An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 21 March 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The all-new super-duper Beats Music - you know, the American streaming service lovingly built from only the world's finest binary code by Dr Dre and his mate James - signed up about 28,000 customers to its ten dollar a month subscription package during its first month in business back in January, so basically about a thousand people a day. Or so reports Bloomberg, seemingly sourcing that stat... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Quality techno night Lost comes back to Shoreditch with its smaller sister bash Spacebase, delivering sets from head honcho Steve Bicknell and Oliver Ho which promise to feature material from back in the day alongside their own take on future moves and grooves, all in this excellent intimate basement venue. Oliver Ho has had a hectic output over his career, and formed Meta Records back in 1997... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: There's been ever such a lot of blasphemy in this column since the start of the year. Justin Bieber was a naughty boy, despite everyone praying for him. Katy Perry was zapping people who were wearing pendants bearing the name of Allah. And now Eliza Doolittle has shunned Jesus altogether. Oh, it was so controversial. I know this because The Daily Mail told me so. Doolittle went on Chris Evans' Radio 2... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Beats Music signed up 28,000 people in month one, sources say
Kate Bush is playing live, and everyone is very excited
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LEGAL New Zealand courts say US authorities don't need to disclose any more evidence ahead of MegaUpload extradition hearings
Tyler, The Creator didn't incite any riot, say lawyer and manager
Frank Ocean settles Chipotle dispute
Police publish two photos belonging to Kurt Cobain after reviewing files about his death
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EDUCATION & EVENTS 2014 dates set for Nouvelle Prague
The Metadata Academy announces next training event
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ARTIST NEWS Human League to go top ten because of some football thing
These New Puritans confirm Field Of Reeds installation, 'cannibalised' EP
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RELEASES Metallica put Lords Of Summer online
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Big Reunion, Tinariwen and Gwilym Gold
Festival Line-Up Update: Blissfields, Electric Picnic, Liverpool Sound City and more
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AWARDS Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame justifies Kiss induction technicalities
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #198: Eliza Doolittle v Jesus
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This eight part evening course provides a complete overview of the music industry in 2014, offering music business professionals the chance to get a full understanding of their sector, with a focus on revenue streams and music rights; how artists can build, analyse and monetise a fanbase; and the deals they need to do to capitalise on all the opportunities.

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HOUSE OF 27 - INTERNSHIP
House Of 27 is a UK digital PR company representing a balance of major and independent label, emerging and development artists. We currently have a place for an intern, to gain a first-hand experience in the world of promoting music online over the course of the placement.

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MAMA & COMPANY - ASSISTANT GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGERS
MAMA & Company is looking for dynamic, experienced Assistant General Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company at some of London's most established venues.

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MAMA & COMPANY - HR MANAGER
We are looking for a fully qualified HR manager with circa three years experience to work with minimal supervision to manage a workforce of around 450 part time and full time staff. Working full time three days a week.

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MAMA & COMPANY - SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST/DIGITAL MARKETING ANALYST
We are looking for an experienced Social Media Manager to work across all MAMA brands to oversee their social media campaigns and strategies and measure the success of our online performance. The Social Media Strategist/Analyst will be responsible for proposing, managing and coordinating social media campaigns whilst working closely with our venues, festivals and marketing teams and fostering and building relationships within each of our social media channels.

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UNDER THE BRIDGE - EVENTS AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
Under The Bridge is seeking an Events And Marketing Assistant to assist in operational aspects of events at the venue including corporate events, private events, filming and public music events. Liaising with security, cleaners, in-house caterers and Chelsea FC venue sales team. Assist with all administration for sales, marketing and PR campaigns for music and private and corporate events.

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ANDERSON & PENNINGTON - MUSIC ACCOUNTANT
We are seeking an accountant with music industry experience to join our expanding Music Division, where you will work with artists, producers and writers. The role requires solid experience of international touring, whilst a knowledge of recording and publishing contracts is desirable. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to gain a broad range of experience in order to provide business advice to a wide portfolio of music clients.

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Contract for London based established artist management company. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of two years PA experience in the music entertainment Industry. Role will include providing support to CEO, MD and artist managers, ensuring the smooth day to day running of the office including all general administrative duties. Initial six month contract starting in April.

