Kanye West will end the summer with a busy weekend, headlining both Budweiser Made In America festivals in Pennsylvania and Los Angeles. West was recently confirmed as the Saturday-night headliner at Jay Z's event in Philadelphia on 30 August (14), and now it has emerged he'll jet to the west coast after his set and perform his hits again in L.A. the following night (31Aug14).
Iggy Azalea has just been newly added to the inaugural Los Angeles event, which will also feature John Mayer, Juanes, Weezer and Rise Against.
Rapper YG will also appear at both festivals.
The Philadelphia Made in America event, now in its third year, will also feature The National, Steve Aoki, J. Cole and Chromeo.
Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic were so desperate to achieve their dream of performing at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival that they ditched their holiday plans to play a last-minute set. The band was drafted in as an emergency replacement when Canadian DJ duo Chromeo pulled out of a planned appearance at the event last weekend (27-29Jun14).
Twin Atlantic took Chromeo's place on the John Peel Stage as support for main headliners MGMT on Saturday (28Jun14), and they have now revealed they took a drastic step to fulfil their Glastonbury dream.
Singer Sam McTrusty tells Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, "(Bassist) Ross (McNae) had arranged to go to a couple of Hebridean islands with his wife and get some time away.
"(Drummer) Craig (Kneale) had this whole big trip planned to go to Oslo to see Pearl Jam play with a couple of friends and a girlfriend. He has a Pearl Jam tattoo and is in the fan club so it is a big deal that he dropped that and we got to go and play Glastonbury."
However, the band's performance was bittersweet for McTrusty as he missed out on seeing some of his favourite acts at the event.
He adds, "The only negative was that we were on at the same time as the Pixies, who are one of our favourite bands, and we clashed with 30 minutes of Metallica and Jack White."
Electronic dance stars Chromeo have been replaced by rockers Twin Atlantic on the bill for Britain's Glastonbury festival after pulling out of their scheduled set this weekend (27-29Jun14). The Canadian DJ duo had been booked to perform the penultimate set on the John Peel Stage on Saturday (28Jun14), but they have since had to cancel the show.
Glastonbury bosses have now drafted in Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic to fill the gap - and the band can't believe its luck.
Singer Sam McTrusty says, "It's been a dream of ours to play Glastonbury. It's the biggest and probably most famous festival in the world so it's genuinely an honour to be asked to play our songs and be a part of it all.
"Being there this weekend is a massive achievement for us and will feel very special on Saturday night... Hopefully you can join us for what will be a historic moment for our band."
Acts including Metallica, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, Jack White and Lily Allen are all due to perform at the festival from Friday (27Jun14).
Electronic dance stars Chromeo are reportedly moving into the travel industry by becoming shareholders in a little-known budget airline firm in their native Canada. Musicians David 'Dave 1' Macklovitch and Patrick 'P-Thugg' Gemayel accept they are unlikely choices as partners in the airline business, but they claim they were quickly won over by Mallard Air bosses' presentation.
Frontman Dave 1 says, "When Mallard approached us about share acquisition, we thought it was a joke. But when we got to know the people behind the airline, a creative and dynamic group of engineers and venture capitalists, this partnership made total sense. Besides, our business managers always encouraged us to diversify our investments. For a band like us, this feels bold and new."
P-Thugg adds, "We spend our life on airplanes. And there's always something wrong: from the uniforms to the business class menu, to the way they handle oversize baggage.
"Our association with Mallard will give us the opportunity to change that and to offer a travel experience the way we see it."
According to a press release, company executives have already taken one of Chromeo's suggestions on board to add boutique services to Montreal, Minneapolis and Beirut to their currently offered routes.
It is not clear if Chromeo's new business venture is for real or part of an elaborate prank as the website for Mallard Air features few working links and the company's Twitter account is filled with random messages.
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