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Monday 18 Aug 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: Independent promoter ATP has hit out at claims made by two companies involved in its Jabberwocky festival, following the event's last minute cancellation last week. In a statement on Friday, the live firm claimed that ticketing platform Dash Tickets had changed the terms and conditions of sale listed on its website in an attempt to avoid responsibility for providing refunds. And that PR firm... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Dark, brooding and introspective, and at times a little obtuse, Moiré's music is at times a little hard to get a handle on. But in many ways, that's the appeal. Following on from last year's 'Never Sleep' EP and the more recent 'BBOY 202' single, this week the London-based producer releases his debut album, 'Shelter', through Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs. Given more space to work in, the record ranges wildly in... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES ATP hits back at Dash and Zeitgeist over Jabberwocky
LEGAL Police complain to BBC over Cliff Richard investigation leak
Pirate Party MEP details prison visit to Pirate Bay founder
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify launches in Canada
MEDIA Jonathan Ross invited back for 'one-off' Radio 2 stint
ARTIST NEWS Gene Simmons apologises for comments on suicide
GIGS & FESTIVALS Manic Street Preachers cancel first V Festival performance
Babymetal announce Brixton Academy show
Lily Allen adds solo shows, Hogmanay slot
Alt-J playing the O2
AND FINALLY... Aphex Twin blimp appears over London. Why? No idea.
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ATP hits back at Dash and Zeitgeist over Jabberwocky
Independent promoter ATP has hit out at claims made by two companies involved in its Jabberwocky festival, following the event's last minute cancellation last week.

In a statement on Friday, the live firm claimed that ticketing platform Dash Tickets had changed the terms and conditions of sale listed on its website in an attempt to avoid responsibility for providing refunds. And that PR firm The Zeitgeist Agency, which stated last week that it was suing ATP over unpaid fees, was sacked "for doing a disappointingly substandard job".

As previously reported, the two day event was due to begin on Friday, but was cancelled last Tuesday afternoon due to poor ticket sales.

"In the past ATP has weathered losses such as this and gone on with the show, taking huge direct financial blows as an independent company", said ATP boss Barry Hogan in a statement announcing the cancellation. "But on this occasion, with an event of this scale and the high production costs that come with it - if we had gone ahead, it would have 100% been the end of ATP. We do not take this decision lightly and it was the hardest we've ever had to make".

Shortly after that announcement, Zeitgeist issued its own statement revealing that it had launched legal action over unpaid fees in July, saying that "[ATP parent company] Willwal's representatives have revealed to us in writing that they used the funds destined for us in order to protect payments for venue and artists, rather than settle essential and agreed amounts to our company".

Then Dash Tickets informed ticket holders that it was also taking legal advice over ATP's statement, in which the promoter had said that "refunds will be available to all customers at the point of purchase". This, Dash said, was not in line with its terms and conditions, which put the onus for refunding on the promoter. The ticketing firm also said that it had already passed all funds over to ATP, and insisted that it had merely been a technology provider, rather than a traditional ticket agent.

Responding to these statements from two of its suppliers, ATP said in its new announcement on Friday: "The claim that ATP has received all the funds for Jabberwocky is not true. We have not received a payment from Dash for more than two months. Any advances from the sales before that went straight into event costs such as various artist fees and venue hire. But we have not received all the funds for Jabberwocky sales from Dash, and for them to make statements on their social media saying we have in fact received all these funds is simply not true. If that was the case, then we would not have struggled to stage the event".

On the subject of Dash's terms, ATP says: "As per their terms and conditions at the time Jabberwocky went on sale, we were always under the impression that in the event of a cancellation, all refunds would be processed by Dash, as the funds were sent directly to Dash's PayPal account - not ATP's. Since then, Dash's terms and conditions have changed on their website without our knowledge, well after Jabberwocky was on-sale, in an attempt to reflect no responsibility for the payments accepted into their PayPal account".

The accusation that Dash changed its terms and conditions without informing its clients is a pretty serious one that could certainly be damaging to the ticketing provider if proven true.

