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By | Published on Tuesday 30 November 2021



Steps have halted their UK tour following an outbreak of COVID-19. The group’s Faye Tozer recently returned to the tour after isolating, following a positive test. Then at the weekend, Lee Latchford-Evans tested positive. Now, the group says in a statement, “further positive COVID-19 cases in our touring party … have made continuing with the … tour impossible”. The remaining shows on the tour will be rescheduled.



Believe has acquired Indian record label Think Music. “We are very excited to extend our relationship with Believe”, says Think Music founder Swaroop Reddy. “Believe’s wide array of innovative, digital first solutions combined with Think Music’s relentless focus on providing the best platform to film, non-film and independent artists soundtracks, will create significant value for all stakeholders”.



Venue operator ASM Global has hired Tom Saunders as Programming Manager and Katie Morgan as Programming Assistant. “I’m delighted that Tom and Katie have joined our team, bringing expertise, insight and energy to the company, as our venues return to doing what they do best”, says Programming Director Jame Harrison.

Warner Music has appointed Phebe Hunnicutt to the newly created role of SVP Warner Recorded Music. She joins from US video streaming service Hayu. “It’s an exciting time to join Warner Music as it works with partners to tap into opportunities in rapidly developing new markets, as well as to drive innovation and offer fans new ways of enjoying music”, she says. “I’ve navigated similar change in the media sector and want to bring my experience from that to bear in this new role”.

AWAL has promoted Charlotte Birch and Nathan Liddle-Hulme to become joint Heads Of UK Marketing. “Charlotte and Nathan have proved themselves to be entrepreneurial, forward-thinking marketers, epitomising AWAL’s core values of building global marketing campaigns with artists at the centre”, says General Manager Paul Trueman. “Their individual marketing skills, approach and experience complement each other perfectly and together they will form a formidable force and continue to drive AWAL’s marketing team forward”.



Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin have revived their Hanukkah Sessions project, which sees them cover songs by Jewish artists. First up are a metal version of Lisa Loeb’s ‘Stay (I Missed You)’ and their take on The Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’.

FKA Twigs and Central Cee have released the video for recent single ‘Measure Of A Man’, recorded for upcoming film ‘The King’s Man’.

St Etienne have released new Christmas single ‘Her Winter Coat’. The band’s Bob Stanley says: “We love Christmas, as you probably know, and it feels like it’s been a while since our last really Christmassy Christmas record. But I think Pete [Wiggs] has done a properly beautiful, icy, frosted, festive job on ‘Her Winter Coat'”.



The Libertines have announced UK tour dates in July and August next year to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album, ‘Up The Bracket’. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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