Lewis Capaldi, Bastille and Snow Patrol to headline Latitude Festival 2021

Next year’s event will take place on July 22-25

Reported by NME

Lewis Capaldi, Dan Smith from Bastille and Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol
Lewis Capaldi, Dan Smith from Bastille and Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol Credit: Getty

Lewis CapaldiBastille and Snow Patrol have all been confirmed to headline Latitude Festival in 2021.

It comes after this year’s event was axed this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

HAIMLiam Gallagher and The Chemical Brothers were due to headline 2020’s event.

The likes of The Lumineers, Michael Kiwanuka, Charli XCX and Mahalia had also been set to play.

There is no word as of yet whether any of those acts will return next year.

It was confirmed earlier this week that next year’s event will take place from from July 22-25, 2021 at its usual Suffolk location of Henham Park.

Weekend and day tickets are on sale on Monday (July 20) at 9am and are available here.

On headlining next year’s bash for the first time, Bastille frontman Dan Smith, said:“We’ve wanted to play and go to Latitude for such a long time, so we’re really excited to have the chance to be there next year after everyone’s year away from gigs. It’s our only British festival gig of the summer and we’re thrilled that it’ll be at Latitude in such brilliant company”.

Snow Patrol, who were forced to cancel their slot in 2019, said they’re looking forward to returning to the festival.

They said: “We are thrilled to perform our Reworked set (featuring 14 musicians no less) as special guests at next year’s festival. Having played the first ever Latitude in 2006 we were gutted that injury forced us to cancel our slot last year and obviously with all festivals cancelled this year were so glad to be on the bill for next year. Thank you Latitude for having us back once again. It’s a wonderful festival and we’re delighted to be involved.”

One of the few UK festivals that is set to take place this year is Red Rooster Festival in Suffolk, who announced earlier this week that it plans to stage its event in September with social distancing measures in place.

Reported by NME

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan quits band over ‘personal issues’ – but assures fans he’ll ‘see you all very soon’

After the shock announcement, Meighan reassured fans he’d be back, saying: “I am doing well. I’m in a really good place now”.

As reported by Sky

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has left the band after struggling with “personal issues”.

A statement on behalf of the group said: “Kasabian have announced today that Tom Meighan is stepping down from the band by mutual consent.

“Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track.”

Kasabian said they would not be commenting further on his departure, but Meighan tweeted several hours after the band’s official statement to reassure fans that he was feeling OK.

He said: “Following today’s announcement I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing well. I’m in a really good place now. Thanks for all your love and support. I’ll be seeing you all very soon.”

Kasabian. Pic: Phil Knott
Image:Kasabian line-up prior to Meighan’s departure (L-R):Ian Matthews, Meighan, Pizzorno and Chris Edwards. Pic: Phil Knott

Following an extended break, the Leicester band had been due to play a huge return gig in their home city last month.

They were left “absolutely brokenhearted” after the coronavirus pandemic put paid to their plans, while work on their seventh album also ground to a halt.

As reported by Sky

Roger Taylor says Queen would still be making music today if Freddie Mercury was alive

Reported by NME :

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has said the band would still be making music today if Freddie Mercury was still alive.

Speaking to BBC Radio 6 Music, Taylor suggested that a whole new era of music from the rock icons would have arrived if Mercury hadn’t passed away in November 1991.

He said: “I do believe that. Me and Freddie… he was my closest friend and we were very, very close. We came up together and we literally lived in each other’s pockets and clothes some of the time!”

However, he admitted that it’s unlikely that bassist John Deacon would have remained in the group, having retired from the music industry in 1997.

“I do believe we would still being doing stuff together because it was a great collaboration. I don’t know if John Deacon would allow… of course John wasn’t quite mentally suited for it, the other three were,” he said.

“I would like to think we were still doing stuff together, whatever it might be. I think Brian May and I with Adam Lambert, we just loved doing the show, just seemed to get better and better, while we still can do it, we still will do it.”

Meanwhile, it was recently announced that Queen will appear on the face of UK postage stamps in honour of their 50th anniversary. They will be the third rock band to do so, joining The Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016.

The stamps will be issued as a set of 13, featuring eight album covers, four live group shots and a classic group photo. The entire collection will be available to purchase on July 9.

As reported by NME