Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V . V Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary celebrations by announcing a world class line up for this year’s festivities on the 21st and 22nd August 2010 – to be headlined by Kings of Leon and Kasabian. The summer spectacular, held across two sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, will be crammed with the hottest names in music. Joining the headliners over the weekend will be favourites Stereophonics, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Cheryl Cole, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, and 2010 BRIT award winner Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th March and festival organisers are advising fans to purchase them quickly to avoid disappointment, but only from official outlets listed on www.vfestival.com. Headliners Kasabian said: ‘We can’t wait. We feel it’s the right time for us to headline a festival. We’ve been playing so many festivals for so long, years and years. I think the moment is right. It’s just a wonderful thing to be doing. ‘Our fans are going to love the show. They’ll really enjoy it.’
Fans will also experience sets from Madness, Editors, Mika, White Lies, Groove Armada, The Courteeners, Goldfrapp, The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Chase And Status, The Temper Trap, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, La Roux, Sugababes, Pixie Lott, Skunk Anansie, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Shed Seven, Imogen Heap and Plan B.
Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has blamed the internet for “killing” rock stars. The outspoken frontman claims there are no iconic musicians left because artists reveal too much about themselves on blogging websites such as Twitter. He said: “It’s not like what it used to be like in rock ‘n’ roll. In the 60s and 70s you had the likes of David Bowie and Marc Bolan, and then in the 80s you even had shit acts that were rock stars. Then in the 90s you had the Britpop revival. “I think – especially in the last three or four years – the internet’s taken a stranglehold and killed off the myth of the rock star now. You know when you used to buy the records and there was the myth behind them? There’s too much on blogs now and I think it’s killed it off. Nobody’s surprised by an interview anymore or anything. It’s quite tragic.” He also said blogging has taken away the spirit of rock ‘n roll’. He told Bang Showbiz: “There are so many rock stars writing these self pitying blogs and it’s not in the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, it’s like ‘Wow, what rubbish’.” The band are up for six nominations at next week’s Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 24, including Best Band, Best Album and Best Live Band.
Lady GaGa, Kasabian and Florence And The Machine where among the winners at this year’s Brit Awards 2010 lastnight (February 16). Lady GaGa was the big winner scooping three awards for International Female Solo Artist, International Album for ‘The Fame’ and International Breakthrough Act. Meanwhile, Kasabian took home the prize for British Group, Jay-Z was named International Male Solo Artist, Dizzee Rascal was crowned British Male Solo Artist and Florence And The Machine won the award for British Album for ‘Lungs’. Earlier in the night Liam Gallagher accepted the award for British Album Of 30 Years for Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ The full list of winners from the Brit Awards 2010 is as follows:
British Female Solo Artist – Lily Allen
International Female Solo Artist – Lady Gaga
British Breakthrough Act – JLS
International Male Solo Artist – Jay-Z
British Male Solo Artist – Dizzee Rascal
International Album – Lady Gaga ‘The Fame’
Brits Performance Of 30 Years – The Spice Girls ‘Wannabe / Who Do You Think You Are’ (1997)
British Group – Kasabian
Critics Choice – Ellie Goulding
International Breakthrough Act – Lady Gaga
British Single – JLS Beat Again
British Album Of 30 Years – Oasis ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’
British Album – Florence And The Machine ‘Lungs’
Outstanding Contribution To Music – Robbie Williams
JLS and Robbie to clean up at the REAL Brits. UK Music lovers show who they really want to win Brit Awards ahead of tonight’s event. JLS and Robbie Williams are the undisputed champions of the 2010 Brit awards – and the event hasn’t even happened yet. Music video streaming site MUZU.TV polled over 5,000 Britons all last week to find out which artists we most want to win. Despite critics claiming that this year’s awards will be dominated by the women, the public have voted otherwise. Every day last week, MUZU.TV put hot favourite Brit nominees up against each other, to battle it out for the public vote on its ‘Video Fight Club’. Fans voted for the artists they think deserve to win in each category. The results of the REAL Brits are: · The most popular artist of the entire poll was international heart-throb Robbie Williams. The cheeky northerner gave Calvin Harris, Dizzy Rascal and Paulo Nutini a run for their money, winning a staggering 98% of votes for the British Male Solo award.
