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Full Great Escape Convention Schedule now live
And in conversation this year will be industry legend Seymour Stein discussing his talent scouting exploits in emerging markets, plus PRS For Music presents Chloe Howl In Conversation, discussing an exciting year that saw her win plaudits aplenty, rack up over a million Vevo views and secure a Sony Music record deal.
One year on from the launch of the Momentum Music Fund at The Great Escape 2013, Arts Council England CEO Alan Davey will lead a conversation reviewing the innovative funding initiative's first twelve months. Plus we will mark 50 years of pirate radio in the UK by bringing together the people behind some of the seminal stations.
And then on Friday afternoon The Great Escape's official charity War Child will lead a discussion on what makes partnerships between charities and the music community really work, with War Child's own Ben Knowles plus Muse manager Alex Wall, Cake CEO Mike Mathieson and Xfm Managing Editor Chris Baughen, with The Guardian's Johnny Dee asking the questions.
And those are just the highlights. The conversations programme sits alongside CMU's six half-day insight strands, all previously reported, but all now with full timetables available to check out. Click the links: Building A Fan Business, Maximising Music Rights, The Festival Business, New Product Strategies, Global Digital Markets and Blurred Lines.
You can also now check out the full festival schedule on the TGE website here, and the section-by-section convention schedule here. Delegate passes, getting you into all core festival and convention shows and sessions, are still available at the save rate of £175, but only until tomorrow, so get yours now! And look out for more Great Escape updates and the downloadable PDF convention programme in the CMU Daily next week.
New Zealand court rules to return assets to Kim Dotcom
Dotcom tweeted yesterday: "Breaking News: High Court ruling just now. Mona and I are getting our New Zealand assets back, unless the Crown appeals. The NZ asset ruling is HUGE. We've just filed a case in Hong Kong against unlawful seizure of MegaUpload. The US case is falling apart! Our assets were seized for 800 days and still I was able to fight back even with my hands tied behind my back. Imagine what I can do now!"
The MegaUpload founder is, of course, still fighting extradition to the US to face criminal charges relating to his alleged involvement in encouraging and profiting from illegal file-sharing via his old business. And while it is the case that this return of his assets will allow him to fight the various legal cases against him more strongly (and without relying so much on the generosity of his legal team), he is still up against the US government, Hollywood and the American music industry, at least two of which have quite a lot of spare cash too.
Dave Lee Travis formally charged over further alleged indecent assault
As previously reported, Travis, real name David Griffin, was acquitted of twelve sexual offences in February, but a jury was unable to reach a decision on two charges against him, for which he is awaiting a retrial. It was announced last month that the further charge would also be brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, but that fact was only made formal this week.
Following a hearing on 28 Mar, Travis said: "It's been a bit of a nightmare. And the only thing I want to say is this: The nightmare is continuing".
He remains on bail until his next hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on 24 Apr.
Bob Dylan racism case dropped by French court
As previously reported, asked what effect Civil War-era America and the slave trade still had on the US today, Dylan commented: "If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood".
At the time, Vlatko Mari, Secretary General of the French Council Of Croats, said of the remark: "It is an incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats".
But now, according to The Wall Street Journal, the charges have been dropped following a court inquiry. Amongst other things jurisdiction played a part in that decision, with magistrate Marion Potier saying that she had found that the interview had been conducted by the US edition of Rolling Stone, and the singer had not given clearance for his comments to be published in the French version.
Dylan's lawyer Thierry Marembert, told WSJ: "I am very happy to see that French justice understood that Bob Dylan never wanted to insult anyone".
Paul Weller wins Mail Online privacy battle
Weller and his wife Hannah sued Mail publisher Associated Newspapers after the couple were pictured shopping with their twin sons and another of the former Jam frontman's children while out shopping in LA in October 2012. They argued that the shots were "plainly voyeuristic" and a "blatant impediment to the natural social progress of children". They added that the photographs were taken without consent by a photographer who they had asked to leave them alone.
