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Project Revitalise: More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

The number is 69,000 in total. Due to the crippling financial devastation that COVID caused on the music industry and UK Music, it’s certainly Project Revitalise for our music industry as we long for the return of the numbers we once pre-COVID in 2019.

With hundreds of festivals and music events cancelled and/or postponed – with no valid insurance scheme to fall back on – a wave of job losses surged through with the uptake simply being too much for small to medium promoters and event organisers.

As predicted, the slump was hit the hardest with the live music sector which saw revenues collapse overall by 90% to a mere thousand pounds.

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“We have listened carefully to UK Music’s arguments about a market failure regarding events insurance,” said Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary. “The UK music industry is one of our country’s great national assets, and I give my commitment that the government will continue to back it every step of the way.”

That may be all well and good but with many insurance schemes and crisis funds coming far too late for many, will a financial release from the Government be enough this time around?

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Our music industry is slowly beginning to revitalise itself with the mass sprawls of major festivals returning, international artist tours rekindling music venues and with it, comes the investments of music consumption. But revitalisation as always, starts with you. What will you do to help our UK music industry?

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes: ‘Sticky’ Album Review

Unapologetically chaotic, ‘Sticky‘ is a pressure release sharing talks on the dirty and the depraved during lockdown.

With accommodating – and somewhat feral – guests, enter Frank’s town … if you dare.

Carter and Co are back with their fourth studio album out of the door. Where their last album, End of Suffering was an outcry to mental health and toxic masculinity, this one is more of the good ol’ punk classic of f*ck you and everyone around you. In other words, it’s a fantastic familiarity from this echoic band.

Among Bona fide – and soon-to-be- punk icons of Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, IDLES’ Joe Talbot and electro-punk rapper Lynks, we are slowly entering territory of raw, unequivocal talent as Your Town and Go Get A Tattoo become album highlights championing diversity of rock and slab-stone punk.

This album is just as raw as any – as any IDLES and SLAVES album before them or since. Certainly standing on the shoulders of their punk adversaries, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes are paving their own journey.

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My town, it looks like yours
Run down, worn out, all shut doors
Broken windows, empty halls
Where no one gives a fuck at all

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[Note: It’s important to note that during this music video, Frank Carter and Dean Richardson are seen throwing away their prior album End of Suffering. Has the suffering started all over again? Or is it case of simply being fed up with it all and anarchy being the only solution?}

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Time Capsule: Witchcraft by Pendulum

Evening folks, hope we are all doing good so far this week!

As part of the new week, we’re venturing into familiar territory … with a new series.

Bluetooth castings, Walkman emblazoned on the trouser leg. Childhood naivety and eagerness abound with electronica drum ‘n’ bass. Pendulum’s work of Witchcraft is one of those unconditional moments encased in my childhood that will forever be cherished.

Whenever I come back to it, all those memories come flooding in. Simply brilliant.

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What’s New: Your Friday Releases

So comes around another Friday, which inevitably means new music to sink our teeth into. Included, are two of the most popular musicians to surface from the industry. Let me know what upcoming project, pre-released single drops you are most excited for!

Have a gander at a few of the best picked out below:

  • Stylistic and sleek, brother of bigger sister Eilish, FINNEAS steps into the spotlight with his imperious new debut, Optimist.
  • ADELE returns to music for the first time in 6 years with her new single, Easy on Me. With a tempting new album on the horizon in November, this song has been sat on and questioned since 2019. It’s finally here – and what better way for Adele to embark on her final journey.
  • COLDPLAY brave the cold with an October release, Music of the Spheres. Imploring the narration of sustainability to ensure the future of our Universe – with a self-sourced tour to boot – their ninth studio album has an undeniably atmospheric impact.
  • Two of my faves, both THE WOMBATS and DON BROCO give us a Friday feeling with more preemptive single releases before their scheduled albums drop. A seemingly good partnership between the two, both Endorphins and Ready for the High are rife-and-ready singles – which put in a good word for the albums to do the same.

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Coldplay: Is an “Eco-friendly World Tour” a Pointless Expedition?

In a new universal chapter of sustainability for the band, Coldplay are set to go ahead with their first world tour in five years next year all part of their eco-friendly plans of reducing their carbon footprint as a music collective.

But … why even tour at all?

That’s the question. Recently, Chris Martin confessed that this was the ulterior backlash that they’ve been receiving since announcing this tour. Much to the satisfaction of those doubters, he answered quite simply, because he wants to. Which, much to the bemusement of others, I totally get. It’s been over five years since they last toured and the true connection you can feel between band and fan in a live setting is a fantastic moment that they sorely wouldn’t want to miss for another few years.

Besides, huge musicians do not even attempt to be eco-friendly or even remotely sustainable when they do their own world tours, so I say I’m all for it if bands wish to try it out.

Despite the band still travelling in their own private jets – which is, slightly ironic – Martin has informed us all that us as fans will be on “kinetic flooring,” which basically means that we’ll be powering the gig – lights and all – ourselves with our frantic movement and fanatic screaming.

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“The more people move, the more they’re helping. You know when the frontman says, ‘We need you to jump up and down’?

“When I say that, I literally really need you to jump up and down. Because if you don’t, then the lights go out.”

– Chris Martin

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For a carbon neutral tour tackling climate change, they also plan to:

  • provide best environmental practices like installing aerated taps and low-flushing toilets.
  • Set itself will be made of materials with perfect environment credentials like bamboo
  • Lighting effects have been “modified” to be more energy efficient
  • An app will allow fans to plan their journey with lowest possible emissions – and even get a discount code to use in the venue if they follow through with it.
  • The big ticket: Coldplay themselves will plant a tree for every ticket sold. Based on their last tour, that would work out to be 5.4 million trees around the world.

With it being a truly “atmospheric” and “ethereal” album set to be released tomorrow by the name of Music of the Spheres, the eco-friendly tour will hopefully reflect the true idealism of the album when the guys created it.

The tour is set to start in March next year in Costa Rica, a country which is known for the highest rates of renewable energy generation across the world.