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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.

Far East Movement Kicks Off Their “Up In The Air” Tour

Far East Movement

Far East Movement

Far East Movement Kicks Off Their “Up In The Air” Tour. Far East Movement, a band also known by the name of just FM, will kick off their “Up In The Air” tour on September 13th in Anaheim, CA with Mike Posner. The group’s first single “Like A G6″ is currently #12 overall on iTunes Top Songs and #5 on iTunes Top Pop Songs. The song is also still climbing on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart(last placed at #41) and is #25 on the country’s digital song sales chart. FM’s members Kev Nish, Prohgress, J Splif and DJ Virman started the band in Los Angeles where they’ve already had a #1 song at radio with the hit “Girls On The Dance Floor.” Their music bridges the gap between underground club and mainstream hip-hop and pop music. They’ve coined the term ‘Free Wired’ to describe their lifestyle and sound that blends elements of Hip-Hop, Pop, Electro and Dance. “We want people at our shows to feel free to let loose and ‘geek out’ however the feel comfortable. Our music and lifestyle is about making sure everyone is having a good time,” states Kev Nish. Far East Movement have already taken the Los Angeles club scene global; they’ve already done two world tours, including recent stints with Lady Gaga, N*E*R*D, Robyn/Kelis and LMFAO. The ‘Free Wired’ debut album will also feature appearances from Ryan Tedder, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, Pitbull and Lil’ Jon.

Taylor Swift Joins Forces with Band Hero – Xbox

Taylor Swift - band heroVideo game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero’s in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favourite chart-topping hits ‘You Belong With Me,’ ‘Picture To Burn’ and ‘Love Story’ in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season – Band Hero.  Allowing budding pop stars the ability to perform with friends and family in living rooms across the globe or take their newfound fame on the road as they command center stage with their band anywhere they choose, Band Hero confirmed today additional songs from both the console and Nintendo DS™ Lite set lists, comprised of the most fun to play, chart-topping hits. When the games ship on November 3, fans can live out their music fantasies as they step on stage as their favourite music superstars, including singer/songwriter Taylor Swift and Maroon 5’s Continue reading →

Arctic Monkeys to headline Exit

exit_dance_arenaArctic Monkeys, Moby , Korn, Patti Smith, Manic Street Preachers, Kraftwerk, The Prodigy and Madness to headline Exit 2009  Arctic Monkeys, Moby, Korn, Patti Smith, Manic Street Preachers, Kraftwerk,The Prodigy and Madness have been confirmed as headliners of Exit festival which will take place on Petrovaradin fortress, in Novi Sad, Serbia, from 9th till 12th of July. This year’s exclusive line up for Dance Arena is featuring back-to-back performances of the biggest DJ stars of today. Among the names who have marked previous festivals, at one of the biggest electronic music stages in the world, we will be able to experience those of: Sasha and John Digweed, Richie Hawtin and Dubfire, Green Velvet and Carl Cox, Sander Kleinenberg vs Darren Emerson, Kissy Sell Out vs Alex Metric and Heidi vs Justin Martin.

The main stage of Exit Festival is bringing in new names in the After 2 program, which begins at 2 a.m. and finishes after 6 a.m. On the first day of the Festival, at two o’clock after midnight, you will be able to see a very fresh dubstep duo, Caspa & Rusko with MC Rod Azlan, and two hours later, DJ Sub Focus with MC Jakes from London. On Friday 10th July, ‘After two’ continues with drum’n’bass scene stars, the first on stage being the legendary Andy C and his guest MC GQ, followed by Brasilian DJ Marky and Dynamite MC at 4 a.m. The third day brings together the two drum’n’bass stars, Fabio and Grooverider, who will be supported by MC Rage. On Sunday, at 2 after midnight the visitors will be able to see London duo Chase&Status, supported by vocals Takura and Plan B. The tenth Exit Festival’s main stage program will be closed by two popular drum’n’bass DJs, Bryan Gee and Kenny Ken, in the company of the famous MC Skibadee.

