News Round-Up: Paul McCartney, The Vaccines and more

Sir Paul McCartney live at Citifield , NYC (Paul Bachmann for Live4ever)

Sir Paul McCartney live at Citifield , NYC (Paul Bachmann for Live4ever)

Our recap of the biggest and best headlines we featured during the past seven days includes Paul McCartney inviting guests on his recent solo album and a birthday for The Vaccines.

Paul McCartney spoke of how lockdown spare time gave him the freedom to work on a third instalment of his McCartney solo series, and with restrictions still very much in place, he’s not been able to resist going back for a bit of tinkering.

Blood Orange, Damon Albarn, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Beck and Khruangbin are just some of the artists who’ve unsurprisingly accepted the invitation from the Beatle to record new versions of tracks from McCartney III, these being previewed first with Dominic Fike’s recording of The Kiss Of Venus.

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All Points East is the latest UK event to move its dates in order to make a return this year.

The festival at Victoria Park in London will be elbowing in on the August bank holiday weekend which is regularly dominated by Reading/Leeds, although with headliners Jamie xx and Kano lined up along with other confirmed artists such as slowthai, Little Simz and Arlo Parks, it presents a decidedly different feel to that one.

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For Sports Team, the full potential of what Deep Down Happy could’ve achieved may never be known. If it certainly wasn’t lost to history (the awards nominations and chart placings seeing to that), then the spectre of one of Britain’s best live bands touring a fresh-out-of-the-box, raucous first record certainly was.

At least now, nearly a year on, the band should finally be able to get the album out on the road having confirmed the details of a rescheduled UK and Ireland tour to go with the festival dates they also have their fingers crossed for this summer.

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In the year of the release of their debut album, The Vaccines with Live4ever backstage at Glasslands, Brooklyn (Photo: Paul Bachmann)

In the year of the release of their debut album, The Vaccines with Live4ever backstage at Glasslands, Brooklyn (Photo: Paul Bachmann)

Ten years on from the imminent breakthrough of their debut record, in 2021 with the most-apt band name a year could wish for, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? is getting an anniversary reissue on April 2nd.

The solid pink vinyl release will be limited to 2500 copies, bringing with it a bonus record filled with previously unreleased demos.

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Rina Sawayama, Pa Salieu and Griff are the shortlisted artists for the 2021 BRITs Rising Star award.

Under its various guises down the years, the likes of Adele, Sam Fender and most recently Celeste have been recipients of the prize, and Sawayama has said she, ‘literally fell to the floor’ upon hearing the news.

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The 6 Music Festival is going digital for 2021 and will present new sets from Bicep, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Marling, Black Country New Road, Dry Cleaning, Shame, Working Men’s Club and more across its platforms between March 26th-28th.

The performances from Bicep, Kiwanuka and Marling were filmed recently at Alexandra Palace, the rest recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre.

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