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Florence + The Machine announce intimate shows May 2018

Florence + the Machine has announced details of a series of intimate shows, including a date at London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 8th. Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 27th) at 10AM BST here.

Florence + The Machine recently unveiled beautiful brand new track, ‘Sky Full Of Song’. Released in association with Record Store Day, ‘Sky Full Of Song’ was launched alongside an A.G Rojas-directed video and a 7” vinyl, backed by a recording of ‘New York poem (for Polly)’. Watch the video here.

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Rudimental announce 2018 UK headline tour dates

Festival favourites Rudimental have announced a huge tour for October 2018. Following the release of their number UK single ‘These Days’ in January, Rudimental will play headline shows across Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester and Bournemouth.

The tour will end with two shows at London’s prestigious Alexandra Palace – Rudimental’s biggest headline tour to date. The four-piece group returned to the music scene last summer with their single ‘Sun Comes Up’ ft. James Arthur.

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LISTEN :: Diplo shares ‘California’ EP feat. Lil Xan, DRAM & more

California, the new EP and first solo body of work in five years from Diplo, is out now on Mad Decent. Stream below.

Named for the state where he recorded the EP, California is something of a full circle moment for Diplo, who called his debut album Florida for the state where he grew up.

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WATCH :: Florence + The Machine return with Sky Full Of Song

“This was a song that just fell out of the sky fully formed,” says Florence Welch. “Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down. There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling.”

The Record Store Day release of “Sky Full Of Song” will be backed by a recording of “New York poem (for Polly),” taken from Welch’s forthcoming book Useless Magic: a collection of lyrics, artwork and poetry offering a unique, personal insight into her creative process.

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LISTEN :: Snow Patrol return with new single ‘Don’t Give In’

Snow Patrol return with ‘Wildness’, due May 25th, their first studio album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence.

The album is produced by Jacknife Lee, Snow Patrol’s longtime producer and collaborator. Don’t Give In, the first single from the album, is an empowering song about overcoming depression. Hear the track with its accompanying visuals below.

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LISTEN :: RAYE feat. Mabel & Stefflon Don – Cigarette

Unstoppable babe RAYE has enlisted Mabel and Stefflon Don for her latest single ‘Cigarette’. Undoubtedly three of the UK’s biggest up and coming UK female artists, RAYE, Mabel and Stefflon Don smash into 2018 with the coolest collaboration. These girls are ready for world domination.

‘Cigarette’ is taken from RAYE’s upcoming wider project, set to drop in the coming months. RAYE has curated a culturally relevant collection of music featuring a number of collaborations with her artist friends. This body of work is set to solidify RAYE’s status amongst her fellow pioneers of UK music.

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Mabel, RAYE, Stefflon Don. via Snobette

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LISTEN :: Louis Berry – Stumbling

Louis Berry has released his most personal single yet with the gospel tinged ‘Stumbling’, produced by Louis, Marcus Foster and Koz (Kendrick Lamar).

‘Stumbling’ allows Louis to showcase his tremendous voice, wrapped around emotionally charged lyrics. “It’s a song about when you’re going through things in life and you keep getting knock backs,” Louis says of ‘Stumbling’. “It’s about having the determination and courage to carry on through hard times and get to a place where you want to be.” 

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LISTEN :: Mont Jake – Come Closer ft BADBADNOTGOOD and Gene Fisher

Dalston based, Danish born soul man and Wu Tang collaborator Mont Jake has teamed up with video director Billy Boyd Cape (Kwaye – ‘Sweetest Life’), saxophonist Leyland Whitty of Badbadnotgood and rapper Gene Fisher on new track ‘Come Closer’.

Transporting you into a day in the life of Mont Jake, the track’s video was an organic collaboration with director Billy Boyd Cape, whom Jake reached out to after discovering his work on Instagram. Watch below.

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WATCH :: Dua Lipa – IDGAF feat. Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, MØ, Alma

Dua Lipa performed IDGAF for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge in LA. Dua’s performance featured a supergroup of backing singers including Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, MØ and Alma. IDGAF is the sixth single taken from Dua’s self-titled debut album.

