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Tonnes of acts have been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival: is your favourite band in there?
After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th June this year. The festival tweeted this year's snazzy line-up poster which listed a tonne of previously unconfirmed acts. Sadly, and despite the rumours, it doesn't look like Prince will be getting funky at Glasto but the appearance of Elbow, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, The Black Keys, and Jack White should make up for the Purple One's absence.
Kasabian Have Been Confirmed To Play Glastonbury Festival This Year.
Joining these four big name acts will be an intriguing and eclectic mix of acts of all sorts of genres. Skrillex, De La Soul, Ms Dynamite, Rudimental, Disclosure, Lil Louis and DJ Pierre will be bringing dance music whilst Kelis, Janelle Monáe, Jurassic 5 and M.I.A will be giving the festival a hip hop flavour.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death cast a sombre shadow over showbiz this week but new movie news and surprise performances from a certain Prince kept our spirits high.
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: The world lost a true talent when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment last Sunday after a suspected heroin overdose, aged 46. Thougha autopsy results were ruled inconclusive, drugs paraphernalia was found littered all over his house after the Oscar-winning actor suffered a relapse to substance abuse despite having been clean for more than 20 years.
The father-of-three's break-up with his partner Mimi O'Donnell is said to have caused the Capote star to turn to drugs and not the confusion over his sexuality, as was falsely alleged by the National Enquirer. Since the death, four suspected drug dealers have been arrested and are being questioned with regards to selling Hoffman, who was found with a syringe in his arm, a bad batch. Sadly, we have lost one of the only actors working today whose acting prowess meant we'd instinctively trust any film with his name. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014).
New York's CBGB Festival is back in its second year for what could be one of the biggest punk fests in America.
Almost like the SXSW Festival of New York, the CBGB Festival will return this year with an impressive 700 artists in 150 venues across the state, plus 40 movie premieres from October 9th - 13th.
The CBGB Festival made its debut last year, taking the name from the renowned music club in Manhattan founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973. The club was largely thought to be the origin of indie and punk rock in America and played host to some of the most influential artists of all time such as Ramones, Misfits, the Patti Smith Group, The Cramps, Blondie, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Talking Heads and many, many more.
All well as some no doubt stunning artists, both legendary and newly emerging, there will be a wide selection of film's making their premieres at the event, with The Landmark Sunshine Theater serving as the main film festival hub. As well as screenings from Danny Garcia's 'Looking For Johnny' about the guitar player Johnny Thunders, and Tony D'Annunzio's 'Louder Than Love - The Grande Ballroom Story', 'CBGB' the movie will make its opening night debut. Directed by Randall Miller, the film stars Alan Rickman as club founder Hilly Kristal who embarks on a major musical journey to bring to attention the most innovative bands of the age. It also features Malin Akerman as Blondie's Debbie Harry, Kyle Gallner as Lou Reed and Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith.
Punk enthusiasts gear up for another slamming year at Chicago's raucous Riot Fest!
Taking place in Chicago on September 13th - 15th 2013 at Humboldt Park, Riot Fest is set to be possibly THE hottest punk festival of the year having been staging some of the biggest rock legends since its inception in 2005. It's bigger and better than ever before and there isn't just live music to enjoy either; there's an array of carnival rides and Lucha Libre plus a massive range of meal choices suitable for everyone.
Continue reading: Riot Fest 2013 Brings Classic Punk To Chicago This September
After a few teaser reunions, this seems like it might be the big one.
After an absence spanning nearly two decades, The Replacements are giving performing another go at this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago, Denver and Toronto. While the band’s last show was in 1991, they technically haven’t performed together since 2012, when the band got together in the studio to record Songs for Slim, a charity EP to raise money for guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke last year, Rolling Stone reports.
Despite the sad occasion, the reunion apparently felt so good that the band felt they should try the performing thing once again. "After two or three hours, my voice was shot, but we were rocking like murder for a while," vocalist Paul Westerberg told Rolling Stone last fall.
With the summer festivals in full swing, the could hardly have picked a better time for the reunion. The Replacements have been named as headliners for all three legs of Riot Fest. Westerberg and Stinson, sans drummer Chris Mars, will join Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, Rocket From the Crypt and others on the bill August 24th-25th in Toronto. The Replacements head a lineup that also features Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, the Violent Femmes, Motörhead, Rancid, Blondie and Public Enemy September 13th-15th in Chicago. They'll top a bill including Blink-182, Iggy and the Stooges, Rancid, Public Enemy, Guided By Voices, Flag and the Dismemberment Plan September 21st-22nd in Denver. The full lineup and all other information is available on the official Riot Fest website.
Continue reading: Riot Fest To Play Host To The Replacements' Long Awaited Reunion
The boyband's new cover song 'One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)' has become the fastest selling single of 2013 yet selling a massive 113,000 copies just in its opening week. It now serves as the pop group's third number one chart hit following 2011's 'What Makes You Beautiful' and 2012's 'Little Things'. It is also their sixth top 10 single in 18 months with the boys selling over 14 million singles in their short career and 8 million albums; the second of which, 'Take Me Home' was a worldwide number one hit.
1D performed the new track at the BRIT Awards this year where they also received the Global Success award. They didn't win the award for Best British Band, however; that went to indie folk group Mumford & Sons who, despite their coveted accolade, felt the need to snub their pop counterparts backstage for winning in another category. 'Mumford's reaction was disappointing', Louis Tomlinson told The Mirror. 'We're really big fans and wanted to congratulate them. It was a shame.'
One Direction are taking an unusual… direction… for their next music video. Recorded in aid of Comic Relief, the teen boy band have decided to release a mash-up of two punk classics – Blondie’s ‘One Way Or Another’ and The Undertones’ ‘Teenage Kicks.’ The music video for the fundraiser single will feature a very special guest, in the form of the UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
As hideous as this all may sound, the new single’s raising money for a very good cause, so we’ll gloss over the content and focus on the cause. The government has already agreed to make a donation to Comic Relief to cancel out any VAT that would normally be paid on the single’s sales, The Guardian reports. David Cameron tweeted that he enjoyed filming his cameo in the video and posted a snap of himself and the One Direction lads standing outside Number 10 Downing Street, adding “Glad to help with the filming location.”
Not all of the video was filmed in Downing Street though – the boys also headed to Accra in Ghana and to Japan to film scenes there as well. No word so far on whether Cameron’s a fan of the band… or indeed, whether the 1D boys are fans of the Tory party. As charitable as this political hook-up is, however, it somehow lacks the edge of Tony Blair getting knee-deep in the Britpop scene back in the ‘90s. The video is scheduled to air this Thursday (February 21, 2013).
Continue reading: One Direction Go Punk... And Invite David Cameron To Join Them?
Fans of Debbie Harry were presumably up-in-arms this week at news One Direction have covered the classic Blondie track 'One Way or Another'. In fairness, the X-Factor boys had a stab at the track for Comic Relief and a statement on behalf of the band promises a "unique take". Sounds, er, interesting.
The single, produced by Julian Bunetta, will be released as a download on 17th February and a physical CD on 18th February. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day, the biannual fundraising event launched by the BBC in 1985. One Direction has a close association with the charity, visiting Africa earlier this year to witness first-hand the amazing work of Comic Relief. The group will forgo any royalties due to them (loads) and will not receive any payment in connection with the charity single. They've got plenty of money anyway, having sold over 15 million records globally and winning Brit Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards along the way. The One Direction coffers will swell considerably in 2013 following a sold out World Tour, which includes NINE shows at London's O2 Arena. A 3-D concert movie - set for release on August 23, 2013 - has been directed by acclaimed documentarian Morgan Spurlock.
Continue reading: Beware, Blondie Fans, One Direction Have Covered 'One Way Or Another'
Jessie J says she is becoming increasingly nervous about shaving her head on live television in aid of Comic Relief. The Price Tag singer first committed to shaving her hair off for charity in 2011. "[It] is something I've promised to do for a long time and Comic Relief has given me the opportunity to try and raise as much money as possible for good causes by doing it," she said.
The Voice singer will have her head shaved on the evening of the BBC's Red Nose Day televised event on March 15, 2013. "I've loved watching Red Nose Day since I was a kid and I'm so excited to join this year's team of celebrity fundraisers and help support the campaign. I won't deny that I'm nervous but I am also honoured to be part of this year's campaign," she told the BBC. Other acts set for Red Nose Day celebrations include One Direction, who will be recording this year's charity singer, a cover of the Blondie song One Way of Another. The boy-band will perform the track for the first time at the Brit Awards in February. Singer Niall Horan said, "We are really excited to be part of Red Nose Day this year. We recorded Blondie's 'One Way or Another' and we really want the song to raise lots of money and for people to show their support by going out and buying themselves a copy."
Confirming her plans for the night, Jessie J added, "Together with help from the UK public, we are on a mission to raise more money than ever before for Red Nose Day. So come on, let's do it." Red Nose Day is on March 15, 2013.
Continue reading: Is Jessie J Having Second Thoughts About Shaving Her Head?
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