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Kylie Minogue picks up O2 Silver Clef

Kylie Minogue will be picking up the 25th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Award next Friday at the annual event at the Hilton, Park Lane that raises money for music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins.

Kylie said: ‘I am thrilled and honoured to be receiving the 25th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Award from Nordoff Robbins. The work that Nordoff Robbins does, using music therapy to transform the lives of vulnerable children and adults is amazing. This will be a special event and I am delighted to be able to attend and reunite with many friends too.’

Do you think that we can get something up online this morning about her picking up the award?

Attendees to the O2 Silver Clef now include Kylie Minogue, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sande, Conor Maynard, Tom Jones, Fatboy Slim, Manic Street Preachers, Michael Buble, Laura Wright. For more details and quotes from individuals please let me know and I will get them over to you as soon as possible.

Manic Street Preachers to play alternative Diamond Jubilee gig

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers will play a concert as an alternative to Britain’s Diamond Royal Jubilee next year.

The Welsh ‘A Design for Life’ group were initially planning a year off in 2012, but bass player Nicky Wire now says they will play as a show to avoid celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne.

Speaking at the iTunes festival in London, Nicky said: ‘We were going to take a year off from touring altogether next year but we are going to do one gig just to avoid the Diamond Jubilee.”

Referring to the Queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, he added: “I mean, how f***ing saturated have we been with the Royal Family this year? So there’ll be one gig, just to avoid having to listen to Prince Philip for an hour.’

Jubilee celebrations are set to run from June 2 to 5 next year. In 2011 a bank holiday was declared in April for the day Prince William married Catherine Middleton, a televised event which dominated the media for weeks.

Manic Street Preachers are not the only band to protest a royal celebration, as punk band The Sex Pistols released their single ‘God Save the Queen’ in May 1979 – a month before the monarch celebrated her Silver Jubilee. The controversial and provocative track has been interpreted as an attack on the monarchy and was banned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Manic Street Preachers bassist to release band history picture book

Manic Street Preachers bassist to release band history picture book

Manic Street Preachers bassist to release band history picture book

Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire is releasing a picture book of the group’s history. The bass player has been taking Polaroid photos throughout the band’s 25-year-career which have been collected into two volumes, the first of which will be called ‘Death of The Polaroid: A Manics Family Album’. The shots trace the band from making their first album, ‘Generation Terrorists’, to their most recent record, ‘Postcards From a Young Man’, which came out last year. Speaking of the book, he said: “You see the unfolding and unraveling, really, of four kids that kind of grew up in a bedroom, dreaming of taking over the world. I’m hoping it will be really engaging and really tactile.”

The photos were selected from around 3,000 which Nicky has taken of the band – which also includes James Dean Bradfield, Sean Collins and former member Richey Edwards, who disappeared in 1995 – and they are accompanied by text written by the star.

Nicky added: “Obviously the amount of travelling you see in the book – from Blackwood to Japan and back, is pretty amazing.

“I think the genius of Polaroid is you can pinpoint a memory really easily, and our fans are just as dedicated as we are in that sense, so I think they’ll just look at the book and be able to associate a memory with it as well.”

‘Death Of The Polaroid: A Manics Family Album’ will be published in November.

Manic Street Preachers to release ‘Postcards From A Young Man’

Manic Street Preachers to release 'Postcards From A Young Man'

Manic Street Preachers to release 'Postcards From A Young Man'

 Manic Street Preachers announce details of a new single to be released on February 28th 2011. ‘Postcards From A Young Man’ is the title track from the band’s tenth studio album which was released last year to huge critical acclaim. The album debuted in the UK charts at No. 3 and was featured in virtually every end of year poll at the close of 2010. The track will be released on 2 x CD and 7′ all featuring brand new tracks including a long lost track ‘Midnight Sun’ on CD2. In addition there will be a digital EP available via iTunes featuring live tracks from their last album ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’. The band toured extensively through the UK last year and finished up with dates in Australia and Japan.

Primal Scream reveal that Kylie Minogue wanted to work with them

Primal Scream reveal that Kylie Minogue wanted to work with them.

Primal Scream reveal that Kylie Minogue wanted to work with them.

