An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Friday 11 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Not wishing to be left out of the MegaUpload litigation party - because you wouldn't want to be, would you - the US record industry filed a lawsuit against the long defunct file-transfer platform yesterday. As previously reported, earlier this week six Hollywood studios, coordinated by the Motion Picture Association Of America, sued the defunct digital company and its founders over claims of copyright... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: We're heading down to Brighton this weekend, to catch a Stateside big hitter and original pioneer with Phuture, DJ Pierre. The night is another outing for Lost's excellent Spacebase, which I tipped in its London iteration just a few weeks back and never fails to deliver. Also on hand will be Lost's own Steve Bicknell and Alex Knight, founder of Brighton indie label FatCat. Saturday 12 Apr, The Loft, Ship Street... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Every year since the beginning of time, The Dallas Cowboys, like all American football teams probably, have played a few warm-up games before the proper season starts. Four pretend games, in fact, before they start properly pretending that professional competitive sport is a serious and important thing. The third one of these warm-up run arounds they always - ALWAYS - play at their home... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Labels sue MegaUpload
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LEGAL Long-running Marley songs dispute heading for high court
Most online content consumed in Spain still illegal, says industry report
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DEALS BMG signs Beth Orton
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LIVE BUSINESS Wembley Arena gains SSE sponsorship
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Deezer expands free offer, partners with Samsung
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MEDIA Guardian to stream Haim, John Newman and Disclosure shows
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EDUCATION & EVENTS IMS Engage announces more speakers
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Music journalist Phil Hardy dies
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ARTIST NEWS Madonna collaborating with Natalia Kills
Bieber better than ever, seen with Selena
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: Fatboy Slim & David Byrne, Gorgon City, Wife, Jacques Green and Lykke Li
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival Line-Up Update: Belsonic, Dimensions, HowTheLightGetsIn and more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #202: One Direction v The Dallas Cowboys
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7DIGITAL - OPERATIONS REPORTING MANAGER
We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and talented Operations Reporting Manager. Reporting to the VP of Operations, this role is critical to the future success of this company. Our ability to report and pay labels is paramount and fundamental to the relationships we hold with our suppliers. This role is about stabilising, enhancing and creating a best in breed supplier reporting capability.

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MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION - PA AND COMMITTEE CO-ORDINATOR
The MPA is seeking a capable and conscientious PA and Committee Co-coordinator to support the Chief Executive. As the trade association for music publishers in the UK, the MPA exists to promote and support the business of music publishing and is a highly professional organisation with a small, committed team.

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YOUR ARMY - ONLINE PR OFFICER
Your Army Promotions are looking for a dynamic new publicist. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about electronic music and be passionate about online media. Social media strategy is a bonus.

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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
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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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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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Labels sue MegaUpload
Not wishing to be left out of the MegaUpload litigation party - because you wouldn't want to be, would you - the US record industry filed a lawsuit against the long defunct file-transfer platform yesterday.

As previously reported, earlier this week six Hollywood studios, coordinated by the Motion Picture Association Of America, sued the defunct digital company and its founders over claims of copyright infringement. MegaUpload, of course, was shut down by the US authorities in 2012, but its assets were frozen at the time, and it's presumably those that the film firms want to go after.

The criminal case against MegaUpload has been much delayed due to complications in the American Department Of Justice's efforts to extradite the men who ran the file-transfer firm, not least its overlord Kim Dotcom. It remains to be seen if that means civil action against Dotcom et al reaches court before the criminal proceedings.

Either way, the Mega team can now add a lawsuit from the major record companies to the pile, with Universal, Sony and Warner Music filing their lawsuit yesterday.

According to Billboard, the legal papers say: "Beginning in late 2005 and continuing at least to January 2012 when defendants were indicted, MegaUpload amassed the millions of popular content files that it hosted on its servers and offered to the public for download by openly encouraging users to upload these files. Until mid-2011, MegaUpload went so far as to actually pay its users to do this".

