Monday 26 March 2012, 13:00 | By Andy Malt
Five Day Forecast – 26 Mar 2012
Hello everyone. Did you have lovely weekends? I hope you did. I mean, statistically you can’t all have, but I still hope you all did anyway. That’s optimism at work there. Drink it in. Anyway, in the unlikely event that your weekend wasn’t superb, there’s a whole new week here now. It’s Monday – everyone’s favourite day of the week! Think of all the things that could happen over the coming days. Actually, don’t think, just read about them here.
01: Great Escape Pre-party. Tomorrow night the seventh Great Escape festival and industry convention will officially launch at an intimate party in Shoreditch hosted by this year’s TGE international partner, the Insititut Ramon Llull. Representing music from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, the organisation will kick things off with a DJ set from Barcelona’s Guillamino. At the same time full details about this year’s festival line-up and a full outline of the CMU-curated convention programme will be revealed. Look out for more info on both of those later this week in your CMU Daily.
02: AIM Women In Music event. The Association Of Independent Music’s Women In Music & Entertainment event will return tonight at Proud Cabaret in London, with a keynote speech from 2Point9/Jayded Records founder Billy Grant, plus interviews with NME Editor Krissi Murison, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman, and the legend that is Annie Nightingale. A panel debate will then tackle the tricky issue of “gender inequality in the board room”.
03: Music Techpitch 4.5. Tomorrow night EMI will host this event throwing the spotlight on music-tech start-ups in Europe, putting the projects of techie entrepreneurs in front of industry experts, and potential partners and investors. EMI UK CEO Andria Vidler will also discuss what “EMI has learnt from its culture, heritage and people to define its approach to innovation”.
04: New releases. Top of the tree of new album releases this week is Madonna‘s ‘MDNA’, but there are some more interesting ones I’d urge you to check out first. Top of my list is the latest album by Norwegian musician Susanne Sundfør, which you should be able to find on iTunes, and you should also definitely track down THEEsatisfaction‘s ‘awE naturalE’, which is sublime. You can also get hold of new albums this week from The Mars Volta, Rusko, Miike Snow and Blood Red Shoes (look out for a great interview with guitarist Laura-Mary Carter later this week), plus there are new singles and EPs available from Rolo Tomassi, Azealia Banks and Lone out now. Oh and Iron Maiden have a new live DVD out.
05: Gigs. The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn will be selling bottles of his new Signature Brew beer at a solo show at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on Thursday night, while Guillemots will be inviting an array of guests to perform with them by candlelight at two shows at Village Underground just round the corner on Friday and Saturday. And, of course, it’s the return of Nordic showcase night Ja Ja Ja this week, but I’m sure that’s in your diary already. On tour this week are Feist, Odd Future, Korn, Drake, Breton (whose new album is brilliant, by the way), and Those Darlins.
And that is your lot for now – have a good week now.