Metronomy’s Joe Mount says he’s working on another EP to follow ‘Posse’

Metronomy’s Joe Mount spoke to NME backstage at Glastonbury 2022 and told us what new music he plans to release next. Watch more from our interview below.

The band were making their return to Worthy Farm where they played the Other Stage on Friday (June 24). But before that, Mount told us his favourite memories from the fest, how the band distills seven albums into “the perfect hour of power” for festivals, and plans for the follow-up to Metronomy’s latest album ‘Small World’.

“I did an EP called ‘Posse’, which is all collaborations,” Mount told us when asked what fans could expect from the band next. “I’m working on another one of those.”

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The last EP came stacked with Radar favourites, including Biig PiigSpill TabPintyFolly GroupBrian Nasty, and rising heroes like Sorry. Around the time of the release of ‘Posse’, Joe told NME he wanted to work on the project because, “Some of the formative albums I listened to growing up were guest-studded, so it’s always been something I’ve been interested in.”

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Backstage, Mount also told us it’s hard to take a break from making new music.

“Every time I release a record, immediately after I’m like, ‘I want to stop doing this for a while’,” he said. “Then after a few months, I’m like ‘I can’t wait to make another record.’ So, it’s more of the same.”

Now that the band are seven albums in, he also talked to NME about how the band fits their expansive discography into a tight festival set.

“We just play what we think people want to hear,” he said. “We don’t worry about hammering the new stuff too much. We only have an hour as well, which for us is not a very long set.” Mount added: “It’s a good exercise in trimming the fat, getting the perfect hour of power.”

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Metronomy perform Glastonbury 2022 Other Stage CREDIT: Andy Ford

The festival veteran also shared his advice for first-time Glastonbury performers.

“The first time we played here it almost felt like a different festival,” he said. “Back then, the stages all had different names. I think if you’re playing here, and it’s your first time, imagine it’s your last time and suck it up and enjoy it and make the most of it.”

He added: “Every time we come here that’s what we try to do. Even now, we arrived yesterday, we’re not playing until tomorrow but it’s quite fun to hang out. Just enjoy it.”

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Emily Eavis on Glastonbury 2022: “It surely was the best one yet!”

Emily Eavis has reflected on this year’s Glastonbury Festival, describing it in glowing terms as “surely the best one yet”.

The festival’s organiser shared a short statement on Instagram yesterday (June 27) following the conclusion of this year’s Worthy Farm event on Sunday (June 26), which was the first to be held since 2019 after Glastonbury’s 2020 and 2021 editions were both cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her post, which featured images of Sunday performers Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross and Pet Shop Boys, Eavis wrote: “Sunday rounding off an incredible weekend… thank you to everyone who came here and made it so special. It surely was the best one yet!

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“A remarkable feat by all artists and crew, thank you to everybody who played a part and everyone who came and created such an amazing atmosphere of joy and love. Safe travels home. See you next year!”

Eavis previously shared her joy and relief last Wednesday (June 22) when the festival gates finally opened.

“We’ve never had a build-up as long as this, obviously,” she told BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne. “We’ve never all collectively been through such an extreme time together.

“So to actually be able to see people there, welcome them in and just watch them streaming in and just running to pitch their tents up and fill the fields, its just an amazing feeling.”

You can revisit all of NME‘s Glastonbury 2022 coverage, including live reviews, video interviews and photos, by heading here.

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Steve Coogan quotes famous Alan Partridge Beatles line as he watches Paul McCartney at Glastonbury

Steve Coogan has quoted Alan Partridge‘s famous Beatles line from his TV series while watching Paul McCartney at Glastonbury.

The music legend headlined the second night of the festival over the weekend, which saw him duet with Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen, as well as a virtual John Lennon.

The BBC was in the crowd and managed to catch up with Coogan, who referenced a line in I’m Alan Partridge where the character is asked about his favourite Beatles album.

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“Alan Partridge was asked, ‘What’s your favourite Beatles album?’ And he said, ‘Errr, that’s a tough question… I think I would have to say ‘The Best of the Beatles’,” Coogan quipped.

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The scene in the series also saw Partridge say a memorable line declaring that McCartney’s group Wings “were only the band The Beatles could have been”.

During his BBC interview, Coogan went on to argue: “The Rolling Stones have only ever written about eight brilliant songs, whereas The Beatles have done about 50.”

