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Friday 4 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: So who had Jason Iley in the "they're obviously gonna replace Nick Gatfield at Sony Music UK whatever they're saying right now, aren't they, of course they are, we all know that, it's a dead cert, no doubt about it, but who will get the job" sweepstake? I somehow ended up with Steve Brookstein, which never seemed likely, despite all the sterling work he's done PRing Sony Music's bread-winning Syco... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Paddy Freeform's Universal Vibes night heads back to Shoreditch's 'disco pub' The Horse & Groom with big name Shur-I-Kan joining residents Paddy and Another Late One (Amy Dabbs and PBS). Shur-i-kan is Tom Szirtes, a deep house head with considerable quality output on Freerange Records, who has also been on keyboard duties for The Bays, and whose remix work has spanned the likes of Akabu... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: The Cure played a gig. The gig was long. This should not have been a surprise for a number of reasons. First, Cure gigs tend to be quite long these days. Second, Robert Smith said up front that they planned to make their performances at the recent Teenage Cancer Trust's annual Albert Hall residency three hours long. Anyway, some reviewers were sent along to write up what they saw, and a number... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Jason Iley confirmed as CEO for Sony Music UK
Beats sells most of Topspin, to be merged in with BandMerch/Cinder Block
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LEGAL Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison over murder conviction
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DEALS Ninja Tune signs Martyn
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Ben Cook named Atlantic UK President
BMG promotes syncs man
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LIVE BUSINESS Musicians may be forced to cancel Finland shows due to US sanctions against Russia
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MARKETING & PR Name confirms new appointment
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MEDIA Zane Lowe to host six-part MTV music show, Soundchain
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ARTIST NEWS 1D's Harry Styles writing with 1R's Ryan Tedder
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: How To Dress Well, Alexis Taylor, Parquet Courts, Eyehategod and Wolf Alice
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & Tours Round-Up: The Saturdays, Theo Parrish, The Pierces, Alkaline Trio, and Little Dragon
Festival Line-Up Update: Glastonbury, GuilFest, Roskilde and more
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AWARDS Artist & Manager Awards presented
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #201: The Cure v The Guardian
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NEW STATE ENTERTANMENT - LICENSING ASSISTANT
We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and organised person with twelve months administrative experience and commercial awareness. The successful applicant must be computer literate, work well under pressure, have a good attention to detail and be interested in the issues surrounding music licensing and copyright law. Previous music licensing experience would be an advantage.

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7DIGITAL - CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER
Based in London, we are looking for a highly organised, enthusiastic and multilingual individual to manage technical support enquiries and ensure that our customers' issues are resolved promptly. With exceptional communication skills and an ability to prioritise, you will make a significant contribution to 7digital's user experience.

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END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL - CEO
End Of The Road Festival wants a Chief Executive to oversee the running of the existing festival and to identify and develop new ventures from a new London office. EOTR is a festival for the real indie music fan. It offers a wide musical and artistic experience while avoiding the excesses of commercial sponsorship.

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MANNERS MCDADE - ROYALTIES AND FINANCE MANAGER
Due to expansion, Manners McDade is looking for an experienced Royalty Accountant to work alongside our small team of publishing personnel in Central London. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of both Music Maestro (or similar) and SAGE.

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THE ORCHARD - CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER
Reporting to the Senior Director of International Client & Video Services, The Orchard has an immediate opening for a Client Relations Manager based out of our European headquarters in London. The position will act as a relationship, content and campaign manager for key clients across the UK & Europe. Working across both digital and physical for primarily frontline clients, the person will have a deep understanding of music distribution and label services and preferably a good grasp of rock, metal and heritage content.

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ACADEMY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC - MUSIC BUSINESS LECTURER
The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in conjunction with its strategic Partner Metropolis Studios London is looking to appoint a Music Business Lecturer. Reporting to the Business School Manager, successful candidates will be lecturing on the Music Business Degree.

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OUTPOST - ONLINE PR ACCOUNT MANAGER / FREELANCER
Music PR agency Outpost is looking for a sharp online PR account manager who loves the web and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require significant music online experience, with a proven track record of working across artist PR, events and social media campaigns.

