Arcade Fire have added Devo, Television and Pulp star Steve Mackey to their ongoing Reflektor tour. Devo will support the group at dates in California and Illinois, while punk icons Television will perform at an Arcade Fire show in New York.
Arcade Fire's album Reflektor and Drake's Nothing Was The Same are among the top nominees for Canada's prestigious Polaris Prize. Mac DeMarco (Salad Days), Basia Bulat (Tall Tall Shadow), Jessy Lanza (Pull My Hair Back) and Shad (Flying Colours) also make the shortlist, alongside releases from Owen Pallett, Shad, Tanya Tagaq, Timber Timbre and Yamantaka/Sonic Titan.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of media professionals and unveiled on 22 September (14).
Arcade Fire previously walked away with the 2011 trophy and the accompanying $30,000 (£17,647) cheque for their 2010 album, The Suburbs.
Rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor landed the award last year (13) for their comeback record Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, but snubbed the prizegiving and criticised organisers for throwing such a costly corporate-sponsored show "during a time of austerity".
British rockers Elbow wanted to bring actor Benedict Cumberbatch onstage for a special appearance at Glastonbury festival last weekend (27-29Jul14) but the plan fell through. The band performed at the iconic U.K. music event on Friday (27Jun14), second on the bill to headliners Arcade Fire, and they were lining up a bizarre treat for revellers.
They wanted to bring Sherlock star Cumberbatch onstage to contribute to a heavy rock version of Destiny's Child track Independent Women, but the odd idea was dropped when the actor revealed he would not be available on the day.
Frontman Guy Garvey tells Mojo magazine, "(We wanted to do) a really heavy Deep Purple-style version of Destiny's Child's Independent Women... You know in the middle of the song, there's that list of everything that Beyonce bought and owned? We were going to have him ranting it in a kind of King Lear fashion."
A reunited Oasis would be the number one draw at next year's (15) Glastonbury festival, according to a new magazine poll in Britain. Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian headlined this year's (14) event, which concluded on Sunday night (29Jun14), and music fans and organisers alike are already looking forward to next year's Somerset, England festival.
And Oasis, who have headlined the weekend event in the past, are at the top of fans' wish lists for a slot on the bill next summer.
The disbanded group has beaten out David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Muse and Fleetwood Mac among the acts festival fans would most like to see at Glastonbury next year, according to the NME.com poll.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis recently revealed that three headliners have already been booked for next year's festival, and they don't include Prince, who was rumoured to be a special guest artist this year (14).
Bookmakers at William Hill have named Iron Maiden as front-runners to headline Glastonbury 2015 with odds of 7/1, while reclusive Kate Bush, Oasis, Coldplay and U2 all have good odds.
Country queen Dolly Parton performed to the biggest crowd ever amassed in front of Glastonbury's main stage, according to organiser Emily Eavis.
The veteran star appeared at the iconic British event on Sunday (29Jun14) in a late afternoon slot, but she was clearly the biggest draw of the 2014 festival, attracting a huge audience that easily outnumbered those of main headliners Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.
Now Eavis, whose father Michael founded the festival in 1970, has praised the 9 to 5 hitmaker for her show-stealing gig and revealed Parton performed to the biggest ever crowd at the event.
In a post on the official Glastonbury website, Eavis writes, "Oh, Dolly was the biggest crowd I've ever seen here. She is just a truly amazing live performer. Her voice was incredible... I don't think you can beat that performance as a perfect moment here at Glastonbury."
Dolly Parton's representative has dismissed speculation the country queen mimed her way through a hit-packed set at Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Sunday (29Jun14). The veteran superstar made her debut at the iconic U.K. music event by gracing the main Pyramid Stage on the final day in front of a huge crowd.
Thousands of fans sang along as she ploughed through hits such as Jolene, Islands in the Stream and 9 to 5, but many viewers who were watching the footage on TV at home took to Twitter.com to accuse Parton of lip-syncing.
However, her spokesperson has now quietened critics, saying, "No, she sings live. Some people don't know an amazing singer when they hear one."
