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Katy Perry’s charming, bonkers UK shows: LED croptops, Left Shark mania and lots of enjoyable silliness

The slightly muted reception to last year's 'Witness' album hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of the UK's Katy Kats. The first night of her two...

David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ tour might be the most ambitious and impressive live show of all time

Often pegged as a bookish pop prodigy, David Byrne’s decision to kick off his UK 'American Utopia' tour in Oxford seems somewhat apt. The...

Hackney Wonderland – various venues, London, Saturday October 10

Four venues within a one-mile radius, 21 artists, and not enough time. There’s almost too much on offer at Hackney Wonderland, and it’s difficult...

Bestival – Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, September 10-13, 2015

When you find yourself talking to a group of giant inflatable penises, you know you’re at a British festival. But when you also stumble...

The Rifles – Jack Rocks At The Garage, London, September 12

“It’s been about 10 years since we’ve been here,” Rifles frontman Joel Stoker tells the sold-out audience at the 600-capacity Garage in north London,...

End Of The Road – Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset, September 4-6

Nine times out of ten, when someone says they did something because God told them to, the smart money is on that ‘something’ being...

The Libertines – Dublin Castle, London, Friday September 4

Stepping into the Dublin Castle tonight is like entering a timewarp. It’s packed to the rafters with fans dressed exactly as they would have...

Catfish And The Bottlemen/La Roux – Scala, London, Thursday, September 3

There's quite a gulf between the styles of La Roux and Catfish And The Bottlemen, but the eclecticism on display tonight only serves to...

Lowlands Festival – Biddinghuizen, Holland, Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23

Like Amsterdam's answer to Bestival, Lowlands is a place where hedonism is king. Under the kind of blistering sun that very obviously sets apart...

V Festival – Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Saturday August 22

Festival mega-sets are such a regular part of the Kasabian summer calendar, you'd forgive them for forgetting where they are. Tom Meighan yells "Chelmsford!"...
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