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One Liners: MelodyVR, Thom Yorke, Freddie Mercury

By | Published on Thursday 20 June 2019

MelodyVR

LIVE MUSIC

MelodyVR has launched a new mobile app which will allow you to experience the Wireless Festival in virtual reality on your smartphone, if you’re unable to attend in person. And even if you are, I suppose. “Imagine a situation where even if you didn’t get a ticket for the show itself there was another way in”, says MelodyVR CEO Anthony Matchett. “That’s what this partnership means and it’s transformative”. Whatever you say Anthony.

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DIGITAL

Universal Music has announced that it is upgrading more than 1000 of its older, low quality music videos to HD versions on YouTube. About bloody time.

In a week when accusations about the misuse of lyrics are being thrown around against Google and Pandora, Deezer has announced a new feature allowing users to share lyrics in Instagram stories. What a lyrical week this has turned out to be!

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APPOINTMENTS

Ticketing firm Dice has promoted Amy Oldham to UK Managing Director, six months after joining the company to head up its Arts & Culture division. She replaces Russ Tannen, who was promoted to Chief Revenue Officer in December. “It’s great to be leading the UK team in our mission to get people out more”, she says.

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ARTIST NEWS

Thom Yorke has started a leafletting campaign.

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RELEASES

A previously unreleased version of a song by Freddie Mercury has been released. ‘Time Waits For No One’ is a stripped back version of Mercury’s song ‘Time’, from the soundtrack of the 1986 musical of the same name. The recording was completed over the course of two years by producer Dave Clark.

Caroline Polachek – formerly of Chairlift – has released her first solo single under her own name, ‘Door’. “I feel totally out of control of most things in the world, but can at least build landscapes for the mind”, she says.

Jesca Hoop has released new single ‘Outside Of Eden’. “I see it as a feminist anthem”, she says. “We big sisters encouraging our shut-in boys to love the very real, the very living, and breathing girl”.

Alesso has released the video for new single ‘Sad Song’, featuring Tini.

Jerkcurb has announced that he will finally release his debut album, ‘Air Con Eden’, on 13 Sep. He’ll play a handful of shows to promote it, including at Chats Place in London in October. Here’s new single ‘Timelapse Tulip’.

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GIGS & TOURS

Cigarettes After Sex have announced two new UK shows later this year. They will play Manchester’s Albert Hall on 27 Nov and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 28 Nov.

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AWARDS

Johnny Marr will headline a special live show that will follow the AIM Independent Music Awards this year. He will also receive the Pioneer Award at the ceremony itself. “Independent music is one of the things the UK does best and it is great to see it celebrated”, says Marr. “It’s a privilege to be awarded the Pioneer Award and I’m looking forward to taking part in this year’s show not only as a recipient but as a performer too”. The event will take place at the Roundhouse in London on 3 Sep.

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