MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: 30 people have died and dozens more are in a critical condition after a fire at a Bucharest nightclub on Friday night. The blaze took place at the Colectiv Club in the Romanian capital during a free concert by local metal band Goodbye To Gravity. It is thought that the fire began after pyrotechnics ignited polystyrene decor, which it turn caused a pillar and the venue's ceiling... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Just half a year on from the release of their second album 'And', Tricot are already back with new material. Latest single 'Pork Ginger' is a standalone release marking the end of their first US tour. As ever, the track features a delicate balance of sounds - math-rock guitars, frantic drums, vocals verging on pop - all of which could at any point make a break... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Deezer abandoning its IPO and where it can go now, Radiohead suing Parlophone over deductions from thie digital income, the Get It Right From A Genuine Site anti-piracy campaign and Adele's record-breaking return. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES 30 people die in Bucharest club fire seemingly caused by pyrotechnics
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LEGAL Former NWA manager sues over movie portrayal
Kesha files for injunction to record without Dr Luke as legal battle continues
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DEALS Roton Records partners with Warner Music Latin America
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New collecting society hub to employ existing ICE brand
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MEDIA The Sun pulls down its paywall
Simon Cowell's DJ-Factor project canned again
Mark Sutherland to edit Music Week
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU Insights announces masterclass events, ahead of Community sessions
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AND FINALLY... Justin Bieber walks off stage after fans hinder urgent cleaning work
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MUSIC CONCIERGE - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER (MANCHESTER)
Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a Client Services Manager to manage our expanding creative and account management teams and oversee the smooth day-to-day operations of the business, whilst liaising at senior level with world-class brands.

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MUSICIANS' UNION - NORTH OF ENGLAND REGIONAL OFFICER (MANCHESTER)
The Musicians' Union represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. As the Regional Officer, your broad knowledge of the music industry will enable you to play a full and effective role in the delivery of services to our members within the Region.

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IMPRESSIVE PR - SENIOR MUSIC PR (LONDON)
Impressive PR are looking for an experienced Senior Music Publicist salary approx £25-35K+ dependent on experience, specifically for publicists who know the job and have excellent music media contacts and potential to bring in their own clients.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - SYNC ASSISTANT (LONDON)
We are looking for a self-motivated individual looking for a unique internship opportunity in the music industry. A passion for and knowledge of a wide variety of music is essential as is a desire to learn about all aspects of Synchronisation.

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COMPOSED - CUSTOMER SERVICES EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
Composed is a digital start-up from Universal Music Group, the global music leader. We are recruiting for a full-time Customer Services Executive to support the needs of our ever-growing customer base. This position would suit a tech-savvy graduate with a passion for classical music and previous experience in a customer service role.

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WFS COMMUNICATIONS - MUSIC, BRAND & EVENTS PUBLICIST (LONDON)
WFS Comms is looking for an experienced publicist to work across music, brand and event publicity. We need a music obsessive, with good, long standing contacts, sharp strategic thinking and experience pitching on new business with great presentation skills.

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MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION - MEMBERSHIP MANAGER (LONDON)
The Music Publishers Association is seeking a self-motivated, proactive, confident and sociable Membership Manager to manage its membership base, driving expansion whilst continuing to build on existing relationships with members.

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MPA GROUP OF COMPANIES - EVENTS MANAGER (LONDON)
The recently reorganised MPA Group of Companies is seeking a highly organised, well connected, confident and creative Events Manager to be responsible for the planning and delivery of its full and varied events calendar.

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MPA GROUP OF COMPANIES - PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
The recently reorganised MPA Group of Companies is seeking a highly organised, multi-tasker with strong analytical and research skills, working closely with its Chief Executive to take on, develop and see through the completion of specific projects across all companies in the MPA Group.

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MPA GROUP OF COMPANIES - TEAM ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
The recently reorganised MPA Group of Companies is seeking a highly organised, pro-active, efficient and positive team player to work as its Team Administrator, taking responsibility for specific licensing related duties as well as offering admin support to its staff and assisting with the smooth running of its office.

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THE ORCHARD - INTERACTIVE MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
We’re looking for a savvy, seasoned music marketer to promote The Orchard’s distributed artists in Europe and beyond. The ideal candidate’s specialty lies in creating and executing strategic marketing campaigns designed to generate publicity and awareness, build audiences, engage fans, and drive sales and revenue for new releases and catalogue titles.

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LISTEN UP - EVENT PRESS CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
We are currently hiring an experienced Events Press Co-ordinator to join the events team at Listen Up. The candidate will need one year of experience in print and online events campaigns.

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DOMINO PUBLISHING - COPYRIGHT & PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Domino Publishing requires a passionate music person to assist the copyright and royalties staff. This is a unique opportunity to work within the worldwide hub of a young, expanding music publishing company and help us provide an unrivalled and exemplary service to our songwriters and publishers.

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CHALK PRESS AGENCY - ONLINE MUSIC PR (LONDON)
The Chalk Press Agency are seeking an experienced Online Music PR. The ideal candidate will have at least three years experience in online press with an unwavering passion for breaking new artists, and re-introducing global names with sharp, ideas-driven campaigns, and with proven results.

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[PIAS] ARTIST & LABEL SERVICES - CHANNEL MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking to recruit a replacement Channel Manager within the Artist & Label Services team to manage YouTube, Vevo and other digital platforms, as needed. Experience and knowledge of YouTube, including its CMS, and the general workings of Vevo would be a distinct advantage.

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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
02 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: The Music Rights Sector
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04 Nov 2015 CMU Insights @ Industry In The Community
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04 Nov 2015 CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke judging at Music TechPitch 4.5
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05 Nov 2015 CMU Insights @ Industry In The Community
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09 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Live, Brands & Fans
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16 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Social Media Tools
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18 Nov 2015 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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20 Nov 2015 CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke appears at Finding The Future
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21 Nov 2015 CMU:DIY x The Roundhouse Artist Toolkit Day
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23 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Music Media
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30 Nov 2015 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fan-Orientated Business
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07 Dec 2015 CMU Insights Masterclass: Navigating The Digital Market
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10 Dec 2015 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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18 Jan 2016 CMU Insights Seminars: How The Music Business Works Programme
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10 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Key Developments In Music Rights
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30 people die in Bucharest club fire seemingly caused by pyrotechnics
30 people have died and dozens more are in a critical condition after a fire at a Bucharest nightclub on Friday night

The blaze took place at the Colectiv Club in the Romanian capital during a free concert by local metal band Goodbye To Gravity. It is thought that the fire began after pyrotechnics ignited polystyrene decor, which it turn caused a pillar and the venue's ceiling to catch light. According to various reports, the venue soon filled with heavy smoke leading to panic as audience members ran for the exit.

One eyewitness told local TV station Antena 3: "People were fainting, they were fainting from the smoke. It was total chaos, people were trampling on each other". Meanwhile a local journalist, Sorin Bogdan, told the BBC that the club, based in a converted factory, had just two small exit doors, only one of which was open at the time. It is thought up to 400 people were at the concert.

Although specific details about the incident are yet to be clarified, there seem to be parallels with the Great White gig in Rhode Island in the US in 2003, in which pyrotechnics caused a fire that killed 100 fans and the band's guitarist. More recently, in 2013, a fire at a nightclub in the Brazilian city of Santa Maria killed 242 people. Again, the blaze was caused by the unsafe use of pyrotechnics.

The number of people killed in the Colectiv Club fire rose to 30 yesterday, with local media reports suggesting two of the band are among that number. Officials say that 155 more people were treated for injuries after the fire, and that they fear the death toll could as yet double in number. Emergency response chief Raed Arafat told the BBC that "the only information we have is that fireworks were used in the club and after that the tragedy happened. Of course, this is under investigation".

Thousand of people marched silently through Bucharest this weekend in memory of the victims, while Romania's President Klaus Iohannis wrote on his Facebook page that he was "deeply grieved by the tragic events" adding: "It is a very sad day for all of us, for our nation and for me personally".

