The Barometer: Steve Coogan; Heavenly Planet Festival; MobileAct Unsigned
Friday 05 December 2008
Steve Coogan complete box set
The perfect Christmas present. Put in your requests for the 14-disc box with all Coogan's comic alter egos.
Heavenly Planet Festival
Hooray for the first all-weather music festival, twinning Reading with Italy's sunny Palermo. Booking now.
Joan as Policewoman
The alt-country star and Rufus Wainwright are a winning combination on her gorgeous new piano-led single "To America".
...and what's not
Another TV talent contest; another nail in the coffin of British indie music.
The panto factor
Gareth Gates (in Joseph), Graham Norton (in drag in La Cage aux Folles) and Justin Lee Collins (in Chicago) all to be catapulted into West End musicals this January? Really.
X Factor one-year-on albums
Clause in contract means last year's second and third couldn't release albums until now. Rhydian, Same Difference, same week. Nooo.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Isis 'jihadi bride' claims forced sex with Yazidi girls is never rape because Koran condones it
- 2 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group
- 3 Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
- 4 Mother 'will allow son's circumcision in return for release from prison'
- 5 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
Beyonce angers fans by pouring expensive champagne into hot tub in Nicki Minaj 'Feeling Myself' video
Eurovision 2015: The best moments from Australia's random entry to Lithuania's gay kiss
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Eurovision 2015: Estonia seemingly enters Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland