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Five Day Forecast – w/c 28 May 2012

By | Published on Monday 28 May 2012

Andy Malt

I think we can safely say summer has started, then. Although my phone tells me it won’t hold out as far the long Jubilee weekend.

My phone is a notorious pessimist though, it’s always moaning about something. “Oh, all my buttons have stopped working”, “Oh, my screen is scratched”, “Oh, I was created under poor working conditions on the other side of the world to satisfy the West’s insatiable appetite for cheap technology”. Shut up, phone. Summer is here to stay. And here are all the summery things we can enjoy this week.

01: Amanda Palmer Kickstarter deadline. Can it be a whole month since Amanda Palmer started her latest Kickstarter fundraising effort? No, not quite. You have a few more days to help her reach $1 million in funding ($900,000 more than she originally asked for). Many are saying this is the project that validates fan funding once and for all and has seen the system come of age. Whether that’s actually true remains to be seen, but it’s still pretty exciting to watch.

02: Primavera Sound and PrimaveraPro. This week the Primavera Sound festival will be taking place in Barcelona, and at its conference side, PrimaveraPro, the future of music festivals in general will be a key topic up for consideration, with reps from Womad, SxSW, Eurockéennes and the UK’s Association Of Independent Festivals all confirmed to take part. Amongst the specific festival themed topics to be explored is how to survive in the competitive festivals market, the importance creativity plays in success, and the positive role major music events have on their host cities or regions. There’ll also be a just announced focus on indie labels, including representatives from British record companies Domino, Bella Union and Rough Trade.

03: Field Day and Apple Cart. Preparing Londoners (and anyone else who wants to travel from out of town) for two days off on Monday and Tuesday, Field Day and its calmer sister festival Apple Cart will take place this Saturday and Sunday. Franz Ferdinand will headline the former, and Noah And The Whale the latter, with plenty of brilliant new and not so new artists on before them. So that’ll be fun.

04: New releases. Blimey, where to start this week? Well, people seem quite excited about the new Sigur Rós and Alt-J albums, which are both out now. And Laurel Halo‘s debut, which is excellent. In addition to that, you can find new long players from The Scissor Sisters, Producers and Rumer, plus singles and EPs from Beck, Becoming Real, Novella, Florrie and Savages.

05. Gigs. Julia Holter is playing Field Day this year, which is great news. Although I do worry that she might not be a ‘festival act’. Luckily, she’s playing Café Oto in London this Friday too, and I think we should all go. Also playing one-off London dates this week are Girls, Doldrums, Poliça, Japandroids and former Gallows frontman Frank Carter’s new band Pure Love. Meanwhile, following two London dates this week, The Hundred In The Hands will actually make it as far as Cambridge. Everyone else will have to make do with Coldplay.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU