7 MAR 2013

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Hailing from Falmouth but these days holed up in Brighton, Tall Ships released their eponymous debut EP in 2010. Now signed jointly to Big Scary Monsters and Blood & Biscuits, via the Pink Mist label group venture, Tall Ships released their debut album, 'Everything Touching', last October, prompting gasps and excitable reviews all round. Currently out touring the UK, the band will play The Scala in London tonight. Ahead of the show, we asked the band to put together a playlist for us more>>
After splitting up Lukestar, Truls Heggero, frontman of the Norwegian indie rock group, decided to indulge a very different side of his musical tastes as he headed into his solo career. Shirking off jangly guitars he instead applied his falsetto vocal stylings to a perhaps more natural home in R&B. Having been working away in the studio with songwriter and producer Thomas Eriksen, Heggero's first solo track, 'Out Of Yourself', hit the net last week more>>

- Billy Bragg and Korda Marshall confirmed for DIY strand at Great Escape, plus focuses on data & discovery and music marketing confirmed
- Dotcom can still sue New Zealand spy agency, though evidence to be shared limited a little
- Gaga sues insurers over cancelled Jakarta show
- Bonnie Tyler to represent UK at Eurovision
- Os Mutantes preview new LP
- Eleanor Friedberger releasing personal new record
- Bieber not fined for O2 over run, but feeling pressure of late show furore
- Neon Neon to enact new LP via live London dates
- Anti Flag playing Electric Ballroom
- Festival line-up update: Green Man, Leefest, Way Out West and more
- Power comments on Hop Farm return
- HMV's Guernsey company goes into administration
- Managers Rogers and Tudhope launch publishing JV with Kobalt
- Adam Webb joins Name PR
- Spotify and Deezer announce car deals
- Bowie's return proves that reunions are "fucking shite", says Noel Gallagher
Building on our success of being voted Live UK’s National Promoter of the Year, DHP are looking for a Concerts Assistant to assist in the promotion team with our growing number of concerts.

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This post heads the Ticketing operation for the DHP venues and Concert Promotions. DHP has its own Box Office system – alt-tickets and marketing (which this role is involved with) is carried out in-house. This role involves close working with DHP promoters on marketing events and generating sales.

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ReverbXL are seeking a full time Intern to work in our London office based in Chiswick. This is an ideal entry level position for a graduate looking to gain employment in the music industry. The position will give the chosen candidate a diverse range of experience in how a music publisher, record label and management company operates.

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Involved Management is one of the world’s leading electronic music management companies, with an artist roster that includes Above & Beyond, Mat Zo and Dusky. Involved also shares an affiliation with Anjunabeats, one of the biggest independent dance labels in the UK and currently number one in the iTunes US dance album chart.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Sydney based company representative for Australia, New Zealand and Asia. This position supports the activities of the company globally under the supervision of the London based Director, Label and Project Management. The role will cover supporting activities surrounding master rights owners as well as retail accounts. It will also have a business development aspect to the role.

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Berlin based company representative for Europe. This position supports the activities of the company globally under the supervision of the London based Director, Label and Project Management. The role will cover both supporting activities surrounding master rights owners as well as retail accounts. It will also have a business development aspect to the role.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Merlin, the global rights licensing agency representing independent labels, is looking for a talented individual to join our London team through its work experience scheme. The two month placement would involve assisting staff in the central London Merlin office for two days a week, in particular in the areas of administration, royalty reporting and general operations. The role would suit a music business student or recent graduate looking to learn more about the digital music industry, as well as new and emerging services and markets.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Listen Up is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic radio intern to primarily assist our radio department across various promotional campaigns. If you are looking to get your first foot in the door in the music industry then this could be the opportunity for you.

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Killing Moon is a London-based record label, artist management company, club night promoter and (nearly) award-winning new music blog. Due to recent expansion and gradually-increasing output through our record label, we are now seeking several spritely and talented individuals to learn about and assist on all of our operations.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
With a split role of business development and ongoing client relationship management, the candidate will be the UK based point person for INresidence artist projects, as well as being the liaison for projects with a physical component.

