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Lightning filled the sky as Damon Albarn headlined on Saturday. Picture Marc Sethi

Latitude review: Stormy weather adds to electric atmosphere at Suffolk festival

While some artists spend thousands on special effects to add that wow factor to their sets, Damon Albarn it seems just has a quick word with the gods.

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The Eid al-Fitr party in Trafalgar Square promises to be fun, fantastic, and free! (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Eid al-Fitr in Trafalgar Square: Everything you need to know

Check out our five-minute guide to celebrating the end of Ramadan in London.

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Lily Allen performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Lilly Allen replaces Two Door Cinema Club in headline slot at Latitude Festival

Two Door Cinema Club has cancelled their headline performance at the Latitude Festival.

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The crowds at Cornbury Festival

Family-friendly Cornbury Festival is a delight for young and old

Summer music festivals are as popular as holiday camps for families these days – and after a weekend at Cornbury Festival, it’s easy to see why.

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Formiddable Vegetable Sound System

Turnip the volume at Lovebox for Formidable Vegetable Sound System

A band with a message to spread are coming to east London’s Lovebox Festival to entertain audiences with their unique sound.

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Kanye performed on both Friday and Saturday after Drake pulled out due to sickness

Wireless festival review: ‘Electric’ atmosphere despite ‘arrogant’ Kanye West rants

We sent three reporters to review this year’s Wireless festival in Finsbury Park. This is what they said...

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Arcade Fire headlined the British Summer Time stage in Hyde Park

Review: Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, The Libertines and McBusted at British Summer Time Hyde Park

The giants of rock, metal and pop descended upon the Royal Park to put on some of the most anticipated shows of the year.

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Richard Reed Parry and William Butler of Arcade Fire perform on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park on July 3  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Stunning pictures from Arcade Fire’s gig at Hyde Park, London

If you didn’t get a ticket to Arcade Fire’s gig at British Summer Time in Hyde Park last night then sate yourself with these amazing pictures which show the superstar band in action - just days after their headline performance at Glastonbury.

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Jack Johnson

Stevie Wonder and Jack Johnson grace the bill for Calling Festival

Calling Festival - the re-branded Hard Rock Calling event - takes place in Clapham this weekend, and the line-up includes Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Paloma Faith and Jack Johnson.

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McBusted. Photo: Dave Hogan

McBusted interview: ‘We all get along so well, we’re like peas and carrots!’

Dougie Poynter, of supergroup McBusted, says he can’t wait to hit the stage as the band prepares to perform at Barclay Card Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

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Snoop Dogg at Parklife Festival in Heaton Park on Saturday, June 7.

Parklife Weekender: Snoop Dogg wowed the crowds but Flying Lotus stole my heart

Set in rainy Manchester it came as no surprise that it tipped it down for Parklife.

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Pixies perform at Field Day 2014: Picture credit: Carolina Faruolo/ Field Day

Festival review: Field Day

Field Day has always had something of a split personality; mixing as it does cutting edge music (and haircuts) with an atmosphere akin to that of a village fete.

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Alexis Taylor

Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor steps off the dance floor

Most recognisable for his playfully geeky glasses, Alexis Taylor cuts an unlikely figure among pop’s glossy major players.

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Klara Soderberg (left) and her older sister Johanna

Latitude: First Aid Kit on Sweden’s musical revival, gluten free pizza and their third album, Stay Gold

First Aid Kit join Robynn and Lykke Li to help form an impressive Swedish contingent at Latitude this year, we caught up with Johanna and Klara Soderberg ahead of their third appearance at the festival.

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Alison Moyet

Yazoo singer Alison Moyet and Jack Dee added to Latitude line-up

Doves guitarist Jimi Goodwin also joins the bill with debut solo album Odludek

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Sara Pascoe

Comic Sara Pascoe on her first gig, all-male panel shows and this year’s Latitude

Comedy has become a popular staple at a number of festivals across the country. We speak to stand-up comic, actress and regular TV show panellist Sara Pascoe ahead of her performance at Latitude.

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Nick Mulvey will be performing at Somersault festival next month

Nick Mulvey tells of his love of English festivals ahead of Somersault appearance

It might not seem very glam to be stuffing your face at a service station, but when you’re a rising star with a shed load of gigs in the offing, eating on the hoof is the reality.

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We Are FSTVL returns to Upminster with a stunning lineup of top dance artists

Thousands of devoted dance music lovers braved the downpour and descended onto Damyns Hall Aerodrome for the second incarnation of We Are FSTVL.

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London-based band Teleman will play at Secret Garden Party this July

Introducing Teleman, the London four-piece set to storm Secret Garden Party

You might not have heard of London-based four-piece Teleman yet. But in the coming months, when the band will release their debut album Breakfast and perform at popular festival the Secret Garden Party, all that is bound to change.

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Jungle Print Trousers and Aztec Beaded top from Riverisland

Fantastic festival fashion picks

Festival fashion this year is all about big prints and celebrity style.

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A sled can help you carry all your kit for the days of revelling ahead

Festival survival guide: Don’t turn your dream weekend into a nightmare

Packing the right items and avoiding common pitfalls helps make your festival the uplifting experience it should be...

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Metronomy interview: ‘Field Day feels like the right festival for us to headline’

Joseph Mount is currently resting up in his Paris home, taking a rare, well-earned break in the middle of a UK tour and the start of a formidable summer schedule. In the midst of the latter is the small matter of Field Day, which will see his brainchild Metronomy break their headlining duck in Victoria Park next month.

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Paint fighting at Secret Garden Party

Non-music fun at this summer’s festivals

There's so much more than music to enjoy at today's festivals. Ajay Nair checks out the alternative offerings planned, from paint fights to a science and nature garden.

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Camden Crawl is held June 20-21

Camden Crawl festival rekindling independent spirit

Not many festivals would argue that they got too big for their own good, but Camden Crawl has long been one for the musical purists.

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The distinctive canvas bell tents at dusk

Festival glamping: Pitch up without pitching in

Boutique/alternative/posh/fancy camping (or simply, glamping), is a different approach to the sea of nylon that can be found at festivals up and down the UK. With Prince William and Kate recently seen glamping in the Australian outback with hardly a rubber mallet in sight, Richard Wyatt looks at how you too can get a great night’s sleep and be ready to rock out to your musical heroes this summer.

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Norman Jay

London DJ Norman Jay to bring sunshine to Lovebox

Ahead of his performance at Lovebox festival in July, legendary DJ Norman Jay took time out of his hectic schedule to tell Sam Gelder about his love of playing the great outdoors, and why London gigs are so special for him.

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Members of the dance troupe Diversity

Diversity interview: ‘We are trying to give more of that shock factor’

Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo of dance troupe Diversity, speak to Richard Wyatt about pulling out all the stops for a re-imagining of their critically acclaimed show ‘Limitless’ at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park.

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Love Supreme

Jazz Supreme: Jamie Cullum among stars booked for three-day festival

Fast becoming one of the must-see live music events of the year, the Love Supreme Jazz Festival will present an array of international stars when it returns to Glynde Place this summer.

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Andy C. Pic: Andrew Attah.

Andy C interview: ‘When everybody is vibing with you – there’s no better business’

When I finally speak with Andy C he’s busy running through the soundcheck for a six-hour set in one of London’s biggest nightclubs.

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Fiona Stewart
UKFA ceremony, with Caitlin Moran and Pete Paphides
credit to UK Festivals Awards

Green Man festival: Wales’ biggest music party inspired by growing up in Camden

Fiona Stewart can look at the astronomic growth of the UK’s festival scene with a measure of pride.

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Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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