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Gentlemen Of The Road – Aviemore, Scotland, Saturday August 1

Gentlemen Of The Road – Aviemore, Scotland,...

When staging their Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover festivals, Mumford & Sons have always sought out towns and cities off the beaten track. Sometimes, of course, those places are off the beaten track for a reason, and being one of the wettest areas...

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Novelist – Airspace, Brixton, London, Thursday July 30

Novelist – Airspace, Brixton, London,...

In a moment of respite at stuffy Brixton venue Airspace, 250 necks, all glossy with sweat, crane up towards the balcony. Novelist, self-certified London rudeboy, head honcho of rising Lewisham grime collective the Square, leans over the railing...

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Micachu & The Shapes - Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Tuesday, July 28

Micachu & The Shapes - Soup Kitchen,...

Ever since Micachu & The Shapes’ 2009 debut ‘Jewellery’ tore up pop’s rulebook – and then sampled the vacuum cleaner that hoovered it up – the Surrey trio have explored ever more esoteric terrain. It’s been three years since second...

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Cherry Glazerr - The Garage, London, Thursday July 23

Cherry Glazerr - The Garage, London, Thursday...

"The main difference I'm noticing between here and America is that there everyone's got their fucking phones out the whole time, whereas here you guys actually watch what's happening," grins 18-year-old Cherry Glazerr singer Clementine Creevy,...

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Latitude Festival 2015 - Henham Park, Southwold

Latitude Festival 2015 - Henham Park, Southwold

When you’re watching a modernist dance performance featuring a gang of flamenco dancers attached to stage-wide elastic bands, while sunburnt drunk geezers stagger past yelling 9/11 conspiracy memes, you know you’ve reached peak Latitude....

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Slottsfjell Festival - Tønsberg, Norway

Slottsfjell Festival - Tønsberg, Norway

Tønsberg is an orderly, unassuming place 60 miles south of Oslo that’s thought to be the oldest town in Norway. It’s also the birthplace of two giants of Norwegian culture: Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, current chess world champion, and Lene...

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Lovebox 2015 - Victoria Park, London

Lovebox 2015 - Victoria Park, London

This year, east London’s usually polished Lovebox festival resembles a post-apocalyptic battle-scape, as soaring temperatures shroud Victoria Park in Mad Max levels of dust. The dirt clogging the air only adds to the atmosphere of an event whose...

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Muse - Download Festival, Donnington Park

Muse - Download Festival, Donnington Park

Earlier today, as Muse drummer Dom Howard excitedly snapped Instagram pics side-of-stage, Mike Patton of reunited alt-metal legends Faith No More wiggled his hips, pouted his lips and strutted down the Download catwalk. “Ego ramp!” he yelled...

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Blur - Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

Blur - Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

Barely two songs into Blur’s two-hour Blackpool warm-up show and it’s total chaos. During ‘There’s No Other Way’, the surging crowd causes the barrier to come apart at the front, and the reconciled four-piece are forced offstage....

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Field Day, Victoria Park, London

Field Day, Victoria Park, London

“Be healthy! Be strong! Have no fear! Be free!” yells Patti Smith from Field Day’s main stage, arms outstretched like a priest addressing their congregation. The reformed Ride might be headlining, but the day belongs to the punk poet and her...

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