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  1. Hastings in Q2: Music Sales Down 12%, Most Everything Else Up

    August 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Different retailer, same story. Brick-and-mortar retailer Hastings Entertainment reported a second-quarter loss of $3.4 million on revenue of $104.1 million for the quarter ended July 31. The loss was a slight improvement from a $4.1 million loss ...

  2. Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston dies at 64

    January 06, 2012 1:41 PM EST LONDON (AP) -- Bob Weston, a British guitarist who played with Fleetwood Mac, has died aged 64. Police say Weston's body was found in his north London home on Tuesday after neighbors raised the alarm. Police said Friday that his death was not ...

  3. AMG Continues U.K. Expansion

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. venue operator Academy Music Group (AMG) will open its 14th venue, the O2 Academy Leicester Sept 23. U.K. urban star Professor Green will officially launch the 1,450-capacity venue, which is housed within the University of Leicester Students& ...

  4. Stevie Wonder Dedicates Glastonbury Set To Jackson

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motown legend Stevie Wonder closed the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday (June 27) with a set that spanned his long and successful career, delighting a huge crowd of some 100,000 cheering revelers. The 60-year-old dedicated his performance to M ...

  5. Thom Yorke To Play Big Chill Fest

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has been announced as one of the main acts for this year's Big Chill Festival , joining MIA and Massive Attack on the Deer Park Stage this summer. Other previously announced acts for the 40,000-capacity festival ...

  6. U.K. Glade Fest Nixed

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Glade Festival has become the first victim of the U.K. summer festivals, with organizers blaming its cancellation on the increased requirements for policing, security and stewarding. The 15,000-capacity event was scheduled to feature Orbital, ...

  7. BBC Worldwide Snags Glastonbury Fest

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide Music, part of the commercial arm of the publicly funded U.K. broadcaster, will be the exclusive television and radio distributor for this year's Glastonbury Festival. While the BBC has broadcast the festival in the U.K. since 1 ...

  8. Tesco Snags U.K. Simply Red Exclusive

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Retail album exclusives have arrived in the U.K.: mass merchant Tesco will release a Simply Red set this month only in Tesco stores and via its Web site. "Songs of Love," released Feb. 28 for Mother's Day in the U.K., features a col ...

  9. Glastonbury Fest Gets License To 2016

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The organizers of the U.K. Glastonbury Festival have secured a license from the local council to stage the event until 2016. Mendip District Council said the team behind Glastonbury, including founder Michael Eavis who established the event in 197 ...

  10. HMV Retains Temporary Stores

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has confirmed that six of its temporary stores are to remain open. Last week's interim management statement said that the temporary stores delivered an "excellent performance" in the Christmas trading ...

  11. Hut Group Reports Xmas Trading Boost

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. e-commerce provider the Hut Group has reported a 188% increase in orders processed in the six-week Christmas trading period compared to the same period in the previous year. The Cheshire-based company says sales revenue across the group exper ...

  12. Keane Unveils U.K. Forest Tour, New EP

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. melodic rock act Keane has announced a series of outdoor live shows to take place next summer as part of the Forestry Commission Live Music (FCLM) series, following the global release of a new 8-track EP entitled "The Night Train" o ...

  13. Speculation Over Borders U.K. Continues

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Publishers are waiting for news on Borders U.K., as negotiations continue over a possible sale of the troubled chain. A number of distributors have the retailer on stop, with the Random House-owned companies -- the Book Service and Grantham Book S ...

  14. U2 To Headline Glastonbury

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 has been confirmed as a headline act for the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival in 2010. The Irish band will make their first appearance at the festival in Somerset next year, which also marks 40 years since the first Glastonbury Festival. U2 hea ...

  15. Festival Republic Takes Control Of Big Chill Fest

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. festival and event promoter Festival Republic has taken majority ownership of the Big Chill Festival. The festival, which marked its 15th year this summer, is staged at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. It takes place next year on Aug. 5-8. The ...

  16. Reading Fest Increases Capacity, Sound Levels

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reading Borough Council has allowed the Reading Festival to increase its capacity each year until 2011, starting with an extra 3,500 for the 2009 event. This brings the total capacity to 84,000. A further 3,500 will be available in 2010 and anothe ...

  17. Ladyhawke Among New U.K. V Fest Acts

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand-born pop singer Ladyhawke joins Lightning Seeds and Danish act Alphabeat as the latest additions to the U.K.'s 2009 V Festival. Held simultaneously in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire over the weekend of Aug ...

