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Outlook announce 2011 line-up

Outlook have essentially announced a who’s who of bass music to play the majestic surroundings of Pula, Croatia, between September 1-4 2011.

Celebrating the best in hip-hop to dubstep, drum and bass, grime, techno, reggae, electronica and everything imbetween Outlook has proved it is here on the festival circuit to stay with bookings including Pharoahe Monch, Skream, Benga, David Rodigan, Barrington Levy, Digital Mystikz and many more.

With parties on boats, raves on beaches and festivities in 18th century forts, Outlook mixes natural beauty with gut-wrenching basslines to create one of the unique festivals going.

Tickets are now on sale from £134 here – full line-up below.

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Foo Fighters set for a Big NME Gig

After Dave Grohl was announced as this year’s NME Godlike Genius, it has been confirmed he will perform along with his Foo Fighting pals at the NME Awards Big Gig 2011.

The prestigious event will take place at London’s Wembley Arena on Friday, February 25, with support from Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses and No Age, and will mark the Foo’s first arena gig of 2011 ahead of huge headline slots at some of this year’s biggest European festivals.

The ex-Nirvana drummer is expected to roll out many of his classic tracks, as well as some up-till-now unheard material from the Foo’s forthcoming album – which is so fresh it still doesn’t have a name.

The Godlike Genius, Mr Grohl, said: “I don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do.

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Dave Grohl is a Godlike Genius

Following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Shaun Ryder, The Clash, Ian Brown and 2010 winner Paul Weller, Dave Grohl has been announced as the NME’s Godlike Genius for 2011.

He is the first American to receive the prestigious title having started his career as the drummer of Nirvana, before going on to form the Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and Scream, while also being involved with Queens of the Stone Age amongst many other groups.

The multi-platinum selling rock artist will pick up the award in person, and also perform with the rest of the Foo Fighters, exclusively at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony at the 02 Academy Brixton on Wednesday, February 23.

Dave Grohl says: “It’s really flattering and really good company to be in. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledge for doing something that you love to do, but in truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work, I just consider it this incredible luxury that I get to play music and travel the world and feed my kids. It’s pretty great.

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Get Involved Mix #1 – DJ Yoda

The weekend is nearly upon us, and here is a little treat from DJ Yoda to get it off to a thumping start.

Yoda is one of Get Involved’s increasingly varied and exciting ‘talents’. The DJ extraordinaire has taken the art of playing records to the next level with innovative AV sets which see him manipulate video as well as sound with his fingertips.

Having recently completed his ‘Stop, Look & Listen Tour’, which took in the biggest screen of them all – the BFI IMAX – and an album due out in 2011, we are delighted to be able to call him one of our own.

For more info on Yoda visit his site, and enjoy the mix below.

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by Will Gilgrass

Scottish Hydro launch the Start Eco Zone

Scottish Hydro and Fresh Start have come together to run a ‘present recycling’ scheme through January at the Start Eco Zone, to make use of any unwanted Christmas gifts.

Based in Edinburgh’s St James Centre the Eco-Zone is also being run in collaboration with Scottish Business in the Community, while Fresh Start is part of The Prince’s Charitable Foundation and is an initiative to present an inspiring picture of a sustainable future and showing how we can all make positive changes right now.

Scottish Hydro, part of SSE who are continuing their successful brand activity with Get Involved after last year at Bestival, Wakestock and RockNess amongst other things, are keen for people to minimise waste by bringing any unwanted electrical or kitchen items, from dvd players and music systems through to kettles and clocks to the Eco Zone.

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