Iron Maiden say NO to Glastonbury

Iron Maiden say NO to Glastonbury

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Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, music, heavy metal, metallica, glastonbury, festival, band, sonisphereSNUB: Bruce Dickinson has no interest in Glastonbury [REX]

Instead the Run To The Hills legends top the bill at this summer’s biggest metal and hard rock extravaganza – Sonisphere – alongside Metallica and The Prodigy.

Straight-talking frontman Bruce Dickinson told me: “Personally I have no interest in going to Glastonbury.

“In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting.

“Now it’s the most bourgeois thing on the planet. Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me.”

The band isn’t impressed by the perceived favouritism and exposure certain mainstream festivals get over others.

“The fact that the BBC sends thousands to film it, whereas they can’t be a***d to turn up to Sonisphere or Download with a camper van and a hand-held says it all to me,” said Bruce.

“We’ll leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth and drink lot of beer and have fun.”

Iron MaidenAdrian Smith, Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Nicko Mcbrain and Janick Gers of Iron Maiden [GETTY]
Iron Maiden‘Iron Maiden’ perform on the ‘Main stage’ of the 16th Sziget Festival [GETTY]

“”It’s the last show of our Maiden England tour so it will be a great big party.””

Bruce Dickinson

Fun is guaranteed with pilot Bruce planning a special air display before Maiden’s set.

“I had a crazy idea,” the 55-year-old grinned devilishly.

“The last time we did a festival here a Spitfire came out low over the crowd unannounced doing low passes, and the whole place was gobsmacked.

“This year I got involved with the Great War flying display group because I’m the proud owner of a Fokker triplane, which means I get to fly as one of the baddies as it were.

“I just thought why don’t we have a flying display at Sonisphere because it’s the anniversary of the Great War and because we got previous on this.

“We did a song called Paschendale about the slaughter in the trenches. I thought it could be an extraordinary moment, the air full of vintage 1917 aircraft.

“I’ll be dogfighting for 15 minutes. There’s not many events where you can point to the air and say that’s the singer.”

Maiden fans will be able to consume the band’s work on a whole new level too as their very own beer Trooper is the official Sonisphere ale.

“There will be a Trooper field party,” Bruce promised.

“We have a quarter of a million pints to get people through for the show.”

The band’s own beer has been a runaway success and inspired countless other acts from Elbow to Madness to get in on the brewing business.

With infectious enthusiasm Bruce reflected: “We sold five million in the first year. It’s going on for the most successful launch of a British beer ever.

“Of those five million, two and half have been export, so we are doing our bit for the econ­omy. It started out with somebody wanting us to do a red wine.

“I said: ‘Don’t be daft. Iron Maiden red wine? You must be joking.’ It’s nice to drink but we’re an English band so we should be doing English beer.

“So because we don’t do things by halves, we made sure we designed our own, tasted it and came up with something unique. It was enjoyable, and you spend afternoons with the master brewer drinking beer.”

And of course, there will be loud music to boot as well as mainstay Eddie the Head, their mascot.

“Knebworth is one of those hallowed grounds for bands like us,” Maiden’s ringmaster cackled.

“It’s the last show of our Maiden England tour so it will be a great big party. We’ll throw in a few surprises.

“Eddie’s going to love it.”

Source : The Daily Star UK

Tech House DJ Plays Same Hi Hat & Kick Drum Sample For Five Hours – Drugged Crowd None the Wiser

Tech House DJ Plays Same Hi Hat & Kick Drum Sample For Five Hours – Drugged Crowd None the Wiser


London based tech house DJ, Robert Jonathan Swift, made his international debut last week when he was invited to play club Trouw in Amsterdam. “It was a huge gig for me at this point in my career,” Robert told Wunderground. “Unfortunately when I arrived at the club for my slot I realized I had accidentally brought along a blank USB stick. I began to panic until I looked out into the crowd and noticed the eyes closed, gentle swaying being exhibited by the crowd and figured everyone was likely on some sort of bath salts and/or completely blitzed on ketamine so I figured I could shoot from the hip and wing it.” Robert was able to borrow his mate’s laptop and download a generic tech house loop moments before he had to begin playing. “The plan originally was to download a few more tunes somehow, but after playing with the effects a bit and using the faders slightly the crowd was actually giving me a great response so I decided to just keep on with it and I actually had them eating out of my palm in no time,” Robert explained. “Three hours into the set, I feigned going to the toilet whilst I loaded some indecipherable vocals onto the sample decks,” Robert informed us, “that really sent them over the top, and soon enough it was complete bedlam in the main room.” When asked about the set, stoned club attendees gave Robert shockingly favorable reviews despite the fact that he played the same track looped for five hours straight. “Sick innit?” one clubber exclaimed when asked about the night. “The technicality of the mixing was such that I hardly noticed a transition for the whole of the set.” “Brilliant,” flatly stated another partier, “rarely do you see a DJ put in that much variety and thought from the warm up to peak time and come down. A masterclass in both technical ability and musical knowledge. So refreshing to see a DJ not simply press play but take the crowd on a journey start to finish.”


