Yeah Yeah Yeahs to perform on ‘Saturday Night Live’ next month

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been announced as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live next month.

The band will perform on the NBC programme on the December 17 episode, hosted by Elvis star Austin Butler.

It is the first time Yeah Yeah Yeahs have performed on SNL since 2009. Their forthcoming appearance will follow Brandi Carlile’s performance on December 10 and SZA‘s this Saturday (December 3).

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The 48th season of Saturday Night Live premiered last month, with Kendrick Lamar performing a trio of songs from latest album ‘Mr. Morales & The Big Steppers’.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs CREDIT: Jason Al-Taan

WillowMegan Thee StallionJack Harlow and Steve Lacy have since performed on the show.

Meanwhile, Yeah Yeah Yeahs recently shared a new video for ‘Wolf’ starring Severance‘s Britt Lower.

Of the Allie Avital-directed video, which sees Lower star as a woman who enters the woods and descends further and further into madness, Karen O said in a statement: “It was our great fortune to collaborate with the powerhouses Allie and Brit on this video for ‘Wolf’.

“Allie casts a spell with the gorgeous world she weaves- always with teeth that bite, and Britt embodies all the contradictions in the themes of ‘Wolf,’ so enamoured with her performance that’s got as much heaven as it does hell.”

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She added: “We were beside ourselves with excitement when Allie cast Brit as the lead in the video, YYYs are serious nerds for Severance, what luck when the stars align.”

Their recent album ‘Cool It Down’ arrived on September 30 via Secretly Canadian. The album earned four stars from NME, with the review calling it “a creative testament to how refreshing it can be for bands to look forward instead of backwards”.

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Florence + The Machine announce rescheduled UK and Ireland tour dates

Florence + The Machine have announced the rescheduled dates for their postponed UK and Ireland tour – see them below.

The band were forced to cut short their run of 2022 gigs earlier this month after frontwoman Florence Welch broke her foot on-stage during a performance at The O2 in London.

In a statement on social media, Welch revealed that she’d unknowingly played the concert with the fracture, and had the break confirmed the following morning after an X-Ray.

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“Please hang on to your tickets. We are working our hardest to reschedule these dates for next year and we will let you know as soon as possible,” she wrote at the time.

Today (November 29), it’s been confirmed that Welch and co. will resume the UK/Ireland leg of their ‘Dance Fever’ tour in late January. “If unfortunately you are unable to attend for any reason a refund is available from your point of purchase,” the singer said.

The scheduled gig at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena has now been moved to the city’s Resorts World Arena “due to venue availability”.

Welch also thanked her fans for their “kindness and understanding”, writing: “We practice resurrection.”

You can see the announcement posts and the revised itinerary below. Any remaining tickets for the tour can be found here.

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In a previous statement announcing the postponement, Welch said: “It is not in my nature to postpone a show, and certainly not a UK tour, but I’m in pain and as dancers know, dancing on an injury is not a good idea. And have been told not to perform to avoid further damage.

“I’m heartbroken as the Dance Fever tour has been my favourite show we have ever put on. The communion with you. Your beautiful faces shining.”

She added: “I love you so much, and I’m so sorry to anyone who is disappointed. My heart is aching. I can’t wait to be back on my feet and back in your arms.”

Florence + The Machine have since been confirmed as one of the headliners for Boardmasters 2023.

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Norway’s Øya Festival announce first acts for 2023 line-up

The organisers of Øya Festival (Øyafestivalen) have announced the first 14 acts that will be joining the festival for its 2023 iteration, taking place in Oslo next August.

Heading up the announcement are Australian punk band Amyl And The Sniffers, who last played at the festival in 2018 in support of their self-titled debut album. They will be joined by the likes of American indie-pop duo TV Girl, London post-punk band High Vis and Swedish singer-songwriter Håkan Hellström. A full list of acts on the first announcement can be found below.

Øya Festival 2023 will take place between Tuesday August 8 and Saturday August 12 at Oslo’s Tøyen Park (Toyenparken). Its 2022 line-up included performances from acts such as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz, Beabadoobee and Yard Act.

