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Notting Hill Carnival 2012
1Xtra was broadcasting all afternoon from Notting Hill Carnival on Monday, with Sarah Jane Crawford, Adele Roberts, Seani B, and Ace & Vis welcoming guests throughout the day in their "secret location" (it was... a pub). When the sound systems shut down, we played Norman Jay's set from the Good Times bus, which you can still hear for the next few hours.
Tuesday we let you know about The xx's new album, Coexist, reviewed by our own Mike Diver. It is hotly tipped! By the way, have you noticed the similarity in the cover art between this record and Alt-J's? What does this trend for oily iridescence portend?
On Wednesday we linked to the Country Music Association Music Festival (there's a mouthful) on Radio 2 but sadly the audio's expired. If you're still in the festival mood, there's 1 1/2 hours of Reading + Leeds 2012 coverage available to watch as a full-length programme, or you can watch individual sets online.
DJ Q in the 1Xtra studio
We also told you about Huddersfield native DJ Q's last show for 1Xtra, featuring a ridiculous array of guests in studio and on the phone, paying tribute to arguably the most open-minded and surprising UK garage DJ going.
Amy Macdonald was in Fulham on Thursday for a live gig on Radio 2. She talked with Jo Whiley about her new record afterwards.
On the other side of town, Sir Simon Rattle was conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in performances of Wagner, Sibelius, Debussy and Ravel, as Proms 2012 continues.
On Friday our album reviews editor Mike Diver interviewed Rita Ora for this very blog (scroll down), asking her about her album, her vocal range, and what it's like to take studio songs to festival stages.
He also highlighted his favourite albums of August, so if you've been away somewhere, lounging at a cafe on the beach listening to a 2002 Buddha Bar compilation on repeat, this is a good way to catch up.
Wretch 32 is in the studio with Toddla T on Friday, picking out some of his favourite tracks.
And finally, Last Night of the Proms is bearing down on us in all its pomp and glory. If you can't be there in person, there are plenty of other ways to see it - at your local cinema, on a big screen in the park, or at home - in 3D!
Out this week
We review brand-new albums by Alberta Cross, Animal Collective, Booker T. & the MG's, Cat Power, Euros Childs, iamamiwhoami, Ronan Keating, Sam Carter, Scouting for Girls, Staff Benda Bilili, Sucioperro, The Orb feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Vaccines and Two Door Cinema Club