An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Thursday 6 February 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Island Records has announced an interesting alliance with crowdsourcing service Indiegogo, which will see the launch of a new music-based fan-funding operation called Fan Republic. The platform will also double-up as a talent scouting tool for the A&R team at the Universal Music division. And whereas Pledge, now the primary fan-funding platform in the music community, generally refers to itself... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: As with the rest of the world, dance music is on the rise in Japan. And while the country has its fair share of lugheaded "EDM" producers, it also has a nice line of artists producing more interesting music (as found on this recent Progressive Form compilation). One of the more interesting to emerge in recent years is Seiho, whose 2013 album 'Abstraktsex', released through his own Day Tripper... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Island Records launches crowdfunding site with Indiegogo
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DEALS Universal renews publishing deals with Welch, Weller and Steve
FatCat laps up Gentle Friendly
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sony Corp warns of sizable year-end loss, will sell PC business
New MD for Universal Spain
Warner appointments: Phil Christie, Jo Smith
Ditto Music opens London office
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MEDIA Global Radio sells eight stations to Communicorp
RAJAR Round Up
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE MIDEM notes positive outlook, announces 2015 dates
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ARTIST NEWS Tinie Tempah releases rap app
Ke$ha extends rehab stay, cancels live dates
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GIGS & FESTIVALS JME, Omar Souleyman and Mount Kimbie to Just Jam at Barbican
Hawthorne Heights confirm Silence anniversary shows
Pond add UK dates
Festival line-up update: Latitude, Dimensions, Eurokeenness and more
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AND FINALLY... Marvin Gaye's 1964 Motown passport gets $20,000 Antiques Roadshow valuation
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CMU INSIGHTS: THE MUSIC RIGHTS SECTOR
This two-hour session provides an overview of the music rights sector in 2014, looking at trends in the digital market, plus the future of physical products, and where sync, public performance and other IP revenues fit in.

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SECRETLY LABEL GROUP - JUNIOR RADIO PLUGGER
The Secretly Label Group is looking to hire a Junior Radio Plugger who can learn on the job and fit in well with the small UK team. Ideally the candidate will have a huge passion and knowledge of radio and the music released by the three labels Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian. Some experience of working with radio is essential.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
[PIAS] COOPERATIVE - UK LABEL MANAGER
[PIAS] Cooperative, a division of the [PIAS] Music Group, is looking for a dynamic and knowledgeable UK label manager. This is an ideal position for someone with experience in label management, marketing, retail, and production. The successful candidate will approach the business with an independent mind, drive and ambition.

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THE JAZZ CAFE - PROMOTER ASSISTANT
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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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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Island Records launches crowdfunding site with Indiegogo
Island Records has announced an interesting alliance with crowdsourcing service Indiegogo, which will see the launch of a new music-based fan-funding operation called Fan Republic. The platform will also double-up as a talent scouting tool for the A&R team at the Universal Music division.

And whereas Pledge, now the primary fan-funding platform in the music community, generally refers to itself these days as a direct-to-fan service, with expertise in premium-product pre-order-based campaigns, Fan Republic will seemingly proudly wave the 'crowdfunding' flag. Certainly those are the words in the opening line at www.fanrepublic.co.uk, which taps into the new Indiegogo Outpost platform, which allows Indiegogo-enabled campaigns to actually be hosted on third party sites.

Artists will be encouraged to crowdsource funding for upcoming projects, akin to Pledge and Kickstarter, with the extra treats of deals and discounts for Fan Republic users to help with the recording and touring process, and the promise that Island's A&R team will check out every artist who reaches their fan-funding targets. The set-up also claims to have the lowest admin costs of any music-based crowdsourcing operation at 4%.

Announcing the new venture, Island chief Darcus Beese told CMU: "A&R is the life blood of Island Records and we also have a great track record of innovation in the digital space. There are many ways for artists to take the first steps in their careers and the crowdfunding route is increasingly one of them. Fan Republic shows our commitment to finding and nurturing great new talent, alongside our partners Indiegogo through their globally respected crowdfunding platform".

Meanwhile the labels digital man Glenn Cooper added: "We are very excited about the launch of the Fan Republic partnership with Indiegogo. Crowdfunding is an important part of the digital marketing plot for many emerging artists and a great way to build a mutually beneficial relationship with their most engaged fans".

