Mika will be “eternally grateful” to the medics who saved his sister’s life. The ‘We Are Golden’ singer has spoken out in praise of the helicopter team and medical staff at the Royal London Hospital who treated his 28-year-old sibling Paloma Penniman after she was impaled on railings after falling out of her apartment window on October 10. He wrote on his official website: “On behalf of my whole family, we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and kindness over the past week. Paloma is in a stable condition at the Royal London Hospital. “She has undergone extensive surgery to her legs and surgery to her abdomen. Although she is in a lot of pain, things are looking remarkably good considering what happened. “Over the coming weeks, Paloma will undergo more surgery and start her rehabilitation programme. Her recovery will be a long and difficult one but at this point in time there is no reason to believe that it won’t be a successful one. “Paloma and the whole family feel extremely lucky and we are eternally grateful to the helicopter response unit, doctors and nurses of the Royal London for saving her life. “Every card, text message and bunch of flowers has been shown to Paloma. We are extremely grateful to you all for keeping Paloma in your thoughts and prayers.” Paloma was believed to be sitting on a window-ledge three floors up in her home in Kensington, west London, when she lost her balance and fell onto spikes. Mika, 27, had been out for dinner with his sister earlier in the evening and was at her home when the incident happened.
General Fiasco, Paolo Nutini, Green Day, at open-air festival Pinkpop.
Green Day, Editors, Mando Diao, C-Mon & Kypski, Moke. and the Metropole Orchestra, John Mayer, Biffy Clyro,
Triggerfinger, Destine, 2 Many DJS, Caro Emerald, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, Everything Everyting, Rammstein, Motorhead, Kasabian, Epica, Paolo Nutini, The Temper Trap, The Opposites, Gossip, The Blackbox Revelation,
Sungrazer, The Prodigy, Pixies, Wolf Mother, Skunk Anansies, Danko Jones, The Maccabees, Pink, Mika, Slash,
Kate Nash, Jon Allen, Gogol Bordello, Florence plus the Machine, Yeasayer, General Fiasco, Dewolff
The Netherlands’ most famous open-air festival and Europe’s longest-running uninterrupted outdoor pop festival PINKPOP will take place for the 41st time in the city of Landgraaf, at the beautiful festival site MEGALAND, 134 miles south of Amsterdam. There are 4 large campsites, providing space for 50.000 campers. In 40 years the festival has sold out 20 times, with a capacity of 60.000 attendees per day. Since 1970 more than 1,8 million people have visited the festival and more than 500 acts have performed on stage. See the History section and the BAND ABC for more Pinkpop facts. This year’s program will be just as sensational as in previous years. On Friday the 28th of May, Saturday the 29th of May and Sunday the 30th of May PINKPOP will proudly present 39 bands on its three stages.
The 41th edition will be shown live on Dutch National radio and television and through 3voor12.vpro.nl.
There are 4 campsites near the festival site. All sites include hot showers and running water, supermarkets, free toilets, an Information desk, a camping store, a First Aid stand, token registers and several food & drink stands. There is no electricity. Campers and mobile homes are not permitted.
The camping sites are accessible from noon on Friday the 28th of May until noon on Monday the 31st of May. The campsites are free with your Weekend ticket (3-day ticket). Show your ticket at the entrance to receive a wrist-band. Admission to the festival can only be gained in combination with your ticket and wrist-band, so don’t lose your ticket! If you don’t want to use the festival campsites check the tourist information on www.vvvzuidlimburg.nl or call +31-43 609 85 00.
The best camping option for physically disabled people is Campsite A, which is more accessible and has more facilities for disabled people. For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +31-46 475 67 17.