In a statement, Associated Newspapers said it planned to appeal the decision: "Our publication of the images was entirely in line with the law in California where they were taken by a freelance photographer. The suggestion that children have an expectation of privacy in relation to publication by the media of images of their faces when one child (now nearly eighteen) has modelled for Teen Vogue, images of the babies' naked bottoms have been tweeted by their mother, and their father has discussed the children in promotional interviews is a worrying development in our law, as it has conferred unfettered image rights on all the children".
The company added: "This judgment has wide-ranging and serious consequences not only for local, national and international digital journalism but for anyone posting pictures of children on social networks".
The judge in the case agreed that the pictures complied with Californian law, but said that their publication in the UK nevertheless contravened European privacy laws, adding: "There was no relevant debate of public interest to which the publication of the photographs contributed. The balance of the general interest of having a vigorous and flourishing newspaper industry does not outweigh the interests of the children in this case".
Away from the courts, Weller, meanwhile, is preparing for the release of a new career retrospective compilation and a series of low-key live shows.
Kids love cassettes, Record Store Day research claims
ICM Research spoke to 2030 music buyers about their music buying habits and found that CDs are still more popular than downloads, with 23% of those asked saying they'd bought a shiny disc in the last month, and only 20% having bought a musical download. Vinyl, meanwhile, was a medium 10% had used to capture their audio of choice, and cassette 5% - up from 2% last year.
In the younger demographics, the purchasing of cassettes jumped even higher, with 13% of 25-34 year olds and 10% of 18-24 year olds saying they'd bought a tape in the last month. And 26% of 25-34 year olds said they'd picked up some vinyl, rising from 9% last year.
Maurice Fyles of ICM Research said of the figures: "There's definitely a novelty value with cassettes at the moment - particularly as we suspect a high proportion of them are collectibles sitting on a shelf and never played".
In fact, 15% of people said they bought music on physical formats with no intention of ever playing it, a number that rose to 26% amongst 18-24 year olds. Idiots.
This, concluded Fyles, is proof that people hate the internet and want to see it switched off, or something like that. He said: "Although we can store our music on a PC or in the cloud, a large proportion of music buyers continue to purchase physical formats with MP3 files as an add-on. Perhaps it's a reaction to the digital world, but physical formats that we might have thought were relegated to history are being revived as fans and collectors opt for limited editions and promotional copies of their favourite music across a range of formats. Much of this activity is being driven from the independent record stores which continue to have a special place in music lovers hearts".
Though the fact that this research actually found that 70% of people choose to buy their music online sort of contradicts that a bit. But, hey, this is supposed to be fun. Let's all look forward to this Saturday's Record Store Day, when we'll be able to by 4287 low quality vinyl re-pressings of albums major labels previously didn't think were worth bothering with.
Ministry to broadcast online Live From The Club
First up (on 19 Apr as I said) is a 1-7am live stream featuring a set by Benny Benassi, live from the Ministry's main space, The Box, with world famous DJs due to follow that each Friday and Saturday night. The streams will then be made available on-demand the following Monday.
Bauer Media launches national academy
Staffed by a team of academics and business figures, both from within Bauer Media, and outsourced from universities and colleges, the Academy will run a variety of courses, tailored corporate programmes and executive retreats, while on the outreach side it will also invest in
Graham Bryce, Group MD of Bauer Radio in Scotland and the north of England, says this of the above: "I am truly excited to launch the Bauer Academy. It is completely unique in its approach, combining academic excellence with practical vocational expertise, which will make it stand out from other media academies in the UK. The success and feedback from our launch in Scotland has been exceptional, bringing new talent into the business and using our expertise to support our clients' marketing communications using new and innovative techniques".
TeamRock appoints the world
And as TeamRock celebrates its first birthday, the firm has promoted everyone already working there and hired everyone else who wasn't. Well, not quite, but there's been quite a bit of rejigging internally and a string of new recruits, mainly in the magazines division. Didn't they get the memo about the music media in 2014 being all about closures and redundancies?
So, here's a quick summary.
A senior editorial team has been created, which sees Classic Rock Editor In Chief Scott Rowley becoming Editorial Director for the whole company, and Metal Hammer Editor In Chief Alexander Milas take on that role for the group too. Classic Rock Art Director becomes Creative Director for the wider business, while Managing Editor of Classic Rock Alex Burrows becomes Editorial Operations Manager. And this team will all report directly into TeamRock MD Chris Ingham.
