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Open’er Festival 2018, Day One: Nick Cave’s sky cults and Alex Turner’s lunar dreamland

Of Arctic Monkeys’ twelve thousand festival dates in 2018, Open’er will make them feel most at home. It’s the closest the European festival circuit...

Mad Cool 2018: six awesome things to do while you’re in Madrid

Unlike British festivals, there's no need to be at Mad Cool at 12pm, waiting to see your favourite new band kick off a long...

Mad Cool 2018: seven brilliant acts you need to see at the Madrid festival

There's not long now until the third edition of Madrid's Mad Cool Festival gets underway. Despite still being in its infancy compared to most of...

Bergenfest 2018 – intimate but epic, in a world of its own

“Could this be any more melodramatic?” drawls Father John Misty as the rain hammers down from the heavens - gazing out over the heads...

The best new artists to catch during festival season 2018

Festivals - they're not just great for watching some of the best and biggest bands in the world, but for discovering your new favourite...

Simply Za best: spectacular snaps of Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave and more at Zagreb’s INmusic Festival

There was an art-pop extravaganza in Zagreb this week, as INmusic, the stellar annual festival held beside the usually quiet Lake Jarun, unleashed stunning...

The story of Rock In Rio Lisboa 2018 – in pictures

Rock In Rio Lisboa takes place over two weekends in June, and last weekend saw killer sets from Muse, Bruno Mars and more (it's...

The best band-curated festivals of 2018

It's not just The Cure's Robert Smith who's got his curating hat on this summer. The trend for artist-curated festivals keeps getting stronger and...

How Anitta stole the show from Bruno Mars at day two of Rock In Rio Lisboa 2018

Last weekend, Rock In Rio, the Brazilian rock juggernaut, since expanded to a global franchise, hit Lisbon for the first of two consecutive weekends...

Don’t be a moron, of course Madonna should headline Glastonbury!

When I read this morning's report that Madonna has been lined up to headline Glastonbury 2019, my first thought was "about time - she's...
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