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Arcade Fire to headline INmusic festival

Arcade Fire to headline INmusic festival

Arcade Fire to headline INmusic festival

The INmusic festival takes place on the 21st & 22nd June 2011 and will be headlined by the seminal Montreal act Arcade Fire who are fresh from Sunday’s GRAMMY AWARD and experimental band Grinderman. Set on the shores on the idyllic Lake Jarun in Zagreb, the festival boasts six different stages and will welcome 60,000 music fans to dance in the Croatian sunshine.

INmusic has grown rapidly from the first event in 2006 and has previously welcomed guests such as Moby, Franz Ferdinand, Kraftwerk, Lily Allen, N*E*R*D*, The Prodigy, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack, and Morrissey. Little wonder why the event has become the go-to destination for music lovers visiting Croatia.

This year the camping experience has been enriched so that people can enjoy the site for a full six days from the 18th to the 22nd June. The site will boast a plethora of amenities such as hot running water, wireless internet, food and drink stalls, mobile phone and laptops recharging points.

For those that need an additional buzz to the music there are a host of activities such as beach volleyball and handball, soccer, skate park, rollerblading, cycling, surfing, rowing, horse ridding, table tennis, hanging bowling hall, mini golf, and badmington near the festival.

The festival is perfectly situated only 1.5hours from Zagreb, giving the opportunity to enjoy the tourist attractions and the surrounding areas before or after the festival. There is the opportunity to take organised trips to attractive destinations such as the beautiful Plitvice Lakes.

The Vaccines to play a special NME Awards Tour warm up gig

The Vaccines to play a special NME Awards Tour warm up gig

The Vaccines to play a special NME Awards Tour warm up gig

The Vaccines to play a special NME Awards Tour warm up gig. As a pre-cursor to the 12-date NME Awards Tour running through February – The Vaccines – will play a very special warm up gig at Kings College, London (KCLSU) on January 29th. The Londoners will play an intimate gig before hitting the road with Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man and Everything Everything. Their first release, Wreckin’ Bar/Blow it Up, came out last week while the East London four-piece will be following in the footsteps of previous NME Awards Tour graduates Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and Florence and the Machine. Tickets will go on sale exclusively via NME.COM on Wednesday 1st December, and generally via Gigs and Tours and Ticketmaster on Friday 3rd December, for £8.50 with support bands to be announced. The NME Awards Tour begins on February 3rd and tours the UK until February 19th, when they play London’s O2 Academy Brixton. The NME Awards 2011 will take place on February 23rd at the same venue. To check the availability of NME Awards Tour 2011 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to nme.com/tickets now, or call 0871 230 1094. Tag your tweets with #nmeawards to join the conversation.

NME Awards Tour Dates 2011:

Thu 03 Feb Glasgow, O2 Academy
Fri 04 Feb Manchester, Academy
Mon 07 Feb Newcastle, O2 Academy
Tue 08 Feb Nottingham, Rock City
Wed 09 Feb Leeds, O2 Academy
Fri 11 Feb Norwich, UEA
Sat 12 Feb Birmingham, O2 Academy
Sun 13 Feb Cardiff, Uni Great Hall
Tue 15 Feb Bristol, O2 Academy
Wed 16 Feb Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Thu 17 Feb Brighton Dome
Sat 19 Feb Brixton, O2 Academy