Exit festival Is celebrating 10 year anivarsary. Festival started as a protest against government of Slobodan Milosevic and today become one of the biggest European festivals. The list of the musicians who have performed at Exit includes Beastie Boys, The Prodigy, Iggi Pop, Massive Attack, Moloko, Underworld, White Stripes, Slayer, Roni Size, Manu Chao, N*E*R*D, Sex Pistols, Frankie Knuckles, John Digweed, Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Sven Vath, Deep Dish, Laurent Garnier, The tenth Exit Festival will be a green one. Under the slogan „Leave no trace’, the association of 50 biggest festivals in Europe, „Yourope’, has developed the concept “Green & Clean”, and Exit Festival, which will be held for the tenth time, from 9th to 12th July 2009, has joined them this year.

Estelle joins Grammy Celebration Concert Tour

estelle2The full line-up for the second GRAMMY Celebration Concert Tour presented by T-Mobile Sidekick that includes some of today’s most talented and recognizable musical acts including Kelly Clarkson, Common, Estelle, Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, LL Cool J, Katy Perry and Gavin Rossdale has been announced. In addition, the resident DJ for the entire tour will be recording artist and “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis.  GRAMMY nominees Leona Lewis and Gavin Rossdale kicked off the tour in Los Angeles, performing at the Hollywood Palladium for thousands of fans on April 9. The tour will then move on to San Francisco at The Warfield with GRAMMY nominee Natasha Bedingfield and N.E.R.D.

May shows will include a Boston appearance on May 4 with two-time GRAMMY winner Kelly Clarkson and GRAMMY nominee Lady Gaga at the House of Blues Boston, and then a show in Miami with GRAMMY winner Common and GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry, performing an intimate set for the audience at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on May 13.

The tour will conclude on May 28 in New York City with GRAMMY winners LL Cool J and Estelle. The New York natives will take over Terminal 5 to wrap the GRAMMY Celebration Concert Tour presented by T-Mobile Sidekick.

Gnarls Barkley want to work with Oasis

gnarlsbarkly GNARLS BARKLEY have revealed that they would like to make an iconic song with Oasis.  Singer Cee-Lo said he is a huge fan of Noel Gallagher and he loved the band’s recent album Dig Out Your Soul. He said: “I’ve been checking out the new Oasis album and it’s hot. “When I was in London I got to hang out with Noel and we had a big laugh. I’d like to do something iconic with them.”

The Gnarls Barkley collaboration didn’t bring producer Danger Mouse to the top of the British charts for the first time, but it did mark his debut as the pilot of a hit record. Mouse, born Brian Burton, first gained the ears of discriminating listeners when he concocted The Grey Album, a bootleg that mashed the vocals from The Black Album by Jay-Z with music samples courtesy of The White Album by EMI flagship the Beatles. Although the label posted a cease-and-desist order, one of their employees, Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, was one of the impressed, and he hired Burton to create the beats for the second Gorillaz album, Demon Days. Just one year later, Danger Mouse was back in the charts with another collaboration project, Gnarls Barkley, with singer Cee-Lo Green (a solo artist and former member of Atlanta’s Goodie Mob). The pair had met in Atlanta in the late ’90s, and began recording together around the time of a 2003 DM record titled Ghetto Pop Life. A few recordings were passed around and played by many associated with the pair, and eventually one of the leaked tracks, “Crazy,” became a hot property for the download market. It became the first single vaulted to the top of the British charts by digital distribution, and the resulting album, St. Elsewhere, peaked at number one on the album charts. A follow-up was not long in coming; The Odd Couple dropped in early 2008.

A Full House for Bands and Fans at SXSW

sxsw-1So I just got back from SXSW,  It’s one of those festivals that comes at you from all angles — parties day and night, free drinks and food everywhere you look, and constant impromptu parties at one minutes notice. Some of my highlights include witnessing Justice alongside 200 people in a crammed room drunk off my head at the infamous Playboy party, chatting up a playboy bunny, and ending up in a hot tub with buzz band MGMT at 7am at their hotel — all in one night! Then there was the adventure of heading to a farmyard party in ‘Hicksville’, on the outskirts of Austin; watching Spank Rock perform on a ten storey building rooftop at 2am at the Nylon party; bumping into ZZ Top by accident; getting caught up in the revelry of a show by some unknown band that moved itself from the stage inside the venue Emo’s out onto the street; sneaking into a wine tasting party which served up some of the most orgasmic food on offer whilst watching an intimate set by Erika Wennerstrom — the next Emmylou Harris; witnessing one of the most intense politically charged hip hop shows by unknown Mississippi rising star David Banner at the Fader/Levis Fort; and watching Pharell Williams of N.E.R.D rip it up with a ten man band. Phew!

