Knees-ups in Nikolskaya

Central Moscow was a revelation during the World Cup as fans mingled and danced their way through the night in Nikolskaya, a long shopping street that runs off Red Square.

Behaviour that wouldn’t be tolerated by authorities by local people was ignored. And thousands of Muscovites came to watch and take part.

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Peter Perrett, The Garage, London

In  the 70s we had the Partridge Family, now we’ve got the Perrett Family. But that’s where the comparison ends.

The Partridges spawned cheesy heart-throb David Cassidy – later to have a life as dysfunctional as Peter Perrett’s seems to have been.

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Awopbopaloobop-awopbamboom – Tilbury 0 Needham Market 1

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Tough Thames-side town Tilbury is full of treats.

Majestic dockland windmills and cranes, two forts and . . . a mural of Frank Sinatra?

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The Pop Group – Rough Trade, London

A facial- fuzz-free gig in Shoreditch – that might be a 21st century first.

The beardless fans gathered after a long wait to see a legendary cult band. 35 years it’s been.

The Pop Group popped up from the West Country on their tractor (us Cardiffians know all people from Bristol drive tractors) for a free in-store run-through at the mecca of indie music.

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Penetration, The Globe, Cardiff


Amazing that nearly 35 years after their last gig in Cardiff, Penetration were back in town.

Amazing, too, that they’ve never really reaped the rewards for their three-minute punk singles – among the best of an era.

This was a band that took a Patti Smith song and improved it. 

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Laugharne Festival

Martin Rowsons cartoon of Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, LaugharneDid cosmic intergalactic forces divert David Icke from a key mission? And how did Ray Davies survive the curse of Neath to prosper?

Just some of the conundrums the 2014 Laugharne Festival failed to solve.

Icke did not attend and his entourage were reportedly uncontactable. The Kinks’ genius fortunately did appear and was full of bizarre, well-observed tales from an extraordinary career.

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