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How to play vinyl records with Britain's new plastic five pound note

While the value of the British pound sterling has been on the decline over the last few weeks, some music-loving Brits have found an alternative use

While the value of the British pound sterling has been on the decline over the last few weeks, some music-loving Brits have found an alternative use

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A look inside one of China’s premier music festivals

Not even the threat of twin typhoons (because one isn’t enough) could stop Shanghai’s 2016 Concrete and Grass music festival from going ahead over

Not even the threat of twin typhoons (because one isn’t enough) could stop Shanghai’s 2016 Concrete and Grass music festival from going ahead over

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The creme of electro dance music gathers in Greece

Born in 2005, the Reworks festival in the Greek city of Thessaloniki has grown into one of Europe’s best-known platforms for acclaimed and emerging electronic music artists…

Born in 2005, the Reworks festival in the Greek city of Thessaloniki has grown into one of Europe’s best-known platforms for acclaimed and emerging electronic music artists…

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Rufus Wainwright puts Shakespeare sonnets to music

It’s a high-risk labour of love that pays off according to some critics. ‘Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets’ is the latest studio album by

It’s a high-risk labour of love that pays off according to some critics. ‘Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets’ is the latest studio album by

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Congolese singer Papa Wemba dies during concert

Congolese singer Papa Wemba, who became a global icon for African music, has died after collapsing on stage during a concert. The event in Abijan

Congolese singer Papa Wemba, who became a global icon for African music, has died after collapsing on stage during a concert. The event in Abijan

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Tallinn Music Week brings together Creativity for Change

Tallinn Music Week has made a name for itself as a crossroads between different styles and genres. If you’re lucky, you might even spot Estonia’s

Tallinn Music Week has made a name for itself as a crossroads between different styles and genres. If you’re lucky, you might even spot Estonia’s

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Prog rock legend Keith Emerson dies, aged 71

Acclaimed keyboardist and leader in the progressive rock movement, Keith Emerson has died, aged 71. The Yorkshire-born musician was perhaps best

Acclaimed keyboardist and leader in the progressive rock movement, Keith Emerson has died, aged 71. The Yorkshire-born musician was perhaps best

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"Istanbul Sessions" at "Visa for Music" in Rabat

Istanbul in Morocco. The band that is – “Istanbul Sessions”. They were in the city of Rabat to present their work at the “Visa for Music” fair. And

Istanbul in Morocco. The band that is – “Istanbul Sessions”. They were in the city of Rabat to present their work at the “Visa for Music” fair. And

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Quiet 'Cannonball' - Damien Rice overwhelms Lyon crowd

I confess that I have long cherished an image of Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice as a gentle poet of romance and struggle. A night with Rice at

I confess that I have long cherished an image of Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice as a gentle poet of romance and struggle. A night with Rice at

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Nick Cave's son dies in UK cliff fall

The 15-year-old son of Australian musician and songwriter Nick Cave has died after a fall from a cliff in Brighton on the south coast of England. The

The 15-year-old son of Australian musician and songwriter Nick Cave has died after a fall from a cliff in Brighton on the south coast of England. The

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Florence + The Machine caught by cushion rain in Lyon

Seeing Florence + The Machine on stage at Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon on Sunday night was like meeting an old friend refreshed and inspired after

Seeing Florence + The Machine on stage at Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon on Sunday night was like meeting an old friend refreshed and inspired after

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Vinyl back in the charts as drastic plastic sales soar

Soaring sales of the drastic plastic, or vinyl records, has led to the introduction of a weekly vinyl chart in the UK. Former Oasis guitarist Noel

Soaring sales of the drastic plastic, or vinyl records, has led to the introduction of a weekly vinyl chart in the UK. Former Oasis guitarist Noel

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Best-selling albums of 2014

Narrowly squeezing past Disney’s ‘Frozen’ soundtrack, Taylor Swift came out top of 2014’s best-selling album chart with ‘1989’. This is the second

Narrowly squeezing past Disney’s ‘Frozen’ soundtrack, Taylor Swift came out top of 2014’s best-selling album chart with ‘1989’. This is the second

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Blondie hits the big 4-0

Chris Stein and Debbie Harry, the founder members of band Blondie, have been making music for forty years. Two of their biggest hits were Call Me and

Chris Stein and Debbie Harry, the founder members of band Blondie, have been making music for forty years. Two of their biggest hits were Call Me and

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How a cyborg artist 'hears' colours

A colour-blind artist claims to have successfully implanted an electronic chip into his skull that allows him to "hear" colours. Neil Harbisson

A colour-blind artist claims to have successfully implanted an electronic chip into his skull that allows him to "hear" colours. Neil Harbisson

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Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies aged 61

American guitarist Bob Casale has died suddenly of heart failure aged 61. Casale along with his brother Gerald was one of the original members of

American guitarist Bob Casale has died suddenly of heart failure aged 61. Casale along with his brother Gerald was one of the original members of

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George Michael new single

George Michael has released the video for the first single from his new album. Originally performed by Terence Trent D’Arby in 1993, ‘Let Her Down

George Michael has released the video for the first single from his new album. Originally performed by Terence Trent D’Arby in 1993, ‘Let Her Down

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Lou Reed, defiant, grateful punk till death

The late celebrated American culture icon Lou Reed, who died on Sunday, liked to keep language short and simple. That meant song lyrics, melodies and

The late celebrated American culture icon Lou Reed, who died on Sunday, liked to keep language short and simple. That meant song lyrics, melodies and

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Einaudi shares his passion for music

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi performs at sell-out shows worldwide. Recently he has been in Britain, promoting his latest album and

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi performs at sell-out shows worldwide. Recently he has been in Britain, promoting his latest album and

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Five albums to see you through the summer

Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail (July 4) Oddly, Shawn Knowles-Carter’s twelfth studio album won’t be preceded by any singles, but we have heard its

Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail (July 4) Oddly, Shawn Knowles-Carter’s twelfth studio album won’t be preceded by any singles, but we have heard its

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Gaza's Palestinians give 'Arab Idol' hero's welcome

Tens of thousands of joyous fans have taken to the streets of the Gaza Strip to welcome the winner of “Arab Idol” song contest. 22-year-old

Tens of thousands of joyous fans have taken to the streets of the Gaza Strip to welcome the winner of “Arab Idol” song contest. 22-year-old

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Bach, to the future

Trading tablets for trumpets, computers for clarinets, and six-sided speakers for strings, Princeton University has ignored classic music’s

Trading tablets for trumpets, computers for clarinets, and six-sided speakers for strings, Princeton University has ignored classic music’s

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Get ready for Europe's music festival season!

The organised and most avid festival-goers among us will probably already have their tickets booked to one or more of the hundreds of music festivals

The organised and most avid festival-goers among us will probably already have their tickets booked to one or more of the hundreds of music festivals