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DHP FAMILY - MARKETING & PR CO-ORDINATOR
We are after a Marketing & PR Co-ordinator who has a love for the opportunities that digital media presents. Primarily, you will be responsible for looking after the day to day population of our social media channels, e-mailouts and websites delivering reach, growth and engagement with our online community. You will also be using your digital knowledge to develop our PR strategy and actioning subsequent initiatives.

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KOBALT LABEL SERVICES / AWAL - DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER
Kobalt Label Services / AWAL is looking for a dynamic Digital Account Manager to oversee day to day relationships with key digital accounts along with sales strategy and co-ordination through our international offices and partners. The right candidate will have broad knowledge of rapidly changing digital markets, and great relationships with key DSP Accounts.

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Jason Iley confirmed as CEO for Sony Music UK
So who had Jason Iley in the "they're obviously gonna replace Nick Gatfield at Sony Music UK whatever they're saying right now, aren't they, of course they are, we all know that, it's a dead cert, no doubt about it, but who will get the job" sweepstake? I somehow ended up with Steve Brookstein, which never seemed likely, despite all the sterling work he's done PRing Sony Music's bread-winning Syco division over the years.

Yes, Iley, the former Mercury Records chief over at Universal Music UK, last seen doing top man duties for the Roc Nation record label, has been appointed CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland, replacing Nick Gatfield, who departed somewhat by surprise back in February. He will report into both Sony Music top man Doug Morris and Sony Music International CEO Edgar Berger, and work alongside Nicola Tuer, who was promoted to the role of UK COO after Gatfield's exit and who has been leading the division since then.

Confirming the new hire, Morris told reporters: "Jason has played a critical role in developing global hits for some of the biggest artists in the industry over the last decade. We couldn't be happier to have him leading our team in the UK".

Meanwhile Iley himself added: "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to lead the UK company under Doug Morris. I look forward to working with some of the best artists in the world and the extraordinary team of executives at Sony Music. Having started my career in music at Sony, I feel like I'm coming home. I'd also like to say a huge thank you to Jay Z, who has been an inspiration to work with at Roc Nation".

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Beats sells most of Topspin, to be merged in with BandMerch/Cinder Block
So you know how Beats Music bought direct-to-fan company Topspin way back in the heady days of March? It was an acquisition that brought to the fledgling streams-team a group of "talented people who have spent years working on building and fine-tuning the artist-to-fan connection".

It was all part of Beats Music's ambition to become "a conduit for the artist-fan relationship". Said Beats chief Ian Rogers: "This acquisition puts our money where our mouth is".

Yeah, well they've sold it. Direct-to-fan, after all, is all very March 2014. Welcome to April 2014 everybody, it's a brave new world.

The Beats company has sold off most of the Topspin business, including its actual real life name, to a bunch of those most private equity types. Transom Capital Group to be precise. Who are AEG's partners in the BandMerch/Cinder Block merchandising powerhouse, and the e-commerce and marketing assets of Topspin Media will now be merged into that merch enterprise.

Quite what that means for the aforementioned "talented people" isn't yet clear, and it remains to be seen if artists and labels who use the Topspin platform to sell content and merch, and to gather fan data, will notice any difference in the short term.

Beats will keep Topspin's ArtistLink set-up, which enables artists and their business partners to manage promotions, contra-deal advertising and merch sell-through on different digital platforms, including Spotify and Beats Music, though whether Beats' competitors will continue using the service long-term, now it's owned by a rival, isn't clear. But Beats presumably hopes to provide the best promo and sell-through opportunities to artists in the streaming music space by having the technology that manages such things in-house.

Writing on the Beats blog yesterday, Rogers, who used to head up Topspin of course, said: "When Beats Music acquired Topspin last month, we noted that Topspin's e-commerce unit wasn't our core business, and as such we'd be looking for a partner to handle that element of the Topspin platform".

"Today, I'm happy to announce the Topspin board has found that partner. Transom Capital Group's entertainment licensing and merch business BandMerch/Cinder Block has agreed to acquire the ecommerce and fulfilment elements of the Topspin platform, along with the Topspin Media name. This is the perfect home for Topspin".

