An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 22 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The German record industry saw a slight uplift in 2013, the country's record label trade body BVMI has confirmed. According to its estimates, the recorded music market in Germany saw about a 1% uplift in revenues last year when streaming money is added to download and physical sales, resulting in about 1.45 billion euro in income. The overall increase was aided by a 12% increase in digital revenues... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: One of King Krule's circle of lost boys, Jerkcurb is Jacob Read, who lists "boredom" as his foremost interest on FB, and does "guitar music for squids". Whilst he's decidedly still at the lower ends of his climb to... wherever it is he feels like going, it'd be unwise to dismiss him as 'just a kid', mostly on the grounds of the one song he's put online, 'Midnight Snack'. A soft-scoop spoonful of peanut butter blues which... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES German record industry sees slight uplift in 2013
Kelis amongst first acts confirmed for Great Escape 2014
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LEGAL Fired Machine Head bassist sues over band business arrangements
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DEALS Aloe Blacc signs to Warner/Chappell
!K7 announces deal with Will Saul's Aus Music
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BMG appoints new CFO for US
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LIVE BUSINESS Paradigm takes a stake in CODA
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BRANDS & MERCH Official Charts jukeboxes coming to a pub near you
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Former MOG boss joins arts-app start up
New sales boss for Vevo UK
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RELEASES Psy shoots video with Snoop Dogg and G-Dragon
Duck Sauce offer free Droppings EP
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Interpol to headline NME Awards Tour
Gigs & Tours Round Up: Ja Ja Ja, Blood Red Shoes, Tokyo Police Club
Festival line-up update: Field Day, 6 Music Fest, Melt! and more
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AND FINALLY... Angel Haze: "More people should rebel against the music industry"
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INGROOVES - PHYSICAL OPERATIONS MANAGER
INgrooves is looking for a talented Operations Manager to manage all aspects of the production of physical releases outside of North America, as well as being the in-house physical distribution expert, and assisting the label management team with any client queries relating to physical distribution.

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ANJUNABEATS / ANJUNADEEP - DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Involved Productions, the home of Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep and the artist management team behind Above & Beyond, Mat Zo, Dusky, Andrew Bayer and more, are on the hunt for an exceptional individual to join our team in what promises to be the company's biggest year to date. You'll be working within a tight team of music industry specialists based on Bermondsey St, London SE1.

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LEADING ELECTRONIC LABEL SEEKS LABEL MANAGER
One of the world's leading independent electronic labels are now looking for an ambitious, experienced and creative label manager to oversee all key day-to-day aspects of the label moving forward.

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13 ARTISTS - BOOKING ASSISTANT
Gorgeous Brighton-based booking agency 13 Artists is looking for a full time assistant with extensive agency experience to work alongside Charlie Myatt. It will be busy and demanding. You must be proficient in Microsoft Office and have the ability to quickly learn bespoke booking software.

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COOKING VINYL - INTERNATIONAL MANAGER
Cooking Vinyl are looking for an International Manager to support our busy International department. We have a diverse roster including The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, Gary Numan, Billy Bragg, The Pretty Reckless, Skindred, Embrace and Suzanne Vega. You will need to have at least one years' experience of working international campaigns, as you will be expected to plan and implement artist campaigns on your own. This includes promotional campaigns, sales and marketing co-ordination, stock control and reporting.

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DWL - FREELANCE PR OFFICER
Leading music PR and artist management company DWL is looking for a press officer to work on our current artist campaigns for 7-8 weeks, starting ASAP. With a minimum of one year experience in music related PR, suitable candidates will have experience pitching features, placing reviews, dealing with both print and online outlets and have an understanding of digital and social media. Salary depending on experience.

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AUTHORITY COMMUNICATIONS - WEBSITE EDITOR
Authority Communications Ltd is looking for a Website Editor to manage websites, mailing lists and social media platforms for our roster of global music clients. You will have 2-3 years of industry experience, the ability to deliver compelling copy to tight deadlines, a good working knowledge of HTML and Photoshop and an intimate familiarity with social networking platforms of all kinds.

