The Grand Eagle Hotel, East London
Since 2007, Secret Cinema has been bringing magic back to the silver screen, devising immersive experiences where audiences participate with performers in hidden locations. Now the team behind dramatic showings of The Third Man and La Haine are sprinkling their fairy dust on the live music scene, beginning with a series of shows by the quietly intense Laura Marling (pictured).
The Other Voices festival has been bringing big and new names to the tiny St. James church in Dingle, County Kerry for a decade. For this franchising expedition to London, Dexys, Laura Marling, John Grant, Villagers, Imelda May and Matthew E. White are amongst those playing short sets in the similarly old, intimate, lovely Wilton’s Music Hall. Subsidised by TV coverage hosted by Aidan Gillen, over three nights, rare, close-up snapshots of the varied musicians take shape.
Currently spending his days at Shakespeare’s Globe as Lady Anne in Tim Carroll’s production of Richard III, tonight’s gig is providing a welcome release for Johnny Flynn, in more ways than one. “Ahh, the corset...It takes an hour and a half to put on. I wear a lot of makeup too...I don’t mind the makeup, but the corset, ooh.”
Tonight sees the biggest names in pop go head-to-head in one of the most anticipated nights of the British musical calendar.
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran heads the field for this year's Brit Awards with four nominations.
Being a radio DJ is a cinch nowadays. Where once upon a time a DJ had to haul crates of records into work, now they can simply take in their iPod, set it to shuffle and then lie down for an executive nap.
What's hot on our playlist
As Kylie's latest extravaganza tours Britain, Elisa Bray looks at the different ways that the stars put on a show
Since folk-rock singer/actor Johnny Flynn split from his record label, life has never been better. With a new album and a rave Royal Court debut, he's a rare talent, says Gillian Orr
Noah and the Whale have swapped songs of heartbreak for a celebratory new album peopled with captivating characters. The band's Charlie Fink tells Gillian Orr why
Laura Marling's triumph at the Brits introduced a prime-time audience to a hugely undervalued treasure, says Gillian Orr
This year's nominees on what the controversial album award means to them
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.
My parents are … My mum just retired and moved to Tenerife. She's obsessed with Tenerife and her dog, it's very cute. When he worked, my dad had something to do with the Dartford Tunnel. Now he's just obsessed with Facebook.
Andy Gill reviews the albums nominated for the music prize