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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, last night’s (21/02/2012) Brit Awards left little to chance as celebrities and fans alike packed into the O2 arena in London.


There were a whole host of honours dished out with Adele's hugely popular, multiple Grammy-winning album 21 receiving the award for female solo artist and Album of the Year.


Adele had performed earlier in the evening offering up a cautious rendition of Rolling in the Deep, but it was Ed Sheeran, the night's other double winner after taking home best British male solo artist and best British breakthrough, that shone on stage. After a quick costume change the singer-songwriter performed a note perfect version of his single, Lego House.


Other winners at the BRIT Awards last night included Lana Del Rey, who won the award for international breakthrough act, Coldplay picked up the award for British music group, the Foo Fighters for international music group and a surprising win for One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" as they were handed the British single of the year.


The evening ended with a sour note as Adele clambered on stage to give her acceptance speech for Album of the Year.


But the Tottenham born starlet was rushed off the main stage to for a rather disappointing closing performance by 90’s pop-rock legends Blur, who picked up an award for outstanding contribution to music earlier in the ceremony. After an uncomfortable James Corden asked Adele to leave the stage, the singer flipped Brit award “suits” the finger while saying, "Can I just say then, goodbye, and I’ll see you next time round, then?"


The incident upset Corden, who said afterwards: "I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur get to play for 11 minutes and she gets to say thank you once."


Many were left unconvinced by this year’s ceremony, with the Arts Desk website noting “For those into legacy, who might care about how this show will be remembered, it was the lowest BRITs climax for years.”

It’s that time of year again. With nominations for this year’s NME awards, released last night (January 30) exclusively on BBC Radio 1 during Zane Lowe’s show. The nominations saw Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines and Odd Future among the acts nominated for gongs.


Arctic Monkeys – who've scored seven nominations in total – will go head-to-head with Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Horrors and Muse for the Best British Band award. Somewhat ironically, Muse have also been nominated for three gongs in total including this year’s Worst Band award.


Ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher is up for four awards in total, including the coveted Best Album for 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' and Best Solo Artist. He’s also going to be awarded the Godlike Genius Award on the night.


An Instrumania favourite, Foo Fighters, are up for the Best International Band award with lead singer and ex-nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl up for the Hero of the Year award.


The NME Awards has taken different forms over the past 60 years . Back in the 50s and 60s it was the Pollwinners' Concert, and from 1971 to 1993 it was a simple readers poll rather than the live ceremony that you see today. The 2012 NME awards will be the 15th year since the ceremony’s rebirth in 1993 after a 22 year gap of recognising and rewarding the very best in music.


For more information about the nominees and the ceremony or to get tickets, visit the official awards page at: http://www.nme.com/awards


With new categories and awards, the show is set to be a good night of music. The winners will be announced at the ceremony at O2 Academy Brixton on February 29.  Vote for your favourite artist at: http://www.nme.com/awardsvote

 

Radiohead, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg are to headline this year's Coachella festival in California.

Snoop Dogg is still set to headline this year's Coachella festival despite TMZ reporting that the Sweat rapper was arrested on Saturday (7th January) at the Sierra Blanca highway checkpoint after border patrol found a red prescription bottle containing under a half-ounce of weed on his tour bus.

Other acts on the line-up include Pulp, Florence + the Machine and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, as well as Swedish House Mafia, Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver and La Roux, while Swedish punks Refused will play their first major gig in 14 years.

The first Coachella festival took place back in 1999 and featured top artists such as Beck, the Chemical Brothers and Morrissey, with over 25,000 fans visiting the two-day event. The event takes place in the desert near Palm Springs, and for the first time will be held over two weekends in April, featuring identical line-ups.

