Arts and Entertainment Musician Will.i.am

O2, London, Thursday December 5

Wireless Festival, Hyde Park, London

Over three days, Hyde Park became a sunny mass of music lovers, as a variety of genres and names took to the stage.

What's so great about the outdoors?

Whether it's cafe tables or cinema screenings, concerts or picnics in the park, we're obsessed with going alfresco. But, argues Tim Walker, life on the inside is far more civilised

Music & Me: When Saints Go Machine

When Saints Go Machine produce ice-cool shimmering pop that belies their tongue- in-cheek moniker. Signed to hip dance label !K7 records, expect to hear a lot more of the Danish foursome’s stunning songs this summer. Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild took time out to answer our questions.

Picture of the Day: Dancing in the dark

On Super Bowl Sunday, it takes something spectacular to steal the show. A blooper will do it, of course. In 2009 we had Bruce Springsteen knee-sliding across the stage and, groin-first, into a TV camera. In 2004 it was Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction".

Album: Black Eyed Peas, The Beginning (Interscope)

Hands in the air if you care to join the joyless party

Album: Black Eyed Peas, The Beginning (Interscope/Polydor)

Having expressed his disgruntlement, on last year's The E.N.D., that "there is no album anymore" when "you can put 12 songs on iTunes and people can pick at it like scabs", Black Eyed Peas mainman will.i.am wheels out his favoured rescue strategy with The Beginning, on which all the tracks are seamlessly segued into one long flow.

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