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Tuesday 15 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Although the UK government's Department For Business, Innovation & Skills has committed to fund the previously reported Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City Of London Police until the end of 2015, that date is now appearing on the horizon, and Mike Weatherley MP, IP Advisor to David Cameron, is already calling for a commitment to continue funding the new policing unit beyond that date... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: I have no idea what 'The Boondocks' is, except that it's an Adult Swim cartoon that's about to come back for its fourth series. And I only know that because Google is a thing we have now. But apparently it's a good thing that people like, so maybe I should make some sort of effort to see it. Certainly, if it's the sort of thing that rapper Killer Mike sees fit to record a track for, then it's probably worth... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Weatherley calls for more funding for City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit
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LEGAL Lee Ryan in rehab following drink driving arrest
Flavor Flav takes plea deal on domestic violence charges
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DEALS Smashing Pumpkins sign BMG artist services deal for two new albums
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS PRS For Music announces £10,000 pub makeover prize winner
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Former Ingenious CEO launches fund for disruptive media and entertainment
Momentum Music Fund announces new grants for acts, including Ghostpoet, Beth Jeans Horton and East India Youth
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES DreamWorks rumoured to be investing in Vevo, Yahoo! expands partnership with the video platform
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THE GREAT ESCAPE WhoSampled to present first ever Samplethon at The Great Escape
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ARTIST NEWS As I Lay Dying splinter band birth new single
Kimbra's new LP to feature Matt Bellamy
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: Lana Del Rey, Sigur Rós, Disclosure, Royksopp & Robyn, Deftones and Charlie XCX
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival Line-Up Update: Camden Crawl, Meltdown, Sziget and more
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AWARDS Forest Swords wins 2014 GIT Award
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AND FINALLY... Yeah, I'm posh, says James Blunt. But at least I don't pretend not to be
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Weatherley calls for more funding for City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit
Although the UK government's Department For Business, Innovation & Skills has committed to fund the previously reported Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City Of London Police until the end of 2015, that date is now appearing on the horizon, and Mike Weatherley MP, IP Advisor to David Cameron, is already calling for a commitment to continue funding the new policing unit beyond that date.

As previously reported, the IP crime focused department, usually called PIPCU, launched last year to spearhead efforts in combating online piracy, targeting the operators of UK-based piracy services, and coordinating campaigns to encourage the ad industry and domain registrars to stop doing business with copyright infringing web operations. Although not without its controversies, the UK content industries - and the anti-piracy bodies within them - have all commended the new police unit's work.

And Weatherley too reckons PIPCU is doing good stuff, hence his call for the unit's future to be assured funding wise. According to Torrentfreak, the MP has written in a letter to PM Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May: "I appreciate that funding for this new unit is not permanent. However, I would like to put on record my support for committing future funding to fighting IP crime and boosting the current level of financial support that is available for PIPCU".

Justifying government spending on the fight against piracy, he goes on: "As I am sure that you are aware, the creative industries add over £70 billion to our economy each year and so it really is in our national interest to protect that revenue. If we stop advertisers from shovelling money into illegal sites, we can stop a lot of the [piracy]. If you value the NHS, you should also value IP and our creative industries, as together they help pay for the services in this country that we all cherish. If we take the wrong approach, national services that we take for granted will have a huge budget shortfall".

As previously reported, Weatherley will be discussing copyright matters, and the government's role in the fight against piracy, at The Great Escape next month as part of the CMU insights strand Maximising Music Rights. More info here.

Lee Ryan in rehab following drink driving arrest
Lee 'for the mothers' pride' Ryan has been speaking a bit regarding his arrest last week for alleged drink driving, and suspected possession of a controlled substance, thought to be cocaine. One love.

Ryan was stopped by police, who noticed him driving "erratically", early last Friday morning. It's alleged that he declined to take a breathalyser test at the scene of the arrest, resulting him him being taken into custody and spending a night in jail, reportedly incurring an additional criminal damage charge after he urinated in his cell. Police also allegedly found traces of a Class A drug in Ryan's car, though a possession charge is still pending while the substance is identified. A statement made by the Metropolitan Police confirms that he will appear on bail at Ealing Magistrates' Court on 2 May.

Ryan, who was convicted of drink driving in 2003, resulting in a fine and an eighteen month ban, tells The Daily Star he intends to enter The Priory clinic in London this week to deal with depression and a long-standing addiction to alcohol.

