POP FESTIVAL OF THE WEEK

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The Independent Culture
Tim Perry

SATURDAY 26

Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Stereophonics, The Black Crowes See Five Best Gigs, left. Wembley Stadium Empire Way, Wembley, Middx (0181-902 0902) Wembley Park. 2pm. pounds 28.50-pounds 32.50 (tickets 0870-010 4555).

Billy Bragg and The Blokes, Kangaroo Moon, The Magnets, The Invincibles, Two Loaves Eddie, The Harbingers, The Suspects, Duke Baysee Lively mix of styles to conclude the Islington International Festival. Highbury Fields N5 (0171-689 0200) Islington. 1pm, free.

Cherish the Ladies Irish-American all-female folksters. Mean Fiddler Harlesden High Street, NW10 (0181-961 5490) BR: Willesden Junction. 8pm. pounds 8.50.

Demented Are Go, Buc Buc Bucket Band, Incoherant Long-running rockabilly luminaries. Barfly at the Falcon Royal College Street, NW1 (0171-482 4808) Camden Town. 8pm. pounds 5, concs pounds 4.

Hip Hop Phenomenon See Five Best Gigs, left. Brixton Academy Stockwell Road, SW9 (0171-771 2000) BR/ Brixton. 7pm. pounds 17.

Ska Fest Emperor of moonstomp Laurel Aitken headlines this all-day ska bill. The Theatre Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E7 (0181-521 7111) BR/ Walthamstow Central. 4pm. pounds 12.

Vyvian, Cookers, Saloon Kenickie-flavoured girlie punkers hit the stage. Water Rats Theatre Gray's Inn Road, WC1 (0171-284 0077) BR/ King's Cross. 8pm. pounds 5, concs pounds 4.

SUNDAY 27

Harare Dread, Souls of Fire, The Kuljit Bhamra Band All-day world music extravaganza headed by Afro-reggae star Dread. Horniman Museum and Gardens London Road, SE23 (0181-699 1872) BR: Forest Hill. 12noon-7pm, free.

Judy Garland Tribute Concert Starry tribute to the Hollywood diva featuring former Eastender Martine McCutcheon among others. London Palladium Argyll Street, W1 (0171-494 5020) Oxford Circ. 8pm. pounds 15-pounds 100.

Charlemagne Palestine Joining in the fun at Nick Cave's Meltdown, the eccentric American brings his own brand of minimalism to London. Purcell Room South Bank, SE1 (0171-960 4242) BR/ Waterloo. 7.45pm. pounds 12, concs pounds 10.

Sacred Voices Music Village Gala Performance Jewish, Christian and Islamic sacred music featuring performances by Cantor Bensoussan and the Schola Hebraica Choir, St Paul's Gospel Choir and Mehr Ali and Sher Ali, Qawwali singers from Pakistan. Open Air Theatre Regent's Park, NW1 (0171-486 2431) Baker Street. 8pm. pounds 10, concs pounds 6.

MONDAY 28

The British Rock Symphony Choral-orchestral treatment with all the trimmings for warhorses of the British rock repertoire, featuring guest slots by Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Paul Young, Thelma Houston and Gary Brooker. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 (0171-589 8212) High Street Kensington. 7.30pm. pounds 15-pounds 32.50.

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Multi-talented master of crossover stylings bridging jazz, country and calypso. Jazz Cafe Parkway, NW1 (0171-916 6060) Camden Town. 10pm. pounds 16.

Jo Greenwood, Waif, Jellicoe, TV Suicide Distinctive singer-songwriter Greenwood headlines. The Borderline Manette Street, W1 (0171-734 2095) Tottenham Court. Road 7.30pm. pounds 5.

Lee Hazlewood See Five Best Gigs, left. Royal Festival Hall South Bank, SE1 (0171-960 4242) BR/ Waterloo. 7.30pm. phone for prices.

Al Green, Beverley Knight See Five Best Gigs, left. Fairfield Concert Halls Park Lane, Croydon (0181-688 9291) 8pm. pounds 22.50-pounds 28.50.

Hazeldine, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Peter Bruntnell, Edith Frost State- of-the-art overview of alt-country headlined by the much-lauded Willard Grant Conspiracy. The Underworld Camden High Street, NW1 (0171-482 1932) Camden Town. 6.30pm. pounds 9.

TUESDAY 29

Al Green, Beverley Knight See Five Best Gigs, left. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 (0171-589 8212) High Street Kensington. 7.30pm. pounds 22.50.

Phobia 4000, Lucha Libre, Heavy Q Cerebral art-pop from Japan. HQ Club West Yard, NW1 (0171-485 6044) Camden Town. 9pm. pounds 5, concs pounds 4.

Subcircus, New Electrics Sombre indie merchants. The Garage Highbury Corner, N5 (0171-607 1818) BR/ Highbury & Islington. 8pm. pounds 7.

Sweet Honey in the Rock Vibrant Afro-American a cappella crew on tour. Royal Festival Hall South Bank, SE1 (0171-960 4242) BR/ Waterloo. 7.30pm. pounds 10-pounds 20.

Belinda Sykes and Joglaresa Intriguing and exotic fare featuring Jewish, Muslim and Christian music of medieval Spain. St John's Smith Square Smith Square, SW (0171-222 1061) Westminster. 7.30pm. pounds 9-pounds 12, concs pounds 4-pounds 6.

Ben Vaughn Leftfield singer-songwriter with impeccable underground credentials including Alex Chilton and Alan Vega collaborations on his CV. 12 Bar Club Denmark Place, WC2 (0171-916 6989) Tottenham Court Road. 8pm. pounds 7.

Paul Young The 1980s blue-eyed soul crooner lays his hat in London. Jazz Cafe Parkway, NW1 (0171-916 6060) Camden Town. 29 & 30 Jun, 10pm. pounds 18.

WEDNESDAY 30

Nick Cave, Jimmy Scott Defiantly iconoclastic takes on rock, pop and poetry, delivered with unique panache. Royal Festival Hall South Bank, SE1 (0171-960 4242) BR/ Waterloo. 7.30pm. pounds 22.50-pounds 30.

Live Unit-shifting and rabble-rousing US punk-metal. Electric Ballroom Camden High Street, NW1 (0171-485 9006) Camden Town. 30 Jun & 1 Jul, 8pm. pounds 10.

Gary Lucas Captain Beefheart's erstwhile guitarist provides esoteric accompaniment to the classic silent horror film Der Golem. Purcell Room South Bank, SE1 (0171-960 4242) BR/ Waterloo. 8pm. pounds 5.

Mehr Ali and Sher Ali Pakistan qawwali pairing. October Gallery Old Gloucester Street, WC1 (0171-242 7367) Holborn. 8.30pm. pounds 7, concs pounds 5.

Sheikh Yaseen El Tuhamy Egyptian Sufi songs. Egyptian Cultural Centre Chesterfield Gardens, SE (0171-491 7720) 8pm, free.

Roskilde, Denmark

Like Glastonbury, mainland Europe's premier festival, Roskilde, prides itself as a "people's festival". In effect, this means giving the punters immaculate toilets and other facilities. They also seem to be able to deal better with the weather. Now in its 28th year, Roskilde has limited tickets to 75,000 this year for a bill headed by Metallica, Robbie Williams, REM (above), Marilyn Manson and the Chemical Brothers, with lots and lots of techno as well.

Roskilde, Denmark. Full details at http://www. roskilde-festival.dk/ 1999/english/

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