"BandMerch and Cinder Block merged into one company last month to become a leader in the sports and entertainment merch space. Adding Topspin's technology and artist relationships to that mix is the best home I could have envisioned for them".

"Meanwhile, here at Beats Music we're working on some exciting things built on the Topspin Artistlink platform that we'll unveil in the coming months. Stay tuned!"

Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison over murder conviction
Vybz Kartel is facing decades in jail after being handed down a life sentence over his previously reported murder conviction. The often controversial dancehall star won't be eligible for parole for 35 years after being sentenced in Jamaica's Supreme Court yesterday.

Kartel and four other men were found guilty last month of murdering a man called Clive 'Lizard' Williams at his Jamaican home in August 2011. It was the second time Kartel had been accused of murder, though the earlier case against him in relation to the death of music promoter Barrington 'Bossie' Burton collapsed last year.

The star's legal reps maintain that their client is innocent of this murder charge too and have already initiated an appeals process that is likely to take up to a year.

Ninja Tune signs Martyn
Ninja Tune has picked up Dutch producer Matijn Deijkers, or just Martyn for short. He having previously been signed to NT affiliate Brainfeeder.

The label will distribute 'The Air Between Words', the US-based DJ's first LP since 2011's 'Ghost People', on 16 Jun. It includes guest-ins from Four Tet and Copeland aka Inga Copeland, and ends with a track titled 'Fashion Skater'. Which I'm only mentioning because that is simply a really bad title. Oh, and the LP, deems its press release, finds Martin taking "an entirely new sonic direction", which I can't verify since there's no sign of a preview yet.

There is this 'In Session' mix Martyn did for Mixmag recently, so listen in on that here.

Ben Cook named Atlantic UK President
Warner Music Group has announced Ben Cook as the new President of Atlantic Records UK. Cook moves from another smaller Warner UK imprint Asylum Records, where he held the same position.

Warner Music UK CEO Max Lousada, who previously led the British version of the Atlantic label, said: "Ben is an exceptional talent who has made Asylum synonymous with unique, exciting and hugely popular artists. He also personifies what Atlantic stands for - turning creative potential into credible, sustained commercial success. Ben's promotion completes an incredibly strong leadership line-up for the Warner Music UK family of labels and we're very excited about what we can achieve together".

Cook added: "For over 60 years Atlantic has been one of the world's most iconic labels. To be appointed to run the company is an honour and I'm very excited to build on the successes that Max and the team have had. I would like to thank Max for all his backing and for building the label into such a respected home for career artists; with greatly experienced and talented executives such as Mark Mitchell, Damian Christian and all of the team, Atlantic's ability to attract and nurture quality talent is second to none. I'm looking forward with great enthusiasm to working with everyone here to grow that reputation still further".

This new appointment follows a number of changes at executive levels across the international Warner Music Group companies.

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BMG promotes syncs man
Music rights firm BMG has announced the promotion of sync and licensing exec Patrick Jöst, who has been with the company since 2009, to the role of Executive Vice-President Licensing & Marketing International. He will lead sync and licensing activities around the world for both BMG's publishing and sound recording catalogues.

BMG boss man Hartwig Masuch says: "This is well-deserved recognition of Patrick's success in not only building probably the most integrated international sync team in the world, but also consistently delivering one of our fastest-growing revenue streams".

Meanwhile Jöst himseld added: "While BMG's growing scale has inevitably put us on the sync map, it is the quality of our service and the very tight integration of our team across the world of which we are most proud. The results suggest we have found the optimum mix of having local people on the ground and a centralised infrastructure".

Musicians may be forced to cancel Finland shows due to US sanctions against Russia
Scheduled performances at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki by Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Nine Inch Nails and Aerosmith may be cancelled, due to US sanctions against Russia, reports the BBC.

The Finnish venue is owned by Gennady Timchenko and brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, all of whom appear on a list of "members of the Russian leadership's inner circle". In total, the US Treasury has placed sanctions on 27 people closely linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in response to Russia's intervention in the Crimea.

Whether sanctions would stretch as far as a company such as Hartwall, which hasn't been officially sanctioned itself, will depend on the exact ownership structure of the business. All the American artist shows are due to take place in May and June, and are still listed as going ahead as planned on the venue's website.

