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Glastonbury 2020: all you need to know about dates, line-up rumours, tickets, and more for the 50th anniversary festival

The Worthy Farm festival turns 50 next summer – here’s everything you need to know about joining the big anniversary bash

Iceland Airwaves 2019: The story of the festival in stunning pictures

Iceland Airwaves took place this past weekend (Nov 7-9) across venues in the nation’s capital of Reykjavik. Now in its 20th edition, the festival...

Iceland Airwaves 2019: Five artists that dominated the Reykjavik weekender

Iceland Airwaves might well be the coolest festival of the year. Yes, it takes place in the windswept Reykjavik in November (a daunting prospect...

We went to Rock In Rio, the music festival where mega-gig meets Disneyland meets religious cult

To sum up Rock In Rio in one word, it would have to be this: big. Or maybe even this: BIG.  The gigantic festival, which...

Meet the future headliners: these are the new artists that smashed it this festival season

Festival season was fun, wasn't it? Back in May we were stumbling the streets of Brighton for the next big thing at The Great...

It’s not over yet! Here are some autumn and winter music festivals to beat the back-to-school-vibes blues

God, doesn't August Bank Holiday's glorious, sunny Reading & Leeds weekend seem a million miles away now? But the onset of September and it's...

Tyla Yaweh: “I want to travel the world, and become a household name!”

Floridian sensation Tyla Yaweh creates his own brand of hip-hop, which mixes trappy beats with rock-flecked production and lingering half-rapped, half-sung vocals. Watch our full...

The 10 essential Reading & Leeds 2019 sets to catch on BBC iPlayer before they disappear

Feeling rested after this year's Reading & Leeds yet? Whether you're still firmly in the 'post-festival sads' camp, or rested, washed and raring to...

Notting Hill Carnival 2019: “If I didn’t have carnival, I wouldn’t get to see how special my people are”

Being a West Indian and a west Londoner, Notting Hill Carnival is vital to my identity. When I parade around Ladbroke Grove in a cape made...

Hayley Kiyoko: “Sometimes it’s hard to find your people”

Reading and Leeds Festival is a bit of a rite of passage in the UK. Thousands of us have hopped on the train after...

2019’s festival season – reviewed!

Festival season is pretty much a year-round thing now, with inner-city winter festivals popping up all over the shop. The main schedule still runs,...

Vomit! Broken bones! Oasis! Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly on wild nights out and working together

What's better than us interviewing one person? Two artists interviewing each other, of course. We present to you, Band vs Band with Machine Gun Kelly and Yungblud.

Foo Fighters at Reading Festival: Check out these intimate snaps of the band’s closing headline set

A new generation might have reclaimed Reading Festival, but on Sunday night (August 25th) festival favourites Foo Fighters still found a fertile audience as...

Ariana Grande is “overwhelmed”, and way too brief, at Manchester Pride Live

Towards the end of her highly anticipated Manchester Pride Live Sunday evening (August 25) headline set, Ariana Grande looks visibly moved as she addresses...

Reading and Leeds 2019: How the kids took back the iconic festival

On Saturday afternoon, Billie Eilish may well have drawn one of the biggest ever crowds Reading Festival has ever seen. The US sensation was...

Frank Carter has a message for Dave Grohl at Reading 2019: “Please leave the Jager at home!”

"Even if they do look a bit tired, we're gonna light some fires under 'em." It's the final day of a sun-soaked Reading Festival,...

Burning cars! Backflips! Crowd surfing drummers! Twenty One Pilots pull out all the stops for huge Reading Festival show

A properly big live show is something special. Whether it’s Beyoncé pulling out all the stops for her historic Coachella set, or Rammstein setting...

Behold! Your perfect Friday at Reading, and Saturday at Leeds

Words: Fred Garratt-Stanley Hooray, it's Reading & Leeds time! Whether it's your first time, or your 13th, there's tons of amazing stuff on the line up. Don't...

Mr.Williamz’ seven-step guide to having the best time of all time at Notting Hill Carnival 2019

Reggae-come-dancehall star Mr. Williamz has serious Notting Hill Carnival credentials. A resident of west London – whose sound system education started with his first clash...

“All I remember is the shit” – NME writers remember their first Reading & Leeds experiences

2000 "WE TRIED TO WASH WITH VODKA. IT SMELLED BAD." By Charlotte Gunn 'Twas the millennium. The GCSE results were in and we set off from school...
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