Organisers of Australia's Splendour In The Grass festival are scrambling to find a replacement for British band London Grammar after they became the third act to drop out of the music event within a week. The trio cancelled the appearance on Monday night (21Jul14) due to an unspecified illness, just days before the festival kicks off on Friday (25Jul14).
The musicians announced the news in a post on their Facebook.com page, writing, "It's with great sadness that we must announce the cancellation of our trip to Australia & Splendour in the Grass this week due to illness. This is an incredibly sad situation for us as our last visit was one of the most memorable of our careers, but we do not feel that we can currently deliver the level of performance that you all deserve from us. Our fans in Australia have been hugely supportive of our music since the very beginning, and it pains us to have to disappoint any of you..."
London Grammar also pulled out of Scotland's T in the Park Festival earlier this month (Jul14) to allow singer Hannah Reid to recover from throat problems.
They are the third act to cancel an appearance at the Australian music event within a week. Saturday's (26Jul14) headliners Two Door Cinema Club axed their set after lead singer Alex Trimble was hospitalised with stomach problems last week (ends20Jul14).
U.S. rock band The Wild Feathers also scrapped their set due to scheduling conflicts.
Folk act City and Colour will be promoted to the headline spot on Saturday, while British band Foals and Australian rockers Mt Warning have also been drafted into the line-up. London Grammar's replacement is yet to be announced.
The Byron Bay Festival will take place this weekend (25-27Jul14) and feature acts including Lily Allen and Outkast.
A South Korean music festival featuring The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and Stereophonics has been cancelled in the aftermath of the country's tragic Sewol ferry disaster. At least 183 travellers have been confirmed dead and 121 are still missing after a passenger vessel capsized and sank off the coast of the country on 16 April (14).
Many of the victims were students on a school trip, and the disaster has led to a national outpouring of grief, prompting the organisers of the country's Ansan Valley Rock Festival to call off the event, which was due to take place in July (14).
A statement from festival organisers at the CJ E&M company reads, "We don't believe it is right for us to hold a music festival in times of national grief. The city of Ansan has also been declared a disaster region; we are aware of the negative consequences and loss to our festival and image, but the nation's pain should be prioritised above all."
The festival was also due to feature sets from The XX, Foals, My Bloody Valentine and Vampire Weekend.
A music festival in Thailand due to be headlined by Nine Inch Nails has been postponed indefinitely over political unrest in the country. Trent Reznor's band was due to perform at the Silverlake Music Festival 2014 in Pattaya,Thailand in March (14) along with other acts including The Hives and Foals.
However, organisers have now called off the event and offered refunds to fans, blaming the ongoing protests which have blighted the country in recent weeks.
A statement from the company behind the festival, Silverlake Entertainment, reads, "We are sad to announce the Silverlake Music Festival 2014 will be postponed indefinitely. Customers will receive a 100 per cent refund. Due to the social and political situation currently underway in Thailand, festival organisers and bands have agreed that it is neither respectful or appropriate to host a celebratory event like a music festival when there are greater, more important issues being confronted in Thailand."
Anti-government protests have broken out in Thailand over the last few weeks and the political unrest intensified around Sunday's (02Feb14) national election.
British rockers the Arctic Monkeys are leading the pack at this year's (14) NME Awards after landing eight nominations. The Fluorescent Adolescent hitmakers are in the running for the coveted Best British Band trophy, alongside the likes of Foals, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Two Door Cinema Club.
The band is also up for Best Live Band, Best Album for AM, Best Track for Do I Wanna Know?, Best Music Video for Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?, Best Fan Community, Music Moment Of The Year for their headlining stint at Glastonbury, and frontman Alex Turner received a special nod for Hero of the Year.
California sister trio Haim is also tipped for multiple wins - the group is up for six awards, including Best International Band.
Other acts leading the way include Queens Of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire, who all boast three nominations each.
Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Harry Styles are up for the Villain of the Year title, while Styles' band One Direction will go head-to-head with the likes of The Wanted, Muse and 30 Seconds To Mars for Worst Band.
The ceremony will take place at the Brixton O2 Academy in London on 26 February (14).
Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis reduced a hotel cleaner to tears when she was tasked with tidying up his disgustingly dirty room. The rocker admits he lived in a "pigsty" while on tour with the band in Australia, and he was even hit with a fine for flouting the ban on indoor smoking.
His lowest moment came when he found a member of a hotel's cleaning staff weeping over the filthy state of his room - but he is adamant the incident was "awesome".
Philippakis tells Q magazine, "I don't think I've ever been thrown out of a hotel. I did get into trouble in one in Australia. I had the same room for two weeks straight and I totally flouted all the rules. I was smoking and turned it into a pigsty. I had to call up my record label and get them to pay for a new room for me. They also paid the smoking fine.
"When I went back to my old room to get something I'd forgotten, there was a cleaner in there crying. I'm f**king serious - it was that bad! It was awesome. But I didn't get kicked out."
Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has been bombarded with worried text messages from his mother since he jumped into a crowd from a balcony during a gig in Australia. The rocker dived from an 18-feet (5.4-metre) gallery during a show in Sydney last month (Sep13), sending the crowd into a frenzy.
However, the stunt hasn't impressed everyone - his management has ordered him not to try the trick again and his mum has been firing off panic-stricken texts begging him to keep his feet on the ground.
Philippakis says, "My managers keep telling me to stop. And I got some concerned texts from my mum after Sydney. I don't know how she got wind of it. She'd obviously heard some craziness went down and I got a few texts. They weren't jokey.
"In my right mind I wouldn't have done it. But it was an intense show and I'd had a bit to drink."
David Bowie walked away empty-handed from Britain's Q Awards on Monday (21Oct13) after he was beaten in six top categories. The veteran rocker was nominated for Best Track, Best Video, Best Solo Artist, Best Act in the World, Best Event, and Best Album - and won nothing.
In the Best Solo Artist category, he was beaten by pop star Ellie Goulding, who suggested he had been snubbed by the awards organisers for declining to attend the event in London.
She told the audience, "I really didn't expect this, you know, but perhaps David Bowie not being here had something to do with it?"
Young singer/songwriter Jake Bugg took the prize for Best New Act, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro won Best Album for Opposites, and Foals were named Best Live Act.
Veteran band Suede received the coveted Icon Award, and flamboyant frontman Brett Anderson joked, "Thanks for whoever chose the picture of me in the blouse from 1993. It's been a pleasure and a privilege being in this band."
The main list of winners is as follows:
Best Solo Artist - Ellie Goulding
Best Act In The World Today - Vampire Weekend
Best Album - Biffy Clyro, Opposites
Best Live Act - Foals
Best New Act - Jake Bugg
Best Track - Arctic Monkeys, Do I Wanna Know?
Best Video - Manic Street Preachers, Show Me The Wonder
Best Event - Glastonbury Festival Of Contemporary Performing Arts
Idol Award - Robbie Williams
Icon Award - Suede
Classic Songwriter - Chrissie Hynde
Outstanding Contribution to Music - Pet Shop Boys.
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Ah, the coveted Barclaycard Mercury Prize, where David Bowie and post-dubstep trailblazers you have never heard of pile in next to Arctic Monkeys for a televised extravaganza (ok, a televised gig in a room, where drunk industry people are eating meat and potatoes).
So what’s it all about? Well, in theory, it’s an indie-leaning prize for Album of the Year. Yep –that’s basically it. No ‘Most Charismatic Baby In A Music Video’. No ‘Most Dynamic Slut Drop’. It’s all about the music. One album of it. The best album, ever (this whole year). David Guetta and Psy do not feature – it’s a more chinstroking affair, accompanied by lots and lots of whingeing.