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In a five-star review of the festival, NME praised it as “the festival of the future”.

“While many festivals are gloating of starting to have gender-split line-ups, Øya have been quietly celebrating such diversity for years,” it read. “Most still struggle to be green, but Øya runs on renewable energy, offers mostly sustainable food and nails it when it comes to recycling, planet-friendly loos and promoting environmentalism. Loads of festivals, too, have homogenous line-ups, but Øya spotlights the best of their backyard while cherry-picking global superstars.”

Further additions to the 2023 festival are expected to come in the following months. In the meantime, both individual day passes and week-long passes are available via Ticketmaster Norway.

Øya Festival 2023’s first line-up announcement is:

Amyl & The Sniffers
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Beharie
Bo Milli
Daufødt x Eric Aas
Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra x Obongjayar
Håkan Hellström
High Vis
Jonas Benyoub
Marstein
TV Girl
Veps

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Smashing Pumpkins and Interpol to headline new festival The World Is A Vampire

Smashing Pumpkins and Interpol are set to headline a new festival in Mexico called The World Is A Vampire.

The first edition of the new event will come to Mexico City from March 6-9, 2023 and also feature Turnstile, Peter Hook, Deafheaven and more.

The new festival comes on the back of Smashing Pumpkins’ new three-part opera album ‘ATUM’.

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The band released ‘Act 1’ of the album this month and recently finished a North American arena tour with Jane’s Addiction, which had its Portland leg cancelled after frontman Billy Corgan came down with laryngitis.

See the full line-up for The World Is A Vampire below and buy tickets here.

Following on from 2020’s ‘CYR’, Smashing Pumpkins’ forthcoming 33-song “rock opera” album ‘ATUM’ serves as a sequel to the band’s classic double records ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’ (1995) and ‘Machina/The Machines Of God’ (2000).

Speaking to NME recently, Corgan said: “When you decide to do a three-act, 33-song rock musical in 2022… you’re definitely stepping in it! Because there’s a lot of people who believe less is more these days. I’m on the opposite side – I actually think more is more!”

“With 33 songs, I was sort of Switzerland on the whole thing,” he told NME. “I really didn’t get too caught up in what everybody would want. And what was nice was that everybody seemed to want the same track. So if that represents the record for them, then great. But there’s so much music.”

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Damon Albarn, Foo Fighters and more donate items to charity auction from The Stone Roses’ Mani

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has donated a chewed up guitar to a new charity auction from The Stone Roses‘ Mani alongside Oasis, Foo Fighters and more.

As revealed back in August, Mani and his wife Imelda are holding a charity fundraiser following the latter’s cancer diagnosis. Imelda Mountfield, an events agent, was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in November 2020. She and her husband are now aiming to raise awareness and funds for The Christie Hospital and The Stockport Charitable Trust.

An event titled This Is The One – a nod to the Stone Roses song of the same name – was held The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester last week (November 18) and featured a night of “first-class” music and entertainment curated by Mani.

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An online auction also began that night, which features a host of musical memorabilia from globally renowned artists.

Included are VIP tickets to Coldplay‘s current world tour, a guitar signed by Foo Fighters and another guitar used by Albarn when writing that features a chewed up section and a handwritten note in permanent marker that reads: “I chew here when writing.”

Discussing the item, Albarn said: “Not in the best condition, but very well used for writing over the last ten years, genuine working guitar, with love Damon Albarn 2022 x.”

See the full list of items available via Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers, and place your bids before December 1.

Damon Albarn
Credit: Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers.

Mani said in a statement about This Is The One: “When life deals you a pair of twos, you must get your game face on! The past two years since my wife’s diagnosis have been brutal in so many ways, but it’s also opened our eyes to so many things.

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“This disease needs to be eradicated – we feel duty bound to do our bit to achieve this. So everybody, get on board, dig deep, help out, we will win!”

Imelda added: “Both charities have supported me through my journey. Cancer affects not just the person who has it, but everyone around them, and I hope that by investing in some more research, we can help alleviate some of the devastation caused to families.”

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