9 reasons why we can’t wait for March 2021 starring Daði Freyr

  1. Daði Freyr Eurovision entry drops

2020 was the Eurovision-that-never-was and Freyr’s Think About Things was judged by many to be the song most likely to have won if Covid-19 hadn’t caused its cancellation. Like many other competitors Freyr has been selected to compete in 2021 and his song 10 Years drops 13/3/21. Freyr’s last single Feel The Love was a song of the month for us in January.

  • Read on for reasons including Treason, new Zara Larsson album and the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

2. Treason The Musical in concert

Treason The Musical is still in development but you can watch the concert version of this story of the Gunpowder Plot from London’s Cadogan Hall 12 to 14/3/21. We’re here for it because its cast will include West End royalty Lucie Jones (Waitress, Adelphi Theatre), Oliver Tompsett (& Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre) and Daniel Boys (Falsettos, Other Palace). Tickets

3. New Zara Larsson album

Melodic February single Look What You’ve Done is a fine reminder of some of this Swedish pop star’s most popular work. Her 2nd album Poster Girl is out 5/3/21 and check out our thoughts of her 2017 Eventim Apollo headline gig and 2015 support for MNEK at Heaven for why we rate her. Tickets

4. Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

In a spring without gigs the Eurovision national finals season has proved an inspiration and we’ve previewed why you should watch Denmark’s 6/3/21 final, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Our favourite Fyr & Flamme’s Øve os på hinanden (Practice on each other) was our song of the month in February but it faces fierce competition from the similarly 80s inspired Silver Bullet by the Cosmic Twins. Watch

5. Blow Monkeys grace Tim’s Listening Party

The concept is a simple one: lead singer of The Charlatans Tim Burgess hosts a simultaneous play of a much-loved classic LP on Twitter, the artist tweets stories about the content and fans join in. It worked brilliantly when the Blow Monkeys discussed breakthrough album Animal Magic in February and on 10/3/21 lead singer Dr Robert (@TheBlowMonkeys) will talk all things 3rd and biggest LP She Was Only A Grocer’s Daughter. The band are readying a new album for release later this year, lead single Time Storm has already been a song of the week for us and next single More Than A Moment is out in April. Tickets

6. Brett Anderson’s Death Songbook

Songs by Suede, their lead singer Brett Anderson and Echo and the Bunnymen feature in a performance by Anderson, British conductor Charles Hazlewood, the Paraorchestra and singer Nadine Shah called Death Songbook. Anderson says: ‘This was such a joyous project to happen amidst the gloom of January. For all this to happen against the odds with those wonderful musicians from Paraorchestra, plus the talents of Adrian Utley and Seth Rochford, was just so lovely.’ Broadcast on the weekend of 6-7/3/21 by BBC Cymru. Details

7. The Pursuit Of Love and Deutschland ’89

TV schedules have been thrown into disarray but we’re expecting this starry BBC adaptation of the Nancy Mitford novel to premiere this month. It features Andrew Scott (Three Kings, Old Vic), Lily James (All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre) and Freddie Fox (An Ideal Husband, Vaudeville Theatre) which is set in Europe between two world wars and follows 2 friends as they navigate their lives and friendship. Listed as 1 of our reasons to be excited about February 2021, Deutschland ’89 was put back to March and finally makes it to More4 from 5/3/21. Details

8. The greatest show on earth climaxes

Check out monstagigz.com in March for our Melodifestivalen finalen preview. Jessica Andersson’s Horizon didn’t make it out of Heat 1 but was a song of the week for us in February. Why you should be excited. Watch on SVT at 7pm UK time 13/3/21.

9. Archie Baker releases EP

Describing himself as a London-born, Sheffield-based alternative soul and blues musician, Baker has just released his 1st EP. Lead track Holiday is laidback and sax-friendly yet unafraid to up the tempo also. Elsewhere he’s gruff-voiced on Cyclone, If You Love Me is Madness-fuelled ska while Chloe Beth Rodgers duet Part Of Me convincingly conveys longing and is the emotional highlight. Details

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Daði Freyr Details
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