FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2020 COMPLETEMUSICUPDATE.COM
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Fitness firm Peloton has reached a deal with the American music publishers that sued the company last year over the unlicensed use of music in its videos... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Peloton settles with indie music publishers ending copyright litigation
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LEGAL UK Music responds to government's Brexit talks 'negotiating mandate'
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Reach Music signs up to IMPEL
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ARTIST NEWS Placido Domingo backtracks on earlier statement about sexual harassment accusations
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RELEASES Rufus Wainwright announces rule-breaking pop album
Riz Ahmed announces album for people "dumped by the place we call home"
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ONE LINERS BPI, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, more
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AND FINALLY... New Oasis-only clubnight to launch in London next month
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SECRETLY GROUP - PROJECT MANAGER (BLOOMINGTON/BROOKLYN/LA)
Secretly Group is looking for a motivated, ambitious and enthusiastic full-time Project Manager. The position will be based in one of our three main US offices: Bloomington (IN), Brooklyn (NY), Los Angeles (CA). 2-4 years of music industry experience are essential.

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UNION CHAPEL - HEAD OF EVENTS & COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES (LONDON)
Union Chapel looking for an experienced Head of Events and Commercial Activities with a keen interest in events management, programming and income generation for the benefit of the arts, culture, social justice and heritage.

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RSL - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
RSL is the UK's leading provider of music industry qualifications. The company is recruiting for a Business Development Executive to work on increasing its customer base both in the UK and overseas. Music education is changing and this is an opportunity to be at the forefront of promoting industry relevant skills to a wider audience.

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HELP MUSICIANS UK - CREATIVE PROGRAMME OFFICER (LONDON)
As Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians UK, you will play a key role in the innovation and delivery of our impactful programmes for musicians, ensuring we can continue to make a meaningful difference to the lives and careers of musicians for the next 100 years and beyond.

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NINJA TUNE & JUST ISN'T MUSIC - SYNC CREATIVE (LONDON)
Ninja Tune and Just Isn't Music are hiring a Sync Creative. The applicant will have at least five years experience in actively procuring placements in UK for advertising, film and TV.

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WIENERWORLD - MARKETING/ADMIN ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Independent DVD and CD distributor Wienerworld is looking for a Marketing/Admin Assistant who will be responsible for increasing our artist, press, PR and social media presence, implementing and running digital and traditional marketing campaigns, as well as assisting in various administrative office duties.

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ADELPHOI MUSIC - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (LONDON)
Adelphoi Music works with brands and agencies to create music and sound concepts for moving images. They are on the lookout for a remarkable individual to join the team in generating new business opportunities for music composition, music licensing, recording projects and artist partnerships, and to lead new business for the UK and beyond.

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3TONE RECORDS - MARKETING ASSISTANT (BRISTOL)
Independent label 3tone Records is looking for an enthusiastic and adaptable Marketing Assistant to join their Bristol office. You'd be assisting the Marketing department in co-ordinating social media plans, researching, executing effective advertising, creating compelling assets and liaising with external teams to serve a growing roster of genre-spanning artists.

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NAME PR - PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Name PR is looking to hire an accomplished communications professional with demonstrable experience. You will help lead our growing consumer division, working on exciting projects like 51st State Festival, the AIM Independent Music Awards and Ninja Tune technology releases, and clients as diverse as Jean-Michel Jarre and VP/Greensleeves Records.

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EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL - MUSIC PUBLICIST (EDINBURGH)
The Edinburgh International Festival is looking for an experienced, passionate and dedicated Music Publicist to join the marketing and communications team. We want you to help us deliver this unparalleled celebration of the performing arts, which brings some of the most exciting and creative artists working today to audiences from around the world.

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WARP RECORDS - LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Warp Records is seeking a legal and business affairs assistant to join its team in London. The role will also give the opportunity to work closely with other parts of the Warp Group, including Warp Publishing and its retail and technology businesses.

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SNAPPER MUSIC - DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR (LONDON)
Experienced digital marketing person required to work within long established independent record company Snapper Music in central London. The label covers a broad section of music from alternative rock to metal. Knowledge of this music genre is not essential but a passion for digital marketing is.

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CHERRY RED RECORDS - SYNC MANAGER (LONDON)
Cherry Red Records is looking for a dynamic, self-motivated Sync Manager to join its existing team. Applicants must have a good level of experience and contacts in the world of synchronisation, and an interest in music's rich and varied past.