· X-Factor stars, JLS, have clearly also won the hearts of the nation – 77% of those polled voted for the boy band to win British Breakthrough Act.
· Diva Leona Lewis stole 97% of the votes to win the Best Female Solo Artist, leaving Pixie Lott and Bat for Lashes in the shade
· According to British music fans, Florence and the Machine should be taking home the Best Album gong. The flame haired crooner had 51% of the public’s vote, beating Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen.
· 73% of us want Tinchy Stryder to walk away with Best Single for his track ‘Number One’, featuring N-Dubz. The pint sized urban music star, who’s monocle is ‘Star in the Hood’, stomped all over competition from Alexandra Burke, Alesha Dixon and Cheryl Cole
· Indie and rock fans around the country showed support for Kasabian, who won 62% of all votes to win Best Group.
The Brits will take place on Tonight 16 February at London’s Earls Court Arena commemorating 30 shows of the best in British music
The Specials are to receive the Outstanding Contribution prize at this year’s NME Awards. The British ska band – whose career has spanned over 30 years and who are known for their political lyrics – will be presented with the prestigious accolade at the music magazine’s annual ceremony on February 24 at London’s 02 Academy Brixton. The band – fronted by Terry Hall – will close the event with a performance of their biggest hits, which include ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘Rat Race’. In recognition of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s work, NME has renamed the accolade The Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. NME Editor Krissi Murison said: “There are few bands you can truly call revolutionary, but The Specials are certainly one of them. After 30 years of entertaining and inspiring in equal measure, it is an honour to have them at the NME Awards.” Other nominees at this year’s NME Awards include Arctic Monkeys who are up for seven accolades and Kasabian who have six nominations. It was also announced yesterday (01.02.10) The Specials will perform at one of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concerts on March 29. The charity was created ten years ago by The Who and aims to provide specialist teenage cancer units at UK hospitals. It has so far raised over £8.7 million. Other acts confirmed to perform this year include Noel Gallagher – who will be playing his first shows since quitting Oasis – Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys and The Who.
Stereophonics kick off what is set to be a big year for the band in sublime style with their instantly memorable new single ‘Could You Be The One’, released February 15th on Mercury Records. Written by Kelly Jones and produced by Kelly with Jim Abbiss (Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys) ‘Could You Be The One’ is a beautifully delicate track hinged on rich harmonies and stuffed with sweet sentiments. ‘I knew there was something in the melody,’ says Kelly. ‘I was trying to keep it beautiful rather than piling in for a big chorus.’ The new acclaimed album is packed with 12 gems of intelligent, sharply crafted, melodic storytelling, which has taken the band in some surprising and extremely enjoyable new directions. ‘Stereophonics’ best yet,’ said Sunday Time Culture in their 4* review, while the News Of The World declared it’s ‘Their angriest, most up-for-it record in years.’ The record is stripped back without the walls of loud guitars, creating a space to drive home Kelly’s vocal while allowing the strength of the songs to come through – fused with Kelly’s bar-raising musical vision, Javier Weyler’s intense drumming, Adam Zindani’s cascading guitar lines and Richard Jones’ driving bass. Stereophonics resume touring duties when they head out on a 9-date Arena Tour in March. Initially planned to be a 7-date run, extra dates were added in Glasgow (March 2nd) and Wembley (March 11th) due to overwhelming demand. The band will also make history again this summer by playing the FIRST concert at the newly built, state of the art, Cardiff City stadium, on Saturday June 5th. ‘We want to make it a day to make Welsh people proud,’ declares Kelly Jones. ‘We will be the first band to play the stadium and we love breaking in venues, even dating back to 1993, being the first band playing the Ivy Bush in Cwmaman!’
