Phildel has just won Pop/Top 40 cat­e­go­ry for Moon­sea in the Inter­na­tion­al Song­writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion where she was up against over 20,000 entries. A fan­tas­tic result from a mul­ti-tal­ent­ed and extreme­ly hard­work­ing per­former. This pres­ti­gious songr­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion was judged this year by such lumi­nar­ies as John May­all, Black Fran­cis (The Pix­ies), Robert Smith (The Cure),  Tom Waits and Imag­ine Drag­ons.This is so well deserved. Lis­ten out for her tonight, Fri­day 9th May, on BBC Radio Lon­don with Nik­ki Bedi at 10pm.


And so to Metal­li­ca, who are head­lin­ing this year’s Glas­ton­bury. What do you make of this move? And…  are you a Glas­to fan or do you pre­fer to head to small­er, more inti­mate festivals?

The Glas­to head­lin­er has become almost as much a talk­ing point as the fes­ti­val itself. Over the past few years, Michael Eav­is & co have had to push the bound­aries and pull off some­thing spe­cial, whether it’s a killer major act like the Stones, some­thing a tad left field, like Shirley Bassey, or con­tro­ver­sial – for Glas­ton­bury any­way – such as Bey­once and Jay‑Z. It seems that heavy rock was one area they had­n’t explored, until now. There’s quite a reac­tion going on in the press, which seems a lit­tle overblown – these days Metal­li­ca are hard­ly Ramm­stein. Metal­li­ca have announced it will be a crowd-pleas­er ‘great­est hits’ style set, as their audi­ence were, after all, sit­ting ducks, hav­ing bought their tick­ets weeks ago. Approx­i­mate­ly half the Glas­to crowd are expect­ed to show up for their act, half will be at small­er stages or passed out in their tents by this point but I think Metal­li­ca will make it a per­for­mance worth watching.




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