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Issue Date: 18 June 2018

This week's issue of Music Week welcomes Isle Of Wight festival promoter John Giddings to the cover, as we celebrate 50 years of the UK's answer to Woodstock. Giddings holds forth on the present and future of the event, while original founder Ray Foulk reminisces about the days of hippies, Hendrix and hedonism.

Elsewhere in an action-packed issue, we look at the current boom in stadium shows and, with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheehan, Beyoncé & Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters and the Rolling Stones all touring in the same month, ask whether this is the future for live music's summer season.

Also this week, exclusively in Music Week: We catch football fever with a round-up of the biggest World Cup syncs; talk through 10 years of operations with the champion of the indies' digital rights, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas; and get the lowdown on the future of Parlophone with new bosses Mark Mitchell and Jack Melhuish.

 

* Plus! There's huge news from Virgin EMI and Meltdown festival; Pip Blom star in On The Radar; Johnny Marr tells us his life lessons in The Aftershow and JR Rotem reveals the secrets behind Rihanna's SOS in the latest edition of Hitmakers. And there’s all our usual enhanced news, new music, analysis, charts coverage and market share statistics.

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