The Blur frontman branded Adele 'insecure' and described her songs as 'very middle of the road'
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
The artist, who began his career anonymously, worked with Damon Albarn on his debut album
Unreleased songs from the first ever recording session by punk pioneers The Clash are to finally see the light of day.
Sir Kenneth Branagh will direct and star in a new production of Macbeth as part of next year's Manchester International Festival.
In a week when it has at times seemed to be tearing itself apart with blunders and recriminations, the BBC has came together at last.
Londonewcastle Project Space, London
If now's the time to assess Blur's place in the grand scheme, this was a reminder that they were always streets ahead of the monobrows
Being a radio DJ is a cinch nowadays. Where once upon a time a DJ had to haul crates of records into work, now they can simply take in their iPod, set it to shuffle and then lie down for an executive nap.
'Dr Dee' to Doctor Who – Manchester will see you now
The Royal Opera is pushing boundaries in a new show which mixes music, dance and two very different composers. By Jessica Duchen
The classical violinist only recently found her voice, and what a voice it is, says Fiona Sturges
Even Damon Albarn and Jack White have some distance to go to equal the genre-bending achievements of Bill Frisell, not just the outstanding jazz guitarist of his era but also the most diversely prolific, equally at home providing accompaniment to Buster Keaton movies as he is collaborating with Elvis Costello.
It begins even before you get inside the building. There is a big list of warnings to the audience. It will be a promenade production with stairs to climb and uneven surfaces.
Steve Rider opposes plan to provide affordable homes for locals in Devon hamlet
A series of songs written using the Chinese pentatonic scale and sung in Mandarin might be considered a hard sell, but with Jamie Hewlett's animations of Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy now on TV rotation in trailers for the BBC's Olympics coverage, Journey to the West appears to be in the process of becoming a cultural benchmark. Rightly so: there can't be many multimedia projects that are quite as satisfying and entertaining as this phantasmagoria of myth, music and mummery.