Alabama Shakes and Django Django are among 150 artists announced for this year's Great Escape festival. The annual convention sees over 400 artists play between May 14-16, 2015, at 35 venues around Brighton.
Morrissey is on the front cover of the new issue of Uncut – out now – and inside we celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder with an in-depth, inside look at the making of the group’s second record, released 30 years ago.
Today (January 28, 2015), social media reliably informs me that Robert Wyatt is 70, which seems a reasonable justification for reposting this long and, I hope, interesting transcript of an interview I did with him at home in Louth back in 2007, a little before the marvellous “Comicopera” was released. It begins with Wyatt discussing, of all things, Big Brother...
For many of us who came of age in the mid '80s, The Smiths probably provided the soundtrack to a political maturing as much as an emotional one. My epochal moment of teenage rebellion came on July 23, 1986, a day I had strategically reserved for the purchase of The Queen Is Dead, so as to coincide with the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.