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Prue Leith, Lemn Sissay and Alison Moyet recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Key figures in UK arts, culture and sport rewarded in list dominated by heroes and heroines of pandemicThe Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, the poet Lemn Sissay and the singer-songwriter Alison Moyet are among notable figures in the arts to have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.In a list dominated once again by the heroes and heroines of the coronavirus pandemic, and particularly key players in Britain’s successful vaccine rollout, there remained room to laud the achi...
Tags: Food, Books, Music, UK, Poetry, Football, Sport, UK News, Culture, Britain, Stage, Roy Hodgson, Rugby league, Queen's Birthday Honours List, Lemn Sissay, Engelbert Humperdinck

Eurovision winners Måneskin: ‘Cocaine? Damiano barely drinks beer!’

Already multiplatinum in their native Italy, the swaggering rock quartet now have two singles in the UK chart. They discuss their rise to success – and that drug-taking allegationBefore their momentous Eurovision victory with Zitti e Buoni, placing Italian rock back on the world stage and earning praise from Simon Le Bon and Miley Cyrus; before a baseless accusation of snorting cocaine almost veered into a full-blown diplomatic crisis; and before their post-win ping-pong tournament became a twee...
Tags: Music, UK, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Italy, Miley Cyrus, Eurovision, Rotterdam, Simon Le Bon, De Angelis, Damiano, Måneskin, Zitti, Victoria De Angelis

Sinéad O’Connor retracts retirement announcement

The Irish musician said her statement, made on 5 June, was a ‘kneejerk reaction’ against the UK and Irish media’s ‘constant abuse and invalidation’ of her mental healthSinéad O’Connor has retracted her announcement, made over the weekend, that she would retire from music and live performance.In a new statement posted to Twitter, the Irish musician explained to fans that she had felt “badly triggered” by a series of interviews regarding her new memoir, Rememberings, in which she writes of survivi...
Tags: Music, UK, Media, Society, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Bbc, Mental Health, Culture, Sinead O'connor, Telegraph Media Group, O'Connor

Children Of Zeus Release ‘Balance’ Album

The dope UK duo release their sophomore effort.
Tags: UK, Albums, Jazz, Children Of Zeus

Mohamed Bourouissa on France’s identity crisis: ‘We’ve got catching up to do!’

The French Algerian artist uses photography, rap music and the frequencies of trees in his quest to shine a light on marginalised communities. Now he’s preparing for his first solo UK showIn early 2020, when Dave was making British history by triumphing at both the Brits and Mercury music prizes, the equivalent awards in France were making headlines for all the wrong reasons. That year’s Victoires de la Musique featured no headline prizes for a black or Arab rapper. “Domestic rap has become the ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Music, UK, France, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Dave, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Hip-hop, Installation

Choosing The Right Snack and Wine Combination

The pairing of a perfect bottle of wine with your food makes a beautiful evening even more beautiful. And what can be better than being with a few friends warming the cockles of your heart, over a glass of wine and enjoying together? A portion of good food to go with your wine helps to enhance the taste buds and experience and try new flavors. While sometimes it might get complicated to understand the best combination for your wine, many people tend to contemplate over their choice for a snack...
Tags: Food, Drinks, UK, US, Jazz, Wine, Snack, Provence, Italy Germany

‘They had soul’: Anton Corbijn on 40 years shooting Depeche Mode

He thought they were pop lightweights – then turned them into moody megastars. The photographer recalls his adventures with the band, from desert trips to drug-induced near-death experiencesBy his own cheerful admission, Anton Corbijn’s relationship with Depeche Mode did not get off to a flying start. It was 1981 and Corbijn was the NME’s new star photographer, lured to the UK from his native Netherlands by the sound of British post-punk, particularly Joy Division. His subsequent black and white...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, UK, Film, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Netherlands, Manchester, David Bowie, Anton Corbijn, Depeche Mode, Nme, Beefheart, Corbijn

RAW – “You Do You” Ft. Raw Proof (Video)

Check out this  new music video by RAW titled “You Do You” featuring UGHHBLOG MIC SESSION alumni Raw Proof and produced by UK producer Anabolic Beatz.  These two emcees lay down thoughtful lyrics including wordplay, double entendres, metaphors & similes. A concrete hook was written by RAW that will remain stuck in your head for days to come. Social Media Links topsouljas1 777The post RAW – “You D...
Tags: Videos, UK, Jazz, Raw, Social Media Links, Raw Proof, Anabolic Beatz

