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Gipsy Kings, July 6, Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire

The only chance to see the Gipsy Kings on their 25th anniversary tour comes at the Cornbury Festival, where they close Sunday night. Expect wild guitar flourishes, crooned anthems and, of course, “Bamboléo”, a chart hit from the early days of world music. DH

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Eminem, July 11-12, Wembley Stadium, London

After a wayward series of albums detailing his addiction problems, Eminem returned last year with a sequel to 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, an attempt to turn the clock back to former glories. Such “return-to-form” albums usually betray creative exhaustion. But the Detroit rapper pulled it off, crafting an intriguing middle-aged spin on his youthful delinquent persona, extending even to an apology to his formerly reviled mother. Two nights at Wembley Stadium testify to his crowd-pulling powers. The bestselling act of the 2000s is still in the game. LHT

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Summer Series, July 10-20, Somerset House, London

This year’s courtyard concerts at Somerset House include US R&B singer Kelis, touring her retro-soul album Food, tyro UK pop star Sam Smith and Swedish electropop quarter Little Dragon: the FT’s pick of the line-up for their excellent new album Nabuma Rubberband. LHT

somersethouse.org.uk, 0844 847 2461


Sonisphere, July 4-6, Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire

Last weekend Metallica became the first heavy metal band to headline Glastonbury. “Do you want heavy?” singer James Hetfield growled. “Metallica gives you heavy baby!” Now they’re off to Sonisphere, where the question of who wants it heavy is redundant. That’s the whole point of the festival – a deafening celebration of heaviosity featuring, alongside the thrash veterans, Iron Maiden, Mastodon, Slayer and Alice in Chains. LHT

sonisphere.co.uk, 0844 871 8803


York Early Music, July 10-19, Various venues in York

The festival’s showpiece this year is a rare performance of CPE Bach’s Passion cantata Du Göttlicher at St Michael Le Belfrey Church, Petergate, featuring the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (July 12). Other attractions include Thursday’s opening concert at the University of York by Catalan early music legend Jordi Savall and his Hespèrion XXI period instrument ensemble. Their survey of the “lost sounds” of medieval Spain, Provence and Italy is sure to stimulate the palette. AC

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Le coq d’or, July 8-10, Coliseum, London

Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful fairytale is not unknown in the west, but this show, imported from Moscow, gives us a rare chance to see The Golden Cockerel performed by an all-Russian company of dancers, singers and orchestral musicians.

Judging by advance publicity, the production looks pictorially traditional, but Russians can always be relied upon to perform their native repertoire with special pride andauthenticity. AC

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Maria Stuarda, July 5-18, Royal Opera House, London

The London opera season goes out on a high with a new production of Donizetti’s drama about Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. This is repertoire for which Joyce DiDonato and Carmen Giannattasio seem predestined. Both have excellent bel canto credentials, and both know how to make their presence felt: expect a confrontation of diva-like proportions. Bertrand de Billy conducts. AC

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Love Supreme Jazz Festival, June 5-6, Glynde Place, Sussex

Love Supreme follows up last year’s hugely successful launch with a similar blend of the populist, the funky and the cutting-edge. With five performance spaces, there is lots going on. Headliners include Soul II Soul and Laura Mvula on the alfresco main stage and Lalah Hathaway, Dave Holland and Gregory Porter in a star-studded big top. Vocalist José James leads a posse of Blue Note label contemporaries and Polar Bear stand out in the fringe. MH

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