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Foo Fighters rough-housing in the studio. Photo:  Thomas Rabsch  Tickets and info for this summer's hottest music festivals are here: get yours, and quickly...

Top Five Gigs
(25 Feb - 24 Mar)

1) Van Morrison

2) James Brown

3) Tony Bennet
4) Fozzy
5) Basement Jaxx, Wireless Festival
Reading Festival
Razorlight performing at MTV Icon: The Cure.

August 27-28
Lineup includes Razorlight, NOFX, and that stompy bloke Pete Docherty in Babyshambles, if he ever shows...

Leeds Festival
Marilyn Manson performs, in his gothic glory, at this year's Leeds & Reading Fest.

August 26-28
Bramham Park
Marilyn Manson, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters and others will duke it out at who can rock the hardest...

02 Wireless Festival
Keane helps celebrate the first festival to hit-up Hyde Park.

June 25-30th
Hyde Park
Keane, Kasabian, Basement Jaxx and New Order premiere in separately ticketed events - the first festival at Hyde Park...

Download 05
System of a Down, Garbage and Billy Idol make for interesting festival bed fellows.

June 8-13
Donington Park
Feeder, Garbage, Billy Idol and System of a Down rock quickly and quite uniquely at Donington Park...

V Festival
Mercury winners and all-hailed Franz Ferdinand mix with other indie-sounds for the 10th V-Fest.

Aug 20-21
Telford & Hylands Park in Chelmsford
Weston Park in Staffordshire
The 10th anniversary of the V-Fest sees a rebirth in rock, thanks to Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters,
Joss Stone and even Oasis...

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Amon Tobin
Mean Fiddler
4th May

Amon Tobin

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Mean Fiddler
1st June

Jaga Jazzist


Cathcart Spring Prom

Opera Babes make their appearance again at this year's Cathcart Spring Prom.

Royal Albert Hall
Thu May 19 2005
Jonathan Scott and the Opera Babes are this year’s Cathcart Prom stars, along with a new concerto penned by composer Paul Hart for organ with orchestra. The Royal Philharmonic will fulfil the latter, creating the sort of breathtaking grandeur for which the ten-year running Prom is known. -AB
Cathcart Spring Prom

Top Classical
(25 Feb - 24 Mar)

1) Sezen Aksu

2) Swan Lake, Australian Ballet

3) Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly
Royal Opera House
21 Mar - 2 May 2005
Reliving the ever popular east-meets-west love triangle, the Royal Opera brings new talent and fresh interpretations to Puccini's Madama Butterfly...

Tchaikovsky & Friends
BBC Concert Orchestra presents Tschaikovsky & Friends.

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 31 March, 7.30pm
Cristina Ortiz piano, with Christopher Warren-Green conducting. Featuring the Tchaikovsky Overture from Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges: March and Scherzo, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4.

Cristina Ortiz
Pianist - Cristina Ortiz

Pianist Cristina Ortiz (“brilliantly coloured, rhythmically explosive playing” The Independent) is one of the most popular and soughtafter soloists around, with a 25-year international career that has encompassed everything from Beethoven to Bernstein. She will perform Shostakovich’s second piano concerto, a light-hearted and energetic piece full of brilliance. This is joined by more giants of the Russian repertoire for a guaranteed memorable evening.

Tickets: UKP8, UKP12, UKP16, UKP20.
(20% off when you book online!)
Click here for info and booking...

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Downfall Competition
Downfall Poster, copyright 2005 Momentum Pictures.

Revel in the deep sound of composer Stephan Zacharias, as he winds audiences through Hitler's last days, in one of the most pivotol war films to reach the screen: Downfall. Hailed by critics as an astonishing and timeless masterpiece, DOWNFALL wrestles with the guilt and shame of the holocaust for Germans as a collective people, embodied in the ever-conflicted person of Hitler. Dark and haunting, Zacharias' score melds the dimly-fueled emotion of many Nazi officials, Jews and German citizens.

Downfall is in cinemas from 1st April, but LondonNet is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to an exclusive preview screening on Wednesday 30th March at a West End Venue. All you need to do to win a pair is answer the following question...

Question: Which Academy Award was Downfall nominated for?
a) Best Animated Film
b) Best Comedy
c) Best Foreign Film

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]", with the subject header "Downfall Competition".

More Necessary Info: NB Include email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be used for this compie - guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't send you info about the prize! First correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the prizes, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final.

Closing Date: 12noon, March 29th. ENTER QUICKLY!

Competition and image copyright 2005 Momentum Pictures

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