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Hampstead Theatre founder James Roose-Evans ponders Dylan Thomas ahead of Hampstead Arts festival celebration

A boutique arts festival of words and music runs in Hampstead next month. The small but perfectly formed programme of events takes place at St John’s Downshire Hill and Burgh House, in New End Square, from November 1 to 22.

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Manics; May 1991. Picture: Kevin Cummins

Glamorous anarchy of early Manic Street Preachers revealed in new photo exhibition

Back in 1991, the British music scene was still riding on the baggy tails of Madchester while its natural successor, the emerging rave scene, was just starting to build momentum.

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Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Album review: Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Green shows what he can do when he puts his mind to his rhymes in this mixed bag of a return.

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Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

Album review: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

The feted duo pick up their guitars to retread old ground - but can they still cut it?

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Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

Album review: Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

Yet another sterling selection in this series, this time from Alex Kapranos and co.

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Ty Segall - Manipulator

Album review: Ty Segall - Manipulator

Gritty, gambolling garage-rock raconteur hits his creative high water mark.

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Orenda Fink - Blue Dream

Album review: Orenda Fink - Blue Dream

Mellow, mellifluous and soothing collection that bridges the alt-pop and singer-songwriter genres.

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Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Album review: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

A searing, exciting and uncompromising debut from the new darlings of rock.

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Famy - We Fam Econo

Album review: Famy - We Fam Econo

A shining and adventurous new talent arrives on the indie crossover scene - do yourself a favour and check them out.

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Vena Portae - Vena Portae

Album review: Vena Portae -Vena Portae

More evocative, emotive alt-folk from Emily Barker, whose latest incarnation adds another string to her bow.

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The Subways (R-L Josh Morgan, Billy Lunn and Charlotte Cooper)

Billy Lunn shuns rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle as The Subways hit the road again

He doesn’t drink, he still lives in his home town, he even runs in local elections as a Labour councillor; as the old adage goes, Billy Lunn is the most revolutionary rock star you could hope to meet.

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Land Observations - The Grand Tour

Album review: Land Observations - The Grand Tour

Journey-inspired instrumental album that certainly nails its hypnotic nature, but for the right reasons?

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Rolf Gehlhaar

Rolf Gehlhaar: The musical genius who helped the disabled play

These days there is a greater awareness of the needs of disabled people and much more is being done to give them an equal chance in life.

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Luke Sital-Singh - The Fire Inside

Album review: Luke Sital-Singh - The Fire Inside

Huge mainstream success surely beckons for this songsmith, who packs an armful of poppy, heartsting-tugging tunes.

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Alvvays - Alvvays

Album review: Alvvays - Alvvays

Accessible, hummable and lightly melancholic indie tunesmithery from the Canadian debutantes.

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The Raveonettes - Pe'ahi

Album review: The Raveonettes - Pe’ahi

Danish rock duo let the colour in and make their best record in... well, possibly ever.

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Nick Cave & Mick Harvey of the Birthday Party in a Bayswater squat, London, UK on 17 May 1981. Picture: David Corio

Baby-faced shots of rock ‘n’ roller Nick Cave reveal early years of music icon

To coincide with the release of his innovative new documentary, 20,000 Days on Earth, Camden’s Proud Gallery has launched an exhibition celebrating the career of enigmatic rock ‘n’ roll legend Nick Cave.

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Astronauts - Hollow Ponnnds

Album review: Astronauts - Hollow Ponds

Textured, electro-meets-pastoral adventurism in this rather lovely debut LP.

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Eric Clapton & Friends - An Appreciation Of JJ Cale

Album review: Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze, An Appreciation Of JJ Cale

Slowhand buddies up with his living legend mates for an exacting JJ Cale tribute. For die-hard fans only.

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Sam Duckworth, whose stage name Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will be dropped after September 12.

Sam hosts a party as he hangs up the Cape to assume new identity

They say when you are a performing star it is never easy to know when exactly to step away from the spotlight.

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Hampstead Arts Festival

Melvyn Bragg, Alan Rusbridger and Glenda Jackson amongst stars to feature at Hampstead Arts Festival

Featuring a cast that includes Melvyn Bragg, John Etheridge, Alan Rusbridger and Angela Hewitt, Hampstead Arts Festival returns in November with a programme of imaginative, inspirational concerts and talks. The three-week event established itself last year as one of London’s premiere celebrations of classical music, but alongside this will be numerous talks on politics and the arts.

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Stornoway - Jonathan Quin, Rob Steadman, Brian Briggs, Oli Steadman

Stornoway add some polish to their indie folk charm

What do you get if you cross indie pop folk with one of the most renowned British rock producers? A different sound, naturally, and one which fans of Stornoway will hear at the band’s first headline gig at the Roundhouse.

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Arthur Jeffe's Penguin Cafe

Arthur Jeffes picking up the baton from Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Sharp-eared audience members at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last month might have noticed the jolly drones of Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s Music for a Found Harmonium playing at one point in the celebratory evening.

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Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Album review: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Personal trauma and professional strife provide ample sustenance for some of Lewis’ best material in years.

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La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Album review: La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Everyone’s favourite bequiffed dance-pop delight is back - and giving it both barrels on this sophomore LP.

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concert conducted by Ralph

Music Review: North London Chorus at Barbican

Last year, the North London Chorus travelled to Berlin to perform Britten’s War Requiem with Cantus Domus in front of 1,200 people. The flier for this concert carried the line “Themes for reconciliation and remembrance” and included a picture of a red poppy. Mindful of the centenary of the start of the First World War, the careful selection of works continued these themes which are so deeply embedded in Brittten’s great work.

