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Alex Turner's The Last Shadow Puppets Will Release New Album In 2016


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It’s been seven years since The Last Shadow Puppets released their debut album, The Age Of The Understatement and fans have been eagerly awaiting the follow-up ever since. But after a long hiatus it appears we could be welcoming the trio back next year, according to drummer and producer James Ford.

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Speaking to Chilean music site Rock & Pop, Ford, who is also the band’s producer and a member of Simian Mobile Disco, said the band have recorded their second album. "This year, I’ve just done a Last Shadow Puppets record, which is the guy from Arctic Monkeys and Miles," Ford said.

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After Mercury Snub, London Grammar Score Ivor Novello Nomination


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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.

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

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Outside Lands Brings You The 2014 Line-Up! Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Duck Sauce, Jagwar Ma And More


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Possibly the only major festival where you can enjoy fine gourmet cuisine while rocking out to an eclectic variety of international artists, Outside Lands has now unveiled the 2014 line-up as it prepares to return to San Francisco this August.

We just can't express our excitement enough at the newly revealed line-up for Outside Lands this year. Topping the bill are the likes of Kanye West, The Killers and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; three very different artists which see the latter become the first act ever to headline twice following their incredible set in 2013. Now in its seventh year, Outside Lands are showing signs of development every single summer, and at much benefit for the city with a percentage of every ticket sale going to San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department.

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As Paramore And QOTSA Join Line Up, A Look At The Reading And Leeds Headliners


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The final headliners for Reading and Leeds have been announced and for the first time ever festival goers will be treated to four headline acts over the weekend. Yes, joining the already announced Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 is both Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore, who will share headlining duties. So now we know the full lineup lets take a  closer look at this year’s headlining acts.

Arctic Monkeys at the Brit AwardsThe Arctic Monkeys at this year's Brit Awards

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A Week In News: Miley, Jimmy Fallon And British Brilliance At The BRITS


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Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour 2014

Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Controversy: Miley Cyrus has predictably upped the ante on her controversial media storm by making sure all eyes are on her during her currently touring Bangerz show. The concerts have been packed with the usual raunchy and cringe-worthy stunts, including faking a "Monica Lewinski," getting freaky on the bonnet of a car, snogging Katy Perry and doing some pretty unsightly things to a hot dog. Her pre-teen fans are obviously revelling in it but their outraged accompanying parents have called for the tour to be axed. Check out the whole debate.

BRIT Awards Stuffed With Surprises: The biggest awards evening on the UK music industry calendar - the BRIT Awards - was held on Wednesday and saw a typically spectacular showcase of pop talent, rising up to meet the benchmark set by the Grammys. In a hurry? We've picked our ten best moments. He may not have even attended but David Bowie became the most talked-about star of the evening when he won the prize for Best British Male and sent Kate Moss to read his acceptance speech.

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Brit Awards 2014: The 10 Best Moments


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You can always count on the Brit Awards to give us some memorable moments and last night was no exception. Sure they brought in the big American stars like Katy Perry and Beyonce but the homegrown talent wasn’t letting us down either with performances from Arctic Monkeys and Disclosure oh and of course One Direction were there. So wether you watched the show or not, here’s the ten moments to talk about from last night’s ceremony.

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1. Arctic Monkeys were on fire

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Tonight's BRIT Awards Preview: Who's Performing, Who's Up For A Prize?


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All set for the BRIT Awards this evening? Indeed, Britain's biggest night of music awards will take place today and we're feeling pretty excited for the ceremony, which is set to be as spectacular as ever. Of course, if it was purely based on sales, most of the awards would go to One Direction, who have sold 3.19 million albums in the past year. Luckily that's not the case and the awards look set to be handed out to a diverse range of acts who've made their mark on music this year.

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Nominated 'International Female Solo Artist' Will Be Bringing Her Pop Hits To Tonight's Ceremony.

This year's musical entertainment will be provided by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, Bruno Mars, Bastille, and Lorde but a rumour has arisen that Prince may make a surprise performance with his band, 3rdEyeGirl. The funk singer has been delighting Londoners with surprise gigs over the past week so it's highly plausible that he'll make the BRIT Awards his final London date.

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Hayley Fox's Top Albums Of 2013


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Darkside - Psychic

Darkside 'Psychic' - After an EP in 2011, Darkside released their debut album this year. The duo - the project of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington - gave as good as they got on 'Psychic', honing their talents as individual musicians. Wonderfully crisp textures ride over its entirety, creating a rich, confident ambience. 

