This year’s Q Awards shortlist has been announced, with Arctic Monkeys leading the way having been nominated in four categories. Mercury-nominated acts Kasabian and Florence & The Machine are close behind with three nominations each.
Florence will be hoping her brilliant debut ‘Lungs‘ has better luck in the Best Album category than it did at the recent Mercury Music Prize, but she faces stiff competition from the likes of Kasabian and The Prodigy. Despite recieving a lukewarm response since it’s release, U2’s ‘No Line On The Horizon‘ also lands a Best Album nomination.
Pop act Take That’s recent successful Wembley shows earn them a nomination for Best Live Act and new female artists dominate the Breakthrough category with Pixie Lott, La Roux, Florence & The Machine and Lady Gaga joining London-based band Mr Hudson in the nominations.
After years of speculation, the most important American band of the Nineties is returning to the stage with the lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010. Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.
Details for next year’s Glastonbury festival have been released today, and reveal a £10 increase on prices from last year.
The tickets will be on sale from 9am on Sunday, October 4th. The new price will be £185, with a £5 booking fee and £4.95 postage charge on top. As in keeping with the past few years, a registration scheme will be implemented in an attempt to discourage ticket touts. Fans will have to register before 9am, Friday October 2nd, although those who registered last year will not have to re-register.
Speaking on the price rise this year, organiser Michael Eavis said: “(The price has risen) a little bit, I’m afraid. I do try and hold it down, but the girls doing the budgeting are so thorough and so clever, and they said: ‘Look, the minimum rise we can get away with is 10 quid more’. It is a shame, because I really wanted to hold the price.”
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