Hey, it’s most definitely the beginning of festival season now, what with two major UK festivals taking place this weekend – the Isle Of Wight Festival and Download. But wait, before you head off to stand in a field and drunkenly shout along with your favourite rock bands, there’s a whole week of news and features to get through here at CMU. To ease your week along, we have a playlist from the brilliant Jon Hopkins and a brand new edition of the CMU podcast. Plus, we’ll be publishing a new Eddy Says column and an interview with BBC Music & Events Commissioning Editor, Jan Younghusband.
And now here’s round up of new stories, events, new releases and gigs coming up in the next seven days…
iRadio launch. Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference kicks off in San Francisco today. The five-day event allows third party developers in attendance to see what new features are coming to the company’s iOS and OS X operating systems. Of course, it’s also a platform for Apple to announce these and other changes to the wider world too, and one thing everyone is awaiting for an announcement on this time is the long awaited iTunes streaming service. Likely to be Pandora-style personalised radio set-up, major labels Sony and Warner joined Universal in signing up to the service last week and some kind of announcement is expected at WWDC today. You’ll be able to watch the keynote live here at 6pm UK time.
Isle Of Wight Festival. After being marred by bad weather last year, leading to some ticketholders spending the first night stuck in their cars outside the festival site, this year the folks behind the Isle Of Wight Festival have taken better precautions to stop the same happening again. Partly for licensing reasons, but partly, we’d like to think, out of the goodness of their hearts. That said, they’ve booked The Stone Roses, The Killers and Bon Jovi as their headliners, which does sort of look like a punishment for all those punters whose car-driving-to-a-festival antics forced that costly infrastructure upgrade.
Download Festival. If you don’t fancy heading over (a little bit of) the sea to the Isle Of Wight, and like your rock a bit more metallic, then Download is the festival for you. Taking over Donington Park, its headliners this year after Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein.
Kerrang! Awards. Keeping it metal is what has sort of become Download’s unofficial warm-up party, the Kerrang! Awards. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil lead the pack in the nominations, with four each. But will they come away with the most awards? Maybe. Maybe not. But there will be awards. That’s as much as I can promise for now. To celebrate the awards happening, the Kerrang! Radio station will, erm, disappear from the FM network in the Midlands. Previously digital-only station Planet Rock will appear in its place, just before new rival Team Rock launches on the digital network.
Deadline for AIM Awards entries. Hey, while we’re on the subject of awards ceremonies, The Association Of Independent Music will be holding its Independent Music Awards in September. Should you wish to win one of those awards, you have until this Thursday to send in a glowing application talking yourself right up.
New releases. Boards Of Canada’s new album is out this week, which apparently everyone is very excited about. Black Sabbath also make their return, which we assume some people care about. A lot more interesting are the new albums from These New Puritans and Emika, both of which are excellent. Also on offer are new LPs from Eleanor Friedberger, CSS, Polysics, Jagwar Ma, Smith Westerns and Beady Eye. Efterklang have a live album out, and fellow Nordic type Ane Brun has a retrospective of her first ten years as a recording artist. You can also pick up new EPs from Lorde and Hibou that are good.
Gigs and tours. Now the weather’s warmed up a bit, the big names are coming out. This week you can catch The Stone Roses, Kings Of Leon, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young out and about. Also playing shows are Tegan & Sara, Ben Howard, Chelsea Light Moving, Travis, Danny Brown, Chic, JJ DOOM, Mykki Blanco and Little Comets.