An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 9 April 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: Culture Secretary Maria Miller has resigned this morning, following a high profile row over expenses claims on a second home. A parliamentary inquiry found that Miller had over claimed on the second home. The Parliamentary Commissioner Kathryn Hudson cleared the MP of allegations she had made false claims, but ruled that she had wrongly designated the property in South West London as her... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Frida was previously approved back at the beginning of last year, ahead of the release of her debut EP 'Indigo'. A slow procession of singles followed, and next month she's back with another EP, 'Lit Up By Neon', released through the ever dependable Best Fit Recordings, on 5 May. This week, Sundemo released a single from that EP, entitled 'Drawn To You', featuring a reigned in M83-like sound. It's... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigns
LEGAL New law passes to enforce collective licensing standards
Singapore considering web-blocking system
DEALS SFX announces three new acquisitions
The Agency Group partners with Pledge
Universal buys Eagle Rock
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Warner announces Classics management team
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Rhapsody and Napster increase subscribers by 63% year-on-year
MEDIA Ana Matronic, Dolly Parton and Carla Bruni to present Radio 2 specials
Drowned In Sound calls for donations to cover running costs
THE GREAT ESCAPE New tech-focused day to launch at The Great Escape next month
RELEASES Release Round-Up: Tom Vek, Willis Earl Beal, Duck Sauce and Warrenpeace
GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Jack White, Demi Lovato, First Aid Kit and Ed Sheeran
Festival Line-Up Update: Green Man, Øya, OFF Festival and more
AND FINALLY... Nicole Appleton and Liam Gallagher divorce
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Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigns
Culture Secretary Maria Miller has resigned this morning, following a high profile row over expenses claims on a second home.

A parliamentary inquiry found that Miller had over claimed on the second home. The Parliamentary Commissioner Kathryn Hudson cleared the MP of allegations she had made false claims, but ruled that she had wrongly designated the property in South West London as her second home and that she had claimed for more than she was allowed, going on to recommend that she repay £45,000. The Standards Committee Of MPs then cut this proposed repayment to £5800.

Miller was also accused of taking an aggressive approach to the initial investigation, being slow to provide information to the Commissioner and making veiled threats towards her. And then, when Miller was deemed to have over claimed on her expenses, she made an apology in parliament largely seen as not being particularly apologetic.

Unlike some caught out by their expenses claims in the past, Miller gained the support of David Cameron, as well as several other high profile Conservative MPs. Though some saw this as a cynical move by her supporters, either to protect themselves against scrutiny of their own expenses claims, or over worries about how losing one of the few women in the cabinet would look.

But the media campaign against Miller was relentless, with newspapers calling for her resignation on a daily basis since the scandal began last week. Many would argue that this was simply a campaign against double standards in parliament, though others, including Miller herself, have claimed that she was the victim of a "witch hunt" due to her involvement in overhauling press regulation, following the Leveson Inquiry. It was probably, actually, somewhere in the middle.

In her resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Miller said that the controversy "has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing".

She wrote: "I am immensely proud of what my team have been able to achieve during my time in government: ensuring that our arts and cultural institutions receive the rightful recognition that they deserve in making Britain great; putting women front and centre of every aspect of DMCS's work; putting in place the legislation to enable all couples to have the opportunity to marry regardless of their sexuality".

However, she continued: "Of course, implementing the recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson on the future of media regulation, following the phone hacking scandals, would always be controversial for the press. Working together with you, I believe we struck the right balance between protecting the freedom of the press and ensuring fairness, particularly for victims of press intrusion to have a clear right of redress".

In response, David Cameron told Miller that she could be "extremely proud" of her work in government, concluding: "I am personally very grateful for the support you have always given me, and which I am sure that you will continue to give. I hope that you will be able to return to serving the government on the front bench in due course, and am only sad that you are leaving the government in these circumstances".

Miller was appointed as Culture Secretary in September 2012, after Jeremy Hunt was promoted up to the job of Health Secretary, shortly after his close ties with Rupert Murdoch's empire at a time when he was supposed to be independently considering News Corp's bid to take complete control of BSkyB caused the government considerable embarrassment.

