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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.

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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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
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