Arctic Monkeys Scrap Plans For Am Follow-up

British rockers Arctic Monkeys have scrapped plans to record an immediate follow-up to their hit 2013 album Am in case fans become sick of them.

The Cornerstone hitmakers earned a whole new army of followers both at home and overseas by introducing a hip-hop element to their guitar-based music on their fifth album, which topped charts around the world.

They have been on the road constantly since the record hit stores in September, 2013 and had previously vowed to capitalise on the success of Am by releasing a follow-up as soon as possible.

However, the band has now announced that plans to start laying down tracks for a new album have been put on hold to allow the rockers - and their fans - a break from the group.

Bassist Nick O'Malley tells Nme magazine, "We did have the chat, but I don't think it's going to be happening. There are no plans for another record. I think people might want to forget about the Monkeys for a while. But who knows? We'll have a bit of time off and someone'll say, 'Fancy doing another one?' But we've been doing this constantly for quite a while, and it's important to have a break. Otherwise you burn out and get a bit psychotic."


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Alex Turner To "Dust Off Tunic" For The Libertines Reunion Shows 4258728 News

Alex Turner said he would ‘relish’ the opportunity to see the newly-reformed Libertines perform live - suggesting he might even ‘knock the dust off his old tunic’ in support of the indie icons. Both Turner and his fellow Arctic Monkey Matt Helders spoke about the cult band’s long-awaited reunion in an interview with NME.

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Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner welcomes The Libertines reunion [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]

As well as praising the Libertines’ 2002 debut Up The Bracket, the singer of the Brit Award-winning group describes the chance to see Pete Doherty and co perform as something he ‘would relish.’

"If there’s a way we could go and jump around with our old mates to Libertines tunes the way we used to - I would of course relish that," Turner said, "Maybe knock the dust off my old tunic."

More: ‘Snap Out of It’ - Five things we learnt from new Arctic Monkeys video

The controversial band - famous for wearing their trademark military tunics on stage - will perform a warm up show at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowlands venue on Sunday, ahead of their headline performance at the British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park next month.

"I can still remember the moment I heard Up The Bracket on [Monkeys’ bassist] Nick’s walkman on the bus and being like ‘woah.’" Turner added. "It does that thing to you that music is supposed to do - to make you feel something where you don’t really have a choice."

Drummer Matt Helders described the reunion as something that’s "probably worth seeing, isn’t it?"

The Libertines forumPete Doherty and Carl Barat of the newly-reformed Libertines performing live in 2010 [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]

Last week The Libertines announced their first European tour in almost ten years, as well as a number of high-profile festival appearances.

The cult Brit rockers, who split up in 2004 following a series of bust-ups relating to singer Doherty’s drug abuse, briefly reunited in 2010 for one-off appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festival.

More: The Libertines hoping for new record deal following reunion gig

Both The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys are set to headline Optimus Alive festival in Portugal this summer.

The Libertines Reading festivalThe Libertines performing at the Reading Festival in 2010 [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Simone Joyner]

Alex Turner said he would ‘relish’ the opportunity to see the newly-reformed Libertines perform live - suggesting he might even ‘knock the dust off his old tunic’ in support of the indie icons. Both Turner and his fellow Arctic Monkey Matt Helders spoke about the cult band’s long-awaited reunion in an interview with NME.

The Libertines
Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner welcomes The Libertines reunion [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]

As well as praising the Libertines’ 2002 debut Up The Bracket, the singer of the Brit Award-winning group describes the chance to see Pete Doherty and co perform as something he ‘would relish.’

"If there’s a way we could go and jump around with our old mates to Libertines tunes the way we used to - I would of course relish that," Turner said, "Maybe knock the dust off my old tunic."

More: ‘Snap Out of It’ - Five things we learnt from new Arctic Monkeys video

The controversial band - famous for wearing their trademark military tunics on stage - will perform a warm up show at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowlands venue on Sunday, ahead of their headline performance at the British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park next month.

"I can still remember the moment I heard Up The Bracket on [Monkeys’ bassist] Nick’s walkman on the bus and being like ‘woah.’" Turner added. "It does that thing to you that music is supposed to do - to make you feel something where you don’t really have a choice."

Drummer Matt Helders described the reunion as something that’s "probably worth seeing, isn’t it?"

The Libertines forumPete Doherty and Carl Barat of the newly-reformed Libertines performing live in 2010 [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]

Last week The Libertines announced their first European tour in almost ten years, as well as a number of high-profile festival appearances.

The cult Brit rockers, who split up in 2004 following a series of bust-ups relating to singer Doherty’s drug abuse, briefly reunited in 2010 for one-off appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festival.

More: The Libertines hoping for new record deal following reunion gig

Both The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys are set to headline Optimus Alive festival in Portugal this summer.

The Libertines Reading festivalThe Libertines performing at the Reading Festival in 2010 [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Simone Joyner]

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'Snap Out Of It' - 5 Things We Learnt From Arctic Monkeys New Video 4255887 News

The Sheffield band released the official video for ‘Snap Out of It’ last week (Monday 16 June). The track is the sixth single to be taken from last year’s critically acclaimed album, AMThe video stars Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a woman obsessing over some personal footage of the band in the studio. As the video cuts between the actress and her acquired home footage, her obsession builds as she struggles to.. ahem.. snap out of it.

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Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys release video for latest single [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Jason Merritt]

Here are five other things we learned from the new Arctic Monkeys video:

1) The group have once again collaborated with Focus Creeps

After working with acclaimed director and Beyonce collaborator Jake Nava for their previous single ‘Arabella,’ Turner and co have returned to work with US-based directing team Focus Creeps. Previously the team have directed a number of other Monkeys’ videos including ‘R U Mine?’ ‘One For The Road’ and ‘Suck It and See.’ Focus Creeps have also worked with KD Lang, Trash Talk and the Velvet Underground’s John Cale.

MORE: Arctic Monkeys ‘wont rush new record’

2) There are the makings of a great behind-the-scenes film

Fans of the band will be happy to see some rare studio footage of the British group in the new promo. The handheld clips show that recording with Arctic Monkeys looks very relaxed and fun. The band can be seen joking around between takes, playing on vintage arcade games and there are bottles of beer dotted around the studio. The song also breaks to show Jamie Cook recording his guitar parts for popular album track ‘Number One Party Anthem.’

MORE: Alex Turner: I know I can sound ungrateful

Arctic MonkeysArctic Monkeys performing at the iHeart Radio show [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Kevin Winter]

3) Nick O’Malley is a fan of The Horrors

The bassist can be seen sporting a t-shirt of the British band in the new video. The Horrors were personally invited to support Arctic Monkeys on their 2007 UK tour and both groups are scheduled to play this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

MORE: Arctic Monkeys - Reading and Leeds festivals offer free tickets

4) Alex Turner is ‘a rock drummer’

The singer is caught on camera putting his percussion skills to the test with a pair of sticks on the stone studio walls. The group’s actual drummer, Matt Helders, recently told an Australian dj that he loves Miley Cyrus’ version of their earlier single ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’

MORE: Matt Helders Loves Miley Cyrus' Arctic Monkeys Song

5) Food hygiene is essential

Any chef or food expert will tell you that it’s important to cook meat thoroughly and always wash your hands when handling raw meat - which is probably what makes the shot of actress Sigman handling and tearing into the steak at around the two minute mark so unsettling.

