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Defected Records and Heineken get ready for a football party

The Covid-elongated European football season isn’t over just yet: the next three weeks will see the Champions League and Europa League tournaments play out their remaining rounds.

Now one of football body UEFA’s key sponsorship partners Heineken has teamed up with dance label Defected Records to soundtrack the rejigged tournaments.

They’ll be holding an eight-hour livestream called ‘The Kick Off’ this Sunday (9 August) featuring eight DJs broadcasting from their homes or special locations. Bob Sinclar (one of our go-to cheer-up livestreamers during the early weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown) is one of the DJs, alongside Idris Elba, Purple Disco Machine, Low Steppa, Melvo Baptise, Aline Rocha, Ferreck Dawn and DJ Monki.

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Deezer launches Football Fever playlist takeover for World Cup

Football’s World Cup kicks off later this week, with 32 countries hoping for glory (or, in England’s case, hoping at least for something better than abject embarrassment and penalties ineptitude).

Deezer is on the bandwagon, launching a promotion called ‘Football Fever’ with playlists curated by local artists in each of the 32 participating nations. Kasabian are at the helm for England; Zara Larsson for Sweden; Davido for Nigeria and Mc Kevinho for Brazil, among others.

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Deezer launches original football podcast in the UK

Deezer may have sold its Stitcher podcasts app, but the streaming service is pressing on with its podcasting content strategy.

Deezer UK has launched an original podcast based on the Euro 2016 tournament. Called Deezer Balls Up – please, no jokes about last year’s cancelled IPO at this point – the podcast will see football writers and comedians debating the latest events from France.

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Premier League pub ruling has implications for music

The European Court of Justice has ruled against the English football Premier League in a case involving the rights of a landlady to show live matches in her pub using a Greek broadcaster’s satellite decoder, rather than UK broadcast licenser BSkyB. The court ruled that TV viewers should be able to watch matches using decoder cards from anywhere within the European Union.