It’s Glastonbury week this week, the festival returning after its latest year off for more fun and frolics. If you’re heading down at some point, then do have your self a lot of fun, won’t you? But don’t forget little old CMU, back here in London pulling together news and other gubbins for your enjoyment. There’s wi-fi at the festival this year, so you have no excuse. We’ve got an interview with Austra and everything. Stay tuned.
Now, here’s round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
Glastonbury. It’s the Glastonbury Festival this week. I’m not really sure what more I can say about this. You all know about it, right? Gates open tomorrow, music starts on Friday, headliners are Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons and The Rolling Stones. Oh, and it’ll all be on telly, so you needn’t bother actually going. The BBC has even agreed to cut off the Stones’ performance halfway through to give the authentic experience of getting bored and going somewhere else.
Hard Rock Calling. Over in east East London’s Olympic Park, it’s Hard Rock Calling. This year, it’s headlined by Bruce Springsteen. Just like it was last year. And in 2009. Who says there are no new headliners coming through? Actually, Kasabian are headlining the night before, so… yeah.
Silver Clef Awards. Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins’ annual Silver Clef Awards presentation takes place this Friday. Amongst the winners are Alison Moyet, who take the Icon Award, plus Alison Balsom, who will receive the Classical Award, Coldplay, who will be named Best British Act, Barry Gibb, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Labrinth, who will receive the Innovation Award.
AIM Women In Music event. The Association Of Independent Music’s annual Women In Music event is set to take place today, with Little Boots and Jo Whiley both interviewed on stage, and a panel discussion featuring senior execs from Sony, EMI and Warner – Emma Pike, Andria Vidler and Leanne Sharman respectively. Note this is now happening at Proud Camden (it was originally happening at a different Proud space).
Screening of Thom Yorke soundtracked film at East End Film Festival. Thom Yorke has scored, and appears in, ‘The UK Gold’, a new feature-length documentary film charting the rise of tax evasion in Britain. Directed by Mark Donne and with narration by actor Dominic West, the film features an OST created by Yorke in collaboration with Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja and Elbow’s Guy Garvey. It’ll have its first screening, as part of this year’s East End Film Festival, at The Troxy in London on 25 Jun.
Viva Forever closes. Despite its optimistic title, Spice Girls music ‘Viva Forever’ will not play in London’s West End until the end of time. It won’t even run to the end of this week. That’s right, you have until Saturday to catch it, if you still want to. And, trust me, you don’t.
New releases. Tom Odell releases his debut album today. But his dad already made sure you knew that. Also, Japanese popstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu releases her second album this week (maybe in the UK, maybe not), and the first album from Deftones/Isis mash-up Palms is out too. Other albums we’re quite pleased to see this week are newies from Bass Drum Of Death, Matias Aguayo and Smith Westerns. Johnny Borrell is releasing a solo album. Plus, over in the world of short releases, MYPET release their debut EP and Duck Sauce have a new single out.
Gigs and tours. Right, here’s what’s going on this week: Tame Impala are playing the Hammersmith Apollo; The National, Nitin Sawhney and Cat Power are all playing The Roundhouse; Sky Ferreira is playing The Scala (and H&M on Oxford Street); Boysetsfire are playing the Islington Academy; The Black Angels are playing Electrowerks; Devendra Banhart is bucking the trend by playing in Brighton (at The Old Market); and a load of Israeli bands are playing back in London at The Islington (in Islington).
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