After some brief speculation regarding a possible successor for Miller this morning, Cameron has just confirmed that Sajid Javid, most recently Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will replace her at the DMCS.

New law passes to enforce collective licensing standards
A new law came into effect earlier this week that gives formal legal backing to the 'minimum standards' for collecting societies that were originally published by the Intellectual Property Office back in 2012 on the back of the government-commissioned Hargreaves Review of copyright laws.

The IPO minimum standards document sets out certain rules for UK collecting societies - including those that represent music rights owners where collective licensing applies - with regards transparency and complaints procedures, mainly with a view to protecting the interests of licensees, or at the very least trying to make the collective licensing process a little easier to understand.

The music industry's two collecting societies - the music publishing sector's PRS For Music and the record industry's PPL - both reviewed their codes of conduct in 2012, ensuring they were in line with the minimum standards, so this week's new law is unlikely to have any actual impact in the short term, though it does mean the IPO now has legal powers to enforce its collective licensing standards, should it ever wish or need to.

Commenting on the new law, IP Minister James Younger told CMU: "Any efforts that support self-regulation should be welcomed and I am pleased to see the progress that collecting societies have made in agreeing minimum standards and setting their own codes of practice. The additional backstop power that has come into force today is there to make sure those standards are met and to give businesses the certainty and clarity that they need".

Meanwhile Kevin Fitzgerald of the British Copyright Council, which has been involved in identifying standards for the collective licensing domain, both pre and post Hargreaves, added: "I warmly welcome the announcement that the government's regulations on codes of practice for collecting societies have now become law. I am sure that the positive and collaborative approach taken by the industry has helped to bring about this smooth conclusion to the legislative process. The minimum standards already adopted by collecting societies and now underpinned by law, are an important step that will strengthen our industry. Good governance is good news for collecting societies and for the economy as a whole".


Singapore considering web-blocking system
Law-makers in Singapore are considering new rules that will make it easier for rights owners to secure web-block injunctions in the island nation.

Web-blocking has, of course, become quite common in a number of jurisdictions, including the UK, whereby courts issue injunctions ordering internet service providers to stop their customers from accessing copyright infringing websites.

The web-blocks are particularly useful where infringing sites are based beyond the jurisdiction of any one country's courts, though critics point out that it's actually quite easy for web-users to circumvent the blockades using proxy sites and a trusty search engine.

In some country's specific new laws have enabled web-blocking, whilst elsewhere, as in the UK, judges interpreted existing copyright law as allowing such orders. Bespoke laws, though, can speed up the injunction process, and also provide protection for accused websites, to allay fears expressed by critics that sites that regularly infringe copyright via user or automated activity, but which are ultimately legit operations, could be targeted.

Singapore's Law Ministry is considering such rules as we speak, according to local news site Today, and will likely set out guidelines as to what constitutes an infringing site whereby a web-block injunction would be an appropriate sanction. The new laws could be implemented in Singapore by the end of the year, allowing rights owners to begin a web-block frenzy there.

SFX announces three new acquisitions
Rapidly expanding "electronic music culture" firm SFX Entertainment has announced three new acquisitions, TMWRK Management, design company The Meta Agency and digital branding and marketing firm Learned Evolution. The three companies will expand SFX's marketing platform FX-1.

SFX CEO Robert FX Sillerman said of the deals: "FX-1 represents our vision to bring a full-service solution to our creative partners and our fans. EMC is the highly personal language of the millennial generation. By bringing together these talented people and their capabilities, SFX can now help artists, producers, labels and companies connect in the most authentic and helpful way. TMWRK adds career development expertise for those desiring that assistance. The Meta Agency and Learned Evolution give us an extraordinary level of creative design talent to support any development effort imaginable".

The Meta Agency and Learned Evolution were founded by Justin Bolognino, who now acts as Creative Director for both. He said of the deal: "Partnering with SFX allows us an unprecedented opportunity to give our artists the broadest exposure to the fastest growing creative, technological and experiential platform of electronic music. We see the opportunities to bring leading experiential solutions to life with SFX's deep bench of marketing partners and we hope to make our artists as famous as the DJs and producers that grace the SFX stages around the globe".

