The tattered legacy of Michael Jackson

Paul Sinclair, David Paul, Olivia Otigbah and Luka Kenyon discuss the controversial Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland”, which aired last night in the UK.

They discuss the allegations, what the film means for Jackson, and his legacy.

 

To watch the Leaving Neverland documentary, click here.

 

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Keith Flint: A retrospective

The music world was left reeling this week as the unexpected and tragic news of Keith Flint’s passing made waves around the world.

The Prodigy singer, just 49 years old, died at an unspecific time over the weekend of March 2nd. Reportedly taking his own life, the singer – perhaps best known for 1996 number one Firestarter – had ran a 5km race earlier in the day. Flint was last seen out celebrating with his personal trainer: enjoying a quiet drink in a local pub, in a corner by the fire.

The latest in a string of male suicides in the press over the last few years, Flint will be remembered as the charismatic, anarchist frontman for one of the biggest dance bands of all time, The Prodigy. Here, we take a look back at the singers storied time in the limelight, and remember another musical icon, gone too soon.

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When you think of The Prodigy, you think of Keith Flint. His green spiky hair and his punk rock attitude became something the band were perhaps most known for. What often goes overlooked, however,  is that Flint himself didn’t actually become a contributing member of the group until their third album, 1997’s Fat of the Land.

Originally brought in as a dancer for the group, Flint soon found himself singing on the bands biggest hit, FirestarterHis iconic devil horn styled hair and manic movements thrust Keith into the limelight, becoming The Prodigy’s poster boy.

Flint went on to feature in some of the bands biggest hits, including Breathe and Fuel My Fire.

The Prodigy became a staple of electronic music, their influence still felt to this day in the genre. Flint and the band faced many controversies during their time at the top of the electronic mountain. Smack My Bitch Up was banned across many radio stations and music channels in 1997, due to its apparent misogynistic lyrical content. Flint was met with controversy in 2002, referencing drug Rohypnol in Baby’s got a Temper, however this and throngs of other controversies merely propelled the band’s popularity in the eyes of fans.

Despite his demonic onstage demeanour, Flint was said to be a soft spoken gentleman when away from the bright lights of showbiz. Buying a country pub – The Leather Bottle – in 2014, Keith would often reportedly chat to fans, sign autographs and even pick up bar tabs on occasion. For a man so outspoken and vibrant onstage, it seemed he enjoyed the quiet life whenever he could.

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Whenever a high-profile musician passes away, it seems they become everyone’s favourite band. Timelines and hashtags bursting with songs, pictures and stories. Evidently this time around is no different, with Firestarter gaining national airplay once again this week, 23 years after its initial release. But the passing of Keith Flint has shown the world a very different man to the one they thought they knew. Stories of his kindness, his secluded country lifestyle, and his soft spoken manner paint a very different picture from the twisted Firestarter that appeared on the airwaves and screens of the world. His fire may be out, but his legacy is burnt into British musical history forevermore.

 

 

 

Review: Weezer (Black Album)

California kings Weezer return this week with their thirteenth and eagerly awaited new release Weezer (Black Album).

This is the sixth self titled/coloured album released by Rivers and the gang. Blue, Green, Red, White and most recently Teal have all come before. Teal in particular had the music world talking: dropped from out of nowhere with zero hype back in January, an album of retro covers to keep fans content whilst they wait for new music, and a friendly reminder that Weezer have always been good to their fans.

 It can’t be helped but to compare all of these colours, and in doing so the listener can really hear the evolution of a band 23 years into their career. 2019’s Black is worlds apart from 1995’s Blue, as even the idea of drum samples and trumpets would make a mid 90s Weezer fan shudder. This latest album features all of the above, a comfortable next step on the Weezer journey, but also another step toward the mainstream that the band were once so shunned from.

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 Songs like Can’t Knock the Hustle and Byzantine wouldn’t sound out of place on a mainstream radio show, but certainly wouldn’t belong on a classic Weezer playlist. However, it has to be said that the Rivers Cuomo of old shines through in tunes like High as a Kite, and particularly The Prince who Wanted Everything. It’s songs like these that remind fans why they’ve remained with the band through the good times (Pinkerton) and bad times (Raditude)

 It seems that more and more with each release, Weezer divide their fans: the purists who claim they lost it years ago, and the die-hards who stick with them through every track (Saturday Night Live even referenced this in a sketch featuring Matt Damon). But Weezer (Black Album) is a comfortable reminder that the LA band have still got it, and there is enough material here to keep both sides of the argument happy.

