Monday 19 February 2018

Loaded: Script’s Danny creates pulp friction with Jarvis slur

John Meagher

John Meagher

Their music may be as dull as Offaly ditch water, but The Script have made a valiant attempt to get noticed by the indie kids. In one of his odder pronouncements, frontman Danny O'Donoghue has expressed his disdain for Jarvis Cocker.

"I am not a Pulp fan," he told a Scottish tabloid. "Jarvis Cocky -- I'm not into him at all. I don't like his style. I don't like his music. I won't be steering clear of him, but he should be steering clear of me."

Warming to his theme, he suggested Pulp have merely reformed to "make their money and go home", highlighting "the audacity of Jarvis Cocker to think he is important enough for people to give a damn what he thinks".

Both bands are due to play T In The Park in Scotland this summer.

  • The widow of Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable is launching a campaign to warn the public about the dangers of drinking spirits. Her husband died on a so-called "vodka diet" last June. Apparently he was trying to get fit for touring and had substituted vodka for lager as it is far lower in calories. The post-mortem showed he died by choking on his own vomit.

"People need to be aware that spirits can lead to deaths," Rachel Cable says. Stuart was 40 when he died and had been expelled from Stereophonics some years previously due to his hardcore lifestyle.

  • Details have been released for the annual Trinity Ball, which takes place in the grounds of the venerable university on Friday, April 8.

Flavour of the month Jessie J plus The Streets (with a very underwhelming final album in tow) are the most eye-catching names. Chipmunk, Katy B and Glasser are among other the international acts descending on Dublin. There's a strong homegrown flavour to the Ball this year, with Bell X1 (fifth album, Bloodless Coup, is out the same day) and Rubberbandits the pick of the Paddies.

Tickets, available to TCD staff, students and alumni, cost a hefty €78.

  • Inhabitants of the west who are up for a less costly night out could do a lot worse than check out the Heineken Green Spheres shows, dubbed 'Galway Invasions', on Thursday and Friday next.

First up, in the city's Black Box venue, it's The Go! Team, who are on a high thanks to their superb third album, Rolling Blackouts. The following night in the Radisson's Live Lounge, it's the turn of Melbourne dance-rock outfit Cut Copy, who also have a third album Zonoscope to plug.

Tickets are free, but you have to register on

  • Another drinks company is responsible for what promises to be one of the most talked about events of the summer. The inaugural Forbidden Fruit festival is being funded by Bulmers and features The Flaming Lips as well as two acts bound to generate real excitement -- Aphex Twin and Battles.

The multi-stage festival will take place in the picturesque surrounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, over the June bank holiday weekend (June 4 and 5). Early bird tickets, on sale from today, cost €45 for one-day and €85 for the weekend.

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