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Euro festivals go pop!

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

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

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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

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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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