The VLM Mercury Prize Shortlist Predictions

It's that time of year again, already. Tomorrow (22 July) the shortlist for the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2021 will be revealed.  It doesn't feel like a whole year ago since we were being introduced to the 2020 sho...

Talking Heads with: Lori from Weekend Recovery

Talking Heads in collaboration with DreaminIsFree is our feature where we talk to local bands from the north about mental health and coping with life in lockdown. It has been a tough time for music fans thes...

Hyundai Mercury Prize 2020: The VLM Predictions

Snobs of the music world, rejoice. The Mercury Prize (sort of) returns tonight from 10pm. You can watch live performances of the 2020 shortlisted acts on BBC Iplayer and the performances are also internationall...

Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019: The VLM Predictions

The Mercury Prize is back. Hooray! A joyous evening to celebrate the finest musical talent in Britain and Ireland, or a farcical award ceremony for Radio 6 devotees and industry snobs to wallow in their own ...

The Great Escape: 10 Acts Not to Miss

Foals and Lewis Capaldi both headline the spotlight shows for The Great Escape this year. The Brighton-based festival always feature a blend of big-name and fast-emerging international artists, this year spanni...

The VLM’s Eyes On 2019

2019. It feels cliche to say "this is going to be a big year for music", but I firmly believe this will be the biggest we've had in a few years. After 2018, where The Greatest Showman and Baby Shark clung to th...

The VLM’s Top 20 Albums of 2018

In 2018 we saw Trump come out in his full and foul colours. With his politics came a whole host of retaliation, but boy did that result in some great albums. Over half of our albums this year have something to ...