An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Tuesday 25 February 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As the digital debate in the artist community continues, and following on from independent musician Ron Pope's recent article on the payments he has received from Spotify - in which he noted the impact having his music on the streaming platform has had on his ticket sales in Norway and Sweden - two more artists have stepped up to talk about their respective digital income streams... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: First approved back in 2011, in his earlier incarnation as Asbjørn And The Strange Ears, and then again the following year as he prepared the release of his debut album, 'Sunken Ships', Asbjørn has now begun to unveil his second longform release, 'Pseudo Visions'. Having previously only focussed on the Nordic region, and mainly his home country Denmark, Asbjørn is now starting to branch out... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES More indie artists reveal their streaming income
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LEGAL Dave Lee Travis to face retrial on two sexual offence charges
Domestic violence charity condemns Oberst's lawsuit against rape accuser
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Former Imagem President outlines his plans for publishing start up
Reservoir acquires First State Media catalogue
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LIVE BUSINESS X-Factor Musical gets stage fright as makers delay first night
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MEDIA Smooth Radio relaunch plans revealed
Susan Boyle to voice lighthouse TV diva
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EDUCATION & EVENTS UK Music announces apprenticeship scheme meeting
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OBITUARIES Bob Casale 1952-2014
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RELEASES The Horrors light up Luminous new LP
Release Round-Up: Eagulls, La Luz, Jamie Isaac and Kitsuné's New Faces
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GIGS & FESTIVALS 150 more acts confirmed for this year's Great Escape
Eels announce summer shows
Echo & The Bunnymen add May live dates
Festival line-up update: Bonnaroo, Benicassim, Melt! and more
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AND FINALLY... Big One Direction news
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CMU INSIGHTS: MUSIC MEDIA
This two-hour session explains the role of traditional music media – print, online and broadcast – in building industry profile for new talent, and getting new music to a more mainstream audience.

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BIGBOX - FREELANCE PR
Freelance mid-level publicist wanted to join BIGBOX, a busy, creative full-service PR agency with clients including club and youth culture brands and music festivals in the UK and Europe. Candidate should have a good knowledge of electronic music and club culture. Previous PR experience is essential, as is confidence in client-management and reporting, and creative idea generation and pitching. Radio PR experience is a bonus.

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NOMANIS - FINANCE/ADMIN ASSISTANT
An opportunity has arisen for a Finance/Admin Assistant to join Nomanis, a busy independent music booking agency based in Bethnal Green, London. The applicant must be extremely organised with meticulous attention to detail. We are looking for a fast learner, with the initiative to work on their own and an ability to prioritise their workload to meet deadlines.

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ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
The Director of Communications will be responsible for leading and managing communications, and for the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of transformational strategies to promote the profile and work of the RCM nationally and internationally. This is an important role for the RCM where we recognise the importance of good communications and leadership and there is huge scope for you to stamp your mark on this position.

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ACADEMY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC - MUSIC CO-ORDINATOR
The Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) in conjunction with its strategic partner Metropolis Studios London has an exciting new opportunity for a Music Co-ordinator. This is a new and exciting position within a vibrant music office housed within ACM in Guildford.

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MUSIC FESTIVAL - MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR
A well known summer music festival wishes to appoint a Marketing Co-ordinator to join their friendly team and to implement and manage the delivery of their Marketing Plan. This role will suit an ambitious marketing/sales/PR professional with at least two year's experience in a music/arts/entertainment environment. The successful candidate will have proven ability to co-ordinate and contribute to successful target driven strategic campaigns and promotions.

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TEAMROCK - ONLINE EDITORS
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CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY - SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is the world's leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and Beijing. Founded in 1975, CAA represents many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, sport, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients. The London office is seeking highly organised and motivated people for Internship positions in both the Music and Sport Departments.

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More indie artists reveal their streaming income
As the digital debate in the artist community continues, and following on from independent musician Ron Pope's recent article on the payments he has received from Spotify - in which he noted the impact having his music on the streaming platform has had on his ticket sales in Norway and Sweden - two more artists have stepped up to talk about their respective digital income streams.

Noting recent(ish) criticism from some corners of the artist community of Spotify et al, Benn Jordan, who records as The Flashbulb, has come out with a positive view of the streaming service in a new blog post, stating that it now accounts for the majority of his income from recordings. But cellist Zoe Keating, who has published a spreadsheet showing her income across various digital services in 2013, found that download sales brought in almost twelve times more revenue than streaming overall.

