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READING FESTIVAL

Grunt, squelch, whine, buh-doing, wibble wibble, 'Daphne] Where are the children?]' Yes, it's that time of the year again. Featuring Cypress Hill, Lemonheads, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primal Scream, Ice Cube, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Pulp, Luscious Jackson, Elastica, Rollins Band, Madder Rose, Afghan Whigs, Soundgarden, Frank Black, Pavement, Gang Starr, Trans Global Underground, The Wedding Present, Auteurs, Sleeper, Senser, Echobelly, American Music Club and so on and on.

Fri, Sat, Sun Reading Little John's Farm (info 071-284 4111)

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

Notable on the Touch mag-sponsored stage in Powis Square this year are: The Brotherhood, Misty Oldland, M Beat, Jhelisa Anderson, Don-e and, back from the Brit-soul twilight zone, Paul Johnson. It's even hoped that General Levy might be there.

Sun, Mon London Notting Hill W11

INSTITUTE OF DUBOLOGY

A birthday festival of repeat-echo, featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mad Professor, Bill Sherman, Revolutionary Dub Warriors, Aba Shant-i, Dr Alex Paterson.

Tonight London Vox

ICE CUBE

The eminence noir of rap, still warm from his Saturday soiree in Reading.

Sun London Brixton Academy

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

Erstwhile East Coast jerky quirkmeisters in lumberjack couture, now gone serious and soon to release their sixth album.

Tonight London Islington Garage

CHELMSFORD SPECTACULAR

And they don't come more spectacular than this: the pop worlds of yesterday and yesterdecade conflated in Essex, starring (tonight) Eternal, Bad Boys Inc, (Fri) The Beautiful South, Squeeze, (Sat) Status Quo, (Sun) The Royal Philharmonic, (Mon) The Searchers, Marmalade, The Bootleg Beatles.

Tonight, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon Chelmsford Hylands Park

GRANT McLENNAN AND ROBERT FORSTER

Ex-Go-Betweens in one-off acoustic apparition in West End record shop. They do an hour from 6.30pm. Be there.

Tonight London Piccadilly Tower Records

EAST 17

'Appearing' at 'a very special party' to 'perform' all their hits and more, teen- screamies E17 are not expected to hit many bum notes.

Mon Blackpool Empress Ballroom

THE JESUS LIZARD

Stinking, Stoogey grunge-buzzards from hell touting their new Steve Albini-produced album, Down. Eeurgh.

ELASTICA

Girls, guitars and that old devil called hype - last year's Coming Thing get flushed and ready for Reading.

Tonight Windsor Old Trout

MIDNIGHT OIL

Vigorous, conscientious Australian rock.

Wed London Shepherd's Bush Empire

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Hendrix sampled and spliced with a meaty dance groove. Much better than you'd think.

Sat Bath Moles

JAZZ, WORLD, FOLK ETC

GUILDFORD FOLK & BLUES

FESTIVAL

Bank holidays were made for this. Roy Harper, Goats Don't Shave, Ralph McTell, Tom Robinson, Tarika, the John Otway Big Band, Alan Hull & Kenny Craddock, Chris Smither, Boogie Brothers, PJ Fahy, Blazing Homesteads and several more.

Mon Guildford Stoke Park

ANDY SHEPPARD SMALL CO-MOTION

The Bristolian sax wizard fronts the tiddliest configuration of his Co-Motion thing: a duet, with keyboardist Steve Lodder.

Wed Birmingham Ronnie Scotts

AVERAGE WHITE BAND

Veteran chunk-funksters, still cutting the cake.

Tonight, Fri, Sat London Jazz Cafe

KANDA BONGO MAN

Zairean dance king, supported by the Western Diamonds from Ghana. Booof]

Sun London Astoria

GARY THOMAS EXILE'S GATE

Top New York tenor, associated in the past with Miles, Metheny, Osby and Steve Coleman.

Tue London Jazz Cafe Wed Edinburgh Queen's Hall

BUDE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Trad / New Orleans-based knees-up in the west, peaking with George Melly on Tuesday night or Monday's Cajun Special, according to taste.

Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed Bude Parkhouse Centre, The Headland, Hartland Hotel

LETICIA

American singer-songwriter-type person with folksy-psychedelic leanings and the usual debts to Joni and the McGarrigles.

Tonight London Borderline Fri London Mean Fiddler

BILLY JENKINS' VOICE OF GOD COLLECTIVE

Welcome return of the great avant-fruitbat of free improvisational guitar. Mad but good.

Tue London Vortex

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