Mary J Blige roundhouse london itunes festival

With more than 20 years in the game you might be forgiven for thinking that Mary J. Blige’s live shows have calmed down since her high octane days in the 90’s and early 00’s. This of course would be a ridiculous assumption, not only has Blige maintained her energy, she’s gotten even stronger and even more powerful… and lest we not speak of the in-cred-ible shape she’s in.

Taking to the iconic stage at London’s Roundhouse for the iTunes Festival last night, Mary used the first half of her show to remind everybody how it is she’s managed to maintain such a long and successful career – her hits are bewilderingly endless. Covering a substantial amount of ground, she played through her discography and performed fan-favourites like ‘You Remind Me’, ‘Happy’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Family Affair’ and of course the holy-spirit-squat inducing ‘No More Drama’.

But it was clear from the shows introduction that Mary had a bigger agenda than just to indulge in blind nostalgia – she wanted to use her moment to unveil new music from her 13th studio album The London Sessions.

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It has become quite clear over the past few years that Wireless has become one of the hypest London festival of the calendar year.

This year they’ve done it again and secured headliners Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, as well as Outkast and Pharrell. Not to mention countless other acts like Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg and others who have yet to be announced. Oh yea, did we mention Salt N Pepa too? Yah.

And it was hard to imagine Wireless topping last year. Not only did they lock in headliners Justin Timberlake & Jay Z but they also put on one of the most progressive hip hop lineups I think we’ve ever seen in a mainstream UK festival. I mean – they had A Tribe Called Quest there!

This year they’ll help tick another life box with Outkast (!!). Although not billed as a headliner (however strange that may feel, it’s actually not that unusual when you think about it), Andre and Big Boi, as promised, will for the first time in over 10 years perform live.

Moreover this years show will not take place at the Olympic Village as it did last year, but instead will happen in North London’s Finsbury Park. And as a North Londoner, that’s pretty much the icing on the cake. Moreover, the festival will also be heading to Birmingham for the very first time.

For more information and for tickets head to We’ll keep you updated on new announcements to come.

Dazed Digital caught up with Peckham’s most elusive maverick King Krule and have produced a short insight into his ends and home life. In it Krule, who’s debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is currently enjoying rave reviews, walks us around his home turf, smokes a spliff, has a haircut and dissects the background behind his music and artwork.

In other Archy Marshall news, he also recently took to Radio 1’s Live Lounge to play a couple of tracks from his new debut album and treating us to a previously unheard track called ‘La Lune’, a smooth waltz of undulated drum beats and cryptic lyrics. Check that out along with his performance of ‘Krokadile’ and ‘Easy Easy’ after the jump.

… But wait, there’s more! In conjunction with the album release, Krule has also announced a five-show UK Tour in October. Dates after the jump.

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After nearly a decade at Hyde Park, Wireless Festival 2013 made the bold move to uproot to Stratford City’s Olympic Village, marking the first major event there since last years historic summer games. It was a move that had a lot of people intrigued, well that and the small fact that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z were headlining individually and as part of their Legends of the Summer tour outfit – prompting nearly 200,000 to descend onto East London.

The gamble paid off. The great weather combined with London’s unspoken goal to rekindle last years Olympic spirit kicked off what was to be an epic weekend. Only in a city like London and only at a festival like Wireless could music fans get the chance to see: Jay-Z, Justin Timberake, A Tribe Called Quest (!!), Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Jessie Ware, A$AP Rocky, Snoop Dogg, Big Sean, Katy B, 2 Chainz, Mikky Ekko, Joey Bada$$ and many others in one weekend.

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As festival season in London reaches fever pitch, this weekend will see some of the biggest names in music descend on Victoria Park for 3 days of LoveBox. This years event will host performances from bonafide icons D’Angelo and Lil’ Kim, alongside an impressive line up of cutting edge acts like Azealia Banks, AlunaGeorgeRainy Milo, Purity Ring, Kelis, Lianna La Havas, Mykki Blanco, Zebra Katz and… So Solid!

This year PinBoard has teamed up with LoveBox to offer you the chance to get in on the weekend action. To win a pair of Saturday & Sunday tickets all you need to do is:

– LIKE our Facebook page
– LIKE our LoveBox compeition post
– SHARE our LoveBox competition post on your wall using the hashtag #PBLoveBox

Only those who have done all three things will be eligible to win. This is a one day competition which closes at 5pm today. So get cracking and good luck!

UPDATE: This competition has now closed and winners have been notified.

On September 3rd Björk will perform in London for the first time in over five years when she brings her world touring Biophilia show to Alexandra Palace. The critically acclaimed concert has already taken up residency in Manchester, New York, Beunos Aires, Paris, San Francisco and is currently in production in Los Angeles. It will travel to Tokyo and across the summer festival circuit before reaching London in September. Always the innovator the show will also mark the first time an artist has performed in the round at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace.

Tickets are available to purchase now. This is not to be missed. 

Ahead of the Lovebox weekend on June 19-21st, RBMA have just announced a special pre-show on June 14th at The Forum headlined by living legend Nike Rodgers and his iconic group Chic. The show will present a “sensational musical journey charting the lineage of the electronic dance music of today back to the sounds of ’70s New York City Disco” and will also feature sets from Seth Troxler, Derrick Carter, DJ Pierre, Nicky Siano & Rebel Rebel. This will be amazing.

Head over to RBMA to purchase tickets.

Londoners – we have been spoilt. Let’s admit it, we’ve had some heavy hitters and some huge festivals recently and I for one am becoming all too accustomed to sporting wellies in the middle of summer and being among 60,000 people. (I blame Wireless.) With the Olympics to look forward to this month and the city buzzing, let’s mix it up and support some top class talent. Be it Cold Specks or Jessie Ware at the open air venue of Somerset House, or Kwesachu or Lianne La Havas at Village Underground, check out something fresh this month.

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This past weekend saw Wireless pulling out all the stops. Arguably one of the festivals biggest and most impressive line ups in recent years, the 3-day event saw the likes of Drake, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Santigold, J. Cole, The Roots, Nicki Minaj and a whole host of others take to the Hyde Park stage.

Despite the dismal British weather we took full advantage of the line-up, making sure our must-see acts were ticked off – and of course, experiencing new performers we hadn’t yet caught live.

The weekend began relatively calm on Friday – Santigold entertained us with a high octane performance of material from her new album Master of My Make-Believe, while The Roots reminded everyone about to get their brain zapped by Deadmau5 what music with melody and rhythm sounds like.

Saturday was a lot more exciting. Not only were we amped to see the like of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Deliliah, AlunaGeorge etc – all of whom put on great shows, but it was also the day we were to experience the allusive Weeknd live for the first time.

As frequenters of PinBoard will know, we’ve championed the rogue Canadian for some time – his body of work thus far has been a hot topic across many of our digital pages and so it was with a lot of excitement we trawled through the mud over to the Pepsi Max stage to see how Abel Tesfaye delivers in person…

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It’s the only carnival party you should really be concerned with getting tickets for – and they’re free. RBMA have announced the line up for their annual Notting Hill carnival party Under the Westway. Returning for another year is Major Lazer, but joining them will be Sean Paul, Hudmo & Lunice (hoping they’ll be playing some of their TNGHT material too), Sir David Rodigan and a whole host of other special guests. Not to mention the usual free food and drink.

The event takes place on August bank holiday Monday (27th), with tickets available for free exclusively via on Thursday 16th August, 10am. Mark your calendars and set your alarms.

We’ll see you there.

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