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CMU Planner – w/c 2 Sep 2013

By | Published on Monday 2 September 2013

Elton John

Is the summer over, or is it not? Well, the sun’s still shining in London this morning, which is good news, because the festival season’s definitely not over yet, with Bestival fast approaching this weekend. And as the music industry returns from its holiday season, so to do the awards ceremonies. This week Elton John will be handed the new BRITs Icon Award and AIM’s Independent Music Awards are due to take place.

Final Competition Commission ruling on AEG/Wembley Arena. The Competition Commission provisionally approved AEG’s management of Wembley Arena last month, and is expected to issue its final ruling by this Thursday. Some of AEG’s competitors said the live music major shouldn’t be allowed to take on the management of the Wembley Arena as well as operating the O2 Arena in Greenwich, though the Commission isn’t likely to agree.

BRITs Icon Award. Because there can never, ever be enough awards in the music industry, the new BRITs Icon Award is launching this week. It’ll be handed over to Elton John at a ceremony this very evening. He’ll then play a few songs from his new album, ‘The Diving Board’, which (entirely coincidentally) is out this month.

AIM Awards. As I was saying, there aren’t enough awards knocking about the place these days. So, it’s quite something that there’s going to be another ceremony this week. Though this one doesn’t seem to be mainly about selling an old-time pop star’s new record. AIM’s Independent Music Awards will take place again on Tuesday night, with trophies handed out to the very finest people in the independent music world.

BPI AGM. No awards here, though reps from the Featured Artists Coalition and Spotify will give speeches, which you can pretend are award acceptances, if you like. It all takes place on Wednesday.

Bestival. Well, with your diary for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday covered by the above get togethers, on Thursday it’ll be time to head over to the Isle Of Wight for Bestival. Not sure if there’ll be any awards or speeches there, but the festival will have a nautical theme. And that’s a bit like a prize, isn’t it?

Clash pop-up shop. For those of you not heading to Bestival, but who are within easy reach of central London, you could head over to The Clash’s pop-up shop on Carnaby Street. It opens on Saturday, and will remain for two weeks before disappearing into the night like a lost badger.

New releases. Hey you, why not album yourself silly this week with new releases from Nine Inch Nails, Rizzle Kicks, Volcano Choir, Babyshambles, King Khan, Chelsea Wolfe, Jonathan Rado, Neko Case, Twenty One Pilots and Jackson And His Computer Band?

Gigs and tours. If you have any time in between awards, AGMs, festivals and listening to all of those albums listed above, you could also go and see Björk, Selena Gomez, Paramore, Leonard Cohen, Jimmy Eat World, The Dream, John Parish, Babyshambles, Foxes, Superfood and Manuel Göttsching live. Phew, tiring week.

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