Damon Albarn has discussed his band Blur’s legendary rivalry with fellow Britpop giants Oasis in the 1990s.
Speaking to The Guardian, he also referred to the class war that the public identified between his band – who were from the South and perceived as middle-class – and the Northern, working class Oasis.
“The whole class thing was just insane,” he said. “But we were young and we let ourselves get caught up in it. And the competitiveness was ridiculous for a while, but, you know, I was never gonna beat Noel in a war of words.
Nowadays, they’re on much better terms.
“I still see Noel from time to time. We text a bit,” he admitted. Continue reading
One Direction have been announced as the opening act at Radio 1’s Big Weekend next month.
“We’re so excited to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow. Glasgow we’re coming to get you,” they said.
The news was revealed by Nick Grimshaw on his show, where he also announced Bastille would be at the event, which is being held on 24 and 25 May.
Singer Dan Smith said: “We played last year and it was awesome. We can’t wait, we’re so excited.”
Ed Sheeran also spoke to Grimshaw on the phone after it was revealed he would be performing on the Saturday night. Continue reading
Sir Bob Geldof will today say an emotional goodbye to his daughter Peaches as stars are expected to turn out at her funeral today.
A service will be held at the same church in Kent where the funeral of her mother Paula Yates was held 14 years ago.
St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church, in Faversham, is also where Ms Geldof, who was 25 when she died, married musician Tom Cohen, the father of her children, in 2012.
Among the stars expect to turn out to pay tribute to television presenter and model Ms Geldof at Bono, Annie Lennox and Jools Holland.
The chosen church is also where Paula Yates married Sir Bob Geldof in 1986 before she died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41. Continue reading
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band to focus on his health, the band has said.
An announcement saying the 61-year-old is in “ill health” was posted on the band’s Facebook page but no further details were provided.
“Malcolm would like to thank the group’s die-hard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support,” the statement said.
But the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers said they “will continue to make music”, despite rumours they are on the brink of retirement. Continue reading
Britain’s Got Talent scored its highest rating launch episode ever with 11.1 million viewers, ITV said.
The talent show boasted a 47% share last night as series eight got under way with laughs, tears and an owl act.
Andrew Charlton, 53, from Lincolnshire and his owl Rocky had hoped to repeat the success of series winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, but left the judges less than impressed with their agility act with Amanda Holden telling him: “You’re like a very old, unmagical Harry Potter.” Continue reading
Of all the reasons why a screening of Russell Crowe epic Noah might have to be cancelled, this one must surely rank as the most ironic.
Those cinemagoers aiming to catch the first showing of the movie, which opened last Friday, at the Vue in Exeter, found themselves out of luck after being told that the cinema had had to close – due to a flood on the premises.
Local paper the Express and Echo reported that a faulty ice machine was to blame for the incident, which left the cinema unable to re-open until 2pm – almost two hours after the first showing had been due to begin. Continue reading