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Hayley Williams Speaks Out On Front Porch Step Sexual Misconduct Allegations

After Front Porch Step's Jack McElfresh was allowed to resume his place on the Warped Tour festival, despite facing a number of allegations of sexual misconduct and harrassment, many musicians - including Paramore's Hayley Williams - have taken to Twitter to voice their anger.

At the start of the year, McElfresh was accused of sexual harrassment by numerous underage girls, one of whom published a detailed Tumblr post describing how McElfresh had pressured her into having phone sex and exchanging nude photos when she had just turned 16.

According to a Change.org petition, McElfresh has also been accused of exchanging similar messages with girls as young as 13. The petition asks that the musician be removed from the Vans Warped Tour line-up, and gained over 13,000 signatures.

In a lengthy statement on Front Porch Step's Facebook, McElfresh said, "To be associated with words like child molester, pedophile, and rapist - are disgusting and deplorable and I am neither and NEVER will be. To be lumped in to that category is just gross. I have never had any romantic and/or sexual physical interaction with an underage person nor do I have the desire."

Despite the backlash, Front Porch Step was on the bill when the tour stopped in Nashville on Wednesday (1 July). As a result, musicians such as Hayley Williams, Beartooth's Taylor Lumley, The Wonder Years' Nicholas Steinborn and Cute Is What We Aim For's Seth Van Dusen, took to Twitter to voice their disapproval.

In a wholly dismissive interview with Billboard, Warped Tour producer Kevin Lyman described the controversy as "not a real story", adding, "The kid got himself in a little trouble. No charges, no court appearance, no restraining orders, nothing, it was a 'stupidity of the road' kind of thing. We stepped in and got him into counseling right away in Nashville."

Warped Tour, which is headlined by Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria and Riff Raff, stops at Florida's Vinoy Park tonight (3 July).

Arctic Monkeys Named Best Live Band At Silver Clefs

Arctic Monkeys have been named the Best Live Band in the world by this year's O2 Silver Clef Awards.

The Sheffield foursome beat off strong competition form the likes of Foo Fighters, Kate Bush, Royal Blood, Prince and Arcade Fire. They now follow in the footsteps of the likes of Justin Timberlake and One Direction in picking up the prize. 

“Thanks to everyone who voted for us and helped us win this year's Nordoff Robbins Best Live Act Award at the O2 Silver Clefs," said the band. "It's a real honour to be chosen. Congratulations to Nordoff Robbins on their 40th birthday and for all the incredible work they do using music therapy to help people."

The full list of nominees was: 
Alt-J
Arcade Fire
Arctic Monkeys
Bruno Mars
Disclosure
Dolly Parton
Ed Sheeran
Foo Fighters
Kate Bush
Pharrell
Prince
Royal Blood
Rudimental
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

The band haven't played live since November 2014, with the last update on new material coming from Alex Turner back in summer when he said he'd "written a few things, but I'm not in a hurry," adding "I wouldn't think it'll be too soon that we do the next one."

Last year saw Arctic Monkeys headline Reading + Leeds Festival. Since then, Turner has been seen guesting with Mini Mansions and dancing in Hyde Park with Miles Kane

The 1975 Announce Swim Deep As US Tour Support

The 1975 have announced that Swim Deep will be supporting them on the US leg of their forthcoming tour.

Swim Deep previously supported Matt Healy's band on their UK tour last year, alongside fellow rising stars Wolf Alice. Now they'll be joining them across the pond.

The 1975 announced the news on their Twitter account, alongside this, frankly illegible, tour poster. 

Watch our interview with Swim Deep below

Speaking to Gigwise earlier this year, Swim Deep said, "We've got to a point with these new songs where we feel like we're really expressing ourselves a lot more than we used to, in a more civilised manner, maybe?"