Taking a quote on Spotify from Thom Yorke given in an interview with Mexican website Sopitas - "No artist needs it, we can do all that shit ourselves" - as his focal point, Jordan wrote: "Really Thom? You've created a legal, royalty-paying library of music that will allow me to literally listen to whatever artist I can think of, whenever and wherever I desire to? Because that's the one thing we, the people, the pirates, the innovators, could not do in the last seven years when we had all the technology in our hands to do it".

Moving onto numbers, though he didn't actually divulge exactly what he's earned from Spotify, he chose to focus on a period when he wasn't promoting and album or touring, in order to cut out "notable additional variables" to any spikes in listening data. He explained: "I can tell you that Spotify has made me about 30% more than iTunes, Pandora, Amazon, Xbox Music, Google Play, eMusic, Rhapsody, Rdio, Deezer, MediaNet, Simky, Nokia, and Myspace Music combined in [between December 2012 and December 2013]. Even if you tack on my [publishing income] cheques from [collecting society] ASCAP to that long list, Spotify is still ahead".

He added: "I can tell you that Spotify alone, for the last nine months or so, has paid for my rent in a two floor coach house with garage. But what is predictably notable, is that the numbers for Spotify are growing monthly, and have actually doubled from the first month to the last while sales on other platforms remained the same". This has also, he said, allowed him to scale back his day job of composing music for TV and focus more on The Flashbulb.

Keating's figures, meanwhile, showed a very different story. She focussed on 2013, much the same twelve month period as Jordan, when she was also not promoting a new solo album. However, she found that sales through iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon and Amazon MP3 collectively brought in $75,000 for her last year, while streaming across a variety of services, including Spotify, Pandora and YouTube, were worth slightly over $6000.

Keating does note that only her early recordings, from 2005 and 2006, are currently available on Spotify, and that she's probably not getting all the royalties she is actually due from third-party uploads of her music to YouTube. So the figures she shared aren't the complete story, though they would suggest that for her, downloads sales are still key.

That said, Keating isn't especially anti the Spotify business model, though has previously expressed concerns about how the streaming platforms deal with independent artists. Speaking at the Virgin Disruptors event last year, she said: "I don't feel like streaming is the evil enemy. I think it's a good positive thing to get music out there. All I'm asking is make a direct deal with me, let me choose my terms. Let me decide if windowing is good or bad, on my own terms. Work directly with me... The idea of how does a service like Spotify interact with a bazillion artists? That's an administrative problem that technology could solve... And I'd like them to think more about are there any mutual services in the middle that can help the listeners connect with me to go to the concert".

Read Jordan's blog in full here, and take a look at Keating's spreadsheet here.

Meanwhile, CMU has teamed up with artist and producer Dan Le Sac to survey the UK artist community on all things digital ahead of this year's Great Escape. We'll be speaking to artists on various digital matters over the next two months, and will present the findings during Global Digital Markets, a half-day convention strand taking place at TGE this year. To get into that - and the rest of the TGE convention and festival - at the special early bird rate of £145, you need to buy your delegates pass this week at this link.

Dave Lee Travis to face retrial on two sexual offence charges
Following his acquittal on twelve sexual offence charges earlier this month, it was announced yesterday that Dave Lee Travis will face a retrial on two others. The allegations are of an indecent assault in 1990 and a sexual assault in 2008.

Travis, real name David Griffin, was found not guilty of the twelve other indecent assault charges, but the jury in that original court case were unable to reach a verdict on the final two, for which he will now face a new trial.

Speaking outside Southwark Crown Court yesterday, Travis said: "All I can say is that this whole thing started when I was 67 and I just hope it's going to end by the time I am 80".

A date for the trial, which is expected to last two weeks, has not yet been set. Travis has been bailed until 28 Mar.

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Domestic violence charity condemns Oberst's lawsuit against rape accuser
Domestic violence charity Right To Speak Out has condemned Conor Oberst's defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of raping her. The organisation says that such a lawsuit will only add to the under reporting of violence against women.

As previously reported, Oberst launched the $1 million legal action last week, a spokesperson saying that his accuser had a "history of inventing stories and personalities online in order to gain attention". They added that the former Bright Eyes frontman would donate any money awarded to him in court to "benefiting the victims of violence against women".

