After a week’s rest, we are back again and looking forward to bringing you more brilliant news and reviews alongside some of the best new artists around right now. Since our little break, a lot has happened in the music world so we’ve decided to collate it into one place. Here’s the rundown and our opinions of what has been happening:
On Friday 24th February, news broke out that the Foo Fighters were playing an intimate gig in Frome, Somerset, which confirmed that the band will headline the Saturday night of Glastonbury Festival. The band join the already announced Friday headliner of Radiohead. We were also treated to the final New Music Friday of February which saw a huge amount of great new music including big collaborations from Coldplay and The Chainsmokers as well as Zedd and Alessia Cara.
Monday 27th February saw the first release of the V Festival line up. This year’s line up is possibly the most confusing decision the festival has made, with pop singer P!nk chosen to headline alongside the legendary rapper Jay-Z. The slot is undoubtedly the biggest for the pop star and So What singer. Also announced on the line up were Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, Craig David, George Ezra, Stormzy, The Wombats, Dizzee Rascal, Sean Paul and many more.
The first day of March brought the line up of the 2017 edition of Latitude to the world. With The 1975, Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes headlining, the line up is the strongest it’s ever been. Placebo, Fatboy Slim, Jack Garratt, Glass Animals, The Horrors and Maggie Rogers were amongst the many names announced for the Suffolk festival.
We were finally treated to the first new release from Lorde last week, with track Green Light being the first new track from the New Zealander since 2014. The track itself is the singers dedication to David Bowie and marks a change in direction for the artist. The ever growing anticipation for Father John Misty’s next album continued with new song Total Entertainment Forever, which references virtual reality sex with Taylor Swift. As ever, the song is littered with references to recent events and humour and is a joy to listen to.
More UK festival announcements came from Victorious Festival based in Portsmouth who announced that The Charlatans, Rita Ora, Olly Murs and Frank Turner amongst others will be playing at the festival. We also received news from Gorillaz, that they will be playing a new one day festival, called Demon Dayz, in Margate on Saturday 10th June.
Outside of the UK, Coachella organisers announced that due to pregnancy, Beyonce would not be headlining the 2017 edition of the festival and instead will be headlining in 2018. It was later announced that Lady Gaga would be filling in as the Saturday headliner for this year’s festival, alongside the already confirmed Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.
In Portugal, the ever brilliant NOS Alive Festival, based near Lisbon, announced that Royal Blood had joined the already incredible line up that features The Weeknd, Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode, Imagine Dragons, The xx and many more. French festival news came from Rock en Siene which announced The xx, PJ harvey, Franz Ferdinand and many more for their 2017 festival at the end of August.
The first New Music Friday of March saw the release of Ed Sheeran’s incredible third album Divide. The album within days set multiple new records and all sixteen songs from the album went into the top sixteen places of the Spotify UK chart. We also were treated to new Coldplay, Circa Waves, Little Mix, Day Wave, Portugal. The Man and Fatboy Slim.
The start of this week saw the addition of 125 more acts to the biggest champion of new artists that is Great Escape festival in Brighton. Amongst the additions include brilliant artists like The Amazons, Isaac Gracie, Estrons, Blackwaters, Julie Byrne and Superfood.
As you can see, it’s been an incredible week and now we are back from our break, we can’t wait to keep you regularly updated.
Much Love, The Music Radar UK team