music update #20

Queens of the Stone Age are set to release their new album ‘…Like Clockwork’ in June and it was confirmed last week that Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and members of UNKLE and Mars Volta are set to appear. These new announcements of guests follow up to previous announcements of guest stars including Dave Grohl, Jake Shears of The Scissor Sisters, Elton John and Trent Reznor. It is definitely set to be a good album from the amount of talent featuring alongside the brilliant rock band.

The Glastonbury line up was released last week with some big names set to headline in the form of The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons. I must admit I’m not really a fan of Mumford at all but the other two headliners are pretty good. In terms of the rest of the line up it sees the festival main staples of 2013 including Bastille, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines, PEACE, Jake Bugg, Alt-J, Foals, Chic ft. Nile Rogers, Public Enemy,The Child of Lov, The Horrors, Django Django, Palma Violets and many many more. It’s a pretty good line up if somewhat a bit predictable in places but I still don’t think that it is the best line up of all the UK festivals this summer in my opinion.

What do you guys think of this year’s Glastonbury line up?

In other festival news, James Blake, Savages, Willy Moon, The 1975, The Child of Lov, Hudson Taylor and The Keepsakes are among some of the new acts announced for this year’s Bestival. The festival already features the likes of Snoop Dogg and Elton John headlining and as usual this year it seems like there will be something for everyone at this festival.

After BBC2 was recently named ‘Channel of the Year’ they clearly thought it was about time they updated the music on their idents which are the little BBC2 pictures and short videos that appear before programmes come on like the tent one with a number 2 as the door, I’m sure you know what I’m on about. Anyway, Mercury Prize winning Alt-J have been announced as one of the artists that will soundtrack these new little videos, instrumentals of their tracks ‘Something Good’, ‘Intro’ and ‘Fitzpleasure’ will feature.

Folk duo Stylusboy signed to the Wild Sound label last week. The duo are made up of Steve Jones and Rachel Grisedale who’s acoustic music and male/female voices that mash really well together are the perfect mix of soft songs that are perfect to chill out and relax to. After putting out a couple of EP’s since 2011 on smaller labels, the band have now signed to Wild Sound and their 3rd EP ‘Lantern’ should be released this summer and a debut album is set to follow shortly after. They have picked up some critical acclaim for their really lovely sound from the likes of Acoustic Magazine, 6Music’s Tom Robinson and Popscene Music Blog where the band won ‘EP of the Year’ for their ‘Whole Picture EP’ back in 2011. If you like calming sounds or you just want something a bit quieter to relax to then this band is definitely one you should check out.

And finally, a bit of Sheffield orientated festival news, the very successful Tramlines festival will be back in Sheffield again this year. After four years of success and growth where the organisers have brought the best local talent big names and small to the festival as well as plenty of acts from all around the world. There is always something for everyone from heavy metal to dance, folk to indie, pop to country, if you are a fan of music especially the undiscovered stuff then this is definitely the festival for you with plenty of gigs being played all over the city is some of the best venues and tiny pubs. The best thing about it is it’s all free however this year as the recession has massively taken over the organisers have no choice but to start charging but it is a minuscule fee compared to other festivals on the same scale. £6 for a day ticket, the festival runs over 3 days so that is £18 for 3 days of music, if you ask me that is more than value for money. There is also a new scheme where you can become a Tramliner, signing up gets you access to exclusives such as a limited number of discounted weekend tickets priced at £15 and you will also be the first to hear about new additions to the line up, all that plus access to VIP ticket giveaways and competitions from artists, friends and sponsors. If you are planning on making the journey to Sheffield for the 3 day event this year then it is well worth you signing up and becoming a Tramliner. To find out more visit their website.

Credits

Queens of the Stone Age picture.
Glastonbury poster.
Alt-J picture.
Stylusboy picture.

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