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The Big Issue 2022 festival guide
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The Big Issue 2022 festival guide

Together Again! Your essential list of the events which matter this summer.

Six months on, as music festivals begin again, it’s like the Astroworld disaster never happened
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Six months on, as music festivals begin again, it’s like the Astroworld disaster never happened

Everyone already seems to have scrolled past Astroworld, says Malcolm Jack. Profit and celebrity always speak louder than tragedy

Kathy Sledge: ‘Seeing everyone come together for Black Lives Matter meant so much to me’
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Kathy Sledge: ‘Seeing everyone come together for Black Lives Matter meant so much to me’

As the youngest member of Sister Sledge, Kathy Sledge sang We Are Family. Though they’ve had troubles, the Sledges have faced them together.

Play it again: The remarkable revival of cassettes
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Play it again: The remarkable revival of cassettes

Muse and Razorlight complete triumphant return with electrifying live show in support of The Big Issue
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Muse and Razorlight complete triumphant return with electrifying live show in support of The Big Issue

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Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell: ‘Homelessness is like this collective blind spot’
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Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell: ‘Homelessness is like this collective blind spot’

Muse star Matt Bellamy has been buying The Big Issue for 25 years
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Muse star Matt Bellamy has been buying The Big Issue for 25 years

Muse’s Matt Bellamy: ‘The will of the people can be something to be frightened of’
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Muse’s Matt Bellamy: ‘The will of the people can be something to be frightened of’

How the National Youth Orchestra is levelling the playing field
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How the National Youth Orchestra is levelling the playing field

Mike Scott of The Waterboys: ‘Taylor Swift made me cry’
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Mike Scott of The Waterboys: ‘Taylor Swift made me cry’

Here’s how you can win tickets to see rock titans Muse at their comeback show
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Here’s how you can win tickets to see rock titans Muse at their comeback show

After the musical Six comes SVN – meet the group redefining girl power in 2022
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After the musical Six comes SVN – meet the group redefining girl power in 2022

The story of Chervona Ruta – Ukraine’s pop song of resistance
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The story of Chervona Ruta – Ukraine’s pop song of resistance

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Jimmy Webb: ‘I came pretty close to the edge of the abyss on a number of occasions’
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Jimmy Webb: ‘I came pretty close to the edge of the abyss on a number of occasions’

Reggae has become an international language, synonymous with peace, love and justice
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Reggae has become an international language, synonymous with peace, love and justice

Call Me: Johnny Marr in conversation with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
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Call Me: Johnny Marr in conversation with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein

Why classical club night concerts are now the hottest ticket
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Why classical club night concerts are now the hottest ticket

Paddy Considine: ‘I feel like my life is a series of beautiful interventions’
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Paddy Considine: ‘I feel like my life is a series of beautiful interventions’

Will Young: ‘I worked out that nothing really matters, then found simplistic joy in everything’
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Will Young: ‘I worked out that nothing really matters, then found simplistic joy in everything’

Musicians record fundraiser protest song in support of Ukraine
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Musicians record fundraiser protest song in support of Ukraine

The messy magic of The Beatles and Ben Corrigan’s fascinating podcast
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The messy magic of The Beatles and Ben Corrigan’s fascinating podcast

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Cymande – the most influential band you’ve never heard of
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Cymande – the most influential band you’ve never heard of

Skunk Anansie’s Skin: ‘Rage Against the Machine gave me permission to be political’
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Skunk Anansie’s Skin: ‘Rage Against the Machine gave me permission to be political’

Stephan Moccio: piano solos with a pop persuasion
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Stephan Moccio: piano solos with a pop persuasion

Lloyd Cole: ‘My younger self would probably be appalled I’m still performing with grey hair’
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Lloyd Cole: ‘My younger self would probably be appalled I’m still performing with grey hair’

Singer-songwriter Wrabel on his music being used as a tool for queer activism
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Singer-songwriter Wrabel on his music being used as a tool for queer activism

Why Sweden is top when it comes to pop
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Why Sweden is top when it comes to pop

Tobias Forge explains the surprise influence of Eurovision on metal band Ghost
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Tobias Forge explains the surprise influence of Eurovision on metal band Ghost

The female composers you should be listening to on International Women’s Day
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The female composers you should be listening to on International Women’s Day

Farewell Betty Davis: Raw funk pioneer
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Farewell Betty Davis: Raw funk pioneer

Has Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture shaken off its Ghost Town past?
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Has Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture shaken off its Ghost Town past?

Watch now: Exclusive video from Yungblud’s ‘make or break’ US tour
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Watch now: Exclusive video from Yungblud’s ‘make or break’ US tour

‘I’ll never forget it’: Guest editor Yungblud reveals how a Big Issue seller turned his life around
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‘I’ll never forget it’: Guest editor Yungblud reveals how a Big Issue seller turned his life around

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