Finally, the restrictions imposed by the Pandemic are starting to lift and life is getting back to something that at least resembles normal. Of course, for so many of us, this means getting back (albeit slowly and cautiously) to seeing live events and even attending overnight festivals. Although, there are some important things you need to know and consider beforehand.
Cornbury Festival have confirmed that they will go ahead as a socially distanced festival 9-11 July 2021, unless pandemic restrictions are eased, and the festival will adhere to all government guidelines to make the outdoor summer event Covid safe. Things that could be in place, include one way systems, seated audience viewing, masks, extra cleaning and hand sanitising stations, additional boutique dining and waiter(ess) service at bars and food concessions, along with clean camping and pre-booked camping plots within 2 metre spacing.
Duran Duran are the final headliners for American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020. One of the most iconic and ground-breaking bands to come out of the UK in the past four decades, Duran Duran will close this year’s BST Hyde Park in London’s greatest outdoor venue on Sunday 12th July. They are a group that defined a generation and continue to prove themselves timeless, always innovating and reinventing, while remaining ahead of the curve.
Originally from Florida, but now based in Los Angeles, Kendall Rucks takes elements of rock, blues, and dream pop, and fuses them together to create a sound that is both provocative and captivating.
Lisa caught up with Kendall and dug in deep about her life, music, and what to expect from her in the future.
Blancmange, the hugely successful British electronic band have a new album and a tour to go with it. Kicking off in Scotland on May 1st and working their way across the U.K. to finish in October. To go with the tour they have a new album ‘ Mindset’ which releases on May 22nd. Blancmange music has been used in so much recent music by La Roux, LCD Sound System and Hot Chip. So influential is the band and their music that electronic superstar Moby described the, as “the most underrated electronic band of all time”, high praise indeed. Since Stephen Luscombe was forced by illness to stop touring or recording after 2011’s ‘Blanc Burn’, the band’s evolution has continued with Neil Arthur at the helm and Essentially Pop were lucky enough to chat with him this week about the new album, the tour and even ABBA, who’s ‘Day Before You Came’ they superbly covered. It’s an honour to get a glimpse at what motivates one of our own electronic superstars.
Cornbury Festival begins with a mighty double bill this summer of legendary troubadour Van Morrison and electropop singer songwriter Dido. These big hitting stars will both take to the stage on Friday 10 July, the first day of the three-day festival held at the stunning Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire.
New Year’s Festival Dublin (NYF Dublin) have announced extra tickets for their family friendly countdown spectacle – Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee – as tickets for George’s Quay are snapped up. Tickets for Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee on Custom House Quay will be available from Ticketmaster this Wednesday at 9am.
American Express presents BST Hyde Park adds another massive headliner for 2020 – the world’s biggest pop artist – Taylor Swift. Lighting up the London stage on Saturday 11th July, Taylor is the third act to be announced and joins the ultimate girl band Little Mix who headline on Saturday 4th July and US rockers Pearl Jam on Friday 10th July.
When first album, ‘The Capitol Studios Sessions’ debuted at the top spot on the UK Official Jazz and Blues Albums Chart last year, many might have thought it a mere fluke. But when the second album from Jeff Goldblum And The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, ‘I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This’, released on 1 November, repeated the same path as the first, people are sitting up and taking notice.