Jorja Smith

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Loyle Carner loves his mother and vice versa, but the Mercury Prize-nominated hip-hop storyteller doesn’t do mawkishness. Rather, he spills out the pl(...)

Etta Bond: singular

What: Modern UK soul Where: London Why: Etta Bond is a Cambridge-born London-based singer who has been on the tips of many tongues over the past fiv(...)

Calvin Harris accepts the award for British producer of the year at the 2019 Brit awards. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

Calvin Harris and The 1975 took home two gongs each at the 39th Brit Awards as female artists were snubbed. Both Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie scored four (...)

Dua Lipa: picked up four nominations. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Singers Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Jess Glynne and George Ezra are among the nominees for next month’s Brit Awards, Britain’s annual pop music honours, in (...)

Slow burn: Mahalia is in it for the long haul
Mahalia: Our New VBF

“Well, you see this business is all about survival of the fittest. If you don’t go viral, you should quit it.” No, Mahalia isn’t singing about a caree(...)


1. WHENYOUNG Other Voices, 7pm If you’re looking for a new band name to write all over your metaphorical schoolbag, try Whenyoung. The Limerick trio,(...)

Time to pick your favourites and write your  timetable. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

We’re back with even more stage times for Electric Picnic 2018. The festival takes place this weekend, from Friday, August 31st, until Sunday, Septemb(...)

Benjamin Clemantine,Sigrid, Sevdaliza, N.E.R.D, Nina Kraviz and Kendrick Lamar are just a few of our critics top choices.

Sigrid Electric Arena, Saturday, 4.30pm Those Scandies sure know how to a spawn a stellar songstress. Norway’s Sigrid has rapidly become a pop sensat(...)

The Arctic Monkeys have been named on the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, has been named among the nominees for this year’s Mercury prize. The nod makes them th(...)

Jorja Smith: her songs are personal and strong; it’s as if she has plucked each verse from a diary entry
Jorja Smith: Our New VBF

“So why are all the riches staying afloat? See all my brothers drowning even though they nicked the boat. Mothership ain’t helping anyone. See, the sh(...)

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