The legal rep for Dotcom, Ira Rothken, responded to the news of the latest litigation against his client thus: "The RIAA, MPAA and DOJ are like three blind mice following each other in the pursuit of meritless copyright claims. These cases are an assault on cloud storage technology, as cloud storage is a neutral technology that can be used for both good and bad purposes. MegaUpload strongly believes it's going to prevail".

Long-running Marley songs dispute heading for high court
Two music publishing firms with long-term connections to the late Bob Marley are heading to the High Court in London next month in a long-brewing legal battle over the copyrights in some of the reggae star's songs, most notably 'No Woman, No Cry'.

The two publishing firms going into battle are Cayman Music and Blue Mountain Music, the latter the music publishing outfit founded by Chris Blackwell, which spun out of his Island Records business before the label's acquisition by what became Universal Music.

At the centre of the dispute are a handful of songs widely believed to have been written by Marley in the early 1970s, but which at the time were credited to his friends, in the case of 'No Woman, No Cry' the credit went to Vincent Ford.

It has long been speculated - in various newspaper articles and other court cases - that Marley did this to circumvent his contractual commitments to Cayman Music, his original publisher, which had signed the reggae man in 1967. The story goes that Marley was still in contract with Cayman, but didn't want them to get control of any new songs he penned, so he allowed others to be credited so ownership would fall elsewhere. Along the way control of the songs fell to Blackwell's Blue Mountain Music.

40 years on, Cayman reckons that enough has now been said, and admitted to by people close to the situation, for the claim that Marley wrote these songs to be uncontroversial. And now the company wants to enforce its 1960s contract to claim control and royalties from the allegedly misattributed songs.

Confirming that the long-running dispute was now heading to court, Cayman said in a statement earlier his week: "It is now common ground between the disputing parties that the songs - including 'No Woman, No Cry' - were actually written by Bob Marley but that the music publisher's share was never credited to Cayman Music, who have now been denied their contracted entitlement for more than 40 years".

The court case will likely put decades old disputes between various Marley collaborators back under the spotlight, with the Cayman side likely to suggest that Blackwell's legendary role in discovering Marley has often been exaggerated.

The statement from Cayman concluded: "On 12 May this fascinating and unique story involving a complex cast of characters, the most successful black artist of all time, and his most famous song, purportedly stolen from its rightful owners before it was even recorded, may be one step closer to a resolution. Perhaps, too, a little unknown history will also be restored to the record books".

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Most online content consumed in Spain still illegal, says industry report
Hey, Spanish internet users, what's with all your piracy, hey? Do you realise that 84% of all the content you guys consumed online last year came from unlicensed sources? Naughty Spanish internet users.

That stat, in case you wondered, comes from a new report from a coalition of music, movie, publishing and gaming firms seemingly keen for the Spanish government to further step up its anti-piracy efforts. Which may or may not affect your opinion of the report's findings, which also say that 28% of surveyed Spanish web users admitted to illegally downloading music on a regular basis, while over 40% access films in that way, though the music downloaders nick a lot more content overall.

In the early days of the music industry's fight against online piracy Spanish copyright law proved pretty ineffectual, though hopes were raised by the passing of new legislation dubbed the Sinde Law in 2011, which in theory made the web-blocking of copyright infringing operations easier to achieve. The new law, although not without its critics, was welcomed by the rights industry, and the American government which had put the pressure on for Spain to sort out its copyright regime.

But this new report from the various content industries in Spain suggests that the impact of those anti-piracy measures has not been as substantial as was hoped. Antonio Guiasola of Spanish music industry group Promusicae wrote in his body's recent annual report: "Between 2001 and today the money Spaniards spend annually buying recorded music has reduced by 80%. This reality is largely explained by the general perception existing in Spain that audio-visual content online should be free of charge".

But Spain's Ministry Of Culture have played down the bold stats published by the country's content industries this week, saying their report was just a "rough opinion study commissioned by interested parties". It also disputed the report's main conclusion, which is that the web-blocking system put in place by the Sinde Law is not currently being run efficiently.

