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Martin Gore - Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode performs at the Mediolanum forum on February 20, 2014 in Milan, Italy - Milan, Italy - Thursday 20th February 2014

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Arcade Fire Confirmed As First Headlining Act For Glastonbury 2014


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Arcade Fire are officially headliners at Glastonbury 2014! After much speculation and finger crossing, the Canadian alt-rockers have been confirmed as the first headline act for 2014's outing at Worth Farm in Somerset next June.

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Arcade Fire will headline Glasto for the first time

The band confirmed their billing themselves, taking to Twitter to reveal a list of European dates due to take place in the same week at the end of June. As well as the stop off at Worthy Farm, AF will also be paying Rock In Roma and Villa Franca Di Verona a visit, as well as headlining a show at Marlay Park in Dublin. The band's own announcement was later followed up by a tweet from festival organiser Emily Eavis, with a statement from the festival's own Twitter page reading: "We're very pleased to announce that Arcade Fire will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014 on Friday 27th June."

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Bon Jovi Record Highest Earning World Tour Of 2013


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Bon Jovi made over $205m (£125m) collectively over the last twelve months of being on tour; an impressive amount by all means, ensuring they finish 2013 as the highest grossing touring group of the year. Since January, the band have performed 90 sets to over two million fans, according to Billboard's yearly rankings, with each show a sell-out, making them easy victors in this year's rankings.

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Bon Jovi performed to millions of people across the globe and made millions back in return

The Michael Jackson-inspired 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour' by Cirque Du Soleil came in second and despite not scoring a single sell-out performance, they contortionists still managed to bring in $157m Third and fourth place was decided by a few (hundred) thousand, with Pink edging out Bruce Springsteen for the No. 3 spot. Her 114 shows in 2013, 111 of which sold out, earned the singer $147.9m as she performed to over 1.5 million people across the globe. Springsteen saw his 53 tours sell out in 36 locations, with over 1.3 million people paying a combined $147.6m to see The Boss.

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Depeche Mode In Concert

Martin Lee Gore - Depeche Mode performing live on stage at the Scandinavium Arena - Gothenburg, Sweden - Wednesday 11th December 2013

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Depeche Mode and Martin Lee Gore
Depeche Mode and Martin Lee Gore
Depeche Mode and Martin Lee Gore

Depeche Mode Perform Live

Andy Fletcher - Depeche Mode perform live at Manchester Arena as part of their 'Delta Machine' tour - Manchester, United Kingdom - Friday 15th November 2013

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Depeche Mode and Martin Gore
Depeche Mode and Martin Gore
Depeche Mode and Martin Gore
Depeche Mode and Andy Fletcher
Depeche Mode and Martin Gore

Depeche Mode Performs In Glasgow

Depeche Mode and Dave Gahan - Depeche Mode performs live at The Hydro - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Monday 11th November 2013

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Depeche Mode and Dave Gahan
Depeche Mode and Dave Gahan
Depeche Mode and Dave Gahan
Depeche Mode and Dave Gahan
Depeche Mode and Dave Gahan

Depeche Mode Perform At The O2

Andy Fletcher - Depeche Mode perform at The O2... - Dublin, Ireland - Sunday 10th November 2013

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Depeche Mode and Martin Gore
Depeche Mode and Martin Gore
Depeche Mode and Andy Fletcher

Sony Music Announce 'BBC Top Gear Driving Anthems' Released November 18th 2013

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Sony Music Announce 'Bbc Top Gear Driving Anthems' Released November 18th 2013

Austin City Limits 2013 Set To Return With A Stunningly Diverse New Line-Up


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Austin City Limits Music Festival is set to hit Texas for its twelfth year, bringing with it two weekends of fabulous live music and family fun.

The festival organisers first decided to spread the fun out over two weekends last year, in a bid to welcome yet more people into this unique world, and it appears that they haven't gone back on their word as they are set to return to Zilker Park on October 4th - 6th and 11th - 13th. This year sees some impressive headline acts including Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse and Kings Of Leon - and if that wasn't exciting enough, Atoms For Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix and Wilco are also high up on this year's bill! Some of the other acts scattered around are just as jaw-droppingly impressive, not to mention extremely diverse. We have Californian rockers Queens Of The Stone Age, country star Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter Holly Williams, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, LA sisters Haim, alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Nottingham singer Jake Bugg and legendary 'Gay Bar' hitmakers Electric Six.

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Depeche Mode Give An Electric Performance At London's O2 [Photos]


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Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode live at the O2 Arena, London
Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode live at the O2 Arena, London

Depeche Mode landed in London during the summer European leg of their 2013-2014 world tour in the first of two consecutive concerts at the O2 Arena.

The Basildon synthpop legends, singer Dave Gahan, guitarist Martin Gore and keyboardist Andy Fletcher, took to the stage last night (May 28th 2013) with much zeal after a string of European performances.  They are even performing a second set at the same venue tonight - a rare deal, as a closer look at their touring schedule reveals that they're not as young as they used to be and are taking at least one day off in between gigs. Opening for them last night was pop producer How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) while tonight they will be supported by Danish electronic producer Trentemøller. If they are anything like last night, the show will be as captivating as the trio ever have been.

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Austin City Limits Announces Depeche Mode, The Cure, KOL, Lionel Richie


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The two-weekend Austin City Limits festival in Texas has announced a varied line-up for this year's bash, with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Kings Of Leon, Muse, Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix and Wilco on the bill. It will mark a return to the festival for KOL, though both Depeche Mode and The Cure make debuts.

