Kings Of Leon were confronted with a myriad of lewd banners at T in The Park last weekend, one reading “CALEB, YOU CAN SLEEP IN MY TENT!” Frontman Caleb Followill was in affectionate mood, telling the crowd: “I want you guys to know that we love you all so very, very much.” Pick up this week’s NME to read all about Scotland’s biggest festival. Pic: Andy Willsher
“Never say never”: the words uttered by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez about the possible reformation of At The Drive-In. Read about the Texan post-hardcore legends’ legacy, and of their possible return, only in NME this week.
Blur’s T In The Park headline slot almost didn’t happen. Guitarist Graham Coxon has been in hospital until just hours earlier. “[He] literally walked out of hospital to be here, announced Damon to an ebullient crowd as the band kicked off their set with ‘She’s So High’. Pic: Danny North
Nicky Wire says James Dean Bradfield is his “guitar hero”. At least that’s what he said onstage at T in The Park. Find out more about the Welsh band’s anthemic set in this week’s NME. Pic: Andy Willsher
The Mighty Boosh will launch their latest and weirdest musical project, The Doctor And The Pencil, at a charity gig next month. Find out more about Noel Fielding’s new DJ alias, and the Boosh’s strange plans, in NME’s news section this week.
The worst thing about hitting a bouncer? You don’t get paid for the gig. That’s according to Crystal Castles, who caused controversy at Sonar festival with their ‘hands-on’ tactics. “Apparently we assaulted their crew. Do you know how much it costs to bring everyone over to do a show like that?” moaned Ethan Kath. Pic: Andy Willsher
Cornershop’s comeback was inspired by Lady GaGa. Frontman Tjinder Singh tells NME how he was sick of the UK music scene and its lack of diversity. “Now the atmosphere has changed…the whole girl-fronted stuff has a variation, from Lady Gaga to Micachu”. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Jamie T thinks EPs are “wonderful,” and intends to release a string of them. “I want to be releasing all year,” explains Wimbledon’s eager troubadour as he talks to the NME this week about how he’s hit a rich songwriting vein following the recording of his latest album ‘Kings & Queens’. Pic: Andy WiIlsher
Kristen Schaal, aka Mel the psycho groupie from ‘Flight Of The Conchords’, once worked on a cartoon called ‘Snake And Bacon’. She also thinks she looks like a chipmunk. That’s according to to her interview with Peter Robinson in the latest issue of the mag. Pic: PA Photos
Moshi Moshi is one of the most idiosyncratically influential record labels of recent times. It’s their tenth anniversary, which means in the new issue we’re celebrating the imprint that introduced us to Kate Nash, Friendly Fires, Florence and Hot Chip.
Clash drummer Topper Headon’s real name is Nicholas. In this week’s NME he spills the beans on a lifetime of misbehaviour and rotten luck: “After The Clash I ended up in jail, then a hostel for the homeless, bankrupt and busking on the underground.”
“Flagrant arrogance and disarming humility, all in the same breath. This is the balance that all aspiring stadium rockers must strike. Johnny Borrell failed miserably. Kings Of Leon, you sense, will not.” This is how NME’s Barry Nicolson sums up the Followill’s T In The Park triumph. For eight pages of T In The Park reviews and comment, pick up the new issue, on sale from Wednesday 16 July.