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CMU’s One Liners: Ed Sheeran, MIDEM, Camp Bestival and really quite a lot more

By | Published on Friday 28 November 2014

Camp Bestival

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Martin Varsavsky, CEO of WiFi network Fon, is to give a ‘Living Room Of The 21st Century’-themed keynote speech at next year’s MIDEM convention, which takes place in Cannes on 5-8 Jun. Varsavsky says he aims to “outline how new devices like the Gramofon and Sonos will transform the music experience, making music social and enjoyed by all involved”. A likely story.

• Japan-based pop punks Scandal are to release a special edition of their sixth LP ‘Hello World’ on 19 Jan, featuring two extra tracks (on physical formats only). And NB: the band play London’s Islington Academy on 26 Apr. Tickets for that here, and check out the video for album opener ‘Image’ here.

Approved pop soloist Laura Welsh has detailed a new single titled ‘Ghosts’ that she’ll release on 11 Jan, a week pre her first LP ‘Soft Control’. And what do you know, it’s produced by fancy hit producer Greg Kurstin. So don’t delay, stream ‘Ghosts’ today.

• Also approved Brighton beats-and-vocals pairing Anushka have shared a remix of ‘Kisses’, a track off their winning ‘Broken Circuit’ LP, featuring added verses by grime MC Trim. There’s really nothing in ‘Kisses’ (which is released as a single on 19 Jan) not to like, so play it here.

• Lars Von Trier’s fave approved dark disco act OOFJ have released a new video for their song ‘You’re Always Good’ and, boy, does it make my skin crawl. That is to say, it’s quite ‘atmospheric’, and things.

• The also also approved Alex G, who despite making slackerish pop is no slacker himself, has split off (from sessions for his newest LP ‘DSU’) a track that doesn’t feature on that record. Anyway its name is ‘Soaker’, and you can listen to it at this link.

• Hip-hop-leaning jazz pack BadBadNotGood have taken Future Islands’ big hit ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’, and flipped it via a new remix. It’s slightly less unbearable than the original, so why not try it for size here.

• You know gnarly Brighton band Gnarwolves? Well, they’ve gone and fashioned an official clip for their track ‘Bottle To Bottle’. It’s part skate video, part diary of the band’s life and (mainly drunk) times over the past year. Watch now.

• That Ed Sheeran has confirmed ANOTHER show at London’s Wembley Stadium, and this one’s on 12 Jul 2015, which is a Sunday. The third show is Ed’s way of catering to a phenomenal thirst for tickets to his other two Wembley shows on 10 and 11 Jul, which only go on general release today. The end (I think).

• Woman’s Hour! No, not the BBC Radio 4 show, silly, the solemn-looking band from London! They’ve signed on to play a Best Fit Five Day Forecast show at London’s The Lexington on 16 Jan, this following the release of their first and only LP ‘Conversations’ earlier this year. Get tickets here.

• Finally, Rob Da Bank’s kid-friendly festival Camp Bestival has confirmed that its theme for 2015 will be… ‘Camp Bestival Goes Wild’. Which means visitors can anticipate a back-to-basics type feel, lots of families dressed like animals and games like mud-slinging and cannibalism. Okay, not cannibalism. Anyway tickets to next year’s event, which takes place in Dorset on 30 Jul-2 Aug, are available here. Click this link to listen to THE David Bellamy snuffling his way through an introductory trailer.

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