And Indiegogo boss Slava Rubin chipped in: "Our Fan Republic partnership with Island Records is the latest example of how Indiegogo is committed to innovations and collaborations that harness the power of our open and global platform to help people fund what matters to them".

To prove that Island's A&R team really will be checking in on artists using Fan Republic, the label has committed to release a single by at least one act who reaches their fan-funding target in the first six months.

Universal renews publishing deals with Welch, Weller and Steve
Universal Music Publishing has renewed its worldwide publishing deals with Florence Welch (of Machine fame), Steve Brooker (of Duffy's 'Mercy' co-writing and producing fame), and Paul Weller (of silly hair fame).

All three artists said positive things about their new deals:

Welch: "Extremely happy"
Brooker: "Great"
Weller: "Happy"

Meanwhile, UMP's President of Europe and UK Paul Connolly said equally positive things about the three of them:

Of Welch: "Incredible and highly original songwriter"
Of Brooker: "Outstanding songwriter"
Of Weller: "Distinguished and influential songwriter"

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FatCat laps up Gentle Friendly
'Hip British IDM label' FatCat has signed London's Gentle Friendly - aka Casio-and-beats-combo David Maurice and Richard Manber - to its artist listings, filing the band in the same pile as the likes of Max Richter, The Twilight Sad and US Girls. Basically, it's a great label, and what else is great is the free EP Gentle Friendly are giving away in celebration. It's titled 'Rrides', and features six early GF tracks and the nearly-new 'Autumn Nite'. Here it is.

Wishing fans a happy new year (better late than never, I guess), they say: "History is a circle so here's seven songs of the past/future/present of Gentle Friendly. From the ones we finished this year for our new record to the ones that got lost along the way, these songs are where we are, were and will be as a band in 2014 - it feels like we've come a huge long way. Sing new songs over the old ones".

Sony Corp warns of sizable year-end loss, will sell PC business
Despite a temporary bout of optimism last year, more doom and gloom at Sony Corp, which has just announced that it expects make a loss of £665 million for the financial year due to end on 31 Mar. Which is no fun at all.

It's still the electronics side of the Sony business that is causing most of the woe, and while its smartphones division has seen a sales uplift, its PC and TV units are still struggling. Indeed the former is to be sold off, while restructuring that will cut 5000 jobs on the consumer electronics side of the business is also expected.

By comparison, the conglom's US-based global entertainment businesses are doing alright. Though rumours remain that bidders are still on the sidelines interested in acquiring some or all of the Sony music, TV and movie companies. Sony Corp HQ has always denied it has any interest in selling its non-Japanese entertainment assets to shore up its electronics business, and indeed even knocked back a suggestion it sell-off a slice of that side of the Corp through a US-based flotation, a proposition made by mouthy shareholder Dan Loeb.

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New MD for Universal Spain
The Universal Music Group has appointed a new MD for its Spanish business in the form of Narcís Rebollo, who joined the major in 2006 when it acquired his music and television business Vale Music.

He will report into Universal's overseer of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula Jesús Lopez, who told reporters: "Narcis has a unique quality in our industry. He combines extensive experience in marketing and new business with expertise in management and booking which positions him within the Spanish market to be a genuine leader in the ongoing evolution of the music business that we are developing. Under his leadership and with the support of the great team of Universal Music Spain I'm convinced we will continue to grow our capacity to develop incredible artists and innovative new business models".

The appointment follows the untimely recent death of Simone Bosé, who was appointed as the major's President for the Iberian Peninsula last October. Lopez is currently acting President for the region in addition to his more senior role.

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Warner appointments: Phil Christie, Jo Smith
Announcements from both sides of the Warner Music empire yesterday.

First up, Phil Christie has been appointed to the role of Head Of A&R at the major's Warner Bros UK label which, those paying attention to such things will remember, now sits alongside Parlophone in the firm's new corporate structure, meaning he will report into Miles Leonard, overseer of Parlophone/Warner Bros.

Joining the Warner Bros label from an A&R role in Warner's publishing division (don't worry, Warner/Chappell MD Richard Manners is OK with the move, we checked), the there mentioned Leonard said of Christie's appointment: "Phil is a world-class A&R talent with great ears and understanding of what makes a successful artist. He will be a fantastic addition to the newly-strengthened team we have in place at Warner Bros UK".