Under the FX-1 banner, TMWRK, The Meta Agency and Learned Evolution join previous SFX acquisitions marketing company FameHouse and design agency Arc90, plus ticketing platforms PayLogic and Flavorus.

The new purchases come after a recent investor call, in which some of SFX's backers questioned both a number of SFX's acquisitions within FX-1 and Sillerman's sanity in general, prompting a dip in the company's share price. However, this has now recovered, and yesterday closed up 2.22% at $7.37 per share.


The Agency Group partners with Pledge
The Agency Group has signed a new deal with PledgeMusic, which will see some of the company's artists fund tours through the platform.

Announcing the deal, Pledge founder and President Benji Rogers said: "The partnership between PledgeMusic and The Agency Group is a perfect fit, and a part of what we see as a growing ecosystem for artists. We both truly value the power of fan connection and The Agency Group shares our commitment to creating sustainable careers for the talent that we work with".

Agency Group Director Of Marketing Eddie Clemens added: "This relationship with PledgeMusic is a natural next step in our continuing efforts to be right where our artists' fans are. At The Agency Group we are always looking ahead, and partnering with PledgeMusic furthers us always being at the forefront of breaking new talent".


Universal buys Eagle Rock
Universal Music Group yesterday announced that it had acquired music film producer and distributor Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Under the deal, the terms of which are undisclosed, Eagle Rock will remain a standalone company, with CEO Terry Shand continuing to run it from its current London HQ. As well as gaining control of Eagle Rock's catalogue of concert footage, documentaries and films, the mega-major will also use Eagle Rock's team to create new video content for physical and digital releases.

Universal CEO Lucian Graige said of the deal: "As we continue UMG's transformation to a music-based content company, expanding our audio-visual catalogue and production expertise is critical. We're thrilled to welcome Terry and the Eagle Rock team to the UMG family. Terry has built Eagle Rock into a world-class content company and a leading force in distributing top music-based audio-visual programming".

Shand added: "I am delighted to bring Eagle Rock into the UMG family and look forward to growing Eagle Rock in the coming years by producing more great content and benefiting from the digital revolution that is taking the audio-visual space by storm. I'd like to personally thank [Universal execs] Lucian Grainge, Boyd Muir and Max Hole for their vision and confidence, Beringea for their support over the last few years and Geoff Kempin, Simon Hosken and all the team at Eagle Rock for the tremendous work they have done to date and their dedication to the future".

The deal also includes Eagle Rock's audio recordings division, Eagle Audio, which operates the Eagle Records and Armoury Records. Universal has not, however, taken on the company's publishing arm, Eagle-i Music, which remains a standalone company.

Warner announces Classics management team
Warner Music has announced the appointment of Alain Lanceron as President of its classical music division.

This follows the previously reported addition of the EMI Classics and Virgin Classics labels to unit. The two companies were acquired as part of Warner's purchase of the Parlophone Label Group from Universal last year, and were duly renamed Warner Classics and Erato respectively.

Lanceron, who also came to Warner via the PLG acquisition, will report in to Warner Recorded Music's international President Stu Bergen in his new role.

His team will include Jean-Philippe Rolland as Executive Vice President International A&R and Business Development; Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Operations Markus Petersen; Vice President of International Catalogue Bertrand Castellani; and Director Of Creative Services Patrick Gamblin.

Announcing the news, Bergen said: "Classics is an area of renewed strategic focus for us so we are delighted to have an executive of Alain's calibre leading our global efforts. He is widely respected for his creative flair, his skill in identifying and nurturing world-class talent and his ability to translate artistic excellence into commercial success. JP, Markus, Bertrand and Patrick are all exceptionally talented executives whose knowledge of the international landscape is second to none and who, working with Alain, will help us to further build and support a roster that truly reflects our commitment to working with the cream of classical music talent around the world".

