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CMU Planner – w/c 10 Sep 2012

By | Published on Monday 10 September 2012

Nick Grimshaw & Chris Moyles

A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…

Chris Moyles’ last day at Radio 1. Chris Moyles will present the Radio 1 breakfast show for the final time this Friday, bringing to an end his eight-year run in the prime-time slot. Moyles renewed his R1 contract for another three years in July 2011, but is leaving the breakfast slot as bosses at the BBC station contend with criticism that the service does not sufficiently appeal to its target youth demographic. 28 year old Nick Grimshaw will replace 38 year old Moyles on 24 Sep.

Mercury Prize shortlist. You may well be scratching your head right now, thinking to yourself, ‘but surely the Mercury Prize itself is handed out in September’. It’s OK, you’re right, it was. But not any more. It was announced earlier this year that the main ceremony was being moved to November. And what is it making way for? Um, well, I guess for the new nominations ‘party’ in September. You wouldn’t want the two things to clash. Anyway, the list of the twelve inarguably best British albums of the last year – aka the Mercury shortlist – will be announced on Wednesday evening.

International Radio Festival. Now in its third year, the International Radio Festival kicks off again in Zurich this Wednesday, running right the way through to Sunday. Presenters representing radio stations from across the globe will broadcast from the festival, both on a festival frequency and to listeners back home. From the UK, stations attending and broadcasting include BBC Radio 1, Flex FM, Ministry Of Sound Radio and Q Radio.

The Beatles hit the West End. A new West End show will open in London this Friday featuring songs by The Beatles, to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of their first ever single ‘Love Me Do’. The first time a West End show has been given permission to use Beatles-composed songs, ‘Let It Be’ will tell the story of the Fab Four’s rise to fame with video clips and live performances of tracks like ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Day Tripper’, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

New releases. It’s yet another packed week for new releases, with a couple of particular note coming out of the Beggars Group, The xx‘s second album ‘Angels’ on XL and David Byrne and St Vincent‘s new collaboration ‘Love This Giant’ on 4AD. As well as that, Bob Dylan is releasing his 35th studio LP, and you can also grab new albums from The Raveonettes, A$AP Rocky, Gallows, Toy, Sic Alps, Carina Round, The Dying Seconds, Jack Beats, Thee Oh Sees and Tina Dico. Also, Marshall Teller Records has a compilation out to celebrate the company’s birthday, Man Like Me and Grass House have singles out, and you can get independent record shop documentary ‘Last Shop Standing’ on DVD.

Gigs and tours. If you’re in Manchester tomorrow night (and have a ticket), you can catch Lady Gaga at the Manchester Arena. Or if you fancy something more ‘intimate’ this week, you could try to get in to see one of Robbie Williams‘ club shows, The Killers‘ free show for Radio 1 at The Forum in London, or The xx at a number of dates around the country. Meanwhile, King Tuff and MS MR have London shows lined up this week, and also touring are Beirut, El P, Torche and Motion City Soundtrack.