Meanwhile, back at Warner/Chappell there will soon be a new Director Of Legal And Business Affairs in the house, in the form of Jo Smith, who is leaping over the wall from Sony/ATV, being a fan of music publishers with slashes in their name.

Says the aforementioned Manners, aka Warner/Chappell M/D: "I am thrilled Jo is joining Warner/Chappell at such an exciting time for us and our writers. She is known throughout the industry for her pioneering approach and strategic thinking, as well as her impressive negotiation skills. With Jo heading our legal and business affairs I am confident that we will continue to secure successful partnerships with world-class songwriters and provide them with a dynamic service that maximises revenue generating opportunities for their compositions".

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Ditto Music opens London office
Digital distributor Ditto Music has opened a new office in London, in addition to its existing UK office in Liverpool, where the company originated. It also already has international offices in Nashville and Melbourne. The new base will act as the HQ for the company's new label services division.

Ditto CEO Lee Parsons told CMU: "Our brand new Tile Yard office opening marks an important step forward for Ditto Music. Although we are still totally committed to providing the best online distribution service on the market, the London office will give us a dedicated facility to focus on the new label services".

He added: "We're proud to say that Ditto's worldwide offices are based in Liverpool, Nashville, Melbourne and now, London. The London office is a key part of our strategy and crucial to the ongoing work with both major labels and priority partners like iTunes, Vevo and Spotify".

Global Radio to sell eight stations to Communicorp
Global Radio has signed a deal to sell off eight of its local stations to Communicorp, the company owned by Irish media billionaire Denis O'Brien, for a reported £35 million. This will make Communicorp the fourth largest radio operator in the UK, as part of a "massive push" to expand the business announced by O'Brien last month.

As previously reported, Global was forced to sell off the stations by the Competition Commission last year, following the company's £70 million acquisition of the Guardian Media Group's radio business, the Real and Smooth networks, in 2012. After criticism of the takeover from Global's key competitors, the Commission ruled that the radio giant could only keep a minority of the additional stations it had acquired, and would have to sell off outlets in seven regions, either its recent Real Smooth acquisitions, or one of its existing operations in those markets.

The stations covered under the new deal are Smooth East Midlands, Smooth North West, Smooth North East, Capital Scotland, Capital South Wales, Real Radio North Wales, Real Radio Yorkshire and Real XS Manchester.

Communicorp's CEO Gervaise Slowey said in a statement: "We are delighted to add these popular radio stations to the group's stable. It's clear that the UK advertising market is buoyant, and this move will make us the fourth largest commercial radio group in the UK from a standing start".

The Global-owned brands currently operating on these licences will mainly remain via a franchise deal between the UK radio giant and the Irish firm, the latter using the brand names, programme formats and off-peak syndicated programming of Global's Heart, Capital and Smooth networks. The Real stations will be rebranded Heart.

"The brand licence agreement that we have in place with Global for Heart, Capital and Smooth will allow us to combine the clout of a national brand with local presence, and we feel this model will provide the best of both worlds to our listeners and our customers", said Slowey.

Communicorp's purchase has been approved by the Competition Commission, though still requires regulator approval in Ireland, where the company is based.

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RAJAR Round Up
So, how many people have been tuning into your radio show? What do you mean you don't have a radio show? Get with the moment; everyone has a radio show in 2014. And thanks to the lovely people at RAJAR, we know exactly how many people are listening to it. Sort of. Nearly. Maybe. Yes, here it is, the first big fat radio listening figures update of 2014! Don't move that dial. Lock it in and boost up the power. And get set for yet more big hits in a row, the RAJAR Top Ten At Ten (past twelve).

1. After something of a wobble in quarter four 2013, Nick Grimshaw scored some impressive listening stats in the last three months, with an uplift of 700,000 listeners to his Radio 1 who-eats-breakfast-anymore show. That's 6.7 million listeners people! Hurrah for the Grimster (who is still 400,000 listeners behind his predecessor's final RAJAR count, though let's not forget we give Grimmy a 'half-a-million listeners free-pass' simply for not being Chris Moyles).

