An exciting new addition to the festival circuit, Brighton’s Loop festival is one of the summer’s most forward thinking events.

Last year’s event saw appearances from Foals, Metronomy and Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – all of whom have gone on to make quite a name for themselves in 2008. This year the Brighton based event can boast more than 40 acts congregating on a small, yet musically fertile area of the city.

The Victoria Gardens will be decked in all sorts of decorations to greet the arrival of, amongst others, Four Tet, Holy Fuck, These New Puritans, Errors, The Bays and many more. Headliners will be New Young Pony Club, who will play their only festival date of the year in support of their follow up to last year’s debut “Fantastic Playroom”.

As well as all this live music, the city wil come alive after dark with new event LOOP Late – a series of after parties that can boast sets from Andy Weatherall, Skull Juice, Shit Robot amongst others.

The festival opens with LOOP Loud on August 15th. To stand a chance of winning tickets to this amazing event just answer the following simple question:

What was the name of New Young Pony Club’s debut album?

Globe trotting masters of melancholy Radiohead may yet have to wait another year to get their hands on the Mercury – bookies have installed dubstep guru Burial as favorite to pick up this year’s gong.

Astonishingly, Radiohead have never won the Mercury despite being one of the most critically praised acts in the history of both critics, and over the top praise. William Hill have obviously taken this into account, making mysterious dubstep producer Burial the favorite for this year’s award.

Burial remains an enigma even in the close knit dubstep scene, with very few openly admitting that they know his / her identity. Ironically, it was at one time rumoured that Burial was a Thom Yorke side project. Currently 3-1, Burial may well repeat the trick of Roni Size / Reprazent who defeated Radiohead’s seminal “OK Computer” in 1998.

The full list of nominees is:

Adele – ’19’
British Sea Power – ‘Do You Like Rock Music?’
Burial – ‘Untrue’
Elbow – ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’
Estelle – ‘Shine’
The Last Shadow Puppets – ‘The Age Of The Understatement’
Laura Marling – ‘Alas, I Cannot Swim’
Neon Neon – ‘Stainless Style’
Portico Quartet – ‘Knee-Deep In The North Sea’
Robert Plant And Alison Krauss – ‘Raising Sand’
Radiohead – ‘In Rainbows’
Rachel Unthank And The Winterset – ‘The Bairns’

Technicolor world pop star Santogold has become the name on everyone’s lips with her outrageous blend of music from all continents.

Her self-titled debut album is one of the freshest things to have landed on the Clash stereo in a long time, the sound not only of Brooklyn but of London, Berlin, Rio and more. Live, Santogold is a bundle of energy, oozing charisma while dressing in a way that makes jaws drop and conventions shatter.

We’ve got our hands on this amazing mixtape, compiled by Santogold herself. Combining rare material with stunning collaborations, as well as a glimpse at her influences, it is an essential glimpse at the record collection of one of pop’s most sensational new figures.

Check it out below…

Former Suede singer Brett Anderson has announced details of a full UK tour, shortly after the release of new solo album “Wilderness”.

The singer releases new solo album “Wilderness” on September 1st, and it has already been warmly acclaimed by critics. As frontman of Suede his androgynous appearance and gender ambiguous lyrics made him the pin up for a generation of confused British youth, before the band later hit paydirt in the Britpop era.

Currently solo, a recent gig at London’s Mermaid Theatre found the singer in fine form, being joined onstage by cellist Amy Langley.

“Wilderness” is released on September 1st, but will be available from record stores from August 14th.

Brett Anderson will play the following live dates:

September 25th – Leeds, City Varieties
September 26th – Manchester, Royal Northern College Of Music
September 27th – Glasgow, Oran Mor
September 29th – Brighton, St. George’s Church
September 30th – London, Shepherds Bush Empire

A preview of Oasis’ new single “The Shock Of The Lightning” has emerged online, nearly two months before the song is released on September 29th.

The song is a typical blast of energy from the Manchester legends, and is the first track to be released from forthcoming studio album (the band’s seventh) titled “Dig Out Your Soul”.

The clip features a compilation of the band’s highpoints, and features clips of gigs at Knebworth and Wembley amongst others. Featuring some of the band’s most notable tracks, the new single appears after a montage that includes “Rock N Roll Star”, “Lyla” and “Stop Crying Your Heart Out”.

You are currently inundating us with your questions for the group, and we will filter out the best ones and present them to Gallaghers and co.

“The Shock Of The Lightning” is released on September 29th.

Hotly tipped Scots indie rockers Glasvegas has revealed the dates on their first full UK tour, it has been announced.

The band recently played a sensational set at T In The Park, with fans clambering up tent poles to catch a glimpse of their heroes. Hype around the band is at fever pitch, with recent singles “Geraldine” and “Daddy’s Gone” being acclaimed by critics and fans alike. The last release even crashed into the Top 20!

With their debut album “Glasvegas” almost upon us, the band are set for a massive tour which will take in venues far and wide.

Glasvegas release their self titled album on September 8th. The group will play the following tour dates:

August 27th – Birmingham, Barfly
August 28th – Stoke, Sugarmill
September 3rd – Dundee, Fat Sams
September 5th – Glasgow, QMU
September 7th – Edinburgh, Liquid Room
September 9th – Liverpool, Barfly
September 13th – Bristol, Trinity
September 14th – Sheffield, Plug
September 15th – Leeds, Cockpit
September 16th – York, Junction
September 17th – Manchester, Academy 3
September 20th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
September 21st – Gloucester, Guildhall
September 22nd – Cardiff, Barfly
September 23rd – London, Scala
September 25th – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

Guy Ritchie has claimed that a character in his new film “RocknRolla” was based on Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty, according to reports.

In an interview with Empire, the director claims the former Libertine was the inspiration for the character Johnny Story (played by Toby Kebbel in the film) who is a shambolic musician and enjoys hanging out in crack dens. Obviously very loosely based on dear old Pete, then.

Ritchie directed the genre defining Brit-crime classic “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels” in 1998, and in the ensuing decade became Mr Madonna in a ceremony at Scotland’s Skibo Castle.

In an interview the director explains his fascination with Doherty by saying “I think what we all like is someone who fell and then stood up again. And that’s probably the story with Pete Doherty.”

Ritchie is not the first film maker to find inspiration in the Babyshambles frontman – according to reports late actor Heath Ledger drew inspiration from the singer for his portrayal of the Joker in the new Batman movie.

“RocknRolla” is released on September 5th.

Lead singer in the White Stripes, guitar slinger in The Raconteurs, Jack White is set for another notable addition to his CV when he records the theme song to the new James Bond movie.

According to reports, White will record the theme song with American R&B singer Alicia Keys – the pair going down in the record books as the first ever duet on a Bond theme.

The reports follow strong rumours that Welsh singer Duffy was odds-on to sing the track, with bookmakers slashing odds on the “Mercy” star becoming the next Shirley Bassey. However, the new film – titled “Quantum of Solace” – will instead be soundtracked by an all American team.

According to Billboard, Jack White not only wrote and produced the song but he will also play drums on the track. The new song will be titled “Another Way To Die” – not to be confused with previous Bond efforts “You Only Live Twice” and “Die Another Day”.

“Quantum Of Solace” will once again star British beefcake Daniel Craig, and will be released in the US on November 7th.

Ah, The Futureheads!

The barmy, Geordie indie tykes you just can’t keep down. New album “This Is Not The World” was a triumphant return to chart busting action after being dropped by 679 Records. Released on their own Nul imprint, it encapsulated everything you ever loved about the band – and has come complete with some typically mental videos.

“Walking Backwards” is the new single from The Futureheads and features the band in typically frantic form. Released on August 4th, the single comes complete with a video that transforms the band into actual muppets! Watch the results below…

The latest installment of Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series is set to hit the shelves soon, with the announcement that “Tell Tale Signs” will hit the shops on October 8th.

The new album will feature twenty seven previously unreleased tracks, including never before heard rarities and alternate versions of songs from Dylan’s back catalogue. The bard of Hibbing is possibly at the most acclaimed point of his career since the mid 70s, with his previous studio album “Modern Times” a US Billboard number one.

The two disc album will feature twenty seven tracks, including alternate versions of songs from “Oh Mercy” – his first collaboration with long time producer Daniel Lanois. The album will be accompanied by a booklet of rare photos and linear notes, while other limited edition versions will be available.

“Tell Tale Signs” is part of the bootleg series, an infrequent delving into one of modern music’s greatest back catalogues. Now up to volume eight, it demonstrates the Dylan discards better ideas than some songwriters use in a lifetime.

To coincide with the release of the album, Bob Dylan will be releasing “Dreamin’ Of You” on his official website.

“Tell Tale Signs” by Bob Dylan will be released on October 8th.