A musical co-written by Tori Amos will debut in the UK in 2012. The flame-haired femme fatale has been working on a musical adaptation of a 19th century fairy tale by George MacDonald called The Light Princess for the last three years. Appropriately enough, it’s about a princess who is cursed to be unaffected by gravity, causing her to float above the ground. Back in late-2008 she told The Independent: ”m trying to write a musical that will be relevant to a 16-year-old today, a rite of passage for a young girl into womanhood.’ She also said it will have a decidedly feminist bent, saying, ‘The thing about the original story I wasn’t crazy about is that the princess’s disability gets blamed on an old hag. We’re not going to deal in spells cast by old ladies; we’re dealing with problems caused by power and greed, many of which start with men.” She co-wrote it with Australian playwright Samuel Adamson, it will be directed by Marianne Elliott, and will debut at London’s National Theatre in April next year.
Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs. Linkin Park have worked out an innovative way to give their fans a digital encore. WENN reports that the ranty rockers will hook up with a group for ‘official’ bootlegs of their concerts so that fans can get a copy of the show they just saw. for free. There will reportedly be a short code displayed at their forthcoming shows, which fans can text to a numbers, and they will receive a link to a live recording of the concert after the show. Linkin Park’s bassist, Dave Farrell said to WENN, ‘The energy we get from our fans is what makes a great show. We wanted to show our appreciation by giving that experience back to them.’ The company that are handling the live recordings are called Basecamp Productions. Other bands that have worked with Basecamp include Pearl Jam, Jay Z, Bono, Kings of Leon, Chris Cornell, Tori Amos, Ben Harper, My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth, Wolfmother and Disturbed.
Bringing together the classic songwriting of Stevie Wonder with the 80s pop sensibilities of Cyndi Lauper, North London based singer songwriter Zarif creates her own brand of quirky retro-tinged soul. After featuring on hip hop production duo The Nextmen’s critically acclaimed album “This Was Supposed To Be The Future” including the single “Something Got You”, Zarif had a busy 2008 touring with the Nextmen, playing countless festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival, and supporting Taio Cruz on his UK tour. She even caught the attention of the Grammy award winning John Legend, who asked her to duet with him at this year’s Tommy Hilfiger Sessions.
Her debut album is due this spring, produced by Tommy D (Corinne Bailey Rae, Kanye West), Blair Makichan (Lily Allen) and Fraser T Smith (Kano) and includes the infectious “Box Of Secrets”, recently featured on the Sky TV advert.
THE COCKPIT, LEEDS LEEDS
SNEAKY PETES, EDINBURGH EDINBURGH
KOROVA, LIVERPOOL LIVERPOOL
BRISTOL, START THE BUS BRISTOL
BIRMINGHAM, 444CLUB @ THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM
YOYO, Notting Hill Arts Club LONDON
Pritchattsbury Festival, Birmingham Birmingham
BEACHBREAK LIVE FESTIVAL, CORNWALL – NEW MUSIC STAGE Cornwall
BEACHBREAK LIVE FESTIVAL, CORNWALL – MAIN STAGE Cornwall
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