Voices

Gap in UK society between rich and poor – means sufficient punters won’t blink at any price from promoters or touts, while the majority are excluded.

Kraftwerk will play T in the Park

Pop festival of the week: T in the Park

Balado, Kinross

Girls Aloud, who completed their 'Ten' tour with a show at Liverpool's Echo Arena last night released a statement on their official twitter page announcing their break up

Farewell to Girls Aloud - see you at the reunion in another five years?

Farewell to Girls Aloud, who have decided to go their separate ways. The split, although devastating to some, will likely have been met by many with the same reaction that greeted the news that Westlife had split, ie.: “I didn’t know they were still together.”

So female thighs are the latest place to advertise? Women shouldn't be used as billboards

Advertising has crept into everyday life so subtly that we now forget to be outraged - this is a case of corporate identity replacing female identity

Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn

Blur to play in Ireland in August

Blur have announced their first Irish gig in four years.

Ticketmaster have ditched the hated Captcha mechanism on their website

Ticketmaster dumps hated 'captcha' verification system to boost customer experience

It looks like “dsrific LCDAppr” but computer says “no”. Ticketmaster is to dump the jumble of hard-to-read nonsense words it requires customers to enter in order to prove that they are human.

James Moore: Just the ticket? These watchdogs are a no-show

Outlook Talking of regulators and monopolies, with the weekend fast approaching many people will be finalising plans to take in a show, or a concert, or maybe a theatre production.

Ticketmaster rival to drop hidden charges

The unpopular £2.50 Ticketmaster charge for printing your own concert tickets could become a thing of the past, as a major new rival promises to revolutionise the online buying experience and sweep away hidden charges.

Ticket fiasco at Olympic football event 'appalling'

A senior London 2012 figure has admitted that serious problems in the distribution of tickets ahead of the football matches at Newcastle's St James' Park yesterday were "appalling" and "unacceptable".

Festival of the Week: T in the Park, Balado, Kinross-shire

Missing Glastonbury this year? Not to worry: the Scottish festival that usually welcomes an exodus of Glasto survivors takes up the slack as its bill ranges from big tunes to big beats via all points in between.

Top Hat, Aldwych Theatre, London WC2

The producers of this irresistible show, a freely adapted version of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, don't subscribe to the precept of deferred gratification. Once the deliciously orchestrated overture is over, Matthew White's production unleashes a knock-'em-dead account of "Puttin' on the Ritz".

Team GB coaches Stuart Pearce and Hope Powell at Wembley yesterday

Locog nerves as football tickets go on sale

Games organisers keen for website to remain stable as final batch of seats go up for grabs

A view of the London 2012 Olympic Park

2012 Olympic website to relaunch, but you can't buy any tickets

London 2012 will relaunch their Olympic ticket re-sale site this afternoon but the public will not be able to buy the newly available tickets until April.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt

Britain 2012 how everybody can enjoy the games

Thousands of us haven't got tickets – but training camps around the UK mean you don't have to miss all the action

Stephen Foley: EMI deal should not give Warner Music the blues

Outlook: So Warner Music, the only one of the four major record label companies to be based in the US, has had EMI snatched from under its nose by French-owned rival Universal Music. Warner has coveted EMI for so long, the outcome of the auction looks almost like a tragedy, but it may yet have the last laugh.

The rip-off dealers put ticket prices up by 600 per cent

A booking fee is bad enough. But some agents also charge hugely inflated prices. James Daley reports
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