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Music Venue Trust calls for “urgent” clarification on new UK planning laws



The Music Venue Trust has asked the government for urgent clarification, amid fears that a radical shake-up of planning laws to boost the UK economy could threaten the future of venues.

Today (June 30), Boris Johnson unveiled his economic recovery plan for the UK after the coronavirus crisis, and confirmed new proposals that will allow developers to demolish and rebuild vacant and redundant commercial buildings if they are rebuilt as homes.

Dubbed “project speed”, the proposals will also allow a wider range of commercial buildings to switch to housing without a planning application.

However, the MVT claims that the regulations are a “replica” of the Permitted Development Rights, which allowed developers to close hundred of venues before the government eventually stepped in to project them in 2018 as part of the Agent of Change principle.

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Boris Johnson CREDIT: Hollie Adams/Getty Images

MVT CEO Mark Davyd said: “This is a replica of the Permitted Development Right which closed hundreds of venues before the government acted to exempt them in 2018,” said Davyd. “The decision to exempt them was taken after a long campaign supported by, among others, Boris Johnson.

“We need urgent clarification from the government that they do not intend to change the National Planning Policy Framework and intend to leave the protections for music venues in place.”

He was backed by UK Music acting CEO Tom Kiehl, who told MusicWeek: “Hard won protections need to be maintained or ‘build, build, build’ will mean music venues come crashing down.”

Last week, the MVT also warned that an immediate cash injection of £50 million is needed to prevent a wave of permanent closures, with over 500 UK music venues signing an open letter calling for funding to “hibernate” them until October.

The MVT also launched its #saveourvenues campaign in April. The campaign has raised £2million and saved cultural 140 spaces so far, but the MVT warns that the government must provide the injection to prevent lasting damage to the live sector.


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Care home residents recreate iconic album covers during lockdown





Residents at a nursing home in Edgware have found a creative way to keep themselves entertained during the coronavirus lockdown – and it involves some of music’s most iconic album covers.

Robert Speker, the entertainment manager at Sydmar Lodge Care Home, encouraged the home’s residents to recreate some of the most classic album covers of all-time.

Covers undertaken for the challenge include Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The U.S.A’, Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’, Madonna’s ‘True Blue’, and David Bowie’s 1973 album ‘Aladdin Sane’.

Residents also recreated more recent album covers, such as Adele’s 21, Taylor Swift’s 1989, and Blink-182’s ‘Enema Of The State’.

Speker shared some of the results on Twitter:

NME have reached out to Robert Speker for more information on the challenge.

Last month, Lady Gaga called on her fans to design their own digital ‘Chromatica’ artwork.

Released in June, the pop star’s sixth album is based around a fictional utopia which is explored through the project’s accompanying official visuals.

Teaming up with Adobe, Gaga has asked her Little Monsters to get creative with their own interpretations of the Chromatica planet.

“My fans have consistently shown their love and creativity through their art over the years, and always make me feel so happy and understood,” Gaga said. “I can’t wait to see what Chromatica means to them.”

Meanwhile, Australian rock veterans AC/DC are the latest band to release jigsaw puzzles themed around their artwork.

Four of their album covers, the 1976 international version of ‘High Voltage’, 1981’s ‘For Those About To Rock’, 1987’s ‘Blow Up Your Video’ and 1995’s ‘Ballbreaker’, have received the jigsaw puzzle treatment.

The puzzles will be made up of 500 pieces each, and released on September 4 via the company Zee Productions’ ‘Rock Saw’ range.

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Jarvis Cocker compares fame to pornography in new interview




Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker has said that there was a time when fame reminded him of pornography.

Speaking in a new interview, the Pulp frontman revisited the band’s rise to fame following the release of their hit single ‘Common People’ in 1995.

“It was a very strange time for me because I’d achieved my lifetime’s ambition and then found that it didn’t satisfy me,” he told The Sunday Times.

