An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 29 January 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Dutch High Court has overturned a lower court order forcing two internet service providers in the country - XS4ALL and Ziggo - to block their users from accessing The Pirate Bay. Calling the blocks "ineffectual", the court also stated that the blockades "constitute an infringement of [people's] freedom to act at their discretion". As previously reported, whereas UK ISPs have, in the main, accepted... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Michigan psych band Chit Chat have, over the course of an eponymous 2012 seven-inch and its much younger brother, the just-out 'Never Know', ground down a sound founded on one common rule: rolling chords plus low-blow rock solos, with frontgirl Izzy Johnson's voice driving high and strong over the top. At least, that's the basic equation, one you can prove (or otherwise) with a quick... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Dutch court lifts "ineffectual" web-blocks
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Swedish record industry sees 5% uplift in 2013
Kobalt STIM reveals digital deals ahead of MIDEM reception
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES SoundCloud launches redesigned player
Rap Genius launches mobile app
OBITUARIES Pete Seeger 1919-2014
ARTIST NEWS Mötley Crüe pledge to retire after upcoming tour
Ali Campbell defends decision to set up rival UB40
Fleetwood Mac to record, tour with Christine McVie
RELEASES Release round-up: Paolo Nutini, Timber Timbre, Kelis and Arthur Beatrice
GIGS & FESTIVALS Willis Earl Beal shows cancelled
Gigs & tours round-up: Little Dragon, Bonobo, Young Fathers and Black Lips
Festival line-up update: Primavera Sound, Live At Leeds, Outlook and more
AWARDS Lorde and Disclosure to team up for BRITs collaboration
Clannad and Martin Carthy to receive Lifetime Achievement prizes at Radio 2 Folk Awards
AND FINALLY... Bieber court date set for Valentine's Day
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London Journalism Centre has joined forces with Clash magazine to offer a lucky student a free place on a Music Journalism course starting on January 29th, plus the offer of a full internship at Clash. All students who sign up for the eight week evening course will be invited to apply for the internship at Clash which will start in February. The successful applicant will see their course fee refunded in full.

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MAMA & Company are recruiting for a Promoter Assistant for The Jazz Café London. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of London's premier small music venues, and work closely as part of the booking and marketing team.

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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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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Dutch court lifts "ineffectual" web-blocks
The Dutch High Court has overturned a lower court order forcing two internet service providers in the country - XS4ALL and Ziggo - to block their users from accessing The Pirate Bay. Calling the blocks "ineffectual", the court also stated that the blockades "constitute an infringement of [people's] freedom to act at their discretion".

As previously reported, whereas UK ISPs have, in the main, accepted web-blocks where instigated by court order, XS4ALL and Ziggo have been very vocal in their opposition of such anti-piracy tactics. So when a court case brought by anti-piracy group BREIN, though initially unsuccessful, did result in web-blocks against TPB being ordered by the Netherland's lower court in 2012, the two ISPs appealed the case to the High Court at The Hague. And yesterday they won.

In a statement, XS4ALL said: "XS4ALL is relieved by the ruling. We are very pleased that the court of has protected the fundamental right of all Dutch citizens to freely access information".

It added: "Like BREIN, we are against sharing copyrighted material without permission ... [However,] XS4ALL believes in the potential of the internet. Unimpeded freedom to access the internet provides an unprecedented breeding ground for new possibilities and opportunities. For the entertainment industry, initiatives such as iTunes, Spotify and Netflix clearly show [the capacity for such possibilities]. The solution for downloading from illegal sources is not in the curtailment of freedom, but making the most of this freedom".

In the UK, the film and music industries have successfully gained a long list of web-blocks against file-sharing websites, including The Pirate Bay. Critics of the web-block injunctions here would also argue that the blockades are ineffectual - because anyone with the slightest desire to access any of the blocked sites can still do so with little effort. However, the entertainment industry would likely counter that anything that makes it slightly more difficult or annoying to do so is a step towards convincing people to use easier-to-access legal services.

Swedish record industry sees 5% uplift in 2013
Following the recent news that the Norwegian record industry saw revenues increase in 2013, it was confirmed yesterday that record companies in neighbouring Sweden also had a good year last year. And as with Norway, Sweden is benefiting from a booming digital sector, led by growth in streaming services.

According to IFPI Sweden, streaming income grew by more than 30% last year generating about £66.5 million in revenue. That means streaming services now account for over 70% of the country's recorded music income, up from 57.4% in 2012.

