For years I had the same routine every Saturday. I would head into town for a spot of lunch, look around HMV and the record stalls in the market, buy the latest copy of NME and chill for an hour or so in my favourite cafe. Over the course of a very large pot of loose leaf tea I would read every last article and feature. That seems like an age ago now. Pardon the nostalgia, but with the announcement that Britain’s most iconic music publication will cease printing by the end of the week after 66 years in circulation, I’d rather remember it as it used to be rather than what it became. Continue reading
Britain’s premier music magazine has held the most riotous awards ceremony of the year thus far. Foals kicked off proceedings with an electrifying performance of ‘What Went Down’, the title track of what turned out to be album of the year. Belwood favourites Wolf Alice won best live band and best track for ‘Giant Peach’. Coldplay somehow won the Godlike Genius award but had little time to celebrate as Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes trashed their table during his live performance. There were surprises to be found as The Maccabees won best British band and Run The Jewels won best international band, each having faced some stiff competition. The girls reigned supreme in the solo categories with Charlie XCX and Taylor Swift winning best British and international solo artists respectively.
Due to dwindling sales NME will drop it’s £2.50 price tag and will instead be reformatted as a free magazine. The publication, first printed in 1952 as the New Musical Express, has been steadily declining in popularity since 2003 and it is hoped that this last ditch effort will help rejuvenate the company. The main issue now is the change in distribution. Rather than being available in every newsagents and supermarket, copies of the new NME will instead be available from certain train stations, universities, music venues and HMV and Topman stores. This has resulted in some sizable gaps in distribution across the country which are in serious need of addressing.