Andy Sheppard, Redferns The organisers of the Latitude festival have…
- Posted on Oct 25th 2010 9:00AM by Simon Jay Catling
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The gong -- previously received by such luminaries as the Specials, Björk and Damon Albarn -- comes after a stellar six months for the band. Reuniting for the first time since 2003 for a brace of low key shows in London and Manchester, they made a stunning full comeback at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. They've since announced the release of a 'best of' to come out at the end of the month as well as a seven-date European tour beginning in Barcelona on Nov. 27 and culminating at London's O2 Arena on Dec. 7.
Speaking to The Guardian last week, the group's lead singer Brett Anderson admitted the group were enjoying the reunion but, with his own fourth solo album out in 2011, stated that he "didn't know" if they were to continue beyond this year, mooting that "I think we'd have to be convinced that it would be the right thing to do. You know, has the moment passed, or should we pick at the scab again?"
Also at the awards, Neil Finn will win the Classic Songwriter Award, won last year by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). Finn has been enjoying success since forming Split Enz with brother Tim in the 70s but is best known for the output of his band Crowded House in the 1980s.