Glastonbury's acts will play this weekend to packed crowds but a raft of the country's other music festivals are floundering, as agents struggle to sell tickets for well below their asking price.
With his designer stubble, straggly mass of curls, uniform of tight black jeans and partially unbuttoned shirt Todd DiCiurcio looks like a long lost member of New York band The Strokes.
Nick Valensi admits there are still "undertones of resentment and hostility" in The Strokes.
The Strokes admit they are "like a house of cards".
Music magazine NME has published its list of the top 50 albums of the noughties, as voted for by leading figures in the music industry.
Julian Casablancas is confused. "Teetotal," he says, rolling the word around in his mouth.
At last, the organ-grinder. Or at least, that is how the debut from the Strokes leader will uncharitably be viewed – coming as it does after nearly all of Casablancas' monkeys have dropped at least one solo record.
Cutting-edge street style is no longer exclusive to London or Tokyo. Today, a generation of hipsters from Helsinki to Hull wears the same brand of T-shirt, downloads the same music, and rides the same bike. Is this the end of individuality, asks Tim Walker, or the start of global cooling?