2. Radio 1 had a good RAJAR round in general, with its average weekly audience also up, 1.3% quarter on quarter to 10.97 million. Which makes those one million YouTube subscribers Radio 1 was bragging about last month seem rather insignificant. Though their radio output is generally eleven times better than their various attempts at being a telly station.

3. But hey, what about Radio 2? Its audience is up 3.9% over the quarter to 15.5 million, with breakfast host Chris Evans himself seeing a 5% rise to 9.8 million listeners each week, aka nearly a sixth of the population. Blimey. And that despite R2 playing mainly Gary Barlow records for much of the last three months.

4. 6 Music increased its audience by 13.3% last quarter so that it's weekly audience is now 1.96 million, very nearly matching Radio 3, which has an FM as well as DAB frequency. And to think, they once tried to close 6 Music down. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

5. Despite its audience going down a little this quarter, Capital Radio remains the biggest commercial station in London, with a 2.15 million audience in the capital that only Radios 2 and 4 surpass. Former Choice listeners will be glad to hear Capital Xtra - which replaced Choice last October - has some pretty ropey RAJAR numbers, but it's first quarter, so probably best not to judge just yet.

6. Nationally, both the Capital network, and its sister Heart brand, saw listening figures slip. Elsewhere at Global Radio, Xfm slipped, Classic FM went up slightly and London talk station LBC - now heading to DAB on a national basis - gained 60,000 listeners year-on-year. Global is still the biggest commercial radio station in terms of overall reach, hitting 20.7 million people each week across its networks.

7. Absolute Radio, now part of the Bauer empire, which also had a bad RAJAR quarter last time round, saw its audience rise again this time, back to 1.76 million listeners UK-wide.

8. Elsewhere at Bauer, both Magic and Kiss saw some slips in London, though both remain ahead of Global's Heart in the capital.

9. And that's all I really have to say. I'm regretting promising a top ten now.

10. Oh this is good, Matt Deegan, in his always excellent RAJAR commentary, notes that in Manchester, Key 103 - Programme Director Kate Cocker - shot up in the ratings while Xfm Manchester - where her husband Tim hosts breakfast - saw a slip. "It's probably the first time" notes Deegan, "when a wife has nicked a load of [listening] hours from a husband. Both are brilliant radio people, but I wouldn't want to be round their kitchen table this morning".

MIDEM notes positive outlook, announces 2015 dates
Google and YouTube may have got more than their fair share of heckles, but bosses at MIDEM rapped up last weekend's Cannes bash by insisting that there was a positive mood at this year's event. Attendance at MIDEM itself was down again, to 6150 delegates (from 6400 last year), but there was still plenty of business being done, and the event's management reckon that, with the recorded music sector returning to (slight) growth in some territories, speakers and delegates were generally more upbeat about life. Well, working life.

MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot said: "These are early days, and the music industry is still seriously challenged, but for the first time since 2002, we have people talking of a return to growth and asking themselves how they can make it sustainable. We have done our utmost to make MIDEM a platform for this debate by making sustainable growth the central theme of all we have done this year and by providing the MIDEM community with a full tool kit for business success. The feedback I have had from clients is that MIDEM 2014 was totally business-focused".

And putting an end to admittedly dubious rumours that MIDEM would be closing its doors after this year (gossip presumably started during a very brief lapse of all that smiley positivity), the conference also yesterday announced its dates for 2015. So, you can put 31 Jan to 3 Feb in your diaries now.

 

Approved: Seiho
As with the rest of the world, dance music is on the rise in Japan. And while the country has its fair share of lugheaded "EDM" producers, it also has a nice line of artists producing more interesting music (as found on this recent Progressive Form compilation).

One of the more interesting to emerge in recent years is Seiho, whose 2013 album 'Abstraktsex', released through his own Day Tripper Records label, produced excellent tracks like 'I Feel Rave', which you can have a listen to here.

Last month he returned with new material, a new track called '3D Printer', which is available as a free download as well as a SoundCloud stream. It's a five minute journey through stabbing synth lines and punchy drums that, like much of Seiho's music, makes good use of unusual sound effects.

Listen to '3D Printer' here.

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Tinie Tempah releases rap app
Have you ever wanted to rap like Tinie Tempah? OK, have you ever wanted to be able to replace your mouth with the one usually found on Tinie Tempah's face? Now we're talking. Cos he's got a new app that will let you do just that.

