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Simon Price: This year the shady cabal of faceless judges got it right

The judges should be pelted with tomatoes for their unforgivable omissions from the list

XX scoop Mercury prize for 'record of its time'

The Barclaycard Mercury may have had a history of awarding its prize to the outsider bet, but this year's prize went to the favourites, the xx.

Mysteries of the Mercury Music Prize

This year's nominees on what the controversial album award means to them

Cultural Life: David Baddiel, writer

Theatre: I don't go much. I never got taken when I was young and it still feels a bit of an alien experience. I did, however, see 'Hair' in the West End recently, which I thought was great, and 'Red' on Broadway, which had some brilliant acting in it but dramatically was simply Rothko's essays put into dialogue.

Field Day - A field of dreams for new talent

The Field Day festival has a reputation for finding the stars of the future. Charlotte Cripps looks at past successes and the hopefuls performing tomorrow

Mercury Prize Shortlist announced

Paul Weller, The xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae all make the 12-strong list.

The xx, Somerset House, London

The xx are a brilliant and transcendent fusion of the eerie and the sitting room.

Gil Scott-Heron, Somerset House, London

If you don't know Gil Scott-Heron, he's the man behind the classic 1970s track "The Revolution Will Not be Televised". If you do know him, you'll either be shocked to hear he's still alive or you'll be aware that his lyrics on racism, poverty and addiction struck a chord with young black Americans growing up in the 1970s and that the so-called "godfather of rap" has been through some tough times of late.

Live Review: The xx, Somerset House, 13th July

The xx last night put on a thrilling and vibrant show within the ever-splendid and intimate backdrop of Somerset House.

Introducing the rising stars of UK's creative industries

'Hospital Club 100' list reveals growing power of women in media and entertainment

My Secret Life: Julia Bradbury, television presenter, 39

My parents were ... loving, warm, sincere and passionate. My mum used to be a clothes designer and entrepreneur and my dad worked in the steel and engineering industry as a marketing director.

Ignore the cynics, Glastonbury's still got it

It may be more mainstream than ever, but Worthy Farm is still the first stop for magical memories, says Rob Sharp

Music videos: Sound and visionaries

YouTube has revitalised the music video, says Elisa Bray – and unleashed a new generation of directing talent

Caught in the Net: It's 2.54, but it's Creeping on

New London duo 2.54 have been getting attention for their song "Creeping".

All Tomorrow's Parties, Butlins, Minehead

ATP has always been a connoisseur's festival. Held at a Butlins, you stay in a chalet and enjoy showers and accountable food vendors. More importantly, though, because it's run by fans of the obscure, you simply get to watch a better class of band. Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, is in charge of this particular iteration, which has a line-up more esoteric than ever.

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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