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DOMINO RECORDING CO LTD - INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANT
Domino Recording Co Ltd is seeking an International Assistant to be part of the Domino International Team, supporting all work across campaigns. The role requires good organizational and computer skills including some experience in these areas: collecting sales figures, servicing digital music and videos, providing marketing tools and merchandising to the territories and assisting on some aspects of international promotions.

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PRS FOR MUSIC - INTERNATIONAL ANALYST (BUSINESS AFFAIRS)
PRS for Music is looking for an Analyst to support the International Business Affairs team’s objectives of revenue growth, increased market penetration and the maintenance of good relations with overseas affiliates.

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DISCIPLE MEDIA - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
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German record industry sees slight uplift in 2013
The German record industry saw a slight uplift in 2013, the country's record label trade body BVMI has confirmed. According to its estimates, the recorded music market in Germany saw about a 1% uplift in revenues last year when streaming money is added to download and physical sales, resulting in about 1.45 billion euro in income. The overall increase was aided by a 12% increase in digital revenues and a relatively modest further slip in physical sales of only 2%.

The boss of the BVMI, Dr Florian Drücke, told Billboard: "The successful holiday season and the big demand for physical records supported a positive development in the second half of the year. The strategies of the industry and the diversity of options for music listening have gone down well with music fans. Nevertheless, we are still at the beginning of a path with a lot of unknowns - whether it will be possible to have a sustained increase in the future depends not only on the efforts of the music companies and the music services, but also that of the illegal use of music on the internet".

After a decade of decline in most key markets, the record industry is now generally reporting slightly more optimistic figures around the world, either slowing decline or slight growth, as digital comes of age; and overall the worldwide record industry saw a tiny bit of growth in 2012. Though recorded music income is still a long way off its 1990s peak, and what is often harder to assess (because such figures are not so readily available) is to what extent the extra artist revenue streams that many labels are now sharing in are compensating for the record sale income decline.

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Kelis amongst first acts confirmed for Great Escape 2014
Europe's bestest (and we're in no way biased here) showcase festival The Great Escape has announced the first hundred bands set to play at this year's event, which will again take over the city of Brighton, from 8-10 May.

In the amongst the stack of talent now confirmed for this year's bash is the line-up to the first of the TGE Dome Shows, which take place in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall each night of the festival. And on the Saturday night, the Dome will be headlined, rather excitingly, by the one and only Kelis, fresh from her recent signing to Ninja Tune and the April release of her sixth album. Support at the Dome show, which requires a 'top up' ticket for guaranteed access, will come from Ella Eyre.

As for the other acts confirmed, the full list is below, though notable amongst them are the four acts so far confirmed from this year's featured country at TGE, Finland, in the form of Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Satellite Stories, Sin Cos Tan and The Scenes. Acts from no less than 25 countries will appear at this year's Great Escape, continuing the festival's reputation as a truly international music gathering.

After revealing the first hundred bands to play this year, TGE Festival Director Kat Morris told CMU: "This will be our ninth festival, and it really feels like the event has become stronger year-on-year. The Great Escape prides itself on showcasing the very best upcoming talent and we aim to produce a line-up that shows a true cross section of emerging artists, locally and internationally, and offer hundreds of incredible gigs, accessible to festival-goers with just one wristband. We're really excited by how this year's line-up is shaping up".

As always, the TGE Festival sits alongside the CMU Insights-programmed TGE Convention, which will this year include six core half-day strands each focused on a different aspect of the music business, and offering insight presentations, panel debates and expert interviews. The first of those to be confirmed is Maximising Music Rights, in association with PPL and PRS For Music, providing an overview of the music rights sector, with focuses on neighbouring rights and tools for protecting IP, and an interview with Mike Weatherly MP, IP Advisor to David Cameron.

Look out for announcements about the other strands very soon, meanwhile get yourself a delegate pass - ensuring access to all core convention events and priority access to festival venues (subject to capacity) - for the special price of £145 here.

And here is the first list of bands playing: Amber Run, Andy Shauf, Arc Iris, Arthur Beatrice, As Animals, Autobahn, Baby In Vain, Baby Strange, Beard Of Wolves, Beautiful Boy, Benjamin Clementine, Black City Lights, Blaenavon, Broken Twin, Charli Xcx, Cherub, Chlöe Howl, Circa Waves, Cleo T, Courtney Barnett, D/C, Dark For Dark, Darlia, Denai Moore, Dive In, Dolomite Minor, Doom Squad, Douglas Dare, Dune Rats, Ella Eyre, Erotic Market, Fabienne, Fat White Family, Female Smell, Femme, Flux Pavilion, Flyte, Ftse, Future Islands, Fyfe, Gianna Lauren, Ginger And The Ghost, Glory Glory, Hannah Georgas, Hermitude, Holy Strays, Hsy, Human Pyramids, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Jay Arner, Jeremiah Jae, Jeremy Neale, Jungle, Kelis, Labyrinth Ear, Leon T Pearl, Lonely The Brave, Lovepark, Major Leagues, Marika Hackman, Matthew And The Atlas, Max Marshall, Mickey Lightfoot, Money For Rope, New Desert Blues, Oliver Wilde, Orval Carlos Sibelius, Oy, Pawws, Phox, Powder Blue, Rejjie Snow, Rosie Lowe, Royal Blood, Russian Red, Saint Raymond, Samaris, Satellite Stories , September Girls, Shopping, Shy Nature, Sin Cos Tan, Slaves, Stubborn Heart, Sundara Karma, The Bony King Of Nowhere, The Creases, The Crooked Brothers, The Darlingtons, The Oscillation, The Scenes, Theo Verney, Tove Lo, Traams, Traumahelikopter, Travis Bretzer, Wet, White Lung, Wilsen, Womans Hour, Young Summer, Youth Man, Yumi And The Weather.

Fired Machine Head bassist sues over band business arrangements
Former Machine Head bassist Adam Duce, fired in February last year, has sued his former bandmates and manager, accusing them of firing him to get a larger cut of band income. He also claims that frontman Robb Flynn was already taking a larger cut of the money earned than had been agreed under their partnership.

The line-up of the band which operated from 2002 to 2013 (when he was fired), featuring Duce, Flynn, guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer David McClain, formed two business entities to manage the band's income - a general partnership, and a company called Head Machine Touring Inc. Despite an agreement that each member owned 25% of the company, Flynn received a greater proportion of the money, claims Duce.

According to Courthouse News, in his lawsuit, Duce says that despite their albums and tours becoming more successful in the decade before he was fired, he "became concerned with how little income he was receiving, despite the time and hard work put in to developing the band".

He claims that he raised his concerns with Flynn and band manager Joseph W Huston, but never received a satisfactory answer. Things came to a head after a European tour, which reportedly earned the band over $3 million. The lawsuit continues: "After receiving very little compensation despite the millions the band was bringing in, plaintiff requested and reviewed the records from the tours. Plaintiff found that Huston, Flynn, and PFM [Provident Financial Management] had squandered money throughout the trip without consulting plaintiff for the vast majority of 'expenses'".

After Duce was fired, Flynn published a statement on the band's website saying that the bassist had "quit Machine Head well over a decade ago. He just never bothered to tell anyone". Duce disputes this and accuses Flynn of "directly attacking [his] work ethic". The actual reason for his firing, claims Duce, was that the band were about to sign a new record deal with Nuclear Blast America (also a defendant), and wanted a larger cut of any profits that came from it.

However, says Duce, although he is no longer a member of the band, he still owns a stake in their business interests. But, it's alleged, he has not received any payments since being fired, and no agreement has been reached regarding his share of future royalties. As well as this, he claims that his likeness has continued to be used for promotional purposes and on the band's website without permission.

In a long list of complaints, Duce is seeking damages from the band, their management and label for breaching their business agreements, trademark infringement, negligence, defamation, and unfair competition. He also wants the band to be prohibited from using the Machine Head name, on the grounds that, as founder member who was part of the group for over 20 years, it is still strongly associated with his name.

Aloe Blacc signs to Warner/Chappell
US singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc has signed a new worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell.

Warner/Chappell's President for North America said of the deal: "Aloe is an extraordinary singer, a brilliant songwriter and storyteller, and a truly charismatic performer. His music brings a genre-crossing range of influences together into a unique, compelling voice all his own. I believe Aloe is a truly timeless artist who has only scratched the surface of his enormous talent. I am thrilled that he has chosen to join the Warner/Chappell family, and we are eagerly looking forward to working with him to realise his vision".

