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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. Smooth finish

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    Right then, that's your lot for today.

    We're off but if you're hanging around scroll down to discover why Lady G is being summoned to a US court and how Liam G got on during his first ever US gig (without his big bro). Plus find out more about the festival-goers in Derbyshire who have the weather to blame for their rather wasted weekend.

    Playing us out today is Arctic Monkey and proud new goatee beard wearer Alex Turner enjoying a spot of Karaoke (above).

    Give it your heart Al, make it real...or else forget about it.

  2. Jane Weaver, Moonlandingz & Goat psych up Saturday night

    Paul Glynn

    Music News LIVE reporter

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    On a rain-drenched midsummer's night in London, Jane Weaver brought the dream and moved the festival feeling inside Brixton Academy.

    Jane and her band come across as incredibly down to earth on stage (almost wilting under the bright "Blackpool Illuminations"-esque lights) but the hypnotic sound they produce is out of this world.

    The Widnesian singer warmed up the cockles of the wet crowd's hearts with note perfect high octave rendition's of psychedelic songs like Did You See The Butterflies? from her krautrock-inspired latest album Modern Kosmology.

    If you're wondering what that title means - like we were - then wonder no more as here's Jane's own guide to MK from The Great Escape.

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    Next up are The Moondlandingz, the side project of Fat White Family's Lias and Saul, alongside Adrian and Dean from Sheffield/Salford dance act The Eccentronic Research Council.

    Lias - or Johnny Rocket as he is known for the purposes of this project - is for the most part half-dressed (which is smart by the standards of his other band) as he manically warbles his way through some beautifully-deranged *alternative glam/psych songs like Vessels and messed up Phil Spector-style ballads like The Strangle of Anna, from their album Interplanetary Class Classics.

    *Or as the band themselves put it; "Semi-fictional outsider psychedelic ouija pop".

    (Only semi-fictional? We need more commitment to our ouija pop than that guys... 😂)

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    The headline act is provided by world music extraordinaires Goat, who are surely everybody's favourite masked experimental communal voodoo-practising Swedish rock band.

    We'd be hard pushed to name you another one.

    Their set is as confusing as it is enchanting and leaves you wondering why all rock bands can't chant, wear masks and practice voodoo, as well as playing Hendrix-style riffs, flutes and bongos.

    The new psych anthem Run To Your Mama helps to cap a wonderfully surreal and serene night of music.

    We watched all three acts wreck the mic. Psych.

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  3. Y Not Festival will be back next year say organisers

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    Y Not Festival

    The organisers of Y Not Festival in Derbyshire say the event will be back in 2018 despite online criticism urging music fans not to return to the site.

    The final day on Sunday was called off because of bad weather (scroll down for more) and the festival has been slammed, on social media, by festival-goers who found themselves quite literally stuck in the mud, with some still trying to leave today.

    However, organiser Jon Drape told Newsbeat they did "absolutely everything" to keep it going but the safety of customers, staff and artists "must come first".

    In a statement, organisers said:

    Quote Message: We're used to conditions changing but unfortunately what happened this weekend was a perfect storm.

    "We'll be going through a full debrief process and reviewing exactly what happened."

    Some attendees have been critical of what they said was a lack of preparation and "bad organisation."

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  4. Super Bowl 2018: Who might perform at the half-time show?

    Steven McIntosh

    Entertainment Reporter

    (top l-r) Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera (bottom l-r) Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Kanye West

    The confetti has been ordered, the wind machines are powered up... now the world's biggest gig just needs a headliner.

    And the rumours have already starting swirling about who might perform at next February's Super Bowl.

    The half-time show is basically the most prestigious live slot in music and normally attracts a worldwide TV audience of 120 million or so.

    Only the absolute top artists in the world are invited to perform - with recent headliners including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Madonna.

    So, who could do it next year?

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  5. Strokes deny new album is on the way soon...'if at all'

    The Strokes

    Is This It for The Strokes?

    Well, it could be according to the New York indie rockers' guitarist.

    Albert Hammond Jr was forced to deny rumours this weekend that the band were set to record a new record with Rick Rubin.

    His dad - plain old Albert Hammond - is the source of the rumour after he told the The West Australian that it was happening.

