This week's news stories in pictures (31 January 2009)

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Kasabian have offered their services to try and save one of Leicester's best-loved music venues, which is set to close down at the end of this month (January 31). The band - who are from the city - played some of their first gigs at The Charlotte, which has also hosted gigs by the likes of Oasis, Blur and Arctic Monkeys. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Lily Allen tried hypnosis when her last tour got too stressful for her. The singer admitted she took comfort in junk food, saying: "I was sitting in hotel rooms ordering chips." In a bid to shed pounds, she started having hypnotherapy sessions. "It worked for a bit," she said (The Sun). Photo: PA Photos

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Brighton festival The Great Escape has announced the first wave of acts set to play this year's bash. The festival, which once again takes place across a number of venues in and around Brighton between May 14-16, will see the likes of Future Of The Left, Micachu And The Shapes, The Soft Pack and VV Brown all take part. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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The Kooks' frontman Luke Pritchard is set to join forces with French band The Dø to record a series of cover versions. Pritchard told NME.COM that the recordings would be likely to be released in France on white label, and that the collective would tackle songs including The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band's 'I Won't Hurt You'. Photo: Andy Willsher

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CSS's remix of Chromeo's 'Fancy Footwork' is being given away as a free download. The Brazilian band's version of the track can be downloaded now from Myspace.com/meetthekickers. A user-generated video of the CSS remix of 'Fancy Footwork' has also been created, featuring plasticine models carrying Kickers shoes that then turn into monsters. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Beyonce is set to headline the 15th annual Essence Music Festival, which is set to take place in New Orleans this summer. In addition to featuring several musical performers, this year's festival will also celebrate the inauguration and presidency of US President Barack Obama. Photo: PA Photos

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Glasvegas kicked off the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour this week (January 29) at Liverpool University with a set that included an improvised Echo And The Bunnymen cover. Coming onstage at the delayed time of 11pm (GMT), the Scots launched into 'Geraldine' before continuing on to play favourites from their eponymous 2008 debut album, such as 'It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry' and 'Polmont On 'My Mind'. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Katy Perry, Bloc Party and The Script have joined the line-up for this year's Oxegen Festival. As previously reported Kings Of Leon are headlining the event for a second year, while Snow Patrol and The Killers are also playing. The 2009 festival takes place between July 10 and 12 at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas. A pre-sale will be operating from February 25, while tickets go on general sale on March 6. Photo: PA Photos

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Tickets brought under the Glastonbury deposit scheme have all sold out. Festival goers have been able to buy tickets for the 2009 event since last year, reserving their place by paying £50 towards the full ticket price of £175. However according to the festival's ticket agency See Tickets all the deposit tickets are now sold out. Photo: James Looker

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Tommy Reilly, the winner of the recent Orange unsignedAct competition, looks set for a high chart entry with his single 'Gimme A Call' after it bagged the Number 11 spot in the UK mid-week singles chart. Last Sunday (January 25) Reilly beat off competition from a host of other acts to be judged the winner of the reality TV competition by judges including Blur bass player Alex James.

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Starsailor have revealed details of their new single - and one track features a guest appearance from The Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood. 'Tell Me It's Not Over' is out on March 2. The release will come backed up by a version of the title track from the band's forthcoming new album, 'All The Plans', which features Wood on guitar. The album will be released on March 9.

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Kings Of Leon, The Killers and Snow Patrol will headline this year's Oxegen festival. It will be the second year in a row the Kings have played the top slot at the event. Organisers say Kings Of Leon were chosen to headline again as they received massive support from fans in a poll conducted on Oxegen.ie. Meanwhile, Hotpress.com revealed the other two headliners. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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David Bowie has denied that he has a Twitter account, following reports that he was working on new material in Berlin, based on a Bowie Twitter imposter's post. Bowie also reaffirmed that he would not be playing at this year's Coachella festival, after it was rumoured that he was set to revive his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego for the US event. Photo: PA Photos

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Funeral For A Friend have announced details of a new UK tour. The band will hit the road to coincide with their single release, 'Rules And Games', which is out on March 23. To check the availability of Funeral For A Friend tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now.

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Chairlift have announced the dates of an extensive North American tour, kicking off next month. The hotly-tipped New York band will begin their tour on February 7 in Miami before hitting cities including New York, Cleveland, New Orleans, Athens, Seattle and San Francisco. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Paul McCartney, The Cure and The Killers will headline the Coachella festival on April 17, 18 and 19 respectively at the California bash. Other acts confirmed to be playing at the event include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, My Bloody Valentine, Franz Ferdinand, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Leonard Cohen and Conor Oberst. Photo: PA Photos

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The White Stripes' Meg White has donated one of her drumkits to be auctioned to raise money to help Detroit music scene lynchpin Jim Shaw, who is battling against cancer. The kit, which can be seen in the video for the band's 2003 hit 'The Hardest Button To Button', is one of several lots going under the hammer at the Jim Shaw Rock'n'Roll Benefit on February 7 at the Cpop Gallery venue in Detroit. Photo: PA Photos

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