We preview some of the top acts on the bill this year.
Summer festival season kicks into high gear this weekend with the first big event of the calendar taking place on the south coast. Tens of thousands of people will be heading to Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight for a bill, which is top heavy on heritage acts that bring with them a sense of nostalgia. While recent years have welcomed the likes of Jay-Z, Calvin Harris and Kings Of Leon to headline, this time round it seems big names with an even bigger back catalogue are being used as the main attraction.
However, many of the headline acts seem to be experiencing a renaissance of sorts. For example, Blur, whose new album 'The Magic Whip', their first since 2003, has won critical acclaim. The former Britpop poster boys will take to the Main Stage on Saturday night in the knowledge that this is one of the first times that UK crowds will get to see this new material given the live treatment. You can expect a set heavy on those new songs, but peppered with all the classic singles, certainly a formula for a memorable festival appearance. It's a similar story for The Prodigy who'll headline the Main Stage on Friday after The Black Keys. Both acts have played the festival in recent years and here they're repeating the joint top billing that was given to Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris last year. As with Blur, The Prodigy's new album, 'The Day Is My Enemy', has revived interest in the band following an extended period out of the spotlight. Elsewhere, Fleetwood Mac will bring proceedings to a close on Sunday, bolstered by the return of Christine McVie to the band, a set covering Rumours era gems like 'Don't Stop' and 'Songbird' is a strong possibility.
The Libertines will headline the Reading and Leeds festivals this year, joining previously-announced acts Mumford & Sons and Metallica in topping the bill.
The Libertines will headline the Reading and Leeds festivals this year.
The 'Don't Look Back Into the Sun' hitmakers - who reunited to perform at the event in 2010 - have been unveiled as the final act to top the bill at the three-night, dual-site festival, which takes place over the weekend of August 28-30.
In an exclusive video message, Pete Doherty said: ''I've just woken up and I can't stop thinking about playing at Reading & Leeds.''
Continue reading: Libertines To Headline Reading And Leeds
The British rocker is currently working on Lost Domain, which will include tracks about his late father George's battle with Alzheimer's disease and the impact his condition, which causes severe memory loss and confusion, had on his family prior to his death in 2011.
Wheeler says, "He'd always been such a together man. It was bewildering to see him with Alzheimer's. This extremely rational person, starting to see things that weren't there and becoming very paranoid. It was awful watching him deteriorate."
Continue reading: Ash's Tim Wheeler Launching Solo Career
Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri are joined by a string of special guests including Tom Odell, Tim Wheeler and Dom Howard, on 'The Snowman and The Snowdog' soundtrack.
Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri are joined by a string of special guests on 'The Snowman and The Snowdog' soundtrack.
The pair joined forces with the 60-piece London Metropolitan Orchestra, a choir of their pals and musicianship from an all-star line-up, which included Tom Odell on piano, ex-Bond member Haylie Ecker on violin, Ash frontman Tim Wheeler on guitar, Muse's drummer Dom Howard and Arisrazabal Hawkes from Guillemots on bass when recording the album at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios.
And it could be that some of the stars join the pair for some special live shows next month, when Andy, Ilan and the orchestra perform a series of live-to-picture concerts at London's Union Chapel.
Continue reading: Andy Burrows' Soundtrack Special Guests
The two bands are teaming up for a cover of songwriter Robert Manning's track Washington Parks to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
We Are Scientists bassist Chris Cain tells The Examiner, "The concept of the song is that if you listen to it on headphones or stereo, the musicians of Ash are on the left channel and all the We Are Scientists guys are playing it in the right channel. We're playing the same song essentially but in different ways."
Manning, who suffers from the debilitating disease, is selling the collaboration via his official website.
Continue reading: We Are Scientists & Ash Record Charity Track
The British musician, who is playing with Ash while Bloc Party are on hiatus, was in the country with his new bandmates earlier this month (Sep10) for a series of shows.
They took a break from work to visit a local animal sanctuary, but Lissack was left needing urgent medical attention after a lion cub sank its teeth into his hand.
The rocker was admitted to hospital where doctors treated the wound and gave him a tetanus shot, according to Spinner.com.
Continue reading: Bloc Party Star Bitten By Lion
Taylor Momsen has been slammed by anti-smoking campaigners for lighting up illegally onstage on Sunday (27Jun10) - officials have branded it "a dumb thing to do".
The Gossip Girl star was performing with her band The Pretty Reckless in California when she took time out from their set to smoke.
The 16 year old is two years below the legal age to buy and smoke cigarettes in the state of California - and her onstage antics have sparked outrage.
Momsen has been blasted by officials at Britain's Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) organisation for succumbing to the "filthy, deadly addiction" - and for setting a bad example to her young fans.
Continue reading: Momsen Slammed For Smoking Onstage
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