Lanceron added: "With the Warner Classics leadership team confirmed and our reinvigorated worldwide network in place, we can now truly unlock the potential created by combining these two extraordinary classical catalogues. The depth and richness of the music we represent only fuels our ambition to sign and develop more remarkable artists and continue to innovate around their work to ensure that Warner is synonymous with the greatest classical music of yesterday, today and tomorrow".


Rhapsody and Napster increase subscribers by 63% year-on-year
Rhapsody International has announced that its two streaming services, Rhapsody and Napster, saw subscribers increase by 63% in 2013. The company also added that the two services were together bringing in an average of 8000 new subscribers worldwide per day in the first quarter of 2014.

Announcing the stats, RI's Chief Product Officer Paul Springer said: "Our goal is to inspire a daily music habit by putting the right music within arms' reach for our subscribers. In less than one year, we've more than doubled our catalogue size, expanded from three to 32 countries and launched several wireless carrier partnerships across Europe and Latin America".

The company also revealed that 80% of its users now access the services via mobile, with 60% only logging in via their phones. Germany, France and Brazil are its fastest growing markets, though in the UK, 79% of Napster subscribers are monthly active users. Globally, users listen to an average of ten hours of music per month, though in the US this increases to 35 hours per month.

Of course, by combining these stats, it doesn't give a clear indication of how the Napster brand is doing in comparison to the always more successful American-based (mainly) Rhapsody. The company bought Napster in 2011, phasing out the name in the US, though keeping it on in the rest of the world, and rolling it out into new European markets.

Commenting on future direction, Springer said: "In the coming months, we will continue to expand into new markets, further investing in localised content and differentiated product offerings".

Ana Matronic, Dolly Parton and Carla Bruni to present Radio 2 specials
BBC Radio 2 is to air a cool season of shows in the coming months. Ladies-in-pop Ana Matronic and Dolly Parton, and one-time First Lady of France, chanteuse Carla Bruni, will all front talkies on the station as part of its female-led springtime listings.

Matronic's late-night programme, of which there will be four editions, will go out first on 16 Apr at 10pm, and will find the still-sharp Scissor Sister digging in the crates for disco hits, in a similar way to that time she made NYE 2013 a real 'Night To Remember'. Remember?

Anyway, Ana says: "I had so much fun on New Year's Eve playing some of my favourite disco tracks, Radio 2 have asked me back for more. I'll be mining the rare groove depths, indulging guilty pleasures, exploring the boundaries of the genre, and getting down with the greats of the disco age".

In Dolly Parton's one-off, two-hour show, 'Dolly's Jukebox', which will air on 21 Apr at 8pm, the C&W grand dame will play tracks she likes, and explain why she likes them to writer Paul Sexton.

She says: "When I get a chance to sit down and listen to music, I just love to pick out some of those old albums. Music is still number one with me. I love that I can make a living, but it's not the money. I love to work".

And adds: "I wouldn't know a hit if it jumped up and bit me in the butt, I just know what I like".

Carla Bruni, who presumably would know a hit if it jumped up and so on, will act as tour-guide and Chanson historian in 'Postcards From Paris', a series in three-acts beginning 15 May and 10pm.

'What's a chanson, though?', you may ask.

At which stage Carla would say: "When you write in French, that's what makes it Chansons Françaises. English has a lot of rhythm. Italian has a lot of melody. The good point with French is that it has a lot of description".


Drowned In Sound calls for donations to cover running costs
Drowned In Sound has launched a donations drive, asking users to help to fund running costs of the website. This follows a previous smaller campaign to raise money from users of its message boards.

Last month, regular users raised just over £1000 to fund the fixing of a number of bugs. Spreading the campaign further, founder Sean Adams wrote: "Last year, despite racking up 28.5 million total page views from 3.5 million music fans ('unique users'), we had one of the worst years for advertising income in our history. Combine that with the costs involved with renovating the site (most of which was done to allow new-fangled ad formats) and you'll not be surprised to learn that we can't afford to finish fixing the website, and can only just keep up with the £1100 a month server costs to ensure the site stays online".

He continued: "We have considered various other 'revenue streams' (although ironically most of them are costly to implement) and we will continue to investigate alternatives to lower our reliance on advertising, but for now we would be very grateful for whatever donation you can afford to give".

