“I can’t wait for the Evolution gig”, says Jamie Woon. “These are the first gigs I’ll have done in the UK since the record’s been out, so it’s nice to know that people will know some of the songs, and you’re not just playing the album cold.”
Simian Ghost is the creation of sometime Aerial member Sebastian Arnström. He struck fame in his native Sweden with the release of his first album Infinite Traffic Everywhere in 2010. He picked up a couple of members for his live act, and now the electro-pop three-piece has gained the attention of the blogosphere with their 2011 EP Lovelorn.
The Mercury Prize, the annual ‘best album’ prize, is awarded exclusively each year to bands from the UK and Ireland. Sometimes labelled as a career curse, the prize actually helps raise awareness of lesser known bands, and provides a significant boost in album sales. This year’s nominations were revealed on Tuesday 19th of July, and the current joint favourites are Adele, with her record-busting 21 and PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake.
Durham University is to raise the number of places given to state school applicants as part of its access agreement with the Government’s Office of Fair Access (OFFA), causing fears of discrimination against students from fee-paying schools.