A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
SxSW. You know the deal with this one, right? It’s a big convention in Texas. There are a lot of bands. There are a lot of panels. There are a lot of barbecues. The music bit doesn’t technically start until next week, but 8-12 Mar is the Interactive section of the conference, which has become a big draw for music folk with a digital bent. The film section also starts on 8 Mar and runs through to 16 Mar. And everyone likes films, don’t they?
ILMC. This year’s International Live Music Conference starts over there at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on Friday, running through to Sunday, with panels, parties, networking and all that good conference stuff. Amongst this year’s speakers are veteran promoter Harvey Goldsmith and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
Green Events & Innovations. Taking place the day before ILMC officially gets underway, the UK’s leading conference for sustainable events takes place, also at the Royal Garden Hotel. With topics including managing waste at festivals, sustainable power and dealing with left behind tents, the whole shebang is put together by A Greener Festival, the Association of Independent Festivals and Bucks New University and takes place during Climate Week.
PRS Heritage Award for Queen. That’s Queen. Not The Queen. The Queen gets nothing, because The Queen, as far as I know, has never played a gig at Imperial College in London. Let alone her first gig. But that’s what Queen did, and it’s about time someone gave them an award recognising that. I mean, it’s been 43 years. So, tomorrow the PRS will place one of its Heritage Award plaques on a wall at the building where that gig took place and everyone will clap. Hurrah.
Fatboy Slim at the House Of Commons. This Wednesday, Fatboy Slim is set to DJ at the House Of Commons at the final of the House The House competition, the DJ equivalent to the band-focused Rock The House new talent initiative. Rock The House was set up by MP Mike Weatherly and sees other MPs nominating new bands from their local constituencies for a battle of the bands type competition. The Weatherly-backed DJ equivalent, organised by dance music charity Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, kicked off last summer.
Randy Blythe trial reconvenes. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s trial for manslaughter in Prague kicked off early last month, but quickly ground to a halt after a key witness fell ill. Proceedings were postponed, and Blythe returned to the States. The trial will reconvene today. Blythe, of course, stands accused of causing the death of a fan by pushing him off stage at a gig in the Czech capital in 2010. He denies the charges.
New releases. New albums this week come from How To Destroy Angels, Laura Mvula, Bastille, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Rhye, The Men, Suuns and Youth Lagoon. Plus there are new EPs from Gold Panda and Charlotte Church, and whole book of lyrics from Kele Okereke.
Gigs and tours. So, the big gigging news this week, as far as I’m concerned, is that Amon Tobin is coming over with a redesigned version of his already incredible ISAM show – set to be the last performance of it, so now’s the time to check it out. Also, there are farewell shows for The Stool Pigeon and, very sadly, Wilko Johnson. Also this week, Justin Bieber is still here, and you can see more shows from Jessie Ware, Chase & Status, Anais Mitchell, Laura Mvula, Kilo Kish, Melody’s Echo Chamber, East India Youth, Rhye, Cobblestone Jazz, Linnea Olsson and One Direction. I wonder if they’re now making everyone take their shoes off before entering the latter.
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