And while CD sales were down 30% again, and download income also slipped 22.6%, the streaming-led boom meant that the Swedish record industry overall enjoyed a 5% boost in sales.

Which is behind Norway in percentage increase terms, but nevertheless continues an optimistic trend for recorded music in the country, even if - in line with much of the rest of the world - the record industry is still a long way off returning to its 1990s peak in terms of yearly income.


Kobalt STIM reveals digital deals ahead of MIDEM reception
Kobalt STIM, a joint venture between music rights firm Kobalt and Swedish collecting society STIM launched last year to facilitate multi-territory digital licences in Europe, has announced that it has now entered into agreements with most of the major digital service providers in music, including iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Google, Amazon, Napster and Vevo.

The JV business says that because its pan-European licence, which gives DSPs access to Kobalt's entire repertoire of over 300,000 songs, has been set up in a simpler fashion to the norm, it is able to negotiate and sign agreements with digital platforms more quickly.

STIM boss Kenth Muldin told CMU: "It's fantastic that the business model we launched together with Kobalt has resulted in so many important agreements and also in record time. It's a big step on the way towards a common European market for music rights and STIM's aim is to be a key player on the market".

Meanwhile Kobalt chief Willard Ahdritz added: "Through our one-stop digital licensing service and our unique shared technology platform, we are very pleased to be able to quickly satisfy the market need while uniquely giving our clients transparency and significantly accelerated access to their money".

The announcement comes ahead of an invite-only reception due to be held by Kobalt STIM at MIDEM in Cannes on Monday, in which more details of the deals are expected to be shared. MIDEM kicks off on Saturday, and you can get yourself a 10% discount on a pass if you use the code CMUMIDEM when you register online.

SoundCloud launches redesigned player
SoundCloud has launched a new "visual player", which adds bigger photos to embedded tracks so that they, er, sound the same. But look nicer. I think the looking nicer is the key thing.

Other changes have also been made, including extending the feature that literally no one ever wanted or asked for - continuous listening. So that's good. It means that when users listen to tracks on SoundCloud, when the one they wanted to listen to is over, 'related' tracks will automatically play. SoundCloud will select what those related tracks are, though content owners with premium accounts have some control over what related tracks will follow their content.

As previously reported, SoundCloud last week gained a new round of investment reportedly totalling $60 million. Rumours now abound that the service is looking to do licensing deals with labels, and will begin running advertising to generate revenues for the content owners. There certainly is a lot of room for adverts in that new player, and the continuous listening facility possibly suggests plans to become an ad-funded streaming service of a sort.


Rap Genius launches mobile app
Rap Genius has launched a new iPhone app, which will make it easy for mobile users to access song lyrics held on the website. Amongst other things, the app will show you lyrics for songs in your iTunes library, and offer a Shazam-like function to bring up lyrics of songs picked up by the device's microphone.

Rap Genius co-founder Tom Lehman told CMU: "This is the true launch of Rap Genius. Right now, more than half of our traffic comes from mobile devices. Soon, it will be 100% - In 1000 years, when the aliens land, 'Rap Genius' will literally mean 'that dope iPhone app'. This app has long been our users' most-requested feature, and we're pumped to finally deliver".

For more information and to download the app, go here.

Pete Seeger 1919-2014
Songwriter, folk musician and activist Pete Seeger died in his sleep on Monday, following a brief stay in a New York hospital. He was 94. Best known for songs such as 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone', 'Turn, Turn, Turn', 'If I Had A Hammer' and 'We Shall Overcome', Seeger inspired the folk revival of the 1950s, while his political affiliations saw him brought before Congress.

Born in 1919, he began playing ukulele while at school, moving to his preferred instrument, the five string banjo, after seeing it played at a square dance festival with his musicologist father, Charles Seeger, who was collecting and archiving rural American folk songs. Similarly, Seeger Jr saw himself as part of a long musical tradition, learning and adapting songs passed down through generations throughout his career.

Politically active throughout his life too, many of his most famous songs have become synonymous with protest. In the early 50s he became very successful with his group The Weavers, but when his earlier membership of the Communist Party was made public, the group suddenly found themselves unable to get TV bookings anymore. Continuing on and off, Seeger eventually left the group when they provided a song to a Lucky Strike advert, citing his opposition to the promotion of smoking.

