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Brighton's Fujiya & Miyagi are about as cult a band as can be imagined, a small outfit with the fanbase to match.

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Standards have plunged in entertainment, as they have in politics and the art of rudeness. Plus, several gigs I didn't go to

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Francis Jeffers, who has just joined his ninth club in 10 years – Motherwell – has to go down as one of the great lost hopes of English football.

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Co-owners barely manage to contain their excitement at being handed the keys to the Olympic Stadium, writes Sam Wallace

The cellist who wants to shake up London with a classical mystery tour

The South Bank Centre's new artist-in-residence aims to fill every corner of the venue with new music, he tells Jessica Duchen

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Genre-mashing post punk meets ambient artist Dave i.d. takes time out from recording his debut album to talk to Music Magazine.

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Despite a thrilling start and some stunning gymnastics, Cirque's loose study of evolution seems to be all science and no heart

London loses another music venue as The Flowerpot closes

The flowerpot is no more. The north London pub, famous as a venue where you could see bands tipped as "the next big thing" – and A&R men hoping to sign them – has been forced to shut after its building lease was sold.

Quiet please: rock gig etiquette

Talking loudly at a pop concert these days can get you reprimanded – and don't even think of spilling your beer. Fiona Sturges applauds the new etiquette

Letters: Perspectives on badgers

Feargal Sharkey: The act killing live music

For most musicians it is vital they can graduate from their bedroom to a live audience

Vintage at Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester

One man's vintage is another man's here and now

HMV proves to be a sound investment as profits rise

HMV, the entertainment retail chain, said its strategy to diversify its revenues streams helped it post a rise in annual profits to just under £75m, as its decision to maintain the dividend sent its shares soaring yesterday.

Jonathan Gibbs: Kids and gigs – will it work?

Taking our three boys to their first proper pop concert hit a stumbling block before it even began – the gig, booked long in advance, clashed with a friend’s seventh birthday party.

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