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summer-timeBritain finally said goodbye to the endless days of misery and rain this weekend as the country was blessed with a much needed heat wave. Although probably somewhat ambitious to call it a heat wave, temperatures did climb to as high as 18 degrees on Sunday, by far the hottest of the year so far.

Saturday 8th March was International Women’s Day. More than just a celebration, women took to the streets worldwide to protest against important issues such as Female Genital Mutation (FGM) and equal rights and pay in the work place. Overall, a fairly awkward day for men (we’re sorry) but good on the girls and let’s hope it makes a difference!

The second predictible music award ceremony got under way on 26th February: The NME Awards. Blondie picked up the ‘Godlike Genius’ gong, Debbie Harry being the first female to do so. Drenge won best new band and the Arctic Monkey’s predictably cleaned up a fair wack of the rest.

It is also getting to the time of year when the pride and joy of the British Summer – Glastonbury Festival –  could announce it’s line-up any day. The rumour mill has been churning out the likes of Kasabian, Metallica, Prince and even David Bowie to join Arcade Fire as potential pyramid headliners. Other acts announced for the festival already include: Warpaint, Dolly Parton and Blondie.

Lattitude have announced Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn and The Black Keys as headliners, whilst Reading and Leeds have the honour of hosting Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182, with more to be announced.

Finally, the sad news that Avant-Garde opera director Gerard Mortier has lost his battle with cancer and died at 70 years old. Mortier was director of Madrid’s Teatro Real opera house until September last year. He was well known for taking risks within the industry, the most recent of which being an adaptation of Brokeback Mountain.

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