Politics

The Neil Young thing really isn’t the big story here! Whilst Daniel Ek’s Spotify fights bid to pay songwriters more money, the company is about to sign a sponsorship deal worth $380million with Barcelona FC…

Much has been said over the past few days about musician Neil Young demanding his music was taken off Spotify due to false Covid information allegedly being broadcast by their $100million podcaster Joe Rogan. A few of you have asked what my view is on it - so I'll tell you. I have never listened to a single podcast from Joe Rogan. Running this blog alongside everything else I do…

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One rule for us, another rule for them! As BBC radio DJ Maressa Innerarity is fined £1,000 for lending her speakers to a plague rave, when will Boris Johnson be receiving his demand for payment?

It must be quite expensive being Boris Johnson. For starters, there's the taste for the finer things in life he's had since pretty much the day he was born. For example, he once described his £250,000 salary for writing a column for the Daily Telegraph each Monday as "chicken feed". There's also the British Prime Minister's rather well-known dalliances with women who aren't his wife at that particular moment. In…

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Ever wondered what touring in a Covid world is like? Mike Skinner of The Streets provides a detailed explanation – and when you read it, it’s no wonder he cancelled his tour!

Despite many Covid restrictions having been removed over the past few months, disruption is still happening in many areas of life. And few are being affected more by this than the live events business. Of those events which are still going ahead, they risk turnout being up to 40% down on normal levels. So it was no surprise to read yesterday, courtesy of Music Week, that some 25% of gigs…

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That’s yet another thing this country’s short of! As figures show Britain has lost 3000 nightclubs in 11 years, the Comical Ali dance press shows little sign of asking what’s going on…

Whatever has happened to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland over the past few years? We've been short of all kinds of things - lorry drivers, Covid tests, petrol, and evem ginger nut biscuits at one point after flooding in the north of England. And now, yet another thing has to be added to the seemingly endangered list. That thing is, apparently, nightclubs. Some number crunchers have…

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So what ARE they basing their decisions on, if not the evidence? Welsh government forced to admit it has no idea how many cases of Covid originate from nightclubs

We all know what the state of play has been for the past two years. When Covid hit the UK in March 2020, the whole country went into lockdown. Nightclubs were closed, just like almost everything else did at the time. Given that we knew next to nothing about Covid and how it was spreading, this wasn't a great surprise. But whilst the likes of clothes shops and hairdressers got…

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That brings the number of vaxxed big name DJs to one! Carl Cox announces his tour of north America – and it includes a date in New York, where if you’ve had no vaccine, you’re not coming in…

There are an awful lot of DJs in the upper echelons of dance music who filled their quiet time during the pandemic by training themselves up as virologists. Or so you'd be forgiven for thinking - although most aren't quite stupid enough to at least publicly remain quiet. Thankfully, a few managed to keep their marbles. Well, mostly. When he isn't accepting gigs from festivals that are least partially funded…

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Is there a Novak Djokovic in dance music’s ranks? As tennis player is deported from Australia for being unvaccinated, some people are keeping very quiet about their own indiscretions…

Last week, the news was dominated by a surprisingly small number of stories - and one of those was to do with a tennis player. Novak Djokovic went to Australia to play at The Open. This is when things started to go wrong. Firstly, it was claimed the tennis authorities had given him an exemption from being vaccinated against Covid-19. Then the Australian authorities detained him due to problems with…

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As Boris Johnson ponders scrapping vaccine passports for England – if he’s still in his job next week – have they actually done anything to reduce the spread of Omicron?

These days, how much time he spends talking about Covid restrictions is the easiest barometer for measuring how much politcal trouble Boris Johnson is in. We saw this last month - during the first wave of the Downing Street parties scandal, he moved England to Plan B restrictions. And it appears the same might be about to happen again. Newspapers are full of talk that Plan B could be dropped…

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As press reports over the weekend say Britain could scrap its £159 annual TV tax in 2027, the music world goes apoplectic at the news – but how much does the BBC actually help to break new tracks these days?

Here in the UK, the newspapers are frequently filled with stories attacking the BBC. This isn't terribly unusual in itself. The corporation has a guaranteed income each and every year from the licence fee, whereas newspapers, commercial radio stations and the rest don't. And although these attacks have clearly got a motive behind them, the truth is they aren't all wrong. But this debate goes back quite a long way.…

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Aren’t this lot spending £37billion on a test and trace regime that doesn’t work? Sacha Lord’s freedom of information request on the Downing Street parties has been turned down – because it would cost too much to answer it..

The journalists who are meant to be covering British politics have been shown up over the past month as being almost as useless as those in the dance music press. They were hesitant to cover the Downing Street parties at first and only forced to do so due to a public outcry - due to at least one tabloid newspaper holding its own Christmas party at a time when they…

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