He says: "Me going to rehab isn't a cop-out. I still take full responsibility for the way I've behaved. There is nobody to blame but myself and I'm deeply ashamed of what has happened. I am doing this because I have finally admitted I need help. I know I've let people down. Being arrested and ending up in a cell was the biggest wake-up call to me. It made me realise there is a problem I can't keep ignoring. I need to do something about it".

He concluded: "I can see that my actions were irresponsible and that I put myself and others in danger. For that I am truly sorry".

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Flavor Flav takes plea deal on domestic violence charges
Public Enemy dude Flavor Flav has accepted a plea deal over domestic violence charges stemming from an incident in 2012.

As previously reported, Flav, real name William Drayton Jr, was arrested after an altercation with his girlfriend Liz Trujillo, after which he was accused of beating one person and threatening another. It subsequently transpired that the third person involved in the fracas was Trujillo's then seventeen year old son.

Drayton was facing felony assault and child endangerment charges in a trial due to begin later this month, but has now agreed with the prosecution to plead guilty to lesser charges, which will result in probation and counselling rather than a jail term.

According to ABC, the failed chicken seller, top reality TV booking and sometime hip hop legend told reporters that he didn't expect pleading guilty in this case to impact on the separate driving on a suspended license case that's going through the motions in New York State.

He told reporters: "I'm standing here in front of the camera, not behind bars".

Smashing Pumpkins sign BMG artist services deal for two new albums
The Smashing Pumpkins have signed an artist services deal with the US division of BMG Chrysalis to release two new albums though the band's own Martha's Music label.

Frontman Billy Corgan recently announced that the band had already begun work on the two "grossly metallic" albums, titled 'Monuments To An Elegy' and 'Day For Night'. An initial single is expected by the end of this year, while the two albums are scheduled for release in 2015.

Richard Blackstone, EVP Creative and Business Development, says of the new deal: "BMG Artist Services is thrilled to be the new home for Smashing Pumpkins' next two album releases. Billy's supreme musicianship and approach to the modern day music business together with his proactive and innovative management team at Prospect Park, is the perfect match for BMG's new model for worldwide releases. Adding BMG to this great Smashing Pumpkin's team is the perfect set up to usher in the next chapter of the band's legacy".

Separately from all this, Corgan is also planning to release a six disc re-issue of The Smashing Pumpkins' 1998 album 'Adore'.

PRS For Music announces £10,000 pub makeover prize winner
The UK music publishing sector's collecting society PRS For Music has announced the winner of this year's Music Makeover competition, which awards a pub with a grant to help improve its facilities for live music. This year The Railway Inn in Leicester takes the £10,000 prize.

As well as the cash, The Railway Inn's Shaun Jackson will be given mentoring from The Musicians' Union, The British Bar & Pub Association (BBPA) and music equipment supplier GAK.

PRS Chairman Guy Fletcher told CMU: "The objective of PRS For Music's Music Makeover is to empower publicans around the country with the know-how to turn their venues into a real hub for music in their local communities. We were very impressed with Shaun's passion and enthusiasm for developing a unused area of The Railway Inn and providing a dynamic space for local bands to practise and play".

Jackson himself added: "Oakham and Rutland is home to excellent grassroots talent and music fans alike but unfortunately the area lacks suitable venues. We want to remedy that and offer local bands a quality place to hone their skills for free and kick start the local music scene".

As well as the top prize going to The Railway Inn, The Rose & Crown in Taunton, which was caught in the floods in Somerset earlier this year, was also given £2,500 to help add facilities for local children to come and play music.

Former Ingenious CEO launches fund for disruptive media and entertainment
The former CEO of media and entertainment investment firm Ingenious Ventures, Patrick Bradley, has announced a new fund called Station 12. The new organisation will invest in 'disruptive' media, entertainment and media-technology companies.

Announcing the new venture, Bradley said: "This is an exciting time for the European media and entertainment sectors which employ as many as eight million people across the continent. Today, Europe is home to some of the world's most vibrant creative industries, producing exceptional content and media companies. Unlike the European technology market, which has deep resources of expansion capital, our media and entertainment sectors remain under-served by capital and operational expertise required to support long term success. Station 12 intends to fill this gap and become the pre-eminent investor in the space".

Station 12 is aiming to raise £150 million from interested investors over the summer, with an initial list of companies in which to invest already identified, all lined up to receive, on average, £10 million.

