Richard Hawley

Changing man: An audience with Paul Weller

Thirty years ago he was The Jam's angry young frontman. But if Paul Weller has mellowed with age, he's lost none of his edge. On the eve of a general election, the singer talks pop, politics and why he hates MySpace

On the agenda: Tiger, tiger, burning bright – and it's coming

Film

Whether you like to see a master at work or watch an auteur in the making, Rolex's biennial Mentor and Protégé programme will catch the eye. Six virtuosos, from visual artist Rebecca Horn to author AS Byatt, each take an up-and-coming talent under their wing for a year, and will be discussing their experience at various venues around the capital.

The cultural events scene is booming - now it even has its own degrees

Think festival and most people conjure up a muddy field, a beer tent, some loud music and, depending on their taste, either one of the best or worst experiences of their life. Yet this limited scenario does the modern festival sector a disservice. There is a festival to suit every taste, be it the mega-crowds and headline bands of Glastonbury, the anarchic acts of the Edinburgh Fringe or the more rarefied atmosphere of the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Mercury barometer: the stars on what the award did for them

Talvin Singh ('Ok' - Winner 1999)

People got to know my music that had never heard it before, so that is a positive point, and the Mercury Prize can stretch your career in that way, but I've never really taken much advantage of that because I've been on a bit of sabbatical from recording for the past few years. When I won you couldn't get my records for four months because the record company had never thought of me winning so they didn't stock up. So, for record sales, that didn't really help.

Tip to win: Burial

Inside Story: The 42nd edition of Midem

Midem used to be a bit of a jolly for the music business, especially for staff at the major labels. Networking, wheeling and dealing at Cannes, on the French Riviera, in January? What’s not to like?