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NICK CAVE aspires to "subversive excellence" as guest director of this year's Meltdown. The line-up includes Nina Simone (below, 1 July) and Cave himself in the opening concert. RFH, QEH & Purcell Room, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 17 Jun- 2 Jul

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FOLLOWING HIS Grammy Award-winning collaboration with Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello (below) joins Steve Nieve for a short tour, ending tomorrow. Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) tonight; Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121-212 3333) tomorrow