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News Round-up – April 3rd 2017

Glastonbury Festival adds 88 more acts to its 2017 line-up, including Biffy Clyro and Run The Jewels. The announcement on March 30 saw dozens and dozens of acts revealed in of the earliest festival billing announcement in years. The XX, Stormzy, Lorde, Royal Blood, Major Lazor, and Alt-J are all amongst the names who will join headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran. The first big batch confirms most of the acts that will be playing across the 3 day-event from 21-25 June. The Bee Gee’s Barry Gibb has taken the Sunday teatime ‘Legend Slot’ that has drew huge crowds for Dolly Parton in 2014 and Lionel Richie in 2015.

MGMT hint that they have finally finished the recording of their fourth studio album.  The announcement came on Twitter on March 31 when the band tweeted “Possibly just sang last singing for new album?! Title Track”. The long awaited release will be the band’s first album since their self-titled album was released in 2013. The cryptic message suggests the Connecticut outfit have finished the recording session for their upcoming album. The album announcement comes 10 years after their legendary debut album Oracular Spectacular with the iconic single, ‘Kids’.

LCD Soundsystem announce five-night residency shows to open new venue, Brooklyn Steel in New York in April. The gigs, running from 6-11 April, will christen the opening of the new venue in East Williamsburg.  In January, LCD announced that their fourth album would be done soon. They also cancelled some tour dates last year to finish the much-anticipated album. The upcoming album will be their first release since 2010’s This Is Happening. LCD Soundystem disbanded in 2011 but reunited last year and signed a major record label with Columbia records ahead of their reunion album.

Snow Patrol hint at possible new album plans. The band haven’t released any material since 2011’s LP Fallen Empire. Their long-awaited follow-up is expected by the end of the year. On March 27, the band confirmed on Twitter that their seventh album is likely to drop later this year with the hashtag #SP7

Ikutaro Kakehashi, the founder of Roland and creator of the TR-808 drum machine, has died at the age of 87. The electronic instrument pioneer created many popular drum machines. The Japanese engineer invented a series of drum machines and synths that have been used by some of music’s biggest names since the 70s, including Prince, Kanye West, New Order and Dr Dre. The TR-808 model was used on Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ and ‘I wanna Dance With Somebody’ by Whitney Houston.

Slowdive announce a self-titled album, their first in 22 years, will be released on May 5 through Dead Ocean record label. The reunited band also share new song ‘Sugar For the Pill’.  Slowdive have released three albums since forming, Just for a Day (1991), Souvlaki (1993) and Pygmalion (1995).

Fleet Foxes announce first U.S show in 6 years. The Seattle bases folk-pop bound will perform a series of intimate Showbox gigs in support of their new album Crack-Up. The will play a handful of gigs in venues across the Pacific Northwest starting in May. Fleet Foxes will be supporting their third upcoming album set for release in June 2016 with Nonesuch Records. The band’s last release was the Grammy-nominated Helplessness Blues

The Eavis family have confirmed they will host the Glastonbury Festival for the next 17 years at least. Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury founder and farm owner, Michael Eavis said a deal has been confirmed. The festival at Worthy farm in Somerset recently had its future under speculation, until Emily silenced rumours on BBC Radio 6 on March 31.

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