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Five Day Forecast – w/c 14 May 2012

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Andy Malt

Since I got back to London yesterday lunchtime I’ve had two naps and then ten hours solid sleep and it still feels like bedtime. Such is the nature of The Great Escape. Thanks to everyone who came down to the conference and spoke, contributed, took part and listened – it was a great three days and I’m already looking forward to next year. But for now, let’s just look as far ahead as the rest of this week.

01: Sony Awards. The Sony Radio Academy Awards will take place at Grosvenor House in London tonight. There’s the chance that Fearne Cotton will beat Steve Lamacq to the Best Music Programme prize, and that celebrity misogynists Richard Keys and Andy Gray will get an award for the talkSPORT show they launched after being fired by Sky Sports. Sounds like fun.

02: Ivor Novello Awards. Adele and Paul Epworth lead this year’s Ivor Novello nominations with four each, mainly for songs they worked on together, with Epworth appearing twice in the big category, Best Song Musically And Lyrically. Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey, Nero and James Blake battle it out for Best Contemporary Song, and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is in the running for Best Original Film Score with his soundtrack for ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’. It all takes place on Thursday.

03: Liverpool Sound City. Liverpool’s big showcase festival takes place between Thursday and Saturday this week, taking over venues the city over. There’s also a conference section on Thursday and Friday with keynotes from Mobile Roadie COO Andrew Mains, hip hop film-maker and author Nelson George and photographer Gered Mankowitz.

04: New releases. There’s all kinds of good stuff out this week, you are very lucky people. Zulu Winter, Squarepusher, Beach House, Best Coast, Will Dutta and Ghosting Season all have albums out. There’s also a reissue of ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ by Pantera, which would explain why it wasn’t on Spotify when I wanted to listen to it last week (and highlights the continued stupidity of re-release campaigns). And finally, amongst this week’s single and EP releases, you’ll find Outfit, PAWS and Swim Deep.

05: Gigs. I hope you’re all ready to bid farewell to Westlife, because their final tour before they split begins tonight in Newcastle. Jay-Z and Kanye West will also be in London this Sunday as part of their Watch The Throne European tour. Also out and about over the next seven days are Scissor Sisters, The xx, The Horrors, Michael Kiwanuka, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Japandroids, Pond, White Denim, Sharon Van Etten, A Whisper In The Noise and Scarlet Soho, plus Fabric will have Thundercat, Floating Points, Slugabed and Offshore all together on one bill this Wednesday.

My Editor’s Letter and the podcast will be back as normal this Friday, so look out for those. I’ll speak to you again then.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU

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