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What is the best gig you've been to at Brixton Academy? Perhaps it's Public Enemy, or The Smiths' final show in 1986? Simon Parkes bought the seminal venue for £1 in 1982 and what stories he has to tell in his new memoir Live at the Brixton Academy: a Riotous Life in the Music Business.

Jim Armitage: Mandarins may have been outwitted on the probation service deal

Outlook Justice secretary Chris Grayling used emotive language to demand G4S and Serco "purge themselves" after the electronic-tagging scandal. The companies should, he declared, undergo "corporate renewal" before being considered for new government contracts.

J Willgoose Esq, of dance-rock duo Public Service Broadcasting claims that credible indie bands have their entire performances pre-loaded on to laptops

Musician calls for big bands to come clean on secret backing tracks

Even credible indie bands have their whole performance pre-loaded onto a laptop, according to J Willgoose Esq

Teen group 5Angels have a growing army of fans, known as ‘cherubs’

Czech 'em out: Popstrels from the east are coming over here, filling our festival slots

Bands like 5Angels have a growing army of fans known as 'cherubs'

Rita Ora performs on the main stage during the 20th T in the Park music festival at Kinross

Rita Ora pulls out of race meeting gig tonight due to illness

Pop sensation Rita Ora has pulled out of a live performance tonight.

Autographer camera launches: Snap 2,000 pics a day without lifting a finger

Device will sell for £399.99 and aims to capture the "unseen and authentic" moments of your life

Jonathan Ross has signed a further chat show deal with ITV

Wossy the matter? Jonathan Ross signs further chat show deal with ITV

Presenter Jonathan Ross has signed a further deal with ITV to extend his chat show on the station until the end of next year.

Dr Bose’s legacy: the real sound of music

It was a disappointing stereo that started off Amar Bose. When he bought it in the 1950s, Dr Bose – at the time a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), near Boston – was frustrated to find the sound quality was a pale comparison to listening to live music.

Keith Richards, Rolling Stone

Rolling Stones' Keith Richards on 'terrible murder' at 1969 gig

Rolling stones guitarist Keith Richards has spoken of the moment the band witnessed a man being killed in the crowd in front of them, and how they kept on playing to “distract people”.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones

Sir Mick Jagger hints Rolling Stones will recycle Hyde Park setlist from 1969

Mick Jagger has hinted the Rolling Stones might play the same setlist at Saturday's Hyde Park gig that they played first time round in 1969 - but there will be no repeat of the stunt that saw him release hundreds of butterflies into the crowd.

Motorhead cancel summer gigs due to Lemmy Kilmister's ill health

Metal band Motorhead have been forced to cancel a number of summer concert dates due the ill health of frontmant Lemmy Kilmister.

Were you happy with the BBC coverage of Glastonbury?

If you did attend Glastonbury Festival over the weekend, you're probably just about recovering now.

Laura, right, and Judith Merry, left, with friends to see Beyoncé’s show

Gigs 'humiliate and isolate' disabled fans

Muscular dystrophy group campaigns to fix myriad frustrations with concert experience

Not so messianic now: Ian Brown in 'The Stone Roses: Made of Stone'

Simon Price on Depeche Mode - You wait for ages for a different sort of frontman, then two show up at once

For a man who has been through not just one fire, but two – heroin addiction and cancer – Dave Gahan is a highly dynamic frontman. And Depeche Mode effectively have a spare one of those, in the shape of Martin Gore. Both men, tonight, are exercising the right to bare arms. Beyond that, their styles are different: Gahan the tanned rock god in tattoos and Cuban heels, Gore the glamourpuss in blue eyeshadow, silver kilt and a star guitar borrowed from the Glitter Band.

Victoria Pendleton, Shahanur Rahman,10, from Rotherfield Primary School, Jamie Oliver, Ellie May Farrelly,10, from Rotherfield Primary School and Kirstie Allsopp at a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day street party.

Jamie Oliver says unhealthy packed lunches are tantamount to 'child abuse'

Jamie Oliver has compared unhealthy packed lunches with child abuse and said the Government should do more to improve school meals.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?