The deal covers his recent 'Wake Me Up' EP (except the title track, an acoustic version of the Avicii single on which he appeared last year, which Warner/Chappell only has the rights to in North America), as well as his forthcoming third album, 'Lift Your Spirit', and all future songwriting.

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!K7's announces deal with Will Saul's Aus Music
!K7 Records yesterday announced a new deal with producer Will Saul through which it will provide label and distribution services to his Aus Music label.

Explaining the arrangement, !K7 Records' Head Of A&R Phil Howells told CMU: "Aus is hugely successful at what it does but Will wanted the flexibility to sign and develop artists over the longer term into the album market and together we can achieve that. In addition we are aiming to create a synergy between the expanded roster and the existing Aus events business and expand that as well, creating a truly modern electronic dance label business model in the process".

Saul, meanwhile, said: "I'm really excited to be working with the !K7 team going forward. I've been a big fan of the music they've released and the brand they've built for as long as I've been into electronic music. Their experience, resources and network will allow me to sign and develop artists for albums, and build and expand our business into other areas within the music industry, which for me is a dream come true".

BMG appoints new CFO for US
BMG has confirmed the appointment of former EMI man Joe Gillen to the role of CFO for its North American business, overseeing finance, accounting, income tracking and good old royalty audits. He actually joined the music rights firm at the start of the month, having been most recently SVP at Capitol in the US, originally part of EMI and more recently a division of Universal Music.

Confirming the appointment, BMG Group's overall CFO Maximilian Dressendoerfer told CMU: "I am very excited to have Joe taking on this key role for which he is ideally suited. As BMG further expands its master business and in particular our innovative artist services model, Joe's record industry background will be invaluable".

Gillen himself added: "Over the past several years, BMG has developed into one of the most fast-growing and progressive companies in the world of music and rights management. I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the executive leadership of the company, and I look forward to helping BMG lead innovation by continuing to place the needs of artists and writers at the heart of our business model".

Paradigm takes a stake in CODA
US-based talent agency Paradigm has announced it has acquired 50% of London-based booking agency CODA. The two firms say that the deal grew from a "longstanding, successful relationship", and that it will "enable the two agencies to pool their expertise and resources on a global basis".

Confirming the alliance, CODA Director Rob Challice told CMU: "We have had an excellent working relationship with the guys at Paradigm for many years. We share similar philosophies and values and are particularly aligned in our views on developing artists' live careers. All the directors here at Coda are agents and will continue to be so. Our passionate, hands-on approach to our work and the way we run our business is not going to change at all".

Meanwhile Paradigm CEO Sam Gores added: "We could not be happier to start the new year with this partnership with CODA, a terrific group of agents who are dedicated to growing artists careers the right way. This furthers our strategy of aligning with agencies around the globe that share our values and our commitment to the highest quality representation".

Official Charts jukeboxes coming to a pub near you
It's all well and good all these popstars recording all this music, but how the hell do we get to hear it? Especially if we want to be drunk at the same time. It's alright, the Official Charts Company has the answer*.

Over the next twelve months, Official Charts Company-branded jukeboxes will be appearing in 250 pubs and bars across the UK. On them you'll be able to play all the tracks in the Official Singles Chart, as well as anything off any of the top ten albums that week.

The OCC has had a partnership with jukebox manufacturer Soundnet since 2006 to provide the Top 40 to its network of 12,500 machines, and this new brand partnership deal seemingly extends that alliance.

*I'm going to guess that the Official Charts Company would like me to tell you that it does not advocate drinking to excess. Actually, on the safe side, let's just say the OCC doesn't advocate drinking at all. Not alcohol. Not anything. Liquid is for losers. Don't drink, kids.

Former MOG boss joins arts-app start up
As the all singing, all dancing (well, mainly singing) Beats Music went live for mobile-users in the US of A yesterday, the man behind the streaming service that the Beats company originally acquired, MOG, has popped up at another music tech start-up.

Well, actually David Hyman has joined Chosen.fm, which he describes as "a mobile application company focused on changing how we interact and engage with the performing arts", so the in-development app will actually go beyond just music.

Other specifics about the San Francisco-based Chosen.fm are yet to be revealed, though Hyman told reporters after confirming his appointment there that: "Chosen is right up my alley. Music is my passion, and I see this as an exciting opportunity to expand my interests into video and the broader spectrum of the performing arts".

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New sales boss for Vevo UK
The UK wing of pop porn peddler, I mean quality music video provider, Vevo, has a new Sales Director in the form of James Cornish. Reporting into Vevo's UK GM Hong Nguyen, Cornish will oversee the sales operations for the ad-funded music service.

Confirming the appointment, Nguyen told CMU: "I'm very pleased to welcome James to Vevo today, his appointment marks a significant strengthening of our UK sales team. James' extensive skills and experience, particularly in the digital and connected TV space, will be invaluable as we continue to grow our sales opportunities and develop our long term strategy in the UK".

Cornish himself added: "I'm incredibly excited to be joining what is a fantastic team at Vevo. There simply isn't another opportunity in market - with Vevo's scale - to connect brands and advertisers with premium video experiences around the one of the most powerful and influential media - music".

  Approved: Jerkcurb
One of King Krule's circle of lost boys, Jerkcurb is Jacob Read, who lists "boredom" as his foremost interest on FB, and does "guitar music for squids". Whilst he's decidedly still at the lower ends of his climb to... wherever it is he feels like going, it'd be unwise to dismiss him as 'just a kid', mostly on the grounds of the one song he's put online, 'Midnight Snack'.

A soft-scoop spoonful of peanut butter blues which, 'lite' though it is, is somehow still ridden with some true soul grit, it is, I guess, Jerkcurb's 'Out Getting Ribs', ie the Krule track which, despite being written in 2010 under his old monikor Zoo Kid, wound up dusted off and put on his first big time LP, 2013's '6 Feet Beneath The Moon'.

For those hungering for more, if you dig around long enough online, you'll find the crumbs of Hotel Soap, Read's cloud-jazz doublet with his friend Xan. And/or this 'Indoor Fountain Feelings Mix' he did for Dig That Treasure!, which covers a lot of dusty ground, from John Maus, to The Reels, to 'Evening Harmony', a 1969 spoken word piece by composer Ruth White. Or just listen to 'Midnight Snack', which tops the lot.
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Psy shoots video with Snoop Dogg and G-Dragon
Mother-father K-pop man Psy has, confirms his label in Korea, YG Entertainment, cast Snoop Dogg/Lion/Mineral in the official clip for his latest single.

Whilst the track's title, release date and general 'vibe' are still TBA, it is a stone cold fact that Snoop, and also G-Dragon (aka singer, MC and leader of K-pop boyband BIGBANG, basically the Korean Harry Styles, with added rapping), are involved.

YG speculates it is "highly likely" that Psy's new LP, which may conceivably feature Steven Tyler, will be ready for a February release, adding that Snoop also "takes part" in the album. For now, a photo of him 'taking part' in a game of old-fashioned pool will have to do.

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Duck Sauce offer free Droppings EP
Duck Sauce have doled out a nice dollop of gratis tracks, which is to say that they're giving away a new EP titled 'Duck Droppings'.

Carrying four songs in total, which all have inevitably silly titles, it's available to download via this link.

Interpol to headline NME Awards Tour
NME has confirmed Interpol will headline its Awards Tour, the one that's sponsored, somehow, by the city-come-brand of Austin, in Texas, the USA. The all-American band, who 100% aren't splitting any time soon, will lord it over Temples, Royal Blood and Circa Waves over the course of eight Awards Tour shows in all, with all four acts playing as listed:

18 Mar: Glasgow, Academy
19 Mar: Leeds, Academy
20 Mar: Manchester, Academy
22 Mar: Liverpool, Academy
23 Mar: Nottingham, Rock City
25 Mar: Birmingham, Academy
26 Mar: Bristol, Academy
27 Mar: London, Brixton Academy

Of course, the above Awards Tour isn't to be confused with the Awards Shows that NME is putting on next month, oh no. Those shows, the Awards Shows, of which there are 24 in all, will take place across various spots in London from 3-25 Feb, and feature the likes of Phoenix, Parquet Courts, Speedy Ortiz, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Superfood and a just-added Chvrches. Look to this link for info on all that.

