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

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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.

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tripleS unveil new Taiwanese-Vietnamese member Nien

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Girls Planet 999 competitor Nien (also known as Hsu Nien Tzu) has been revealed as the 13th member of upcoming K-pop girl group tripleS.

On March 21, Modhaus shared a video unveiling TripleS’ 13th member Nien, a former contestant on Mnet’s 2021 reality competition series Girls Planet 999. The Taiwanese-Vietnamese singer joins the group’s existing 12 members.

The new clip introduces Nien as “S13” before showing several faceless shots of the idol. Her face is shown in shots towards the end of the video, and she introduces herself in a Mandarin voiceover: “I am tripleS’ S13, Nien. Please take good care of me in the future.”

Nien had been part of Girls Planet 999’s Chinese group of trainees, and was eliminated in the show’s second elimination round. Her highest rank throughout her stint on the show was fifth place in the C-group during its third episode.

tripleS – whose final line-up will include 24 members – launched their first sub-unit Acid Angel from Asia last October, introducing members Kim Yoo-yeon, Jeong Hye-rin, Kim Na-kyoung and Gong Yu-bin.

Their second sub-unit comprising 10 members debuted last month with the mini-album ‘Assemble’ and its lead single ‘Rising’. The group are also set to debut another sub-unit called (KR)ystal Eyes sometime this year.

Currently, tripleS consists of members (in order of joining) Yoon Seo-yeon, Jeong Hye-rin, Lee Ji-woo, Kim Chae-yeon, Kim Yoo-yeon, Kim Soo-min, Kim Na-kyoung, Gong Yu-bin, Kaede, Seo Da-hyun, Kotone, Kwak Yeon-ji and Nien.

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Watch Underworld debut new songs at first show of 2023

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Underworld debuted four new songs during their first show of the year last Sunday (March 19) – check out fan-shot footage and the setlist below.

The electronic duo – comprising Karl Hyde and Rick Smith – performed a 15-track set at the 1,600-capacity venue The Marble Factory in Bristol.

Per Setlist.FM, the group opened with an as-yet-unreleased number called ‘Gene Pool’ before playing three more unheard songs throughout the gig: ‘Strawberry Hotel’, ‘Denver Luna’ and ‘And The Colour Red’.

Underworld also performed the same four cuts as part of their concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night (March 20).

See the available footage from the Bristol date here:

Underworld played:

‘Gene Pool’ (live debut)
‘Juanita 2022’
‘Two Months Off’
‘Border Country’
‘Strawberry Hotel’ (live debut)
‘Mmm… Skyscraper, I Love You’
‘Denver Luna’ (live debut)
‘Cups’
‘Jumbo’
‘Dark Train’
‘Shudder’
‘King Of Snake’
‘Rez / Cowgirl’
‘And The Colour Red’ (live debut)
‘Born Slippy .NUXX’

Underworld are due to play the two-day London event Junction 2 on July 21. Additionally, they’ll make festival appearances at Coachella, Secret Garden Party and Lowlands. See their full live itinerary here.

The duo released their 10th and most recent studio album, ‘Drift Series 1’, back in 2019.

Meanwhile, the 2023 Teenage Cancer Trust gig series will continue with an evening of comedy tonight (March 21) ahead of performances from Wet Leg (22), Jake Bugg (23), Courteeners (24), Kasabian (25) and Roger Daltrey (26).

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NCT Dream releases English version of ‘Beatbox’

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NCT Dream have unveiled an English-language version of their hit 2022 single, ‘Beatbox’.

The English version of ‘Beatbox’ was released alongside a lyric video, which features behind-the-scenes footage of the boyband at the photoshoot for song.

Yeah, hands up to the top, bring ’em up / Make a beatbox-box and it bump / Everywhere I go make the room hop / Everywhere I go, bring the beatbox,” the boyband sing on the chorus.

The English remake of ‘Beatbox’ arrives just weeks ahead of the upcoming North American leg of NCT Dream’s ‘The Dream Show 2: In a Dream’ world tour.

The boyband are set to play seven shows across the US, including the states of California, New Jersey and Texas. Tickets for the show are available now via Ticketmaster.

NCT Dream are currently set to wrap up the first Asian leg of their tour with a show in Hong Kong this Saturday (March 25). The boyband will then head to Europe to play shows in the UK, France and Germany. Tickets for those shows are also available via Ticketmaster.

In other NCT news, K-pop agency SM Entertainment previously said that the group’s “infinite” expansion is set to end in 2023, with the upcoming Japan-based NCT Tokyo reportedly being the last sub-unit of the boyband.

However, the entertainment company has since confirmed that NCT members Doyoung, Jaehyun and Jungwoo are currently preparing their first album as a sub-unit.

Meanwhile, NCT 127 are officially set to expand into the world of graphic novels, with the upcoming launch of ‘NCT 127: Limitless’.

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