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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.

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....

Bach to the future: why A Whiter Shade of Pale has endured

What’s it about? Sex? Drugs? Death? Procol Harum’s mysterious, classically influenced song, released exactly 50 years ago, was an unlikely hit but went on...

Blur v Oasis: the Britpop battle remains as contrived and cynical as ever

With release of a new Gorillaz album, the decades-old rivalry resurfaces as Liam Gallagher tweets rudely about Damon Albarn – and his own brother...

Twitterstorm: why British birdsong is vital to music

From the nightingale to the linnet, via the blackcap and the corn bunting, UK birdsong is as unique and inspiring as the music it...

Why Glastonbury’s metal stage is the ultimate antidote to vanilla festival fare

Earache Records are curating a metal-only area at this year’s festival - a landmark moment for the 2017 event, especially for those who prefer...

My mum, the punk pioneer: Poly Styrene’s daughter remembers the X-Ray Spex leader

Six years since her death, the punk singer remains hugely influential. Her daughter reflects on learning ‘the family business’, how fame nearly broke her...

Incubus on nu-metal: ‘It always made me cringe’

The most derided genre in rock turns 20 this year, but the bare-chested originators have moved on. Now they’re embracing EDM – with a...

Prince, one year on: what have we learned about the singer since his death?

Phone hacking, false names and a first-class omelette recipe are just some of the details to have emerged about the legendary musician in the...

The passion and soul of Laura Nyro

Twenty years after her death, the rhythmic and shifting life of a songwriter who composed for the stars – but sidestepped celebrity herself –...

Linkin Park v Stormzy – listen to 2017’s most unexpected team-up

A collaboration too far? Judge for yourself as the nu-metal veterans and grime’s biggest star release Good GoodbyeUnless Lil Yachty is planning on dropping...

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