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John Cale, Brett Anderson and more announced for Cardiff’s Llais festival

Velvet Underground multi-instrumentalist John Cale set to headline.Formerly known as the Festival of Voice, Llais takes over the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay for five days, kicking off with the Welsh Music Prize ceremony on October 26.Other acts announced for the festival include Suede‘s Brett Anderson performing ‘Death Songbook’ with Charles Hazlewood and Paraorchestra. It debuted online at last year’s Gŵyl 2021 and will be performed in front of a live audience for the first time at Llais.Elsewhere on the line-up is South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, Black Midi, Cat Le Bon, Midlake, Bombino, Keeley Forsyth, and Les Amazones d’Afrique.The multi-day festival includes both free and ticketed events, with live music, digital experiences, free workshops, and more on the programme.Further acts will be announced in September and tickets can be found here.The time has come to reveal your Llais 2022 line-up.

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Baby Queen has shared a brand new song – listen to ‘Nobody Really Cares’, a track about not pleasing others, below.The track follows the singer’s recent track ‘Colours Of You’, which appeared on the soundtrack to Netflix show Heartstopper.“’Nobody Really Cares’ is about realising it’s okay to be yourself and do exactly what makes you happy because people are selfish in nature and only have so much space inside their brains reserved for you,” Baby Queen said of the new track in a statement.She added: “I think it’s really liberating to know that nobody cares about your self expression as much as you sometimes think they do so filtering yourself to please them is pointless.”Listen to ‘Nobody Really Cares’ below.‘Nobody Really Cares’ and ‘Colours Of You’ are the artist’s first new music since the release of 2021’s “underdog’s anthem” ‘Wannabe’.At a recent London show, the cast of Heartstopper joined Baby Queen on stage for her performance of ‘Colours Of You’.“To be asked to be a part of a story as beautiful and culturally important as Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper was unbelievable, and still feels completely surreal,” Latham said about recording ‘Colours Of You’ when the song was released last week.“‘Colours Of You’ is a song I wrote about one of the lead character’s journeys through the discovery and acceptance of his own sexuality. The song means a lot to me and is different to a lot of the music people have heard from me before, so I feel like I get to show a different side to myself as an artist and a writer,” she added.Baby Queen is currently at the tail end of a support tour with Olivia Rodrigo.
The Proclaimers announce “political” new album ‘Dentures Out’ featuring Manics’ James Dean Bradfield
The Proclaimers have announced the release of a brand new album entitled ‘Dentures Out’ – listen to lead single ‘The World That Was’ below.Billed as “a record of the times”, the follow-up to Craig and Charlie Reid’s acclaimed 2018 ‘Angry Cyclist’ LP is produced by Dave Eringa and was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales in spring 2022.According to a press release, it’s The Proclaimers’ “most political album” since their breakthrough second album ‘Sunshine On Leith’, tackling topics such as the weaponising of nostalgia for electoral capital, press barons, the bubble of modern life, and more.Due out September 16 via Cooking Vinyl, the album sees Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield lend his guitar talents to a couple of songs, playing on the title track and the “James Bond theme that never was”, ‘Things As They Are’.News of the album comes alongside the release of a rocking sing-a-long, ‘The World That Was’, which examines the frustration of those who felt like nostalgia was pressed into service during the pandemic with allusions to wartime warmth.Listen to ‘The World That Was’ below:You can pre-order ‘Dentures Out’ in a number of formats here.1. ‘Dentures Out’2. ‘The World That Was’3. ‘Feast Your Eyes’4. ‘Praise’5. ‘News To Nietzsche’6. ‘Things As They Are’7. ‘Signs Of Love’8. ‘Drop Dead Destiny’9. ‘The Recent Past’10. ‘Sundays By John Calvin’11. ‘Draw Another Line’12. ‘Play The Man’13. ‘What The Audience Knew’The Proclaimers recently kicked off their 14-month world tour with a main stage appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival.
Self Esteem and Bimini to appear on ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’
Self Esteem and Bimini Bon Boulash will appear on this week’s episode of Celebrity Gogglebox, it’s been announced.The fourth season of the TV commentary show’s celebrity edition is currently airing on Channel 4, with Melanie C, Shaun Ryder and Bez, and Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder among those to have appeared so far.Today (June 30), it’s been confirmed that Self Esteem (aka Rebecca Lucy Taylor) will share the sofa with RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Bimini on tomorrow’s episode of the programme (July 1).“I’m on telly watching telly with my spirit animal [Self Esteem] tomorrow night on gogglebox!” the latter wrote on Twitter alongside an official promo image.Retweeting the post, Taylor wrote: “Quite honestly the pinnacle of my personal and professional life.”Self Esteem later shared a polaroid picture of herself and her fellow Goggleboxer, writing: “I knew one day me and [Bimini] would collab on something and I am so glad that the collective internet brain breaking our power combined would have has ended up being saved for us doing [Celebrity Gogglebox].”Check out those posts below.quite honestly the pinnacle of my personal and professional life— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) June 30, 2022I knew one day me and @biminibabes would collab on something and I am so glad that the collective internet brain breaking our power combined would have has ended up being saved for us doing @C4Gogglebox— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) June 30, 2022You can tune into episode four of Celebrity Gogglebox season four on Channel 4 at 9pm BST tomorrow, or catch up on-demand via All4.Last weekend saw Self Esteem perform a set on Glastonbury’s John Peel Stage while donning an outfit
Courtney Barnett, Animal Collective and many more announced for Pitchfork Music Festival London
Courtney Barnett and Animal Collective are among the leading names in the first wave of acts to be announced for Pitchfork Music Festival London 2022.The event will return for its second London edition from November 9-13 and will take places in a number of London venues, including The Roundhouse and EartH.Over 50 artists will perform during the five days of Pitchfork Music Festival London 2022, including the aforementioned Barnett and Animal Collective.Faye Webster, Jenny Hval, Cate Le Bon, Desire, William Basinski, Injury Reserve, KOKOKO!, Dehd, Anjimile, Big Joanie, Club Intl, Billy Woods, Girlpool, Lyra Pramuk, Sister Ray, Léa Sen, They Hate Change, Jordana, Marina Herlop, Lido Pimienta, Fake Fruit, Guerilla Toss and Johanna Warren will also perform during this year’s event series.More acts will be announced for Pitchfork Music Festival London 2022 in the coming weeks and months.Tickets for each Pitchfork Music Festival London event will be sold separately, with general sale beginning tomorrow (July 1) at 10am from here.“We’re thrilled to be today announcing our first incredible artists for the second Pitchfork Festival London – and to be part of a growing family of events now in Paris and Berlin in the same period,” Dan Monsell, Co-Managing Director at the festival’s promoters FORM Concerts, said in a statement.“We were blown away by the reception to the launch of Pitchfork Festival in the UK last year, and we can’t wait to develop the event into its second year.
Band Spectra and The Anchoress share powerful and political new single, ‘Human Reciprocator’
The Anchoress have teamed up for a new collaborative song and video, ‘Human Reciprocator’ – see it first on NME below.Described as being “politically charged”, the track was inspired by West Germany’s Krautrock movement in the 1970s as well as the “vocal expressiveness” of David Bowie‘s 1977 album ‘Low’.‘Human Reciprocator’ serves as the first preview of Band Spectra’s (aka Robert Manning) debut studio record, details of which are yet to be announced. It arrives with an official video directed by Callum Henderson.The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies) co-produced the single alongside Manning, with the pair delving into the “discontent, disillusionment, and anger over the current political landscape in the UK”.Davies explained: “Human Reciprocator was heavily inspired by an overdose on the toxic news cycle, ruminating on privilege and abuse of power in politics, deception, hypocrisy and the slow slide into a Britain steeped in poverty and a cost of living crisis while a political elite bluster and lie their way through a decade in power.“Growing up with periods of my childhood relying on free school meals I am increasingly horrified at the proliferation of reliance on food banks while those in power become ever more detached from the realities of the working classes.
Watch Oliver Sim cover Placebo and play with The xx’s Romy at debut London solo show
Oliver Sim played his debut London solo show last night (June 29), during which he covered Placebo and was joined by The xx‘s Romy to perform ‘I Dare You’ – you can see the setlist and watch fan-shot footage from the gig below.Sim is touring in support of his forthcoming debut solo album ‘Hideous Bastard’, which has been produced by Jamie xx and is set for release on September 9 via Young.During last night’s gig at Shoreditch Town Hall, Sim performed his recent solo singles ‘Romance With A Memory’, ‘Fruit’ and ‘Hideous’.Sim also covered Placebo’s 1997 song ‘Nancy Boy’ and performed The xx’s ‘Crystalised’, before Romy joined Sim for ‘Hideous’ and a rendition of The xx’s ‘I Dare You’.You can see Sim’s London setlist and a selection of fan-shot footage from the gig below.‘Romance With A Memory’‘Sensitive Child’‘Never Here’‘Crystalised’ (The xx song)‘Unreliable Narrator’‘Nancy Boy’ (Placebo cover)‘GMT’‘Hideous’ (with Romy)‘I Dare You’ (The xx song) (with Romy)‘Run the Credits’‘Fruit’A post shared by How Upsetting (@how_upsetting)A post shared by Gideon Marshall (@gidz)A post shared by Dimitris Mavrokefalidis (@dmavrokefalidis)Last month, Sim explained how his single ‘Hideous’ explores his experience of living with HIV.“Two thirds in, having a good idea of what the record was about, I realised I’d been circling around one of the things that has probably caused me the most fear and shame. My HIV status,” Sim said.
Watch Phoebe Bridgers, Arlo Parks and Guy Garvey read CBeebies ‘Bedtime Stories’ at Glastonbury
Phoebe Bridgers, Arlo Parks and Guy Garvey are the latest musicians to take part in CBeebies’ Bedtime Stories series, with the trio all reading a tale at Glastonbury over the weekend.They follow fellow artists Harry Styles, Dave Grohl, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Tom Hardy and Ed Sheeran in appearing on the children’s TV series in recent years.Parks read Once Upon A Rhythm, written by James Carter and illustrated by Valerio Vidali, for her segment, while Bridgers read The Spectacular Suit (written by Kat Patrick and illustrated by Hayley Wells).“It was an absolute pleasure to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story from Glastonbury and bring joy and dreams to young people – what a special moment!” Parks said in a statement about her story, which you can watch here (UK viewers only).A post shared by BBC Radio 6 Music (@bbc6music)Elbow frontman Garvey read his story, A Little Bit Brave (written and illustrated by Nicola Kinnear), to an audience of children.“The first time I did a CBeebies bedtime story it was for the rest of the band’s kids, I didn’t have any of my own. Now I’ve got one and they’ve got more,” Garvey said in a statement.“The book I’ve chosen is a favourite bought for me by my best friend Pete Jobson who also has a couple of munchkins.
Parcels, Tune-Yards and more complete full line-up for The National’s All Points East show
The National have announced the full line-up for their All Points East show in London later this summer, with Parcels, Tune-Yards and more joining the bill.The band will headline Victoria Park on August 26, with the likes of Fleet Foxes, Lucy Dacus, Kurt Vile and more already confirmed to support them.Other APE headline sets across two weekends in August will come from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Tame Impala, Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure and Gorillaz.The full bill has now been confirmed for The National’s show, with Parcels and Tune-Yards being joined by Villagers, Valerie June, Balthazar and Dehd.Others also on the line-up include Perfume Genius, Low and Rae Morris.See the full line-up below and pick up tickets here.We are so pleased to be headlining such a brilliant lineup for @allpointseastuk at Victoria Park in London this August. Tickets are on sale now at— The National (@TheNational) June 29, 2022The National returned to touring last month, giving live debuts to three new songs at the tour-opening show in Pamplona, Spain on Saturday, May 28.Footage of those songs – ‘Tropic Morning News (Haversham)’, ‘Grease In Your Hair (Birdie)’, and ‘Bathwater (Mount Auburn)’ – then appeared from a later gig in Paris.In a social media post shared last month (May 26), The National said that they have been working on new material.