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Music fans heading to Spanish festivals could be asked to prove they can spend €100 per day



Music fans heading to festivals in Spain could be asked to prove that they can afford to spend €100 (£85) per day during their visit under new travel restrictions.

Since leaving the EU, the UK now comes under the “third country” category and therefore must comply with newly-introduced policies.

As Mixmag reports, Brits may be required to provide proof of a return or onward flight, and give details of accommodation while staying in the Balearics or Spain this summer.

“At Spanish border control, you may need to show a return or onward ticket; show you have enough money for your stay; show proof of accommodation for your stay,” the UK Foreign Office said of the new rules set out by the Spanish government.

“For example, a hotel booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting your own property (e.g second home), or an invitation from your host or proof of their address if staying with a third party, friends or family.”

The outlet cites a report by the Express that states UK visitors may be asked to prove they have at least €100 to spend in Spain per day, and an additional minimum of €900 (£767). They could do so by showing cheques, cash or bank statements.

Mad Cool 2022. Credit: Andy Ford for NME

The Spanish Ministry del Interior said people from third countries must prove that they have the “economic resources” for entering the country “which must also be proven to have sufficient funds available on them”.

Travel companies have urged against the toughening of policies, arguing that Brits significantly boost Spain’s tourism sector.

Many UK music fans visit Spain each year for major festivals such as Primavera Sound, Mad Cool and Bilbao BBK Live. Back in April, the team behind Mad Cool announced two new spin-off events for 2022: Mad Cool Sunset and the Andalucía Big Festival.

Next year, Primavera Sound – which has taken place in Barcelona since 2001 – will expand to feature an all-new twin edition in Madrid.

Earlier this month, a new study found that British acts appearing on the bill at European festivals has fallen by almost half post-Brexit.

Many touring artists and their crew have been impacted by Brexit legislation of late. Back in April, NME spoke to some figures from the live industry about the ongoing issues they’re facing on the road.

In January 2021, European festival bosses expressed their concerns over Brexit potentially preventing many UK acts from being booked to play live events on the continent.


Queen and Adam Lambert to kick off North American ‘Rhapsody’ tour next week



Queen and Adam Lambert are set to embark on their North American ‘Rhapsody’ tour next week – find all the details below.

The legendary band launched the acclaimed show back in 2019, and brought it to the UK, Ireland and Europe last year.

Per a press release, Queen and their frontman Lambert are now taking the newly “expanded and updated” production back to the US and Canada “where it first began”. The group have promised an “even more ambitious show” at the upcoming dates.

Queen’s 2023 Rhapsody’ tour is scheduled to begin with two consecutive nights at the CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, Maryland next Wednesday (October 4) and Thursday (5).

From there, they’ll visit Toronto, Detroit, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities throughout the month. Further shows will follow in November, when Queen are due to make stop-offs in Dallas, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Brian May explained in a statement: “We’re still calling our show the Rhapsody Tour, but the content has evolved massively from when you last saw it. New toys, new takes, but all the hits and more.”

Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen. CREDIT: David M Benett/Getty

Lambert added: “I consider it a beautiful twist of fate that I was put on a path that aligned me with Brian and Roger. I can’t wait to tour North America one more time alongside the two unbelievably talented legends that are Brian May and Roger Taylor.”

Taylor commented: “Adam is certainly a real force on stage. It’s been nothing but a riotously funny and enjoyable journey with him. He is simply one of the best vocalists in the world – FACT!”

You can find any remaining tickets for Queen’s 2023 North American ‘Rhapsody’ tour here.

The gigs will see Queen and Adam Lambert supported on stage by their regular band members, long-serving Queen keyboard player Spike Edney, bass guitarist Neil Fairclough, and percussionist Tyler Warren.

See the full itinerary below.

04 – CFG Bank Arena, Baltimore, MD 
05 – CFG Bank Arena, Baltimore, MD 
08 – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON 
10 – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI 
12 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 
13 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 
15 – TD Garden, Boston, MA 
16 – TD Garden, Boston, MA 
18 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA 
21 – Circuit Of The Americas, Austin, TX 
23 – State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA 
25 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN 
27 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN 
28 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN 
30 – United Center, Chicago, IL  
31 – United Center, Chicago, IL  

02 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX  
03 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX 
05 – Ball Arena, Denver, CO  
08 – Chase Center, San Francisco, CA 
09 – Chase Center, San Francisco, CA  
11 – BMO Stadium, Los Angeles, CA 
12 – BMO Stadium, Los Angeles, CA 

Earlier this year, Queen said they were considering releasing new music with Adam Lambert. “We have dabbled a little,” Brian May explained. “It is just that you haven’t heard any of it.”

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Listen to Denzel Curry and Kenny Mason’s rambunctious single ‘SKED’



Denzel Curry has dropped a high-octane single ‘SKED’ with fellow alt-rapper Kenny Mason, alongside an accompanying music video.