But in a statement yesterday, Right To Speak Out said: "As an organisation dedicated to mitigating the harm that lawsuits like Oberst's ... amplify, we find this more than ironic. It is offensive to imply that filing such a lawsuit is a respectable way to procure money regardless of what he declares he intends to do with it".

The charity estimates that in the US only 21% of rapes are reported to police, while only 7% of those reported then result in a conviction, which already discourages women from reporting violence against them. It added that even if the accusations against Oberst were false, "vilifying discussion of sexual assault by filing such a lawsuit only adds to the problem of under-reporting that enables sexual assault to proliferate at alarming rates".

Former Imagem President outlines his plans for publishing start up
Former Imagem President Richard Stumpf has spoken to Billboard about his new music publishing venture the Atlas Music Group, which now has the backing of some existing music industry players and a handful of investment firms.

And although Stumpf says that the aim of his new venture is to be a mid-sized publisher that can offer a more 'personal service' to songwriters, the music rights start up is looking to gain some significance pretty quickly by both signing up new songwriting talent and also acquiring a few existing publishing catalogues. And he tells Billboard that the first songwriter signings have been made - Toby Gadd, Daniel And The Lion and Falls - while two catalogue acquisition deals are currently be actively considered.

To run all that Stumpf is currently putting together a team of about ten people, which already includes former Zomba/Jive exec Jennifer Blakeman and form Kobalt US GM Michael Petersen. His plan, says Stumpf, is to "marry the best possible front office with the best possible back office operations - this results in true full service music publishing".

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Reservoir acquires First State Media catalogue
New York-based publisher Reservoir has made another acquisition - and this one's quite a biggy - bringing a catalogue of 26,000 copyrights spanning seven decades to the company. The purchase is of First State Media Group, the catalogues of which include the songs of the Wind-Up, Dreamworks and Dimensional music publishing businesses.

Chrysalis, which is now part of BMG of course, acquired the administration rights to the First State catalogue back in 2010, and the European music rights firm will continue to administrate those works outside of North America for the new owners. Though Reservoir itself will take over that work in the US and Canada.

Confirming the acquisition, Reservoir President Golnar Khosrowshahi told CMU: "We are thrilled to represent the writers and the high calibre of works in the FS Media catalogue.Acquisitions like these provide the ideal combination of the scale and quality we consider when strategising the growth of our company. This deal is one of many more to come".

Meanwhile the firm's COO Rell Lafargue, who will now spearhead the integration of FS Media with the rest of the Reservoir company, said: "We anticipate a seamless transition. Through our numerous acquisitions, including TVT Music and the UK companies Reverb Music and P&P Songs, we've learned that these kinds of transactions are exactly where Reservoir excels. Our team and infrastructure are well positioned to take in catalogues, identify new creative opportunities, and see them thrive. We believe we will implement yet another successful integration, and that Reservoir will provide a lucrative long term home for this wonderful catalogue".

X-Factor Musical gets stage fright as makers delay first night
Producers of 'I Can't Sing', Harry Hill's true-to-life (in an opposite world) 'X-Factor' stage musical, have postponed the show's opening night because of "technical" difficulties.

Its first two performances - this Thursday and Friday at the London Palladium - will now not take place as planned, so as to give its makers Stage Entertainment "some more time to work on technical aspects of the production".

SE's Rebecca Quigley explains away the delay by saying: "As audiences will soon see the production is hugely ambitious, and the volume of installation and scale of the set means that technical work has taken slightly longer than could have been anticipated. This is not a decision taken lightly and I'd like to apologise to those who had booked, and indeed sold out, these initial two performances".

'I Can't Sing' will now, all being as it's meant to be, premiere on 1 Mar. Ticket-buyers from the cancelled shows are assured full refunds or swaps for tickets to alternative dates.

Smooth Radio relaunch plans revealed
Having solved the tricky challenge of being forced, by the Competition Commission, to sell off most of the FM radio licences it acquired from the Guardian Media Group in 2012, Global Radio has now announced its plans for the future of the one time GMG radio firm's biggest brand, Smooooooooooooooth Radio.

As previously reported, Global sold the FM licences it was forced to offload to Irish media firm Communicorp, which is then licensing back station formats and syndicated programming from Global, so that basically the UK radio major's various branded station networks are unhindered by the sale, it just won't directly own all the frequencies used by those networks.

Smooth is one of those brands, and having been sitting in limbo while Global went through the motions of the competition regulator investigation, it's now set for a big fat relaunch. And as is par for the course when Global relaunches a radio station, it'll almost certainly piss off the core listenership, but - the radio giant hopes - will result in bigger audiences overall. Good times.

