Tom DeLonge Denies Quitting Blink 182 After Festival Annoucement

Tom Delonge has denied news that he has quit Blink 182, after the band announced a festival show without him and a comment circulated on band regarding his departure.

The band today announced their appearance at the Travis Barker curated Musink festival, albeit with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba performing instead of DeLonge.

Then, a statement issued to Radio.com, said to be from remaining members Barker and Mark Hoppus, claimed that DeLonge had separated to focus on other endeavours, and that they would be continuing without him.

“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason,” they wrote. “A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.”

There are “no hard feelings,” they added, “but the show must go on for our fans.”

The band and DeLonge are yet to issue further comment on the alleged statement - however Tom DeLonge took to Facebook to state:

DeLonge was a founding member of Blink, and just last month spoke to Gigwise about the band's follow-up to 2011's Neighbourhoods, and their future outside of his side-project, Angels & Airwaves.

"I'm not totally sure how it’s going to work but the goal is to find an area or an environment that’s different and not just a normal studio to be together as were architect the songs and inspire each other in ways that we did back in that timeframe," he told Gigwise.

"I think if we can pull off those few things we’ll be in really really good shape. We’ve always done what we liked, and on the Untitled record there was a lot of debate where we thought our fans wouldn’t even like it, but I think we succeeded by sticking to what we wanted to do, and it turned out to be the one that the fans like the most."

Last summer, Blink 182 headlined Reading & Leeds festival.

Death Cab For Cutie Unveil 'Black Sun', Announce London Shows

It's a great time to be a Death Cab For Cutie fan, as the band have unveiled new track 'Black Sun' as well as announcing two London shows. Check out the song and ticket details below.

'Black Sun' picks up were Codes & Keys left off, with sweet and sombre melodies and synths atop a tightly locked, almost kraut-rock drum beat, as frontman Ben Gibbard miserablist poetry simmers gracefully. Things soon subtly ascend into a fiery post-punk affair.

Death Cab for Cutie release new album Kintsugi on 30 March, before returning to the UK to play London's Shepherds Bush Empire on 8 and 9 June. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday 30 January, following a pre-sale on Wednesday 28 January. For tickets and more information, visit here.

Listen to 'Black Sun' by Death Cab For Cutie here

The tracklist for Kintsugi is:

Listen To The Official Remix EP For Lana Del Rey's 'Black Beauty'

Lana Del Rey has revealed the official remix EP for 'Black Beauty'. Listen to it below.

The EP, which is the first offering from Berlin-based label Tanz Dich Gluecklich, features remixes from LakeChild, Leex and Dinnerdate.

'Black Beauty' was included on Del Rey's 2014 album Ultraviolence, which also featured singles 'West Coast', 'Shades Of Cool' and 'Brooklyn Baby'.

Listen to the 'Black Beauty' official remix EP below

Del Rey's music is no stranger to remixes - a Cedric Gervais reworking of 'Summertime Sadness' has racked up just over 60 million views on YouTube.

Meanwhile, Del Rey was recently added to the line-up for Governor's Ball festival in NYC. Click here for tickets and information.

Muse Unveil More Tasters Of Upcoming New Album

Muse are back in the studio, seemingly putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited new album - and have shared yet more teaser clips of new music. Check them out below.

The band have been in Canada and Milan recording their seventh album with legendary AC/DC producer Robert 'Mutt' Lange, and have been teasing fans online with images of the process and short video clips of guitar and string sections.

Now, Muse have shared two more clips - one of Matt Bellamy playing some ambient slide guitar, and another of a 'voice over' of an army drill sergeant being sampled for a track. Looks like we may be in for a concept album once again...

It also shows a control screen with some titles on it, leading many to believe that the LP may by tentatively titled Drones.

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In a series of tweets last summer, frontman Bellamy described the new album's central themes as "deep ecology, the empathy gap and World War 3." There may be high levels of irony in this part. He also revealed that his disdain for guitar solos has mellowed on the new album, and mentioned a "sequel" to Origin Of Symmetry track 'Citizen Erased'. The band have previously spoken about how the record will be 'rockier', 'more raw' and much more back to basics than the synth and classical-inspired sounds on their more recent albums.

Muse are currently confirmed to headline many festivals across Europe in 2015 - including Download Festival. For tickets and information, visit here.