Former NWA manager sues over movie portrayal
NWA's former manager Jerry Heller would like everyone to know that he's not a "bad guy". And he is communicating this through a $110 million lawsuit.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Heller is suing pretty much everyone involved in the recent NWA biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' over his portrayal in the film. Ice Cube, Dr Dre, the estate of the late Eazy E, director F Gary Gray and the producers of the movie are among the defendants being targeted for $110 million in damages.

As well as defamation, Heller claims misappropriation of likeness, tortious interference, breach of a settlement agreement and copyright infringement.

The allegedly breached settlement is one he reached with NWA in 1999 in which, his lawsuit says, the group agreed not to make disparaging statements against him. Meanwhile, the copyright infringement charge relates to the screenplay of the film, which he claims is based on earlier drafts of scripts upon which he worked.

The lawsuit then says that Heller is unfairly portrayed as the "bad guy" in the film - "a sleazy manager who took advantage of ... Eazy E, Dr Dre and Ice Cube" - and who acted in a way that would stop them from being paid money they were owed.

He also denies that he was "enjoying 'lobster brunches' while the contracts of Dr Dre and Ice Cube were 'still being finalised'" and that he was "fired by Eazy E".

The defendants are reportedly expected to challenge the lawsuit under the United States' First Amendment provisions for freedom of speech.

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Kesha files for injunction to record without Dr Luke as legal battle continues
Kesha has asked a New York court to provide an injunction that would allow her to record a new album without the involvement of Dr Luke, while her legal battle with the producer and record label boss is ongoing.

As previously reported, Kesha Sebert accuses Lukasz 'Dr Luke' Gottwald of plying her with drugs and alcohol and raping her as a teenager. He says that these are fabrications invented in an attempt to get out of her contract with his Kemosabe Records label.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer says that her career is at risk of collapsing if she is unable to record new music soon. However, she does not want to work with Gottwald, and no other record label will sign her while she is still contracted to him and his firm. Therefore, she requests that she be allowed to record directly for Kemosabe parent company Sony Music.

In a recent legal filing requesting the injunction, Sebert's attorney said: "Kesha now faces an abysmal decision: work with her alleged abuser ... or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away. She is precluded from working in perpetuity because the term of her contract can only be satisfied if she records three more albums. Kesha needs the court's assistance".

A rep for Gottwald told THR: "If Kesha now regrets her career being mired in legal proceedings, it's entirely her making. It was Kesha who chose to file a lawsuit falsely alleging abuse to gain advantage in contract negotiations, and now she must accept the consequences of her improper actions".

They go on: "As long as she continues to stand by her false claims of abuse against Dr Luke and remains in breach of her contracts, he will continue to protect his professional and personal reputation, as well as his contractual rights, in a court of law. He looks forward to obtaining judgments in his favour".

The case continues.

Roton Records partners with Warner Music Latin America
Romanian indie label Roton Music has entered a strategic partnership with Warner Music Latin America, which will see the Warner division license and promote its music in Latin American territories. Roton already has a similar agreement with Warner Music in Romania itself.

Roton MD Dan Muraru said in a statement: "We're grateful for Warner Music's continued trust in and appreciation for Roton's artists. As demonstrated over the past four years, our teams have accomplished great things together. We're excited and confident that music lovers throughout Latin America will enjoy exploring the Romanian sound".

Warner Music Latin America President Inigo Zabala added: "Many of Roton's artists are well-positioned to find success in the Latin American market. In fact, we've already seen the band Fly Project and Inna do incredibly well in the region. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to Roton's continued globalisation".

Founded in 1994, Roton was one of the first record labels launched in Romania after the 1989 revolution brought an end to communist rule. It is now one of the country's largest.

New collecting society hub to employ existing ICE brand
European collecting societies PRS, STIM and GEMA have announced the name under which their new joint venture hub will operate. Are you ready for the big reveal? It will be called ICE. Which is the name under which the existing joint venture between PRS and STIM operates. Well, if it ain't broke I guess. And it's not broke, right?