Is this the best live lounge ever? Dua Lipa also performed New Rules, plus an emotional cover of Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys.

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HAIM announce Sister Sister Sister UK tour dates June 2018

HAIM are bringing their ‘Sister Sister Sister’ tour to the UK, the girls have announced a host of new dates that will lead them into a busy festival season.

Set to land at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 10th June, the trio will then travel across the UK, stopping at Manchester on June 11th, before their biggest ever London show at Alexandra Palace on 15th June.

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LISTEN :: Muse – Thought Contagion

Muse have released their brand new single Thought Contagion. “The meaning of the song is about how other people’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs can sometimes infect your mind, get into your head and change the way you think yourself” Matt Bellamy said.

The accompanying video is available to watch below. Directed by Lance Drake (who also helmed the band’s Dig Down video), Thought Contagion is an ‘80s infectious neon love story.

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WATCH :: Haim win Best International Band VO5 NME Awards 2018

Haim picked up the award for Best International Band at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 held at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London, on Wednesday 14th February.

And the award for best acceptance speech also goes to Haim! The girls’ totally inspiring speech gave us all the feels. Championing women in music, Este Haim said: “To anyone that identifies as a girl, when you walk into a guitar shop, or a sound check, or a recording studio – do not let anyone there intimidate you, or make you feel like you don’t belong there. Because you do belong there.”  

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Glastonbury win Best Festival at the VO5 NME Awards 2018

Michael and Emily Eavis attended The VO5 NME Awards 2018 last night (Wednesday 14th February), at the O2 Academy Brixton, London, where they collected the award for Best Festival.

Glastonbury has been crowned the Best Festival at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 for the fifth year in a row. Michael Eavis wore shorts to the event, his signature look, donning them, like a hero, among a room of musicians that included Glastonbury 2017 acts Haim, alt-J, Annie Mac and Craig David.

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AMP Sounds 2018 Closing Party w Disclosure, Ghetts & more

Annie Mac has announced the line up for the AMP SOUNDS closing party at The Roundhouse on the 24th February 2018. The line up includes Annie Mac herself, joined by Disclosure (DJ set), Raye, Mabel, Not3s, Stefflon Don, Ghetts, Wretch 32 and Mist & Steel.

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to ROUNDHOUSE Charity, a charity that gives thousands of young people the chance to develop their skills through creativity in music, media and the performing arts with a big focus on young people disadvantaged by society.

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WATCH :: Paloma Faith – ‘Till I’m Done {Live Session}

After seeing her fourth album ‘The Architect’ hit Number 1, Brit Award winning Paloma Faith releases her new single ‘Til I’m Done’, impacting 16th February on RCA Records.

‘Til I’m Done’ is a disco-funk driven track impossible not to dance to as Paloma sings about her independence and strength. “I wanted to write something more modern,” she says. “On previous albums, I’ve been more concerned with the past but now I’m looking forward because of motherhood and wanting to change things for a better future. It’s a marriage of old and new.”

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Shy FX Announces Secret East London Residency

Every Thursday throughout February, Andre Williams, aka Shy FX, will bring his brand-new ‘Shy FX Presents cult.ure event series to a secret location in East London. Each week, the party will bring the vibe of Carnival and the underground rave scene to put some cult.ure back into the capital.

Shy FX will be joined each week by the finest pioneers and tastemakers from the UK music scene plus some very special guests. The series launches on 23rd January via www.shyfx.com/culture – sign up each week to get on the guest list. Dates for the diary are 1st February, 8th February, 15th February and the 22nd February.

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LISTEN :: Nathan Ball – Acoustic EP

Since picking up his first guitar at the age of fourteen, Nathan Ball has developed a raw sound with an alternative ambiance and deep, poetic lyrics.

His music creates an engrossing story and everything feels unforced – a natural, calming presence – his music flows through you in much the same way. The acoustic EP, released today (24th January), explores a haunting, self-reflective journey back to how Nathan’s songs were first written; one man and his guitar. Listen below.

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