Other notable acts on the bill for the six-day extravaganza - taking place on Oct 4-6 and 11-13 - include Vampire Weekend, D'Angelo, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit, Grimes and Bon Iver's new project Shouting Matches. Tickets for the festival go on-sale today at 10am at alcfestival.com. For those less concerned with the marquee acts, the Austin City Limits festival appears to offer plenty of interesting options for festivalgoers this year. Portugal. The Man, Grouplove, Jimmy Eat World, The Black Angels, HAIM, Noah and the Whale, Silversun Pickups and The Joy Formidable are also confirmed to play sets.

Last year's festival saw performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Shins, Weezer, Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, Iggy and the Stooges, The Roots and Two Door Cinema Club.

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A Week In Music, Depeche Mode Back With New Album, The Gaslight Anthem Storm The Boards, Have Coldplay Released The Best Album Ever?


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Albums of note… In 2013, the apparent year of the comeback, Depeche Mode made a mini-one of their own, with their first album in four years Delta Machine. Dave Gahan’s still at the vocal helm and the group still enjoy looking at the darker side of pop. Something they’re still doing with great success according to our writer Dom Gourlay, who surmised “'Delta Machine' is a worthy comeback that while not quite hitting the peaks conquered so magnificently by 'Black Celebration', 'Violator' and 'Songs Of Faith And Devotion' back in the day, still sits comfortably in the upper quartile of Depeche Mode's finest releases to date.”

Another gaining the love of Contactmusic this week is Josh Kumra who released his debut LP Good Things Come To Those Don’t Wait. Give he’s only about 20/21 himself, it seems like he’s taken the title of his album to heart, and this Sony release looks set to make him a star early on in his career. Our man Jim Pusey reckoned “At its heart, Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait is a solid singer songwriter effort. It elevates itself beyond that by successfully dabbling in a number of musical styles along the way, while ensuring that Josh doesn't ever sound out of his depth. Certainly one of his strengths is his voice, and he gives himself ample opportunity to showcase that here too.”

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Depeche Mode - Delta Machine Album Review


A lot has happened in the four years since Depeche Mode released their last record. An Austrian skydiver jumped from space, the Conservative and Liberal parties formed a coalition government, London hosted the Olympic Games for the first time in over half a Century and Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first Argentinian pope. At the same time, singer Dave Gahan was diagnosed with a tumour on his bladder, which put the brakes on the world tour for the band's last album, 2009's 'Sounds Of The Universe'. Thankfully, the growth was treated before it had chance to spread, allowing the band to reschedule those cancelled shows culminating in a headline slot at the following year's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. In the meantime, fellow songwriter and occasional singer Martin Gore got himself into a Twitter spat with none other than Simon Cowell after initially stating the pop mogul should be shot.

Depeche Mode - Delta Machine Album Review

Not exactly business as usual then, and far removed from the clean cut image portrayed by the four then-teenage Basildon boys whose song 'Photographic' had created such a stir on a low-key compilation album over three decades earlier. Of course, the ensuing time period has confirmed Depeche Mode to be anything but conventional. Over the course of their previous twelve albums, they've embraced any number of genres from avant-garde electronica, pop, soul, techno, industrial rock and even metal. All the while enlisting a burgeoning and religiously devoted worldwide fanbase almost every one of their peers would happily sacrifice their right arms for.

It's also to their credit that they've gradually stepped further away from the synthetic pop sound of their first record with every subsequent release. Preferring instead to set up base camp left of centre and ultimately remain there, it should come as no surprise to learn that 'Delta Machine' largely operates from the same ballpark. Terse and industrially harsh in places, at times an uneasy - if never unpleasant - listen, it isn't so much the sound of three fifty-year-olds wrestling with their demons. Instead, the core surviving trio of Gahan, Gore and Andy Fletcher seem intent on antagonising those demons into an indeterminable rage. And as a result, 'Delta Machine' feels a whole lot more energised rather than exorcised for it.

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Depeche Mode's BRIT Annoyance


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Depeche Mode are annoyed by "some of the bands who have won" a BRIT Award.

The most successful electronic band in music history only have a solitary BRIT Award under their belt yet have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, but they feel let down they have never been given a Lifetime Achievement award, which has been given to bands including Spice Girls and Status Quo in the past.

Multi-instrumentalist Andy Fletcher said: "It annoys us when you see some of the bands who have won it."

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What Do Depeche Mode Think Of The Brits? “F*cking B**locks” – That’s What


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Depeche Mode’s return to prominence was set to coincide with an award from The Brits. Not any award, one of those ‘you’ve been a band for ages’ awards. But ITV’s reluctance to pander to DP’s whims has caused a backlash.

“Let me tell you a story,” He told The Sun “I will probably get in trouble, but we were told we were getting a new award this year. Most Influential Band in the Last 20 Years or something? Basically the old b*****d, Lifetime Achievement Award – and we said, 'Yes that's cool.” But it was never going to be that simple, was it? “Then we heard through the grapevine ITV wouldn't broadcast our segment,” the singer continued. “So we said, 'If they won't play us on air, then we're not going to be their most influential band.'” According to Gahan, the band deserved to be given their chance to shine at the Brits. “How may other bands have had as many hits as us worldwide and been around for as long? F**k them then and b*****ks to it."

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