triple j’s popular Friday morning cover segment ‘Like A Version’ has announced a hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Today (March 20), the session featured indie-electronic band The Naked And Famous, who covered ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd. Originally set to appear on the popular televised radio show was The Kite Sting Triangle, but they were forced to cancel their session in order to abide by the new guidelines the ABC, who house triple j, are following to limit the spread of the virus.
Watch The Naked And Famous’ performance below.
In a statement on its website, triple j said, “After today’s performance from The Naked And Famous, there won’t be a new ‘Like A Version’ for the foreseeable future.”
For the first time in 16 years, #LikeAVersion is taking an unexpected break https://t.co/4SMVAS3MV1 pic.twitter.com/VJw81E6rYO
— triple j (@triplej) March 19, 2020
In place of live sessions, every Friday triple j will instead dip into their archives to play covers performed over the last 10 years. “Each week, [hosts] Sally and Erica will randomly pick a year from the decade that was and present a pair of LAVs from that year. Then it’s up to you, the listeners, to vote which pair gets played out,” a statement on triple j’s website read.
“Having no new ‘Like A Versions’ blows, but we think this will be a lotta fun.”
In recent weeks, ‘Like A Version’ has played host to the creative renditions of G Flip, Bugs, Kota Banks and Stella Donelly.