The Wombats announce major January tour

The Wombats

The Wombats

The Wombats announce major January tour. The anticipation surrounding the return of The Wombats continues to escalate. Their upcoming single ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ received a glorious global premiere on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 where it was named the Hottest Record In The World and was swiftly followed by the news that their October tour dates sold out almost immediately. ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ has also since been named as Zane Lowe’s Single of the Week. The latest development comes with the confirmation of a full UK and Ireland tour that culminates with a sizeable London date at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. Renowned as one of the nation’s most incendiary live bands and also confirmed as one of the major attractions at Australia’s touring Parklife festival, The tour’s pre-sell commences on 9am on Wednesday, September 1st from www.the-wombats.co.uk/store before going on general sale from 9am on Friday, September 3rd. The Wombats are about to return to Los Angeles to complete work on their second album with producer Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand) having already collaborated on the project with Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.) and Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Lostprophets). The immediately infectious punky hooks that characterised their debut album are firmly in place, but this time around the band have been eager to experiment with more leftfield ideas and a darker lyrical approach.  ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ will be released on September 27th on 14th Floor Records with the band’s second album following towards the end of the year.Following the release of their debut album ‘The Wombats Proudly Present. A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation’, the band’s ascendency continued unabated. The Wombats completed two huge sold-out UK tours which included triumphant shows at Brixton Academy, a unique one-off headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and a massive homecoming show at the 10,000 capacity Liverpool Echo Arena. They were nominated for Best UK Act at the MTV Europe Awards, and played a plethora of enormous festival appearances including a co-headline set on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds as well as storming sets at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Isle of Wight and Oxegen.

The Wombats will play:

January
12th ‘ Belfast, Spring & Airbrake
13th ‘ Dublin, The Academy
15th ‘ Edinburgh, HMV Picture House
16th ‘ Dundee, Fat Sams Live
18th ‘ Newcastle, O2 Academy
19th ‘ Leeds, Metropolitan University
21st ‘ Birmingham, HMV Institute
22nd ‘ Manchester, Academy
23rd ‘ Sheffield, Leadmill
24th ‘ Norwich, UEA
25th ‘ Cardiff, University Solus
27th ‘ Bristol, O2 Academy
28th ‘ London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo

www.thewombats.co.uk

Saint Etienne headline The Apple Cart Festival

Saint Etienne headline The Apple Cart Festival

Saint Etienne headline The Apple Cart Festival

Saint Etienne headline The Apple Cart Festival . The Apple Cart Festival, one of the most exciting collaborative projects of the year, brings together some of the most forward thinking creative minds in the UK, with an agenda to enthrall and delight all your senses. The Apple Cart is proud to announce the only UK performance from headliners Saint Etienne. A true London musical institution, the band deftly fuse the English swing of sixties London with a post acid house backbeat and are responsible for classic anthems such as ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’, ‘Nothing Can Stop Us’, You’re In A Bad Way’ and ‘He’s On The Phone’. Expect Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs to charm the crowds with their grown up, stylish pop musings and sing along anthems. Next up is legendary DJ and widely acclaimed musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson whose eclectic musical selections will be a highlight of the inaugural festival. Fusing hip-hop, jazz and soul with newer musical genres, Gilles has garnered universal acclaim for his Worldwide show on Radio 1 and compilation albums of the same name. His DJ gigs have cemented a huge audience and his eclectic and vibrant set is certain to bring the carnival atmosphere to Shoreditch Park. Former front man of post punk outfit Orange Juice, Edwyn Collins is a welcome addition to the bill. The Ivor Novello winner who has influenced everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Maximo Park will be performing his soulful, heartwarming jangly pop tracks including international hit ‘A Girl Like You’. In support are Liverpool psychedelic rockers Clinic who are cult heroes for their unique and conceptual take on garage rock. Their visually arresting sets in surgical masks and Hawaiian shirts have become a classic trademark of their fun and experimental style. Expect a set of high octane, off-kilter carnival electronics, guaranteed to get the crowd going. Also on the bill is Steve Mason, one of the Britpop generations few genuinely brilliant and original songsmiths, Steve has delivered on the promise of The Beta Band’s ‘The 3 EP’s’ – the masterpiece that introduced his extraordinary talent to the world. He will perform tracks from his amazing new Richard X produced album ‘Boys Outside’, released on his new home Domino records in May, which is currently gaining strong radio play across the UK.

