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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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Song of the Day: Quadeca’s Alone Together

Keeping on the hype of alternative lo-fi hip hop from Loyle Carner, comes another empowering trip into the scope of mental health and struggling with daily life.

Quadeca is another unlikely source of the grand and gorgeous in the world of music, especially with the young soloist coming from the lands of YouTube, but he joins the plethora of producing quite well and making snappy beats equally well, too.

One we picked today was Alone Together. Emphatically powerful and somewhat inspiring with its sombre-to-frantic lyrics, Alone Together was one of those songs that I really wanted to have on repeat when it was first released. The sheer simplicity and the emptiness of the chorus ultimately tells the origin of the song story, and the distraught outro really draws the song to a telling close.

Worthy of any avid fan of hip-hop or the alternative scene within the same genre who has some understanding of YouTube rappers. Even though the likes of Quadeca has no doubt surpassed this disconcerting label already.

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Jamie Cullum: Profession of Jazz

Upending the notions of jazz, Jamie Cullum is the splash of colour that redefined the world of melodic pop.

Surly vocals and elaborate chops on the keys, Cullum has achieved critical acclaim for his vibrant mix of originality. His depth of character is fully flourished in his music too, with his ability to swoon us with emphatic ballads to witty pop in a matter of song listings. Cullum first broke into the scene back in 2002 with Pointless Nostalgic and 2003’s Twentysomething. Dazzled with classic retellings of jazz classics and emotional originals that slotted beautifully within each, Twentysomething broke the foundations of the complexity of jazz and Cullum became a household name over night.

His complexion to intermingle within genres didn’t stop there though. Cullum subsequently released Catching Tales in 2005 and The Pursuit in 2009, which embraced his soft rock – pop progressive ballads and careened beautiful showings of his songwriting material with bold-and-brash Get Your Way, witty ramblings of Nothing I Do, and of course, sombre ballad retellings with Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down.

For fans of both enjoyable soft pop work and the establishment of jazz with orchestral styles, Jamie Cullum is a singer-songwriter for the ages. His most recent release in 2o19, Taller, established Jamie’s talents and allowed him to break the top ten in record sales. My favourites from this record have to be the fancy-and-fast of Usher and the enchanting dazzle of Marlon Brando, that is seen to be on the B Side for this one.

Prolific in sound, voice and immense piano chops, Jamie Cullum is a redefining motion in the industry.

Cullum ultimately cements himself further as a music anomaly every new record he releases.