Festival fans enjoy the music in the sunshine

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As summer fast approaches and student budgets dwindle, you find yourself stuck in a dilemma when planning your summer getaway. Festival or holiday? Your poor party-animal heart, torn between hearing this year's best live music, or jetting off to a new, exciting country to unwind and let go. But what if you could do both without breaking the bank? It's easier and more affordable than you think.

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Short films – big prizes



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Interview: Danny Wallace

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Interview: Danny Wallace

Having done his first work placement at 13, Danny Wallace has always had a plan. Now an author and presenter, he talks to Dan Poole about his education and career so far
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