For the past five days, Glastonbury has been home to some 135,000 ticket holders.
See pictures of the revellers arriving at Worthy Farm, Somerset
By any critical measure, the NME’s annual tour package of four thrusting young acts broadcasting their sound to the nation has once again chosen well from a pool of artists who are unheard-of, just-rising or deserving of a step-up now their careers are well the way.
‘Fame can make you big-headed and add too much swagger’
This loose supergroup assembled by "fourth Beastie Boy" Mario Caldato Jnr in aid of fair trade/youth development charity Bottletop combines Brazilian musicians with Brits such as Tim Burgess, Eliza Doolittle and assorted Arctic Monkeys. It's a mixed bunch, from outright samba to subtly Amazonian indie-funk. Gruff Rhys, who has form for Brazilian flavours (from SFA's "Northern Lites" to his Tony Da Gatorra collaboration), proves the pick with the psycho-tropical title track.
Just when the world is no longer particularly bothered about a new Arctic Monkeys record, they've finally released one worth being bothered about – at least in parts.
As Lady Gaga reveals tacky artwork for her new CD, Simon Hardeman cringes at 10 other violations of taste and sense
One is a notoriously nervous comedian, the other a pop star renowned for his reticence. Craig McLean mediates a meeting between the men behind this month's hottest Brit flick
Bought for just £9,450, Tracey Collins' grey faces a pedigree field at Newmarket
The Arctic Monkeys play their first UK show in two years with an ease confirming their special status.
Sheffield's Warp Records celebrates its 20th anniversary in September. Nick Hasted looks back on the cutting-edge electronica/indie label that has produced acts as diverse as Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Grizzly Bear and Maxïmo Park
If Favourite Worst Nightmare was a sketchbook of Arctic Monkeys' responses to their vertiginous success then Humbug seems to represent the more considered comedown after a few years pursuing alternative diversions.
' Better than heavy', the 11-track debut album of indie supergroup Mongrel will be given away with The Independent print edition on Saturday 7 March.
Monkeys up for it Down Under
Sheffield natives Arctic Monkeys have made a live DVD to promote their city – although you'd never know from watching it. Mark Hughes on a curious marketing ploy
Alex Turner may be bidding for the Mercury Prize, but all eyes are on Glasvegas as the most important breakthrough band of the year