About the Author Robert Robert “works” at an investment bank whilst browsing Reddit and fantasizing about clubbing holidays.

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Word Of Mouth – Uncle Drummer interviews Uncle Errol at London Hott Radio Cafe Streatham

Word Of Mouth – Uncle Drummer interviews Uncle Errol at London Hott Radio Cafe Streatham


A sneek of last weeks event… come enjoy the fun!

Word Of Mouth – Every Sunday – 5pm to 10pm @ London Hott Radio Cafe
15 Leigham Hall Parade,
Streatham High Road,
Next to Nandos,
London SW16 1DR

for info call 07951 019 961

Word Of Mouth 2 @ London Hott Radio Cafe Part 1

Word Of Mouth 2 @ London Hott Radio Cafe Part 1


Uncle Drummer interviews Bucky Jo on London Hott Radio

Uncle Drummer interviews Bucky Jo on London Hott Radio



The Curious Case of Britain’s Economic Recovery

The Curious Case of Britain’s Economic Recovery

The U.K.’s Growth Spurt Has Taken Economists Almost Entirely by Surprise


The global financial crisis has challenged some of the economic profession’s most cherished assumptions. And no country has confounded the textbooks more than the curious case of the U.K.

For five years, the British economy has persistently failed to behave as predicted by theory—and continues to do so with increasing evidence it is growing faster than almost any other major Western economy.

It is only the latest surprise. Most forecasters expected the Bank of England’s unprecedented money-printing program, in which it bought government bonds equivalent to 20% of gross domestic product, would trigger a recovery. Yet output remains 3% below its peak in late 2007.

Most forecasters expected the 20% depreciation in the pound since the start of the crisis to spark a recovery in exports. It didn’t happen.

Economic theory suggested the faltering economy would stoke unemployment, which in turn would cause output per worker to rise. Yet unemployment only rose modestly to 8% while productivity is still 4.4% below precrisis levels.

Economic theory also suggested that a weak economy would mean lower inflation. Yet since 2007, it has averaged nearly a percentage point above the BOE’s 2% target and well above rates in other European countries.

Now the U.K. is providing another mystery. This week’s GDP data are likely to show that the economy grew 0.8% in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter. Indeed, if recent survey data are to be believed, growth could be heading for 5% year-over-year, according to Rob Wood, chief U.K. economist at Berenberg Bank.

Yet this growth spurt has taken economists almost entirely by surprise. It is hard to identify a single leading forecaster predicting such a strong recovery at the start of the year, or even at the end of the first quarter.

As recently as July, the International Monetary Fund was so gloomy about the U.K. that it was advising the government to loosen its deficit-reduction strategy. This month, it raised its 2013 growth forecast by half, to 1.4%.

How did the U.K. rapidly transform from laggard to leader right under the noses of the unsuspecting economics profession? And is this growth sustainable?

The answer to the first question is becoming clear: More policy makers and economists now accept that the most plausible explanation for the U.K.’s postcrisis underperformance and its recent outperformance lies in the workings of the financial system—something that barely features in standard macroeconomic models.

Previous attempts to blame the U.K.’s weak performance on the government’s fiscal policies have been undermined by the recovery and by the fact that U.K. austerity hasn’t actually been very austere. While economists argued over Keynesian demand-side remedies, the main problem was one of supply—specifically the supply of finance.

Thanks to a broken banking system, the economy was unable to reallocate resources to productive parts of the economy, argues Kevin Daly, senior economist at Goldman Sachs. Healthy businesses were denied the credit they needed to expand. What has changed this year is that financial conditions have become easier. Mortgage rates for new loans have fallen by roughly one percentage point on average. Credit is available again on reasonable terms.

This partly reflects banks having met their capital and liquidity targets. But it also reflects policy action to boost credit creation—including a new BOE facility introduced in June 2012 that has dramatically eased bank funding costs—and a controversial new government mortgage-guarantee program modeled on U.S. government-backed agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Easier credit conditions have rekindled consumer confidence and spending. Other factors have played a role, including the cooling of the euro crisis over the past year. But the pace of the recovery relative to global growth suggests it is primarily homegrown.

The turnaround is remarkable. House prices are up 6% nationally and are rising much faster in London and England’s southeast. New buyer enquiries are at record levels and mortgage approvals are up 38% in the year to September. New car registrations were up 12% in September from a year earlier. Retail sales are growing at their fastest pace since 2008. The savings rate has fallen by a third this year to 5%.

Not for the first time, the U.K. is betting that salvation lies in a consumer-led recovery fueled by rising house prices. But the success of this strategy isn’t guaranteed. Much depends on whether finance proves to have been the only structural impediment to the U.K.’s economic rebalancing.

If the answer is yes, then strong consumer demand should lead to increased business investment and rising productivity. That would create the conditions for wages to rise, vital to enable households to service increased debt. With wage growth currently well below inflation, household incomes have been severely squeezed for six years. But if it turns out the crisis has inflicted wider damage to the supply-slide potential of the economy, then a subsidized credit binge could be storing up trouble in the form of higher inflation, falling disposable incomes and increased household debt.