Any dip has been imperceptible among the throngs on East Sixth Street or Red River, the two main strips of clubs in downtown Austin. At SXSW, the music business reminds itself that people do actually care enough about music to seek it out. The clubs are crowded, partly because the festival sells passes that cover all the showcases, encouraging an all-you-can-hear approach. (Labels and publishers have resisted a similar subscription model for selling recordings, although there are online subscription services for streaming playback.)

Many of the fans in the clubs have most likely heard their chosen bands via free downloads, legal or illegal; there are legal ones for many of the SXSW bands at www.sxsw.com. But as the music business is coming to understand, the ancient model of the touring troubadour may turn out to be the 21st-century model for a working musician’s livelihood.

And there are plenty of bands still ready to jump in a van, sleep on couches, set up their own equipment and play three shows a day for a chance to be noticed. They no longer expect to be handed “the standard rich-and-famous contract,” as one musician put it, but perhaps they’ll find a booking agent, an impromptu interview or a new fan with a clever idea for a T-shirt design.

SXSW isn’t just for unknowns and lesser-knowns. It pulls older bands out of mothballs; this year the lineup includes the Sonics, Devo, Echo and the Bunnymen, Primal Scream and the Memphis soul band the Bar-Kays. Meanwhile, with just about every media organization that covers music in town, well-known current bands are eager to use SXSW as a marketing springboard. The multimillion-selling Metallica, promoting its tie-in with the video game Guitar Hero, was due to play a not-so-secret show on Friday night at Stubb’s BBQ.

On Wednesday, the music festival’s opening night, the Decemberists introduced their new album, “The Hazards of Love” (Capitol) — an hourlong, uninterrupted rock opera and fable about love and murder — by playing it from start to finish for a full house at Stubb’s and an NPR Web cast, which can be downloaded free from npr.org.

The music segued from delicate, Celtic-folk-rooted ballads to stomping, 1970s-flavored riff-rock and back, as the Decemberists’ songwriter, Colin Meloy, portrayed both the album’s romantic hero and its sociopathic villain. Becky Stark from Lavender Diamond and Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond sang the female characters. Parts of the music were too delicate for the boisterous SXSW crowd, but the music held up as a coherent structure, with passages that grew stronger each time they recurred.

Grizzly Bear, whose album “Veckatimest” (Warp) is due for release on May 26, had an ideal place — the resonant Central Presbyterian Church — to perform its new songs on Thursday night. They are otherworldly meditations that dissolve from a handful of pensive, open-ended lyrics into wordless, rapturous vocal harmonies that floated through the hushed room.

Another superb New York band, Dirty Projectors, introduced songs from its next album, “Bitte Orca” (Domino), due in June, including the dizzying, pointillistic vocal mesh of a song called “Remade Horizon” that can be heard at npr.org.

Big Boi, half of the Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, was less generous with new material in his quick-rhyming, upbeat set on Thursday night. His long-delayed first solo album, “Sir Luscious Left Foot,” is now due for release in June or July, he announced. But he devoted most of the set to OutKast songs, only unveiling one new track, “Backup Plan,” and his verses of a song that also has other rappers on it, “Royal Flush,” which was just leaked online.

SXSW has positioned itself as a one-stop opportunity to make contacts across the American music business, and it has had a steadily increasing presence for bands from abroad. This year there were 594 international acts at official showcases.

micachu-and-the-shapesOne startling British import was Micachu and the Shapes, a trio of former music school students who love bare-bones structures. Mica Levi’s terse, choppy songs for the group use dissonant guitar chords, hardheaded lyrics, a swinging drumbeat, perky keyboard hooks and contrapuntal cowbells, among other things, for songs with the ebullience of a skiffle band and the hardheadedness of hip-hop.