Initial support from Ingenious has already been announced, its founder and new CEO Patrick McKenna saying: "Patrick and I have worked together for many years - from my days at the Really Useful Group through to our collaboration with Ingenious Ventures. He has worked both operationally in entertainment and as an investor and advisor, giving him a unique skillset and insight into the media and content sectors. I am delighted to see him launch Station 12 and look forward to continuing our relationship into the future, as Ingenious continues to support promising creative businesses".

Amongst the music ventures Bradley worked on while at Ingenious was Cream Holdings Ltd, the parent company of the Creamfields festival and Cream clubbing brand, which was sold to Live Nation in 2012. It has also invested in other festival brands, such as Field Day and Sound City.

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Momentum Music Fund announces new grants for acts, including Ghostpoet, Beth Jeans Horton and East India Youth
The PRS For Music Foundation has announced the third round of grants awarded by the Momentum Music Fund.

Launched by Arts Council England and the PRS For Music Foundation at last year's Great Escape Convention, the Momentum Music Fund provides financial backing to aid the development of contemporary music acts. To date, two rounds of funding have been handed out, benefitting artists including Andreya Triana, Darkstar and Dutch Uncles.

Receiving grants of £5000 to £15,000 this time round are:

Auntie Flo - for recording and promotion of her debut album
Beth Jeans Houghton - for recording and mixing of her second album
East India Youth - for live show production and album marketing
Elephant - for video production for two upcoming singles
Ghostpoet - for studio time and production of his third album
Glitches - for recording and mixing their debut album
Smiler - for promotion of single and album releases
Years & Years - for UK tour and studio costs

Previously funded band Jaws have also been awarded an additional £2500 by Deezer, with which PRS has partnered on the official Momentum Fund app.

Newly funded artist Ghostpoet added: "This welcomed fund will enable me to fulfil my dream of creating a third record and keep the momentum going in my career".

PRS For Music Foundation chief Vanessa Reed and Arts Council boss Alan Davey will both take part in a conversation at this year's Great Escape looking at the new fund one year on (full details of which will appear when the full TGE conversations programme goes live later this week). Four funded acts will also play at a special Great Escape showcase.

Commenting on all of this, Reed told CMU: "After launching the Momentum Music Fund at The Great Escape last year it's great to be returning to celebrate its first birthday. I look forward to sharing our insights of working in partnership with Arts Council England and Deezer to deliver what has quickly become the go-to fund for talented artists on the cusp of career take-off".

The deadline to apply for the next round of funding is 3 Jun, further details on which you'll find here.

DreamWorks rumoured to be investing in Vevo, Yahoo! expands partnership with the video platform
According to Re/code, DreamWorks' CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has approached Vevo owners Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Abu Dhabi Media with a view to buying a chunk of the music video provider.

Last year, Vevo apparently generated 55 million video views across its various platforms, which, of course, includes its all-important YouTube-based outlets. Though, of course, Vevo has been expanding its reach beyond the Google video platform, even though Google took a minority stake in the business last year.

And speaking of Vevo partnerships that expand its reach, the video platform is to renew and expand its alliance with Yahoo!, originally signed in 2012. Vevo announced yesterday that it would be expanding the partnership to Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the UK in the coming weeks (though it already announced the UK launch last year).

Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff said of the renewed deal: "Our renewed partnership with Yahoo will bring Vevo's programming to more music fans than ever before. Yahoo! has the potential to be one of our largest partners, and our launch across Yahoo! Screen and, soon in more countries and on more platforms, is a big win for viewers who want to watch their favourite music video programming anytime and anywhere".

WhoSampled to present first ever Samplethon at The Great Escape
More details are now available about an exciting event taking place next month as part of Blueprint, the new mini-conference within The Great Escape focused on how the music, creative and tech communities can better work together to create exciting new products, services and content. And that event is the first ever Samplethon.

It's being staged by WhoSampled, the world's largest database documenting sampled music, in association with music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, and will bring together tech innovators, rights owners and music producers to create some great new tracks, right at the heart of the Blueprint conference.

As WhoSampled's James Hamlin explains in an interview with CMU Business Editor and Great Escape Convention Programmer Chris Cooke: "The idea came from the success of the various hackathons that take place around the world, where APIs are provided by tech businesses to armies of developers for them to create interesting new projects".

He goes on: "We wanted to create 'a hackathon for music' - that is to say for music creators, not music tech developers - and thought that applying this to sampling would be the perfect fit, by providing a bridge between the music rights holders and the producers, and allowing access to pre-cleared music, just like APIs. The removal of any legal shackles from sample-based music unlocks its creativity and holds the potential to add substantial new value to both the producers as well as the rights holders".

