THE FIVE BEST GIGS

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Reading Festival Sat, Sun

Two great days: Beastie Boys, Prodigy (right) and Supergrass top the list of 40 bands on Saturday; while Garbage, New Order and Spirtualized feature on Sunday.

Richfield Avenue, Reading (0541-500 044/0171-344 0044)

The Essential Mix Sat

Lo-Fidelity Allstars (right) head this all-nighter that includes Headrillaz, Monkey Mafia and others. Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Danny Rampling and LTJ Bukem top the array of DJs.

Brighton Centre, Brighton (01273-888846)

Suffolk & Good Festival Sat, Sun

Folk-flavoured events have flourished this summer. Big names at this family-friendly weekend include Paul Brady, Richie Havens and Eliza Carthy (right).

Stansfield Hall, Stansfield, Clare, Suffolk (01223-511511/01284-789471)

Mike Oldfield Fri

To celebrate the release of Tubular Bells 3, Oldfield plays his first live gig for five years at this open-air event. The set will include excerpts from his other albums.

Horse Guards Parade, London SW1 (0990-321321)

Dandy Warhols Fri

Nearing the end of their UK tour, Oregon's wackiest, the Dandy Warhols, still have to prove their stripes live, and should be keen to do just that tonight.

Shepherds Bush Empire, London W12 (0171-771 2000)

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