Cherym pull out of The Great Escape Festival due to its links with Barclays bank

The band cites the bank’s investment in companies that are arming the IDF in its “atrocities against Palestinians”

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Cherym have announced that they have pulled out of playing The Great Escape this year, due to the festival’s connection with Barclays bank.

The Derry punk band shared a statement on social media outlining their reasoning, highlighting the bank’s financial investment in companies that supply arms to Israel.

“We have made the decision to pull out of The Great Escape Festival next month,” the statement reads.

“Barclays/Barclaycard are responsible for investing over £1bn+ into companies that are arming the IDF and providing weaponry that enables the ongoing atrocities against Palestinians to continue.”

“Due to The Great Escape’s connection with Barclays/Barclaycard, we feel in good conscience, that we cannot go ahead with our scheduled performances at The Great Escape. We have been told by The Great Escape that the festival has no affiliation with Barclays/Barclaycard directly this year, but due to the refusal to remove them as a sponsor from their advertising we simply cannot take part.”

NME has contacted The Great Escape for a response to the band’s decision.

The band go on to share a petition that was started by the promoter How to Catch a Pig and the band The Menstrual Cramps, and has since been signed by artists including Kneecap, Lambrini Girls, Alfie Templeman, Lip Critic, Wunderhorse and Mary in the Junkyard. The petition can be found here.

It reads: “A bank that is involved in Israel’s genocide has no place at The Great Escape, which is a fixture of the independent music scene and has a prized place in the industry. We refuse to let music be used to whitewash human rights violations. We cannot let our creative outputs become smokescreens behind which money is pumped into murdering Palestinians.”

The Mentrual Cramps have also pulled out of playing The Great Escape, as have bands including Orchards and Other Half. The labels Alcopop! Records and Big Scary Monsters have also shared their decision to pull out of the festival, stating: “To be associating with Barclays doesn’t sit right with our ethical standpoint, and if we can do anything to help raise awareness, and ultimately highlight the corporate greed at the heart of this horrendous genocide in Gaza, we will.”

The move comes a month after swathes of artists refused to play Austin’s SXSW Festival, due to its connections with the US Army and weapons companies amid the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Gruff RhysKneecap, SprintsLambrini Girls, GelRachel Chinouriri, Cardinals and NewDad  all eventually pulled out from SXSW, as well as every Irish act on the bill. Many of the artists expressed that they had made the decision out of solidarity with the people of Palestine.

In light of the withdrawals, SXSW released a statement regarding all of the bands and artists who have been pulling out of the festival, saying: “We are an organisation that welcomes diverse viewpoints. Music is the soul of SXSW, and it has long been our legacy. We fully respect the decision these artists made to exercise their right to free speech.”

Explaining its sponsorship with the US Army, SXSW wrote: “The defence industry has historically been a proving ground for many of the systems we rely on today. These institutions are often leaders in emerging technologies, and we believe it’s better to understand how their approach will impact our lives.”

Cherym released their debut album ‘Take It Or Leave It’ in February. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “‘Take It Or Leave It’ is as much of a blast to listen to as it is a clear look at the world around us. This is who Cherym are and what they stand for – and these songs make their mission statement of joy and unity hard to forget.”

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Cherym pull out of The Great Escape Festival due to its links with Barclays bank

The band cites the bank’s investment in companies that are arming the IDF in its “atrocities against Palestinians”

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Cherym have announced that they have pulled out of playing The Great Escape this year, due to the festival’s connection with Barclays bank.

The Derry punk band shared a statement on social media outlining their reasoning, highlighting the bank’s financial investment in companies that supply arms to Israel.

“We have made the decision to pull out of The Great Escape Festival next month,” the statement reads.

“Barclays/Barclaycard are responsible for investing over £1bn+ into companies that are arming the IDF and providing weaponry that enables the ongoing atrocities against Palestinians to continue.”

“Due to The Great Escape’s connection with Barclays/Barclaycard, we feel in good conscience, that we cannot go ahead with our scheduled performances at The Great Escape. We have been told by The Great Escape that the festival has no affiliation with Barclays/Barclaycard directly this year, but due to the refusal to remove them as a sponsor from their advertising we simply cannot take part.”

NME has contacted The Great Escape for a response to the band’s decision.

