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‘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

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

Taylor Swift to become first female winner of global icon Brit award

Singer-songwriter recognised for her ‘immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire’Taylor Swift is to become the first female artist to win the global icon Brit award.The US singer will be presented with the prize on Tuesday during the ceremony at the O2 Arena in London. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, London, Taylor Swift, US, UK News, World news, US news, Culture

Rock that body: how the Mugler catsuit is shaping pop

From Billie Eilish to Beyoncé, the Mugler outfit has become the natural successor to Madonna’s bustierPop music has a new uniform. The feline, figure-hugging Mugler bodysuit, with its generous cutouts, has become ubiquitous with the biggest female singers. Billie Eilish wore one for her recent Vogue cover shoot, Beyoncé was in one on the cover of the same magazine’s December issue, as was Dua Lipa at the MTV Europe music awards, while Miley Cyrus wore hers accessorised with silver jewellery at t...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Beyonce, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Vogue, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Women's Tops, Cardi B, Cardi, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, MTV Europe

‘MI5 were tapping our phones’: UB40 on starting out, falling out and losing millions

The Brummie reggae stars are back, but in two rival groups. They talk about clocking up 39 hits, partying hard and the bitter splitUB40 are remembering the days when they were dangerous. “MI5 were tapping our phones, watching our houses, all sorts,” says drummer Jimmy Brown. “We thought, ‘Haven’t they got criminals to catch?’ We were just a bunch of potheads, smoking weed and playing music. We weren’t planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be ...
Tags: Music, Society, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, UB40, Birmingham, Reggae, British identity and society, Inequality, Jimmy Brown, David Shayler, Class issues

Red Hot Chili Peppers sell rights to catalogue of hits to Hipgnosis

Trend of artists selling rights continues, as Kid Creole and the Coconuts also sign dealRed Hot Chili Peppers and Kid Creole and the Coconuts have become the latest artists to cash in on their catalogue of hits, selling the rights to songs including Californication and Annie I’m Not Your Daddy to London-listed music royalties investment firms.The Chili Peppers are poised to sell their publishing rights to London-listed music investment firm Hipgnosis, reportedly for more than $140m (£101m). Cont...
Tags: Business, Music, London, UK News, World news, Music Industry, US news, Culture, Annie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hipgnosis, Californication, Chili Peppers, Kid Creole, Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Mask-free concert in Liverpool for Covid test event draws thousands – video

The first ‘near-normal’ concert since Covid began took place in Liverpool on Sunday, with 5,000 giddy music lovers crowding into a festival tent with no masks and no social distancing‘We are ecstatic!’: a taste of post-Covid freedom at Liverpool pilot gigBlossoms/the Lathums/Zuzu review – rapturous return of the live gig Continue reading...
Tags: Music, England, UK News, Liverpool, Music Festivals, COVID

‘We are ecstatic!’: a taste of post-Covid freedom at Liverpool pilot gig

Event at Sefton Park attended by 5,000 people with no distancing or masks as part of research programmeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first “near-normal” concert since Covid began is taking place in Liverpool on Sunday, with 5,000 giddy music lovers crowding into a festival tent with no masks and no social distancing.All had agreed to act as guinea pigs for scientists studying the safety of mass events as part of the government’s Event Research Programme. A negat...
Tags: Music, Science, Students, Biology, UK News, Medical Research, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Liverpool, Microbiology, Festivals, Music Festivals, Clubbing, Sefton Park, Coronavirus, COVID

‘Like losing a hand’: musicians on the crisis in hearing loss

Oscar-nominated film Sound of Metal depicts a drummer battling hearing loss. As rock stars like Myles Kennedy explain, it’s a debilitating and worryingly widespread problemThe Bafta-winning film Sound of Metal dramatises every musician’s worst nightmare. Ruben Stone, played by Riz Ahmed – who is up for a best actor Oscar this weekend – is a metal drummer who loses his hearing, and the film depicts Ruben’s loss exactly as he hears it, where the world around him and the intense music he plays sudd...
Tags: Health, Music, Society, UK News, Disability, Culture, Ruben, Myles Kennedy, Riz Ahmed, Ruben Stone, British Tinnitus Association BTA

