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We’ve all seen it. Pictures of London being ripped apart by gangs of so called rioters are being beamed all across the world. It even made the front page of The New York Times yesterday. With the Olympics less than a year away, this is highly embarrassing.

Although many people don’t really care about what the world think. For people in London, this is too close to home to even think about international reactions. People’s homes and livelihoods have been lost and many things are irreplaceable.

Last night, a video was shown of a woman in hackney standing up to the youths. She was amazing. Not only because she was standing up to them but because she was the only person yesterday who seemed to really hit the nail on the head.

What are all of these people fighting and causing destruction for? A young man has died, a father of children, a family man. Would he really have wanted his life to end with all of this? People took advantage of people’s upset and turned it into reasonless fighting, hurting even more people.

As the woman in the video says, they don’t have a reason. Maybe people would be able to understand it more. People in Egypt have been fighting for democracy and what are we doing in the UK? Rioting so someone can get some nice new air maxes and then be able to make some money from the Tesco value basmati rice that they also stole?

It’s pathetic. In the current economic crisis that we’re in, people are struggling enough without their businesses being targeted. It’s saddening when you hear tales of businesses that have gone through 5 generations of the family, destroyed by mindless, violence hungry people within minutes. Some people might have saved for years so that they can start their own business and then suddenly it’s gone. Then what about the people who live above the shops? Children’s toys gone, family photos that will never be replaced.

There were also reports of masked people going into a Michelin star restaurant in Notting Hill and making shocked and distressed diners give them their jewellery. It is shocking that a country like the UK is behaving like this. This is something you would expect from a third world country. It is dreadful.

I feel sorry for the emergency services who have to deal with this unnecessary trouble, fixing things that shouldn’t need to be fixed. They are ordinary people trying to do a job that isn’t being made easy by this. They should be helping people who really need help. The police horses that have to deal with rioters throwing stuff at them, and the dogs that have to keep working even as fires blare in the background.

As people are still panicking in London and the violence spreads to Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol, the question still remains, where was our prime minister when we needed him? Why didn’t nick Clegg step up to his deputy role? Rumours are beginning to suggest that the government were warned about dissatisfaction amongst certain communities so why was nothing addressed before it got so serious?

If there is one good thing out of this, it’s the fact that people used twitter to rally together and clean the streets. Not only that but they clapped the police as they drove past. It suddenly reminds you that the people doing the damage to London are a minority while the rest of us are incredibly devastated that this beautiful city is being damaged and victimised.

Tonight, 16000 police officers have been drafted in to help keep London to some kind of normality. I question whether this will truly work, but all I know is that this needs to stop. Innocent people are being harmed and the emergency services are being stretched all for vandalism and damage without a cause.

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As 2010 comes to an end, you’ve stuffed your face with endless amounts of turkey and chocolate it’s time to look forward to 2011. Electric is here to remind you why 2011 is going to be so great.

After a bit of a mini break from touring, Editors are coming back with a new album which is being produced by Flood which let’s face it is going to be awesome. The Birmingham band really excelled with last album: In This Light and On This Evening so it’s going to be interesting to see what direction they go in next. In a past interview Electric did with Editors, they said they’d like to take a more havier direction. Who knows what it will sound like!

Glastonbury festival is set to witness some of the biggest rock and roll shows it has ever seen. U2 are set to headline one night after having to pull out of last year’s festival after Bono injured his back. It will be interesting to see how they go back to the basics with their stage set and blast out those popular anthems we all know and love. Bon Jovi are also rumoured to be headlining on the sunday which Electric thinks will be freaking epic. Imagine 170,000 people singing Livin on a Prayer. Yes. Exactly.

There’s a new Lady Gaga wlbum to look froward to. The pop princess has been recording and hopefully 2011 will see her releasing the album ‘Born This Way’ and also going on tour again. That lady just doesn’t stop. But she does love her job and her fans morethan anything in the world.

After making a triumphant return at the Isle of Wight festival earlier this year, The Strokes are meant to be releasing a new album in 2011. Julian confirmed on twitter that the album had been finished. Apparently though, they’ve had some trouble with it, re-doing some songs several times. But Albert said in an interview that they are really happy with the ten songs they have. To be fair to them it must be very stressful trying to make the album that everyone wants.

Pulp are back! yes we will get to see Jarvis Cocker and co grace the stage at Wireless festival in Hyde Park and Isle of Wight festival. it was a bit of a surprise this year but definately something to look forward to. Hopefull they’ll add a couple more dates including maybe a set at Glastonbury festival. Let’s hope Jarvis keeps his cool and wows the crowd with old favourites such as Babies and Common People.

Will 2011 be the year that The White Stripes fiinally reform? All of Jack’s mates from The Dead Weather and Raconteurs have gone back to their main bands, so is it time for Jack and Meg to reform The White Stripes and show us what we’ve all been missing? In an interview on Spin.com White said that he thought Meg (Sister or wife – who knows) was ready to start playing again after cancelling shows due to extreme anxiety. This is the closest we’ve come to the idea of them reforming so we just have to hold out hope that it actually happens. Let’s just say a headline spot at Bonnaroo festival would be perfect for them.

And so on that bombshell that’s enough things to look froward to. As to the White Stripes, we can only hope that a new album is in the cards. The world needs Jack White. 2011 looks like it’s going to be a packed year with many other bands releasing albums and announcing tours. Bring it on.

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So it was announced today that Kings Of Leon will be playing a summer UK stadium tour. Honestly, it was a bit of a shock. When you think of bands that do stadiums, you don’t exactly think of Kings Of Leon.

The question is can they really fill out and play a memorable stadium show?

Look at all of the bands we associate with stadium shows….

Muse who played two incredible nights at Wembley and had a giant UFO flying over the crowd.

U2 who manage to play the hits that get everyone singing along while they play under a giant claw costing around £10m.

For a band who famously had a little breakdown whilst headlining Reading festival, it does make you question how they’ll cope playing such big venues where there will be lots of people who only know Sex On Fire. And isn’t that the thing that makes them REALLY angry? Should be interesting.

All of the stadium bands mentioned above have huge stage presences that make the crowd go “Oh my god! I can’t believe i’m seeing them!” or “Oh My God! Did you see what he just did – isn’t he amazing?!”. As much as we all love Kings Of Leon – they just don’t have that stage presence for it yet. During their live shows, there is hardly any interaction with the crowd – they just play for almost three hours. But can they really do that at Sunderland or in Hyde Park? As great as they are musically, you want that extra oomph to say “wow I saw Kings Of Leon and they were incredible”.

Don’t get me wrong, they are a great band who write amazing songs, it’s just puzzling as to who came up with the idea that they can play stadiums. Last Summer they played a show in Hyde Park, London which got mixed reviews, lots of people loved it but even more people were critical of the way Kings Of Leon played without really seeming to care….

All we know is that Summer 2011 could be a massive test for KOL, whether they’re ready for it or not, they’re going to have to get used to people only knowing Use Somebody and Sex On Fire and they’re going to have something memorable to make seeing in a stadium worthwhile. Let’s hope the Tennessee boys are up for the challenge.

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