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Thursday 6 March 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Another alliance of music business trade bodies was announced yesterday as the performer and manager communities joined together to speak out on the royalties artists receive in the digital domain, and specifically the cut of streaming revenue paid to talent by their record companies. There are various elements to the big debate on digital royalties, most of which are explained in the most recent... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Having become an increasingly dropped name in the last twelve months, Deathcrush released their debut single, 'Lesson #13 for Nanker Phelge / Fire', as a flexi-disc attached to a poster magazine last year. With a sound they call "pelvic noise sludge", the single and the EP that followed it, 'Skool's In', do a good job of capturing the punky energy and ear-splitting noise of their live shows. Well, I assume... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Performer and manager groups call for bigger cut of streaming money to go to artists
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DEALS P!nk staying with RCA, inks multi-year deal
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS INgrooves extends Republic Of Music partnership
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LIVE BUSINESS Eventbrite adds reserved seating onto its platform
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BRANDS & MERCH Pharrell fronts Uniqlo t-shirt line
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MARKETING & PR PPL comms chief stands down
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Gracenote announces Musicmetric alliance
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MEDIA BBC Three to be made online only
BBC 6 Music launches late night new music shows
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ARTIST NEWS Alt-J to remain a trio
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: Christopher Owens, The Men, BadBadNotGood, Charlotte Church and The Faint
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Is Prince playing Glasto 2014? No, Prince isn't.
Glastonbury announced Emerging Talent Competition longlist
Festival Line-Up Update: Field Day, Festival No 6, Beatherder and more
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AND FINALLY... Yoko responds to Elbow name-check
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Performer and manager groups call for bigger cut of streaming money to go to artists
Another alliance of music business trade bodies was announced yesterday as the performer and manager communities joined together to speak out on the royalties artists receive in the digital domain, and specifically the cut of streaming revenue paid to talent by their record companies.

There are various elements to the big debate on digital royalties, most of which are explained in the most recent edition of the CMU Digest monthly report, where Business Editor Chris Cooke writes: "Most of the debate has centred on heritage artists with record contracts that pre-date iTunes, because here the question is about what record companies are legally obliged to pay their artists, rather than what they should ethically offer. For artists signed since the launch of iTunes, there should be less ambiguity in record contracts with regard to digital income".

He goes on: "And if the contract states that artists get a [low] split for digital, no court is going to interfere with that agreement. Nevertheless, some do argue that artists should be earning a bigger cut of digital money, because while labels may be taking as big a risk as ever when they sign on to launch a new artist, the workload undertaken by the label for each individual digital sale or stream is considerably less than in the physical product days". You can now read this trends piece on the CMU website here.

In an announcement yesterday, AMP - or Artists, Mangers & Performers - which is an alliance between the Musicians' Union, the Music Managers' Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition, confirmed it is pushing that very argument, specifically with regards streaming income, ie that labels should share the money with their artists 50/50, rather than taking the lion's share of the loot, as is usually standard on record sales and download revenue.

Justifying that argument, MU General Secretary John Smith told CMU: "It is no longer necessary for a record company to pay to manufacture, store and distribute physical product. In the pre-digital era, artists understood that these costs went some way to justifying the low royalty rate. There are none of these costs associated with streaming, so why are the labels paying a royalty based on a physical sale?"

Expanding on AMP's demands, FAC co-CEO Crispin Hunt said: "Musical artists' royalty rates must be modernised to reflect the digital environment in which their music is now largely consumed. The FAC joins AMP in calling for artists to be accounted to with complete transparency at an equitable rate on all digital income, including advertising revenue, catalogue access fees, unrecouped advances and any other income based upon the value of the licensing of artists' catalogue, and in any future third party deals which impact artists' earnings. The industry must be able to sustain its investment in music, but artists and performers must also be able to sustain their investment in creativity".

And for the management community, MMF CEO Jon Webster said: "The MMF have long campaigned for digital services to be treated differently from analogue, so we are obviously pleased to support the call for an equitable rate for artists and performers when dealing with streaming income".