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The senior person in the international office for all Sales & Marketing activities. This position will work closely with label representatives and product managers to ensure maximum visibility for key projects. He/she will also manage relationships with various teams for the external clients as well as internally at INgrooves Fontana and support business development activities.

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We are looking for someone to provide operational and administrational support for the Music Team through the planning, delivery and execution of all Roundhouse music events. The successful candidate must have professional experience in music booking and promotion, event management and artist liaison; strong working knowledge of the live music industry and a good understanding of contemporary music genres; a solid understanding of technical and production elements involved in live music.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
We are a fast growing and innovative company currently looking to recruit a Digital Music Content Manager. The successful candidate will report directly to the Directors & General Manager and should have the ability to work effectively on their own and also within a team environment. We require someone who possesses strong attention to detail and ability to build business relationships. You must have three or more years experience in a similar role within a relevant sector for this position.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Domino Recording Co is seeking a skilled individual for the full-time role of Digital Operations Assistant in their London office. This position will oversee the management and generation of creative digital assets for the label under the direction of the Head of Digital with a specific focus on the label’s video catalogue, label and artist apps, image and data assets.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Colluded Talent is the artist agency division of Defected Records and represents a broad roster of leading house music and electronic music DJ/producers and performers and Defected In The House branded events. We are looking for an experienced Booking Agent to join our team.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
Eight week evening course with music journalist Lulu Le Vay (Guardian, Independent, Observer, i-D, Sleaze Nation, The Face, DJ magazine). Learn how to source hot music stories, network with industry insiders, interview artists, write reviews and features, and deliver copy under pressure. You will also get to pitch your interview and feature ideas to editors at our partner publications: Clash Magazine, Dummy, Resident Advisor and DJ Mag. Guest tutor: Matt Bennett, Deputy Editor, Clash Magazine. 

For more information including a full course description and how to book click here.
Interested in gaining marketing and promotional experience? Then a three month internship with one of the country’s leading music festivals maybe just what you are looking for. Experience what it is like in our busy, friendly office, and how to market a music festival.

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Mute is hiring. Do you have experience of working in a digital environment and have a good understanding of music marketing? Do you have a passion for music and love the idea of working within a creative and independent environment? We have a vacancy for a Junior Digital Product Manager to work within the marketing and promotions team on our wide-ranging roster.

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A rare opportunity to join the UK’s leading music and entertainment PR Agency, LD Communications. LD Digital, a division of LD Communications is expanding. We are seeking a talented and creative digital PR Account Executive with at least two years experience to join the team. If your network of digital media contacts is unrivalled and the latest social trend is another great opportunity to gain visibility, then we would like to hear from you.

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Here we go then with another batch of announcements about The Great Escape convention, the UK's premiere music business conference programmed by the CMU Insights team. And today we announce three of the themed strands that will appear, with a focus on Data & Discovery and Music Marketing, plus the return of the popular DIY strand, which this year will take place on the Saturday of the convention.

The DIY strand, supported by Arts Council England, is specifically aimed at future music industry talent and the grass roots music community, with practical workshops and panels on getting started as an artist, building a buzz for your band, managing an online presence and pursuing careers in the music business.

In addition to that lot, Billy Bragg - who confirmed this week that he'll be playing his first full UK show with his new band at The Great Escape - will also address the DIY audience, offering advice and encouragement for the next generation of artists and music business talent. Meanwhile Infectious founder Korda Marshall will also appear. A veteran of both the major and independent label system, and one of UK music's greatest A&Rs, Korda will offer advice for artists looking to form label partnerships, and for those interested in pursuing their own music ventures.

Commenting on his involvement in this strand, Bragg told CMU: "Although I've been working in the industry a long time, I have adopted an increasingly DIY approach since my last record, producing my own merchandise and CDs to be made available via my website and at gigs. I'm currently immersed in the process of applying that principle to releasing a proper album. These are exciting times for musicians and I look forward to sharing some of the insights I've gathered trying to negotiate the record industry, whilst retaining both my rights and my ability to earn a living".