See The 1975's full US tour dates with Swim Deep, as well as their UK tour dates, below. For tickets and more information, visit here

US dates

DECEMBER
3 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
4 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
7 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
8 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
14 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
15 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
16 – Los Angeles, CA – KROQ Presents Club Nokia
17 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
19 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo

UK dates

NOVEMBER
9 - Liverpool University
10 - Leicester De Montfort Hall
11 - Sheffield Academy
12 -  Doncaster Dome
14 - Nottingham Rock City
17 - Edinburgh Corn Exchange
18 - Bridlington Spa
19 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
20 - Plymouth Pavillions
21 - Southampton Guildhall
23 - Southend Cliffs Pavillion
24 - London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
26 - Brighton Centre
27 - Swindon Oasis
28 - Manchester Academy

Foo Fighters Slammed For 'exploitation' Over Photo Contract

Foo Fighters have been accused of 'exploitation' by a Washington DC newspaper, over the strict rules of their photography contract. 

Following Dave Grohl's leg injury and the cancellation of their UK tour dates and Glastonbury, Foos are set to return to the road this weekend with a massive gig in Washington DC to celebrate Independence Day

Now, one local paper have told residents and readers of their disgust, with The Washington Paper accusing the band of 'exploitation...pure and simple' in a piece titled 'Why We're Not Photographing The Foo Fighters'. 

"The band approving the photos which run in the City Paper; only running the photos once and with only one article; and all copyrights would transfer to the band," wrote the paper. "Then, here’s the fun part, the band would have 'the right to exploit all or a part of the Photos in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, in all configurations' without any approval or payment or consideration for the photographer."

When asked for comment, the Foos' management claimed that these measures were to 'protect the band' - the same defence used by Taylor Swift, when she was accused of 'hypocrisy' over her similarly strict photo contract after she slammed Apple for not paying artists

It is hoped that it won't be too long until the Foos return to UK shores. They have already reportedly been booked in to headline Glastonbury next year, as well as being named as bookies' favourites to headline alongside Muse and Oasis.

Kendrick Lamar Responds To FOX News' Race Comments

Kendrick Lamar has responded to FOX News' assertion that "hip hop has done more damage to African Americans than racism", saying: "Hip hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem."

The rapper performed 'Alright' at the Black Entertainment Television Awards this week - and his performance saw him stand on a police car rapping the line, "We hate the po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure."

FOX News' Geraldo Rivera took issue with the performance, saying, "This is why I say that hip hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years."

Watch Kendrick Lamar perform 'Alright' at the BET Awards below

He continued, "This is exactly the wrong message. And then to conflate what happened in the church in South Carolina with these tragic incidents involving excessive use of force by cops, is to equate that racist killer with these cops.

"It is so wrong, it is so counter-productive, it gives exactly the wrong message, it doesn't recognise that a city like Baltimore - remember Freddie Gray - they've had a homicide a day since Freddie Gray, no-one's protesting that. Baltimore, a tiny city 7% the size of New York has just as many murders as New York. We've got to wake up at a certain point."

Now, speaking to TMZ Live, Kendrick Lamar has responded to Rivera's comments. "How can you take a song that's about hope and turn it into hatred?" he said. "The overall message is 'We gonna be alright'. It's not that I wanna kill people. The problem isn't me standing on a cop car - I think his attempt is really deluding the real problem, which is the senseless act of killing these young boys out here."

He continued, "For the most, it's avoiding the truth. This is reality, this is my world, this is what I talk about in my music. You can't delude that. Me being on a cop car, that's a performance piece after these senseless acts."

Watch Kendrick Lamar respond to Geraldo Rivera below

He continued, "Yeah we angry about what's going on, yeah we see what's going on, but you can't take away our hope that things will be OK at the end of the day... Hip-hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation. This is our music.

"This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we’re taking our talents and putting ‘em inside the studio."

Lamar concluded, "He's avoiding the problem - us being in a mentality where we have to somewhat survive in these hostile situations, that's the real problem - and the more and more he tries to avoid that, the more and more we're gonna keep talking about it. "

Kendrick Lamar's third album, To Pimp A Butterfly, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. 

