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Yard Act on humour, social unrest and making “prog, honky tonk” with Elton John

Yard Act have spoken to NME about what this year’s shortlist for the Mercury Prize 2022 says about guitar music – as well as plans for their next album and working with Elton John.The Yorkshire band were speaking to NME from the London launch event for the prize yesterday (Wednesday July 27), where their acclaimed debut album ‘The Overload‘ was named as one of the Albums Of The Year alongside albums by the likes of Sam Fender, Nova Twins, Harry Styles, Little Simz, Self Esteem and more.They were in attendance without frontman James Smith, “because of the trains,” said guitarist Sam Shjipstone, adding: “support the strikes.”Asked what the Mercury Prize shortlist says about music in 2022, Shjipstone replied: “There’s quite a lot of guitar music on it, which is quite weird. People are finally realising that the guitar is the greatest instrument ever made!”Bassist Ryan Needham added: “There’s quite a lot of rage and unrest lyrically across the whole thing, which is nice to see.

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Mercury Prize 2022 shortlist revealed
Mercury Prize shortlist for 2022 Album Of The Year has been revealed.At 11am today (July 26), the Mercury Prize – in partnership with mobility app FREE NOW – confirmed that the 12 albums that have been shortlisted for the Album Of The Year award include Harry Styles’ ‘Harry’s House’, Little Simz’s ‘Sometimes I Might be Introvert’, Sam Fender’s ‘Seventeen Going Under’, Wet Leg’s self-titled album and Yard Act’s ‘The Overload’.You can find the entire list of albums shortlisted for the coveted award below.The awards show for the event will take place on September 8 at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. Tickets for the event are now available for purchase here.It was announced yesterday (July 25) that a handful of musicians including Anna Calvi, Lanterns On The Lake’s Hazel Wilde, Loyle Carner and Jamie Cullum helped judge this year’s prize, alongside a range of broadcasters and critics.The Mercury’s official website has also noted that the 12 nominated artists will “receive a specially commissioned ‘Album Of The Year’ trophy, with the overall winner also receiving a winner trophy and a cash prize of £25,000”.This year’s Mercury Prize has also announced that it’s new headline sponsor is the FREE NOW mobility app as part of a “multi-year commitment from FREE NOW to support British music”.Last year, Arlo Parks walked away with the 2021 Mercury Prize for her album ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’.
Foals recruit Shame, Yard Act and more for UK tour support
Foals have announced the acts that will support them on their upcoming UK tour – see the names below.The Oxford band will hit the road later this month, kicking things off in Edinburgh on April 20, with shows set to follow in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, London, Brighton and more.Today (April 11), Yannis Philippakis and co. announced the six acts that will accompany them on the tour, with names including Shame, Goat Girl, Yard Act and Wet Leg.Shame, who released their second album ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ last year, will open for Foals on their four dates at London’s Olympia (April 29 and 30; May 1 and 2). Other names supporting on these dates include Goat Girl and Egyptian Blue.Goat Girl will also provide support on several other nights in Edinburgh (April 20 and 21), Birmingham (23), Hull (25), Newcastle (26), Brighton (27) and at London’s O2 Brixton Academy on May 8.Wet Leg and The Regrettes will open up for Foals at their massive Castlefield Bowl show in Manchester, while Yard Act will support on two dates at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom (May 5 and 6).The support for the band’s Leeds show at Millennium Square on July 8 is TBC.You can check out the full list of dates and who will be supporting below:Ten days til the Life Is Yours Tour starts! Where are we seeing you?!?Can’t wait to play the new songs live plus all the classics…Goat Girl, Shame, Egyptian Blue, Yard Act, Wet Leg & The Regrettes will be joining us on select dates.
Watch Yard Act and Baba Ali cover LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’
Yard Act and their support act Baba Ali covered LCD Soundsystem at a hometown show in Leeds this weekend (February 26) – see footage below.Yard Act are currently mid-way through huge run of UK tour dates on the back of debut album ‘The Overload’, which reached Number Two in the UK charts upon its release last week after a heated chart battle with Years & Years.On Saturday night, they played a hometown gig at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, and ended the show with a special cover.“We had to do something special for Leeds,” they told the crowd before tearing into a rendition of LCD Soundsystem’s early hit single ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’.Check out footage of the performance below.Yard Act ending their set with a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s Daft Punk Is Playing At My House pic.twitter.com/b98iTNCS7m— tom skinner (@TomSkinner_) February 26, 2022Yard Act’s tour continues tomorrow (March 1) with a show at the Cluny in Newcastle, with dates running until the end of May. See the full list of dates below.MARCH 202201 – The Cluny, Newcastle02 – The Caves, Edinburgh03 – Mono, GlasgowAPRIL 202205 – Earth, LondonMAY 202211 – Trinity, Bristol18 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham19 – Zanzibar, Liverpool20 – Irish Centre, Leeds21 – Band on the Wall, Manchester22 – The Foundry, Sheffield27 – Arts Centre, NorwichReviewing the band’s London gig earlier this month, NME wrote: “Yard Act should rightly be congratulated on all their successes, and tonight is another one to add to the list.
Primal Scream, Anne-Marie and Loyle Carner to headline Standon Calling 2022
Primal Scream, Anne-Marie and Loyle Carner have been announced as the main headliners of Standon Calling 2022.The Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire festival will return this year from July 21-24, with Madness set to headline the opening night of the event on July 21.Standon Calling have today (February 2) confirmed their three other main headliners, while also announcing a host of new names for their 2022 line-up.Primal Scream, Anne-Marie and Loyle Carner will all headline, while the likes of Craig David Presents TS5, Sigrid, Sleaford Mods, Self Esteem, Sugababes, Annie Mac, John Grant, Yard Act, Kojey Radical, Example, Basement Jaxx (DJ), Grandmaster Flash, Ezra Furman, Kelly Lee Owens, Billy Nomates, Enny, Nadia Rose and Lynks will all perform.A post shared by Standon Calling (@standoncalling)“After the joy of bringing everyone together against the odds in 2021 we could not be more pleased to share this unbelievable line up for 2022,” Standon Calling Founder and Director Alex Trenchard said in a statement.“So many incredible artists are coming to Standon for the very first time, and with each year we get to enjoy this magical weekend with new and old friends from all around the UK! Standon Calling really is for everyone and this year we’re excited to bring you our most eclectic line-up to date!”Further line-up announcements are set to be made in due course. Weekend Camping and Thursday Day Tickets for Standon Calling 2022 are on sale now and available here.