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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.

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

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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

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

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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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