29 May | Munich, Germany | Rockavaria
30 May | Nürburg, Germany | Der Ring – Grüne Hölle Rock
05 June | Vienna, Austria | Rock in Vienna
06 June | Biel, Switzerland | Sonisphere 12.12
12 June | Landgraaf, Netherlands | Pinkpop Festival |
13 June | Donington, England | Download Festival
14 June | Warsaw, Poland | Orange Warsaw
19 June | Moscow, Russia | Park Live
21 June | St. Petersburg, Russia | Greenfest
24 June | Seinäjoki, Finland | Provinssirock
26 June | Norrköping, Sweden | Bravalla Festival
28 June | Werchter, Belgium | Rock Werchter
02 July | Roskilde, Denmark | Roskilde Festival
04 July | Arras, France | Main Square Festival
05 July | Roeser, Luxembourg | Rock-a-Field
09 July | Lisbon, Portugal | NOS Alive Festival
11 July | Bilbao, Spain | BBK Live
13 July | Aix-les-Bains, France | Musilac
16 July | Carhaix, France | Les Vieilles Charrues
18 July | Rome, Italy | Rock in Roma

Ed Sheeran Offers Noel Gallagher Gig Tickets, Gallagher Accepts

Ed Sheeran has revealed that he offered Noel Gallagher tickets to one of his Wembley gigs after Gallagher said he "couldn't live in a world" where someone like Sheeran can headline the stadium. Amazingly, Gallagher accepted the offer on behalf of his daughter.

In an interview with NME earlier in the year, Gallagher said, "When you hear that kind of polished pop and then there’s a ginger guy with a fucking guitar it seems subversive, but it’s fucking not."

As for the fact that Sheeran will perform in the 80,000 capacity Wembley Stadium in July, he said, "I don't think I can live in a world where that's even possible." A sentiment to which Sheeran replied on Twitter: "I can live in it, it's really enjoyable."

In a new interview with The Daily Star, Sheeran revealed he texted Gallagher inviting him along to one of his Wembley gigs. "I texted him because I have his number and asked him if he'd like some tickets. He wrote back, 'You cheeky so and so. My daughter would love some'."

He added, "He's always going to be the guy who's outspoken. I wasn't offended. I found it quite cool to be in his interview."

Meanwhile Sheeran recently performed an intimate gig for the VH1 Storytellers series, during which he played Don McLean's 'Vincent'. In response to Sheeran's cover of his song, McLean tweeted, "I just saw Ed Sheeran's version of my song 'Vincent' on VH1 and it's really exceptional. It seems to move along better than it usually does due to a slight change in the rhythm he has made."

Not everyone was happy with the gig though - some fans managed to secure e-tickets to the venue only to be turned away when it reached capacity. This is, in fact, common practice for TV programmes - as many people who apply for tickets fail to turn up.

Simon Cowell's DJ Talent Show Will Be Streamed On Yahoo

Those people (Person? Anyone?) excited about Simon Cowell's forthcoming DJ talent show will be pleased to know that the programme has been picked up by Yahoo.

The American DJ talent show, which is called Ultimate DJ, will premiere on Yahoo's online streaming platform Yahoo Screen, Music Times reports. So it won't, at least, clog up the television schedule.

Last year it was revealed that Fayboy Slim had politely turned down the opportunity to be a judge on the show, telling Cowell to "fuck off."

He continued: "That's the good thing about dance music; it grows organically through drunk people late at night coming up with stupid ideas. It's not something that can be scripted or transported into a TV studio."

Despite having little to no support from the DJ community though, the show is ploughing on full throttle, and will reportedly feature a mix of pre-recorded elements with live performances.

Ultimate DJ will air weekly on Yahoo Screen at some point in 2015.

Run The Jewels Preview Meow The Jewels, It's Brilliant

El-P has previewed the first clips of the Meow The Jewels project. Listen to audio clips below.

The record, which started out as a joke, was funded quickly through a $40,000 Kickstarter project and now has Zola Jesus, Just Blaze and Portishead's Geoff Barrow attached to mention just a few. So to say things escalated quickly is a bit of an understatement.

The album will use only cat noises, inlcuding samples from celebrity cat Lil Bub. Clearly it's making El-P lose his mind piece by piece, as he asked: “oh my god what am I doing with my life.” Got to respect a musician who suffers for their art...

Listen to first previews of the tracks below

Listen to El-P's next non cat related song below

Watch the Gigwise interview with Run The Jewels below

Tom Petty Given Songwriting Royalties For Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

After many keen listeners pointed out the similarities between Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' and Tom Petty's 'Won't Back Down', Petty has now been paid royalties for Smith's hit song.

