New Music Friday: Pretenders, Melanie C, Lazarus and more release new albums

It’s our favourite time of the week – New Music Friday is the new tunes fix you need to get your weekend started. This week we’ll be listening to the Pretenders, Melanie C, Lazarus, Jimmy Eat World and more.

It’s our favourite time of the week – New Music Friday is the new tunes fix you need to get your weekend started. This week we’ll be listening to the Pretenders, Melanie C, Lazarus, Jimmy Eat World and more.

What’s even better about New Music Friday is that you can also listen to a lot of the new releases live! We’ve found the artists who’ve got new records out and are about to take them on tour. Double win, you’re welcome!

Melanie C – Version Of Me

Barbarians v South Africa – one of the biggest, baddest rivalries in rugby

This isn’t just about one team going up against another. The Barbarians v South Africa rivalry has got more than six decades of history wrapped up in it.

This isn’t just about one team going up against another. The Barbarians v South Africa rivalry has got more than six decades of history wrapped up in it. 

The eagerly awaited clash between the BaaBaas and Springboks for the Killik Cup is set for 5 November at Wembley Stadium. It will be only the eighth time these two teams have met since 1952.

Pop-punksters You Know The Drill get set for debut EP – and we’ve got the first listen!

Don’t be surprised if the you hear the name You Know The Drill a lot over the coming months. The Birmingham-based, pop-punk quintet are about to release their debut EP,...

Don’t be surprised if the you hear the name You Know The Drill a lot over the coming months.

The Birmingham-based, pop-punk quintet are about to release their debut EP, Losing Streak, the title for which is derived from a lyric from lead single Less Than You.

Vocalist Benji Yapp explains: “We felt it was a relevant title as it relates to the hard times in life that everyone goes through, where it just seems to be one bad thing after another.”

Take a sneak peek at Shout! – The Mod Musical in our Facebook live video

Shout! the Mod Musical opened this week at Blackpool Opera House and we got a sneak peek of what you can expect when we snuck into rehearsals last week. Shout!...

Shout! the Mod Musical opened this week at Blackpool Opera House and we got a sneak peek of what you can expect when we snuck into rehearsals last week.

Shout! The Mod Musical tells the story of five unlikely friends as they come of age during the Swinging Sixties, including all the eye-popping fashion and psychedelic dances from the era.

BluesFest is back for 2016 next weekend! Here’s all you need to know

For the fourth time, BluesFest takes over The O2 tent with shows across three venues across three days – blues galore! A star-studded line-up and incredible atmosphere will make for an unforgettable weekend.

For the second time, BluesFest takes over The O2 tent with shows across three venues across three days – blues galore! A star-studded line-up and incredible atmosphere will make for an unforgettable weekend.

There’s a lot going on in the O2 next weekend for BluesFest 2016, from big headline shows in the arena featuring Maxwell & Mary J Blige, to smaller intimate shows at the Indigo and Brooklyn Bowl.

The legendary Phil Collins returns to the stage in 2017 – and we’ve got all the details

Stepping out of retirement (which he’d previously announced in 2011), Phil Collins will bring his live show back on the road with a string of dates across Europe. One of...

Stepping out of retirement (which he’d previously announced in 2011), Phil Collins will bring his live show back on the road with a string of dates across Europe.

One of the best British musicians ever, Phil Collins will play a five-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall next June, along with further dates in Paris and Cologne.

Weekend city guide: 21 – 23 October

The fourth weekend of October packs a lot for everyone to enjoy! There’s so much going on we can barely contain ourselves.

The fourth weekend of October packs a lot for everyone to enjoy!

There’s so much going on we can barely contain ourselves. Along with an American football game at Twickenham Stadium, see the world’s longest running play, laugh it up with one of the UK’s funniest ladies and get into the groove with The Next Step dancers. Plus, you’ll find awesome gigs and concerts from bands (like Poliça!) in all parts of the country.

The Naked and Famous share their essential tracks with us

New Zealand indie rock band The Naked and Famous are back on UK soil next year, with dates in Edinburgh, Manchester and London – and we can’t wait. What makes...

New Zealand indie rock band The Naked and Famous are back on UK soil next year, with dates in Edinburgh, Manchester and London – and we can't wait.

Miss Saigon announces major UK tour

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boubil and Schönberg’s legendary Miss Saigon is about to embark on a major UK tour. Following a smash hit run in the West End...

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boubil and Schönberg’s legendary Miss Saigon is about to embark on a major UK tour.

Following a smash hit run in the West End – which saw the production with nine Whatsonstage Awards in 2015 – the musical will embark on a new tour for 2017.

Don’t miss the West End’s newest play Dead Funny with our no booking fee offer

Dead Funny will return to the West End this month starring some of the UK’s hottest comedy talent. Starring comedy big-hitters Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, In The Club, Humans),...

Dead Funny will return to the West End this month starring some of the UK's hottest comedy talent.

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