So it seems I won't be getting to see The Amazing Snakeheads when the NME Awards Tour passes through Oxford on Friday, after all. Fair play to them for not pulling out due to spurious illness or irritatingly vague "circumstances beyond our control" - the reason they won't be appearing is because they've split up.
Fans might not be so surprised, given the line-up change last summer that saw two-thirds of the band depart, leaving only Dale Barclay as an original member. He's the one who's now pulled the plug on them as a going concern. One listen to their music and you might well imagine they'd be a volatile and potentially explosive concoction - so it's proved.