As previously reported, the new hub will see the three song rights societies work together on licensing multi-territory digital services, processing income from digital platforms, and managing song ownership data. In the latter domain, PRS and STIM have had a similar data exchange system in place for a number of years which already uses the ICE brand.

The three main elements of the new JV's business will be known as ICE Licensing, ICE Services and ICE Operations. The former will be led by PRS's digital man Ben McEwen, who takes up the new role of Commercial Director of ICE Licensing, while Neil Jones will be seconded from PRS to become Services Director for ICE Services. Both will report to PRS boss man Robert Ashcroft who, as previously reported, will also be CEO of those strands of the new ICE business.

He told reporters this morning: "The DNA of this hub has been forged from the same qualities as the ICE copyright database, which was in itself born of collaboration and a strong will to solve big problems in the market place. ICE is a truly mass market proposition that will appeal to the widest cross section of rightsholders and digital service providers operating across Europe. ICE builds out the brand with a truly flexible suite of options. It is set to deliver security, speed and reliability very cost effectively to all customers".

The Sun pulls down its paywall
The Sun is pulling down its paywall, with a new plan to offer most of its online content for free. The move - which follows the return of the tabloid's former Editor and CEO, Rebekah Brooks, to the top job at its publisher News UK - is the latest chapter in the UK newspaper industry's long-drawn out efforts to make online news pay.

Other than business title the Financial Times, all the British newspapers initially decided to make their online content available for free, hoping that freebie news and features could generate sufficient traffic so that - given the lower overheads of digital publishing - they could sell enough ads to go into profit once internet advertising started to gain momentum.

They soon found themselves facing competition for that online advertising dollar from the likes of Google and Facebook, which boast phenomenal traffic without any of the costs of having to produce daily content. This has created challenges for all the newspaper owners, whose print businesses continue to decline, making the need to find a profitable online business model increasingly urgent.

Many feel that, long-term, online news - like print news - needs both subscription and advertising revenues to make a profit, but it's no secret that persuading people to pay for online content is a challenge. News UK led to way by putting the online side of its broadsheet title The Times behind a paywall in 2010, so that pretty much no content could be accessed without buying a subscription. It's still not clear whether that strategy has entirely worked, though it's certainly not been a complete failure.

Sister title The Sun followed suit in 2013, hoping to woo subscribers with promises of football exclusives. But as a tabloid, The Sun faced more challenges than The Times, not least that the tabloid newspaper business is more of a numbers game, and would need to attract many more subscribers than its broadsheet counterpart to be successful.

Also, online - unlike in print - The Sun competes head-on with the Mail when it comes to celebrity news, and Mail Online, by allowing analytics to drive editorial, has sped ahead of all its rivals in the web domain. Plus The Sun, more so than The Times, also competes with online-only news sites like Huffington Post and Buzzfeed.

Whatever, earlier this year The Sun announced its online election coverage would sit outside the paywall, and since then an increasing amount of the paper's content has been available online for free. And on Friday, Brooks told the tabloid's staff that the paywall would come down completely at the end of this month, with only a few premium online products still requiring a subscription.

Brooks wrote: "I recently shared with you the future priorities for the company and am excited today to tell you more about our plans for the first of these: growing the Sun's audience. This will mean setting The Sun predominantly free in the digital world from 30 November. By happy coincidence, this is also Cyber Monday, one of the best-performing days of the year for online retail".

Whether the freebie Sun website can now win over readers and advertisers from its bigger (online) competitors remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, this decision may convince all but the more serious news sites that the subscription route is not a viable option, even though its far from assured that advertising alone can support any prolific online news operation, most of which are current loss-making. Some reckon so called content marketing - where brands pay more to have involvement in editorial output - is the solution, though for old school journalists, that's not an attractive solution.

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Simon Cowell's DJ-Factor project canned again
When you can't even get your new pop talent contest onto Yahoo!, perhaps it's time to consign the project to the televisual dustbin.

