece played the sixth show of their latest UK tour in London last night (March 30), and had been due to perform next in Leeds tomorrow (April 1). In a statement shared on their social media channels this afternoon (March 31), Kerr confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 following last night’s London gig. “I’m heartbroken to write this, but despite being fully protected and taking precautions, I have tested positive for COVID following last night’s show at The O2,” he wrote. “This morning I’ve woken up to discover I have lost my voice. ...
Listen to Glass Animals’ cover of Lorde’s ‘Solar Power’ for ‘Spotify Singles’
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Listen to Glass Animals’ cover of Lorde’s ‘Solar Power’ for ‘Spotify Singles’

Glass Animals have shared their cover of Lorde‘s single ‘Solar Power’ – you can listen to the band’s rendition of the 2021 track below. The cover is the latest to be recorded for an ongoing special edition of the Spotify Singles series, which is celebrating the Best New Artist category at this Sunday’s Grammys (April 3). READ MORE: Glass Animals on the success of ‘Heat Waves’ and their “Celtic opera” new album Following on from recent covers in the series by Arlo Parks and Finneas, Glass Animals have now shared their take on Lorde’s ‘Solar Power’, which was the title track from the New Zealand artist’s third studio album. “I chose ‘Solar Power’ because in a time when we were all stuck indoors a bit, this song made me feel like I was on a beach…. we all needed a bit of that!” Glass Animals ...
Kendal Calling announces new wave of acts for 2022
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Kendal Calling announces new wave of acts for 2022

Kendal Calling has announced an additional wave of acts for its 2022 festival – check out the updated line-up below. The event will take place at Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District between July 28-31, welcoming headline sets from Bastille, Supergrass and Stereophonics. Any remaining tickets can be found here. READ MORE: 20 festivals to look forward to in 2022 Organisers have now added more than 100 artists to this year’s bill, including The Cribs, The Big Moon and Hot Chip‘s Megamix. Also among the new names are the likes of The Academic, Deco, Low Steppa, SPINN and Sonic Boom Six. They’ll join the previously announced Craig David, The Wombats, The Vaccines, Pale Waves, Sea Girls, Sports Team, Alfie Templeman, Baby Queen, Haçienda Classical and many more in taking to the stage across t...
Dr Disrespect teases upcoming album and previews “rough” first track
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Dr Disrespect teases upcoming album and previews “rough” first track

Streamer Dr Disrespect, real name Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, has confirmed that he’s currently working on an album, and he has shared an in-progress track with fans. READ MORE: Three years on from its Early Access debut, ‘Wrath: Aeon of Ruin’ may be in trouble During a broadcast yesterday (March 30), Dr Disrespect teased that he has a “new copy” of a track he’s currently working on (via Dexerto). While on the phone to someone, the streamer said the track “is not mastered” yet. Discussing the track on-stream, Dr Disrespect told fans that “it’s still rough” and asked “you want me to play it right now, if the song’s not complete, we haven’t even done the harmonies yet?” The streamer proceeded to play a rough version of the track for fans, which you can listen to below. According to Dexerto, the...
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs announces first album in 10 years
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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs announces first album in 10 years

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has announced his first album in a decade – listen to new track ‘Blood In The Snow’ below. The London electronic producer, DJ and singer-songwriter – real name Orlando Higginbottom – will release his long-awaited second record ‘When The Lights Go’ on July 22 via his own Nice Age label. You can pre-order/pre-save it here. TEED’s forthcoming LP will follow on from his 2012 debut ‘Trouble’, which featured the single ‘Your Love’. Higginbottom has released two EPs in recent years: ‘I Can Hear The Birds’ (2020) and ‘The Distance’ (2021). Speaking about ‘Blood In The Snow’ in an official statement, TEED explained: “The song is about melting glaciers. And, about wanting a daughter [and] where to put love in this tailspin.” Higginbottom has also shared a suitably ...
Architects back Music Venue Trust and Music Declares Emergency’s #GoLocal for Earth Day campaign
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Architects back Music Venue Trust and Music Declares Emergency’s #GoLocal for Earth Day campaign

Architects have voiced their support for the Music Venue Trust and Music Declares Emergency’s campaign for music fans to #GoLocal during next month’s Earth Day. The two organisations are asking people to #GoLocal on April 22 by attending a gig in their hometown, and to either walk, cycle or use public transport to go to and from music venues. READ MORE: The music world on the aftermath of COP26: “The future needs reinforcements” A survey conducted by the MVT in 2020 found that only 35.2 per cent of punters usually walk to a gig, with the majority (48 per cent) typically travelling to shows in their own car. “When you #GoLocal you are considerably improving the impact you make as an individual on the environmental damage caused by vehicles,” the organisations said in a joint statement. “You...
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