Though entirely different in genre and style, the basic melody running through the two songs is decidedly similar, and Petty's lawyers reportedly took notice some months ago.

According to The Sun, after negotiations, Smith and Petty setled out of court in October, with details only emerging this weekend. Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne were awarded a 12.5% writing credit for the song.

Listen to 'Stay With Me' below

Listen to 'I Won't Back Down' below

The song's credit on the American Society Of Composers, Authors and Publishers now lists Petty and Lynne as one of four chief songwriters.

The Legendary Giorgio Moroder Is Working On Lady Gaga's Next Record

It looks like disco legend Giorgio Moroder is working on the new Lady Gaga record.

While speaking to Popjustice, the Daft Punk collaborator said that they were due to begin recording in the studio a few weeks ago, but had been held up. The intention is to begin work on the follow up to 2013's Artpop.

“I was supposed to be in the studio with her a week ago, but I got a cold," said Moroder. "I’ll see her when I’m back. I have about five or six tracks, just basic ideas. Drums, keyboard, bass. I’m going to be surprised, I think – I don’t have a clue about the way she’s recording. Will she play the piano? Will I?”

He added: “This is for her new album – that’s the intention. I was hoping that maybe I can convince her to have one of the songs for my album. If I could convince her, well that would be incredible.”

“If I have a good track that could fit my album but not necessarily hers, that could be ideal.”

Giorgio Mordoder's 74 Is The New 24 is due for release in Spring.

Chet Faker Tops Triple J Hottest 100, Taylor Swift Disqualified

Chet Faker's 'Talk Is Cheap' has topped the annual Triple J Hottest 100 poll, while Taylor Swift was disqualified following an online campaign to include her in the list.

The Triple J Hottest 100 is a prestigious annual music poll based on the votes of the Australian radio station's listeners. The poll attracted just over 2 million votes this year.

Australian musician Chet Faker topped the list with 'Talk Is Cheap', while two more of his songs - 'Gold' and '1998' appeared in the top 10.

Watch the video for 'Talk Is Cheap' below

Meanwhile Taylor Swift, who would have come in at No.12 on the list, was disqualified after the hashtag #Tay4Hottest100 trend was picked up by KFC and Buzzfeed, which was deemed "trolling" by Triple J and swiftly banned. No pun intended.

14 songs by UK artists made it into the list, including Chvrches, Jungle, Jamie T, FKA Twigs, and Alt-J. See the full list below