The band go on to share a petition that was started by the promoter How to Catch a Pig and the band The Menstrual Cramps, and has since been signed by artists including Kneecap, Lambrini Girls, Alfie Templeman, Lip Critic, Wunderhorse and Mary in the Junkyard. The petition can be found here.

It reads: “A bank that is involved in Israel’s genocide has no place at The Great Escape, which is a fixture of the independent music scene and has a prized place in the industry. We refuse to let music be used to whitewash human rights violations. We cannot let our creative outputs become smokescreens behind which money is pumped into murdering Palestinians.”

The Mentrual Cramps have also pulled out of playing The Great Escape, as have bands including Orchards and Other Half. The labels Alcopop! Records and Big Scary Monsters have also shared their decision to pull out of the festival, stating: “To be associating with Barclays doesn’t sit right with our ethical standpoint, and if we can do anything to help raise awareness, and ultimately highlight the corporate greed at the heart of this horrendous genocide in Gaza, we will.”

The move comes a month after swathes of artists refused to play Austin’s SXSW Festival, due to its connections with the US Army and weapons companies amid the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Gruff RhysKneecap, SprintsLambrini Girls, GelRachel Chinouriri, Cardinals and NewDad  all eventually pulled out from SXSW, as well as every Irish act on the bill. Many of the artists expressed that they had made the decision out of solidarity with the people of Palestine.

In light of the withdrawals, SXSW released a statement regarding all of the bands and artists who have been pulling out of the festival, saying: “We are an organisation that welcomes diverse viewpoints. Music is the soul of SXSW, and it has long been our legacy. We fully respect the decision these artists made to exercise their right to free speech.”

Explaining its sponsorship with the US Army, SXSW wrote: “The defence industry has historically been a proving ground for many of the systems we rely on today. These institutions are often leaders in emerging technologies, and we believe it’s better to understand how their approach will impact our lives.”

Cherym released their debut album ‘Take It Or Leave It’ in February. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “‘Take It Or Leave It’ is as much of a blast to listen to as it is a clear look at the world around us. This is who Cherym are and what they stand for – and these songs make their mission statement of joy and unity hard to forget.”

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Cherym pull out of The Great Escape Festival due to its links with Barclays bank

The band cites the bank’s investment in companies that are arming the IDF in its “atrocities against Palestinians”

The post Cherym pull out of The Great Escape Festival due to its links with Barclays bank appeared first on NME.

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Cherym have announced that they have pulled out of playing The Great Escape this year, due to the festival’s connection with Barclays bank.

The Derry punk band shared a statement on social media outlining their reasoning, highlighting the bank’s financial investment in companies that supply arms to Israel.

“We have made the decision to pull out of The Great Escape Festival next month,” the statement reads.

“Barclays/Barclaycard are responsible for investing over £1bn+ into companies that are arming the IDF and providing weaponry that enables the ongoing atrocities against Palestinians to continue.”

“Due to The Great Escape’s connection with Barclays/Barclaycard, we feel in good conscience, that we cannot go ahead with our scheduled performances at The Great Escape. We have been told by The Great Escape that the festival has no affiliation with Barclays/Barclaycard directly this year, but due to the refusal to remove them as a sponsor from their advertising we simply cannot take part.”

NME has contacted The Great Escape for a response to the band’s decision.

The band go on to share a petition that was started by the promoter How to Catch a Pig and the band The Menstrual Cramps, and has since been signed by artists including Kneecap, Lambrini Girls, Alfie Templeman, Lip Critic, Wunderhorse and Mary in the Junkyard. The petition can be found here.

It reads: “A bank that is involved in Israel’s genocide has no place at The Great Escape, which is a fixture of the independent music scene and has a prized place in the industry. We refuse to let music be used to whitewash human rights violations. We cannot let our creative outputs become smokescreens behind which money is pumped into murdering Palestinians.”

The Mentrual Cramps have also pulled out of playing The Great Escape, as have bands including Orchards and Other Half. The labels Alcopop! Records and Big Scary Monsters have also shared their decision to pull out of the festival, stating: “To be associating with Barclays doesn’t sit right with our ethical standpoint, and if we can do anything to help raise awareness, and ultimately highlight the corporate greed at the heart of this horrendous genocide in Gaza, we will.”