So far this year, the Florida rapper hasn’t dropped many singles. Before ‘SKED’, he teamed up with Southern Hip-Hop legend Juicy J for ‘BLOOD ON MY NIKEZ’ and released the ‘ICE COLD ZEL FREESTYLE’ with ICECOLDBISHOP back in July. He also dropped a semi-live EP with Spotify called ‘Live At The Electric Lady’ last May, on which he shared a cover of Erykah Badu’s 2000 classic ‘Didn’t Cha Know’.

Today (September 15), he put out ‘SKED’ and its creative, comic-inspired music video. The short David Wept and Jagger Corcione-produced track shows off Curry’s exuberant confidence despite rapping about his paranoia from growing up in Carol City, Florida. Kenny Mason also shows off his authority with clever gun wordplay over the bolshy instrumental. In the video, the 28-year-old and the Atlantan rapper Mason have fun dancing into the camera. Watch the video below.

The new single arrives after Curry performed four sold-out shows at the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, where Kenny Mason made a surprise appearance at one to perform their new collaboration.

In the press release, ‘SKED’ is said to “mark the beginning of a new chapter in Denzel Curry’s musical journey”, where “he is embracing spontaneity by sharing his music as it is being created, rather than holding onto songs until they released later as part of a larger conceptual body of work as he has done throughout the bulk of his career to date.”

In March 2022, the Floridian dropped his fifth album ‘Melt My Eyez See Your Future’, which NME gave five stars: “It’s hard to revamp your sound with every project, but Denzel Curry is fast becoming the Renaissance man of Southern hip-hop, always 10 steps ahead of the game. For the fifth time – and in a different way than we might have expected – Denzel Curry has provided a priceless sense of self-discovery as he explores his countless facets.”

Earlier this year, Denzel Curry collaborated with the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for “the ULTIMATE music kit” – which included his 2015 sleeper hit ‘ULTIMATE’ as well as cuts from ‘Melt My Eyez See Your Future’. Music kits are an in-game feature a player can buy to change the music in CS:GO, including the songs heard in the Main Menu, Round Start and End, and Death Camera.

Last year, his aforementioned fifth album ranked number 22 on NME’s 50 best albums list, saying: “Rapping over shimmering pianos and warm jazz samples, Denzel Curry was in full control as he took listeners through his most experimental album yet… [It’s] a crowning achievement, even for an artist who has already made a career out of defying expectations.”

Elsewhere, Mason dropped a series of EPs this year — ‘pr3’, ‘3’, and ‘6’ – following on from the highly-acclaimed success of his ‘Ruffs’ mixtape last year.

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Pet Shop Boys announce reissue of hard-to-find album ‘Relentless’ for 30th anniversary



Pet Shop Boys have announced a reissue of their hard-to-find LP ‘Relentless’ in honour of its 30th anniversary.

The synth-pop duo – comprised of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – released their fifth studio album ‘Very’ back in 1993. The record reached the Number One spot in the UK charts and includes the band’s singles ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ and ‘Go West’, which remain two of their most popular tracks.

At the time, the Pet Shop Boys released ‘Very Relentless’, a limited edition of the album that included a six-track dance LP. ‘Relentless’ was also released as a rare standalone vinyl that was limited to 500 copies. It featured six dance tracks spread across three 12″ records and became a highly sought-after Pet Shop Boys artefact.

Pet Shop Boys – ‘Relentless’ limited edition LP. Credit: PRESS

Speaking of the LP in a press release, the Pet Shop Boys said: “This album was an experiment for us 30 years ago with its six new extended dance tracks. We’re very proud of it and delighted it’s now getting the stand-alone release it deserves.”

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, ‘Relentless’ will be getting a reissue in a variety of different formats. It will be available as a limited-edition yellow vinyl, a CD and will have a digital release on all streaming platforms. It has also received new artwork for its release. The album reissue is available to purchase exclusively from the Pet Shop Boys’ official store.

‘Relentless’ is set for release on October 20 via Parlophone. Pre-order the LP here.

Pet Shop Boys - 'Relentless' album artwork. Credit: PRESS
Pet Shop Boys – ‘Relentless’ album artwork. Credit: PRESS

The ‘Relentless’ tracklisting is as follows: 

1. ‘My Head Is Spinning’
2. ‘Forever In Love’
3. ‘KDX 125’
4.’ We Came From Outer Space’
5. ‘The Man Who Has Everything’
‘6. ‘One Thing Leads To Another’

Elsewhere, Pet Shop Boys are set to play Primavera Sound’s latest expansion in Peru later this year.

The festival, which also hosts editions in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Bogotá and more, will debut in its newest South America territory in November. Primavera Sound in Lima will take place on November 22 and December 2, 7 and 8, where Pet Shop Boys, The Cure, Bad Gyal, and Bad Religion will headline.

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