Nov 8, 2023 2 min read

One Liners: Aurora, Marika Hackman, Julia Holter + more

Barbican appoints new Head Of Music; Sony A&R internships; new round of MEGS funding; new music from Aurora, Marika Hackman, Julia Holter, Fucked Up, Heartworms and Chemtrails

One Liners: Aurora, Marika Hackman, Julia Holter + more


The Barbican has announced Helen Wallace as its new Head Of Music. She joins from another London arts venue, King’s Place, where she was Executive & Artistic Director. “The Barbican is a place of soaring, international ambition and progressive thinking”, she says. “It has given me, as an audience member, some of the most transformative music experiences of my life. I want to unlock those experiences for a wider audience across the whole of the Barbican’s venues. I’m passionate about breaking down hierarchies and giving space to a multiplicity of musical voices, including the audience’s own”. She will officially take up her new role in February.


Applications are open for Sony Music’s A&R Academy internship programme, a twelve month, paid scheme with roles available at the Columbia, RCA and Ministry Of Sound labels. Applications close on 20 Nov. Find out more here.


Applications for the latest round of Music Export Growth Scheme funding open today. Managed by record industry trade group the BPI, and backed by the UK government’s Department For Business And Trade and the Department For Culture, Media & Sport, MEGS supports British independent music companies seeking to grow outside the UK with grants of between £5000 and £50,000. Find out more here.


Aurora has released new single ‘Your Blood’. “The world is always bleeding”, she says of the inspiration for the song. “And you never know what is going on under people's skin. I think it’s only when we reach out to each other that we understand what compassion and beauty we are capable of as human beings”.
Marika Hackman has released new single ‘Slime’. The song, she says, “tracks the excitement of falling in love, tinged with the chaos of watching the fallout from it happen around you”. Her new album ‘Big Sigh’ is out on 12 Jan.
Julia Holter is back with new single ‘Sun Girl’.
Fucked Up have released new single ‘What The Sun Saw’.
Heartworms has released new single ‘May I Comply’. “When I wrote this track I just wanted to get over an ex and to tell my little brother he’s good enough”, says the musician. “Turned out to be a lot darker than I thought”.
Chemtrails have released new single ‘Detritus Andronicus’ and announced that they will release their third album ‘The Joy Of Sects’ on 19 Jan. “For this song we started by ripping off the four-on-the-floor disco drum beat from ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and then tried to write an evil bassline”, say the band. “To stop things getting overly funky it seemed right to add some demonic choir-style backing vocals singing the incredibly high-brow fake Latin song title”.
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