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CMU’s One Liners: Deaf Havana, The Ticket Factory, Vice, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 30 March 2016

Deaf Havana

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Deaf Havana have signed with SO Recordings for their fourth studio album because, says management Riverman, the label have been “unequivocal in their belief in the band since the first time we met”. I also believe in the existence of Deaf Havana.

• Ticketing firm The Ticket Factory has announced a partnership with Twickets, the anti-tout secondary ticketing service that enables the resale of tickets at face value. When shows are sold out, The Ticket Factory will link users through to Twickets, rather than a tout-happy secondary site (which is what certain other primary sellers link through to).

• Vice Media has acquired a majority stake in London-based Pulse Films, a film company with a particular reputation for creating music-based content. The two firms have had an alliance since 2013.

• As expected, Dermot ‘I’ll never go back’ O’Leary will return as host of ‘The X Factor’ later this year. Having only been away for one season, the presenter says he’s “excited” to be returning. More excited about his incoming bank statements though, I’m sure.

• Frank Ocean’s second album is “maybe a month” away, if you believe producer Malay. Though before you get too excited, he was being rather vague in an interview with Pitchfork, saying of his collaborator’s new LP: “When he’s ready, the world is gonna get it. It could be tomorrow… well not tomorrow but maybe a month”.

• Clare Maguire will release her new album ‘Stranger Things Have Happened’ on 27 May. This is its first single, ‘Elizabeth Taylor’.

• White Lung have released another track from their upcoming new album ‘Paradise’. This is ‘Kiss Me When I Bleed’. They’ll also be touring the UK in May, including a show at the Victoria in Dalston on 26 May.

• Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards will release their new album ‘Memory’ on 6 May. Here’s new single ‘Undo’.

• Søren Juul will release his new album ‘This Moment’ through 4AD on 17 Jun. Here’s first single ‘Dear Child’. He’ll also be playing Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston on 18 May.

• The excellent So Below has just released her debut EP, which she pre-empted with new single ‘Far’.

• Amon Tobin will be DJing at Electric Brixton on 2 Jun. Tickets available now.

• The Great Escape has added over one hundred more bands to its 2016 line-up, which would be silly if it wasn’t so exciting. TGE Spotlight Shows by Oh Wonder and Songhoy Blues have now sold out, but a final few tickets remain for the big Stormzy gig. Talking of exciting, wait till you see the final line-ups for the CMU Insights conference bit of TGE. Coming soon!

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