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PRS FOR MUSIC - CONTENT EDITOR (LONDON)
PRS For Music is looking for an experienced Content Editor with a flair for creating engaging copy and rich media to play an integral role in the organisation's Creative Services team.

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DOMINO - HEAD OF MARKETING (LONDON)
Domino Recording Company seeks a full time UK Head of Marketing. The Head of Marketing will lead Domino's marketing strategy delivering compelling and innovative (digital-first) experiences to engage our artist's audiences.

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SECRETLY GROUP - OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
Secretly Group/Secretly Distribution requires an Office Administrator. Located in the Shoreditch office, this is the perfect position for anyone with office administration or management experience.

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ERASED TAPES - DIGITAL CONTENT & COMMUNITY MANAGER (LONDON)
Erased Tapes is seeking a dynamic and highly organised digital creative to develop engaging content for strategic social media campaigns around our artist releases, tours and label events across all platforms, working 2-3 days per week.

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MINDS ON FIRE - PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Minds On Fire is looking for an aspiring professional with outstanding administration skills to join our team based out of its new office in Kings Cross, London. The ideal candidate will have had some music publishing experience in a relevant role either as an employee or as an intern.

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YOUR ARMY - INFLUENCER PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
This role is to launch a new exciting service at Your Army, creating moments in the real world that will impact on the digital space. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of Influencer and DJ culture and a love of pop, dance and urban music.

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AUDIO NETWORK - COPYRIGHT ADMINISTRATOR (LONDON)
Audio Network is looking for an experienced and highly organised Copyright Administrator to join its publishing team, responsible for the end-to-end copyright and royalty payment processes through registering and managing PRO works data (via CWR), to running royalty distributions to our composers/artists.

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STAY LOOSE - SENIOR PRESS OFFICER (UK - FLEXIBLE)
Stay Loose is hiring for a full-time publicist with at least two years of PR experience. The ideal candidate will be driven, highly-organised and with proven experience in managing campaigns for returning names and helping break new artists.

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ADELPHOI MUSIC - PRODUCER/MUSIC SUPERVISOR (LONDON)
Adelphoi Music is seeking a Producer/Music Supervisor to join its London team. You will manage production and music supervision ensuring high-quality output in order to increase conversion rate.

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Peloton settles with indie music publishers ending copyright litigation
Fitness firm Peloton has reached a deal with the American music publishers that sued the company last year over the unlicensed use of music in its videos.

Peloton makes fitness machines that come with screens via which users can access workout videos. In the lawsuit filed by more than a dozen music publishers, it was alleged that some of those videos contained unlicensed music controlled by the plaintiffs.

Following the music publisher lawsuit, Peloton then countersued mainly on competition law grounds. It alleged that it had previously had good relationships with most of the publishers involved in the legal dispute and was negotiating licensing deals with many of them.

Those relationships only fell apart, it then claimed, because of interference by America's National Music Publishers Association. The NMPA hit back, arguing that Peloton knew that it had no grounds to defend the copyright infringement claims, so was desperately trying to conjure up a bogus competition law complaint instead.

Last month a judge dismissed the competition lawsuit, mainly on the basis that - while fourteen publishers may have been involved in the Peloton litigation - in the wider scheme of things those companies only controlled a relatively small songs catalogue. The fitness firm, therefore, had plenty more songs to choose from, so the plaintiffs allying around their litigation didn't create any competition law concerns.

At the time, NMPA boss David Israelite declared: "We are pleased that Peloton's attempts to divert attention from the heart of the issue - properly paying creators for the music on which its billion-dollar business was built - have been defeated".

Meanwhile, Peloton itself said that it "respectively disagreed" with the ruling, adding that it was now considering its options. One option, of course, was to try to settle. And given that last September the court allowed the publishers to expand their case, boosting any potential damages pay out to $300 million, that presumably seemed like quite an attractive option.

That is possibly why yesterday the two sides announced that they had "fully settled the litigation brought last year by fourteen NMPA members. In addition, Peloton and the trade association have entered into a joint collaboration agreement and will work together to further optimise Peloton's music licensing systems and processes".

Despite having been pretty forthright in their criticism of each other over the last year while both sides' lawsuits went through the motion, yesterday - with the settlement deal done - both the publishers and the fitness fanatics were much more chummy.

"We are pleased the music publishers and their songwriter partners in this case have reached a settlement with Peloton that compensates creators properly and sets forth the environment for a positive relationship going forward", said Israelite.

"Peloton is an innovative company", he added, "and we are impressed with its investment in technology and commitment to delivering a powerful, authentic music experience. We look forward to our ongoing collaboration to find solutions that will benefit all songwriters".

Meanwhile Paul DeGooyer, Head Of Music over at Peloton, chipped in: "Music is an important part of the Peloton experience and we are very proud to have pioneered a new revenue stream for recording artists and songwriters".

"We're equally proud to partner with David and the NMPA to ensure that songwriters are, and continue to be, fairly compensated", he went on. "With the NMPA's input, we are confident our proprietary, state-of-the-art music system will provide an even more dynamic fitness experience for our millions of members worldwide".

The Association Of Independent Music Publishers also welcomed the settlement deal. Its National Chair - Reel Muzik Werks CEO Teri Nelson-Carpenter - said: "The AIMP applauds the settlement between the NMPA and Peloton, and looks forward to seeing the results of their joint collaboration agreement. Going forward, it is imperative that all publishers and songwriters be compensated for the use of their works, and we will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure that independents are treated fairly and equitably".

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UK Music responds to government's Brexit talks 'negotiating mandate'
Music industry lobbying group UK Music has responded to the 'negotiating mandates' that have been published by both the UK and the European Union ahead of the real Brexit negotiations, which begin on Monday.

The UK government and its bullshitter in chief 'Boris' Johnson continue to pretend that Brexit has "now been done" - after the UK left the EU at the end of January. Actually, all the really tricky negotiations regarding the UK's future relationship with the rest of the European Union are still to be done.

Working out what the UK and EU's future trading, logistical and political relationships will look like would be a massive task whatever. However, the pressure is really on because Johnson has randomly picked the end of this year as a deadline for everything to be in place. He also wants a 'broad outline' of a deal to be confirmed by June.

Johnson's threat remains that, if a deal cannot be done on that timeline, the UK will happily walk away from the negotiating table with no deal in place. Though that remains something of a hollow threat given that, while it's entirely possible to have no deal, it's not possible to have no future relationship. And while Johnson and his clique continue to insist that World Trade Organisation agreements can fill the gap, most experts argue that that would result in, at best, a mild clusterfuck.

Speaking for the music industry yesterday, acting UK Music boss Tom Kiehl said that he endorsed the UK government's primary aim of securing a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU, but warned of the likely negative consequences if negotiations fail and Johnson opts for the no deal option.

"UK Music fully supports the need to secure a comprehensive free trade agreement between the UK and EU", Kiehl said. "Market access is vital. We need to avoid a cliff-edge at the beginning of next year which could spell disaster for music".

On the specifics of the upcoming negotiations, Kiehl honed in on two key issues of particular concern for the music industry: the copyright framework and the free movement of touring musicians around Europe.

"It is welcome that both the UK government and European Union are prioritising the need to secure high standards of protection for intellectual property rights as part of the new relationship", he added. "A strong copyright regime is crucial for our £5.2 billion music industry".

Meanwhile, on the particularly pressing issue of touring, he went on: "The UK's attempts to seek clarity on allowable activities for short-term business visits should include live touring across the EU. We need certainty as to how artists, musicians and crews can go about international concerts and festivals across the EU from 2021 without administrative and financial burdens".

All sectors will now be watching closely how the real Brexit talks work out. Given that it took three years of talks to agree the deal to allow the talks to agree the deal to begin - and with Johnson's made up deadline thrown in for good measure - it will be quite an achievement if any deal of substance can be done on these timescales. Which makes the chance of every different sector having their specific concerns properly addressed quite slim.

Good times, everybody!

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Reach Music signs up to IMPEL
US-based Reach Music has signed up to IMPEL, the organisation that negotiates direct deals in the digital domain on behalf of an assortment of independent music publishers.

Reach Music represents and administrates a diverse songs catalogue, including music from the likes of Common, Danzig, Ice-T, The Knack, Lisa Loeb, John Mayer and Nate Dogg.

IMPEL is the digital rights agency that began as an initiative of the UK's Music Publishers Association before becoming a standalone entity in 2018. It negotiates direct deals on behalf of its members with multi-territory streaming services in many key markets.

It was created after the big publishers decided to start licensing their Anglo-American catalogues directly to digital platforms, rather than via the collective licensing system. Although, for various technical reasons, the collecting societies are still involved in these deals, with IMPEL working with the French society SACEM.

Confirming his company had now allied with IMPEL, Reach Music President Michael Closter said: "I respect the strong independent publishers that are part of the IMPEL collective, and spoke with many of them to discuss IMPEL and also the servicing by SACEM. Their high marks and recommendations were key to this decision. I'm pleased to join IMPEL and to be an active participant of this collective".

