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On sale Fri Feb 27, 9am.
At a press conference in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown on Chinese New Year, Damon Albarn’s fab four announced their new album ‘The Magic Whip’ and this big outdoor show as part of the BST series. It’ll be the fourth time the band have played Hyde Park – more than any other act – so we’re expecting plenty of ‘Parklife’ puns over the next few months, as well as announcements of support acts (no news yet). Blur have always been a stonking, hard-gigging live act, with two Glastonbury headline slots under their belts, so they shouldn’t have any trouble whipping up a storming show with new material and old hits alike. All together now: ‘Oi!’Read more
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On sale Fri Feb 27, 9am.
The Mercury-nominated Manchester band are back for more quirky art-pop, pushing a new record ‘Get to Heaven’ (partly recorded at Manchester Central Library). We’ll say it: we weren’t huge fans of their last album. But we can’t deny that their groovy synth lines, odd time signatures and careening, falsetto-fuelled harmonies make them really blow up on stage.Read more
P-Funk frontman Clinton is still rocking out at 73, and last year he proved he hasn’t lost his power to surprise a crowd: after rocking rainbow dreads and outlandish costumes for a decade or more, he’s now adopted a slick look which usually comes topped with a fedora. Whatever he’s wearing, he and the current P-Funk crew will bust out plenty of politicised funk – stuff from his last record, 'George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love' as well as the classics – so get ready to 'give up the funk, you punk'.Read more
Two musical innovators who've both played for Arcade Fire join forces for a show of supreme talent. Neufeld uses nagging violin loops to create urgent melodies (and is also a moksha yoga instructor), while Stetson is a superb saxophonist whose knack for circular breathing lets him create complex compositions that sound like the work of far more than one set of lungs.Read more
Gravel-voiced, Memphis-born troubadour Hinson sings his brittle and bitter but enormously affecting, country-tinged folk songs. That should include plenty of material from his new album 'Micah P Hinson and the Nothing' as well as old favourites that add Hammond organ, piano and whammy-barred guitar to more traditional acoustic sounds.Read more