A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
Q Awards. We’re still deep in awards season, and this week it’s the turn of Q to tell music people how great they are. Taking place in London this lunchtime, the ceremony will reveal who the magazine’s readers have chosen as the favourites, on record, live and in general. Plus the best act of the last 25 years will also be named. Prepare thyselves.
A Greener Festival Awards. A Greener Festival, the charity which monitors festivals and rates how eco-friendly they are, announced an initial list of events to receive its badges of approval last week. The full list will be made available this week, rating festivals as Improving, Commended, Highly Commended or Outstanding. It will also announce the winner of the new Green Inspiration award, for events which have thought up an innovative new way to make live music greener.
David Byrne book tour. David Byrne is going out on a literary tour this week, primarily to speak about various facets of his just-published new book, ‘How Music Works’. He’ll be popping into London’s Curzon Cinema on 24 Oct first, to pose the question ‘Do We Need Any More Music?’, before calling at Manchester’s Royal Northern College Of Music the following evening to muse on whether or not ‘Music Matters Less In The Current Era?’ Third and finally, he’ll grace Glasgow’s Film Theatre the day after that (26 Oct) to converse re ‘How To Survive As A Label And Artist’.
New releases. There is a new Taylor Swift album this week, which is exciting news because it features ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, which is one of the best singles released this year. Yes, it is. Even with that cringey talking bit. Also releasing albums this week are Interpol’s Paul Banks, the ever marvellous Peter Broderick, Vitalic and Main Attrakionz. As well as that, Villagers have a new single out, and Egyptian Hip Hop and Scarlet Soho both release new (and CMU Approved) EP.
Gigs and tours. It seems like every artist in the entire world is touring at the moment. It’s amazing any gigs are getting any audience at all, given how thinly people’s time is being spread (perhaps they aren’t). Anyway, this week’s batch playing one-offs or kicking off tours are as follows: Muse, Nicki Minaj, The Killers, Every Time I Die, The Cribs, The Joy Formidable, Efterklang, The Walkmen, Beach House, Rolo Tomassi, Peace, Tall Ships, Faye, Delphic, Japandroids, Herbert Gronemeyer, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, Wave Machines, Sauna Youth and Cold Pumas, Bleeding Heart Narrative, Laurel Halo, FaltyDL and Budo Grape. Plus the NME Generation Next Tour kicks off with Howler, The Cast Of Cheers and Gross Magic, plus Nordic showcase night Ja Ja Ja is scheduled for Thursday.