Simon Cowell has been trying to get a DJ version of 'X-Factor' off the ground for years, with past partnerships with Will Smith and then later SFX set up to achieve just that. But neither of those projects ever seemed to get to air, maybe - though not necessarily - because a DJ version of 'X-Factor' is a terrible idea for a TV show.

Which made it perfect for Yahoo! as it sought to make more TV-style original programming. And so earlier this year, the flagging web firm announced it would host 'Ultimate DJ', with Cowell set to work with EDM label Ultra Records on the project, and Yahoo!-owned Tumblr set to be employed as a voting channel. Somehow.

But last week the dream died. Despite very recently saying that the project was still due to go live next year, Yahoo! confirmed that 'Ultimate DJ' had been dropped, as the firm seemingly turns away from many of its long-form programming concepts, to focus more on its short-from video franchises.

No word yet on whether Cowell will have a fourth stab at getting 'Ultimate DJ' off the ground. Maybe MySpace would take it. I mean, do it right with a genuine site, I say.

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Mark Sutherland to edit Music Week
Industry trade magazine Music Week has announced a new editor in the form of veteran music journalist Mark Sutherland, who became Contributing Editor for the title at the start of the year.

Sutherland - perhaps best known for his stints at classic music magazines like Smash Hits, Melody Maker and NME - was previously Global Editor for US industry mag Billboard. He takes over the top job at the UK publication from Tom Pakinkis, who became editor there back in January following the departure of his predecessor Tim Ingham, who subsequently founded the Music Business Worldwide site.

On his new gig, Sutherland said: "I'm thrilled to become editor of Music Week at such an exciting time for the publication and for the music business in general. Music Week is in brilliant shape and bursting with future potential. I'm looking forward to joining the team that provides the best coverage of the industry and helping to take things to the next level".

CMU Insights announces masterclass events, ahead of Community sessions
CMU Insights today announces details of two new masterclass events, supported by Lewis Silkin and Eleven, which will take place in December and February at the law firm's London HQ on Chancery lane.

The masterclasses will see CMU MD and Business Editor Chris Cooke provide concise and engaging overviews of two key areas of the music industry. Based on CMU research and analysis, Cooke will walk his audience through the latest trends and developments in digital and music rights, allowing attendees to get fully up to speed on these two ever-evolving areas of the music business.

'Navigating The Digital Market' on Monday 7 Dec will provide a fact-packed overview of the digital music market as we head into 2016. Cooke will review which digital services are dominating in what markets and consider current and future trends. He will then explain how labels and publishers are licensing these platforms and what happens to the money, before discussing how 'opt-out' services like YouTube and SoundCloud fit into the mix.

'Key Developments In Music Rights' on Wednesday 10 Feb will cover all the key developments in music copyright in the last twelve months. As well as bringing you fully up to speed on landmark cases - including the 'Blurred Lines' and 'Happy Birthday' judgements - Cooke will also explain the latest developments on the private copy exception, Europe's digital single market, safe harbours, America's consent decree reform and the pre-1972 issue.

Places at the half-day masterclass events are just £99, plus premium subscribers can get a 25% discount by using the code in this week's CMU Digest bulletin.

This announcement comes as CMU Insights is busying preparing three conference sessions for Industry In The Community, which runs alongside the new Shoreditch-based showcase festival Community, which takes place this week. As part of this programme, Cooke will provide an overview of the wider music industry in 2015 at 2.30pm on Wednesday, and will then lead two conversations.

The first, at 3.30pm on Wednesday, will look at the expanding and evolving role of online playlists in building profile, audience and revenue for new artists, with Cooke joined by Brittney Bean from Tracks2, Simon Rugg from [PIAS] and Alex Thomson from Greenhouse Group. Then at 2.30pm on 5 Nov, Cooke will explore the YouTube universe, the reach and impact of the YouTube stars, and how the music industry could be better connecting with that community, with Nic Yeeles from Peg and singer-songwriter Sarah Close.