    He said: “I speak to my son every day and he says that they’re so happy."

    Junior has since stepped in on social media to nip the rumours in the bud, saying his dad got " a prematurely excited" and that "a theoretical album plan would be years away, if at all."


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    In fairness to Hammond Sr, the band did release a four-track EP last year called Future, Present, Past.

    Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas entered the conversation, confirming his bandmate's comments but also plugging some new material from his solo side project, Julian Casablancas and The Voidz, in the process.

    Oh and he even gave a humorous explanation for what Albert's dad might have meant regarding recording Rubin.

    Turns out it's a whole different ball game...

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  6. Charli XCX shares star-studded music video for Boys

    Here's a fun one from the weekend - Charli XCX shared the new video for her new track Boys and managed to get a pretty A-list cast of young male stars involved.

    Star Wars actor and emcee Riz Ahmed, Diplo, Stormzy, Joe Jonas, Wiz Khalifa, Mark Ronson, Mac DeMarco, Chromeo and Jack Antonoff all appear in the subversive video which shows their softer sides.

    You can watch below...

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    And she explained her thinking behind the video to Annie Mac while paying a visit to Radio 1 last week.

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  7. How to start your own music festival

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    Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes at 2000 Trees

    We'd have thought that avoiding huge fires and having a contingency plan for bad weather would be pretty high on that list...

    Turns out that picking your brand and team, as well managing expectations are also key factors too.

    Here's Newsbeat's guide to how to do it right.

    Scroll down to see how not to do it, specifically in Barcelona and Derbyshire.

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  8. Loyle Carner joined on stage by sign language interpreter

    Loyle Carner

    While ticketholders for the Y Not and UNITE With Tomorrowland festivals had a pretty ropey weekend (scroll down for more), it was a much more positive affair for the peeps at Womad in Wiltshire.

    Mercury Prize-nominee and Music News LIVE favourite Loyle Carner made his debut at the event and performed with sign language interpreter Louise Tingay (above).

    After the show Loyle, whose real name is Ben Coyle-Larner, posted this praise for Louise on social media:

    "She’s been listening to the album on repeat for the last month and knows the whole thing off by heart.

    "Blew my mind."

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    Cerys Matthews was on site broadcasting live on 6 Music over the weekend and you can still listen to her chat with Los Angeles Latin band Las Cafeteras, Msafiri Zawose from Tanzania, and Delhi-based outfit The Ska Vengers.

  9. I Feel Love: 50 years of sexual freedom marked in Hull

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    Video caption: Scott tells Sara about the celebrations of 50 years of sexual freedom in the UK.

    Stars came out this weekend to celebrate 50 years since The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which legalised sex between men over 21 in England and Wales.

    It was seen as a significant first victory in the fight for LGBT rights in the UK.

    To mark that fact, the likes of Will Young, Alison Moyet, Marc Almond and the brilliantly-named Gay Abandon; West Yorkshire’s LGBT choir, all performed live on Radio 2 at the I Feel Love event in Hull.

    Presenter Scott Mills was there and he told this week's brekkie show host Sara Cox all about it above.

    If you have a spare hour and a half, then you can listen again to the show here. For now check out 9 Magical Moments from I Feel Love here.

    Just four channels up on your digital wireless, 6 Music were also marking the date with their Loud & Proud series of programmes.

    You can still catch Beth Ditto filling in for Iggy Pop and Amy Lamé sitting in for Jarvis Cocker over on the 6 Music website, as well as Queer as Punk; Jon Savage's exploration into the LGBT influence on the early days of the scene.

    Watch 6 Music presenter and musician Tom Robinson perform the LGBT anthem Glad To Be Gay above.

    Sing if you're glad to be gay // Sing if you're happy that way.

  10. Julia Michaels: 'Dare to suck'

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Julia Michaels

    Chances are, you've heard Julia Michaels' music whether you know it or not.

    The songs she's written for other artists, including Justin Bieber's Sorry, Ed Sheeran's Dive and Selena Gomez's Hands To Myself, have clocked up more than 8 billion streams worldwide.

    They're all songs that feel deeply personal - even when the artist doesn't get a writing credit. And that's Julia's secret: She persuades pop stars to open up and spill their guts like a packet of Cornflakes.

