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From 00s pop to cutting-edge electronica: Here's the best UK music festivals in summer 2024
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From 00s pop to cutting-edge electronica: Here's the best UK music festivals in summer 2024

Whether it's dance weekenders in underground car parks or hip-hop in the lake district, we have the festival for you
'When I was mentally ill, I could only listen to hard techno': Why is music so important to us?
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'When I was mentally ill, I could only listen to hard techno': Why is music so important to us?

Take it from me, going to gigs by yourself is liberating and life-affirming
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Take it from me, going to gigs by yourself is liberating and life-affirming

'Against the odds': How the Lubber Fiend made Newcastle's music scene exciting again
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'Against the odds': How the Lubber Fiend made Newcastle's music scene exciting again

'This is not the end': Experimental arts venue Iklectik fights to survive after shock eviction
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'This is not the end': Experimental arts venue Iklectik fights to survive after shock eviction

This grassroots venue brings 'astonishing' music and mental wellbeing to rural Wales
Tivoli grassroots venue north Wales - Martin Kemp onstage pointing at the crowd
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This grassroots venue brings 'astonishing' music and mental wellbeing to rural Wales

Grassroots venue Off the Cuff is home to UK's biggest youth open mic – and it needs your help
Band Hardillica have been performing at JOM for 2 years. Drummer Malachi has been performing as a solo drummer at JOM since 2019. His cousin Saffiyah is on vocals. Photo by Rod Main
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Grassroots venue Off the Cuff is home to UK's biggest youth open mic – and it needs your help

Big Issue's Venue Watch helps save Woking's only grassroots music venue: 'It's a big win'
Live band on stage at the rescued grassroots music venue Phoenix Cultural Centre
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Big Issue's Venue Watch helps save Woking's only grassroots music venue: 'It's a big win'

English Teacher on the power of diversity and how grassroots venues keep music from becoming boring
English Teacher - 2024's Independent Venue Week ambassadors
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English Teacher on the power of diversity and how grassroots venues keep music from becoming boring

Independent Venue Week 2024: Without grassroots music venues, there'd be no Madonna
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Independent Venue Week 2024: Without grassroots music venues, there'd be no Madonna

'No mean feat': How Leeds grassroots venue The Wardrobe defied the odds to celebrate 25 years
A young man crowdsurfing at The Wardrobe Leeds
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'No mean feat': How Leeds grassroots venue The Wardrobe defied the odds to celebrate 25 years

At least two grassroots music venues closing each week
Fatboy Slim cheers at excited audience in grassroots music venue the Adelphi
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At least two grassroots music venues closing each week

Save Luna: London venue fights to survive in face of crippling costs and founder's tragic passing
A female punk singer plays to an impassioned crowd at London grassroots venue Luna
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Save Luna: London venue fights to survive in face of crippling costs and founder's tragic passing

'You can have a life-changing experience for the price of pizza': Why Sneaky Pete's is vital to Scottish music
A packed crowd enjoying Fatherson playing at Sneaky Pete's
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'You can have a life-changing experience for the price of pizza': Why Sneaky Pete's is vital to Scottish music

2023 was brutal for UK music venues with at least one closing per week. We must fight to save them
Idles singer Joe Talbot performs at grassroots music venue Moles
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2023 was brutal for UK music venues with at least one closing per week. We must fight to save them

The unusual story of how one Lancashire venue rose like a phoenix: 'It's a place for everybody'
Two women on guitars - Hot Wax play Sunbird Records in Darwen
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The unusual story of how one Lancashire venue rose like a phoenix: 'It's a place for everybody'

How tiny music venue The Pit at Newstead revived a former mining community: 'It's a lifeline'
Tony Wright grinning in front of an excited crowd at The Pit Newstead
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How tiny music venue The Pit at Newstead revived a former mining community: 'It's a lifeline'

Iconic venue where Oasis and Pulp cut their teeth shuts after 45 years: 'We won't be the only ones'
The Cure playing at Moles in Bath
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Iconic venue where Oasis and Pulp cut their teeth shuts after 45 years: 'We won't be the only ones'

Urgent campaign to save London music venue Matchstick Piehouse after landlord sends in bailiffs
A crowd applauds a band on stage at Matchstick Piehouse
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Urgent campaign to save London music venue Matchstick Piehouse after landlord sends in bailiffs

Queens of the Stone Age review: Saving lives with joyous mayhem
Queens of the Stone Age live in Glasgow on their The End is Nero tour 2023
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Queens of the Stone Age review: Saving lives with joyous mayhem

Richard Hawley: 'Thatcher's Britain was a time of fear. If you were northern, you were f**ked'
Richard Hawley walking on the beach in his coat
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Richard Hawley: 'Thatcher's Britain was a time of fear. If you were northern, you were f**ked'

How Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival is nurturing tomorrow's headliners
Miles Davis playing onstage
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How Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival is nurturing tomorrow's headliners

Atherton 'had everything taken away'. The Snug brought back music and community
female fronted punk band on the stage of The Snug in Atherton
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Atherton 'had everything taken away'. The Snug brought back music and community

Inside the grassroots music venue where Oasis, Pulp and Ed Sheeran cut their teeth
Robert Smith of The Cure, Ed Sheeran and Morrissey leading The Smiths on stage in Moles, Bath
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Inside the grassroots music venue where Oasis, Pulp and Ed Sheeran cut their teeth

This Scottish music venue changed a disabled teen's life – but may run out of money in months
woman playing a keyboard and singing, MacArts centre, man in a hat at a microphone
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This Scottish music venue changed a disabled teen's life – but may run out of money in months