BMG signs Beth Orton
Beth Orton has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with BMG, which will cover her entire 20 year catalogue of songs.

Confirming the deal, Orton's manager Michele Fleischli told CMU: "It's exciting to work with a team that is dedicated to the art of collaborating and making music, which Beth finds inspiring".

Meanwhile BMG's SVP Of Creative Kate Hyman added: "Beth has a gift for blending distinct sounds and writing lyrics that are emotionally raw. It is an honour for BMG to be able to work with her catalogue and help propel her career forward".

Wembley Arena gains SSE sponsorship
Right, so from 1 Jun we're all going to have to stop calling Wembley Arena the Wembley Arena, and instead call it The SSE Arena, Wembley. No, there's no use arguing, that's just the way it has to be. AEG, which took over the running of the venue last year, has secured a ten year deal to grant its naming rights to Scottish And Southern Energy.

The benefits of the deal are clear, of course. SSE already sponsors the Hydro Arena in Glasgow, but that's a long way for people in the south of the UK to travel in order to be reminded of a utilities company they hate while attempting to be entertained. And for AEG, it's the chance to build on an association with a company that people really don't like and otherwise has no relation to its core business.

Failing to mention any of that, CEO of AEG Europe Tom Miserendino said of the deal: "Wembley is one of the world's most iconic venues, steeped in history with some of the greatest artists having performed under its roof. Over the last few years however, the venue landscape in the UK and Europe has changed with many more venues for artists and acts to choose from. This naming rights partnership with SSE enables us to undertake the refurbishments to restore this renowned arena. SSE's investment in Wembley will further strengthen its offer as a world class entertainment venue and will continue to highly entertain audiences for many more years in the future".

SSE's Group Managing Director of Retail, Will Morris added: "We stand out in the market place as the only energy company able to give its customers early access to some of the most in-demand events in the UK. We know entertainment is a key driver for our customers so it makes sense for us to build on our established sponsorship of The SSE Hydro and ensure more customers can take advantage of the great benefits ssereward.com has to offer. With the introduction of The SSE Arena, Wembley, everyone who attends events there, not solely our customers, will benefit from our contribution to the refurbishment and upgrading of the venue".

He added: "This partnership with a company with the calibre and range of AEG and the range of events being held at The SSE Arena, Wembley means there really will be something to suit all of our customers' tastes".

Those are words an actual person said. And probably with a straight face. Imagine.

Deezer expands free offer, partners with Samsung
Deezer has announced that it is giving freemium users unrestricted listening time, as a new partnership with Samsung goes live.

Following talks with Samsung earlier this year, Deezer has signed a deal to offer purchasers of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile phone six months access to Deezer's premium option, CNET reports. Customers in fifteen countries, including the UK, will be able to take advantage of the offer.

Yesterday, the streaming service also announced a number of changes to its free accounts, lifting time restrictions on listening time, and adding new features. The two radio functions newly available to free users provide a personalised radio station based on their library (called Flow), plus another that combines saved playlist with recommendations from Deezer's editorial team.

Meanwhile a beta version of Deezer's new software for Apple desktops computers, which it originally announced last November, will bring together any old fashioned downloads into the user's Deezer library, matching it with the streaming service's catalogue and allowing them to listen from other devices.

Now, the new features are all things that have been available on other streaming services for some time, but Deezer founder Daniel Marhely still seems pretty excited about it all. He said: "Innovating to push the boundaries is part of our DNA, and our focus right now is on offering an intensely personal music experience for each and every one of our users. With Flow and the new mobile radio features, anyone will be able to discover great new music on their mobile, completely free from any limitations".

He continued: "Meanwhile, our new Deezer for Mac [software] is beautifully simple to use and allows anyone to unify the music collections they've painstakingly collected over the years, with music they're streaming from Deezer. Today's launch of Deezer for Mac will, I hope, help transition the streaming stalwarts and get them to try our service because when they do, we know they'll get hooked".

