Only Dizzee Rascal can save us from this mess
Olympics organisers have revealed how they intend to enhance the spectator experience at London 2012 with music and other visual presentations.
With expectations of England’s footballers suddenly on the rise, the nation needs a new anthem to unite behind.
To the untrained eye it looks like a picture of an empty Jacuzzi, taken on a phone camera that went off accidentally. It is, in fact, one of a series of shots taken by the award-winning rapper Dizzee Rascal as part of his new creative impulse.
"Angelina Jolie as a 21st-century superhero. The plot could have been written by a five-year-old and the word 'thriller' certainly does not describe this film. It would have been much better as a cartoon."
Youngsters can do community service to earn tickets to see Tinie Tempah, who tells Charlotte Cripps why he likes the idea
The Edinburgh Fringe will continue its seemingly remorseless expansion this summer as organisers revealed the biggest line-up of artists in its 64-year history yesterday. With details of 2,453 shows and more than 40,000 performances contained within a 344-page programme, the world's largest arts festival has officially doubled in size over the last decade.
Chart-topper Dizzee Rascal, Britain's Got Talent dance act Flawless and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson are among the big names featuring in this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, organisers said today.
Lily Allen will battle it out with a group of virtual unknowns championed on Twitter by Stephen Fry for a top songwriting award.
Line-up for landmark festival divides opinion among music fans
16-18 July, Victoria Park, London
Mehrdad Seyf, the Iranian director of the play, 'Plastic', inspired by stories of Iranian men undergoing sex-change surgery, was told that as a result of the production coming to London this month (after a sensational reception in Edinburgh in summer 2008) – it is not safe for him to travel back to his homeland. He had intended to go back for a lecture there, but after contacting the authorities he was told that "under no circumstances (was he) to come to Iran". Seyf told me: "The Dramatic Arts Centre did not say I was banned but that they couldn't be held responsible for my safety". A dancer from the original cast was arrested then released during a trip to Tehran while a co-director who was questioned by authorities. The site-specific work, to be performed in a converted sawmill in London's Whitechapel, is predicated around Iran being the place for transgender surgery, subsidised by the government because homosexuality is illegal in Iran. As a result, many gay men are "encouraged" to have the surgery.
For the first time, the BRITs performance will be available to download from iTunes
Tim Davie, the director of audio and music at the BBC, tells Ian Burrell radio must act now or risk being left behind by new media devices
Look at you all!" says Speech Debelle, admiring a fairly full house of mostly well-heeled white pseudo-bohemians. "See what the Mercury can do!"