Music festivals have come a long way since the psychedelic wig-outs of the '60s. These days, there's a festival for everyone, even if you've shunned most annual mud-fests in the past because you dance to disco and you don't like rock. Beyond the traditional London, UK and European festivals, there are fantastic international events from California's very Instagram-friendly Coachella to Japan's fabulous Fuji Rock, which prides itself on being the 'cleanest festival in the world'. Here are 50 music festivals to try before you die.
Imagining pop music without the Beatles is practically unthinkable. The music that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr wrote and recorded between 1960 and 1970 has surely become the most beloved songbook of all time. The Fab Four made some absolutely classic albums in their time, but sometimes you just want to cut straight to the cream of the crop. That’s where our list of the 50 best Beatles songs comes in: it's solid pop gold from start to finish.
September is one of the best months to see live music in London: the gig calendar ramps up after the summer music festivals, but the days are still long and the evenings light. Here are the best concerts to catch this month.
Plenty of people escape from London in August to hit music festivals around the UK. Follow them at your peril: there are plenty of great gigs in London this summer, and you might just catch some of those festival headliners a lot closer to home. Here’s the best live music this month.
Are we fuckable or not? That’s the big question.’ Chris, formerly Christine And The Queens, is eating breakfast in the Riding House Café, off Oxford Street, and talking about the reaction she got when she unveiled her new identity last September. She had lost 16 characters from her name and gained a change of sound from synth-pop to something bolder, funkier, more in-your-face. The first track of her new album, ‘Chris’, opened with a joyful scream. All anyone wanted to talk about, though? How she’d cut her long brown hair into a short crop. ‘I’m like: don’t you want to ask me if I wrote the track first? And the question of fuckability later?’ she says. Dramatic pause. ‘Or never.’ The 30-year-old singer, writer and producer from Nantes is known for creating music that makes you want to dance – whether it’s an ethereally melancholy ballad or a G-funk-inspired banger. Her music’s multilingual too, mixing French and English. There’s even some (rude) Spanish words on that self-titled record, which is laced with stories of tumultuous desire. ‘Chris is me without any form of apology’ She is also known for reinventing herself. First as Christine And The Queens: a representation of her own self-acceptance in slick suits and shiny brogues. And more recently as Chris: someone tougher, bolder, more macho, more lusty. ‘In my love life, I’m like: What would Chris do?’ she says. ‘She would just go and ring at the door!’ These transformations aren’t stage personas – they’re a way fo
Wanna add to your wristband collection? All Points East has been bringing London the latest and coolest music for years. A sound-staple for all festival fans, this Victoria Park mash-up has a whole host of sweet headliners across its ten-day span, and we’ve got some tickets for some fab folky performers. Yep, if you’re a Mumford and Sons fan, then this one goes out for you. We’ve partnered up with All Points East give away a pair of VIP tickets – plus a stay at the very swish The Hoxton, Shoreditch hotel. And it isn’t just Mumford and Sons that you’ll get to see, because the lads are also bringing a mix of their friends and favourite live artists to share the party for their Gentlemen of the Road event (the band’s established community-minded touring festival), such as The Vaccines and BRITs Critics’ Choice winner Sam Fender. Plus, they’ll be supported by British rap and grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal. Throw-back. To win this prize, all you need to do is answer the simple question at the link below. Good luck! ENTER NOW Catch Mumford and Sons at All Points East in Victoria Park on Saturday June 1 2019.
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