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This is the weekend for...recapturing your youth

With all those 17- and 18-year-olds out celebrating their A-level results, or drowning their sorrows – and in anywhere with a nightclub open tonight you won't be able to avoid them – this is the weekend for getting back the heady feel of your own teenage highs and lows.

Hurts' locker offers emotional rescue

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Cheryl Cole turns rock chick to perform at V Festival

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Bombay Bicycle Club, Heaven, London

A couple of years ago, Bombay Bicycle Club were at the forefront of the underage band scene, alongside their school peers Cajun Dance Party. Still just 19 years old – the band only finished their A-Levels last year – it's apparent tonight that while their devoted young fans who have grown up alongside them are still present, their audience has expanded to include all ages.

Oasis split 'a sad day' for music

Noel Gallagher's departure from Oasis was today described as a "sad day" for music by the man who originally signed the band.

Party Of The Week: Frolics in V-Festival's secret garden

Despite Oasis pulling out of their V Festival performance in Chelmsford, Essex at the weekend because Liam Gallagher had viral laryngitis – the mood was still buoyant backstage in the VIP area.

Amy Winehouse's mother worried over ex-husband reunion talk

Amy Winehouse's mother voiced her concern today that her daughter might reunite with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

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