Bastille - Bad Blood

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Contactmusic.com's Top Albums Of 2013


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Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampire in the City

Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampire in the City' - 'Modern Vampires in the City' makes it three for three for the New Yorkers and their latest release could very well be their best yet. It shows evolution for the band, but they have retained that essential quality that made 'Contra' and their self-titled debut such wonderfully upbeat and genuine pleasures to listen to each time. 'Modern Vampire in the City' is also the release that marks Vampire Weekend as a band that should be taken seriously, but one who you can still have immense fun with. 'Diane Young' is yet another indie floor filler, standing shoulder to shoulder with previous bangers 'A-Punk' and 'Cousins.' Where the album really excels, however, is when VW reach out to new quarters and sound completely inimitable. The yelps of 'Ya Hey' bring fun to a song that essentially deals with the theme of lost conviction, the graceful 'Hanna Hunt' erupts in the most complete song released this year and album opener 'Obvious Bicycle' sets the whole thing in motion with its refreshingly angelic melodies and steady, train-like clunks that lie beneath all the splendour. Vampire Weekend are no longer the Brooklyn minions rattling at the gates of eminence, the gates have been swung open for them and the welcoming committee should have made them feel rightly at home. 

Hookworms - Pearl Mystic

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Grammy Awards 2014 Nominations: Who Are The Notable Absentees On The Nominee's List


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The 2014 Grammy Awards will take place in January 2014, with the full list of nominees being revealed over the weekend. Jay-Z was the most capped nominee, with nine nods in total, whilst Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar and Daft Punk were also among the list of potential winners, but there were a number of artists who were nowhere to be seen on the list of nominations.

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After their shock win in 2011, Arcade Fire have been ignored this time

Despite their last album, The Suburbs, being a runaway success at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Arcade Fire are nowhere to be seen on next year's list. Their fourth album, Reflektor, was met with almost universal praise and some critics noted that it was an improvement form their latest release, but it seems as though the Grammy committee weren't as impressed as everyone else. The Canadian band don't even appear in the Best Alternative categories, however it is pleasing to see Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend among the nominees in this category, especially considering VW released one of the albums of the year with Modern Vampires of the City.

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Arctic Monkeys & Katy Perry First Acts Confirmed For BRIT Awards 2014


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The Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry have been announced as the first acts to be confirmed for the 2014 Brit Awards, due to take place in February next year. The awards showcase will be held at London's O2 Arena and will be hosted by James Cordon, in what will be his fifth and final appearance as host of the ceremony.

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The Sheffield band aren't known for taking the BRITs seriously

Despite a history of mockery and at times a refusal to even acknowledge the awards show, the acceptance to open the 2014 BRIT Awards marks an acceptance from the band that they are now the country's foremost rock act and it is high time that they recognised this and took advantage with these types of performances.

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Is Laura Mvula The Winner Of The Mercury Music Prize 2013?


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Laura Mvula's debut albumSing To The Moon, one of the contenders for the BBC Sound of 2013 title, could claim a far more lucrative and career-defining prize at London's Roundhouse tonight.

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For weeks, Disclosure's Settle has been the bookmakers' favorite to win the Barclaycard sponsored prize and £20,000 prize money, though on Wednesday Mvula's impressive record - a fusion of jazz, pop and even orchestral elements- was cut to just 4/6 with most bookies. Paddy Power are still holding strong with even money odds, but there's been an undeniable shift in who the bookmakers believe will win the Mercury Music Prize, presented by Lauren Laverne tonight.

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Alex Turner Continues To Channel Elvis As Arctic Monkeys Play Newcastle


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Arctic Monkeys kicked off the first night of their UK tour at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on Tuesday evening (October 22, 2013), reports NME.com.

Supported by buzz band The Strypes, the band played to a sell-out crowd and opened up with Do I Wanna Know, the first single from acclaimed new record AM. 

Despite rarely addressing the crowd throughout, the band mixed new tracks including Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? and Knee Socks with classics Mardy Bum, Dancing Shoes, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and Teddy Picker.

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Retro Rocks: Vinyl Sales Highest Since 2003 Thanks To Daft Punk & Arctic Monkeys


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Annual sales of vinyl LPs has benefitted from a surge in sales in the past year, pushing the sales of records over the half million mark for the first time since 2003, reports The Independent. The regrowth in the popularity of the retro format is being attributed largely to releases from UK rockers Arctic Monkeys and French electronic act Daft Punk.

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Arctic Monkeys Have Helped Vinyl Sales Recover.

"The LP is back in the groove," says Geoff Taylor - the chief executive of the BPI (British Phonographic Industry). "We're witnessing a renaissance for records - they're no longer retromania and are becoming the format of choice for more and more music fans. This year has been a treat for vinyl aficionados with releases from Daft Punk, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Black Sabbath."

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'Bbc Radio 1's Live Lounge 2013' Album Is Released On 28 October 2013 With Appearances From Rudimental, Bastille Plus Many More

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'Bbc Radio 1'S Live Lounge 2013' Album Is Released On 28 October 2013 With Appearances From Rudimental, Bastille Plus Many More

Independent Arctic Monkeys Set Record With Five Straight #1 Albums


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The Arctic Monkeys are riding a wave of high praise. Their fifth album, AM, was met with critical acclaim from far and wide, which, judging by their artistic prowess, is all they really wanted from it. But the accolades don’t stop there: they are now record breakers as the only independently signed band to get five albums to the number one slot.

Having dominated the headphones of teenagers all over the land with their 2005 release of I Bet You Look Good on The Dancefloor The Arctic Monkeys have gone from strength to strength, culminating in a refined body of work. They now stand above Blur – five consecutive number ones but not all of them released by independent labels – as the U.K’s truest representation of indie music.

A spokesman for the Official Charts Company said yesterday: “It’s proof that you don’t have to be backed by a multinational to be successful. I guess it’s kind of the flip-side to the likes of the X Factor and The Voice.” (Telegraph)

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Arctic Monkeys Make History With Their Fifth Consecutive Number One


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The Arctic Monkeys have done it again! Their fifth album to date has entered the chart at number one after a strong week of sales since last week's release, with AM racking up more than 157,000 in sold units in only a few days. What's more, the band have made history by being the first indie band to achieve the feat of earning five No. 1 albums back-to-back, making the feat all the more impressive.

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The Arctics have assumed their place among rock royalty

AM, which was released via Domino Record on Monday, 9 September, is now the second most successful album of 2013 in terms of units sold in the first week. It sits behind only Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which sold more than 165,000 copies during its first week of release in May, according to the Official Charts Company. The Sheffield band's fifth number one entry is also frontman Alex Turner's sixth number one entry, after his cinematic side project The Last Shadow Puppets topped the charts at the first time of asking with 2008's The Age of the Understatement.

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Arctic Monkeys Make History With 5th No.1 Album, AM


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British band 'Arctic Monkeys' have reached No.1 in the album charts for the 5th time with their new album, AM.

The Sheffield boys will be celebrating their latest album success as AM sold 157,000 copies last week, reported BBC, and in doing so they have broken an album charts record. They are the first band on an independent label to have all of their 5 albums reach No.1, according to the Official Charts Company.

Not bad for four lads from Yorkshire.

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Mercury Music Prize List Has "More Good Albums...Than For A Very Long Time"


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This year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize could be one of the greatest lists of nominees in the awards history. 2013's nominees shortlist includes talent old and new, rock, pop, and dance with one thing to unite them all: they represent a selection of Britain and Ireland's strongest mainstream albums released during the last 12 months.

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Bowie Looking A Favourite To Win.

It would be almost too easy to say that David Bowie will win: the 66 year-old made a triumphant and unexpected return this year with the critically lauded The Next Day which was recorded in secret over two years. He's also the bookies favourite along with Arctic Monkeys at the moment, with odds that are unlikely to change. Last time Bowie was nominated was in 2002 when he suffered defeat to pop star Ms. Dynamite but this time round there's been such a lot of press surrounding Bowie's come-back that he's been hard to ignore.

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David Bowie Leads The Pack In Mercury Prize Nominations


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David Bowie came back from his retirement/hiatus completely unannounced this January, when he released the video for the single 'Where Are We Now,' and managed to catch everyone off guard with his birthday announcement of a new release and the subsequent quality of his first album in a decade.

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This is Bowie's first Mercury nomination

The Next Day made the critics swoon after Ziggy Stardust once again and now, five months after he released his twenty-fourth album, Bowie is still being fancied by critics as he emerges as the front-runner to win this years Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

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Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner Asks London Crowd To 'Wake Up' At ITunes Gig


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London gig crowds are notorious for their, shall we say, subdued reaction to the music being played on-stage, though one plucky northerner tried to change all that at the iTunes Festival at Camden's Roundhouse last night (September 10, 2013), reports BBC News.

