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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Cardiff Singer 2017: ‘wildcard’ Scottish mezzo triumphs in a strong final

Catriona Morison is the first British winner of the prestigious competition in a year in which homegrown talent shone brightlyThere were some gasps on...

How to take the perfect rock shot

Taking pictures at gigs is harder than it looks. Jono White, who’s shot the likes of Wolf Alice from the middle of a moshpit,...

Arcade Fire – 10 of the best

Montreal’s band of multi-instrumentalist oddballs saved indie-rock in the 00s with sheer chorus-hollering, stadium-sweeping fervour – and championed suburban drudgery and Haiti en routeThe...

Snub TV: cult music show that unearthed the underground

The no-frills cable show captured 80s and 90s bands at their most bonkers – from Napalm Death’s growling mayhem to New Order calling U2’s...

The The – 10 of the best

For almost four decades, Matt Johnson and his rotating cast of bandmates have fused optimism, despair and political prescience into a distinctive brand of...

Sgt Pepper at 50: How the Beatles masterpiece could unite Brexit Britain

Unlike other psychedelic classics, The Fabs’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band doesn’t sound like hippy idealism. Instead, the diverse, inclusive vision of English...

Buddhist folk and pyrotechnics: Emmy the Great on a musical sojourn in China

I spent four weeks in Xiamen, southern China, interviewing people and incorporating their stories into my new album. Here’s what I learned … In...

‘Writing about Beethoven helped me come to terms with my own hearing loss’

Musician Clare Norburn had been reluctant to admit to her hearing problems, but a decision to write about Beethoven helped her embrace the present...

U2’s Joshua Tree tour: stuck in the past, or a new sense of purpose?

Touring Trump’s America with their newly resonant 1987 album is either the grand act that makes U2 great again, or a tacit admission of...

Gigs in space: will musicians ever rock the final frontier?

Metallica has joined a long line of musicians, including Muse and Gabriella Cilmi, who say they want to play the first concert in space....

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