Alice In Chains to join Metallica, Linkin Park at Sonisphere Festival. In other news, Alice In Chains still exist

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sonisphere.jpgGrunge forgotabouts Alice In Chains, keen not to let a pesky thing like the death of their lead singer Layne Staley intrude on their rocking, will visit the UK this summer to play the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House.
Sonispshere Festival hits the UK on 1st and 2nd August, after touring Europe throughout the summer. It will be Alice In Chains’ only UK show in 2009 and comes as they prepare their first album in thirteen years.

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N.E.R.D "featuring Pharrell Williams" to headline Lovebox Weekender 2009

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lovebox_weekender_2009.jpgSo the good news is that Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo will be headlining Lovebox Weekender 2009 alongside Duran Duran and, unsurprisingly, organisers Groove Armada.
Also appearing will be Friendly Fires, Florence & The Machine, Simian Mobile Disco and Ladyhawke among others. The event takes place at London’s Victoria Park on 18th & 19th July.
The bad news, for pop ego-watchers at least, is that the press release lists N.E.R.D as “N.E.R.D featuring Pharrell Williams”.

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Oasis to headline FIB Heineken Benicassim 2009

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FIB – better known as Benicassim – has announced that Oasis will headline their fifteenth anniversary event this summer. I wonder how the Gallaghers will cope in that heat, myself. Perhaps they will swap their hefty mod jackets for linen blazers? A haircut might in order as well.
Also on the bill of the Heineken-sponsored festival will be Kings Of Leon, Franz Ferdinand and Paul Weller alongside, it is to be hoped, some less bloke-rock personages. The event takes place from 16th – 19th July on the east coast of Spain.
More info and a link to buy tickets here

New Zealand's Rhythm & Vines festival is a perfect if extreme way to avoid Jools Holland this New Year's Eve

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rhythm&vines_police_LOLz.jpg“What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?”
“Dunno, what are you doing?”
“Well, dunno, what are you doing? ”
“Well I might go to… but then… What’s everyone else doing?”
“Dunno. What shall we do?”
“Hey, let’s fly to New Zealand for the Rhythm & Vines festival where we can experience, among others, Franz Ferdinand, Mystery Jets, Public Enemy, Santogold, Ladyhawke, Digitalism, Late Of The Pier and Jamie Liddell! On top of that, we’ll be in the place where we’ll be able to see the first sunrise of 2009! And look at that photo! The policemans are all jolly! Click image to enlarge and see just how LOL-y they are!”
“Well, it would mean missing Eastenders… But tell me more, for I am intrigued at your proposal thus far.”

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Burt Bacharach, Adele and Razorlight added to BBC Electric Proms 2008 – tickets now on sale

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electric_proms_2008.jpgThis year’s BBC Electric Proms will take place from 22nd October to 26th October, with Liverpool – European City of Culture this year, ‘member – joining London as host to numerous big-name bastards.
And big-name bastards don’t get much larger than one of the greatest songwriters ever to grace the orb – Burt Bacharach. This is the guy who wrote “Walk On By”, “Close To You”, “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”, “I Say A Little Prayer”, “What’s New Pussycat”, and many more bastardly good tunes.
Joining Silver Burt will be Adele, who must be doing OK ‘cos I heard “Hometown Glory” on the soundtrack of teen-tear-tease One Tree Hill the other night. Meanwhile, in Liverpool Razorlight will be headlining, hopefully putting to rest disturbing recent rumours that their new album’s actually pretty good.

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Glastonbury organisers kindly allow you to buy as many

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glastonbury_mud.gifIt seems that stating that they’re not going to bother with that nasty rap music again isn’t quite enough for Glastonbury organisers. Taking no chances, they’ve decreed that punters will, for 2009′s event, be able to purchase as many tickets they like.
Registration for next year’s Glasto is open currently and tickets are available from October 5th, with a second batch due to be put on sale on April 5th 2009.
Each bulk purchase will have to be made using the same debit card, however, and only alongside a valid registration number.
[via No Rock and Roll Fun]

Bestival hell: send us your pictures so we can laugh at them

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british_summer.gifYou know, it would be nice to be able to write about festivals in this country without, every fricking week, the weather being an issue. What did we do? What did we do to deserve two years with no summer? Oh right, I suppose we fucked the planet up. But STILL!
This weekend we’re being told that all manner of stormy shit is going to go down, which means Bestival-goers are up poo creek, pretty much. Indeed reports have been coming through this week that the site was already battered by a storm, prompting some folk to flee and try flogging their tickets instead.
Despite better weather expected by Sunday, it’s reckoned that Bestival’s going to be the wettest fest this year. If you’re there, or about to head down, our thoughts are with you…
But also – send us pictures! Our Moblog needs updating, so if you want to submit images of lovely summer horror, send an MMS to toilet@moblg.net (no, that’s not a typo) and share your pain. And remember – it can’t rain all the time, or something.

Shoreditch Shuffle to feature Five O'Clock Heroes, Man Like Me, life-threatening number of hipsters

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If you need confirmation that the TV show Nathan Barley failed to lethally nail its target, take a wander around the Hoxton/Shoreditch area next time you’re in the capital. Ain’t nothing changed.
Which is not to say the area doesn’t have its charms, it’s just that you feel like either an urban cliche or an overdressed nob while you enjoy them. Once you get past that – and your barely suppressible hatred for everyone around you – you can have a jolly good time at the area’s numerous overpriced drinkeries, danceries and eateries.
Shoreditch Shuffle, which takes place on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of September, is a festival designed to show that east London is able to attract entertainment of some substance as well as skinny chancers in Lightspeed Champion specs.
The 2-day festival has been devised by artsy types Who’s Jack, and will cover all manner of creative nonsense across numerous venues, including Strong Rooms, 333, Elbow Rooms, Hoxton Hotel and Aquarium.

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Global Gathering 2008 hosts the MySpace Bus

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myspace_bus_girls.gifIf you went to a festival in Britain, and through some remarkable stroke of luck/witchcraft managed to do so on a day when it wasn’t shitting down with rain, would you then go and spend loads of time on a bus?
You may think not, but the MySpace bus is confounding that logic quite effectively this summer. Its most recent trip was to Global Gathering, where they caught up with Sam Sparro and DJ Yoda among others. Check out their vids from the event here; or see some not-strictly-sober people partying over the page.
By the way, if that guy with the megaphone ever comes near me, it’ll end up occupying an orifice other than his mouth.

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Festival News: Big Chill preview, Perry Farrell discusses Lollapalooza, Roisin Murphy to dress real nice at Live At Loch Lomond

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roisin_murphy.gif- If you’re after a last minute anticipation-building preview on The Big Chill, Virtual Festivals will sort you out
- ASOS have a slightly tenuous post about what you could wear to said festival should you be set to attend
- Cambridge Folk Festival has a blog showing how the preparations for this weekend’s event are going

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