NEWS: Weekly recap – More Splendour, The Libertines return, and Britpop turns 20

Splendour drop more names

After releasing the official Splendour In The Grass 2014 lineup last week, the organisers have just added three more names to the bill: Hilltop Hoods, Childish Gambino and Sam Smith. These three join a huge list of artists who will be playing at the festival from July 25-27. Tickets go on sale this Friday.


Brisbane venues close doors

It’s been a sad week for Brisbane live music venues: The Chalk Hotel in Woolloongabba has gone into receivership, whilst The Tempo in Fortitude Valley has closed its doors indefinitely over a dispute with Brisbane City Council.

Whilst The Chalk Hotel has kept trading for the time being under the receivers, The Tempo has been forced to close after an unresolved dispute with Brisbane City Council involving conditions in the venue’s Amplified Music Venue permit. The Music has reported that the Council received a large number of noise complaints about the pub, and that the venue were exceeding the noise levels that were permitted by their permit.

Although The Tempo operators have “closed for renovation until resolution,” they also stated on their Facebook page that they hope to be back soon.


Courtney Love back on form

Courtney Love has been grabbing a lot of media attention lately. Firstly, she decided to enlighten the world with her theory on the location of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Then, she prematurely promised a reunion with her former Hole band members. Then she hugged Dave Grohl at Nirvana‘s Hall Of Fame induction and dissed Bruce Springsteen‘s style.

Now, the singer is in the news for something thankfully far less controversial – she’s released her new single “You Know My Name” to the world, and it’s as raucous and punchy as we could have hoped. The single is part of a double A-side that will be out on May 4.


The Libertines reform

The infamous British rock group The Libertines are reforming for a one off show at Hyde Park in London on July 5 2014, as part of the British Summertime festival. The band that brought you “Can’t Stand Me Now” and “Don’t Look Back Into The Sun” will be headlining the event, with The Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park, and The Enemy listed as special guests.

The Libertines are perhaps more famous for their explosive break up ten years ago, and the tabloid fodder that was singer Pete Doherty‘s notorious drug fuelled antics. Bandmate Carl Barat gave an in depth interview which you can check out here.


Duran Duran album in the works

Duran Duran have confirmed on their website that they are working on a new album with none other than John Frusciante from Red Hot Chili Peppers. The news has slowly been seeping through the media, prompting the band to make the announcement earlier than expected.


The reformed 80s pop group started out amongst the New Romantics and gained super-stardom with hits such as “Rio” and “The Reflex”. Their last album All You Need Is Now achieve a great degree of commercial success, prompting a world tour.


Britpop turns 20

It seems the British have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of Britpop this week – 1994 saw the release of two of the most iconic albums of the genre: Definitely Maybe by Oasis and Parklife by Blur. It’s easy to forget that the birth of Britpop occurred much earlier- the foundations were laid by many bands, including The Smiths and The Stone Roses. Suede‘s self titled album and Blur‘s Popscene set the standard well before 1994.

Still, 1994 and 1995 were the golden years for the short lived renaissance, and to commemorate the anniversary, Damon Albarn from Blur sang his cockney-rife song “Parklife” in front of a rowdy crowd, alongside house band The Gents.

Meanwhile, ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher joined up with original bandmate Paul Arthurs (Bonehead) for a pub crawl and a few tantalising tweets for fans which in the end meant nothing. A Morning Glory reunion tour instead Liam?

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