He continued, saying that fame “reminded me of pornography. Of how pornography takes an amazing thing – love between two people expressed physically – and kind of grosses it out.”

He added that he remembers thinking: “What am I gonna believe in now?”

Elsewhere in the interview, Cocker revealed that he learnt about sex from “eavesdropping on my mum and her friends’ conversations after school.”

“I remember something that my mum or one of her friends said once, where they were talking about this guy, and they said, ‘Oh, he’s too nice’,” he explained. “She decided she was gonna stop seeing him because he was just too nice.”

“As a kid I was thinking, ‘Well, you’re always told to be nice.’ So, sex and sexual attraction, it’s not a cut-and-dried thing, is it? I mean, that thing of whether you get a spark between two people is really elusive, why one person will turn you on and another person won’t.”

Cocker‘s new project JARV IS… were due to release their debut album ‘Beyond The Pale’ on May 1 via Rough Trade, however, due to the coronavirus it will now arrive on July 17, ahead of their rescheduled UK tour dates taking place in November.

Last week, Cocker has revealed how he was “saved” by David Bowie following his notorious appearance during Michael Jackson‘s 1996 Brit Awards performance.

During the ceremony, Cocker appeared on stage uninvited during Jackson’s performance to protest how Jackson “sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing.”

Cocker was subsequently arrested and held by the police on suspicion of assault, before being later released without charge.

Meanwhile, Jarvis Cocker has suggested that Pulp may never return again, having said that their previous reunion tour “brought that chapter to a satisfying end.”

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Music calls Kanye West’s presidential bid “a dangerous thing to be playing with”



By and Kanye West has spoken out about Kanye West‘s bid to be president, calling it “a dangerous thing to be playing with.”

West announced last week (July 5) that he hopes to make a run for the White House in November, going up against President Donald Trump and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Speaking in a new interview, has discussed West’s political aspirations and how he thinks you don’t have to run for office to do great things for the community.

“It’s a dangerous thing to be playing with,” Will told The Mirror. “If you’re not serious, you don’t play with that, especially now.”

He added: “Like what the fuck, seriously, I don’t even know what like community service you do.”

The Black Eyed Peas frontman went on to say that he himself doesn’t need to run for president in order to effect change in the world, saying that he is already making a massive difference to children’s lives.

“There’s so many ways to help our communities other than politics and you don’t have to run for office to change people’s lives for the better,” he said. “For the past 11 years I went back to the ghetto where I’m from and started a school. I started with 65 kids – now I have 720 kids and growing.”

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Kanye West and in 2007. CREDIT: Getty Images

He continued: “Our kids have gone off to colleges they probably never thought, or anyone thought, they’d go to – like Dartmouth, Brown, Stanford, UCLA – studying things you probably never thought they would study, like bioscience, engineering, autonomy, robotics and computer science.

“So you don’t have to be a politician to protect the youth…Politics, nah. I’d rather do what I do, and do as much as I can.” I couldn’t agree more.”

This isn’t the first time that has spoken out about the actions of West. Back in 2018, he responded to the ‘Yeezus’ rapper’s controversial comments about slavery, describing them as “hurtful.”

“When you’re a slave, you’re owned,” Will said. “You don’t choose if you’re owned. When you’re a slave you’re deprived of education. That’s not choice, that’s by force.”

Will.I.Am added: “I understand the need to have free thought, but if your thoughts aren’t researched, that is just going to hurt those that are still in conditions where it’s not choice.”

Meanwhile, West‘s plans for a 2020 presidential run have been thrown into doubt after it was revealed that he’s already missed several key deadlines.

According to Ballotpedia, Kanye failed to register as an independent candidate in North Carolina by 3 March, May 11 in Texas and 26 May in New York.

He has also missed the deadline in Maine (1 June), New Mexico (25 June) and Indiana, which requires independent candidates to register by 30 June.

However, he is still eligible to register in states such as South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan where the deadlines fall in July.

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