Sinéad O’Connor: ‘I’ll always be a bit crazy, but that’s OK’

After a life marked by abuse, fame, scandal and struggle, the Irish singer-songwriter says she never lost faithRead an exclusive extract from her new memoir Sinéad O’Connor has been pretty much invisible for the past few years. There’s a good reason, though, she tells me with her usual disregard for social niceties. “I’ve spent most of the time in the nuthouse. I’ve been practically living there for six years.” She pauses, takes an intense drag on her fag, and warns me off being similarly politi...
Tags: Health, Music, UK, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Sinead O'connor, O'Connor

Nearly Half Of UK Musicians Consider Leaving Country Because Of Brexit

“More than 40% of musicians polled about their work in the European Union said they would consider relocating to Europe to continue accessing jobs, with a fifth contemplating changing career entirely. Musicians warned that the red tape and additional costs of touring and working in Europe after Brexit would have substantial impacts on their careers.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, UK, European Union, Brexit, 05.24.21

New bands and locations revealed for Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Coldplay and Jorja Smith have been announced for Radio 1’s Big Weekend of Live Music 2021, joining Ed Sheeran, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Celeste, Royal Blood and more on the bill. The event has over 120 live performances and will take place across four days for the first time in the event’s 18-year history. Around 50 of the performances will be brand new live sets recorded exclusively for Big Weekend 2021, with five filmed on location around the UK and more to be recorded in the BBC’s Radio Thea...
Tags: Music, UK, Bbc, Radio, Ed Sheeran, South London, Coldplay, North Yorkshire, Bram Stoker, north London, Suffolk, Alexandra Palace, Tracey, Brighton Pier, Station News, Bbc Radio 1

Italy Wins EuroVision

Congrats to Italy’s Måneskin. But yikes to the UK (which, technically, is no longer in Europe anyway?). “The UK’s James Newman came last, getting zero points from both the jury and the public. – BBC
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, UK, Italy, James Newman, 05.23.21

Eurovision 2021: Italy's Måneskin triumph while UK gets zero points – video

Glam rockers Måneskin, representing Italy, won the 65th Eurovision song contest on Saturday night. The competition returned in Rotterdam after the 2020 edition was cancelled because of the pandemic. The UK’s entry, Embers, sung by James Newman, finished last, failing to win a single point. It was the only Eurovision act to receive zero points after all 39 countries allocated their jury and public votes.Eurovision 2021: Måneskin triumphs for Italy in RotterdamEurovision 2021- as it happened Conti...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, Italy, Eurovision, Rotterdam, James Newman, Måneskin

Eurovision 2021: Måneskin triumphs for Italy in Rotterdam

Contest returns for its 65th edition after being postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemicMåneskin, representing Italy, have won the 65th Eurovision song contest, which was held in Rotterdam on Saturday night. Their entry, Zitti e buoni, scored 524 points in the grand final, which was broadcast across Europe and around the globe.The UK’s entry, Embers, sung by James Newman, finished last, failing to win a single point. It was the only Eurovision act to receive 0 after the juries of all...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Italy, Eurovision, Rotterdam, James Newman, Zitti

Eurovision: songs from 26 nations compete in Saturday night’s final

A live audience of 3,500 will watch as the UK’s James Newman hopes to pull off a victory in Rotterdam Acts from 26 nations are getting ready to perform at the Eurovision song contest, the world’s most popular live music event.The final of the competition, which returns after being cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, is taking place in the Netherlands. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Netherlands, Eurovision, Rotterdam, Netherlands Continue, James Newman

The Resurrection: Bugzy Malone review – highs and lows that catch you off guard

(B Somebody)After two brushes with death last year, the Manchester rapper has a lot to process on his starkly honest second album Hip-hop has no shortage of redemption narratives. Bugzy Malone’s is ongoing. As recently as last year, the Manchester MC was charged with two counts of wounding – this, after many years spent boxing, rapping, then acting in Guy Ritchie movies in a largely successful effort to put a difficult past behind him. The 30-year-old still carries sufficient ferocity to have gu...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Culture, Hip-hop, Manchester, Grime, Guy Ritchie, Malone, Bugzy Malone, Tion Wayne, Aitch, Russ Millions, Manchester MC

How Glyndebourne Didn’t Miss A Step

Throughout the pandemic Glyndebourne has been notably agile, putting on outdoor performances last summer and leading the brief UK return to theatres in the autumn. Now, for summer 2021, the only real casualty of the originally planned season is a revival of Barbe & Doucet’s staging of Mozart’s Magic Flute, which, with its huge drop sets and puppets, would have required too many people working too closely together behind the scenes. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, UK, Glyndebourne, Mozart, 05.17.21, Barbe Doucet

50 years later, Apple+ offers a fresh look at ‘1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything’

Think about the year 1971 and some things come immediately to mind: the war in Vietnam. the presidency of Richard M. Nixon and, well, after that, the answers can begin to splinter off into a hundred different directions. Danielle Peck, one of the producers and directors of the docuseries “1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything” knows that the date in the title isn’t an obvious marker in popular music’s journey through the 20th century. But Peck, director-producer Asif Kapadia, and the rest...
Tags: Apple, Music, UK, Movies, Obama, France, La, John Lennon, George Harrison, America, Sport, Cnn, Yoko Ono, Things To Do, Soccer, Paris

Eurovision 2021: the good, bad and weird songs to look out for

Amid the German ukuleles, anti-colonial Dutch anthems and Ukrainian folk-techno, can the UK’s James Newman reverse a long run of disappointment?Future scholars of camp will pen entire counterfactuals about the great cancelled Eurovision of 2020 and what might have been: while the majority of last year’s contestants are back for 2021, they must all perform different songs. It feels especially cruel to Daði Freyr, the Icelandic act who would surely have won with viral hit Think About Things, a cha...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Eurovision, JENS LEKMAN, Napoleon Dynamite, James Newman, Daði Freyr, European television, Freyr

‘No to fascists and homophobes!’: Damir Imamović, singing the soul of Sarajevo

Named best European artist at last week’s Songlines awards, the Bosnian singer has weathered war and personal tragedy while bringing sevdah music to prominenceDamir Imamović is pining for a curry. “We don’t have any Indian restaurants in Bosnia,” he explains, “and I’ve always wanted to try Indian food. Last year I was booked to play St Luke’s at the Barbican, the Brighton festival, Manchester’s Band on the Wall – it was going to be my first ever time in the UK and I’d been promised a trip to Bri...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, Culture, Pop and rock, Manchester, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brighton, Blues, Folk Music, Brick Lane, Bosnia, Sarajevo, St Luke, Damir Imamović, Imamović

BBC Radio 2 reveals UK’s favourite Eurovision song

ABBA’s Waterloo has been revealed as the UK public’s favourite Eurovision song following an online vote by Radio 2. Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz came in second, Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves came third, with Brotherhood of Man’s Save Your Kisses for Me in fourth, and Sandie Shaw with Puppet on a String coming fifth. Voters were asked to select between three and fifteen of their favourite Eurovision songs from the last 65 years with the results being compiled for a special s...
Tags: Music, UK, Israel, Bbc, Radio, United Kingdom, Abba, Waterloo, Rotterdam, BBC Radio, Sandie Shaw, Gina, Michael Ball, Ken Bruce, Station News, BBC Radio 2

UK rapper Enny: ‘Black women are beautiful. They don’t get told that enough’

Her track Peng Black Girls was a love letter to womanhood, and a huge lockdown hit. Now the rising south-London star is ready for her closeup.Photography by Suki Dhanda. Styling by Barbara Ayozie Fu Safira.In the depths of a bleak Covid winter, very few of us were feeling peng. With Zoom meetings and state-mandated daily walks our only form of socialising, there was little to dress up for, and few opportunities for us to feel beautiful. Related: The Guide: Staying In – sign up for our home ent...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, Enny, Peng Black Girls, Suki Dhanda, Barbara Ayozie Fu Safira

Heart singer Ann Wilson: ‘Success was a Faustian bargain we made’

As the trailblazing band approach their 50th anniversary, Wilson recalls the misery of fame, Heart’s underrated male members and finally realising her creative ambitions as a solo artistAnn Wilson vividly remembers Heart’s big break. In October 1975, the fledgling group, then based in Vancouver, were offered their biggest show to date, opening for Rod Stewart at a Montreal arena. Heart happened to be available – in fact, they had just been fired from a Calgary club gig – and were eager to drum u...
Tags: Music, UK, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Vancouver, Montreal, Rod Stewart, Calgary, Nancy, Wilson, Ann Wilson, Robert Plant Ann