AMP has been mainly formed so that the MU, FAC and MMF can present a united front on royalty issues in the European Commission's latest review of the EU Copyright Directive, the public consultation for which has just reached its conclusion. The three trade groups have submitted a joint statement on the digital income debate to European officials.

P!nk staying with RCA, inks multi-year deal
My girl P!nk is to stay at Sony's RCA Records for a long while, it looks like, given that she renewed her alliance with the label this week by ink!ng an international, multi-year, multi-LP deal.

Speaking in praise of RCA, who released her sixth LP 'The Truth About Love' back in 2012, P!nk, real name Alecia Moore, says this via Billboard: "I am super duper excited to continue onwards and upwards with RCA and my team there. We work really well together and they care in a way that artists don't get to see very often anymore. I look forward to whatever the future holds for us and am so beyond thrilled with how much they believe in me".

"Woohoo rock n roll!" she then added.

That rock n roll, eh? That rock n roll, it just won't go away. It might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands that acquiesce to some of its rules. But it's always waiting there, just around the corner. Ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock n roll, it seems like it's faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there's nothing you can do about it.

INgrooves extends Republic Of Music partnership
Distribution firm INgrooves has announced that it is expanding its relationship with Brighton-based Republic Of Music, which will result in an extension of the physical distribution services it is able to offer outside the US. As part of the expanded alliance a number of INgrooves staff will now work within the ROM offices, directly overseeing the physical distribution of future releases they work on and liaising with ROM's network of local partners around the world.

Alex Branson, SVP & MD Of International for INgrooves, explained: "This new relationship will enable INgrooves to have even more direct oversight on our projects, giving us the ability to communicate directly with distribution partners all over the world, something in which our label partners have expressed interest, while simultaneously strengthening our physical distribution capabilities in territories outside of North America".

ROM MD Mark McQuillan added: "The strategic relationship we embarked on with INgrooves in 2012 has worked extremely well for both of our companies, and we can see the potential for this to build in the future in a big way, and that is exciting. The chance to work even closer together on upcoming projects is a great opportunity for both of us, and together I am very confident that we will be able to help more artists this year to even greater success and bring some exciting artists through the new set up".

The first release under the new deal will be the latest album from Thievery Corporation.

Eventbrite adds reserved seating onto its platform
Ticketing firm Eventbrite yesterday announced the launch of new reserved seating functionality within its platform, which will allow promoters and event organisers who sell their tickets via the service to set up venue plans and allocate specific seats to punters as they buy. Down the line the new widget will also likely allow customers to choose their own seats.

Announcing the new functionality, which will be made available to all Eventbrite users for free, initially in the US and later this month via its other websites around the world, the firm's CEO Kevin Hartz told CMU: "Reserved seating technology has been broken for years, and it shows in the experience organisers and attendees face today. The industry is hungry for an alternative, and today's launch is our first step in eliminating the pain of outdated and expensive reserved seating tools and replacing them with simple, yet robust technology".

The firm reckons that its Seat Designer widget, through which promoters input a seating plan into the system, is more sophisticated than the process used by those ticketing companies that already offer a reserved seating option, and allows more flexibility for venues where seating plans vary from show to show. Says Senior Director Of Product (Platform) Sean Porter: "We challenged ourselves to throw out all assumptions and rethink how reserved seats are sold and bought. The result progresses Eventbrite's mission to transform arcane and inaccessible tools into solutions that are intuitive and globally available to all event organisers and attendees".

Of course, Eventbrite is used by event organisers well beyond the music space, and arguably reserved seating is more important for theatre, comedy and gala events than the grassroots gig community, where most shows are probably standing anyway. And even where venues are seated, smaller shows don't generally offer reserved seats. Though it will be interesting to see if there is any interest for that functionality in the grassroots music domain once it's available in a free and easy-to-use fashion.

Pharrell fronts Uniqlo t-shirt line
Seriously you guys, hats off to Pharrell, who not only has his ludicrous new solo LP 'GIRL' in the bag, but also now has a just-announced joint venture with clothing line Uniqlo.