In 1955, he was called before Congress's Un-American Activities Committee to answer claims about his political affiliations. Going before the committee, he refused to answer such questions, saying that they were "very improper questions for any American to be asked". He was indicted and sentenced to a year in prison, though this was overturned on appeal.

Seeger continued to perform as a solo artist, and though his political past still caused occasional problems, he maintained popularity, drawing large audiences right up to the end of his life. He also founded the Newport Folk Festival, which continues to run today.

Toshi-Aline Ohta, whom Seeger married in 1943, died in 2013, shortly before their 70th wedding anniversary. He is survived by a son and two daughters, a half sister, and six grandchildren.

  Approved: Chit Chat
Michigan psych band Chit Chat have, over the course of an eponymous 2012 seven-inch and its much younger brother, the just-out 'Never Know', ground down a sound founded on one common rule: rolling chords plus low-blow rock solos, with frontgirl Izzy Johnson's voice driving high and strong over the top.

At least, that's the basic equation, one you can prove (or otherwise) with a quick run-through of 'Never Know', which should, if you like it, be enough to hold you over til an LP comes along. Hear it and be deafened here.
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Mötley Crüe pledge to retire after upcoming tour
Mötley Crüe have announced that they will retire the band after the small matter of a 72 date tour of the US and Canada. And if you think this is just some gimmick to ensure that fans book their tickets, well, what a sad cynical person you are.

Because, see, this really is the last time the Crüe will play together - they wanting to "go out on top" and with some "dignity" - and the band's four members have all signed a contract pledging to never use the band's name for any future live activity. So ha, take that sad, cynical types.

Though the band have said that the 72 date North American trek may extend to a world tour before the retirement commitment kicks in, and that some new recorded material could materialise in that time. And even once the 'retirement' starts, the band will continue to utilise the brand, sell merch and re-package archive music. So ha, take that, you unsad, uncynical types.

According to Sky News, Crüe man Nikki Sixx said: "There will always be a form of Mötley Crüe around. Not as four musical band members. But you're still going to see Mötley Crüe shirts and merchandise. We own our masters. So it's endless, really. So the Mötley Crüe business machine will always run. It's just one part of our business is closing down".


Ali Campbell defends decision to set up rival UB40
So, this is hotting up. After UB40 hit out at three of their ex-bandmembers for announcing plans to release new music under the same moniker, one of the three, former frontman Ali Campbell, has defended his intentions.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Campbell, who quit the band in acrimonious circumstances in 2008, says that the remaining members of his former group, which include his brothers Duncan and Robin, have been destroying the UB40 former legacy.

After the current UB40 said that Ali Campbell's planned use of their name was "now in the hands of our lawyers", he joked to the Mail, referencing his former band's recent change in artistic direction: "I think we should have taken legal action against UB40 for making that awful [last] album. When they released that country thing... that was the straw that broke the camel's back. I thought I'm going to take the name back. The old UB40 are destroying the legacy while I've continued to fly the flag for reggae".

As previously reported, Campbell is working with fellow former UB40ers Mikey Virtue and Astro on the new record. Astro, who only quit UB40 last year, added to the Mail that he felt reinvigorated since regrouping with his ex-bandmates. He said: "I did feel the weight of the world was on my shoulders having to stand in front of fans and convince them everything was OK. Now I'm having a great time. It's almost like we've never been apart".

As for the pending name dispute, and the fact two UB40s could be touring at the same time, Campbell reckons all parties should "let the music talk and the fans decide". It remains to be seen what the two sides' respective legal reps make of that proposal.


Fleetwood Mac to record, tour with Christine McVie
Gird your loins, longtime lovers of Fleetwood Mac; it looks like you'll soon get to listen to a new LP from the group. One including Christine McVie, who recently returned to the Fleetwood fold following a long time (1998-present) out of it.

Now, Christine plus Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and her ex-spouse John (McVie) are - Mick told Maui News' Jon Woodhouse only the other day - "composing new songs" and will "begin recording with most of the band members in March".

Mick also hinted that the band would start a tour in "fall", otherwise known as autumn. So that's one more reason to look forward to walking through all the leaf mulch.

Release round-up: Paolo Nutini, Timber Timbre, Kelis and Arthur Beatrice
Paolo Nutini has announced his coming-soon third LP, 'Caustic Love', with a song titled 'Scream (Funk My Life Up)'. Whilst I can barely write that with a straight face, Paulo will, no joke, release the 'sexy' new single - a kind of cod Rolling Stones groove-in - on 30 Mar, spilling his 'Caustic Love' all over the shop on 14 Apr. Hear the track of which I speak here.

Canadian band Timber Timbre are streaming a sleek yet slightly steamy new track, the title single to their new LP 'Hot Dreams', to pave the way for the latter's big release via Full Time Hobby on 31 Mar. Bearing in mind that, and the fact that TT play a pair of UK dates at London's Scala (16 Apr) and Manchester's Roadhouse (17 Apr) - listings here - let's take 'Hot Dreams', the singular single that is, for a spin, immediately.

As well as a headlining set at this year's very great Great Escape festival, Kelis, we have to keep it mind, also has a new LP, 'Food', on her horizon, coming out via Ninja Tune on 28 Apr. She revealed its tracklisting yesterday, and this pic of herself looking uncertain in some kind of shipyard. In line with the whole 'Food' motif, the tracklisting reads like a shopping list, so make a note of it here:

Jerk Ribs
Forever Be
Bless The Telephone
Fish Fry
Biscuits N Gravy

The xx-esque London alt-pop group Arthur Beatrice did some unveiling of their own quite recently, too, taking the lid off the nice new clip for their pleasant new single 'Midland', which will arrive by the grace of Polydor, as part of the band's first LP 'Working Out', on 24 Feb.

Look at it now via Gorilla vs Bear.

Willis Earl Beal shows cancelled
So Willis Earl Beal's upcoming tour of Europe, the one supposed to start on 18 Feb at London's Village Underground, is now a no-go, it having been cancelled earlier this week. Not only that, but XL Recordings signing Beal claims not to know why the shows have been canned, which is odd because... well, you know, artist/label/management communication, and all that.

Willis writes on his Tumblr: "I want to thank the folks who bought tickets and assure them that this was NOT my decision. At this point, the reason that I'm not touring is as mysterious to me as it is to you. Hell, if it were up to me, I'd go down there and sing a cappella while standing on a milk crate on the sidewalk. Wouldn't be the first time. I even told them this, but, to no avail. What can I do? Situations arise... before my eyes... stealing my body... neath ravenous tides".

Neath all the ravening bad news, there is a silver lining in ' A Place That Doesn't Exist', a new EP Beal is streaming in the stead of his 2013 LP, 'Nobody Knows'. Stream its eight tracks here.


Gigs & tours round-up: Little Dragon, Bonobo, Young Fathers and Black Lips
Little Dragon have committed to a show at Village Underground in London on 27 Feb, in anticipation of a fourth LP the band are issuing later in the year. A trippy bit of a jazz track titled 'Nabuma Rubberband', possibly the album's title song, just got popped online at the same time the show was announced, so listen up to that here, and check the ticket link - which goes live this Friday - here.

One-man speaker stack Bonobo will bring his 'North Borders' tour, also the title of last his LP of 2013, to a close with a show at London's Alexandra Palace on 28 Nov. Limited tickets are available now, whilst the majority will go on sale tomorrow, on this page.

And for anyone not in the know, avant rap family Young Fathers, from Scotland, are playing some shows starting this Saturday at Glasgow's Stereo. The UK side of the run continues on until 14 Feb, when there's then a show at the Twisted Pepper in Dublin. All shows go to support Young Fathers' forthcoming LP 'Dead', which drops on 3 Feb. Bite a piece off it now c/o this new video for one of the songs on it, 'Get Up', or just SoundCloud the whole thing here.

And finally, the Black Lips. Having pitched a 17 Mar release date for their new LP, 'Underneath The Rainbow', the Lips will go off on a live stint of shows ranging from late-ish May, which hits the UK for a quite tiny show at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club in London - on 4 Jun - before moving off to Greece. Find the appropriate links at this one, and look now to the promo for top 'Rainbow' single 'Boys In The Wood'.


Festival line-up update: Primavera Sound, Live At Leeds, Outlook and more
Starting on a rather low note, organisers of Nottinghamshire's No Direction Home, which first got going in 2012 only to have its 2013 edition cancelled, have confirmed the event will now be discontinued for good. The team behind the festival, who, on cancelling last year's event, said 2012's had "lost a good deal of money", say they will instead invest all their time in NDH's sister fest End Of The Road, which will this year go ahead between 29-31 Aug. Tickets to EOTR are already available at this link.

