All in the mind

You don’t have to do media studies to become a DJ – Xfm star Rick Shaw talks to Dan Poole

Hitting the high notes

Want to make your mark in the music business? We asked Simon Gavin, head of A&M Records and judge on Channel 4’s Orange unsignedAct with Sony Ericsson, for his tips on getting to the top.

Short films – big prizes



Youth initiative Ctrl.Alt.Shift is running a fantastic competition for young filmmakers to work with some of the most inspiring contemporary names in film and music.

Review: Persepolis

This stark and beautiful art-house cartoon is an animated coming-of-age story with a difference, set against the backdrop of war and revolution in Iran.

Review: Awake

The premise for this film hinges around a billionaire that suffers due to a failed anaesthetic, leaving him fully conscious during open-heart surgery and awake to the unfolding of a devious plot to steal his money. Sound improbable?

Review: Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden?

The problem with this heavy-handed docu-comedy about the war on terror is that you know the ending already: there isn’t one.

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

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

Listings: things you ought to know about

Finding your way, hearing them play and feeling OK

Digging through the crates

Music from your student years stays with you forever, industry insiders reminisce with Emma Bartley

Is music policed and controlled?

A new course in music policy starting at the University of Edinburgh this month aims to open students' eyes to the politics of sound, teaching them about who is allowed to make music, and who is allowed to hear it, and why. The course – the first of its kind – will encourage third- and fourth-year music students to think about how music is patronised and policed, and what motivates the people and organisations behind it.

Conservatoire says yes, yes, yes to pop

A new course is preparing students for the realities of life in the music industry

Review: Reading Festival 2008

An army of music-heads descended on Reading this past weekend, covering the town with a dense mist of colourful flags, tents, caravans, crazy hats and cheap sunglasses

Review: The Green Man Festival 2008

Co-founder of the festival Jo Bartlett once said: “I look upon each Green Man as a work of art.” Although largely painted in various shades of grey, this year’s event was exactly that.

Review: Get Loaded in the Park 2008

Despite often being overshadowed by the major summer festivals, Get Loaded in the Park on Clapham Common held its own this year, not even allowing the cider drought halfway through the day dampen, or rather, dry out spirits.

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