Next time you are in an area - a shop, perhaps, or a motorway service station - where you hear a song from Tempah's second album 'Demonstration', you can open this app on your phone and it will play a synced video of the rapper's mouth saying the words. You can then either look at that for a while, or put it in front of your own mouth. People will then come up to you and say things like, "Hey, you are a good rapper", or, "Hey, why are you doing that?"

The app uses Shazam-like technology to recognise the song, but is extra clever because it can work out exactly how far into the song you are, in order to properly sync you up. And that's a pretty cool thing that could have applications elsewhere. And probably more useful applications that this.

The mouth-close-up video for 'Lover Not A Fighter' comes pre-loaded in the app, while others can be downloaded for free. And if you already have any other 'Demonstration' songs on your phone, the videos for those will be playable automatically too.

Says Tinie: "Making this app was so fun! Hope you have even more fun using it".

That's nice, isn't it? There's a trailer for the app here, but this video gives a better idea of what it actually does.

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Ke$ha extends rehab stay, cancels live dates
Ke$ha has revealed that she'll spend longer in rehab than expected, cancelling a series of live dates in March/April in a bid to, she says, "follow my doctor's advice and get my health back on track".

As previously reported, Ke$ha, real name Kesha Rose Sebert, checked in to the Timberline Knolls Center in Chicago at the start of the year, the idea being that she'd take a 30 day break to begin to deal with an eating disorder.

Her mother Pebe Sebert told People last month that her daughter "almost died" of complications relating to anorexia and bulimia, adding: "At this point, she doesn't care if she ever makes a record again. She just wants to be healthy and happy".

Sebert Sr later claimed that Ke$ha's ex-manager David Sonenberg, aka Dr Luke, had played a part in her illnesses escalating, saying: "One time on a conference call, Sonenberg was screaming, 'You need to lose weight! I don't care what you do... take drugs, not eat, stick your finger down your throat!'"

But denying any blame in a statement issued via People, Dr Luke, who's since been receiving death threats from angry Ke$ha fans, said: "It is unfortunate that at a time Ke$ha is suffering immensely and trying to heal at a treatment centre, her mother is taking this approach with the media. I give Ke$ha my utmost support and well wishes for a quick return to health".

JME, Omar Souleyman and Mount Kimbie to Just Jam at Barbican
Did you know that the Barbican (in London) is hosting a live night of en masse 'jams', featuring JME, Omar Souleyman, Mount Kimbie, Loefah and Newham Generals, on 1 Mar? Well, it is.

The night is, in fact, the first time that Just Jam, the online music channel MC'd by photogs Tim & Barry, will move their jam recordings from basement spaces to the 2000 capacity Barbican Hall. All the acts' sets, filmed live on-site, will appear on a giant 20 metre high screen at the venue and be streamed live online at this link.

This is the way to get tickets, and this is an advertisement trailing the event.

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Hawthorne Heights confirm Silence anniversary shows
Hawthorne Heights are scaling a somewhat mountainous world/EU/UK tour come the spring, mostly due to the fact that their debut LP, 'The Silence In Black And White', turns ten this year.

Click this link to find the tour's full world listings, or just find the UK shows here:

8 Apr: Dublin, Fibber Magees
10 Apr: Norwich, Studio III
11 Apr: Lemington Spa, Zephyr Lounge
12 Apr: Glasgow, Stereo
13 Apr: Aberdeen, Tunnels
14 Apr: Sheffield,Corporation
15 Apr: Manchester, Sound Control
16 Apr: Leicester, Academy Scholar Bar
17 Apr: Exeter, Cavern
18 Apr: Swansea, Static
21 Apr: London, Borderline

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Pond add UK dates
Dredge the weirdest depths of Tame Impala and you'll find some of psych wildmen Pond, who confirmed this week a pair of new live dates in the UK because, oh, why not?

Happening at Manchester's Ruby Lounge (9 Jun) and London's Koko (10 Jun), they'll serve as extras to appearances at this years Primavera Sound and Field Day festivals, and follow the release of the band's first LP, 'Hobo Rocket'.