The overhaul means radio veterans Simon Bates and Lynn Parsons are out, to be replaced by people off the telly, namely one time tennis man and GMTV muppet Andrew Castle and fellow breakfast telly sofa-filler Kate Garraway. Meanwhile that lovely Myleene Klass will have a Saturday morning show, sharing some chatter in amongst 'Your Relaxing Music Mix'.

A spokesman for the departing Bates, who has been at Smooth for three years after over a decade with another Global station, Classic FM, said that the DJ's original contract with Smooth was up anyway, and that his departure was "amicable".

Meanwhile bigging up his all new Smooth service, Global's owns smooth operator Ashley Tabor told reporters: "Andrew Castle, Kate Garraway and Myleene Klass joining Smooth tell you just how seriously Global takes the [relaunch], and the focus and investment we're putting behind this brand. It's a further demonstration of our core strategy of 'national brands delivered locally', and it's very important to us".

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Susan Boyle to voice lighthouse TV diva
Following a small film role as a churchwarden's lady wife in 'The Christmas Candle' in 2013, Susan Boyle is to take on another acting part, this time on TV.

Whilst Boyle and cast have only so far shot a pilot of the show, which has the working title 'Diva', Susan nonetheless plays a 'singing lighthouse keeper' in a storyline following a girl from the Channel Islands who wants to become famous. It's still awaiting commission.

Though some bigmouth source has told the Sun: "Susan is set to play this sort of crazy lighthouse lady. It's a unique role. There has been a lot of interest in it. Some of the big broadcasters are very keen".

UK Music announces apprenticeship scheme meeting
UK Music is inviting music industry employers to attend a breakfast meeting next week, to find out more about its apprenticeship scheme and related grants of £3500.

Attendees will meet with Minister Of State For Skills And Enterprise, Matthew Hancock MP, and apprentices already working in the music industry.

The event will take place at the Department Of Business, Innovation And Skills' Conference Centre on 5 Mar from 8.45am to 10pm. Anyone wishing to attend should email

Bob Casale 1952-2014
Devo guitarist, keyboard player and producer Bob Casale die last week from heart failure. He was 61.

Born in 1952, Casale trained as a radiologist before being recruited by his brother George to form Devo in 1973. Nicknamed Bob 2 - Bob 1 being frontman Mark Mothersbaugh's lead guitarist brother - Casale was a continuous member of the group, playing on all nine of the band's albums, up to 2010's 'Something For Everybody'. He was also involved in the production of many of their records.

Outside of Devo, Casale also worked on a number of albums by other bands, and worked on music for TV and film in both performer and engineer capacities, including Wes Anderson films 'Rushmore' and 'The Royal Tenebaums, and kids TV show 'Rugrats'.

Announcing his brother's death last week, Geraldn Casale said: "As an original member of Devo, Bob was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got".

He is survived by his wife Lisa, their son Alex and daughter Samantha.

  Approved: Asbjørn
First approved back in 2011, in his earlier incarnation as Asbjørn And The Strange Ears, and then again the following year as he prepared the release of his debut album, 'Sunken Ships', Asbjørn has now begun to unveil his second longform release, 'Pseudo Visions'.

Having previously only focussed on the Nordic region, and mainly his home country Denmark, Asbjørn is now starting to branch out further, with a release campaign that will sprawl out over the course of 2014. The songs on 'Pseudo Visions' tell a complete story, with each of its tracks being released as a video each month until the end of the year.

"Some of the songs may be radio-friendly, others are just beautiful stories I need to tell", explains Asbjørn. "And no matter their commercial potential all these songs will have equal opportunities. It's not up to me which ones people respond to, but I will know that all of them had the chance to change something for someone".

The first track to be released, 'Brotherhood', which you can hear here, continues to develop the dark, atmospheric pop sound of 'Sunken Ships', driven by some expertly odd whistling, before giving way to a twisted dance breakdown.

The second track in the series, 'RYB', will be released on Asbjørn's YouTube profile this Saturday (1 Mar).
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The Horrors light up Luminous new LP
It's official: The Horrors' fourth LP, the band's first since 2011's 'Skying', is called 'Luminous', and will come out on 5 May. Congratulations all round.

Talking to the NME about the album's title in particular, Faris Badwan said: "It's a powerful image: giving off light and releasing energy. It sums up a lot of the ways we make music. One thing that's always been central to the band is that we've kept the same level of intensity since the beginning".

