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Music News: Monday 26th May 2014

Lisa Bentley



Ivor Novello Winners Announced

This week saw the announcement of this years’ Ivor Novello award winners. Did your favourite win?

PRS for Music Most Performed Work: Let Her Go – written by Mike Rosenberg, published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

The Ivors Classical Music Award: John McCabe

Best Television Soundtrack: Ripper Street – composed by Dominik Scherrer, published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Best Contemporary Song: Retrograde – written by James Blake, published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

International Achievement: Ed Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Marcus Mumford [Mumford & Sons]

Best Original Film Score: The Epic of Everest – composed by Simon Fisher Turner, published in the UK by Mute Song

The Ivors Inspiration Award: Jerry Dammers

Album Award: Push the Sky Away – written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, published in the UK by Mute Song 

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Jeff Beck

Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Strong – written by Dominic Major, Hannah Reid and Daniel Rothman, published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music

Songwriter of the Year: Tom Odell

Outstanding Song Collection: Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons [The Chemical Brothers]

Lifetime Achievement: Christine McVie

PRS for Music Special International Award: Nile Rodgers

Iranian Authorities are not Happy

Iranian youths were arrested this week for creating and uploading a video of themselves performing the Pharrell song Happy. Pharrell has spoken out about how it is wrong that this has happened saying “It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.”

KimYe Marry

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian tied the knot this weekend in Florence, Italy. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Wiz and Adele Cancel Collaboration

Wiz Khalifa and Adele were set to work on new music together, however, if rumours are to be believed then the collaboration has been stopped.

In Other Wiz Knews…

Wiz Khalifa was arrested this week at an airport in Texas. He was arrested for being in possession of Mariajuana. The musician managed to tweet a “selfie” from his holding cell in jail.

Quick Sell for Coldplay

Coldplay have scored the fastest selling album of 2014 with their new album Ghost Stories. The album has sold just under 170,000 copies in two weeks.

Live Announcements

The Antlers

Have you got your ticket for The Antlers autumn tour?

22nd October – Old Market, Brighton

23rd October – Oobleck, Birmingham

24th October – Hackney Empire, London

27th October – Trinity, Bristol

30th October – Olympia, Dublin

31st October –Ritz, Manchester

1st November – Oran Mor, Glasgow

2nd November – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

The Moons

The Moons will be releasing Mindwaves, their new album, in July. You can catch them on tour in September.

19th September – Korova, Liverpool

20th September – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

21st September – King Tuts, Glasgow

23rd September – Night & Day, Manchester

24th September – Bush Hall, London

25th September – Green Door Store, Brighton

27th September – Roadmender, Northampton


MT will be touring in June with The Polyphonic Spree. Have you checked out the video for the new single Incredible?

5th June – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool (with The Polyphonic Spree)

6th June – Clapham Grand, London (with The Polyphonic Spree)

7th June – Club Academy, Manchester (with The Polyphonic Spree)

9th June – Waterfront, Norwich (with The Polyphonic Spree)

10th June – Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol (with The Polyphonic Spree)

11th June – Concorde 2, Brighton (with The Polyphonic Spree)

25th July – Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon

Sky Valley Mistress

Sky Valley Mistress are currently touring. Catch them on tour at the following venues.

28th May – Blakey’s Café, Blackburn

30th May – Blakey’s Café, Blackburn

31st May – The Attic, Accrington

6th June – Albert Hotel, Liverpool

7th June – Dog House, Warrington

9th June – Dove & Rainbow, Sheffield

14th June – The Ferret, Preston

21st June – The Fiddler’s Elbow, London

26th June – Grand Central, Manchester

27th June – The Queens, Colne

4th July – The Vic, Coalville

10th July – The Exchange Bar, Leicester

19th July – The Shed, Leicester

1st August – Cloudspotting

23rd August – Watchet Fest

Tom Vek

Tom Vek will be touring in October.

3rd October – Pavilions, Falmouth

4th October – The Art Bar, Oxford

6th October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

7th October – The Haunt, Brighton

8th October – Gorilla, Manchester

9th October – King Tuts, Glasgow

11th October – Cockpit, Leeds

12th October – Kazimier, Liverpool

14th October – Bodega, Nottingham

15th October – Koko, London

Released This Week

In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

A Letter Home – Neil Young

Me. I’m Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse – Mariah Carey

Big Night – Peter Andre

Meteorites – Echo & The Bunnymen

Do It Again – Royksopp and Robyn