POP: THE FIVE BEST GIGS

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1

Black Crowes tomorrow

After a mid-decade lull, the southern-fried rockers are back to their best and currently on smoking-hot live form.

Shepherd's Bush Empire, London W2 (07-77 2000)

2

Billy Bragg/Femi Kuti tomorrow

A great double-header to close this year's Womad festival, with Bragg and the Blokes' increasingly global-tinged folk repertoire followed by Kuti's pumping, dancey Afrobeats.

Womad, Rivermead, Reading (08-939 0930)

3

James today

Guildford Festival comes of age with true headliners in the long- running Mancunians, with Kristin Hersh, Afro Celt Sound System and Donovan also on the bill.

Stoke Park, Guildford (0483 45459)

4

Robert Cray Band Wed & Thur

Welcome return for the soulful blues man and his magnificent band, plugging the recent Take Your Shoes Off album.

UEA, Norwich (0603 508050) Wed; Shepherd's Bush Empire, London W2 (07- 77 2000) Thur

5

Wicked Women today

Fundraiser for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, with Ronan Keating, Baby Spice, Bev Knight and other big pop names. See Preview, p2.

Hyde Park, London (05-92 944/ 07-344 4040)

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