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Festival-goers arrive for Bestival 2013 at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight

Bestival 2013: Festival-goers enjoy the sunny weather before impending heavy rain

Heavy rain is forecast for Friday with the 'odd rumble of thunder'

Revellers at Bestival 2012

Bestival 2013: Thousands don fancy dress and head to Isle of Wight-based festival

Thousands of revellers will be boarding ferries today to join one of the last big parties of the summer at Bestival.

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Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips in concert, The Roundhouse, London

Music review: The Flaming Lips, The Roundhouse, London

"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.

Fatboy Slim plays the House of Commons for Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation in London, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fatboy Slim to headline at Bestival's 10th anniversary

Fatboy Slim has been announced as the final headliner for Bestival's 10th anniversary event.

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne on the heartbreak and mid-life crisis that inspired new album The Terror

Coyne surfs the crowd in a space-bubble at their gigs. But his new album is a bleaker affair

The Flaming Lips, The Terror (Bella Union)

Album review: The Flaming Lips, The Terror (Bella Union)

Album of the Week: Brutal but far from bland as the Lips tackle the Big Issues

David Rodigan to perform at Parklife Weekender in Manchester this year

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Jagwar Ma: The Aussie rockers are one of the best bands around at the moment

Album: The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (Bella Union)

The Lips are a hit with a little help from their fwends

Flaming Lips

The Shins, Port of Morrow (Columbia)

James Mercer may use the words "sublimate" and "indigent", but don't be fooled: The Shins trade in a highbrow equivalent of landfill indie.

The Flaming Lips, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics is home of the Lovell telescope, one of the largest and most powerful radio telescopes for "investigating cosmic phenomena" in the world. The Flaming Lips are an American psychedelic rock band who put on a seriously cosmic show. As frontman Wayne Coyne announces: "This is our place".

Dylan Jones: 'The Perth band Tame Impala’s music is aweird, if oddly topical, mix of the old and the new'

Occasionally – very occasionally, mind – a group's self-awareness is acute. The Pet Shop Boys always had a keen sense of themselves, probably because they didn't become famous until Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were approaching their thirties.

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