A US Treasury spokesperson told CMU: "If a Specially Designated National indeed owns 50% or more of Hartwall Arena, then US persons would be prohibited from dealing with the arena unless they apply for and obtain an OFAC license to conduct such dealings. We have no further comment on the ownership structure of Hartwall Arena".

Representatives for the Hartwall Arena did not respond to requests for comment.

Name confirms new appointment
Music business communications agency Name PR has confirmed the appointment of Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs to the role of Assistant Press Officer. She will support the company's Press Officer Tom Quillfeldt and founder Sam Shemtob on trade and business accounts, which includes handling corporate PR for Merlin, Proper Music, the CV Group and Kobalt's Label Services and Neighbouring Rights businesses.

Birkett-Stubbs told CMU: "I'm very pleased to be part of the Name team. PR is all about great communication, and I hope to help enhance their reputation in this area. I'm really looking forward to working more deeply with great clients like Merlin and Cooking Vinyl Group".

Meanwhile Shemtob added: "It's great to see this unit growing and Kirsty's appointment will enhance our work significantly. We'd like to become the destination PR agency for companies in this area".

Zane Lowe to host six-part MTV music show, Soundchain
Zane Lowe is to host a new six-part music show on MTV, called 'Soundchain'. 'Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain' is its full title, actually, since the series sees MTV linking up with Relentless, in tune with the 'alternative music' of the energy drink's PR remit. Duh. According to this thing on the Relentless site, the first of the half-hour programmes will go out on MTV on 6 Jul.

Lowe, who as 'Soundchain' host will chat with guest acts, and shut up/go off to the side while they perform, says: "These shows will be a great opportunity for me to interview some of my favourite artists and get a unique view into their inspiring journeys, how they connect with music and what has got them to where they are today".

And: "We've been lucky enough to connect with some incredible people, so expect some revealing interviews and exciting live performances".

Twitching with excitement and excessive caffeine intake, Relentless Marketing Manager Sam Grant says: "Since launch Relentless has been embedded in credible music. Continuing our relationship with Zane and telling compelling stories of achievement from musical heroes will inspire our audience to achieve success doing what they love and we'll be there to fuel them on their journey".

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Universal Vibes presents Shur-I-Kan at The Horse & Groom
Paddy Freeform's Universal Vibes night heads back to Shoreditch's 'disco pub' The Horse & Groom with big name Shur-I-Kan joining residents Paddy and Another Late One (Amy Dabbs and PBS).

Shur-i-kan is Tom Szirtes, a deep house head with considerable quality output on Freerange Records, who has also been on keyboard duties for The Bays, and whose remix work has spanned the likes of Akabu, Trackheadz, Miguel Migs and Fred Everything.

He's recently back from a tour of the US - and The Dam last weekend - so may bring a little worldwide flavour to the table. He'll be on at around one. Get there early!

Saturday 5 Apr, The Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3NZ, 9pm - 4am, free before 10pm, £5 after, more info here.
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1D's Harry Styles writing with 1R's Ryan Tedder
One Direction's Harry Styles has a hot new relationship on the boil - a songwriting one, that is - with Ryan Tedder of inspirational band OneRepublic.

Whilst the latter has worked with 1D as a band in the past, writing 'Midnight Memories' track 'Right Now', a source is supposed to have told The Sun this is the first time that Har-Ry have collaborated 'one-on-one', so to speak, adding: "There's a mutual appreciation there. If there's one person to get the best out of Harry, it's Ryan. The new relationship will come in handy if Harry does try his hand at going solo". Yes, I expect it will. If he does. Which he hasn't. Yet.

Harry and Ryan's time 'in the lab' is only a drop in the ocean of 1D's collaborative writing forays of late, though, what with Louis and Liam's recent writing 'sesh' with Good Charlotte, and Harry's studio-liaison with Kodaline. Nor are 1D Tedder's only writing clients. In fact, Ryan hit the headlines earlier this week via news that he'd been getting creative with Adele, saying re her distant-seeming third LP: "She will deliver the album on her own timetable, at her own pace, and the only person that will ever declare it finished will be her, when she decides it's finished".

