The Guardian festival blog: Police search for man after alleged sexual assault at St Kilda Listen Out music festival | Australia news

Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a music festival in St Kilda on Saturday. The alleged assault occurred in the mosh pit for the main stage of the Listen Out festival at Catani Gardens about 8pm. Police say the female victim was dancing in the mosh pit when an unknown male began dancing behind her. “The female tried to move away from him but he has grabbed her by the waist and pulled her toward him,” Victoria police said. “The male then grabbed the victim around the neck and placed his hand inside the victims clothing and sexually assaulted her. The female has managed to elbow the male to his face and left the mosh pit […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Electronic Music Conference reveals programme for 2018

AUSTRALIA: Sydney’s Electronic Music Conference – set to take place from November 12 – 17 – has revealed its programme for 2018. Covering all facets of electronic music business and culture, the Conference will include keynotes, In Conversations, workshops, masterclasses, breakout sessions and networking events from November 14 – 15. Combined with the event will be EMCPLAY – five nights of after dark parties, club nights, film screenings and pop-ups. Across the parties and conference, the likes of Sasha, Gilles Peterson, Blond:Ish, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Greg Wilson will appear. Things kick off on November 12 with the one-day forum Global Cities After Dark, which focuses on the night-time economy and culture. EMC presents this forum in partnership with […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Ben Howard to headline BBC Music Introducing Live

UK: BBC Music Introducing Live has announced that singer-songwriter, musician and composer Ben Howard will be bringing his mercurial blend of folk and rock music to London’s Tobacco Dock for an intimate headline performance on November 8, with support from Marika Hackman. Ben Howard’s crossover of wistful folk and indie rock caught the attention of BBC Introducing DJs back in 2011, and has since earned him a Brit Award for Best Male Solo Artist. He’ll be bringing his trusty guitar to the stage on Thursday night with tracks from his new album Noonday Dream. Also joining the line-up will be Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis, who will join BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne for an exclusive insight into how […]

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NME Festival blog: Justice talk challenge of recording a live album and hint at new music plans

The French production duo released the ‘live’ remix album ‘Woman Worldwide’ late last month Justice have spoken about the various challenges which are involved when recording a live album, while also sharing a few early details about their next studio project. The French duo, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, recently released the record ‘Woman Worldwide’, which contained re-worked versions of tracks from their third LP ‘Woman’ (which was released in 2016) as well as some of their older songs. The result produced something akin to the kind of set that Justice would perform in a live setting, with ‘Woman Worldwide’ therefore resembling a live album – albeit one recorded entirely in the studio. Speaking about the challenge of re-working […]

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The Guardian festival blog: Festival No 6 review – au revoir to an eccentric, magical gem | Music

Secret Garden Party had its last topless paint fight in 2017, Bestival has shrunk back to its boutique roots and now Festival No 6, set in the stunning Italianate village of Portmeirion (where The Prisoner was filmed) has declared its 2018 event the last “for now”. Perhaps Brexit Britain isn’t disposed to whimsical weekends, but No 6’s finale is more likely down to the challenges of staging an idyllic middle-class festival on the west coast of Wales in mid-September. Some years you’d think it was themed around Aquaman. Thankfully, this farewell edition dodges the forecast monsoon and its first run ends as it began, as the most semi-magical weekend of the year. “I thought we’d have to rename the band […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: First edition of London Music Conference to take place this October

UK: The first ever London Music Conference will take place from October 11 – 13 and will educate on, engage with and explore a wide range of dance music topics via a series of networking events, discussion panels and parties featuring the industry’s most esteemed professionals from around the world. In all there will be more than 30 conference sessions, 15 label showcases, 45 events, 450 delegates, 60 speakers and 50 content partners on hand to provide an all encompassing experience and education on a range of topics. Conference topics will include: Secrets to Success in booking, promoting and managing stars, Using Brand Partnerships To Power Music, artist meets, inspections of the London clubbing landscape, education and development of young […]

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The Guardian festival blog: End of the Road review – intimate, adventurous fest steals the summer | Music

End of the Road is the sophisticated family camp-out where herds of Pitchfolk singer-songwriters roam wild and inventive alt-rockers scare the peacocks. Out in the woods there’s competitive croquet, grunge bingo and a hidden piano stage where the stars of the weekend play inaudible secret sets. Across the compact main site, meanwhile, a refined esoterica reigns. The haunting Soccer Mommy is Juliana Hatfield meets Red House Painters. Gwenno twirls, sprite-like, through spectral synth-folk tunes sung in Welsh and Cornish. Julia Holter summons a folk sea-squall. The Low Anthem build cacophonies of sawed violin and clawed guitar, then play a surf-pop song about plankton. There’s a distinct shortage of glittery students here, but End of the Road’s spirit of intimacy and […]

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The Guardian festival blog: Wysing Polyphonic review – explosions in the sonic inventing shed | Music

‘Noises of spoons!” I’m in an octagonal wooden structure that’s half Grand Designs man-shed, half denouement to a slasher movie, in a field in the Cambridgeshire countryside. Elaine Mitchener is kicking things off at Wysing Polyphonic, delivering scat poetry that’s as light, intricate and unmappable as rain falling on a roof. Alongside her is Neil Charles, tapping his double bass’s body like a faith healer, a tambourine tucked in its neck. Mitchener’s spoon mantra dissolves into stutters. She clicks shells and stones in her hands, as the bass fumbles and shuffles – the pair are trying to put something or other back in one piece. This is one of the most valuable music festivals in the country – one that […]

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NME Festival blog: German train network scraps plan to deter homeless with atonal music

A protest from artists has led to the plan being scrapped Germany’s national train operator Deutsche Bahn has scrapped a controversial plan to play atonal music on Berlin’s S-Bahn public rail network as a method of deterring the homeless and ‘drug users’. The ‘hostile music’ scheme was due to be trialed at Hermannstrasse station, but was called off following a protest concert by contemporary music organisation Initiative Neue Musik. The initiative held an atonal concert outside the station to protest what one of their members Lisa Benjes called “the exploitation of this art form against vulnerable people.” The impromptu concert was attended by 300 people including the homeless, who were also offered food. Also in attendance was The S-Bahn’s manager, Friedemann Kessler, who then […]

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NME Festival blog: Ed Sheeran reveals plans for ‘experimental’ new music

Is another collaboration with Wiley and JME on the horizon? Ed Sheeran has hinted that his next music will follow the ‘experimental’ vein that he first explored during the early stages of his career. Before finding global fame, the ‘Shape of You’ singer released 2011’s ‘EP No. 5 Collaborations Project’ which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiley, Devlin, JME and Sway. Speaking to the BBC, Sheeran explained how he’d been keen to take his future music back in that particular direction. “I would love to do something like that again”, he said. He also described the EP as “the most interesting project I think I’ve ever made”. It could even emerge as early as next year, in a bid […]

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