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Beats Music signed up 28,000 people in month one, sources say
The all-new super-duper Beats Music - you know, the American streaming service lovingly built from only the world's finest binary code by Dr Dre and his mate James - signed up about 28,000 customers to its ten dollar a month subscription package during its first month in business back in January, so basically about a thousand people a day.

Or so reports Bloomberg, seemingly sourcing that stat from an investor presentation. Of course most of those 28,000 subscribers opted in before Beats forced that cringe worthy Ellen DeGeneres telly ad on the world, so you'd like to think most of them bailed as soon as the gurning talk show host became the company's official public spokesperson.

Or probably not. Beats Music, of course, is relatively late to the streaming music party, entering a US market where Pandora and YouTube dominate, and the likes of iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio and Spotify had something of a head start. And unlike all of those competitors, Beats has opted not to offer an ad-funded freemium option, with new users forced to pay for the tunes beyond a one or three month free trial.

But the new player in the market hopes to exploit the existing popularity of the Beats brand, and its long-held celebrity alliances, with Dre and beyond, while also pushing its platform's 'discovery' credentials, striking up partnerships with major retail and tel co partners, and splashing quite a lot of the finance the company has raised on mainstream marketing.

All in all, it's a pretty good strategy, and with popular digital music exec Ian Rogers steering the ship, many in the music community are hopeful that Beats, more than any other digital player, can help take subscription-based streaming mass market. Though the flip side of that is, if Beats Music doesn't work out, does that mean pay-to-use streaming will only ever be a niche service? Hence all the interest in the firm's sign-up rates, even if no official figures have been released, and in many ways it's all to soon to tell how things are really going.

According to the Bloomberg report, the 28,000 sign-ups preceded the launch of Beats Music's high profile tie-up with tel co giant AT&T. Since that went live, the newswire reckons, some 750,000 people have now signed up to the free trials of the service, and indications so far are that conversion from trial to subscription is currently at a rather impressive 70%. Though most AT&T customers are as yet still to reach the end of their freebie time.

But still, given that Beats co-founder and Universal exec Jimmy Iovine told reporters in January that goal one for his firm's streaming service was getting half a million paying users, the unconfirmed Bloomberg stats are looking good.

Though arguably, with a new digital service as hyped as Beats has been in the US this year, getting the first million early-adopters is the easy bit, signing up the next four million that one analyst at Boston-based Recon Analytics reckoned were required to begin building a viable stand-alone business may be more challenging. And some reckon streaming services need ten times that amount (globally) to become truly profitable ventures if the royalty rates paid out to the music companies are to be maintained.

Still, for the time being, go Beats go.

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Kate Bush is playing live, and everyone is very excited
Kate Bush is going to perform live, everyone. Kate Bush. The Kate Bush. Yes, her. The shows will take place at the Hammersmith Apollo in August and September, with tickets priced at various levels between 'a fortune' and 'a fucking fortune'. Still, she's not played any gigs since 1979, so you can't blame her for wanting to make up some of the difference.

Speaking about the shows Kate Bush said: "I am delighted to announce that we will be performing some live shows this coming August and September. I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there".

Playing under the title 'Before The Dawn', it's not exactly clear what structure the shows will take. Who knows with Kate Bush, eh? It might be a crowd-pleasing greatest hits run through, or she might not even sing at all. Or maybe she'll just hum some half-finished new material from backstage. She's not done a gig for 35 years, she'll have forgotten how it's supposed to work.

Tickets go on sale at 9.30am next Friday (28 Mar). It's going to be one of those always popular deals where only the person who booked the tickets will be able to pick up them from the venue on the night of the show. And then only with seventeen forms of ID, the credit card they paid for the tickets with, and a note from their mum.

The dates, by the way, are: 26, 27, 29, 30 Aug and 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19 Sep.

New Zealand courts say US authorities don't need to disclose any more evidence ahead of MegaUpload extradition hearings
The Supreme Court in New Zealand has dealt a blow to MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom by ruling that the US authorities do not have to share any more of their evidence ahead of an extradition hearing.

As much previously reported, America wants to extradite Dotcom and other former MegaUpload execs living in New Zealand to face criminal charges of copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering in relation to their now defunct business. The US authorities shut down the original MegaUpload in January 2012, though Dotcom has since launched new companies Mega and Baboom.

