Annie Clark (aka St Vincent) performs at Cambridge on Tuesday as part of her Digital Witness tour
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St Vincent, August 19, Cambridge Junction, then touring

A St Vincent live show has everything an artrock gig should. The performer otherwise known as Annie Clark puts on an impressive spectacle with stylised moves, guitar-shredding, amazing hair and imperious stage presence – all topped off with cuts from her excellent work, most recently the FT five-starred album St Vincent. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

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Glasgow Summer Sessions, August 16-19, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

This year Glasgow Summer Sessions has attracted a pair of big names from the worlds of dance music and stadium rock. French DJ David Guetta will take to the decks today with his garish mix of Eurodance and US R&B, while The Killers follow up on Tuesday with their big but puzzling anthems. (In “Human”, the cryptic line “Are we human or are we dancer?” was recently voted the weirdest song lyric ever.) LHT

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Reading/Leeds festivals, August 22-24, Richfield Avenue, Reading/Bramham Park, Leeds

Reading and Leeds are the most rock-friendly of the big festivals, a billing this year’s headliners conform to. Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink182 should ensure that laments about the disappearance of guitar bands won’t be heard at the twin sites over the three-day line-up. LHT

readingfestival.com, leedsfestival.com

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

Given the latest turn in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it seems appropriate that the Proms should host a message of peace and reconciliation through music: expect the Albert Hall’s domed roof to be (metaphorically) raised on Wednesday when Daniel Barenboim returns at the head of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, made up of Arab and Israeli musicians. The futility of war will again be underlined on Thursday in a performance of Britten’s War Requiem by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Andris Nelsons. Andrew Clark

bbc.co.uk/proms, 0845 401 5040

Edinburgh Festival, To August 31, various venues, Edinburgh

Founded in 2011, the I, Culture Orchestra brings together exceptional young musicians from former Soviet and Eastern Bloc states. For their Edinburgh debut at the Usher Hall on Sunday, they play two anti-war symphonies – Shostakovich’s Seventh and Panufnik’s Sinfonia elegiaca – under conductor Kirill Karabits. The week’s other festival highlights include the Tallis Scholars’ late-afternoon recital of Renaissance choral music – including pieces by Palestrina, Josquin and Lassus – at Greyfriars Kirk (Tuesday) and Simon Keenlyside’s Wednesday morning Queen’s Hall recital, with pianist Malcolm Martineau, profiling English songs of regret and lost innocence. AC

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Snape Proms, To August 31, The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk

This is Aldeburgh’s lighter, sunnier side – a month of concerts taking in most musical genres, all eminently suited to the strong contingent of FT readers who holiday in Suffolk. The coming week’s line-up includes blissful wind serenades by Mozart and Strauss (Sunday) and a Jonathan Biss recital featuring two Beethoven piano sonatas (Wednesday). Plus American country music and a Comedy Prom. AC

aldeburghmusic.co.uk, 01728 687110

Shrewsbury Folk Festival, August 22-25, West Midland Showground, Shrewsbury

One of the few festivals to run over into Monday (when it hosts a rare appearance from folk supergroup The Full English), Shrewsbury also boasts Bellowhead, Lau, Karine Polwart, Jim Moray and the Dhol Foundation. David Honigmann

shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk, 01743 892800

Chris Corsano, August 20-23, Café Oto, London

The US drummer’s left-field credits run from Björk and electronic sound sculpture to the hardcore free jazz of Joe McPhee. His many-layered four-day Café Oto residency ranges from contemporary composition with the Ian Volkov-curated event “Summer Strings” to throughimprovised jazz with Evan Parker and a rough-edged final night with the Vibracathedral Orchestra. Mike Hobart

cafeoto.co.uk, 020 7923 1231

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