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Mercury Prize: who should have made the shortlists

Mercury Prize: who should have made the shortlists

The best thing about the Barclaycard Mercury Prize is the arguments. The disagreements and impassioned rows about who the panel missed off the list. That's where we're now at in the office...

August 2010: a festival year in review

August 2010: a festival year in review

August was the last chance to put behind a summer of disappointment and the last opportunity to celebrate the great British festival before winter draws in.

Saving those pennies: head over to Europe for a cheaper festival experience

Saving those pennies: head over to Europe for a cheaper festival experience

It's said that nothing is certain but death and taxes. Fortunately, death can wait; unfortunately, taxes can't: in the New Year we Brits will likely have to pay more for our goods and services when VAT rises from 17.5% to 20% from 4 January.

Reading Festival 2010: An Oxfam steward's perspective

Reading Festival 2010: An Oxfam steward's perspective

Last year I took a few days out of my "hectic" university summer holidays to get behind the scenes of Glastonbury as one of the 5,000 volunteers used by Oxfam to steward music festivals across the country. It was an excellent experience and one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Which is better: Reading or Leeds? We ask the fans!

Which is better: Reading or Leeds? We ask the fans!

Bands use it to win over crowds and the fans are happy to hear that their leg of Reading and Leeds weekender is best, but which really is? We found out over the last three days.

Guns N' Roses vs UK festivals

Guns N' Roses vs UK festivals

Not many bands have a 100% track record for causing sufficient mayhem to bring major festival organisations to their knees mid-set, and still get invited back to headline again.

Reading and Leeds Festival 2010: headliner profiles

Reading and Leeds Festival 2010: headliner profiles

Graeme Johnston profiles the Reading and Leeds Festival headliners and the NME/Radio 1 Stage big guns.

Reading and Leeds: Who are The Rats?

Reading and Leeds: Who are The Rats?

There has been a lot of speculation over a certain band for Reading and Leeds 2010. No it's not if Guns N' Roses are going to turn up but it's The Rats in the Lock Up Tent.

THE BIG TWO: Reading and Leeds Festivals 2010

THE BIG TWO: Reading and Leeds Festivals 2010

Gavin McInally finds out what to expect at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals and tells you who to watch, what to miss and introduces us to the 'shit mix'.

Reading and Leeds 2010: The Survival Guide

Reading and Leeds 2010: The Survival Guide

For many, Reading is the last weekend of the summer where it's totally acceptable to not wash for five days, start drinking at sunrise and vomit all over your mate's shoes an hour later.

Reading and Leeds: dissecting the BBC Introducing bands

Reading and Leeds: dissecting the BBC Introducing bands

Armed with a list of the BBC Introducing Stage bands at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, MySpace and a wicked way with words, Daniel Pratley finds out who to see...

Ticket Trout: I've got tickets for sold out festivals

Ticket Trout: I've got tickets for sold out festivals

Okay, tun-a in because I've got loads of tickets to soled-out festivals thanks to my mates at viagogo.

Sharing the limelight: possible festival collaborations for 2010

Sharing the limelight: possible festival collaborations for 2010

Festivals are one of the best places for spontaneity and collaborations. Here James Drakeford takes us through the possible tag teams for 2010.

Festival fashion 2010: boys

Festival fashion 2010: boys

It's that time or year again when you look at that old Metallica t-shirt and you think: 'can I wear this again all summer'?

Outcast to Outkast: the rise of hip hop at UK festivals

Outcast to Outkast: the rise of hip hop at UK festivals

"I'm not having hip hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong," said Noel Gallagher in 2008. And it's a view that sounds as worn and outdated as anything Oasis managed in their last eight years. Here Jamie Barker marks the history of hip hop at festivals...

Is grunge set for a revival at festivals this summer?

Is grunge set for a revival at festivals this summer?

Grunge effectively whimpered out with the passing of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain but with Pearl Jam, The Stone Pilots and maybe Soundgarden around this summer, is grunge set for a festival revival? Jamie Skey finds out.

We predict the headliners of 2010

We predict the headliners of 2010

After kidnapping Colombo, formulating an Einstein-esque equation and paying a number of significant bribes to the right people, we've finally discovered the bands we think will be headlining festivals this summer...

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