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Bass: Adam Clayton

La Shica Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

Flamenco singer-dancer La Shica performs a traditional Sevillanas, moving with courtly seriousness. Then she and her band add a bassline, teasing rhythms and shapes. She turns to the audience, with beaming delight: “Now you understand why some purists in my country think I am Satan’s daughter!” 

Roots Manuva, The Roundhouse, London

I have never understood why Roots Manuva doesn’t get the widespread acclaim that he so richly deserves.

Survivor, Barbican Theatre

We all know what a Gormley looks like: gazing straight ahead with his arms limp by his sides, he’s been placed by his creator on bleak seashores, on the roofs of high buildings, and anywhere else you’d least expect to find him, so it was no surprise to be confronted by the back view of a Gormley who remained motionless at the front of the Barbican stage for so long that one was driven out of boredom to read the programme.

My Fantasy Band: Joe Copcutt, Rise to Remain

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The London school using i to explore the world

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Kate Jackson - The indie-rock firebrand who got in touch with her softer side

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Album: Zomby, Nothing (4AD)

The rapid follow-up to this summer's evocative Dedication is markedly different in intent, a much lighter affair lacking the somewhat sombre, haunted mood of that valedictory album.

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