Though it may well transpire that Dash's T+Cs aren't so relevant anyway, given that ATP is unlikely to make any refunds directly, meaning those who bought their Jabberwocky tickets from the event's main ticketing outlet will turn to their banks and credit card providers to get their money back. And, one ticketing expert told CMU, it is Dash who the payment provider firms will most likely hit out at, once all those refunds have been made, because they don't have a direct relationship with ATP, even if, as Dash claims, that's where most of the money went.

Attempts to contact Dash for comment have not been returned, and the company has said nothing else publicly since ATP's latest statement was published.

On the subject of Zeitgeist, ATP continues: "The PR firm we originally engaged for Jabberwocky, Zeitgeist, felt it was necessary to announce to the world that they were taking legal action against us. What they neglected to mention was that we actually terminated their services for doing a disappointingly substandard job on the Jabberwocky press campaign and are in a legal dispute with them over the amount owed".

The promoter adds: "When we dismissed them, they also started circulating rumours that Jabberwocky was in trouble, which of course did not help with advance sales and unfortunately, became a self-fulfilling prophecy".

In response to that, Zeitgeist's Jamie Stockwood told CMU: "It's good of ATP to finally respond on this matter. It would appear that our company, the ticketing agency, all suppliers and all the disappointed fans were wrong about Willwal Ltd. Even their partners have distanced themselves from the situation. This is a matter for the courts now but we are sure the overwhelming recent media coverage and ongoing investigations will ensure the good will out".

In reference to the event partners mentioned by Stockwood, ATP's statement concludes: "We are devastated the event didn't happen. It has always been a dream to finally get together two of our long time friends - Pitchfork and Primavera - and Jabberwocky was to be this dream realised".

Full information for ticketholders on how to seek refunds is available here.

Police complain to BBC over Cliff Richard investigation leak
South Yorkshire Police has complained to the BBC about its use of information regarding an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Cliff Richard. The police force claims that the broadcaster broke its own editorial rules, following criticism from various quarters last week that the media seemed very well informed indeed about the raid on the pop star's home, when Richard himself only new about it second hand after one of his reps saw news reports.

In a statement last week, South Yorkshire Police said: "The force was contacted some weeks ago by a BBC reporter who made it clear he knew of the existence of an investigation. It was clear he was in a position to publish it. The force was reluctant to cooperate but felt that to do otherwise would risk losing any potential evidence, so in the interests of the investigation it was agreed that the reporter would be notified of the date of the house search in return for delaying publication of any of the facts".

It continued: "Contrary to media reports, this decision was not taken in order to maximise publicity, it was taken to preserve any potential evidence. South Yorkshire Police considers it disappointing that the BBC was slow to acknowledge that the force was not the source of the leak. A letter of complaint has been sent to the Director General of the BBC making it clear that the broadcasters appears to have contravened its editorial guidelines".

In response, the BBC said in a statement: "A BBC journalist approached South Yorkshire Police with information about the investigation. The BBC agreed to follow normal journalistic practice and not to publish a story that might jeopardise a police inquiry".

As previously reported, Cliff Richard's Berkshire home was searched by police last week, in relations to allegations of the sexual assault of a boy under the age of sixteen at a Christian faith rally in 1985. The singer has denied the claims, saying that they are "completely false", and adding that he will "co-operate fully" with the police investigation.


Pirate Party MEP details prison visit to Pirate Bay founder
Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda has written up her previously reported visit to Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde in prison last week. In her article for Torentfreak, she says that his rights as a prisoner are ignored unless he fights for them, and reveals his views on The Pirate Bay of today.

"If you don't constantly insist upon your rights, you will be denied them", Sunde told Reda. On this, she writes: "Repeatedly, he had to remind the guards that they're not allowed to open confidential mail he receives from journalists. His alleged right to an education or occupation during his jail time in practice amounted to being given a beginners' Spanish book".

The MEP also echoes Sunde's view that prison and copyright are very similar, stating that in both "there is a lack of transparency and the people in power profit from the fact that the average person doesn't pay a lot of attention to the issue".

Though, while both Sunde and Reda remain critical of copyright law, that doesn't mean the former is still a champion of the file-sharing platform he helped create. Indeed, the Pirate Party rep reveals that Sunde is not a fan of what the website he helped to set up, and which landed him in prison, has now become, saying: "In Peter's eyes, The Pirate Bay has run its course and turned into a commercial enterprise that has little to do with the values it was founded on. Nowadays, the most important battles for an open internet take place elsewhere, he says, noting that the trend towards centralisation is not limited to file-sharing".