Elsewhere in editorial, Merlin Alderslade becomes Deputy Editor and Lewis Somerscales becomes Art Editor of Metal Hammer; Dave Everley becomes Deputy Editor and Polly Glass joins to become Assistant Features Editor of Classic Rock; and James Isaacs becomes Art Director of both Classic Rock and Metal Hammer. Oh, and Hannah May Kilroy becomes Deputy and Production Editor for Prog Magazine.
But if you think that is it, oh no. Paul Brannigan heads up a new online editorial team as Online Editor for TeamRock, with Fraser Lewry joining the company to be Online Editor for Classic Rock and Luke Morton arriving as Online Editor for Metal Hammer. Meanwhile Martin Kielty becomes Online News Editor and Stef Lach joins as Deputy News Editor. And in the digital magazine team Aaron Standen and Mark Critchell join as Digital Art Editors while Emma Johnston joins as Digital Production Editor.
And as if that wasn't enough to be going on with, walking rock music encyclopaedia Malcolm Dome becomes the company's Archive Editor. Phew. And that's them all. Leaving just about enough time for some customary quotes...
TeamRock CEO Billy Anderson: "In the last year we have launched a new radio station, created 53 new permanent staff roles across London and Glasgow and formed ten new departments within the business. At TeamRock we are surrounded by the best talent in the industry from Chris Ingham who has worked across all our titles since 1995 and grown them into the great products they are today. Jerry Ewing who launched Prog, and was part of the team who created Classic Rock to Geoff Barton who founded Kerrang!, as well as the new teams and people now in place. It's been an exciting year, but TeamRock really, has still only just begun".
And MD Chris Ingham: "A business like ours cannot operate without passion, sheer grit and determination. This is demonstrated in abundance across all areas of the business every day, so I am delighted to be able to make these key changes to the business from within but also to bring in new blood".
AC/DC to continue work, while Malcolm Young takes time out
In a statement, the band said: "After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music".
On the subject of making music, speaking to The Telegraph yesterday, frontman Brian Johnson said: "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it".
Let's just take a moment to appreciate the phrase, "have a plonk". OK, good. On the subject of the band's future, Johnson remained non-committal, given Young's illness. However, he did suggest that a possible 40 date tour to mark their 40th anniversary may be their last, if it goes ahead.
"That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye", he said. "We would love to do it. But it's all up in the air at the moment".
Snoop Dogg paid to narrate Call Of Duty ghost game
Available as an optional bolt-on to the multi-player Xbox game, the 'Snoop Dogg Voice Pack' will feature the rapper doing a sporadic voice-over on the state of play, calling in 'killstreaks', and warning gamers when enemies are near. The whole thing will go on sale on 22 Apr.
Have a quick peak at what the hell this is all meant to mean here.
Release Round-Up: Sky Ferreira, Twin Shadow, Peace, Marissa Nadler and Evy Jane
Speaking in its 'making of' clip, Sky says: "It's obviously based off of real events... people always ask me questions about certain things, and it's kind of like my response. I think actions speak louder than words". Yes, they do. And so do videos like this.
Keeping things American for the time being, LA native Twin Shadow, aka alt-pop Prince-ling George Lewis Jr, has this week released a new track titled 'To The Top'. Available online now to buy, it's Twin Shadow's first inkling of something new since the song he wrote to go on the 'Grand Theft Auto 5' score, 'Old Love/New Love', and is believed to be the first signal of a new TW LP to follow 2012's 'Confess'.
Climb on 'To The Top' in the meantime.
1990s-loving indie cindies Peace have shared, digitally speaking, their first real single of the year, as opposed to the track they released earlier this year, 'World Pleasure', which was more of a primer for the real thing. 'Money', as that 'real thing' is titled, will appear on the follow-on to Peace's 2013 debut 'In Love', coming out first on its own on 9 Jun.
The band's Harry Koisser explains his motivation in making 'Money' like so: "I wrote it at some point last year whilst trying to write a song about anything but myself. I realised I wasn't born into it and I still don't have it and as a song it just seemed to work. It's not negative, bitter or whingey. I just feel like this year I got a ticket to the circus and I'm trying to decide if I'm a lion or a clown". That same anti-capitalist tone carries into the official 'Money' clip, which looks like this.