Making online journalism and writing pay has been up for much debate in recent years, as incomes fall (or more often fail to reach the potential expected). Some larger newspaper websites, most notably The Times and The Sun, have put their content behind paywalls, after the free-to-all, advertising options fell short. Meanwhile, other sites, Wikipedia most famously, rely of user donations.

Though while voluntary donations have become more prevalent in some areas, particularly podcasting, it is less common for editorial websites, music-focussed or otherwise. It will be interesting to see how well DiS's campaign goes, and if other websites follow suit.

Read more about Drowned In Sound's donations drive here.

New tech-focused day to launch at The Great Escape next month
Organisers of The Great Escape today announce details of an exciting new event that will take place alongside this year's festival called Blueprint, "a day of talks, debates and collaborations for people building and executing creative products and ideas in and around technology".

Taking place on day three of the Great Escape festival and convention - Saturday 10 May - Blueprint will take over the Old Ship Hotel, and will bring together innovators and entrepreneurs from across the music, creative and tech communities to discuss how new creative tech ideas can become a reality.

Through a series of talks, interviews and case studies, the event will consider how great new ideas for music or creative tech ventures can be honed, developed and turned into viable business propositions, and will discuss the importance of connecting with the right people at the right time, including technologists, developers, creatives, rights owners, funders and mentors.

The event is being curated by Sam Taylor of CMU Insights, who says: "As you'd expect, we've noticed an ever increasing number of people from the tech community coming to The Great Escape in recent years, and through our convention programme, and events like the Digital Pitch Party, we've been able to formally invite some of our favourite developers, start-ups and innovators to speak and network. So it now seems right to have a standalone conference within The Great Escape that explores the tech start-up sector, and considers how the tech and creative industries could and should work better on realising exciting new ideas".

As well as talking about how the tech, creator and content sectors can better work together, Blueprint will also initiate its own collaborations by hosting the first ever Samplethon with WhoSampled and Boosey & Hawkes. A specially-selected group of exciting record producers and remixers will amass on the Old Ship to collaborate and create some great new music live at the event.

Get more info here, where a full line up will also appear later this month. Access to Blueprint is open to all Great Escape delegates, plus standalone tickets for the event are now on sale for just £30, or £65 including a wristband to access all of the TGE festival shows taking place on the Saturday. Click here to book your place.

  Approved: Frida Sundemo
Frida was previously approved back at the beginning of last year, ahead of the release of her debut EP 'Indigo'. A slow procession of singles followed, and next month she's back with another EP, 'Lit Up By Neon', released through the ever dependable Best Fit Recordings, on 5 May.

This week, Sundemo released a single from that EP, entitled 'Drawn To You', featuring a reigned in M83-like sound. It's a fine example of that dancing-with-tears-in-my-eyes pop that Scandinavians do oh so well.

But wait, there is another track from the EP 'out there' already, which shows off a very different side of Sundemo's schtick. All soft xylophone and soft vocals, for all its softness it still manages to split in a key change. And who doesn't like a good key change?

Have yourself a listen to that right here.
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Release Round-Up: Tom Vek, Willis Earl Beal, Duck Sauce and Warrenpeace
Guess what. Multi-functional alt-pop dork Tom Vek is back! And fortunately, has announced a third album titled 'Luck', which as fate (and his label, Moshi Moshi) would have it, is out on 9 Jun. Its tracklisting is available to scan on iTunes, as is a stream of its lead track 'Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)', as is a link to order the long player now, which, if you click it, will grant you an automatic download of that first track.

You can also follow Tom's thoughts whilst (and post) making the LP, the tone of which he sums up as "bratty smartass", via this exclusive Dazed article. Another appropriate thing to do is listen right now to another 'Luck' track, Vek's single circa 2012, 'You'll Stay'. Appropriate because it's just a damn good song.

Indefinable XL signing Willis Earl Beal has carried on his slightly frantic string of releases - some planned, some not so much - with a surprise LP titled 'Curious Cool'. Hot-footing January's unanticipated album 'A Place That Doesn't Exist', aka his way of saying 'sorry' for some postponed tour dates, the new eight-tracker is available to hear in its entirety right this minute, on SoundCloud.