Tickets are set to go on sale to the public in a few days. You can find out more information via the tickets page at: http://www.coachella.com/festival-passes/how-to-purchase

The full line-up for Coachella festival 2012 is as follows:

 

Day 1 - Friday 13 and 20 April

The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia, Pulp, Refused, Arctic Monkeys, Mazzy Star, Afrojack, Explosions in the Sky, M83, Amon Tobin, Cat Power, Madness, Jimmy Cliff and Tim Armstrong, GIRLS, the Rapture, Madeon, M Ward, the Horrors, Frank Ocean, James Alesso, Sebastien, Yuck, Neon Indian, Dawes, Black Angels, Deathgrips, Wu Lyf, Breakbot, Atari Teenage Riot, Feed Me, Givers, Other Lives, Band of Skulls, R3hab, Wolfgang, Midnight Beast, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, Kendrick Lamar, The Dear Hunter, Honeyhoney, Hello Seahorse!, Sheepdogs, LA Riots

Day 2 - Saturday 14 and 21 April

Radiohead, Bon Iver, the Shins, David Guetta, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Jeff Mangum, Sebastian Ingrosso, Andrew Bird, Feist, Firehose, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, St Vincent, Martin Solveig, Subfocus, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Manchester Orchestra, Kasabian, AWOL Nation, Azealia Banks, Squeeze, A$AP Rocky, Buzzcocks, Kaiser Chiefs, Destroyer, the Head and the Heart, Laura Marling, Tuneyards, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Black Lips, the Big Pink, Childish Gambino, the Vaccines, Zed's Dead, Grouplove, Jacques Lu Cont, We Were Promised, Jetpacks, Gary Clark Junior, Borgore, Dragonette, We Are Augustines, Mt Eden, Destructo, Suedehead, Keep Shelley in Athens, Pure Filth Sound

Day 3 - Sunday 15 and 22 April

Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, At the Drive-In, Justice, Florence and the Machine, AVICII, La Roux, Beirut, the Weeknd, Girl Talk, The Hives, DJ Shadow, Calvin Harris, Nero, Wild Flag, Modeselektor, Dada Life, Porter Robinson, Santigold, Flux Pavilion, Dr P, Gotye, Seun Keti, Egypt 80, Beats Antique, Fitz and the Tantrums, Araabmuzik, Company Flow, Real Estate, Zed, Le Bucherettes, Greg Ginn, the Growlers, Noisia, Morgan Page, Gaslamp Killer, First Aid Kit, Oberhofer, Lissie, Thundercat, Metronomy, Wild Beasts, Housse de Racket, Fanfarlo, Spector, Gardens and Villa, Airplane Boys, Sleeper Agent

Since Noel Gallagher left Oasis after a spat with his brother Liam on 28 August 2009, the Manchester born musician has been pretty busy. His latest project, “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”, began by kicking off their debut UK and Ireland tour at Dublin's Olympia Theatre just hours after their self-titled debut album went straight to Number One in the UK album chart.

The band made their entrance onstage to the anthem of Gallagher's beloved Manchester City 'Blue Moon', a subtle jab at Manchester United fans after their 6-1 defeat in the Manchester derby just a few hours before the gig. Noel made no attempt of forgetting the past with the band opening up with the 1994 Oasis b-side '(It's Good) To Be Free'.

Later, Gallagher also gave more and more references to his previous band with renditions of 'Wonderwall', 'Supersonic', ‘Talk Tonight' and 'Half the World Away'. Even the three song encore was made up entirely of Oasis tracks, 'Don't Look Back In Anger', ‘The Importance Of Being Idle' and 'Little By Little'.

The remainder of the set was made up by tracks from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' self-titled debut album.  Just hours previously, Noel Gallagher had beaten previous X Factor winner Matt Cardle to the top of the UK album chart.

The ex-Oasis chief's 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' clocked up sales of 120,000 in its first week alone,  almost double that of brother Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye debut, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', which charted at Number Three back in March.

Singles 'The Death Of You And Me' and 'AKA… What A Life' were met with an ecstatic reaction from the swarm of fans, who chanted Gallagher's name throughout the performance.

Gallagher, being his usual self, engaged in banter with fans about the Manchester Derby football result, responding to booing from the crowd by saying:

“That's piss poor that is. You should be proud of yourselves booing a man at his first gig.”

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds’ tour continues in Manchester on Wednesday 26th October, before moving on to Edinburgh the following day and more gigs at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, HMV Forum and The Roundhouse before the end of the month.

Gallagher also announced on his website another much bigger tour beginning with a huge date in his hometown at the Manchester Evening News Arena on February 13, 2012.