A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
Independent Label Market. It’s so nice that they are now forced to do it twice – the Independent Label Market is back at London’s Old Spitalfields Market this weekend with a two day event featuring stalls manned by the bosses of indie record companies including Bella Union, One Little Indian, Soul Jazz, Rough Trade, Infectious, !K7, No Pain In Pop, and Planet Mu.
Record Of The Day Awards. Winners of this year’s Record Of The Day Awards for music PR and journalism will be presented their gongs at an awards event at Shoreditch’s Victorian Vaults on Wednesday night. Three lifetime achievement prizes will also be dished out, this year to Regine Moylett (for PR), Miranda Sawyer (for journalism), and Jill Furmanovsky (for photography). The award for the best student music journalist will again be presented in conjunction with CMU (that’s us), offering the unique opportunity for a bright, fresh-faced enthusiastic music journo of the future to be recognised alongside the bitter and jaded current crop.
Artist & Manager Awards. It’s the second Artist & Manager Awards tomorrow night, put together by the Featured Artist Coalition and the Music Managers Forum. Most of the prizes are still a closely guarded secret, but it has already been revealed that Amanda Palmer, Zane Lowe and Kylie manager Terry Blamey will win this year’s Pioneer, Industry Champion and Peter Grant lifetime achievement prizes respectively.
Wall Of Sounds Conference 2. Taking over the Band On The Wall venue in Manchester this coming Sunday, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will provide up and coming musicians with an overview of the music industry in 2012, plus ten tips for getting an artist career kick-started. Also on hand to offer tips and insights will be PRS For Music Foundation’s Vanessa Reed, Tri-Tone’s Simon Duffy, Humble Sound’s Howard Mills, Fanfare Media’s Owain Kelly, Band On The Wall’s Gavin Sharp and musicians Anif Akinola and Martin Sutton. Free tickets are available in advance here.
Vice UK tenth birthday. Vice UK will mark its tenth birthday with a party at Cable in London this Thursday. Helping the celebration along, there’ll be live music from austere Canadians Crystal Castles, rap types Wiley and Danny Brown, hard partyer Andrew WK and Odd Future’s hardcore BFFs Trash Talk. Mark Ronson, Klaxons and Actress will also DJ play sets, so that’s extra special.
Ja Ja Ja third birthday. Scandiphile live night Ja Ja Ja is celebrating its third birthday in style, and has arranged a party at London’s The Lexington on Thursday to do so. Special guests playing on the night are Danish post-R&B soloist MØ (who’s the new Grimes, apparently), Finland’s Sin Cos Tan, and power-pop Norwegians HighasaKite. And there may be cake. And balloons. I don’t know, whatever Scandinavians do for birthdays.
New releases. It must be nearly Christmas, because this week’s big releases smell decidedly of stocking fodder. There’s Girls Aloud‘s tenth anniversary greatest hits collection, the 20th anniversary boxset edition of Rage Against The Machine‘s eponymous debut album (both of which look pretty good), Bryan Ferry‘s instrumental jazz reworkings of some of his biggest hits (which we’re reserving judgement on), and a new Mumford & Sons live DVD (which is a Mumford & Sons live DVD). Singles and EPs-wise, there are some treats out too, with new releases from Solange, Dels, Novella, Pandr Eyez and, er, author Ian Rankin.
Gigs. Right, one-off shows this week then. Let’s start with The Rolling Stones at the O2, which isn’t technically a one-off show, but the first one has now already occurred. Meanwhile, Evelyn Glennie and Talvin Singh will be improvising over a silent film, Neurosis and Godflesh will co-headline The Forum, Zammuto will play Birthdays, Susanne Sundfør will play St Pancras Old Church, and Pandr Eyez will play The Victoria in Dalston. As well as that, various artist will gather at the Islington Assembly Hall to pay tribute to singer-songwriter Terry Callier, who died recently. And off on tour this week are Elbow, Martha Waintwright, Beth Orton, Foals, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Rancid, Mono, Wild Nothing, Matthew Dear, White Fence, oh, and Steps.