Dotcom's extradition hearing in New Zealand has been postponed several times due to various legal technicalities, not least claims by the MegaUpload founder's lawyers that the Americans should share much of the evidence against their client before any court session. Team Mega reckon that the US don't actually have a criminal case against Dotcom, and if he only faced civil proceedings in America extradition wouldn't be an option.

But the New Zealand Supreme Court has ruled that the US does not need to disclose any more of its evidence at this stage, it having published some of its Mega files back in December. The top court confirmed that a lower court ruling ordered full disclosure was wrong.

Following an earlier separate ruling that said that the police raid on Dotcom's home back in January 2012 was legal, even though the warrants used weren't quite right, it may now be that the various legal quibblings are done with. Which might mean the much postponed extradition hearing, most recently put back to 7 Jul, might now finally go ahead.

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Tyler, The Creator didn't incite any riot, say lawyer and manager
Tyler, The Creator didn't incite any rioting at SXSW last week. So says his lawyer, anyway. And he's being paid to have that opinion, so it must be true.

As previously reported, Austin police claim that the rapper suggested those outside his Thursday night showcase push into the already at-capacity venue twice, resulting in unruly behaviour from those waiting to get in. Police reps say the rapper then apologised, swore about the venue's door staff and walked off stage.

However, lawyer man Perry Q Minton said in a statement to the Associated Press yesterday: "At no time during the concert did Tyler seek to incite or participate in riotous activity as has been reported in the press. It is clear from video clips and witness reports that the patrons and fans attending the show on that date were full of positive energy appropriate for this type of event and never exhibited any anger or aggression whatsoever".

He added: "For law enforcement or the media to describe the rush of fans through the gate and the subsequent benign, boisterous activity as a riot is an unfortunate and inaccurate description of what occurred. Tyler is not a violent individual and would never deliberately engage in any activity that would put another person at risk of being hurt".

Tyler's manager Christian Clancy also commented on the incident yesterday, describing it in a blog post as a "punk rock moment", but also denied that it constituted a riot.

Addressing a short video released by police, Clancy added: "The energy and intent of that show was not anger or aggression... Kumbaya? Of course not. But this simply isn't as its being portrayed. No one was hurt. You likely don't believe me (I get it), [but] find the whole show on YouTube - just seeing an edited seven seconds of kids running/walking in doesn't exactly sum it up".

The rapper was arrested on Saturday at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport, as he prepared to catch a flight to Dallas for another show. He was charged with misdemeanour riot incitement and released on $25,000 in time to get to his Dallas gig that night.

If convicted, he faces a year in prison and a $4000 fine.

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Frank Ocean settles Chipotle dispute
Frank Ocean has reached a settlement with US-based Mexican grill chain Chipotle, which is a big relief, I for one will be celebrating with an extra big burrito this lunchtime.

As previously reported, Chipotle claimed that it paid Ocean a $212,500 advance for him to record a song to soundtrack a video it was making, but that the singer then bailed on the project. Ocean claimed that he had been misled about the nature of the video in question, which more overtly promoted the restaurant chain than he'd been told, which was why he dropped out of the venture. Chipotle then denied ever misleading the singer.

Although not responding to the legal squabble in any detail, Ocean posted a photo of a cheque possibly made out to Chipotle for the $212,500 figure on his Tumblr last week, but with the words "fuck off" scribbled on the corner. At the time the restaurant firm said it had yet to actually receive any such cheque, but it seems that it has now arrived, and without the additional annotated swear.

And as a result, says TMZ, the dispute is at an end. And what a heart-warming happy conclusion to what could have been a very messy confrontation that is. I mean, have you ever been involved in a burrito fight? And Chipotle would be in control of the ammunition. Disaster avoided for Ocean I think.

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Police publish two photos belonging to Kurt Cobain after reviewing files about his death
Police in Seattle have released two photos developed from four rolls of film that belonged to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and which were seemingly seized after his untimely death by suicide in 1994, but never developed until now.

The photos, about which a police spokeswomen said "there is nothing earth-shattering in any of these images", show a box of drug paraphernalia, a spoon and what are likely needles, plus sunglasses, a wallet and cigarettes.

The undeveloped film was discovered after a detective revisited the police files covering Cobain's death ahead of the upcoming twentieth anniversary of his passing. Various conspiracy theories have circulated over the last two decades, of course, offering alternative theories about how the Nirvana frontman may have died.