Fans React To New Libertines 'Gunga Din' Song And Video

The Libertines revealed their first song in over a decade, 'Gunga Din', and its accompanying video, last night. It's provoked some strong reactions from both Libertines fans and long-time sceptics.

The characteristically syncopated, ska-influenced song is slightly more melodious, and less ramshackle, than much of the band's previous offerings - but it retains a sense of pent-up energy and jubilance, and descends into five seconds of raucousness right at the end: "What you doing you stupid fucking idiot?"

In case you missed it, watch the video for 'Gunga Din' below

The song has gone down a storm with many Libertines fans - and has even won over some detractors. 

It's not gone down well with everyone though. Some non-believers firmly refused to be converted, and some who were fans ten years ago wished the new material hadn't been made. 

Others, meanwhile, haven't quite made up their mind yet. 

Yesterday, The Libertines announced details of their third album, Anthems For Doomed Youth. The tracklist for the various different versions of the LP are below:

Standard:
1. Barbarians
2. Gunga Din
3. Fame And Fortune
4. Anthem For Doomed Youth
5. You're My Waterloo
6. Belly Of The Beast
7. Iceman
8. Heart Of The Matter
9. Fury Of Chonburi
10. The Milkman's Horse
11. Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
12. Dead For Love

BOXSET (includes all standard and deluxe tracks):
Deluxe CD
12” Vinyl
Exclusive film
Demo CD
Signed art print
Artwork for all album tracks

DELUXE:
1. Barbarians
2. Gunga Din
3. Fame And Fortune
4. Anthem For Doomed Youth
5. You're My Waterloo
6. Belly Of The Beast
7. Iceman
8. Heart Of The Matter
9. Fury Of Chonburi
10. The Milkman's Horse
11. Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
12. Dead For Love
13. Love On The Dole
14. Bucket Shop
15. Lust Of The Libertines
16. Seven Deadly Sins

The album's release comes shortly after The Libertines return to the UK to headline Reading & Leeds festival across August Bank Holiday weekend, and will also see performances from Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Jamie T, Limp Bizkit, Royal Blood, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J and many more. For Reading tickets visit here, and for Leeds tickets visit here.  

Wiz Khalifa + A$AP Rocky's Joint Manchester Gig On Pre-sale Now

Two of hip-hop’s most formidable talents, A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa, are joining forces for a co-headline UK tour. Pre-sale tickets for the Manchester date are on sale now.

After a successful year for both musicians, the pair, who collaborated on Wiz Khalifa's 2012 single 'We Get High', will be joining forces on the road in October.

They'll be kicking off their UK tour in Nottingham's Capital Arena, before continuing on to Liverpool, Birmingham and London, finishing off in Manchester Arena on 19 October. They'll then travel to mainland Europe for six more shows.

Listen to Wiz Khalifa feat. A$AP Rocky and Curren$y below

Wiz Khalifa's fifth album, Blacc Hollywood, reached No.1 in the US when it was released back in August of last year. His sixth, Rolling Papers 2: The Weed Album, is scheduled for release next year.

A$AP Rocky, meanwhile, released his second album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, in May. It also reached No.1 in the US, and received critical acclaim.

Tickets for the Manchester date of A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa's joint tour, which takes place on 19 October in Manchester Arena, are on pre-sale now. For tickets and more information, click here.

Shirley Manson: 'Kanye West's Compass Has Turned'

Garbage's Shirley Manson has spoken out about her highly publicised comments in which she criticised Kanye West for interrupting Beck at the GRAMMY Awards. 

Watch our video interview with Shirley Manson below

It hasn't been as easy year for Kanye - not least for his controversial and divisive set at Glastonbury last week. Things got off to a rocky start when he interrupted Beck's acceptance speech for best album at the GRAMMY Awards - before later claiming he was not a 'true artist'

Manson then made headlines when she took online to slam West's stunt, accusing him of being 'petty, spoilt and a complete twat'. We asked the Garbage icon to reflect on the furore that followed. 

