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The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

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Concerts at outdoor locations associated with the sport of kings have become common place in the British Isles but the Wychwood Festival, held at Cheltenham Racecourse, set the benchmark long ago and remains the perfect opener to a busy summer of outdoor events.

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All-female punk band Savages have a reputation for thrilling live shows and uncompromising standards

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Singing hopeful Matt Henry landed a place in the live quarter-finals of The Voice, just days after viewers saw him a whisker away from crashing out. 

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With two of their members in prison (one on hunger strike), Pussy Riot have paid a heavy price for their principles. But their feminist message is getting through

US teenager who allegedly had six home-made bombs hidden in his bedroom planned school attack 'specifically modelled' on Columbine

A range of explosives were discovered comprising pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb and a napalm bomb

Pussy Riot member, Maria Alekhina, denied parole

A court has denied parole to a member of the Pussy Riot punk group.

The Russians are strumming: a scene from Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s ‘Pussy Riot – a Punk Prayer’

Pussy Riot: Putin-bashing, punk rock and politics make for a riotous mix

A film by a British director gets to the heart of the Pussy Riot trial

Spot the difference? Madonna and Hilary Devey

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Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey has said that she is flattered that she appears to have inspired Madonna's headline-grabbing look at a New York gala.

Met Ball 2013: Madonna displays punk credentials in ripped fishnet stockings

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Video images of John Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, once lead singer of punk band the Sex Pistols, are displayed at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Never mind Prince Harry – punk’s arrived in New York

Big Apple braces for a museum invasion

Tale of the unexpected: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' pop-slut instincts now embrace dub, gospel, soul, rap and goth-punk

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror, Alexandra Palace, London

Growing up with grace is difficult for any band, but when, like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you make your early name with a bratty, sexy, art-punk squall, with feral, strutting anthems of youth, what do you do when you’re all edging into your 30s and you’ve already done the ‘going electronic’ shtick?

Simon Price on Beyoncé: Spare us the feminist encore, Mrs Carter

Beyoncé’s booty-shaking self-assertion often veers into self-entitlement – thank goodness, then, for Birmingham’s stripped-down soul sensation …

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