Speaking on the IMPEL side, the organisation's CEO Sarah Williams added: "It's fantastic to be welcoming Michael and Reach Music into the IMPEL collective. Our international footprint is growing all the time and this is great news for IMPEL members. We are truly a global organisation with global ambitions and the impact of our combined expertise and aggregated market share is extremely positive for us all".

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CMU+TGE conferences this May
Yesterday we published full outlines of each of the three CMU+TGE conferences that will take place as part of The Great Escape in Brighton this May, plus we announced the first batch of speakers taking part.

Unlike any other music conference, at The Great Escape CMU picks three key topics and then presents five hours of talks, interviews, case studies and debates around those themes. This allows delegates to dig much deeper, so to better navigate and understand all the key challenges, opportunities and trends in the business of music.

This year's topics are music education on Wednesday 13 May, music media on Thursday 14 May and global music markets on Friday 15 May.

Along the way we'll look at what knowledge and resources early-career artists need; why creative entrepreneurship should be included in the music curriculum; how podcasters find an audience, make money and promote new music; why the way music in TV is licensed is changing; how streaming, touring and social trends differ around the world; and the key things artist and their business partners need to know when expanding into new markets.

For more information about this year's conferences and all the speakers so far confirmed check out the TGE Conference website here. And get your tickets and passes here.

Placido Domingo backtracks on earlier statement about sexual harassment accusations
Placido Domingo has backtracked on the apology he issued earlier this week. The opera star said on Tuesday that he takes "full responsibility for [his] actions" after results of an investigation into numerous claims of sexual harassment against him were leaked.

Allegations investigated by the American Guild Of Musical Artists included unsolicited kissing and groping, and late night phone calls inviting women to his house, while two women said that they'd had sex with him fearing that it would damage their careers if they did not accept his advances.

In a new statement yesterday, according to the New York Times, Domingo said that he wanted to "correct the false impression" that he was admitting any wrongdoing in his previous statement.

"My apology was sincere and wholehearted", he said. "But I know what I haven't done, and I will deny it again. I have never behaved aggressively toward anybody, nor have I ever done anything to obstruct or hurt the career of anybody. On the contrary, I have dedicated a large part of my half-century in the world of opera to helping the industry and to promoting the career of innumerable singers".

In his previous statement, he said: "I have taken time over the last several months to reflect on the allegations that various colleagues of mine have made against me. I respect that these women finally felt comfortable enough to speak out and I want them to know that I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them. I accept full responsibility for my actions and I have grown from this experience".

The results of the AGMA's investigation only became public after an anonymous whistleblower leaked them to the Associated Press. It transpired that the organisation had been attempting to negotiate an agreement with the music star to keep the report confidential, in return for a payment of $500,000 from Domingo. This despite the AGMA saying last year that it was launching its own investigation because it didn't think opera organisations with direct links to the singer could be trusted to properly scrutinise the allegations against him.

Domingo's backtracking comes as a number of opera venues in Europe confirm that they are considering cancelling planned performances by the star. He told the NYT that he himself had decided to pull out of a run of performances of 'La Traviata' at Madrid's Teatro Real "to prevent my situation from affecting, harming or causing any additional inconvenience". But it later transpired that the venue was already discussing the cancellation of the performances.

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Rufus Wainwright announces rule-breaking pop album
Having signed a new record deal with BMG last October, Rufus Wainwright has now announced his first album for the label. Titled 'Unfollow The Rules', it will see him return to pop for the first time in the best part of a decade.

"What I would like this album to symbolise is a coming together of all the aspects of my life which have made me a seasoned artist", he says. "My aim is to emulate the greats of yore whose second acts produced their finest work - Leonard Cohen when he made 'The Future', when Sinatra became Sinatra in his 40s, when Paul Simon put out 'Graceland'".

"Pop music isn't always about your waistline", he goes on. "Many songwriters improve with age. I'm flying the flag for staying alive!"

Well, that's quite a bold set up for this new record. Its first single is 'Damsel In Distress', of which he says: "[It's] an homage to Joni Mitchell in some ways, particularly the structure. My husband and I now live in Laurel Canyon. I wasn't that familiar with Joni's music but Jörn became obsessed and took me on a journey into her music".

"We ended up hanging out with her and I get now why she's one of the greats", he explains. "So it's part Laurel Canyon, part a song about a personal relationship that I'm trying to come to terms with, but mostly my Mitchell virginity being broken".

