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Love Parade death toll rises again
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Plastic Bertrand admits he didn't sing hit
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John hits out at Sound Strike
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Al Goodman dies
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Ex-Catatonia drummer replaces Stuart Cable
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Barenaked Ladies on life after Page
Sex couldn't save the dinosaurs, say Emmy The Great
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Our Broken Garden announce new album
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THURSDAY 29TH JULY
RIVER NELSON
Brooklyn-based MC River Nelson started out in the early 90s after joining up with the Boogiemonsters collaborative. He has toured with numerous other hip hop artists over the years, including Common, Talib Kweli and De La Soul, but has only just put out his own debut album. Nelson worked with producer Lewis Parker on 'The Rise and Fall of River Nelson', and guest appearances come from Dynas, Jacky Danz, Lil Panama and Vex Davortex. With the album released this week via Parker's World Of Dusty Vinyl label, we spoke to River to find out more.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
I started by simply writing down little thoughts and ideas in a notebook. From there those thoughts turned into rhymes, the rhymes into verses, and eventually the verses turned into full songs. The actual recording of those songs happened because I became eager for people to hear what I was writing. I also found that, as a fan of some legendary artists, I wanted to see if I could make something as good as what they did. For me, it's always been hard to hear good music and not want to start creating your own.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Two things. First, just being immersed in the New York City hip hop scene and being inspired by all of the amazing talent that surrounded me. But also a desire to document all of the things I was feeling and thinking at the time. I think it's important to do that, so you can go back and listen to what you were experiencing then.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
There are several different ways a song may be created. It may be an idea that comes from nowhere and really stays in my mind, to the point where I have to explore it, and start writing on it. But then there are times when I purposely look for subject matter, or sounds that I haven't covered yet. I always try to stay open to receive anything around me that may provide an idea for a song. In my opinion, everything has the potential to be the basis of a song. A conversation, something you've experienced, something someone else experienced, something you've witnessed. Any and everything can provide inspiration.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
There are so many, but to name some who are at the forefront of my mind, A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Marley, Sade, Nas, Outkast, Jay-Z, The Doors. I also draw from groups like Radiohead, who are always able to remove the rules out of making music, and I love rapper Jay Electronica, as well as the MC Blu from California. They are a small number of artists on an infinite list, but I've been playing these artists a lot lately.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I would say to prepare yourself for a hip hop album that will make you feel good and spark your imagination. You'll experience themes of hope, struggle, beauty and love, and hear some solid hip hop tracks, by one of the most respected producers from the UK, Lewis Parker. I would also say to the listener that they can experience the album in two ways. If you're the type of listener that really likes to delve deep into an album and listen to every lyric, melody and snare, this album is for you. But if you're the listener who prefers to allow music to play in the background and be slowly absorbed, this album is for you as well. The project is layered, so it has depth if you prefer that, but it also is rich in choruses and melodies if you choose to listen to it lightly.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
My main ambitions are to have people around the globe experience 'The Rise And Fall Of River Nelson', and to have the album break down any negative connotations about hip hop music. I also want this album to inspire hope. I want it to remind people to follow their passions, and recognise that the pursuit of your dreams shouldn't have an expiration date on it. You should never give up. That's my chief ambition for this project; I want to get the album to anyone who likes music, no matter what particular genre they usually listen to, because this is a hip hop album that covers relatable themes that all people experience regardless of our external differences.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/rivernelson
 
ZACH HILL - MEMO TO THE MAN
Zach Hill, drummer with noise rock types Hella, has announced that his second solo album, 'Face Tat', will be released through Sargeant House on 19 Oct. As with his debut, it will feature collaborations with all manner of other artists, this time including Devendra Bandhart plus members of No Age, Deerhoof and Prefuse 73.

 
The opening track, 'Memo To The Man', is available now as a free download, and sees Hill's idiosyncratic drumming style complemented by Deerhoof's also very talented stick waver, Greg Saunier. Add to that abstract guitar squeals from Tera Melos guitarist Nick Reinhart and !!!-esque vocals from Hill himself and you've got what fans of obscure indie are already calling "a great pop song", even though it would make the average Girls Aloud fan clutch their head and vomit (this adds to the charm, I think).

www.refused.tv/zh/MemototheMan.mp3


 
  DIGITAL ADMINISTRATOR
Demon Music Group, one of the UK's largest independent record companies, is looking to recruit a Digital Administrator. Demon controls a vast catalogue of digital rights and key artists include Al Green, Ian Dury, T.Rex, Steve Miller Band and Average White Band. Key catalogues controlled include Philadelphia International, Ace of Mississippi and Trax Records.

