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Sophia Deboick

European artists on tour: the year ahead in music

Artists from across the continent will grace UK stages in 2024

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The year Italian rock went global

After over half a century of trying, 2023 was the year that continental European rock truly broke the rest of the world

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The Sound of Starmer: the Labour leader's Ode to Beethoven

The Labour leader’s love of EU anthem Ode to Joy has caused faux outrage.. and hopes that he might just be a Rejoiner after all

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Sounds of isolation – why musicians flock to Iceland

Vast, desolate and magically odd – what is it about Iceland that makes musicians so desperate to record there?

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Britain is importing European colour into its culture

Southend’s adoption of European culture cannot fix all its problems but it is having shocking social impacts

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Trappist beers migrate to England

Now you can try your first Belgian beer closer to home

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Adventurous playgrounds: where Scandinavian design meets English imagination

After WWII, Britain started building new play areas for its children – and imported its inspiration from Europe

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The man who made Marbella

As two TV series and the life of its former mayor show, the Spanish beach resort has become a byword for glamour and corruption

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Loving the alien, Klaus Nomi

It may be 40 years since the death of Klaus Nomi, but the otherworldly, avant-garde icon of European pop seems more relevant than ever

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Why Málaga is game for a technological renaissance

Slowly but surely, old Europe is giving way to the new

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The subversive statue that captures the heart of Vilnius

The city is celebrating its past and future on Saint Christopher’s day

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Enrique Bunbury is the resurrection

Spain's rock’s greatest frontman was silenced by “sand in my lungs”. Now, miraculously, he’s back

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Meet the rapping shepherd of the French Alps

Felix Portello’s protest rap has earned him a different sort of following from the one he’s used to

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The making and breaking of rock’s first openly gay star

Jobriath dreamed of combining Dietrich with Dylan and playing at the Paris Opera. Then reality bit

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Sparks still fly on this side of the Atlantic

Sparks still have a truly unique sound but it's yet to be seen how their latest work will influence musicians this side of the Atlantic

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Flamenco, the symbol that can’t be tamed

Since the 2008 crash, Spain has been remaking itself. But, the tradition of Flamenco remains unchanged

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The war the Eurovision rules could not silence

As Russian rockets rained down on Ukraine, the contest’s political genie was finally let out of the bottle

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Eurovision says ‘nul points’ to mediocrity

The impact Eurovision has is too important to be dismissed as a fluffy amateur festival

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Sayonara to a great outernationalist

The Japanese composer’s work was imbued with a healthy disregard for musical and national boundaries

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God only knows why they went: The Beach Boys’ Dutch disaster

In the early 70s, the band decamped to the rural Netherlands to make a ‘comeback’ album that nearly finished them

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Cologne Cathedral: An inspiring place to make an album

Grandbrothers’ new release Late Reflections matches the landmark’s emotional heft

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The sound of genius: The musical legacy of Picasso

It is apparent that Picasso’s name comes to the lips of singers with the same ease as “Jesus” or “Elvis”

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Chaim Topol: Forever Tevye

The late Israeli actor and singer performed If I Were a Rich Man more than 3,500 times in multiple productions of Fiddler on the Roof

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In praise of Kylian Mbappé, the young god

Arguably the greatest footballer in the world has inspired a plethora of songs across Europe

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Iceland’s dark daughters

Kælan Mikla bring their witchy synth-punk to the UK for the first time since the pandemic

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Monica Zetterlund: The musical expressionist

How Sweden’s Eurovision loser became perhaps Europe’s greatest-ever jazz singer

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Rocking the classics

From The Rolling Stones and The Cure to Jean-Louis Murat: How musicians excel at melding literature and song

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Snow Ghosts: a deep sense of unease

The British trio are back with more of their despairing, sinister sounds on new album The Fell

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The best days of our lives

Music has long tried to solve the riddle of childhood and recapture the point of view of the child that we all once were

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The jukebox of delights

25 years since Mamma Mia! first premiered the jukebox musical is unlikely to go away any time soon

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Soldiers of fortune: Sweden's most controversial historians

An award for Swedish power metallers Sabaton quickly turned sour when a concert in Crimea emerged

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Sacha, savvy stereotype

Nearly 20 years after his death Sacha Distel is enjoying an afterlife through his music

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