But in a statement on the Seattle Police Department's website, the detective who reviewed the files and found the undeveloped films, Mike Ciesynski, writes: "Sometimes people believe what they read - some of the misinformation from some of the books - that this was a conspiracy. That's completely inaccurate. It's a suicide. This is a closed case".

2014 dates set for Nouvelle Prague
Organisers of Nouvelle Prague, one of Europe's newest showcase festivals and music conventions, have confirmed that the event will return for a second time at the Czech capital's Staropramen Βrewery on 7 and 8 Nov.

The event's Stepan Suchochleb told CMU: "We got tons of positive feedback from both delegates and speakers about our first year, and a great response from media and various export agencies around the world. In 2014 we plan to bring in slightly more bands and, while the aim of the event will still be to showcase international talent, we plan to programme some Czech acts this time too, artists who we think have a chance to make it at the international level".

Aside from the showcase side, the event will once again host an industry conference for both the local and international industry. Suchochleb adds: "One of the key reasons for setting up the event was to foster communication within the Czech industry, which I think worked this time. And it was also great to see many people from Slovakia at the event too, as our countries have always been so close together and it's great to provide a platform for more collaboration".

Info and tickets for Nouvelle Prague are available at www.nouvelleprague.com

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The Metadata Academy announces next training event
Launched last year, the Metadata Academy has announced its latest training session to help labels and artists get their metadata in order. And that might sound like a very tedious thing, but it's important, so you should go. Seriously, if every sorted out their metadata, the world would be a better place.

Tom Allen of the Metadata Academy, and metadata firm Metable, told CMU: "For years, I've always felt that the skills in this area of the industry were really underdeveloped. And that's what we're trying to improve with the Metadata 101 course, to shine a light on those key skills that will drive us forward as an industry".

Tickets for the event, which runs on 3 Apr from 2-5pm, can be purchased for £30 here.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Lost presents Spacebase at Plastic People
Quality techno night Lost comes back to Shoreditch with its smaller sister bash Spacebase, delivering sets from head honcho Steve Bicknell and Oliver Ho which promise to feature material from back in the day alongside their own take on future moves and grooves, all in this excellent intimate basement venue.

Oliver Ho has had a hectic output over his career, and formed Meta Records back in 1997, showcasing the heavier more tribal tech, but also covering more intricate styles of techno. Most recently he's been concentrating on his Raudive project, showing his more experimental side.

Mario completes the line-up on this vernal equinox - full of techno treats.

Friday 21 Mar, Plastic People, 147 Curtain Road, London, EC2, 10pm -4am, £7, more info here.
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Human League to go top ten because of some football thing
The Human League are heading for the UK singles chart's top ten for the first time in almost 20 years this week. And it's all down to one of those social media campaigns that everyone loves.

Fans of Aberdeen Football Club have been campaigning for 'Don't You Want Me' to go to number one on Facebook, because they sometimes sing "Peter Pawlett, baby" to the tune of the song. Well, the vague tune - it's a football chant, after all. Oh, Peter Pawlett is one of Aberdeen FC's players, if you weren't aware. Which you may not have been, but you might have guessed. Sometimes it's exhausting having to spell everything out for you people.

Anyway, this campaign will most likely be a complete failure, because the song won't go to number one. But at least everyone will have had a nice time. And a top ten placing will be something to celebrate too. Even it is largely because The Human League themselves have been giving it a push on Facebook. And you only have to sell seven downloads to break the lower half of the top ten these days.

The founder of the campaign's Facebook page, Richard Albiston, told the Official Charts Company: "I think it's phenomenal and shows the power of social media! The page was set up as a bit of fun, I never expected it to take off as much as it has!"

I sometimes sing, "I'm Krishnan Guru-Murthy" to the tune of 'Mercy' by Duffy. I don't think you should buy that song and get it back in charts though. Once was quite enough.

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These New Puritans confirm Field Of Reeds installation, 'cannibalised' EP
Alto-pop braniacs These New Puritans will show off their 'Magnetic Resonator Piano', which featured on the band's 2013 LP 'Field Of Reeds', via a free-entry exhibition at The Vinyl Factory in London.

