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FKA twigs at Glastonbury 2015 review – exquisite moves

Halfway through FKA twigs’s performance of Video Girl, I didn’t think my Glasto music experience would be surpassed – it was an exquisite demonstration of tempo, speeding up and down like a panic attack coming in and out of control. Even the crane camera suddenly drew back, startled from one burst …

FKA Twigs

The Chemical Brothers at Glastonbury 2015 review – wigging out in the dark

In superstar DJ terms, the Chemical Brothers are old-school purists. Not for them the Skrillex spaceship, the Flying Lotus cuboid net or the Calvin Harris approach of marking every drop with several grand’s worth of pyro and demanding “put your hands in the air right now!” like he’s doing over a …

Calvin Harris

Jamie T at Glastonbury 2015 review – cathartic return for rabble rouser

Whatever dark tunnel Jamie T was working his way through in the five years between second album Kings and Queens and last year’s Carry on the Grudge, Glastonbury 2015 was the light at the end of it.<p>Two years ago, he explains with a mildly bitter air, he was watching the festival on a pub TV when a …

Glastonbury

Glastonbury 2015 verdict: Florence + the Machine, Kanye West, the Who and more

There are many diverting sights to take in at Glastonbury: everything from Pussy Riot forcing a gun-toting man to wear a rainbow balaclava in the name of politically charged performance art, to the Dalai Lama addressing the stone circle on Sunday morning, traditionally a time when it is largely …

Concerts

In the late 00s, R&B had lost its edge. But in 2015 it reigns supreme again thanks to innovative, introspective artists such as Frank Ocean, Drake and Miguel, all of whom are due to release eagerly awaited albums soon. Just don’t mention the ‘hipster’ tag…<p>Occasionally, a musical genre will be so …

Music

On 24 June, French TV screened the long-awaited Daft Punk documentary. Here’s what to look out for when it is screened in Britain<p>Much is written about Darlin’, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s pre-Daft Punk group, which featured Phoenix’s Laurent Brancowitz on guitar and gave rise …

Indie Music

Ashes 2015: 'Alastair Cook needs extra flair for England to regain the urn'

Michael Vaughan and Mike Brearley, two of England's greatest captains, discuss what Cook must do to overcome Australia<p><b>Michael Vaughan</b> Mike, can you define for us what captaincy is?<p><b>Mike Brearley</b> It is getting the best out of people and in cricket it is getting the best out of the team and …

Mitchell Johnson relishes Ben Stokes battle and plays down friendly Ashes

England arrive back from their training camp in Spain on Tuesday to the news that Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, their tormentor in the last Ashes series, has laughed off any suggestions that this summer’s encounter could be played out in a friendly fashion.<p>The four-day trip to the Desert …

Shane Watson

Hating Seth MacFarlane: A Timeline

He was one of the youngest TV executive producers in the medium's history, created not one but two successful animated programs, hosted the Oscars …

Andy Murray: I was right to hire Amélie Mauresmo

The tennis star says: 'They say I was plucky choosing Amélie but, truth be told, if anyone was plucky it was Amélie'<p>Andy Murray will open his bid to reclaim the Wimbledon trophy on Tuesday and has credited his excellent form to a new team in which women play a central role.<p>When he steps out onto …

Gabriel Hanot: the France coach who called for his own head

<i>The following is an extract from Issue Seventeen of the Blizzard, which is out this week. The Blizzard is a quarterly football journal available from</i> <i>www.theblizzard.co.uk</i> <i>on a pay-what-you-like basis in print and digital formats.</i><p>The France national team which lined up against Spain at the Stade de …

France

Chile shed romantic ideals in pursuit of Copa América title dream

When they dreamed of this moment, did they dream it this way? For Chile this Copa América has been all about winning a first trophy, about completing a quest that began when they took part in the first tournament in Buenos Aires 99 years ago. On home soil, with a fine, united squad all essentially …

Soccer

How the seven New Gods could protect Game of Thrones’ seven-strong ‘suicide squad’

There's a god for every soldier, theorists say<p>Spoilers for <i>Game of Thrones</i> season 7 episode 5, ‘Eastwatch’, follow.<p>Game of Thrones GIF – Find & Share …