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By | Published on Friday 31 January 2020

Arts Council England


Rounding off a pretty good week for independent music venues (it is, after all, Independent Venue Week), Arts Council England has announced that it is renewing its £1.5 million Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund for another year. “This fund, and the support built around it, means that people who never thought they would be able to receive grant-funding have realised that they can access public funding”, says Beverley Whitrick from the Music Venue Trust, who were instrumental in getting this ACE fund off the ground.

That’s England covered, but what about elsewhere? Well, Creative Wales has also announced a new fund for grassroots venues in the country. Grants are available now. If you’re running a venue in Wales you can email for more info.



Dua Lipa has released new single ‘Physical’. She’s also announced that her new album, ‘Future Nostalgia’, is out on 3 Apr.

Paramore’s Hayley Williams has released ‘Leave It Alone’, the second track from her debut solo album ‘Petals For Armor’.

Incubus have released new single ‘Our Love’. So there you go.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have released new single ‘Blue Moon Rising’. An EP of the same name is out on 6 Mar.

Hot Chip have released the video for ‘Positive’ from their latest album ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’.

The members of Super Fury Animals who aren’t Gruff Rhys have formed a new band called Das Koolies. Their debut track, ‘It’s All About The Dolphins’, is out now.

Charlotte OC has released new single ‘The Pain’. The track is taken from her upcoming EP, ‘Oh The Agony, Oh The Ecstasy’, out later this year.

Jim Perkins has released new single ‘Footsteps’. “‘Footsteps’ is a meditation on stillness, peace and calm, for piano and extended violin techniques”, says record label Bigo & Twigetti. “Inspired by Debussy’s piano prelude ‘Footsteps In The Snow’, the track never rises above a whisper”.

Haring has released new track ‘Disappearing’, featuring Night Works. The track is taken from a new album called ‘Blurred’, which is out on 27 Mar.



Plaid will play a full AV live show at the Southbank Centre in London on 28 Feb. Support will come by the way of a DJ set from Kelly Lee Owens. Tickets are on sale now.

How far have you got with your Christmas plans? Well, if you’re diary’s not already jam-packed, you can book tickets to see a special festive Chilly Gonzales show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 3 Dec.



It’s the 40th edition of the BRIT Awards this year and ITV has announced that it will air a special nostalgia package on 11 Feb, a week ahead of this year’s ceremony. It’ll feature clips of classic BRITs moments (but not Classic BRITs moments, don’t get confused) and interviews with people who were there, including Mick Fleetwood. I hope his memories of the disastrous 1989 ceremony make up most of the two hour show.

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