Arts and Entertainment Rudimental and Bipolar Sunshine

Collaborations between artists are typically orchestrated by record labels hoping to generate the next chart hit, but on this occasion the chart-topping dance act Rudimental had the chance to do their own A&R, picking a rising act with whom to work on a new track. Given the challenge of writing, recording, releasing and performing an original track within a 24-hour time frame, they picked emerging artist Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine, aka Adio Marchant, the former front man of indie-ska band Kid British.“We discovered Bipolar Sunshine's tune Fire on YouTube and thought it was great – great vocals and lyrics,” Rudimental's Piers Agget tells me.

Friendly Fires to host charity gig after the death of their friend

Mercury Prize-nominated band Friendly Fires are staging a star-studded charity gig after the death of their friend Adam Connolly last week.

Benedict Cumberbatch is walking in the air after lending his voice to The Snowman sequel

He hopes the follow-up will become as much of a Christmas tradition as the original was when he was a boy

Lauryn Hill's new single is spoken word

Music: Spoken word - the new singing

Lauryn Hill this week debuted a new single, "Black Rage". But those looking for something like "Doo Wop (That Thing)" might be slightly disappointed to hear the new track is a spoken-word missive on race, capitalism and America; a re-working of "My Favourite Things". "As artists we have the opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness," she said.

Yo, Sherlock! Benedict Cumberbatch performs spoken-word with Friendly Fires

Get an exclusive first listen here of "Flat of Angles" - a collaboration between the actor and the English band

Frank Turner and Billy Bragg, The Roundhouse, London

"I won’t sit down and I won’t shut up/ And most of all I will not grow up", belts out the lean 30-year-old Frank Turner on his rousing anthem "Photosynthesis", and the bolshie folkie from Winchester is the highlight of this inaugural Able2UK concert for disabled awareness.

Man, 24, dies in tent at music festival

Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man at the Global Gathering electronic and dance music festival.

Lovebox, Victoria Park, London E3

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

The Vaccines

Chill out at coolest festival of them all

Snowbombing, a dance extravaganza in the Austrian Alps, has become a highlight of the musical year, says Elisa Bray

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.

Ice Cube, IndigO2, London<br/>Friendly Fires, Roundhouse, London

Cube's longevity in the fast-changing world of rap is a thing of wonder; and seeing an icon in the flesh is always a thrill

Prince, Hop Farm Festival, Kent<br/>Richard Cheese, Forum, London

His supernatural levels of genius are a challenge to my atheism. All other music is ruined for me

The Great Escape, Various venues, Brighton

There are lots of big names, but it's the chance to see so many hotly tipped up-and-comers that make this festival such a success

Album: Friendly Fires, Pala (XL)

Despite the occasional, brief moment of class – the African-flavoured guitar intro to "Pull Me Back to Earth", the liquid ambience of "Helpless" – Friendly Fires' follow-up to their Mercury-nominated debut is a huge disappointment.

Viscount's son cheated Tesco out of &#163;355,000 to fund music festival

A "kind and obsessed" aristocrat who stretched Tesco's well-known slogan "Every little helps" to its limits by cheating the company out of £355,000 to bankroll a music festival has been jailed for 30 months.

Album: Klaxons, Surfing the Void, Polydor

Klaxons are back &ndash; but has the nu-rave crowd moved on?
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