1. Chet Faker, Talk Is Cheap
2. Peking Duk, High (Feat. Nicole Millar)
3. Hilltop Hoods, Cosby Sweater
4. Milky Chance, Stolen Dance
5. Peking Duk, Take Me Over (Feat. SAFIA)
6. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk (Feat. Bruno Mars)
7. Chet Faker, Gold
8. Chet Faker, 1998
9. Sia, Chandelier
10. Asgeir, King and Cross
11. ZHU, Faded
12. Glass Animals, Gooey
13. Vance Joy, Mess Is Mine
14. Alt-J, Every Other Freckle
15. The Kite String Tangle, Arcadia
16. Alt-J, Left Hand Free
17. Illy, Tightrope
18. Lorde, Yellow Flicker Beat
19. Ball Park Music, She Only Loves Me When I'm There
20. Sticky Fingers, Gold Snafu
21. Chet Faker, (Lover) You Don't Treat Me No Good (Like a Version)
22. The Amity Affliction, Pittsburgh
23. Future Islands, Seasons (Waiting On You)
24. Meg Mac, Roll Up Your Sleeves
25. Bluejuice, I'll Go Crazy
26. Alt-J, Hunger of the Pine
27. Banks, Beggin for Thread
28. The Griswolds, Beware the Dog
29. The Preatures, Somebody's Talking
30. Thundamentals, Something I Said (Feat. Thom Crawford)
31. Childish Gambino, Sober
32. Lana Del Rey, West Coast
33. San Cisco, RUN
34. SBTRKT, NEW DORP. NEW YORK (Feat. Ezra Koenig)
35. Allday, You Always Know the DJ
36. Hilltop Hoods, Won't Let You Down (Feat. Maverick Sabre)
37. Alison Wonderland, I Want U
38. First Aid Kit, My Silver Lining
39. Flight Facilities, Two Bodies (Feat. Emma Louise)
40. Broods, Mother & Father
41. Carmada, Maybe
42. Kim Churchill, Window to the Sky
43. Jamie T, Zombie
44. Milky Chance, Flashed Junk Mind
45. FKA twigs, Two Weeks
46. Meg Mac, Grandma's Hands
47. Lorde, Tennis Court (Flume remix)
48. DMA's, Delete
49. TV On The Radio, Happy Idiot
50. Vance Joy, First Time
51. Courtney Barnett, Pickles From the Jar
52. Flight Facilities, Sunshine (Feat. Reggie Watts)
53. Kendrick Lamar, i
54. Chvrches, Do I Wanna Know? (Like a Version)
55. Caribou, Can't Do Without You
56. Kingswood, I Can Feel That You Don't Love Me
57. Hilltop Hoods, Walking Under Stars
58. Ball Park Music, Everything is Shit Except My Friendship with You
59. Röyksopp, Monument (The Inevitable End Version) (Feat. Robyn)
60. Childish Gambino, Sweatpants
61. Andy Bull, Talk Too Much
62. Angus and Julia Stone, Heart Beats Slow
63. The War on Drugs, Red Eyes
64. The Amity Affliction, Don't Lean On Me
65. Allday, Right Now
66. clipping., Work Work (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
67. Jungle, Busy Earnin'
68. Bring Me The Horizon, Drown
69. The Smith Street Band, Surrender
70. Odd Mob, Is It a Banger?
71. The Amity Affliction, The Weigh Down
72. Run the Jewels, Close Your Eyes (And Count To F---) (Feat. Zach de la Rocha)
73. Röyksopp & Robyn, Do It Again
74. Duke Dumont, I Got U (Feat. Jax Jones)
75. 360, Live It Up (Feat. Pez)
76. Kingswood, Micro Wars
77. Highasakite, Since Last Wednesday
78. Thundamentals, Quit Your Job
79. Jack White, Lazaretto
80. Rise Against, I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore
81. The Avener, Fade Out Lines
82. Hopium, Dreamers (Feat. Phoebe Lou)
83. British India, Wrong Direction
84. Foo Fighters, Something From Nothing
85. Chvrches, Get Away
86. Sticky Fingers, Just For You
87. Briggs, Bad Apples
88. DZ Deathrays, Gina Works At Hearts
89. Cold War Kids, First
90. Thundamentals, Got Love (Feat. Solo)
91. Meg Mac, Bridges (Like a Version)
92. One Day, Love Me Less
93. Vance Joy, Georgia
94. Sticky Fingers, Liquorlip Loaded Gun
95. Thelma Plum, How Much Does Your Love Cost
96. SAFIA, Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds
97. Japanese Wallpaper (Feat. Jesse Davidson), Between Friends
98. Bombay Bicycle Club, Luna
99. Ball Park Music, Trippin' the Light Fantastic
100. Tkay Maidza, Switch Lanes

Ed Sheeran's Tiny VH1 Storytellers Gig Marred By Fans Complaining

After Ed Sheeran performed a tiny gig at Whelan's in Dublin for VH1 Storytellers, the venue had to issue an apology after over 100 fans were left outside.

As previously reported, Sheeran played the gig on 24 January as part of the newly rebooted VH1 Storytellers, during which he performed stripped down versions of 'Don't', 'Sing' and 'Thinking Out Loud' and Don McLean's 'Vincent', as well as explaining the meanings behind each track.

However, the venue has to issue a statement on their Facebook after fans complained about not being let in. Reports that over over 70,000 had applied for tickets to a venue that only held a capacity of 400 was bound to cause problems, with Whelan's seemingly been held accountable for ticketing problem that weren't their own.

The central problem appears to be the confusion of whether the primary purpose was a secret gig (hence abiding by regular ticketing) or a TV studio appearance (with first come, first served ticketing and VIP access). Comments from fans ranged from "Everything about this has been a complete and utter shambles" to "It's like stealing candy from a baby but much worse."

The venue said on Facebook: "We can understand peoples' disappointment at receiving an eTicket for the Ed Sheeran show, then to find there were no spaces left. We want you to know that all the ticketing for this event is handled by ApplauseStore.com, specialists in television event ticketing, for such shows inc. the likes of the X Factor and Top Gear etc.