The move comes a month after swathes of artists refused to play Austin’s SXSW Festival, due to its connections with the US Army and weapons companies amid the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Gruff RhysKneecap, SprintsLambrini Girls, GelRachel Chinouriri, Cardinals and NewDad  all eventually pulled out from SXSW, as well as every Irish act on the bill. Many of the artists expressed that they had made the decision out of solidarity with the people of Palestine.

In light of the withdrawals, SXSW released a statement regarding all of the bands and artists who have been pulling out of the festival, saying: “We are an organisation that welcomes diverse viewpoints. Music is the soul of SXSW, and it has long been our legacy. We fully respect the decision these artists made to exercise their right to free speech.”

Explaining its sponsorship with the US Army, SXSW wrote: “The defence industry has historically been a proving ground for many of the systems we rely on today. These institutions are often leaders in emerging technologies, and we believe it’s better to understand how their approach will impact our lives.”

Cherym released their debut album ‘Take It Or Leave It’ in February. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “‘Take It Or Leave It’ is as much of a blast to listen to as it is a clear look at the world around us. This is who Cherym are and what they stand for – and these songs make their mission statement of joy and unity hard to forget.”

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One of these eight new artists will be playing Glastonbury 2024 as Emerging Talent Competition finalists revealed

The winners of the live finals will be announced at the end of the month

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Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition is back for 2024, and the eight shortlisted artists have been announced. Check them out below.

Taking place each year, the free-to-enter contest gives up-and-coming musicians the chance to play at one of the festival’s main stages, as well as a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to help develop their songwriting and performing.

The two runners-up will each be awarded a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.

This year’s edition of the competition launched back in January, and last month the 90 artists who had made the longlist was shared.

Now, the 90 artists have been whittled down to the final eight – with one set to be announced as the winner of this year’s instalment later this month.

“We’re very pleased to announce the finalists for our EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2024, which is supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation,” Glastonbury shared on their X/Twitter page earlier this morning (April 11). “The acts, chosen from thousands of entries, are: The Ayoub Sisters, Bryte, Caleb Kunle, JayaHadADream, KID 12, Nadia Kadek, Olivia Nelson, and Problem Patterns.”

In a separate post, they added: “This year’s invite-only final will take place on Saturday 27 April, 2024,” and shared further details on what prizes will be awarded to the winner and two runners-up. They also shared a custom-made playlist, which features one track from each of the shortlisted acts. Check it out below.

The first of the hand-picked artists are The Ayoub Sisters – a multi-instrumental musical duo consisting of siblings Sarah and Laura Ayoub, who arrange and perform instrumental versions of famous pop and classical works. Discovered by Mark Ronson, the sisters recently shared their latest album ‘Arabesque’, which is a celebration of and tribute to music from the Arab World.

The second listed artist on the playlist is Olivia Nelson, a modern-era R&B singer who channelled her emotion into her debut EP ‘For You’. She cites Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as inspirations when it comes to vocal ability, and is already gaining momentum for her contemporary R&B and Motown roots.

Problem Patterns are also named on the shortlist. They are a four-piece feminist queer punk band from Belfast, comprised of Beverley Boal, Bethany Crooks, Ciara King and Alanah Smith. Emerging back in 2018 with a new take on punk, they have already gone on to lock in support slots with the likes of Le Tigre, Bob Vylan, Dream Wife & Ash.

KID 12, an emerging ambient artist who recently emerged with two 2024 singles ‘Dreams’ and ‘BETS OFF’, and singer-songwriter Nadia Kadek – who opened for Marika Hackman earlier this year and was shortlisted for artist submission at Live At Leeds festival in 2023 – are also named, as is thought-provoking Jamaican-Irish independent rapper, singer and producer, JayaHadADream.

Finally, Bryte completes the line-up – a London-based Ghanaian rapper and vocalist, who raps in five languages and has developed a cult following due to his unique fusion of afro-electronic, rap and experimental club sounds.

This year’s final will take place on Saturday April 27.

Sir Elton John performs on the Pyramid stage during day 5 of Glastonbury Festival 2023 Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2023 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Redferns)

Speaking about the competition, Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said: “At a time when it’s not always easy for acts to get their foot on the ladder, we’re really happy to be able to offer this opportunity for rising artists. So many amazing acts have been showcased by the Emerging Talent Competition over the years – and, as with the Festival, we welcome artists from all musical genres.”

