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Lovebox, Victoria Park, London

Its inner-city location may not suggest wellies, but numerous downpours over east London have left Victoria Park resembling something of a mudbath. It certainly makes Lovebox feel like more of a traditional festival, although the event – now in its eighth year – has been a summer fixture for a while now.

Northern England's beating cultural heart

The Manchester International Festival promises a vibrant mix of theatre, performance art and music, says Paul Vallely

Heads Up: Manchester International Fest

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Snoop Dogg, Dome, Brighton<br/>Queens of the Stone Age, Roundhouse, London

It's hard to be offended by this neutered Dogg

Snoop Dogg, Forum, London

Even the Snoop faithful were impatient at his late arrival, around 10.20pm, whistling and booing at the empty stage. When he did stroll on in his customary casual manner, the "King of the West Coast" was instantly forgiven.

Snoop Dogg wants 'hood' talent show

Snoop Dogg wants to launch a TV show to find the hottest talent from "the hood".

Album: Snoop Dogg, Doggumentary (EMI)

It's many a year since the pigtailed rapper spat an inspired or original line, but he does at least recognise what some more articulate verbalists fail to grasp, which is that character and delivery counts as much as meaning – and few of his peers have as instantly recognisable a style as Snoop's laidback, lascivious drawl.

Nate Dogg: Singer who gave a soulful dimension to a raft of G-funk and gangsta rap records

Over the last two decades, the demarcation lines between hip-hop and R&B have become blurred as the two genres have cross-pollinated through the use of samples, the proliferation of remixes and the ubiquity of guest appearances by vocalists and rappers on each other's records. Nate Dogg, the singer whose signature baritone gave dozens of "G-funk" and gangsta rap tracks a soulful dimension, played a pivotal role in that development.

Rapper Nate Dogg dies

Nate Dogg has died aged 41.

Snoop Dogg scared of Gaga sex

Snoop Dogg would be too scared to have sex with Lady Gaga as he thinks she is "weird as f**k".

Album: Foster Manganyi, Ndzi Teke Riendzo No 1 (Honest Jons)

Foster Manganyi is a South African pastor from the Limpopo region, but his devotional music is far from the organ-based hymnal and soulful gospel belters of most Anglo-American Christian music.

Has the king of hip-hop really been invited to the Prince's party?

Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in April will be a carefully choreographed occasion, steeped in tradition, and watched proudly by an expectant nation. But his engagement party will, by all accounts, be quite the opposite.

Hands's lawyers to consider EMI appeal

Guy Hands's lawyers are poring over the New York court judgment that dismissed the private equity tycoon's claims that Citi had misled him over his £4.2bn purchase of EMI.

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The phoney war is over

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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

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From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

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America’s new apartheid

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