The former home of Joy Division's Ian Curtis is to be turned into a museum dedicated to the late singer after a fan of the band purchased the property, it was revealed last month. That fan is Tel Aviv-based businessman Hadar Goldman, who's promising to turn the place into a centre for creativity. Here's what he had to say about the project and claims by Curtis' former band mates that turning the house where the frontman hung himself would be "ghoulish"... "The first Joy Division song that really hooked me was ‘New Dawn Fades’. It must have been around 1985.
With their UK live return at Hyde Park just weeks away, hard facts about The Strokes’ sixth album are frustratingly thin on the ground. That doesn’t mean the individual members haven’t been busy, though: firstly, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr is set to return with ‘Momentary Masters’, his third solo LP, released on July 31. With a title taken from a line in ‘Pale Blue Dot’, astronomer Carl Sagan’s 1994 treatise about mankind’s place in the universe, the album promises to show a different, more philosophical side to Hammond. “I couldn’t stop going back to it as a title,” he explains.
It's like the '90s never went away: this June, the decade's quintessential chat show TFI Friday returns for a one-off special. Host Chris Evans is back, and he's bringing a shedload of his old music pals for the jaunt, too. Blur, Liam Gallagher and Roger Daltrey will all be there, as will Stone Roses and Primal Scream bassist Mani, Lightning Seeds' singer Ian Broudie, former Oasis drummer Zak Starkey, and new kids on the block Rudimental and Years & Years.
What makes Glastonbury the greatest festival on Earth is also the very same thing that can make it the most maddening, too: choices. Lots and lots and lots of choices. Almost too many choices, in fact –because while there's more amazing bands to be found on the fields of Worthy Farm than anywhere else, it's also inevitable that you won't be able to fit them all in to your weekend. And so it is for this year's line-up, too. Do you go and see NME's Godlike Geniuses, Suede, on Saturday evening?
Last week, the Government announced that it's going to outlaw "any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect” - except from those it deigns to allow like caffeine, certain medicines and booze. It's a move which in theory means the end of the road for nitrous balloons, poppers and that stash of legal highs being sold next to the bongs at festival stalls and in your local head shop.