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Paolo Nutini is announced as the fifth headliner at this summer’s Eden Sessions. The soulful singer-songwriter will play the Eden stage on Tuesday July 13, joining Jack Johnson (June 26 – sold out), Mika (June 27), Doves and Mumford & Sons (July 2 – sold out) and Calvin Harris and Audio Bullys (July 3) on a blockbuster bill. Paolo launched his career with 2006 quadruple-platinum debut These Streets, including the top-ten single Last Request. He followed it up with last year’s second long-player Sunny Side Up. That album went straight to number one in the UK album charts and returned to the top on two separate occasions. Hailing from Paisley in Scotland, Paolo has been singing and working in the music industry since leaving school at 16, including stints as a roadie and studio engineer. As a result, he has shown an understanding of live performance that belies his age and Atlantic Records recognised his potential early on and signed him just after his 18th birthday in 2005. Paolo was nominated in two categories in this year’s BRITs – British Male Solo Artist and British Album for Sunny Side Up – and has rubbed shoulders will rock royalty, supporting Led Zeppelin at their O2 comeback show and sharing a stage with the Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007. Tjarko Wieringa, Eden Sessions Creative Director, said: “We’re proud to announce Paolo’s appearance at this year’s Eden Sessions – another fantastic coup! His laid-back brand of motown-tinged folk rock will be a perfect match for Eden’s beautiful surroundings. “With five announcements behind us, this year’s Sessions are promising to be our best yet. We have some of best, most high-profile artists in the world already on the bill and there will be more exciting announcements to come.” The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. Massage and alternative therapies will also be showcased around Eden on the day of each Session. The 2010 Sessions will be the ninth season of summer gigs at the Eden Project. Performers in previous years include Oasis, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Paul Weller, Hot Chip, Muse, Editors, Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Verve.
Mika bombards his doctor with phone calls . The ‘Love Today’ singer admits he is a hypochondriac and regularly calls up his physician to go through his symptoms as he needs reassurance. He said: “I’m always calling my doctor because I’m constantly injuring myself while on the road, like tearing a ligament, blasting my ears or losing my voice. Plus, I’m a total hypochondriac. I call him up and he talks me through whatever I’ve got – or think I’ve got – then he’ll send me to a local doctor, he has a network of people. He’s actually one of the doctors to the Queen. I wouldn’t say he looks forward to my calls – I call him at least once a week when I’m on tour – but Peter tolerates me.” As well as pursuing his doctor, Mika also admits he is in constant contact with his estate agent after spending a year-and-a-half searching for the perfect house. He told Britain’s Cosmopolitan magazine: “After 18 months house-hunting, I found four that I was interested in, so for the past month I’ve lived with my property consultant on speed dial. I’ve been badgering him because it’s been crazy. People are saying that no one is buying, but everyone seems to be selling without even putting their houses on the market! Richard is great and has come up with the goods, so it’s all done and dusted now. But I can’t delete him from my speed dial because he’s giving me one of his dogs – a black puppy.”
Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V . V Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary celebrations by announcing a world class line up for this year’s festivities on the 21st and 22nd August 2010 – to be headlined by Kings of Leon and Kasabian. The summer spectacular, held across two sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, will be crammed with the hottest names in music. Joining the headliners over the weekend will be favourites Stereophonics, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Cheryl Cole, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, and 2010 BRIT award winner Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th March and festival organisers are advising fans to purchase them quickly to avoid disappointment, but only from official outlets listed on www.vfestival.com. Headliners Kasabian said: ‘We can’t wait. We feel it’s the right time for us to headline a festival. We’ve been playing so many festivals for so long, years and years. I think the moment is right. It’s just a wonderful thing to be doing. ‘Our fans are going to love the show. They’ll really enjoy it.’
Fans will also experience sets from Madness, Editors, Mika, White Lies, Groove Armada, The Courteeners, Goldfrapp, The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Chase And Status, The Temper Trap, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, La Roux, Sugababes, Pixie Lott, Skunk Anansie, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Shed Seven, Imogen Heap and Plan B.
Take That back Cowell’s Haiti single. Take That and Susan Boyle have both agreed to appear on Simon Cowell’s charity record. The pop singers have joined an ever growing list of stars who will record a version of REM’s song ‘Everybody Hurts’ to aid the victims of the two earthquakes that have struck Haiti in the last two weeks. Susan told The Sun newspaper: “The Haiti earthquake has caused devastation and suffering that most of us will never experience nor could imagine. “I feel privileged to be a part of such a wonderful project that will raise money to help the country.” The line up for the single so far includes Rod Stewart, Mika, Michael Buble, Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, JLS and Westlife and Alexandra Burke. ‘Broken Heels’ singer Alexandra is flying from Germany to the UK on Monday to record her part for the song. She said: “I hope the single raises lots of money. It’s great that we can come together and do this. It’s a very special song.” REM have agreed that all royalties from the single – including those they would get from originally writing the song – will go to the Haiti appeal. Lead singer Michael Stipe said: “Any time anyone does something good, or tries to do something positive, the world shifts ever so slightly towards love and towards goodness.” U2 and Jay-Z are also assembling their own charity single to raise money for the disaster in the US.