 

 

Time for a Keychange

PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative is determined to make the music industry more equal.

PRS Foundation is an independent charitable foundation, funded by PRS for Music, that aims to support new music.

With a wide range of grants and funding, PRS Foundation works tirelessly to support musicians of all genres at important stages of their careers.

Currently, only 16% of PRS members are women, which is why PRS Foundation continue to make a special effort to support the careers of female songwriters, artists and producers.

The Women Make Music grant was introduced in 2011 to support female songwriters and composers and to raise awareness of the gender gap in the industry by increasing the profile of women making music in the UK.

In a similar way, the Lynsey de Paul Prize offers solo female musicians funding and support, in memory of award-winning songwriter and producer Lynsey de Paul, who passed away in 2014.

The launch of the Keychange initiative is PRS Foundation’s most recent step towards an equal music industry.

Keychange is a talent support initiative that invests in women working in music from across Europe. Though 60 female artists and innovators were originally chosen to take part, the initiative has grown to support women across the music industry.

Keychange was founded in partnership with 7 festivals from across Europe and even in Canada, who set themselves a five-year goal of reaching a 50:50 gender balance on their stages. Keychange has continued to encourage festivals from across Europe to sign up to achieve a 50:50 gender balance at their events by 2022.

In just over a year, more than 150 festivals have set themselves this target. PRS Foundation research showed that when the initiative was launched in 2017, female artists made up just 26% of the line-up in a sample of big music festivals in the UK.

Wide Days, XpoNorth, Sonica Festival and Celtic Connections are just some of the festivals in Scotland that have signed up to the Keychange pledge.

The Keychange manifesto was even presented at European Parliament at the end of 2018, outlining the current gender gap in the industry and suggesting ways gender equality can be achieved across the industry.

The important aspect of initiatives like Keychange is that the 50:50 target can be applied to many aspects of the music industry.

Vanessa Reed presented the Keychange manifesto to European Parliament. (Credit: @keychangeeu on Instagram)

PRS Foundation CEO and founder of the initiative Vanessa Reed says, “I think Keychange is a useful example of positive collective action stimulating and inspiring change”.

She adds, “There’s no reason why we couldn’t adapt this kitemark to represent new commitments from across the industry, for example for orchestras, promoters, trade bodies and radio stations. The way they approach the pledge is likely to vary but the principles will remain the same – aiming for a more balanced industry which will be better for everyone.”

For more about Keychange and a full list of festivals that have signed up in time for festival season this year visit keychange.eu.

So long, Meadowbank

Meadowbank Stadium is home to many sporting moments etched forever in the minds of both athletes and spectators – including the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Understandably, there was a mixed reaction when the stadium closed its doors for the final time in 2017.

Some were happy to see the old, worn-down place go. After all, it’s set to be replaced by an all-new sporting facility in 2020. Others were left feeling dejected, nostalgically looking back at countless matches, competitions and general feel-good moments that took place in one of the city’s great sporting grounds.

2019 has seen demolition of the old stadium recently completed, as building work for the £45 million replacement is imminent. But there is one more thing that has been lost with the old place, one relic of Edinburgh’s artistic flair that hasn’t been at the forefront of the closure as much as its sporting accolades: the music.

Used as an occasional replacement for the nearby Usher Hall, Meadowbank was temporary home to a surprisingly elite list of musicians and groups known the world over. Scotland’s own Simple Minds headlined the 25,000 capacity space back in 1989, when the band were arguably at their peak, the same year they achieved their only UK number one “Belfast Child”.

Among a string of names to drop by the venue in the 90s was the legendary singer/enigma Prince, bringing his infectious grooves to the city in 1993. To think of Prince strutting his stuff just a stone’s throw from Easter Road today seems like a far-fetched fable, but strut he did. The gig was even presented in conjunction with Forth One. Prince on Forth One…wild.

The 2000s saw Meadowbank host the short-lived but critically-acclaimed T on the Fringe Festival, in which major acts would descend upon the sporting venue to perform as part of that year’s Fringe Festival. An impressive array of artists would grace the stage during those few years, including Muse, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails.