The Sunshine Underground ‘Spell It Out’

The Sunshine Underground 'Spell It Out'

The Sunshine Underground 'Spell It Out'

The Sunshine Underground ‘Spell It Out’ . The Sunshine Underground has announced details of the release of a new single. Spell It Out will be released through City Rockers/EMI on Monday 17th May 2010.  Taken from their second album, Nobody’s Coming To Save You, which was released earlier this year, the single will be released on download and will feature a Cenzo Townsend (U2, New Order, Bloc Party) mix of Spell It Out, radically different versions of Spell It Out and We’ve Always Been Your Friends and a previously unreleased track, Fall In Line. The single, and album, were produced by the band and Barny (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian).  Following their successful headline UK tour in February, which culminated in sold-out shows at London’s Koko and a triumphant home-coming at the O2 Academy in Leeds, the band have announced a number of festival appearances in April and May. The full list of dates is as follows:

APRIL
9th Barnsley Che Bar

MAY
1st Leeds Live in Leeds
2nd London Camden Crawl
3rd Middlesbrough Empire
5th Hull Love Music Hate Racism
6th Manchester Clint Boon, XFM presents
15th Brighton The Great Escape, Coalition
16th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
22nd Liverpool Sound City

The band will be announcing further UK festival and headline shows shortly. The Sunshine Underground are: Craig Wellington (vocals /guitar), Stuart Jones (guitar), Daley Smith (bass) & Matthew Gwilt (drums)

www.myspace.com/thesunshineunderground
www.thesunshineunderground.co.uk

New Young Pony Club confirm INmusic Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.

New Young Pony Club confirm INmusic Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.

New Young Pony Club confirm INmusic Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.

New Young Pony Club confirm INmusic Festival. New Young Pony Club have confirmed to play the Sony Ericsson World Stage at the T-Mobile INmusic Festival which takes place on 22nd and 23rd June In Zagreb, Croatia. “We marry the dance ethic with the pop ethic, and make something that you can dance to and sing along to.”  New Young Pony Club are a five piece rock band from London. Their influences are post punk and new wave. NYPC are influenced by many different bands and acts, and try not to risk becoming too close to the sound of any one other band.  T-Mobile INmusic Festival is the biggest and best festival in Croatia.  A two day extravaganza on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 June, 25,000 festival goers, featuring up to 40 local talent and international acts of world music, rock, pop, electronica. In its 5th season, the event will feature 6 live stages on the Croatian Youth Island, Lake Jarun in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. Previous years have seen all genres across the board featuring acts such as: Kraftwerk, NERD, Lily Allen, Franz Ferdinand, Tricky, Iggy Pop, Prodigy, Nick Cave, Sons and Daughters, XXTeens, Roisin Murphy, Serj Tankian, Amadou & Mariam to name a few.

http://newyoungponyclub.com/
http://www.myspace.com/newyoungponyclub

More festivals to go to: Beijing Pop Festival China, Bergenfest Norway, Bestival England, Byrn Terfel’s Faenol FestivalWales, Coke Live Music Festival Poland, Ireon Music Festival Greece, Live & Loud Malaysia , Pinkpop Netherlands, Rock’n Coke Turkey, Smooth Festival Poland Sunburst KL International Music Festival Malaysia, WesterpopNetherlands, Zelt Musik Festival Germany

Faithless to headline Selector Festival Krakow, Poland

Faithless to headline Selector Festival  Krakow, Poland

Faithless to headline Selector Festival Krakow, Poland

Faithless to headline Selector Festival with other artist confirmed so far Boys Noize, Thievery Corporation, Metronomy and Uffie.  Selector Festival will take place in Krakow, Poland on 4-5 June 2010. It’s a perfect way to start the festival summer in perfect location – Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Although festival is situated in green fields of central part of the town, it’s the indoor event held in 2 big concert tents (with space for more than 15,000 people).  First edition hosted: Franz Ferdinand, Orbital, Röyksopp, CSS, Fischerspooner, Dizzee Rascal, New Young Pony Club, Deadmau5, Erol Alkan, Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Agoria along with Polish top dj’s and live acts and multimedia vj`s.

Ticket price:
2-day ticket costs 200 PLN (around 50 EUR),
1-day ticket costs 135 PLN (around 34 EUR).

Selector is promoted by festival specialists – Alter Art, responsible for two biggest Polish summer festivals: Heineken Open’er Festival – European Awards best Major Festival winner (Gdynia) and Coke Live Music Festival (Krakow) so you can expect a lot.

