Laura Marling

Pop's gender war: Sexism dictates the media profile of female stars

It was the weekend when it was announced that women were responsible for each of the UK's top five albums that finally pushed me over the edge. Let me be more specific. It wasn't the fact that Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beyoncé were occupying those top spots that I took issue with – it was the predictable flurry of media reporting, proclaiming that women in music were having some sort of moment.

Green Man Festival, Glanusk Estate, Powys

Set on one of the most beautiful festival sites, the Glanusk Estate in Wales' Black Mountains, the Green Man Festival returns for its eighth year. A family-friendly vibe and an eclectic line-up – plus the only 24-hour drinks licence of any UK festival – means that Green Man has a staunch following and a particularly welcoming atmosphere.

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Sound of summer: Meet the new faces of nu folk

Beer bellies and beards begone! Music's most maligned genre has never looked – or sounded – better. And, this festival season, you'll scarce be able to walk five paces without hearing a fiddle or a banjo

Glastonbury: the best and the worst

For once, Glastonbury festivalgoers enjoyed glorious weather. But which bands shone – and which wilted in the heat? Rob Sharp gives his verdict

Stornoway - With the wind in their sails

A tendency to play unplugged has seen Stornoway lumped in with the burgeoning British indie-folk movement, but this restless, fast-rising Oxford outfit are their own men. Chris Mugan meets them backstage