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Idlewild, including Rod Jones (far right). (Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic)

Edinburgh’s own Idlewild opened for grunge pioneers Pixies at the old sports ground in 2005, sharing the bill with fellow Scots Teenage Fanclub. Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones reminisces about a magical moment, in which he got to share the stage with his heroes in his hometown:

“For us it was a really special moment, playing between two of our favourite bands in our hometown,” he muses. “I’ve always been a huge fan of both Pixies and Teenage Fanclub, and remember feeling fairly surreal – but excited – looking over to the side of the stage and seeing Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Frank Black (The Pixies) watching us.

“I remember it being a pretty special night,” Rod continues, before mentioning another great bonus to playing a show in his hometown: “Always nice to be able to walk home from a gig!”

In recent years, the grounds have been used less and less frequently, with a 2016 Elton John concert marking the last time music would emanate from that breezy sports track. Gone, but certainly not forgotten, Meadowbank will hold a place in the hearts of many music fans who got to experience their favourite tune, their icon, or their bucket list band there.

Read more EN4 News coverage of Meadowbank here.

Indie band The Frontiers talk about their origins, their progress and their future

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From left to right: Dylan, Keir, James and Ross (Credit: Black Ace Photography)

Ayrshire-based indie rockers The Frontiers spoke to us, as is the way of all good band interviews, in the smoking bit outside a nightclub after they’d finished their set.

The boys were friendly, enthusiastic, and very happy with how they’d done. We were also happy with how they’d done: it was a cracking show, even if The Frontiers were just supporting. The band’s sound is a great mix of stuff: a little indie, a little hard rock, and a little bit old school.

The more classic sound of their tunes is what really sets them apart: any band these days will talk about how they’ve been influenced by The Arctic Monkeys, but when The Frontiers mentioned their influences, the first thing out their vocalist’s mouth was The Jam. The Jam! Who listens to The Jam anymore? The Frontiers are basically as if your dad’s record collection had four kids with a trendy indie playlist on Spotify (speaking of, they released their first single on the streaming service last week). Those four kids, by the way, are:

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Keir Mitchell – Vocals

Ross Phillips – Lead guitarist

Dylan Canniffe – Drums

James Campbell – Bass

 

EN4 News: So let’s start from the start: how long have you guys been playing together?

Ross: About a year and a half? Me and Keir have played longer, maybe three years.

Keir: Aye, just after school. Me and Ross were playing locally, but we wanted to do bigger gigs, and take it a bit further, so we like “we need a drummer now”. So we found Dylan, then found James through him. It’s been good, we’ve played good gigs in that year and a half.

James: We have, like King Tuts was only our third gig together!

EN4: Really! That’s a big one for such a new band. Do you play Glasgow a lot?

Ross: As much as we can.

Keir: King Tuts was only our third gig together, but I completely, completely bullsh—ed my way into it. Told them we’d be gigging for two years and that, then they made us headliners! To be fair, we managed to bring about 140 folk over, so it was pretty good. But it’s stuff like that that helps build a fanbase, moving past just friends and family.

Ross: That’s our main goal now, we’ve just recently passed one thousand likes of Facebook.

Keir: That’s a big thing for us too, because where we come from [Cumnock in Ayrshire], the music scene isn’t a big thing at all.

EN4: Do you know a lot of bands in Ayrshire? Is there much competition?

Keir: You could count on one hand the ones that are any good.

Dylan: Even less of them doing their own songs.

Keir: Aye, it’s mostly cover bands since it’s all pubs and villages.

EN4: So would you blame it on a lack of venues or a lack of interest?

Dylan: There did used to be a scene for it.

James: I would say that it’s also people in our area don’t really take music seriously.

Keir: Up here, folk will come see you play even if they don’t know who you are ’cause there’s a music scene. Down our way you’ve no chance.

James: Yeah, the heritage of Cumnock is as a mining village, so everybody back home really has a work mentality.

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From left to right: Dylan, Keir, James and Ross (Credit: Black Ace Photography)

EN4: So do you take inspiration more from Glasgow music scene, or bigger bands, or do you very much focus on your own stuff?

