THE GREAT GUINNESS CHALLENGE

So if you’re anything like me and absolutely LOVE a decent pint of the black stuff, St.Patricks day this past Saturday would have been the perfect opportunity to over indulge in Dublin’s greatest export, and over indulge we did. However this year it was done with a great deal more intention than just going home and throwing your lungs up after a 12 hour binge, it was also the conclusion to a very beery experiment.

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At the end of last month, me and my much more gorgeous half headed over to Dublin for a few days of Irish exploration and it was during this time that I managed to put an age-old tale to bed. It has been said for years, by every man and his dog that the Guinness in Dublin is without doubt better than in England. Excuses like “it doesn’t travel well” or “we don’t know how to pour it over here” have been explained, but I’ve always assumed it was nothing more than a load of bollocks. How could it become so dreadful in such a short distance, I mean we’re right next door. Also, the English are renowned boozers and although the Irish (and Scottish) might have us beat in that area, we certainly hold our own against the rest of the world. But could it really be true? Only one way to find out…

Yes it is, its incomparable. It’s not even close.

Whether its the way they run the lines, the way they serve it or the fact it’s so fresh considering its produced right there it is undoubtedly better and in fact a pint of Guinness from the world-famous Guinness storehouse is as close as you get to perfection.

Still, that doesn’t mean we just have to roll over and take it, so I decided to embark on a quest of Indiana Jones proportions as I set out to find the best pint of Guinness in Lincoln! I tried my fair share and assessed them all, taking into consideration flavour, pouring technique, the little bit of fizz on the tip of the tongue and the length of time it took to settle. Some were good, some were great, some were shit, you know, there’s no denying it they were dreadful, but after much consideration, here are the top three pubs for a decent Guinness in Lincoln:

The Horse & Groom

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Despite only serving Guinness extra cold, which as we know, shouldn’t pack as much of a punch, it did. It had all the flavour, all the colour, settled nicely for a few minutes and was so easy to drink I could have shifted it away in around 30 seconds. A great effort.

The West End Tap

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It was news to me, until seeing a picture on social media, that the West End Tap even sold Guinness but after rushing in to try it I was not disappointed. The thing that always gets me worried is when the long glass comes out and not the classic wide and short pint glass, but it had it all and no points could be deducted from this perfect example of our favourite St.Patricks day tipple.

The Jolly Brewer

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Standing out massively for its choice of BOTH original and extra cold versions, The Jolly Brewer served a perfect pint, and despite it not being a place I frequent, it’s reputation for being an expert of fine ales was certainly on show. Oh and if you’re wondering, I went for the original…

So there you have it. I assume that for all three it’s a massive honour to have been picked for the top, but more importantly, I’ll be seeing you all a lot more from now on… cheers.

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INTRODUCING…THINKING GREEN

In a world so painfully connected, when each and every persons poorly educated or misinformed opinion is not only available but right there in front of you at all times with nothing more than a scroll or a swipe of a finger, and where self-indulgence, narcissism and self-importance are in grand supply, the blog is one of the most popular ways of expressing your opinions and thoughts and posting it out for the world to enjoy. With this in mind I’d like to welcome you to THINKING GREEN.

My name is Stuart Green and many of you will know that I previously ran Mojo20 and of course Mojo20.com, which was a site delivering music news, updates, reviews and interviews for many years and that came to its conclusion this past New years eve. After some time away from the keyboard, the time is right for a brand new project and a whole new medium. Thinking Green is not just music but everything I care about and need to vent, moan or get excited about. Whether it be passions and ideas like climate change, local events, good food or craft ales, or maybe it’ll be a detailed review of the latest record to hit the charts, the newest restaurant to open or the latest wrestling event to be on television. It’ll be political, it’ll be personal and it’ll always, always be honest. You’ll get involved in my latest challenges and ideas and will hopefully come away with a lot more than when you arrived.