Last year’s finalists were: Cordelia Gartside, EVA, FFSYTHO?!, Naomi Kimpenu, N’famady Kouyaté, The Love Buzz, and NME 100 stars for 2022, Prima Queen and VLURE.

2023’s winner was Guinea-born, Cardiff-based Kouyaté, who told NME of the accolade: “I feel like I’m dreaming.

“This is my first ever award in my musical career and I’m so glad it’s this as well. It’s a massive pleasure for the festival to offer me this opportunity. I’m feeling amazing.”

Other notable winners include Declan McKenna, who entered the competition in 2015 with his hit song ‘Brazil’. He was awarded a £5000 prize and a slot on the festival’s William’s Green Stage. Scouting For Girls, The Subways, Liz Green, Golden Silvers, We Have Band, Ellen and the Escapades, Treetop Flyers, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, M+A and She Drew the Gun have also previously won the competition.

In other news, Glastonbury recently unveiled the line-up for the 2024 edition of the festival. Dua Lipa, Coldplay and SZA will headline the iconic Pyramid Stage this summer and Shania Twain will perform in the coveted legends slot on the Sunday.

Other acts on the poster include LCD Soundsystem, Little Simz, Burna Boy, PJ Harvey, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Kiwanuka, Janelle Monae, Olivia Dean, Paloma Faith and Keane – all of whom will appear on the Pyramid Stage.

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Save Ferris’ Monique Powell on Their “Come on Eileen” Cover and 10 Things I Hate About You: Podcast

The frontwoman discusses having an immensely popular video on MTV and ska falling out of style.

Save Ferris’ Monique Powell on Their “Come on Eileen” Cover and 10 Things I Hate About You: Podcast
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Jeff Rosenstock Positively Rocks Columbus, Ohio: Review

Rosenstock, Sidney Gish, and Gladie stopped at Columbus’ King of Clubs on April 5th.

Jeff Rosenstock Positively Rocks Columbus, Ohio: Review
Jonah Krueger

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Blink-182 cancel Mexico shows due to illness

“We appreciate your understanding and support”

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Blink-182 have been forced to cancel three shows in Mexico this week following the illness of the band’s bassist, Mark Hoppus.

The trio, also comprising of Tom DeLonge (vocals and guitar) and Travis Barker (drums) had already cancelled one show before the two remaining dates were also pulled.

“Dear fans, sadly, Blink-182 shows on April 5 and 6 at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City have been cancelled due to illness,” said promoter Ocesa in a statement on Friday (April 5).

While Hoppus wrote on his Discord account: “We don’t take cancelling lightly. We know people booked flights, hotels, made plans, got babysitters…We had multiple lengthy discussions all morning within the band, with promoters, managers. We tried moving the date, tried every possible solution, but this is the reality. We appreciate your understanding and support.” 

He continued: “For me and my illness, I have seen a doctor here and talked to my doctor back home. I am on multiple medications and have been in bed the past three days except to go to the show, and yesterday I was hoping it was just allergies… Saw docs, was told I had an acute infection in my throat and severe bronchitis. Got on meds immediately with the kind help of the local promoters and have been on treatment,” added the bassist, who fought a battle with cancer in 2021.

Promoter Ocesa said in a statement yesterday (April 5) that refunds will be issued to ticket-holders of the cancelled shows. Those who bought online would receive an automatica refund while those who purchased via box office or Ticketmaster centres need to request a refund starting Monday (April 8) at the place of purchase.

Their last planned tour of Mexico and South America was previously hit with issues  after Barker injured his finger

The band are also due in the UK for a summer tour, having rescheduled after Barker cancelled over an “urgent family matter”. The band will additionally headline Reading & Leeds festival this year alongside Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey, Fred Again.., Gerry Cinnamon and Catfish & The Bottlemen. See dates below and get your tickets here:

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26 – Belfast, SSE Arena
27 – Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
29 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
30 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro

The band released their latest record ‘One More Time…’ last year, which NME gave three stars. “Towards the end of the album, DeLonge asks a question many listeners will have in their minds as they hit play – ‘2023, who the fuck are we?’”