  18. Borders Launches Clearance Sale In Five Closing Stores

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Borders has launched a closing down clearance sale in five of its U.K. and Irish stores, including its flagship Oxford Street branch in London. Borders announced yesterday that leases for five stores, Blanchardstown in Dublin, Llantrisant, London ...

  19. Doherty Added To U.K. V Fest Line-Up

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peter Doherty heads a raft of newly announced acts to appear on the Virgin Media Union stage at this year's U.K. V Festival, which takes place simultaneously in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire on Aug. 22 to 23. British ...

  20. Glastonbury Gets 1.9 Million Ratings Peak

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Blur's headline set at Glastonbury got 1.9 million viewers for the BBC's live coverage of the final night of the festival. Blur, who reformed for summer dates, wrapped the 170,000-capacity event on the Pyramid Stage in Some ...

  21. Beach Break Live Fest Moves To Kent

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. summer festival Beach Break Live has been moved to the new site of Port Lympne Safari Park in Kent after permission to use the original site in Cornwall was rejected. The event is targeted at university students. According to organizers, a pa ...

  22. Eden Sessions Adds Florence

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative acts Florence and the Machine and the Maccabees have been unveiled as support acts for the 2009 Eden Sessions, held in Cornwall in the U.K. this summer. Winner of the 2009 critics choice award at the BRITs, Florence and the Machine wil ...

  23. John Farnham Confirms Comeback Tour

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jack is back. Veteran Australian entertainer John Farnham - whose 1986 release "Whispering Jack" is regarded as the best-selling domestic album in this country's history - is hitting the road for another tour. The iconic singer, who ...

  24. Tourism Boost For U.K. Festivals

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will be part of a £1.8 million ($2.65 million) marketing initiative organized by tourism promotion agency VisitBritain. The European Value Campaign, aimed at the 25-35 age group, will roll out across ...

  25. Animal Conservation Fest Pulled

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Red List LIVE, a new U.K. festival dedicated to raising money for endangered species, has been postponed until 2010 as a result of the challenging economic climate. The festival was due to be staged at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent from Jun ...

  26. Camp Bestival Launches Installment Plan

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. festival Camp Bestival has introduced an installment ticket scheme similar to Coachella's layaway plan in response to the recession. Alt-rock singer P.J. Harvey will headline the second annual Camp Bestival, held July 24 to 26 at Lulwort ...

  27. Glastonbury Deposit Scheme Back For 2010

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis says his new deposit scheme will "definitely" return in the fall for the 40th anniversary next year of the first ever Glastonbury festival. Last year the festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset str ...

  28. Heavenly Planet Fest Canceled

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s inaugural Heavenly Planet Festival, scheduled for July 10 and 11 in Reading, has been canceled because of the impact of the recession. Reading Borough Council and promoter Festival Republic announced today (March 17) that the world ...

  29. Oasis, Killers Headline V Fest

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Oasis and the Killers will headline the U.K. V Festival this summer. The event, sponsored by Virgin Media, is held in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire on August 22-23. Other acts on the bill include Razorlight, Snow Patrol, ...

  30. WOMAD Announces 2009 Dates

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leading world-music festival WOMAD has revealed July 24 to 26 as the dates for its 2009 instalment. The event, now in its 27th year, will remain at Charlton Park in Wiltshire, England. Tickets are on sale now, including the new 'teenager tick ...

  31. Zutons To Play Biggest U.K. Show

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Zutons have confirmed a 22-date winter tour culminating in their biggest ever headline show. The U.K. rock act will play the final date in their home city with a show at the 10,000-capacity Liverpool Echo Arena on Dec. 19. The tour, which was ...

  32. Glastonbury Shines On, Retailers Say

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival may have closed its gates on another edition, but the goodwill from this year's June 27-29 event continues to flow at the tills. Jay-Z's firework on the main Pyramid Stage has translated into a huge sales rises at re ...

  33. Animated Hucknall Leads Virgin Media Campaign

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Simply Red's Mick Hucknall's familiar features have been digitally reworked for a new animated ad campaign supporting Virgin Media's TV and video on-demand service in Britain. The lighthearted clip , written by Chris Hopkins and Pip ...

  34. HMV To Sell Glastonbury Tickets

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT HMV is to, temporarily, add Glastonbury Festival tickets to its inventory. The market-leading British music and entertainment retailer will sell the remaining tickets over the counter for the 2008 festival. Seven of HMV's major branches aroun ...

