An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Tuesday 28 January 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Live music firm MAMA & Company has confirmed that co-founder Dean James is leaving the business "to focus on his outside interests". As previously reported, James stood down as CEO of the company, in something of a surprise move, last August. James co-founded MAMA in 2005 with business partner Adam Driscoll, morphing the Channelfly company that had grown out of the Barfly... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Independent Venue Week kicks off today, beginning six days of celebratory shows in a selection of the UK's finest venues. Radiohead's Colin Greenwood is acting as ambassador for the event this year, which may or may not mean anything beyond the headlines that grabbed upon the announcement of his role. He did give a lengthy interview to Drowned In Sound about small venues, though the... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES MAMA confirms that founder James has departed
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LEGAL Prince launches $22 million lawsuit against bootleg sharers
Courtney Love cleared of Twitter defamation
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Apple users sight iTunes Radio outside US
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ARTIST NEWS UB40 hit out at former members' use of their band's name
3/5 of The Wanted go solo (so far)
Fat White Family sell merch to finance trip to the States
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RELEASES Release round-up: Kylie Minogue, Afghan Whigs, Barbra Streisand, Swans, Lana Del Rey and Todd Terje
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Arctic Monkeys list Marlay Park date
Steve Mason, King Creosote to support Gastonbury fundraiser
Bring Me The Horizon add Wembley Arena date
Festival line-up update: Wireless, Bestival, Liverpool Sound City and more
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AWARDS GIT Award announces new Ones To Watch prize
Arctic Monkeys win music prize at South Bank Awards
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AND FINALLY... Madonna dons her grill just to piss you off - yes, you
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EAST VILLAGE CLUB, LIVERPOOL - VENUE MANAGER
MAMA & Company are recruiting for an experienced Venue Manager for the East Village Arts Club, Liverpool. This is an exciting opportunity to join Liverpool's newest live music, club and arts venue based in the City Centre.

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EAST VILLAGE CLUB, LIVERPOOL - DUTY MANAGER
MAMA & Company are recruiting for an experienced Duty Manager for the East Village Arts Club, Liverpool. This is an exciting opportunity to join Liverpool's newest live music, club and arts venue based in the city centre.

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MINISTRY OF SOUND - DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR AND COPYWRITER
Ministry Of Sound are looking for a new Digital Content Editor and Copywriter to launch their brand new website. Ministry Of Sound, established in 1991, has grown from a world famous nightclub in London to become the world's biggest dance brand. With the club, international live events, record label and millions of compilations record sales across the world, Ministry Of Sound truly is the home of dance music.

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MUTE - INTERNATIONAL MARKETING & PROMOTIONS MANAGER
Mute are looking for an International Marketing & Promotions Manager to join their West London based team. Candidates for this role should have previous experience building international marketing plans for a wide range of artists using traditional and digital methods.

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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 - ASSISTANT WITH EXTENSIVE AGENCY EXPERIENCE
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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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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[PIAS] ARTIST & LABEL SERVICES - LABEL MANAGER
[PIAS] Artist & Label Services has one of the most experienced label management teams in the business. We are looking to add to the team and bring in a new label manager to work alongside us in supporting the broad range of labels with whom we work.

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GET INVOLVED - PR/MEDIA SPECIALIST
Leading event marketing agency/festival promoter Get Involved is looking for an experienced national PR Officer to work across live events, festivals and consumer brands.

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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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OFFICIAL CHARTS COMPANY - CONTENT & MARKETING ASSISTANT
The Official Charts Company is expanding: Do you know your Miley from your Kylie and have a passion for writing, content marketing, social media? Then read on!

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WILDLIFE ENTERTAINMENT - OFFICE MANAGER (MATERNITY COVER)
Office Manager/PA required for maternity cover contract for London-based established artist management company. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of two years PA experience in the entertainment industry.

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DISCIPLE MEDIA - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Disciple Media is looking for a business development executive. Your job will be to identify musicians who will thrive on our mobile platform and manage the sales pipeline.

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MAMA confirms that founder James has departed
Live music firm MAMA & Company has confirmed that co-founder Dean James is leaving the business "to focus on his outside interests". As previously reported, James stood down as CEO of the company, in something of a surprise move, last August.

