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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.

The Voice contestant Alice Fredenham who also featured on last week's Britain's Got Talent.

'Liquid gold' Britain's Got Talent singer turned down by The Voice

Hopeful singer Alice Fredenham looked a world away from the shy hopeful with stage fright who featured on last week's Britain's Got Talent when she appeared on The Voice on Saturday night.

Mick Jagger and the Stones reunited for five anniversary gigs - at a cost

Mick Jagger plans 'dull' life in build-up to gigs this summer

Mick Jagger has said he will live a "dull" life in the months leading up to the Rolling Stones show in Hyde Park to make sure he is on top form for the outdoor gig.

One Direction performing at The Brit Awards, Show, O2 Arena, London

Teenage kicks? One Direction's Harry Styles hit in the groin by flying shoe for second time during a gig in Scotland

It’s not just girls that throw themselves at One Direction’s Harry Styles. During a gig in Scotland last night the teen heartthrob was hit in the groin by a flying shoe.

My Secret Life: Kelly Jones, 38, musician

'I realise now why a man needs a shed'

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro performs on the main stage during day two of the Isle of Wight Festival 2010 at Seaclose Park

Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down added to Reading and Leeds festival line-up

The August gigs will be both Eminem and Biffy Clyro's only UK festival appearances this year

Troggs star Reg Presley dies aged 71

Rock star Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs, has died following a battle with lung cancer.

From Hot Chip (pictured) to Conor Oberst, the gigs organised by online fan campaigns

From Hot Chip to Conor Oberst, the gigs organised by online fan campaigns

Frustrated that your favourite band never plays near you? Now, says Elisa Bray, you have the power to make it happen

Lead singer of the White Lies Harry McVeigh performs at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swindon

Radio 1's Big Weekend extended by extra day

Radio 1's Big Weekend just got bigger - with an extra day of music at the event which is being held in Londonderry this year.

Impetuous: Matthew Barley

From prisons to caves, concerts fit for a maestro

The cellist Matthew Barley is marking Britten's centenary with an unusual tour

HMV directors admit there's doubt over its future

It will take more than sweets to make customers stay with HMV

Online sales and illegal downloads may see HMV leave the high street

Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn

The end of the world might be tomorrow, but it isn't the end of Blur

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

HMV sells off stake in MAMA for a knockdown £7.3m

HMV yesterday sold a major chunk of MAMA Group, the live-music business behind The Forum in Kentish Town, north London and a string of other venues and festivals including Lovebox and GlobalGathering, for just £7.3m.

Cinderella: based on Grimm’s Fairytale for just £20

Be captivated by this dazzlingly original take on the classic fairy tale.

The Rolling Stones performing at the O2 arena, at their 50-year anniversary show

Ti-i-i-ime is on their side

The band's 50-year shows don't mean it's the last time. John Walsh salutes rock's elder statesmen

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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