Music agenda: UK's Glastonbury Festival welcomes the masses

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Coming up, Britain's Glastonbury Festival opens the gates to the world's largest greenfield music and performing arts jamboree, which U2, Coldplay, and Beyoncé will headline.

41st Glastonbury Festival
June 24-26
Pilton, England

The Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest and best-loved music festivals in the world, known for its all-star lineups and varied arts offerings. U2 will headline the 2011 event, other top acts include Coldplay and Beyoncé. Fleet Foxes, along with Friendly Fires, Elbow, Cee Lo Green, Big Boi, Kool & the Gang Muse, and several hundred additional performers. Tickets for the 2011 festival are sold out.

For a taste of the scene at Glastonbury, check out this short film:

Beyoncé: 4

June 27/28

American recording artist Beyoncé is set to release her upcoming album 4 on June 27 in the UK, June 28 in the US. Beyoncé is said to have been inspired by Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti on the new album, and was inspired by the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie, as well as Adele, Florence and the Machine, and Prince. Beyonce has won 13 Grammy Awards as a solo artist and three as a member of her former girl group Destiny's Child. She has sold a reported 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Her last album, 2008's I Am...Sasha Fierce, sold seven million copies worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards, and peaked at number one on album charts in six countries, including the UK and the US.


41st Roskilde Festival

June 30 - July 3
Roskilde, Denmark

Among the largest European music festivals, Roskilde attracts more than 80,000 concertgoers and more than 180 performing bands. Top acts for 2011 are Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon, Mastodon, TV on the Radio, M.I.A., PJ Harvey, and The Strokes. The 2011 festival will take place from June 30 to July 3, with the campground opening for warm-up events that run from June 26 until the start of the festival. Tickets are currently on sale. A €232 ticket includes camping and access to events for the entire week. One-day tickets are available for €117.


37th Rock Werchter Festival

June 30 - July 3
Werchter, Belgium

Rock Werchter is another of Europe's biggest festivals, this one attracting more than 110,000 visitors a year (of which 80,000 stay for all three days). 2011 top acts include Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, PJ Harvey, Portishead, and others. The 2011 festival will take place from June 30 to July 3, with the campground opening for warm-up events that run from June 26 until the start of the festival. A four-day festival ticket is priced at €195. One-day tickets are available for €76.
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5th iTunes Festival
July 1-31

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.

Soundgarden reunion tour

July 2-30
North America

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.
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Radiohead’s 'The King of Limbs' remix vinyls
July 4

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. Details on other remixes in the series have yet to be announced but are expected to drop later this year. 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.
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6th Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15-17
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 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.
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