Release Round-Up: How To Dress Well, Alexis Taylor, Parquet Courts, Eyehategod and Wolf Alice
How To Dress Well's Tom Krell, who is essentially the spirit of Janet Jackson nestled inside a thin white man, has let slip deets on his new LP as HTDW, 'What Is This Heart'.

It apparently, states its press release, dips into a wide swell of different themes, not least "isolation, loss, existential anguish, anxiety, fear, lack of control, nightmare, death, pain, pleasure, pride, shame, trust and commitment", but ultimately "finds redemption in the infinite possibilities of love". So basically, life sucks, then you die. Though if you're lucky, you do so in love. Anyway, 'What Is This Heart' will make itself apparent (ie be released) via Domino's Weird World imprint on 23 Jun. Stream a fresh preview in the mean time in listed track 'Repeat Pleasure'.

Alexis Taylor, a chip off of Hot Chip, has confirmed a new solo record called 'Await Barbarians', his first since 2008's 'Rubbed Out'. On-sale via Domino from 10 Jun, it finds Taylor acting all 'mad genius' like, playing and taping all the parts all by himself. Except the strings, he didn't do them. Listen to lead track 'Elvis Has Left The Building' here.

Our favourite US punk foursome Parquet Courts, who won lots of love off the back of 2013's 'Light Up Gold' LP, have just announced a cousin to that in a second album called 'Sunbathing Animal'. Play the LP's title song loud as you look at the promo shot that goes with it, in which the band stand around a ladder looking unsure.

New Orleans rock heavies Eyehategod have been away for a while, for various reasons, mainly quite tragic ones, most sad of all the death last year of the band's long-time drummer Joey LaCaze. LaCaze's drum tracks live on, though, in the group's first LP in fourteen years, an eponymous beast of eleven tracks that's due out on 27 May.

Frontman Mike IX Williams is understandably pleased about it all, and says: "I have to say I don't believe we've lost nary a step in the creation of this album and we think these newer songs are a killer combination of classic Eyehategod mixed along with our best production, mixing, engineering and songwriting in thirteen years". Try that killer combo for size via 'Robitussin And Rejection' now.

The four young things of London band Wolf Alice have a new EP titled 'Creature Songs' on ice, which they'll release via Dirty Hit on 26 May. Fans can hear tracks from it live, I bet, when WA hit a series of live dates throughout that same month. One of those tracks, snappy Nirvana bait 'Moaning Lisa Smile' (groan), is available to hear now.

Gigs & Tours Round-Up: The Saturdays, Theo Parrish, The Pierces, Alkaline Trio, and Little Dragon
Hey! The Saturdays are going on a tour. A greatest hits tour, no less. To coincide with a greatest hits compilation, would you believe? It's all going on at Saturdays HQ.

The as-yet-untitled album will be released on 11 Aug, with a new single called 'Not Giving Up' - because they aren't splitting up, right? - out this very Sunday. The tour then kicks off on 7 Sep in Glasgow, and will end up in Plymouth on 23 Sep. On 19 Sep, they'll play Wembley Arena, by the way. And because everything has to have a fucking teaser trailer now, here's a fucking teaser trailer for the fucking Saturdays' fucking greatest fucking hits fucking tour.

Next up, producer Theo Parrish has announced a live spectacular, to be held at The Barbican in London on 12 Jul, which will see him play with a live band for the first time in ten years. Imagine if he didn't do that again for another ten years? You'd feel silly for missing it. So don't. You'll find more information and tickets here.

Sisterly duo The Pierces will be over in the UK in June to promote their latest album, 'Creation'. The album's out on 2 Jun, while the trio of shows will hit Koko in London on 11 Jun, Manchester's Club Academy on 12 Jun, and Oran Mor up there in that Glasgow on 14 Jun. Tickets are on sale now, here, and here's the video for new single 'Believe In Me'.

Much sooner than that, Alkaline Trio will be back in the UK. Their upcoming tour starts in Oxford on 15 Apr. That's really very soon, isn't it? They'll be hanging around until 27 Apr, with a London show at The Forum on 26 Apr. All the dates are listed on their website. How handy.

