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BoomTown Fair, Aug 9-10, Matterley Bowl, Winchester

This “pop-up festival” – aren’t they all? – has a strong line-up of world and folk acts, including Afro Celt Sound System, Tinariwen, Bellowhead, Jimmy Cliff and the Wailers. And also, Chas & Dave. David Honigmann

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Green Man Festival, August 14-17, Glanusk, Wales

Green Man is the “back to nature”-themed festival that takes place in the Welsh Black Mountains. This year’s line-up is suitably hippyish, including Laurel Canyon throwback Jonathan Wilson, modern psychedelicists Tunng, veteran acid-rockers Mercury Rev and the cosmic road music of the War on Drugs, whose latest album, Lost in the Dream, is one of the year’s best. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney


Slint, August 12, The Old Market, Hove, touring

Slint’s slight discography – the Kentucky band released only two albums, in 1989 and 1991 – has grown in stature over time. Overshadowed by the rise of grunge, their brand of noise-rock has become a blueprint for subsequent generations of underground bands. Now reunited, their tour follows an appearance at the Green Man Festival. LHT

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Alison Moyet, August 9, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow

One of the defining voices of 1980s British pop was in good form on last year’s album The Hours, a mature look back at her Yazoo synth-pop heyday 30 years ago, framing her still-commanding vocals with dramatic electronic pop. She’s appearing at Kelvingrove Park’s newly restored bandstand. LHT

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Edinburgh Festival, To August 31, various venues

The Scottish capital offers a true festival spread – morning recitals, one-hour late-afternoon choral concerts, evening blockbusters. So, unless you are a musical glutton, it pays to pace yourself. My pick of the week in the Queen’s Hall 11am series would be Ian Bostridge (Tuesday), the Artemis Quartet (Thursday) and pianist Piotr Anderszewski (Friday).

In the Greyfriars Kirk 5.45pm series, go for Collegium Vocale Gent’s performance of Lassus’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tuesday). Britten’s War Requiem, conducted by Andrew Davis (Thursday), dominates the evening programme at the Usher Hall, while the same composer’s rarely staged opera Owen Wingrave visits the King’s Theatre for three nights from Friday. Andrew Clark

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Rinaldo, August 9-24, Glyndebourne, East Sussex

When this “sorcery opera” by the 26-year-old Handel received its Glyndebourne premiere three summers ago, FT critic Richard Fairman described Robert Carsen’s staging as a St Trinian’s-style schoolgirl romp. So, at this first revival, go prepared for humour rather than magic – unless countertenor Iestyn Davies and outstanding baroque soprano Karina Gauvin can cast their spell over the score, conducted by Ottavio Dantone. AC

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The Proms, To September 13, Royal Albert Hall, London

Tonight the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder brings one of the season’s potential highlights – Alice Coote singing Elgar’s Sea Pictures – while tomorrow evening the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain showcases two 20th-century masterworks, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Two Nordic Fifth Symphonies dominate the rest of the week – Nielsen’s on Monday, Sibelius’s on Tuesday, both courtesy of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thomas Sondergard. AC

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Barry Harris, August 14-16, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

The veteran US pianist leads his trio through the standard repertoire with the subtlety and sophistication of a musician whose early career included accompanying Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins. A piano trio masterclass. Mike Hobart


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