There’s something cinematic about even the lowliest pop song - walking home in the rain with your headphones on, who hasn’t pretended to be starring in a film of their life? - but there’s something extra special about experiencing music that fits perfectly with the emotions and images of a story you’re invested in, hearing it as loud as is good for you, surrounded by people feeling the same feelings. That’s why the cinema is such a great place for music fans.
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ASBURY PARK - MAY 2019
Tons of rare footage of The Boss bookends this documentary about the legendary Jersey scene that rose out of the destruction of the 1970 race riots in Asbury Park. Things are bound to get emotional in interviews with Bruce and contemporaries like Steve Van Zandt and Southside Johnny as they revisit the club where they got their start - and the live shows will have your spine tingling and your toes tapping.
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Listen to Bruce Springsteen performing 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy):
BEATS - MAY 2019And now for something completely different... A killer soundtrack comes with this film about the UK rave scene in the 90s, curated by legendary Scottish techno DJ Optimo’s JD Twitch. With tracks you know - The Prodigy, Hudson Mohawke - and some you might not - LFO, Outlander, Plastikman - you’ll either come out with a heavy hit of nostalgia or a list of artists to check out at home. Either way, you’ll be up for a rave.
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ROCKETMAN - MAY 2019Rocketman weaves Elton John’s music into the story of his life, from his childhood into superstardom and struggles with mental health and drug abuse. What’s more, Bennie and the Jets is one of the greatest songs ever recorded and deserves to be heard on a tip top sound system.
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AMAZING GRACE - ARETHA FRANKLIN - JUNE 2019We are so lucky to have this lost Aretha Franklin performance of her 1972 album Amazing Grace at the New Bethel Baptist Church in LA. Part documentary, part performance, part time capsule, it’s going to be awe-inspiring to hear that iconic voice at its best.
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Listen to Aretha Franklin singing Amazing Grace:
TAKE THAT: GREATEST HITS - JUNE 2019There’s nothing quite like a huge pop show - and Take That know exactly how to put one on. You’ll feel like you’re actually there watching the lads live with this huge concert showing on the big screen. With hits to spare on this Greatest Hits show, I bet you find yourself singing along for most of it.
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YESTERDAY - JUNE 2019
Imagine a world in which The Beatles never existed. No Help! No Yellow Submarine. No Hey Jude? Unthinkable. But that’s exactly what Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis have dreamed up in Yesterday, where a struggling musician wakes up as the only person alive who remembers the Fab Four. Obviously he does a Marty McFly and passes their songs off as his own. A lot of extras were cast in crowd scenes around Ed Sheeran’s recent Cardiff concerts and he features in the film too.
Yesterday is out 28 June, find out more here.
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WESTLIFE - JULY 2019
The Westlife boys are warming up for some key changes and bringing their 20th anniversary live show to the big screen. With a frankly staggering 14 number ones under their belt, they’ll be playing all the hits alongside some new tunes - pop fans will be flying without wings.
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THE LION KING - JULY 2019
You don’t cast Beyoncé in your musical unless you’re going to give her something pretty spectacular to sing, so lyricist Tim Rice’s hint that he’s writing something new with both her and Elton John for The Lion King’s end credits is pretty exciting - as is the fact that they’re including Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel The Love Tonight?, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and Circle of Life from the original film.
The Lion King is out 19 July - find out more here.
Listen to The Circle of Life from The Lion King:
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 2019
There have been very few hints about what to expect from Tarantino’s next soundtrack but he certainly has form in making achingly cool song choices. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set in the late 60s so expect lots of obscure vintage gems that are about to become your new favourites.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is out 16 August - find out more here.
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT - AUGUST 2019And here’s another one for Springsteen fans: The Boss himself has given the thumbs up to Blinded by the Light, a film based on the real life experiences of Sarfraz Manzoor growing up in 1980s Luton as a British Muslim boy obsessed with the music of Bruce Springsteen. A sure to be moving and funny film peppered with some of Springsteen’s most chest-thumpingly brilliant songs.
Blinded by the Light is out 16 August, find out more here.
Watch the trailer for Blinded by the Light:
FROZEN 2 - NOVEMBER 2019Let It Go, round two. Need I say more?
No new songs yet but go on, give it another go.
Frozen 2 is out 22 November - find out more here.
CATS - DECEMBER 2019Any film starring vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson and pop queen Taylor Swift as singing cats is definitely going to be worth a watch. The classic musical is chock-full of killer songs - get ready to shed a tear during Memory.
Cats is out 20 December - find out more here.
Take a trip down Memory lane: