Monday Music News Nov26

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THE JAM are celebrating 30 years since the release of their influential new wave-punk-mod album The Gift with a special box set chock-full of loads of extra features and tracks. The set, titled The Gift: 30th Anniversary, three CDs and one DVD will be included in the box – the original album remastered, a Jam concert at Wembley from 1982, and an entire extra CD of unreleased Jam music that includes demos and alternate takes on songs. The DVD will feature performances from The Jam’s Trans-Global Unity Express tour.

THE 2013 SNOWBOMBING Festival has announced its dates for next year, with the uber-cool event taking over a chunk of the Austrian mountains April 1-6. Snowbombing will take place at Mayrhofen, with bands performing (literally) on the tops of the mountains on special stages as well as at other dedicated venues including in a nearby forest and in an “igloo in the sky.” Last year’s performers included Dizzee Rascal and The Vaccines, but the 2013 roster is still in hush-hush mode, with only Radio 1’s Mistajam confirmed as a DJ at the event.

ARMIN VAN BUUREN has been honoured as the World’s Number One DJ by DJ Magazine readers, his fifth time snagging the award. David Guetta, last year’s winner, showed up in fourth place this year, with the remaining top five being rounded out by Deadmau5, Avicii, and Tiesto. The majority of the 2012 votes were from the U.S., with the UK in second place for amount of votes. The honours were handed out at a big (and very danceable) awards ceremony in Amsterdam.

PYXIS POINTS | Coldplay are helping promote the new Stone Roses film Spike Island, which Coldplay frontman Chris Martin invested in | TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek has just launched a new music label of his own called Federal Prism Music | The Ultra Music Festival has announced its 2013 dates, putting the fest in Miami March 15-17 and 22-24. | Dream-popsters School of Seven Bells are dropping a new EP this month titled Put Your Sad Down | The Glastonbury Festival is revamping itself for 2013, bringing in a new four-year theme that will diversify from the fest’s familiar dystopian, Bladerunner-inspired look | And keep an eye – erhm, ear – on the BBC, as it looks like they’re going to be introducting a streaming music service to go along with their current iPlayer.  – Kristi Kates