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.

HMV in the red at £80m

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

View from the stage: Pete Turner, bassist in Elbow

How does it feel to be topping the bill at this year's Latitude?

Madonna performs at the Stade de France in Paris

Madonna 'will be cut off like Bruce' if she over-runs

With music-lovers still reeling over the plug being pulled on Bruce Springsteen's duet with Paul McCartney, Madonna has been warned that she too faces being cut off mid-song if she over-runs a strict curfew when performing at Hyde Park.

Coronation Street bosses change canal plot after Stone Roses fan death

The producers of ITV soap Coronation Street have axed a storyline with similarities to the recent death of a Stone Roses fan.

Artist Spotlight: Nabokov

Nabokov is a new writing theatre company resident at Watford Palace Theatre dedicated to commissioning, developing and producing backlash theatre – new work that offers a response to contemporary agendas, trends and events.

Guy Garvey

Elbow - More beautiful days in store for Guy and his happy campers

Elbow's status as perennial festival favourites saw them playing an energy-sapping 29 events last year. But not this summer, their frontman tells Andy Gill – it's time the 'travelling circus' hung around to soak up the vibe

Park life: Latitude Music Festival in Suffolk

Great rock'n'roll swindlers are still cashing in

It's time to ban ticket touts at festivals, says Latitude founder Melvin Benn

Heads up: Daniel Kitson

A trim for the fringe: less hair, same flair from comic Kitson

How to do it right when it all goes wrong

Testing, testing... Hello?? The speakers are silent. Elisa Bray on the gigs that didn't quite go to plan, brilliantly
Parent rap: Mz Bratt, who learned to improvise from her dad

How to snatch triumph from the jaws of disaster

Testing, testing?... Hello?? Elisa Bray on the gigs that went wrong, brilliantly

Observations: A raucous dawn chorus, done the Scottish way

An Olivier award earlier this year for her sex-trafficking drama Roadkill confirmed director and performer Cora Bissett's status as one of Scotland's most important theatre-makers and brought her the first flush of deserved national attention.

The Stone Roses, including drummer Reni (far right)

He doesn't bang the drums: Stone Roses tour loses rhythm after Reni storms out

The resurrection has been a long time coming, and there were fears last night it might be somewhat short-lived. Less than a week into The Stone Roses' hotly anticipated comeback tour, the tempestuous band were at each other's throats after the drummer stormed out of a gig, prompting abuse from lead singer Ian Brown.

Coldplay handed 2 million wristbands handed out on their Mylo Xyloto tour

Wristbands give Coldplay fans a late flash-back

Coldplay fans have been spooked after the coloured wristbands which turn stadiums into a spectacle of lights during the band's shows suddenly began flashing of their own accord, days after the event.

See Cantina for just £17.50

Take your seat for an evening of beautiful, exhilarating and truly breathtaking entertainment.

Kanye West was the junior partner in an ego face-off with Jay-Z

The Great Escape, Various venues, Brighton
Jay-Z and Kanye West, The 02, London

The Great Escape is half frenzied gig-dash, half music-biz convention. But it's a hundred per cent fun

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee