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Glastonbury Festival 2013

What makes Glastonbury so different to the UK’s other muddy music festivals is its myriad variety of cultures, genres, acts and events.  The sheer size of the festival is extraordinary; you have to look down upon the 1,000 acre site by walking up to the edge of the valley, under Glastonbury’s answer to the Hollywood sign, to fully appreciate this. There are flags everywhere. There are bridges and archways and tunnels that lead to relatively undiscovered art and architecture.  » >

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Album Review: Arctic Monkeys, ‘AM’

Whatever people say they are, that’s what they’re not. Arctic Monkeys triumphantly return with a fresh new sound and their most mature record to date with the release of their fifth studio album ‘AM’. Recorded at Sage & Sounds Recording in Los Angeles and Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, ‘AM’ has everything from classic 70s grunge rock to funky hip-hop beats that’ll make you want to get up dance.» >

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Leeds Festival 2013

British Bank Holiday weekends are notoriously very wet and muddy but nothing could have prepared me for the torrential downfall of Leeds festival 2013. The first night I was just praying that my pop up tent would survive the biblical downpour and that my Hunter wellies were actually waterproof. Both prevailed! The infamous Silent Disco tent collapsed due to the downpour on Friday night and the Relentless Stage was flooded but despite the mudslides, Bramham Park had 80,000 to entertain and they did not disappoint.» >

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Album Review: Queens Of The Stoneage, ‘Like Clockwork’.

It feels like it’s been years since Queens of the Stone Age have released anything decent, though that’s probably because it has.  2007’s Era Vulgaris was a disappointment to most, especially after the superb Lullabies To Paralyze LP in 2005. But in between raising children and ruining the Arctic Monkeys it seems that frontman Josh Homme has had some time to write some good songs… with some great people.  Nine Inch Nails’ virtuoso Trent Reznor lends his Midas touch to the production, Alex Turner co-writes the track ‘Kalopsia’ and the piano tinkle on ‘Fairweather Friends’ is played by none other than Sir Elton John. » >

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