While Marshall adds: "Right now is an incredibly exciting time to be a music entrepreneur, with so many of the old business models finally approaching their last breath. There are such a wonderful mix of new and different approaches being tried and tested, capitalising on new methods of income, and the amazing ease of access we now have to the worldwide marketplace. I'm really looking forward to being part of this year's Great Escape and sharing both my positive and negative experiences of DIY, and explaining how to spot and avoid the many pitfalls that can trip up artists, labels and start ups in the world of independent music".

The Focus On Data & Discovery strand will look in detail at the 'discovery services' being offered and developed by all the leading digital music players: who they are for and how should they work? Meanwhile afternoon sessions will consider some of the ways the music industry is learning to capitalise on the mountain of data now available to it, with case studies of how strategic use of analytics can enhance A&R, marketing and business planning in music.

The Focus On Music Marketing will consider how the music business should be developing and altering its marketing approach for the streaming age: does the twelve week album campaign make any sense in 2013? And are we truly capitalising on the marketing potential of the digital music platforms? Plus experts will discuss the key considerations for artists looking to build their profile in new markets. Details about specific sessions and speakers set to appear in these two strands will be announced soon.

The latest additions are added to the keynote events already announced for this year's TGE convention, which include Alan Davey, CEO of Arts Council England, launching the brand new Music Industry Talent Development Fund; Stephen Godfroy, co-owner of the Rough Trade shops revealing why he is optimistic about the future of music retail; and leading artist managers Brian Message and Garry Blackburn discussing the exciting deals they have been developing for their acts, with CMU Business Editor and TGE Convention Programmer Chris Cooke.

Delegate passes that get you access to all the panels, conversations, networking sessions and parties that take place at the TGE Convention, plus priority access to The Great Escape festival, are still currently available for the special rate of £145. Go buy!

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A New Zealand court has ruled that the intrepid Kim Dotcom can sue the country's spy agency, aka the Government Communications Security Bureau, over its investigations into the MegaUpload business ahead of the swoop in January 2012 by US and New Zealand authorities that saw the controversial file-transfer operation shutdown.

As previously reported, after the homes of four MegaUpload execs living in New Zealand were raided, just as their company's servers were being taken offline in the US, it was revealed that New Zealand police had secured the wrong kind of warrant for the raids, and later that some of the GCSB's investigations ahead of the swoop hadn't had the right legal clearances.

The New Zealand courts subsequently said that Dotcom could sue the GCSB for snooping on him and his business affairs illegally, leading to a squabble about how much of its MegaUpload papers the spy agency should have to share with the Mega chief. GCSB bosses also moved to try and have Dotcom's right to sue the agency directly taken away by the courts.

And it's that move that has been blocked by a judge this week. Although the same judge has limited the amount of MegaUpload evidence the GCSB must share with Team Dotcom to only that which the government agency shared with police ahead of last year's raids.

Dotcom and the MegaUpload team are, of course, fighting legal battles on various fronts in relation to the January 2012 shutdown, and America's efforts to extradite Dotcom to the US to face charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement.

Meanwhile Dotcom is also occupied with running the new version of Mega which launched earlier this year. That company is reportedly currently seeking a CFO to help with plans to float the new Mega business in the next eighteen months, which would be interesting if it happened.

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Lady Gaga ain't impressed with insurer Lloyds Of London, which is refusing to pay out over a concert that was due to take place in the Indonesian capital Jakarta last summer, but which was cancelled because of statements made by Muslim extremists in the country.

As previously reported, Gaga pulled out of the Jakarta show amid fears protests by supporters of the Islamic Defenders' Front at the concert could turn violent. The group had previously called the singer "vulgar", and noted that she"wears only panties and a bra when she sings, and she stated she is the envoy of the devil's child". Indonesian police had also reportedly expressed concerns about the safety of both Gaga and her fans if protests got out of control.

