First day of Portmeirion-based festival hosts Everything Everything and James Blake
Manic Street Preachers
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Wednesday 28 August 2013
We spoke to Everything Everything's Jeremy Pritchard ahead of his band's appearance at Festival No. 6.
Thursday 20 June 2013
My Bloody Valentine have been announced as the final headliner at Festival No.6 in September.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Springwatch host Chris Packham embarked on his latest song challenge tonight by slipping the names of songs by punk pioneers The Clash into the show.
Friday 05 April 2013
Music in a muddy field? No, summer rock has changed
Sunday 22 July 2012
We've had to wait a very long time for a record like this.
Friday 16 December 2011
Looking forward to watching The Great Escape again? Or listening to that Christmas CD one more time? Why not go out instead?! Miranda Kiek and Ben Walsh select the best cultural treats on offer
Friday 01 July 2011
Musicians like to think they are writing songs for people like themselves, but they can be sorely mistaken, as Tom Petty found when his anthem "American Girl" was blasted out before the right-wing US presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann took the stage. He promptly sent her a "cease and desist" letter.
Monday 25 April 2011
While most of the nation relaxed, and some of the populace ate their own body weight in chocolate at the Easter weekend, Michael Sheen endured incarceration in a police cell, slept rough up a mountain, and was crucified, then resurrected in front of hundreds of onlookers.
Sunday 27 March 2011
The Agitator, Barfly, London<br/>Manic Street Preachers, Hard Rock Café, London<br/>Gang of Four, NME Awards Show, London
Sunday 06 February 2011
Tuesday 25 January 2011
The savage rip in the Manic Street Preachers' life was, of course, the disappearance and likely death of Richey Edwards in 1995. The loss of their friend and bandmate still brought Nicky Wire close to traumatised tears when he spoke of it last year. Musically too, there was the rupture of the giant stadium-filling singles they wrote afterwards, the almost guiltily ironic achievement of the subversive dreams they and Richey had. Tonight's tremendous, happy gig shows that that scar is healing over.
Sunday 19 December 2010
Monday 01 November 2010
Sunday 10 October 2010
Thursday 23 September 2010
Do the members of the strident Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers volunteer their political insights in interviews, or do their interlocutors feel obliged to request them? Earlier this month lead singer James Dean Bradfield gave his considered opinion on the Coalition, specifically the "disingenuous snakeyness" of Deputy PM Nick Clegg, to Wales on Sunday (you'd almost think he had a new album to promote). His bandmate Nicky Wire chimed in: "Surely someone must be inspired to say what a [dreadful fellow] Nick Clegg is? He is the David Brent of [ahem] politics. He's like a bad motivational speaker." Now, Wire expounds upon the mental state of former PM Tony Blair, to Spinnermusic.co.uk: "You just see something in Tony Blair's eyes and you just know he's forever broken," said the bassist, speculating on Blair's guilt about the Iraq war. "You can see it in his eyes. A shell of a man, really." Wire admitted he hadn't actually read the great man's memoir, A Journey, because he "[doesn't] like hardbacks, really."
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