Saturday, 11 February 2012

Top Music News: 6-11.2.12

Isle Of Wight line up extended: additions include 90s pop grunge band Ash and the often overlooked multi-instrumentalist blues rocker Beth Hart as well as Enter Shikari, Katy B, Pulled Apart By Horses, Virginmarys and the lady responsible for everyone's least favourite song of 2011 Christina Perri :-(

Dates announced by A$AP Mob: crew will play London (5 June), Birmingham (7), Manchester (8) and Glasgow (9)

Dizzee supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers: grime MC will perform with band at Knebworth Park on 23 June
Eighties American rock band at Pinkpop Festival
Pulp to receive NME Outstanding Contribution to Music: Coker's band will get prize at ceremony in February

Line-up for Diamond Jubilee Concert: Gary Barlow has organised legendary superstars Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey to perform as well as modern pop acts Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and JLS for the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation. Rumour has it Her Royal Highness personally requested that Lamb Of God also did a thirty minute set but Randy Blythe said they were busy.

Three UK Alanis Morissette shows this June: Canadian to gig album 8 at Birmingham, Manchester and Brixton

Metallica organise own Orion festival: Arctic Monkeys, Gaslight Anthem and Best Coast playing 23-24 June
Heavy metal band in 2008
Rob da Bank's Bestival line-up: The xx, Sigur Ros, The Horrors, Two Door Cinema Club, Emeli Sande, Azealia Banks, Michael Kiwanuka, Soulwax, Nero, Warpaint, Spiritualized, Gary Numan, Charlie XCX, First Aid Kit, TEED, Turbowolf, De La Soul, Major Laser, Justice, Gallows and DJs Annie Mac, 2manydjs, Jaguar Skills and DJ Yoda.

New Plan B album out 7 May: iLL Manors is the follow up to multi-platinum Defamation Of Strickland Banks
Ben Drew performing at The Arches
54th Grammy Awards tomorrow February 12: Adele is expected to do best with six nominations, Kanye leads with a whopping seven nods, Bruno Mars and the Foos also have six, Lil Wayne, Radiohead and Skrillex are up for five but my eyes will be on Bon Iver who are nominated for Record, Song, New Band and Alternative Album of the Year. 

BREAKING NEWS - Whitney Houston has died: singer found dead in Beverly Hilton Hotel room aged 48. Again another tragic loss of a troubled soul with wonderful talent taken well before their time. The fact that we will be getting no more kareoke classics out of the American pop diva is yet to sink in. Rest in peace Whitney, we will always love you.

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