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ALTHOUGH there are plenty of must-see names at T In The Park this weekend, music festivals are never just about the headliners.
EVER since Prince made the baffling decision to give away an album for free with a Sunday newspaper in 2007, artists have been conjuring up all manner of weird and wonderful ways to get their songs out there, with Radiohead's pay-what-you-want gambit for In Rainbows perhaps the most famous example.
MAKING it big across the pond is notoriously tough – as Cheryl Cole is the latest to find out.
FOMO is fear of missing out, and if you're a regular user of Facebook and Twitter, odds are you've already got a nasty dose of it yourself.
WHEN Morrissey speaks, we listen, especially now that he's practically become a recluse who makes no bones about his hatred of the press.
ONE of Liam Gallagher's chief assets, apart from a unique voice and a stage presence that's become iconic in its own right, is his knack for self-aggrandising statements.
I'LL never forget my very first live music event.
JAMES ALLAN then and James Allan now. Something's changed for the better.
'AND then there was one' would be the obvious headline for this column.
A COUPLE of weeks back, the question was asked in this column: What's the world going to make of the first album in five years by The Strokes?
WHAM! Partnered with Andrew Ridgeley, he found fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams as one half of the most successful pop group of the Eighties.
I CAST an envious glance over the Irish Sea towards Belfast this week, after it was announced the city will host the star-studded MTV Europe Music Awards in November.
SAY whatever you want about Thom Yorke and co, but they're smarter than your average band.
THERE is no shortage of stories that tell of the debauchery and madness I've seen at gigs over the years, but a favourite comes from a while back at - or rather just outside - the Corn Exchange.
What's the gig of the year in the Capital going to be? Kings of Leon at Murrayfield, perhaps. Arcade Fire at Edinburgh Castle, maybe. Glasvegas at Liquid Room; The Streets' farewell gig at HMV Picture House; Beady Eye's first appearance here in April - all shows that jump out screaming 'Event.'
IT started like this: some androgynous Ellie Jackson-alike called Franky dressed for school, said goodbye to her two gay dads, then left for her first day at Roundview College.
IF there's one band riding a hot streak just now, it's Biffy Clyro.
ONCE an invaluable forum for musicians wishing to showcase their work, barely a week would go by without overnight success coming to another young gun via their MySpace page.