Dance duo Duck Sauce, aka DJs A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, have shared two alternate mixes of their new single 'NRG', which is officially landing with a splat on Monday. Skrillex, Kill The Noise and Milo & Otis take care of one, whilst the other is the work of young Hudson Mohawke. Stream the remixes beside the 'NRG radio edit here.

Punk/hip-hop/spoken word unionists Warrenpeace, signings to Mr Scroobius Pip's Speech Development label, will on 2 Jun put out 'SDR007', the duo's first LP.

Rather than go with a standard comp of clips, Warrenpeace's Buddy Peace and Worgie filmed its trailer in a live rehearsal. This live rehearsal.

Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Jack White, Demi Lovato, First Aid Kit and Ed Sheeran
Savant-Dracula-of-pop Jack White has confirmed a show at London's Hammersmith Apollo at the bottom of his European tour. So, that's nice for his British fans, but only if you live in London, because it's so far his only UK date. Though is you live in Ireland, White is also down to play Dublin's Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 26 Jun. No matter what your nationality or location, all the listings for the Euro tour, which runs in conjunction with Jack's forthcoming solo LP 'Lazaretto', are on this page.

All-American 'Heart Attack' hit-girl Demi Lovato is gifting her many Brit admirers with a rare live appearance on 1 Jun, which is when she'll play a single set in London, at Koko. Wait in line on Friday to take your tickets, via this link.

Also on a 'one-off London show' tip are folk-pop pairing First Aid Kit, who on 15 May will stop in at the Islington Assembly Hall to share an early glimpse at their new LP 'Stay Gold', which is released on 9 Jun. And this is one of the places you may buy tickets, should you want to go.

And finally, hardcore band OFF! have promised to play a load of live dates in October, mainly because they have an LP to advertise in the recently-released 'Wasted Years'. And also just for the love of 'gigging', no doubt. The UK portion of the tour runs from 2 Oct, at the Bristol Exchange, to 8 Oct, at The Haunt in Brighton. So, now you know. And now you do know, what say you to also knowing what 'Wasted Years' track 'Hypnotized' sounds like.


Festival Line-Up Update: Green Man, Øya, OFF Festival and more
In a minute, you'll find listed additions to line-ups at various festivals. First, though, please know that Glastonbury's First Lady, Emily Eavis, has confirmed that this year's Glasto site will feature "a few new little venues and a couple of new stages that are still to be announced". So, that's illuminating. But what of the other 'spaces' at the festival? Well, says Emily: "Arcadia has got a massive new space a bit nearer to The Park and it's kind of like a whole town, really. The late night area will be really spread out; there's so much late night entertainment everywhere now, not just in one area".

So having drawn that map inside your mind, turn your thoughts now to these line-up revisions:

ALFRESCO, Blackpool Cricket Club, 25 May: A Certain Ratio, Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi, Andrew Weatherall, Chris Duckenfield, Craig Bratley, Section 25, 2 Billion Beats, Ben Pistor, Luke Unabomber , ALFOS, Paper Recordings.

BILBAO BBK, Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain, 10-12 Jul: Bastille, Band Of Horses.

CALLING FESTIVAL, Clapham Common, London, 28-29 Jun: Stevie Wonder, Richie Sambora.

DISTORTION FESTIVAL, various venues, Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-8 Jun: Skream, Boys Noize, Hudson Mohawke, Todd Terje, Brodinski, Mykki Blanco, Sun Ra Arkestra feat Marshal Allen, Club Cheval, DVSq, Ivan Smagghe, Michael Mayer, Mr Ties, Superpitcher, DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad, Blawan, Joe Ford, Noisia, Matmos, Nisennenmondai.

DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, Derbyshire, 13-15 Jun: Richie Sambora, Turbowolf, Cytota, Drenge, Baby Godzilla, The Temperance Movement, Nothing More, Dead City Streets, Goldray.