2018 is a brand new year and there’s never been so much to talk about. So get involved, let us know your thoughts, and enjoy…

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GOODBYE FROM MOJO20!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! A huge, huge thank you to everybody that came and celebrated New Years Eve with us and made it one of the greatest ends to the year we could have asked for.

2017 isn’t the only thing that ended last night, as it also signified the end for Mojo20. Friday the 6th of August 2010 was the first time Mojo20 got behind the decks at Back To Mono 60s night and I could never have imagined what was to follow. We’ve played numerous venues, club nights and festivals as well as seeing Mojo20.com become a globally successful website, however , whilst still on top and whilst being lucky enough to go out on a high, the beginning of a new year seems to be the perfect time to make a change and head off in a different direction, seeing what else life has to throw at us and what other adventures there are to take on. To all of the friends we’ve made and supporters we’ve known, we say a massive, genuine and heartfelt thank you and a final good bye…

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Words by Stuart Green… of course (@mojo20_music)

MOJO20’S TOP 10 SONGS OF 2017

We recently looked at our Top 5 favourite albums of 2017 in a nostalgic dissection of the year in music. Now we delve a little deeper and pick out those individual tracks that stood out from the rest over the past twelve months. Take a look…

10. Blondie – Fun from Pollinator

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One of the biggest bands of the last five decades, made one of the biggest returns of 2017 and unveiled one of the most “fun” tracks of the year.

9. Foo Fighters – Run from Concrete & Gold

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Heavy as hell and completely without hype, but why the hell would you need hype when you’re the Foo Fighters and you’re that damn good.

8. The XX – On Hold from I See You

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Effortlessly cool and without a doubt enjoying their peak in 2017 with some of the most endearing original releases of the year, but none better than ‘On Hold’.

7. Lana Del Rey – Love from Lust For Life

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With a new look, style and positivity, this hopeful new track stood as a departure from Del Rey’s previous work and this new position held such power and solidified one hell of a comeback.

6. Arcade Fire – Everything Now from Everything Now

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One of the most popular bands in the world with one of the undisputed stand out tracks of the year. One and only reason this falls into the latter half of the list is become of the massive radio play and over exposure. Damn you commercial radio.

5. Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional from Visions Of A Life

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No chance of the old difficult second album issue for these guys. Coming back with new material that only complimented their wonderful first record, this highlight from the album was also a highlight from the year.

4. Alt-J – In Cold Blood from Relaxer

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One of the most unique and experimental bands on the commercially successful spectrum of alternative rock bands, Alt-J returned and captivated us all over again with their obscure style and sound

3. The Killers – The Man from Wonderful Wonderful

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The Killers dominated the scene with their debut album ‘Hot Fuss’ back in 2004 and are still enjoying its success even today but they never really released anything as epic as they did back then… until 2017. This is without doubt one of the biggest single releases of the year and a real return to form.

2. Paramore – Hard Times from After Laughter

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With a fresh new sound and a more 80’s reminiscent style Paramore dominated the summer with this intensely fun and endlessly exciting new single. One of the true soundtracks of the summer.

Track Of The Year 2017 / Graham Coxon & Luke Daniel – Falling

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The most recent release on this list but one of the most powerful releases of the entire year. Written by an unknown talent in Luke Daniel, who sadly took his own life, Graham Coxon recorded and released the track and had all proceeds go to the charity, CALM. A heart breaking story and an amazing piece of music. 

Merry Christmas everybody and thanks for another great year for Mojo20.com. You’re support is much appreciated and we look forward to bringing you even more next year.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

 

MOJO20’S ALBUMS OF 2017

It’s that time of the year where everybody looks back at the year that was and what a year it’s been. Despite being dominated by political and cultural change and controversy, it’s been a great year for music and as 2017 grows ever closer to it’s inevitable end, many different publications have added their two cents and cast their opinion on the best/their favourite albums of the year. Well with only a couple of weeks until 2018 begins and a whole new journey presents itself, here’s Mojo20’s top 5 albums of the year 2017…

5. Little Dragon / Season High – April 14th

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As one of the most exciting, interesting and obscure indie electro acts on the planet returned with their fifth studio album, the lead track ‘Sweet‘ has all hooked following its unveiling. The rest of the album had just as much to offer as it made twists and turns and covered every sound possible.