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Gigs & Tours Round Up: Ja Ja Ja, Blood Red Shoes, Tokyo Police Club
London's topmost Nordic bands showcase night Ja Ja Ja is back again on 13 Feb following a Christmas break, staging another big gig spotlighting Scandinavian artists, and Scandinavian artists only. Stationed at The Lexington, the show will feature Norwegian 'viddeblues' band Atlanter, Danish singer-songwriter Schultz & Forever, and wavey Icelandic trio Vök. £5 advance tickets are available at this link, whilst a mini insight into the night, via the visual for Schultz & Forever's simply dreamy new single 'Falling' is, well, here.

Meanwhile, Brighton rockers Blood Red Shoes have planned a series of bassist-free live dates, which they'll be headlining with support (and fellow two-piece strings-drums) units DZ Deathrays and Slaves. The tour, in turn, will support BRS's eponymous new LP, which is released, the same as their new single 'An Animal', on 3 Mar. The dates themselves start on 22 Apr in Nottingham and run through to 2 may in Leed. Full dates here.

Says the band's Steven Ansell: "The new album is full of songs that we've been aching to play live since we finished recording, so April can't come around soon enough for us. We've also decided to ban bass players from the stage and hook up two of our favourite bands of the moment as our revolving supports - we've got DZ Deathrays and Slaves playing every night, so it's a two-piece guitar and drums overload tour. Intensity in ten cities".

And finally for today, Ontario alt-pop squad Tokyo Police Club will patrol off on a string of shows in March, as part of the motion promoting 'Forecefield', their first LP since 2010's praise-winning 'Champ'. That's released on 24 Mar, only days prior to the start of the tour, which kick off at King Tut's in Glasgow on 27 Mar and finish up at The Scala in London on 1 Apr. Peek at the dates in full here, and then check out racy 'Forcefield' track 'Hot Tonight'.

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Festival line-up update: Field Day, 6 Music Fest, Melt! and more
So, the Beeb is staging an alternative radio station spin-off festival this year (alternative to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, that is), in brand new Manchester event the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival. Linked, as you've guessed, to indie hub BBC 6 Music, its two-day line-up is fronted by The National and Damon Albarn, with James Blake, Jake Bugg, Wild Beasts, Franz Ferdinand and Haim also down to play live. Unlike Big Weekend, you have to pay for your own tickets, which go on sale this Friday.

In Field Day (which this year is more Field Weekend) news, acts inc SBTRKT, Blood Orange, The Horrors, Courtney Barnett and East India Youth have been tacked to the London festival's Pixies and Metronomy-headed bill. Which is ace.

Stay tuned for more on all that plus a scorching first line-up edit to Germany's exclamatory Melt!, and details of additions newly made to Rhythmtree and Westport Music Festival, and a last-minute reminder of the acts on show at Brazil-based MecaFestival...

BB6 RADIO 6 MUSIC FESTIVAL, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, 28 Feb - 1 Mar: The National, Franz Ferdinand, HAIM, The Horrors, Midlake, Kelis, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts, Metronomy, Drenge, Jagwar Ma, James Blake, Luke Sital-Singh, Nick Mulvey, Jimi Goodwin, Lykke Li, Kiran Leonard, Outfit, Craig Charles, Groove Armada (DJ set), Tim Burgess, X-Press 2, Mary Anne Hobbs, Peter Hook, Gilles Peterson, Nemone, Don Letts. www.bbc.co.uk/events/e8gmxj

FIELD DAY, Victoria Park, London, 7-8 Jun: The Horrors, SBTRKT, Temples, All We Are, Blood Orange, Courtney Barnett, Charlotte OC, DJ Barely Legal, East India Youth, Éclair FiFi, Erol Alkan b2b Daniel Avery, Evian Christ, Fat White Family, Gerd Janson, Ghostpoet, Huw Stephens, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Jackmaster & Oneman, Jagwar Ma, Lunice, Moxie, Pawws, Ryan Hemsworth, SBTRKT, Simian Mobile Disco, Slackk b2b Samename, SOHN, Sophie, Teleman, Tim Burgess (DJ), Todd Terje, Vessel. www.fielddayfestivals.com