Next it's to today's scenic line-up update. And in the lead, in terms of size and variety, is Spain's Primavera Sound, which published its full 2014 bill overnight. Nine Inch Nails, The National and Queens Of The Stone Age will headline the Barca-based event, with Foals, Volcano Choir, Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Disclosure, St Vincent, Warpaint, Earl Sweatshirt and Shellac all set to appear over its three-day springtime festivities.

The vari-sited Live At Leeds has a good go at matching Primavera act for act with its initial influx of artists, one that features Chloe Howl, Clean Bandit, Albert Hammond Jr, Blood Red Shoes, Yuck and Los Campesinos! in its midst.

More on all that alongside not-quite-as-big act commissions over at the following hot tickets...

ALT-FEST, Boughton House, Kettering, 15-17 Aug: Combichrist, Satyricon, Peter Murphy, The Howling, Dead Harts, Sanctorum, The One Hundred, Skarlett Riot, Bad Pollyanna.

BLOODSTOCK, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 7-10 Aug: Rotting Christ, Sister Sin, Satan.

DEER SHED, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Yorkshire, 25-27 Jul: Johnny Marr
British Sea Power, Stornoway, Steve Mason, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Summer Camp, Police Dog Hogan, We Were Evergreen, Georgia Ruth, Denai Moore, PAWS, PINS, All We Are, Raglans, Withered Hand, Nordic Giants.

NORTHSIDE, Soren Frichs Road, Aarhus, Denmark, 13-15 Jun: Nina Persson, Mo, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Flogging Molly, Mount Kimbie, The Mountains.

OUTLOOK, Forta Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia, 4-7 Sep: Busta Rhymes, Barrington Levy, DJ Premier, Buraka Som Sistema, Horace Andy, Jah Shaka, Goldie, Moodyman, David Rodigan, Digital Mystikz, Michael Prophet & Dub Asante Band, DJ Marky, Andy C, DJ Ez, Zinc, Submotion Orchestra, Chronixx & Zinc Fence Redemption, Ranking Joe, MJ Cole, Floating Points, The Bug feat Iration Steppas, Dillinja, Spy, dBridge, Calibre, Onra, Mungo's Hi Fi Sound System, Youngsta, Pinch, Special Request, Andres, Kaytranada, Dub Phizix, Strategy, Icicle, Spectrasoul, Grooverider, The Heatwave, Channel One, Prince Fatty, Wookie, Author, Jonwayne, Eliphino, Bishop Nehru, Stwo, Applebottom, Hannah Wants, Andrew Ashong, Stylo G, Mickey Pearce, Daddy Freddy, Eglo Band, High Focus, My Nu Leng, Fatima, Kutmah, Doc Scott, Skeptical, Total Science, DJ Die, Source Direct, Radikal Guru + Cian, The Mouse Outfit, Necessary Mayhem, Goth Trad, Hatcha, Mr Williamz, Alex Nut, fLako, Vivek, J Kenzo, Commodo, Sunship, OBF, Blackboard Jungle, MC GQ, Stamina MC, SP:MC, DLR, Sticky, Klose1, Fracture, Bushkin, DJ Q, Ant TC1, Wilfred Gieroux, Charlie P, Sam Binga, Lowqui, Maffi, Seven Davis JNR, Proxima, Chimpo, Gantz, Logos, Wen, COMPA, MC Fokus, Rich Reason, Finwa, Onset.

ØYA, Tøyenparken, Oslo, Norway, 6-10 Aug: The National, Blood Orange, King Midas.

