Glastonbury 2022: Little Simz, Róisín Murphy and Bicep to headline West Holts Stage

Little Simz, Róisín Murphy and Bicep have been announced as the headliners of Glastonbury 2022’s West Holts Stage.

This line-up news is the latest to emerge from the Worthy Farm festival, which returns from June 22-26, following the reveal of the bills for the Park, Croissant Neuf, Acoustic Stage, GladeCommonLeft Field and Shangri-La areas.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis previously confirmed that Simz would top the bill on the festival’s West Holts Stage this year, and it’s now been announced that Murphy and Bicep will join the rapper in headlining the stage in 2022.

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The day splits for the West Holts Stage have also been confirmed this morning (May 24). Sleaford Mods, TLC and Bonobo will perform before Little Simz headlines on the Friday of the festival (June 24), while Black Midi, Caribou, Celeste and Leon Bridges will all play ahead of Murphy on the Saturday (June 25).

Bicep’s closing set on the Sunday (June 26) is preceded by performances from acts including Nubya Garcia, Emma-Jean Thackray, Koffee and Angélique Kidjo.

“West Holts is back, literally larger than ever and ready to take another musical trip through the best weekend of our lives,” a statement on Glastonbury’s website reads.

“West Holts hosts an outernational soundclash of beats, bass, rhythms and rhymes. It’s a place to catch some of the most lauded names in jazz, electronica, reggae, R&B, rap and beyond. At night it’s generally party central, but the days offer a finely curated mix of acts that swings from the familiar to the far out.

“It’s not just the music that pulls people to West Holts, though. The field always has a great vibe, assisted by a couple of choice bars and some of the best food stalls on site.”

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The official festival site map was shared earlier this month by Glastonbury organisers.

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Mark Tuan says he has “finished” work on a solo “album-like project”

GOT7 member Mark Tuan has teased his debut solo album, saying that he’s done working on the upcoming record.

In a recent interview with Singles Magazine, the Taiwanese-American K-pop idol revealed that he had recently completed an “album-like project”, just prior to his arrival in South Korea to join GOT7 for the boyband’s comeback.

“I’ve worked on a lot more songs than the singles that have been released,” said Tuan, as translated by Soompi. “Before I came to Korea, I hastily finished working on an album-like project then threw a listening party for my friends and staff members and the response was good.”

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The Taiwanese-American singer added that he had prepared “quite a lot” of songs, and that everybody at his listening party had different favourites. “I plan on releasing the finished album before the year ends,” he teased.

Elsewhere during the interview, Tuan also spoke about his songwriting process as a soloist. “Since this is work that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, I focused on writing lyrics that many people can relate to,” he said, adding that he expresses messages in his music by creating fictional characters.

“Because it has to do with personal matters, I needed courage, but I think letting it out like this has made me feel more free,” he added.

Yesterday (May 23), GOT7 made their long-awaited return with their brand-new self-titled EP. Leader JAY B shared during a press conference that it was “surreal” to have all seven members reuniting for the new record. “I am so relieved that we can release an EP as a septet,” he added.

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Dreamcatcher say it is an “honour” to be “the face of rock in K-pop”

K-pop girl group Dreamcatcher have opened up about being at the forefront of rock-influenced music in the K-pop scene.

Dreamcatcher recently spoke to Rolling Stone India, which dubbed the group as “the face of rock in K-pop”, where the girl group discussed being at the forefront of the resurging rock genre, especially in the K-pop space. Notably, the septet’s releases since their debut in 2017 have been largely inspired by rock, metal and other similar sounds.

“It is such an honour for us to hear that,” said Dami, adding that the girl group simply try their best to showcase their “unique identity” in their music. “There’s an energy that rock music delivers that brings excitement. I’m happy to see that rock is found in many different songs and will be heard by many people.”

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Meanwhile, youngest member Gahyeon voiced her happiness at the “return” of rock music. “I hope people can get to know it better because it definitely has its own charm,” she added. “And we just hope that people continue to listen to our style of music.”

“Personally, for me, rock can get me emotional and extremely excited,” chimed in SuA. “And when you do want to experience these sorts of emotions, please listen to our songs. You’ll know it once you hear our songs – because it’s so good.”