MORE: Watch the video for Arctic Monkeys' 'Snap Out Of It'

Arctic Monkeys will headline T In The Park as well as Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK this summer. ‘Snap Out of It’ is available to download now.

The Sheffield band released the official video for ‘Snap Out of It’ last week (Monday 16 June). The track is the sixth single to be taken from last year’s critically acclaimed album, AMThe video stars Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a woman obsessing over some personal footage of the band in the studio. As the video cuts between the actress and her acquired home footage, her obsession builds as she struggles to.. ahem.. snap out of it.

Arctic Monkeys
Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys release video for latest single [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Jason Merritt]

Here are five other things we learned from the new Arctic Monkeys video:

1) The group have once again collaborated with Focus Creeps

After working with acclaimed director and Beyonce collaborator Jake Nava for their previous single ‘Arabella,’ Turner and co have returned to work with US-based directing team Focus Creeps. Previously the team have directed a number of other Monkeys’ videos including ‘R U Mine?’ ‘One For The Road’ and ‘Suck It and See.’ Focus Creeps have also worked with KD Lang, Trash Talk and the Velvet Underground’s John Cale.

MORE: Arctic Monkeys ‘wont rush new record’

2) There are the makings of a great behind-the-scenes film

Fans of the band will be happy to see some rare studio footage of the British group in the new promo. The handheld clips show that recording with Arctic Monkeys looks very relaxed and fun. The band can be seen joking around between takes, playing on vintage arcade games and there are bottles of beer dotted around the studio. The song also breaks to show Jamie Cook recording his guitar parts for popular album track ‘Number One Party Anthem.’

MORE: Alex Turner: I know I can sound ungrateful

Arctic MonkeysArctic Monkeys performing at the iHeart Radio show [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Kevin Winter]

3) Nick O’Malley is a fan of The Horrors

The bassist can be seen sporting a t-shirt of the British band in the new video. The Horrors were personally invited to support Arctic Monkeys on their 2007 UK tour and both groups are scheduled to play this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

MORE: Arctic Monkeys - Reading and Leeds festivals offer free tickets

4) Alex Turner is ‘a rock drummer’

The singer is caught on camera putting his percussion skills to the test with a pair of sticks on the stone studio walls. The group’s actual drummer, Matt Helders, recently told an Australian dj that he loves Miley Cyrus’ version of their earlier single ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’

MORE: Matt Helders Loves Miley Cyrus' Arctic Monkeys Song

5) Food hygiene is essential

Any chef or food expert will tell you that it’s important to cook meat thoroughly and always wash your hands when handling raw meat - which is probably what makes the shot of actress Sigman handling and tearing into the steak at around the two minute mark so unsettling.

MORE: Watch the video for Arctic Monkeys' 'Snap Out Of It'

Arctic Monkeys will headline T In The Park as well as Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK this summer. ‘Snap Out of It’ is available to download now.

24th June 2014 4078254
Adele & Arctic Monkeys' Music Videos Face YouTube Removal If Labels Refuse Terms 4247108 News

Hundreds of music videos will be removed from YouTube if the artists' record labels do not sign up to the sites new subscription service. Music videos by artists such as Adele and Arctic Monkeys could be removed from the site as their independent labels have refused to sign YouTube's licensing terms, meaning their videos could be removed within days.

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Adele's music videos could face removal.

YouTube's new subscription service will charge users to listen to music without advertisements and allow users to download tracks on to their mobiles. The service is due to start a trial within the next few days and will enable users to upgrade their current YouTube and Google apps to a paid for subscription in which they will be able to watch and download music videos even without internet connection. After an initial trial, the service should become available to all users by the end of the summer. 

Read More: Turner Prize 2014 Shortlist: YouTube Artist Among Nominees In 'Most Accessible' List Yet.

As the Financial Times reports, YouTube's head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl has stated these labels are in the minority. He estimated 90% of labels have agreed to sign the terms and conditions but the remaining 10% have not and are attempting to block YouTube removing their artists' videos. 

Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys videos could also be removed.

The record labels in question, represented by trade body Impala, have asked the European regulators to intervene on their behalf. They claimed, as the FT reports, YouTube issued an "explicit threat" to remove their videos if they did not sign the agreement.  The concern of music labels appears to surround the deal YouTube is offering. Allegedly, the two main labels who are refusing to sign are XL Recordings (who represent Adele) and Domino (representing Arctic Monkeys). It has been suggested they are simply holding out as a means of reaching a more lucrative deal. However, Kyncl stated "We're paying them fairly and consistently with the industry."

Regardless of the threat posed by independent labels, Kyncl stated the company are not overly concerned by those who have not signed the terms. He said "While we wish that we had 100 per cent success rate, we understand that is not likely an achievable goal and therefore it is our responsibility to our users and the industry to launch the enhanced music experience."

Read More: Avril Lavigne's Hello Kitty Video Taken Off Youtube After Racism Allegations.

Adele
Adele's label is rumoured to have refused to sign YouTube's terms.

Hundreds of music videos will be removed from YouTube if the artists' record labels do not sign up to the sites new subscription service. Music videos by artists such as Adele and Arctic Monkeys could be removed from the site as their independent labels have refused to sign YouTube's licensing terms, meaning their videos could be removed within days.

Adele
Adele's music videos could face removal.

YouTube's new subscription service will charge users to listen to music without advertisements and allow users to download tracks on to their mobiles. The service is due to start a trial within the next few days and will enable users to upgrade their current YouTube and Google apps to a paid for subscription in which they will be able to watch and download music videos even without internet connection. After an initial trial, the service should become available to all users by the end of the summer. 

Read More: Turner Prize 2014 Shortlist: YouTube Artist Among Nominees In 'Most Accessible' List Yet.

As the Financial Times reports, YouTube's head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl has stated these labels are in the minority. He estimated 90% of labels have agreed to sign the terms and conditions but the remaining 10% have not and are attempting to block YouTube removing their artists' videos. 

Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys videos could also be removed.

The record labels in question, represented by trade body Impala, have asked the European regulators to intervene on their behalf. They claimed, as the FT reports, YouTube issued an "explicit threat" to remove their videos if they did not sign the agreement.  The concern of music labels appears to surround the deal YouTube is offering. Allegedly, the two main labels who are refusing to sign are XL Recordings (who represent Adele) and Domino (representing Arctic Monkeys). It has been suggested they are simply holding out as a means of reaching a more lucrative deal. However, Kyncl stated "We're paying them fairly and consistently with the industry."