So far, the picture is mixed. Business investment fell in the second quarter by 2.7%, and the trade gap has widened since the start of the crisis, reflecting weak export growth. But finance chiefs are increasingly willing to consider new investments, according to a recent survey by Deloitte.

Similarly, the unemployment rate fell by only 0.1 percentage point in September to 7.7%, raising hopes that inflation can fall and productivity will pick up as the economy recovers.

But a sharp fall in the numbers of Britons claiming unemployment benefits—they saw their biggest fall in 16 years in September—may indicate that the economy has less spare capacity than most assume.

Meanwhile a key vulnerability remains in the high cost of housing. True, the stock of debt relative to the value of houses has fallen and total mortgage-interest costs are well below 2007 levels, suggesting affordability isn’t such a problem, at least outside London.

But unless rising house prices are offset by a boom in house-building, which seems unlikely without wider reform, the long-term impact of easier credit conditions may simply be to further unbalance the economy.

Indeed, the irony may be that in fixing one supply problem, the U.K. may end up exacerbating another.

Corrections & Amplifications
This week’s GDP data are likely to show that the economy grew 0.8% in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter. A previous version of this article said the data was due next week.

AGENDA BY SIMON NIXON (Wall Street Journal)

MOBO Awards 2013: The Winners

MOBO Awards 2013: The Winners


Last night as the MOBO Awards celebrated its 18th birthday in their new venue – The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The winners were…

Best African Act
Fuse ODG

Best Album
Home, Rudimental

Best Female in association with Tresor Paris
Laura Mvula

Best Gospel
Lurine Cato

Best International Act
Kendrick Lamar

Best Jazz
Sons of Kemet

Best Male

Best Newcomer in association with HTC
Krept & Konan

Best Reggae Act
Sean Paul

Best RnB/Soul Act
Laura Mvula

Best Song in association with PRS for Music
‘La La La’, Naughty Boy

Best UK Hip Hop/Grime
Tinie Tempah

Best Video in association with SBTV
‘La La La’, Naughty Boy

Stephen Lawrence Trust

Racist man on the London Underground


A racist man on the London underground starts shouting abusive and racist remarks at Japanese passenger then threatens to kill other passenger on train.

RAKIM – Live in Concert London 12th Dec 2013

RAKIM – Live in Concert London 12th Dec 2013



IndigO2, London
Thu, 12/12/2013 19:00

AGMP presents RAKIM – Live in Concert

The Greatest MC of all time

In 1986, Rakim started to work with New York-based producer-DJ Eric B. The duo—known as Eric B & Rakim—is widely regarded as among the most influential and groundbreaking of hip-hop groups, due in no small part to Rakim‘s technical abilities.

The duo’s first single, “Eric B. Is President” was a success and got the duo a contract with the fledgling Island Records sub-label 4th & B’way. The duo’s next single, the smash “I Know You Got Soul,” sparked early debate on the legality of unauthorized, uncredited sampling when James Brown sued to prevent the duo’s use of a fragment of his music.

Their first full album, “Paid In Full”, was released in 1987. causing a stir in the hip-hop music world due to its novel sound, approach, and subject matter. Rakim pioneered a practice previously unknown to hip-hop called internal rhyming. Already an important aspect of traditional poetry, where rhymes could be found throughout the bar of a lyric which added to the rhythmic complexity of the song: “I keep the mic at Fahrenheit, freeze MCs, make ’em colder/The listeners system is kicking like solar/As I memorize, advertise like a poet/Keep it goin’when I’m flowin’ smooth enough, you know it’s rough.” Instead of two rhyming syllables within two lines at the end of the lines, as we would find in the older hip-hop style displayed above, we have 18 rhyming syllables in just four lines. Rakim also introduced a lyrical technique known as cliffhanging and popularized the use of metaphors with multiple meanings. His songs were the first to really impart hip-hop music lyrics with a serious poetic device sensibility.

Eric B & Rakim went on to produce three more successful albums, all now considered hip hop standards.

Jay Z catches the Tube in London to his own concert

Jay Z catches the Tube in London to his own concert

To most people’s surprise catching the tube in London back home from work on Saturday night, Jay-Z takes the underground to his concert also accompanied by Chris Martin, Timbo and a few others.

Everybody knows how manic travelling around London can be, that’s why for some of us,  hopping on the tube is the best option to get around quickly. Yesterday London commuters were in for a big surprise as Jay Z, who’s currently in town for the London leg of his Magna Carta Holy Grail Tour, rode the tube to his show at The O2.  As if one Grammy Award wining artist on the tube wasn’t enough, Timbaland and Chris Martin were also spotted with Jigga, along with a few more of his entourage.

Of course their sightings drove Londonders into a frenzy and many of those that spotted the crew  hit Twitter.

Fans wrote:

“Coming off the tube and I see Jay Z casually walking up the next escalator next to me… EVERYONE GOES NUTS!! WTF??!”

“So jay Z gets on a tube to his own concert LOOOL about 500 ppl just ran after him.”


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