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American mezzo-soprano dedicates performance of 'Over the Rainbow' to LGBT community

Feeling mud: Have festivals like Glastonbury lost their allure?

Music festivals: are our field days over?

Interest in The Big Chill has cooled, Glastonbury is too commercial... Summer music festivals need to get creative and reinvent themselves to survive

Oakley ponders HMV Live bid

Peter Dubens' Oakley Capital is among the private equity firms and trade players considering a bid for the live music business of HMV, the troubled entertainment retailer.

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During the most commercially fruitful chapter of his life, Howlin' Wolf's earthy lyrics and bestial growl were lacquered with the terse and inventive lead guitar of Hubert Sumlin.

Man About Town: Fake tan at the M&S ready meal of music festivals

For entertainment journalists, covering a music festival is as close as most will come to war reporting.

My Reading & Leeds: Mona

Three killed as massive storm destroys music festival stage

At least three people were killed last night, and 71 injured, when a stage collapsed during stormy weather at a Belgian music festival.

Celebrity blunders: Things they wish they hadn't said

Kanye West was booed by crowds at the Big Chill Festival this week after he compared himself to Hitler onstage.

A rainbow nation in a field of Cath Kidston tents – must be Womad

The chilled-out world music festival, now in its 29th year, has never tried to be cool, and it's all the better for it

The view from the stage

Nick Moore, drummer with rising stars Howl Griff, lifts the lid on the festival scene

Slipknot close Sonisphere UK

Slipknot closed Sonisphere festival in the UK with a "f***ing celebration" last night.

Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival set to get revellers all in a spin in sunny Sète

There is an 18-hour beach party on the last day of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, which starts next week, in Sète, in the south of France. This year's line-up, hand-picked by Peterson, includes Raphael Saadiq, Dam-Funk, James Blake, Jamie xx, Flying Lotus, Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison and Laurent Garnier.

Power's festivals group lists on Aim

Music Festivals, the new venture set up by Vince Power, the man behind the Mean Fiddler venue chain, fell slightly on its first day of trading on London's growth market yesterday.

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