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CMU’s One Liners: Wireless Festival, Warner Music, Mercury Prize, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 25 May 2016

Wireless Festival

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• The High Court last week agreed to hear the arguments of the Friends Of Finsbury Park group who, as previously reported, are seeking to stop Live Nation’s Wireless festival from taking place in the North London park this summer. Judges will review Haringey Council’s decision to allow the festival to go ahead.

• Warner Music UK has just launched The Firepit, which, in case you wondered, is “a creative content division, innovation centre and state of the art recording studio supporting Warner Music’s artists, labels and partners”. It will also “incubate emerging technologies”. And why not, I say. Those emerging technologies could do with some incubating.

• The Orchard has confirmed that Lucy Blair, formerly with Motive Unknown, is the distribution firm’s new Director of International Sales & Marketing, while Nikoo Sadr, formerly with Music Ally, joins as Manager of Interactive Marketing. “Innovate”, said Orchard COO Colleen Theis.

• Universal Music’s recently revamped Verve Label Group in the US has hired former radio man Graham Parker to be president of the classical labels now sitting under the Verve banner. He will report into both newly appointed Verve boss Danny Bennett and the mega-major’s CEO of Global Classics Dickon Stainer.

• Jpnsgrls will release their new album ‘Divorce’ on 22 Jul. Check out the brilliant brand new one-shot music video for ‘Oh My God’ here.

• Alicia Keys will play Village Underground in London on Thursday. Like, tomorrow night. “Oh, but that will be sold out now”, you’re thinking. No, tickets also go on sale tomorrow. Be here at 9am.

• Allie X has announced her second ever London show. It will take place at Oslo in Hackney on 13 Jul.

• Label people! The deadline to enter this year’s Mercury Prize is this Friday at 6pm. Albums released by a British or Irish artist between 26 Sep 2015 and 29 Jul 2016 are eligible. Sign up to receive further details of how to enter here.

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