For the uninitiated, the MRP is an "electronically-augmented" contraption that, if installed in a grand piano, is capable (via its in-built magnets) of altering and manipulating the strings to sustain notes and create new sounds, pitch bends and crescendos, etc. It will be on display at the Vinyl Factory's LDN HQ at 180 Strand from 15-21 Apr, with motion sensors wired-in, which will allow visitors to play around with it.

In addition to working on the installation, TNP's Jack Banett and post-rock icons Bark Psychosis have 'cannibalised' the original 'Field Of Reeds' LP, splicing in outtakes and bits of field recordings to create a two-track remix EP titled 'Magnetic Field'. Limited to 500 signed copies, it's available to order in advance now via The Vinyl Factory's online shop.

Fans can also catch TNP and the MRP in action, as one, at an 'Expanded' show at London's Barbican on 17 Apr, though sadly that's sold out.

Metallica put Lords Of Summer online
Metallica released a new track titled 'Lords Of Summer', sweet and gentle as a baby bird, into the big blue of 'the internet' earlier this week, having first revealed it live at a show in Bogota. I kid, it isn't sweet, it's really hoarse and gnarly, more like a ravaged old vulture.

Aaaaanyway, the eight-minute-long 'garage demo' of 'Lords Of Summer' represents the band's first non-Lou-Reed-featuring new material since last year, when they released alternate takes from 2008's 'Death Magnetic' LP.

Lars Ulrich has told Rolling Stone that, whilst the song is "fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now", it won't necessarily be making any official Metallica LP tracklistings, and, for now, is only meant as a sign to fans that the band are "writing and creating away".

See? They haven't been idle. And this is the proof.

Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Big Reunion, Tinariwen and Gwilym Gold
Hurray for the always-brilliant Hurray For The Riff Raff, aka doo-wop R&B C&W riot grrrl Alynda Lee Segarra of New Orleans and her band, who are heading off on a short UK tour in May. Following a sold out show at St Pancras Old Church on 19 May, the group will stop at Manchester's Night & Day (21 May), London's Hoxton Bar & Grill (22 May), and the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket on... guess what date... 23 May. Listings and tickets are at this link. And this is a clip matching 'End Of The Line', taken off HFTRR's new LP 'Small Town Heroes', which is released on 31 Mar.

Now to info on some shows totally on the other side of the tracks, as an embarrassment of noughties boyband riches pile onto a tour bus out of contractual obligation to ITV's second-chance serial 'The Big Reunion'. 'The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour 2014', as it's logically titled, will star Damage, A1, 3T and mutant quintet 5th Story, who are all stars of the new series, and 'TBR' oldies 911, Five and - if they deign to stick around this time - Blue. As this garish trailer, and these listings, illustrate, its first date is on 17 Oct at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena, while its last is on 30 Oct at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

Desert blues tribe Tinariwen, a band of Malian musicians who met in exile in Libya, will deliver a rare live set at the Roundhouse in London on 16 Nov. The date celebrates the ensemble's acclaimed latest LP, 'Emmaar'. Tickets and details are available here.

And finally, a quick sidebar to say Gwilym Gold will be playing a kinda sneaky show at London's Ace Hotel on 9 Apr. Gold has rarely been seen since 2012, circa his 'self-renewing' LP 'Tender Metal'. The Ace Hotel set, which is free via RSVP, will find him airing new ideas. Check its FB event page here.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Blissfields, Electric Picnic, Liverpool Sound City and more
Anyone going to this year's Blissfields? You'll probably want to, once you know that 2manydjs, Sleigh Bells, Chloe Howl, Tune-Yards and Hercules And Love Affair are all playing, as are an additional ton of dance-able artists. Find those 'other artist' listed alongside the latest additions to bills at the likes of Electric Picnic, Liverpool Sound City, Standon Calling, The Eden Sessions and more...

2000TREES, Upcote Farm, Withington, 10-12 Jul: Band Of Skulls, The Bronx topping The Cave stage, plus Kids in Glass Houses, DZ Deathrays, Maybeshewill, The Computers, Turbowolf, Baby Godzilla, Decade, Nordic Giants, Verses, Heart In Hand, LostAlone, Palm Reader, The Cadbury Sisters, Dolomite Minor, Boy Jumps Ship, Brawlers, Oliver Wilde, The Dead Formats, The JB Conspiracy, God Damn, Andy Oliveri, Kill Chaos, Youth Man, Crazy Arm, The Bronze Medal, Joe Summers, Kitten and Bear, Sam Green & The Midnight Heist, Harry George Johns, Boat To Row, The Lonely Tourist. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

THE BIG BEACH BALL, Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Scotland, 4 May: Kerri Chandler, Green Velvet, Cajmere, Optimo, Harri & Domenic. www.thebigbeachball.co.uk

BILBAO BBK LIVE, Calle del Monte Cobetas, Bilbao, Spain, 10-12 Jul: The Prodigy, Parquet Courts, Dawes, Skaters, Eskean Kristo. www.bilbaobbklive.com

BLISSFIELDS, Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, Winchester, 4-5 Jul: 2manydjs, Sleigh Bells, Dub Pistols, Hercules And Love Affair, Chloe Howl, Tune-Yards, Dan Croll, Snakehips, Luke Sital-Singh, Nick Mulvey, Wolf Alice, Gentleman's Dub Club, Melt Yourself Down, Monki, Gypsy Disco, Ry X, Famy, Subgiant, Cosmo Sheldrake, Flyte, Gypsy Disco, TCTS, Chris TT, Electric Swing Circus, Beans On Toast, Alex Walker, Ally Wolf, Animal, Bela Takes Chase, Bellyeyesmile, Ben Goddard, Ben Paul, Benny Page, Beth McCarthy, Bigtopp, Bitr8, Black Kat Boppers, Bombs, Bonsai Pirates, Buddhist Punkz, Burning Idols, Charlie Ayliffe, Cholombian, Dale Allen, Dave Miatt, Dead Proud, Deadbeat Disco, Dr Meaker, Echotape, ESPA, Fauxlo, Firefarm, Fish Hook, Alex Vargas, Franklin & James, Fawn, Freeway Mad, Ghouls, Giles Whiteley, Headsessions Soundsystem, Hentai Babies, Jimi Needles, Josh Savage, Jungle Doctors, Juturna, Lex, Listening Party, Luke Ferre Band, Mary Miss Fairy, Maths And The Moon, Matt Jarvis, Matt Perriment, Matty Lah, Maxin DJs, Mem & Kamikaze Love, Morgan Hislop, New Desert Blues, Nick Mulvey, Nick Tann, One Step Too Late, Paul Diello, Paul Sawyer, PolyBlank, Psychedelia DJs, Sai, Sam Brothers, Sam Cotton, Science of Eight Limbs, Sworthy, Tacit Tone, The Boy I Used to Be, The Great Malarkey, The Great One, The Raged, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, Thequickandthedead, Tom Lowman, Transgressive Soundsystem , Uber Tone, Will Tun And The Wasters, Willow, Youngskin. www.blissfields.co.uk

BROWNSTOCK, Morris Farm, Chelmsford, Essex, 29-31 Aug: Dizzee Rascal. www.brownstock.co.uk

CHAGSTOCK, Whiddon Down, Chagford, Devon, 18-19 Jul: Lightning Seeds, The Waterboys, The Selecter, Moulettes. www.chagstock.info

DEER SHED, Baldersby Parl, Topcliffe Park, Yorkshire, 25-27 Jul: Slow Club, The Fauns, Lowpines, Happyness, Annie Drury, Paper Aeroplanes, The Broken Broadcast, The Buffalo Skinners, The Glendale Family, Billie Marten. deershedfestival.com

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

ELECTRIC ELEPHANT, The Garden, Tiso, Croatia, 10-14 Jul: Tom Findlay, Simian Mobile Disco DJs. www.electricelephant.co.uk

ELECTRIC PICNIC, Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois, Ireland, 29-31 Aug: Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Paolo Nutini, Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Lily Allen, St Vincent, Simple Minds, London Grammar, Metronomy, Slowdive, The Blades, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac, Flume, The Stranglers, Omar Souleyman, The Wailers, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks, White Denim, Temples, SOHN, Jungle, FKA Twigs, Bicep, Kaytranada, John Wizards. www.electricpicnic.ie

IBIZA/MALLORCA ROCKS, Ibiza/Mallorca Rocks Hotels, Spain, 3 Jun - 17 Sep: Lily Allen, Madness, Ella Eyre, Dan Croll, Krept & Kronan. www.ibizarocks.com / www.mallorcarocks.com

LEEFEST, Highams Hill Farm, Warlingham, Surrey, 11-13 Jul: Frightened Rabbit,
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Mo, Young Fathers, Krafty Kuts, Maribou State,
The Bohicas, Sivu, Childhood, Only Real, Blaenavon, Keston Cobblers Club. leefest.org.uk

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 1-3 May: 65daysofstatic, Alana Henderson, Alberto Montero, All We Are, And So I Watch You From Afar, Animic, Bad Rabbits, Ballet School, Bang Bang Bang, Battle Lines, Beach Beach, Big Sixes, Bipolar Sunshine, Bird, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Blood Red Shoes, Boreal Sons, Cats Park, Chloe Howl, Death At Sea, Demi Louise, Denai Moore, Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays, East India Youth, Embers, Ex-Easter Island Head, and Eyedress, Fabienne, Factory Floor, Fickle Friends, Flyte, Fred Page, Gengahr, Gentlemen Rogues, Gentlemen, Gianna Lauren, Glass Animals, Gory Glory, Grizfolk, Hermitude, Hero Fisher, Hibou, Hugh Keice, Jack Garratt, Jagwar Ma, Jaws, Jeremy Neale, Joan Colomo, Kan Wakan, Kid Mac, Kill It Kid, Le Couleur, Life, Lizzo, Lovepark, Luke Sital-Singh, Malojian, Mama Kin, Moats, mojoFURY, Moko, Money For Rope, Russian band Mumiy Troll, Natalie McCool, Norma Jean Martine, Nozinja, Pawws, Pearls Negras, Peter Pan Complex, Phoria, PINS, Ports, Powder Blue, Public Access TV, and Public Service Broadcasting, Rae Morris, Raleigh Ritchie, Ratking, Rosie Lowe, Say Lou Lou,September Girls, Shy Nature, Sivu, Slaves, Taylor Fowlis, Team RKT, Tennis, The Beaches, The Bohicas, The Bug, The Creases, The Delta Riggs, The Districts, The Dumblings, The John Steel Singers, The Magic Gang, The Neighbourhood, The Parrots, The Physics House Band, The Radiophonic Workshop, The Scenes, The Shimmer, The Sunshine Underground, The Tea Street Band, Theo Verney, Tourist, We Have Band, White Male Actors, Womans Hour, Years And Years, Young Kato, Youth Man. www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL, Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, Cornwall, 24-27 Jul: Public Service Broadcasting. www.porteliotfestival.com

PRIMAVERA SOUND, Parc Del Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 29 May - 1 Jun: Future Islands, Girl Band, FKA Twigs. www.primaverasound.com

SONISPHERE UK, Kebworth House, Hertfordshire, 4-6 Jul: and Of Skulls, Gary Numan, 65daysofstatic, Bam Margera's FuckFace Unstoppable, Little Matador, Carcass, The Winery Dogs, New Model Army, Sebastian Bach, Turbowolf, The Bronx, Gallows, Chiodos, Anti-Nowhere League, The Lounge Kittens. sonisphere.co.uk

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 23-24 Aug: Maya Jane Coles, Laurent Garnier, Claude Von Stroke, Heidi, Catz N Dogz, Kim Ann Foxman. www.southwestfour.com

STANDON CALLING, Standon House, Hertfordshire, 1-3 Aug: Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Shapeshifter, East India Youth, Young Fathers, Say Lou Lou, Eliza And The Bear, Thumpers, The Bohicas. www.standon-calling.com

WAKESTOCK GWYL Y MOR, Penrhos, Pwllheli, North Wales, 11-13 Jul: Razorlight, Ella Eyre, Frightened Rabbit, Redlight, MNEK, The Rifles, Jess Glynne. www.wakestock.co.uk

WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, 30 May - 1 Jun: Levellers, King Charles, Peter White, Reef, Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra, Gabby Young And Other Animals, Baraka, NewQuay Times, Mr Tumble. www.wychwoodfestival.com

Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame justifies Kiss induction technicalities
Ah, the politics of celebrating bands of old with all those line-up changes to navigate. After Chad Channing expressed his disappointment in not actually being inducted into the US Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame alongside the band he drummed for in their earliest incarnation, Nirvana, who will be honoured by the American institution this year, now a spokesman for the awards initiative has had to defend the specifics of the Kiss induction.