After the gig was cancelled, Gaga's promoters tried to recoup the losses caused by the axed show from their insurers, using clauses in their policy that allowed for compensation if cancellation was caused by "terrorism and/or sabotage or threat thereof". But the insurers insist that the Islamic Defenders' Front's statements are not sufficient to exercise that clause.

So now the singer's management and promoters are going legal on the matter, filing litigation in the Californian courts, all parties having bases in the state. Some have speculated that recovering losses from the Jakarta show has become more important for Team Gaga and her promoter Live Nation since the recent axing of a run of US shows due to the singer requiring hip surgery, and resulting in further expense.

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So, this is getting mixed reactions, but I think it's rather exciting. Though it's possible that Engelbert Humperdinck has lowered my expectations to unusually low levels. Bonnie Taylor has been confirmed as the UK's representative at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in the Swedish city of Malmo on 18 May.

The 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' star will perform a new song called 'Believe In Me', which has been penned by Brits Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide with US songwriter Desmond Child, a long-time collaborator with Tyler.

Confirming her involvement in the Euro song fest, Tyler said: "I am truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision, and especially with such a fabulous song. I promise to give this everything that I've got for the UK!"

Meanwhile Katie Taylor, the BBC's Controller of Entertainment & Events, under whose remit Eurovision falls, told reporters: "Bonnie Tyler is truly a global superstar with a fantastic voice, we are delighted she will be flying the flag for the UK in Malmo".

Here's the song, which you'll particularly enjoy if seeing (fully clothed) women up to their shins in wet sand is your 'thing'.

Shame they didn't make it a duet.

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Psychedelic Brazilian band Os Mutantes, who disbanded in 1978 only to re-band in 2006, will on 29 Apr release 'Fool Metal Jack', their first LP since 2009's 'Haih Or Amortecedor'.

Now play a montage of four songs from the record, including its title track and 'Look Out', 'Once Upon A Flight' and 'Piccadilly Willie'.

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Eleanor Friedberger, aka one half of the Fiery Furnaces, has given a name, buy date etc to her new solo LP. Released via Merge on 10 Jun, 'Personal Record' (says Friedberger) was co-written "for an intimate setting" in collaboration with artist/novelist Wesley Stace back in 2011,

Adds she: "I've always tried to make each record in a new way; now I had one right in front of me. The new songs presented themselves as love songs, and that seemed perfect for the intimacy with which I wanted to play them. And they are love songs - hellos and goodbyes, infatuation, preoccupation, loss - but not simply about romantic love".

Featured track 'Stare At The Sun' is free to take via, or to hear here.


I Don't Want to Bother You
When I Knew
I'll Never Be Happy Again
Stare At The Sun
Echo Or Encore
My Own World
Tomorrow Tomorrow
You'll Never Know Me
I Am The Past
She's a Mirror
Other Boys
Singing Time

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Justin Bieber has not been fined for running past a curfew at The O2 on Monday night. As previously reported, Bieber didn't appear on stage until after 10pm at the first London date of his current UK tour, despite the venue advertising an 8.30pm start time (he subsequently claimed the planned kick off was actually 9.30pm). The delay meant many of his young fans were up well past their bedtime, while others were dragged out of the show by their parents before the singer even appeared, assuring bedtime was met, but with plenty of tears before it.

Reports then circulated yesterday that, as well as pissing off his fans (or, rather, their legal guardians) Bieber had also been fined £10,000 for every minute he performed past the venue's 11pm curfew - 30 in total, resulting in a fine of £300,000 for him or his promoter. However, says the council, this is not the case, it imposing no such curfew or fines on artists playing the O2 Arena, which, being in the middle of a big fat dome, and surrounded by several acres of windy car parks, doesn't have many noise pollution issues.

A statement from Greenwich Council reads: "Contrary to [reports], The Royal Borough Of Greenwich has not taken any action against the owners of the O2 Arena in relation to Justin Bieber's recent performance, as no breach of our licensing conditions took place. It is simply a contractual issue between AEG and the artist involved, as there is no requirement for performances to finish by 11pm".