‘We won’t be bouncing back’ – the unsettling truth about the big reopening

Next week, after 14 months of closure and despair, the arts are reawakening. But the damage caused by Covid runs deep – and recovery is by no means assured“If we had to close down again,” says Andrew Lloyd Webber, “we couldn’t survive.” Webber is staging his new musical Cinderella, with book by Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell, in a full-capacity theatre in July, having already delayed its premiere twice. He has mortgaged his house in London and will be selling one of his seven theatres. “It cost £1...
Tags: Books, Music, UK, England, London, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Economic recovery, Exhibitions

Q&A With Milwaukee’s Rising Hip Hop Artist McGuire is God

What was the earliest hip hop memory you can recall? Listening to a lot of nas, wayne , 50 cent , the 2000s and 90s Era I heard a ton of in the car or on TV. When was it when you realized that making music was your calling? 2007 Dj Xo wanted me on this song called “Swag poppin” and I knew I knew how to write but when I finally performed it I fell I love with music and the bond grew stronger ever since. Where did your moniker originate? I have been though many of name changes from DKP to Lysten ...
Tags: UK, Milwaukee, Kendrick Lamar, Jazz, McGuire, Milwaukee WI, Travis Burke, Q&A Interviews, DKP, McGuire is God, Lysten Devon, McGuireisGod Cashapp

Women dominate 2021 Brit awards as Dua Lipa tops winners

2020’s heavily male ceremony reversed with wins for Arlo Parks, Haim and Billie Eilish, as Little Mix become first all-woman winner of British groupDua Lipa has topped the winners at the 2021 Brit awards, calling for Boris Johnson to approve “a fair pay rise” for frontline NHS staff as she picked up gongs including the top prize of British album for her chart-dominating disco spectacular Future Nostalgia.She also won female solo artist, bringing her total Brit award tally to five and cementing h...
Tags: Music, UK, Taylor Swift, UK News, Rap, Soul, Pop and rock, NHS, Harry Styles, Boris Johnson, Haim, Brit awards, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, LIPA

Sole of a nation: how Clarks became Jamaica’s favourite footwear

There has long been a unique connection between the Somerset-based shoe-maker and the Caribbean island. It goes way beyond shoes - as a new edition of book Clarks in Jamaica demonstratesThe reggae producer Bunny Lee said: “Clarks stand the test of time inna Jamaica. All the other shoes come and bow down at Clarks’ foot.” DJ Trinity said in the 70s that you couldn’t get a girlfriend if you didn’t wear Clarks. And the dancehall star Vybz Kartel dedicated no fewer than three hit songs to the shoes....
Tags: Fashion, Music, UK, Americas, Life and style, World news, Culture, Women's Shoes, Jamaica, Reggae, Caribbean, Clarks, Vybz Kartel, Men's Shoes, Bunny lee, DJ Trinity

Olivia Rodrigo: ‘I’m a teenage girl. I feel heartbreak and longing really intensely’

The Drivers License singer reflects on turning her first big breakup into the year’s biggest hit – and how songwriting saved her from the anxieties of being a Disney starDo you remember your first heartbreak? If not, 18-year-old Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single, Drivers License, may awaken some dusty memories. The story of passing her test and driving past the house of the ex she had planned to celebrate with, it filters Adele-scale devastation through Taylor Swift’s wit and Lorde’s mysticism, bala...
Tags: Music, UK, Taylor Swift, Lorde, California, Disney, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Disney Channel, Rodrigo, Olivia Rodrigo

Acts announced for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2021

The line-up for Radio 1’s Big Weekend of Live Music 2021 has been announced, with Ed Sheeran, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Celeste and Royal Blood among those set to perform. Taking place across four days for the first time in the event’s 18-year history (28 – 31 May 2021), Radio 1’s Big Weekend of Live Music 2021 will have over 100 live performances. Around 50 of the performances will be brand new live sets recorded exclusively for Big Weekend 2021, with five to be filmed on location in front of ...
Tags: Music, UK, Youtube, Bbc, Radio, BBC Radio, Greg James, Station News, Bbc Radio 1, Haydn Jones Head of Radio, Ed Sheeran AJ Tracey Anne Marie Celeste, Rihanna Harry Styles Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith Foals Lizzo Dua Lipa

Backstage Union Warns That Met Opera Will Not Reopen In 2021

In a statement issued by its president, IATSE Local One stressed that the current situation is a lockout rather than a strike and that the Metropolitan Opera, rather than giving its craftspeople work, has outsourced fabrication of sets, costumes and the like for three future productions to the West Coast and the UK. – OperaWire
Tags: Art, Music, UK, West Coast, Metropolitan Opera, 04.28.21, Backstage Union, IATSE Local One

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