MECAFESTIVAL, Maquiné, Brazil, 24-26 Jan: Charlie XCX, Friendly Fires, Klangkarussell, Savoir Adore, DJ Pedro Bertoletti, DJ Juli Baldi, DJ Fran Piovisan, DJ Daniel Lacet, The First Limbo, CallMeLolla, Audac, Copacabana Club, Bonde do Rolê, Aldo, Database, DJs Zeh Pretim, DJs All For Music, DJs Club688, Mimpi Film Festival, Acústico Gelpi, Rio Shock, The First Limbo, Thiago Pethit, CallMeLolla, Audac, Copacabana Club, Aldo, Filipe Mustache, João Brasil, Fatnotronic, Cix & Yasmin, Ricardo Brautigam, Rapha Lima, Filipe Mustache, DJ Zeh Pretim, Guil Salles, Dre Guazzelli, Database, Ale Salles, F82, Lalai + Ola, Dago Donato. www.mecafestival.com.br

MELT!, Ferropolis, Grafenhainichen, Germany, 18-20 Jul: Portishead, Royksopp & Robyn, Moderat, Fritz Kalkbrenner, HAIM, Metronomy, Erol Alkan b2b Daniel Avery, Baauer, Bilderbuch, Bonaparte, Boys Noize, BrEaCh, Brodinski, Chet Faker, Chromeo, Dillon, Dusky, Ellen Allien, FM Belfast, Fuck Buttons, Gesaffelstein, Ame, Dixon, Kim Ann Foxman, Mano le Tough, Marcus Worgull, Recondite, Jackson and his Computer Band, Jagwar Ma, Lone, Lulu James, Kolsch, Mighty Oaks, Milky Chance, Modeselektor, The Notwist, Kele Okereke, Omar Souleyman, Ten Walls, Tensnake, Thees Uhlmann & Band, Tiga, tINI. www.meltfestival.de

RHYTHMTREE, Three Gates Farm, Shalfleet, Isle Of Wight, 18-20 Jul: Da Lata, Hackney Colliery Band, Myles Sanko, The Outlanders, Warra, Resonators, Batch Gueye, Lokkhi Terra, Funkshy. rhythmtree.info

WESTPORT FESTIVAL, Westport House, County Mayo, Ireland, 28-29 Jun: Sinead O'Connor, The Divine Comedy, The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, Kila, The Selecter, Bjorn Again, Tony Joe White, Bootleg Beatles, The Hot Sprockets, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, Alien Envoy, The Cast of Cheers, Lisa O'Neill, Daithi, We Cut Corners, Enemies, Windings, Tvvins, Elaine Mai, Dott, Boyfights, The Depravations, Rudy Trixx, It Was All A Bit Black & White, My Fellow Sponges, Zero Era, and Tracy Bruen. www.westportfestival.com

WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, 30 May - 1 Jun: Newton Faulkner, Gentleman's Dub Club, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, LaChiva Gantiva, Bipolar Sunshine, Glitches, Lloyd Yates, Sam Garrett, Phoria. www.wychwoodfestival.com

Angel Haze: "More people should rebel against the music industry"
Everyone's far too scared of pissing off their record companies, or so says Angel Haze. And she is qualified to speak on this subject, because at the end of last year she leaked her (really very good) debut album, 'Dirty Gold', out of frustration that Universal wasn't going to release it until March.

She tells the NME: "I did it because I was frustrated. I felt completely brushed off. I leaked the album for personal reasons. It was about saying 'Don't fuck with me, dude' because, at the end of the day, I'll always choose my artistry".

The label did ultimately bring the release forward, so it's a win as far as she's concerned. She continued: "Everyone thinks I'm this rambunctious fireball that does whatever she wants, and I'm not. But I do think more people should rebel against the music industry - if the machine doesn't work for you, you break it and you fix it and you make it work for you instead. There are no other options aside from getting fucked - and I don't think many people want that".

 
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