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Leading article: Band on the run

Any busker could have told them. The height of the rush hour is just about the worst time to get an attentive audience. Yes, there are loads of people about, but most of them are too focused, in too much of a hurry or too anxious to insulate themselves from the rest of the hustling humanity around them to want to be bothered with music.

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Vince Power, the man who set up the Mean Fiddler in the 1980s, is to push ahead with a plan to take his new music festival venture public by the end of the month.

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Things look very different from above. A first glance at this seemingly abstract image and you could be forgiven for thinking you are looking at a mosaic of some sort. But descend 3,000ft to ground level and the reality emerges: one small part of the vast collection of tents that provided shelter for the 170,000-plus visitors to Glastonbury last year.

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HowTheLightGetsIn, the philosophy and music festival at Hay on Wye, is back. From rigorous debates and incisive solo talks to cutting-edge dj sessions and a different themed party every night, this year’s festival promises to be a cerebral and imaginative start to the summer season.

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Muse's headline sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals 2011 will "draw a line" under "phase one" of their career.

Glasvegas star James Allan overdosed

Glasvegas frontman James Allan has confessed the band axed American tour dates because he suffered an overdose.

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