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Aitch launches free travel scheme to help young fans get to gigs and festivals

Aitch has launched a new scheme in a bid to help young music fans travel to and from festivals and other live events this summer.The Manchester rapper has teamed up with Relentless Energy to set up ‘Aitch-S2’, which offers “free travel to under 25s, so they can attend festivals, concerts, cultural events, all of that. We’ve got you covered this summer!”Set to run from today (July 5) until August 26, the scheme will give people aged between 18 and 25 the chance to win vouchers worth either £25, £50 or £100 to use on any train on the LNER rail service, per the FAQs.They can be used across National Rail but not on the London Underground network.Those eligible to enter can do so here, with vouchers set to be drawn at random.

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Watch rare footage of Frank Ocean singing at his high school graduation
Frank Ocean singing at his high school graduation – check out the video below.The recently surfaced video shows Ocean singing at his 2005 high school graduation in New Orleans.The video begins with another graduate introducing Ocean — born Christopher Breaux – before he takes the mic and leads his class and the audience in singing the John Ehret High School Alma Mater.Check out the moment here:Last month, there were reports that Ocean is reportedly set to direct his debut movie, with independent studio A24 in talks to distribute the project.According to Discussing Film, A24 – the company behind Uncut Gems and Everything Everywhere All At Once – and another production company, 2AM, are both in line to work on the unnamed project.Ocean has a connection to A24, having licensed his music to a number of the studio’s films in the past – including Waves, which featured his songs ‘Godspeed’ and ‘Seigfried’ – and wrote the foreword to a published version of Moonlight in 2019.A24’s previous link-ups with musicians include a production deal with Travis Scott in 2021, with Scott’s company Cactus Jack signing up for a series of films.It was also reported in 2020 that Ocean had been working on a “secret” project with Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. No further details about the potential plot, cast or release date of Ocean’s latest potential film have been confirmed yet.Despite being confirmed for Coachella 2023, the last glimpse of new music from Ocean came on Christmas Day last year, when he shared a new song on his Apple Music show, Blonded Radio.Ocean added that the new song, which appears to be untitled, was recorded in a single take with Cory Henry in summer 2020.
Cardi B working on Lil’ Kim collab, planning mixtape with Offset
Cardi B has revealed she wants to collaborate with Lil’ Kim for her upcoming album, and wants to write a mixtape with her husband Offset.“I want Lil’ Kim on my album,” Cardi said during an in-depth interview with Hot 97 before revealing she’s already “hit her up”.Cardi B went on to explain that while she’s got a track in mind for the Lil’ Kim feature, she’s also “debating another song because I kinda want her on this one too.”“What I really wanted to do was like an ‘Aunt Dot’ with her (Lil’ Kim’s 2014 track with Lil’ Shanice) but then I’m kinda debating, is that gonna be a little bit outdated? I just want the song I do with her, I want it to be like a super great comeback. I just don’t want to put her on my album on a song and it’s like, ‘Cool, yeah, she had a Lil’ Kim feature.’ I want this to be like her insane moment.”“It just has to be, ‘Oh my god, they’re a great duo.’ That’s what I really want with Kim, like something that just makes sense.”Last year, Cardi B came to Lil’ Kim‘s defence after people had been criticising the rapper on social media.In another recent interview, Cardi B has revealed plans for a full-length collaboration with Migos member Offset after previously working together on Lil Yachty’s 2018 single ‘Who Want the Smoke?’ and ‘Clout’ from Offset’s 2019 project ‘Father of 4’.“After I do this album, I do want to do a mixtape with my husband ‘cause I love how he raps,” Cardi told Power 105.
Pusha T announces UK and Ireland dates for his ‘It’s Almost Dry’ tour
Pusha T has added a number of UK and Ireland tour dates to his ongoing ‘It’s Almost Dry’ tour.The Virginia rapper is touring this year in support of his fourth studio album, which arrived back in April as the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Daytona’.After confirming a second set of US tour dates last week, Pusha has now announced four UK and Ireland gigs for December.Kicking off in Manchester on December 14, Pusha will then visit Birmingham (December 15) and Bristol (December 18) before the leg wraps up in Dublin on December 21.You can see the details of the dates below and find tickets here when they go on sale on Friday (July 1) at 10am.December14 – O2 Ritz, Manchester15 – O2 Institute, Birmingham18 – O2 Academy, Bristol21 – Academy, DublinPusha T will also perform at All Points East in London on August 19 on a line-up that includes Gorillaz, IDLES and Turnstile.Earlier this month, Pusha T and his brother No Malice reunited to perform live as Clipse for the first time in over a decade.The pair, who last performed live together in 2010, played a set as part of Pharrell‘s Something In The Water festival, appearing during a headline billing dubbed ‘Pharrell and Phriends’.Elsewhere, NFL star Tom Brady recently declared that Pusha T‘s recent LP ‘It’s Almost Dry’ is the “album of the year”.
AJ Tracey joins Poland’s Open’er Festival 2022 line-up
AJ Tracey has joined the packed line-up for Open’er Festival 2022.The Polish festival, which is held at Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport in Gdynia, kicks off today (June 29) and will run until the early hours of Sunday (July 3).Headliners at the 2022 festival include A$AP Rocky, The Killers, Dua Lipa, Playboi Carti and Twenty One Pilots.AJ Tracey has now joined the line-up, with his performance at Open’er Festival set to take place on the Tent Stage at 1:15am on the final day of the festival.The likes of Måneskin, Imagine Dragons, Clairo, The Smile, Little Simz, Inhaler and Jehnny Beth are all set to perform at Open’er Festival later today, with A$AP Rocky topping the bill later this evening.A post shared by Open'er Festival (@opener_festival)Tomorrow at Open’er will feature live performances from Royal Blood, Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Years & Years, BadBadNotGood and Don Toliver.You can find out more information about this year’s Open’er Festival by heading here.Earlier this month, AJ Tracey officially released ‘Seoul’, a track he first debuted during a freestyle for the New York rap show On The Radar.You can see Tracey’s upcoming tour dates below and find UK tickets here.July1 – Wknd Fest, Helsinki, Finland2 – Forbidden Forest, East Midlands7 – Rolling Loud, Portimão, Portugal9 – Crystal Palace Park, London10 – Nass, Bath24 – Solnaro, Braga, Portugal31 – Loosefest, NewcastleAugust6 – Sunny Hill, Kosovo12 – Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden13 – Øya, Oslo, NorwaySeptember3 – Sundown, Norwich11 – Rolling Loud, Toronto, Canada