Young people at risk of hearing difficulties, World Health Organisation warns

The World Health Organisation says millions of young people are at risk of hearing loss by listening to loud music. They found that younger people are more at risk of developing hearing problems as they are more likely to listen to very loud music.

Around ten million (1 in 6) people in the UK suffer from some form of hearing loss. Whether it’s at a club or a live music event, more and more young people are surrounded by noise that is affecting their hearing. Around forty per cent of teenagers and young adults are exposed to excessive sound, but are often unaware of the consequences.

Chris Barlow, professor in acoustics at Southampton Solent University likens the affect music has on the ear to stalks of wheat:

“If you get wind gong across a field of wheat, it kind of ripples – they kind of bend and spring back up again. If the wind turns into a hurricane, they get knocked flat, they break and they don’t come back up again. If you put too high a sound level into the ear, exactly the same thing happens – as it gets louder and louder, the hair cells end up bending more and more because the vibration is so high.”

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Petition to stop Kanye West Headlining Glastonbury reaches 100,000

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition to prevent Kanye West from performing his headline slot at Glastonbury A petition was set up on change.org following the first headline announcement on 16th March. The original petition said: “Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level … Continue reading Petition to stop Kanye West Headlining Glastonbury reaches 100,000

David Gilmour announces new solo album and tour

Photo credit: Joep Vullings
Photo credit: Joep Vullings

Four months on from Pink Floyd’s release of The Endless River, the rock legend’s lead guitarist is ready to release his fifth solo album.

Gilmour unveiled a handful of European Tour dates, including three consecutive nights in London.

This will be his first solo album in nine years – the previous album, On an Island, entered the UK charts #1. 

His decision to produce another solo album and play a smaller, eight-night tour shows his desire to scale back from Pink Floyd’s arena shows. He told Rolling Stone: “I’m hoping to do an old man’s tour, not a 200-date sort of thing.”

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The Brits: Madonna falls off the stage and Ed Sheeran and Royal Blood among award winners

Madonna embarrassingly fell from the stage during while performing her new single ‘Living For Love’. The singer fell backwards off the stage after she tried to remove the floor-length cape she was wearing. Ed Sawyer reports.

Ed Sheeran picked up British Album of the Year and Best British Male Solo Artist, while Royal Blood won Best British Group.

Sam Smith collected British Breakthrough Act and the BRIT’s Global Success Award.

The evening included live music from Kanye West, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Royal Blood, George Ezra and Take That. The majority of Kanye West’s performance was censored by ITV due to bad language.

Pharrell Williams was named International Male Solo Artist and Foo Fighters walked away with Best International Group.

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Local bands smash free music night at The Alex

The Alexandra kicked off the first of its free music nights with performances from Sunday Club and Brother Goose on Friday. Ed Sawyer reports. Sunday Club treated a packed audience to a melodic set before the Southampton-based, Brother Goose played their way through an eclectic mix of acoustic and indie rock songs. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Calum Lintott said: “With all the venues that have … Continue reading Local bands smash free music night at The Alex

England can learn from Ireland’s fielding

Ireland chased their way to a four-wicket victory over West Indies in Durban, with 25 balls to spare. Ed Sawyer reports.

Lendl Simmons (102) and Darren Sammy (89) put on 154 for the 5th(check) wicket, leaving Windies to post 304-7.

Paul Sterling (92) and Ed Joyce (84) shared a hundred partnership for Ireland before O’Brien’s 79 pushed the Irish over the line in the 46th over.

England must now aim to mirror Ireland’s effort and discipline in the field.

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