This entry-level role involves managing and co-ordinating the delivery and digital distribution of a high volume of new releases to digital stores and third party distributors, including overseeing meta-data, artwork and audio and video encoding and upload, as well as liaising with product, legal, production and royalty teams. The Digital Administrator will also be involved in monitoring illegal distribution of Demon content; driving traffic to Demon's websites, online stores and social media sites; overseeing the creation of artist YouTube channels, Facebook and MySpace pages; regularly maintaining and updating the main DMG website; assisting the digital sales team with sales newsletters and presenters; raising purchase orders and managing budgets related to this activity.

The successful candidate will be of graduate calibre with previous experience in a digital music environment, and have superb organisational, time management, administrative, writing and communication skills and a high attention to detail. They will have a good level of expertise in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, an understanding of web-based applications, social media platforms, managing mailing lists and basic HTML, and a wide musical knowledge. An interest and awareness of digital music and new music technology is preferable.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send your detailed up to date CV and covering letter explaining why you feel you are right for this position to 2erecruitment@2entertain.co.uk. The closing date for applications is Sunday, 8 Aug 2010.
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BARBARA ROSS SAYS JACKO PATERNITY CLAIMANT NOT HER DAUGHTER
So, it seems that Diana Ross's niece Mocienne Petit Jackson is very probably not Michael Jackson's daughter. Nor, indeed, is she Diana Ross's niece either.

As previously reported, Mocienne filed court papers in LA earlier this week claiming that she was the result of a one night stand that occurred between Diana Ross's sister Barbara and a then seventeen year old Michael Jackson in 1975. The legal action aims to force the Jackson family to allow a DNA test to take place so to prove (or not) Mocienne's claims. If her claims were proven true, then she would subsequently sue for a cut of the Jacko estate.

However, Jackson Junior's paternity claims have been hindered somewhat by Barbara Ross disputing the maternity claims that seem to be taken as a given in the legal papers. That is to say Diana Ross's older sister says she is not the mother of the claimant.

What's more Dr Barbara Ross-Lee, who says she never even met Michael Jackson, claims that Mocienne has been harassing her for some time, that she has made it clear to her that she is not the woman's mother, and that the latest story about her father being Jacko is "bizarre" and totally made up.

As previously reported, certain aspects of Mocienne's lawsuit seemed somewhat outlandish even before Barbara Ross denied having any connection with the claimant. In particular, the legal papers claim that Michael Jackson's mother Katherine conspired to keep her son's alleged love child a secret by attempting to abduct Mocienne, and then bumping off the people involved in the failed kidnap.

The Jackson family are yet to comment on the lawsuit, while Mocienne is yet to comment on Barbara Ross's statement.

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LOVE PARADE DEATH TOLL RISES AGAIN
The death toll from the crowd surge disaster at last weekend's Love Parade dance music festival has risen to 21 after another festival-goer seriously injured in the incident died from her injuries. The 25 year old woman died on Tuesday night.

As previously reported, 21 died and hundreds more were injured when a crowd of people stampeded at the entrance to the free music event in the West German city of Duisburg. Local police have launched a criminal investigation into the circumstances that led to the tragedy, while organisers of the festival have said they will not stage the event again.

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PLASTIC BERTRAND ADMITS HE DIDN'T SING HIT
Belgian performer Plastic Bertrand, real name Roger Jouret, admitted yesterday that he was not the singer on his 1977 hit 'Ça Plane Pour Moi'. French composer and producer Lou Deprijck has long claimed that his was actually the voice on the track, going so far as to record and release a new version in 2006 in an attempt to prove his claim. And it seems to have worked, albeit thanks to some expert evidence presented to a Belgian court this week.

The court was hearing the latest in a string of legal cases in relation to Deprijck's claims, this time one brought against the producer by record label AMC (which released the original version) after the release of the aforementioned 2006 new version of the song was marketing as being by the "original singer". A linguist commissioned by the judge to examine the two versions of the song reported that the person who sang them did so in a specific regional accent of northern France (where Deprijck comes from), an accent that could not, the expert reckoned, be accurately mimicked by the Belgian-born Jouret.

The judgement read: "The way the phrases end on each record show that the song could only have been sung by a Ch'ti - otherwise known as someone from the Picard region of France. It could therefore not have been Plastic Bertrand - who was born in Brussels - and was surely Mr Deprijck".