James co-founded MAMA in 2005 with business partner Adam Driscoll, morphing the Channelfly company that had grown out of the Barfly venue in Camden in the late 1990s into a multi-disciplined music firm, with interests in venue management, tour and festival promotion, artist management, and brand and media partnerships.

MAMA was then acquired in 2010 by HMV, becoming the live and talent division of the ailing retailer. Driscoll departed at this point, but James stayed on to lead the business as an HMV division before, three years later, realising that HMV was now ailing into oblivion, spearheading a management buy-out that put MAMA, minus its Hammersmith Apollo venue, back into independent ownership.

The MAMA & Company that James leaves behind continues to run a network of venues around the UK, as well as operating a tour and festival promotion business, which stages or has interests in events like Wilderness, Lovebox, Global Gathering and The Great Escape. The services side of the firm continues to offer music-focused brand, production and media services, in addition to owning monthly music mag The Fly.

Confirming James' departure yesterday, the company told CMU: "MAMA has confirmed that Dean James has decided to leave the business. Having steered the business out of HMV in 2012 and back into independent ownership he has decided to focus on his outside interests. Dean has played a key role throughout the life of MAMA in its various forms having originally founded the business in 2005. The MAMA board thanks Dean for his contribution and wishes him well for the future".

Details about the senior management structure at MAMA moving forward are expected in due course, though the firm said it had no further comment at this time.

Prince launches $22 million lawsuit against bootleg sharers
Prince has been looking like a pretty chilled out guy of late. He's emerged as a Twitter comedian, appeared in a TV sitcom, and decided to give out all the details about his new band 3rdeyegirl's upcoming UK tour in Lianne La Havas's living room. But if you thought the burning rage that bubbles inside him whenever he sees his music shared online had died down, you would be wrong. Even though most people ceased to use the internet three and a half years ago.

The latest in a long line of lawsuits brought against internet users by Prince was filed earlier this week, addressing one of his particular bugbears - the sharing of bootlegged live recordings. Having forced offline a whole load of six second clips of his SXSW performance from Vine last year, he has now filed legal papers demanding a total of $22 million in damages from 22 people who have shared full live recordings of his music on the net.

The lawsuit notes that the evil file-sharers in question have all used Google's Blogger platform and/or Facebook to share bootlegs of his performances, one in particular providing links to 393 recordings on various different file-sharing services. It also notes that Prince has not been able to identify the real names of any of the file-sharers, hence they are being sued under their online usernames.

The defendants, it's also noted, often speak to each other to exchange bootlegs directly. Like, say, fans of an artist might do. However, according to the claim, the sharing of these recordings has "caused and will continue to cause substantial, immediate and irreparable injury to Prince for which there is no adequate remedy at law".

As such, he is seeking at least $1 million in damages per defendant, as well as costs, legal fees and any profits (and interest on those profits) the defendants may have made from his recordings. He also wants the music impounded and returned to him. Though if he wanted it that badly, surely he could just download it himself.

The lawsuit demands that the 22 defendants are tried by jury. It remains to be seen how far this case gets.

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Courtney Love cleared of Twitter defamation
Courtney Love has been cleared of defaming her former attorney Rhonda Holmes in a tweet posted in 2009.

As previously reported, Holmes worked for Love at a time when the singer believed that the estate of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, was being mismanaged and that various unnamed individuals had stolen assets and posthumous earnings, which should have gone to her and daughter Frances Bean. The attorney investigated those concerns.

But Love's working relationship with Holmes came to an end in 2009, after which she tweeted: "I was fucking devastated when Rhonda J Holmes esq of San Diego was bought off", implying that the lawyer had done a deal with the people she was meant to be investigating.

Refuting that allegation, Holmes subsequently sued for defamation in 2011, claiming that her reputation had been harmed by her former client's online outburst. But, after the case eventually reached court last week, it took eight days for a jury to decide that Holmes had failed to make a strong enough case.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Love herself argued that she had intended to send the tweet as a private message, and when she realised she had not, she quickly deleted it. Among the various people to testify was a social media expert who told the court that there was no evidence that the message had been retweeted, thus reducing its impact.

In the case, Love also spoke of the alleged theft of money from the Cobain estate, saying that she had hired Holmes after several other entertainment lawyers failed to help. Holmes apparently uncovered evidence of irregularities, which, Love added, left her feeling "elated, like I wasn't wearing a tinfoil hat anymore". But later she and Holmes stopped speaking (Love says she never fired Holmes, Holmes says different), which led her to believe that Holmes had been "bought off". The fact that Love believed this to be true at the time she sent the tweet was key to her case, and the final verdict.