Still chatting away, Faris added this of the 'Luminous' sound at large: "This is the album I've been most excited about releasing. I think it would be misleading to say it's got more guitars or more synths, because half the time the guitars sound like synths anyway. Is it fair to say there's more of everything?"

Yes, I'd say it's fair. More than fair, in fact. And now it's time to bathe in the blinding light of the LP's lead single, 'I See You', which had its world's first play last night thanks to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe.

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Release Round-Up: Eagulls, La Luz, Jamie Isaac and Kitsuné's New Faces
Snappy Leeds pack Eagulls are streaming their very first LP, the ingeniously-titled 'Eagulls', via Pitchfork's vaguely annoying Advance player, in 'advance' of its real release in a week's time. Player aside, the album is worth a spin (provided you're into loud, angry punk), so do that now.

Also with an album out soon, it's approved lo-fi pop troopers La Luz, whose debut 'It's Alive' will have its UK coming-out-party via Hardly Art on 31 Mar. Fall for its Mazzy Star-bright, 1960s-style girl-group charms right now c/o this video tape, for one of its tracks 'Brainwash'.

A contemporary of King Krule, Croydon artist Jamie Isaac, has just handed over the official clip for his fine single 'She Dried', which is listed on his new 'Blue Break' EP. The latter is released on 24 Mar, a date Isaac will anticipate tomorrow via a show at the Waiting Room in London. Watch the vid here in the meantime.

And as if we weren't all spoilt for streaming choice, tres hip French dance label Kitsuné is previewing its latest 'New Faces' compilation, as features tracks by fresh acts like Superfood, Kilo Kish, Rosie Lowe, Hyetal and George Fitzgerald, exclusively via Dazed & Confused. It's in shops now, but if you're too young and poor, or old and poor, you can groove and rejuvenate whilst you save up to buy it via the Dazed Digital stream.

150 more acts confirmed for this year's Great Escape
In a busy day for festival news, make sure you take note of the 150 - yep, 150 - new bands added to the line up of The Great Escape, Europe's leading festival for new music.

The second big announcement from Team TGE includes details of the second 'Dome show' at this year's festival, which will feature Wild Beasts, These New Puritans and Adult Jazz. Meanwhile all of the following acts have now been confirmed to play:

A Plastic Rose, Afterpartees, Ages And Ages, Aisha Orazbayeva, Albert Hammond Jr, Alec Benjamin, All We Are, Angel At My Table, Anna Meredith, Ásgeir, Augustines, Azekel, Barbarossa, Bat And Ball, Bear Hands, Beaty Heart, Best Friends, Big Sixes, Big Ups, Blessa, Bloody Knees, Bokka, Boy Jumps Ship, Brawlers, Bridie Jackson And The Arbour, Bryce Hackford, Casual Sex, Cats On Trees, Champs, Cheerleader, Coasts, Death At Sea, Deathcrush, Dry The River, East India Youth, Eaves, Electric Eye, Elli Ingram, Emilie Nicholas, Eva Stone, Eyedress, Famy, Fé, Fickle Friends, Frank Hamilton, French For Rabbits, Gallery Circus, Gambles, Generate, George Barnett, George Ezra, Girl Band, Glass Owls, Gnarwolves, Go Wolf, Gorgon City, Grand Analog, Gδrtmδlen, Harleighblu, Hawk House, Hero Fisher, Hey Rosetta!, Hozier, Hudson Taylor, James Bay, Jamie Isaac, Jaws, Jimi Goodwin, Joel Baker, Joel Compass, Jon Hopkins, Kan Wakan, Kiesza, Kit, Kyan, Lake Street Dive, Laura Welsh, Lazytalk, Le Vasco, Let The Machines Do The Work, Little Matador, Lizzo, Louis Aguilar And The Crocodile Tears, Love Zombies, Lyger, Lyla Foy, Mighty Oaks, Milky Chance, Mirel Wagner, Mirror Signal, Mnek, Moodoïd, Neøv, Nothing But Thieves, Oliver Coates, Only Rivals, Pablo Nouvelle, Patten, Phantogram, Phoria, Port Isla, Ps I Love You, Pup, Rae Morris, Rah Rah, Raleigh Ritchie, Ratking, Rebeka, Rm Hubbert, Ryan Vail, Sam Fender, Say Lou Lou, Sea Change, Sean Mcgowan, Shiny Darkly, Sivu, Solids, Southern, Spring King, Stonefield, Sun Glitters, Suvi, Syd Arthur, Taymir, Telegram, Tennis, The Bohicas, The Clameens, The Districts, The Dumplings, The John Steel Singers, The Neighbourhood, The New Tigers, The People The Poet, The Trouble With Templeton, Thomas Azier, Tigertown, Tristesse Contemporaine, Trust, Unknwn, Von Hertzen Brothers, We Were Evergreen, Weed, Wild Cub, Wonder Villains and Years And Years.