"I didn't feel like I was attacking him, I just felt like things had gotten so bannanas - including Kanye himself," Manson told Gigwise. "I think in some ways his success has turned his compass around, because I know he's a rebellious character - I have loved him and admired him since he came out."

She continued: "It wasn't geared towards him. It was partly my outrage at poor Beck being humiliated like that in public, because he's such a delicious and worthy artist, you know - a true artist. Not a popstar but an artist, and for Kanye to attack him the way he did was just a sign of how crazy the media can churn you around and spin your compass around.

"I love Kanye West's music, I think he's an incredible artist and the world needs someone like that, he's a real provocateur. But I think he drank the cool-aid in regards to how he viewed music awards. It's like 'really dude - you really think awards shows are awarding the very best of the best?' I mean, come on, they are laughable at best."

Watch our interview with Shirley Manson below

"I was shocked that it got picked up the way it did," Manson went on. "It spread like wildfire and I was like 'really?' I just wrote it for me because it was cathartic, you don't expect anyone to pay attention. So I was really shocked when it was picked up all over the world. It actually freaked me out, truth be told. I didn't like it that much. 

"I don't want to be calling out another artist who I respect, but something had to be said for how ludicrous awards shows are. I mean, please."

Manson also spoke to Gigwise about about West's close family member, Caitlyn Jenner, and her 'beautiful' battle to become transgender

Meanwhile, Garbage are preparing to celebrate the anniversary of their seminal debut album with their world 20 Years Queer tour. Their full upcoming tour dates are below. For tickets and information, visit here.

EUROPEAN TOUR

October 31 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium
November 2 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Store Vega
November 4 - Tillburg, Holland - 013
November 5 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
November 7 - Paris, France - Zenith
November 8 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
November 9 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
November 11 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus City Hall*
November 13 - Manchester, UK - Academy
November 14 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall


US TOUR

October 6 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
October 7 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
October 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
October 10 - Las Vegas, NV - Blvd Pool @ Cosmopolitan Hotel
October 13 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
October 14 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
October 15 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
October 17 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre
October 18 - Madison, WI - Orpheum
October 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theater
October 21 - Boston, MA - Orpheum
October 23 - Westbury, NY - The Space @ Westbury
October 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theater
October 26 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
October 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
October 29 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Prince Pulls Music From Streaming Services Except TIDAL

Bad news Prince fans, as His Royal Badness has removed his music from all streaming services except TIDAL, Soundcloud and Rhapsody. 

If you want to listen to the 'Purple Rain' sensation, you can only find him on Jay Z's controversial TIDAL service, Soundcloud and Rhapsody (for now). Fans who may have taken to Spotify to to listen to the Purple One may have been greeted by this message: 

“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Prince also this week unveiled the epic new track 'HARDROCKLOVER' - check it out below

If Prince's departure from Spotify is for monetary and royalty reasons, then he joins the likes of Thom Yorke, Taylor Swift, Portishead's Geoff Barrow and The Who's Pete Townsend in criticising the service. 

Val Doonican Passes Away At The Age Of 88

The 1960s pop and television sensation Val Doonican has passed away at the age of 88. 

His family state that he died 'peacefully' at home, with no illness reported but his daughter telling BBC News that his "batteries had just run out".

Born in Waterford in Ireland in 1927, the Irish star rose to fame in the 1960s, presenting the Val Doonican Show - becoming known for often performing in a rocking chair while wearing an Aran jumper. 

He had a long string of top 10 hits, including ‘Walk Tall’, ‘The Special Years’, ‘Elusive Butterfly’, ‘What Would I Be’, ‘If The Whole World Stopped Loving’ and ‘Morning’ - with his LP Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently famously topping The Beatles' legendary Sgt Pepper from the top spot in 1968.

Listen to 'Walk Tall' by Val Doonican below

After 60 years in showbusiness, he retired in 2009. He leaves behind wife Lynn, daughters Sarah and Fiona and grandchildren Bethany and Scott. 

