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‘A Brexited flatland: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK

Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in Britain The musician Peter Gabriel has expressed alarm over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at artists declined invitations to perform at Womad, with many citing the difficulty of entering the country under the automated visa system that first created issues for the festival in 2017. Whether their perceptions are real or inflamed, the reality is that artists are deciding that the hassle and cost of entering the UK…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story review Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance

Alden Ehrenreich ably apes Harrison Ford in this straightforwardly rollicking adventure, which betrays little trace of its troubled production Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-holding iterations. And Han also chances across a charismatic dandy-ish smuggler, gambler and flier called Lando Calrissian, a very funny performance from Donald Glover. It is Lando who is the owner of the Millennium Falcon, but sporting man that he is, Lando is willing to…

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Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury 2017 review thrillingly raw and defiantly alone

The headliner admits to last-night nerves, solo with just a guitar and effects pedal in front of the huge crowd, but their vocal support puts fire in his belly I have to admit, offers Ed Sheeran at the start of the weekends final Pyramid stage headlining set, Im very nervous. On one level that seems faintly ridiculous hes currently one of the biggest pop stars in the world, capable of annexing virtually the entire Top 20 at a stroke. On another you can see why he might approach Glastonbury with…

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Fyre Festival founder to staff: we can’t pay you, but you can ‘stay and help out’

Audio from a call revealed Billy McFarland, founder of the catastrophic festival, telling employees theyre not fired but there will be no payroll in the short term Billy McFarland, the founder of the company behind the audio of a conference call obtained by Vice News. Were not firing anybody, the 25-year-old entrepreneur said. Were just letting you know that there will be no payroll in the short term. The festival was marketed by Fyre Media as a luxury getaway in the Bahamas, but it quickly devolved into chaos after organizers…

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Fyre Festival: social media ‘influencers’ traded posts for lavish perks

Leaked pitch from the doomed festival shows celebrities and models were given flights and tickets for deceptive promotional posts, violating trade law The disastrous leaked pitch deck. The festival which was billed as a luxury Bahamas getaway for the wealthy, but basic functioning amenities brought on more than 400 influencers with huge social media followings to publish promo videos and photos, Vanity Fair requiring that influencers who share promotional materials clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationships to brands. The FTC has repeatedly warned celebrities that they have to disclose paid…

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Talking about a new generation festivals ditch the heritage acts

Why the rock gods of the past are headlining elsewhere as they are dropped from line-ups at US music events Coachella,this year there has been a minor revolution: after years of promoting re-formed oldies acts as headliners, this years festival boasts a lineup not withstanding relative oldsters Radiohead that includes Lady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar, as well as 150 other bands and DJs. Some of their names are bold-faced Father John Misty, Lorde, Gucci Mane, Future Islands, D.R.A.M. but many, althoughon the up, cannot claim to have arrived, such as…

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