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THE CURE have announced that they will play a special set at next year's Bestival on the Isle of Wight. The Saturday night headline slot will be the band's only European festival show of 2011. Other bands confirmed include Brian Wilson, Magnetic Man, Primal Scream, Crystal Castles and LFO.
THE HUMAN LEAGUE have announced that their new album 'Credo' will be released in March next year. The tracklisting for the much anticipated release has also been revealed. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.
JIM KERR, SIMON LE BON, ANNIE LENNOX, PAUL WELLER, CHRIS REA and PAUL MCCARTNEY are among a number of UK songwriters who are auctioning hand-written lyrics to some of their best-known songs to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust. The auction will take place at Bonhams in London's Knightsbridge on December 15th but items are available to view online now, see NEWS for more details!
KAJAGOOGOO mainman STEVE ASKEW has co-written 'Red', the new album from Lu Cozma, which was produced by MARTIN RUSHENT and has just been released on iTunes.
SIMPLE MINDS have announced a special run of 'Greatest Hits' shows next year as part of the Forestry Commission's annual series of outdoor shows in woodland settings around the UK. See GIGS for all the dates.
THE REWIND FESTIVAL has announced that it will launch a Scottish weekend festival next year. Set to take place at Perthshire's Scone Palace between July 29th and July 31st the event promises 'the biggest live outdoor line-up of 80s recording artists and performers ever' and will be announcing more details soon.
HEAVEN 17's recent show at London's Forum has been reviewed, with pictures in the REVIEWS section on the website. The band have also reissued their live DVD ' Heaven 17 - Live At Scala' via Weinerworld. The 148-minute collection includes all their hits plus a number of tracks made famous by the early incarnation of THE HUMAN LEAGUE was filmed at London's Kings Cross Scala in 2005. See NEWS for the full DVD tracklisting.
KYLIE MINOGUE has extended the UK and Ireland leg of her 2011 tour with the announcement of additional shows in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London in March and April next year. See GIGS for all the dates.
SHAKATAK are to release a new album in Spring next year and will be previewing some of the new tracks at two special shows at Great Bardfield's High Barn on January 14th and 15th.
GEORGE MICHAEL will reissue his Christmas single 'December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)' for this year's festive season on December 13th.
SOFT CELL's DAVE BALL has remixed Doris Brendel's new single 'Latest Fantasy' which is scheduled for release on December 5th. Credited to the Nite Wreckers the five remixes are heavily influenced by retro Soft Cell and 80s sounds and accompany Doris Brendel's original version, taken from her recent album 'The Last Adventure'.
ULTRAVOX fans are putting together a special limited-edition book, 'Remembering Eden - 30th Anniversary Tour Book', to commemorate the band's recent reunion shows. The book - which will raise money for the Mick Karn Appeal - will feature pictures, biographies, fan memories and a number of exclusive interviews with members of the band, their crew and those close to them and will feature a special introduction by RUSTY EGAN. The book will be launched at a special Ultravox club night in London on January 15th and more details are available from the project's dedicated Facebook page, see NEWS for more details.
ALPHAVILLE released a new album 'Catching Rays On Giant' in Germany last week and are expected to announce international release plans shortly.
NIK KERSHAW has co-written and performed a new song, 'If it gets much better than this' for the forthcoming film based on Tony Hawks' book 'Round Ireland with a Fridge'.