Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters who this week topped the iTunes album chart with Wasting Light said, ‘We are really excited to do the iTunes Festival in July and to perform at the legendary Roundhouse. And the fact that it’s going to be broadcast to so many people is really exciting, because making music is more about the audience than the band sometimes. I feel like the opportunities we have to reach out to more people through technology is a wonderful thing; to see the world get together and experience music, live’.
Paul Simon said, ”m excited about hitting the road with my band after a few years off the road. I am looking forward to performing at the iTunes Festival on July 1st, it should be great to play songs from the new record as well as some old ones at the Roundhouse’.
Download the official iTunes Festival App for the definitive guide to the iTunes Festival, a chance to win tickets and to watch a selection of streamed gigs live. Lucky winners will have their tickets delivered directly to their iPhone and iPod touch. The iTunes Festival app is now available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad at www.itunes.co.uk/appstore/
iTunes Festival line up to date:
1 July: Paul Simon
4 July: Linkin Park
5 July: Beady Eye
6 July: The Wanted
7 July: ADELE
10 July: Glasvegas
11 July: Foo Fighters
12: July: The Script
13 July: White Lies
15 July: Jessie J
16 July: Duran Duran
18 July: Rumer
23 July: Mogwai
26 July: Magnetic Man
28 July: Chase and Status
Further artists to be announced. Each live performance will be recorded and sold exclusively on iTunes.
The ‘Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ group – singer Danny O’ Donaghue, guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power – have enjoyed success in Europe and the US but believe it is due more to their work ethic than being better than their peers. Danny – who was previously in boy band MyTown with Mark – said: “I think our success has been down to hard work. I don’t think we’re any more or less talented than any other band.
“I just believe that we’ve put the grind in, being in different parts of the industry since we were kids.
“We’re not reality TV stars. We knew that a band in their late twenties trying to hit the scene would have to do it the old-fashioned way, playing gig after gig after gig.”
The group admit their success has come quicker and bigger than they expected, but they never take anything for granted.
Danny added to the Daily Mirror: “With us it’s just lads wanting to play good songs for you. We always wanted to play bigger places, but didn’t realise that we would be doing that in such a short period of time.
“To have U2 and Sir Paul McCartney turn around and ask us to support them in the same year was a dream come true. But I know I could be back without a job in 10 years. You can’t take it for granted.”
The Script ‘ Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power ‘ are enjoying tremendous success in America where their second album ‘Science & Faith’ has gone straight in the US Charts at number 3. Already the band have appeared on David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen and the Today Show. They have sold over 100,000 albums and singles in one week in the US. One of the biggest selling albums in the UK last year, ‘Science & Faith’ has sold over half a million copies. They sold out their 12 date UK March Arena tour in 48 hours including two London shows: Wembley Arena and the O2. On July 2nd they play to 50,000 Irish fans at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Before that they play a sold out Australian tour in April including playing to 10,000 people in Sydney. They return to the US in June for a major American tour which includes a show in New York’s Central Park.
‘For the First Time’ is dominating US airwaves much as it did in the UK. Their new single, ‘If You Ever Come Back’, is out February 20th. Their UK tour starts March 14th at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
More acts have today been added to the Isle of Wight Festival 2011 line up. The award winning Manic Street Preachers, critically acclaimed Public Image Ltd, Britpop giants Cast, the dynamic Hadouken!, the headmaster of British rock Nick Lowe and hotly tipped Brother, will raise the roof of the Big Top on Sunday 12th June. To get your hands on tickets check out www.isleofwightfestival.com. Taking place in June, the first major festival of the summer will see headline performances from three of the biggest bands in the world; Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and closing the weekend Kasabian. Newly reformed Pulp will make their first UK festival appearance ahead of Foo Fighters on Saturday. With The Script, Plan B, Pixie Lott, James Walsh, Two Door Cinema Club and a guest performance from Jeff Beck already lined up for the main stage on Sunday, it’s certainly going to be a weekend to remember. Join us as we celebrate the 10th birthday in style. With ten albums under their belts and a career spanning almost 25 years, the critically acclaimed Manic Street Preachers return with ‘Postcards From A Young Man’. Defiantly, unapologetically bold and forthright, the new album may be their best yet. Having topped the charts with both albums and singles including, ‘f You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, ‘Tsumani’, ‘The Everlasting’ and ‘You Stole the Sun from my Heart’, Manic Street Preachers are classed as one of the most interesting and inspirational bands of their generation. Headlining the Big Top on Sunday, the Welsh 3-piece are sure to rock the Festival. After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. With their experimental sound fusing rock, dance, folk, ballet, pop and dub, Public Image Ltd are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the post-punk era; and are cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history, making them a perfect fit for this year’s eclectic Isle of Wight Festival. After announcing their reformation earlier this year, 15 years on from the release of their million-selling debut ‘All Change’, Britpop giants Cast are back and ready to pull out all the stops in the Big Top. Following a massive UK tour, the band will be returning to the studio to record a new album, set for release in early 2011. Hadouken! rightfully earned a reputation as a live act not to be missed, and their latest run of shows look set to exceed all expectations. Their second album, ‘For The Masses’, reached the top 20 earlier in 2010 and Hadouken! are sure to keep the crowd moving in the Big Top with their experimental, genre-hopping sound. Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club will be will be making their first appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival on the main stage on Sunday. The music-mad trio and their debut album ‘ ‘Tourist History’ – fizzes with invention and sparkling tunes. It’s undeniably pop, and draws on electronica / electro and rock ‘ an ideal way to start a Sunday! The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 10th – 12th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
Keep up to date with the Festival and to buy tickets visit www.isleofwightfestival.com
Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood Headline “Today Show” Summer Concert Series. NBC’s “Today Show” is getting ready to kick-off their annual summer concert series and they’ve announced a line-up worthy of a Grammy Awards night. Among the artists participating this year are Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Keith Urban.