Clearly relieved, Deprijck, who claims that he was replaced by Jouret to promote the song because the record company wanted someone with a more 'punky' image, told Le Parisien newspaper: "My Ch'ti patois has proved me right. I am relieved. I hope I will finally get my rights".

It may not be as easy as all that, though. In 2006, the Brussels Court Of Appeal ruled that, although Deprijck may indeed have been the person who sang the vocals, Jouret was the "legal performer" of the song because his face had appeared on the single's artwork and he signed the original record contract with AMC. It was this ruling which prompted Deprijck to record his 2006 version of the track.

When initially commenting on the new linguistic evaluation, Jouret vowed to sue his rival for defamation, saying: "This expertise carries no weight. It has been set up because 'Ça Plane Pour Moi' has been taken up by advertising campaigns and Deprijck wants to get all the rights. He's making me out to be a crook, but I am an artist, not a crook".

But, in a new turn of events, Jouret yesterday admitted that it was not his voice on the song (or any of the songs on his four albums) after all. Though he somehow blamed Deprijck for his denials up to this point, while implying that the producer was already pocketing most of the royalties from the song anyway.

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Le Soir, he said: "I don't mind saying it was not my voice. I'm the victim. I wanted to sing, but he [Deprijck] would not let me access the studio. He asked me to keep my mouth shut in exchange for 0.5% of the rights, and promised he would make a new version with my voice, which of course he never did".

Asked to comment, Deprijck's lawyer simply said: "It was time he stopped pretending otherwise".

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JOHN HITS OUT AT SOUND STRIKE
Elton John won't be signing up to the Sound Strike campaign. As previously reported, a whole stack of artists have signed up to a boycott of the US state of Arizona because of new immigration laws being introduced there which, it has been argued, will result in a new era of racial profiling and in non-whites being harassed by law enforcement officials.

Rage Against The Machine have been particularly proactive in setting up the campaign, but a diverse range of artists have vowed to not perform in the state in protest at the new laws, including Cypress Hill, Conor Oberst, Kanye West, Maroon 5, Gogol Bordello, My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, Pitbull, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg and Throwing Muses.

But Elton John will not be adding his name to that list. He played in the state this week and, according to the Arizona Daily Star, the singer told his audience: "We are all very pleased to be playing in Arizona. I have read that some of the artists won't come here. They are fuckwits! Let's face it, I still play in California, and as a gay man I have no legal rights whatsoever. So what the fucks with these people?"

It's not the only pop protest John has shunned this year. Last month he played in Israel despite opposition from some quarters who were lobbying artists to cancel gigs there in protest at the recent Gaza flotilla raid.

In related news (related to the Sound Strike that is), a US federal judge yesterday issued a temporary injunction against key parts of Arizona's new immigration laws, though State officials say they plan to appeal the decision.

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AL GOODMAN DIES
Al Goodman, one third of R&B trio Ray, Goodman & Brown, has died aged 67.

Goodman originally rose to fame as one third of Moments, a trio which also included Billy Brown and Johnny Moore and scored a hit in 1969 with 'Love On A Two-Way Street'. Moore was soon replaced in the trio by Harry Ray, and they went on to enjoy a number of other hits throughout the seventies in both the pop and R&B charts.

Moments had been created by R&B mogul Sylvia Robinson, who is perhaps better known now as the woman behind one of the earliest commercial hip hop ventures in the form of Sugar Hill Records and the Sugar Hill Gang.

When, in the late seventies, the three members of Moments started to fall out with Robinson and her team at the Stang record label they decided to go their own way but, with Robinson owning the rights in the Moments name, they needed a new moniker. Onwards they were known as Ray, Goodman & Brown and they enjoyed further hits under that name, in particular 'Special Lady', their first single release after signing to Polydor in 1979.

Goodman is survived by his son James and second wife Henrietta.

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EX-CATATONIA DRUMMER REPLACES STUART CABLE
Former Catatonia drummer Aled Richards has been announced as the replacement for Stuart Cable in the late musician's band, Killing For Company.

As previously reported, the former Stereophonics drummer was found dead at his home in the Welsh village of Llwydcoed in the early hours of 7 Jun. He formed Killing For Company in 2006 and the band had been due to play the Download festival the weekend after his death.

A close friend of Cable, Richards will perform with the band as they promote 'Former Mining Town', a charity single released as a memorial to Cable and to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and children's hospice Tŷ Hafan.

The band's frontman Greg Jones told WalesOnline: "Aled was someone who Stu knew very closely. He's someone who he respected as a musician and they'd been good friends since the Stereophonics' early days when everyone was going mad about Cool Cymru".

