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BBC spending criticised by Audit Office

The head of the National Audit Office (NAO) was yesterday highly critical of BBC spending after the corporation paid £250,000 for a purpose-built studio with a view of the Vienna skyline as part of its coverage of the 2008 European Championship, for which no home nation's football team had qualified. The BBC spent £8.68m on covering the event, to which it sent 142 of its own staff.

Laura Veirs, Oran Mor, Glasgow

At few instalments of Glasgow's roots music festival Celtic Connections will the link between Celtic musical tradition and the younger country-folk sound of North America have been illustrated with such effortless grace. The Colorado-raised Laura Veirs, midway through her thirties and on the cusp of releasing her seventh album, is a songwriter of rare talents, a woman who can turn a neat little melody about bittersweet love and arrange it in such a way that it might fill the wildernesses of the New World.

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The festival season reaches its climax with the start of the Reading and Leeds festivals today.

Ben West: Decline of the English music festival

Undoubtedly the biggest downer is receiving a pint of urine on your head

Michael Church: Khyal at the Proms

When the Proms’ annual foray into other musics misfires, it’s usually because the musicians chosen are cross-over folk, keener to ingratiate themselves with a Western audience than to celebrate their own culture. This year’s Indian Voices Day was a welcome exception to the rule

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Four decades and an ocean separate Woodstock, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, and the Big Chill festival, held in Herefordshire this weekend. But how much do they have in common?

We are stardust: Unseen images from Woodstock, 40 years after the seminal music festival

There was no glitzy marketing campaign, no elaborate special effects, no live internet streaming: just 32 world-famous musical acts, 500,000 fans, and three days of "peace and music" which turned into the most famous pop music festival of all time.

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Ian Burrell: The BBC's Glastonbury army

Waiting on the platform at the tiny Castle Cary station amid hordes of mud-caked, back-packing Glastonbury festival goers, I was astonished to see, as the London train finally pulled in, a senior BBC executive – last seen in wellies in the festival’s backstage area - already ensconced in first-class, having been delivered by corporation driver to the previous stop.

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