Explaining what material the producers will be able to utilise, Hamilin adds: "The source material is provided by the famous music library of world reknowned publisher Boosey & Hawkes. This library material is an untapped goldmine of incredible sample material recorded by world class musicians, typically from the 60s through to the early 80s. The material being offered on the day was curated from the thousands of available tracks in the library during a lengthy digging session at the physical Boosey & Hawkes underground archive of vinyl records, buried underneath central London".

Read the full interview here.

Blueprint and the Sampleton take place on Saturday 10 May at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. The event is open to all Great Escape delegates, plus standalone tickets are available for the mini-conference for just £30.

  Approved: Killer Mike - The Boonies
I have no idea what 'The Boondocks' is, except that it's an Adult Swim cartoon that's about to come back for its fourth series. And I only know that because Google is a thing we have now. But apparently it's a good thing that people like, so maybe I should make some sort of effort to see it. Certainly, if it's the sort of thing that rapper Killer Mike sees fit to record a track for, then it's probably worth more of my attention.

And, hey, guess what, Killer Mike has recorded a track to coincide with the new series, which will feature on a mixtape also featuring material by the likes of Lil Herb, Skeme and others. That's why I said that before.

Called 'The Boonies', the track is Mike's first new material since last year's Run The Jewels project with producer El-P (which also had an Adult Swim tie-up). Replacing El-P in the producer's chair is Alchemist, who paints a dark backing for Mike's vocal, all ominous piano and tambourine that sounds like a rattlesnake.

The full mixtape is out tomorrow, and you can listen to 'The Boonies' here.
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As I Lay Dying splinter band birth new single
Four of the dudes from As I Lay Dying have placed a single they're releasing via their splinter band, Wovenwar, online. AILD, of course, was put on hold following frontman Tim Lambesis's arrest for and later admission of trying to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Lambesis is awaiting sentencing in early May, and is expected to receive a nine year jail term.

Of Wovenwar's Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso, Josh Gilbert and Jordan Mancino, only Mancino is still officially 'in' As I Lay Dying, according to a statement made by AILD HQ last week, which claimed the band was on some sort of hiatus. They and Wovenwar vocalist Shane Blay, also of Oh, Sleeper, will release their ironically-titled first single 'All Rise' on 21 Apr, via long-time AILD label Metal Blade.

Stream a bit of the track in the meantime.

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Kimbra's new LP to feature Matt Bellamy
BREAKING MUSE-RELATED NEWS ALERT. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. The band's lead singer and 'axe technician' Matt Bellamy has played guitar a bit on the forthcoming second LP from Australia-based pop lady Kimbra. Also known as the girl singing on Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know'.

Matt's playing will, Kimbra's press rep confirms, feature on the lead single to Kimbra's still-TBA new longplayer, which will follow 2011's 'Vows'.

According to Faster Louder, the Muse frontman is just one of many artists to have worked on the album, and joins Van Dyke Parks, John Legend, Bilal, Foster The People's Mark (Foster) and Thundercat on its guest list. The Mars Volta, QOTSA, Dirty Projectors, Dillinger Escape Plan and Unknown Mortal Orchestra are also amongst its rumoured collaborators.

Talking to FL about the LP, and what it's like to incorporate so many disparate artists into making it, Kimbra says: "What united all of the people I've worked with on this record is the love of a great song, the love of a great melody, the love of a potent lyric, or a hypnotic drum beat. Just basic kind of things and that's what makes pop music great".

Release Round-Up: Lana Del Rey, Sigur Rós, Disclosure, Royksopp & Robyn, Deftones and Charlie XCX
Ms Lana Del Rey premiered a typically heady new single, titled 'West Coast', yesterday, giving the world its first sip of the poison pop chalice that is LDR's incoming sophomore LP, 'Ultraviolence'. It'll be released as a single on 18 May, and is available to stream right here. So stream it, right here.

Also, Sigur Rós have just taken the lid off a cover of 'The Rains Of Castamere' which, provided you aren't an alien or a newborn baby, you'll know is the recurring 'harbinger of doom' off of some TV show called 'Game Of Thrones'. As was first confirmed last year, Jonsi and co followed the rockstar likes of Coldplay's Will Champion and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody by making an appearance on 'GOT', as a band playing the song at the marriage of Joffrey and Margary in 'The Lion And The Rose', the reigning second episode of season four, which aired in the UK last night. Catch 'The Rains Of Castamere', the Sigur Rós edit, now.

