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CMU Planner – w/c 13 May 2013

By | Published on Monday 13 May 2013

The Great Escape

It’s The Great Escape this week. Three days of excellent music, plus a convention programmed by us here at CMU. The whole CMU team will be in Brighton for the event, three of us popping up to moderate panels, so if you’re there, do come and say hello. And do check out as many panels and networking sessions as you can, we think we’ve got a great line-up this year that should be enlightening and entertaining. And for those of you in London, don’t forget the Essential pre-TGE party we’re partnered with tomorrow night – last chance to get yourself on the guest list below.

The Great Escape. Is it that time already? Blimey. Well, I guess we’d all better head down to Brighton and steel ourselves for three days of panels, debates, parties and, of course, lots of great music. The CMU Insights team have been hard at work putting together this year’s Great Escape convention programme since last year and have booked a brilliant line-up of speakers. Read more about all of that over on the CMU TGE blog.

Essential pre-TGE party, in association with CMU. Actually, hold up, don’t run off too quickly. After all, The Great Escape doesn’t kick off until Thursday. Before that, CMU has teamed up with Essential for a special pre-TGE party in Shoreditch, which will also celebrate the London-based distribution and marketing company’s upcoming tenth birthday. The festivities will take place on Tuesday, 14 May, from 7pm, and CMU has a small number of guest list spaces available for Daily readers – details here.

Eurovision. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest clashes with the final night of The Great Escape, so we’ll all have to watch it on iPlayer on Sunday morning. Maybe Sunday afternoon. The one to watch this year is Norway’s Margaret Berger, whose excellent song ‘I Feed You My Love’ was co-written by CMU approvee Karin Park. Also look out for the Armenian entry, written by Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and the controversial (due to accusations of plagiarism) German entry by Cascada. You can probably ignore Bonnie Tyler’s tedious UK entry.

Ivor Novello Awards. Another ceremony that recognises excellence in songwriting (What? That’s totally a valid link out of a section on Eurovision) is The Ivor Novello Awards, which takes place this Thursday lunchtime. Alt-J are up for a couple of awards there. As is Emeli Sandé. So, there you go.

Daft Punk farm show. This Friday, Daft Punk will be officially launching their new album, ‘Random Access Memories’, with a very special event. Tickets are sold out now, sadly. But you might want to pop along on the off chance there are some available on the door. It’s at The Crossing Theatre in Wee Waa. That’s in rural New South Wales down there in Australia.

Noise Of Art celebrates 100 years of electronic music. Noise Of Art kicks off a series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of electronic music, and the publication of Italian futurist Luigi Russolo’s ‘Manifesto For An Art Of Noises’ in 1913. A launch will take place at Village Underground in Shoreditch this Friday. Headlining will be Eccentronic Research Council, with vocals from actress Maxine Peake. Also confirmed so far are Fil OK, Justin Robertson, Jim Stanton, Scottee, Severino, Ben Osborne, Your Mum and Mark Scott Wood.

Amazing Radio back on DAB. Independent music radio station Amazing Radio returns to the DAB network today, exactly a year to the day after a contract dispute with Digital One network owner Arquiva took it off the (DAB) air. Initially it will broadcast on the D2 network, which covers London and the South East, but the station hopes to go fully national again in due course.

Warner Music Group earnings call. How much money does Warner Music Group have? Why not tune in and find out tomorrow at 1.30pm when the company holds its latest earnings call? You can call in and listen or watch a webcast via Exciting stuff.

New releases. Out this week are new albums from Vampire Weekend, former Abba star Agnetha Fältskog, Primal Scream, Gabrielle Aplin, MS MR, Sam Amidon, Mikal Cronin and Wild Nothing. Plus Fire Records will be putting out the first three records in a ‘comprehensive reissue campaign’ of Spacemen 3‘s oeuvre.

Gigs and tours. Starting with this week’s one-off shows, Spector will be playing Manchester tomorrow night, will be in London the same night, Modeselektor hit The Roundhouse on Friday, Parquet Courts will be at the 100 Club on Sunday, and Mikal Cronin is celebrating the release of his new album in the capital tonight with a little help from White Fence. Melvins, meanwhile, will play twice in London this week, performing four of their albums in full. Conducting themselves in a more tour-like manner are Lana Del Rey, Bonobo, The Postal Service, Woods, Little Boots, The Orwells and Bass Drum Of Death.

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