    For years, she was content working behind the scenes, until she wrote a song she just couldn't give away.

    Issues, released in January, is as catchy as it is tender - with Michaels rejecting pop's prevailing narrative of the strong, independent woman to admit her vulnerabilities.

    "When I'm down, I get real down / When I'm high, I don't come down," she sings over a crisp, pizzicato backing. "Yeah, I got issues... and one of them is how bad I need you."

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  11. Jay Z v Kanye - 'the truth' behind the rivalry

    (L-r) Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye & Kim
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    A documentary revealing the history of the friendship and subsequent fallout between two of the biggest names in the rap game is due to air on Channel 4 this evening.

    Public Enemies: Jay-Z v Kanye charts what is described as the "meteoric rise and colossal falling out of two of the world’s most iconic pop stars".

    The show, which airs at 22:00 BST tonight, compares Kanye's 'nerdy' beginnings with Jay-Z's life dealing drugs on the streets of Brooklyn and chronicles how Beyonce's other half gave the Chicago rapper his big break and how it all apparently fell apart between them after he married reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

    Love changes everything.

    Plenty for all you hip hop lovers to get your teeth stuck into anyway.

    Check out the trailer and its various talking heads below. Just don't expect to see Yeezy or Young Hove's involvement.

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  12. Liam Gallagher plays first ever US solo gig... but is denied 'cigs'

    Liam Gallagher

    Former Oasis singer and new-found solo star Liam Gallagher performed in the States for the first ever time under his own name during a secret gig at New York City's McKittrick Hotel on Friday night.

    The ex-Oasis singer performed tracks from his forthcoming debut solo album As You Were, along with a load of Oasis classics.

    Check out some fan shot footage below of the self-titled Rock 'N' Roll star in action...

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    Liam certainly seemed to enjoy himself on the night and the 44-year-old keen jogger treated himself to a celebratory lap of Central Park the following morning.

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    We can't show it here due to the language but if you head to his Twitter page you'll find another hilarious post about how he was denied 'cigs' in a shop Stateside due to having no ID on him.

    "Has the world gone mad [?]" asked the 44-year-old Mancunian.

    The Wall of Glass singer will appear in the September edition of GQ and he's told the magazine that he was "the rock 'n' roll cliche that made Oasis work", adding that his relationship with brother Noel was key to the band's success.

    Crediting his big bro with songwriting success, Liam said:

    Quote Message: That was Noel's thing, my thing was the whole cliche: the sex, the drugs, the rock'n'roll.

    "I lived it, mate, I was it, and that's why Oasis worked. We couldn't have both been boring... and neither could we have both been headcases like me."

    He added: "I know how much it annoyed him, he did the graft while I went out and undid the graft, but Oasis wouldn't have worked with two Liams or two Noels."

  13. Lady Gaga ordered to appear in court in Dr Luke legal action v Kesha


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    Lady Gaga has found herself at the centre of the ongoing legal dispute between Kesha and her former producer Dr Luke.

    The producer - whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald - has accused the singer of defamation over her claims she was sexually assaulted by him.

    A statement, released by his lawyer over the weekend said, Gaga was being sent a subpoena because she has information regarding "false statements about Dr. Luke (pictured below) made to her by Kesha".

    It added the subpoena was "necessary because Dr. Luke's counsel has not been able to obtain, despite repeated request, a deposition date from Lady Gaga."

    In a statement of her own, lawyers for Lady Gaga - who has been a vocal supporter of Kesha - told Variety, "she has provided all of the relevant information in her possession".

    Dr Luke
    Quote Message: Dr. Luke's team is attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga's role and falsely accusing her of dodging reasonable requests."

    According to a report in TMZ, Gaga did submit a written statement, but redacted too much of the content to prove useful and could now be required to attend a three hour sit down interview.

    For several years, Kesha has tried to get out of a record deal with Dr Luke, claiming he sexually assaulted her, which he has always denied.

    The singer - who is still signed to Sony - releases her third studio album Rainbow, her first in five years, on 11 August.

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  14. Hands up if you have your third UK No.1 album

    Lana Del Rey

    That's right, Lana Del Rey secured her hat-trick of chart-topping albums on these shores at the first attempt after Lust for Life went straight in at number one on Friday evening.

