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20 Questions: Nathan Carter on why he's off Wagon Wheels

1) Up and at it – what is your morning routine? I don’t generally have a routine every morning, as I’m gigging a lot at weekends and don’t get to bed until the wee small hours, so my alarm is set for different times every morning.

Sadiq Khan rejects call to move Notting Hill carnival

Stephen Jones, Press Association Social Media Editor
Sadiq Khan has rejected a request from the Government to move the Notting Hill Carnival from its current venue in the wake of the nearby Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Essential festival: EastSide Arts Festival

David Roy
THE programme for this year's EastSide Arts Festival has just been unveiled as the festival prepares to bring a wealth of cultural events to east Belfast between August 3 and August 13.

Corinne Bailey Rae bounces back

Joe Nerssessian
IT'S been a little over 12 months since Corinne Bailey Rae returned from a six-year hiatus with her third studio album, the colourful The Heart Speaks In Whispers.

Album reviews: New releases rated

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – EVERY VALLEY PUBLIC Service Broadcasting have long made old public information films the foundation for their boundary-pushing, instrumental post-rock, and Every Valley is no different.

Ulster Orchestra launch new season

THE Ulster Orchestra's new season will kick off in September, bringing a diverse range of concerts to The Ulster Hall and Waterfront Hall in Belfast as well as regional venues.

Omagh's own musical Angel, Donna Taggart

Gail Bell
WITH a worldwide fan base, hit albums, a song-gone-viral, sell-out gigs and a 'working cruise' around Florida with musician Phil Coulter on the not-too-distant horizon, Co Tyrone 'Celtic Lady' Donna Taggart could be forgiven for darting – occasionally – into celebrity diva land.

US rapper Nelly to play Belfast and Dublin

Nikki McKeown
Nelly Irish dates MULTI-PLATINUM and Grammy award winning rap star Nelly will be treating Irish fans to dates in Dublin and Belfast later this year.

Essential festival: Celtronic in Derry reaches climax

Nikki McKeown
Celtronic's climax DERRY’S dance and electronic music festival Celtronic continues tonight at The Nerve Centre, with Detroit legend Carl Craig joined by DFA records and LCD Soundsystem collaborator Sh!t Robot plus DJ sets local talents Jika Jika, Bekuz and Flux.

Album reviews: new releases rated

BAIO - MAN OF THE WORLD VAMPIRE Weekend bassist Chris Baio's second solo album Man Of The World is a mixture of heady synths, Bowie-esque vocals and electronically experimental tracks that work their way into your soul, each one dotted with pleasingly produced euphoria.

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