Sunde is now apparently hoping to spend most of the remainder of his sentence under house arrest rather than in prison, so that he is able to spend time with his sick father. After he is released, his next goal is to "develop ethical ways of funding activism".

Read Reda's article in full here.

Spotify launches in Canada
Spotify's long awaited arrival in Canada has finally occurred, with the streaming service now available in the country on an invite-only basis.

A spokesperson for Spotify told CMU: "We have started sending out invitations to users who have signed up on the online waiting list for Spotify. Over the coming months we will be gradually inviting users on to the service in an attempt to systematically scale Spotify in the most manageable way possible".

They added: "We are taking our time to make sure that the service we launch in Canada is the best possible experience for all music fans with the comprehensive local content and great local music curation".

Spotify revealed plans to launch in Canada last month. As previously reported, accounts published two years ago showed that Spotify opened its Canadian office during its 2011 financial year.

Jonathan Ross invited back for 'one-off' Radio 2 stint
Floppy-haired shrinking violet Jonathan Ross is going to pop back into BBC Radio 2 HQ for a bit so as to sit in for Steve Wright, who's going away on a nice holiday to some place nice. How nice.

It's only a "one-off stint" on the station for Wossy mind, with him hosting Wright's afternoon show from 26-29 Aug, which leaves little time for any shit on the scale of the 'Sachsgate' scandal to go down. Yet that said, there is still time (literally), I guess.

Ross, of course, attracted a whole lot of criticism - and 42,000 listener complaints - back in 2008, when the BBC aired a show in which he and then-also-a-Radio 2 presenter Russell Brand phoned 'Fawlty Towers' actor Andrew Sachs, leaving him a series of lewd voicemails of the kind an elderly man might not (and accordingly did not) appreciate.

The incident - and a resulting anti-Ross/Brand campaign in the Daily Mail - led to Brand's resignation, a £150,000 OfCom fine for the BBC, and a three-month suspension for Ross, who, though he did return to his Saturday morning slot for another year and a half, then quit in 2010 for a chat show on ITV.

A BBC rep has said: "Jonathan is returning for this one-off stint of holiday cover for Steve Wright. There are no plans to bring him back permanently. Jonathan is an experienced and talented broadcaster who presented on Radio 2 for ten years and was very popular with our audience. He is standing in for Steve Wright while he is on holiday and we hope listeners will enjoy listening to him on the network for these few days".

Sachs's wife Melody described the Beeb's decision to re-hire Ross as a "slap in the face", telling the Daily Mail: "It's very sad and thoughtless and disrespectful".

  Approved: Moiré
Dark, brooding and introspective, and at times a little obtuse, Moiré's music is at times a little hard to get a handle on. But in many ways, that's the appeal.

Following on from last year's 'Never Sleep' EP and the more recent 'BBOY 202' single, this week the London-based producer releases his debut album, 'Shelter', through Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs.

Given more space to work in, the record ranges wildly in style, from some quality stripped down tech in 'Dali House', to the 4/4 thump of 'Hands On'. Which wouldn't be out of place in a Kerri Chandler set. The glitchiness of 'Stars' and 'Rings' keeps this vibe running, showing some possible influences from Autechre and Herbert's Wish Mountain moniker.

Get a sense of what to expect in the newly released video for album opener, 'Attitude', here.
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Gene Simmons apologises for comments on suicide
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has apologised for comments he made about suicide in a recently-published interview with

Asked by the website if he still gets on with former Kiss members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, Simmons replied: "No, I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim".

Potentially libellous statements aside, he quickly went off on a tangent, saying: "For a putz, 20 year old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle'. Fuck you, then kill yourself. I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says 'jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump'".

He then went on to suggest that most of the hypothetical people he finds on hypothetical rooftops are faking their distress for attention. Criticism of the comments blew up in the wake of the death of comedian Robin Williams as the result of suicide, although the interview was actually published before that news broke.

