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

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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

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Slipknot close Sonisphere UK

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

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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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