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Britpop At The BBC

Album review: Britpop At The BBC

Not a definitive round-up, but a fair stab at summing up the mid-‘90s guitar scene by the Beeb.

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Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Album review: Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.

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Gaggle

Gaggle sisters doin’ it for themselves

When you think of the description “girl band”, the latest batch of simpering, over-sexualised X Factor rejects springs to mind. Add choir into that mix and you have a bunch of operatic 16-year-olds of the young Charlotte Church variety. However, all-singing, all-dancing, all-girl band Gaggle have a new kind of look and sound that manages to defy any kind of label that is thrown at them.

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Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Album review: Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Kicking tunes that balance raw garage-rock elements and heaps of emotion from this female duo.

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Sebastien Tellier - L'Aventura

Album review: Sebastien Tellier - L’Aventura

The esoteric French wunderkind takes a new, tropical tack on his electro-adventure.

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Lewis Watson - The Morning

Album review: Lewis Watson - The Morning

Singer-songwriter with broad appeal and a bagful of tunes? Step forward, Mr Watson.

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Example - Live Life Living

Album review: Example - Live Life Living

Example treads water on this glut of imagination-free club anthems.

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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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Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present

Album review: Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present

Third LP is an engrossing ensemble effort that pushes post-rock into pleasant new territories.

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Midge Ure

Ultravox’s Midge Ure and David Bowie producer Tony Visconti help rediscover ‘lost art of crooning’

What surreal convergence of events could last week lure a clutch of journalists into the basement of Abbey Road studios to hear ’80s pop stars reclaim the “lost art of crooning”?

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George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage

Album review: George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage

Early signs that a true talent may yet be in our midst on this promising, evocative debut.

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Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Album review: Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Complex but compulsive rhythms, divine textures and infectious songs: First Mind reveals Mulvey’s huge talent as songwriter, musician and arranger.

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Glass Animals - Zaba

Album review: Glass Animals - Zaba

Intense, exotic heat and beats characterise this startlingly good debut LP - do yourself a favour and check it out.

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Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm

Album review: Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm

Hynde heads for the waters of sleek AOR pop-rock with her first official solo LP. But is this an expedition that’s doomed to fail?

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Neil Young - A Letter Home

Album review: Neil Young - A Letter Home

A unique take on an album of cover versions, this is a warm, scratchy document of Young’s visit to a vintage recording booth owned by Jack White.

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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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proms at st judes

Proms at St Jude’s: Sondheim from the woman who truly knows him

There’s an international elite of music-theatre stars who are the Sondheim circle: people so identified with him, they seem to be not just interpreters but co-creators.

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proms at st judes

Proms at St Jude’s: Young conductor Theo Bamber braves Handel double

By tradition St Jude’s usually has a large-scale choral concert, and this year it’s a complete Handel oratorio which happens not be Messiah – nothing so standard - but the piece that arguably invented English oratorio ten years before it. If only by accident.

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Bella Hardy

Bella Hardy in party mood as she reaches 30

Amid the artificial twangs of electro-pop and ground-shattering beats of drum and base, folk music is enjoying a steady revival, with artists such as Laura Marling, Ed Sheeran and Mumford and Sons scooping up Brit Awards.

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Holland Dozier Holland - The Complete 45s

Album review: Holland-Dozier-Holland - The Complete 45s Collection

A trunk full of rare, remastered and rip-roaring soul from the songwriting powerhouse trio that turned helped build the Motown empire.

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Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites

Album review: Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites

Veteran big cheese of the gloomy indie world goes epic and honest in this return to form.

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George Michael

George Michael voices hopes after illness ‘nearly killed’ him

When George Michael embarked on his Symphonica tour in 2011, he said to those around him: “This is about the voice – this part of my career is about the voice.”

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Ray Quinn

Ray Quinn’s back in the swing as Vegas beckons

The crossroads at which versatile entertainer Ray Quinn now finds himself is one many stars of reality television will likely recognise.

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Coldplay - Ghost Stories

Album review: Coldplay - Ghost Stories

A greater reliance on electronica and soundscapes offer glimmers of beauty in an otherwise underwhelmingly par-for-the-course performance.

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James Roose Evans

Hampstead Theatre founder James Roose-Evans ponders Dylan Thomas ahead of Hampstead Arts festival celebration

A boutique arts festival of words and music runs in Hampstead next month. The small but perfectly formed programme of events takes place at St John’s Downshire Hill and Burgh House, in New End Square, from November 1 to 22.

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Theatre See all

Natalie Mendoza as Imelda Marcos with cast including Dean John-Wilson as Ninoy Aquino

Theatre review: Here Lies Love at the National Theatre Dorfman

With an Evita revival running in the West End, there seems a trend for musicals about despotic, spendthrift self-styled women-of-the-people who married international leaders.

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Art See all

Jane McAdam Freud

Sculptor Jane McAdam Freud on war, family and getting to know her great granddad Sigmund

Award winning sculptor and artist Jane McAdam Freud is the daughter of artist Lucian Freud and great-grand-daughter of Sigmund Freud.

Her exhibition Dance of Disapproval War Works runs at the London Jewish Cultural Centre until November 10 and includes works created while she was artist in residence at the Freud Museum in 2005/6. She talks to Features Editor Bridget Galton about art, family and legacy.

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Competitions See all

Experience the action of a London Lions basketball game!

Win tickets to see London Lions vs Leeds Force

The London Lions are the only professional basketball team in the capital, based at the state-of-the-art Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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