The Brit Awards 2017 – FAULTless Bits

 

 

This year’s Brit Awards were in no shortage of talent. From Skepta‘s unreal performance to The 1975 winning Best British Group and Katy Perry making a political statement with her performance, the upcoming year in music seems brighter than it ever has.

Wham! made a touching tribute to George Michael and Chris Martin performed a secret duet with the late musician, which resulted in the evening’s most memorable and emotional moment.

FAULT was there to witness it all and here’s some of our highlights from inside the music industry’s biggest event of the year.

FAULT Alumni Little Mix opened the show with a futuristic and groundbreaking performance, joined on stage by over 100 backup dancers.

 

Katy Perry made a stir with her controversial mock-up of Theresa May and Donald Trump while one of her backup houses accidentally – walked – off stage.

The Chainsmokers debuted a brand new single with Coldplay that no one knew about.

Chris Martin carried on to pay a touching tribute to George Michael after the former members of Wham! took the stage to pay their respects to the late musician.

 

Robbie Williams closed the evening with a round-up of his most successful tunes.

Not to say that his performance was FAULTless – but we nearly didn’t notice the glitch that forced him to cheer the crowd into singing along. We still loved it Robbie.

 

As awards season is slowly simmering down, we can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring. This year, the abundance of talent was exhuberating and it definitely set the bar higher for the year to come.

 

Coverage: Adina Ilie

FAULT attends the 2017 NME Awards with ID&C

 

 

“We have more readers today than any other time in our history” exclaims Mike Williams as he opens the 2017 NME awards to roaring applause. While NME has gone through a number of editorial shifts in lifespan of over 50 years, good music has always been at its core and last night was certainly no exception. With performances from Bastille, Wiley and The Petshop Boys – the night’s lineup was a glimpse at just how diverse the UK music scene is. Those weren’t the only performances of the night however, FAULT Alumni Dua Lipa and Charli XCX also took to the stage the latter as part of Bands4Refugees.

Christine and The Queens picked up the first award of the night for ‘Best International Female supported by VO5’ but would also later return to the stage to accept a second win for ‘Best Track supported by Red Stripe’ for her critically acclaimed single, ‘Tilted’. Moments before taking to the stage, Dua Lipa fought of tough competition from Anderson .Paak and Zara Larsson to collect the award for Best New Artist supported by TOPMAN.

Wiley’s performance was definitely a highlight of the night. Grime might not have ever gone away but it certainly has seen a huge surge in plays over the past year and who else but the ‘Godfather’ should have been up on that stage. Performing ‘Speakerbox’ and ‘Can’t Go Wrong’ from his latest album, it was great to see Wiley had finally received the recognition he deserved.

Of course, the night isn’t all about music with Louis Theroux collecting his award for Best Film for ‘My Scientology Movie’, Fleabag winning for Best TV Series and Glastonbury winning for best festival.

Best British Female Artist went to M.I.A who took the chance to speak out against the current administration attitude towards refugees before appropriately introducing Bands4Refugees – a group comprising of Olly Alexander, Slaves’ Isaac Holma, Charli XCX and more in aid of supporting refugees worldwide. [You can text REFU to 70700 to contribute £5 to Help Refugees]

NME Coverstars and winners of the ‘God-like Genius Award’ The Petshop Boys closed the night with a spellbinding set and mesmerising light show which closed the evening.

So what’d we think? We had a great time – it was wonderful to see so many familiar FAULTfaces have gone on to do such great things. From both FAULT Magazine #24’s Maya Jama and Frank Carter of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes presenting awards, to FAULT #16’s Charli XCX performing live and to FAULT #23’s Dua Lipa collecting an award – it’s wonderful to see that everyone is still active in their craft.

For what was quite a dismal year in music, it’s great to see that the arts still managed to flourish in 2016 and it’s that, that was appreciated last night by NME. We look forward to seeing what else is to come in 2017. Thank you to our friends over at ID&C, who provided the fabric wristbands for NME Awards, for inviting us along. Find out more information about  wristband for events on the ID&C website.

 

 

Q Magazine reveal nominees for the Q Awards 2016

 

Last night FAULT attended the Q Magazine nominations party to find out just who had been nominated for the upcoming Q Magazine Awards 2016. While 2016 hasn’t been the best of all years, there has been a plethora of great music and we wanted to find out just who was in for a shot at the prestigious award this November.

We can now reveal that the nominees below.

Q Best Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe

Blossoms

Let’s Eat Grandma

Jack Garratt

The Amazons

Nothing But Thieves

Spring King

Lady Leshurr

Christine And The Queens

Rat Boy

Gallant

Q Best Track

Catfish And The Bottlemen – Twice

Biffy Clyro – Howl

Skepta – Man

Bastille – Good Grief

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Q Best Video presented by Boxplus

Coldplay – Up & Up

The 1975 – A Change Of Heart

Beyoncé – Formation

Wolf Alice – Lisbon

PJ Harvey – The Community Of Hope

Q Best Album presented by Absolute Radio

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

Bastille – Wild World

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

Christine And The Queens – Chaleur Humaine

David Bowie – ?