Arctic Monkeys were launching their new album A.M - which has received glittering reviews - with the help of The Coral's former virtuoso guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones, though the crowd's reaction to the cameo was subdued, at best.

It prompted Turner to tell fans to "wake up" at the gig, before yelling another introduction for Ryder-Jones. Earlier in the show, the Sheffield-native had told the audience they were "hard to read" and dedicated the song Snap Out Of It to them.

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Arctic Monkeys - AM Album Review


When Arctic Monkeys stood, like rabbits in headlights, on the Glastonbury Pyramid stage back in 2007, many were predicting the fall of the youthful rockers. They had been thrown into the limelight too soon, and they would crash and burn. Yet, here they are, releasing their fifth album, a few months after giving an immaculate performance on that same Pyramid stage. Time has served them well, and with 'AM' they've proved to everybody that they're more than sweaty teenagers who can't handle the big stages. 

Arctic Monkeys - AM Album Review

It's fair to say that all five of the Arctic Monkeys albums are different and varied. They experiment, try new things, and create albums that reflect who they are at the time, not what they're supposed to create according to genre, or what the fans want. 'AM' is thus a remarkably different album to earlier ones. However, the lyrics of front man Alex Turner are still as insightful, thought provoking, and witty as they were back when he was a fresh faced lad jumping around on a small stage somewhere in Yorkshire. 'Baby, we both know/ That the nights were mainly made for saying things that you can't say tomorrow day' is a perfect example of the way Turner gets relationships in a way that many rockers forget as they either settle down, or lose their heads too far into the sky. 

There is a running theme throughout the album: women and relationships. It's hard to create a whole album about girls like 'Arabella', who has a 'Helter Skelter 'round her little finger', or girls who don't return booty calls, and when they do, just complain about your mental state. It's just too cliché; everyone is writing about relationships, women, love and heartbreak. So, to be able to write an entire album that's overwhelmingly fixated on certain topics and still make it compelling is a skill, and it's rare. For Turner to have achieved this without just creating a well-produced, but tired and over clichéd album is a feat that shows just how interesting and refreshing he is with his lyrics. 

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Arctic Monkeys Put New Album Online To Stream For Free [Listen]


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The Arctic Monkeys have a new album coming out. What's more, they're making their fifth release, titled AM, available to stream in it's entirety, for free, on the iTunes store almost a full week before it is due to be officially released.

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The Sheffield band are back with their fifth album

With the release of their fifth album, this marks the return of the Sheffield rockers to the music scene on a full-time basis, with promotional appearances and a full arena tour lined up for the coming weeks. Having unveiled the new track 'Arabella' earlier this week during their headlining slot at Zurich's Openair Festival, the band will have a brand new set list to unveil when they head out on tour later this year.

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Liam Gallagher Opens Glastonbury Festival With Oasis Songs [Pictures]


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Liam Gallagher and his band Beady Eye played an unbilled set at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday morning (June 28, 2013), officially opening three days of music set to be headlined by Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons. The show took place on The Other Stage at the rather early time of 11am, though thousands made the journey from their soaked tents to watch the former Oasis man.

Liam GallagherLiam Gallagher Performing With Beady Eye At The Glastonbury Festival

Though Beady Eye's show did not feature in the programme, frotman Liam has dropped a major hint earlier in the week, tweeting, "11am Friday - BE there or BE square.LG," while photographs showed the band travelling to Glastonbury on the train. Gallagher had always vowed never to return to the Pilton site following his former band's headlining set in 2004, telling The Sun, "The sound is s*** and really quiet. You can hear the crowd talking while you're playing.It's like Bond Street with mud, with loads of celebrities walking around in their boots and umbrellas. I'm not having it."

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Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye Open Glastonbury Festival With Morning Set


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Liam Gallagher was given the enviable job of opening the 2013 Glastonbury Festival with a surprise set on The Other Stage on Friday morning (June 28, 2013). The singer, who aired his dismay for the festival following his former band Oasis' set in 2004, arrived on-stage and immediately launched into Flick of the Finger, a recent single for Beady Eye.

Liam GallagherLiam Gallagher Performing With Beady Eye At Brixton Academy

The cloudy weather and early start did nothing to deter the famous Mancunian, who was on typically brash form. "It's never too early for a bit of Rock'n'Roll aggro, is it?" asked Gallagher as his new band launched into Morning Glory, an Oasis hit written by his brother Noel Gallagher.

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Glastonbury Weather Dries Up Ready For The Big Acts


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Many Glasto goers woke up to the pitter patter of rain on canvas this morning as Wednesday's warm, humid weather well and truly dissolved into rain. By the Thursday evening, the site was drenched - what had initially been forecast as a "short sharp shower turned into an all-day deluge," according to the BBC. And where there's rain, there's mud: big sticky, gloopy, welly-stealing piles of it. This didn't deter any of the 118,000 ticket holders already onsite, with revellers retreating to indoor tents or embracing the wet weather and sludge with gusto by making mud slides. As the main festival wasn't even fully underway by then, we can't say we'd like to be sharing their tent this weekend - let's hope they've brought some babywipes!

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Glastonbury Festival Organisers Michael & Daughter Emily Eavis.

Unlike everywhere else in the country, the rest of the weekend in the South-West is set to be mild, but not exactly toasty, with mean temperatures of 18°C combined with average windspeeds of about 15mph: so that little weather forecaster's cartoon of a grey cloud will pretty much sum up the weekend. 2009's extreme weather saw torrential downpours and thunderstorms lighting up the valley but was followed by 2010's glorious sunshine, which caused sunstroke and dust problems. Punters have a whole weekend of musical, comical and performance joy ahead of them to distract them from any weather woes though. Saturday night will be headlined by The Rolling Stones who have described the Glastonbury headline slot as an experience they were "destined" for, with organisers Michael and Emily Eavis "thrilled" to have the legendary Stones perform.

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Glastonbury Festival Weather 2013: Get Your Wellies On


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The weather forecast for the Glastonbury Festival this weekend does not look brilliant: expect a lot of cloud. However, those visiting the Glastonbury Festival this year may be pleased (or rather not depending on your predisposition) to hear the traditional mud is likely to be back. Around 135,000 people attend the festival annually and this year is no exception. The festival site, located near the Somerset village of Pilton, opened its gates for early goers. Most slept in their cars overnight lying in wait to get a decent (probably on higher ground) site to set up camp.

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The weather forecast for Shepton Mallet (the closest town to the festival site), according to the BBC, is:

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The Forecast Looks Good For A Sunny Glastonbury Festival


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Glastonbury Festival will be returning after a year off this weekend (June 28 - 30) and after a year away it looks as though at least one classic Glasto tradition will be void from this year's itinerary; the rain. Weather forecasts are indicating that in a much-needed break from the norm, the weather at this years Glastonbury will actually be good for a change and the sun will shine on in Somerset for the full stretch festivities.

BBC Weather is predicting an overall mix of sun and cloud over the course of the week, with a few chances of rain cropping up at points. Of course this is the British summer, and the British summer is never complete without buckets of rain at the worst possible time. Forecasters are predicting that the rainfall will only really be a problem on Tuesday and Thursday, which might make setting up the festival a living hell for organisers, and the same for earlier-comers on Thurs, but hopefully the sun will pull through and things will go off without too much disruption.

Temperature wise, weather experts are predicting an average in the mid-teens, with highs of 24C on the Sunday, when the headliners are Mumford And Sons. Also playing headlining slots during the weekend are the Arctic Monkey and Rolling Stones, who are making their first ever appearance at the festival in it's many years as a British summer institute - not that you'll be able to see them unless you have tickets for the festival that is.

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Arctic Monkeys Return With New Single 'Do I Wanna Know' [Listen]


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Arctic Monkeys have returned with 'Do I Wanna Know,' the first single to be taken from their fifth studio album.

The new track, first played at a concert in California last month and subsequently used as a set opener during the bands Scandinavian shows, is now available to download on iTunes. A new video for the track has also rolled out online.

Featuring a thudding beat throughout and a rip-roaring Queens of the Stone Age-esque chorus, Do I Wanna Know is certainly an interesting track, if a little unremarkable. The band have also premiered new song 'Mad Sounds' at the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden on Friday (June 14, 2013) and again at the Danish NorthSide festival on Sunday. Both new songs re likely to feature on the band's forthcoming new album.

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Adele Working On 'Edgy' New Album With Arctic Monkeys Producer


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Adele is finally starting work on her third studio album, making every effort to follow her worldwide number 1 hit '21' with a new 'edgy' record.

The 'Rolling in the Deep' singer is certainly rolling in the millions at the moment with her impressive vocals earning her numerous Grammys, BRITS, a Golden Globe and an Oscar and it doesn't look like her career is going downhill anytime soon. She is set to work with two of the best names in the British music business James Ford and Kid Harpoon who have previously worked with some of Britain's favourite modern artists Florence Welch, Arctic Monkeys and Jessie Ware. "Adele wants to move with the times and is trying to make her new record sound as edgy as possible," a source told The Sun. "The team she's assembled is first rate and she's confident they can help match the success of her first two albums."

