Mercury Prize announced tonight, Reading & Leeds Festival to grow, Robbie on for Number 1, watch new Plan B, Crystal Castles, Green Day videos... Daily Hot List
Thursday, 1 November
The winning album of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012 will be announced tonight with the result expected around 10pm (GMT). Alt-J are currently favourites with the bookies, though the odds on Richard Hawley (above), Django Django, Jessie Ware and Plan B have all shortened. All 12 acts will play the ceremony which takes place at London's Roundhouse for the first time. Follow us on Twitter @QMagazine for updates throughout the night.
Grimes has cancelled her European tour due to "health issues".
Organisers of the Reading And Leeds Festivals hope to expand the event by adding around three new stages in 2013. "Within those additional two or three stages there will be a lot more diversity of music," suggested MD Melvin Benn of the changes. "We're changing the arena at Reading and Leeds quite significantly." He added he hoped to announce one of the festivals' headliners before Christmas.
Watch Plan B's new video for Playing With Fire.
Live Nation say there were priced out of staging gigs in Hyde Park because the Royal Parks wanted too much money. "They're public servants, so they not allowed to say [it's about the money] but it doesn't take a genius to work out what they wanted," suggested the promoters chief operating officer John Probyn.
Watch the video for Crystal Castles' Affection, taken from their forthcoming album III.
Eminem is to act as "executive producer" on the debut album by Skylar Grey. Having previously worked with the rapper on Love The Way You Lie, the singer-songwriter's record is due to be released in the spring.
Muse's Matt Bellamy says watching economics programmes on TV helped to form the lyrics for the band's recent album The 2nd Law. Take a bow Stephanie Flanders...
Watch the trailer for Mumford & Son's forthcoming live DVD, Road To Red Rocks, out in later this month.
The National-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return next year between 21 and 24 March in New York.
Want the flaws in the US presidential election explained to you by someone who plays bluegrass covers of AC/DC? You've come to the right place, here's a guest column by Hayseed Dixie's John Wheeler.
Having leaked their second album No Love Deep Web without their labels permission, Death Grips have now also leaked the angry emails they got from Epic about the... er... leak. One correspondence between the band's manager and the record label declares:
"this album will not count towards the recording commitment. As I am sure you'll understand, Epic will not pay for an album thousands of people have already downloaded." Possibly not a publicity stunt then... or is it?
Green Day have contributed a new song, The Forgotten, to the soundtrack for the next Twilight flim. Here it is.
Gary Barlow will play a Mencap Little Noise Session at St John-at-Hackney Church on 19 November.
His pal, Robbie Williams looks set to score his seventh Number 1 single with Candy on Sunday, while Calvin Harris is leading the way in the albums race, baring any impact on sales for whoever wins the Mercury Prize tonight.
Today's Track Of The Day is AlunaGeorge with Your Drums, Your Love - get our new issue, Q317, for an interview with the duo
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 01/11/2012
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