A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
Tinnitus Awareness Week. This week is Tinnitus Awareness Week, as organised by the British Tinnitus Association. The charity will be putting on a range of events to raise awareness of the condition and how to avoid getting it (and thus becoming aware of it all the bloody year round). Seriously, go and buy some earplugs. And read Eddy TM’s latest column for CMU.
Grammy Awards. It’s the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Some people will get awards (well, lots of people – there are plenty to go around), and there will be performances from the likes of Justin Timerlake, Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, and Ed Sheeran. The latter has graciously agreed to help raise the profile for some piano player called Elton John, with whom he’ll duet.
MPG Awards. The MPG Awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London this Thursday, including the BRIT Award for UK Producer Of The Year. Up for that prize are Damon Albarn, Paul Epworth and Jake Gosling. Receiving this year’s Outstanding Contribution trophy is Beatles producer George Martin.
New releases. Frightened Rabbit have a brand new album out this week, their fourth in total but a major label debut. Also out this week is an album of popular musical theatre covers by Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh, plus albums by Eels, Pure Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, FIDLAR, Veronica Falls and Amateur Best. There’s also a new video accompaniment to Sigur Rós‘ ’Valtari’, a live DVD from Emeli Sandé, the debut EP from Rhosyn, and the debut single from Dum Dum Girls/Crocodiles hybrid Haunted Hearts.
Gigs and tours. Starting this Wednesday with 1974′s ‘Autobahn’, Kraftwerk will play eight of their albums in full at successive live dates in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, representing the German quartet’s first London-based live appearances since 2004. And if that hasn’t got you screaming, how about the news that this Saturday Justin Bieber plays the first date of a protracted UK tour at Manchester Arena? After that you can travel back down to London to see Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. I’d imagine that’s the gigging itinerary for most of you this week. The NME Awards tour also begins on Thursday, featuring Miles Kane, Palma Violets and Peace, and other shows you may want to go and see will be performed by Conor Oberst, Villagers, Patrick Wolf, Dutch Uncles, Esben And The Witch, Stornoway, Julio Bashmore, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Veronica Falls and Ryan Hemsworth, plus you can catch the debut live performance by Amateur Best.