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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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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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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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