It is common practice for all TV productions worldwide to oversubscribe as a percentage of people who apply for tickets, simply don’t turn up. It was very clear early on in the process that this television event was no ordinary show and that the no-shows were likely to be minimal and any oversubscription were to be kept to an absolute minimum, which Applause did."

"Anyone that didn’t receive a wristband yesterday were then dealt with at the time by the Applause Store Managers and offered the chance to receive guaranteed entrance tickets to another television show in the future. For those who received an official eTicket, it did state in the terms and conditions that the event would be oversubscribed and that wristband allocation wouldbe served on a first come, first served basis and all subject to availability. We know this mean’s little to the few that were left out and we would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused. We have accommodated most of the people with special wristbands to a live screening in our front bar."

Watch the video for Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' below:

2014 saw Sheeran's success once again skyrocket, with his second album X seeing critical acclaim and huge sales, prompting the singer to add two more nights to his run of shows at the 80,000 capacity stadium due to phenomenal demand.

View the full list of Sheeran's live dates below. Buy tickets here.

10 July 2015 - Wembley Stadium, London
11 July 2015 - Wembley Stadium, London
12 July 2015 - Wembley Stadium, London

Mark Ronson Scores Double No.1 On Single And Album Charts

Mark Ronson is celebrating after scoring the 'unbelievable' achievement of topping both the single and album charts at once.

With yet another week at the peak for the runaway hit 'Uptown Funk', the release of Uptown Special has also seen the super-producer land himself a No.1 album as well.

"This is absolutely incredible," Ronson told the Official Charts Company. "I want to thank Jeff Bhasker, Michael Chabon & Emile Haynie who were there since the very beginning of this record - as well as Alison Donald, Mark Terry and Jason Iley at Sony UK.

"And finally, thank you to everyone who went out to the shop and bought the CD or pointed and clicked on Uptown Special this week - I really can't believe it."

Watch the video for 'Uptown Funk' below

This week sees Ronson outsell Fall Out Boy, whose new album American Beauty/American Psycho came in at No.2. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran's X is at No.3, Sam Smith comes in fourth with his massive-selling In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra completes the top five with his debut, Wanted On Voyage.

Over in the singles chart, Ronson's Bruno Mars collaboration has beat Meghan Trainor to the summit, as 'Lips Are Movin' peaks at No.2. Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' is still going strong at No.3, Philip George lands at No.4 with 'Wish You Were Mine' and Olly Murs feat Demi Lovato score a No.5 with 'Up'.

Watch Hozier explaining 'Take Me To Church' for Gigwise below

As well as a string of festival dates, Hozier will be touring the UK in May and June 2015. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and more information, visit here.

22 May 2015 - O2 Academy Newcastle
25 May 2015 - Manchester - The Albert Hall
27 May 2015 - Glasgow - Barrowlands
28 May 2015 - O2 Academy Leeds

1 June 2015, London - Roundhouse

Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck Is An 'intimate' Film Without Dave Grohl

The long-awaited biopic documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is yet to include any footage of a Dave Grohl interview that was conducted.

Brett Morgen, director of the Frances Bean Cobain produced film said the shoot with Grohl was conducted too late and couldn't be included in the first print of the film that was premiered at Sundance this weekend. It may however feature in the HBO cut, which is set to air later in the year.

"We had a locked print and trying to re-edit a film with a new interview in 10 days is kind of difficult," said Morgen. "This is the picture I wanted - I didn’t want there to be a lot of people in the film. I hope we’ll see a version [with Grohl's interview] sometime."

Meanwhile the Sundance premiere of the film which took place over the weekend (25 January), revealed that Cobain's cover of the Beatles’ 'And I Love Her' does feature.

“It’s as intimate you can get,” Morgen said about the film. “People have projected fantasies on the limited amount of things that came out between 1991 and 1994 (from Cobain). I have a great degree of confidence the more you get to know him, the more you’ll love him.”

“I wasn’t crying because Kurt died,” he said.” I was crying because I wasn’t going to be able to spend time with him anymore. And for the last two years he’s been everything in my life.”

Damon Albarn, Ed Sheeran And James Blake Named Most Influential

Damon Albarn, Ed Sheeran, James Blake and Calvin Harris have been included in Debrett's annual list of the 500 Most Influential people in Britain.

