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Five Day Forecast – w/c 2 Apr 2012

By | Published on Monday 2 April 2012

Andy Malt

Hello everyone, I’m back from my holiday. I’m hoping my luggage will join me later today, but otherwise I had a very nice time. Anyway, you don’t need to know about that. You don’t want to know about me lazing around in the sun for seven days, because (like me now) you’re stuck in the UK and need to know what’s going on in the music business this week. Well looky here…

01. Florence Teenage Cancer Trust gig live stream. This year’s Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall kicked off last week and are now all but over, with the Florence And The Machine headlined finale due to take place tomorrow night. Should you be a fan of hers without tickets to the show, you’ll be able to catch it all in HD via HP’s YouTube channel, with the ability to switch between seven different camera angles, if you wish. Support will come from Big Deal, who are good.

02. Mark Ronson’s ballet. The Royal Ballet will premiere a new show at the Royal Opera House this Friday. Entitled ‘Carbon Life’ it features a score composed by Mark Ronson and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt. Devised by Wayne MacGregor, the RB’s resident choreographer since 2006, Boy George, US rapper Wale and Jonny Pierce of The Drums will all perform as part of an on-stage cast that also includes The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, alt-pop soloist Hero Fisher and American MC Black Cobain.

03. 4Music Pop Power List. Who are the most powerful people in pop? A withering look for anyone who just said “Coca-Cola”. 4Music began a series of shows at the weekend under the Pop Power List banner with tedious sounding looks at popstars on Twitter and the “most extravagant celebrity splurges”. But tonight at 6pm the digital station will focus on the biggest brands in music, which could be more interesting. Then on Saturday there’ll be a show dedicated to “power partnerships”, with a full rundown of the 50 most powerful people in pop (as decided by media researcher Media Measurement) on Easter Monday.

04. New releases. East 17 have a new single out today. East 17. Now sans Brian Harvey, they’re experimenting with a Kings Of Leon-influenced sound perhaps more becoming of men their age. Also this week, Bj√∂rk begins a new series of remix releases, Dems have a new single out and Weird Dreams‘ debut album is released. As well as that, you can get your hands on new releases from Lostprophets, Cypress Hill and Rusko, The Wave Pictures, Orbital, Toro Y Moi and The Futureheads.

05. Gigs. Steps begin their reunion tour today. Steps. Featuring the complete original line-up, they’re peddling the same old rubbish they did prior to their split a decade ago, which is now fairly unbecoming of people their age. Also out and about this week are When Saints Go Machine with support from Bleeding Heart Narrative, Kwes, PiL, Steve Aoki, Architects, Glasvegas, Slow Club, The Futureheads, One Direction, and Flux Pavilion.

As you may already know, the CMU podcast is currently on a three week break, which means this is the perfect time to catch up with the now 50 episode strong archive at

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU