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2010 Ivor Novello Award Winners

The 55th annual Ivor Novello Awards ceremony was held at a prestigious event in London on 20 May 2010. These awards are internationally recognized and are hosted in conjunction with the PRS by the BASCA. British musicians and writers are honored by the Ivor Novello Awards for their valuable contribution to the music industry. Composers and songwriters, who are often behind the scenes, enjoy their moment in the spotlight, having the recognition they so richly deserve bestowed on them. This year Lily Allen was the star of the show, walking away with no less than three Ivor Novello Awards.

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Hendrix in Britain Exhibition

Handel House Museum, located at 23-25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, is set to host “Hendrix in Britain” from 25 August through to 7 November 2010 in honor of Jimi Hendrix - commemorating his death on 18 September forty years ago and highlighting his significant contribution to the music world. The venue is particularly fitting for this tribute to the legendary American guitarist, singer and songwriter, James Marshall Hendrix, as he lived in the top floor flat of 23 Brook Street in 1968, using it as a home base as he played at venues across the city.

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2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival

Taking place over three days, and featuring more than 130 bands performing on eight stages, the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival promises music-lovers a line-up worth traveling for. From the 8th to the 10th of October 2010, Zilker Park in the heart of Austin, Texas, is set to be the venue for the non-stop party this annual music festival has come to be known for. The festival has come a long way since it started in 2002, and this year’s lineup includes world-class headliners alongside budding talent, over a range of genres that’s sure to keep everyone happy. The program includes the legendary Eagles, Phish, Muse, Strokes, M.I.A, Spoon, Norah Jones, Band of Horses and Robert Earl Keen. ACL debut performances include Broken Bells, Girls, and the Temper Trap.

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Dizzee Rascal to Be Awarded

One of the most well known charities in the United Kingdom is Nordoff Robbins. This organization welcomes individuals of all ages, using the art of music making to encourage those with disabilities or illnesses to express themselves. Music therapy was first explored by Paul Nordoff, a composer and pianist from America, and together with Clive Robbins, a form of therapy was created to assist those in need of mental stimulation of therapeutic benefit. These sessions assist with general wellbeing and social interaction, resulting in an increase in confidence, both emotionally and physically. Each year, this organization also hosts the O2 Silver Clef Awards, with Dizzee Rascal being a recipient this year.

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Christina Aguilera's Bionic Summer Tour

The last time music fans had the opportunity to see Christina Aguilera live in action, was in 2006, with her breathtakingly popular Back To Basics tour. Now, with the release of her new album looming, her loyal supporters can make plans to experience the album in concert, as the tour dates for the Bionic Summer Tour have just been released. Her new music video, Not Myself Tonight, has taken the world by storm, and anticipation is growing around the album that will be available in stores on 8 July 2010.

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