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Live Music Exchange Digest – w/c 03/09/2012


Welcome to our weekly digest of live music news and events in industry, academia and more.

This week’s Live Music Exchange blog post:

Simon Frith and Politics: An Interview

In March 2012 Live Music Exchange supremos Martin Cloonan and Simon Frith got together to chat about music and politics in the context of Simon’s academic career and the development of Popular Music Studies. Here we present an edited transcript of the interview.

Live music and the live music industries in the news:

Paralympic opening hits peak of 11.2 million viewers as music from the ceremony released immediately after the event and organisers speak of being ‘resourceful’ with their budget.

Coldplay join the paraorchestra of disabled musicians for closing ceremony : Classical maestro Charles Hazlewood’s ‘paraorchestra’ is set to take centre stage at the Paralympics whilst one-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy graduates from Royal College of Music.

Olympics appearances boost Emily Sandé’s Our Version of Events to becoming biggest selling album of the year so far.

Africa Express provides a moveable platform: Train hired by musicians’ collective including Baaba Maal and Jupiter Bokondji embarks on tour of British cities by rail.

Bestival to be live streamed to YouTube in UK festival exclusive

Jersey Live Festival adjusts ticketing policy on under 16s to bring it into line with the UK as drivers are warned to avoid the area around the venue and police report that levels of drunkenness at the event are “way down” on 2011.

More cancellations as Whitehaven Harbour ‘Lakes Alive’ event, featuring acrobatic displays, music and fireworks is cancelled due to rain and high winds. Liverpool’s Matthew Street festival also falls prey to high winds, cancelled over safety concerns, leaving local businesses to count the cost.

Creamfields refund scheme confirmed after cancellation due to rain in August.

Wilderness Festival prompts calls for noise restriction.

Man charged over Guilfest attack in July.

Ill health prompts tour disruptions as Duran Duran cancel the rest of their world tour due to keyboard player Nick Rhodes’ illness and Eddie Van Halen undergoes emergency surgery for digestive disorder.

Banda el Recodo’s Tour Bus Crashes in South Texas, Six Injured.

Baroness band members leave hospital after their bus crash and Wynona Judd resumes tour after her husband loses leg in motorcycle accident.

Madonna issues MDNA tour ‘manifesto’ to explain and defend use of gun and swastika iconography.

Rolling Stones to announce 50th anniversary gigs as they also prepare to release new documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

BandMerch strikes worldwide deal with The Who

Grimes’ gear stolen in Manchester

DOOM decoy made London PA, promoters allege:A London hip hop collective has accused masked rapper DOOM, real name Daniel Dumile, of allowing an imposter to appear in his place at one of their club nights.

Werner Herzog to direct Killers webcast: Legendary film-maker to helm live streaming of Killers show in New York in September.

Trolls game Taylor Swift competition in favour of school for the hearing impaired: A web-campaign to get Taylor Swift to play at any school in the country has been hijacked by 4Chan and Reddit users.

Michael Jackson ‘despondent’ before comeback concerts: Internal emails sent by the promoters of Michael Jackson’s planned 2009 comeback concerts saw them voice concerns over his stability and health.


Pussy Riot appeal sentence as university professor is arrested for murder at scene of which “Free Pussy Riot” was daubed on walls. Officials say this was a diversion to imply political intent for killing with domestic motive.


PRS issues warning to pubs in Scotland about a scam involving imposters claiming to work for PRS and trying to charge for licenses with threats of fines.

Arrests made in Belfast, and bail refused for Glasgow man, after bands defy ban restrictions put in place by Parades Commission. Talks are urged as DUP Member of the Legislative Assembly, Nelson McCausland says that defiance of the ban was ‘almost inevitable’.

Liverpool busking permits to be reviewed: Liverpool City Council will review its new policy on busking after campaigners applied for a High Court injunction barring its enforcement.

