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Festivals can be challenging enough considering summer weather in Britain, but they're even trickier to enjoy with a toddler in tow, as David Taylor found out...

Music & Me: Emmy the Great

Emmy The Great, aka 27-year-old Emma Lee-Moss, grew up in Hong Kong and the Home Counties. Now based in London, the singer-songwriter sang with Noah and the Whale before making two solo albums, First Love (2009) and Virtue (released this June).

Win one of two pairs of weekend passes to Bestival with RizLab

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Underage boom means kids are all right

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Win a pair of weekend tickets to The Vintage Festival at The Southbank Centre

The Vintage Festival, the UK’s best new festival, will transform The Royal Festival Hall into a multi-venue vintage playground for London’s most uplifting and stylish party this summer - and The Independent has a pair of tickets for the whole weekend - worth £450 - to give away!

The view from the stage

Nick Moore, drummer with rising stars Howl Griff, lifts the lid on the festival scene

Pack your bags, let’s rock around the world

Bored with the likes of Latitude? Then follow Nick Hasted to the festival scene’s furthest frontiers

Far from the madding crowd - the alternative Glastonbury

There’s far more to Glastonbury than the main stages, David Taylor discovers

Saturdays in the park - it’s not all rock’n’roll, you know

It’s festival fever, but will you go for opera, vintage style or a children’s day out? Kate Hilpern dons her wellies

Music & Me: Stuart Braithwaite and Barry Burns of Mogwai

Stuart Braithwaite (vocals, guitar) and Barry Burns (guitar, keyboards) are members of the Scottish post-rock five-piece Mogwai. The group, who formed in Glasgow in 1995, released their seventh studio album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, in February. Their “Earth Division” EP is released on 12 September

Arcade Fire, Hyde Park, 30 June 2011

Arcade Fire’s live shows always seem to present a sort of organised chaos that you either love or hate, but judging by this sold-out Hyde Park gig – their largest UK show to date – they don’t have to worry too much about the latter.

10 best festival essentials

If you’re heading for Glastonbury this weekend, or one of the many musical events this summer, here are a few ideas to make your trip more comfortable.

Glastonbury bingo! Celebrate the best music festival of all

Can't make it to the Vale of Avalon shindig this year? Never mind! As you slumber in front of the TV, how many of our 50 key predictions can you tick off?

Support Cancer Research UK at the 2011 Plug and Play Festival

Introducing a unique charity event

Music & Me: Gruff Rhys

Super Furry Animals frontman and solo artist extraordinaire Gruff Rhys released his latest album Hotel Shampoo to critical acclaim earlier in the year. Gruff took time out from his North American tour to answer some teasers for Music Magazine.

Family-friendly festivals

Taking your children along can make the festival experience even more rewarding, says David Taylor
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