Guess what? Not every music venue is under threat

Image copyright Lauren Towner Image caption Laurie Vincent of Slaves gets up close and personal with fans at the Tunbridge Wells Forum What was your favourite gig? Chances are, it was somewhere small and sweaty – pressed up against the amps, watching beads of sweat roll off the singer’s face – rather than straining to see Coldplay in the distant recesses of an anonymous enormodrome. But small venues have been

Mott the Hoople bassist Pete Overend Watts dies aged 69

Image copyright Angel Air Records Image caption Pete Overend Watts was one of the founding members of Mott the Hoople Mott the Hoople founding member Pete Overend Watts has died aged 69. The bassist played on songs including Roll Away The Stone and the group’s best known hit All The Young Dudes, written and produced by David Bowie. He died on Sunday of cancer, said Peter Purnell from record label

Jaki Liebezeit: Can drummer dies aged 78

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jaki Liebezeit pioneered the drumming style known as “motorik” Jaki Liebezeit, the drummer and co-founder of pioneering German band Can, died on Sunday at the age of 78. “It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia,” said a statement on Can’s Facebook page. “He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will

Music stars explain why independent venues are ‘massively important’

Musicians have been telling Newsbeat how independent music venues are “massively important”. Hundreds of venues around the UK are the testing grounds for some of Britain’s biggest names. Through gigs around the country, Independent Venue Week aims to give a “nod to the people that own, run and work in them”. As the week gets under way, here’s what some acts who have played a fair share of “small, sweaty

Stars appear at Trainspotting sequel premiere

Image copyright Reuters Image caption T2 stars Kelly Macdonald and Ewan McGregor at the Edinburgh premiere The cast of the Trainspotting sequel have gathered in Edinburgh for the film’s world premiere. Original cast members Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner all feature in T2 Trainspotting. The sequel has been made 21 years after the first film, which followed the lives of a group of heroin addicts.

Entertainer Michelle McManus ‘assaulted with guitar case’

Entertainer Michelle McManus has said on social media that she was assaulted by a man wielding a guitar case. The singer said her jaw was injured in the attack in the Shawlands area of Glasgow. The man involved, she said, did not know her and had battered her across the face “for no reason” in the confrontation at about 02:00. Michelle McManus established her career after winning the TV talent

Did ye get healed?

Image copyright AFP I have a special connection to an enigmatic Belfast man whose music crosses jazz, blues, folk and rock. In the late 1980s, I was held hostage in Beirut. Of my five years in captivity, four were spent with the Irish writer Brian Keenan. Stripped of virtually all external stimuli, we had to keep our minds and hearts going with memories. Two lonely men, we shared things that

Comedian Ed Byrne helps injured walker in Cairngorms

Image copyright Ed Byrne Image caption Ed Byrne tweeted after the end of his two-day walking trip in the Cairngorms Comedian Ed Byrne has helped an injured hillwalker in the Cairngorms. Byrne was at the end of a two-day walking trip with adventure and outdoor writer Phoebe Smith when they came across Josh Bratchley on Tuesday. Mr Bratchley twisted a knee when his right leg went through a snow drift

Jason Momoa: One of many hardest actors within the enterprise is an enormous softie

“I am a strolling contradiction,” he joked to CNN in a latest interview. The reality is, Momoa is aware of film and TV audiences do not actually know rather a lot about the actual him. However they’ll quickly. Greatest identified for his position as hulking Dothraki chief Khal Drogo on “Sport of Thrones,” Momoa is within the midst of an enormous — and really busy — chapter in his profession.