Guardian to stream Haim, John Newman and Disclosure shows
Over the coming months, The Guardian, as part of an alliance with LoveLive and Spotify, will host front-to-back footage of live shows by the likes of Haim, John Newman and Disclosure on its site.

The Disclosure bros, who headlined London's Alexandra Palace on 8 Mar, are up first, and will gift The Guardian with a clip of the whole show for fans to watch online. A single track from the 'gig' will go live via www.theguardian.com on Monday, while the entire thing will be made available to stream the next day.

The 'Guardian Live Lock-up' - which is my hastily made-up name for this thing, since The G hasn't given it one - will exist for twelve weeks in all, and feature different artistes, like Haim and John Newman, which I realise I've said already.

There seems little else to do now except to link to a short black-and-white trailer for the Disclosure bit of the 'Guardian Live Lock-up'.

IMS Engage announces more speakers
Two more of the six celebrity conversations that will make up part of this year's IMS Engage, the US offshoot of Ibiza's International Music Summit, have been announced.

Pete Tong will chat to Giorgio Moroder, while Sean 'Diddy/Puff Daddy/Who even knows?' Combs will sit on stage with DJ and producer Guy Gerber, discussing their upcoming '11 11' album project.

As previously reported, two other conversations will feature Moby with David Lynch, and Junkie XL with Hans Zimmer. IMS Engage will take place at the W Hotel Hollywood in Los Angeles on 16 Apr.

Music journalist Phil Hardy dies
Film and music journalist Phil Hardy died earlier this week, it has been confirmed.

Hardy had a long career writing about music and the music industry, initially writing for titles like Time Out and Variety, and providing music business expertise to various bodies, including the World Bank.

In 1992 he founded the Music & Copyright newsletter for The Financial Times, a business title that continues to be published to this day, now owned by Informa Media.

Hardy also wrote numerous books about the music and movie industries, most recently 'Download! How Digital Destroyed The Record Industry' for Omnibus Press in 2012.

He died in Norfolk on Tuesday, and is survived by his son, Joel, and daughter, Emily.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Lost presents Spacebase at The Loft
We're heading down to Brighton this weekend, to catch a Stateside big hitter and original pioneer with Phuture, DJ Pierre.

The night is another outing for Lost's excellent Spacebase, which I tipped in its London iteration just a few weeks back and never fails to deliver.

Also on hand will be Lost's own Steve Bicknell and Alex Knight, founder of Brighton indie label FatCat.

Saturday 12 Apr, The Loft, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD, 10pm - 3am, £8-10, more info here.
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Madonna collaborating with Natalia Kills
Oh look, what's this other thing that Madonna is doing now? Other than that 'Rebel Heart'/Avicii thing that may or may not be a single, that is.

Oh, it's 'writing songs with Natalia Kills' this time. You know, Natalia Kills, aka British pop artist Natalia Capuccini, who has to date released two solo LPs in 2011's 'Perfectionist' and 2013's 'Trouble'. That Natalia Kills.

Anyway, Madge placed this photo of the collaboration in motion on Instagram the other day, adding the caption: "Working the midnight shift with Natalia Kills. 2 girls on a couch... don't it taste like Holy Water?"

And also the following hastags, which she types all the time: "#artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove"

So, that may mean that she and Kills have potentially co-written a track titled 'Holy Water', potentially with Interscope/Cherry Tree A&R man Martin Kierszenbaum. Which is significant because Interscope is the label releasing Madonna's shadowy forthcoming LP. That's Martin's blurry face in the fore of the photo, says Billboard.

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Bieber better than ever, seen with Selena
Pride-of-Canada Justin Bieber is at the top of his artistic game right now, you guys. The 'Confident' star tweeted earlier this week that he has "big things planned", adding: "Making the best music I have ever made", which if true is quite a feat.

And supposedly, or says baseless online speculation, JB's peak in brilliance is in part thanks to the one-time love of Justin's short life, Ms Selena Gomez, being back on the scene.