EASTERN ELECTRICS, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, 2 Aug: Steve Lawler, Laura Jones, Dyed Soundorom, Mano le Tough, Daniel Avery, Boddika.

EXTREMA OUTDOOR FESTIVAL, Kelchterhoef, Belgium, 6-8 Jun: Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Nick Curly, Joris Voorn, Seth Troxler, Nic Fanciulli, Levon Vincent, Solomun, Tale Of Us, The Martinez Brothers, Anthony Rother, Ten Walls, Karenn, Infinity Ink, Recondite, Kolsch, FCL feat Lady Linn.

GREEN MAN, Glanusk, Wales, 14-17 Aug: The War On Drugs, The Waterboys, Neko Case, Panda Bear, Other Lives, Sun Kil Moon, Jonathan Wilson, The 2 Bears, Mutual Benefit, Stanley Brinks, Woman's Hour, Zachary Cale, Gareth Bonello, My Sad Captains, Farao, Highasakite, FAMY, Michael A Grammar, We Are Catchers, The May Birds.

GUILFEST, Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, 18-20 Jul: Sham 69, Buzzocks, Ruts DC.

LEEFEST, Highhams Hill Farm, Warlingham, Surrey, 12-14 Jul: The Cribs, Rae Morris, Years & Years, Fickle Friends.

OFF FESTIVAL, Kotwice, Poland, 1-3 Aug: The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Notwist, Gary Wilson And The Blind Dates, Los Campesinos!, Black Lips, Pional, Cerebral Ballzy, Lee Bains III.

ØYA, Tøyenparken, Oslo, Norway, 6-10 Aug: Bryan Ferry, Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Clean Bandit , Gojira, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Skambankt, Oslo Ess, Royal Blood, St Lucia, Earthless, Bow To Each Other, The Districts, Comet Kid, Hjerteslag, Aurora Aksnes, Yoguttene, Vilde Tuv.

SONISPHERE UK, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, 4-6 Jul: Babymetal.

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 23-24 Aug: Loco Dice, Josh Wink, Henry Saiz, Robert Dietz.

SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL, The Sage, Gateshead, 18-20 Jul: Booker T Jones, The Jayhawks, Bettye LaVette, Steven Seagal Blues Band, Earl Thomas, Marc Ford, Cass McCombs, Ethan Johns, Smoke Fairies, Chuck Prophet & The SummerTyne Strings, John Fullbright, Sarah Jarosz, Eve Selis, Davina & The Vagabonds, Samantha Crain, Berkley Hart, Zervas and Pepper, Gordie MacKeeman And His Rhythm Boys, The Carrivick Sisters, Archie Brown Quartet, The Kentucky Cowtippers, Lesley Roley, Tony Bengtsson Band, Shipcote, Paul Handyside, Rosie & The Hips, The Magnolia Sisters, Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings, Otis Gibbs, The Hot Seats, The Snakes, Lowri Evans, Hannah Rickard, Davina & The Vagabonds, I Draw Slow, Danny And The Champions Of The World, Martin Stephenson & Jim Hornsby, The Buffalo Skinners, Dan Owen, and Fickle Lilly.

THIRD RAIL FESTIVAL, Thames Prom, Richfield Avenue, Reading, 5 Jul: Lakker, Polar Bea, Grumbling Fur, Teeth of the Sea, Crushed Beaks, Boxed In, Black Channels, The Art Club, Firefly Burning, Kodiak Island, Fauntleroy, Sun Skeletons Jnr, The Quietus DJs, Keylen, Doubledotdash, Tim Rockins.

Nicole Appleton and Liam Gallagher divorce
The High Court in London yesterday took just over a minute (68 seconds, according to The Daily Mail) to grant Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton a divorce. Neither party attended the hearing.

As previously reported, the couple split after it emerged that Gallagher had fathered a child with US journalist Liza Ghorbani, following an affair which began in 2010. This came to light due to a paternity case brought against the former Oasis frontman by Ghorbani.

Gallagher admitted to adultery and agreed in advance to pay "reasonable costs" to his now ex-wife, leading to an immediate granting of a decree nisi, or 'quickie divorce', as it's more commonly known.

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