This year's Leeds Festival held at Bramham Park may have had a super amount of rain, but that didn't stop the headliners from entertaining.
Leeds Festival 2013 may not have brought with it the best weather of the year, with torrential downpours and heavy flooding putting a damper (pardon the pun) on everyone's camping weekend, but the line-up was enough to put a smile on everyone's mud spattered face!
Green Day Headline Leeds Festival 2013
Biffy Clyro drew in a rapturous audience on the Friday and Green Day had a smaller but dedicated audience on Saturday, but that was nothing compared to Eminem's fantastic closing performance which drew the biggest audience of the whole weekend. Other bands had a few surprises up their sleeves, with Fall Out Boy managing to get Foxes up on stage to perform their collaborative track 'Just One Yesterday' (Pete Wentz' favourite song from their new album) and The Lumineers taking crowd participation to a new level by playing in the middle of their audience.
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Mumford and Sons were forced to pull out of the Bonnaroo Festival following concern for bassist Ted Dwane's health. Dwane has recently undergone surgery to remove a blood clot. Jack Johnson stepped in to fill their two hour slot at the Tennessee festival.
Jack Johnson stepped in at the last minute to cover Mumford and Son's slot. Not only did the singer have to find a band, learn a whole host of new and old and quickly practise, he also made the time to compose a short acoustic song about the festival.
The four day festival which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee was first held in 2002 and has been hugely popular and influential. Johnson has a history with the festival, having performed at the first one and headlined in 2008. Johnson was, conveniently, already at the Bonaroo Festival when he received a call on Thursday (13th June 2013) as he was appearing as a special guest, performing alongside Animal Liberation Orchestra.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer said he was expecting 'a train wreck' owing to the short time he had in which to prepare. Johnson has recently been out of the limelight, working on his new album entitled 'From Here To Now To You', due to be released on 17th September. The singer paid homage to the British folk band, singing his version of 'The Cave' which was greeted with vast audience participation and applause.
Continue reading: Jack Johnson Replaces Mumford and Sons At Bonnaroo Festival
The Bonnaroo festival line-up has been released and it's something to get yourself excited about. Not got a ticket? You'll definitely want to get yourself one once you see who'll be performing.
The Bonnaroo festival info page is a veritable delight of explaining Out There and In Here. Out There is out here, where we are now, beyond the limits temporally or spatially of the festival itself, but In There, in the festival, the festival organisers want it to be a haven of positivity, safety and, above all, supreme amounts of fun. They describe it as "4 of the best days ever" and "an escape into Excitement. Music. Art. Discoveries. Trees. Fresh Air. Green Grass... Friends (Old / New). Adventure. Overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Sharing and Generosity. Bonnaroovian Dancing. Hyperbolic verbiage..." and the list goes on. Sounds good, right? Well, the line-up is even better, and suitable for all genres you may find yourself remotely interested in.
Here's the best of the list, from the headliners down to the early stars: Paul McCartney, Grammy winners Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, R Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne, St Vincent, Passion Pit, The XX, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Nas, ZZ Top, Beach House, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Billy Idol, Foals, Local Natives, Alt-J, The Tallest Man on Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Frank Turner, Purity Ring... and once again, the list goes on. Check out the website to see the rest.
Taylor Swift has reportedly got a member of The Lumineers in her sights after her split from One Direction's Harry Styles
Taylor Swift is already moving on from One Direction's Harry Styles, setting her sights on a member of country rockers The Lumineers. According to Hollywood Life.com, Taylor isn't bothered which one of the guys she dates, so long as they're a signed up member of the band, who were nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards 2013.
A source close to the 23-year-old revealed, "Taylor would love to date one one of the guys from The Lumineers. She's embarrassed about all of the Harry drama, and is definitely looking for someone who is more down-to-earth and away from the Hollywood lifestyle. She thinks they are all cute and talented, and she loves their album." Watch out guys! Taylor Swift is coming for you, and she usually doesn't take no for an answer. The source added, "Their country vibe is great and she thinks it would be a good mix."
So, Swift has put her next breakup song into motion, but who are The Lumineers and which member will feature heavily in the lyrics of Taylor's next album? The folk-rock quartet from Denver, Colorado, consists of Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Stelth Ulvang and Ben Wahamaki and female member Neyla Pekarek. Wesley and Jeremiah both have girlfriends, but Stelth and Ben may be available.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's Next Boyfriend (Cough, Victim) Is The Lumineers' Member?
Some unexpected twists and turns have hit this week’s Billboard Hot 100, including Justin Timberlake’s 'Suit and Tie's' massive leap from 84 to 4.
'Suit and Tie' marks Justin's 12th Hot 100 Top 10 single as a solo or featured artist and his first since her appeared on Ciara’a 'Love Sex Magic' in 2009. The biggest news, though, is probably the number one. Bruno Mars’s 'Locked Out Of Heaven' finally got bumped from the top spot, after a six-week reign, by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s 'Thrift Shop'. The song snagged the top spot mostly because of its digital sales (431 000 downloads last week, coupled with a lot of streaming). 'Thrift Shop' actually beat the streaming record, with 1, 68 million streaming plays this week, beating out the previous streaming record holder, Gotye’s 'Somebody That I Used To Know' by a narrow margin. 'Locked Out Of Heaven' has slipped to number 3, followed by The Lumineers’ 'Hey Ho' at number 4 and Taylor Swift’s 'I Knew You Were Trouble', which fell down one spot this week to number 5.