Lots of showbiz sites, like mostly-serious-journalism-site-and-paper The Mirror, have published pictures of the pair apparently liaising at Miami studio The Hot Factory.

Justin and Selena are definitely in the same place at the same time, though exactly why is unclear. Though since 'the place' is a studio, it's conceivable the hook up is to do with business rather than pleasure.

There's even one photo in which JB and SG are standing on either side of a glass door. Which is just inviting disaster on Justin's part, really.

Festival Line-Up Update: Belsonic, Dimensions, HowTheLightGetsIn and more
First thing to mention, since it begins imminently - well, next week - is Convergence, a series of East London-wide live shows, talks and events linked by a single theme; the 'Convergence' (get it?) between technology and art.

Curated by Ether creator and ex-Meltdown producer Glenn Max, the festival will lend its banner to Bleep's tenth birthday party at the Barbican on 25 Apr, this featuring Fuck Buttons and Mount Kimbie; and also this year's Denovali Swingfest, whose line-up includes Anna Von Hausswolff, The Haxan Cloak, Ulrich Schnauss and Hidden Orchestra.

Jacques Greene's hardware-heavy appearance at St John's Church, Hackney, on 24 Apr, is also classified as a facet of the Convergence billing, as are Noise Of Art's previously reported Booka Shade showcase celebrating 100 years of electronica and a screening of sci-fi film 'Silent Running' with a live-score by 65daysofstatic.

On the non-live technical side, Convergence will host experimental artist Charlie Kerr aka Loudeswarning's interactive seminar on '100 Years Of Hacking', a 'MixCloud curates' programme of tech, media, marketing and music-based talks led by speakers like The Guardian's Caspar Llewellyn Smith and Vice's Matt Elek, and 'onedotzero_ sound + vision', a show-and-tell type panel event, MC'd by Coldcut's Matt Black, Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin, and onedotzero's Shane Walter, and dedicated to the intersection between the visual and sonic arts.

So, that's all quite a lot to take in. Look at a nice, simple(r) lay-out of the programme via the Convergence site, and in that same simplistic spirit, check the latest additions to line-ups at existing festival bills here:

BEACONS, Funkirk Estate, Skipton, North Yorkshire, 7-10 Aug: Action Bronson, xxyyxx, DaM-FunK, Greg Wilson. greetingsfrombeacons.com

BELSONIC, Custom House Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 15-22 Aug: Example, Biffy Clyro, Kodaline, Queens Of The Stone Age, Imagine Dragons, Tom Odell, Black Rivers, Little Matador. www.belsonic.com

CONVERGENCE, various venues, London, 18-27 Apr: Hannah Peel, Sculpture and Three Trapped Tigers. convergence-london.com

DIGIFEST, Eventim Apollo, London, 4 May: Union J. thedigitour.com

DIMENSIONS, Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia, 27-31 Aug: Warpaint, Daphni, Theo Parrish, Robert Hood, Ben Knlock, Marcel Dettman, Jackmaster & Oneman, Kelela, The Internet, Special Request, Onra, Tama Sumo, Nick Hoppner, Peter Dundov, Trus'Me, Flako, Calibre, Rosie Lowe, Gogo Penguin, Matthew Halsall Trio, Kutmah, Ilija Rudman, Greg Beato, Si Tew, Eddy Ramich, Miss Sunshine, Barker, Planas, Jabru, Jet Letts, Lixo Jonny Dub. www.dimensionsfestival.com

HOWTHELIGHTGETSIN, various venues, Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, 22 May - 1 Jun: Mr Scruff, Emmy the Great, Alexis Taylor, Andrew Weatherall, Hot Chip DJs, The Hoosiers, Molotov Jukebox, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Electric Swing Circus, Fight the Bear, The Zen Hussies, Laid Blak, Orlando Seale, Funky Dung, Krome Angels, Moya, Josephine And The Artizans, Carrie Tree, London Afrobeat Collective, Moulettes and more. howthelightgetsin.iai.tv

