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Aitch launches free train travel scheme for young people

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Award-winning rapper and local lad Aitch has launched a brand new travel scheme for young people.

The Aitch-S2 is an initiative providing hundreds of people with the opportunity to enjoy a ‘summer without limits’ – giving them the chance to travel the country and experience various cultural events.

Created in partnership with Relentless energy drink, the new Aitch-S2 will run for eight weeks offering under 25s free train tickets to UK festivals, gigs and nightlife between July and August.

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Aitch is passionate about supporting regional scenes, talents and cultures, and under the new alternative travel scheme young people will have the chance to apply for funding to cover rail travel costs to events in different cities.

The aim of this is to help rebalance cultural accessibility outside of the M25 and spotlight new and exciting music scenes across the UK. 

The rising cost of transport and living is set to make travelling to events difficult, with the initiative hoping to make a difference by removing some of the financial barriers that might restrict people from making the most of the first summer since the lifting of restrictions.

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The Aitch-S2 travel scheme will run for eight weeks from July 5th to August 26th, and under 25s from anywhere in the UK will be eligible to apply for free travel across the national rail network – with travel vouchers worth up to £100 allocated on a weekly basis. 

Speaking on his involvement in the Relentless Aitch-S2 scheme, Aitch says: “I’m really excited to launch The Aitch-S2 with Relentless – there’s so much amazing culture around the UK, but for young people to experience it, they need to break out of their city limits, which is hard to do when it’s so expensive to travel outside your hometown.

“I don’t want anyone missing out on what is going to be a summer to remember, so this initiative will help young Brits get back out there and have fun, no matter the location.”

Head over to the website, here, to find out more about the scheme.

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Sir Paul McCartney made history this weekend as oldest Glastonbury headliner

Sir Paul wowed the crowd with an energetic setlist of both Beatles hits and solo material

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Sir Paul McCartney has made Glastonbury history as the oldest solo headliner in the festival’s fifty-two year history.

Just a week after celebrating his eightieth birthday, the former Beatle took to the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm on Saturday night, where he performed a mixture of classic Beatles tracks and his own solo hits.

During the more-than two hour set, McCartney treated the audience to a range of classic songs including ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, Hey Jude’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Live And Let Die’, ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ and ‘Get Back’.

He also welcomed Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl onto the stage for renditions of  ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Band On The Run’, as well as Bruce Springsteen for performances of ‘Glory Days’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’.

And for the encore, McCartney was able to duet an emotional version of ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ with late band member John Lennon, thanks to special technology that isolated his vocals from old recordings.

An estimated 100,000 festival-goers were in attendance at the gig on Saturday night, while the BBC says 1.4 million more people tuned in to watch from home. 

McCartney’s Glastonbury set has been hailed as ‘incredible’, with amazed fans all over the world marvelling at his energy and enthusiasm throughout the lengthy performance. 

One person commented on Twitter: “What an absolutely brilliant performance from Paul McCartney, nearly 3 hours on stage and didn’t need an auto cue for the words unlike most performers and he’s 80, best Glastonbury performance I’ve seen, fantastic.”

Another wrote: “He [McCartney] changed music forever over 60 years ago and tonight brings a fractured world together with a life changing set – best Glastonbury moment ever! We have just witnessed true brilliance.”

A third noted: “I have to say that Paul McCartney’s set at Glastonbury was one of the best things I’ve seen in my entire life.”

However, despite the majority of the Glastonbury headline performances being shown live on BBC iPlayer, many fans at home were left frustrated when McCartney’s set didn’t air on the broadcaster’s channels until an hour later.

The BBC are yet to comment on the delay.

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Robbie Williams announces UK tour with Manchester gigs to celebrate 25 years as solo artist

The new album features new tracks and some reimagined classics…

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Robbie Williams will be returning to the road this year as part of a huge UK tour to celebrate a quarter of a century as a solo artist.

Williams started his career as a member of famed boyband Take That, but left the band in 1995 to embark upon his own solo career.

As a soloist, the forty-eight-year-old has recorded an impressive thirteen UK number one albums, making him one of the country’s most celebrated artists. 

And to celebrate his career twenty-five-years on, Williams will be embarking upon a huge UK and Ireland tour, complete with two Manchester gigs.

His eight-stop tour will open with two shows in London in October, and will include performances in major cities like Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.

This comes just a week on from the singer’s announcement of his new album ‘XXV’, which is due for release on September 9th.

The album will feature a number of his greatest hits and fan favourites – such as ‘Let Me Entertain You’ and ‘She’s the One’ – all of which have been re-recorded and newly orchestrated with the Metropole Orkest.

The new version of his smash hit ‘Angels’ was also released last week, and was performed by Williams during the half-time show at last night’s Soccer Aid event.

Speaking of the new album, Williams said: “Each track has a special place in my heart so it was a real thrill to record them again with the Metropole Orkest.”

Fans who pre-order ‘XXV’ from the official Robbie Williams store by 3pm on Tuesday June 14th will receive access to a special ticket pre-sale on Wednesday June 15th.

The pre-sale starts at 9am and will last for forty-eight hours. General sale tickets are available from 9am on Friday June 17th.

The full list of tour dates:

  • Sunday October 9th – The O2, London.
  • Monday October 10th – The O2, London.
  • Saturday October 15th – Resorts World, Birmingham.
  • Wednesday October 19th – AO Arena, Manchester.
  • Friday October 21st – AO Arena, Manchester.
  • Monday October 24th – OVO Hydro, Glasgow.
  • Tuesday October 25th – OVO Hydro, Glasgow.
  • Saturday October 29th – 3Arena, Dublin.

Get your tickets here.

 

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Noel Gallagher says rock music has become ‘too middle class’ for there to ever be another Oasis

‘Working class kids can’t afford to do it now, because guitars are expensive, there’s no rehearsal rooms’

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Noel Gallagher has said he doesn’t think there will ever be another Oasis because rock music has become ‘too middle class’. 

The musician is best known for as the vocalist and the lead guitarist of the Mancunian rock band, which was formed by him and brother Liam Gallagher in 1991.

Yet while the brothers came from humble beginnings in Burnage, Noel doesn’t think budding musicians from working class backgrounds stand much of a chance in the industry as they once did.

Speaking to The Daily Mirror, Noel questioned if teenagers are even able to make music anymore, with him asking: “Where are the fourteen-year-olds in bands now?”

He added: “Working class kids can’t afford to do it [make music] now, because guitars are expensive, there’s no rehearsal rooms. They’ve all been turned into wine bars and flats.”

The musician, who now fronts Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, said there are now ‘loads of middle class bands’ with members who wear guitars ‘as opposed to playing them’.

He suggested that this is a privilege reserved for individuals who have a certain amount of wealth, pointing out: “Four or five guys from a council estate can’t afford guitars.”

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Noel also discussed the ongoing success of Oasis, which he quit in 2009 after a public fall out with brother Liam, and how the band still sell hundreds of thousands of physical albums.

Commenting on their continued success, he said: “Oasis sold 480,000 albums in 2021. It’s unbelievable, as people don’t buy albums. Liam keeps the flame alive.”

Late last year, Liam announced that he would be returning to Knebworth over two decades on from the famous Oasis gigs.

He wrote on Twitter: “I’m absolutely buzzing to announce that on 4th June 2022 I’ll be playing Knebworth. It’s gonna be biblical. C’mon You Know. LG x”.

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