Those Disclosure boys have posted up a new track titled 'The Mechanism', a dual collaboration with Liverpool beatsmith Friend Within. The track had its digital release earlier today via Beatport, so you should totally download it right now. This is it.

As well as circling the festival scene as a single entity this year, Röyksopp and Robyn will also celebrate their "synergy" by releasing a mini-LP. Acting as an intro to Röyksopp's TBC new record, the five-track 'Do It Again' will hit shelves on 26 May, preceded by its title single which is out on 28 Apr. Considering the collaboration, Röyksopp say as one: "It's the accumulation and embodiment of the synergy between Robyn and ourselves. We've intended this to be a diverse yet cohesive and thought through musical venture; it's meant to be an expression where pop and art reign side by side". Art and pop going hand in hand? It worked for Gaga. Oh no, wait. No it didn't. Anyway, find out if it works for R & R now, based only on one and a half minutes of 'Do It Again' track 'Monument'.

On a graver note, Deftones have released a track to mark, to the day, the anniversary of the death of one-time bassist Chi Cheng. Cheng passed away in April last year, having been in a minimally conscious for several years following a car crash in 2008. The track, titled 'Smile', is taken from Deftones' 'Eros' LP, which was the band's last to feature Cheng's playing. It was set aside after Cheng's accident, and remains unreleased. Sharing 'Smile' via Twitter this past Sunday, Chino Moreno wrote: "Chi, We miss you today and every day". Hear the song now.

Finally, to finish with something nice and 'lite'-ish, 'Fancy' hitmaker Charli XCX has released a song titled 'Boom Clap', from the poppy score to actress Shailene Shailene Woodley's new two-kids-in-love movie 'The Fault In Our Stars'. Fall for it, or don't, now.

Festival Line-Up Update: Camden Crawl, Meltdown, Sziget and more
Placing high amidst today's fresh and fascinating insights into the ever-changing scenery of international festival listings are the following bits n bobs of line-up gossip:

• An influx of acts over at this year's multi-sited Camden Crawl, aka the snappily-named #CC14, that includes Phil Hartnoll, Laurel Halo, D/R/U/G/S, PINS and Rainer.

• The news that Grandmaster Flash and Scratch Perverts will split an exclusive, one-off double bill at man-from-UNKLE James Lavelle's edition of Meltdown festival, whilst Jeff Mills, Trentemøller, James Holden and Rosie Lowe also join the M-Down bill.

• The addition of Outkast, Manic Street Preachers, The 1975, Wild Beasts Miles Kane and Mount Kimbie to this year's QOTSA/Calvin Harris, Prodigy and Deamau5-featuring Sziget.

So, that's that. And this is more of the same...

BRISTOL SUMMER SERIES, Bristol Harbourside, Canons Way, Bristol, 26-27 Jun: The Pogues, 911, A1, Five, Damage, Honeyz, B*Witched. bristolsummerseries.com

CAMDEN CRAWL, various venues, Camden, London, 20-21 Jun: Phil Hartnoll, Laurel Halo, D/R/U/G/S, The Physics House Band, Laetitia Sadier, Great Ytene, PINS, Johnny Foreigner, Little Simz, Arrows Of Love, Bad For Lazarus, Wolf People, Mumdance, Larry Gus, Traams, Farao, Livity Sound, Dancing Years, Rob Pursey DJs, Rainer, e.m.m.a., Seams, We Are Catchers, Desperate Journalist, Mokadem, Wildflowers, Parlour, Violet Skies, Cadenza, Black Moth, Boxed In DJs, Cappo, Crows, Eyez, Genesis Elijah, Lady Lykez, PAWS, Peter Bruntnell, Puzzle, School is Cool, ZAiiO. thecamdencrawl.com

LODESTAR, Lode, Cambridgeshire, 29-31 Aug: The Sunshine Underground, As Animals, Lyla Foy, The Ramona Flowers, These Reigning Days, Charlie Hole, Sea Stacks, WellNorthOfWatford. www.lodestarfestival.com

MANCHESTER PSYCH FEST, Night & Day Café, Manchester, 31 May: Telegram, Ghost Outfit, Second Shepherds. www.nightnday.org/detail.php?list_id=3148