Regardless of the threat posed by independent labels, Kyncl stated the company are not overly concerned by those who have not signed the terms. He said "While we wish that we had 100 per cent success rate, we understand that is not likely an achievable goal and therefore it is our responsibility to our users and the industry to launch the enhanced music experience."

Read More: Avril Lavigne's Hello Kitty Video Taken Off Youtube After Racism Allegations.

Adele
Adele's label is rumoured to have refused to sign YouTube's terms.

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Bonnaroo Sunday Highlights: Elton John Closes, Wiz Khalifa Gives Rousing Speech 4245550 News

Bonnaroo festival ended on a high note yesterday, with Elton John as the final performer – but not before fans had been queuing up for over 12 hours to see the Brit perform. But even before he took the stage for his first ever American festival performance, there was plenty to see and hear in the supporting acts.

Elton John
Bonnaroo was the Brit's first festival appearance.

One of the most anticipated gigs at Bonnaroo was the Arctic Monkeys’ set. Late in the swealtering afternoon, they opened with their festival sing-along Do I Wanna Know?, which funnily enough echoed Sam Smith’s cover on Friday night. The festival crowd was loving it though, with one woman reportedly taking to mattress-surfing during their set.

Just after 8PM, Wiz Khalifa took over Bonnaroo’s Which Stage to “Bout Me” sans Problem and Iamsu!, rocking a big-brimmed hat. He may have taken a cue from Pharrell there. And for the Miley Cyrus fans out there, he even performed 23, featuring Miley’s voice. Just a snippet from Khalifa’s mid-set inspirational speech: “Your generation inspires camaraderie and passion and the world is gonna be alright because we’re using our minds to move things forward.” Good times.

Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa interrupted his set for a little inspirational moment. 

Elton John finally opened his set at about 9.30PM, with a classic three-song punch Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Candle in the Wind and Bennie and the Jets. It was a gig worth waiting for (per fan reviews on Twitter). Ben Folds almost outplayed the Brit on a duet of Great Seal. John even dedicated a performance of Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to radio legend Casey Kasem, who died earlier in the day at the age of 82.

More: Kanye, Elton, Jack and Lionel: Say Hello To Bonnaroo's 2014 Lineup

More: Sam Smith, Janelle Monae - The Unexpected Gems Of Bonnaroo Day 1

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align=center lang="en"><p>Elton John just delivered one of the most inspiring sets I&#39;ve ever seen <a href="https://twitter.com/Bonnaroo" rel="nofollow" >@Bonnaroo</a>. Incredible performance. Perfect way to end the festival.</p>&mdash; The Audiovore (@theaudiovore) <a href="https://twitter.com/theaudiovore/statuses/478402618818297856" rel="nofollow" >June 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align=center lang="en"><p>Had a blast with the Rocket Man <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23EltonJohn&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#EltonJohn</a> tonight! A true music legend! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23bonnaroo&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#bonnaroo</a> also thanks to… <a href="http://t.co/SiyH5fFgoY" rel="nofollow" >http://t.co/SiyH5fFgoY</a></p>&mdash; Noelle Scaggs (@noellescaggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/noellescaggs/statuses/478401065705291776" rel="nofollow" >June 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align=center lang="en"><p>First he wins an NBA title and now Popovich is on drums for Elton John at Bonnaroo. What a night. <a href="http://t.co/HN8RdFFcrA" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/HN8RdFFcrA</a></p>&mdash; Andrew Burner (@AndrewBurner) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewBurner/statuses/478383838784389120" rel="nofollow" >June 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Bonnaroo festival ended on a high note yesterday, with Elton John as the final performer – but not before fans had been queuing up for over 12 hours to see the Brit perform. But even before he took the stage for his first ever American festival performance, there was plenty to see and hear in the supporting acts.

Elton John
Bonnaroo was the Brit's first festival appearance.

One of the most anticipated gigs at Bonnaroo was the Arctic Monkeys’ set. Late in the swealtering afternoon, they opened with their festival sing-along Do I Wanna Know?, which funnily enough echoed Sam Smith’s cover on Friday night. The festival crowd was loving it though, with one woman reportedly taking to mattress-surfing during their set.

Just after 8PM, Wiz Khalifa took over Bonnaroo’s Which Stage to “Bout Me” sans Problem and Iamsu!, rocking a big-brimmed hat. He may have taken a cue from Pharrell there. And for the Miley Cyrus fans out there, he even performed 23, featuring Miley’s voice. Just a snippet from Khalifa’s mid-set inspirational speech: “Your generation inspires camaraderie and passion and the world is gonna be alright because we’re using our minds to move things forward.” Good times.

Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa interrupted his set for a little inspirational moment. 

Elton John finally opened his set at about 9.30PM, with a classic three-song punch Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Candle in the Wind and Bennie and the Jets. It was a gig worth waiting for (per fan reviews on Twitter). Ben Folds almost outplayed the Brit on a duet of Great Seal. John even dedicated a performance of Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to radio legend Casey Kasem, who died earlier in the day at the age of 82.

More: Kanye, Elton, Jack and Lionel: Say Hello To Bonnaroo's 2014 Lineup

More: Sam Smith, Janelle Monae - The Unexpected Gems Of Bonnaroo Day 1

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align=center lang="en"><p>Elton John just delivered one of the most inspiring sets I&#39;ve ever seen <a href="https://twitter.com/Bonnaroo" rel="nofollow" >@Bonnaroo</a>. Incredible performance. Perfect way to end the festival.</p>&mdash; The Audiovore (@theaudiovore) <a href="https://twitter.com/theaudiovore/statuses/478402618818297856" rel="nofollow" >June 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align=center lang="en"><p>Had a blast with the Rocket Man <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23EltonJohn&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#EltonJohn</a> tonight! A true music legend! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23bonnaroo&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#bonnaroo</a> also thanks to… <a href="http://t.co/SiyH5fFgoY" rel="nofollow" >http://t.co/SiyH5fFgoY</a></p>&mdash; Noelle Scaggs (@noellescaggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/noellescaggs/statuses/478401065705291776" rel="nofollow" >June 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align=center lang="en"><p>First he wins an NBA title and now Popovich is on drums for Elton John at Bonnaroo. What a night. <a href="http://t.co/HN8RdFFcrA" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/HN8RdFFcrA</a></p>&mdash; Andrew Burner (@AndrewBurner) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewBurner/statuses/478383838784389120" rel="nofollow" >June 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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16th June 2014
Why Have Arctic Monkey's Scrapped Plans For A New Album? 4237869 News

Arctic Monkeys continue to ascend toward superstardom. Their status as bona fide rockstars capable of disseminating universally lauded records means their prestige can only continue to expand. 2013’s AM saw the band make a total departure from any semblance of their younger selves. Where once they specialised in jagged riffs and quirky tales of misadventures on northern English estates, leading them to a hierarchical position in the mid-noughties indie band explosion, they are now slicker, beefier and with a fan base that extends well beyond the confines of their home nation.