It continued: "The O2 is the world's most popular entertainment venue and sells over two million tickets each and every year as it plays host to many of the world's biggest names. We take any complaints made in relation to the venue very seriously, but it is an urban myth to suggest that we have ever levied a fine in relation to a performance there".

So, no six figure bill to pay, though that doesn't mean the Bieber is happy. The British media is getting to the poor boy, with its rampant speculation as to why exactly that Monday night show went up late (the allegation being that the popstar was being a petulant brat and refusing to stick to a pre-agreed schedule, choosing to play videogames instead). Latest tabloid reports say the star got a dressing down at Universal's London HQ about the PR disaster yesterday, with the major's US chiefs Skyping in their rage.

Bemoaning all the tabloid chatter, Bieber yesterday took to Twitter, Courtney Love-style (in that he rambled on aimlessly via a plethora of consecutive tweets, though to be fair he was slightly more coherent and didn't libel anyone), writing the following: "Rumors, rumors and more rumors. Nothing more, nothing less. Might talk about them one day. [Right] now I'm just gonna be positive. Can't bring me down. I'm focused on the good things in life. I'm blessed and not forgetting it. I'm giving back every day for it. Can't phase me. Fake stories to sell papers I guess are part of the job. But I'm a good person. I know that. You cant tell me different. We know the truth".

He rambled on: "As long as my family, friends, and fans are with me you can say whatever. We are all equal in God's eyes and we have a responsibility to each other. Say when I came out of my show with my shirt off, because after performing for two hours I might be sweaty, I was going into a club (really?). Or any girl I stand next to is my girl, or that I don't care, or that I don't feel, or that a nineteen year old going to a club in Europe is wild. I understand it is part of the job to be judged... but judge me on the facts, judge me on the music, and be careful of the judgement you pass".

And more: "But know this... I'm only judged by one power, and I serve him. So yeah I will continue being me. I will continue to serve, to perform, to care, to love, to smile, to dance, to play, to sing... and you are welcome to join, because I carry no hate. We got too much love for that. I'm about the music. Gonna enjoy the day and keep smiling. So should all of you. Much love. I see you beliebers = I love you".

Not sure who the "one power" doing the judging is. Nor whether they were on that Skype call.

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Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip, aka Neon Neon, have arranged to play a hat-trick of live dates at London's Village Underground on 4-6 Jun, so that's nice. Each show, designed in association with the Barbican, National Theatre Wales and playwright Tim Price, will be presented as a theatrical take on the life and times of 'Doctor Zhivago' author Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, who inspired the pair's new concept LP, 'Praxis Makes Perfect'.

A new track titled 'Mid Century Modern Nightmare' has also appeared since 'Praxis Makes Perfect' was first detailed. It features Cate Le Bon and a reading by Italian actor Asia Argento, so give it a play now.

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Pennsylvania punks Anti-Flag have added a one-night stint at London's Electric Ballroom to their live listings, their only British date of the year. They'll share the 4 Jul bill with Gnarwolves and Sharks.

Whilst you all wait for tickets to go on sale this Friday, watch this 'visual representation' of the band's last single 'Toast To Freedom', as was released last month to benefit Amnesty International and Russian activists Pussy Riot.

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So, Green Man. Wales' leading festival light (many might say) has topped off its Ben Howard and Band Of Horses-bossed roster with a third headliner, Midlake, who are newly added along with John Cale, Swans, Low and Mikal Cronin.

Next it's over to LeeFest, an event that famously began as a party in London teen Lee Denny's back garden, and is (as of this year) a three-day extravaganza featuring bands like Delphic, King Charles and Man Like Me.

Says Denny: "We believe the best festival atmospheres are created by energetic young artists, new music, and creative experiences beyond the music! We're working hard with the LeeFest community to create an incredible programme of exciting, dynamic artists and collectives - we hope you enjoy this small glimpse of the festival".