Elsewhere in the interview, leader JiU also spoke about how the group ended up making rock music. “It began with building our concept. Our search for our signature sound began from our initial conversations about how we could deliver Dreamcatcher’s stories,” she explained.

“And that is how Dreamcatcher met rock,” she added, explaining that while the group has gone on to include influences from EDM and other genres in their music, that rock music remains at the root of their sound. “Rock is Dreamcatcher’s identity. It’s us.”

Last month, Dreamcatcher returned with their second studio album ‘Apocalypse: Save Us’, which was led by the single ‘Maison’. Notably, the record had included solo tracks by all seven members, each one co-written by themselves.

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Kanye West shares his redesign of McDonald’s packaging for new collaboration

Kanye West has returned to Instagram to post a redesign that he’s worked on for what appears to be a new collaboration with McDonald’s.

The rapper has collaborated with Muji industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa for the redesign of a burger box, seemingly previewing the first of several reimaginings for the global fast food chain. He teased the work via his Instagram Stories hours before the post yesterday (May 23) with the line, “Next week it’s the fries”, beneath a photo of the redesign.

Ye was barred from accessing Instagram for 24 hours in March, with a Meta representative claiming at the time that the rapper’s recent posts had violated policies on hate speech, bullying and harassment.

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Per TMZ, the suspension came after West posted an image of the Google search page for Trevor Noah, who’d commented on West’s treatment of ex-wife Kim Kardashian on the March 15 episode of The Daily Show, alongside a caption containing racial slurs. That post was later deleted, and Ye had since wiped his entire Instagram grid.

There is no information yet about when the McDonald’s redesign will launch or whether it’s a permanent or limited edition change. It’s also not known at this stage if the collaboration between Ye and the fast food chain will extend beyond the burger box.

In other news, West recently shared a new video for his track ‘Life Of The Party’ in honour of Mother’s Day, lifted from the deluxe edition of his latest album ‘DONDA’.

While the original album cut is a collaboration with André 3000, the new video doesn’t contain André’s verse and has a much shorter run time. The clip features Ye’s childhood photos, with the rapper’s clothing edited as items from his forthcoming Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collection. Check it out here.

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Jackson Wang, NIKI, Rich Brian and more to play 88rising’s California festival Head In The Clouds

88rising has announced the line-up for its upcoming Head In The Clouds festival in August in Pasadena, California.

The label took to social media on Monday night (May 23) to announce the lineup, while is being led by Jackson Wang’s Magic Man Experience, NIKI and Rich Brian.

Also on the bill are Jay Park, BIBI, Chung Ha, the debut of Audrey Nuna and Deb Never’s collaborative project, No Rome, Warren Hue and a Yebi Labs DJ set from Joji, among others. Check out the complete lineup below.

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This year’s Head In The Clouds festival is scheduled to take place on August 20 and 21 at Brookside at the Rose bowl. Ticket presales are slated to begin on Thursday (May 26) via the official Head In The Clouds website. Ticketing details have yet to be announced, although fans can sign up for first access to two-day passes here.

88rising most recently ran its Head In The Clouds Forever stage at Coachella in April featuring performances from Jackson Wang, Rich Brian, NIKI, Warren Hue, MILLI, BIBI and a surprise reunion from K-pop girl group 2NE1 during CL’s set.

Following its 88rising showcase, the label released a three-track EP entitled ‘Head In The Clouds Forever’. The EP comprised songs by Rich Brian, Warren Hue, BIBI and Hikaru Utada that got their live debuts at Coachella.

In April last year, the label teased a third edition of the label’s compilation series, ‘Head In The Clouds’, with the single ‘California’ from Rich Brian, NIKI and Warren Hue. The album has yet to receive a release date.

The lineup for Head In The Clouds Festival 2022 is:

Jackson Wang – Magic Man Experience
NIKI
Rich Brian
Yebi Labs – Joji DJ set
Bibi
Chung Ha
Jay Park
Special Guest TBA
1NONLY
Atarashii Gakko!
Audrey Nuna + Deb Never
Boylife
Chasu
Dabin
Dumbfoundead
Eaj
Hojean
Lastlings
MILLI
Mxmtoon
No Rome
San Fransisco 4AM
Shotta Spence
Stephanie Poetri
Teriyaki Boyz
Thuy
Tiger JK
Warren Hue
Yeek
Ylona Garcia
Yoonmirae

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