Arctic Monkeys
Despite teasing fans last year, a follow-up to AM will not be appearing anytime soon.

More: "Success Doesn't Come From Awards" - Alex Turner

Their heavier output has finally turned heads in the US, meaning that their longevity is all but assured. But despite stating back in 2013 that they were planning on a follow up that would rear its head shortly after AM had concluded its touring cycle, the band have now stated that there are no plans for another record anytime in the near future. It’s a perfectly understandable position given that the lads in Arctic Monkey’s have successfully penetrated the US market thanks to years of hard slog around the gargantuan nation and can now tour there in venues equivalent to those they play in the UK. As such, their touring cycle is extended exponentially as demand for the band is more vociferous than ever. Yet fans will surely be disappointed that a quick follow-up will not be appearing.

More: Alex Turner Responds To Concert Criticism

Bassist Nick O’Malley told NME magazine: “We did have a chat but I don’t think it’s going to be happening. There are no plans for another record.” The bassists also added that “I think people may want to forget about us for a while.” With demand for the band showing little sign of waning, despite a continuous presence on TV, radio, award shows and the touring circuit, it is doubtful any fans will be forgetting about the band anytime soon. The “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” rockers will be embarking on time off from their band duties, with Nick further digressing on the situation: “We’ve been doing this constantly for quite a while and it’s important to have a break. Otherwise you burn out and get a bit psychotic.”

Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner has also added comment on the situation, stating that he is still in an AM mind-set. He stated: “I don’t know what happens when the tour ends. I’m still pretty wrapped up in AM. We’re slapping each other on the back after that one.” However, Arctic Monkey’s can rest easily, knowing that even after a lengthy sojourn away from the spotlight, their music and collective persona is now so fervently ingrained on popular culture that there will be no slouch in adoration for the band, on either side of the Atlantic. 

Arctic Monkeys continue to ascend toward superstardom. Their status as bona fide rockstars capable of disseminating universally lauded records means their prestige can only continue to expand. 2013’s AM saw the band make a total departure from any semblance of their younger selves. Where once they specialised in jagged riffs and quirky tales of misadventures on northern English estates, leading them to a hierarchical position in the mid-noughties indie band explosion, they are now slicker, beefier and with a fan base that extends well beyond the confines of their home nation.

Arctic Monkeys
Despite teasing fans last year, a follow-up to AM will not be appearing anytime soon.

More: "Success Doesn't Come From Awards" - Alex Turner

Their heavier output has finally turned heads in the US, meaning that their longevity is all but assured. But despite stating back in 2013 that they were planning on a follow up that would rear its head shortly after AM had concluded its touring cycle, the band have now stated that there are no plans for another record anytime in the near future. It’s a perfectly understandable position given that the lads in Arctic Monkey’s have successfully penetrated the US market thanks to years of hard slog around the gargantuan nation and can now tour there in venues equivalent to those they play in the UK. As such, their touring cycle is extended exponentially as demand for the band is more vociferous than ever. Yet fans will surely be disappointed that a quick follow-up will not be appearing.

More: Alex Turner Responds To Concert Criticism

Bassist Nick O’Malley told NME magazine: “We did have a chat but I don’t think it’s going to be happening. There are no plans for another record.” The bassists also added that “I think people may want to forget about us for a while.” With demand for the band showing little sign of waning, despite a continuous presence on TV, radio, award shows and the touring circuit, it is doubtful any fans will be forgetting about the band anytime soon. The “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” rockers will be embarking on time off from their band duties, with Nick further digressing on the situation: “We’ve been doing this constantly for quite a while and it’s important to have a break. Otherwise you burn out and get a bit psychotic.”

Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner has also added comment on the situation, stating that he is still in an AM mind-set. He stated: “I don’t know what happens when the tour ends. I’m still pretty wrapped up in AM. We’re slapping each other on the back after that one.” However, Arctic Monkey’s can rest easily, knowing that even after a lengthy sojourn away from the spotlight, their music and collective persona is now so fervently ingrained on popular culture that there will be no slouch in adoration for the band, on either side of the Atlantic. 

10th June 2014 4078253
Leeds and Reading Festival Line Up: Gerard Way Among The Additions 4219490 News

The latest additions to this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced and amongst the fresh batch of acts is the former My Chemical Romance frontman, who will play his first live shows as a solo artists at this year’s dual mega-event. Gerard Way’s iconic band had recently become defunct after mutually deciding to lay the group to bed. The multi-million record selling giants of emo rock recently released a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You but have failed to announce any farewell tour dates, much to the chagrin of their huge and loyal fanbase.

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Gerard Way Is Heading to Leeds and Reading

His Reading and Leeds performances will herald a new chapter in the singer’s career as he puts the finishing touches on an eagerly-awaited solo album, the direction of which is still shrouded in mystery. The musician and prolific comic book artist has directed fans to his new website, which features a brief snippet of an as-yet unnamed song.

The project arrives alongside the inclusion of a song for the new Kevin Smith film, Tusk. The song is a version of an 16th Century English folk song entitled ‘Oh, Waly, Waly’ which Smith described as an “achingly beautiful, haunting declaration of undying, hopeless love” in a recent interview. Way will play on the NME/Radio 1 stage alongside the likes of Metronomy, Warpaint and The Courteeners.

Other acts announced for the cavernous confines of the NME/Radio 1 stage are rapper Schoolboy Q, soul-inflicted vocalist Maverick Sabre, Aussie party-punk duo DZ Deathrayz and sensitive post-hardcore types La Dispute.

More: My Chemical Romance split

The Festival Republic stage, always a cesspool of hotly-tipped emerging talent has added the likes of King Charles, Southern, We Are Scientists, The Amazing Snakeheads, American Authors, Little Matador, The Minutes. Leaders of Men, The Sunshine Underground, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Sivu, Drowners, Lucious and last but not least, Saint Raymond.

The Radio 1 dance tent has also fattened its line-up with the new inclusion of Sigma, Indiana, RUFUS, Panama, Kove, Mø, Lxury and Billion. Meanwhile, The Pit (formerly known as the Lock Up Stage) has added We Came As Romans, Crosses, Muncie Girls, Brutality Will Prevail, Lesser Key, The HELL, Beasts, Masked Intruder, Emily’s Army and Vales.

Elsewhere, the brand new BBC Radio 1 Xtra stage features the freshly declared talents of Mista Jam, Raleigh Ritchie, Dirty Dike, Edward Scissortongue, Dominique Young Unique, Tempa T, Little Simz, Newham Generals, Adian Coker, Kwabs, Eli Ingram, Hawk House and My Nu Leng.

Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 headline the event which takes place over August bank holiday weekend between the 22nd and 24th of August.

More: Bombay Bicycle Club share Unkle remix of 'Feel'

The latest additions to this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced and amongst the fresh batch of acts is the former My Chemical Romance frontman, who will play his first live shows as a solo artists at this year’s dual mega-event. Gerard Way’s iconic band had recently become defunct after mutually deciding to lay the group to bed. The multi-million record selling giants of emo rock recently released a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You but have failed to announce any farewell tour dates, much to the chagrin of their huge and loyal fanbase.

Gerard Way At NME Awards
Gerard Way Is Heading to Leeds and Reading

His Reading and Leeds performances will herald a new chapter in the singer’s career as he puts the finishing touches on an eagerly-awaited solo album, the direction of which is still shrouded in mystery. The musician and prolific comic book artist has directed fans to his new website, which features a brief snippet of an as-yet unnamed song.

The project arrives alongside the inclusion of a song for the new Kevin Smith film, Tusk. The song is a version of an 16th Century English folk song entitled ‘Oh, Waly, Waly’ which Smith described as an “achingly beautiful, haunting declaration of undying, hopeless love” in a recent interview. Way will play on the NME/Radio 1 stage alongside the likes of Metronomy, Warpaint and The Courteeners.

Other acts announced for the cavernous confines of the NME/Radio 1 stage are rapper Schoolboy Q, soul-inflicted vocalist Maverick Sabre, Aussie party-punk duo DZ Deathrayz and sensitive post-hardcore types La Dispute.

More: My Chemical Romance split

The Festival Republic stage, always a cesspool of hotly-tipped emerging talent has added the likes of King Charles, Southern, We Are Scientists, The Amazing Snakeheads, American Authors, Little Matador, The Minutes. Leaders of Men, The Sunshine Underground, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Sivu, Drowners, Lucious and last but not least, Saint Raymond.

The Radio 1 dance tent has also fattened its line-up with the new inclusion of Sigma, Indiana, RUFUS, Panama, Kove, Mø, Lxury and Billion. Meanwhile, The Pit (formerly known as the Lock Up Stage) has added We Came As Romans, Crosses, Muncie Girls, Brutality Will Prevail, Lesser Key, The HELL, Beasts, Masked Intruder, Emily’s Army and Vales.

Elsewhere, the brand new BBC Radio 1 Xtra stage features the freshly declared talents of Mista Jam, Raleigh Ritchie, Dirty Dike, Edward Scissortongue, Dominique Young Unique, Tempa T, Little Simz, Newham Generals, Adian Coker, Kwabs, Eli Ingram, Hawk House and My Nu Leng.

Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 headline the event which takes place over August bank holiday weekend between the 22nd and 24th of August.

More: Bombay Bicycle Club share Unkle remix of 'Feel'

30th May 2014 1547243
Alex Turner & Miles Kane Reunite As The Last Shadow Puppets At Arctic Monkeys Park Gig 4215071 News

Rockers Alex Turner and Miles Kane staged an unannounced The Last Shadow Puppets reunion during Arctic Monkeys' concert in London on Saturday night (24May14).

Turner and his band were playing the second of two sold-out gigs at Finsbury Park when Kane walked out onstage to perform Standing Next To Me with his one-off bandmate, a night after Turner played a solo acoustic version of the band's A Certain Romance.

Turner and Kane formed The Last Shadow Puppets in 2007 - the group's debut album, The Age Of The Understatement, was released in 2008.

Rockers Alex Turner and Miles Kane staged an unannounced The Last Shadow Puppets reunion during Arctic Monkeys' concert in London on Saturday night (24May14).

Turner and his band were playing the second of two sold-out gigs at Finsbury Park when Kane walked out onstage to perform Standing Next To Me with his one-off bandmate, a night after Turner played a solo acoustic version of the band's A Certain Romance.

Turner and Kane formed The Last Shadow Puppets in 2007 - the group's debut album, The Age Of The Understatement, was released in 2008.

26th May 2014 4077930
Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences! 4209125 News

We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.

The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.

The best of BelgiumBelgium
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.

The best of CroatiaCroatia
- Soundwave Croatia (July 17th - 21st): Entering its sixth year, Soundwave offers five days of some of the best dance and electronic music around and all while you're relaxing by the gloriously blue waters in The Garden Tisno bay. While you're not swimming though, you can still enjoy the sun at the open air nightclub - there's no room for indoor entertainment here, bring your sun cream!
- The Garden Festival (July 2nd - 9th): Tisno is so popular with visitors, that Soundwave isn't the only event set up there. If you couldn't get tickets for that, check out The Garden Festival - same sunny atmosphere with another huge line-up of DJ sets.
- Dimensions Festival (August 28th-30th): If you're not into dance music, there's a much more eclectic line-up awaiting you at Dimensions. But it's all about the epic fort stages and sunset illuminated boat parties during this end of summer show.

Denmark's finestDenmark
- Roskilde Festival (June 29th - July 6th): Roskilde is one of Europe's most ancient towns and its major festival has similarly been running for a long time. Its longevity itself may be impressive, given the amount of events we've sadly seen close over the past few years, but over 40 years on it's still providing visitors with some of the best international rock the world has to offer. Topping the bill this year is none other than The Rolling Stones.
- NorthSide (June 13th-15th): Having sold out three weeks earlier than last year, NorthSide festival is definitely on a roll - and only in its fifth year! If you're not used to the impressive architecture of Scandinavian towns, you'll be totally enchanted by NorthSide. Plus the line-up is hard to beat with headline sets from Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky and more.

The best of FranceFrance
- Rock en Seine (August 22nd - 24th): Rock en Seine takes place at the Château de Saint-Cloud park in the west of Paris, featuring Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Lana Del Rey and many more. Rock en Seine also has creative workshops for children, such as guitar lessons without the parents, so it's a great experience for people of all ages. 
- La Route Du Rock (August 13th - 16th): Held in Saint-Malo, the Summer edition of the biannual indie/electronic festival returns with its renowned beach stage for the day and castle stage for the night. La Route Du Rock has amazing settings for amazing bands be it during the Summer, or during the Winter edition where you'll be rocking out way too hard to feel the cold.
- Hellfest (June 20th - 22nd): France's highly established rock/metal festival will this year play host to legendary bands from Black Sabbath to Slayer. Covering the whole spectrum of rock music over six different stages, be it thrash metal or punk, Hellfest will surely satisfy any die hard rocker's needs.

The best of GermanyGermany
- Rock am Ring (June 5th - 8th): Along with its sister event Rock im Park (Rock in the Park), Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring) is four days of incredible music that's so brilliant, they had to organise two events simultaneously! And it's easy to see why with such high-calibre bands from Iron Maiden to Nine Inch Nails. 
- Melt Festival (July 18th - 20th): Having taken place in Ferropolis (also known as The City Of Iron) since 1999, Melt Festival has a rich history of 'Electronic meets Rock' line-ups and 2014's event continues this legacy, along with its custom colossal iron cranes that oversee the venue. It's a breath-taking sight!
- Hurricane Festival (June 20th - 22nd): Here's hoping the weather doesn't live up to the name this year, Hurricane presents mainstream music in its coolest form with Arcade Fire and Volbeat heading the line-up. With only 5,000 tickets left, be sure to hurry up and buy one for yourself before this event sells out.

