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The Specials forced to cancel New York show

The Specials forced to cancel New York show

The Specials forced to cancel New York show

The Specials cancel New York show. The Specials have been forced to cancel an appearance in New York due to visa issues. The band were scheduled to play New York’s SummerStage on Canadian fans need not panic, however. The band will still be playing their scheduled Toronto dates on August 27 and 28. The band plan to return to the USA in 2011 after having such a good time on their first American tour in thirty years earlier this year, which included a triumphant performance at California’s famed Coachella Festival. Other artists appearing at the SummerStage this summer include Jimmy Cliff, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys and Public Enemy

Teenage Cancer Trust auction exclusive signed merchandise

Teenage Cancer Trust auction exclusive signed merchandise

Teenage Cancer Trust auction exclusive signed merchandise

Teenage Cancer Trust auction exclusive signed merchandise. To celebrate 10 years of music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall, Teenage Cancer Trust is auctioning exclusive signed merchandise from legendary artists. The exclusive catalogue includes signed t-shirts, programmes and show laminates from this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall concerts. The star studded line up includes The Who, Noel Gallagher, Depeche Mode, Suede, JLS, Arctic Monkeys, The Specials, Them Crooked Vultures, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding and more. In addition to the show merchandise, a one-off signed Marshall Amp by Muse is also up for grabs. Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual concerts have become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the British music calendar. Now into their tenth year, the concerts were the brainchild of Teenage Cancer Trust Patron and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE. Each year, the shows have featured some of the world’s biggest bands and artists. Teenage Cancer Trust believes that teenagers should not have to stop being teenagers, just because they have cancer. The charity funds and develops specialist teenage cancer units within NHS hospitals which enable young people to be treated together, by an expert team, in the best possible environment. Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on quality of life and aims to improve the chances of survival for young people with cancer. Since its inception in 1990, the charity has opened a total of 15 units and plans to build enough so that, by 2012, every single teenager in the UK can have access to the support they provide.  To find out more or to make you bid visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

Coachella 2010: Acts you don’t want to miss

Some things about Coachella are obvious.

Some things about Coachella are obvious.

Some things about Coachella are obvious. The headliners deliver, and this year they’re particularly pro: rap’s Warren Buffett, Jay-Z, and stadium rock saviors Muse, pictured, plus the multimedia blitz of Gorillaz. The bill’s middle is packed with great stuff that you will miss because you’re standing in line to recycle your water bottles. One night, you will happen upon a mostly empty tent and from it will pour music that changes your life. As for specifics, here are all on this year’s thick lineup that I wouldn’t miss.

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  • Aeroplane
  • Alana Grace
  • As Tall As Lions
  • Baroness
  • Benny Benassi
  • Calle 13
  • Ceu
  • deadmau5
  • Deer Tick
  • DJ Lance Rock
  • Echo & the Bunnymen
  • Erol Alkan
  • Fever Ray
  • Gil Scott-Heron
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Hockey
  • Iglu & Hartly
  • Imogen Heap
  • Jay-Z
  • Jets Overhead
  • Kate Miller-Heidke
  • La Roux
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Little Dragon
  • Lucero
  • Pablo Hassan
  • Passion Pit
  • Perry Farrell vs. Steve Porter
  • P.O.S.
  • Proxy
  • Public Image Limited
  • Ra Ra Riot
  • She & Him
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Street Sweeper Social Club
  • The Avett Brothers
  • The Cribs
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • The Specials
  • The Whitest Boy Alive
  • Them Crooked Vultures
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Wale
  • Wolfgang Gartner
  • Yeasayer
  • 2 many DJ’s
  • Aterciopelados
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Band of Skulls
  • Bassnectar
  • Beach House
  • Camera Obscura
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Craze
  • David Guetta
  • DEVO
  • Dirty Projectors
  • Dirty South
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Faith No More
  • Flying Lotus
  • Frank Turner
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • GIRLS
  • Gossip
  • Hot Chip
  • John Waters
  • Kaskade
  • Klever
  • Les Claypool
  • Major Lazer
  • Mew
  • MGMT
  • Muse
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Porcupine Tree
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Pretty Lights
  • RX Bandits
  • Shooter Jennings & Hierophant
  • Sia
  • Steel Train
  • The Almighty Defenders
  • The Dead Weather
  • The Raveonettes
  • The Temper Trap
  • The xx
  • Tiesto
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • White Rabbits
  • Z-Trip
  • Zoe
  • B.o.B.
  • Babasonicos
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Club 75
  • De La Soul
  • Deerhunter
  • Delphic
  • Florence & The Machine
  • Gary Numan
  • Gorillaz
  • Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  • Infected Mushroom
  • Jonsi
  • Julian Casablancas
  • Kevin Devine
  • King Khan & the Shrines
  • Little Boots
  • Local Natives
  • Matt & Kim
  • Mayer Hawthorne & the County
  • Miike Snow
  • MUTEMATH
  • One eskimO
  • Orbital
  • Owen Pallett
  • PAPARAZZI
  • Pavement
  • Phoenix
  • Richie Hawtin presents Plastikman Live
  • Rusko
  • Sly Stone
  • Spoon
  • Sunny Day Real Estate
  • Talvin Singh
  • The Big Pink
  • The Glitch Mob
  • The Middle East
  • The Soft Pack
  • Thom Yorke
  • Yann Tiersen
  • Yo La Tengo

The Specials to get Outstanding Award at NME Awards.

The Specials to get Outstanding Award at NME Awards.

The Specials to get Outstanding Award at NME Awards.

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.

Calvin Harris added to Liverpool Music Week

Calvin+Harris+4Liverpool 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 →

Gerard Way and wife welcome daughter Bandit Lee

gerard-wayMy Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way has become a dad for the first time with the birth of his baby daughter. Way and wife Lindsey Ballato welcomed Bandit Lee on Wednesday (May 27). The couple married in September 2007. According to People.com , “Bandit Lee Way was born in Los Angeles at 2.57pm and weighs 6 pounds, 5.6 ounces. Everyone is healthy and happy.” As previously reported, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Beyonce are set to headline Japanese festival Summer Sonic. Nine Inch Nails, Kasabian, Elvis Costello, The Specials, The Enemy and The Flaming Lips are also among the bands on the 2009 bill. The festival takes place in Tokyo and Osaka between August 7 and 9.

2 Many DJs and James Morrison added to Oxegen 2009

miss-kittin-and-the-hackerWith a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet.  Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.

Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison.  Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show.  Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday.  It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday.  The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night.  Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday.  Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday.  Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up.  BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.

OXEGEN artists announced so far:

FRI 10TH JULY
Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose

SAT 11TH JULY
Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux

SUN 12TH JULY
The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.

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