The celebration of Kiss at next month's Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction show has already caused a mini-controversy, after founder but former members of the band complained that the current line-up of the outfit planned to perform at the event, even though it is the original set up being celebrated.

The founder members still in the band, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, subsequently announced that they had decided not to play at all at the show, because of the tensions around which line-up should take to the stage. Meanwhile fellow founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss will also be inducted into the Hall Of Fame, but current members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, who have been in the group way longer overall, will not.

Defending the decision to only induct the original line-up, Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman has told Billboard: "With Kiss there wasn't one person here who didn't agree that the reason Kiss was nominated and is being inducted was because of what was established in the 70s with Ace and Peter with Paul and Gene. That's what put them on that map... It's not like they [Singer and Thayer] created these other characters with different make up and playing different songs. They took the persona of characters that were created by Ace and Peter".

So, that's that. Lord knows what they're going to do when they inevitably induct the Sugababes in twelve years' time.

CMU Beef Of The Week #198: Eliza Doolittle v Jesus
There's been ever such a lot of blasphemy in this column since the start of the year. Justin Bieber was a naughty boy, despite everyone praying for him. Katy Perry was zapping people who were wearing pendants bearing the name of Allah. And now Eliza Doolittle has shunned Jesus altogether.

Oh, it was so controversial. I know this because The Daily Mail told me so. Doolittle went on Chris Evans' Radio 2 show to sing her song 'Walking On Water', but when she got to the first line of the chorus, she sang some different words from the actual released track. I know, I can hardly believe it myself.

Instead of 'Sometimes I wish I was Jesus, I'd get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you", she sang, "Sometimes I wish it was easy to get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you".

And it turned out that the change wasn't Doolittle's idea at all, and she was just doing what she was told. "It was weird because I'm not being blasphemous [in that song]", said the singer. "I just meant, 'I wish I could run across water and see you', but maybe wishing for the power of God was blasphemous enough for them. I think people are a bit touchy, but it's not a big deal. I don't take that stuff seriously".

It's not explicit who the "them" is in that quote. But luckily the Mail was pretty sure and therefore spent most of its article saying that it was clearly the BBC.

I'm sure the paper did this for clarity, and not as part of any ongoing agenda against the broadcaster. Though to be fair to the Mail (I know, I know, who would be?), Evans did seem to confirm that it was indeed his employer who hated hearing any mention of Jesus, being quoted thus: "Lyrics and the Beeb have always bamboozled me. We often play Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side'. Check out the lyrics in that song".

With the BBC's anti-God card now clearly having been played, the Mail got on the phone to former Archbishop Of Canterbury George Carey for his take. He told the paper: "I am totally appalled. I'm not surprised the BBC is behind this because their attitude tends to be to dumb down the Christian message. I am sorry the lady agreed to this because the sense of the song is lost. Walking on water and Jesus go together".

I'm not sure the Mail properly explained to the poor old bish what had actually happened here, because the original lyric wasn't exactly the most credible explanation of the Christian message. Also, you can't really label cutting out any mention of something in its entirely as "watering it down". And is he actually saying that the true Christian message is one embellished with product placement? I guess we'll never know.

Last on the Mail's list of people to speak to was the BBC itself. Having been forced into a corner with no way out but to explain the broadcaster's hatred of all Christians, a spokesperson whimpered: "We never ask any artist to change the lyrics to their songs. It's the decision of the record company and the artist. We have clear editorial guidelines in place to deal with religious or contentious issues and to avoid causing offence to our audiences regardless of their faith".

Oh yeah, blame the record company. Do they not realise that the Mail had already definitely confirmed that this was all down to the BBC by guessing the identity of a third person pronoun?

The Telegraph also picked up on this story, also writing very much from the angle that the Beeb was to blame and was clearly on a mission to remove all religion from the airwaves, one tenuous song lyric at a time. That paper also sought out an explanation from the BBC, which came thus: "We don't know how this misunderstanding occurred as it is the record company and artist's decision to change lyrics to their songs".

It is confusing, isn't it? It's almost as if a couple of national newspapers deliberately misunderstood the situation in order to manufacture some controversy. Which is, as you know, the basic teaching of Jesus. Anyway, the Mail's now moved on to another BBC scandal: allowing non-white people to talk about science.

For reference, here's the video for 'Walking On Water', which features multiple mentions of Jesus, a lot of water, and two people completely failing to walk on it.

 
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