A kiss from Elizabeth Hurley sold for $85,000 (£50,000) at a fundraising auction for Sir Elton John's AIDS Foundation on Thursday (04Sep14). The smooch was bought by lucky winner Julian Bharti as part of the auction and dinner at the music legend's Woodside End of Summer Party, which brought in money for the singer's charity.
Guests including Sir Ian McKellen, Ellie Goulding and Lulu splashed out $5,100 (£3,000) each on tickets to the exclusive gala, which was held in the grounds of Elton John's mansion in Berkshire, England.
Chrissie Hynde, Gary Barlow, James Blunt, opera singer Alfie Boe, DJ Fatboy Slim and singer/songwriter Tom Odell performed at the bash, and Elton John himself also took to the stage to celebrate the 21st anniversary of his charity.
Guests also included British singer Pixie Lott, comedian David Walliams and his model wife Lara Stone.
Chrissie Hynde, James Blunt and Fatboy Slim have signed up to perform at a fundraiser for Sir Elton John's AIDS charity next month (Sep14). The star-studded line-up will also feature "pop-up" performances from Take That's Gary Barlow, singer/songwriter Tom Odell and tenor Alfie Boe. Elton John himself will also take to the stage during the event.
The inaugural Woodside End of Summer Party marks the 21st anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and guests will splash out $5,100 (£3,000) per ticket to exclusive gala, which is to be held in the grounds of the mansion the star shares with his husband David Furnish in Windsor, England.
Fatboy Slim will round out the evening with a DJ set in a secret nightclub.
The gala takes place on 4 September (14).
Singer/songwriter Gary Wright is set to open up about his relationship with late Beatles star George Harrison in a new memoir. The Dream Weaver and Really Wanna Know You hitmaker will publish Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison in October (14).
A press release announcing the new book reads: "Dream Weaver is ultimately a story of a spiritual journey and Gary's lifelong friendship with George Harrison. At 33, Gary Wright was at the highest point in his career. His album, The Dream Weaver, had been on top of the charts for months with two hit singles - Dream Weaver and Love is Alive - and during the summer of '76, he was part of a massive arena tour with Peter Frampton and Yes.
"Earlier, while still living in England, he recorded music with legendary musicians Eric Clapton, B.B King, and George Harrison, who would later become one of his best friends.
"In Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Wright illuminates key moments in his journey and offers an insider’s look at a tumultuous and revolutionary time in both the music and spiritual realms. Wright details how he formed the legendary rock group Spooky Tooth, and how his close friendship with 'The Quiet Beatle' began and developed over the years as they wrote songs together, pondered philosophical issues, and journeyed to India."
Organisers of the first Alt-Fest music event have been blasted by an Italian rock band for refusing to confirm or deny reports it will be cancelled. Ticketholders began to worry the inaugural British heavy metal festival would be called off when rocker Marilyn Monroe announced it was cancelled on his online schedule. Gary Numan and Cradle of Faith have also reported their set is not going ahead.
The organisers apologised for the delay in addressing rumours on the event's Facebook.com page and revealed they were struggling with many issues so could neither confirm nor deny reports.
They wrote on Wednesday (30Jul14), "We at Alt-Fest HQ would like to sincerely apologise for our silence over the last 24 hours. Currently we are working all hours to deal with some extremely challenging & stressful issues for Alt-Fest. We will be able to provide an official statement with full information before Monday and answer any questions you may have at that time."
Italian electronic group XP8 now blasted the organisers for keeping the bands who are on the bill in the dark too.
They commented on Facebook, "Are you going to contact us anytime soon or will you keep to (sic) ignore our email, and keep treating us as a 'B series' band while most of the headliners have been notified already yesterday? This statement was needed yesterday, and today you were expected to come up with a PROPER solution, after having contacted privately all those bands who still haven't jumped ship. It's really time you learn you (sic) jobs."
The festival, created by $102,000 (£60,000) worth of donations on a crowdfunding site, was due to take place on 15-17 August (14) in Northamptonshire, England.
The future of the first Alt-Fest remains a mystery following Marilyn Manson's announcement the show has been cancelled. The festival's official website is still counting down the days to the event, which is scheduled to begin on 15 August (14), and there is no official word from promoters that the three-day event in Northamptonshire, England has been called off, but Manson has updated his online schedule, scrawling "cancelled" across his Alt-Fest date.
Rockers Cradle of Filth have also reported the festival is off, and promoter Rob Ferguson, who represents many of the acts set to perform, including co-headliners Fields Of The Nephilim, has tweeted, "Well, what a surprise. Alt-Fest is no more. I feel extremely sorry for all those who will undoubtedly lose money. Bad times."
The inaugural event was also set to feature performances from Killing Joke, Dead Kennedys, Gary Numan and The Cult, whose set was to be their only U.K. date of 2014.
The Alt-Fest event was powered by a Kickstarter.com crowdfunding campaign, during which music fans donated over $102,000 (£60,000) to help promoters stage the show.
British rockers The Libertines returned to the stage together for the first time in four years on Saturday night (28Jun14). Earlier this year (14), the band announced they would be reuniting for a huge concert at the British Summer Time Hyde Park event in London on 5 July (14), and over the weekend (28-29Jun14), they played a warm-up show in Scotland.
Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell thrilled the crowd at the Glasgow Barrowland venue with a 23-track set, including hits such as Can't Stand Me Now, Don't Look Back Into The Sun, What Katie Did and What Became Of The Likely Lads.
Doherty told the crowd, "Well we're a band from England, we're called The Libertines. We played up here years ago - I don't think any of you were born to be honest."
As well as the London gig, the group is scheduled to play at the Benicassim festival in Spain over the summer (14), as well as dates in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany through until October (14).
The Libertines split in 2004 but reunited in 2010 for shows at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals.
Michael Jackson's friends, family and fans joined together on Wednesday (25Jun14) to mark five years since the King of Pop's death. The Thriller hitmaker passed away on 25 June, 2009 after suffering an overdose of anaesthetic administered by his doctor, Conrad Murray, who served two years in jail on an involuntary manslaughter charge for his role in the tragedy.
The fifth anniversary of Jackson's death prompted a flood of tributes on social networking websites, with fans across the world sharing their memories of the pop superstar and making #MichaelJackson a trending topic on Twitter.com.
A number of stars also took to the website to mourn the loss of the singer five years on. British supermodel Naomi Campbell shared a picture of herself posing with Jackson with her hands on his face, adding, "I miss you #MJ #RIP with #angels #kingofpop #loyalfriend #legend# #Icon #MichealJackson in our hearts... (sic)."
Rapper/actor Ludacris adds, "R.I.P. The King Of POP M.J."
Jackson's pop star nephews, Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson, of 3T, were stranded in Europe on the day of the anniversary due to a strike by French air traffic controllers, but they managed to add tributes to their late uncle before boarding a plane back to California to be with their family. Taryll writes, "To my idol, teacher, uncle and best friend... 'I love you more'. #alwaysinmyheart #love #foreverMJJ #bestofalltime (sic)," while his brother TJ, adds, "Not a day goes by where I don't think about him. And today even more so... His smile, his laughter, his walk, everything. Love you, Doo Doo."
The co-executors of Jackson's estate, John Branca and John McClain, also released a statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the singer's passing. The message, posted on Jackson's official website, reads, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's loved ones today as we remember the kind, gentle and giving spirit who generously shared his amazing artistic gifts with the world along with a limitless empathy for those in need. Time has shown that with each passing year the world's appreciation deepens not just for Michael's talent but also for his lifelong passion to spread peace, unity, love and hope across every culture and society. Michael's friendship, kindness, humour and joyful warmth will always be missed. The world is a far better place for having known him."
A number of memorial events are planned around the world on Wednesday - American fans are set to come together for a candlelight vigil around his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, while other gatherings are planned in countries including Spain, Holland and the U.K. Fans are also expected to visit Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana.
Two men were stabbed at Britain's Parklife Weekender music festival on Saturday (07Jun14). The two festival-goers were allegedly knifed during a brawl at the event in Manchester, England, according to Britain's Manchester Evening News.
One man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries and a second was treated at the site.
Three other revellers were injured in a separate incident at the festival, which features performances from Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky and Rudimental.
Two men were arrested in connection with the violence after police were called to the festival site.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Chief Inspector Gary Simpson says, "There have been a few isolated incidents at Parklife Weekender Festival which we believe have involved a weapon and have caused injuries to five men. As a result, GMP have instigated an investigation which has resulted in two men being arrested at the venue."
British actress Edna Dore has died at the age of 92. The EastEnders star passed away in her sleep at her home in Sussex, England on Friday (11Apr14) following a recent battle with lung disease emphysema.
Dore began her career as a chorus girl in the Entertainments National Service Association, which provided entertainment for the British armed forces during World War Two, and went on to become a member of the National Theatre.
She started working in TV in 1960 and will perhaps be best known for her role as Mo Butcher in the longrunning British soap opera EastEnders.
Dore, who was married to actor/filmmaker Alexander Dore, also starred in films including Mike Leigh's 1988 movie High Hopes, Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth in 1997 and 1998's Les Miserables.
Paying tribute to the late actress, Leigh, who also directed Dore in 2011's Another Year, remembered her as a "very funny" star who "swore like a trooper, smoked like a chimney".
He adds, "We will all miss her no-nonsense wit, her generosity, and, above all, her uniquely truthful acting."
Former Spice Girls stars Mel C and Emma Bunton have reteamed in the studio to sing the England soccer team's official World Cup tune. The veteran pop stars joined Gary Barlow, Katy B and Kimberley Walsh for the World Cup single in conjunction with the Sport Relief charity.
Former soccer stars Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, David Seaman and Glenn Hoddle will be part of the accompanying video, which will debut on 21 March (14).
The World Cup kicks off in Brazil this summer (14).