Sziget in HungaryHungary
- Sziget (August 11th - 18th): It's not always easy for the younger generations to find somewhere they can relax, have fun and generally do what they want to do, but when Sziget came about in 1993, there was finally a place for teens to enjoy great music and entertainment: the Island of Freedom! It is far from being just about the music though with so much going on from circus to theatre, and right next to the glorious Danube river. With nearly 400,000 festival goers each year, the week-long event remains one of the most eclectic, vibrant and infectiously enjoyable festivals in all of Europe.

Iceland Airwaves 2014Iceland
- Iceland Airwaves (November 5th - 9th): Reykjavík has got to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe with a gorgeous mountainous horizon and a spectacular nightlife, so if you're going to visit anywhere in Iceland, check out the capital. Iceland Airwaves is the perfect excuse too, with its massive range of local and international artists to party to such as East India Youth, The Flaming Lips, PINS and Rökkurró. It's the perfect post-Summer vacation with various package deals and very affordable tickets, as well as plenty of stuff to do in and around the city.

The Best of NetherlandsNetherlands
- Pinkpop (June 7th - 9th): Having started in 1970, Pinkpop is one of the longest running major festivals in Europe.  Constantly delivering great line ups for fans of different kinds of music, this year sees the likes of The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. Pinkpop certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
- Mysteryland (August 23rd - 25th): MysteryLand was the first, and now the oldest dance festival in the Netherlands. Traditionally taking place on the last Saturday of August, there surely isn't a better way to end your summer than by raving to some of the hottest acts in dance music alongside some incredible illuminated art installations that just get bigger and better each year.
- Best Kept Secret (June 20th - 22nd): Taking place at the rather isolated lakeside venue of Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, it's easy to see why this is the Netherlands 'best kept secret'. Priding itself on being focussed '100% on music', this year sees big names such as Elbow and Pixies, as well as emerging talent like Chvurches and Cheatahs. 

Oya FestivalNorway
- Oya Festival (August 5th - 9th): Starting out in 1999 with humble beginnings, Oya Festival has grown to be one of Europe's biggest festivals. But it isn't just one of the largest, it's undoubtedly one of the greenest with the team working all year round to find ways to be more environmentally friendly in various ways be it waste disposal, transport, power supply or leaflets. It's all about encouraging people to take care of the environment around them and send a positive message to music lovers everywhere.

Open'er & Off FestivalPoland
- Open'er Festival (July 2nd - 5th): Having started in 2002, Poland's Open'er Festival, taking place in Gdynia, has always had great music, but in recent years has also had stunning art with areas dedicated to theatrical performances, documentaries and fashions shows. Open'er Festival is a celebration of creativity in all forms.
- OFF Festival (August 1st - 3rd): Priding itself on delivering the best, even if not the most popular in alternative music, OFF Festival is the place to be for alternative music lovers and there's no reason not to go with the very affordable ticket prices that are more than worth paying for this incredible experience.

Exit FestivalSerbia
- Exit Festival (July 10th - 13th): Starting out as a student movement for peace activism in Serbia and the Balkans, Exit Festival has gone on to be an extremely prestigious festival even winning the award for 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards. To this day, Exit Festival is run by a non-profit organisation and still has a strong social mission in helping youth in the Balkans. To make the festival even more impressive, it is held at the monumental Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad. 

Spain's best picksSpain
- Primavera Sound (June 5th - 7th): Spain is one of the key festival locations in Europe with Primavera likely being it's most well-known worldwide. This year you can even get a preview of what's to be heard with Rough Trade having teamed up with festival organisers to produce a double CD. The Barcelona based event has been going on since 2001 and the excitement only gets more intense each year.
- Benicassim (July 17th - 20th): Also known as Fib, Benicassim is one of Spain's best beachside music festivals with four days of all your favourite mainstream music. It's particularly exciting this year as it sees a reunion show from much-loved British rockers The Libertines, who headline Saturday's spectacular bill.
- Sonar (June 12th - 14th): Electronic music at its finest, Sonar is all about cutting edge production and creativity. Exhibitions from universities and various other companies will be taking place throughout the weekend with everything from Berklee College's Technology Innovation Lab, Oval Sound's progressive percussion and IAAC's portrait projects.
- Ibiza Rocks (June - September) : Leaving the mainland, party island Ibiza presents an entire Summer of revelry, pop music and other sun-soaked entertainment. From its opening party with Haim to its closing event with Bombay Bicycle Club, you've literally got no excuse to embrace Ibiza this season. Or Mallorca, if you prefer!

Way Out West & Sweden Rocks!Sweden
- Way Out West (August 7th - 9th): Having started in 2007, Way Out West is a fast-rising, unique festival that utilises both clubs in Gothenburg and fields in Slottsskogen. You can travel from one to the other in ten minutes by tram, so travel is not an issue for those nightowl festival goers that simply can't stop partying. Fortunately, there's Stay Out West - so the fun literally never stops!
- Sweden Rock Festival (June 4th - 7th): Sweden's biggest annual rock and metal event regularly plays host to some of the biggest names in the genres with this year being no exception; Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and many more will hit the stages this year. Also, Sweden Rock Festival lets you vote for the bands you'd like to see at future events on their website, truly giving the fans what they want.

Europe has so much diversity to offer and not just in terms of music. Whatever you want from a Summer holiday this year, we're doubting that there's nothing of interest here so grab the sun cream and start preparing to go continental this festival season!

We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.

The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.

The best of BelgiumBelgium
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.

The best of CroatiaCroatia
- Soundwave Croatia (July 17th - 21st): Entering its sixth year, Soundwave offers five days of some of the best dance and electronic music around and all while you're relaxing by the gloriously blue waters in The Garden Tisno bay. While you're not swimming though, you can still enjoy the sun at the open air nightclub - there's no room for indoor entertainment here, bring your sun cream!
- The Garden Festival (July 2nd - 9th): Tisno is so popular with visitors, that Soundwave isn't the only event set up there. If you couldn't get tickets for that, check out The Garden Festival - same sunny atmosphere with another huge line-up of DJ sets.
- Dimensions Festival (August 28th-30th): If you're not into dance music, there's a much more eclectic line-up awaiting you at Dimensions. But it's all about the epic fort stages and sunset illuminated boat parties during this end of summer show.