The 'Happy' hit-man, now the youthful face of the brand, will launch a collaborative lot of limited 'i am OTHER' t-shirts in about a month's time. That's 'i am OTHER' as in Pharrell's company/philosophy/way of life of the same name, the one Will.i.am caused such a fuss over (the 'i am' part in particular) last summer.

The shirts will hit the world's Uniqlo stores, in Will.i.am's face, in mid-April.

PPL comms chief stands down
PPL has announced that its long-standing communications chief Jonathan Morrish is standing down, though he will continue to work for the rights body in a consulting role on a two-day a week basis. Morrish has been with the UK record industry's collecting society for eight years, after a stint leading corporate accounts at comms agency The Outside Organisation, and before that a long career at Sony Music.

Explaining his decision to leave his full time role at PPL now, Morrish told CMU: "I have had exactly 40 years in this wonderful business, eight great years at PPL, and I felt that it was time at my age to shift gear a bit and do something different. I shall still be coming into PPL on a regular basis, but there's much inquisitiveness left inside me and other things already beckon".

Speaking for PPL, the organisation's CEO Peter Leathem added: "I absolutely respect that Jonathan wants to reconsider his commitments. However, I am delighted that he has agreed to continue in a part time capacity, and bring his considerable ideas, energy and experience to PPL and that his many contacts are not lost to the company. He is a very good friend and colleague and I much look forward to continue working with him".

Gracenote announces Musicmetric alliance
Music meta-data grabber Gracenote has announced a new alliance with Musicmetric. Under the partnership the former, now owned by Tribune of course, will include social data compiled by the latter in its internet radio and music recommendation service Rhythm.

Says Gracenote President Stephen White: "Music analytics is becoming a big business and the stronger the signal, the more valuable the insights. Musicmetric is showing us what music fans around the world are sharing, but, more importantly, their data is also providing the contextual information to help us filter and make sense of it all. Combined with our editorial expertise and proprietary analytics, I have no doubt that our music recommendation and discovery platform is hands down the best around".

Meanwhile Gregory Mead, CEO of Musicmetric owner Semetric added: "Gracenote is already a backbone in the digital music industry and this partnership illustrates how Musicmetric's data can strengthen recommendation and discovery products and services. Using Musicmetric's data on real-time fan interactions and sentiment from social media and BitTorrent networks will further drive discovery by providing yet another 'human' element to Gracenote's Rhythm platform".

BBC Three to be made online only
The BBC has announced plans to end over-the-air broadcasts of its youth channel BBC Three, taking the brand exclusively online, where shows will continue to be available on-demand. Though, given the plan is motivated by the need to save another £100 million a year at the Beeb, presumably the number of new shows will be cut (indeed the plan is to shave £65 million off expenditure).

Since the BBC's last funding deal with the government, which fixed the annual licence fee thus forcing yearly budget cuts as inflation increases costs, management at the Corporation have instigated a plethora of cost savings across the board. Though critics say that the problem with the BBC is that it simply operates too many radio and TV channels, as a result of rapid expansion in the early days of digital and online media, and that to bring its costs under control it needs to shut down some of its operations completely.

The problem for BBC management though is that whenever it does propose such a radical cutback, a mob of supporters for the station or channel under threat suddenly appears declaring "but this is exactly the kind of service the BBC was set up to provide", and once enough celebs, journalists and politicians are on board Corporation chiefs are forced to backtrack. We know all this because we were part of the mob that shouted very loudly about previous plans to shut down 6 Music.

In its early days, the now eleven years old BBC Three was probably an easy target for the chop, it having more misses than hits in original programming, and most of its schedule seeming to be filled with 'Eastenders' repeats, five middling movies on rotation and never-ending episodes of shit sitcom 'Two Pints Of Lager'. But in the more recent years the network has really found its feet, commissioned plenty of great programmes across various genres, much of it distinct from the 'yoof content' pumped out by the commercial sector. And in comedy especially it's become an important launchpad for new talent.

