Empire Of The Sun’s Luke Steele: ‘Nick Littlemore and I have reunited for a new album’

Plus Janelle Monae and The Human League close day two of the Flow Festival and Lykke Li pulls out after falling sick

Empire Of The Sun singer Luke Steele has told NME that he has been in touch with his bandmate Nick Littlemore for the first time since 2010’s Brit Awards and the pair have started sessions on a new album.

He said the duo got in touch last month and went into a New York studio to lay down a series of demos for the follow up to their 2008 debut ‘Walking On A Dream’.

Steele added:

Breaking news around the world, me and Nick have reunited and we’ve done about 10 demos for the next record so the new [Empire Of The Sun] era has begun.

Littlemore has had very little involvement with the band since their debut was released three years ago, instead choosing to record a new album with his band Pnau. He also became a musical director of the Cirque Du Soleil New York musical, Zarkana while Steele was left to tour their album around the globe on his own.

He said:

When the record came out Nick joined the circus literally and that project took a lot longer than he thought it would. That’s why he hasn’t been in the band.

Steele added:

We have such a weird relationship because the day before we actually went into the studio was the first time we’d spoken since the Brit Awards last year. And it was great the sessions went really well and we’re hoping to go into the studio again in September.

The singer admitted he was relieved that the pair were finally able to start work on a new album and he’s hoping to bring Littlemore on tour with him at some stage.

Meanwhile, Empire Of The Sun performed a flamboyant headline slot on the Main Stage at the Flow Festival in Finland last night (August 13).

Steele, who was backed by dancers clad in silver capes and a drummer wearing a Roman helmet, performed a series of tracks from ‘Walking On A Dream’ including the title track, ‘Standing On The Shore’ and ‘We Are The People’.

Earlier, Janelle Monae brought in a huge backing band for her set on the Nokia Blue Tent as she performed tracks from her 2010 debut ‘The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)’.

The singer threw in a cover of The Jackson Five‘s ‘I Want You Back’ alongside singles ‘Tightrope’ and ‘Cold War’.

Lykke Li pulled out of her performance on the Main Stage just two hours before she was due to play because of “a sudden illness”.

Iron & Wine singer Samuel Beam paid tribute to the Swedish singer during his set and told the crowd:

I’m sorry to hear about Lykke Li. I hope she gets better soon.


The Human League closed the night in the Nokia Blue Tent with a series of their hit singles, including 1981 UK chart-topper ‘Don’t You Want Me’.

The Flow Festival will continue tonight (August 14) with performances from Kanye West, Mogwai and Battles.