The Great Escape also features, of course, a CMU Insights-programmed convention, which this year will present six in depth half-day strands plus a series of in conversations, parties and networking events. Two strands are already confirmed - Maximising Music Rights and Global Digital Markets - with details of the other four plus the in conversation guests this year all due to be announced very soon.

Meanwhile, to get into all of the festival and convention elements of TGE, you need to get yourself a delegates pass, which are still available at the ridiculously cheap price of £145, but only until Friday. Rooms are also going fast in the official convention hotels - The Queens and myhotel - so you might want to get booking those this week too.

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Eels announce summer shows
States-based alt brigade Eels have announced a round of UK shows to go with their latest LP 'The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett'.

The album's namesake, also the band's frontman, bills it as "an extraordinarily vivid and intimate document of a personal struggle", one fans can share in once it's out, any time after 21 Apr. But no sooner.

And those shows I was just talking about run thus:

15 Jun: Oxford, New Theatre
16 Jun: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
17 Jun: Glasgow, Royal Concert House
18 Jun: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
19 Jun: Bexhill, De La Warr Pavillion
30 Jun: London, Royal Albert Hall
1 Jul: Dublin, Olympia

And one more thing, a clip introducing you to the LP.

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Echo & The Bunnymen add May live dates
Echo & The Bunnymen are shooting off a round trip, to 'The Killing Moon' and back, of the UK, in May. It's actually more to 'Liverpool' and back, and supports the band's latest LP, 'Meteorites', which is due an announcement tomorrow.

For the time being, you'll have to make do with the tour's dates, which are:

2 May: Leamington Spa, Assembly Rooms
10 May: Oxford, Academy
11 May: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
13 May: Newcastle Tyne Theatre
14 May: Manchester Ritz
16 May: Edinburgh Queens Hall
17 May: London Shepherd's Bush Empire
18 May: Bristol, Academy
20 May: Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall

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Festival line-up update: Bonnaroo, Benicassim, Bestival and more
Highlights of today's somewhat unruly-sized FLUU are Warpaint's DIY-confirmation for Glasto, Bestival's Sunday night headliner, the first stage of artist additions at Benicassim, a bumper update at the USA's super-pop-marathon Bonnaroo, and a whole lot more.

Let's get straight to it...

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham, 10-12 Jul: Public Service Broadcasting, Itch, Blitz Kids, Hawk Eyes, The Virginmarys, Winter Villains, VerseChorusVerse. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

BENICASSIM, Recinto De Conciertos, Benicassim, Spain, 17-20 Jul: Kasabian, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Chase & Status, MIA, Tame Impala, Manic Street Preachers, James, Klaxons, Sub Focus, Of Montreal, Courteeners, The Charlatans, Presidents Of The United States of America, The 1975, Kodaline, Telegram. www.fiberfib.com

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 4-7 Sep: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. www.bestival.com