Though the channel's supporters worry that key players in Westminster, Fleet Street and Broadcasting House (most of whom are well out of BBC Three's target demographic) have no direct connection with the network, and tend to mainly hone in on the titles of the channel's populist documentaries when assessing its performance. Which possibly means Three is still the easiest service for BBC chiefs to sideline.

Of course, given its demographic, there is actually a logic to making BBC Three primarily an online service, perhaps with a twice weekly branded slot on BBC2 for the first airing of new shows to ensure some presence on the traditional broadcast networks.

After all - especially once smart TVs become the norm - on-demand programming accessible over multiple devices will become an important part of the broadcast media environment, and if the Beeb was going to pick any service to experiment with all that, BBC Three is the obvious contender. Though any positives in the move will likely be overshadowed by the fact the shift is ultimately about saving a lot of money.

Though, assuming the Beeb does start to shift more of its youth programming online (the plan still needs BBC Trust approval), you start to wonder whether it makes sense having its two services that target that demographic, BBC Three and Radio 1, operating separately. And while there has been some joined-up thinking on youth programming before between different branches of the BBC, a full merger of one of the Corporation's TV channels with one of its radio stations, now that would be interesting to see.

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BBC 6 Music launches late night new music shows
BBC 6 Music has announced that, from later this month, it'll be playing a little bit more new music each week, with a new series of shows called '6 Music Recommends'. Presented in turn by Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Mary Anne Hobbs and Steve Lamacq, the hour long programmes will run each night from midnight, starting from 11 Mar.

The station's Head Of Music Jeff Smith said: "'6 Music Recommends', alongside our well established and influential weekly new release playlist, highlights BBC Radio 6 Music's different and innovative approach to new music and music programming. The power of our presenters' passion and expertise for music will be further highlighted and it will help us continue to build our reputation as the best and most creatively programmed music channel anywhere".

Tom Ravenscroft added: "'6 Music Recommends' is a cool new place where I'll be hanging out and playing my favourite new music from the week, some of it pillaged from other shows on the station, some from my own mind. I'll be picking my top tracks each Wednesday night and trying to persuade the listeners to allow them into their hearts and perhaps into their record collections. All the tracks are also all in one place with BBC Playlister".

Echoing this, Mary Anne Hobbs said that she saw her show as a challenge to "change people's lives with sound", which sounds like fun. But she's only got an hour in the middle of the night to do it. To kick start things, BBC 6 Music will be playing nothing but tracks released since the start of the year from 10am to 10pm on Monday. So tune in to find out if ten hours worth of good music has been released in the last two months.

  Approved: Deathcrush
Having become an increasingly dropped name in the last twelve months, Deathcrush released their debut single, 'Lesson #13 for Nanker Phelge / Fire', as a flexi-disc attached to a poster magazine last year. With a sound they call "pelvic noise sludge", the single and the EP that followed it, 'Skool's In', do a good job of capturing the punky energy and ear-splitting noise of their live shows.

Well, I assume so, anyway. At the by:Larm festival in their native Norway last week, I arrived just in time to join the back of an ever increasing queue to see their performance at the tiny Mono venue. As the security guard shouted something in Norwegian that I guessed was along the lines of, "You might as well piss off, you're never getting in here", I was left to watch through the window and know that I was definitely missing out on something that you couldn't truly experience through glass and half obscured by a black curtain.

Anyone heading to SXSW next week can attempt to get the full experience, while UK bound folks like myself will just have to wait until May, when they will be performing at The Shacklewell Arms in London on 2 May, as well as at Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape.

Or, if you like, you can have a watch of the video for the band's new single, 'Lesson #16 For Beatmaster V / Fun'. If a tale of delinquent teens, dance routines and a strange obsession with Kim Jong-Un sound up your street, then I suggest you do that right now.
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Alt-J to remain a trio
In electrifying news, Alt-J have said they'll remain a three-piece, even in light of their ex-bassist Gwil Sainsbury's exiting the band "very amicably" earlier this year. Apparently Gwil is simply irreplaceable, which I think we all knew anyway.

