Arts and Entertainment Azealia Banks, first mermaid of hip-hop, is to headline Lovebox 2013 with Plan B and Goldfrapp

Plan B, Azealia Banks and Goldfrapp are to headline this summer’s Love Box festival in East London.

Bristol motorist banned for driving 'under the influence of drum and bass'

Delivery driver Aaron Cogley, 25, was pulled over by police after taking a sharp turn and then running two sets of red lights

3-2-1... with Danny Byrd

For 3-2-1, Parklife grabs one of this year's most exciting acts for five minutes and finds out what's taking their fancy right now

Prism by Keiichi Matsuda at the V&A during the London Design Festival 2012

Heads Up: London Design Festival

They're putting what in the middle of Trafalgar Square?

Latitude’s late night i Arena line-up revealed!

We’re excited to announce more of this year’s amazing late night line-up with DJs booked on the i Arena, In The Woods and The Lake Stage.

Lovebox, Victoria Park, London E3

Get into the groove at the capital's dance music festival

Wings of Desire, Victoria Square, Birmingham

Wings of Desire starts with angels roosting on rooftops, white-clad figures silhouetted against a darkening sky. It ends with an astonishing blast of digital imagery, Birmingham’s Town Hall transformed as the performers move across it.

Goldie says: 'I can be my own worst enemy at times'

My Secret Life: Goldie, 46, musician

My parents were... not the best.

Khan: Innate sense of rhythmicality

Sultan Khan: Indian vocalist and doyen of the sarangi

Sultan Khan was a hereditary sarangiya – a sarangi player – and one of the preeminent Hindustani or Northern Indian classical soloists of our age. He played one of the most brutish-looking instruments humanity has ever devised. Yet the voices that he coaxed from this squat, bowed, stringed instrument were divine. The instrument's name derives from two words meaning "100 colours", but Sultan Khan proved that the sarangi hid many more than that. Many hold it to be the instrument able to capture the nuances and tonal range of the human voice the most faithfully. Many – Mickey Hart, the Grateful Dead drummer-turned-Smithsonian Folkwayswallah who recorded him included – hold sarangi to be the greatest melody instrument ever devised. And without question, Khan was one of sarangi's all-time virtuosi.

James Blake, Liquid Room, Edinburgh

A little under an hour has passed, and James Blake has arrived at the end of his show, bar one last, luscious, understated reading of "The Wilhelm Scream". "I actually haven't got much music, I don't know if you've noticed," laughs the singer and electronic composer to cheers from the crowd. Possibly they haven't noticed, because what had gone before was a rich, evocative and often ground-breaking core of work, which sums up this most deservedly fêted (and, indeed, Mercury-nominated) young artist.

Orlando, St George's West, Edinburgh

Adapting Virginia Woolf's fantastical novel, which follows the title character through four centuries and a sex change, is no mean feat.

Win one of two pairs of weekend passes to Bestival with RizLab

On the opening day of Bestival, Friendly Fires will curate a one-off exploration of “The Past, Present and Future of Dance Music” in the RizLab arena.

Album: Nero, Welcome Reality (Mercury)

Nero are the London dubstep/drum'n' bass duo of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray whose debut mixes the pop and the ponderous, occupying a halfway point between Burial and N-Dubz.

Irma Thomas, Barbican Theatre, London<br/>Chase &amp; Status, Roundhouse, London

Even when the band don't know the dots, this soul survivor reigns supreme

Album: Lamb, 5 (Strata)

Lamb used to feel like the most infuriatingly middle-class band in existence: a Portishead for people who were scared of the dark, a proto-Dido to provide ambience at dinner parties.

When Goldie went to Buckingham Palace

TV personality, painter, drum'n'bass star Goldie can seemingly do anything &ndash; even meet the Queen. He talks to Andy Brassell on the eve of his latest release
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