As another festival closes one more opens. A new festival has been created honouring the late John Peel and will take place in Norwich in October. As it is planned to be after the summer festival circuit will they be able to sustain any form of longevity? We will have to wait and see. The news of The John Peel Festival of New Music came the same week as the news that the Crystal Palace Garden Party Festival has been cancelled. The festival was scheduled to take place at the end of June. The official statement reveals it is due to inadequate stage equipment but organisers are hoping to be able to resume next year.
Don’t Mess With Manson
Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has proven that she is no one to be reckoned with recently when she kicked a fan out of one of Garbage’s live shows for punching someone. Manson saw the male member of the audience lash out at a woman and became enraged. After scolding the gig-goer she threw him out of the concert. The scene which unfolded at the Atlantic City gig on their current US tour was captured and can be viewed on YouTube.
Slash Fans Not Allowed
Fans of ex-Guns and Roses guitarist Slash were forced to turn their t-shirts adorned with Slash’s face inside out at the recent Guns and Roses gigs. Anyone sporting a Slash “T” was told to turn it around or they were turned away. The feud between Axl and Slash continues. The band have also been criticised for their unprofessional behaviour on this tour, turning up hours later than scheduled. Is this ‘Rock and Roll’ or just plain reprehensible behaviour? Let us know your thoughts.
New Album Details
The XX have confirmed that their second album Coexist will be released on September 10th. The band believe it is a step away from their previous album, showing a more mature side to the musicianship. In other music news Bloc Party have announced the release of their fourth studio album Four which will be available August 20th.
Winehouse Home For Sale
The home where the late Amy Winehouse lived and subsequently died is on the property market. The Camden property can be purchased for £2.7 million.
The band Ween has called it a day; after 25 years of performing together the band have said goodbye.
Backbeat Heading to Broadway
An adaption of the movie Backbeat based on The Beatles time in Hamburg in the early 60s is due to open in LA before heading to Broadway. The show has already premiered in the UK.
Digital Sales Surpass Physical
Digital music sales have reched 55.5% of the market surpassing the sale of physical music. The slow and painful death of physical music continues.
Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun
Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun will be touring in November.
11th November – Rock City, Nottingham
12th November – o2 Academy, Leeds
13th November – o2 Academy, Liverpool (Sold Out)
14th November – Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
15th November – Hexagon, Reading
17th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle
19th November – o2 Academy, Sheffield
20th November – UEA, Norwich
22nd November – Winter Gardens, Margate
23rd November – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
24th November – Assembly, Leamington Spa (Sold Out)
25th November – Engine Shed, Lincoln
26th November – o2 Academy, Oxford (Sold Out)
28th November – Corn Exchange, Brighton
29th November – Guildhall, Southampton
1st December – Pavilion, Bath
Maximo Park have announced details of a November tour.
1st November – o2 Academy, Liverpool
2nd November – o2 ABC, Glasgow
3rd November – o2 Academy, Newcastle
5th November – Plug, Sheffield
6th November – HMV Ritz, Manchester
7th November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
9th November – HMV Institute, Birmingham
10th November – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
Skinny Lister will be touring throughout June.
4th June – King Tuts, Glasgow
5th June – The Donkey, Leicester
6th June – The Enterprise, London
7th June – Moon Club, Cardiff
8th June – Blind Tiger, Brighton
9th June – The Met, Peterborough
10th June – The Waterfront, Norwich
12th June – Lexington, London (with The Blockheads)
13th June – The Garage, London (with Kitty, Daisy & Lewis)
Stereophonics will be performing an intimate tour in July.
22nd July – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
23rd July – Assembly Rooms, Derby
24th July – Auditorium, Grimsby
25th July – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Zulu Winter are touring.
9th June – Gentlemen Of The Road Festival, Galway
10th June – No Direction Home, Derbyshire
24th June – Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight
8th July – T in the Park, Kinross
20th July Secret Garden Party, Cambridge
25th – 26th August – Reading/Leeds Festival
31st August – Underage Festival, London
9th September – Bestival, Newport, Isle of Wight
Released This Week
Americana – Neil Young
One Day I’m Going To Soar – Dexy’s
That’s Why God Made The Radio – The Beach Boys
Souvenir – Kaiser Chiefs
Heartbreak On Hold – Alexandra Burke
Banga – Patti Smith
Lex Hives – The Hives
Heaven – The Walkmen
Anxiety – Ladyhawke
Manifest – Friends