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Festival line-up update: Latitude, Dimensions, Eurokeenness and more
Highest on today's FLUU relief-map is Latitude, as the Suffolk fest adds Bombay Bicycle Club, First Aid Kit, Julia Holter, Hall & Oates, Slowdive and Scroobius Pip to its Two Door, Damon Albarn, Tame Impala, Haim, Robyn and Royksop featuring line-up.

Oh, and if anyone in the world wants to hear of another alt-dance bash in Croatia, look no farther than Dimensions, the recently-revealed listings for which include Caribou, Darkside, Jon Hopkins, Jessy Lanza, Goldie, Laurel Halo and Theo Parrish.

And with that quick re-cap, here's one featuring the day's FLUUs in greater detail...

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Cheltenham, 10-12 Jul: Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Johnny Foreigner, Ben Marwood, The Retrospective Soundtrack Players, Oxygen Thief, Jamie Lenman. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

DIMENSIONS, Fort Punta Christo, Croatia, 27-31 Aug: Caribou, Darkside, Roy Ayers, Jon Hopkins, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald Present Borderland, Underground Resistance, Gilles Peterson, Metro Area, Nina Kraviz, Floating Points, Omar, Mala, Kode 9, Tikiman & Scion, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir, Karizma, Goldie, Ben UFO, Move D, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Roman Flugel, Blawan, Pearson Sound, Dbridge, Fatima & The Eglo Band, DJ Stingray, Baths, Kaytranada, Vakula, Laurel Halo, Jessy Lanza, Vatican Shadow, Aux 88, Fred P, Ebo Taylor, Andrew Ashong, Funkineven, Karenn , Pangaea, Ron Morelli, Cooly G, Alex Boman, Ø (Phase), OM Unit, John Wizards, San Soda, Nils Frahm, Kwabs, Alexander Nut, Underground Paris (My Love Is Underground), Brawther (MLIU/Dungeon Meat), Italojohnson, Anthony Naples, Svengalisghost, White Material, Iration Steppas, Mungo's Hifi, Alix Perez, DJ TLR, Lenzman, Eliphino, Damiano von Erckert, Leif, Marquis Hawkes, Cut Hands, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Jubei, Skeptical, Ulterior Motive, MC GQ, SP: MC, Tall Black Guy, Seven Davis JNR, Opolopo, Mr Beatnick, Josey Rebelle, Exodus, Nightowl, Thris Tian, Jay Simon, Dolan Bergin, Dan Shake, Tom Smith, Gilla, David Martin. www.dimensionsfestival.com

EDEN SESSIONS, Eden Project, Cornwall, full dates TBA: Dizzee Rascal. www.edensessions.com

EUROKEENNES, Belfort, France, 4-6 Jul: The Black Keys, Stromae, Pixies, Franz Ferdinand, Crackers Flowters, Shaka Ponk, Detroit, Skrillex, Foster the People, and Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters. www.eurockeennes.fr

FURY FEST, East Village Arts Club, Liverpool, 10 May: I Am The Avalanche, Gnawolves, Major League, Turnover, Moose Blood, Nai Harvest, Roam, Jimmy Holland, Carcer City, Above The Underground, Astroid Boys. www.facebook.com/FURYFESTUK

LATITUDE, Henham Park Estate, Beccles, Suffolk, 17-20 Jul: Bombay Bicycle Club, First Aid Kit, Tame Impala, Slowdive, Hall & Oates, Agnes Obel, East India Youth, Damien Jurado, Valerie June, Kwabs, Jungle, Julia Holter, Koreless, Eagulls, Fat White Family, Scroobius Pip, Kate Tempest, Shlomo, Reeps One, PolarBear, George The Poet, Roger McGough, Michael Rosen, Ben Okri, Gillian Clarke, Hollie McNish, Elvis McGonagall, Mark Grist, Page Match, Luke Kennard, Attila The Stockbroker. www.latitudefestival.com

LUNAR FESTIVAL, Umberslade Estate, Warwickshire, 6-8 Jun: Donovan, British Sea Power, The Polyphonic Spree, Tim Burgess, Temples, The Magic Band, Toy, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Pram, Goodnight Lenin, Lanterns On The Lake, John Renbourn, Wizz Jones, Michael Chapman, Wide Eyed, Pram, Tir Na Nog, Victories At Sea, Golden Glass, Misty's Big Adventure, The Grafham Water Sailing Club, Seeland, Laura J Martin, Ryley Walker, Exploding Sound Machine, Wes Finch, Simon Fox, Lux Harmonium, Horse Feathers, Tess of The Circle, Christian Pattemore, Batsch, Marshmallow Palace, Dirty Old Folkers, Jabba's Cartel, Chris Tye, I Am Voyager 1, Josh Savage. www.lunarfestival.co.uk