BONNAROO, Centeroo, Manchester, Tenessee, USA, 12-15 Jun: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Kaskade, Damon Albarn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wiz Khalifa, SuperJam with Skrillex and friends, Ed Helms' Bluegrass Situation, Disclosure, Cut Copy, The Head And The Heart, Jake Bugg, Chance the Rapper, Dr. Dog, Yonder Mountain String Band, The John Butler Trio, Little Dragon, City and Colour, The Glitch Mob, The Naked And Famous, Taran Killam, Phosphorescent, Drive-By Truckers, Washed Out, Danny Brown, Warpaint, Funkiest Dancer, Chromeo, Broken Bells, Tedeschi Trucks Band, James Blake, Bobby Womack, Umphrey's McGee, Ice Cube, Ben Howard, Slightly Stoopid, Fitz and the Tantrums, Cake, Janelle Monae, Grouplove, Amos Lee, Chvrches, Cage The Elephant, Die Antwoord, Andrew Bird, Mastodon, Capital Cities, Sam Smith, A$AP Ferg, Darkside, Seasick Steve, Shovels & Rope, Lucero, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Wood Brothers, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Pusha T, Meshuggah, Polica, DakhaBrakha, Goat, ZZ Ward, Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80, Blackberry Smoke, MS MR, Hannibal Buress, First Aid Kit, Rudimental, A Tribe Called Red, Omar Souleyman, Bouncing Souls, Greensky Bluegrass, Ty Segall, Sarah Jarosz, Vintage Trouble, Okkervil River, White Denim, Jonathan Wilson, Robert DeLong, Cloud Nothings, Typhoon, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, Valerie June, King Khan And The Shrines, Cherub, Banks, Break Science, The Black Lillies, Real Estate, The Lone Bellow, Caveman, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Jon Batiste, La Santa Cecilia, Classixx, Allah-Las, Cass McCombs, Vance Joy, Haerts, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Those Darlins, Deafheaven, Lake Street Dive, St Paul and The Broken Bones, The Wild Feathers, The Preatures, Blank Range. www.bonnaroo.com

DETESTIVAL, Queen's Social Club, Sheffield, 18-20 Apr: Sleepy Sun, Turbowolf, PINS, Slaves, Lola Colt, God Damn, Brown Brogues, Vladimir, Happyness, Big Difference, Bad Guys, JazzHands. www.facebook.com/detestival‎

FM4 FREQUENCY, Green Park, St Polten, Austria, 13-16 Aug: Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Imagine Dragons, Babyshambles, Jan Delay & Disko No 1, Woodkid, Marteria, Milky Chance, Stromae, Broilers, Millencolin, Skindred, HVOB, Brody Dalle, William Fitzsimmons, Satellite Stories, Claire, The Eclectic Moniker, Bo Ningen, Giuda, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Pendulum & MC Verse. www.frequency.at

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, 25-29 Jun: Warpaint. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

GREENWICH MUSIC TIME, Old Royal Naval College, London, 20-23 Aug: Goldfrapp, Russell Watson, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Mel C, Marc Almond. greenwichmusictime.co.uk

HENLEY FESTIVAL, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 9-13 Jul: Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, Burt Bacharach, The Jacksons, The Radiophonic Workshop, The Mariachis, David Mumford, Will McNicol, The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, Close to You, Rotait, na-mara, Rick Wakeman, Serpentyne, Mike Davies, D'lys. www.henley-festival.co.uk

HIGH DEFINITION FESTIVAL, Eridge Park, Nr Tunbridge Wells, 5 Jul: Carl Cox, All About She, Brockie & MC Det, B Traits, Charlie Hedges, Dj Die & Mc Inja, Dusky, Filsonik, George Fitzgerald, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Harry Shotta Show, Jon Rundell, Joy Orbison, Logan - D, Mampi Swift, Mc Eksman, MC Ic3, Midland, Mistajam, Ms Dynamite, My Nu Leng, Oneman, Ratpack, Roska, Route 94, Sam Supplier, Shy FX, The Martinez Brothers (6 Hrs), Tom Rio, Will Saul, Zinc b2b Artwork. www.highdefinitionfestival.co.uk

HOP FARM FESTIVAL, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent, 4-6 Jul: Bellowhead, Eliza Doolittle, Marc Almond, Full English, Chaz N Dave, Scouting For Girls, Slow Club, Family Rain, The Beat, Midlake. www.thehopfarmmusicfestival.com

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle Of Wight, 12-15 Jun: Suede, Fall Out Boy, Katy B, Tom Odell, Ella Eyre, The Pretty Reckless, Anna Calvi, Starsailor, Boy George, The Struts, Alison Moyet, Amber Run, Inspiral Carpets, The Doors Alive. www.isleofwightfestival.com

MELT!, Ferropolis, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, 18-20 Jul: Darkside, Pretty Lights, Four Tet, Bombay Bicycle Club, SBTRKT, Pantha Du Prince, Clean Bandit, DVS1, George Fitzgerald, John Grant, Ja, Panik, John Talabot, Jungle, Markus Kavka, Kid Simius, Of Montreal, Pantha Du Prince, Planningtorock, SOHN, Son Lux, Tale Of Us, Tourist, WhoMadeWho, Wolf Alice. www.meltfestival.de

OBSCENE EXTREME, Trutnov, Battlefield, Czech Republic, 16-20 Jul: Brutal Truth, Morgoth. www.obsceneextreme.cz