And hey, in extra essential FLUUs news, the always popular Boomtown Fair has taken on another large convoy of artists; Essex's High Definition bags Maya Jane Coles, Eats Everything and Miguel Campbell; Bristol's attractive all-dayer Love Saves The Day acquires Ghostpoet, Ben UFO, DJ Derek and Jacques Greene; Brighton pop bash Shakedown invites Labrinth, Rizzle Kicks and DJ Fresh into its VIP players' area; Hungary's Sziget confirms Empire Of The Sun, Dizzee and Katy B; wet Welsh weekend Wakestock calls on Rudimental, Wretch 32; and Sweden's excellent Way Out West bridles Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

Now lists...

BOOMTOWN FAIR, Matterley Bowl, Winchester, Hampshire, 8-11 Aug: Friction, Calyx & Teebee, LTJ Bukem, Hot Cakes (Deekline, Ed Solo, MC Rubi Dan), Zinc, South Central, Lady Waks, MC Chickaboo, DJ Die & MC Inja, Freq Nasty, Culprate, Featurecast, Micky Finn, Slipmatt b2b Billy Daniel Bunter, The Outside Agency, Stay Up Forever Takeover, Slamboree Soundsystem, Dub Boy, MC Tenja, Remarc, Current Value, Loftgroover, The Sect, Jacky Murda, Lionfire, Blackout Ja, Mach One feat MC Ribbz, Itchy & Skratchy, Run Tingz Cru feat Redskin, Major Triadz, Jayglo & Mr 50, Dephicit & Hidden Riddim, Cut La Vis & Dropsteady, Roast Beatz b2b Fly Walker, Vandal, Weasel Buster, Parasite, Junglefever, FFF, Mark EG, Broken Note, Wonka-Vision, Spongebob/Phatworld, Ed Cox, Stivs, Satta Sounds, The Allergies, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Senseless Records DJs, Audiosapien, J-Man, Scamp, Skalliwaggles, The Mayor Of Boomtown.

GREEN MAN, Glanusk, Wales, 15-18 Aug: Midlake, John Cale, Swans, Low, Lord Huron, Darkstar, Lau, Allah-Las, Sam Amidon, Mikal Cronin, Darren Hayman, Fernhill, Anna von Hausswolff, Gulp, Marika Hackman, Thought Forms, Grass House, Keston Cobblers Club, Man's An Idiot.

HIGH DEFINITION, Forest Farm, Essex, 29 Jun: Maya Jane Coles, Lee Foss, Eats Everything, Justin Martin, Lee Curtiss, Jackmaster, Miguel Campbell, Gorgon City, Hot Since 82, Roses Gabor, Andy Daniell, Hat Club DJs, Peter Bouncer, Beatboxers, Ratpack, Crissy Criss, Shut Up and Dance, Billy Daniel Bunter, Alex P, Scott Garcia, Uncle Dugs, Devious-D, DJ Vibes, Kezman & Dribz, Eddie Esp Sonic, Pique b2b Twista, Jason-J, Vinyl Vera, Diverse Reality, Evenson Allen, Shabba D, Wicked, Five Alive, 3Flow, Lyrical Groover, MC Strict, Ryder Mike, MC Lurch, Cutter.

LEEFEST, Highams Hill Farm, Warlingham, Surrey, 12-14 Jul: Delphic, The Other Tribe, King Charles, Public Service Broadcasting, Man Like Me, Fiction, Stanton Warriors, No Artificial Colours.

LOVE SAVES THE DAY, Castle Park, Bristol, 26 May: Ben UFO, DJ Derek, Ghostpoet, Jacques Greene, Lulu James, Mele, Ms Dynamite, MC Soom T, Soul II Soul, Trojan Sound System, 2 Kings, Artifact, Babyhead, Ben Pearce, Clean Bandit, Dub Boy & MC Tenja, Dutty Girl, Lil Silva, My Nu Leng, Necessary Mayhem, Rainy Milo, Reggae Roast, Riddum Tuffa, Steve Rice, The Eel, Walter Ego.

