Liam and Noel Gallagher, on stage in Dublin, are the cover stars of this week’s edition of Melody Maker, because they are definitely not splitting up, after some recent difficulties.

Melody Maker looks at the safety of music festivals in the UK, after a fatal crush at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, which resulted in the deaths of nine people.

In the aftermath of this, both Oasis and Pet Shop Boys cancelled their proposed appearances at the festival.

Coldplay have just released their debut album, telling Melody Maker they “want to win the world over”.

Mansun have unveiled their new single I Can Only Disappoint U at a fan convention, with fans canvassed for opinion, giving it the thumbs up.

Patrick Kielty gets interviewed, and says he has a “very Catholic taste in music” when asked what is on his stereo.

Following on from the safety of music festivals, Melody Maker spends two pages looking at stage diving, wether it is dangerous or just harmless fun.

Oasis concert at Lansdowne Road gets three pages of coverage, Noel Gallagher’s first since walking out on the band a few weeks earlier.

Elsewhere, there were eight pages dedicated to T In The Park.

In reviews, Clint Boon gives his Single Of The Week award to Elbow.

Ozzy Osbourne is the subject of a Q and A, revealing he looks at himself in the mirror 40 to 50 times a day.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 9.12.2016

1. Blossoms – Blown Rose
2. Marble Gods – I Remember Xmas
3. The Courteeners – The 17th
4. Elbow – Magnificent (She Says)
5. Dua Lipa – Be The One

Oh, and two words for you – SIMPLE MINDS!!!! Coming to Belfast next June to do an Acoustic gig. Their Acoustic gig for Radio 2 a few weeks back was rather good, as are the snippets of their Acoustic album. If you’re stuck to get me a Christmas present, there’s a hint for you.

Now, to make sure I get a ticket in order to spend the next six months counting down.

THE SOUND OF 2012 : 26-50

26. Newton Faulkner – Clouds
27. The Family Rain – Trust Me, I’m A Genius
28. Madness – My Girl II
29. Pink – Try
30. Green Day – Kill The DJ
31. Cheryl Cole – Under The Sun
32. Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
33. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
34. Thea Gilmore – London
35. Fun – Some Nights
36. Kylie Minogue – Flower
37. Adele – Skyfall
38. Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven
39. The Vaccines – I Always Knew
40. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
41. Paloma Faith – Never Tear Us Apart
42. Black Keys – Lonely Boy
43. Lloyd – Dedication To Me Ex
44. Elbow – First Steps
45. Blur – Under The Westway
46. Underworld – Caliban’s Dream
47. Justice – New Lands
48. Green Day – Oh Love
49. Pure Love – Riot Song
50. Labrinth ft Emeli Sane – Beneath You’re Beautiful

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 3.8.2012

1. The Who – Baba O’Reilly
2. Little Mix – Wings
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA …… What A Life
4. Elbow – First Steps
5. Gym Class Heroes – The Fighter

This week saw Yorkshire Day (I don’t know why either) but it gave me an excuse to do a Yorkshire Top Five. It could have been so easy to make it a Sheffield Top Five, I wish I had an excuse to do a Sheffield Top Five.

Anyway, here’s some Yorkshire Choonage for you


1. Pulp – Disco 2000
2. Heaven 17 – Temptation
3. Pigeon Detectives – Everybody Wants Me
4. Shed Seven – She Left Me On Friday
5. Kiki Dee – Star


The summer of 2006 is the focus of the latest “Magazine Archive”, as Oasis, on tour in Argentina, are the cover stars of Q, as part of a special themed “On Tour” edition, which also featured “20 Greatest Live Albums” and “50 Most Insane Tour Stories”

The magazine came with a free CD of covers from songs between 1986 and 2006, as Q geared up to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary later that year, with artists like Franz Ferdinand, Sugababes and Elbow contributing.

The spineline reads “Yo Soy El Diego”, which translates as “I am The Diego”

“Yo Soy El Diego” is the title of Diego Maradona’s autobiography. Diego Maradona makes a surreal appearance in this magazine, in the form of an article about the time he met Queen in 1981, sporting a hairstyle that is best described as “Mini Brian May”

George Galloway was the subject of that months “Cash For Questions” with the standard Galloway answers you would expect.

The monthly chart round-up was not including downloads. The Number One download was “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley.

Morrissey topp the album chart while being joined in the Top Ten by X-Factor rejects Andy Abraham and Journey South.

A double page spread is dedicated to a feature called “Rewind : Great Moments In Music” focusing on Diego Maradona meeting Queen in 1981, with Freddie Mercury weaing an Argentina top while Diego Maradona wears a Union Jack. The image of Maradona has been used on a piece of Banksy art.

The Argentina theme continues with seven pages dedicated to Oasis on tour in Argentina.

As well as the download chart, new technology also made an appearance with three pages dedicated to Podcasting, including a guide with everything you need to know about Podcasting.

Joe Cole also makes an appearance, talking about how Arctic Monkeys are his favourite band. This however, couldn’t inspire England to glory at the 2006 World Cup which was taking place at the same time.