Watch: Ed Sheeran stuns fans with 'impromptu' street performance in Melbourne

Ed Sheeran has warmed up for his upcoming shows in Dunedin in Auckland with an 'impromptu' street performance in Melbourne.

The gig was broadcast live into the iHeartRadio awards in the US.

The British singer-songerwriter is playing three shows at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium over March 24, 25 and 26.

He then heads to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for three shows on March 29, 31 and April 1.

Get excited NZ fans – Sheeran is heading this way. Source: Breakfast



Six60 sells out show at Auckland’s Western Springs stadium

Kiwi band Six60 is the first New Zealand headline act to sell out a show at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium.

The group, which was formed in a uni flat a decade ago, saw 27,000 tickets snapped up in the first 20 minutes of being on sale.

Now the entire 50,000 tickets have been sold.

The group are in good company with the likes of Bowie, U2, Guns N’ Roses and the Foo Fighters having performed at the stadium.

Six60 is making history with the first time any Kiwi band has headlined at the venue.

Lead singer Matiu is proud about their achievement.

“It's amazing, the fact that it happened, and it happened so fast, it's definitely surprising.”

Six60 had their big break in 2010 with their hit song Don’t Forget Your Roots which put them on the world stage.

“It is surreal when we stop and force ourselves to think about it.

“We still see this as a stepping stone, this is by no means that we've made it, if you're impressed with this, wait and see what we have next.”

Concert promoter Brent Eccles says selling out Western Springs is a massive achievement.

“The spirit of those big concerts are still here at Western Springs. It is the greatest venue in Australasia, maybe the world.”

The biggest show Six60 have played to date was back in February at Auckland's Villa Maria winery.

That was to an audience of around 10,000. Come February, they'll be playing to five times that number.

One of New Zealand’s top music executives says an event like this could change the band forever.

“It's pretty mind-blowing to be honest, there is no other Kiwi artist to have done this, it's amazing.”

The Kiwi group have sold 50,000 tickets to their concert. Source: 1 NEWS

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British singer Lily Allen details sexual assault by record industry executive in new memoir

British pop singer Lily Allen has revealed she was once sexually assaulted by a record industry executive, an instance of behaviour she says is "rife" in the music industry.

Allen said in an interview with Guardian Weekend magazine that, despite the groundswell of stories of sexual abuse coming out of Hollywood over the MeToo movement, music industry insiders are remaining largely silent about the issue.

In her memoir My Thoughts Exactly, to be released later this month, she describes the industry as a hierarchical world that trades in "a potent mix of sex, youth and availability".

She also describes how she was assaulted by a music executive after falling asleep in his hotel room bed while intoxicated at a party.

She alleges: "I woke up at 5am because I could feel someone next to me pressing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel someone trying to put their penis inside my vagina and slapping my arse as if I were a stripper in a club."

"I moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm … I found my clothes quickly … and ran out of his room and into my own."

The 33-year-old said she blamed herself for the incident because she had been drinking. She also expressed frustration over her inability to confront the man, and continuing to work with him over fears of being labelled "hysterical" and a "difficult woman".

"I expected him not to take advantage of my weakness," she wrote in her memoir. "I felt betrayed. I felt shame. I felt anger. I felt confused."

She says she did not report the incident to police over fears she would not be believed but signed an affidavit the week after the attack recalling the events of the night.

Lily Allen. Source: Bang Showbiz

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Two dead after suspected drug overdoses at Sydney dance festival

Two people have died and another two are critically ill in hospital after multiple suspected overdoses at Sydney music festival Defqon.1.

A man, 23, and a woman, 21, collapsed at the festival in Castlereagh about 9pm (Sydney time) on Saturday and died a short time later in nearby Nepean hospital, police said on Sunday.

A Jamisontown woman, 26, remains in a critical condition at Nepean hospital while an Artarmon man, 19, was flown to Westmead Hospital and is in intensive care.

Police said another 13 people went to hospital for drug-related issues while about 700 people sought assistance from medical staff at the festival.

Defqon.1 organisers had warned ticket holders the festival's drug policy was zero tolerance.

"This means that all types of soft- and hard drugs are prohibited. If drugs are found, you will be handed over to the police," a statement on the festival's website said.

Police say 10 people were charged with drug supply offences, including two 17-year-old girls who allegedly carried 120 capsules "internally" into the venue.

In total, 69 people were found in possession of drugs at the festival held at Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Local detectives have formed a new police strikeforce, dubbed Highworth, to investigate the two deaths.

Silhouettes of people in a bright in the pop rock concert in front of the stage. Hands with gesture Horns. That rocks. Party in a club
Music festival (file picture). Source: istock.com


Man charged after Aussie cop struck by car during group motorbike ride for police who died in the line of duty

A 21-year-old man is in custody after a police officer in the Australian state of Victoria was hit by a car and killed while taking part in a group ride to commemorate police who died in the line of duty.

Victoria Police say the car was travelling along the Princes Highway near Orbost in the state's east on Friday afternoon when it veered onto the opposite side of the road and struck the policeman's bike. He died at the scene.

The officer, who the Herald Sun have named as Detective Senior Sergeant Vic Kostiuk, was among 300 riders in the Wall to Wall Ride who set out from the Victoria Police Memorial in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, headed for Merimbula and then on to Canberra on Saturday.

A Botanic Ridge man is in custody charged with one count of culpable driving, police said.

He is due to appear at Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court on Monday.

Vic Kostiuk.
Vic Kostiuk. Source: Supplied