ØYA, Tøyenparken, Oslo, Norway, 6-10 Aug: Slowdive. oyafestivalen.com

PLYMOUTH VOLKFEST, Newnham Park, Plympton, Plymouth, 23-26 May: Boomtown Rats, Yes Sir Boss, Judge Jules, Danny Byrd, Winter Mountain, 4th Street Traffic, Dreadzone, Emma Stevens, The Apples, Babyhead, Joey The Lips, Mad Dog Mcrea, Risky Business, Land of the Giants, DeckaJam, These Reigning Days, DJ Rap, Nick Coles, Mark EG, Jake Nicholls, Soundfixation b2b Paul Webber, Louk, Hakka b2b Noizy Boy, Drifft b2b Raze, Kev Hoskin b2b Kev Thomas, Golding b2b Simon McCan, Oli Power b2b Steve Duban-Haines, Steve Lid, Nick The Kid, Harry Shotta, Maxxi P b2b Freshold, Catalyst b2b Ginge, Tom Costelloe & Aaron Cook, Luke & Joel Heaton, The DJ Producer, Top Buzz, Brandon Block, John Kelly, Vinyl Junkie, Nick The Kid, Rob Vega, MC Ribbz, Joe Peng, Tristan Ingram, Nick Coles, Ben McGowan, SEFF & Leyton, Hashimi & Manley, Dan Cartel, ThoZe2, Dizzit, Pedro, Alexander George, Rowlanz, Leon, Che, Nick Manning, Dan Brown, Fisky G, Big Pappa Funk, Stimpinator, Dirty Volume, Mr Gatsby, Placid Breaks, Punx Soundcheck, Leon B, Dave Moore & Ncryption, Mataus, Pedro, Alexander George, Rowlanz, Leon. www.plymouthvolksfest.co.uk

YO1 FESTIVAL, York Racecourse, Knavesmire, 4 May: Pulled Apart By Horses, The Wytches, Menace Beach, Theo Verney, Kritikal, Paul Bailey-Hague, Pickalo, Jay Kidd, September Girls, Autobahn, Missing Kids, Bull, Mark Wynn, Neuschlaufen, Wolf Solent, Dead Bird, Asio's Eyes, Muttley Crew, Will Swear For Food, Viewer, GirlsOnDrugs, Game Theory, Local-F, Snuff, Audio FX, Crim, Deeviant, Double Deuce, Jen Clayton, Kiks, Spee Six Nine, Vanessa, Vino, York Breakdance, Earworm, Irie Vibes Soundsystem, Dub Barn Collective, Dandy & DeLions, Dutty Hands & Cranky General, Irie Vibes Resident DJs, Selecter B, Alilou, Don Bobbio, Half-Soldier, Ms Fabulous, Scratch Irie, Yorkshire Tea Party. www.yo1events.co.uk

Marvin Gaye's 1964 Motown passport gets $20,000 Antiques Roadshow valuation
Did you know there was a US edition of 'The Antiques Roadshow'? I didn't. It's basically the same as the British version, but it has Americans on it. And because they don't really have old stuff in America, people bring in things that are interesting instead.

On this week's edition, a man brought in Marvin Gaye's passport from 1964, which he found tucked inside an old record sleeve. The man made the discovery after buying a collection of memorabilia from the family of a deceased former Motown artist, which went on sale after records in the haul were rejected as donations to the Motown Museum.

"I was going through them and out of an album fell this passport," the buyer explained. "It literally fell into my hands".

The man said he originally paid 50 cents for the record which held the passport, so was surprised to be told the document itself was worth $20,000. Pop culture memorabilia expert Laura Woolley told him: "Passport collecting is a really vibrant world because there's usually only a few of them throughout your life". She also added that people like them because they know the signatures are genuine.

So that's a fun thing. Here's a video of the valuation unfurling.

 
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