JAMES LAVELLE'S MELTDOWN, Southbank Centre, London, 13-22 Jun: Grandmaster Flash, Scratch Perverts, Jeff Mills, Trentemøller, James Holden, Rosie Lowe, Glass Animals. www.southbankcentre.co.uk/meltdown

PURBECK FOLK FESTIVAL, Wilkswood Farm, Swanage, Dorset, 21-24 Aug: Turin Brakes. www.purbeckfolk.co.uk

SZIGET, Margit-sziget, Budapest, Hungary, 11-18 Aug: Outkast, Manic Street Preachers, The 1975, Wild Beasts Miles Kane, Mount Kimbie, Madeon, Borgore, Djaikovski feat TK Wonder & MC Wasp, Girls in Hawaii, R3hab, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Besh o droM, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Depedro, DJ Click, Gaetano Fabri, Kosta Kostov, El Juntacadaveres, Fanfarai, Fanfara Transilvania, Gasmac Gilmore, Gipsy Burek Orkestar, Jupiter Bokondji and Okwess International, Kobo Town, La Yegros, Napra, Oy Division, Parno Graszt, Pannonia All-Stars Ska Orchestra, Projekt Rakija, Rupa & The April Fishes, Romengo, Russkaja, Sondorgo, Terakaft, The Sexican, Winston McAnuff & Fixi, Yasmine Hamdan. szigetfestival.com

TRAMLINES, various venues, Sheffield, 25-27 Jul: The Rifles, Simian Mobile Disco, Shift K3y, Ms Dynamite, Screaming Maldini, Sivu, Mele & Slick Don, Lone, Funeral For A Friend, Slow Club, BadBadNotGood, PINS, Esben And The Witch, Horse Meat Disco, Jimmy Edgar, Skitz And Rodney P, Andy H, Autobahn, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Boddika, Dan J & Mike O'Mara, Dan Whitehouse, FCL (San Soda & Red D), Grievous Angel, High Hazels, John T Angle And The Spirit Levels, Lenzman, Magpies, Matt Jam Lamont, Maybeshewill, Monki, Night Flowers, Nordic Giants, Richard H Kirk, Screaming Maldini, Shinies, Shy Nature, Silas & Snare Surgeon, Squarehead, VerseChorusVerse. www.tramlines.org.uk

Forest Swords wins 2014 GIT Award
Forest Swords, aka Matthew Barnes, has been named the winner of this year's GIT Award, with his debut album 'Engravings' deemed have been the finest release by a Liverpool musician of the last year. The award was accepted at Friday's ceremony at the city's Kazimer venue via a video message from Lee 'Scratch' Perry, who Barnes has been collaborating with.

Explaining his no-show - in person and in the video - Barnes said via a written message: "Although I am unable to attend tonight, I'm honoured to be nominated alongside so many great local artists. I was lucky enough for the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry to remix of a track of mine earlier in the year. I was uncomfortable with the idea of doing my own acceptance video for this award, so I asked the master himself to do it for me. I know he also feels a love for Liverpool. Thank you so much".

In addition to the main prize, two new awards were also given out this year. The previously reported One To Watch prize went to Låpsley, while the Inspiration Award was given to Liverpool's Africa Oye festival.

Talking up the event, founder Peter Guy said: "There's no region around the world to match new music emanating out of Merseyside right now - [this year's award ceremony] justified the hype with industry heads from across Europe heading to the Kazimier to watch the talent unfold. It's been a tremendous team effort from a small but passionate group of individuals - and not forgetting the awesome music from not just the twelve shortlisted artists but the hundreds across Merseyside making it happen".

How better to finish that with a song from Forest Swords. Here's 'Thor's Stone'.

Yeah, I'm posh, says James Blunt. But at least I don't pretend not to be
James Blunt has hit out at fellow musicians who hide their upper class roots, singling out Damon Albarn in particular.

Commenting on his reputation as a particularly posh musician, Blunt told The Sun: "I was just the only one who didn't hide my accent. I mean, come on, Damon Albarn, he's right up there. He's got an orchard full of plums in his mouth and a silver spoon stuck up his arse".

He added: "Britain is so obsessed with class. It really needs to let go, because no one else gives a shit".

Back in 1992, it was Damon Albarn who was complaining that British accents of any type were being lost in British music, saying: "I'm not saying that everyone should put on a fake Cockney accent, but I do feel that our culture is under siege".

So, really, James Blunt was born in the imagination of Damon Albarn, and now that dream is coming back to bite him. Or something. I really don't know where I'm going with this.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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