Good ol’ Britney Spears comes in at number 6 with 'Scream and Shout', featuring Will.i.Am, while Swedish House Mafia’s 'Don’t Worry Child' stays put at number 7. Rounding out this week’s top ten are 'Diamonds' by Rihanna, Justin Bieber’s 'Beauty and a Beat' and Philips Philips’ 'Home' at 8, 9 and 10 respectively.
This last time year music fans were agog at the quality of the line-up that Coachella Festival pulled together. It was a bill that had everything, from the likes of rap statesmen like Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre, to the UK’s biggest alternative band Radiohead, a reformed At The Drive-In, blues rock giants The Black Keys and everyone’s favourite cabin dweller Bon Iver.
A year on and we’re still awaiting the announcement of Coachella 2013's bill, and as usual the rumors are flying around thick and fast as to who'll be playing on the weekends of April 12 and April 19, 2013. Everyone else is piping up with their own rumors on who’ll be appearing at the double weekender in April, so we thought we’d chip in with five that we think are likely to be making an appearance.
Continue reading: Coachella Festival 2013; Who's Going To Be Playing?
The nominations for the 55th Grammy Award Nominations in 2013 have officially been announced by the award's organisers. Here’s a run down of some of the main awards, and our tips for Grammy's Glory.
Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
Continue reading: Grammy Nominations 2013: Who Will Win? Who SHOULD Win?
Following a widely successful debut single, The Lumineers return with 'Stubborn Love' taken from their self-titled debut album which came out in April this year (2012) on Dualtone records. The track topped the US Alternative and the US Rock charts on its release and managed number 8 in the UK.
The band behind the catchy beauty of a song on the current E.On Energy advert, Denver based folk trio The Lumineers' self-titled debut is a perfectly formed collection of rustic folk type songs, slotting in nicely amongst the current roots revival troops such as Of Monsters & Men and Mumford & Sons et al.
Opener 'Flowers In Your Hair' starts with a typically country folk picked guitar line and then finds its bite with the introduction of drums and strummed guitar at the chorus which pushes the pace into a Mumford-esque stomp accompanied by the gentle warming cello line of Neyla Pekarek. It's a short blast of a song that's evolved into the picked ukulele opening of 'Classy Girls' in the blink of an eye. 'Classy Girls' sounds like a live recording over the ambience of a bar to reflect the lyrics: 'classy girls don't kiss in bars you fools'. As with the previous track, the pace picks up and stomp kicks in later into the track; it's another simple and somewhat predictable blast of a song, just as 'Submarines' follows, yet with an energetic performance. 'Dead Sea' has a kind of flavour of what Kings of Leon may sound like if they went acoustic; the vocal tone with melodies that push Shultz's range is raw and slightly strained but nonetheless powerful.
Midway through the offering lies the irresistibly catchy 'Hey Ho' which is currently the soundtrack to the E.On Energy advert and possibly the track that may entice many into The Lumineers' sound. Opening with shouts of 'Hey... Ho' over gently strummed acoustic guitar and accented first beat of the bar percussion, the track moves through a simple verse into its beautiful, catchy, Ben Howard flavoured chorus; 'I belong with you, you belong to me, you're my sweetheart'. 'Hey Ho' also builds throughout and plays with another steady stomping pace and eclectic folk sound. As its title suggests, 'Slow It Down' then takes the vibe down-tempo to a really sluggish ballad. The warmth of the inclusion of strings akin to the gorgeous lines of Lisa Hannigan's cello alongside Damien Rice is particularly felt in 'Stubborn Love' which opens steadily paced and led by a beautiful soaring string melody but soon drives forward with a similar tempo and powerful, hopeful feeling to 'Hey Ho'.
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Albums of Note... Breaking away from their successful sibling recording partnership, Angus and Julia Stone have both begun releasing equally impressive solo material and this week, we take a look at Angus Stone's latest solo album, Broken Brights. Angus' song writing nods to classic rock legends such as Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Johnny Cash. A highlight of the album is the track 'Apprentice of the Rocket Man,' the description of which makes it feel like it may be worth buying the album for this track alone: "The ability of this track to transport you to another world is quite incredible. If you want to experience weightlessness without passing the NASA exam or forking out the $200,000 for a Virgin Galactic flight then sit back, close your eyes and become immersed in Angus Stone's quite brilliant tune."
The second album released by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros is being reissued by the Hellcat record label. Global A Go-Go was an exciting foray into world music for the former Clash frontman and his band of merry men. It was the last album released by Strummer before his death in 2002 but the reissue is light on feeling like a cash-in, on Why?at would have been the year of his 60th birthday. Musically, the Mescaleros were many a world apart from The Clash, but the emotional anger of punk remains. It's an instrumental track, though, that proves to be the focal point of Global A Go-Go: "A 17+ minute reworking of a traditional Irish Folk song closes the album. 'Minstrel Boy' is a perfect way to bring the curtain down as it ebbs and flows like an improvised jam session around a campfire. Featuring a wealth of disparate instruments it brings together many of the musical ideas to be found on Global A Go-Go into one track."