4. Sundara Karma / Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect – January 6th 

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We’ve commented many times on how indie rock has changed in sound, style and substance but one of the bands keeping us happy with the direction in which it’s moved is Sundara Karma, and their infectiously fun and increasingly impressive debut LP. Tracks like ‘Flame’, ‘She Said’ and ‘Loveblood’ have had dance floors going crazy for the past six months and excitement is already high for their second offering.

3. Life / Popular Music – March 17th

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A little more underground and a lot more dirty but Life have been one of the fastest rising bands on the live music circuit this year and rightfully so too. After catching them once again at this years 2Q festival in Lincoln, we were reminded of the power and observational genius that is Life, and their debut record ‘Popular Music’ may just be the finest soundtrack to the bat shit mental year that was 2017. See our full review of the album, here as well as the gig review from 2Q here.

2. LCD Soundsystem / American Dream – September 1st

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One of the most anticipated albums of the entire decade as James Murphy returned with the first new music record by LCD Soundsystem in a very long time. It did not disappoint and was met with positive reviews and critical acclaim, however it wasn’t the hype machine that led to ‘American Dream’ being heavily favoured, but the content within as the album plays wonderfully from beginning to end and covers the entire spectrum of what makes LCD Soundsystem so great.

1. Dan Auerbach / Waiting On A Song – June 2nd

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We said on our original review of the album that it was a very strong contender for album of the year and as great as the latter half of 2017 was, nothing surpassed it. The soundtrack to the summer it was indeed and it sound tracked some of the most incredible moments of the year for us. With it’s simplicity and incredible musicianship, the Black Keys frontman went solo and stole the entire show. Thank you Dan Auerbach, for a great 2017.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

 

JOSH HOMME APOLOGISES

Now this news piece has been doing the rounds all day and after hearing about it this morning, it seemed to require a bit of patience for the full story to come out and also for some measure of thought before really gathering an opinion, so that’s all this is, it’s merely my opinion and two cents on the whole ordeal…

What a f@#*ing dick head!

It was last night at a Queens Of The Stone Age concert in Los Angeles, that frontman Josh Homme whilst performing on stage, spontaneously booted a photographer right in the face for absolutely no reason at all. Now as many people are and rightfully so, here at Mojo20, we generally celebrate and constantly applaud Homme in his musical endeavours as his artistry, his musical ability and his production genius have elevated him to a position that I don’t believe that many modern musicians have reached and are likely to reach. His music consistently showcases substance and a full and rounded knowledge and understanding of the history of the musician in which he performs and creates. He sits atop the rock n roll mountain with a select few others and can very easily be deemed an icon of modern music. But whether lost in performance or not, kicking a young woman in the face, just isn’t really on is it? I mean, let’s just filter it out slightly and agree that he in no way meant to kick her in the face, he most certainly meant to kick her camera which is no doubt worth something north of a couple of hundred dollars. Be that as it may, he did kick her camera, and subsequently in the face which apparently then led to a night in the emergency room. As previously mentioned, here at Mojo20 we’re big fans of Josh Homme whether it be with QOTSA, Eagles Of Death Metal or any of his other projects, but this is disappointing and just a bit shit. In his official apology statement, Homme has fully accepted responsibility and also stated that there is no good reason for why he did it. His apology is profuse and remorseful but it does still make you wonder what the hell could be running through a mans mind to want to do this. I mean, don’t get me wrong I’ve seen this sort of behaviour before, but last time it was a fourteen year old chav pissing around on the dodgems. As a man of 44 and with a hell of a lot of money in the bank, I cant understand the mind set he must have been in to do this. 