Quizzed on the situation by BBC Newsbeat this week, Alt-J's keys player Gus Unger-Hamilton said: "I don't think there would be any point in replacing him as a full member of the band. Maybe [we'll] get someone else to play guitar on tour. But I think it would be kind of weird - 'Oh, you're now in the band?' I don't know how that would work".

I'd say it'd probably work the way it always works, but what do I know?

Adding that life in the band "just wasn't" for Gwil, Gus continued: "It is harder than people realise, being in a touring band, it's a lot harder. When you're touring, you are never, ever at home. You have long-term girlfriends, who might just not like travelling much. There's a lot of ingredients which didn't suit him too much".

Looking forward, he said: "We've got lots to take our mind off losing Gwil. We're a three-piece [now], you know. We've got a lot of work to do this year".

Release Round-Up: Christopher Owens, The Men, BadBadNotGood, Charlotte Church and The Faint
One-time Girls man Christopher Owens, pictured here reclining on some steps in a string vest (and why not), has seen fit to share a new track with fans. Its name is 'It Comes Back To You', and it's part of, in Chris' words, "a new album I've made with dear friends". So that probably translates to a solo LP, his first since last year's 'Lysandre', featuring a cast of collaborators, or some such. Anyway, listen to the song here.

From an audible thing, to a visible one, Brooklyn's own The Men have a video out this week for their single 'Pearly Gates'. The track is drawn from the band's fine new LP 'Tomorrow's Hits', which is also just out. See the clip, which pays lip service to a European tour starting on 13 Mar at The Harley in Sheffield, right here.

Instrumental jazz pack BadBadNotGood are honing their third LP, 'III', for release on 6 May, and to that end have premiered its lead single, a track titled 'Can't Leave The Night'. Hear how good it is in spite of its lack of lyrics by previewing it here.

And so to pop magpie Charlotte Church, who's still forging ahead with a series of white-knuckle solo EPs of an experimental bent. Next and indeed fourth in that series is 'Four', from which Char has just shared closing track 'Love'. "It's a party'", she claims of 'Four', which is out on Monday. "It's like futuristic driving music - I call it cruise-wave". Call it what you want, this (via the Quietus) is 'Love'.

In final place it's electro comeback kids The Faint, who are foreshadowing 'Doom Abuse', their first LP in six years, with a new track titled 'Salt My Doom'. Whilst 'Doom Abuse' drops on 8 Apr, 'Salt My Doom' is lying right here to listen to right now.

Is Prince playing Glasto 2014? No, Prince isn't.
Put your purple silk party pyjamas in the bin, festival fans, and dig out your shitty Kasabian t-shirt, because, despite all your wishful thinking, Prince will not be gracing Glastonbury in 2014. At least, not as a 'performing artist'. You can now start booing.

All the same, I repeat: Prince isn't playing this year's Glastonbury, or so Emily Eavis made explicit yesterday, when she told BBC 6 Music: "He's someone that will be amazing [to have play] one day. He's somebody that we haven't had, and we would love to have him at Glastonbury. But no, no we haven't [booked him for this year]".

So, that's quite final. Carry on booing. And whilst, no, it's not final that Kasabian are even playing the festival, it's fair to say that they have faith in their not only playing it, but also co-headlining with the officially confirmed Arcade Fire.

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Glastonbury announced Emerging Talent Competition longlist
Glastonbury has announced the longlist for its annual Emerging Talent Competition, comprising 120 acts who will be whittled down to a shortlist of eight, before the overall winner is selected in April. That winner, of course, will then perform at the festival in June.

Should have seven and a half hours to spare, you can select your own favourite by listening to this playlist of the longlisted acts, one of whom will tread where Prince refuses.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Field Day, Festival No 6, Beatherder and more
First in the FLUU line this fine day is Field Day, which is really a weekend in a park. The newly extended inner-city festival, which this year is headlined by Metronomy and Pixies, has named its latest hired acts as Jamie xx, and tipped freshers Jamie Isaac, Eyedress and Tourist.

