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‘I’ve been expecting things to fall apart at any moment’: Dan Smith on 10 years of body dysmorphia, burnout and Bastille
He has found critical and commercial success, while behind the scenes the frontman has battled with his self-confidence and severe stage fright. He explains why he still loves being in the band

Chris Godfrey

11, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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TRNSMT festival review – Lewis Capaldi is the man of the moment
TRNSMT may be haunted by the ghost of T in the Park, but a new all-female stage and crowd-pleasing performances by Stormzy and George Ezra make for a successful replacement

Graeme Virtue

15, Jul, 2019 @11:42 AM

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The 1975, Chvrches, Years & Years: the Sleeperbloke is back
Is a band still a band when the frontperson takes all the heat? In 2018, the blokes-at-the-back format – as pioneered by Sleeper – is as prevalent as ever

Issy Sampson

01, Jun, 2018 @12:00 PM

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Charity single for Grenfell Tower released as Simon Cowell donates £100,000
The cover version of Bridge Over Troubled Water, featuring Stormzy, Rita Ora, Robbie Williams and more, will raise money for survivors of the devastating fire – some who appear in a choir on the track

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

21, Jun, 2017 @2:19 PM

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Bastille: Wild World review – wholesome arena pop
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Paul Mardles

11, Sep, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Bastille: Wild World review – edging Coldplay for unfeigned emotionalism

Caroline Sullivan

08, Sep, 2016 @8:00 PM

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Dan Smith of Bastille: ‘I sound like a nervous wreck who hates doing this’
Their track Pompeii was one of the biggest hits of the decade but the Londoners still think they look like ‘competition winners’ when they hit the red carpet. Will their new album Wild World change that?

Dorian Lynskey

25, Aug, 2016 @12:13 PM

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Grammy awards 2015 best quotes: Prince, Madonna, Obama and more
Madonna is hard as nails, Sam schmoozes with Stevie, and Bastille reveal a very British problem – we round up the best soundbites of the night

Nancy Groves

09, Feb, 2015 @4:01 AM

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Noel Gallagher: 'I’d have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon'
The outspoken Oasis founder laments the lack of working-class culture and says that Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian have done nothing to inspire ‘new noise coming from the council estates’

Guardian music

12, Dec, 2014 @5:00 PM

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Bastille: Vs (Other People’s Heartache Pt III) review
Most of the eight mashups and collaborations here feel fresh, even urgent, writes Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

04, Dec, 2014 @11:00 PM

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DJ Earworm's mashup perfectly defines pop in 2014
The DJ’s annual United State of Pop track shows that pop in 2014 was moody, self-interested and ultimately all about doing whatever you want

Grady Smith

04, Dec, 2014 @4:33 PM

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Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas? re-recorded for Ebola cause
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure gather Band Aid 30 musicians to create new version of track to raise funds for west Africa

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

10, Nov, 2014 @4:21 PM

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