In typical Brit style, we love to hate the Mercury Prize. Even if you win, you can’t REALLY win. Every year the shortlisted nominations are greeted with much mewling and sniveling about the lineup and this year is no exception (YAY! Let’s have a good old moan up!).
As in, 2013’s Albums of the Year shortlist is great...if your favorite ice cream’s vanilla, your favorite dog is a golden retriever, your favorite cerea- you get the idea (you’re boring, not an idiot!).
The best bit is, you can be a dad who likes Pavement, a blogger who only likes Slayer and cats with dwarfism, or Katy Perry’s biggest fan (maybe). A colorful tapestry of impossible-to-please music lovers hating on this prize, while secretly rooting for the indie bedrock at its core is what makes Britain – and this prize - great.
Here are the contenders.
Arctic Monkeys: AM David Bowie: 'The Next Day' Disclosure: Settle Foals: Holy Fire Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg James Blake: Overgrown Jon Hopkins: Immunity Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle Laura Mvula: Sing To The Moon Rudimental: Home Savages: Silence Yourself Villagers: Awayland
Pick an artist at random and bitch about them, maybe while wearing a Joy Division t-shirt. That’s the charm of the Mercury Prize: a little healthy cynicism - and a lot of pretending you know anything about the albums in question down the pub.
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David Bowie's comeback album and acclaimed releases by Jake Bugg, Arctic Monkeys and Foals will compete for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Laura Mvula, Laura Marling, Rudimental, James Blake, Disclosure, Jon Hopkins, Savages and Villagers complete the shortlist for the best British and Irish album of the year, which was released on Wednesday (11Sep13).
The 12 acts will compete for a $30,000 (£20,000) prize, which will be announced in London on 30 October (13).
The shortlist was chosen from an entry of over 220 albums.
Bowie's The Next Day has emerged as the British bookmakers' favourite, just ahead of AM by the Arctic Monkeys.
Last year (12), indie rockers Alt-J picked up the prestigious award for their debut album An Awesome Wave.
We’re three quarters into 2013 and the year is already chock full of creative and unique music videos. In the 1980s and '90s, artists wanted to create videos that were meaningful and larger-than-life, but in today’s digital age, the art of music videos is starting to be replaced by DIY videos that aim to go viral. Thankfully, the following artists have managed to find a happy medium between the two, and the result is 10 of the best music videos that have come out this year.
Allison Weiss – “Making It Up” We all know that breaking up is hard to do, but what happens when you get dumped by the one creature that’s supposed to be give you unconditional loyalty? Allison Weiss knows what that pain’s all about. In the Kristen Winter-directed video for “Making It Up,” Weiss comes home to a note on her bed that simply says, “Allison – I can’t do this. I’m sorry. –Scott.” You can’t even do it in person? How rude, Scott! A lot of furrowed brows and pacing around later, Weiss goes off to confront her dumper … who just happens to be her dog. Weiss is perfect in her genuine disappointment over breaking up with Scott, the handsome dog with the stylish name-embroidered scarf that clearly anyone would’ve fallen for. Breaking up has never been cuter.
Django Django – “WOR” In this brilliantly-directed Jim Demuth video, Django Django take the audience into a dizzying look into a night in the life of the infamous Well of Death riders in Allahabad, India. Clocking in at less than 5 minutes, the video is more like a mini-documentary, showcasing not only the crazy stunts that the daredevils pull off, but also the human side of the stuntmen, giving introductions and quotes from the featured riders. The visuals are the perfect complement to the rousing music, and the video manages to leave afterthoughts about mortality and heroism lingering in the viewer’s mind. Deep stuff.
The Knife – “Full Of Fire” If you know anything about Swedish electro duo The Knife, you know that they’re the dictionary definition of “awesomely weird as hell.” “Full Of Fire” is one of their less creepy songs, more upbeat and frantic than sullen and saturnine, and the almost-10-minute-long video works to keep up with the pace. “Full Of Fire” is essentially a short film by Stockholm and Berlin-based filmmaker/visual artist Marit Ostberg that takes the audience on a crazy ride through protests, random people’s apartments, kids playing with broken glass, and so much more haphazardness.