He continued: "It may sound corny, but that's how it feels to us because writing and playing these songs with Stuart is all we've really known for the last five years. Replacing Stu was the last thing on our minds and, because we'd been ploughing all our time and energy into promoting the charity single in his memory, it hadn't dawned on us that we'd need someone to drum for us if we got the call to go on TV and radio to promote it".

Finally, he added: "The bottom line is that Aled is someone who Stuart liked and respected as a friend and as a musician, who we can all talk about Stu in front of without him ever feeling uncomfortable. Besides, he's got some brilliant stories about life on the road with Stuart that put ours to shame. I just hope everyone realises this is a decision we've not made lightly. Stu wouldn't have wanted us to give up and I know we can do him and his fantastic talent proud".

'Former Mining Town' is available now.

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KANYE PERFORMS NEW SONGS FOR FACEBOOK STAFF
Kanye West has been plugging away in the studio recording his new album, tentatively titled 'Good Ass Job' and this week he performed a capella versions of two new songs for employees of Facebook. Because, er, well that's what you do, isn't it?

After singing for them from on top of a table, West told the assembled audience at Facebook HQ in California: "Your energy was a gift so electric, so genuine, that it really helped me give my best".

You can watch a snippet of the performance here: youtu.be/pQYi6RybLSI

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BARENAKED LADIES ON LIFE AFTER PAGE
Barenaked Ladies have been discussing the writing and recording of their latest album, 'All In Good Time', their first since the band split from vocalist Steven Page after he was arrested on drugs charges. They are now performing and recording as a four piece, splitting vocal duties between the four of them.

Keyboard player Kevin Hearn told Soundspike: "We decided we wanted to make a record, as opposed to going out on the road [without Page] and just playing old songs. We wanted to create something new. We got in there and put our shoulder to the wheel. We worked with our old friend Michael Phillip [Wojewoda], who knows us well. It was fun in that way, in the sense that he was still there working with us. It wasn't all new".

However, the band found that working as a four-piece was something that felt new. Hearn continued: "It was an exciting challenge and sort of became more of an adventure than a challenge. When you work closely creatively with a certain group of people over time and over projects, you develop a certain dynamic and a certain method and pattern and unspoken rules. We were able to dispose of all that and start fresh and recreate things a little bit, and I think we all really enjoyed that. I think the energy is evident on most of the record".

As for performing live, Hearn said that the band have refreshed much of their older material: "We've had to reinvent some of the songs - most of the songs, really. We're sharing the vocal duties a lot more. We're all singing more and all playing more. It's hard work, but we enjoy what we do. Judging by the responses we're getting form the audiences, they're enjoying the shows. We're all pretty happy right now. We're all really lucky to be doing what we're doing".

'All In Good Time' was released in April.

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SEX COULDN'T SAVE THE DINOSAURS, SAY EMMY THE GREAT
Emmy The Great has revealed that a song on her new album tackles the tricky topic of dinosaur sex. Speaking to the NME, she explained that she'd tried to make the new album less personal than 2009 debut album, 'First Love', though with limited success.

She said: "After I wrote the last album, I felt terrible about having to sing songs about someone I knew so blatantly. So, I tried to write this record based entirely on imaginary situations. Unfortunately, it didn't end up being imaginary in the end because most of the songs are about me. The first half of the album is about impending doom and the second half is about dealing with the aftermath".

But how does dinosaur sex fit into all this? Emmy explains: "Someone just said ['dinosaur sex'] out loud once and it made me laugh. The point of that song is, 'What did it do?' It did absolutely fuck all for them, did it?"

The new album is currently scheduled for release in February.

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EVERYTHING EVERYTHING TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM NEXT MONTH
Everything Everything have announced that they will release their debut album, 'Man Alive', on 30 Aug via Geffen.

The album is quite a mish mash of influences it seems. Explains bassist Jeremy: "We've never been comfortable with the indie tag. If it's Girls Aloud or Slint, it doesn't matter - if we like it we'll listen to it and work out what makes it good. There are hundreds of years of amazing music to draw on. Why place restrictions on yourself? We belong to a generation that was too young to buy into Britpop fully, so we've had no single significant pop cultural movement to throw our lot in with".

He added: "My childhood began with the fall of the Berlin Wall. It ended when I was sixteen when 9/11 happened. I grew up a tiny little village in rural Northumberland so I was very isolated during that period. I didn't have a television until I was seventeen, so I listened to the radio a lot. I was making music all the time in my bedroom - my one rule was not to sound like anyone else".