Listen: Massive Attack's 3D Remixes Noel Gallagher For Vinyl

Massive Attack's 3D has announced that he'll be releasing two separate remixes of 'The Right Stuff' by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on limited-edition vinyl. Listen to the first remix below.

The 12-inch vinyl is set for release on 31 July through Battle Box, the mixed-media project of 3D (real name Robert Del Naja).

The record's A-side remix replaces Gallagher's guitar with a minimalist, down-tempo drum beat and long, drawn out keyboard chords. At around the half-way point, the tempo picks up and what sounds like an electronic organ takes centre-stage. It's an effective pace-changer, but the remix's first half is more poignant.

Speaking of the project, Gallagher said: "I remember being at the Brits in ’95 and D offering to do a Massive Attack remix of [Oasis’] 'Cast No Shadow'. The idea was never followed through and it's something I've regretted ever since. It's nice to finally scratch the itch somewhat."

Listen to 'The Right Stuff' 3D Remix - Version 1 below

3D meanwhile, said of the remix, "It was a good opportunity to take a great song, slow it right down, remove the guitars and then scratch the clarinet backwards."

The limited-edition 12-inch vinyl will be released on 31 July. Pre-order it here.

Owner Of 'F*CK OFF KANYE' Flag Burnt By Lily Allen: 'Get Off Your High Horse'

The owner of the "FUCK OFF KANYE" flag that Lily Allen stole and burnt at Glastonbury has said, "Get off your high horse and stop nicking things."

Kanye West headlined Glastonbury on Saturday - a booking that proved controversial from the off. In fact, a petition asking Emily Eavis to "cancel Kanye West's headline slot and get a rock band" gathered over 130,000 signatures.

Lily Allen subsequently took on the mantle of peacemaker at the festival, writing on Instagram: "The flag said FUCK OFF KANYE .so I burned it till it said just KANYE . Don't go for dinner at someone's house and tell them their food sucks.i should be clear that this picture was taken BEFORE Kanye played on Saturday."

Watch Lily Allen burning the "FUCK OFF KANYE" flag below

 

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@kanyewest @sebchew @goodyearsldn @scott_jay @lerneeek @fryars

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The flag's owner, Aoibheann, has since contacted NME to criticise Allen's actions, saying they were "gutted" to discover their flag missing, and that it made finding their tent late at night far more difficult.

Aiobheann said, "It gave us a fright too because we didn't know if they had robbed anything else so we searched our tents but it was all good."

She added, "I thought it was hilarious until I saw that she'd burned it and gotten all self righteous about it. I don't care who you are, you have no right to steal my stuff and vandalise it. Get off your high horse and stop nicking things.

"We had no intention of taking it to his gig or of even going to his gig. We, along with many others, didn't feel he represented what Glastonbury is about. And if I want to make a flag saying "Fuck off Kanye" then I have every right to."

"Glastonbury is all about peace, love, good vibes and positivity," continued the woman with a flag telling someone to fuck off. "The guy is an egotistical narcissistic and self deluded idiot who's still basking in the light of his one good album. His stand out attribute is his commercialism and self promotion which completeley contradicts the socialist ethos of Glastonbury festival. So I reckoned he could just fuck off."

Kanye West headlined Glastonbury on Saturday. See Gigwise readers' reaction to the set here, and read our own (much more complimentary) review here.

Iron Maiden: 'Bruce Dickson Is Singing Better Than Ever'

As Iron Maiden gear up to return with new music following Bruce Dickinson's recovery from a tumour, the band have revealed that the frontman is 'singing better than ever'. 

The metal icons will be releasing their new album The Book of Souls in September, now that Dickinson has been given the all-clear from cancer

But how did his condition affect the album? 

“Well, it didn’t at all, because Bruce didn’t know and none of us knew anything about it,” bassist Steve Harris tells Kerrang. "There was no inkling of it. He’d finished all his vocal bits completely anyway and there were some other bits and pieces we were doing. Really, we didn’t know anything – he didn’t show any signs at all.

"I mean, his singing, when you hear it… he’s singing better than ever."

The artwork for Book Of Souls can be seen below:


The track listing for Book Of Souls is as follows:

Disc 1
01. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
02. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
03. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
04. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
05. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
06. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2
07. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
08. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
09. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

The Book Of Souls will be released on 4 September. 

The Libertines Announce New Album

It's been over a decade-long wait, but The Libertines have finally announced the release of their third album, Anthems For Doomed Youth - and some special live events. See the artwork, tracklist and more details below. 

After the band stormed Glastonbury this weekend with an inspirational secret set, the Albion boys are back - with the album they've been working for over a year while Pete Doherty recovered from him addictions in Thailand. 

They will premiere the first new single 'Gunga Din' as Annie Mac's Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio One from 7.30pm tonight (Thursday 2 July) 

"Dearest one and all, the day has finally arrived, to announce the unveiling of the new Libertines record - Anthems For Doomed Youth," say the band. "We do so with the utmost pride and jubilation. She (the record) will be available on 4 September."

They then added: "It would be inappropriate for us not to mark this occasion with a celebration of the highest order, so we will be indulging in a week of folly around the UK in which you will all be invited to partake. Just by signing up via www.thelibertines.com, not even a record in your pocket, you will be the first to hear of these activities.

"You absolutely do not want to miss these announcements. It is hard to express the extent of our enormous happiness and gratitude for what we have achieved since regrouping, from Hyde Park to Thailand, to Glastonbury, it has been the most inspiring and fantastical of journeys for which we thank you all."

The tracklist for the various different versions of the LP are below:

Standard:
1. Barbarians
2. Gunga Din
3. Fame And Fortune
4. Anthem For Doomed Youth
5. You're My Waterloo
6. Belly Of The Beast
7. Iceman
8. Heart Of The Matter
9. Fury Of Chonburi
10. The Milkman's Horse
11. Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
12. Dead For Love

BOXSET (includes all standard and deluxe tracks):
Deluxe CD
12” Vinyl
Exclusive film
Demo CD
Signed art print
Artwork for all album tracks

DELUXE:
1. Barbarians
2. Gunga Din
3. Fame And Fortune
4. Anthem For Doomed Youth
5. You're My Waterloo
6. Belly Of The Beast
7. Iceman
8. Heart Of The Matter
9. Fury Of Chonburi
10. The Milkman's Horse
11. Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
12. Dead For Love
13. Love On The Dole
14. Bucket Shop
15. Lust Of The Libertines
16. Seven Deadly Sins

The album was produced by Jake Gosling, known for his work with One Direction and seemingly features a more optimistic tone than their past work. 

"The Libertines have always been about anthems to doomed youth," said Carl Barat earlier this year. "I'm not entirely sure how happy the new songs will be lyrically, but the message is strong in the new songs. It's doomed youth overcoming hardships with optimism."

The album's release comes shortly after The Libertines return to the UK to headline Reading & Leeds festival across August Bank Holiday weekend, and will also see performances from Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Jamie T, Limp Bizkit, Royal Blood, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J and many more. For Reading tickets visit here, and for Leeds tickets visit here.  

The Rolling Stones Announce First Ever Major Exhibition In London

The Rolling Stones are set to open their first ever major exhibition in London next year, which will host over 500 band artefacts.

The exhibition, which will be aptly titled EXHIBITIONISM, is set to open in April 2016 at London's Saatchi Gallery, and marks the first time in the band's 50+ years that they've orchestrated a major gallery event.

As NME reports, EXHIBITIONISM will comprise nine themes over two floors of the venue, and will include original stage designs, rare guitars and instruments, backstage paraphernalia, personal diaries, posters and album artworks. There will also be audio-visual elements - visitors will be able to listen to rare audio tracks and watch previously unseen video clips.

Watch a trailer for The Rolling Stones' London exhibition below

The band's artistic collaborations with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Ossie Clark, Andy Warhol, Tom Stoppard and Shepard Fairey will also be on display. Once its London stint is over, it will be moved to eleven other cities across the world over a four year period.

In a statement, Mick Jagger said, "We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale. The process has been like planning our touring concert productions and I think that right now it’s an interesting time to do it."

Tickets for EXHIBITIONISM go on sale on 10 July at 9am. For more information, visit here. 

Tickets For Lauryn Hill's One-off Acoustic UK Show On Sale Now

Tickets for Lauryn Hill's one-off acoustic London show are on sale now. See more tickets details below.

The former Fugees member played a series of UK dates - her first in many years - back in September. The opening night made headlines for all the wrong reasons - when she turned up an hour and a half late, performed barely recognisable versions of her songs and was booed by the crowd.

With any luck though, her first (and possibly only) UK gig of 2015 will fare better. The singer will perform an acoustic set, dubbed Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series, at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 15 July.

If it's anything like her acoustic apology to Lagos for cancelling her gig there, it's going to be incredible.

Watch Lauryn Hill perform 'Doo Wop (That Thing)' below

Tickets for Lauryn Hill's Shepherd's Bush Empire gig, which takes place on 15 July, are on sale today (1 July). For tickets and more information, click here.

Amy Winehouse Filmmakers Respond To Father's Criticism

The makers of the new Amy Winehouse film, AMY, have responded to claims from her father Mitch that it is disrespectful to his daughter's memory. 

"I felt sick when I watched it for the first time," said Mitch earlier this year. "Amy would have be furious. This is not what she would have wanted."

Now, as the film hits cinemas this week, the film's editor Chris King has spoken to Gigwise - defending their choices and saying that the film is ultimately a tribute to the singer

"The biggest voices until now have been by the media, books by her dad and books by music journalists - all kind of claiming ownership of her," said King. "People who were living the story, day-by-day, people living with and around her, had never really said their side of things. We can never see completely what's going on, but I'm guessing that we've found a side of her that the majority of the public have never seen."

Responding to Mitch's damning view of the movie, King said: "We're not entirely surprised that he didn't like what he saw. Having conflated 10 years of someone's life into two hours, we had to miss a lot of stuff out. We had to make some hard editorial decisions - he felt that we missed out a lot of the bits that he'd have preferred to be in and replaced them with stuff that he hated. We spoke to everybody, and people aren't volunteering, you have to really convince them, then one by one they start talking and voluntarily and the same names, incidents, stories and situations come up again and again and again, you then footage that supports it independently, what are we going to do? Not include it in case it upsets somebody?

"Our duty is to Amy - every single thing in the film is there to help people understand her better." 

King added: "I know it's upsetting for a lot of people, a lot of people in this film found out things that they weren't aware of. That can be very uncomfortable. Eventually I'd hope that Mitch would be able to watch the film again and think differently. I'm a father, Asif is a father, the producer is a father, we've all got kids, the thought of losing them is unthinkable. They did love each other and I have to be able to give him that level of sympathy and respect." 

Watch the trailer for AMY below

Mitch also spoke out to criticise the film creators’ decision to involve Amy's former boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil in the film: “Blake is saying in the film that the reason Amy was like that was because of me — not because he gave her crack and heroin and because he completely manipulated and coerced her into Class A drugs."

He added: “If the real truth came out about Blake, he wouldn’t be able to walk down the street so how they can allow him to make that claim about me is so hurtful and beyond belief.”

When speaking about the family's involvement in her drug addiction, Mitch explained: "I was there for her. We were all there every day and Amy phone me up to seven times a day. From this film there's no impression of that whatsoever. Especially when she was sick I was there all the time."

“We can’t stop it but when the film does come out we can sue for libel or slander. Our lawyers will view the film and reserve the right to do that and see whether there are any grounds".