SHAKEDOWN, Stanmer Park, Brighton, 28 Oct: Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, DJ Fresh, Maverick Sabre, Delilah, Mikill Pane, Jaguar Skills, Jacob Plant, Sub Focus, Zane Lowe, Krafty Kuts, A Skillz.

SZIGET, Danube, Budapest, Hungary, 7-12 Aug: Empire Of The Sun, Everything Everything, Dizzee Rascal, Enter Shikari, Chase & Status, Tame Impala, Katy B, Peter Bjorn & John, Michael Kiwanuka, Skunk Anansie, Editors, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Ska-P, Sebastian Ingrosso, Bad Religion, Woodkid, Zaz, Skip & Die, Alex Clare, Lef Boy, Wax Tailor, Afterhours.

WAKESTOCK, Abersoch, North Wales, 12-14 Jul: Rudimental, Wretch 32, The Toddla T Sound, Mistajam, Huw Stephens, Cyril Hahn, Andy C, Fred V & Grafix, Tcts & Jacob Banks.

WAY OUT WEST, Gothenburg, Sweden, 8-10 Aug: Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

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Vince Power has denied claims made in the Kent On Sunday newspaper last weekend that his Hop Farm festival owed nearly £5 million when it went under with parent company Music Festivals plc last year.

As previously reported, the paper said that financial documents showed that Music Festivals plc subsidiary Kent Festival Ltd, which operated the Hop Farm event, owed £4.8 million when it went under, including to unpaid talent, local service providers, and the Kent Police. The paper also reported that, despite those debts and Music Festivals plc's demise, the Hop Farm festival would return this summer.

Confirming the latter part of the Kent On Sunday report, Power told CMU yesterday: "The Hop Farm will happen this year, this [the collapse of Music Festivals plc] is one blip in my career spanning over 30 years. All suppliers and artists are working with me and many of the suppliers have been with me for many years, through the Reading, Phoenix and Homelands days. They are being very supportive. I spent and paid artists alone approximately £350 million over the years".

As for the Kent On Sunday's other claims, he disputes the paper's report, arguing that while Kent Festivals Ltd did have the reported level of debt when it closed, those debts were not all related to the Hop Farm festival, as the paper implied.

He continued: "The losses reported are inaccurate. The Hop Farm never lost £4.8 million. These losses included a group of companies in Kent Festival Ltd. I have no doubt that this year's Hop Farm will be successful along with FIB Benicassim in Spain. This is a cheap piece of journalism from Kent On Sunday. It [Music Festivals plc] is a public company so all the info is public knowledge".

Finally, he said: "The local rag is supposed to be for the community. The Hop Farm Festival is loved by the people of Kent and there is no value in spreading inaccurate reports and doubt with regards to The Hop Farm Music Festival. In the words of Winston Churchill, 'Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts'".

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HMV Guernsey, which operates just one shop on the Channel Island, has gone into administration. For reasons not entirely clear to me, the HMV subsidiary responsible for the company's small presence on the island didn't formally go into administration at the same time of its UK parent company (and the HMV Jersey business) back in January.

Reps for HMV Group's administrators Deloitte have confirmed that the Guernsey outlet is now also in administration, adding that the company's one store would remain open while they sought a buyer for it. It's not known whether Hilco, the restructuring company most likely to takeover the HMV UK business, would be interested in also taking over the brand's Channel Island bases. HMV's stores in Hong Kong and Singapore were recently sold off by administrators in a separate deal.

Of course some reckon that mail-order CD sellers based on the Channel Islands, which until last year could benefit from a VAT loophole to score a 15-20% advantage over UK-based retailers, was a major contributing factor in the downfall of the HMV business.

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Artist managers Danny Rogers, who represents The Temper Trap and Gotye, and Adam Tudhope, who looks after Mumford & Sons, Keane and Laura Marling, have announced a joint alliance with Kobalt to form a new music publishing company to be called And Publishing.

