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"I feel a whole lot better," maintains a hoarse Wayne Coyne, apologising for being too ill to play the previous day's cancelled concert before informing us that "being sick is pretty petty" compared to the tornado disaster in Oklahoma, his home state. It is. He goes on to admit that "this is kind of a ridiculous event". It's certainly an odd event.

Pop review: Super Furry Animals UEA, Norwich

"Please note crowd surfing is not permitted," it said on the tickets. Ferried aloft like the packed lunches of some strain of giant ants, several students in tonight's audience gleefully ignored the ban. Earlier, SFA's shaggy-haired singer Gruff Rhys had confessed he felt tempted to sing a chorus of "Born in the UEA". When this pun at Springsteen's expense segued into one about "Surfing UEA", die-hard fans couldn't resist taking him literally.

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Aboriginal vocalists, Celtic instrumentalists and a Somali wedding tent... All part of the WOMAD festival at the Barbican this weekend

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Long before Supergrass and Super Furry Animals made it big, North Carolina's Superchunk were leading the way, says Tim Perry

Dance: Super furry animals

Taking your children to the ballet can seem a fine idea, until they start screaming. But take heart, there are some Christmas shows designed to mesmerise even the most discerning young critic

Rock Review: Why Roni Size really does matter

You Can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you'll never stop people sniping about the Mercury Music Prize. If the judges go for the obvious option, they're accused of ignoring the cutting edge. If they pick the cutting-edge contender (ie, any proponent of dance music), they're condemned for being trendy. And if they pick a classical, jazz or folk album ... well, that never happens.

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The Intercity Crawl takes place in Camden, 17 Sept (Stargreen 0171-734 8932, First Call 0171-240 7200) Manchester, 18 Sept (Piccadilly Box Office 0161-832 1111, Eastern Block 0161-228 6432) and Glasgow, 19 Sept (Inside Tickets 0141-204 5777, Ticket Talk 0870-601 0002). Gigs take place at various venues across each city

The care bear boys

Welsh heroes Super Furry Animals like a laugh while they're performing. Their latest joke is a pair of 50ft blow-up bears.

Glastonbury round-up Part II

At first sight, people struggling out of their mud-drenched tents had little to excite their imagination beyond The Prodigy and Radiohead; however, there were gems to be found in among the dirt at Glastonbury.

Swansea: everything you need to know

The town Dylan Thomas described as 'ugly lovely' is set to become the most happening place in Britain. Maybe. David Atkinson reports

Hurricane Astoria, London

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Killing Britpop, then kicking the corpse

Are Blur the new Sex Pistols? Yes, if their punked-up, perversely uncommercial Newcastle gig was anything to go by; ROCK

Pop: And just what did we really, really want?

Moments That Made The Year: The Spice Girls slipped in where Take That left off. And Techno terrorists went chartside. By Emma Forrest

Leek jokes: just say no

Catatonia, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, 60ft Dolls: the new Welsh music scene is eclectic, has great songs and, well, the best names. Emma Forrest meets Super Furry Animals, kings of the techno / ambient nursery rhyme and scourge of English pop imperialism

WHERE IT'S AT (MAYBE): YOUR TOWN-BY-TOWN GUIDE

Newport: the rainswept town that proved there's more to Wales than sheep jokes. Branded "the new Seattle", rumour has it that if you phone 01633 then six more figures you're bound to get through to a pop band and not a chip shop. A handful of bands - 60ft Dolls, Novocaine, Flyscreen and Dub War - have helped to rocket the town to fame. Rumour has it that Newport has already had its 15 minutes and the "scene" has mutated 12 miles west to Cardiff.
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