On July 4, famed British rock band Radiohead is dropping the first in a series of vinyl remixes of its eighth album, The King of Limbs. Also coming soon, indie music fans head to Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, with Fleet Foxes and TV on the Radio taking the stage.
5th iTunes Festival
The famously free iTunes Festival, now in its fifth year and sponsored by Apple, will hold court at The Roundhouse in central London for 31 consecutive nights in July, hosting 62 acts. Top acts scheduled to play include Adele (July 7), Paul Simon (July 1), Linkin Park (July 4), Duran Duran (July 16), Foo Fighters (July 11), Bruno Mars (July 8), Moby (July 31), White Lies (July 13), and Rumer (July 18). Tickets for the 2011 iTunes Festival will be given away for free, and you can apply to win tickets on the festival's website. The iTunes Festival app will offer live streaming video of the festival, as well as on-demand versions of the performances that are available for a limited time.
Soundgarden reunion tour
Grunge rockers Soundgarden are launching a reunion tour in Toronto on July 2. The North American tour hits 16 other cities, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, before wrapping up on July 30 in the band's home state of Washington. Openers include The Mars Volta, Meat Puppets, and Queens of the Stone Age. Soundgarden has sold over 9 million records in the United States and some 21 million worldwide.
Radiohead's 'The King of Limbs' remix vinyls
British rock group Radiohead is following up its eighth album,
The King of Limbs, with a series of limited-edition 12-inch vinyl records featuring remixes from the LP. The first record, available from XL/Ticker Tape in the UK and tbd Records in North America, in the series is due out on July 4 and will feature Canadian musician Caribou's remix of "Little Boy Blue" and a version of the album's lead single "Lotus Flower" by Canadian R&B and electronic producer Jacques Green. Both vinyl and digital formats will be available for purchase on the band's website. The second remix, due out July 14, will feature "Morning Mr. Magpie" by English electronic artist Nathan Fake and two remixes of "Bloom" by Australian electro producer Mark Pritchard.
The King of Limbs has reached the top ten in album charts in 21 countries, including number three in the US and seventh in the UK.
Watch a portion of Radiohead's performance on BBC 'From the Basement' in June: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFTLxkMmY4M
6th Pitchfork Music Festival
Chicago, Illinois, US
Fleet Foxes, Animal Collective, and TV on the Radio are taking the main stage at this year's three-day Pitchfork Music Festival. The festival is a leading annual event for indie music lovers, now entering its sixth year, and is set to take place in Chicago's Union Park. Other acts in the lineup include James Blake, Toro y Moi, Guided by Voices, Das Racist, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, Destroyer, and Yuck, among many others. Single-day tickets cost $45 (€32) and are available at Ticketweb.com. Pitchfork began its festival webcast four years ago, alongside several other festivals who now do their own live streams. While details have yet to be announced regarding the webcast, stay tuned to the website.
For tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/
Naeba Ski Resort, Japan
One of the longest-running music festivals in Japan opens over the last weekend in July as the Fuji Rock Festival returns to its old stomping ground at the Naeba Ski Resort, with 100,000 music-lovers expected this year. Headlining before 40,000 fans on the Green Stage will be performers such as Arctic Monkeys, Asian Dub Foundation, Big Audio Dynamite, The Chemical Brothers and Coldplay. Feeder and Fountains of Wayne are also on the schedule, along with Incubus, Wilco, The Kills, Mogwai, Tangerine Dream and The Sisters of Mercy. Tickets priced at 39,800 JPY (around €341) for a three-day ticket.
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11th Splendour in the Grass
Byron Bay, Australia
Australia's innovatively green Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay unfurls its flag July 29-31, featuring Kanye West, Coldplay and 79 other acts on three stages. As in 2009 and 2010, tickets for the event sold out in just a few hours, but resale tickets are available. Tickets range from AUD$401.50 to AUD$525.60 (around €290 to €380). The Splendour festival combines a relatively small capacity (only 15,000 tickets every year, in comparison to the notorious Big Day Out with upwards of 50,000) with a collection of headline acts that come for the festival and stay for the weekend. Other acts included in the lineup are Jane's Addiction, The Hives, The Kills, Cut Copy, James Blake, Thievery Corporation, and DJ Shadow. Tickets are available through Moshtix: http://www.moshtix.com.au. To learn more about the lineup and event details: http://splendourinthegrass.com.
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Grant Park, Chicago, US
Eminem, Muse, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters are expected to take the stage this year's Lollapalooza, August 5-7, in Chicago. Now in its 20th year, this year the festival will be two days and not three, and for the first time this year the event expanded internationally with a festival in Santiago, Chile, this past spring. Other acts set to perform include My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo Green, Deadmau5, Ween, The Kills, White Lies, among many others. Only single day passes are still available at $90.