Sunday, 21 March 2010
Just a brief round up of January - June for Label
Music Events 2010 – First half of the year
New year, and another music packed year to look forward to. First up, on January 31st is the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, with Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga dominating nominations. Following the theme of award shows, is the Brit Awards on February 16th at Earls Court. With no nominations released yet, we can only wonder if someone will clear up like Duffy did last year, or leave empty handed, like a multiple nominated Craig David in 2001. Following on from their amazing awards tour of The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Pink and The Drums, is the NME Awards Show on February 24th. Hailing the best in indie and alternative music. Renowned for special one off collaborations, and exclusives, like last year’s Blur reunion; this is a special night, that’s not to be missed.
March 17th – 21st sees the SXSW (South by South West) festival in Austin, Texas. With over 1,400 performers in about 80 venues over four days, this proves to be one of the biggest, and underrated festivals. Some bigger names over the past few years being Morrissey, Bloc Party and last year’s stand out act, The White Lies. At the beginning of May (1st and 2nd) is the Camden Crawl. Spreading across Camden Town, north London, in all venues big and small, the Camden Crawl gives the opportunity for bands, big or small to perform to audiences in over 15 different venues. It is notorious for bigger acts, playing small venues, pubs, to a smaller intimate audience.
Confirming the start of festival season on the 11th June is the Isle of Wight Festival, bringing the long awaited return of The Strokes, headlining the Saturday night. Along with Jay Z confirmed headliner for the Friday. This proves to be a big, explosive start to a summer of sweet music, booze and sunshine. Following on from this will be the Loughborough tradition that is Freefest, renowned for its variety of local bands. Perhaps the biggest festival of all, fully confirming the festival season with hopes of sunny weather, on 23rd – 27th June is the one and only Glastonbury. Being its 40th anniversary, this is going to be big! With headliners for the Friday night, U2, already confirmed, we can only wait impatiently to see who else will be revealed.