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Sir Kenneth Branagh plays Macbeth in a new production at MIF this July

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Is this the country's new cultural capital I see before me?

Obaro Ejimiwe otherwise know as Ghostpoet

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With Mercury-nominated 2011 debut Peanut Blues & Melancholy Jam, Ghostpoet rewired something very British into his own bleak, bruised sound.

Tory leader vows to crack down on 'benefits tourism'

European migrants could have their access to the welfare state limited, David Cameron said yesterday as he sought to appease eurosceptics in his own party and the increasing numbers of voters won over by Ukip's anti-EU rhetoric.

Massive Attack release 'mixtape' of recordings with Terry Callier

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'Ordinary Joe' singer Terry Callier dies aged 67

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Elizabeth Fraser, Royal Festival Hall, London

Shielded by a music stand and refusing to speak for most of her set, Elizabeth Fraser could have been Antony Hegarty’s shy aunt, sharing his diffident onstage manner.

Jessica Ennis wins Gold for the women's heptathlon event on day eight of the Olympics

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She may have had only two hours' sleep after putting her body through the two days of heroic exertions that will define the London Games but for Jessica Ennis today the afterglow of Super Saturday was still burning strongly as she told of her relief at victory - and desire for some “rubbish food”.

Album: Delilah From the Roots Up (Atlantic)

Best known for her work with Chase & Status, Delilah's impressive solo debut displays a versatile, inventive attitude that sets her apart from more routine R&B divas.

Shape shifter: Robert Plant performing in Nashville

A whole lotta talent

Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots – and happy to put his rock god days behind him. By Tim Cumming

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