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Lily Allen has hired a 12-year-old DJ for her wedding

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

The ‘Smile’ hitmaker has enlisted the services of Ted Lavender – who calls himself Ted at the Controls ‘ to provide the entertainment at her reception following her nuptials to fiance Sam Cooper on Saturday (11.06.11) in Gloucestershire, South West England, after hearing his demo tape – and he cannot wait to play at the event.

He told The Sun newspaper: “I do a lot of practising in my bedroom and I don’t get nervous, except at the beginning.

“But mostly it’s just really exciting when the crowd gets going. Lily’s really nice and I’m looking forward to really rocking her party.”

Ted’s dad Andy revealed Lily is keen for Ted to mix reggae and ska tunes for her 150 guests to dance to.

He said: “My eldest daughter Sarah is Lily’s half-sister and we’re all going to the wedding. Lily wanted Ted to play.

“I’ve got quite a large vinyl collection and Ted really enjoys playing my records.

“He saved up to buy his own decks and spends every hour he can on them.”

But Ted ‘ who is also set to play in the Hipshaker tent at the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend ‘ is not planning to be a full-time DJ.

He added: “I want to be an antiques dealer and I’ll probably do DJing at the weekends.”

Lily and Sam are set to celebrate their wedding with a honeymoon at Glastonbury Festival in a luxury £1,000 tepee.

Glastonbury confirming U2, Coldplay and Beyonce Knowles



Glastonbury festival has announced its full festival line up, confirming U2, Coldplay and Beyonce Knowles as this year’s headliners.

The festival confirmed the line-ups for 15 stages which will run over the three main days it takes place, June 24 to 26, in Somerset, Southern England.

U2 are headlining the main Pyramid stage after pulling out last year after lead singer Bono hurt his back. Coldplay will headline for the first time since 2005, while Beyonce will be playing at the festival for the first time.

The ‘Single Ladies’ hitmaker has previously said she is looking forward to her performance, saying: “I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy.

‘This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform.”

It has also been rumoured today she will be joined onstage by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, his wife Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Jay-Z.

Also appearing on the Pyramid stage over the weekend are Morrissey, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Wu Tang Clan, Two Door Cinema Club, Paolo Nutini, Tinie Tempah and Plan B among many other acts.

The Other Stage ‘ the second largest’ will be headlined by Primal Scream, Chemical Brothers and Queens of the Stone Age, and will also see appearances from Mumford and Sons, White Lies, Kaiser Chiefs and Eels.

Other stages include the rap, hip hop and soul of the West Holts stage, which has performances by Cee Lo Green, Kool and The Gang, Chase and Status and Jimmy Cliff.

The alternative John Peel stage will have DJ Shadow, Glasvegas and The Streets performing, while other stages include The Park, Acoustic, East Dance and Oxlyers In West.

For a full list of artists performing at the event, visit

U2 confirm they will headline this year’s Glastonbury festival

U2 confirm they will headline this year's Glastonbury festival

U2 confirm they will headline this year's Glastonbury festival

Guitarist The Edge revealed the Irish group will top the main stage on the Friday night of the iconic event in June, a year after they were forced to pull out due to a back injury to lead singer Bono.

In a video speech played at the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony in London shortly after Glastonbury was named Best Festival last night (23.02.11) he said: “Congratulations to [organisers] Michael and Emily Eavis and the rest of the team for the continued success of Glastonbury. It’s more a way of life than a festival.

“U2 will be playing on June 24. And we’re so excited to get to play in front of the world’s greatest festival audience. We’ll see you there!”

The guitarist also talked about his special guest appearance with rockers Muse at the festival last year, where he joined the band on the main Pyramid stage, saying: “I have to say there is something really special and iconic about that stage. So, we’re all looking forward to coming back to pick up where I left off.”

2011 will be U2′s first ever time performing at the festival, and the group are expected to play the track ‘Glastonbury’, which they had written especially for their performance last year.

Coldplay and Beyonce have already been confirmed as the other headliners of the event.

Tickets for the festival, which runs from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 June, have sold out.

Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session.

Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session.

Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session.

Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session. Mencap is proud to announce that Pet Shop Boys will be performing a very special Christmas Big Noise Session show on 8th December, at HMV Hammersmith Apollo. The legendary dance-pop duo will be presenting a one-off UK theatre performance of their ‘Pandemonium’ show which has toured the world and was a huge hit at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and at the O2 Arena last year. They will also be joined by a number of support acts who will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are priced at £50.00* and all proceeds from the night will go to learning disability charity Mencap. To be in with a chance to get your hands on tickets ahead of general release on 5th November, subscribe now at Mencap’s Big Noise Session is a new addition to the much-loved Little Noise Sessions, curated and hosted by the legendary DJ and Mencap ambassador Jo Whiley. Last year’s inaugural event saw bonafide superstars Coldplay perform a one-off homecoming gig in Exeter and now it’s the turn of Pet Shop Boys to bring their magic to Big Noise as it makes its London debut. Get in quick for a chance to buy tickets ahead of general release. Subscribe now, for just £6 for six months at and have exclusive access to a host of great content including; priority ticketing, backstage footage, audio, photos and all the latest news from the Big Noise backstage blog. Pre-sale tickets will be available for subscribers to purchase from 3rd November, ahead of general release on 5th November