Mika had his best kiss when he was 17 – even though he smelt like ‘rat p**s’. The ‘Love Today’ singer’s most memorable smooch took place nine years ago in a river in London when he was a drunk, lovelorn teenager. He said: “It was near the river in Hammersmith. I was drunk and we were on the bank, and I stepped back into the water and got wet. I smelt like rat p**s, but it was a phenomenal snog.” The 26-year-old singer has always been vague about his sexuality, but admits he has a soft spot for ‘tough’ actress Hilary Swank and hunky US singer Michael Buble. He quipped to Heat magazine: “I like Hilary Swank, because she’s sort of tough. Michael Buble kissed me at the Royal Variety Performance – not on the mouth, I wouldn’t let him.” Mika recently admitted he is in a relationship, but refused confirm whether it is with a male or female. He explained: “I’m private about my private life and I think that’s an important thing. It’s not necessarily retaining mystery , it’s preserving yourself so you can sit down and write a song without feeling like you’ve sterilised yourself to be nice to everybody. “I discuss my sexuality in my lyrics more than anybody in pop music. There’s a way to discuss sexuality without labels. It’s not born out of fear because you don’t make music like mine if you’re operating from a position of fear, that’s for sure.”
Beyoncé and Eminem take home the big awards. Beyonce and Eminem were the big winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Berlin last night (November 5). Beyonce scoped three awards including Best Female, Best Song for ‘Halo’ and Best Video for her song ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’. Meanwhile Eminem took home Best Male beating Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mika and Robbie Williams to the Continue reading →
As far as Oedipal odes to obsessively consuming every shred of a new lover’s individual identity go, Mika’s song “Touches You” from his new album “The Boy Who Knew Too Much” is actually pretty charming. It’s a rollicking, vampy piano-pop burner with a seriously creepy chorus: “I want to be your sister, and your Continue reading →
Take That, Muse, Sir Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Paolo Nutini, Mika, Snow Patrol, Leona Lewis, Dame Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Cheryl Cole, and Lily Allen have been announced for a massive concert for Children In Need, the BBC have confirmed. The line-up for Children In Need Rocks at London’s Royal Albert Hall was revealed this morning on Radio 1. Take That singer/songwriter Gary Barlow was expected to make the announcement but was forced to cancel due to a family bereavement. Barlow said in a statement: “It’s fantastic to be able to kick off BBC Children In Need 2009 in such a special way. I’ve always wanted Continue reading →
Mika is set to change career – and swap pop for cartoons. The ‘Love Today’ singer, who designed the vivid cover of his hit debut album ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ in 2007, has revealed he wants to launch his own animation company. The 26-year-old pop star also plans to be a full-time artist if he stops selling records. He told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: ‘I might continue making music until I die but there’s also a chance I might quit soon. There’s a chance people think, ‘We’re done with that Mika.’ In that case I’d start a cartoon company. I’m a good artist and designer.” Mika, who has been nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award (EMA), recently admitted he can be annoying when people first meet him. He said: “When I first work with people they either think I’m the biggest idiot in the world and quit and go around spreading total nonsense about me, or they get me and stick with me. “My band and crew will be with me forever.”
we7, the free UK streaming service, is offering fans an exclusive opportunity to listen to Shakira’s new album, ‘She Wolf’ ahead of its official launch on Monday, 12th October 2009. Teaming up with select Global Radio stations, fans will be able to listen to the full album free of charge using a we7 widget which will appear on four Global Radio websites including The Big Top 40 Show, Capital, Heart South Devon and Trent FM. The Listening Party with Shakira is the latest in a succession of high-profile pre-releases for we7 which already has in excess of 2.5 million users. Other recent album exclusives we7 has pre-released include Mika, Jay-Z, Muse, and Richard Hawley. we7’s senior vice president of Continue reading →