All the tickets for Selector Festival 2010 are available and on sale – www.selectorfestival.pl

Paul Thomson The Yummy Fur are due to play the London Buffalo Bar tonight.

Franz Ferdinand

Ferdinand’s Paul Thomson was part of a reunion of The Yummy Fur the day before yesterday  (January 7) at Nice And Sleazy’s in Glasgow.  The ’90s cult band, whose members went on to form Franz Ferdinand and 1990s, reunited for their first gig in over a decade to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their old label Guided Missile. Among the fans in the crowd were members of Mogwai, Arab Strap, Errors and Dananananaykroyd. Although present in the audience Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos decided not to return to his former band, instead leaving the bass duties to Guided Missile label boss Paul Kearney. Taking to the stage alongside band members Kearney and Thomson and Brian McDougall, frontman John McKeown thanked the crowd before leading the band into opener ‘Career Saver’.  Despite the sub-zero temperatures outside, the basement of the famous Glasgow club soon became hot and sweaty as fans pogoed to their favourites such as ‘Canadian Flag’ and ‘Plastic Cowboy’. Before playing ‘Department’, McKeown introduced the song by saying: “This song is for our other bass player, who is in the crowd tonight. His name is Alex, do you remember him?” The crowd responded with loud cheers and one fan even joked, “Who’s he?” Ending with ‘Shoot The Ridiculant’, McKeown thanked the crowd before joining the rest of his band in a group hug, as the crowd wooped and cheered. Speaking to our source after the show, McKeown, said: “It’s been the 10-year anniversary of The Yummy Fur finishing and the 15th anniversary of our old label Guided Missile, so we thought this was as good as any time to get back.  “You sometimes get these guys who come back and want to change everything to make it sound better or whatever. But tonight we just went out and had a lot of fun.”

The Yummy Fur played:

‘Career Saver’
‘Kirsty Cooper’
‘Company Of Woman’
‘Supermarket’
‘St John Of The Cross’
‘Cryptdang’
‘Sexy World’
‘Films’
‘Kodak Nancy Europe’
‘Canadian Flag’
‘Roxy Girls’
‘Department’
‘Plastic Cowboys’
‘Policeman’
‘Chinese Bookie’
‘Shoot The Ridiculant’
‘Kid/Deathclub’

Paul Thomson The Yummy Fur are due to play the London Buffalo Bar tonight.

Franz Ferdinand Take Out Hits and Rare B-Side at V Fest

Franz Ferdinand-rtvScottish indie-pop sensations Franz Ferdinand gave Toronto’s Virgin Festival its first headline-caliber set with a riveting rock show. Their career-spanning performance consistently got the packed general admission section to rise, scream and boogie their hearts out. Plowing through crowd-pleasing singles ‘Michael,’ ‘Walk Away,’ ‘No You Girls’ and a stirring version of ‘Take Me Out’ — dedicated to fellow Scottish V-fester Paolo Nutini — the foursome also gave a nod to longtime fans by playing the rarely heard ‘Van Tango,’ the B-side from the band’s very first UK single, Continue reading →

The Jonas Brothers on the cover of the Rolling Stone.

the-jonas-brothers-on-the-cover-of-the-rolling-stoneThe Jonas Brothers are men now. That’s why they’re posing like a late-’90s boy band on Rolling Stone—that’s just what men do.  • E!’s own Kendra Wilkinson offered some insight into her “sexy bachelorette/bridal shower” fun on her blog. Wish we were there.  • This OP ad with Sophia Bush and AnnaLynne McCord also appears to have surfaced from the same time period. Are we time traveling? Is this real life?  • Everyone’s still trying to beat Emma Watson to her college announcement. Right now, the Internet’s money is on Columbia.  •  Kodakis working on reuniting Megan Fox with the Rose Boy so they can have an awkward, feel-good moment that will inspire us all to buy more Kodak.  • Breckin Meyer makes fun of the Perez Hilton postpunch webcam crying video and then Zac Efron pops up in this Funny or Die vid.

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