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Is T in the Park’s safe line-up actually a risk?

Geoff Ellis

Geoff Ellis

The announcement of the T in the Park line-up has been greeted with disappointment from most quarters, with festival head honcho Geoff Ellis accused of playing it safe after last year’s event failed to sell out for the first time in recent memory. On the face of it, it looks a sensible enough move from a strictly business point of view. But does the unimaginative bill actually represent a much bigger risk for the event than the organisers might realise?

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New releases 22 November 2010

What’s that coming over the hill? It’s not, sadly, a monster, but rather Christmas. Yes, you see what we did there. Yes, we did it badly. Hush.

Christmas is a time for miracles and japes and laughs and stuff, but it’s mainly about presents. And this year, your country needs you to buy as much crap as you can. Really. Especially if you are Irish. Basically, unless shops take in a gazillion pounds over the next six weeks, we’ll all be eating unwanted babies in January as the economy collapses even further.

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2010 Mercury Music Awards

British music does not, it must be said, have an Oscars. The Brits are, somewhat unashamedly, about a combination of one part critical acceptability to three parts unit-shifting ability. The NME Awards are, well, the NME awards. They reflect who students who are swapping STIs to at the time. The Ivor Novello is just too old, smug and irrelevant. The only award which can legitimately claim to matter is the Mercury Music Award, whose 19th installment takes place tonight in London. Continue reading

News Nuggets – Now made from 100% mechanically recovered news

neeeervanaThe end of a decade is a strange, unsettling time. Caught on the cusp of what has been and what is yet to come, we huddle in front of our flatscreens desperately trying to make sense of it all. Are you confused just now? You are not alone. The questions, those unanswerable questions, just seem to mount up….like, what’s with Richard Hammond’s hair in those Morrison’s adverts? Seriously. He looks like someone has cruelly blow-dried a basset hound whilst high on acid.

But we can’t sit here and talk about important issues like that, not when we have this week’s news round-up for you. Continue reading