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First Call

AVOID MILLENNIUM fever by concentrating on this year's festivities instead. One early announcement for the all-night clubbing fraternity is Temptation. Wilfully paying no attention to the poor ticket sales at the summer festivals, the Mean Fiddler Organisation is hosting a crowd-pulling coup with New Order, Chemical Brothers and Underworld alongside DJs extraordinaire Laurent Garnier, Sasha and the ubiquitous Pete Tong.

Evening News Arena, Manchester (0161-930 8000) 29 Dec; Alexandra Palace, London (0171-344 0044) 31 Dec

Last Call

SINCE HIS bright arrival on the music scene in the early 1980s, Billy Bragg (right) has drifted out of the limelight, but has rarely ceased protesting about politics. He is now a keeper of the Woody Guthrie flame, with his recent album Mermaid Avenue and an October tour putting music to the lyrics of the folk legend. With support from the Eliza Carthy Band and Hefner.

The Forum, London (0171-734 8932) 20 Oct; Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (01902 552121) 10 Nov; Rock City, Nottingham (0115-958 8484) 11 Nov; Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth (01705 358608) 13 Nov; Anson Rooms, Bristol (0114-222 8777) 14 Oct