Kasabian: We bonded with Noel over footie
Lads’ band Kasabian
say they bonded with pal Noel Gallagher — who they will co-headline a gig at Dublin’s Marlay Park with in August — through their shared love of soccer.
The two camps met at a festival in Portugal in 2004 and found common ground instantly.
Guitarist Sergio Pizzorno revealed: “Noel came over to say hi and we ended up hanging out talking about football — we’re both passionate about it.”
The group are closely following the Euro 2012 games and Serge — half Italian and half English — predicts that Spain will win it. He said: “If I was a betting man I would say that Spain will win, but who knows. If you’re in the semis you have a hell of a chance, so I have my fingers crossed for Italy."
His loyalties were compromised in Italy’s journey to the semis, first when they played Ireland and then his home country of England. Of the Irish team’s performance, the rocker commented: “They did incredibly well to get there — that was a massive achievement. And fair play to Trapattoni for being loyal to the players.
“But it did show that he needs to bring some of the younger players through... like Shane Long is an incredible player.” Serge and Kasabian play Marlay Park in a double headliner with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
on August 23, along with The Cribs. Gallagher supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Croker last night. Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster
this Friday at 9am, priced at €49.50.Kasabian - Club Foot
.Queen B pops up with new album
HOTZONE favourite Katy B
is set to dazzle fans on her new album – and she’s going to be even poppier next time. Katy’s brilliant debut On A Mission
was one of last year’s top albums, and a strong set of collaborators is set to make the follow-up even brighter.
Speaking about the album for the first time, Katy revealed she’s working with Robbie Williams’ songwriter Guy Chambers, Mark Ronson and dubstep star Joker, as well as her regular producers Geenius and Magnetic Man. Katy (23) said: “It’s still a dance album, but whereas On A Mission was very much based around dubstep and house music, the new songs are less about repetitive beats.
“I’ve written a couple of songs on piano, so it’s more melodic and about chord structures.” Katy was one of the highlights at Isle Of Wight Festival
last weekend, debuting the storming new tune What You Waiting For, and said: “I was excited to get into festival season again as we always used to go camping as a family, so I love a bit of mud. When I went to Glastonbury last year my mum tried packing a camping stove into my bag and I had to tell her, ‘They do have food at festivals’.”Katy B - Louder
.Van the Man set to spread the Words
Legendary blues man Van Morrison
is taking a leftfield artistic turn, when he premieres a new poetry project. As part of this year’s Sligo Live festival, Belfast native Morrison will present a show called Lyrics and Poetry: Emphasis On Words.
The intimate show on October 28 at IT Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena will be one of the main events of Sligo Live
, Ireland’s folk, roots and indie festival. The show will feature Van the Man accompanied by his rhythm section performing songs and poetry. Tickets
are out this Friday, for €47.50.Undie Par
Canadian rockers Metric
have hit out at “under-dressed” female pop stars, calling them bad role models. Singer Emily Haines said: “It’s dispiriting that some female singers are happy to get on stage in their underwear — it doesn’t send out the best image.”Fred and Bob strike back
Talented Dublin-based band Fred and Bob
launched their new Anti-Gravity Love EP
this week. The four-piece will showcase new tunes at Auntie Annie’s in Belfast this Saturday and in the Cellar Bar, Galway, on August 9.Future looks Rosey for Brown and Co
As the Stone Roses
get ready to rock Dublin next week, they’ve already got next summer sorted out. The reformed indie legends play Phoenix Park on July 5, just days after their three gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park, and next summer they’ll headline Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight festivals. By next summer, Ian Brown and co should also have a new album out. Extra tickets for the Dublin gig
go on sale this Friday morning for €65.50.
Love Spreads -Franc-y thatBiffy Clyro
were shocked by the news that Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances (19) is a huge fan. The Scottish rockers, who are all NIRVANA devotees, were talking to Courtney Love (47) at an awards show when she let slip that her and Kurt’s kid loves a bit of the Biff.