AMY premiered last night. Read our full review of the film here

FOX News Says Kendrick Lamar Is Worse For Black People Than Racism

It will come as a shock to exactly no-one to learn that, once again, a pundit for FOX News has expressed an opinion that demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of race relations in America. This time, it concerns Kendrick Lamar's recent appearance at the BET Awards.

The rapper performed 'Alright' at the Black Entertainment Television Awards - and his performance featured him standing on a police car rapping the line, "We hate the po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure."

Kicking off the view of the FOX News show The Five, one pundit said, "I don't like it. You know I don't like it. I get it, that's his right to express himself, let the free market decide. Personally it doesn't excite me, doesn't turn me on, doesn't interest me. I'm not feeling it."

Geraldo Rivera, however, took things further, saying, "This is why I say that hip hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years." Yes, you read that correctly.

Watch Kendrick Lamar perform 'Alright' at the BET Awards below

He continued, "This is exactly the wrong message. And then to conflate what happened in the church in South Carolina with these tragic incidents involving excessive use of force by cops, is to equate that racist killer with these cops.

"It is so wrong, it is so counter-productive, it gives exactly the wrong message, it doesn't recognise that a city like Baltimore - remember Freddie Gray - they've had a homicide a day since Freddie Gray, no-one's protesting that. Baltimore, a tiny city 7% the size of New York has just as many murders as New York. We've got to wake up at a certain point."

Kendrick Lamar's third album, To Pimp A Butterfly, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. 

Lily Allen Burns Glastonbury Goer's 'F**k Off Kanye' Flag

Lily Allen has filmed herself stealing someone's "FUCK OFF KANYE" flag at Glastonbury and burning it. Watch below.

Kanye West headlined Glastonbury on Saturday - a booking that proved controversial from the off. In fact, a petition asking Emily Eavis to "cancel Kanye West's headline slot and get a rock band" gathered over 130,000 signatures.

In response to this reaction, Eavis wrote, "I have such faith in humanity, but believe me, some of the vitriol being thrown around this week has made me question the dark underbelly of the web. Who are those people silently shouting in disgust, throwing out threats from behind their screens?"

Now Lily Allen has taken on the mantle of peacemaker, writing on Instagram: "The flag said FUCK OFF KANYE .so I burned it till it said just KANYE . Don't go for dinner at someone's house and tell them their food sucks.i should be clear that this picture was taken BEFORE Kanye played on Saturday."

Watch Lily Allen burning the "FUCK OFF KANYE" flag below

 

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Despite the best efforts of that petition, and whomever created the ill-fated flag, Kanye West did headline Glastonbury on Saturday. See Gigwise readers' reaction to the set here, and read our own (much more complimentary) review here.

Thom Yorke & Radiohead Can Now Be Streamed On Apple Music

In a move that has surprised many, Thom Yorke has allowed his solo music, as well as that of Radiohead and Atoms For Peace, to be streamed across the new Apple Music service. 

Apple Music launched yesterday (Tuesday 30 June, 2015), kicking off with Beats 1 Radio - helmed by Zane Lowe. When people logged on to the service, many were surprised to learn that Yorke, like fellow streaming critic Taylor Swift, had allowed his music to feature. 

Yorke had famously slammed services such as Spotify for not paying artists, before he had his solo work, as well as that of Atoms For Peace and Radiohead's In Rainbows pulled from the service

"Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid," tweeted Yorke at the time. "Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples."

He continued: "'Your small meaningless rebellion is only hurting your fans... a drop in the bucket really' No we're standing up for our fellow musicians. For me 'In Rainbows' was a statement of trust. People still value new music... That's all we'd like from Spotify. Don't make us the target."

Yorke also famously 'leaked' solo LP Tomorrow's Modern Boxes on Bittorrent. Now, that along with previous solo LP, the Atoms For Peace album Amok and Radiohead's In Rainbows are now available on Apple Music. We're pretty certain he must have got a pretty sweet deal.