Other international arrivals included Blk Jks (pronounced Black Jacks), a South African band that mingles brisk, triplet-driven, African-rooted rhythms with eruptions of neo-psychedelic guitar and echoey vocals, reminiscent of American progressive rock like the Mars Volta. Oh Land, a Danish trio suggesting Bjork leading the Pointer Sisters, sang about frostbite and earthquakes with synchronized moves and odd hats.

Not that American bands were scarce, whether they were playing revved-up, post-punk Minimalism, like Abe Vigoda, from Los Angeles, or Dylanesque Americana, like Elvis Perkins in Dearland (leaning toward rockabilly and gospel) and the Portland band Blitzen Trapper (applying new-wave concision to the sound of the Band). Groups like those can look forward, if they’re lucky, to careers on the road, perhaps with an occasional windfall from placing a song in a soundtrack or a commercial. But on a beery Austin night in a packed club, that can sound like enough.

The South by Southwest Music Festival continues through Sunday; www.sxsw.com.

Bullet for My Valentine join Teenage Cancer Trust

bullet_for_my_valentineTeenage Cancer Trust announce today that Welsh metalcore band, Bullet for My Valentine, will headline Saturday night at the charity’s renowned Royal Albert Hall shows in March this year.

Tickets for the gig on Saturday 28 March are on sale now below.

Joining them for this exclusive event are The Blackout and Fightstar.

The Blackout have been regulars on the UK touring circuit playing with huge names such as Linkin Park, Lostprophets and N.E.R.D . They will release their follow up to breakthrough album ‘We Are The Dynamite’ in May this year.

Led by singer Charlie Simpson, Fightstar have just finished recording their 3rd studio album. Last summer they opened the main stage at legendary rock festival Download, and headlined Guilfest, Summer Slam and Greenbelt Festival. They currently have their brand new single ‘Mercury Summer’ blasting out across BBC’s Radio 1.

More acts to be announced – check www.teenagecancertrust.org for details.

Tickets are available from the following outlets:

Teenage Cancer Trust: www.teenagecancertrust.org 0871 231 0836
The Royal Albert Hall: www.royalalberthall.com 0845 401 5030
Gigs and Tours – www.gigsandtours.com
Q The Music – www.qthemusic.com
Absolute – www.absoluteradio.co.uk/tickets

N.E.R.D – ‘Sooner Or Later’

nerd_fly_or_die_lAnyone who subscribes to the theory than Liberal Democrat Vince Cable foresaw the current global recession should check out N.E.R.D’s ‘Sooner Or Later’. Pharrell Williams saw this one coming ages ago. Check out the video on RTV Channel  now. The acronym N.E.R.D. stands for “No One Ever Really Dies,” but childhood friends Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams, and Shay most certainly used the group to proudly emphasize the nerdier aspects of their musical personalities. Before this side project took shape, Hugo and Williams — as the Neptunes — had established themselves as giants in the field of pop production, whether they were working with hardcore rappers, smooth crooners, or teen pop groups. Although their faces were known to many due to this prominence, N.E.R.D. allowed the duo to take center stage, as rock stars, even if a new alias was being used.

The trio recorded its first album, In Search Of…, and released it in Europe in late 2001. Not entirely happy with the results, they reshaped the album using live instrumentation — with significant assistance from the funk-rock band Spymob, to further differentiate the material from Neptunes productions — before issuing it in the U.S. in March of 2002. Singles “Lapdance” and “Rock Star” made minor indentations on the singles charts; despite this, the album didn’t come close to achieving the kind of commercial success won by the average Neptunes production. In March of 2004, after another endless influx of hitmaking Neptunes work, they resurfaced with Fly or Die. This time out, Hugo and Williams handled more of the instrumentation. Unrelenting in their knack for the absurd, lead single “She Wants to Move” was promoted with a video that depicted the three members performing in the rear “compartment” of a female-shaped space vessel — a very literal interpretation of the line “Her ass is a spaceship I want to ride.” The trio’s third album, Seeing Sounds, followed four years later.

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