Primal Scream reveal that Kylie Minogue wanted to work with them. The Australian singer ‘ who has previously collaborated with artists including Nick Cave and Manic Street Preachers ‘ approached the ‘Loaded’ hitmakers to write a track for her, but the group were having too many problems to accept. Frontman Bobby Gillespie revealed: ‘We met her twice ‘ at a photoshoot and then she came to a gig in Australia. She was lovely. ‘ think she was looking for us to write a song for her and make a record with her. But we were having problems even writing songs for ourselves at that point. So it never happened.’ Primal Scream ‘ who were previously famed for their drink and drug-fuelled partying ‘ recently marked 25 years since the release of their first single ‘All Fall Down’ but the group are surprised their career has lasted so long. Asked if he ever expected the group to be around 25 years, 48-year-old Bobby admitted to Q magazine: ‘ didn’t think I’d be alive then. I probably didn’t want to be alive. Seriously. ‘So the answer is no. But I always knew we were good. It was always a serious thing. It wasn’t like a part-time thing before you go back to doing a real job.

Manic Street Preachers and Public Image Ltd join Isle of Wight Festival 2011 line up.

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

More acts have today been added to the Isle of Wight Festival 2011 line up. The award winning Manic Street Preachers, critically acclaimed Public Image Ltd, Britpop giants Cast, the dynamic Hadouken!, the headmaster of British rock Nick Lowe and hotly tipped Brother, will raise the roof of the Big Top on Sunday 12th June. To get your hands on tickets check out Taking place in June, the first major festival of the summer will see headline performances from three of the biggest bands in the world; Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and closing the weekend Kasabian. Newly reformed Pulp will make their first UK festival appearance ahead of Foo Fighters on Saturday. With The Script, Plan B, Pixie Lott, James Walsh, Two Door Cinema Club and a guest performance from Jeff Beck already lined up for the main stage on Sunday, it’s certainly going to be a weekend to remember. Join us as we celebrate the 10th birthday in style.   With ten albums under their belts and a career spanning almost 25 years, the critically acclaimed Manic Street Preachers return with ‘Postcards From A Young Man’. Defiantly, unapologetically bold and forthright, the new album may be their best yet. Having topped the charts with both albums and singles including, ‘f You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, ‘Tsumani’, ‘The Everlasting’ and ‘You Stole the Sun from my Heart’, Manic Street Preachers are classed as one of the most interesting and inspirational bands of their generation. Headlining the Big Top on Sunday, the Welsh 3-piece are sure to rock the Festival.   After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. With their experimental sound fusing rock, dance, folk, ballet, pop and dub, Public Image Ltd are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the post-punk era; and are cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history, making them a perfect fit for this year’s eclectic Isle of Wight Festival. After announcing their reformation earlier this year, 15 years on from the release of their million-selling debut ‘All Change’, Britpop giants Cast are back and ready to pull out all the stops in the Big Top. Following a massive UK tour, the band will be returning to the studio to record a new album, set for release in early 2011. Hadouken! rightfully earned a reputation as a live act not to be missed, and their latest run of shows look set to exceed all expectations. Their second album, ‘For The Masses’, reached the top 20 earlier in 2010 and Hadouken! are sure to keep the crowd moving in the Big Top with their experimental, genre-hopping sound. Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club will be will be making their first appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival on the main stage on Sunday. The music-mad trio and their debut album ‘ ‘Tourist History’ – fizzes with invention and sparkling tunes. It’s undeniably pop, and draws on electronica / electro and rock ‘ an ideal way to start a Sunday! The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 10th – 12th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
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Jools Holland releases Later Live 2

jools-hollandCurrently on its 35th series, BBC2’s later live with, Jools Holland remains the unmissable Tuesday night 10pm essential for music fans of all ages backgrounds and tastes. Coupled with its perfectly timed 11.35pm extended version on Friday nights, the show truly exists as the most visible and consistent champion of quality music on the nation’s TVs, a fifteen year institution that has become as valued a friend and resource to the artists and musician featured n the show as for the audience themselves. Like its TV counter-part, ‘Later Live 2, with Jools 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 →

The Answering Machine support Manic Street Preachers

the-answering-machine3The Answering Machine are pleased to announce details of a tour support with Manic Street Preachers on their forthcoming UK dates. The Manchester quartet were personally requested by the Welsh trio to join them on their tour as main support, and will head out at the end of May for seven dates. The band begin their tour with Twisted Wheel in Sheffield today, and will play at Brighton’s Great Escape on Thursday (14th).  Vocalist Martin Colclough said: ‘We’re dead excited to be touring with a band that we all grew up listening to. I think everyone has their favourite Manics record, and for them to ask us to support them is amazing. We can’t wait!’ The Answering Machine release their new single, Obviously Cold, on the 1st June and their debut album ‘Another City, Another Sorry’ on the 15th June through Heist Or Hit Records.

The Answering Machine play:

13th May  Sheffield, Leadmill (with Twisted Wheel)
14th May  Brighton, The Great Escape
15th May  Birmingham, Rainbow Garden (with Twisted Wheel)
16th May  Manchester, Academy 1 (with Twisted Wheel)
18th May  Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (with Twisted Wheel)
19th May  Bristol, Thekla (with Twisted Wheel)
20th May  London, Kings College (with Twisted Wheel)
21st May  Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms (with Twisted Wheel)
25th May  Glasgow, Barrowlands (with Manic Street Preachers)
26th May  Llandudno, Cymru Arena (with Manic Street Preachers)
28th May  London, Roundhouse (with Manic Street Preachers)
29th May  London, Roundhouse (with Manic Street Preachers)
30th May  London, Roundhouse (with Manic Street Preachers)
1st June  Wolverhampton, Civic Hall (with Manic Street Preachers)
2nd June  Brighton, Dome (with Manic Street Preachers)
5th June  London, Koko (Club NME)
7th June Kent, Sellindge Festival
26th July  Clapham Common, London (Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Festival)

The Xcerts plans for their next single

the-xcerts-2THE XCERTS’ story began around the turn of the century when then 13-year-olds Murray MacLeod (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Smith (bass, vocals) met in the headmaster’s office of their school in Aberdeen. In 2006 they relocated to Brighton and met drummer and Exeter exile Tom Heron, where the line-up of THE XCERTS was finalised.  After a barrage of dates with Future of the left, Bat for Lashes, Biffy Clyro, Make Model, Cage the Elephant, Brakes, Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly and Fighting with Wire and recent supports with Enter Shikari and Feeder, THE XCERTS are gearing up for recording their debut full length album late summer with producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers / Idlewild) .  They’re a double edged sword of ferocious guitar and dainty, poetic words – a distorted pop band who fuse the influences of fellow countrymen Idlewild and Biffy Clyro with the thoughtful approach to songwriting of old school ‘emo’ bands like Jimmy Eat World and Bright Eyes. With support from Radio 1, XFM, MTV2, Rock Sound and !Kerrang, and a work ethic of epic proportions with a live show to match, these are exciting times for the Aberdeen / Exeter and Brighton based trio.  “Nothing short of astonishing” – !Kerrang  “Ludicrously Punchy” – Steve Lamacq  “’The Xcerts are going to be making big strides in 2008” – Drowned in Sound  Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ The Xcerts can now reveal plans for their next single. ‘Just Go Home’ will be released on 8th June through Xtra Mile Recordings as a download on iTunes and all major DSPs.  Fans who purchase ‘Just Go Home’ in the week of release are eligible for an additional free live track recorded at the band’s recent sold out Glasgow show and mixed by Dave Eringa (Idlewild, Manic Street Preachers,) who also produced the band’s debut album. For more information please see No strangers to the road, The Xcerts who spent a lot of last year touring with the likes of Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly, Twin Atlantic, Feeder and Fight Like Apes will soon embark on a national tour supporting My Vitriol while stopping off at every festival along the way!

Dates below:

15th – Great Escape Festival
17th – Aberdeen Tunnels – Supporting My Vitriol
18th – Liverpool Barfly – Supporting My Vitriol
20th – Cardiff Barfly – Supporting My Vitriol
21st – Exeter The Hub – Supporting My Vitriol
22nd – Southampton Joiners – Supporting My Vitriol
23rd – Audio, Brighton
5th – Herts Uni Summer Ball
6th – Hull Uni Summer Ball
20th – Lexapalooza Festival, London
24th – Southend Arts Festival
25th – Warwick Uni
3rd – Electric Bay, Perth
4th – Electric Bay, Perth
5th – Perth Music Festival, Perth
24th – Wickerman Festival (Solus Festival), Scotland
25th – Truck Festival
26th – Truck Festival
1st – Leopallooza Festival, Cornwall
30th – Beachdown Festival Brighton

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