Denmark's finestDenmark
- Roskilde Festival (June 29th - July 6th): Roskilde is one of Europe's most ancient towns and its major festival has similarly been running for a long time. Its longevity itself may be impressive, given the amount of events we've sadly seen close over the past few years, but over 40 years on it's still providing visitors with some of the best international rock the world has to offer. Topping the bill this year is none other than The Rolling Stones.
- NorthSide (June 13th-15th): Having sold out three weeks earlier than last year, NorthSide festival is definitely on a roll - and only in its fifth year! If you're not used to the impressive architecture of Scandinavian towns, you'll be totally enchanted by NorthSide. Plus the line-up is hard to beat with headline sets from Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky and more.

The best of FranceFrance
- Rock en Seine (August 22nd - 24th): Rock en Seine takes place at the Château de Saint-Cloud park in the west of Paris, featuring Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Lana Del Rey and many more. Rock en Seine also has creative workshops for children, such as guitar lessons without the parents, so it's a great experience for people of all ages. 
- La Route Du Rock (August 13th - 16th): Held in Saint-Malo, the Summer edition of the biannual indie/electronic festival returns with its renowned beach stage for the day and castle stage for the night. La Route Du Rock has amazing settings for amazing bands be it during the Summer, or during the Winter edition where you'll be rocking out way too hard to feel the cold.
- Hellfest (June 20th - 22nd): France's highly established rock/metal festival will this year play host to legendary bands from Black Sabbath to Slayer. Covering the whole spectrum of rock music over six different stages, be it thrash metal or punk, Hellfest will surely satisfy any die hard rocker's needs.

The best of GermanyGermany
- Rock am Ring (June 5th - 8th): Along with its sister event Rock im Park (Rock in the Park), Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring) is four days of incredible music that's so brilliant, they had to organise two events simultaneously! And it's easy to see why with such high-calibre bands from Iron Maiden to Nine Inch Nails. 
- Melt Festival (July 18th - 20th): Having taken place in Ferropolis (also known as The City Of Iron) since 1999, Melt Festival has a rich history of 'Electronic meets Rock' line-ups and 2014's event continues this legacy, along with its custom colossal iron cranes that oversee the venue. It's a breath-taking sight!
- Hurricane Festival (June 20th - 22nd): Here's hoping the weather doesn't live up to the name this year, Hurricane presents mainstream music in its coolest form with Arcade Fire and Volbeat heading the line-up. With only 5,000 tickets left, be sure to hurry up and buy one for yourself before this event sells out.

Sziget in HungaryHungary
- Sziget (August 11th - 18th): It's not always easy for the younger generations to find somewhere they can relax, have fun and generally do what they want to do, but when Sziget came about in 1993, there was finally a place for teens to enjoy great music and entertainment: the Island of Freedom! It is far from being just about the music though with so much going on from circus to theatre, and right next to the glorious Danube river. With nearly 400,000 festival goers each year, the week-long event remains one of the most eclectic, vibrant and infectiously enjoyable festivals in all of Europe.

Iceland Airwaves 2014Iceland
- Iceland Airwaves (November 5th - 9th): Reykjavík has got to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe with a gorgeous mountainous horizon and a spectacular nightlife, so if you're going to visit anywhere in Iceland, check out the capital. Iceland Airwaves is the perfect excuse too, with its massive range of local and international artists to party to such as East India Youth, The Flaming Lips, PINS and Rökkurró. It's the perfect post-Summer vacation with various package deals and very affordable tickets, as well as plenty of stuff to do in and around the city.

The Best of NetherlandsNetherlands
- Pinkpop (June 7th - 9th): Having started in 1970, Pinkpop is one of the longest running major festivals in Europe.  Constantly delivering great line ups for fans of different kinds of music, this year sees the likes of The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. Pinkpop certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
- Mysteryland (August 23rd - 25th): MysteryLand was the first, and now the oldest dance festival in the Netherlands. Traditionally taking place on the last Saturday of August, there surely isn't a better way to end your summer than by raving to some of the hottest acts in dance music alongside some incredible illuminated art installations that just get bigger and better each year.
- Best Kept Secret (June 20th - 22nd): Taking place at the rather isolated lakeside venue of Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, it's easy to see why this is the Netherlands 'best kept secret'. Priding itself on being focussed '100% on music', this year sees big names such as Elbow and Pixies, as well as emerging talent like Chvurches and Cheatahs. 

Oya FestivalNorway
- Oya Festival (August 5th - 9th): Starting out in 1999 with humble beginnings, Oya Festival has grown to be one of Europe's biggest festivals. But it isn't just one of the largest, it's undoubtedly one of the greenest with the team working all year round to find ways to be more environmentally friendly in various ways be it waste disposal, transport, power supply or leaflets. It's all about encouraging people to take care of the environment around them and send a positive message to music lovers everywhere.

Open'er & Off FestivalPoland
- Open'er Festival (July 2nd - 5th): Having started in 2002, Poland's Open'er Festival, taking place in Gdynia, has always had great music, but in recent years has also had stunning art with areas dedicated to theatrical performances, documentaries and fashions shows. Open'er Festival is a celebration of creativity in all forms.
- OFF Festival (August 1st - 3rd): Priding itself on delivering the best, even if not the most popular in alternative music, OFF Festival is the place to be for alternative music lovers and there's no reason not to go with the very affordable ticket prices that are more than worth paying for this incredible experience.

Exit FestivalSerbia
- Exit Festival (July 10th - 13th): Starting out as a student movement for peace activism in Serbia and the Balkans, Exit Festival has gone on to be an extremely prestigious festival even winning the award for 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards. To this day, Exit Festival is run by a non-profit organisation and still has a strong social mission in helping youth in the Balkans. To make the festival even more impressive, it is held at the monumental Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad. 

Spain's best picksSpain
- Primavera Sound (June 5th - 7th): Spain is one of the key festival locations in Europe with Primavera likely being it's most well-known worldwide. This year you can even get a preview of what's to be heard with Rough Trade having teamed up with festival organisers to produce a double CD. The Barcelona based event has been going on since 2001 and the excitement only gets more intense each year.
- Benicassim (July 17th - 20th): Also known as Fib, Benicassim is one of Spain's best beachside music festivals with four days of all your favourite mainstream music. It's particularly exciting this year as it sees a reunion show from much-loved British rockers The Libertines, who headline Saturday's spectacular bill.
- Sonar (June 12th - 14th): Electronic music at its finest, Sonar is all about cutting edge production and creativity. Exhibitions from universities and various other companies will be taking place throughout the weekend with everything from Berklee College's Technology Innovation Lab, Oval Sound's progressive percussion and IAAC's portrait projects.
- Ibiza Rocks (June - September) : Leaving the mainland, party island Ibiza presents an entire Summer of revelry, pop music and other sun-soaked entertainment. From its opening party with Haim to its closing event with Bombay Bicycle Club, you've literally got no excuse to embrace Ibiza this season. Or Mallorca, if you prefer!

