New York and Iceland

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David Bowie is set to curate the first High Line Festival in New York in May.  Sponsored by the fabby Swedish clothing store H&M, the festival takes its name from the railway that once upon a time served all of Manhattan. Some of the proceeds will go towards the Friends of the High Line, the organization set up to establish a park on the elevated tracks. There is a cool short film about its past history  and future plans on the charity’s website with support from Edward Norton, Kevin Bacon and designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Back to the High Line Festival itself, its described as a cultural mash up due to the wide variety of artists that David Bowie has pooled together – there’s music from artists such as Arcade Fire, Deerhoof, Air and the Polyphonic Spree, comedy from Ricky Gervais of The UK’s Office fame in his American Stand up debut; performance by Laurie Anderson & Ken Nordine;  Australian performance artist Meow Meow; photography by Claude Cahun as well as a selection of Spanish language films selected by David Bowie. The festivities will take place in New York venues such as Hiro, Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the new High Line Ballroom which opens ahead of the festival on April 30th with a  special performance by Lou Reed.

October may seem a long way a way, but not if you are planning a trip to Iceland!  Headliners  for the ninth Iceland Airwaves music festival in Reykjavik have just been announced and tickets with travel packages are now available – this festival gets bigger each year and it may well sell out with acts such as Bloc Party, Of Montreal , !!! and a host of Icelandic acts such as Gus Gus,  AMPOP and DJ Ewok on the bill. As well as the great and varied music on offer, the country has some spectacular natural wonders to behold such as gushing geysers and bubbling thermal waters. So get out the calendar and start planning!

Some of the artists currently on tour around the world include…
Artic Monkeys
Clap Your Hands say Yeah
Faithless – they are set to perform and acoustic set on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic soon – check our website for details of the show so you can hear it live or as an archived performance.
KCRW just hosted its sixth Sounds Eclectic Evening here in Los Angeles with an amazing performances from  Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Cold War Kids, the Shins and surprise guests Travis – Photos and blogs of this musical marathon can be found on our myspace page.

That’s it for this week’s Global Gig Guide.

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Calendar of further global gigs and events….

Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival representing the arrival of Summer .
The Beltane Fire Festival held on Carlton Hill in the centre of Edinburgh is the largest fire festival in Europe! Held of the night of April 30th
With beats provided by the Beastie Drummers.

Midi Festival, Beijing China  May 1 – 4th biggest rock festival in China featuring mainly Chinese acts (bands and DJs) but also some international ones – this year Dave Stewart will debut his environmentally charged ‘Go Green’ song with Nadirah X.

Pinkpop festival, Laandgraaf, Netherlands May 26-28
Europe’s oldest pop festival! Bill includes Smashing Pumpkins, Artic Monkeys, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse

Ojai Music Festival, California June 8-10
Program includes - The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Nexus, Peter Eotovos, Bugallo-Williams

Fusion Festival Germany June 28 – July 1st

Line up TBD.

Disclaimer: Although I have  tried to make the Global Gig Guide as accurate as possible, KCRW accept no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by any person resulting from information contained in the Global Gig Guide. We would recommend that you to verify any critical information with the relevant authorities before you travel.