    Born To Die; 2012's million-selling album and 2014's Ultraviolence provided the New York singer with her other numero unos.

    The 32-year-old was in the building last week and here's five things we learned from her chat with BBC Music reporter Mark Savage, including how used to perv on British rowers and where she gets her butties from when she's in the UK.

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    Dizzee Rascal

    Elsewhere, Dizzee Rascal's Raskit landed at number 10 to earn him a fifth top 10 record and new celeb endorsement in the process.

    Noel Gallagher said online that he and his High Flying Birds were...erm...let's just say listening to the album a lot.

    He signed off with a massive "Big Up To The Raskit."

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    Finally, young British singer-songwriter Declan McKenna's debut LP What Do You Think About The Car? entered at 11.

    In the UK singles charts, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber remained at the top with their Latino phenomenon Despacito.

    And that's even without the help of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

    It's one of his faves.

  15. Festivals from hell - parts 1 & 2

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    Video caption: Tomorrowland Unite festival hit by huge blaze on stage

    More than 20,000 music fans were evacuated after a stage caught fire at EDM festival UNITE With Tomorrowland on Saturday night in Barcelona.

    The director general of civil protection in Catalunya tweeted that 22,143 people had been evacuated from the event at Can Zam Park in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, but no injuries had yet been reported.

    Organisers said on the festival's website that "a technical malfunction" had caused the blaze but gave no further details.

    You can watch some fan-shot footage above of the fire starting in the top left of the stage and then spreading as fans flee the venue.

    Superstar DJ Steve Aoki had been due to perform on the stage before the one-day festival, which is a spin-off from the Tomorrowland electronic music festival in Belgium, was cancelled.

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    A bit closer to home now but similar results, as the Y Not Festival in Derbyshire was forced to cancel on Sunday due to safety concerns over "adverse weather conditions".

    That's official language for "it's raining cats and dogs" chums.

    Organisers said it had been an "incredibly difficult decision" but the state of the ground and stages had forced them to abandon yesterday's event.

    Friday saw headline slots by The Vaccines and Clean Bandit cancelled (you can read their tweets below) but the festival was set to re-open on Sunday with Two Door Cinema Club, Happy Mondays and Maximo Park on the bill.

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    Fans on social media voiced their frustration at the queues to get out and demanded refunds, which organisers have promised to provide "further information" about.

    At least the disappointed fans in part one of this festival news post where in Barcelona...

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    One attendee at the Derbyshire event took the time (possibly in the queue on the way out) to kindly update the merchandise...

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  16. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington funeral is held in California

    Chester Bennington

    The funeral of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has taken place in California just over a week after his death at the age of 41.

    The private service was held near his home in Palos Verdes, according to TMZ, with around 200 family members and friends given wristbands and access passes similar to VIP concert passes.

    The singer was found on 20 July having apparently hanged himself.

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    Meanwhile, the singer's ex-wife has written an emotional tribute to Chester on Facebook, saying, "Words can not express the devastating loss that my son & I both, along with the rest of our families are feeling over my ex husband & son's father's recent passing."

    She was married to the singer until 2005 and is the mother of his son Draven.

    "No matter if you saw him on stage, had an opportunity to meet him anywhere he truly touched everyone in a positive way," she added.

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    Linkin Park saw a chart surge last week in the days following the singer's death.

    Their debut album Hybrid Theory re-entered the album chart at number four.

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  17. Smile!

    Lana Del Rey

    Morning all.

    Hope you all eeked as much fun as possible out of the weekend.

    That lady above was celebrating after we left you on Friday and we'll tell you why.

    Meanwhile, music festival-goers in Barcelona and Derbyshire had a lot less fun over the last 48 hours.

    Plus, Chester Bennington's ex-wife pays tribute to the late Linkin Park singer, a documentary about the rivalry between Jay-Z and Kanye West is due to air on Channel 4, The Strokes deny reunion rumours and Liam Gallagher falls foul of smoking rules in the States.

    Get yourselves logged in and check out the 5 Things We Learned Last Week and then we'll go again for another week.

    Wonder what we'll learn this time around?