  35. Eavis Keen For 10 More Years At Glastonbury Helm

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eavis says he has the energy for another decade as maestro of Glastonbury Festival. Speaking to Billboard, the man behind Britain's most famous music event says he has no immediate plans to relinquish responsibilities for Glastonbury ...

  36. Glastonbury's $144 Million Effect

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It might not have the same box office potency as in years past, but the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival is still a serious money-spinner, according to the findings of a new report. The three-day live music carnival last year generated more than £ ...

  37. No Stampede For Glastonbury 2008 Tickets

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticket sales for this year's Glastonbury Festival have proved as sluggish as the ubiquitous mud which has plagued the Somerset, south west England site in recent editions. Organizers this morning (April 7) were still offering a "limited ...

  38. Franz Ferdinand, Sigor Ros, Interpol Lead Latitude

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Franz Ferdinand, Sigor Ros and Interpol are among the major names booked to play at the leftfield U.K. festival Latitude. Others acts confirmed on the bill are Death Cab For Cutie, Elbow, the Breeders, Amadou and Mariam, and M.I.A. The third annua ...

  39. Songwriter Harry Dies At 54

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British hit songwriter Warren Harry (aka Warren Bacall) died March 9, in his sleep at home, at the age of 54. His passing was totally unexpected, although his health had been poor for years. A post mortem said he died of a pulmonary embolism -- a ...

  40. Muse To Headline U.K.'s V Fest

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Muse will give their sole European festival performance this summer at Britain's V Festival, organizers said today. The alternative rock trio is the first act confirmed to the line-up for this year's Virgin Mobile-sponsored fest, which w ...

  41. ID Scheme Back For Glastonbury

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed that a photo-ID registration system will again be in place for this summer's event on Jun. 27-29. The system was introduced last year in order to combat ticket touts (scalpers). Regis ...

  42. Sullivan, Cockerham Form RightsFlow

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Patrick Sullivan and Ben Cockerham, formerly with the Orchard, have formed RightsFlow Entertainment Group. The consulting group, based in New York, intends to assist companies with strategic planning and advise them in connection with licensing ri ...

  43. Festival Republic To Build U.S. Fest

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Festival Republic, the renamed live music specialist born from the U.K.'s Mean Fiddler Music Group, is planning to branch out into the United States. Billboard.biz has learned that the £6 million ($12 million) sum MAMA Group agreed to pay for ...

  44. Ingenious, Rival Organisation Team For U.K. Concerts

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Venture capital firm Ingenious is to invest in and co-promote a series of U.K. open-air concerts at stately British estates from 2008 through an agreement with The Rival Organisation. The deal is Ingenious Live Venture Capitalist Trusts' thir ...

  45. Legal Anti-Piracy Boost For U.K. Biz

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry is welcoming a landmark court verdict which could prove vital as it steps up its fight against copyright crime. Wendy Fair Markets Ltd directors Nicholas Hobday and Sally Ward, together with the company itself, were found g ...

  46. Council Praises Glastonbury 2007

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mendip District Council, the local authority that licenses the Glastonbury Festival, says it is happy with the management of this year's event. The three-day open-air festival (June 22-24), Europe's biggest, attracted a record 177,500 sp ...

  47. WOMAD Adds Box Set And 37 Acts

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s World Of Music And Dance (WOMAD) festival has added a further 37 acts to its 2007 line-up and plans to release a lavish three-CD box set to celebrate its 25th birthday on July 23. WOMAD founding director and former Genesis vocalist ...

  48. Award Scheme Acknowledges 'Green' Fests

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Greener Festival, the U.K. initiative set up to make live music festivals safer and cleaner, has launched a voluntary award scheme to highlight the most environmentally-friendly events. According to organizers, the first festivals to sign up to ...

  49. Glastonbury Line-Up Confirmed

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Glastonbury Festival June 22-24 line-up was finally made public today , featuring a typically eclectic mix of familiar names, and obscure acts from well-left of center. As previously tipped in Billboard.biz, the respective nightly headliners o ...

  50. V Festival Adds Five Stars

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian garage rockers Jet, American singer/songwriter Willy Mason and actor Juliette Lewis' act Juliette and the Licks have been added to the line up for the 12th annual V festival. British urban artists Lemar and Just Jack are also among ...

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