More than three years after scoring an international hit with "That's Not My Name," U.K. alt.pop duo The Ting Tings are to preview their long-awaited sophomore set "Sounds From Nowheresville" at the inaugural Midem Festival, held in Cannes, France, January 28-30.
The British group, who number Katie White and Jules de Martino, is joined by Belgium dance act 2 Many DJs, 21-year-old Belgian singer Selah Sue and French rock act Shaka Ponk on the bill for the first Midem Festival, which will take place in a specially-constructed 3,500-capacity venue set up on Cannes' Palm Beach Croisette esplanade and runs alongside the main Midem conference.
Paris-based concert promoter Alias will produce the festival, which will be open to the ticket buying public and will also feature performances from controversial French rapper OrelSan and French retro folk duo Brigitte (Sylvie Hoarau and Aurélie Maggiori), whose 2011debut album "Et vous, tu m'aimes?" achieved platinum sales in France.
The Ting Tings headline festival performance follows a recent run of U.K. shows, which marked the band's first domestic tour in two years and saw them debut a number of tracks from "Sounds From Nowheresville." The Columbia-signed band's debut record "We Started Nothing" has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, according to its label.
The Manchester-based group was also nominated for best new artist at the 2010 Grammy Awards, while the singles "That's Not My Name" and "Shut Up And Let Me Go" hit No. 39 and No. 55 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. "That's Not My Name" was a U.K. No. 1 single with "We Started Nothing" also reaching the top spot on the U.K. album charts in May 2008.
In 2010, the band relocated to Berlin's arty quarter of Friedrichshain to record the self-produced follow-up to "We Started Nothing." Only one single - the Calvin Harris-mixed "Hands" was released from those sessions, however, with the song peaking at No. 29 on the U.K. charts. The band subsequently scrapped an album's worth of material before returning to the studio to make "Sounds From Nowheresville." The album is slated for a February 2012 release with the band recently debuting the video for new song "Hang It Up" on its official website.