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Fancy a blue cheese martini? If you're middle class enough, you'll love Jamie Oliver and Alex James's feastival

Take one rock star and his very big house in the country; add a celebrity chef with the common touch; sprinkle liberally with yurts; then charge £150 a ticket, and you have the recipe for possibly the most middle-class festival in Britain. Welcome to the Big Feastival, a celebration of food, music and pushchairs.

Video: The Big Feastival

Watch the videos below to take in tracks from artists playing The Big Feastival, the event curated by Jamie Oliver and Alex James

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Alex James: The cheesemaker and musician talks superstar chefs, Blur and bad habits

Our food culture was a laughing stock until 20 years ago When rationing ended back in 1954, British food had a lot to catch up on. As a teenager I used to save up loads of money to go to France and spend it all on good food there. It may have been only 21 miles from England, but Calais tomatoes were a completely different proposition from Dover ones. On one exchange visit, instead of buying cigarettes and alcohol, I spent my money on juicy steaks from a butcher and delicious potatoes at a grocer, and had a feast.

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Album: Bostich + Fussible, Bulevar 2000 (Nacional/Because)

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Album: Basement Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest, Basement Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest (Atlantic Jaxx)

The crossover territory between classical, jazz and pop has remained largely uninhabited since the era when prog-rockers strove to assert their musical chops with ill-advised symphonic works and temporary alliances with classical musicians who sometimes – as Frank Zappa learnt to his dismay – regarded the commission with a disrespect bordering on contempt.

Album: Basement Jaxx, Basement Jaxx Vs Metropole Orkest (Atlantic Jaxx)

Basement Jaxx's music has always hinted at the epic and symphonic, so one can understand the temptation to take things one step further by employing an actual orchestra, Metropole Orkest of the Netherlands, to reinterpret their hits in quasi-classical mode.

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Observations: French synth star Pascal Arbez produces album featuring Brigitte the virtual voice

Clasping an espresso at his management's London offices, the French synth star Pascal Arbez, better known to his acolytes as Vitalic (pronounced "vee-tal-ique"), shakes his head despondently. "All the time I am told that dance music is in danger, or even that it is dead," he says. "It's stupid. All you need to do is check the internet or go to a club or a festival and you can see how alive it is," he sighs. "But attitudes are beginning to change. Dance music has become stronger definitely. La Roux play electronic music and look what they have achieved. And I hear [the Dutch disc jockey] Tiësto has more fans than Madonna."

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Festival Round-up - The artists' view

Little Boots
"Glastonbury was obviously a highlight for me this year, as was my mum crying her way through the entire set from side of stage. DJing wedding songs dressed in a full bridal gown to about 2,000 people in the early hours of Latitude was another. Especially because we managed to make the biggest conga line I've ever seen. But I think my favourite moment was at Leeds. My little brother came along and it was his birthday so I'd got him and his friends backstage passes for the weekend, which I think already upped his street cred, but at the end of the set I got him on stage and had the entire crowd to sing happy birthday to him. It was great just to see his face. He's definitely the coolest kid in school right now."

Album: Basement Jaxx, Scars (XL)

The problems which attended the troubled gestation of Basement Jaxx's fifth album – among them family illness, relationship break-up and a lack of confidence about their direction – have clearly left their mark on the aptly-titled Scars, the weakest release of their 10-year career.

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