This is not, of course, the first Twitter-based defamation lawsuit against Love. Fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir also sued in 2009 after the singer called her an "asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief". They eventually reached a settlement, but in September, Simorangkir sued the singer for defamation a second time, after Love appeared on Howard Stern's radio show and discussed the case.

According to The Reporter, Simorangkir's second lawsuit said that, despite Love initially saying in the interview that she'd learned her lesson, she then "in the same breath ... blatantly defamed Simorangkir by falsely accusing her of stealing from Love and claiming that this purported theft was captured on closed circuit television videos. Love even went as far as to falsely claim that Simorangkir had engaged in prostitution".

Making matters worse, Simorangkir says that Love then began posting defamatory messages about her on Pinterest. But at least that means Love knows not to say that stuff on Twitter anymore. Simorangkir is, as you may have guessed, seeking unspecified damages.

Apple users sight iTunes Radio outside US
iTunes users in the UK, Australia and Canada have reported that iTunes Radio, currently only officially available in the US, has begun appearing on iPhones and iPads in their countries, according to Apple Insider.

The sporadic appearance (and in some case disappearance again) of iTunes Radio for these users is being taken as a sign that a launch of the service outside the US is imminent.

The fact that Apple said it would launch iTunes Radio in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in early 2014 back in October is also a bit of a giveaway. But these sightings possibly mean it's coming sooner rather than later.

  Approved: Andy Inglis on independent venues
Independent Venue Week kicks off today, beginning six days of celebratory shows in a selection of the UK's finest venues. Radiohead's Colin Greenwood is acting as ambassador for the event this year, which may or may not mean anything beyond the headlines that grabbed upon the announcement of his role. He did give a lengthy interview to Drowned In Sound about small venues, though the quote most people focussed on was one explaining that Radiohead aren't really doing anything much right now.

Anyway, enter Andy Inglis, one time owner of independent London venue The Luminaire, currently managing artists and tours. As such, he knows about venues from various angles. And, as you'll remember from his CMU interview last year, he's got opinions aplenty on them and the live business as a whole.

And over the last few days he's been sharing those opinions. First in a piece for The Guardian last week, and then one in more depth for The Quietus yesterday. The latter breaks down into ten points changes he'd like to see made in order to improve and ensure the future of small venues in the UK. From the banning of guestlists to the repealing of the Live Music Act, Inglis' articles are well-timed to start a debate that'll probably do more for the indie venue scene than Greenwood's smiley-faced ambassadordom.
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UB40 hit out at former members' use of their band's name
Somewhat unsurprisingly, UB40 aren't impressed by the news that UB40 have gone into the studio with the intent on releasing some new material.

As previously reported, three founding members of the pop reggae outfit - Ali Campbell, Mikey Virtue and Astro - all of whom quit the band in recent years, earlier this month announced their intent to record new material having staged a reunion show together late last year. The trio have registered the domain www.ub40.org and have implied that they intend to use the moniker UB40 for their new collaborations.

But the band they all quit still continues to record and tour as UB40, with Ali's brothers Robin and Duncan amongst its number, the former another founder member, the latter now frontman. And in a statement last week, that band said: "We are outraged at this latest desperate attempt by our former bandmates to hijack UB40′s brand name, business and legacy. As UB40 we have worked continuously for the last 35 years touring the world with our live show and promoting our recorded albums".

The statement, on their website ub40.co.uk, continues: "As our fans know, Ali Campbell left UB40 six years ago citing issues with the band's management, and has since pursued a solo career. In that time, Ali has repeatedly attempted to discredit his brothers and former bandmates, through the media and otherwise, but this latest attempt to confuse and manipulate UB40′s fans is, frankly, pathetic. We are disappointed that he feels it necessary to behave in this way and equally disappointed that Astro has joined with him.

"UB40's five remaining founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan will be touring extensively throughout 2014 and in the UK in March and April. As for Ali, Mickey and Astro, the matter is now in the hands of our lawyers".

So that all sounds like fun, doesn't it? It remains to be seen what name Ali Campbell, Virtue and Astro use if and when they put their new material out.