Keir: I’m personally a bit too much of a dreamer, so I like to follow what other bands have done more than anything else. What I mean is like you go to the venues and you play the gigs and the same stages as the bigger bands, but obviously in your own way with you own tunes.

Ross: The sound is a bit heavier in Glasgow than most our stuff.

Dylan: It’s hard to find somebody the same genre as us [amongst smaller bands]. Tonight’s probably the closest we’ll get to similar bands.

EN4 News: Do you think that’s because you’ve got a bit more of an old-school vibe in your songs?

Keir: Aye, there’s not anything like what we do in the charts. But it’s not that we’re trying to get it there, we’re just doing what we love. Even if it’s a style of music that’s maybe faded a bit.

James: Also, everybody brings different inspiration to the band, so it all kind of mashes together into something unique.

EN4: Is there anybody you all listen to and think “that’s how I want us to sound”?

Ross: It always changes for me. Week to week, honestly.

Keir: I love music that much, one day I’ll be like “I want to sound like The Jam”, the next it’ll be someone else.

Dylan: Yeah, you don’t just take one thing, you’ve got to take it all in.

EN4: Completely different topic: where’s the name from?

James: I dunno, the name was there before I was!

Keir: If you want me to be honest, it’s not a good story: I was watching a film called “The Frontiers” and I thought, that’s cool man! Me and Ross had a name before, but it was a bit dodgy. (Laughing) We’ll not go there!

EN4: So what do The Frontiers have coming up? You’ve got a tour planned?

Keir: It’s called the “It’s Alright Tour” after our single which we just released today. That’s doing really well, already a couple hundred downloads.

Dylan: The gigs are the 29th, 30th and 31st of March, in Hamilton, Bathgate, and Glasgow.

Keir: We’re in The Record Factory in Glasgow in June as well, but that’s gonna be our sort of second stage. It’s all just about promoting the single, which is tough for a band without management. We kinda fell into a lot of stuff playing here in Glasgow, actually: someone heard us and liked us, and told us “I’ll record your single for you and send you on tour.” And well, we weren’t really gonna say no!

EN4 News: More recording coming up too?

Ross: Nothing booked, but we’re definitely gonna get on that.

Keir: Yeah we have plans for an EP at some point, and hopefully get our main songs recorded in the summer, so watch out for that.

In memory of Jim Morrison: 8 shocking rock ‘n’ roll moments

Today, March 1st 2019, marks an important anniversary in rock and roll. It might not be the one you think.

No, it’s not the day The Beatles landed in America, sending throngs of Beatle maniacs into a screaming frenzy upon their arrival. It’s not the date Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon, an album that would stay in the album charts for 17 years. It is, in fact, 50 years to the day that The Doors frontman Jim Morrison allegedly exposed himself to a stunned Florida crowd, all the way back in 1969.

Granted, this may not seem like the most shocking thing by today’s standards, in which skin, sex and nudity are at times a key part of an artist’s performance or identity. During the hazy days of the late 60s, however, this alleged lewd act was a national story in both music and mainstream press. Morrison himself was arrested over the incident, which he denied having taken place. The question of did he/didn’t he continued well after the untimely death of the singer in 1971 – but Morrison was eventually pardoned nearly four decades later by Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Guilty or not, this act of supposed rebellion is one that will go down in history as one of the more memorable moments in rock history. In the years that followed, there have been countless moments on stages throughout the globe that have shocked the audience and – indeed the world.

8 – The Sex Pistols swear on live TV, 1976

Another example of a moment that may be considered tame by today’s standards, but when members of legendary punk band The Sex Pistols turned the airwaves blue back in 1976, it caused mass outrage and made the group into public enemy number one.

As a last-minute replacement for Freddie Mercury, forced to cancel due to toothache, the punks appeared on tea-time tell programme Today. Continuously needled by presenter Bill Grundy, the group referred to the host as a “dirty old sod” before dropping a tirade of obscenities, including the F bomb. The show quickly went off air, and the Sex Pistols cemented themselves in musical infamy.

7 – Billie Joe Armstrong loses his cool , 2012

Green Day frontman Billie Joe smashed his guitar into smithereens during the iHeart Radio Music Festival during a performance of the band’s biggest hit “Basket Case”.