David Bowie – “The Next Day” (NSFW) 2013 was the year that David Bowie decided to venture back into the music world and show us all how it’s really done. The title track of his latest (and twenty-fourth) studio album, “The Next Day” video was written by Bowie himself and directed by famed Canadian-Italian photographer/director Floria Sigismondi. The video finds Bowie as a Jesus-type prophet singing in a dive bar to an audience of washed up church figures who are drinking their pain away. Marion Cotillard stars as a gorgeous siren (so basically, herself) who gets a really bad case of stigmata, while Gary Oldman is featured as a sleazy priest who just wants to get his dance on. The Catholic League denounced the video, calling it a “mess,” which basically translates as “Welcome Back” as far as Bowie is concerned.
Foals – “Late Night” (NSFW) British indie rockers Foals have a doozy with the NABIL-directed “Late Night.” A 5 minute exercise in existentialism, “Late Night” goes through the basic human events that make up late nights, like death, sex, crime, birth, suicide, violence, and drama. Set in a decrepit hotel straight out of a Hitchcock film, the band plays in the lobby while chaos takes place between the floors and walls. Although the visuals are graphic, the video is anything but gratuitous when it comes to nudity and violence, instead focusing on the realness and grittiness of basic human instincts instead of glorifying them.
Beach House – “Wishes” Beach House’s “Wishes” was directed by Eric Wareheim, one half of Adult Swim comedy duo Tim & Eric. The video is ridiculously amazing, if only for the fact that the star of the show is Ray Wise (yes, Twin Peaks Ray Wise). Wise stars as a football coach singing the melancholy “Wishes” to a huge crowd before the start of a game, while cheerleaders do their routines with bigass machete things and horse-headed people start to pop out in the crowd. “Wishes” is what Tim Riggins would’ve seen if he dropped acid before the start of a game in Friday Night Lights. In other words, this video rocks.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege” (NSFW) NYC’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs never disappoint with their videos, and “Sacrilege” is no different. Directed by French collective Megaforce, “Sacrilege” has model/actress Lily Cole bedding a bunch of men (and 1 woman), only to wind up getting chased through the streets by all her paramours who want to burn her at the stake. Whoa.
Atoms For Peace – “Ingénue” Thom Yorke. Interpretive dance. If those 4 words don’t make your entire life, you’re probably hopeless. Directed by Garth Jennings, “Ingenue” has a simple concept: dress Yorke up like the new kid at Hogwarts, stick him in front of a white screen, and get him to bust out some Wayne McGregor-choreographed dance moves with dancer Fukiko Takase. The result is 4 minutes of the best continuous GIFs you’ll ever find anywhere.
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z – “Suit And Tie” Thankfully, Justin Timberlake stopped trying to make “Timberlake, actor” happen for a bit and went back to what he does best: music. “Suit And Tie” was his big return back to the pop world, and the David Fincher-directed video lives up to the grandiosity of his comeback. The video juxtaposes 50s-style charm with contemporary hip hop dancing, and the black and white film makes the whole affair look classy (even the chick writhing around on the wet floor). In an age where everyone and their dog is trying to make their own meaningful videos with their iPhones, the glamor and lavishness of “Suit And Tie” is refreshing, taking us back to the extravagant videos of pop stars of yore.
Yo La Tengo – “I’ll Be Around” At the end of January, indie rockers Yo La Tengo released their video for “I’ll Be Around,” directed by Phil Morrison of Junebug-fame. The video is as minimal as the song, featuring Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan singing the track with an acoustic guitar in the woods. The forest shots are simply beautiful, and poem-like text and recipes for delicious stuff are superimposed throughout the video. “I’ll Be Around” ends with the band sitting down for dinner, only to have bassist James McNew get arrested by some buzzkill cops (probably for being part of a kickass band that makes illegally awesome music videos).
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