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One Liners: Elton John, James Blake, Sheffield Arena, more

By | Published on Monday 6 September 2021

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Energy company Utilita has acquired the naming rights to the Sheffield Arena, so now you have to call it the Utilita Arena Sheffield until at least 2026. “To be able to agree a deal for this length of time and value is always fantastic news”, says Dom Stokes, Head Of Live Events And Venues for Sheffield City Trust. “To do so after the eighteen months that the world has just gone through is simply phenomenal!”



James Blake has delayed the release of his new album, ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’, “as a result of vinyl factory delays caused by COVID”. He seemingly wants the vinyl version of the record to come out the same day it becomes available elsewhere, noting in an Instagram post to fans that “so many of you have requested it”. The album will now be released on 8 Oct.

If you’re going to put out a single called ‘The 90s’, you might as well make a Friends-inspired video for it. That’s what Finneas has done, anyway. Have a look here.

Following the release of the single last month, Sigrid has now put out the video for ‘Burning Bridges’.

Billy Bragg has released new single ‘Pass It On’, taken from his upcoming new album ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’. “I read somewhere that the second most googled thing after pornography is ancestry”, says Bragg of the single. “Too many of us rue the fact that we are left to piece together family stories from fragments we recall because we never asked our elders those questions”.

With her debut album set to arrive next month, Upsahl has released new single ‘Lunatic’. “The day I wrote ‘Lunatic’, I was having such a shit day that I almost didn’t show up to the studio”, she says. “I ended up going in pyjamas, no makeup, angry as fuck at the world. I walked into the studio and started venting about the whole situation to [co-writers] Jonny [Shore] and Will [Jay], and I just kind of ended up going into the vocal booth and screaming into the mic”.

Methyl Ethel have returned with new single ‘Matters’. “I was living in LA while writing this song”, says band leader Jake Webb. “After being there a while, I realised that I knew nothing about what to do if there was an earthquake. It occurred to me that there is the ever-present danger lurking beneath your feet. I thought it would be interesting to explore the frenetic, reactive feeling, of danger”.



Elton John has been announced as one of the headliners of British Summer Time 2022. Forming part of his ongoing farewell tour, the show will see John play in London’s Hyde Park on 24 Jun 2022. “Elton John has provided the soundtrack to the lives of so many of us and to know that his last tour is coming to Hyde Park, possibly the last time many of us will ever see him play, is one of the most important and ‘must see’ nights of BST Hyde Park ever”, says Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents.

With her debut album due out next month, Joy Crookes has announced that she will tour the UK in November, including two nights at the Forum in London on 8-9 Nov. Tickets go on general sale this Thursday.

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