 

I’m not here to condemn him, that’s not at all my place, but in a world with corrupt politicians and false idols, where every actor and director in Hollywood is being accused of sexual atrocities and where good music is so rare, why would one of the more reliably respectable members of the artistic/musical community let himself down like this. Also, his statement runs along the same lines as everybody else in the public eye at the minute, aiming more towards self degradation and humiliation so as to appease the blood thirsty social media hounds and the keyboard warriors, than actually apologising in a personal and intimate level with Chelsea Lauren and doing what’s right without creating a public spectacle of it. But hey, if it was done in private, we’d all have less to Tweet about right? My main concern is that in a world where reputation is so fragile, will Homme have the ability to turn perception around and will this be forgotten I due course? Only time will tell but I certainly hope so.

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Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

AN INTERVIEW WITH…PART TIME COOKS

Whether you believe in fate or not, and normally I wouldn’t it’s hard to ignore the magnetic pull of something that is just meant to be, so when starting off on different sides of the globe, coming together by chance and realising their was a job to be done, Part Time Cooks appear to be on a mission to create and produce good Hip-Hop in a genre that has withstood the test of time and is never shy of evolving. Take a look as we caught up with this incredible duo, made up of Saul Goode and Black Moss… This is Part Time Cooks.

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So how’s life for Part Time Cooks right now and where in the world are we finding you?

Life is exciting, We are living in South Korea doing something we never dreamed possible and that’s becoming successful rappers in a foreign country, in Asia.

We loved your last album with Soulchef, where’ve you been since?

Thanks. We dropped two albums within a month of each other and as a direct result of that landed a distribution deal with CJ Entertainment, a music giant out here. Working with Soulchef was a blessing. Dude is really talented. It really fit with our whole aim to be making global, timeless music with people from all over the world that can translate to any corner of the planet. Long story short we have been cooking  and getting ready to plot our South Korea take over. In 2018 this question will be answered in more detail through our releases…

For those that don’t know, tell us how the duo was formed? 

We met through a mutual friend, who also happens to be our DJ, Scotty Soul, 5 years ago. We would run into each other all the time at hip hop events in Seoul and out of a mutual respect a friendship developed. 2 years later we decided to form PTC.

 

Your style is reminiscent of a more old school, more substantial hip-hop. What are your influences and what created the Part Time Cooks sound? 

The first producer we worked with on our Debut EP Midnight Snack, Thovo Beats, is a big reason why we came out with the sound we did. we fell in love with his production and over the course of two weekends laid down the EP. We love jazzy samples but as we grow in this game the more we are trying to move away from sample heavy music which is a nightmare to clear.

 New track ‘Old Friends’ seems to be extremely personal. Can you explain the sentiment behind the track?

‘Old Friends’ lyrics are a nod to the people in our lives who we used to see on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis that we feel as though we don’t have as much time with these days. Speaking for myself I’ve always kind of been the dude that went to the studio each weeknight and afterwards met a different friend or group of friends each night. That just can’t happen anymore due to time restraints and even on the days I could leave the house, I need to spend time with my girl or even myself. It’s somewhat of an apology yet clearly states don’t expect this to stop anytime soon as we know we have ALOT more work to do with this music thing.

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 Your brand new EP is due out at the beginning of 2018. Tell us about it, what can we expect?

Sacrifices is the name of the EP and it follows a similar theme to that of ‘Old Friends’. It’s a very personal glimpse into our new lives and how choosing the particular path we have has affected us. It’s going to have a minimal but include some VERY special features, beats by Elexven, VMC’s Staillest, and Durbanite, Scotty Soul. Albeit a relatively short EP, it’s packed full of lyrical content and timeless production.

What do you see for the future of Hip-Hop and the future of Part Time Cooks?

