It is quite sad, to see the music industry lacking in headline acts. We're just not producing those big names anymore and the ones that are still around have done all the headlining slots for festivals. It is just old news and regulars won't want to see the same people in the same slot, year after year.
When I spoke to him a few weeks ago, Alfie mentioned that some parts of the role were "trickier than others, mainly due to the emotion behind the words." Alfie has also said that the role is "harder than opera, but thrilling to sing". Nothing controversial about that statement!
Vinyl Tuesday should be celebrated as another opportunity to further bond with the new, the born again, or the lifelong vinyl junkies alike. However, it also highlights a (pardon the pun) pressing problem for the production of vinyl - the factories which pumped out little black plastic platters are fewer and farther between than during vinyl's heyday.
It's a strange and wonderful life, being on the road; living on a bus. It's not for everyone but if you're a social animal and you love the people you're with; then the bus starts to feel more like a womb on wheels than a mere means of transportation. I much prefer being on the bus than staying in a hotel room and I'm not alone.
As a band, The Blockheads should be legends - fully paid-up members of British music royalty. Many people will know them better as Ian Dury and the Bl...
I'm not suggesting we all burn our copies of 1989 and vow not to speak Taylor's name again, but I am accusing Swift of controverting everything she initially set out to do. She has become one of those girls she used to sing about, and she appears to be anything but ashamed of it.
I've heard some awesome musical collaborations in the last few weeks. Back in the day, featured artists were a rarity. Label conflicts and the need ...
As easy as it is to be snarky about Eurovision, there is a lot of genuinely well-crafted pop going on there too, so we at Popbitch decided to afford it the respect that such effort deserves. We analysed hundreds and hundreds of Eurovision entries since 2000 to see if there is any sort of scientific formula for success...
What happened with these steps is that, progressively, I began to become stronger and stronger in my defences against such shaming attacks. With this I became far more compassionate for myself and therefore for others. I began to experience deep gratitude for my job and deep love for the whole experience, with people I worked with through to the audiences who would turn up to my shows. This doesn't mean to say may I add that I live in a state of complete peace and harmony...
"It's the classic story of crash and burn," says Mark Baxter, the writer of the new documentary film Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry which hopes to do for one of this country's jazz greats what Searching For Sugar Man (2012) did for Sixto Rodriguez.
Hearing the completed versions of Too Many Broken Hearts and Especially For You in particular, were moments in my professional life that I will never forget, the door was wide open and I was at the centre of this incredible moment in time. You just knew that something magical was happening. It was very exciting. Only when I realise now that these are distant memories, do I appreciate how lucky I was. The great thing about this tour is, I can re-live those feelings and share it with the fans who were there with me.
I fear that the reason for the Mumfords' status as "one of the most maligned bands in the world", to borrow Drowned In Sound's phrase, is nothing more complicated than that old cliché: build 'em up, and knock 'em down.
Marilyn Manson is having something of a resurrection, as his new album has presented a re-primed Manson in a new phase of life. Manson's mother, Barbara, died during the making of this new album.
For those denigrating me as a "champagne socialist", I have to say I'm more of a prosecco girl, myself. I was born in a working-class family who have for generations been active in political protest. I was nine years old when I was first taken to a demonstration by my mother, who at the time was working as a housing officer for Cardiff council. I have earned a lot of money from creating music, but I've stayed in Cardiff, where my family are, where the people I grew up with are, where my roots are. I could have made a lot more money by investing in arms and oil, rather than ethically. I could have voted Tory.
It was probably a little raw, it was maybe a little by the seat of the pants and I'm pretty sure it was illegally loud but we had done it, we had performed the album, The Man Who Sold The World in it's entirety live for the very first time.
The climax of nine years protesting against plans to build flats next to an historic and iconic East London pub and music venue is nearing, as the family which owns The George Tavern in Shadwell are due at the High Court next week.