The singer, triggered by a production cue, cut the song short, declaring “I’ve been around since f–king 1988, and you’re gonna give me one f—ing minute? You’ve got to be kidding me! I’m not f—ing Justin Bieber, you motherf—ers.” Before destroying his guitar and throwing his microphone into the crowd. The singer entered drug rehabilitation in the days following the incident.

6 – Nirvana play the wrong song, 1991

At the height of their fame, Nirvana were arguably the biggest band in the world. But an appearance on The Jonathon Ross’ show proved that they weren’t going to be selling out and playing nice as part of their newfound fame.

Scheduled to play their chart-topping tune Lithium, the grunge band instead launched into their much punkier, much less famous song Territorial P-ssings before destroying their equipment and the stage. A shocked Ross jokingly reminded the audience at home Nirvana were available for “children’s birthday parties and bar mitzvahs.”

5 – Liam Gallagher Throws a Plum, 2009

Okay, so this one didn’t happen in front of the cameras or an audience, but the backlash from this rather bizarre incident is one that left the music world reeling, and worthy of a mention.

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The Gallagher brothers in happier times (Credit: Paula Torres Rey)

Minutes before heading onstage to play in front of an eagerly awaiting crowd, rock ‘n’ roll’s most notorious brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher were involved in a heated argument that would lead to the end of one of the world’s biggest bands. When tensions continued to rise, Liam reportedly swung a guitar at brother Noel before throwing a plum in his direction. Arguably the straw that broke the camel’s back, that night’s performance was cancelled, and Oasis were no more.

4 – Ozzy Osbourne bites a bat’s head off, 1982

No stranger to controversy, former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was onstage in Des Moines, Iowa when a bat emerged at his feet, flung from the crowd.

Thinking the bat to be made of plastic, Osbourne picked the animal up…. and bit the creature’s head off. Fans in attendance looked on in horror as the rocker finished his set, before being whisked to a nearby hospital room for rabies shots. The incident led to a ban of performances containing animals in the arena, and is still one of the most talked-about controversies in rock history today.

3 – James Hetfield goes up in flames, 1992

In 1992, two of the biggest bands in the world were playing a double headline show in Montreal – Guns ‘n’ Roses and Metallica. However, when Metallica frontman James Hetfield accidentally engulfed himself in flames, it triggered a series of very unfortunate events.

During ballad “Fade to Black”, Hetfield misjudged his step and stood directly in the way of a 12-foot flame as it burst into the air – a part of the band’s impressive pyrotechnic show. The fire melted the strings on Hetfield’s guitar, the skin on his right arm, and incinerated his eyebrows and parts of his hair. The group were forced to cut their set short to a sea of boos. Guns n Roses were set to take the stage and save the day, when….

2 – Axl Rose triggers a riot, 1992

Guns ‘n’ Roses took to the stage after Metallica cut their set short, and seemed ready to rescue the show. However, the rock megastars ended up leaving early themselves.

Infamously late Axl Rose took to the stage two hours after Hetfield was rushed to hospital. Complaining of sound issues and a sore throat, Rose walked off nine songs into the set, telling fans this would be the group’s “last show for a long time.” Furious fans then took to the streets of Montreal: overturning cars, smashing windows, looting local stores, and setting fires. Altogether, the riot caused more than $500,000 worth of damage to the city – which would be closer to $1 million in today’s money.

1 – Dimebag Darrell’s onstage assassination, 2004

By far the most shocking and tragic moment on this list, and perhaps in musical history is the Damageplan shooting in Columbus, Ohio that left four dead and seven injured.

Just two songs into their set, gunman Nathan Gale took to the stage of metal band Damageplan, featuring legendary brothers Darrell and Vinny Abbott of Pantera. Gale first shot and killed guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell, then fired upon the other band members and tour crew. The incident landed on the anniversary of Beatles legend John Lennon’s death, another musician gunned down by a supposed fan.

To this day the incident remains the largest mass killing in Columbus history, and led to security measures increasing at shows around the world, many of which are still in effect. Darrell was honoured in 2007 with a space on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame.

For more try these EN4 News articles about problematic musicians.

Ryan Adams cancels UK tour amidst sexual assault allegations

Ryan Adams has cancelled all dates of his UK tour. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ryan Adams has cancelled his entire upcoming UK tour, amidst allegations of sexual misconduct.

