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Will Young plays at the Summer Nights Festivals.

See Young - Win tickets to see that cupcake-faced super-idol Will Young at Leeds Castle. Details, below...

New Order, featured at the Wireless Festival

Wireless - Tickets are running out for The Wireless Festival, featuring New Order, Basement Jaxx, Keane and Kasabian. Get yours now!

Big Gay Out, courtesy Ticketmaster,

Big Gay Out - Riding on the success of last year, this year's festival hosts the likes of Jamelia, Sugababes, Natasha Bedingfield, Fun Lovin' Criminals and more. Click here for more info!

Top Five Gigs
(19 May - 16 Jun 2005

1) Basement Jaxx

2) James Brown

3) REM
4) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
5) New Order

TDK Cross Central
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August
Kings Cross Freight Depot

TDK Cross Central

Goldfrapp (Live) + Grace Jones (Live) + The Bees (Live) + Soul ll Soul Soundsystem + The Earlies + Test Icicles + X-Press 2 + more for this two day marathon event on the August Bank Holiday weekend. DJs, electro bands, hip hoppers and indie rockers so get your tickets now! UKP30 for either day, UKP50 both days - call 020 7833 9944 or click here for more info!

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Eminem & 50 Cent
9 September 2005
Milton Keynes

Eminem tours with 50 Cent.

Eminem & 50 Cent bring their co-rapper fury to Milton Keynes in September, at the height of their Anger Management Tour 3. The duo romp through the US before hitting-up UK soil, and is said to be the biggest rap show of the year.

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Get Loaded in the Park
3 December 2005
Wembley Pavillion

Snow Patrol are featured at Get Loaded In The Park.

Snow Patrol, Fat Boy Slim, Happy Mondays Stereo MCs, The Farm, Flowered Up, Armand Van Helden, Elbow (DJ set), Junior Boys Own Soundsystem featuring Farley & Heller, Rocky & Diesel, Guilty Pleasures, The Comedy Store, An Audience with Howard Marks, Mani, Clint Boon, Annie Mac and more grace Clapham Common for August bank holiday...

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The Streets
19 August, 2005
Carling Academy Brixton

The Streets, playing a one-off at the Brixton Academy in August.

The irrepressible Mike Skinner is at the Brixton Academy for a one-off show in August. His mix of garage, ska and beats is not easily suited to live performance, but his band has developed a well crafted stage manner and strong sound. Featuring tracks from his ground breaking first album, Original Pirate Material, the critically acclaimed follow-up A Grand Don't Come For Free and maybe a sniff of some new stuff this gig is set be one of the highlights of this long hot summer.

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11 July, 2005
The Astoria, London

Mastadon rocks at The London Astoria on July 11.

Storming in on the black horse of "face-melting" metal, Mastodon plagues London Astoria. Known for shows that embody legendary metal, with glimpses of hardcore, and teeming with proud fans, Mastadon is necessary for an education in proper butt-rock.
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Summer Nights Open Air Concert Series
Various UK locations
Summer 2005

Van Morrison appears at the Summer Nights Festivals. Image courtesy Van

Summer Nights Open Air Concert Series come to stages around England. Included on the bill are Will Young, Van Morrison, Meatloaf, Ronan Keating and more.

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The Bravery
Southampton Guildhall
18 November, 2005

The Bravery.  Image:  Heidi Hartwig

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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Rigoletto.  Image: Sasha Gusov

This famous Giuseppe Verde piece comes back with a double cast and double charm.

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Top Classical
(19 May - June 16 2005)

1) Rigoletto

2) Kenwood Summer Prom

3) Classic FM Live Opera Gala
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The Will Young Competition

Will Young, the Original Gangsta Pop Idol (duh).  Image courtesy Will Young - the self-hailed O.G. Pop Idol - has returned from a twelve month haitus with a new album and a slew of top-end musical performances.

LondonNet is offering you a pair of tickets to see the soul-wonderboy during his appearance at this year's Summer Nights Festival, at Leeds Castle, on Sunday 10th July, 2005.

All you have to do? Answer the following question?

Question: Will calls himself the "O.G. Pop Idol." What does the phrase "O.G." stand for? (Hint: hover over the photo at left, or click here)

How to Enter:
Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]"

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; LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution. The Editor's decision is final.

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 1 July, 2005

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