Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has said that 'FARM AID' is likely to be delayed until late October, because of concern over the pitch at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium.
This week, Eavis visited the Welsh capital this week to view the 62,000-capacity stadium.
Eavis - a farmer himself, when he's not organising Europe's biggest live music event - has not yet named any of the bands he plans to approach for the 12-hour fundraiser, which would also feature guest speakers from environmental campaign groups.
Proceeds would be split between five farmers' charities, to help those affected by the recent foot and mouth crisis.
However, speaking to BBC news today (May 25), Eavis said that the event is likely to take place on October 27, as the preferred date, at the start of September, is not possible, because the stadium pitch may be in a poor state after a summer of sport.
He said: "We got a whole lot of support in Wales that we may not have had in London. It seems to be the natural home for it.
"We pencilled in September 8, but there was a problem with the pitch there. So they've given me three more dates in Cardiff. It looks like October 27, which is getting late, but then again all the bands will have finished their summer gigs and are much less inhibited by then. I've got to phone around the bands and make sure they're happy with the new dates, which is a long job, actually."
Eavis had already looked into using the Millennium Dome in London, the Milton Keynes Bowl and Knebworth as possible venues, but it is understood that the Cardiff stadium, which has a retractable roof, is now his preferred option.
The Music sign to Hut
Britains most hottly-tipped band The Music have put pen to paper on a new deal with Hut Records, who are owned by Virgin.
The exact album deal is yet unknown but it has been confirmed by many close sources to the band that the teenagers from Leeds signed the deal straight after they came off stage after their sell out gig in their hometown on Thursday night (live review in the reviews section). The gig will be hear on Radio 1's Lamacq Live from 8pm on Monday, as Steve Lamacq was present at the gig and the after show party.
Hut were favourites to sign the band as The Music's management also manage fellow Yorkshire band Embrace and also were involved with The Verve prior to their split. Both bands were also signed to Hut Records.
The band have a tour of the North due to begin in Manchester on July 12th, but are expected to release more dates for their growing fanbases in the Midlands and the South. After completing the dates the band will hopefully begin work on their debut album.News escaped before the signing took place when Hut announced a compilation album 'Hut Recordings 1991-2001', released on July 2, which will feature The Music's debut single 'Take The Long Road And Walk It'.
Track listing for the record is:-
Smashing Pumpkins - 'I Am One'
David Gray - 'Wisdom'
The Auteurs - 'Lenny Valentino'
McAlmont & Butler - 'Yes'
The Verve - 'History'
Whale - 'Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe'
Placebo - 'Nancy Boy'
Embrace - 'All You Good Good People'
Gomez - 'Whippin' Piccadilly'
Hobotalk - 'Lately More Than Ever'
Richard Ashcroft - 'Brave New World'
Crackout - 'Mr Rabies'
The Burn - 'Facing the Music'
The Music - 'Take the Long Road And Walk It'
Garage Outfit To Keep Radiohead Off Top Spot
DJ Pied Piper looks set to keep Radiohead's first single release in over three years off the Number One spot, in the battle for this week's chart-topping single.
The UK garage outfit released 'Do You Really Like It?' yesterday (May 21), the same day Radiohead released their new single 'Pyramid Song'.
Figures based on singles sales yesterday reveal that DJ Pied Piper is currently most likely to be the highest new entry at Number One, with Radiohead at Number Two. As a result, this week's Number One single, 'Don't Stop Movin'' by S Club 7, will be relegated to Number Three.