All nine dates of the tour, including a night at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, have been called off.

This morning, Ticketmaster tweeted to confirm that full refunds would be processed for all ticket holders by Monday.

A number of fans had already attempted to refund their tickets, tweeting that they could no longer support the artist following the allegations.

The cancelations come two weeks after the New York Times published a report claiming that Adams had sent inappropriate messages to a teenage girl.

The FBI have since confirmed that they are investigating the texts to determine whether Adams was aware of her age.

Adams’ initially tweeted that the newspaper was “going down” in response to the article. However, he deleted the tweet before issuing an official statement calling the article “unsettlingly inaccurate”.

The New York Times has published three articles this month piecing together a number of allegations against Adams, including interviews with women who imply Adams offered them career help in return for sex, and allegations of abuse from the musician’s ex-wife, Mandy Moore.

Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Lady Gaga lead 2019 Grammy nominations

 

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Kendrick Lamar received eight nominations. (Credit: Batiste Safont)

Some of the biggest names in music will be gathering in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10th for the 61st Grammy Awards.

The annual ceremony will see the last year’s chart toppers come together over 80 different categories including record of the year, album of the year, best new artist and best rock album.

Hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar has had a big year and leads the pack with eight nominations, including the coveted album of the year award.

He is closely followed by Drake who had a successful year with his album, Scorpions, and received seven nominations.

Lady Gaga is also expected to win big for the song Shallow from last year’s movie hit A Star is Born.

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This year’s show will be hosted by singer Alicia Keys and will feature performances from previous Grammy winners Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson, as well as nominees Travis Scott, Due Lipa and Shawn Mendes.

Former Lifetime Achievement award winner Diana Ross will also be taking to the stage to perform some of her greatest hits.

The lineup has been announced following news that nominees Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino all turned down the invitation to perform at the awards.

The awards will take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10th. The show will not be televised in the UK but British music enthusiasts will be able to watch the ceremony on Monday, February 11th at 1am on CBS.

The BRIT Awards: A brief history and a look at 2019’s nominees

The 2019 BRIT Awards are set to take place on Wednesday 20th February. The BRIT Awards, run by the British Phonographic Industry, have taken place every February since the second awards ceremony in 1982.

The first BRIT Awards Ceremony took place in 1977 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee and covered the previous 25 years of music.

In the run-up to the biggest annual pop music awards in the UK, here’s a look at the most notable BRIT Awards moments over the years:

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This year’s events kick off next week as some of the nominees are set to perform in small venues as part of BRITs week in partnership with War Child.

Since 2014, The BRITs have become a bigger event, consisting of a number of concerts in the run-up to the awards ceremony.

BRITs Week 2019 starts on Monday. The week-long event will give fans the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in music in intimate venues across London in order to raise money for War Child. Last year, the BRITs Week shows raised around £650,000 for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.

The year’s BRITs Week bill includes chart-toppers The 1975, Bristol rock band IDLES, Critic’s Choice 2018 nominee Mabel.

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This years BRITs Week Line Up (Credit: www.brits.co.uk)

BRIT AWARDS (4)This year’s prestigious Critic’s Choice Award goes to indie-rocker Sam Fender. The Geordie singer-songwriter has charmed the nation with his powerful social justice anthems this year. Sam is the first nominee to receive this year’s BRIT Award, designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE.

 

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I'm truly humbled to win the BRITS critics choice award, being nominated was already crazy enough never mind winning. I want to say a few thank yous, firstly to everyone that voted for me, I'm gobsmacked. To my manager and brother Owain for taking a punt on an 18 year old kid who screwed school up and had no direction. How the hell you saw this in me back then still baffles me. To my band for your relentless work ethic, we've played literally hundreds of shows this year, we've worked bloody hard and we're gonna work even harder next year. Lastly, and most importantly, to my fans, I've met a lot of you over the course of this mental year, and I have to say it has truly been an honour to get up and play night after night to such a wonderful collective of people. Here's to next year! ❤️

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BRIT Award nominees are selected and voted for by music industry professionals, but the public have a say on who walks away with the British Artist Video award and British Breakthrough Act.

Voting is open for another week for both British Artist Video of the Year and British Breakthrough Act here.

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A look at this years BRIT Award nominees. (Credit: Tumblr)

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