The album will be out on 24 Apr, and three days later Wainwright will play two shows in one evening at the Islington Assembly Hall in London. Tickets are on sale now - a snip at £70 a piece. Right now, you could watch the video for 'Damsel In Distress'.

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Riz Ahmed announces album for people "dumped by the place we call home"
Riz Ahmed has announced that he will release his latest album, 'The Long Goodbye', next month. The record is accompanied by a short film and will be performed live three times at this year's Manchester International Festival.

"The record is a break-up album", says Ahmed. "But [a break-up] with your country. So many of us feel like we're being dumped by the place we call home, a home that we built. This album takes you on the journey of this break-up; through the stages of denial, anger, acceptance, and finally self-love to counter the hate".

Recorded in London with producer Redinho, the album's nine tracks - as with much of Ahmed's work - explore identity and belonging. He will premiere a new live show based on the album at the Manchester International Festival on 27, 28 and 29 Mar.

The album is out on 6 Mar. You can't listen to any music from it yet, but you can look at the artwork on this dedicated website.

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LABELS & PUBLISHERS

Record industry trade group BPI has published a report on its Music Export Growth Scheme, the government-funded initiative which supports independent artists and labels as they pursue new opportunities in new markets. Since its launch in 2014, MEGS has supported 242 projects with a total of £3.8 million in grants issued over sixteen funding rounds. The economic impact of the first fourteen rounds are measured in the report, estimating that "£36 million in exports revenue has been generated for the British music economy - £12 for every £1 invested in the scheme". Download the report here.

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RELEASES

Lady Gaga has released new single 'Stupid Love'. Its video was shot entirely on an iPhone, which may or may not be a thing that's still interesting these days. Steven Soderbergh made a whole feature film on iPhones two years ago, so probably not. But hey, discussing this non-novelty has sent me way over my word limit for this 'one liner', so if higher word counts was the aim, maybe there's something in it. Or maybe I should just have said it's the first single from her forthcoming sixth album.

Taylor Swift has released the video for 'The Man', in which she takes her beef with Scooter Braun visual.

Gorillaz have release their second 'Song Machine' track, 'Désolé', featuring Fatoumata Diawara.

Christine And The Queens has surprise released new EP 'La Vita Nuova', along with a short film of the same name.

The National have covered INXS's 'Never Tear Us Apart' for new charity compilation 'Songs For Australia'. The album is curated by Julia Stone, who also covers Midnight Oil's indisputable classic 'Beds Are Burning'.

Thundercat has shared the video for 'Dragonball Durag' from his new album 'It Is What It Is', out on 3 Apr.

Daniel Avery and Alessandro Cortini have released 'Enter Exit', the second track from their upcoming album 'Illusion Of Time'.

Stephen Malkmus has released new single 'Shadowbanned'. While listening to it, you can also play around with the new 'Being Stephen Malkmus' Instagram filter.

Laurel Halo will release her soundtrack to the film 'Possessed' on 10 Apr. From it, this is 'Hyphae'.

Valentina has released new single 'You Know Where My Happiness Went'. "I wrote this song after a five year relationship had just ended and I was looking for a place to live, staying on friends sofas", she says. "With no microphone, the whole vocal was recorded into my laptop in my friends living room in one take as I wrote it. I didn't change it as I liked that it captured that precise moment in time".

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GIGS & TOURS

Best Coast have announced that they will tour the UK in May, starting at The Great Escape in Brighton before taking in Manchester, London and Birmingham.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily - updated every Friday.

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New Oasis-only clubnight to launch in London next month
A new club night is launching with a playlist consisting only of Oasis songs. Is that something anyone wants? I mean, even if you really really really really like Oasis, is that not a bit much? Whatever, it's already booked to take place in three venues around the UK and Ireland.

Billing itself as "the world's only non-stop Oasis night", Back To Back's website also suggests that it plans to repeat the idea with other bands' catalogues.

"With a reunion looking unlikely, it's a chance for [Oasis] fans to get their fix, for four hours", organisers tell the NME.

As well as crowd pleasing anthems, the night promises to roll out some b-sides and live tracks. Well, they've got to fill the time somehow.

The DJ will apparently take requests too, so it'll be a competition on the night to see who can think of some Oasis rarity that said DJ doesn't have. Or you could keep requesting Noel's solo tracks and see where that gets you. No one wants to hear those, Joe. Shut the fuck up.

Anyway, if you're the sort of person who would like to attend this Oasis-only night - and social media tells me that there are actually quite a few - here are the relevant dates:

13 Mar: London, Dingwalls
1 May: Manchester, Off The Square
15 May: Dublin, The Workman's Club

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