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Liam Gallagher performs with Beady Eye in New York

Liam Gallagher hints Beady Eye will play secret gig at Glastonbury 2013

Liam Gallagher has fuelled rumours that his band Beady Eye will play a secret gig at Glastonbury this weekend.

Robbie Williams performing live

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There hasn’t been an entrance quite like it since the ‘Queen’ arrived at the Olympics opening ceremony. Robbie Williams dropped in by zip chord from a position at the top of a colossal effigy of his head.

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Robbie Williams attacks 'f***ing boring' awards in new single 'Brit Awards 2013'

Robbie Williams has shown off the first fruits of his return to working with Guy Chambers with an expletive-fuelled track in which he branded the Brit Awards "boring".

Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester yesterday

The corner of Manchester that's forever Hollywood as Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall make appearance

Actors among array of celebrities in attendance to watch Manchester United beat Manchester City

Ricky Hatton, here with his band, has chosen a formidable opponent

Boxing: Ricky Hatton choosing Vyacheslav Senchenko bangs the drum for ambition

Ricky Hatton has sold nearly 19,000 tickets for the event that will end his ring exile on 24 November and yesterday he added to their black market value by announcing a difficult fight against former world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko. In many ways the party just turned serious.

Laura Marling, Royal Albert Hall, London

“We don’t do encores... If you want an encore then this is the last song, if you don’t, this is the second to last.” At a time when encores at gigs have become almost mandatory, and therefore meaningless, Laura Marling’s approach to them is refreshingly unconventional.

The Mancunian candidates: Rival fans embrace before the meeting between the clubs last month

A City United in fevered anticipation

Whoever wins this afternoon, the Premier League title will stay in Manchester. Tim Rich reports

The Story of The Streets, By Mike Skinner

Anything but middle of the road

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Looking back in anger: the Gallagher brothers

Be angry in your lyrics, not on the stand

News that Noel Gallagher is to take his brother to court reminds us there are few more dispiriting sights for dedicated music fans than seeing their heroes on the way to hearings. Trussed up in unfamiliar shirt and tie combinations, they look as uncomfortable as ex-lags at job interviews. It is bad enough when artists attend divorce proceedings or face the beak for falling asleep at the wheel, but far worse is when they have brought the suit (legal, not sartorial) themselves. Any dealings with the legal system are bound to make the protagonist look petty-minded, venal or underhand.

Looking back in anger: the Gallagher brothers

Be angry in your lyrics, not on the witness stand

Taking fellow bandmates to court is usually a mistake, says Chris Mugan

Liam Gallagher sues Noel over Oasis 'lies'

Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher is taking legal action against his brother Noel for what he claims are "lies".

Noel Gallagher says Liam needs Beady Eye wake-up call

Noel Gallagher says someone needs to "waft" his brother Liam with a "wet towel" if he thinks he can eclipse Oasis' success.

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