After McCartney finished his set, the actor was asked for his snap verdict, admitting: “I don’t know what to say, it’s quite overwhelming. I don’t think there’s anyone else in the world who can give such unadulterated joy to people. Very, very privileged to be able to see that.”

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Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury 2022 CREDIT: Harry Durrant/Getty Images
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In NME‘s five-star review of McCartney’s set, we said: “Sir Paul McCartney takes no chances with his second-ever Pyramid Stage headline slot, one week after he marked his 80th trip around the sun.

“People talk about ‘Glastonbury moments’: Macca’s joy bonanza of a set is packed with at least – at least – half a dozen of them, including the audience spontaneously singing him ‘Happy Birthday’ and later taking over the universal ‘Hey Jude’ refrain. ‘I love that sound,’ Paul beams. After all those years, you’re left with little doubt that he really does.”

The 2022 festival also saw headline sets from Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross playing the Sunday Legends slot. Many artists also spoke out against the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade over the course of the weekend, including Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, Olivia Rodrigo and Lorde.

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Watch Phoebe Bridgers join The Jesus and Mary Chain for ‘Just Like Honey’ at Glastonbury

Phoebe Bridgers joined The Jesus and Mary Chain onstage to perform ‘Just Like Honey’ during the band’s Friday (June 24) set at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Bridgers, who played her own Glasto set right before JAMC at the John Peel Stage, supplied backing vocals for the rock legends, letting singer Jim Reid lead the performance. The appreciative crowd allowed the song to play almost uninterrupted before applauding the band and Bridgers as Reid thanked her at the end of the song.

Watch Bridgers join The Jesus And Mary Chain to perform ‘Just Like Honey’ below.

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Bridgers made headlines for her maiden Glastonbury set, where she denounced the recent decision of the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 case that made abortion legal on a federal level. The decision was officially made on June 24, meaning US states can set their own laws regarding the legality of abortions. 23 states are expected to make abortion illegal, Politico reports.

“This is my first time here and, honestly, it’s super surreal and fun, but I’m having the shittiest day,” Bridgers told the Glastonbury audience on June 24, before asking Americans in the crowd to chant, “Fuck the Supreme Court!”

Following the chant, Bridgers continued: “Fuck that shit. Fuck America. Like, fuck you. All these irrelevant, old motherfuckers trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies… Ugh. I don’t know, fuck it, whatever.”

Friday at Glastonbury saw a headline set by Billie Eilish at the Pyramid Stage, as well as other noteworthy performances by Sam Fender, IDLES, St. Vincent, Little Simz, Foals and more.

Catch up on everything Glastonbury 2022 here at NME.

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Years & Years on the magic of Kate Bush and playing ‘Night Call’ live at Glastonbury 2022

Years & Years spoke to NME backstage at Glastonbury 2022 and told us his dream collabs, what it’s like to play ‘Night Call’ live for fans, and what message he has for fans during this “difficult” time.

Olly Alexander talked to us right before performing on the Other Stage on Sunday (June 26). Today’s show marked his third time taking the stage at Worthy Farm, and his first time taking the stage solo as Years & Years.

“It’s the best,” Alexander said when asked about playing new music live to fans after the pandemic. “It’s so good to be back out there because it’s such an exchange. When you have an audience and when you have people watching and listening you exchange something. It’s very precious and I’m just so happy to be doing it.”

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Olly also talked about his ideal collaboration. After working with Elton John and Kylie Minogue, he told us his next dream collab would be Rihanna. “I just love Rihanna,” he said. “He wouldn’t want to do a collaboration with her?”

The singer also told us about his appreciation for Kate Bush. “I’ve always loved Kate Bush so much,” he said. “We have [this current] Kate Bush renaissance, the Kate Bush-assance. Just hearing her voice and how magical she is, I think she really brings this essence of magic. People really connect that with her. I just feel like she’s released magic in the world again, and I’m just like ‘thanks, Kate Bush.’

Before heading out, Alexander told us the message he’d like to share with fans who were set to watch his Glastonbury set. “I’m just grateful to be here first of all,” he said. “I’m so lucky I get to do this. I get to express myself when I’m on stage and get to be this version of myself that’s bigger than who I am usually. He’s more flamboyant and more out there but it’s an expression of who I am inside. That’s a part of me and I get to do that on stage.”

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He added: “I hope people that come to the show and come to watch Years & Years, get to get a bit of that for themselves, [to say] ‘I’m going to be myself, I’m going to be freakier!’ That’s what I hope because life is really difficult right now for so many different people and in so many different ways.”

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