Morrissey hits back at The Simpsons over ‘hurtful and racist’ parody episode

Manager posts critical statement on singer’s behalf after Panic On The Streets Of Springfield airsThe Simpsons has earned the wrath of Morrissey after it parodied the former Smiths frontman in an episode of the show.The singer was satirised during the episode Panic On The Streets Of Springfield, which aired in the US on Sunday night. In the episode, Lisa Simpson becomes obsessed with a fictional band called the Snuffs and befriends its frontman, Quilloughby. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, US, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Smiths, The Simpsons, Morrissey, Springfield, Lisa Simpson, Animation on TV

Rockin' in the free world? Inside the rightwing takeover of protest music

It’s easy to laugh at hardcore patriots misunderstanding Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, but such appropriation is increasingly widespread – and dangerously twisting the truth“Did you know that Born in the USA is actually an anti-Vietnam war anthem?” Since Donald Trump embraced the 1984 Bruce Springsteen song during rallies, the lyrics have prompted so much explanation it now borders on cliche. Yet it’s no less unsettling for it, becoming a prime example of a startlingly widespread trend fo...
Tags: Music, Politics, Usa, Bruce Springsteen, Protest, Barack Obama, Reagan, UK News, US news, Culture, US politics, Ronald Reagan, Pop and rock, New Jersey, Donald Trump, Eric Clapton

Henry Glassie: Field Work review – hypnotic glimpses of folk art in the making

This documentary about the celebrated folklorist also takes a leisurely look at the working methods of the artists he reveresThere’s an unmistakable slow-cinema vibe to this scrupulously observational documentary, which seems somehow to go on for weeks despite its 100-minute running time. The ostensible subject matter is American anthropologist Henry Glassie, who is college professor emeritus in folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University; but it isn’t really “about” him in any convention...
Tags: Art, Music, Science, Biology, Film, Americas, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Anthropology, Northern Ireland, Brazil

The music streaming debate: what the artists, songwriters and industry insiders say

The Guardian has talked to 25 figures from the music world ahead of publication of a parliamentary reportScores of music industry insiders including the artists Nile Rodgers, Nadine Shah and Ed O’Brien of Radiohead, as well as songwriters for stars such as Kylie Minogue, have hit out at an “archaic” streaming model that allows major labels to maximise their revenue while some musicians struggle to make minimum wage.Ahead of the release of a parliamentary report into the issue, notable figures fr...
Tags: Amazon, Spotify, Music, Politics, Internet, UK News, Radiohead, Culture, Music Streaming, Digital music and audio, Kylie Minogue, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Ed O'Brien, Nile Rodgers Nadine Shah

Gaming technology recreates C16th music in a Scottish chapel

Researchers capture how choral music would have sounded in birthplace of Mary Queen of ScotsThe sounds of an Easter concert performed for James IV in a Scottish chapel have been recreated using gaming technology alongside groundbreaking recording techniques that allow specialists to model how acoustics would have been affected by long-destroyed interior details, such as the curve of an alabaster sculpture or an oak roof beam.Researchers have captured how they believe choral music would have soun...
Tags: Music, Scotland, UK News, Culture, Heritage, Mary Queen of Scots, James IV, Linlithgow Palace, Mary Queen of ScotsThe

Gaming technology recreates 16th-century music in Scottish chapel

Researchers capture how choral music would have sounded in birthplace of Mary Queen of ScotsThe sounds of an Easter concert performed for James IV in a Scottish chapel have been recreated using gaming technology alongside groundbreaking recording techniques that allow specialists to model how acoustics would have been affected by long-destroyed interior details, such as the curve of an alabaster sculpture or an oak roof beam.Researchers have captured how they believe choral music would have soun...
Tags: Music, Science, Scotland, UK News, Culture, Heritage, Archaeology, Mary Queen of Scots, James IV, Linlithgow Palace, Mary Queen of ScotsThe

Glastonbury live-stream festival: Coldplay, Michael Kiwanuka and Haim to perform

Damon Albarn, Idles, Jorja Smith, Kano, Wolf Alice and Honey Dijon will also appear at Live at Worthy Farm, a ticketed virtual event on 22 MayThe organisers of Glastonbury have announced that Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Idles, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka and Wolf Alice will perform at Live at Worthy Farm, a ticketed live-stream event to be broadcast on 22 May.The five-hour film, directed by Grammy-nominated film-maker Paul Dugdale, will be presented as an uninterrupted production, trac...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Festivals, Glastonbury festival, Music Festivals, Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Kano, Livestreaming, Haim, Glastonbury, Wolf Alice, Emily Eavis, Worthy Farm