The band re-release the single, 'My Kz, Ur Bf', on 23 Aug. The video for which can be viewed here: youtu.be/RUq7tbuH00E

The tracklist for the album is this:

MY KZ, YR BF
QWERTY Finger
Schoolin
Leave The Engine Room
Final Form
Photoshop Handsome
Two For Nero
Suffragette Suffragette
Come Alive Diana
NASA Is on your Side
Tin (The Manhole)
Weights

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OUR BROKEN GARDEN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
The sometime Efterklang keyboardist Anna Bronsted has announced that she will release the second album by her solo project Our Broken Garden later this year. 'Golden Sea' will be released through Bella Union on 18 Oct.

A track from the album, 'Garden Grows', is available to listen to on SoundCloud now: soundcloud.com/bella-union/our-broken-garden-garden-grows

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JANELLE MONÁE ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW
Janelle Monáe, whose debut album 'The ArchAndroid' was released earlier this month, has announced that she will play a headline show at Koko in London on 8 Sep.

Explaining her album and her outlook, Monáe says: "Musically, 'The ArchAndroid' is an epic James Bond film in outer space. I want to be looked at as a leader and businesswoman. I really feel that music and artists have a huge influence in the way we think. My goal is to help bring as many people as I possibly can together with my music".

Tickets are available now.

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BATTLES TO HEADLINE ATP HALLOWEEN SHOW
Battles will headline ATP's annual Halloween celebration, Release The Bats, which will take place at The Forum in London on 30 Oct. Also on the line-up are Beak>, The Field, Tweak Bird, plus Walls who will play a DJ set.

Tickets are on sale at this very second.

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VILLAGE ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
The Mercury nominated Villages will be touring the UK and Ireland over the next few months. How nice.

Tour dates:

4 Aug: London, Old Vic Tunnels
5 Aug: London, Old Vic Tunnels
6 Aug: Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
7 Aug: Big Chill Festival
27 Aug: Leeds Festival
28 Aug: Reading Festival
4 Sep: Electric Picnic Festival
9 Sep: Open House Festival
12 Sep: Bestival
4 Oct: Brighton, Ballroom
5 Oct: London, Scala
6 Oct: Oxford, Academy 2
8 Oct: Lancaster, Library
9 Oct: Sheffield, The Plug

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

HAMSWELL FESTIVAL, Bath, 13-15 Aug: King Charles, Shades Of Rhythm, Subverts and Avatars are amongst the acts announced to play at this summer's Hamswell Festival. www.hamswellfestival.com

SWN FESTIVAL, Various venues, Cardiff, 21-23 Oct: Paul Heaton, Swans, Teeth and Perfume Genius are amongst the first set of acts announced to play at this year's SWN festival, with Al Lewis, Evening Chorus, Fiction, Joe Worricker, Spectrals and The Ex also confirmed to play. www.swnfest.co.uk

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: High Voltage 2010
Prog-rock from the 1970s and 1980s will always have a solid fan base of older people whose dedication to the genre is admirable. This was very evident at the Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines' High Voltage Festival. Although the programme ranged from blues to metal, and covered the majority of genres in between, headliners Emerson, Lake And Palmer ensured the prog fans were well in attendance.

The festival arena was jam-packed with all the classic fairground rides, ice-cream vans and food trailers. On top of these were few out-of-the-ordinary gems, including an on-site cinema showing 'rockumentaries' throughout both days and a small stage devoted entirely to air-guitar contests.

Saturday
The first band to grab my attention was The Black Spiders, a hard rock outfit from South Yorkshire whose mixture of high-pitched vocals, crunchy riffs and a very entertaining rhythm section went down very well. London stoner metal stalwarts Orange Goblin followed, pummelling the audience until no head was left un-banged. Then came slots on the Classic Rock stage from Irish rockers The Answer, rock n roll heroes Foreigner and Irish bluesman Gary Moore, each of which was a huge success.

Strong sets followed on the Prog Stage from the symphonic Hammond-organ playing band Bigelf from California, as well as Frank Zappa's son Dweezil, fronting Zappa Plays Zappa, and industry legends Asia. Headlining the Prog Stage today was Transatlantic, the neo-progressive supergroup who wowed the large crowd with a whirlwind of impressive musicianship and finely crafted epic songs.

Heaven And Hell's set was decidedly poignant, being a tribute to their late vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and their last show ever. The two frontmen they'd brought in to take Dio's place were good, but there was a general feeling that nobody could really fill the pint-sized rock god's boots.

