#ClickNews: Pete Doherty & The Strokes, Liam vs Noel, Boardmasters Cancelled

#ClickNews returns with a roundup of this week’s big music news.


Pete Doherty once sold acid to The Strokes

Famous friendships go back a long way. In Pete Doherty’s case, his links to The Strokes predates his time in The Libertines. 

As first reported by Consequence of Sound, guitarist Nick Valensi detailed his first meeting with Doherty, describing him as the “guy in the corner of the club, surrounded by slutty-looking girls… playing the acoustic guitar.”

Now, speaking to Phil Taggart’s Slacker Podcast, Doherty spread more light on those early meetings. A chance meeting between an ex and the US band at a local Sainsbury’s paved Doherty’s entrance to one of their early London gigs. Long story short, it was an enlightening night.

You can listen to the full podcast here: https://audioboom.com/posts/7261093-phil-taggart-s-slacker-podcast-with-pete-doherty




Liam vs. Noel

Believe it or not, Noel and Liam Gallagher are aged 52 and 46 respectively. Their relationship is not only at an all-time low-point, but it mirrors that of two teenagers going at it over snapchat.

Speaking to The Guardian, the former Oasis songwriter first hit out at the younger Gallagher’s marital issues. “I wasn’t there for him? He wasn’t there for his wife either, was he?” he spat. However, his anger grew noticeable when speaking of Liam’s threats toward his daughter and wife.

“I’m thinking, you know, if you weren’t a rock star, if you were just an uncle who worked in a garage, you’d be getting a visit from the police. But because you’re a rockstar, wahey, you get away with that shit.”

One has to ask – Why can’t rockstars be held accountable for once?




Are Music Festivals healthy?

Music festivals were once a binge-drinking, drug-taking haven. Now, the festival sphere has undergone a popular transformation.

A new BBC report suggests the relationship between listening to live music and health benefits. Daisy Fancourt, associate professor in epidemiology at University College London, suggests that “going to concerts reduces the levels of stress” in a human. 

They delve further. Womad Festival, according to Ziggy Marley, is good for collective wellbeing. “Thousands of people together in unity,” he tells the BBC.

Can we live permanently at music festivals from now on?

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49194336




Boardmasters Cancelled!

Who’d have thought that holding a music festival on a cliff edge in Cornwall could go so wrong? Severe storm forecasts led a last-minute cancellation, no less than 8 hours before gates opened.

One has to feel for those who traveled, stocked up on food and camping equipment. Whilst refunds will be available, it is clearly incomparable to a line up made up of Foals, Florence & The Machine and Slaves. 55,000 people or so now need a change of plans!

Clearly, Boardmasters 2020 needs a rethink, if it even happens of course!




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