Harriet Harman proposes plan for UK musicians to tour EU post-Brexit

Labour MP says government ‘cocked up’ negotiations on touring and is ignorant of the value of music to the economyGovernment ignorance of the arts is putting British musicians’ livelihoods at risk, Harriet Harman has argued, in a call for an end to the post-Brexit bureaucracy for musicians looking to tour in the EU.The Labour MP today unveils a 10-point plan of proposed measures, backed by industry bodies such as the Musicians’ Union, UK Music and the Incorporated Society of Musicians, that woul...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Culture, Labour, Harriet Harman, Brexit, Musicians ' Union UK Music, Incorporated Society of Musicians

New studies to examine racial inequality in UK art and music

Exclusive: pioneering surveys aim to use data to drive ‘positive and lasting change’ in arts sectorLeading equal rights organisations in the UK have announced a landmark research commission into racial inequality in the art sector, as a new organisation called Black Lives in Music also aims to tackle racial inequality in the music industry.The Runnymede Trust, a race equality thinktank, and Freelands Foundation have partnered to deliver the first major commission into how black, Asian and minori...
Tags: Art, Music, UK, Education, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Schools, BAME, Freelands Foundation, Black Lives in Music

UK's 2021 Eurovision entry revealed: Embers by James Newman

Newman, a successful pop songwriter for Rudimental, Calvin Harris and others, returns after missing out on 2020’s cancelled eventThe UK’s entry to the 2021 Eurovision song contest has been revealed: a high-energy dance-pop track by James Newman, entitled Embers.Newman was due to perform for the UK at 2020’s event, before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. His song My Last Breath hasn’t been carried over to the 2021 event. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Eurovision, Newman, James Newman, Rudimental Calvin Harris

Poly Styrene's inspiring sensitivity should be the true legacy of punk

Mixed race, with braces on her teeth, Poly broke the mould of UK punk. A new documentary explores her struggle to find meaning in the Day-Glo chaos of modern lifeThe moment I heard that Marianne Elliott-Said, AKA Poly Styrene, had died, I was at band practice. We put on X-Ray Spex and jumped around, screaming along to Identity, Oh Bondage Up Yours! and Germ Free Adolescents. On that day in 2011 we lost one of punk’s greatest heroes and one of the few who really looked and sounded like me. She br...
Tags: Music, UK, Television, Film, Race, Women, UK News, Culture, Punk, Music Documentary, Sky Arts, John Lydon, Poly Styrene, Ray Spex, Marianne Elliott Said

Ian Brown pulls out of music festival over Covid vaccination row

Brown, a noted Covid sceptic, has withdrawn from the Neighbourhood Weekender festival in Warrington in SeptemberIan Brown has pulled out of headlining the Neighbourhood Weekender festival in Warrington this September after claiming that all attendees require proof of vaccination.Brown is a noted Covid sceptic, frequently using his Twitter account to spread disinformation about the virus and protections against it. “I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry,” he tweeted yesterday...
Tags: Health, Music, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Festivals, Music Festivals, Vaccines and immunisation, Warrington, Brown, Weekender, Ian Brown, Coronavirus, SeptemberIan Brown

'We're jabbing': Covid vaccine song remakes, from Bob Marley to Madness

Dolly Parton’s rendering of Jolene prompts host of suggestions including Black Lace’s Jab-a-dooCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDolly Parton adapted Jolene for her Covid jab celebration song, but how about looking to the Ramones, Bob Marley or the Beach Boys? “Good, good, good, good vaccinations.”Parton set social media ablaze on Wednesday by releasing a short video from her injection in Nashville. “Well hey, it’s me. I’m finally going to get my vaccine and I’m so exci...
Tags: Music, UK News, World news, Culture, Dolly Parton, Nashville, Madness, Bob Marley, Parton, Jolene, Coronavirus

SoundCloud announces overhaul of royalties model to 'fan-powered' system

Streaming company says it will start directing money from subscribers to the artists they actually listen toSoundCloud announced on Tuesday it would become the first streaming service to start directing subscribers’ fees only to the artists they listen to, a move welcomed by musicians campaigning for fairer pay.Current practice for streaming services including Spotify, Deezer and Apple is to pool royalty payments and dish them out based on which artists have the most global plays. Continue readi...
Tags: Apple, Music, Technology, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Culture, Music Streaming, Soundcloud, Spotify Deezer

