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James Moore: Primark - the next new face of Regent Street?

Outlook Even in the midst of a general economic malaise, some groups will be benefiting. It shouldn't come as much surprise that among the cheerful contingent are the people behind Primark, the discount clothes retailer.

Dick Van Dyke at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2013

Dick Van Dyke, 87, cancels New York appearance suffering from neurological disorder

Dick Van Dyke, the star of Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, has cancelled a public appearance in New York suffering with a “yet-to-be diagnosed neurological disorder”.

Alice in Chains are taking promo to a whole new level

Alice in Chains in devilishly funny spoof

Alice in Chains are taking promo to a whole new level. The American heavy-metal band have produced a polished mockumentary, titled AIC 23, to promote their new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which is out next month. In the 11-minute film, the four band members talk about the band disguised as spoof musicians, with the help of prosthetics by the Oscar-winning make-up artist Matthew Mungle, who worked on Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Schindler's List.

The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts (L), Mick Jagger (C) and Keith Richards (R) perform during '12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief' December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Rolling Stones to play Hyde Park 44 years after Brian Jones tribute

The Rolling Stones will play a Summer concert in the heart of Mayfair for those who find Glastonbury’s muddy fields too tortuous to negotiate.

Ian Hunter in concert

Music review: Ian Hunter, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

"You know how it is, you get into a conversation about prostates and it never ends," the sprightly 73-year-old quips after his wee departure before the giddy encore. "You are a god," a devotee yells upon Ian Hunter's return at this intimate venue.

Album: Flaming Lips, The Terror (Bella Union)

If the mainstream view of Flaming Lips is a hybrid of ELO, Neil Young and the Ronettes, fronted by a benign Gandalf figure who turns every show into a giant children's party for grown-ups, then The Terror will do more than any of their albums in recent years to destroy it.

Ryan Adams has formed a punk trio called Pornography, with singer Leah Hennessey and Johnny T Yerington

Caught in the net: Ryan's porn again with punk band

Alt-country star Ryan Adams (pictured) has, over the years, released metal, hard rock and hip-hop among his prolific output, so his fans have become accustomed to the unexpected. Now it has emerged that he has formed a punk trio called Pornography, with singer Leah Hennessey and Johnny T Yerington.

Bonnie Tyler will represent UK in Eurovision

UK holds out for a hero as Bonnie Tyler chosen for Eurovision Song Contest 2013

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” singer Bonnie Tyler will represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

Status Quo rehearsing for their 2013 tour The Frantic Four Ride Again

Music review: Status Quo: The Frantic Four Ride Again, Manchester Apollo

This brand of Ronseal rock can't compete with the Rolling Stones - but the four blokes in denim still prove compelling

Music review: Justin Bieber at the 02 Arena is a pale shadow of the Timberlake-style Justin he wants to be

The music is the usual box-ticking corporate pop

Bruce Springsteen to play at Olympic Park for Hard Rock Calling

Bruce Springsteen will return to London this summer as headliner of  Hard Rock Calling - despite having his set at last year's festival cut short after overrunning.

Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan (rear) practice at Sheperton Studios in Surrey ahead of reforming for a one-off series of UK dates in March 2013.

Status Quo returns as original 'frantic four' reunite after three decades

The original Status Quo bandmembers reunited this week to rehearse for their first nationwide tour in 30 years.

The box set – re-creating The Who’s 1964 gear

'Hope they buy before I get old': The ultimate gift for fans of The Who

The ultimate gift for middle-aged rockers: a £2,000 scale-model of The Who’s stage set-up

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Playful as ever, Richard Thompson has described his latest project as a “weedy power trio” that plays “folk-funk”. Fact is, tonight offers precious little folk, not much funk and his current, highly economical line-up sounds anything but puny.

Willie Mullins sent out four winners at Clonmel yesterday

Chris Pea Green reveals his true colours to enter Triumph picture

It would be gratifying if the bookmakers were made to regret a rather snooty response to what looked a perfectly legitimate trial for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Huntingdon. For they would certainly have shown greater respect had any among his victims, hailing from more fashionable yards, happened to win the 32Red Chatteris Fen Hurdle in the same style as Chris Pea Green. As it was, they appear to have decided that he was merely exploiting a collective failure to run to form, and still offer 33-1 for Cheltenham next month.

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