And finally, Little Dragon, who were last seen calling up each of their fans in turn to tell them about their new album, 'Namuba Rubberband'. That's out on 12 May, and they're playing Somerset House's Summer Series on 20 Jul. Details on that here. And before you go, take a look at this video of them performing 'Klapp Klapp' on 'The Late Show With [and soon to be without] David Letterman'.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Glastonbury, GuilFest, Roskilde and more
Glastonbury has announced its initial line-up via an online poster this morning, filling out the scraps of information that we had already - like the fact that Arcade Fire would be one of the headliners. Kasabian seem to have joined them on that list (at last!), while the enigmatic Special Guests take the third slot (unless they're taking the usual 'special guests' slot, but why would you put that on an incomplete line-up poster?).

Not on the official list is Idris Elba, who self-confirmed a DJ set at the festival yesterday. And also in Glastonbury news not made available by the aforementioned poster, the 'experimental area' of grass within the Glasto festival The Glade is back again in its traditional place in the woods this year, and more brimming with green and pleasant vibes than ever it was. This is something I'm sure you'll appreciate if you are going to Glastonbury.

But if you're not going to Glastonbury, don't worry about it, and cast a glance instead over the updates to these fine alternatives...

CAMP BESTIVAL, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, 31 Jul - 3 Aug: Pop Will Eat Itself, Tayo & Rob Da Bank, Mnek, Courtney Pine, D:Ream, Hot 8 Brass Band, Brushy One String, Ady Suleiman, Beans On Toast, Bo Saris, Rory McLeod, Indiana, Lucky Elephant, Too Many T's, Dream Themes, CoCo And The Butterfields, Cut A Shine, Feckless, DJ Yoda, Wilkinson, Cholombian, Big Fish Little Fish. www.campbestival.net

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, 25-29 Jun: Arcade Fire, 'Special Guests', Kasabian, Jack White, The Black Keys, Elbow, Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey, Skrillex, Pixies, Massive Attack, Disclosure, Ed Sheeran, De La Soul, MIA, Jake Bugg, Rudimental, Danny Brown, Jamie xx, Jurassic 5, ESG, Midlake, Angel Haze, London Grammar, MGMT, Four Tet, Temples, MNEK, John Newman, Little Dragon, Chvrches, Metronomy, Interpol, Foster The People, Manic Street Preachers, Goldfrapp, Chromeo, James Blake, The 1975, Bonobo, Kelis, Blondie, Paolo Nutini, Warpaint, Chloe Howl, Parquet Courts, Francois Kevorkian, Crystal Fighters, Nitin Sawhney, Tune-Yards, DJ PIerre, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Chance The Rapper, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Phosphorescent, Connan Mockasin, Public Service Broadcasting, Courtney Barnett, Gorgon City, Lil Louis, Daptone Super Soul Revue, Wolf Alice, Radiophonic Workshop, Jagwar Ma, Ms Dynamite, Breach, The Wailers, Wilco Johnson, Tinariwen, Royal Blood, Mogwai, John Grant, Byran Ferry, Richie Hawtin, Kodaline, DSXYS, Above & Beyond, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Eats Everything, Annie Mac, Suzanne Vega, Idris Elba. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

GODIVA, War Memorial Park, Coventry, 4-6 Jul: Buzzcocks, The Selecter. www.godivafestival.com

GUILFEST, Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, 18-20 Jul: Boomtown Rats, Kool & The Gang, The Human League. www.guilfest.co.uk

OPEN'ER, Babie Doly Airfield, Gdynia, Poland, 2-5 Jul: Jack White. opener.pl/en

ROSKILDE, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark, 3-6 Jul: Stevie Wonder, Drake, Manu Chao, Mogwai, Bastille, Darkside, Deftones, Diplo, Icona Pop, Les Ambassadeurs, Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, Skambankt, Sleigh Bells, The Horrors, Ibibio Sound Machine, Juana Molina, and Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Arto Lindsay & Paal Nilssen-Love Duo, Arto Lindsay Band, Balkan Khans, Banks, Barmer Boys, Bottled In England, Cancer, Cashmere Cat, Chorus Grant, Classixx, Connan Mockasin, Cuneyt Sepetci & Orchestra Dolapdere, Denai Moore, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Die Nerven, DJ Nigga Fox, Drug Honkey, Electric Wizard, Emicida, Eprom, Fendika, Future Islands, Groundislava, Helhorse, Kelela, Klumben & Raske Penge, La Chiva Gantiva, Lunice, Major Lazer, Mamar Kassey, Maya Jane Coles, Moodoid, Mournful Congregation, The Necks, The Ocean, Omar Souleyman, Party Supplies, Perota Chingo, The Psyke Project, Ra, RL Grime, Ryan Hemsworth, Ryley Walker, Skammens Vogn, Slowolf, Spids Nogenhat, Tempel, Tokimonsta, Vattnet Viskar, Vic Mensa. roskilde-festival.co.uk

