Arts and Entertainment Strum as you are: Kurt Cobain

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.

Sensitive ears spell trouble for live music

Noise complaints and new flats are threatening the survival of gigs, clubs and festivals, says Chris Beanland

For those about to rock, turn the amp off and go home

Noise complaints are threatening the future of live music
Private equity boss David Bonderman celebrated his 70s with Sir Paul McCartney

The man with Beatles and Stones for his birthday

Private equity boss David Bonderman, reportedly the 209th richest man in America, turns 70 next week. According to the BBC's business editor, Robert Peston, the co-founder of TPG Capital celebrated the milestone in Vegas with a private gig from Sir Paul McCartney. Bonderman is said by Forbes magazine to be worth in the region of $2bn, and a decade ago celebrated his 60th in similar style, with musical performances by The Rolling Stones and and a stand-up set by Robin Williams. That party cost him $7m.

Florence and the Latrine - drummer gets locked in the loo before gig

Chart stars Florence and The Machine were almost late for a live radio gig - after their drummer got locked in the loo.

Union Chapel gigs under threat from housing development plans

A working church in Islington has become an important live music venue, playing host to stars from Elton John to Noel Gallagher. But gigs at the Union Chapel are under threat from a housing development.

Woman dies at Linkin Park concert after Lucozade advertising tower collapses

A woman has died and 19 people were injured after an advertising tower outside a Linkin Park concert collapsed in strong winds last night.

A Taste of Honey, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When Shelagh Delaney died last year aged 72 she was hailed as one of towering figures of post war British culture having seared the authentic voice of northern working class life into the consciousness of the theatre going classes - a constituency that had by the eve of the 1960s grown restless on a diet of rutting toffs and their well-heeled dilemmas.

Bruce Springsteen performs during Hard Rock Calling at Hyde Park earlier this year

Future of Hyde Park concerts in doubt after Live Nation pulls out over 'flawed' bidding process

The future of concerts being held in Hyde Park is in doubt after the world’s largest live music reportedly pulled out of the bidding process over noise restrictions.

Bill Wyman rejoins Rolling Stones line-up for first time in 20 years

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, 75, stood arm in arm with his old pals Mick Jagger, 69, Keith Richards, 68, and Charlie Watts, 71, last night at the premiere of a documentary celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.

Council defends £425,000 of public money spent on Alicia Keys gig

A city council has defended spending £425,000 to help stage a concert by singer Alicia Keys.

My Edinburgh: Sara Pascoe, Comedian

Welcome to the Edinburgh Bragging Festival, I hope you like telling everyone how excellent you are! The first thing to do is hang pictures of your brilliant face everywhere, but much bigger than your actual face, so that everyone can see from 500 yards how brilliant your face is (who knew there was that much Photoshop in the world?) Next, collect as many stars as you can and plaster your face and your Twitter feed with them in a row. Now, we can all start getting jealous of each other!

Noel Gallagher 'told to mime at Olympic show'

Noel Gallagher has claimed he turned down an invitation to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony after being asked to mime.

Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samusevich

John Kampfner: The Pussy Riot trial won't bring down Vladimir Putin

It is wishful thinking. He has yet to create the hunger for change that led to the Arab Spring

HMV hit by losses of £80m

The ailing music retailer HMV has crashed to an £80m after-tax loss as its departing chief executive, Simon Fox, ran up big charges in his final results.

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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