Opinion

BLACKPINK will lead the K-pop charge at Coachella, but are UK festivals falling behind?

The explosion in interest in Korean culture has made K-pop a big deal in the west – so why aren't its artists getting booked for UK festivals?

Ticket price caps are the affordable gig stance we all need right now

Tom Grennan and more are leading the way in their attempts to make gigs accessible amidst a cost-of-living crisis

With his “White Lives Matter” stunt, has Kanye West finally hit the point of no return?

Once seen as a musical visionary and hip-hop GOAT, Ye's latest controversial act is one of a string of actions that make it increasingly hard to defend the star

How Brazil’s Rock in Rio capped off festival season in style

The storied shindig impressed by treating its punters with maximum respect

Stars, sound systems and surprises: Notting Hill Carnival 2022 was a triumphant comeback

The essential Carnival finally returned to the infamous, colourful streets of Notting Hill last weekend. After a three-year IRL hiatus because of the mahoosive...

How Arctic Monkeys can make their Reading & Leeds Festival headline set one for the ages

Our columnist looks to history for some tips on becoming legends of the fest

New generations: SNSD, NewJeans and the evolution of K-pop girl groups

With NewJeans' retro debut and icons Girls' Generation back in the game, K-pop's female artists are returning to the scene's roots – with a modern update

Happy birthday, BBC Radio 1Xtra – still so important to Black British culture 20 years on

Imagine it's 2002 and you’re the biggest fan of all things rap, R&B and Black music. The only way to find what you like...
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