A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
BRITs nominations. The nominations for this year’s BRIT Awards will be announced at The Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday evening. The winners will then be revealed at the annual ceremony on 20 Feb. Except BRIT Critics’ Choice winner Tom Odell, of course. He’s already been announced. He will receive his award on 20 Feb though. Not like the winner of the UK Producer Of The Year award – Damon Albarn, Paul Epworth or Jake Gosling – who will pick up their Damien Hirst-designed trophy at the MPG Awards on 7 Feb. So impatient, those producers. Elsewhere in BRITs news, BRITs Academy voting for the Best British Single category opens later this week too.
Eurosonic Noorderslag. Most of us are still shaking the new year dust out of our ears, but the music industry conference calendar waits for no one. This Wednesday, the Eurosonic Noorderslag convention and showcase festival will get underway in The Netherlands. A key event for festival bookers in particular, artists from all over Europe will be vying for attention, including seventeen from featured country, Finland.
European Festival Awards. Taking place on the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag (that’s Wednesday, keep up), the European Festival Awards will hand out gongs to European festivals (the clue’s in the name) and artists who played at them.
Metropolis Indie Music Festival. Metropolis Studios in London is giving reduced rate studio time, and access to a team of engineers to independent labels and musicians, for three weeks in January starting today. Artists taking part in the scheme were selected by a team of industry folk based on who it was thought would gain the most benefit from the offer.
New releases. There’s not a great deal of new stuff out this week, on the grounds of it being far too early in the year. However, you can get hold of Rolling Stones documentary ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ (slightly later than originally planned) on Blu-ray and DVD. Also, Warp is releasing the Broadcast-penned soundtrack to 2012 film ‘Berberian Sound Studio’, a project the band began working on prior to the death of vocalist Trish Keenan in January 2011.
Gigs and tours. You’ll not find a whole lot of live music out there this week either, though you will be able to catch a showcase night for the Bigo & Twigetti label at The Vortex in Dalston on Thursday night. Amongst the artists performing on the night are Jim Perkins, Leah Kardos and Upside Down Umbrella.