Radiohead are set to headline the first instalment of newly launched Scottish festival TRNSMT.
The three day festival will take place in Glasgow Green, a non-camping festival featuring a carefully curated bill.
Radiohead will headline the opening night, marking the group's first show on Scottish soil since 2008.
Other names on the opening night include Belle & Sebastian, who will be playing on home soil.
Other headliners include Kasabian and Biffy Clyro, with George Ezra, The 1975, The Kooks, Twin Atlantic, and Two Door Cinema Club due to appear.
Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday (February 3rd) at 9am.
TRNSMT runs between July 7th – 9th. Line up:
Belle & Sebastian
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Two Door Cinema Club
Norwegian newcomers Strange Hellos might well seem familiar to you.
After all, the band contains members of Aurora, The Megaphonic Thrift, and Casiokids, all working for a common goal.
Still freshly hatched, Strange Hellos have nabbed prominent slots at Trondheim Calling and By:larm, with new material forthcoming.
Clash is able to premiere new track 'Monumental', and it's a drifting piece of cosmic power pop with an air of innocence.
Dappled psychedelic that comes in pastoral hues, you can tune in below.
The initial line up of this year's Parklife has been announced – and it looks pretty fantastic.
The Manchester event unveiled Frank Ocean as a headline act earlier today, before announcing a slew of additional names.
Globe-conquering types The 1975 will perform at the festival, joined by grime squad Boy Better Know and hip-hop giants A Tribe Called Quest.
Two Door Cinema Club will appear at Parklife, while other additions include Jess Glynne, Fatboy Slim, London Grammar, Flying Lotus, and more.
Anderson .Paak will appear at the festival, with Seth Troxler, Wiley, Sampha, Floating Points, and David Rodigan all making the journey to Manchester.
Tickets are on sale now.
Parklife runs between June 10th – 11th.
Future Islands are set to play a special opening party at this year's Live At Leeds.
The Baltimore group will play the Live At Leeds: Welcome Party on April 28th, bringing their always astonishing live show to the Yorkshire citadel.
The festival line up is rapidly expanding, with more than 60 new acts being added to the bill.
Honeyblood will play the city-wide event, with other new additions including Temples, The Hunna, Clean Cut Kid, Fickle Friends, and more.
The Moonlandingz are set to appear at Live At Leeds, alongside Kojey Radical, Dream Wife, and Gabrielle Aplin.
Festival Director Andy Smith said: "The reaction to the festival bill has been fantastic this year, so we’re looking forward to getting the rest of the line up out there… I’d say it’s our best bill since we started, loads of future stars further down the bill so make sure you take a listen to the ones you may not of heard of yet."
Tickets are on sale now.
Live At Leeds takes place on April 29th.
Two days into the unrelenting hustle that is an artist’s schedule at South By South West, the exertion is beginning to take its toll on Barns Courtney, as his overworked vocal cords threaten to surrender. Great timing too: tonight he’s due to play his biggest show at Austin’s iconic Stubb’s venue. Some extreme preventative measures are required. “I think I might shave my body until it’s hairless,” he proposes, “and perform some kind of ritual to the divine gods of music endeavors.”
This good humoured tenacity is typical of Courtney; his persistent and determined nature saved him from the depths of despair following a failed record deal aged 19 (his band, Dive Bella, were dropped by Island prior to releasing their debut album), prevailing to ditch his day job at Currys PC World and finally return, emboldened and going solo.
“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through in my life,” he says of being dropped. “Like, putting my heart and soul into our record, fighting for creative control over the years, and then for it never to even come out… We didn’t even have a shot. I mean, I was really, really bitter about it and jaded and just so depressed for a long time, and then I went to this little festival in Suffolk called Folk East, and I just saw how much amazing talent was out there and how many people were just killing it and getting no recognition. Something about that just instilled something inside me and I kinda realised, ‘Oh fuck, I’ve been a total asshole for the last three years.”
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Through near destitution, the aspiring troubadour’s fighting spirit kept him afloat, while the view from rock bottom supplied a defiant stimulation to the songs he began to write. “I’ve got fire in my soul,” he rails in the bluesy thump of ‘Glitter And Gold’, a song that serves as a constant reminder, he says, “to try and keep that sun going that was burning in my gut from when I was a kid.” Born in Ipswich, Barns grew up in Seattle, where he moved aged four.
Returning back to his homeland 10 years later, any displacement was eased by the comfort of music, a handy distraction from his ailing education (“I was terrible at school; I’m hugely ADHD so I couldn’t focus on anything,” he notes.) Befitting his dual nationality, it was in the US that Barns enjoyed his first real taste of success, when Bradley Cooper and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein personally chose his gospel-infused song ‘Fire’ to appear in their 2015 chef flick, Burnt.
“We never planned to go to American radio – or English radio – at this stage,” he says, still clearly in disbelief. “It was all supposed to be gigs and maybe an EP on Soundcloud and iTunes, but that film just perpetuated everything to such an incredible degree. I just found out the other day that ‘Fire’ is the number one most added song on AAA radio. It’s just like, ‘What?!’”
