A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
Mega. Kim Dotcom’s new file storage service, Mega, launched over the weekend. Dotcom and his lawyers say it’s different to MegaUpload because it automatically encrypts files as they are uploaded to the service, and can only be accessed with a key. This, they reckon, means the team behind the site can’t be held liable for whatever is stored on its servers because there’s no way for them to know what anyone file is, making the whole thing takedown proof. But that’s all by the by, really, as the American authorities have said they believe that, by launching the new Mega, Dotcom could be in breach of his bail conditions as he awaits an extradition hearing in the New Zealand courts. So that should make this week fun.
MIDEM. Over there in Cannes this Saturday, the 2013 edition of MIDEM will get underway. Amongst the speakers this weekend are DJ Spooky, The Ting Tings, The Next Web’s Managing Editor Martin Bryant and various representatives from YouTube, plus the third annual music hack day to be staged at the event. There’ll be more next week, starting with Visionary Monday on (yes, you guessed it) Monday, but we can talk about that next week.
Dappy sentencing. Dappy was last week found guilty of assault and affray in relation to a fight which broke out at a petrol station in Guildford in February last year. Dappy unsuccessfully defended himself by claiming that he had simply been trying to promote his new single to some people he’d noticed nearby and had been attacked himself. The jury did not concur. He and two other men will be sentenced this week. Dappy potentially faces six months in prison.
Closing date for Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition. If you’re a new band or musician and fancy playing the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this year, well you’d better hurry up and enter yourself into this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition. Opened last week, submissions close at 5pm on Thursday.
New releases. New albums this week come from The Joy Formidable (look out for an interview with frontwoman Ritzy Bryan later this week), Paul Banks, Esben And The Witch, Bad Religion, The War On Drugs, Widowspeak, Toro Y Moi, Foxygen and Ty Segall. And if you’ve still got space in your bag (actual or virtual), check out new EP releases from Efterklang and Blood Red Shoes.
Gigs. Daughter will play a sold out headline show at London’s Hackney Empire this Thursday. Meanwhile, Interpol frontman Paul Banks will be over in the British Isles for a brief tour to promote his new solo album.