SEA SESSIONS, Bundoran Beach, County Donegal, Ireland, 27-29 Jun: Kelis, The Dandy Warhols, The Strypes, Ella Eyre, Flight Facilities, Erol Alkan, Drenge, Dub Pistols, DJ Yoda, Walking On Cars, The Minutes, Hudson Taylor, Raglans, Lonnie Liston Smith, Hayseed Dixie, Trojan Sound System, Ron Pope, Gentleman's Dub Club, Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble, Sun Ladders, Friction, Fish Go Deep, Hermitage Green, Southern, 2 Bad Mice, Ghost Culture, Funeral Suits, Billy Scurry, Sirkus Sirkuz, Rackhouse Pilfer, Mojo Gogo, Slowplacelikehome, Corner Boy, New Secret Weapon, Cause N Effect, G Frequency, Pyramid Hill, Eoin Glackin, Dean Gurrie, Stone Free, In Their Thousands, Fiona-Maria Fitzpatrick, Anthony C, Will Softly. seasessions.com

SHAKEDOWN, Waterhall, Brighton, 19 Jul: Zane Lowe, Wilkinson, Friction & Linguistics, Zinc, Foreign Beggars, Hannah Wants, B Traits, Dismantle, Primitive People. www.shakedown.co.uk

UNDERCOVER, Bisley Pavilion, Nr Woking, Surrey, 19-21 Sep: UK Subs, Spizzenergi, TV Smith, The Meow Meows. www.undercoverfest.com

ZOO PROJECT, Donington Park, 12-14 Sep: Sasha, Tama Sumo, Mr Beatnick, Bleak, Evan Baggs. www.thezooproject.com

Artist & Manager Awards presented
So well done one, and let's not forget the all, who took home gong-like contraptions from the Artist & Manager Awards last night. By which I mean, it was the Music Managers' Forum and Featured Artist Coalition's big awards bash in London last night and what a lovely time was had by all. Well, no one died. And that despite big bad Spotify being the host.

The winners of the big life time achievement prizes were generally already known, them including Artists' Artist recipient Robbie Williams who kicked off the proceedings by noting this was surely a night to say a big "fuck you to the man".

That had been the spirit of his entire career he noted. "I did that cover of 'Freedom' didn't I, that was a 'fuck you' to the man. And then I made 'Rudebox'. That was a 'fuck you' to the fans... as it turned out".

Despite musing that current label Island was presumably 'the man' in his career just now - "so fuck you, Island" - the one time Take That man still remembered to thank all the people who had supported his career to date, including the Universal division and his long-term management team at IE.

Elsewhere sponsors Spotify presented their ten grand Artist & Manager Grant to the band Gengahr and their management team at East City. The streaming whatnot's artists guy Mark Williamson told CMU: "This grant isn't just about the music; it's about an artist and manager team that we feel is best placed to make the most out of the prize to take their career to the next level. Meeting with Gengahr and East City Management convinced us that they have a great team and plan in place to get their excellent music out to a wider audience. We can't wait to work with them and help them grow over the coming months and years".

So hurrah for all that. And now a list of winners.

Artists' Artist: Robbie Williams
Manager Of The Year: Scott Rodger
Breakthrough Artist: Rudimental
Breakthrough Manager: Sam Evitt and Jack Street
Pioneer Award: Ruth Daniels
Industry Champion: Keith Harris
Peter Grant Award: Paul Loasby

CMU Beef Of The Week #201: The Cure v The Guardian
The Cure played a gig. The gig was long. This should not have been a surprise for a number of reasons. First, Cure gigs tend to be quite long these days. Second, Robert Smith said up front that they planned to make their performances at the recent Teenage Cancer Trust's annual Albert Hall residency three hours long.