Western Isles to reconsider plans to phase out visiting teachers: A council is to re-examine a plan to phase out the use of visiting art, music and PE teachers in its primaries.

Musicians’ Union issues music education ‘Hub resource pack’

Beatles tourism angers neightbours: People who live in or near the The Beatles’ former homes are demanding curbs on the procession of fans turning-up in buses and taxis.

‘Elite’ funding blamed for demise of top firework company

Leading Edinburgh Fringe venue chiefs say that festival should have been moved to avoid clash with Olympics, and anti-Israeli protesters stop dance show at the International Festival three times.

Jack Daniel’s: ‘We’re getting more involved with local music’.

Trinity Mirror appoints former HMV head


Shrek the Musical to close at Drury Lane.

Spider-Man musical legal battle nears conclusion.


50 Cent and Mariah Carey’s manager Chris Lighty’s death ruled a suicide.

Max Bygraves, crooner, comedian and variety performer, dies at 89

Songwriter Hal David dies at 91


Muscians drawn in as US election campaign gathers pace. 3 Doors Down debut new song ‘One Light’ at Republican Convention as the Killers respond to Mitt Romney comments that he is a fan by saying that they are “not really a political band”, saying, “He’s, I guess, a guy and he listens to music and happens to like us. That’s fine.” Meanwhile, The National play a campaign rally for Barack Obama and Foo Fighters are scheduled to play a Rock the Vote event at the Democartic National Convention as Two Door Cinema Club deny rumours that Obama bought out the tickets for their Washington show.

Hall and Oates kill off SuperPAC formed by fans in their name to mock Romney.


And finally – Tuning a piano ‘moulds the mind’: Tuning a piano also tunes the brain, say researchers who have seen structural changes within the brains of professional piano tuners.

Selected comment and features:

The year festivals started to dry up: In a year of cancellations, The Independent‘s Gideon Spanier argues that there may be too many big events for the music market.

Wyeside Festival: How to deal with noise complaints: The BBC website interviews Stephen Symmonds – the organiser of the Wyeside Music Festival – to find out how they balance the thousands of people who attend local festivals against the handful of people who live nearby.

Adele, One Direction Just The Tip Of The Iceberg – Why Is British Music Going Down A Storm In Australia?: As reports emerge of strong showings for British artists in Australia, Caroline Frost suggests that touring is responsible.


Spasticus Autisticus at the Paralympics opening ceremony: As Orbital re-work Ian Dury’s Spasticus Autisticus for the Paralympic games, the University of Salford’s George McKay looks at the fraught history of the song.


Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra (KBSSO): Collective re-auditioning strikes again: The Musicians’ Union issues a strong condemnation of the practice of collective auditioning and Norman Lebrecht explains the situation.



Music and Movement – 2012 National Graduate Student Conference, British Forum for Ethnomusicology: Institute for Music Research (IMR), London WC1, 12th – 14th September 2012

Association of Festival Organisers Conference: Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, 16th – 18th November 2012

Essentials of Fundraising in the Arts:Association of British Orchestras, 32 Rose Street, London, WC2E 9ET, 22nd November, 10:30am – 5pm.
This course aims to dispel the mystique of fundraising and show that anyone can fundraise successfully provided they follow some simple rules, enjoy communicating with people, can write well and research thoroughly, and are persistent.Fundraising and development staff working in the performing arts, including orchestras, theatres, venues, concert halls etc.
Those new to fundraising or those looking to refresh their skills in this areaThe day will cover the following areas:
• Fundraising strategies and research techniques
• Charitable trusts and foundations
• Individual Giving and Membership schemes, corporate support and events
• How to get the most out of boards and development advisory groupsThe course includes a 6-month email follow-up service, answering basic questions that have occurred since the course took place.• Have a working knowledge of the many different ways to raise money
• Know how best to apply that knowledge
• Know how to plan a fundraising strategy,write applications and proposals
• Have a clear understanding of what NOT to do when trying to attract funds

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