Hip Hop is here to stay as it has proved that time and time again. There are a lot of people complaining about the lack of substance in newer music today, but if you look at the biggest rappers in the world, they are mostly lyrical and some of this so called “mumble rap” is creative and quite frankly fun as hell. The production I’m hearing on everything from unknown beat makers on SoundCloud up to the number one hits is all out of control. People are taking shit to a whole new level. We may get some people saying that they miss our old sample based formula with our next release, but we are moving with the times because this new wave in production feels good, and leaves more room for a lot more of the melodic hooks we have been writing. 

You can find Part Time Cooks on Facebook, Twitter and at parttimecooks.com

Black Moss & Saul Goode were talking to Stuart Green from Moj20 (@mojo20_music)

 

GRAHAM COXON & LUKE DANIEL / FALLING

Brand new single releases come and go, they’re consistent and continuous and always present for our scrutiny or comment. Every now and again arbitrarily, we’ll grab at one and review it, analysing its content and substance, determining whether or not it’s actually any good. On occasion you’ll find a track you love, or even one that you truly hate. You might even be lucky enough to discover music that truly and honestly moves you. Then there’s this. Then there’s ‘Falling’ by Graham Coxon and Luke Daniel which requires comment and review simply based on the fact that it’s one of the more beautiful, moving and genuine pieces of music I’ve heard throughout the previous eleven months of 2017. That’s based on the song alone, not even the story behind it or it’s eventual intentions.

The Blur guitarist and indie icon Graham Coxon has taken a track that appears to have been written by, in Coxon’s words “a talented unknown songwriter” by the name of Luke Daniel, and  talented is certainly the word for him as the track is a masterpiece, standing tall as a dark and brooding, grand but minimal triumph of a track that has subtle, reminiscent tones of Jake Bugg blended with western-esque guitar picks that create a haunting edge and a visual to the piece, and there’s even a triangle note that stands out in colossal fashion.

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The sentiment is at the forefront throughout the single and the sentiment is by far its most important point as proceeds from the release of the single go towards supporting the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). The single will be available for download from the 1st of December (tomorrow), whereas the 7 inch vinyl release is available for pre order from tomorrow, due for release on the 15th of December. I urge you all to do yourselves a favour and get yourself a copy pre-ordered. The cause is worthy and important and the music is wonderful and spellbinding. Without a doubt, Graham Coxon just transcended above his already legitimate legendary status. 

 

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

BRITISH SUMMER TIME 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Only a day after touting the Queens Of The Stone Age & Friends festival as being 2018’s hottest ticket, we find that the fourth headliner and latest list of names has been unveiled for the annual British Summer Time concerts in Hyde park and it’s a hall of fame list. With previous names like The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon and even the late Tom Petty having played this stage in recent years, it’s never a disappointing line up and this year so far, a truly eclectic bunch have been announced already ranging from Michael Buble to Bruno Mars and even Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, however it’s this fourth wave of the announcements that has turned some heads. 

The 8th of July 2018 will see Eric Clapton, one of the greatest guitarists in history and a master of the blues, take to the Hyde Park stage in front of thousands, and just imagining that sound play out across London is an exciting experience already. However, if you want to really talk about greatest guitarists of all time, you can continue to complete the shortlist by looking straight to the other acts announced for the 8th of July as we also see Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark Jnr on the very same line up. For fans of classic rock n roll and the more guitar based music, this is a dream line up and not one that we ever expected to see in one place. What’s even better is that there’s more to be announced, and you better believe we’ll be anticipating their next move. Well played BST, well played.

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Head to the British Summer Time Facebook page for more information.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

QOTSA NEW FESTIVAL MAY BE THE HOTTEST MUSIC EVENT OF 2018

It was announced earlier this week that Queens Of The Stone Age will be hosting a very special one day festival at London’s Finsbury Park on the 30th of June next year. The festival will be of course be headlined by the rock juggernauts themselves but the event as named Queens Of The Stone Age & Friends will of course feature an eclectic group of their mega star associates including names such as Swedish garage punk outfit The Hives, Hip-Hop super group Run The Jewels & even punk pioneer and general world icon Iggy Pop. 

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With QOTSA frontman Josh Homme having produced Iggy’s last album ‘Post Pop Depression’ it’s perfectly clear how this affiliation has led to Iggy being on the bill, but with the promotional material stating that there are more names to be announced, this has all wondering and trying to connect the dots to figure out who else may be joining the ranks. With Homme so heavily involved could it be that Eagles Of Death Metal also perform? How about Foo Fighters considering Dave Grohl’s previous ties on drumming duties with the QOTSA. Perhaps we’ll even see The Distillers perform if Josh puts a call in to wife Brody Dalle? Who knows, the possibilities are endless, but what it obvious is that for fans of rock n roll music, this is going to be one of the most must see events of 2018, and I for one, can’t wait, and after reading such high praising reviews of the recent QOTSA ‘Villains‘ tour, the headliners will be looking to steal the show.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

THE WOMBATS / LEMON TO A KNIFE FIGHT

Big news for fans of good time indie pop, as Liverdpudlian post punk trio The Wombats have returned with a brand new track as they prepare for the 2018 release of their fourth studio album. ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ is The Wombats’ first record since 2015 and will be available from next February, but the lead single has been released and is doing the rounds to a generally positive reception. It’s not hard to see why either as a much more mature but still consistently fun and witty version of the band has returned and their sound appears to have benefitted from the evolution. ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’ is a much more discrete track than some of the previous offerings from The Wombats and if you look back at the long list of hit tracks we’ve seen out of them, this does stand apart from them all in sound and style. As mentioned though, this is a welcome evolution and despite having a lot of things new about the band, the nostalgia fact is still a present element and will likely still draw fans, as well as keeping them happy.

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The Wombats are one of those bands that made a huge imprint on the music scene upon their debut in 2007 and managed to maintain their spot on the modern music landscape for quite some time, but now it’s more likely that you’ll hear someone remembering them fondly rather than celebrating their current status and position, and it’s a rarity that you’ll meet a casual fan that knows any material that doesn’t feature on their first album, which frankly has a track listing that reads like a greatest hits but at the same time may have them appear a little bit of a one trick pony. So it’s truly exciting to see them return and unveil something as fresh and as brilliant as ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’ and also begin to reintroduce themselves to the world. We’ll be keeping a close eye on The Wombats from now on and in particular we’ll be looking forward to the new album.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

KATY PERRY BANNED FROM CHINA!

Possibly the strangest headline I’ve ever written before proceeding to write an article or make a report based on the ever changing events of the music universe. But yes, you read it correctly, the ‘California Girls’ star has been banned from performing and is forced to miss out on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in China, and it might be the funniest thing I’ve read so far today. 

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It all stems from a concert back in 2015 in which Perry wore the Taiwanese flag whilst performing, prompting Chinese authorities to become upset and angered, as they deemed the move controversial. A year before this in 2014, she wore a sunflower gown on stage which was believed to be referencing the Sunflower Student Movement famous for protesting a Chinese trade agreement at the time. Poor choices of clothing by Perry, or over sensitivity by the Chinese officials? Who knows, perhaps both. In fact almost definitely both. China has always displayed strict codes of conduct when it comes to respect and conformity and whether Katy Perry’s choices were overtly political, made out of protest or were just unfortunate and ignorant coincidences or mistakes, the fact remains that China has revoked the singers Visa and entry to the country has not been allowed. It appears that Perry hasn’t been the only victim of the ban as Gigi Hadid and Irina Sharipova have also been handed the ban from Chinese officials. It’s not the first time in music that this has occurred and I’m quite sure it won’t be the last. In fact Perry was banned from entering Australia previously for making a remark about allowing her Dog to go and chase some Koalas. Not a smart move either when you consider how protective of their eco-system Australia is.

In this increasingly sensitive and political world, not a wise move Perry, not a wise move.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)