Anyway, some reviewers were sent along to write up what they saw, and a number of them saw a gig that they felt was a bit on the long side. To be fair, I think three hours (three and half by the time they'd actually finished) is a bit long to watch a band - any band - play live. But if they said up front that that was what they were going to do, I would at least have prepared myself for the long haul.

Not so, The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan. Nor other reviewers, but it was she who The Cure took most offence to this week.

The conclusion of Sullivan's review was that "condensed into 90 minutes this would have been one of the gigs of the year". It's not a negative review, per se, she has positive things to share, but her main critique was that the length of the show meant that it ended up being a procession of songs, rather than a cohesive performance that built up to a dramatic conclusion (something also asserted in the far more negative Telegraph review).

It seems fair, and that's her opinion. But other people who attended did not agree - because that is how opinions work - and they flocked to the comments section to tell her so.

To her credit (or possibly not), Sullivan engaged with this, and argued back with many of the people tearing into a review that had been neither damning nor glowing. At one point, she told one commenter that she had it "on good authority that the band have read the review and liked it".

"WHAAAT?!!" responded Robert Smith on the band's Facebook page. "TO BE CLEAR - AND ON THE BEST AUTHORITY - THE BAND HAVE INDEED READ THE REVIEW - BUT DID NOT LIKE IT!"

Calling Sullivan's critique "lazy nonsense", he argued for the length of the show (caps lock softened for readability), saying: "We play too many songs! Doh! But is it not very obvious that we play our own shows (as opposed to festival headlines) for fans of the band? That is why we play a mix of songs, and why we play for as long as we do".

He continued: "When we go to see an artist we are fans of, we don't want the performance to end. That's what being a fan means... isn't it? We had two fantastic nights, playing to great crowds for a wonderful charity - the Guardian 'review' was sad bitter junk".

Now, you might think that this review of the review would be where this story could end. But we're only just getting started. The next stage in this disagreement - a disagreement which, when boiled down, is one between a band and an audience member about whether a show was quite good with faults or just excellent - was for Sullivan to write a follow-up on Guardian Music's blog.

She wrote: "It doesn't obtain that the best gig experience is the longest. Compared to the inventiveness of artists who chop and change, playing full-band shows one tour, then acoustic story-telling gigs the next, it's hard to feel excited by the all-you-can-eat ethos. The Cure's stature in British rock has never been in doubt, so surely now is the time for them to cut loose and experiment with a different approach to gigging. They've already staged themed tours with their 'Trilogy' concerts, playing three complete albums at each gig. Another Trilogy series has been announced for the end of this year. But what about something outside the usual parameters?"

Responding on Facebook once again, Smith said that his initial response was not even about the review, actually. It was purely about her "lying" in a comment on her review about the band liking what she had written - the critique of her critique was just for larks.

"Having exposed the lie, we figured we would at the very least get some kind of a hands in the air 'it's a fair cop guv' from her for attempting such a banal self serving deception", he wrote. "We thought there might even be a faint chance that she would be moved to apologise to her readers for making stuff up!"

He also took exception to her signing off her blog post by offering to buy him a drink. Which, to be fair, did come across a bit odd. He then concluded with a quote from Walt Disney: "We are not trying to entertain the critics; we'll take our chances with the public".

If he'd started with that quote, this whole situation could probably have been avoided. Because, of course, reviews aren't written for bands. Or at least shouldn't be. And bands are in no position to judge how good a show is for the people watching it. And while the shows may indeed be designed with Cure fans in mind, not every Cure fan is going to want the same show.

Still, actually, I find it quite comforting that a review can still stir up such a level of caps lock rage in Robert Smith. It's nice that he gives a fuck. And gives it so entertainingly.

Though my favourite Cure response to a review remains this version of 'Grinding Halt', recorded for a Peel Session and re-titled 'Desperate Journalist in Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation', featuring Smith replacing the original lyrics with quotes from Paul Morley's review of the band's debut album, 'Three Imaginary Boys'.

 
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