ØYA, Tøyenparken, Oslo, Norway, 6-10 Aug: Todd Terje, Little Dragon, Darkside, Brody Dalle, Highasakite, Farao, John Wizards. oyafestivalen.com

ROCK WERCHTER, Leaven, Rotselaar, Belgium, 3-6 Jul: Warpaint, White Lies, Milow, Parov Stelar, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Melanie De Biasio, Reignwolf. www.rockwerchter.be

SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL, Castle Hill Estate, North Devon, 17-21 Jul: Amadou & Mariam, Fink, Bombino, Crowns, Neil Hastead, Nick Mulvey, Half Moon Run, Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Hiss Golden Messenger. somersaultfestival.com

SONISPHERE UK, Knebworth Park, 4-6 Jul: Wilko Johnson, Electric Wizard, Dog Eat Dog, Anti-Flag, Black Spiders, Brutality Will Prevail, Emp!re, Krokodil, Raging Speedhorn, Reckless Love, Stampin Ground, Tesseract, The Defiled, The Hell, The Hype Theory, The Safety Fire. sonisphere.co.uk

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 23-24 Aug: Alesso, Jamie Jones, Sasha, Magda. www.southwestfour.com

STANDON CALLING, Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire, 1-3 Aug: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Maximo Park, Clean Bandit, Peace, The Heavy, Ella Eyre, TOY, Charli XCX, Leisure Society, Easy Star All Stars, The Cuban Brothers, The Other Tribe, Beans On Toast, Saint Raymond, Imperial Leisure, Amber Run. www.standon-calling.com

STOCKTON CALLING, various venues, Stockton-on-Tees, 19 Apr: Chris Helme, CoCo And The Butterfields, Baby Strange, The Lost Boys, The Alice Charmers, Silver Trees, Dinnernanny, Little Mirrors, The Big Heave, Tusk, Sam Fender, Andy Jones, Alistair Sheerin Band, Reva, Cellar Door, Be Quiet Shout Loud, Violet Deep. www.stocktoncalling.co.uk

TAURON NOWA MUZYKA, Katowice, Poland, 21-25 Aug: Dixon, Mouse On Mars, Jackson And His Computerband, Ben UFO, Kelela, BOKKA. www.festiwalnowamuzyka.pl

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross, 11-13 Jul: Paolo Nutini. www.tinthepark.com

UK LIVE, Sunderland Stadium Of Light, 22 Jun/Ipswich Chantry Park, 28 Jun/Weston-Super-Mare Beach, 29 Jun: Katy B, Neon Jungle. www.uklive.co.uk

WAY OUT WEST, Gothernburg, Sweden, 7-9 Aug: Pusha T, Brody Dalle, I Break Horses, Shlohmo, Forest Swords, Holly Herndon, Chloe Howl, Machinedrum. www.wayoutwest.se

Big One Direction news
One Direction are not, repeat, are not, I mean, please, take note of this, and believe me when I say what I say, and I urge you to stop anyone, anywhere, whoever they may be, and whatever sources they may cite, from ever even thinking that this might be so, because, you see, and this really is very important, in fact you ought to all write this up on your office whiteboard, and if you don't have an office whiteboard, you really ought to buy one, because they are especially useful for recording any ideas that come up during team brainstorming sessions, as well as for writing up important news like this, so that everyone who works for your organisation isn't under any misapprehensions whatsoever, though I do admit that a flip chart will suffice for this purpose too, providing this particular message is always at the top of whichever page is showing at any one time, because you wouldn't want even your one-afternoon-a-week book-keeper to miss out on this bit of information, nor that intern who comes in two days a week, but totally legally because you're either paying them minimum wage or you've fulfilled the criteria set out by Her Majesty's Revenues & Customs for unpaid interns, but they need to know this information, and frankly you telling them this is probably worth four hours of free labour, because then they'll know that One Direction, and this is the bit you have to really listen to, One Direction are NOT, I say, NOT on the verge of breaking up.

Look, this is what Harry Styles told The Sun. "We're not breaking up".

I bet you feel really silly right now. And if you're one of those people claiming that you never even said or thought or reckoned that One Direction were on the verge of breaking up, well, all I can say is you've never got to deadline and realised you had no And Finally story, thrown a tabloid newspaper in the air and gone with which ever bit of music gossip you found first, however pointless it might be. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is journalism. Well, it would be if I'd written this as a list and stolen a few photos off Twitter.

 
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