The Cribs, Frankie & The Heartstrings and Those Dancing Days are among the bands set to play one-off shows in July to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their label Wichita. Shows will also take place on July 12, 13, 14 and 15.
With the likes of Muse, Kasabian and Florence And The Machine set for a busy summer of European festivals, NME.COM is publishing its Euro festivals 2010 guide online in full for the first time. Head to nmemeeurofestivals.com to read the guide digitally and get the complete lowdown on this summer’s European festivals and the bands playing them.
Paul Weller was joined onstage by Noel Gallagher on Wednesday (April 21), at his gig at London’s Relentless Garage. The guitarist joined the former Jam frontman to play Oasis’ 2005 song ‘Mucky Fingers’ and Weller’s 2008 single, ‘Echoes Round The Sun’, which originally featured Gallagher and Oasis’ Gem Archer.
Paul McCartney has left EMI for an independent music company which will reissue his solo and Wings material. Concord Music Group will be handling the distribution of all of the legend’s post-1970 recordings, which were previously controlled by the British major.
Rihanna was taken to hospital after a gig in Switzerland on Monday night (April 19). The singer, whose UK leg of her world tour kicks off in Birmingham on May 7, was rushed to a private clinic in Zurich after finishing her gig at the city’s Hallenstadion venue.
Pete Doherty claimed to have unveiled a new look Babyshambles at a gig on Tuesday night (April 20) – causing some fans to leave in protest, it has been claimed. The singer, who was billed to play a solo show at London’s Charlotte Street Blues bar, arrived at the venue with Babyshambles guitarist Mik Whitnall and a new, unnamed drummer.
The funeral procession for punk impresario Malcolm McLaren took place through the streets of Camden, north London on Thursday (April 22), as the former Sex Pistols manager’s cortege made its way to Highgate Cemetery following his funeral. The manager-turned artist in his own right passed away on April 8 in Switzerland after suffering from cancer.
Bruce Springsteen is to release a live DVD of his London Hard Rock Calling Festival show in Hyde Park last June. Called ‘London Calling: Live In Hyde Park’, the DVD is released on June 21.
Beck and The Beatles are among the acts set to be covered on the latest Glee album, titled ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 3 – Showstoppers’. The album, released on May 18, starts with the cast covering The Beatles’ ‘Hello Goodbye’ and also features versions of Beck’s ‘Loser’ plus ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady GaGa.
Shakira has been added to the bill at this year’s Glastonbury. The majority of the line-up for the June 25-27 festival was announced last week (April 14), but organisers are still adding new acts to the bill.
Scissor Sisters, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Bennett will play free London gigs as part of the iTunes Festival this July. The acts are the first to be announced for this year’s gig series – with the shows again set to take place in the Roundhouse venue in Camden. Tickets will be free to competition winners – see iTunesfestival.co.uk for details.
Danger Mouse’s collaboration album with Mark ‘Sparklehorse’ Linkous and David Lynch has been given an official released date. Called ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’, the LP is due out on July 12 in the UK and July 13 in the US.
Bombay Bicycle Club, These New Puritans, Fenech Soler and The Invisible have been added to the line-up of this year’s Lovebox festival. Midnight Juggernauts and Toro y Moi have also been added to the bill.
Crystal Castles are rush-releasing their new album digitally after it leaked online. The self-titled album, which had been set for release on June 7, will now be available digitally on Friday (April 23). It will be released physically on May 24.
The Fratellis appear to have split up. Both singer Jon Lawler and bassist Barry Wallace posted messages on their forum saying the band are unlikely to record together again.