Giving a brief history of Jamie xx's relationship with the event, Field Day founder Tom Baker says: "I'm really pleased to add another wave of acts to Field Day; Jamie xx has been a Field Day favourite over the years, he played back in 2011, and some of you might remember an early afternoon, small stage set with The xx back in 2009 before they shot to fame".

More on Field Day's latest crop, plus details of the first phase of acts added to Wales's Beck/London Grammar-headlined Festival No 6, not to mention updates to the line-ups at Lancashire rave Beatherder, Irish indie destination Longitude, roving punk parties Hit The Deck and Slam Dunk, and Oxfordshire's super-good Supernormal fest is all still to follow...

BEATHERDER, Ribble Valley, Gisburn, Lancashire, 18-20 Jul: Happy Mondays, The Bloody Beetroots, Boney M, Riva Starr, Vitalic, Klangkarussell, Timo Maas, Wolf Alice, Koan Sound, Bipolar Sunshine, The Orb, Mr Scruff, Dub Pistols, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Greg Wilson, Eton Messy DJs, Dems, DJ Format, Utah Saints, Paul Taylor, High Cross Society, Ibibio Sound Machine, Rag & Bone Man, Eagles For Hands, Vessels, The Family Rain, That Fucking Tank, Gorgeous George, Arkon Fly, The Allergies, Gypsy Hill, Shopping, Galaxians, Greg b2b Krysko, Anne Savage, Gideon Conn, Ivan Campo. beatherder.co.uk

FESTIVAL NO 6, various venues, Portmeirion, Wales, 4-7 Sep: Beck, London Grammar, Bonobo, Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine, Steve Mason, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Temples, Jimi Goodwin, James Holden, Los Campesinos!, John Wizards, Julio Bashmore, Andrew Weatherall, East India Youth, The Rails, All We Are, Arthur Beatrice, Childhood, Cherry Ghost, Alexis Taylor, The Radiophonic Workshop, Telegram, Brythoniad Male Voice Choir, Danny Krivit, Michael Mayer, Justin Robertson, Ewan Pearson, Prosumer, Ashley Beedle, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Unabombers, Eagles For Hands, Joe Boyd, Low Life, Aficionado & Special Guests, Amp+Deck, Sophie Lloyd, Camino Del Sol, Disco Mums. www.festivalnumber6.com

FIELD DAY, Victoria Park, London, 7-8 Jun: Jamie XX, Arthur Beatrice, Bake, Eyedress, FunkinEven, Jamie Isaac, Jen Long, Marc Riley, Only Real, Phil Taggart, ReviveHer, Tourist, Childhood, Shy Nature, Telegram, The Bohicas. www.fielddayfestivals.com

THE GARDEN FESTIVAL, Tisno, Croatia, 2-7 Jul: Francois K, Derrick Carter, Ewan Pearson, Justin Martin, Levon Vincent, Uovo aka Memoryman, Luca LTJ Trevisi, Andre Bratten, Jan Kincl Zero. www.thegardenfestival.eu

HIT THE DECK, various venues, Bristol/Nottingham, 19-20 Apr: Kvelertak, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Xcerts, Baby Godzilla, The Charm The Fury, Death Remains, The Gnarwhals, Lacey, Lyger. www.hitthedeckfestival.com

LONGITUDE, Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland, 18-20 Jul: Massive Attack, Rudimental, The 1975, Banks, Parquet Courts, Krystal Klear, O Emperor, Eagulls, Ry X, Say Lou Lou, Son Lux, Josef Salvat, Samaris. longitude.ie

NASS, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset,, 11-13 Jul: Reel Big Fish, Wilkinson, Funeral For A Friend, Friction & Friends feat P Money & Linguistics, Borgore, Fred V & Grafix feat MC Felon, Let's Be Friends, Roska, Rockwell, Monki, Dismantle, Decade, Random Hand. www.nassfestival.com

