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CMU Planner – w/c 8 Apr 2013

By | Published on Monday 8 April 2013


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

The first week of the rest of HMV’s life. So, HMV was saved from total annihilation last week by the mighty Hilco. Possibly my language there is a little over the top. Well, anyway, restructuring specialist Hilco (which already owns the HMV Canada business) bought up 132 HMV shops and nine bearing the Fopp name for £50 million on Friday morning. It now intends to reverse the downward trend of the brand in recent years by focussing on music and DVDs again.

Coachella part one. Coachella, Coachella, the festival so big it now takes place over two identical weekends, kicks off for the first time in 2013 this Friday over there in Indio, California. Topping the bill this year are The Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which might sound like a pretty uninspiring line-up to you but… oh wait, it is a pretty uninspiring line-up. There are lots of other acts playing though, and as usual it’ll all be streaming live on YouTube.

Laura Marling’s Shakespearean extravaganza. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s new staging of ‘As You Like It’ will feature an original score by Laura Marling. The play opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on 12 Apr and will run through to 28 Sep, before moving to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal (29 Oct – 2 Nov). Director Maria Aberg has devised a ‘contemporary’ take on Shakespeare’s classic script.

Music Week Awards. This Thursday, the Music Week Awards will take place once again at The Brewery in London. Companies from across the music industry, including recording, live, retail and media, will be given trophies, while the winner of the slightly embarrassingly named lifetime achievement award, The Strat, will also be announced on the night.

New releases. So, Beyonce‘s only gone and released a new single today, knowledge which, for some reason, is making me thirsty. Anyway, let’s look at this week’s album releases. The Knife are back, back, BACK, as are Paramore, OMD, Kurt Vile and Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker. And, most importantly, Susanne Sundfør releases her back catalogue in the UK for the first time this week. Back to singles and, in addition to Beyonce, Iggy Azalea, Frida Sundemo, NONONO and Mt Wolf all have shorform releases out this week. Plus there’s Morrissey‘s rickrolling re-release of ‘The Last Of The Famous International Playboys’.

Gigs and tours. Co-writer of Norway’s superb Eurovision entry, Karin Park, plays The Lexington in London this Wednesday. Also playing a one-off in the capital is Dean Blunt. And amongst those touring the UK this week are popular piano tinkler Ludovico Einaudi, popular piano warper James Blake, popular guitar strummer Edwyn Collins, popular noise makers Pere Ubu, and popular prog condensers Fang Island.