The Festival Awards winners were announced yesterday, and there was a big Irish dominance, with 3 wins. More than any other country! Electric Picnic, Oxegen and the new Temple House Festival each picked up an award. The awards show is held annually in the UK with the majority of the awards being voted for by the general public. The other’s like the Lifetime Achievement are voted for by a panel of journalists and “industy experts”. This year’s awards were The award breakdown is as follows:
Best Major European Festival: Heineken Open’er – Poland
Best Medium-Sized European Festival: Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival – Ireland
Best Small European Festival:5 Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival – Poland
Best New European Festival: Temple House Festival – Ireland
Best Indoor Festival: Rolling Stone Weekender – Germany
Best European Festival Line-Up : Oxegen – Ireland
Best Newcomer – Florence and the Machine
Best Headliner – Muse
Festival Anthem of the Year: Muse – Uprising
YOUROPE Green ‘N’ Clean Festival Of The Year: Boom Festival – Portugal
Artist’s Favourite European Festival – Melt! – Germany
Promoter Of The Year in association with Virtual Festivals Europe: Kilimanjaro/K2
Yourope Lifetime Achievement Award: Leif Skov
Congratulations to all involved, and a bigger congratulations to those involved with EP, Oxegen and Temple House: Well deserved!
The Computers are releasing a new single entitled Group Identity on February 21 with their debut album This is The Computers to follow on May 16.
After the success of The Gutter Twins which saw Greg Dulli team up with Mark Lanegan, Greg is is back with his band The Twilight Singers (no, it’s not what you’re thinking. It’s not some über-fangirl band) They’re set to drop their fifth studio album Dynamite Steps on February 11. New song Blackbird And The Fox is available to download free on their website.
Dum Dum Girls release new EP He Gets Me High as the follow up to the absolutely inspired I Will Be on February 25. The girls play Whelans on April Fools’ Day. To give you a little taster of what to expect, here’s Jail La La from their album I Will Be.
Some free downloads:
HAL –Down in the Valley available here.
Asian Dub Foundation – A History of Now available for download when you sign up to their newsletter on the official site.
and finally, a HOT DOWNLOAD that we think everyone should download is Benjamin Francis Leftwich‘s cover or Arcade Fire‘s Rebellion.