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NEW ORDER have confirmed a festival appearance at Ireland's 'Electric Picnic' in September alongside PET SHOP BOYS, GARY NUMAN, GANG OF FOUR and a specially reformed BLUE NILE. The festival will take place at Co Laois' Stradbally Estate on the weekend of September 1st-3rd. A-HA, DEAD OR ALIVE, AZTEC CAMERA, THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS and THE CULT all have tracks features on the latest Retro:Active compilation. 'Retro:Active 5 - Rare & Remixed' is released on April 18th and features twelve original remixes, many of which are available on CD for the first time on this compilation.
BAUHAUS have pulled out of their planned appearance at the forthcoming Wireless Festival in London on June 25th due to a scheduling conflict with their US dates supporting NINE INCH NAILS, however the reunited band have announced a one-off UK show at London's Forum on August 7th.
DURAN DURAN are working on a new album and hope to have a single ready for release by the start of the summer. MARILYN is putting together a DVD which will feature archive performances from all stages of his career alongside the original video clips. Marilyn is also gearing up to release a new single 'How Do I Live' which will be released later this year. DOLLAR are releasing a compilation of their Trevor Horn-era hits which will be presented alongside remixes and rarities. The album, scheduled for a June release, will be part of the Warner Platinum collection. THE B-52s have cancelled their European dates this summer so that they can concentrate on finishing their new studio album which they are hoping to release next year. The band hope to reschedule their European shows for early 2007.
THOMAS DOLBY has extended his forthcoming run of US solo shows to twenty and announced that he will be a special guest at London's Wireless Festival on June 25th on the same bill as DEPECHE MODE. BRONSKI BEAT's classic 'Tell Me Why' has been sampled on the new dance tune from Supermode which is already featured on the club charts and will be released commercially later this year. NEW ORDER, HEAVEN 17, YAZOO, GRANDMASTER FLASH and MANTRONIX are among artists featured on a new compilation dedicated to the legendary Manchester club The Hacienda. The album , fully endorsed by the club's owners NEW ORDER along with Factory Records' TONY WILSON, features 23 of the tracks that made the biggest impact on the club, all presented as 12" mixes and will be released on May 22nd.
TRACY CHAPMAN has announced a very special UK concert at London's Hampton Court Palace on June 14th preceded by a warm-up at Bristol's Colston Hall on June 13th.
JANET JACKSON will release her new album in September but the currently untitled album will be preceded by a single in May. Producer Jimmy Jam of JAM & LEWIS is quoted as saying 'It'll be 20 years since the release of 'Control,' so there's definitely a little bit of a nod to that on the new album'.
KILLING JOKE have rescheduled their UK tour as a result of 'psychiatric problems' and will now kick off the nine-date outing on April 29th in Nottingham and finish on May 9th in Norwich. JOHN FOXX has announced a couple of live shows in London and Nottingham in July. The former ULTRAVOX frontman will play London's Scala on July 27th and Nottingham's Social on July 28th.
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN have announced a handful of UK shows in late May and June to coincide with the release of a new single, 'Scissors In The Sand', from their recent 'Siberia' album.
COCTEAU TWINS have released two CDs chronicling their remarkable career from 1982 to 1996. 'Lullabies To Violaine' consists of two CDs of their singles and EPs and is the first time their non-album tracks have been compiled. Vlume one covers the band's 4AD recordings and volume two their Mercury recordings.
SHAKATAK's BILL SHARPE is to release a new studio album, 'Geography', via the JVC label.
ROXY MUSIC have not reunited with BRIAN ENO for their new album, despite rumours to the contrary and and 'official' confirmation on BRYAN FERRY's website... Eno has visited the band in the studio but is not participating in the reunion or in the recording of the band's first studio album since 'Avalon'. Roxy Music have also announced a London show at Excel on July 22nd. SIMPLE MINDS will play an arena show at London's Excel on July 24th.
DAVID BOWIE has been approached to write the score for a new Broadway show, allegedly about the life of kung-fu legend Bruce Lee.
BONNIE TYLER will release a new CD, 'Celebrate', on May 22nd which she will follow with a live DVD 'Bonnie On Tour' on July 10th.
THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH have announced an extensive UK tour throughout May and June.