Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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Sacred music: Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook of
the widely lauded Glasgow band Chvrches

Harvest time for fans of intoxicating indie: The best acts at London's Field Day festival

This weekend's Field Day festival in east London is packed with storming new acts.

Field Day may feel like another world, but it has the added bonus of being a short hop from the Tube

Urban festivals: The sound of the city

Elisa Bray on how urban festivals are taking on their traditional rural rivals

Barfly offers a chance to catch new acts for nothing

Kate Nash will play next month

Daft Punk, Random Access Memories (Sony Music)

Album review: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories (Sony Music)

Album of the Week: Thrilled by some old-school sounds and a starry cast

The 50 Best festivals

Whether you want to party in the park, rock out in the woods, hang out with the kids or dance until sunrise, Elisa Bray previews this summer’s top events for indie, pop, classical, art and jazz fans alike

The 10 Best wedding cakes

Forget love and happiness - these multi-tier marvels are reason enough to get hitched this summer.

Just as the
last memories of jammed Walkmans fade away, labels are again releasing on cassette

Fast forward – and press play again: Cassettes are back

Who'd have thought it? Just as the last memories of jammed Walkmans fade away, labels are again releasing on cassette. Elisa Bray ditches her iPod

Techno wizards: Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD

Our friends electric: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Synth-pop pioneers OMD were one of most innovative bands of the Eighties. They're still on a quest for originality, they tell Elisa Bray

Glastonbury romance? Revellers watch the sunrise from the stone circle during the festival

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis on the return of the sacred Stones

After a well-deserved year off, Glastonbury’s back with a bang this summer – and headlined by rock royalty in Mick and Keith. Organiser Emily Eavis tells Elisa Bray how it all comes together

Noah and the Whale's Charlie Fink

Caught in the net: New album from killer Whales

Noah and the Whale have always had a keen interest in film (their name was inspired by the movie The Squid and the Whale). This week they announced the first single from their new album Heart of Nowhere, the follow-up to their platinum-selling Last Night on Earth. The video for the single is a trailer for a short film directed by their singer and songwriter Charlie Fink (pictured), that will accompany the album's release on 6 May. The album's title-track is a hit-in-waiting for the band. Watch the video at http://tinyurl.com/d989cb9

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And it will trigger more war in future
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

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From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn