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Universal Music UK’s blog on music, the music news stories which interest us most and the wider issues which affect our business. Some food for thought we hope.

Nevermind turns 20

Nevermind turns 20

15/09/2011

Karen Simmonds - UMSM MD

A Tuesday evening in mid-September found me in Shoreditch at the opening of the Nirvana Exhibition, to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Nevermind.

Reading Festival 2011 - Sunday

Reading Festival 2011 - Sunday

28/08/2011

The third and final day of Reading 2011 was by far its busiest. The main road leading up to the festival was jam packed with thousands of festival goers eager to get a prime spot infront of the main stage.

Reading Festival 2011 - Saturday

Reading Festival 2011 - Saturday

27/08/2011

The team from Umusic were back at Reading festival for day two and grateful for the the great weather. Eager fans gathered despite the poor weather on Friday

Reading Festival 2011 - Friday

Reading Festival 2011 - Friday

26/08/2011

Friday at Reading Festival 2011 began with heavy rain but spirits couldn't be dampened by the weather. Bands across Universal's labels had made the trip to the muddy site to perform for over 85,000 fans.

Umusic at Reading Festival 2011

Umusic at Reading Festival 2011

23/08/2011

The August Bank Holiday is fast approaching and for a lot of us at Universal Music that means one thing: the weekend of the Reading and Leeds festivals. We will be blogging from the Reading site all weekend so keep checking back to see what we get up to, which bands we're watching and the occasional weather update.

#futureofmusic with Wired

#futureofmusic with Wired

22/07/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

This week I spoke at Wired’s Future of Music event with Michael Breidenbruecker (founder of RJDJ) and Imogen Heap.

Utalks at Urban Development

Utalks at Urban Development

18/07/2011

Courtney Buck - Intern, Urban Development

Utalks are a series of informal sessions to give people interested in and around music the chance to speak to people working on the frontline. Hosted by staff at Universal Music, this is only the fourth of its kind, although Universal is planning to host more throughout the year. For this edition Utalks comes to UDHQ at the Three Mills Studios in East London.

Polydor at Sonisphere

Polydor at Sonisphere

15/07/2011

Olivia Whatley-Hobbs - Digital Marketing, Polydor

A big part of what we do is collecting content such as videos and photos from some of the top festivals and gigs that our artists play.

Elbow at Glastonbury

Elbow at Glastonbury

05/07/2011

Liz Goodwin - Head of Marketing, Polydor

Glastonbury has to be one of the musical highlights every year. Cramming onto a farm with 150,000 people isn’t everyone’s idea of fun but loads of people here at Universal HQ are hooked.

Breakfast in Parliament - pt2

Breakfast in Parliament - pt2

01/07/2011

Hanna Chalmers - Head of Research And Insight, Universal Music UK

On Monday I said I’d update you on our trip to parliament to meet MPs and tell them about Universal Music.

It’s hard not to feel a sense of excitement and trepidation as one is led through security into such a formidable and historic building as the House of Commons.

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