Fact: Rap pioneers De La Soul have signed on to headline this summer's (15) Womad festival in the U.K. The event will follow last year's (14) success, which became the festival's first sell out since it moved to Charlton Park in Wiltshire. Sinead O'Connor was a last-minute replacement for Bobby Womack following his death a month before the 2014 festival.
Quote: Gorillaz have announced their first U.K. gigs in five years. The British band, led by former Blur frontman Damon Albarn, will play at London's Roundhouse on 29 and 30 April (30), with guest spots from De La Soul and Shaun Ryder.
Fact: Rap stars Naughty By Nature, TOO $HORT and Slick Rick are to receive high praise at this year's (08) VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Their careers will be celebrated during a ceremony on 7 October (08), alongside fellow honorees De La Soul and Cypress Hill.