LIVE AT LEEDS, various venues, Leeds, 2-5 May: Albert Hammond Jr, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Chloe Howl, Circa Waves, Clean Bandit, Courtney Barnett, Drenge, Ella Eyre, Fuck Buttons, Hudson Taylor, iLiKETRAiNS, Johnny Flynn, King Charles, Lauren Aquilina, Lizzo, Los Campesinos!, Nina Nesbitt, Pulled Apart By Horses, Royal Blood, Say Lou Lou, The Hold Steady, The Midnight Beast, Wolf Alice, and Yuck, Amber Run, Arc Iris, Arthur Beatrice, Autobahn, Bat and Ball, Blaenavon, Coasts, Crystal Seagulls, Cymbals, Darlia, Denai Moore, Dive In, Dolomite Minor, Eaves, Eliza and The Bear, Fair Ohs, Flyte, Frank Hamilton, Fred Page, Fyfe, Gambles, George Barnett, Happyness, Hero Fisher, Highasakite, Holy Mountain, Honeyblood, Indiana, Jack Garratt, Jamie Isaac, Jaws, Joel Baker, Khushi, Lanterns on the Lake, Laura Welsh, Lola Colt, Love Zombies, Lyger, Lyla Foy, Marika Hackman, Mausi, Menace Beach, Norma Jean Martine, Palace, Parakeet, Pawws, Primitive Parts, Pup, Rainer, Rhodes, Rosie Lowe, Sam Airey, San Fermin, Shy Nature, Sivu, Solids, Southern, Spring King, Superfood, Teleman, The Amazing Snakeheads, The Bohicas, The Creases, The Scenes, The Tea Street Band, The Wytches, Tourist, Vukovi, We The Wild, We Were Evergreen, Wild Cub, Youth Man, Alaska, Allusondrugs, Apollo Junction, Bearfoot Beware, Blue Laurel, Carnabells, Charlie Straw, City Of Lights, Disraeli Gears, Engine, Fans, Fawn Spots, Glass Caves, Glassbody, Goodbye Chanel, Harry Ridgway, Imp, Jonny Quits, Marsicans, Modo Stare, Munich, NARCS, OtherPeoplesLives, Pip Mountjoy, Quentins Basement, Samuel S. Parkes, Tabloids, The Mexanines, The Vendettas, Then Thickens, We Were Frontiers, Weirds, Witch Hunt, White Royal.

PARKLIFE WEEKENDER, Heaton Park, Manchester, 7-8 Jun: Jon Hopkins.

PRIMAVERA SOUND, Parc del Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 29-31 May: Nine Inch Nails, The National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Foals, Volcano Choir, Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Disclosure, St Vincent, Warpaint, Shellac of North America, Black Lips, Blood Orange, Caetano Veloso, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Andy Stott, Antibalas, Bo Ningen, Caveman, Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, !!!, Angel Molina, Astro, Black Drawing Chalks, Body / Head, C+C=Maxigross, Darkside, Deafheaven, Demdike Stare, Dominick Fernow, Dr John, Drive-By Truckers, Factory Floor, Dj Fra, The Growlers, HAIM, The Haxan Cloak, Jagwar Ma, Jenny Lewis, Jesu, Joana Serrat, John Grant, Julia Holter, Chrome, Chvrches, Colin Stetson, El Petit de Cal Eril, El Ultimo Vecino, The Ex, Follakzoid, Fort Romeau, Gang of Youths, Glasser, Grupo de Expertos Solynieve, Jamie XX, John Wizards, Julian Cope, Julio Bashmore, Kosmos, Lasers, LNripley, Lunice, Majical Cloudz, Metronomy, Midlake, Moderat, Moveis Coloniais de Acaju, Pond, The Range, Real Estate, Rodrigo Amarante, Shelby Grey, Single Parents, Standstill, Sun Ra Arkestra, Svper, Touche Amore, William Dafoe, Wind Atlas, The Julie Ruin, Kvelertak, The Last 3 Lines, Laurent Garnier, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Leon Benavente, Linda Perhacs, Loop, Mas Ysa, Mick Harvey, Oso Leone, Pional, Prurient, Refree, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Slint, Belako, Boogarins, Caetano Veloso, Chromeo, Cloud Nothings, DJ Coco, Cold Cave, Connan Mockasin, Courtney Barnett, Cut Copy, Dani Baughman, Daniel Avery, The Dismemberment Plan, Dum Dum Girls, Earl Sweatshirt, Genius of Time, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hebronix, Helen Love, Hospitality, Islands, Jonathan Wilson, Junkfood, Jupiter Lion, Kronos Quartet, La Sera, Marc Pinol, Mark Eitzel, Mishima, Mistakes Are Ok b2b Mattis, Mogwai, Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80, Silvia Perez Cruz & Raul Fernandez, Spoon, Superchunk, Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld, Television, Ty Segall, Univers, Volcano Choir, Za!, Flamaradas, Renaldo & Clara, Speedy Ortiz, Super Gegant, The Twilight Sad.

