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Fes Festival 2015

I just had to let you know about a remarkable music festival coming up in May and a fantastic way to travel there.
The Festival of World Sacred Music runs 22-28 May in the beautiful north African city of Fes, Morocco. It really does sound an amazing …

CMJ discounts & TGE line-up announced

CMJ hits New York in October and there are some great discounts available through until Monday.
Right now you can get 30% off badges for CMJ Music Marathon 2014. And the discounts are even deeper for school-going types, with student badges at over 50% off and group …

Ticket scam warning

It’s a universal problem, but with the announcement of the East Coast Live and McBusted concerts coming to Ipswich,  music fans are being warned by Suffolk Trading Standards not to fall victim to fake ticketing sites for summer concerts and festivals.
Later this year, Ipswich Chantry …

Jitterbug Vipers on NPR

The wonderful Jitterbug Vipers today got a great boost in their quest for world domination in the form of an hour-long feature on NPR which is going out across the USA. The studio session and interview were recorded a few months ago in New York.
They were …

Google’s history of music – big data fun

Google music timeline

So here you have it. The history of popular music complete precise and probably flawed. It gives a pretty convincing overall picture, clearly showing the massive revolution of the 1960s in which jazz almost died as Pop and Rock burst onto the scene.
But where is …

The Joy of Music

Every now and again I get a track, an album or a video come in that brings a smile to my face. It really doesn’t matter what the genre is, whether its a cover tune or sometimes, whether it’s even in tune!
Here’s one that I …

How people discover music today

EMI, which was recently sold to Universal, is conducting some serious market research into how, when and why people purchase music.
Contrary to a lot of expectations their research with 16,000 people in the USA aged over 25 shows that despite all the digital discovery options …

iTunes11: Is Apple just setting the stage?

iTunes 11

iTunes 11 was released yesterday and I rather suspect that it may be more significant for what’s not yet visible than for the new look it has taken on in the latest version.
The visible changes with 11 initially had me panicking about familiar workflows in …

Canadians love their music

A vast majority of Canadians – 85 percent – say that music plays an important part in their lives, and a full 90 percent agree that it is the musician who should receive most of the proceeds from an original song, according to a new …

The music sharing habits of Twitter users

Lauren Dugan at All Twitter reported on research carried out by social music service Serendip into the music tweeting habits of 2 million Twitter users by examining 114 million tweets sent over a six month period to June 2012.
To be totally clear, this is not …

Stitcher Radio adds off-line listening

You’ve been able to listen to Suffolk ‘n’ Cool on Stitcher Radio for quite a while. It is a streaming service that has previously required wi-fi or data connection. Now they’ve added “podcatching” capability for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, etc.) so that you …

Music’s rich list

How predictable and dispiriting is the list of top earning musicians released this week by Forbes.

“Sex and drugs and rock n roll” better than “Botox, tits and auto-tune”

Dave Stewart (Eurythmics, etc.) was watching the American Music Awards TV show on Sunday.
OK, so how do I know? Well a bit of a give-away is that he was tweeting to his @DaveStewart Twitter account at the time. It has been suggested that he was …

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