In keeping with the heavier side of the day, Metal Hammer Stage headliners Black Label Society launched a barrage of intense drums and whisky-fuelled riffs that punished the crowd, shortly before ZZ Top took to the stage, giving everyone a chance to relax slightly. This was Southern rock at its finest, with wailing bluesy solos and husky vocals that made classic tracks such as 'Gimme All Your Lovin' and 'Sharp-Dressed Man' all the more memorable.

Sunday
The Quireboys kicked off the day with a foolproof mixture of old-school GNR and Aerosmith, followed by UFO's timeless blend of classic rock and virtuoso guitar solos. Lethargy, Audrey Horne and High On Fire were the first acts on the Metal Hammer stage, mixing-up a cocktail of catchy groove metal, dirty Vegas-style rock and thundering stoner metal. Steve Hackett proved popular with his very progressive set on the Prog Stage before Magnum, Uriah Heep and Argent, who all played brilliantly. The main act, Marillion, was delightfully cheesy - a serious blast from the past.

The highlights for me on Sunday were the three final bands on the Metal Hammer stage - Clutch, Opeth and Down. Each of these bands has their own very unique and heavy style that never fails to get a crowd moving or to inspire awe in those who watch them. It was with some effort that I had to tear myself away from the final few songs of Down's set so that I could catch the headliners.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an interesting choice for the Sunday headline slot. Having been away for twelve years, nobody was quite sure if they could pull it off or not. In the end they played competently, if underwhelmingly, to a diminished end-of-the-weekend crowd who were not terribly keen to take part in the invitations to "make some noise". Being probably the most progressive band of the weekend, they might have been better assigned to the Prog Stage. Despite the prog crowd being present, the more metal and hard rock-oriented fans who seemed to dominate didn't' really care.

All in all it was a great weekend, fuelled by the more eccentric and imaginative minds of the rock world. The title High Voltage may have implied a slightly faster strain of rock n roll, but it was far from disappointing, in fact it was quite the opposite. My tastes have been given a serious history lesson, and as a result have been greatly enriched. TC

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CULTURE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW ARTS FUNDING
Parliament's Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has announced it is launching a new inquiry into the UK's government's funding of arts and heritage initiatives, and is inviting submissions from key players in all the creative industries, including the music business.

The review comes as the arts takes a particularly big hit as a result of the government's current barrage of budget cuts, which have already resulted in the entire Film Council being axed. The music industry is, of course, the least subsidised of all the creative industries so will suffer less that most, though various music-focused education and business development programmes could lose out as a result of the cutbacks.

The select committee review will look at what level of public subsidy for the arts and heritage is necessary and sustainable, whether the current systems for distributing subsidies are appropriate, what impact the recent revamping of the Lottery grants system will have on the arts, whether subsidised arts groups should collaborate more to avoid duplication of work, and whether businesses and philanthropists can play a long-term role in funding arts at a national and local level.

Sounds like fun. I might look into turning the whole thing into a ground breaking piece of avante garde dance theatre. Wonder if I can get any funding for that?

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WORLD'S OLDEST RECORD SHOP RELOCATES
A Cardiff record store sometimes referred to as the "oldest record shop in the world" reopens in new premises today after leaving the property where it had been housed for six decades in June because of rising rents.

Spillers Records first opened in the Welsh capital's Queen's Arcade in 1894 selling music on wax cylinders and shellac discs. It relocated to a unit on The Hayes in the 1940s and stayed there until last month. Owner Nick Todd said the street where his shop was based had become "corporate alley" and rents were just too high to keep the operation going. He hopes the move to premises in the city's Morgan Arcade will ensure the shop can stay in business, despite the huge pressures on all indie record stores these days.

Todd did consider selling the shop back in 2006 as the music retail market became ever more challenging, but decided to stay on after a campaign by artists like the Manic Street Preachers who feared new owners might radically alter the old school record shop feel of the business that has proven so popular with musicians and music fans alike for over a century.

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BIEBER SEGWAY GETAWAY FAILS
I think we're getting a bit of a reputation for having a Justin Bieber obsession. I will tell you now, the number of Bieber stories we reject far outweighs the albeit considerable number we seem to publish. Can we help it if he's an endless source of comedy? No we can't.

Just look at this video. Earlier this week the screechy popster attempted to escape from a pack of screaming fans on a Segway. A fucking Segway! Turns out they don't go as fast as he might have liked.

youtu.be/SAAg6ePGZUE

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