“They aren’t all that far away from who they’ve always been – three friends wanting to make some noise and have a riot of a time doing it. Although they’re not exactly revolutionising pop punk, this was likely never the goal. Chances are, the fans just want the old Blink back anyway, and in 2023, they’re just as fun as ever.”

In other news, DeLonge is reportedly releasing a sci-fi novel on June 11.

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Joey Ramone’s brother hits back at “baseless and flimsy” biopic lawsuit

Johnny Ramone’s sister had filed a lawsuit against Joey’s estate in January

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Joey Ramone’s brother has counter-sued the widow of Johnny Ramone, calling her attempts to shut down a Netflix biopic “baseless and flimsy”.

In January, Johnny Ramone’s estate sued Mickey Leigh over the upcoming Joey Ramone biopic entitled I Slept With Joey Ramone, starring Pete Davidson.

His widow, Linda, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan court on January 21, claiming that Leigh – real name Mitchel Hyman – “covertly developed an unapproved and unauthorized Ramones-based biopic” based on his “one-sided recitation of the history of the Ramones”.

And now, a countersuit filed on March 15 by Leigh and his lawyers has rejected Linda’s claims, while also claiming that she had already signed off on a biopic film several years ago.

Ramones in NYC, 1979. CREDIT: David Tan/Shinko Music

As reported by Billboard, the lawyers wrote: “Ms. Cummings-Ramone’s main purpose is to embarrass, harass, and destroy the integrity of Mr. Hyman, create an utterly false narrative about him, rewrite her role in the history of the Ramones, and win a popularity contest in which, in her mind, she takes over … the legacy of a band of which she never was a member and had nothing to do with creatively.”

“She is driven by an alternate agenda, including her own fame and vanity, as well as a self-serving desire to obstruct projects and control RPI for reasons which conflict with her fiduciary duties and cause her to avoid any modicum of cooperation with Mr. Hyman,” they continued.

The original lawsuit did not explicitly name Netflix as a defendant in the case, but Linda Ramone’s representatives did state that the film being referred to is based on Leigh’s own memoir.

Linda and Leigh both own equal shares in the Ramones’ intellectual property, and represent Johnny and Joey Ramone’s respective estates.

“Ms. Ramone objects to defendants’ attempt to create a Ramones film without her involvement — not to be obstinate, but rather based on defendants’ disregard for [Ramones] assets and their conduct and treatment of Ms. Ramone and her late husband,” Linda’s attorneys wrote. “To permit defendants alone to tell the authoritative story of the Ramones would be an injustice to the band and its legacy.”

As representatives of Johnny and Joey Ramone, who respectively died of different forms of cancer in 2004 and 2001, Linda and Leigh have notably maintained a less than favourable legal relationship over the years. In 2019, the pair settled a long-standing dispute over the use of the ‘Ramone’ name, after Linda changed her surname to Ramone in 2014, illicitly used the Ramone name on social media, and intended to rename her Los Angeles home ‘Ramone Ranch’.

The arbitration resulted in Linda Cummings-Ramone being barred from renaming her home ‘Ramone Ranch’, though she was allowed to name it ‘Johnny Ramone Ranch’ or ‘Linda Ramone Ranch’ instead. Leigh was also barred from obstructing Linda’s attempts to obtain trademarks for the names Johnny Ramone and Linda Ramone.

The Joey Ramone biopic was announced to be co-written by Davidson and directed by his frequent collaborator, Jason Orley. In Netflix’s press release at the time of the film’s announcement, Adam Fogelson, chairman of the film’s production company STXfilms stated: “‘I Slept with Joey Ramone’ is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family.”

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The Steady 45’s on Having Roots in Two Different Ska Scenes: Podcast

The band calls both LA’s trad-ska and vibrant Latino ska scenes home.

The Steady 45’s on Having Roots in Two Different Ska Scenes: Podcast
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Billie Joe Armstrong Redeems Himself As Green Day Plays “Basket Case” at iHeartRadio Music Awards: Watch

12 years after Billie Joe Armstrong’s on-stage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Billie Joe Armstrong Redeems Himself As Green Day Plays “Basket Case” at iHeartRadio Music Awards: Watch
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Back in 2012, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong famously had a meltdown during the band’s performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. The band was in the middle of “Basket Case” when organizers gave them the wrap-it-up sign. “Give me a fucking break. One minute left? You’re gonna give me…

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