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A music documentary that oozes irritating smugness

Just William’s latest adventure could go horribly wrong

Hague is determined, sharp of mind and of elbow, keen to cut a deal, eager to please

Frank Turner and Billy Bragg, The Roundhouse, London

"I won’t sit down and I won’t shut up/ And most of all I will not grow up", belts out the lean 30-year-old Frank Turner on his rousing anthem "Photosynthesis", and the bolshie folkie from Winchester is the highlight of this inaugural Able2UK concert for disabled awareness.

Paul Heaton Presents The 8th, Barbican, London


“You looked confused at some points,” amiably admits Paul Heaton after overseeing his confusing and long-winded soul opera, The 8th.

Franz Ferdinand spearhead the line-up at Field Day

Pop gigs of the week: Field Day & Apple Cart, Victoria Park, London E3

Two urban festivals in a similar rural spirit occupy Victoria Park this weekend.

Whiley says: 'Every day I count my blessings, which sounds hippydippy, but I've realised how lucky I am.'

My Secret Life: Jo Whiley, 47, radio DJ

'I wanted to be in musicals'

Frank Turner, Wembley Arena

Frank Turner is a former hardcore Punkster who fronted band Million Dead in the early noughties. But his much gentler, quintessentially English folk-influenced solo material has earned him enough fans to sell-out a 12,000-capacity Wembley Arena.

Frank Turner: 'This might be the zenith of my career'

As the gig of a lifetime looms for the Winchester singer, he tells Steve Anderson why he's seizing the moment while silencing the critics from his past

Essex symbol: Phill Jupitus

The Big Society is here at last – as a musical

Cameron's project inspires musical parody, writes Jonathan Brown

The Big Society emerges at last – as a musical

Phill Jupitus to star in theatrical send-up of the Prime Minister's grand concept

Darren Hayman at the Lexington, London

Darren Hayman, who bears more than a passing resemblance to “McLovin” in Superbad, welcomed the New Year in with an intimate (approximately 70 people, some of whom even pointed out tiny discrepancies in Hayman's anecdotes), stripped-down, free and upsettingly stunted set, in which the singer-songwriter didn’t even perform on stage, but to the side of it.

Room for one more at the keyboard?

From 'Decade' to 'Sixty-Six Books', co-authored drama is all the rage. Holly Williams talks to playwrights about collaboration and conflict

Sit-in students get their way after six-month protest

Jubilant students at Glasgow University were celebrating a victory last night after one of the longest sit-ins in British history.

No Off Switch, By Andy Kershaw

Many faces, but no time to look in the mirror

Billy Bragg: AV would marginalise extremists

The singer Billy Bragg, a high-profile campaigner against the British National Party, will today argue for electoral reform as a crucial step to marginalising extremist politicians.

Diary: 'Hurly' Burley's racy ladies

Though keen to work my way through all 424 pages of Kay "Hurly" Burley's debut novel First Ladies, I must confess to having been waylaid by its acknowledgements section: a revealing roll call of the company Ms Burley keeps when she's not on Sky News encouraging celebrity divorcees to blub. The erstwhile ice dancer's first two thank-yous go to fellow chick-lit authors Tasmina Perry and Kathy Lette, who obligingly provided First Ladies with pre-publication puff quotes. Lord Mandelson, too, merits Ms Burley's gratitude, and claims on the cover that she "uses her unrivalled knowledge of the worlds of politics, media and celebrity to racy effect". (Yes, Peter, but is it any good?) Also thanked profusely are former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who left office under a cloud of (alleged) dubious financial dealings; Damian McBride, who left Gordon Brown's employ when he was caught discussing whether to spread scandalous tales about the private lives of Tories; and Lord Archer, who was jailed for perjury. If you need help creating a work of fiction, I suppose there are worse people to ask.

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