ISLE OF DREAMS (ISRAEL), 7-9 Aug: Alesso, Apollonia, Autoerotique, Avicii, Axwell, Chuckie, Carnage, Danny Avila, Fedde le Grand, Infinity Ink, Jamie Jones, JP Candela, Kaz James, Nervo, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, R3hab, Sasha, Steve Aoki. www.isle-of-dreams.com

ISLE OF DREAMS (SWITZERLAND), 8-10 Aug: Above & Beyond, Alesso, Apollonia, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Chuckie, Eva Shaw, Fedde le Grand, Gareth Emery, Jamie Jones, JP Candela, Kaz James, Nervo, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Sasha, Sebastian Ingrosso, Zedd. www.isle-of-dreams.com

ISLE OF DREAMS (TURKEY), Anatalya, 5-7 Aug: Above & Beyond, Alesso, Apollonia, Autoerotique, Avicii, Chuckie, Fedde le Grand, Jamie Jones, JP Candela, Kaz James, Nervo, Onur Ozer, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, R3hab, Sasha, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki. www.isle-of-dreams.com

JERSEY LIVE, Royal Jersey Showgrounds, 30-31 Aug: Duke Dumont, Mark Knight, Redlight, Eton Messy DJs, Cagedbaby, Catz N Dogz. www.jerseylive.org.uk

RAMSBOTTOM FESTIVAL, Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Bury, Lancashire, 19-21 Sep: British Sea Power, Levellers, Cara Dillon, Admiral Fallow, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, Keston Cobblers Club, Randolph Swain & The Red Lights, Mad Dog Mcrea, The Shee, Marcus Malone Band, Lisbee Stainton, Jo Harman, Harp And A Monkey, Gorgeous George. www.ramsbottomfestival.com

CMU Beef Of The Week #202: One Direction v The Dallas Cowboys
I don't know how much you know about American football, but here are a few basics to get you up to speed:

1. Not actually football
2. Helmets
3. Mauler McCall's American football themed gang in 'Grange Hill' was called, 'The Gridiron Gang'

OK, you're basically an expert now. The other thing you should probably know is that there is a team over in that America called The Dallas Cowboys. They are from Dallas, but they are not actual cowboys. I'm not saying they're liars, but I think the facts speak for themselves.

Every year since the beginning of time, The Dallas Cowboys, like all American football teams probably, have played a few warm-up games before the proper season starts. Four pretend games, in fact, before they start properly pretending that professional competitive sport is a serious and important thing. The third one of these warm-up run arounds they always - ALWAYS - play at their home ground. Always.

Not this year though. Why? Well, because One Direction have booked their home ground for a show that very same day. Yeah, apparently the people in charge of booking the AT&T Stadium (the team's home since 2009), have managed to schedule in a 1D concert the same day, Saturday 24 Aug, that the team would otherwise have been expecting to run around on the grass and that.

The result is that the team will have to shift some things around in their diary, possibly ending their pre-season training in California a week early, which could put them at a disadvantage when the season actually begins. And that's a prospect their fans are not happy about.

According to The Mirror, Cowboys supporters have been tweeting angrily since the news broke, calling out 1D for "fucking up" the team's season, some adding that they would like to "hunt the boys down" and "punch their smug little faces".

Now, I'm not saying that didn't happen, but I've just spent quite a long time searching Twitter for such quotes and have found none. I found someone who talked about the season being "fucked up", but ended their tweet "LMAO", and another who simply responded "ughhhhhh". But maybe all of the really angry people deleted their tweets and/or shut down their accounts under the weight of One Direction fans attacking them in retaliation. Because we all know how angry One Direction fans can get over the tiniest thing.

Actually, I could only find one Directioner who was angry about this. But they were really angry. Still, I found a lot more people who don't like The Dallas Cowboys purely on the grounds that they are The Dallas Cowboys.

Sport, eh? Anyway, here are some pictures of members of One Direction in cowboy hats that I found on Tumblr.

 
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