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3/5 of The Wanted go solo (so far)
And so it begins. Following confirmation that The Wanted will 'take a break' (which isn't the same thing as splitting, apparently) after a last tour in March, the band's planned "personal endeavours" are already taking shape.

The Sun claims that Wanted man Tom Parker is likely to be first to the solo table, releasing a single featuring bankrupt ex N-Dubz MC Fazer in February.

Hearsay is rife, meanwhile, that Max George and Nathan Sykes have both signed on a solo basis with Justin Bieber's life-coach and manager Scooter Braun, who, as the world knows, was also involved in the management The Wanted. Though ol Scoot is probably quite busy elsewhere just now, drag-race-damage-limitation, and all.

Meanwhile, moaning on to The Sun, George has discussed the 'mood' within The Wanted of late: "Over the past year there has been a lot of tension. Our personal lives drove us apart - things started to happen and we were drifting. We used to be such a brotherly pact, but it started to feel like it wasn't The Wanted anymore".

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Fat White Family sell merch to finance trip to the States
CMU Artists Of The Year 2013 Fat White Family have appealed to fans to pretty please finance a trip they'd quite like to take to America, if at all feasible, to play a string of live dates and appear at this year's SXSW.

Petitioning for funds via PledgeMusic, on the grounds that "due to our fiercely independent nature (and total absence of record company support)" - hmmm - they need the money in order to tour, the band's Lias Saudi writes: "We are turning to you, sisters and brothers, to fund our venture; don't let those yanks go away thinking that all this country produces is middle of the road, safe as houses homogenised industry crap".

And: "There is no low to which we shall not comfortably stoop; the future of bad taste is in your hands, don't let it slide through your fingers and mucky your shoes".

Amongst those "lows", Fat Whites are offering signed and limited edition merch, song and cover commissions, one-to-one workshops, private shows, and an erm... 'special massage'.

Details are here.

Release round-up: Kylie Minogue, Afghan Whigs, Barbra Streisand, Swans, Lana Del Rey and Todd Terje
Kylie's back! OK, you already knew that, but it's still exciting, right? She's going to release a new album called 'Kiss Me Once' on 17 Mar, through Warner Music (having moved over to the smallest major with its purchase of the Parlophone Label Group). It's now been announced that the first single from the album, 'Into The Blue', will come out a week earlier than previously planned, on 9 Mar.

Says Kylie: "Making this album was quite a journey but I loved it! It was through a time in my life where there were a lot of changes and new beginnings. I'm thrilled with the response to 'Into The Blue', and I can't wait for you to hear the rest of the record!" This here is the single's lyric video.

Meanwhile, having 'become one' in 1986, only to split in 2001, only to reverse the split eleven years later by getting back together again, The Afghan Whigs have pinned details on their first LP since 1998's '1965'. Whilst the band released the latter via Sony's Columbia Records, they have this year re-signed to their long-time former label Sub Pop, with whom they released 1990's Up In It' and a string of EPs/vinyl in the early-mid nineties. Anyway. The new LP is titled 'Do To The Beast', and will be available on 14 Apr.

A new duets LP by Barbra Streisand and guests looms, as let slip by its super-producer, a Walter Afanasieff, on his site. In a post he wasn't supposed to post (and thus one that was taken off the site rather quickly) Afanasieff named Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and Michael Buble amongst Babz' singing partners, though he later added, with his apologies, that the cast-list had not been "finalised" and was still "in the making".

In more concrete new-LP-news, prog oracles Swans have allowed info on their new LP, 'To Be Kind', to filter online. Released via Mute, with whom Swans have just signed, on 13 May, it features St Vincent, Cold Specks, Little Annie, and was mastered by Swans' own Michael Gira in Texas. With a running time of over two hours, it'll be in stock digitally, on triple-disc vinyl, as a deluxe and/or non deluxe double CD, and, possibly, muses Gira, as a USB stick, "so that this ultimate, high quality version can be listened to from beginning to end, without interruption".

Moving on to the next bit of this bulletin, without interruption, sweet baby Lana (Del Rey) has released a slightly nightmarish twist on 'Once Upon A Dream', to be used on the soundtrack of Disney's weird new 'Sleeping Beauty' remake 'Maleficent'. Hear it via the film's trailer here, (warning: Angelina's sharp cheekbones), and get it free here at Google Play's pleasure.

And last of all, it's album time. Norway's most high disco-pop DJ, Todd Terje, has given his first LP a name, and it's 'It's Album Time'. Which isn't the greatest title ever invented, but, what can you do. Carrying Terje's past hit-tracks 'Stranbar' and 'Inspector Norse', it'll be released via Olsen Records on 7 Apr. Hear Terje's recent single 'Spiral', which will be on the LP, here.

Arctic Monkeys list Marlay Park date
The Arctic Monkeys have gratified Irish fans by listing a big show at Marlay Park, in Dublin that is, on 12 Jul.

It's similar to the band's appearances at London's Finsbury Park on 23 and 24 May in that it'll feature ancillary sets by Jake Bugg, Miles Kanye, Royal Blood and Tame Impala, and because it's open air, so... yay for that. And for the weather!

And yay again for the Arctics' latest 'AM' single, 'Arabella', which will be released on 10 Mar. Stream it here.

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Steve Mason, King Creosote to support Gastonbury fundraiser
Steve Mason, King Creosote, James Yorkston and Ross Fairweather will all play, live and unplugged, at a 'Gastonbury' gala/gig at the North Star Bar in Falkirk on 27 Feb.

Acting on behalf of the Concerned Communities Of Falkirk group, the show's organisers De-Fence Records will give all profits to pay for legal representation in a forthcoming public inquiry into a local planning application to drill for coal bed methane gas on farmland and residential sites in the area.

Writing via Facebook, Steve Mason says: "This will be the test case for the whole rest of the UK. It's very important. Have a read all about it, and come down for some music".

Bid for tickets to the show in this silent auction.

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Bring Me The Horizon add Wembley Arena date
Hardcore rock populists Bring Me The Horizon have announced what's to be the largest show they've ever played. A congratulatory badge of honour stuck to the band's last LP, 'Semptuernal', it's at Wembley Arena on 5 Dec. You're welcome.

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Festival line-up update: Wireless, Bestival, Liverpool Sound City and more
First thing's first, Outkast. And it's a double bookings whammy from Big Boi and Andre 3000, who may or not be releasing a collaborative LP soon (NB: Big Boi has a solo one coming out, for sure), who've signed on, weirdly, to play 'special guest' to Bruno Mars at the tenth ever Wireless fest and then, less weirdly, to headline Bestival.

LDN and Birmingham-based weekender Wireless, the capital edition of which transfers this year to Finsbury Park, will star both Mars and Outkast, plus additional high-wattage acts in Kanye West, Drake, Pharrell Williams and the like.

Meanwhile Rob Da Bank, boss at Bestival, which this year will fly a Desert Island Disco-themed mainsail, has a statement to make on the event's best (and only) listed act so far: "Hey ya! By the power invested in me as chief Bestival booker, I'm pretty darn excited to announce that OutKast are headlining Bestival this year! We've fought hard to get the recently reunited legendary hip-hop duo onto the ferry... and it's no ordinary ferry this year as Bestival goes Desert Island Disco for 2014... Palm trees, grass skirts and mirrorballs are the order of the day. It truly is gonna be the Bestival yet!"

Whilst that remains to be seen (not that it's unlikely or anything), let's skim ever on to recent goings-on at Liverpool Sound City. The Merseyside 'beast of a festival'/convention has ticked off the likes of Clean Bandit, Fuck Buttons, Clean Bandit, Gruff Rhys and Jungle amid its initial list of on-site acts for 2014, who'll play all over the place, in a variety of bars and halls and that, from 1-3 May.

And hey, entry to this year's Exit fest in Serbia just got a whole lot more covetable, with the news that Skrillex and Rudimental will be 'in the house', further and fleshier news on which you'll find below - alongside bill updates via civilised Richmond picnic Kew The Music, rock lockdown Download and indie-ish one-day bash Stockton Calling...

