Gwen Stefani who will be performing on the main stage on Sunday 8th May. TX: BBC Radio 1, Saturday 7th May - Sunday 8th May 2005. BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, set to be the biggest and best free music event this summer is coming to Sunderland from 7th-8th May for an amazing weekend. Image:  BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend and Polydor.

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Pictured: Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow in a scene from THE AVIATOR, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. Distributed by Buena Vista International. Photographer: Andrew Cooper. ©2004 MIRAMAX FILMS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Gwen Stefani, newly a Londoner with her husband Gavin Rossdale, recently won posh London mag Harpers & Queen's best dressed, beating both Sienna Miller and Kate Moss. Stefani, who lives with Rossdale in the posh Primrose Hill area, is taking a break from a US tour to perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend, in May.

Radio 1's Big Weekend: This summer's biggest and best free music festival is headed to Sunderland, and you an be a part of it. Lineup includes Gwen Stefani, The Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters and Basement Jaxx, who will play at the Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May Festival, at Herrington Park.

15,000 tickets are available for giveaway on each day, and you can get yours by being at the Civic Centre car park, in Sunderland, on Saturday 23th or Sunday 24th April (show up on Saturday and get tickets for 7th May, show up on Sunday and get tickets for 8th). Ticket offices close at noon.

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Top Five Gigs
(24 Mar - 20 April 2005)

1) Basement Jaxx, Wireless Festival

2) James Brown

3) New Order, Wireless Festival
4) Strapping Young Lad
5) Dwight Yoakam
Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann's new album, The Forgotten Arm, is out 3rd May 2005.

Shepard's Bush Empire
16 July, 2005
Singer-songwriter Mann's fifth solo album, The Forgotten Arm, finds her crafting the same pensive, lilting pop songs documenting tales of melancholia with a tinge of residual hope. The Forgotten Arm spins the story of the meeting of two young lovers, who embark on a roadtrip across the United States. Although her songs are intimate and confessional, Mann's popularity dictates that she plays larger venues, and accordingly she'll be stopping at Shepherd's Bush Empire on July 16th.

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The Bravery
The Bravery.  Image:  Heidi Hartwig

Southampton Guildhall
18 November, 2005
NYC-based 80s revivalists and Cure-worshippers The Bravery have comandeered the eyelinered-synth pop of bands like the Killers and the Faint to create pulsating dance-floor anthems. In league with Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs, the Bravery are flag-bearers of the skinny-tie revolution.

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Danzig at The Garage, 15 May.  Image:  The 7th House

15th May
The Garage, London
The former Misfits frontman brings his self-important, self-aggrandizing and totally awesome theatrical metal-rock to the U.K. Although Danzig IV and beyond have seen him swerve dangerously into electronica, his new album Circle of Snakes reclaims the original guitar-oriented heaviness of the first three Danzig albums, with Tommy Victor as axe-wielder. Rock!

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Saul Williams
Saul Williams at Scala on May 3rd.  Image:

Scala, London
3rd May 2005
This electric bard and social incendiary, who couples spoken-word performances with urban beats and instrumentation including violins, piano and guitar, has revitalised the art of protest music and revolutionised hip-hop with his hybrid of erratic speak-sing verse and call and response style. After gigs supporting the Mars Volta and Nine Inch Nails, Williams is embarking on a solo tour of the U.K and Europe. Although many of his protest songs might be specific to America and, particularly, the African-American experience, Williams' poetry is truly transcendent.

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Nancy Sinatra
Vixen Nancy Sinatra, still in those boots.  Image:  Nancy

Shepherd's Bush Empire
1st May 2005
Sinatra emerged from the shadow of her father with a series of superb albums in the sixties - although her sex kitten image was in part manufactured by legendary murder-ballad bard Lee Hazelwood, Sinatra held her own, proving with her huskily gorgeous rasp that she was worth far more than a famous last name and that ubiquitous hit about walking boots. Now Sinatra is back and collaborating again with Hazelwood on a new self-titled album.

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Credit: Bill Cooper ONDINE - act I,The Royal Ballet - Royal Opera House 02 / 2005. Mixed Programme - Ashton Celebrations; Music: Hans Werner Henze; Choreography: Frederick Ashton; Designs: Lila de Nobili; Lighting: John B

Royal Opera House
21 Mar - 2 May 2005
Ondine tells the story of the water spirit who tragically falls in love with a human. The Royal Ballet revisits this piece, originally premiered by the RB in 1958...

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Top Classical
( 24 Mar-20 April 2005)

1) Ondine

2) Swan Lake, RB

3) Festival of Flowers & Music
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