Society bible Debrett's, best known for guiding newlyweds through the minefield of hat etiquette and the proper way to address to minor royalty, have compiled their annual list of 500 people influencing modern Britain. Somewhat surprisingly, a number of Gigwise favourites have been included

Ed Sheeran is singled out for particular praise, although bizarrely his ability to sell out Wembley Stadium solo for three nights isn't mentioned. "He’s managed to cover every landscape, singing with everyone from Sir Elton John to Wayne Rooney," his entry reads. "He’s entirely modern but with such versatility that few playing musicians remain unfamiliar with his work. Following a meteoric rise to stardom, Sheeran is as at ease with the kings as he is on the street."

Watch Ed Sheeran talk to Gigwise below

Albarn is described in equally glowing terms - even though one suspect's Debrett's is not a title the Blur frontman would have much time for. "Musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and record producer Damon Albarn is arguably the cleverest musician of his generation, on every level imaginable."

Perhaps the most surprising addition to the list is Mercury winner James Blake. For those unfamiliar, Debrett's explained: "The unassuming James Blake is the ultimate musician’s musician. Artists across the board, from hip hop to indie, are obsessed with his pervasive sound."

Other musicians in the list include One Direction, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith (whose toilet cleaning past does, perhaps unsurprisingly, get a mention).

Also included in the list include Simon Cowell, iTunes' Oliver Schusser, BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor, director of BBC music Bob Shennan, Radio One's Ben Coper and the chief exectuives of Sony, Warner and Universal. Concert promoter Simon Moran, BPI chief executive Geoff Tatloe are also included.

The annual list aspires to be the ‘definitive list of the 500 most influential and inspiring people in Britain today’. Read the full list over at debretts.com

Brian Harvey Slams Radio One As 'paedo Protecting Poo Bag'

In yet another bizarre move, Brian Harvey has made headlines with an epic, angry rant against BBC Radio One.

The jacket potato-loving E17 star was commenting on Rae Morris' cover of his band's festive hit 'Stay Another Day' on Youtube, when things turned ugly.

"You will play anyone else as long as it's not me eh," he wrote. "Well done Rae Morris, but Radio 1 you suck fucking arse you bunch of wankers.

"Everyone is scared to tell you but I'm not."

Other choice words included accusing them of protecting 'paedos', being a 'corporate wankstain' and a 'shitty commercial poo bag', as well as the confusing finale of threatening to 'smash the fucking face in' of a 'lesbian bird' who came on to his girlfriend.

See his full comments below

Recent events have also seen Harvey upload videos of him smashing his certified gold discs in protest against the music industry, record a cover of 'German Whip' by Meridian Dan, launch his own enquiry into historic child sex abuse, and attempt to storm 10 Downing Street with a mysterious white ring binder.

Watch Brian Harvey eat potatoes and cover 'German Whip' below

Longitude 2015 Headliners: Hozier, Alt J + The Chemical Brothers

Latitude's Irish counterpart will fittingly feature Hozier as one of its headliners. This announcement comes in the first wave of acts confirmed by the festival.

Longitude, which will take place at Marlay Park, Dublin from 17 - 19 July will also see performances from Alt-J, The Chemical Brothers, Caribou, SBTRKT, Wild Beasts, Jungle, Little Dragon, Kaytranada, Young Fathers, Hudson Mohawke, Wolf Alice, Girl Band, Slaves, and Gengahr.

More acts are to be announced soon, and tickets for the festival go on sale on 30 Jan.

Chvrches To Channel Michael Jackson And Prince On New Album

Chvrches are currently working on the follow up to debut album The Bones of What You Believe, and they have told NME that they want to channel Michael Jackson and Prince in the recording process.

Synth player and singer Martin Doherty said "I think we'll use fewer instruments but ultimately try and do more with them.When you listen to a Michael Jackson song or a Prince song, you realise there's absolutely nothing in it but an amazing bassline, drums and singing. We want to channel some of that."

The band posted on twitter last week that they have started work in the studio on their as-yet-untitled forthcoming album. They won't be going to LA to a fancy recording studio, but instead told NME, "we like taking the same depressing train to the same depressing part of town and locking ourselves away."

Gigwise spoke to Chvrches last year at Reading festival about their plans for the album. Doherty told us, "everyone knows you don't go mad weird until your third record. First album, you establish yourself, second album is similar but better and third album you can go as weird as you like."

Watch the Gigwise interview with Chvrches below

Camden Rocks Announce First Wave Of Acts For 2015

Taking place across Camden Town on 30 May, Camden Rocks have announced just over 40 acts who will be playing the day-long festival.