But after several US radio stations banned Kiss from their playlists in protest at the remarks, Simmons wrote in a statement on Facebook: "To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologise to those who were offended by my comments. I recognise that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression".

However, he continued: "I have never sugar-coated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organisations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise".

In another interview last week, Simmons told immigrants to the US that they should "learn to speak goddamn English", and then accused The Black Lips of having a racist name after they accused him of misogyny. So it was quite a week.

For information on coping with suicidal feelings and finding support, read Mind's guide, or call The Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

Manic Street Preachers cancel first V Festival performance
The Manic Street Preachers were forced to cancel their appearance at the Chelmsford V Festival on Saturday, after they were stranded in Belgium. But the band were able to perform at the Stafford leg of the festival yesterday.

In a statement issued via Twitter, the band said: "After five hours on the runway at Budapest Airport following Sziget Festival [on Friday], MSP were informed the BA plane they were on would not fly. The band made every endeavour to get back to the UK in time to play. The band apologise to their fans at V Chelmsford for the cancellation".

Confirming their eventual arrival back in the UK later that evening, they added: "After eighteen hours of travelling and waiting we arrive in Birmingham hotel - worst travel day in 22 years of the band - deepest apologies we tried everything".


Babymetal announce Brixton Academy show
Babymetal will return to the UK on 8 Nov for a headline show at Brixton Academy. The one-off date follows performances at Sonisphere and a sold out show at The Forum in London in July.

Tickets for the J-pop group's second UK headline show will go on sale on Wednesday. Should you want to, you will be able purchase VIP tickets for £100. Though you probably shouldn't.

And here, for the three or four people who still haven't seen it, is the video for Babymetal's 'Gimme Chocolate!!'.


Lily Allen adds solo shows, Hogmanay slot
Prickly popstar Lily Allen-Cooper is hitting the road in the face later this year, when she'll headline a series of dates behind her new(ish) LP 'Sheezus'.

This is Lily's itinerary:

22 Nov: Glasgow, Academy
23 Nov: Sheffield, Academy
25 Nov: Manchester, Apollo
26 Nov: Birmingham, Academy
27 Nov: Brighton Centre
29 Nov: Plymouth Pavillions
12 Dec: London, Brixton Academy

And once all that's over and done with, it's Hogmanay time! Allen will headline this year's New Years celebrations in Edinburgh, on 31 Dec obviously!

Finally, this is Lily doing selfies deigning to mix with 'norms' at Glastonbury in the clip for her happy-clappy new single 'As Long As I Got You'.


Alt-J playing the O2
Existent band Alt-J have sealed the deal on a their biggest headline date ever, at London's O2 Arena on 24 Jan 2015. The (at the moment) one-off show follows a spread of seven gigs the ∆ boys are doing later this year, the first at the Glasgow Academy on 18 Sep.

This news coincides with the premiere of Alt-J's graphically-sensual new single 'Every Other Freckle', which features the lines "I'm gonna bed into you like a cat beds into a bean bag / Turn you inside out to lick you like a crisp packet". It's actually kind of gross and amazing, like Wild Beasts only nerdier.

It'll be on the band's latest LP, 'This Is All Yours', when that's released on 21 Sep. In the meantime, and for over eighteens only, this is it to stream if you wanna.

Aphex Twin blimp appears over London. Why? No idea.
A fluorescent yellow blimp bearing the Aphex Twin logo and the digitals two, zero, one and four appeared over London venue The Oval Space at the weekend. Why? No one knows. No one at all. Though I reckon a guess that it signifies something Aphex Twin-related happening in 2014 is a fairly safe one.

Staff apparently told music marketing type Jack Cooper, who was attending the London Craft Beer Festival at the venue, that the blimp was there to promote "an event that's been cancelled", adding later that the person tending to the blimp said that it was there for "just marketing, nothing else".

Less imaginative people suggested that Richard D James would be DJing at the beer festival, or something. But he didn't (obviously). And then people started noticing that his logo had been stencilled on the Radio City Music Hall in New York too.

What could it mean? How are we supposed to sleep at night without knowing? Let's not! Let's stay awake until our questions are answered. All questions, not just this one. Let's never sleep again. The blimp will protect us!

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