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CMU Planner – w/c 18 Feb 2013

By | Published on Monday 18 February 2013

BRIT Awards

A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…

BRIT Awards. It’s the BRIT Awards this Wednesday, which is exciting, isn’t it? They’ll kick off at 8pm, with a live broadcast on ITV, and will feature performances from Taylor Swift, Robbie Williams, Muse, Ben Howard, One Direction, Mumford & Sons, Emeli Sandé and Justin Timberlake (if he gets there on time – more on that below). Plus, you know, some awards will be handed out.

The Oscars. Over in that America, The Oscars will attempt to sail in on the BRITs’ coat tails this Sunday. Its stupid organisers have decided to give awards to film people though, and no one cares about film people. That said, Adele is up for an award, so they might just about get away with it.

Justin Timberlake live in London. So, pop polymath Justin Timberlake is playing a one-off show in London. It’s at The Forum, a fairly ‘intimate’ space as JT’s live dates go, since it isn’t an arena, and is in Camden. I can’t imagine Justin Timberlake in Camden, it’s weird. Will he go to Cyberdog and/or buy a bag of shrooms? Who can say? Shrooms or none, he’ll be playing tracks from his very ‘visual’ new LP ‘The 20/20 Experience’ on Wednesday. And yes, that is the night of the BRITs, at which Timbers is also meant to be playing.

Table Talks. Tonight the second of three Table Talks events will take place at creative hub The Old Vinyl Factory – EMI’s former vinyl pressing factory in Hayes, West London. Having debated whether or not music has lost its cutting edge last night, tonight a new panel will discuss access v ownership, with a look at the state of the UK live industry on Tuesday.

Last Shop Standing screening. On Wednesday night, if you’re not attending the BRIT Awards or rushing home to watch the BRIT Awards on TV, you could head over to The Strongroom in Shoreditch. The venue is hosting a free screening of documentary ‘Last Shop Standing’ and a Q&A with the author of the book of the same name, Graham Jones.

New releases. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have a new album out this week. What more do you need to know? Actually, there’s quite a bit of good stuff out in addition to that this week, so I’ll stop stalling. Albums by Jamie Lidell, Mazes, Iceage and Girls Names are all now available. As is the first single from Petite Noir under his new Domino/Double Six deal. Oh, and Tom Waits and Keith Richards have a collection of sea shanties out. Obviously.

Gigs and tours. Well, that Justin Bieber is still knocking about the place, and Girls Aloud start their reunion tour in Newcastle on Thursday. Meanwhile The Killers play two Manchester shows rescheduled from last year, Bloc Party will play Earls Court, Joy Orbison will curate a night at the Oval Space in Bethnal Green, AlunaGeorge will play XOYO and the Tru Thoughts label will take over Koko. Meanwhile there are more gigs in London and beyond from Wet Nuns, FIDLAR, Taken By Trees and (if you happen to be in Atlanta) Kris Kross.