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The theremin becomes the first electronic instrument to be heard in Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA, when its inventor Leon Theremin presents a concert of his Music From The Ether, showcasing his self-named electronic instrument. The instrument will subsequently earn a place in countless horror film soundtracks, and on several pop and rock songs, possibly including The Beach Boys' song Good Vibrations.
Darren Leigh Wharton is born in Failswoirth, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe. Keyboardist, singer and songwriter Wharton will first come to notice as a member of Thin Lizzy, but after 1985 he will front his own band Dare.
The Moody Blues release a new single, Voices In The Sky, in the UK on Deram Records. The songs is written by the band's Swindon-born vocalist Justin Hayward, and will peak at No27 in the UK singles chart.
Duran Duran play at Hosteria One, Birmingham, England, UK.
Duran Duran play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Top UK record producer Trevor Horn is listening when BBC Radio One’s Kid Jensen show transmits four live tracks by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, including Relax. Horn decides to sign the band to his new label, ZTT.
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Eurythmics release a new single, Who's That Girl, in the UK.
Seven And The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Hawkwind, supported by Bronz, play at The Civic Hall, Guildford, England, UK, Europe.
Talk Talk play at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
The GLC May Festival in Victoria Park, Hanley, London, England, UK, Europe, features The Carol Gri mes Band, The Hank Wangford Band, Igor's Night Off, Some Like It Hot, Slim Gaillard, Rent Party, Deep Sea Jivers and The Chevalier Brothers.
Paul Weller and Martin Gore (of Depeche Mode) are musical guests on the BBC1 tv series The Saturday Picture Show.
Swing The Mood by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers reaches No1 in the UK singles chart.
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World In Motion by New Order enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No1.
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On their World Violation tour, Depeche Mode play the first of two nights at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, USA.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Jordal Stadium, Oslo, Norway, Europe, with special guest Kim Wilde.
On their World Violation tour, Depeche Mode play the first of two nights at Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Electronic rock pioneers Suicide play at La Ga
Duran Duran play at Nokia @ Grand Prairie, Dallas, Texas, USA.
After 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA, The Killers finally enter the Top 10 – at No10 – with Mr Brightside.
Bright Eyes release a new single Gold Mine Gutted, in the UK on Saddle Creek Records.
It is announced that Depeche Mode fans will be able to buy advance tickets for the band's tour of the USA next month when they download the band's forthcoming album from iTunes.
The xx play at the Bottom Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ellie Goulding plays at The Spring And Airbrake, a 600 capacity club in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
UK radio network BBC 6 Music hosts an hour-long debate on the future of music, covering issues including piracy, copyright, licensing and ticket touts, with the participation of Conservative culture select committee chairman John Whittingdale, Labour minister for culture and tourism Margaret Hodge and the Liberal Democrat shadow culture secretary Don Foster. UK Music CEO Feargal Sharkey also takes part.
Jean Michel Jarre plays at The Zenith, Caen, France.
The South Korean technology company Samsung Electronics announces that rapper Psy will be one of the new faces promoting its Zipel line of refrigerators.
David Bowie releases his 24th album, The Next Day, on ISO Records in the UK.
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The organisers of Sweden's popular Peace And Love music festival declare bankruptcy, and announce that the 2013 festival in Borlange, Sweden, Europe has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. The 40,000 capacity event was to have been headlined by Depeche Mode.
Mark Fisher, designer of fantastical stage sets for Pink Floyd, U2, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga and others, dies of cancer at the age of 66 in The Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, London, UK, Europe.
Primal Fear play at The Bottom Line, Nagoya, Japan, Asia.
Owl City releases his fourth EP Ultraviolet in the USA on Republic Records.
St Vincent plays at The Met University, Leeds, England, UK.
CHVRCHES, Chic, Childhood, Clean Bandit, Dub Pistols, Kaytranada, Kitty, Daisy And Lewis, Major Lazer, Paloma Faith, Peter Hook, Public Service Broadcasting, The Wytches, Wolf Alice and Years And Years play on the last of four days of Bestival 2014 at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight, England, UK.
Kasabian play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Crazy P play at Stereo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
On the North American leg of their On The Road Again tour, One Direction play at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, USA, supported by Icona Pop.
Marina And The Diamonds play at The O2 Academy, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
On her Delirium World Tour, Ellie Goulding plays at The Echo Arena, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
On their Drones World Tour, Muse play the third of four nights at Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
Animal Collective play at Levitation, Austin, Texas, USA.
Ben Watt And Bernard Butler play at The CAA, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, supported by Michele Stodart.
On their Drones World Tour, Muse play at Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
On her Delirium World Tour, Ellie Goulding plays at Belsonic, Custom House Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.
On their 100-date Global Spirit Tour, Depeche Mode play at The Stade Charles-Ehrmann, Nice France, Europe.
Liima play at Super-Deluxe, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
On their 113-date Concrete and Gold tour, Foo Fighters play at Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, supported by Biffy Clyro, The Kills, Apulanta and VANT.
On their Hippopotamus tour Sparks play at The Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
Krautrock pioneers Faust play at The Fiddlers Club, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.