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News Round-up February 27th 2017

Jay-Z and Pink have been confirmed to headline V Festival 2017. The festival in August today released its first batch of names for the lineup. The first wave of acts also sees likes of; Rudimental, Stormzy, Craig David, Madness and Ellie Goulding, and more all announced alongside the two headliners. The festival will take place at Hylands Park and Weston Park from August 19. Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 3) at 9 am. Many more acts are still to be confirmed but this marks the return to UK gigs for Jay-Z since his album, Magna Carta Holy Grail was released in 2013. He has since been working on developing and expanding streaming service Tidal.

Daft Punk are bookies favourite to headline Coachella 2017. They are set to be replacing Beyoncé after she pulled out of her headline slot citing pregnancy reasons. Daft Punk haven’t toured since 2007 and this will mark the 10-year anniversary since their last world tour which also saw a release of their last album Alive 2007. There only prior World tour was also 10 years previously after their other album release, Alive 1997. Coachella would see a pattern continue in 10 anniversaries of live tours and a possible new album and see them complete the trilogy.

Frank ocean launches Beats 1 radio show ‘Blonded’.  Frank Ocean launched his surprise new show with Apple music’s Beats 1 radio. Since the announcement of the launch, Jay-Z has featured for an interview and music by Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder have all been chosen to be amongst the playlist.

La La Land’s ‘City Of Stars’ won the Oscar for Best Original Song. The 89th academy awards was held in Hollywood on February 26. The 2017 Oscars saw ‘City Of Stars’ beat Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel, and Sting for the award. The song was written by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul.

Soundgarden have announced a spring tour to coincide with their festival appearances later this year. The grunge band will begin a month-long stretch of festival appearances in North America in early May. Chris Cornell and co will go from individual concert gigs to festival sets at the likes of Rock on the Range until the tour concludes with a gig at the Rocklahoma fest on May 27.

Erasure announce their 17th studio album, World Be Gone, to be released on March 19. The pair celebrated 30 years of music together recently in 2015 and they have announced the release of their latest album since The Violent Flame 2014. The 80s synth pop duo have again hit the studio for an album which will see a reflective mood of the world’s recent political climate.

Insane Clown Posse announce their first UK tour in 17 years. The controversial shock-rap duo will reunite in November 2017 for a five-date tour. The upcoming venues include tours in Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, and London. The cult army of followers called ‘the Juggalos’ were classified as a criminal gang by the FBI in 2011.

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