Adam Boult 

Sleeve notes: A washout year for music festivals?

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of music
  
  

This week

As Britain experiences a remarkably rainy July, it's perhaps not surprising that people are less keen to venture out and watch some bands – and this week has been a particularly bad one for outdoor music events.

Hopes were high for Bloc weekend at the newly opened London Pleasure Gardens – a two-day event with a lineup featuring Snoop Dogg, Orbital, Gary Numan and Battles. However, the event turned out to be something of a disaster, and was closed down by police on the first night, with organisers announcing the company had gone into administration a few days later. Why did it go so wrong? Read Dan Hancox's full report here.

Also cancelled this week was Hit Factory Live, a one-off show in London's Hyde Park due to feature the likes of Steps, Bananarama, Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue – called off owing to adverse weather conditions affecting the ground.

With the 2012 festival season proving to be far from vintage, is there more than just bad weather to blame? European festival promoters have also been reporting a downturn in the number of UK ticket sales. Michael Hann investigates.

In the news

Fleetwood Mac reunion confirmed by Stevie Nicks

Coldplay to launch Mylo Xyloto comics

Woody Guthrie novel to be published … with help from Johnny Depp

Chumbawamba to split up

Michael Jackson gets the Spike Lee treatment

Beach Boys' children form tribute band

On the blog

When I saw the Rolling Stones play live

Open thread: which was the best decade for music?

Frank Ocean's Channel Orange album arrives a week early on iTunes

Which Meltdown moments have been the best?

The greatest ever album covers

Blog Jam: BarryGruff

Things to watch and listen to

The Very Best – MTMTMK: album stream

New Band of the Day No 1,306: Maxsta

AlunaGeorge at Wireless festival – video

Now listening: reader playlist

Further reading

Latitude 2012: festival preview

Frank Ocean: Channel Orange – review

Alessio Natalizia of Walls: 'What does Italian music sound like anyway?'

T in the Park 2012 – in pictures

Mick Jagger: 'No one should care if the Rolling Stones break up, should they?' – a classic interview from the vaults

Jobs in the music industry

Can you inspire musicians? Live Music Now is seeking an executive director. Click here

Or could you be the next trust and foundations manager of Glyndebourne? Click here

And finally

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