Bands to be confirmed so far include Funeral For A Friend, Heaven's Basement, The Dictators, Black Spiders, Turbowolf and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - whose drummer and part time frontman says of the festival, “We are truly excited to be a part of Camden Rocks. It will be a hoot and a hollar. Good times, great oldies. Mosh-tastic and slam-a-riffical! Bring your Sunday best and your Friday worst. We want to rock wit U. Hail Satan!”

Funeral For A Friend frontman Matthew Davies promises that the band have something special for fans up their sleeves - they'll be playing three sets across Camden throughout the day so he says, "Make sure you’re in attendance as we’ll probably be mixing it up a fair bit!”.

The full Camden Rocks 2015 lineup so far is below.

Funeral For A Friend | ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Heavens Basement | The Dictators | Black Spiders | Turbowolf | Lawnmower Deth | Dinosaur Pile Up | Feed The Rhino | Eureka Machines | Black Moth | Max Raptor | Martyr Defiled | God Damn | Rob Lynch | Cypher 16 | Freeze The Atlantic | Attention Thieves | The One Hundred | The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing | Samoans | LTNT | Lucie Barat & The Au Revoirs | The St Pierre Snake Invasion | Beasts | Kyshera | Hunter & The Bear | The Scaramanga Six | Protafield | Dead | Buffalo Summer | Monument | High Hopes | Death Remains | Oxygen Thief | The Wild Lies | The Amorettes | Buck & Evans | State of Play | Reverted | Dirt | Stellify | The Fourfits | The Assist

Aphex Twin Returns With Moody 'diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed 13'

Aphex Twin is back once again with new song 'diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13' from his new EP Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2. Listen and download below.

The song is taken from new EP, Computer Controlled Instruments Pt.2, which is out today (23 January) on Warp Records. It is a remix of the first track from the new record and has graciously been put up for free download by the production legend.

Listen and download 'diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13' below

It seems that at the moment Richard D. James is something of a production Pandora's Box - listen to the terrifying technological sounds on the full EP below.

Kanye Asked Paul McCartney 'What Was Pussy Like In The 60s?'

Kanye West has given an insight into his working process and his forthcoming album at the iHeart Music Summit.

The rapper (who could be dropping his new album any day now), emerged following a speech from Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on new records from Big Sean, Alesso and Axwell.

According to Billboard West spoke for 45 minutes, in the usual stream of consciousness style that many have witnessed at his live shows.

The general theme of his speech was his "responsibility to innovate", seeing him talking about the use of soul samples in his early records when gangster rap was popular. He also added that he never wanted to repeat the same thing and traced his evolution through discovering Daft Punk and the electronic influences on 808's and Heartbreaks.

He also discussed working with Paul McCartney, praising The Beatles' 'Come Together' as a sexy song and how amazed he was to see McCartney play the riff live. He also told the crowd he jokily asked Paul "What pussy was like in the 60s?" He then proceeded to sing their duet 'Only One' to the crowd, in full and acapella.

To close out he whipped out his laptop and played the crowd a Rihanna collaboration from his new album. According to Billboard it features an acoustic backing track and an epic chorus. Afterwards West left the stage to a standing ovation.

As previously reported, West and McCartney released their new single 'Only One' on New Year's Eve. Work on the track began in 2014 in Los Angeles originating from "a simple brainstorming session between the two, with McCartney improvising on the keyboards and Kanye vocally sketching and shaping ideas in a stream-of-consciousness riff. Kanye sat there with his family, holding his daughter North on his lap, and listened to his vocals, singing, 'Hello, my only one... And in that moment, not only could he not recall having sung those words, but he realized that perhaps the words had never really come from him. The process of artistic creation is one that does not involve thinking, but often channeling. And he understood in that moment that his late mother, Dr. Donda West, who was also his mentor, confidante, and best friend, had spoken through him that day."

The two have been fans for some time. In 2013 McCartney told Radio One's Zane Lowe that although he didn't fancy 'getting a rapper in' on his last album he'd like to collaborate with "Oh, Jay-Z, Kanye,". McCartney also told this writer in GQ back in 2012: "With Kanye, I'm always so excited that he knows who I am and he's come up. I'm a fan of his. I met him and "Jay Zed", as we call him, at the Met Ball that Stella was being honoured at. I never know what to say. They were just saying "Hey man, you're really a Knight!" Their perspective on that, as Americans, as ex-Project guys - for them a knight is like Sir Lancelot. It's always funny as I'm just Paul, one of the guys."