News Round-Up: Royal Blood, Tyler The Creator and more

 

Royal Blood live at Nottingham Arena (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Royal Blood live at Nottingham Arena (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Our recap of the biggest and best headlines we featured during the past seven days includes album news from our interview with Royal Blood and some major festival bookings.

The master plan for their third studio record – of combining disco beats with those familiar meaty guitar riffs – was immediately discussed by Royal Blood upon the release of Trouble’s Coming a little earlier this year, and now Mike Kerr has gone into more detail on the long held pop influences which have informed their upcoming album.

In an exclusive interview with Live4ever, Kerr has singled out The Bee Gees and ABBA as two bands which helped to keep him and Ben Thatcher ‘comfortable’ as they aimed to meld these two worlds together.

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Sleaford Mods‘ sharp pen remains firmly focused on the Tories through their latest single Shortcummings.

“I wrote the lyrics to Shortcummings in late 2019 after becoming annoyed by Dominic Cummings increased unelected presence,” Jason Williamson explains.

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After sharing the audio of 505, Arctic Monkeys posted Arabella in all its visual glory from their Live At The Royal Albert Hall record which is now raising money for War Child after being released on December 4th.

We’d had cuts from Favourite Worst Nightmare and AM, but it’s 2018 and the live launch of the band’s most recent album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino which this gig takes us back to.

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Pitchfork Paris 2019 (Jessica Bartolini for Live4ever)

Jessica Bartolini for Live4ever

Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky will all be returning to Dublin, Ireland in July next year to fulfill the headline roles at Longitude Festival which were taken away from them upon the arrival of lockdown.

Some more names confirmed for the summer of 2021 are AJ Tracey, Megan Thee Stallion and Mabel, all set for Marlay Park after Longitude, like everywhere else, was forced to cancel its preparations for 2020 back in April.

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Charlie Steen has called it a ‘pivotal moment’ for the band and Drunk Tank Pink, and Snowy Day might just be the best thing we’ve heard so far from Shame‘s forthcoming second studio album.

The band’s frontman goes on to describe it as a, ‘song about love that is lost and the comfort and displeasure that comes after you close your eyes, fall into sleep, and are forced to confront yourself’, Snowy Day following other previews such as Water In The Well and Alphabet.

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Although it’ll be coming too early in the year to look anything like it usually does, after the unprecedented trials and tribulations which 2020 has brought, Independent Venue Week and its drive to highlight the importance of grassroots music hubs will be more important than ever as 2021 and hopefully a slow return to these spaces being filled once again gets underway.

Arlo Parks has been confirmed as the ambassador for the events which are due to run between January 25th-31st, with 55 venues from across the UK already signed up to take part.

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