Q Best Live Act presented by StubHub

Savages

Muse

Coldplay

Wolf Alice

U2

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Help Musicians UK

Skepta

PJ Harvey

Michael Kiwanuka

Noel Gallagher

James Bay

Q Best Act In The World Today presented by The Cavern Club

Coldplay

Muse

U2

The 1975

Biffy Clyro

 

While some acts above come as no surprise, namely The 1975 who stormed to number one with their album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It’ back in February and FAULT Favourite, Biffy Clyro, who’s 7th album Ellipsis proved to be their most experimental with inclusion  of trap beats, children’s choir recordings and even exploring country themed music.

While no less talented, grime musicians Skepta and Lady Leshurr being nominated did take us back but in a great way. We were pleasantly surprised to see Grime nominated for such prestigious awards and we hope to see more judging panels taking the genre into consideration. Both have had amazing years, Sketpa’s track for which he is nominated ‘Man’, while a catchy and quote worthy tune, also took us on a journey into his artistry as he raps about his need to control his privacy and explains just why when it comes to social media, “man” truly doesn’t “care about all that”. 2016 also saw Lady Leshurr take her seat at the throne of female grime music with the release of Queen Speech 5 and Panda Remix proving Leshurr’s consistency to slay without being too bound to stereotypes of what a grime artist should be.

In short, we’re excited! If you’re as excited at us then you’re in luck because this year tickets are open to the public! To pick up yours, head over to Stubhub HERE  and for more info, head to the Q Awards website HERE

Ella Eyre announces new single ‘If I Go’, available 6th July

EllaEyre_If_I_Go_New4aFAULT Favourite Ella Eyre has announced her new single ‘If I Go’ will be officially released on the 6th July, produced by Jarred Rogers who has worked with the likes of Lana Del ReyTinie Tempah and Mark Ronson. The audio clip for the track has already been viewed on YouTube over 60,000 times  in 4 days, which bodes well for the 20 year-old singer who has already had a No.1 as the featured vocalist on Rudimental‘s ‘Waiting All Night’.

It’s been a big year for Ella; she was the runner up for the BRIT Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC Sound of 2014 award, as well as appearing on collaborations with Bastille, Wiz Khalifa and, of course, Rudimental. She recently finished her first UK tour, and is now embarking on another set of ambitious live dates (below). Look out for her exclusive feature in the upcoming issue of FAULT.

ELLA

 text by Will Ballantyne-Reid

BRIT Awards 2014 Nominations Announced

Disclosure and Bastille lead the way with four nominations each, while Critic’s Choice Awards winner Sam Smith has also just topped the BBC Sound of 2014 poll.

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The full list of nominees for this year’s BRIT Awards was announced on January 9, to coincide with the broadcast of ITV teaser show ‘The BRITs Are Coming’, hosted by Nick Grimshaw.

Disclosure look set to clean up at this year’s ceremony, held at the O2 Arena on February 19. The duo have been nominated for British Group, British Breakthrough Act, British Single (with White Noise) and Mastercard Album of the Year. Joining them in the four-nomination stakes are Bastille, who are also touted for British Single and British Breakthough Act, while FAULT Featured artist Ellie Goulding and One Direction follow close behind with two nominations each.

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Bastille

“We’re completely blown away by four nominations!” says Dan Smith of Bastille. “When we started the band, we never thought we’d be recognised in such a way so the whole thing is an awesome surprise.”

London Grammar, who are nominated for British Breakthough Act alongside Bastille, called it a ‘huge honour’.

New to the music scene last year, Passenger and Lorde are also up for British Single and International Female Solo Artist respectively.

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Ellie Goulding – as featured inside FAULT Issue 15

Confirmed to perform on the night are Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry, Bastille, Bastille, Rudimental, Bruno Mars and Ellie Goulding, who herself won the Critic’s Choice award in 2010. “I remember how important and exciting the BRITS were to me as a child,” says Goulding. “I’m so happy and grateful to be a part of it again this year.” More performers are yet to be announced in the run-up to the ceremony.

Watch Sam Smith perform new single ‘Money on my Mind’ on ‘The BRITs Are Coming’, January 9

 

Full list of nominees:

British Male Solo Artist
David Bowie
Jake Bugg
James Blake
John Newman
Tom Odell

 

British Female Solo Artist
Birdy
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Laura Marling
Laura Mvula

 

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
Disclosure
One Direction
Rudimental

London Grammar

London Grammar

British Breakthrough Act
London Grammar
Bastille
Disclosure
Laura Mvula
Tom Odell

 

British Single of the Year
Bastille – Pompei
Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding – I need your love
Disclosure – White Noise
Ellie Goulding – Burn
John Newman – Love me again
Naughty Boy – La, La, La
Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
One Direction – One Way or Another
Passenger – Let Her Go
Rudimental – Waiting All Night

 

MasterCard British Album of the Year
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Bastille – Bad Blood
David Bowie – The Next Day
Disclosure – Settle
Rudimental – Home

 

International Male Solo Artist
Bruno Mars
Drake
Eminem
John Grant
Justin Timberlake

Lorde

Lorde

 

International Female Solo Artist
Janelle Monae
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Lorde
Pink

 

International Group
Arcade Fire
Daft Punk
Haim
Kings of Leon
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis