POP: THE FIVE BEST GIGS
Saturday 22 August 1998
Reading Festival Fri-Sun 30 Aug
Page & Plant (right) headline Friday, the Beastie Boys and Prodigy should be sensational on Saturday, while there's New Order and Spiritualized on Sunday.
Richfield Avenue, Reading (054 500 044/ 07 344 0044) pounds 30 per day/pounds 75 weekend.
V98 Sat, Sun
The Verve, Catatonia, Iggy Pop and James Brown appear on Saturday while Sunday has a very poppy feel with All Saints and Robbie Williams, though PJ Harvey and Underworld also play.
Hylands Park Chelmsford (0870 65 5555).
Supergrass Tues, Wed
The word's out that Supergrass's new material is very special indeed. Here's a chance to hear it before Reading 98.
Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (0303 253 93) 25 Aug; City Hall Salisbury (0722 327 6767) 26 Aug.
Green Day Thurs
Green Day always deliver the goods on stage and testosterone-burning kids continually come back for more. This is sure to be a night of (oversubscribed) loud, fast, pop-punk action.
Astoria, London, W (07-434 0403).
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Wed, Thurs
More like The Artist Formerly Known As Good, judging by his recent, laboured output. But his fans buy the tickets.
Wembley Arena (08-902 0902) 26 Aug and Brixton Academy, London SW2 (07-924 9999) 28 Aug.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits record low as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West