Stereophonics UK tour dates are:
Mon 1st NEWCASTLE, Arena
Tue 2nd GLASGOW, SECC
Wed 3rd GLASGOW, SECC
Fri 5th NOTTINGHAM, Arena
Sat 6th BIRMINGHAM, NIA
Sun 7th MANCHESTER, MEN
Tue 9th SHEFFIELD, Arena
Wed 10th LONDON, O2
Thu 11th LONDON, Wembley Arena
Saturday 5th – Headline Cardiff City Stadium
Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga and Kasabian to perform at BRITs. ’Angels’ singer Robbie – who has previously spoken of how his severe stage fright has halted his live performances – will perform a short set to commemorate recieiving a lifetime achievement award, with rumours rife that he will reunite with his former Take That bandmates for the second time since launching a solo career in 1996. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ‘Take That could reunite with Robbie to perform his second track. It’s the band’s 20th anniversary year and they and they are in talks about doing something spectacular.’ Robbie previously joined Take That and a host of other stars onstage for a rendition of Beatles song ‘Hey Jude’ at a concert in aid of charity Children in Need in November last year. Meanwhile, rap superstar Jay-Z is rumoured to be making an appearance at the show, and will possibly perform with ‘Viva La Vida’ hitmakers Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin. A source said: ‘As well as bringing Alicia Keys on stage to do a rendition of their hit ‘Empire State of Mind’, he’s thinking of getting Coldplay involved too. Chris Martin and Jay have been pals for years.’ Meanwhile, Lady Gaga will not be able to realise her plan of performing alongside reality TV sensation Susan Boyle at the awards show – as the latter has reportedly been snubbed from nominations because she is ‘not cool’ enough. Susan– who rose to fame after appearing on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, one of media mogul Simon Cowell’s TV shows – is said to have missed out on a nod in any category, despite being the biggest selling female artist of 2009 in the UK. A source said: ‘She’s not even shortlisted for Best Female, even though that’s usually the weakest category. ‘And it’s not just an attack on Susan. It also shows how Simon Cowell is regarded by many in the record business.’ However, one collaboration which will definitely take place at the awards will be between Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine in a specially conceived track called ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’, a mash up of their tracks ‘You Got The Love’ and ‘Dirtee Cash’. ‘Beat Again’ hitmakers JLS have also been confirmed to sing at the ceremony, which takes place at London’s Earls Court on 16 February. The nominations for the BRIT Awards will be announced tonight (18.01.10).
The Enemy and Little Boots have signed up to play gigs as part of a forthcoming exhibition project by photographer Rankin for children’s music charity Youth Music. The acts will play live at London’s Phillips de Pury Gallery. Little Boots will perform on November 12, followed by The Enemy a day later (13). Tickets will be available from Youthmusic.org.uk/rankin from today. The gigs will be part of a week-long series of music and art events around the ‘Destroy’ exhibition. For the event, Rankin has asked various musicians to customise a picture of themselves with Blur’s Alex James, Carl Barat, Jarvis Cocker, Kasabian and REM’s Michael Stipe among those involved. Viewings featuring performances by acts including Patrick Wolf and Micachu will take place prior to the ticketed gigs. Head to Youthmusic.org.uk/rankin for more information.
Liverpool Music Week is pleased to announce No.1 chart topper Calvin Harris for this years Liverpool Music Week. Calvin’s 80s infused dance tunes have captured the attention of dance heads across the UK over the last few years with tracks ranging from ‘Girls’ and ‘Acceptable In The 80’s’ both of which landed themselves in the Top 10 and he has been the highlight of many festival line ups in 2009. Calvin Harris is the latest act added to this years ever growing all star line up, other acts include Kasabian, The Specials, The Enemy, Continue reading →
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show is being held next Tuesday evening, 8 September in London and will feature live performances from all 12 shortlisted artists for the first time. The evening will culminate with the live announcement of the overall winner of the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Many of the bands and artists will be flying into the UK especially for the prestigious Continue reading →