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Open’er Festival, Gdynia, Poland, review

The first day of Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland, was like a proverbial middle finger to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, showing just how much Europe has to offer on a cultural level. With a line-up rivalling that of Glastonbury, combining mainstream acts such as Florence and the Machine with accomplished up-and-comers like Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco, Open’er failed to disappoint. 

Mercury Prize Sessions start 2010 with a bang

Last night marked the first of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions of 2010, with The Maccabees and The Rumble Strips playing to a packed-out studio at London’s prestigious Hospital Club.

Album: Cate Le Bon, Me Oh My (Irony Bored)

The debut release on Gruff Rhys's Irony Bored label, Me Oh My shows Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon to be a strikingly different prospect to the recent run of new female singers – closer to wyrd-folkie than soul-diva, but blessed with a unique line in imagery, and a ramshackle innocence to her musical approach that recalls the third Velvet Underground album, if Mo Tucker had sung all the songs.

Win tickets to T in the Park

T in the Park is almost upon us with less than two weeks to go, taking place in Balado, Kinross-shire from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July. This year the Main Stage is headlined by Kings of Leon, The Killers, Blur and Snow Patrol along with the finest in international and home grown talent including The Specials, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine, Lily Allen and TV on the Radio.

Your guide to biggest and best music festivals

As Bruce Springsteen heads for Worthy Farm, Blur reunite and Doves aim for great heights, this year’s festival season offers the perfect recession antidote. Ben Walsh is our guide

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Party Of The Week: The Brit school of awards

Once symbolic of the eclecticism present in the UK music market – the meeting point, as it were, of Jarvis Cocker's buttocks and Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" – the Brit Awards these days tend to be dominated by mainstream pop-rockers and graduates of the Brit stage school.