OutKast, Kelis and Lily Allen top the bill for Splendour in the Grass, the midwinter festival that has become a favourite road trip for music fans in the eastern states.
OutKast is exclusive to Splendour and will not play sideshows. Kelis and Allen are expected to tour the capital cities although dates have not yet been announced.
Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, which made a long-awaited comeback when they headlined the huge Coachella music festival in the Colorado desert last week, was the worst-kept secret on the bill having briefly outed themselves on their website.
OutKast has won six Grammy awards including album of the year in 2004 for Speakerboxxx/TheLove Below, which was also one of the year’s biggest selling albums and have also had multiple top 10 hits, including the worldwide smash Hey Ya! in 2003.
OutKast is made up of Andre “3000” Benjamin, a rapper, producer and actor who appeared in Will Ferrell’s Semi-Pro and played Jimi Hendrix in the biopic All Is By My Side, and rapper/producer Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, 39.
The prodigiously-talented New Yorker Kelis Rogers, 34, is best known for two electic pop singles early in her career, Milkshake and Caught Out There and a string of genre-hopping albums. Her latest, Food, is well-received soulful pop record that should be perfect for live performances.
She also dated Pharrell and married renowned MC Nas.
Londoner Allen, 28, is a pop singer with a sweet vocal style and an outspoken public persona who has had three number one singles in the UK and two studio albums, both of which have gone platinum worldwide. Her 2009 album It’s Not Me, It’s You topped the charts here and went four times platinum. Her third album Sheezus, the title of which parodies Kanye West’s Yeezus, is out next month.
Australians in the bill include chart-topping hip hop artists 360 and Illy, Hottest 100 winner Vance Joy, beloved veterans Spiderbait and the Hoodoo Gurus, The Jezabels, The Preatures, Peking Duk and Gossling.
Other notable international names at the top of the bill include ethereal indie pop trio London Grammar; Scottish synthpop leaders CHVRCHES; American actress/model and synth-pop singer Sky Ferreira (who supported Miley Cyrus on her Bangerz tour); eccentric American rapper Danny Brown; US indie three-piece Foster The People whose 2010 hit Pumped Up Kicks topped the charts here; American indie rock band Interpol and Irish band Two Door Cinema Club.
Splendour in the Grass is on from July 25 to 27 at North Byron Parklands in Yelgun, north of Byron Bay. Tickets go on sale on May 2 through moshtix.com.au or 1300438849. For more information go to splendourinthegrass.com
Peter Vincent, smh.com.au
Barrymore welcomes baby girl Frankie
Drew Barrymore gave birth to a second daughter named Frankie today: http://t.co/edXwKLfpBl— Us Weekly (@usweekly) April 23, 2014
US actress Drew Barrymore has welcomed her second child with husband Will Kopelman.
Barrymore gave birth to daughter Frankie on Tuesday, according to her representative.
The couple are already parents to 18-month-old daughter Olive.
‘‘Happy to announce that today we are the proud parents of our second daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman,’’ the couple told People Magazine in a statement.
‘‘Olive has a new little sister, and everyone is healthy and happy!’’
The 39-year-old star married art adviser Kopelman in June 2012 after dating for over a year.
Later that year, Barrymore gave birth to Olive, having kept much of her pregnancy under wraps. But during her second pregnancy she decided to take a different approach.
‘‘Last time I never commented on it and people just stalked me the entire time. So yes, it’s happening, it’s true. I tried to keep it a secret for as long as possible,’’ Barrymore said at the time.
Ahead of the birth the actress revealed she felt a lot more relaxed about this labour than she did before having Olive.
‘‘I feel very calm. I do,’’ she told Access Hollywood at CinemaCon in Las Vegas last month.
‘‘I was nervous on my first one, but this one I feel much calmer.’’
Lindsay Lohan’s reps slams vodka claims
Lindsay Lohan’s representative has vehemently denied sensational allegations the actress downed vodka during a recent interview with a US style magazine.
Editors at Kode have featured the troubled star on the cover of the May issue, and the accompanying interview contains claims that Lohan, who is working on her sobriety after a stint in rehab last year, was drinking alcohol while talking to a reporter.
The Mean Girls star’s publicist has now shot down the story, insisting the interview was carried out via email.
‘‘Lindsay never spoke to any journalist at Kode,’’ a statement from the representative said.
‘‘The interview was completed via email.
‘‘We have no comprehension on why a journalist would fabricate this content and distribute it in such an irresponsible way.’’
Lohan is also said to have confessed to an affair with a married man in the interview.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief Allan Troy Watson is standing by the story.‘‘I have sworn testimonies that it took place that back up everything,’’ he said.
Executive editor Jacob Simon said: ‘‘Yes, the interview took place and everything stated in the article is fact and came directly from Lohan herself.
‘‘And we have photos chronicling the writer and Lindsay’s numerous times together.’’
Bieber seeks delay in US DUI trial
Justin Bieber is seeking a delay in his trial currently scheduled to begin next month on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
The 20-year-old pop singer’s lawyers filed a motion on Monday saying they need more time to prepare their case.
Bieber’s trial is currently set for May 5 in Miami.
Bieber was arrested in January in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street drag race.
Friends reunion impossible: Courtney Cox
Courteney Cox has been trying to arrange a Friends reunion dinner for ten years.
The actress is famed for her portrayal of clean freak Monica Geller in the US sitcom, which also starred Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry.
The group are continually asked about whether they will get together for a film version of the show, which ended in 2004, with Cox concerned about the logistics.
‘‘Let me tell you something: there’s six friends and I’ve been trying to put together a cast dinner for ten years. It doesn’t happen!’’ she laughed to David Letterman.
‘‘I can get the girls to come, maybe Matthew Perry. Matt LeBlanc cancelled last time right at the last minute, Schwimmer lives here (in New York City), so it’s just not gonna happen.’’
The 49-year-old made the admission after David raised the topic of a reunion.
He asked whether Cox was bored of continued questions about the series, with the brunette star attempting to deflect the question.
‘‘Only because once you say, ’Well, I’d like it,’ then they have to contact every other cast member and be like, 'Courteney’s into it!’ And then I get in trouble,’’ she replied, when asked if she was sick of the topic.
‘‘It’s not going to happen.’’
There has been intense speculation that the six stars could be teaming up for another round of Friends over recent months.
That grew legs when it was claimed Jennifer was starting to come round to the idea in December, but earlier this month the show’s creator seemingly put the rumours to bed once and for all.
‘‘I’m going to clear this up; it’s not happening!’’ Marta Kauffman said.
‘‘Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.’’