The resumption of the La Liga campaign took a major step forward this afternoon, following an announcement on the part of the Spanish government. Bundesliga leads the way As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on events around the globe, football has of course been at a near standstill since March. In Europe, Belarus, […]
Newcastle United takeover ‘approved’ The Sun report it’s basically a done deal. On the back page of the tabloid on Friday, Newcastle United fans are told that the takeover at St James’ Park has been”approved”. Reporter Neil Custis has written: The Premier League will give the green light for Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium to take […]
As confirmed a short time ago, the English League Two campaign has been brought to an end with immediate effect. Football inching towards return As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on events around the globe, football has of course been at a near standstill for several months now. In Europe, Belarus remains the […]
Harry Kane has announced an agreement with Leyton Orient, which is set to see the Tottenham star sponsor the League Two outfit next season. Kane’s rise to stardom Kane, 26, has long stood as one of English football’s most prolific hitmen. All told, across 280 appearances in the colours of Spurs, the one-time Arsenal youth […]
The latest word stemming from the English media today suggests that the League One and League Two seasons will be brought to a definitive end next week. Football hit hard As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on football across the globe, the vast majority of top-tier competitions have been brought to a halt. The likes […]
Unfortunately, there's another announcement courtesy of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a change to people's plans. This morning, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets confirmed the news that the Dublin gig, which was to start the 2020 tour, and was due to originally take place on April 29th, has now been cancelled. They had hoped, like the rest of the tour, to move it, but to no avail.On their social media this morning, they explained: Sadly, despite our best efforts, we've had to cancel the Dublin Saucers show due to the unavailability of the venue. We worked really hard to try and fit it in to the revised tour dates, but weren't able to get a suitable available night there. If you haven't yet been contacted by whom you bought the tickets from, please go back to them for a refund. It is indeed sad news, but hopefully when the next tour is being arranged, a date in Dublin will be prominent in the band's plans.We've also had a number of emails asking what's happening about the European dates; whilst we know these are postponed, we don't have the revised dates yet. It must be an incredibly difficult job to move a tour, especially as most venues get booked very early on in normal times, even if they don't announce for many months. Thus, the venues will already have concerts lined up for many dates, so moving a tour, and keeping the route vaguely sensible, will be really tricky…
There's absolutely no surprise at this afternoon's announcement, bearing in mind the current global situation thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic – Record Store Day (RSD) 2020 will unfortunately no longer be taking place on June 20th.It always felt to us an optimistic aim to delay the normal April date to just two month's later, and the organisers have made the decision to move the releases again, and do things in a different format to previously. As it stands, the titles on the RSD 2020 official list will be available from independent record shops on one of the three following RSD Drop Dates: Saturday August 29th, Saturday September 26th and Saturday October 24th.A new version of The List with assigned release dates will be launched on June 1st and updates will be found on RecordStoreDay.co.uk (http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/), RecordStoreDay.com (http://www.recordstoreday.com/), and the RSD social media accounts. These sites also include details of the participating record stores. This year, RSD is due to bring four items of interest to BD visitors: the 7 single of Arnold Layne, recorded live at the Syd Barrett tribute held at the Barbican (latest/latest/pink-floyd-release-arnold-layne-live-for-record-store-day.html), Roger Waters Live In Berlin 1990 on 2LP clear vinyl (latest/latest/roger-waters-live-in-berlin-1990-clear-vinyl-for-rsd-2020.html), the Guy Pratt/David Gilmour collaboration on the Hackers soundtrack 2LP (latest/latest/rare-david-gilmour-guy-pratt-collab-in-record-store-day.html), and the 12 Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets single (latest/latest/special-limited-12-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-release-for-rsd.html) (or indeed five items if you include the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy album!). Record Store Day 2020 – originally scheduled for April 18 – was bound to look and feel different from any of the previous twelve. Prior events have been as much about the gatherings, parties, concerts and group hang element of a celebration as the financial bonus for, and more importantly raised awareness of, the independent record shops.However, in this unprecedented situation, the focus of these three RSD Drop dates is on supporting the stores, as well as the artists, labels, distribution and every other business behind the scenes making record stores work. Record Store Day organisers have looked at numerous possible dates and various ways to re-work an event that takes place at thousands of record stores around the world, taking into consideration the varying circumstances and situations they and their customers might find themselves in at any point this year.This current RSD 2020 plan to spread the spotlight and the support over three months, was made with as much available information as possible, and gives the largest number of stores a chance to participate globally in the strangest Record Store Day ever. RSD will be using the guidance of government and scientific experts to ensure these RSD Drop dates are as socially responsible and safe for all involved as possible. Don't necessarily expect all the normal in-store celebrations and events as these changes have been made to allow customers to get the RSD product safely in a socially distanced world. The RSD online rules will be adapted in due course in line with retail developments.To clarify, this year online rules have changed so that shops in the UK can sell online from 6pm. Selling online is a shop by shop decision and will be dependent on the status of the pandemic at the time of these three dates. This is new to the RSD organisers and to the shops. They are still figuring how to best make this work in the safest and fairest way. They will communicate how they intend to sell these records closer to the time as this is a fast-moving and ever-changing situation.Finally, plans are already in place for a hopefully much more normal 2021 celebration, to be held on April 17th 2021. RSD Black Friday is still being planned and is scheduled to take place on November 27th (another date for your diary, but again subject to change!).
Former Scotland captain John Barclay will exit Edinburgh when his contract concludes, head coach Richard Cockerill has confirmed. The 33-year-old back-rower returned to Scotland in 2018 but a ruptured achilles ruled him out of the majority of his first season. Scotland international John Barclay is to leave Edinburgh at the end of the season. He…
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Bournemouth have this evening confirmed that manager Eddie Howe has taken the generous decision to cut his wages for the time being, as the Cherries attempt to deal with the financial fallout caused by the COVID-19 crisis. PL halted All fixtures across the professional football calendar in England were postponed with immediate effect 3 weeks […]