Music to eco-conscious ears: 10 sustainable festivals in the UK and Europe | Festivals

concert crowd in a glass-roofed space

Plastic cutlery, abandoned tents, artists flown in to perform … the traditional music festival has not been a bastion of eco-friendliness. Now several UK and European events are introducing measures to reduce their impact, using […]

A tale of too many remakes: why we never need to see a Dickens novel on TV ever again | Television

Olivia Colman and Shalom Brune-Franklin in Great Expectations.

Television needs to stop rolling out Charles Dickens adaptations – and this is coming from someone whose lockdown project was writing an Oliver Twist prequel about Nancy (binned after three chapters due to insufficient oom-pah-pah). […]

Two sides to a story: why feminist retellings are filling our bookshelves | Books

Madeline Miller.

From Circe to Medusa via Persephone, Electra and the women of Troy, it seems there are few characters from Greek mythology left who haven’t been the subject of a feminist retelling in recent years. This […]

Indie supergroup Boygenius: ‘Anything that starts a fire in you is the stuff of life’ | Indie

‘We get to not feel isolated’ … Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers.

Earlier this year, the three members of Boygenius – Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus – signed up for a run of group therapy sessions. The year ahead was freighted with the band’s debut […]

Adapt and survive: why Dickens still endures on page, stage and screen | Charles Dickens

Dev Patel, Rosalind Eleazar and Hugh Laurie in The Personal History of David Copperfield.

What is it about Great Expectations? Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s new dramatisation of Dickens’s novel is the seventh BBC adaptation – the first appearing on screens in 1954. Cinema has loved it too. David […]

Can you copyright a rhythm? Inside the reggaeton lawsuit that could shake the pop world | Music

The label on the 7” single of Fish Market by Steely & Clevie

With the release of their song Fish Market in 1989, the Jamaican duo Cleveland “Clevie” Browne and Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson inadvertently changed the course of pop music. The track featured the first known example of […]

Cults, prophecies and helpless villagers galore: Diablo 4 is back to its moody goth best | Games

Diablo IV screenshot

With a click of the right-mouse button, my musclebound barbarian sinks his axe into the ground behind him, sweeps it forward and creates a shock wave that obliterates everything in its path. Ahead, a horde […]

U2 Songs of Surrender review – all the anthems, but smaller | U2

The artwork for U2: Songs of Surrender

U2 have always dealt in grand gestures. No other rock artists from the world of post-punk chased megastardom with the same missionary zeal: they seldom made any bones about wanting to be the biggest band […]

The Darkness’s Justin Hawkins on his YouTuber second act: ‘I can say anything I want!’ | The Darkness

Justin Hawkins Rides Again.

‘It is I, Justin Hawkins from the Darkness,” began the singer on 23 October 2021, launching his YouTube channel Justin Hawkins Rides Again. In the short clip that followed, the rocker explained that he would […]

Comic James Acaster on his plunge into experimental music: ‘I don’t know what I’m doing – but I see that as a strength’ | Music

‘Every project I’ve ever done, I doubt myself’ … Acaster.

It started off, as many great creative undertakings do, as a joke. A few years ago, James Acaster’s parents gave him an ultimatum: collect your old dust-lagged drum kit from our house or we’ll throw […]

19 Child Actors Who Quit Hollywood for Good — Best Life

Shirley Temple in 1938

Becoming famous certainly comes with its ups and downs at any age, but being thrust into the Hollywood spotlight has to be a uniquely challenging experience in itself. While many actors start their careers young […]

Brian Eno To Credit The Earth On Forthcoming New Music In Support Of Environmental Activism

Brian Eno To Credit The Earth On Forthcoming New Music In Support Of Environmental Activism

EarthPercent is aiming to raise $100 million towards their climate justice efforts by the end of the decade. You’ll soon find Mother Nature as a collaborator on Brian Eno‘s music. The godfather of ambient music […]

Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily: Love in Exile review – a trio in striking harmony | Music

The artwork for Love in Exile.

Since her 2015 debut Bird Under Water, Pakistani American singer Arooj Aftab has honed the delicate cadence of her voice in increasingly minimal settings. On that album, she embellished yearning Urdu poetry with traditional instrumentation […]

‘Songs should be alive’: Slovenian trio Širom on their ‘imaginary folk’ music | Folk music

‘The music has to be responsive.’

What is folk music? Is it music specific to a region and embodying particular cultural traditions, or could there be a more open-ended definition? Perhaps it’s a product of the imagination that can be rooted […]

6 Stars Who Retired at the Height of Their Fame — Best Life

Greta Garbo in 1933

You’d think that once a star hits it big, they’d want to use all of that success and name recognition, if nothing else, to continue to pump up their career. But while some celebrities, like […]