Leading the pack of music stars set to rock the stage is none other than Sting, who kicks off the “Today” Summer Concert Series on Friday, May 14th. He’ll perform a half-hour concert of some of his greatest hits. Also in May, the “American Idol” winner and runner-up are both set to perform during a special Thursday performance following the show’s season finale on May 27th. Justin Bieber fronts the June line-up, performing a concert on Friday, June 4th, while Christina Aguilera takes the stage for a special Tuesday performance on June 8th, the release date for her new album “Bionic.” In July, Lady Gaga takes a break from her Monster Ball tour to hit the Plaza with her concert. John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, and Maroon 5 all take the stage during the month of July as well. In August, Ke$ha, Train, and Keith Urban are all performing, while Katy Perry takes the stage on the 27th, performing new material from her sophomore album. NBC’s “Today Show” Summer Concert Series Line-Up:
•May 14 — Sting
•May 21 — The Script
•May 27 — American Idol Winner and Runner Up (Special Thursday performance)
•June 4 — Justin Bieber
•June 8 — Christina Aguilera
•June 11 — Rascal Flatts
•June18 — James Taylor and Carol King
•June 25 — Maxwell
•July 2 — Maroon 5
•July 9 — Lady Gaga
•July 16 — Enrique Iglesias
•July 23 — John Mayer
•July 30 — Carrie Underwood
•August 6 — Train
•August 13 — Ke$ha
•August 20 — Keith Urban
•August 27 — Katy Perry
After just wrapping a very busy few months out on the road which included a string of dates opening for Legendary Paul McCartney, fellow Dubliners, U2 and their first official headlining tour of the U.S., The Script are gearing up to head back out on the road this fall in support of American Idol alum, David Cook. The tour will kick off early November with The Script opening for rocker David Cook through early December. A string of confirmed dates are listed below with Continue reading →
After they open up for the legendary Paul McCartney in New York City and fellow Irishmen U2 at Croke Park, The Script are set to head out on their very first US headlining tour. The Irish trio will receive support from pop/rockers Parachute on a string of dates in fourteen major cities across the country. Having just wrapped up a sold-out run as main support for Grammy Award winning artist Adele, the band is very eager to bring their powerful live show to the states. Check out this behind-the-scenes video featuring backstage and live footage to get a preview of The Script experience.
The Script Headlining Dates w/Parachute:
30 Jul 2009 – Crocodile Cafe , Seattle, Washington
31 Jul 2009 – Hawthorne , Portland, Oregon
1 Aug 2009 – Great American Music Hall , San Fransicso, California
2 Aug 2009- -Epicentre , San Diego, California
5 Aug 2009 – El Rey, Los Angeles, California
7 Aug 2009 – Fubar , St Louis, Missouri
8 Aug 2009 – Triple Rock , Minneapolis, Minnesota
9 Aug 2009 – Martyrs, Chicago, Illinois
11 Aug 2009 – World Cafe , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
12 Aug 2009 – Paradise Rock, Club Boston, Massachusetts
13 Aug 2009 – Webster Hall , New York, New York
15 Aug 2009 – Piedmont Park , Atlanta, Georgia *supporting Paul McCartney
16 Aug 2009 – Cats Cradle , Carborro, North Carolina
17 Aug 2009 – Rock N Roll Hotel , Washington DC, Washington DC
19 Aug 2009 – Dallas Cowboys Stadium , Dallas, Texas *supporting Paul McCartney
With a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet. Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.
Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison. Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show. Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday. It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday. The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night. Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday. Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday. Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up. BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.
OXEGEN artists announced so far:
FRI 10TH JULY
Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose
SAT 11TH JULY
Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux
SUN 12TH JULY
The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6
Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.
ALREADY ANNOUNCED,Kings of Leon, Blur, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, The Script, Katy Perry.
Europe’s Favourite Rock & Roll Weekend will be home to the very best in both new and seminal music this summer, taking place at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare from 10th-12th July 2009.
Fans who are registered at oxegen.ie will have exclusive priority access to an OXEGEN ticket pre-sale from Wednesday 25th February from 8am until Thursday 5th March at 6pm. Tickets will go on general release on Friday 6th March 2009 at 8am nationwide.
To be the first to hear about further exciting line-up announcements, and for info on car parking, camping and age restrictions, register at oxegen.ie.