TOWERSEY VILLAGE FESTIVAL, Thame, Oxfordshire, 21-25 Aug: Richard Thompson, Seth Lakeman, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy with The Gift Band, Lau, Michael McColdrick & John McCusker, Bootleg Beatles, The Chipolatas, Dick Gaughan, Georgia Ruth, John Smith, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, The Urban Folk Quartet, Blair Dunlop, Debs Newbold, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Merry Hell, Roy Bailey, Rusty Shackle, The Wilsons, Whapweasel, Will McNicol, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Folk Dance Remixed, and John Kirkpatrick, MoltenAmba, Sheryl and Russell Cormier, Bursledon Village Band, Cock And Bull Band, The Flatville Aces, Glorystrokes, The Melrose Quartet, Under Her Skin, Against The Grain, Jess And Richard Arrowsmith, Kerry Fletcher, Marc Block, Mrs Midnights, The Ship Band, Simon Care Trio, Vertical Expression.

Lorde and Disclosure to team up for BRITs collaboration
The BRIT Awards' annual (not actually annual) throw-a-couple-of-artists-together-and-hope-for-the-best slot will this year be filled by Lorde and Disclosure, it has been announced. And that seems like a pretty safe bet.

It's not clear yet if they'll perform a new song, rework an old(er) one, or do one of those incredibly trendy and always successful mash ups. We'll find out on 19 Feb though, when the ceremony takes place, if not sooner (probably sooner).

Lorde is nominated for the International Female Solo Artist award at this year's BRITs. Disclosure, meanwhile, have three nominations for Best Group, Best Album and Best Single, the greedy scamps.


Clannad and Martin Carthy to receive Lifetime Acheivement prizes at Radio 2 Folk Awards
BBC Radio 2 has announced that Clannad and Martin Carthy will receive Lifetime Acheivement trophies at the radio station's annual Folk Awards next month. The event, which will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 19 Feb, will also mark its fifteenth anniversary.

Clannad, who will also perform at the ceremony, said in unison: "We are absolutely honoured to be recognised in this way by the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The BBC have been such great supporters of us since we first broke through in the UK with 'Theme From Harry's Game'. We are really looking forward to being part of the big night at the Royal Albert Hall."

Of his prize, Carthy said: "I've just been lucky enough to follow my heart and pretty much do what I want over the past 50 years or so. If, along the way, I've been able to play a part, however small, in keeping the traditional music of these islands alive, then I consider myself a fortunate man".

BBC Radio 2 Controller Bob Shennan added: "The Radio 2 Folk Awards exist to celebrate the very best in folk music. Clannad and Martin Carthy have made magnificent contributions to folk music over the years and are thoroughly deserving of these prestigious accolades. Many congratulations to them".

The full list of nominees for the Folk Awards is as follows:

Folk Singer Of The Year: Bella Hardy, Fay Hield, Lisa Knapp, Lucy Ward

Best Duo: Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Best Group: Breabach, The Full English, Lau, Melrose Quartet

Musician Of The Year: Aidan O'Rourke, Will Pound, Martin Simpson, Sam Sweeney

Best Album: Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer - Child Ballads, The Full English - The Full English, Lisa Knapp - Hidden Seam, Martin Simpson - Vagrant Stanzas, Linda Thompson - Won't Be Long Now

Best Original Song: Linda Thompson - Love's For Babies And Fools, Chris Wood - None The Wiser, Olivia Chaney - Swimming In The Longest River, Lisa Knapp - Two Ravens

Best Traditional Track: Georgia Ruth - Codi Angor, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita - Les Bras de Mer, Rant - Mary Macdonald's, Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer - Willie Of Winsbury

Horizon Award: Olivia Chaney, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Georgia Ruth

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award: Hattie Briggs, Gentlemen Of Few, Granny's Attic, The Mischa Macpherson Trio

Bieber court date set for Valentine's Day
Justin Bieber is due in court on Valentine's Day to face the charges stemming from last week's little run in with the law in Florida - you know, the DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired licence fun times.

Perhaps the Biebster, currently taking some much deserved time off from his busy law-breaking schedule to do some wakeboarding in Panama, could take a date along to his booking at the Miami-Dade County court room.

Actually, it's just an arraignment so there's a very high chance the pop star will be able to send along a legal monkey to deliver his plea.

But we're sure he'll send his attorney with some red roses and chocolates for the court staff. Or maybe a bucket of his over-priced fragrance. That'd be a nice gesture. Actually, probably best not to include a bucket in the gift.

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