Way Out West & Sweden Rocks!Sweden
- Way Out West (August 7th - 9th): Having started in 2007, Way Out West is a fast-rising, unique festival that utilises both clubs in Gothenburg and fields in Slottsskogen. You can travel from one to the other in ten minutes by tram, so travel is not an issue for those nightowl festival goers that simply can't stop partying. Fortunately, there's Stay Out West - so the fun literally never stops!
- Sweden Rock Festival (June 4th - 7th): Sweden's biggest annual rock and metal event regularly plays host to some of the biggest names in the genres with this year being no exception; Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and many more will hit the stages this year. Also, Sweden Rock Festival lets you vote for the bands you'd like to see at future events on their website, truly giving the fans what they want.

Europe has so much diversity to offer and not just in terms of music. Whatever you want from a Summer holiday this year, we're doubting that there's nothing of interest here so grab the sun cream and start preparing to go continental this festival season!

23rd May 2014 1404974
Alex Turner: Success doesn't come from awards 4171614 News

Alex Turner insists success in the music industry does not come from winning awards.

The Arctic Monkeys frontman, who admitted the band's BRIT Awards this year for Best Group and Best Album for 'AM' didn't mean much to him, claims he was just being honest.

He said: ''I don't step up to accept a trophy for a race I didn't know I was running and act as thought it's something I've been dreaming of since I was a little boy, because it's not the truth.

''If that is the truth for you, fine, but it's not ever been about that - I think any sort of victory in this trek comes with the conception of a song or an idea, not with a trophy or a pat on the back.''

Alex's improvised acceptance speech at the BRITs, in which he claimed ''rock 'n' roll will never die'', was frowned upon by some critics but guitarist Jamie Cook claims attitude is all part of being in the industry but it can only take an artist so far.

Drummer Matt Helders explained: ''People can have a rock 'n' roll attitude and never be in a band. You can dress like that.''

Alex added: ''It's easier to say what it isn't. A haircut or a belt buckle. It doesn't even occur to some people that there is a rock 'n' roll - so, me saying that might give someone an idea. It's a beacon in your peripheral vision. You can't draw someone a map to it.''

Alex Turner insists success in the music industry does not come from winning awards.

The Arctic Monkeys frontman, who admitted the band's BRIT Awards this year for Best Group and Best Album for 'AM' didn't mean much to him, claims he was just being honest.

He said: ''I don't step up to accept a trophy for a race I didn't know I was running and act as thought it's something I've been dreaming of since I was a little boy, because it's not the truth.

''If that is the truth for you, fine, but it's not ever been about that - I think any sort of victory in this trek comes with the conception of a song or an idea, not with a trophy or a pat on the back.''

Alex's improvised acceptance speech at the BRITs, in which he claimed ''rock 'n' roll will never die'', was frowned upon by some critics but guitarist Jamie Cook claims attitude is all part of being in the industry but it can only take an artist so far.

Drummer Matt Helders explained: ''People can have a rock 'n' roll attitude and never be in a band. You can dress like that.''

Alex added: ''It's easier to say what it isn't. A haircut or a belt buckle. It doesn't even occur to some people that there is a rock 'n' roll - so, me saying that might give someone an idea. It's a beacon in your peripheral vision. You can't draw someone a map to it.''

28th April 2014 4171613
After Mercury Snub, London Grammar Score Ivor Novello Nomination 4166543 News

Last year, the bookies had London Grammar as the 6/4 massive favourites to win the Mercury Music Prize, even before the nominations had been announced. And so it raised a few eyebrows when the London group's album If You Wait was left off the shortlist completely.

London Grammar

The band failed to hide their obvious disappointment when we quizzed them on the snub at Festival No.6.

"It's funny because I think, before any of this happened, it was definitely something we'd thought about," said Dan, "I'd be lying if I said we hadn't. But then since the actual moment when the nominations were announced, loads more great stuff's happened anyway so, in a way, it's taken that weight off our shoulders."

Lead singer Hannah continued, "Well, the thing is, it was a bit weird to be tipped to win it weeks before the nominations were even announced, and then on the day we were a bit disappointed not to be on the list."

That disappointed will have since subsided and the news on Thursday that the band are in the running for this year's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting award won't hurt either.

More: London Grammar dissapointment at Mercury snub

Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman were at the nominations announcement in London and called it an "amazing honour" to be in the running for best song, for 'Strong'.

"I think we're just incredibly grateful and stuff like this, you do end up pinching yourselves, it's pretty amazing," said Rothman.

The group wrote the song together in Rothman's garage and Reid said the lyrics were inspired by her own experiences growing up in London.

"It's about being objectified, when you're really young and how just that small thing of being cat-called can really shape how women see themselves," she said.

"It started happening to me and my girlfriends when we were about 13," she added. "So it's just saying 'stop doing it, it's really annoying!'."

Elsewhere in the nominations, the eventual Mercury winner James Blake is nominated for best contemporary song for 'Retrograde,' as are 'Everything Everything' for Kemosabe and Discloure and Sam Smith for 'Latch'. 

In the best album category, the Arctic Monkeys are nominated for AM, along with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds for Push The Sky Away and Laura Mvula for Sing to the Moon.

More: Radio 1 apologies for 'fit' tweet about London Grammar singer

Last year, the bookies had London Grammar as the 6/4 massive favourites to win the Mercury Music Prize, even before the nominations had been announced. And so it raised a few eyebrows when the London group's album If You Wait was left off the shortlist completely.

London Grammar

The band failed to hide their obvious disappointment when we quizzed them on the snub at Festival No.6.

"It's funny because I think, before any of this happened, it was definitely something we'd thought about," said Dan, "I'd be lying if I said we hadn't. But then since the actual moment when the nominations were announced, loads more great stuff's happened anyway so, in a way, it's taken that weight off our shoulders."

Lead singer Hannah continued, "Well, the thing is, it was a bit weird to be tipped to win it weeks before the nominations were even announced, and then on the day we were a bit disappointed not to be on the list."

That disappointed will have since subsided and the news on Thursday that the band are in the running for this year's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting award won't hurt either.

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Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman were at the nominations announcement in London and called it an "amazing honour" to be in the running for best song, for 'Strong'.

"I think we're just incredibly grateful and stuff like this, you do end up pinching yourselves, it's pretty amazing," said Rothman.

The group wrote the song together in Rothman's garage and Reid said the lyrics were inspired by her own experiences growing up in London.

"It's about being objectified, when you're really young and how just that small thing of being cat-called can really shape how women see themselves," she said.

"It started happening to me and my girlfriends when we were about 13," she added. "So it's just saying 'stop doing it, it's really annoying!'."

Elsewhere in the nominations, the eventual Mercury winner James Blake is nominated for best contemporary song for 'Retrograde,' as are 'Everything Everything' for Kemosabe and Discloure and Sam Smith for 'Latch'. 

In the best album category, the Arctic Monkeys are nominated for AM, along with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds for Push The Sky Away and Laura Mvula for Sing to the Moon.

More: Radio 1 apologies for 'fit' tweet about London Grammar singer

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