Blur to release Hyde Park Olympic gig as live album

Blur are set to release a recording of their Olympic closing ceremony concert in Hyde Park. Titled Parklive, the 3-CD set features tracks from the Hyde Park shows and a bonus disc of previously unreleased live material from the band's recent warm-up shows in Margate, Plymouth and Wolverhampton. A 5-CD book-bound edition will also be released, which will feature an extra Blur Live At The 100 Club disc and a DVD of the Hyde Park show. The 60-page book will feature exclusive pictures of both the Hyde Park and 100 Club shows.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: new album title revealed?

Crazy Horse guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro has apparently revealed the title for Neil Young & Crazy Horse's follow-up to Americana. Speaking to Rolling Stone about the first leg of the current Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour, Poncho reportedly claims the new album will be called Psychedelic Pill, after one one the six new songs the band have debuted on their tour.

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood confirms full details of his new soundtrack for ‘The Master’

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has confirmed full details of his soundtrack for the new film The Master. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix and is set in 1950s. It sees Greenwood reuniting with director Paul Thomas Anderson, who he previously worked with on his critically acclaimed soundtrack for There Will Be Blood.

Damon Albarn’s Africa Express tour adds new names

The Libertines' Carl Barat, Rizzle Kicks and The Temper Trap are among the new additions to the Africa Express train tour this September. The Africa Express is a collective of African and Western musicians and DJs co-founded by Damon Albarn. As well as gigs in Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol, the group will do pop-up performances at railway stations, schools, factories, offices, shopping centres and people's houses. The train will then finish up at King's Cross station in London, for a finale concert at London's Granary Square.

Watch Pete Townshend’s “trailer” for forthcoming autobiography

Pete Townshend has released a video trailer for his forthcoming autobiography, Who I Am. Speaking to camera, Townshend explains, "What I've never really done is my story from my point of view. I can talk about the first moment that I thought about a song, what it was that was going through my head." According to the website of his publisher Harper Collins, Who Am I will be published in the UK on October 11.

Lou Reed, Royal Festival Hall, London, August 10 2012

Lou Reed at 70 arrives onstage at the Festival Hall to do his bit for Antony Hegarty’s Meltdown programme dressed like a stroppy teenager in a baggy black basketball vest, gold medallions around his neck and what looks like a pair of tracksuit bottoms. He looks frail these days, though tonight slightly less so than last year at the Hammersmith Apollo, and perhaps no wonder when you consider what he’s put his body through over the years before he embraced his current sobriety.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ star Rodriguez to play Albert Hall show

The star of the new acclaimed documentary Searching For Sugar Man, singer songwriter Rodriguez, is set to play a one-off show in London. Rodriguez will perform at the Royal Festival Hall on November 17. The 70 year old cult musician will be backed by a full band. Searching For Sugar Man is in selected cinemas now and will be released on DVD in November. The soundtrack is out now.

Elbow, Band Of Horses, Hot Chip added to London’s iTunes festival line-up

Elbow, Band Of Horses and Hot Chip are among the new additions to the line-up for London's iTunes Festival this year. Elbow and Bat For Lashes will play together at London's Roundhouse on September 7, while Hot Chip will headline the venue themselves on September 29. Band Of Horses will support Jack White on September 8.

David Bowie, Sex Pistols, the Rolling Stones, Kate Bush turned down Olympics closing ceremony

David Bowie, Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones and Kate Bush all turned down the chance to appear in yesterday's Olympic Games closing ceremony, according to reports. According to The Guardian, all of the above artists were approached, but declined the invite to take part from the ceremony's producer Kim Gavin. The piece also states that The Who – who did appear last night (August 12)– turned down Gavin twice before finally agreeing to play the event in Stratford, East London.

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