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A new songwriting festival is coming to Shetland

A new educational songwriting event will debut on the Scottish island with the aim of attracting the best UK songwriters…


Scratching the surface of Record Store Day 2019

Here is a brief guide of special releases and celebratory performances taking place up and down the country this weekend…


Midem 2019 announces competition finalists

Finalists for the Artist Accelerator competition are revealed after a record number of submissions including entries from 24 new countries…


Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly being brought back to life

The late rock ‘n’ roll icons will tour the UK as holograms – the experience being described as “truly special”…

Adam Ant


Adam Ant announces US and UK mega tour

Pop icon will perform his debut solo album in its entirety during a huge tour across the US and UK…

Midem & Universal Music


Midem and Universal Music offer mentoring opportunity

Are you an aspiring songwriter or producer struggling to get the right attention among the throng of peers and competitors?…

The 1975


Brits 2019: a round-up of this year’s event

London’s O2 Arena played host to another eventful Brit Awards ceremony as the annual spectacle returns for its 39th year…

Average Joseph


Average Joseph wins Future Music award

The annual Future Music competition provides a platform for winners to extend their profile and the possibility of being signed…

Neil Young


BST Hyde Park festival announces headliners for 2019

Organisers of British Summer Time Hyde Park promise ‘historic night’ as they reveal two music heavyweights will share headline slot…

Ultimate Seminar


Free ‘Ultimate Seminar’ in London

Music conference takes place at Westminster university on 24 November, with talks and discussions involving leading songwriters, managers and execs…

Doc'n Roll Festival


An introduction to the Doc‘n Roll Festival 2018

Music and film combine to shine a torch on creativity and diversity over 18 days of short movies and documentaries…



This weekend marks the first National Album Day

In its inaugural year, NAD is prompting music fans all over the UK to enjoy an album of their choice…


Statement Festival 2018 launches

World’s first major festival exclusively for women, non-binary and transgender persons took place this week in the city of Gothenburg…


Metallica and While She Sleeps among Heavy Music Awards winners

HMA is in its infancy, but they’ve taken big strides to recognise artists and charities that celebrate heavy music subcultures…

Thomas Rhett


2018’s Nashville Songwriter Awards line-up additions revealed

Announcement of additional artists being added to the bill likely to draw criticism due to the lack of female performers…


One week left to apply for Anna Meredith residency

Generator’s Tipping Point: WeCreate and Brighter Sounds have teamed up with composer Anna Meredith to create a unique residency opportunity…


CMA Songwriters Series returns for second UK tour

The annual country music tour brings a mixture of established songwriters and ‘rising stars’ to five UK venues this autumn…

Maverick Festival 2018


Live review: Maverick Festival (6-8 July 2018)

Lisa Redford took in the sun, sights and sounds of the UK’s first Americana festival, now in its 10th year…

Snail Mail


Live review: Snail Mail, Louisiana, Bristol (21 May 2018)

Catch what we thought the of rising indie-rock stars, Snail Mail, on the Bristol leg of their maiden UK tour…

Flogging Molly


Tickets go on sale for Fuelling The Fire

Line-up and details of this December’s 10-date punk rock showcase are announced, and Fireball’s Hottest Band 2019 competition kicks off…


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