It wouldn't be overly confident to suggest that her next album will sell millions in its opening sales as it will probably be one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year on its release. We're guessing it won't be a tear-jerker like '21' either, what with Adele achieving some serious milestones in the last year both musically and personally as she is now a mother to a baby boy with her boyfriend, not to mention becoming filthy rich within two albums.

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Video - Alex Turner From Arctic Monkeys And His Parents Wait In The Sun To Be Picked Up In A Car


The lead singer of the British band Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner stands with his parents outside the Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica, LA as they wait for their car to turn up. One man who appears to be a friend or assistant of some sort for Alex comes over to give something to him, which Alex then tucks into his shirt pocket as the man hurries off.

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Video - Alex Turner Of Arctic Monkeys Kisses Mystery Girl At LAX


The Arctic Monkeys arrive at LAX Airport. Frontman Alex Turner is seen hugging and kissing a mystery girl (thought to be Arielle Vandenberg); when his band mates appear, the girl gives one of them a high five. The band are then seen wheeling their luggage out of the airport.

The Arctic Monkeys arrived in the US ahead of the Black Keys: El Camino Tour, where they will be supporting them. The tour will start in March 2012 in Cincinnati and finish in June 2012 at the Orion Music Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Arctic Monkeys - You And I Featuring Richard Hawley


Arctic Monkeys' have released the video for the song You And I, the B-side to their most recent single, Black Treacle, which was released on January 23rd 2012. To promote the release of their single, the band will be performing the song in the BBC's Live Lounge on January 25th, as well as the Jonathan Ross show on the 28th January 2012. The track was recorded and produced by Ross Orton who's worked with M.I.A, Roots Manuva and The Fall.

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Arctic Monkeys - Black Treacle


Arctic Monkeys will release 'Black Treacle', their fourth single from their 'Suck It And See' album on Monday 23rd January 2012, on 7" and digitally. The single will be backed with the exclusive new track 'You And I' by Richard Hawley and The Death Ramps, which was recorded and produced by Ross Orton in Sheffield.

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Arctic Monkeys, Nottingham Capital FM Arena 28th October 2011 Live Review


The 28th of October 2011 saw the return of the Arctic Monkeys for the launch of the 'Suck it and See' tour, in the United Kingdom. A chance for fans to see how the band has developed and get a first hand taste of the latest album live.

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Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See


The lyrical landscape wandered by Alex Turner has changed with each Arctic Monkeys album. Throughout their cocky, confident debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, he was stepping over half-eaten kebabs and floored drunks outside a Sheffield club, detailing the chaos around him with the sharp eye and easy affection of a naturalist documenting the activities of Congolese gorillas. Favourite Worst Nightmare, the band's superior, undervalued follow-up, saw him standing silently in the corner of a joyless, desperate music industry party, sipping sullenly on his drink and fixing his beady eyes on the false bonhomie and suave vacuity of his fellow guests. Then came Humbug, the band's erratic third album: this time, Turner was sat outside a Texan ranch, strumming absent-mindedly on his guitar and a bird of prey wheeled lazily in a clear blue sky.

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Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lightning


Crying Lightning video from Arctic Monkeys

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Arctic Monkeys, Arctic Monkeys At The Apollo Music DVD Review


Review for the DVD 'Arctic Monkeys At The Apollo'

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Arctic Monkeys, Fluorescent Adolescent, Single Review


Arctic Monkeys
Fluorescent Adolescent
Single Review

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Extra Glastonbury Tickets Snapped Up


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An additional 20,000 tickets for this year's Glastonbury Festival sold out quickly on Sunday morning, to the delight of successful music fans who missed out in the main sale three weeks ago.

Today's tickets constituted those from the April 1st sale which were returned or where payment for the £145 tickets failed to process properly.

A total of 137,500 of the festival's 177,000 maximum capacity were sold three weeks ago using organiser Michael Eavis' new registration system, designed to beat ticket touts.

Previous ticket sales for the festival have been blighted by tickets appearing on internet auction websites soon after the annual sell-out is completed.

This year 400,000 applicants passed through the festival's online pre-registration process, which required them to provide photo identification.

Most of those will have failed to get tickets to the extremely popular festival, which returns after taking a break in 2006.

Headline acts already confirmed for this year's event include the Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, The Who and Dame Shirley Bassey.

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