Isle of Wight Festival

The Isle Of Wight Festival have announced a ‘New Blood’ competition in a pledge to support emerging talent at this year’s 50th anniversary festival. In partnership with Hot Vox and ReverbNation, all semi-finalists will win three months free membership to ReverbNation. The winner will win a slot on this year’s line-up, rubbing shoulders with the likes The Killers, Kasabian, Depeche Mode and Liam Gallagher.

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PUSSYLIQUOR

Brighton punk/riot grrrl/suicide girls group PUSSYLIQUOR ('putting the amp back in tampon'!) have released a video for ‘Kitty Kitty’ from their debut single to coincide with the announcement of new live dates, including a date at Green Door Store as part of a bill of ferocious punk DIY bands (Dream Nails, Bugeye, No Violet, Cannibal Cougar).

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Bearded Theory

Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters has just been announced as a headliner for the rather wonderful Bearded Theory Festival, one of the first of the outdoor festival calender. Other acts announced include reggae-ska legend Jimmy Cliff, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Sleaford Mods, and Jake Bugg.

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Fickle Friends

Brighton-based hopefuls and Love Island junkies Fickle Friends have released details of their debut album, the heavily 80s-inspired You Are Someone Else. For those who still own a Walkman (you what!?) it will be available as a cassette. Plus they’ve announced a big UK tour, headlining Concorde 2 on 19 March.

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The BRIT Awards 2018

Yes, they are lean, keen, mean and full of beans, but exactly how relevant are The BRITs in this day and age? Is it just a showcase for the bland and average these days, or are they cleverly mixing up the manufactured shiny pop with true artistic endeavour? Is it about the music, the clothes, or the parties? Who the hell is Liam Payne? And do we really care?

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