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Although this foray into Hollywood was an unexpected propulsion, Barns had been far from idle in his pursuit, previously embarking on support slots with Blur (on closing night of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix), Ed Sheeran (whom he knew from the Ipswich gig circuit – “That guy was incredible from the first time I saw him,” he says), and The Libertines, after forging a friendship with Carl Barât following a series of writing sessions together. “The first time I met him, we decided that we were gonna write together, and we just went for a walk around the British Museum for like three hours,” Barns laughs. “I‘ve done a couple of writing sessions, and it’s quite alien to me as a songwriter who just tends to write when I want to, when I’ve got something to say, to kinda go in and try to pull something out of mid-air. So it was nice to hang out with Carl and have him be like, ‘Fuck it, shall we just go and look at the mummies for a bit?’”
One product of this union, a song called ‘Sinners’, was inspired by vice and hedonism – surprisingly, not something found in abundance while on the road with The Libs. “I was kinda thinking it was gonna be this crazy drug-fueled hell ride through the streets of England, but actually we just kinda stayed up all night playing guitar and singing,” Barns admits. “I’d go to bed and Gary, the drummer, would be knocking on my bunk like, ‘Barns! Barns! Get up, we’re watching Footloose!’”
With sketches for his debut album firmly in mind (“I think I’m gonna go for something quite lo-fi, a little bit rough around the edges,” he says, citing The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’ as sonic inspiration) and a busy summer of international festivals ahead, Barns remains steadfast in his motivation, unthreatened by something as trivial as a sore throat. Is it all just too good to be true?
“Sometimes I have a little existential crisis where I wonder if it’s all a dream and I’m gonna wake up on an operating table or something,” he shudders. “Or everyone at the label is gonna pop out of a cupboard and be like, ‘Ha! I can’t believe you fell for that! Get back to your job at Currys!’”
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Words: Simon Harper
Photography: Katherine Squier
For a while there, it seemed as though we'd lost Embers.
The band had a largely silent 2016, spending their time focussing on new material and re-gaining their focus and gaining new drummer Daniel Houghton.
Now able to look ahead with confidence, Embers are set to push forward this year – and their new release looks rather special.
'Signs' will be released digitally on March 13th, and it's a powerful return with Embers once again finding the balance between stunning post-rock and taut, personal songwriting.
Operating independently, the band shot a video in their rehearsal room, and it's an intimate insight into their working methods.
Tune in now.
Catch Embers supporting Clock Opera at Manchester's Night & Day Cafe on March 1st.
William Shakespeare's words have a music all of their own, a melody that is interpreted and reinterpreted by each passing generation.
A new compilation aims to make these words sing, with 'The Food Of Love Project' due to emerge on February 20th (order LINK.)
The album features a plethora of different artists, each able to re-work the material as they see fit. To close the album, Autolycus Records have selected an ambient folk adaptation of 'Lawn As White As Driven Snow (A Winter’s Tale)' by David Thomas Broughton.
It's a stark, affecting rendition, with Broughton applying his usual level of exactness to the recording. He explains:
"Getting into it proved a challenge. I researched and practiced the melody. I tend to build tracks in single takes, noodling on the theme, devoid of academic faculties, relying on emotional instinct. That said, I tried to understand Autolycus. I've a habit of sensing melancholy in everything. The lines "come buy…" play sadly in the melody."
"Autolyctus is regretful for being a shithead character, isn't he? I don't know. I'm not one for consolidating ideas, my process is accidental, happy or not. I was won over by the cadence, and grew to relish lines like 'pins and poking sticks’.”
Wonderfully enthralling, you can check it out below.
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Mac DeMarco is set to release new album 'This Old Dog' on May 5th.
The Los Angeles based songwriter hasn't released a full album since 2014's 'Salad Days', and his switch to the West Coast underpins his new material.
Mac explains: “I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finishing it quickly. But then I realized that moving to a new city, and starting a new life takes time. Usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.”
'This Old Dog' emerges on May 5th via Captured Tracks, with Mac sharing not one but two brand new tracks.
'My Old Man' and 'This Old Dog' open the new record, and are reflective of its new musical direction and personal nature.
Tune in now.
Catch Mac DeMarco at the following shows:
30 London O2 Academy Brixton – Sold Out
31 London O2 Academy Brixton
29 Newcastle The Academy
30 Edinburgh Usher Hall
The Black Madonna is set to host a 13 week London residency at XOYO.
The renowned selector – real name Marea Stamper – recently unfurled her first piece of new material in three years, an ambitious cut that fused proto-techno with organic instrumentation.
Surging forwards, The Black Madonna is set to follow in the footsteps of Oneman, Jackmaster and more by chairing an XOYO residency.
We Still Believe will run across 13 weeks, with the sought-after DJ preparing a full set of line ups to reflect the sheer width of her record bag.
She explains: "There is no place like London and no club like XOYO. In my travels, I felt an immediate connection with the people of this city and the dancers in this club. It was a tremendous honor to meet you all as a guest, but it will be a phenomenal ride to get to know you as a resident. I can’t wait to share this adventure with all of you. We still believe."
The Black Madonna's XOYO residency runs between April 7th – June 30th.
Daft Punk are set to perform at this year's Grammy awards.
The iconic French duo have not performed live in three years, since they joined Nile Rodgers, Pharrell, and Stevie Wonder to perform 'Get Lucky' – funnily enough, also at the Grammy ceremony.
This time round Daft Punk will perform alongside The Weeknd, playing their smash hit 'Starboy'.
The ceremony takes place on February 12th, but has already been marked by criticism over a perceived lack of diversity.
Frank Ocean didn't put his album releases forward, while artists such as Drake and Justin Bieber have confirmed they won't be attending.