Devastating, unviable, admin overload: UK stage companies count cost of Brexit

New visa rules, taxes and transport restrictions are some of the hurdles British dance and theatre organisations must now overcome to tour EuropeBrexit or Covid? Hardly a cheerful choice, but when I ask Colette Hansford, executive producer at Hofesh Shechter Company, which will be most decisive for UK theatre and dance companies, she doesn’t hesitate. “Brexit will have the bigger impact because it’s a long-term restriction. We’re a flexible, dynamic sector and can work our way out of Covid – but...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, Theatre, European Union, UK News, World news, Dance, Culture, Foreign Policy, Stage, Ballet, Classical Music, Akram Khan, Brexit, Hofesh Shechter

Rihanna angers Hindus with 'disrespectful' Ganesha pendant

Comments on singer’s Instagram account say wearing likeness of god is cultural appropriation The singer Rihanna has angered the Hindu community with a “disrespectful” Instagram picture in which she wears a diamond-studded pendant featuring the Hindu god Ganesha.Commenters on her Instagram account have called the wearing of the likeness of the god around her neck cultural appropriation. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Rihanna, Religion, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Hinduism

Designer Harris Reed: 'How are we still outraged by me putting Harry Styles in a dress?'

Ahead of London fashion week, the gender-fluid designer talks about glue guns, pop stars and courting controversy in VogueBefore anyone had heard of the designer Harris Reed, they had seen his suit in Vogue. Or was it a dress?A tailored suit with peak shoulders attached to a hoop-skirt draped in tulle and hot pink satin garlands, it was worn in the magazine’s December issue not by a Hollywood starlet, but by a popstar: Harry Styles. Arguably, it was both. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Gender, Music, Hollywood, London, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Vogue, Harry Styles, London Fashion Week, Fashion Weeks, Harris Reed

Elton John: Brexit negotiators 'screwed up' deal for British musicians

Singer calls for return to negotiation as touring artists face red tape and new costs, with Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood adding fresh criticism of UK governmentElton John: I learned by touring Europe in the 60s. Young artists need the same chanceElton John has said that the UK’s Brexit negotiators “screwed up” a deal for British musicians and the broader music industry, and is calling for the government to re-enter negotiations.Writing in the Guardian, John said: “Either the Brexit negotiators di...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Radiohead, Culture, Pop and rock, Elton John, John, Brexit, Colin Greenwood

Family's lockdown adaptation of Total Eclipse of the Heart goes viral – video

A family from Kent who shared a video of their living room performance of a third lockdown-themed Totally Fixed Where We Are has gone viral. Ben and Danielle Marsh and their four children first found fame with their version of a Les Misérables song, when they changed the lyrics of One Day More to reflect common complaints during the Covid-19 lockdown. The full rendition is available on the family’s YouTube channel Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Youtube, UK News, Kent, Ben, Coronavirus, Danielle Marsh

Sophie: 10 of the greatest tracks by a genius of pop's expressive power

From productions for Charli XCX and Gaika to Sophie’s emotionally shattering solo works, we celebrate a truly singular artist who has died aged 34This was the track that brought Sophie, the Scottish producer who has died aged 34 following an accidental fall, to wider attention, and how could it not. The opening sounds like an alert announcing a malfunction on a clown car assembly line, all sproings and sirens; these polished, corporate sonics would become a hallmark of the producer’s early work,...
Tags: Music, Scotland, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Charli Xcx, Electronic Music, Gaika, Sophie, James Ferraro

Sophie, acclaimed avant-pop producer, dies aged 34

Glasgow-born Grammy nominee had worked with Madonna, Charli XCX and moreSophie, the Grammy-nominated Scottish musician whose high-intensity electronic productions pushed the boundaries of 21st-century pop, has died aged 34.Sophie’s management confirmed to the Guardian that the artist died around 4am at home in Athens, “following a sudden accident. At this time respect and privacy for the family is our priority. We would also ask for respect for her fanbase, and to treat the private nature of thi...
Tags: Music, Scotland, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Athens, Glasgow, Electronic Music, Sophie, Madonna Charli XCX

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