Arts and Entertainment Outkast are already confirmed to headline Coachella

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Positivus Festival, Salacgriva, Latvia

"To sit down in a muddy, wet field is quite something," says James' Tim Booth, grinning at his dutiful audience. All sat down. "We haven't had anyone sit down in 12 years." Latvia loves James. Who knew? The indie veterans played at the first Positivus five years ago to 4,000 revellers. The largest festival in the Baltics now attracts 20,000 people to this remote forest in Salacgriva (pop. 3,467), nestled next to the beach. It feels like Latitude by the sea, and the line-up is strong.

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Glastonbury's acts will play this weekend to packed crowds but a raft of the country's other music festivals are floundering, as agents struggle to sell tickets for well below their asking price.

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Festival stages will resound to veteran rock acts this summer because of a dearth in new stars breaking through to headline status.

Consuming Issues: How to avoid scam summer festival tickets

Fans of the likes of Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Rihanna, The Strokes, My Chemical Romance and Muse have been targeted by unscrupulous conmen this week. The bands are among the headlining acts at this year's summer festivals, in Leeds and Reading and the V Festivals in Chelmsford and Staffordshire. The line-ups were announced at the same time as tickets went on sale.

The Devil has the best lines: How Satan has informed much of our great art

Phil Boucher wonders if the greatest trick Lucifer ever pulled was to inspire such dangerous creativity

Glastonbury needs to take a gamble

U2, Coldplay and Beyonce are far too safe a line-up for the enduring pop festival, says Elisa Bray

Dave Grohl dedicates NME award to Kurt Cobain

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was declared a God-like genius at the Shockwave NME awards and dedicated the prize to former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain.

U2 to headline Glastonbury festival

Rock superstars U2 are to headline this summer's Glastonbury after pulling out of last year's festival at the last minute.

Class action: The new faces of student protest

Matthew Bell meets the new faces of student activism as they plan the next round of attacks on the Government's hike in tuition fees

Take That choreographer steers Olympic finales

The man behind Take That's successful comeback live shows will be in charge of the closing ceremonies at the London 2012 Games, organisers announced today.

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