Despite the controversy, Parton's set has been hailed the highlight of the weekend (27-29Jun14). Other performers included Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian, who closed the festival with a storming set on Sunday night.
British rockers Kasabian paid tribute to their longtime roadie during their headline set at Glastonbury festival on Sunday night (29Jun14) by leading the crowd in a rendition of Happy Birthday as a treat for their pal. The Fire hitmakers closed the iconic three-day event in the south west of England, and they entertained revellers with tracks including Club Foot, Empire, Shoot the Runner, and a cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy.
Towards the end of their show, the band told the crowd their roadie of ten years, identified only as Rick, was celebrating his birthday on Sunday and they invited him on to the stage before leading the audience in a chorus of Happy Birthday.
Guitarist Serge Pizzorno said, "He's given his life to rock and roll so we owe him that."
Frontman Tom Meighan also spoke movingly of how the band first played Glastonbury ten years ago in an early afternoon slot on a remote stage, and he thanked fans for helping them achieve headline status.
Earlier on Sunday, country legend Dolly Parton proved to be the biggest draw of Glastonbury 2014 when she attracted a capacity crowd during her afternoon set, performing to larger numbers than Friday night (27Jun14) headliners Arcade Fire and Saturday's (28Jun14) bill-toppers Metallica.
Rockers Arcade Fire brought the curtain down on the opening day of the 2014 Glastonbury festival with a spectacular ticker tape parade and fireworks display as frontman Win Butler declared the gig the "highlight" of the band's career. The Canadian rockers took to the main stage of the event in England on Friday night (27Jun14) after a day in which a huge thunderstorm caused an hour-long power outage and several acts, including singer Lily Allen, had to shorten their planned sets.
The headliners performed for almost two hours, opening their show with a fireworks display and treating the crowd to a ticker tape carnival during their encore of Here Comes the Night Time.
Before closing their set with Wake Up, Butler told the crowd the band had experienced "amazing things" in its career, adding, "This has got to be the highlight."
Speaking after their performance, he says, "I feel like we went back to medieval England and surveyed and saw all of humanity at the same time... We've never been in front of a crowd like that... Yeah, it's definitely a powerful experience."
Saturday (28Jun14) is set to feature performances by rockers Robert Plant, Pixies, and Jack White, and singer Lana Del Rey before a headline set from Metallica.
Rudimental star Dj Locksmith broke down and wept "like a big baby" when the band was forced to cut short its Glastonbury festival set on Friday (29Jun14) as an electrical storm shut down large parts of the farmland site. A huge thunderstorm, with torrential rain and violent lightning, hit the event in south west England as the group was wrapping up its set on the first official day of the festival, and organisers shut down power to all the outdoor stages and suspended the performances for almost an hour.
The closure forced the suspension of the BBC's online streaming of the festival and jeopardised TV coverage, while Rudimental were among the acts whose sets were cut short by the drama.
DJ Locksmith has since admitted he was so upset by the abrupt ending to the band's triumphant performance that he sobbed at the side of the stage when they were told they would not be allowed to return.
He says, "I was in tears. I wanted to stay on so badly... I was like a big baby."
Canadian rockers Arcade Fire will headline the main stage on Friday, with Metallica and Kasabian due to top the bill on Saturday (28Jun14) and Sunday (29Jun14).
Model Jerry Hall and Bob Geldof's partner Jeanne Marine's band Paris-Texas & The Uke helped open this year's (14) Glastonbury festival in England with a performance on the Spike stage. Stylish Hall, whose ex-husband Mick Jagger headlined the festival with his band the Rolling Stones last year (13), hit the stage on Friday (27Jun14) in a black pencil skirt and white blouse.
Paris-Texas & The Uke were among the first bands to officially perform at the weekend-long event in Somerset.
Kaiser Chiefs, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and Blondie were also among the early acts to hit the many stages, while Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Skrillex and Elbow are among the Friday night highlights.
Kasabian, Arcade Fire and Metallica will serve as the weekend's headliners.