You can get tickets for Industry In The Community here. CMU also has limited guest list places for its sessions. Email insights@unlimitedmedia.co.uk if you are interested in attending, places will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

  Approved: Tricot - Pork Ginger
Just half a year on from the release of their second album 'And', Tricot are already back with new material. Latest single 'Pork Ginger' is a standalone release marking the end of their first US tour.

As ever, the track features a delicate balance of sounds - math-rock guitars, frantic drums, vocals verging on pop - all of which could at any point make a break for dominance. In many ways this could be said to be one of the band's most sedate tracks to date, and yet it still has plenty of rough edges and a floor-filling pace.

Watch the video for 'Pork Ginger' here.
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Justin Bieber walks off stage after fans hinder urgent cleaning work
Having recently devoted his life to becoming the world's nicest person, last week Justin Bieber showed fans what would happen if they did not follow his lead. The singer walked off stage after performing just one song when he was hindered from carrying out some urgent cleaning work.

Bieber was performing in Oslo in front of a small audience for a TV recording, and after his opening song noticed that some water had been spilled at the front of the stage. Concerned that someone might slip and fall on it - even though it appeared to be on a part of the stage where no one would be likely to stand - he dutifully went to clear it up.

Because that's just the kind of thing you expect when you show up to see a popstar perform. Well, it is if you go to see the world's greatest guy on stage. Sure, he has a stage crew on hand who could handle this kind of thing, but why put them out? Let them relax backstage I say, and let the ultimate nice guy handle the situation himself.

Clearly expecting his fans to wait quietly why he got this important job done, he wandered to the front of the stage. But when he got there, he found that pushing a towel around with his toes put his leg within the reach of fans in the front row. With such a prize up on offer, fans forgot the teachings of their leader and instead started grabbing for his trousers.

"Hey, no, what are you doing", shouted Bieber. "Hey, hey! No. Stop it".

The fans did not stop it.

"Come on. I said stop it", he added, confirming what he had indeed just said. "Come on. Guys. Listen to me. Are you listening?"

"Yes!" Shouted one lone fan.

"OK, I'm trying to wipe to floor", he explained. "Give me a second".

A second passed. And then Bieber announced, "Guys, I'm done. I'm not doing the show" and walked off stage.

Fans were left in... I don't know, I guess shock. Actually, from this video it doesn't seem like there was much reaction at all. Some laughter, a bit of light confusion. Maybe some quiet reflection on the fact that, had they been as nice as Bieber, who was just trying to clean up some spilled water, they would still be watching him perform a selection of his hits. Or at least watching him polish a mic stand and Shake n Vac the stage.

It also might be said that, given how unnecessary the clean-up job was, the inevitability of fans grabbing at him if he got that close to them, and the speed with which he made his decision to leave, Bieber had simply been looking for an excuse to cancel the show. But that wouldn't be very nice, so can't possibly be the case. Anyway, he explained it all in a statement on Instagram later (because that is the nicest thing to do in this situation).

"Sadly it's been a rough week for me, long days no sleep, while having to be 'on', as they would say, for cameras fans etc", he wrote. "In no way did I mean to come across mean, but chose to end the show as the people in the front row would not listen. Hopefully people will understand where I am coming from".

He didn't want to come across as mean, guys. Perhaps he was rash to expect people to realise that greatness means occasional mop-ups. Still, this won't stop him from becoming an even better man.

"I don't always handle things the right way" he went on. "But I'm human and I'm working on getting better at responding not reacting. Unfortunately people were affected by this, as am I. For the people in the back I am so sorry and for anyone I may have disappointed I'm sorry. Sorry for wasting the TV people's time, I'll be sure to make it up to you next time on tour".

Oh, I'm sure the TV people don't mind. It probably wasn't that expensive and time consuming to set up a bespoke record. It'll all be fine. And he'll make it up to them on his next tour. Which might be a hollow and meaningless statement when other popstars say it, but not when Justin Bieber proclaims it. Nothing he says or does is hollow and empty. I think we can all learn a lot from him and from this moment of dryness.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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