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New planning rules announced to protect UK music venues from being demolished




New planning rules have been announced by the government to stop music venues being demolished.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the measures yesterday (July 12), will mean local councils must take into account the temporary impact the coronavirus has had on venues when considering permission for redevelopment, demolition or change of use.

It is hoped the move will safeguard venues by preventing them from being bought up and converted into housing or shops.

“Our theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues are the envy of the world and are central to our cultural heritage,” Mr Jenrick said.

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“That’s why we’re investing £1.57 billion to protect Britain’s cultural, arts and heritage institutions, as well as ensuring these buildings aren’t destroyed.

“It is vital they are properly protected by the planning system for both people today to enjoy and future generations.” The policy is expected to remain in place until December 31.

It comes just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson stoked fears that venues could be under threat after he confirmed proposals that would allow developers to demolish and rebuild vacant and redundant commercial buildings if they are rebuilt as homes.

The Music Venue Trust claimed that the regulations were a “replica” of the Permitted Development Rights, which allowed developers to close hundreds of venues before the government eventually stepped in to protect them in 2018 as part of the Agent of Change principle.

After seeking “urgent” clarification as to the new regulations’ effect on venues, the MVT later confirmed that grassroots venues won’t be affected.

Earlier this month, the UK government announced an unprecedented £1.57 billion in grants to support the arts sector.

The news followed the launch of the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign, which saw more than 1,500 artists and industry figures coming together to call on the government to stop “catastrophic damage” to live music.

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Brian May: Queen star shares horrifying footage of wild fires threatening his home




Earlier today, May wrote: “I never imagined it could happen here in leafy, and normally damp, Surrey, England.

“We supported the fight against the immense fires in Australia, and watched sadly as fires ravaged California, but to see this happen in my own home county has been shocking and traumatic…

“Today we were able to begin to thank the amazing firefighters who risked their lives to contain this huge and treacherous wild furnace on the heath land of Sunningdale Golf Course – which actually adjoins my property.”


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Beatles girlfriends: Who were the Beatles dating before they got famous?




“It had been the same with other girlfriends I’d had. There was something the matter with me.”

Despite these difficulties, Cynthia and John got married, after she became pregnant with their son, Julian Lennon.

Speaking about how Cynthia felt about their marriage when Beatlemania hit in her 2006 book, John, she said: “I was usually dismissed as the impressionable young girl who fell for him, then trapped him into marriage.”

Cynthia also claimed she was told to pretend she was someone else to keep her marriage to John secret in their early days, telling NPR: “I was asked many times if I was John’s wife, and I had to refuse and say, ‘No, no, I’m somebody else.’”

Julian was born on April 8, 1963, but John said unsavoury things about him in his 1980 interview with Playboy.

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Viola Davis Takes Over for Kylie in the ‘WAP’ Video — and Cardi B Reacts




Here to slay! Viola Davis is on board with one fan’s tweak to the Kylie Jenner cameo in Cardi B‘s “WAP” music video.

“Who did this? 😩🤣😍 #HowToGetAwayWithWAP,” the 54-year-old Oscar winner wrote via Instagram on Sunday, August 9, alongside an edit of her face on the 23-year-old reality star’s body.

Taraji P. Henson, Questlove, SZA and more stars couldn’t contain their laughter in the comments of Davis’ post. “Hahah but why do I love it 🔥😂,” Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Porsha Williams wrote.

Viola Davis Takes Over for Kylie Jenner WAP Video Cardi B Reacts
Viola Davis, Cardi B and Kylie Jenner. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock; YouTube (2)

The most supportive comment of all, however, came from the 27-year-old “Bodak Yellow” rapper herself. “I’m so fan out right now ya don’t even know,” Cardi tweeted on Sunday, sharing the hilarious edit on her own feed.

On Friday, August 7, Cardi broke the internet with the video for her latest single with Megan Thee Stallion. Jenner was one of many famous faces to appear in the visual, along with Normani, Rosalía, Mulatto and Rubi Rose. Despite the fierce female empowerment on display in the video, fans weren’t too happy with the decision to include the Kylie Cosmetics founder in such an otherwise diverse group of women.

“Normani did ALL this and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door,” one fan tweeted about the video on Sunday. “If that’s not a perfect visual indication of Black women having to do the most and white women do the bare minimum to get somewhere, I don’t know what is.”

Cardi, however, was quick to fire back at the negativity surrounding Jenner’s cameo, noting that the makeup mogul was “so lovely” to her daughter, Kulture, and her sister, Hennessy, at Stormi Webster‘s birthday party.

“Normani is one of the best female artist that dances Like she dances her f–kin ass off! Why would she open a door? Please tell me how that would make sense?” the Grammy winner replied. “The best part of the song is the beat & hook it what makes you want to shake your ass. … Not everything is about race. Theres issues out here in the world that it is about race that I preach all the time about. This is not about f–kin race.”

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