How to be the headliner? Run your own festival

Both Madness and superstar producer Nile Rodgers are preparing to host new  summer events. It’s part of a trend for artists and their managements to take  the sure-fire route to the top of the bill

Pete Yorn on being bad at maths, mellow music and Scarlet Johansson

“As a freshman everyone gets bullied for a little bit by the seniors,” maintains the indie/alt-rocker Pete Yorn (pronounced “yarn” not “yawn”). “It's a rite of passage, sure it happened to me, and sure I'd be a little frustrated and go take it out on my drums.”