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 4-7 Sep: Outkast. www.bestival.net

DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, Derbyshire, 13-15 Jun: Killswitch Engage, American Headcharge, Anathema, The Charm, The Fury, Coldrain, Crazytown, Emmure, Heart In Hand, Joe Bonamassa, Kill Devil Hill, King 810, Lyger, Malevolence, New Politics, Polar, Quicksand, Sabaton, Seether, September Mourning, Skindred, The Pretty Reckless, Upon A Burning Body, The Used. www.downloadfestival.co.uk

EXIT, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 10-13 Jul: Skrillex, Rudimental, Dub FX, Koven. www.exitfest.org

FIELD DAY, Victoria Park, London, 7-87 Jun: Drenge. www.fielddayfestivals.com

KEW THE MUSIC, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, 16-20 Jul: Simple Minds, Elvis Costello, Bjorn Again, Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/kew-the-music/

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 1-3 May: Kodaline, Gruff Rhys, Fuck Buttons, Clean Bandit, Jungle, Wolf Alice, Darlia, Circa Waves, Thumpers, Big Ups, Courtney Barnett, Girls Names, Loom, LSA, We The Wild, Fair Ohs, We Were Evergreen, Marika Hackman, Traams, Sons And Lovers, Dolomite Minor, The Minutes, Blaenavon, Lola Colt. www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

STOCKTON CALLING, various venues, Stockton-on-Tees, 19 Apr: Superfood, Lola Colt, Young Rebel Set. www.stocktoncalling.co.uk

WIRELESS, Finsbury Park, London, 4-6 Jul: Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, Basement Jaxx, Iggy Azalea, Wiz Khalifa, Azealia Banks, Pretty Lights, Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, John Newman, Clean Bandit, Salt N Pepa, Neon Jungle, A$AP Ferg, Ella Eyre. www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

GIT Award announces new Ones To Watch prize
Liverpool's GIT Award, which annually selects the best release by a Merseyside artist, has announced a new Ones To Watch prize for 2014. The new award will recognise a new artist who shows potential for future success, giving them free studio time at Parr Street Studios, mentoring from Merseyside Arts Foundation, and a slot on the line-up for the Liverpool International Music Festival.

Peter Shilton (not that one) from Merseyside Arts Foundation told CMU: "We are delighted to support the GIT Award's 2014 One To Watch prize. As part of our current music development programme we are working with twelve of Merseyside's best young bands and solo artists with the support of Youth Music, the leading UK charity for providing young people with life changing opportunities in music".

The winner will be announced alongside the main GIT Award recipient on 11 Apr at the Kazimier venue in Liverpool. The 31 Jan deadline for entries for the main prize is looming, so any artists thinking of entering should send four tracks to getintothis@gmail.com pretty much right now.

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Arctic Monkeys win music prize at South Bank Awards
Melvin Bragg's Sky Arts South Bank Awards show took place yesterday and hurrah, hurrah, the marvellous Bridget Christie took the Best Comedy prize for her show 'A Bic for Her'. Which is slightly outside our remit I know, but do check out our sister magazine ThreeWeeks' interview with her at last year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Meanwhile, we ought to mention that Arctic Monkeys triumphed in the pop music slot, with the judges selecting the band's 2013 album 'AM' over David Bowie's 'The Next Day' and Disclosure's 'Settle' as the best recording of the last twelve months. So that's all groovy.

Here's the Bragg man saying some things before the list of winners from this year's edition of the cross-genre awards event: "The shortlist demonstrated an extraordinary breadth and range of artistic disciplines and the richly-deserving winners all examples of the most exciting and unique talents at work in the UK today. I am delighted to be able to honour and celebrate them as they deserve".

Comedy: Bridget Christie - A Bic for Her
Theatre: Let The Right One In, National Theatre of Scotland
Visual Art: Katie Paterson, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and Tipping Point, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Breakthrough Award: Nick Helm
Film: The Selfish Giant
Opera: Written on Skin, Royal Opera House
Pop Music: Arctic Monkeys - AM
Dance: Dracula, Mark Bruce Company
Classical: The Rest Is Noise, Various Artists, Southbank Centre
TV Drama: Broadchurch, ITV
Literature: Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
The Outstanding Achievement Award: Tracey Emin

Madonna dons her grill just to piss you off - yes, you
Madonna likes donning some teeth bling because it pisses everyone off, apparently. Or at least that's what she told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at this weekend's Grammys.

Ask about the 'golden grills' she was wearing at the time, Madonna told Seacrest: "Yeah, I'm grillin. It pisses everybody off when I wear my grill, so that's why I wear it. I wear it when I don't have to eat. Actually, I've learned to eat with my grill in".

Well, that's good to know. The singer's adopted son David, who joined Madonna on the red carpet, added: "She said she'd get me a grill for this birthday", to which her Madge-ness responded: "We haven't had the time, you'd have to go to the dentist and get moulds".

And who said red carpet interviews had to be tediously mundane?

 
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