Glastonbury Festival 2011 Sells Out Tickets In 4 Hours

Glastonbury Festival 2011 Sells Out Tickets In 4 Hours

Glastonbury Festival 2011 Sells Out Tickets In 4 Hours

Glastonbury Festival 2011 Sells Out Tickets In 4 Hours. The Glastonbury Festival 2011 has sold out its tickets in just over four hours Sunday, eight hours quicker than last year. The music festival organizers apologized to those who failed to secure a pass for the five-day event next year. The Glasto tickets went on sale Sunday, October 3rd from 9 a.m., but were sold out in just over four hours after thousands of fans flooded its website and phone lines.The fans were able to reserve up to eight tickets at a time. They had to pay 50 pounds or around $80 deposit, and have to complete the payment when the booking site opens on April 1 next year. Organizers Michael and Emily Eavis said, “We’re very sorry to those of you who didn’t get tickets, and acknowledge there were some issues with the website/phoneline due to the sheer volume of people trying to get through. We wish there was a way to fit everyone in who wanted to come.” “Thanks for all your support. We’re looking forward to seeing those of you who got tickets next June.” The tickets for the June 22 to 26 festival cost 195 pounds [$308] each

The festival season is now officially started!

The festival season is now officially started!

The festival season is now officially started!

The festival season is now officially started, and Carling kicked things off at the Isle of Wight Festival and Rock Ness last weekend. Music fans were in fine spirits and night after night The Local, Carling’s campsite bar brought in the crowds, lured by the promise of a perfectly poured pint of Carling and an amazing atmosphere to enjoy with their mates. Situated in the heart of the campsite, The Local proved to be the perfect place to kick back with mates after a long day of festival fever. The DJs played party favourites late into the night to create an electric atmosphere for campers, a great start to the summer. At the Isle of Wight Festival, the Carling resident DJ’s ended each night with a crowd pleasing anthem. Fun-lovin’ festival goers chanted ‘one more tune!’ over and over until a few more classic tracks were played and the crowd sung unaccompanied to bring the fun finally to a close for another evening. Across the Border at Rock Ness, Plan B made a special appearance at The Local. He chatted to festival goers at the Scottish event and enjoyed a cold pint before wowing the crowd with a great performance on the main stage. As a fully functioning pub, the Carling Local is the perfect watering hole for the weekend. Festival goers can kick back and enjoy all the comforts of their regular local including a perfectly poured, ice cold pint of Carling. So if you’re already having festival withdrawals after this weekend or you missed the action, don’t worry because The Local will be returning to V Festival sponsored by Virgin Media this August including Headphone Disco so make sure you join Carling

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Dead Weather confirm Glastonbury slot.

Dead Weather confirm Glastonbury slot.

Dead Weather confirm Glastonbury slot.

Dead Weather confirm Glastonbury slot. It has been announced that the Dead Weather will play a Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury festival.  The festival’s official website,, said the band will play on the Saturday (June 26) of the Somerset event taking place on June 25-27. Festival organiser Emily Eavis said: “We’re always honoured to have Jack White at the festival and he’s given us some amazing sets over the years with The White Stripes and The Raconteurs.”  She went on: “The Dead Weather played a surprise set in The Park last year which blew everyone away, so we can’t wait to see them on the Pyramid Stage this year. Welcome back Jack!” White has previously played on the Pyramid Stage in 2002 and 2005 (headlining) with The White Stripes, and in 2008 with The Raconteurs. This years event will be headlined by U2, Muse and Stevie Wonder.

The Rolling Stones: ‘We’re not playing 2010 Glastonbury festival’

The Rolling Stones have declared that they will not be playing at the Glastonbury festival this year, following rumours that they were set for a headline slot.  The band addressed the issue directly, saying that the festival rumours were false and that they would not be touring at all in 2010. “Following recent UK media speculation, The Rolling Stones would like to make it clear there are no plans at the moment for the band to tour in 2010,” a spokesperson for the band told our source.  Meanwhile, the band are set to release a reissue of their 1972 classic ‘Exile On Main Street’ in May featuring a host of unreleased songs including ‘Plunder My Soul’, ‘Following The River’ and ‘Sophia Loren’.  U2 have been announced as one headliner for Glastonbury and a second unnamed act has also been confirmed for the Pyramid Stage top spot, while organiser Emily Eavis has said that Dizzee Rascal will probably be appearing at the festival too.

Michael Eavis; Glastonbury founder gets degree

michael_eavisMusic aficionado and entrepreneur, Michael Eavis CBE, who founded the Glastonbury Festival, has received an honorary degree from Buckinghamshire New University in recognition of his significant achievements in the music industry, his business reputation and his strong links with the University and its students.  Michael was amongst a distinguished gathering of individuals who were honoured at Bucks New University’s graduation ceremonies held at the Wycombe Swan theatre from 7-11 September. Michael staged the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970. By 2005, the festival had become the biggest Continue reading →

Arctic Monkeys refused to mix with other acts on Reading Festival

arctic_monkeysrtv Arctic Monkeys have been blasted for their unfriendly attitude at the Reading Festival. The ‘Crying Lightning’ rockers – who headlined the music event on Saturday (29.08.09) – have come under fire for their insistence on a segregated backstage area and refusal to mix with other acts on the bill. A source told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “At festivals most bands take the opportunity to hang out with each other but the Monkeys demanded privacy. “They had their own area set up away from the other acts on the bill, which was guarded at all times by two security guards. “Now they’re on their third number one album they can make any demand they want and Continue reading →

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