PULSE FESTIVAL, Sunnyfields Farm, Totton, Southampton, 23-25 May: Fun Lovin Criminals, The Correspondents, Mr Scruff, Pronghorn, Scarlet Soho, Leigh Samuel Taylor aka LST, Grant Sharkey, Science Of Eight Limbs, Doghouse Boat Boys, A Ninja Slob Drew Me, Buddhist Punkz, Drumscapes, Keeley Filgo, Leigh Samuel Taylor aka LST, Solar Wolf, SomaHigh, Uber Tone, Ian Easton, Alan Prosser, Dizko Delta & Cuz Beats, J Nova, John Tyrrell, Lio, Marco Giovanni, Mr Black & Robberto, Niko & Lyall, OlivrX, Olly-S & Sven Clarke, Ordinary Jack, Paul Moore, Ramaytush, Ronnie Spiteri, Steve Brandwood, The Business Partners, Von Allmen. www.pulsefestival.org.uk

SLAM DUNK, Leeds University/The Forum, Hertfordshire/Wolverhampton Civic, 24-26 May: We Are The In Crowd, Less Than Jake, Motion City Soundtrack, Hit The Lights, State Champs, A Loss For Words, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!, Marmozets, Blitz Kids. www.slamdunkmusic.com

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 23-24 Aug: Markus Schulz, Fedde Le Grand, Arty, Super8 & Tab. www.southwestfour.com

SUPERNORMAL, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, 8-10 Aug: Esben & The Witch, Teeth Of The Sea, Frank Fairfield, Thought Forms, Joanna Gruesome, Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, Death Shanties, Phil Minton, Feral Choir, Arabrot, Gnod, Hacker Farm, Sly And The Family Drone. www.supernormalfestival.co.uk

THE WOOLLEY FESTIVAL, Merkins Farm, Bradford Leigh, Bradford-on-Avon, 5-7 Sep: Dreadzone, Chas & Dave, Hidden Orchestra, Jesus Jones, Joe Brown, Yes Sir Boss, The Aristocrats, Zun Zun Egui, 3 Daft Monkeys, Courtney Pine, Martin Simpson, Joe Driscoll & Seckou Kouyate, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, The People's String Foundation, World Government, Funkinsteins, Batch Gueye & The Band, Malaprop, Billy in the Lowground, Fruke, Calico Jack, Lady Nade & The Silhouettes, Blue Rose Code, The Doubtful Guest, Sophie Barker, Pete Taylor, Taran Stormes Martino, Wessex Contraband, Act 1, Ushti Baba, Electric Swing Circus, The Duval Project, Thelonius, The Greasy Slicks, Port Erin, The Daturas, Derry, Charivari, My Social Orbit, Budada, Dirty Public, The Bad Hands, The Robert Brian Quartet, The Zen Hussies, The Hot Tin Roofs, Bartoune, Hip Pocket, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, The Croutons, The Cleverley Brothers, Jess Vincent, Poppa Shep, Tom Rockliffe, Cosmic Sausages, Bertie Wright, The Morris Men. www.alt-fest.com

Yoko responds to Elbow name-check
Yoko Ono has penned an open letter to Elbow after they name-checked her in their new song 'New York Morning'. The Elbow lyric goes "Oh, my giddy aunt, New York can talk / It's the modern Rome and folk are nice to Yoko". The line has motivated Yoko to ponder about the relationship she and the late John Lennon has and had with NYC.

In a posting on her website she writes: "Dear Guy, Craig, Mark, Pete and Richard, Yes. New York has been kind to me as your song says. Thank you. For John, he always wanted to come and live in this city, ever since he saw Bob Dylan on the famous album cover ['The Freewheelin Bob Dylan']. And I played the catalyst to make his dream come true".

She added: "But in sleepless nights, I am still living in the memory of my sweet husband, who was virtually kicked out of his own country that he loved so dearly and learned to live in this bleak port city just so his woman and he could live in peace. Two sides of the coin. Life is. Have a great time in New York. We loved it. Love, Yoko".

 
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