Elsewhere, Marissa Nadler has take the cover off the official visual for 'Drive', the latest single to be released from her beautiful, Bella Union-released new LP 'July'.
Praising its director Naomi Yang's treatment of the clip, Marissa says: "The surreal, dreamlike shots of me twirling through the roads and landscapes, contrasted with the stills from everyday life, encapsulate the essence of 'Drive' completely. I think the song is one of contrasts, and the video magnifies both the good and bad, the still and the moving, and the blurred line between dream and reality".
Switch on 'Drive' now.
Finally, Ninja Tune's newest signing Evy Jane, the alias of Canadian Evelyn Jane Mason and Jeremiah Klein, who were CMU approved back in 2012, have this week released a new single titled 'Closer'. Hear it via its video, which befits the tracks 'cryogenic brain-freeze' vibe, here.
Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Coldplay, Iggy Azalea, Deathcrush, Peter Broderick & Greg Haines, Luke Abbott, Lust For Youth, and How To Dress Well
Iggy Azalea is also going to play a show in London later this year too, hers at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 17 Sep. Tickets went on pre-sale this morning. They'll go on general sale on Saturday at 9am sharp, so don't worry if there are none left right now.
As well as that, Iggy will be releasing her new album, 'The New Classic', on 21 Apr - that's Monday. You can find more details on that and watch the video for approved Charli XCX-featuring track here.
Next up, another approved act, Deathcrush, who are really very, very good indeed. They will be in the UK in May as the support on White Denim's tour, which will include a date at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 28 May. But before that, they'll be knocking around for dates around their shows at Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape. Those dates are at Tooting Tram & Social (20 Apr), The Shacklewell Arms (2 May), The Windmill in Brixton on 11 May), and for people outside London, Avondale House in Southampton (15 May).
Moving on, composers Peter Broderick and Greg Haines have announced that they're working together on a new project, called Greg Gives Peter Space, which will see them exploring the world of dub.
Broderick explains: "Primarily inspired by mine and Greg's recent obsession with dub music, 'Greg Gives Peter Space' is a mini album comprised of six tracks filled with - you guessed it - spacey sounds, created with the help of Greg's ever-growing collection of synthesizers, tape delays and reel-to-reel machines. In the true spirit of dub music, many of the mixes were made live, both of us hovering over the mixing board, dancing around and following our intuitions, processing the sounds with live effects while the music bounced down to tape".
Why is this in the gig round-up then? Well, because they're playing a gig. And that gig will be at Village Underground in London on 5 Jun. Tickets are available here, and you can listen to a track from the record, called 'The Drive', here.
Luke Abbott now, he's a guy with something to say. Though he says it through the medium of instrumental noise, so it's not always easy to understand what he's getting at. You'll have a number of opportunities to find out in the coming months though. Not only is he releasing a new album on 23 Jun, called 'Wysing Forest', but he's also got gigs lined up.
He'll be playing headline shows in Totnes, Glasgow, Manchester and London from 21-26 Jun, and before that he'll be joining former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton at the Oval Space in East London. That's a pretty good line-up, I'd say. Get yourself some tickets for that one here. And have a look at Luke doing what he does in a field here.
Danish trio Lust For Youth have announced a little jaunt to London, which will see them playing an in-store performance at Rough Trade East on 1 Jul, followed by a show at The Shacklewell Arms on 2 Jul, to promote their new album, 'International'. That's out on 9 Jun via Sacred Bones, and one of the tracks on it is 'Illume'.
Do we have time for one more? Sure we do. It's almost Easter. Very last on our list is How To Dress Well, who also has an album out in June. Though not until 23 Jun. Way closer - exactly two months closer - is a one-off show he's playing at the 100 Club on Oxford Street. For those who didn't already work it out from what I think was a pretty obvious clue, it's on 23 Apr.
Support will come from Koreless and entry will be free. Free to those who win tickets, anyway. You want some, you're going to have to fill out your details here. Quickly though, you only have until midnight on Sunday to do so.
Festival Line-Up Update: Everywhere, Wychwood, Ibiza Rocks and more
Amongst other highlights of alternative events of the festival kind, Nas is to play all of 'Illmatic' at this year's Ibiza Rocks; Tom Odell and Ocean Colour Scene are new to the winning bill at Hampshire's Victorious; and over at Wychwood, Kyla La Grange, Sadie And The Hotheads and Robbie Boyd have just this minute joined the likes of The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers, The Levellers and Newton Faulkner on this year's listings.
More on all that, plus other update-based tidbits, is still to follow...
BLOODSTOCK, Catton Park, Derbyshire, 7-10 Aug: Abhorrent Decimation, Phantom, The Canyon Observer, Angerman, Brutai, Scordatura, Stoneghost. www.bloodstock.uk.com
EVERYWHERE, various venues, Nottingham, 4 May: Skream, Hudson Mohawke, Mike Skinner, Kelela, Leon Vynehall, Loefah, MK, Floating Points, Route94, Artwork, Blonde, Dense & Pika, Devolution, Doc Daneeka, Dorsia, Hannah Wants, Isaac Tichauer, Josh Butler, Karma Kid, Lxury, Mak & Pasteman, Paleman, Paul Woolford, Richy Ahmed, Scuba, Sei A, Snakehips, Tourist, Waff. www.stealthattack.co.uk/listings/319/dollop-present----everywhere
IBIZA ROCKS, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Ibiza, Spain, 4 Jun - 17 Sep: Nas. www.ibizarocks.com
ONE DAY SUMMER SOLSTICE, The Willows, Langley Bottom, Herts, 21 Jun: Tom Trago, Hunee, San Proper, Maxi Mill, Marcus Worgull, Konstantin Sibold, Sven Weismann, Jacques Adda, Saints Don't Sleep Resident DJs, Ben Bohemr, Alexander Christian. www.facebook.com/events/276737292494203/
SUPERSONIC, The Custard Factory, Birmingham, 30-31 May: Evil Blizzard, Pharmakon, Chris Brokaw, Khünnt, Felix Kubin, Sly & The Famiyl Drone, Opium Lord, ANTA, Alien Whale, Rattle, Youth Man, Backwards. www.supersonicfestival.com
VICTORIOUS, Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire, 23-24 Aug: Tom Odell, Ocean Colour Scene. www.victoriousfestival.co.uk
WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, 30 May - 1 Jun: Kyla La Grange, Sadie And The Hotheads, A Way With Words, NewQuay Times, The Uke Junkies, Black Hats, KSH & The Going Goods, Railroad Bill, Robbie Boyd, Saturday, The Vinyls, The Funky Jets, FTSE, Fe, Champs, All Ears Avow, Bleachroom, Flee, Lost In Bat Country, Blue Horyzon, Spoils, Shaq Douglas, Pat Orchard, Crossing Adam, Harlows, Julian Mensah & Andrew Amofa, Emily Lynn, Tom Spice. www.wychwoodfestival.com
Cambridge no match for the sonic force of UB40
The complaints started with a woman who told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "It was just horrendously loud - the bass was vibrating even in the foyer. There were so many people walking out because they couldn't deal with it. It was vibrating through your whole body - it was actually altering heart rhythms".
As well as "altering heart rhythms", she added that it had caused her ears to bleed. Actually bleed. And all of this took place in the space of less than one song, because that was the amount of time she was able to tolerate it.
Though of course she did stop long enough to note that the bass was "vibrating even in the foyer". Mind you, it's probably worth noting that the Cambridge Corn Exchange is a very old building, and the foyer is directly attached to the main room by a not particularly thick wall, so it being affected by what's happening on stage isn't exactly surprising. Not that I'm suggesting the person who complained doesn't go out and see live music very often (I am).
Still, another caller said that "the bass crashed into you like a steam train", and a further complainant claimed that it had given them a headache, thus rendering the whole thing "a waste of money".
A spokesperson for the band apologised to the original caller for the fact that her "night was spoiled", and offered her VIP tickets for a show in Wolverhampton. The venue added that it adheres to "strict health and safety guidelines" and makes earplugs available to those who want them. Although that's not going to stop any music from changing the pattern of your heartbeat.
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