Reading Borough Concil has voted to approve the expansion of the Reading Festival this week (July 24) – so long as locals get access to the tickets first.As previously reported, organisers had asked to raise the capacity of the event over the next three years.The festival will grow by 10,000 tickets over the next three years, with 3,500 extra ticket available this year to those who live in Reading and the Mapledurham parish in Oxfordshire, reports The Reading Evening Post.Pic: Andy Willsher
Amy Winehouse was accused of “unjustifiable violence” in court earlier this week (July 23) after being accused of hitting a fan. The singer was accused of assaulting Sherene Flash at a show at Berkeley Square, Westminster, central London on September 25, 2008. She pleaded not guilty to the common assault charge in March, and was found not guilty on Friday (July 24). Pic: PA Photos
Graham Coxon returned to his solo career this week by playing a gig at London’s Roundhouse on Thursday (July 23) as part of iTunes Live festival. The show saw him perform all of his recent album ‘The Spinning Top’ bar one song. The Blur guitarist, – who recently reunited with his old band – also played a cover version of ‘Babe It Ain’t No Lie’ by Davy Graham – the late musician whose playing style inspired the album. Pic: PA Photos
Jane’s Addiction have been forced to cancel their Australian tour after percussionist Stephen Perkins was admitted to the Infectious Disease Ward at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment of an infection in his elbow. Perkins is expected to make a full recovery from the infection, but will be held at the hospital for a few days while anti-biotic treatment continues. Pic: Phil Wallis
Elbow wowed a packed house at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (July 22), despite the fact that they lost all of their gear over the Atlantic ocean.The Mancunian quintet, who also embarked on a US tour supporting Coldplay this week, had a mishap on the way over to California from England. Pic: PA Photos
MGMT are set to appear on Jay-Z’s new album, ‘The Blueprint 3’. According to Reuters, the Brooklyn duo will join other guests including Rihanna on the record, due out on September 11. Speaking about the album, Jay-Z confirmed that it is the final part in his ‘Blueprint’ triology. “This being the end of the trilogy, I wanted to bring it full circle,” he explained. Pic: PA Photos
Calvin Harris has branded the British Phonographic Industry “cunts”, accusing them of causing the removal of his official music videos from YouTube. The singer/producer was reacting to the removal of the video for his forthcoming single ‘Ready For The Weekend’, which he says was taken down after a “copyright claim” by the trade organisation that represents the UK music industry.
Arctic Monkeys have posted a trailer for their new video online. The band premiered the clip for new single ‘Crying Lightning’ on midnight on Friday/Saturday (July 24/25) via Babelgum.com. The group have also posted a behind-the-scenes film from the video set. The clip shows the band chatting with director Richard Ayoade, with Alex Turner declaring he wants to “fuck with people’s heads”. Pic: Tom Oxley
Jack White has said he will open up his band The White Stripes’ archives to fans who sign up for his new subscription service The Vault.The guitarist, who is also a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, recently launched the service to offer exclusive content including videos and music of bands he is involved in, as well as sending physical releases to those who have signed up.
Kasabian’s Tom Meighan hailed the band’s London Camden Roundhouse gig Wednesday night (July 22) as “fucking emotional” and “amazing”. The band were playing the show to an audience filled with competition winners, as part of the iTunes Live festival. Frontman Meighan was visibly awed to see so many of the audience singing along to newer tracks ‘Where Did All The Love Go?’ and ‘Take Aim’, clapping them along and showing his appreciation by saying “You’re in fine voice Roundhouse!” after the former. Pic: Aneeka Delphina
The Specials and Gallows have been added to the line up of Liverpool Music Week 2009.They join the likes of Kasabian, The Enemy and Reverend And The Makers at the bash, which takes place across Liverpool in October and November. The Specials perform at Liverpool Olympia on October 29, while Gallows play the city’s O2 Academy 2 on November 28. Pic: Andy Willsher
Lightspeed Champion, aka Dev Hynes, has made a new song available to download free from his newly-launched website, Lightspeedchampion.co.uk. ‘Heavy Purple’, which features a sample of a Chairlift demo plus a monologue from the band’s Aaron Pfenning, will be available to those who sign up to the website, which will host Hynes’ regular blogs and photos, along with other content. Pic: PA Photos
Madonna is set to release a new single later this summer – followed by a new greatest hits compilation.The single, ‘Celebration’, is one of two new songs that will feature on the compilation, and will be released on August 3. Pic: PA Photos
Thom Yorke has written a new song for the upcoming sequel to ‘Twilight’, the director has confirmed. As previously reported by NME.COM, the Radiohead frontman was among a number of artists who had expressed an interest in contributing to the score for the vampire film. According to director Chris Weitz, Yorke’s contribution will be called ‘New Moon’, although he admitted he is yet to hear the Radiohead man’s contribution. Pic: PA Photos
Bruce Springsteen, U2, Simon & Garfunkel and Aretha Franklin are among the acts rumoured to be performing at a huge 25th anniversary event celebrating the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in New York.The event is apparently taking place at Madison Square Garden on October 29 and 30, according to showbiz411.com, and will also feature slots from Paul Simon (also as a solo act), Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young and friends, Metallica and Eric Clapton. Pic: Andy Willsher
Kings Of Leon have announced details of a North American tour, kicking off with a performance at Lollapalooza on August 7.The band are currently touring in support of their 2008 album ‘Only By The Night’, which spawned their Grammy Award-winning track ‘Sex On Fire’. Pic: Dean Chalkley