The ever expansive Kobalt will provide funding to the new business as well as looking after the administration side of any rights signed up by the venture. Rogers and Tudhope will lead on all matters A&R.

Confirming the new business, Rogers told reporters: "I'm into songs, I don't care if they're from the coolest bands on the planet, or the most mainstream stars. That's one of the common bonds Adam and I share. Another is having a varied taste in music; we aren't pigeonholed into signing just one type of artist".

Elsewhere in Kobalt news, the music publishing firm announced a deal earlier this week to represent the publishing interests of the Disney Music Group in Australia and New Zealand. Hakuna matata.

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Music business PR agency Name PR has announced the appointment of Adam Webb, formerly comms man at UK Music, to the role of Senior Account Director. He will manage comms activity for a number of Name's existing clients, including Merlin, Cooking Vinyl, Essential Music & marketing and MusicTank, as well as helping Name founder Sam Shemtob further grow the business.

Webb has been working in a freelance capacity with Name for a few months now having departed UK Music last July. He also works freelance in a journalism guise, having previously written for titles including The Guardian and Music Week, and will continue to do so.

Confirming his new job, Webb told CMU: "I am delighted to be joining Sam and his team. Name has an excellent reputation within the industry and some fantastic clients, and I look forward to helping them build and develop the business".

Shemtob added: "Adam's an exceptional thinker and writer and brings a level of kudos and expertise to the team that may be unmatched. And as anybody knows, he is a total pleasure to work with. With Adam on board, we're looking forward to diversifying our offering and giving our clients a deeper, more strategic level of service than ever before".

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Ah, on-demand streaming music from the car dashboard, it's the thing of the moment is it not? And as European car makers catch up with their American counterparts in terms of adding internet-services to the in-car experience, Spotify and Deezer have both made new announcements about Volvo-related alliances.

Spotify announced a new deal with Volvo at the Geneva Motor Show. Following Spotify's recent confirmed tie-up with Ford on the in-car entertainment front, now Swedish car maker Volvo is also adding the Swedish streaming platform to its voice-activated Sensus Connected Touch system.

Spotify's Global Head Of Hardware Partnerships Pascal de Mul says: "Spotify wants to make it as easy as possible for people to enjoy all the world's music wherever and whenever they are. We know that the car is the number one environment in which people want to listen to music, so we are working to make Spotify available for drivers in as many types of car as possible. We are really excited to announce this innovative, hands-free in-dash Spotify service today with Volvo, so that even more drivers will be able to enjoy Spotify music safely while on the road".

Deezer is also coming to Volvo cars via a partnership with the Parrot infotainment platform, which also works with the net-connected Sensus Connect Touch system. Deezer will become available via the Parrot platform from May in multiple territories including Europe.

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Anyone out there hoping for Oasis to get back together and knock out a few of the old hits, well... Firstly, what is wrong with you? Second, Noel Gallagher's just realised that doing that would be "fucking shite". Actually, he thinks any band doing that is "fucking shite". And he's right. The only problem is, he now thinks that bands getting back together to write new material is fine. Which it really isn't.

Who can we blame for this? David Bowie, that's who. Gallagher told the NME: "It's great to hear his voice singing something new. The more you hear 'Where Are We Now?' the better it gets. The video's mad - like his fucking cat directed it. What it proved to me is that reunions are fucking shite. If you had turned on the news and it had said, 'David Bowie is to do a fucking series of concerts next year', everyone would have gone, 'Oh great, can't wait, that's it, let's talk about something else'. But we're still talking about that song. New music and records rule, but reunions for gigs are shit".

Less keen on Bowie is Morrissey. His plans to include a photo of himself and Bowie on an upcoming reissue of his 1989 single 'The Last Of The Famous International Playboys' were scuppered when the comeback king complained to EMI. So Morrissey has replaced it with a picture of himself with Rick Astley. And while Rickrolling is so five years ago, that is one of the finest examples of the internet meme ever seen.

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