Arts and Entertainment Joyce DiDonato will star at the Last Night of the Proms

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

Party like it's 1969: Woodstock forty years on

Four decades on, does Woodstock still define the festival experience? A raft of anniversary DVDs and CDs and a new film aim to keep the mood alive.

Glastonbury Diary: Swine flu, Jarvis triumphant and kipping at the cinema

Moderate panic spread through the fug of hangovers yesterday when it emerged that three revellers had been diagnosed with suspected swine flu. A 10-year-old and two university students had shown symptoms and were moved off the festival site and into an isolation facility before returning home. "The view of the chief medical officer is that they had this before turning up," said Cristo Hird, a festival spokesman. "There is no more risk here than anywhere. Three in 177,000 people is very low."

Thunderstorms threaten Glastonbury

Glastonbury festival-goers should brace themselves for "torrential thunderstorms" over the weekend, forecasters have warned.

The festival season's big chill

Although the festival season started with a bang last weekend, the recession has impacted hard on many summer music events. But cutbacks could be good for festival-goers, argues Nick Hasted

Euro festivals go pop!

Recession and weak currencies are threatening the continent's summer parties

Chapmans rebuild Emin's tent

Jake and Dinos Chapman have become rather obsessed with altering and recreating other artists' work.

Swine flu could force Glastonbury cancellation

The Glastonbury music festival could be cancelled due to the threat of a swine flu pandemic.

10 years of the Coachella music festival

Set in a lush Californian valley surrounded by mountains and bathed in the hot desert sun, Coachella heralds the start of the festival season.

Glastonbury locals lose their free festival tickets

Eavis's decision to reduce catchment area for offer provokes angry response

SXSW blog: Sneak peeks and Gomez

After a morning stop for a few live sets, I gathered my official SXSW music badge and visited the offices of C3 – the folks behind Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. I got a sneak peak into some new music, including a country-style collaboration between Heartless Bastards singer Erika Wennerstrom and the Black Angels.

Glastonbury 2009 sold out

Tickets for the Glastonbury Festival have sold out, organisers announced today.

Philip Hensher: Never mind the flags, just enjoy the music

For such an obviously immense and successful music festival, the BBC Proms presents, year after year, a surprising number of problems. It ought to be a matter of huge celebration. Every year, it supplies a remarkable range of top-quality concerts. It fills the hall with some of the most unexpected programmes – last year, a late-night concert of renaissance polyphony I happened to catch was packed to the roof. It is immensely popular on radio and television over two months and constantly challenges the audience with unexpected combinations and unfamiliar repertoire, as well as giving them the opportunity to hear visiting orchestras of world class.

T in the Park victim stabbed 11 times

A young man stabbed at Scotland's biggest music festival was an "innocent victim" who was attacked as he tried to protect a female friend, police said today.

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