Wishing on a Star made my sad Christmas Eve sparkle

The latest in our new series in which writers muse on the music changed their lives: the story of how Rose Royce’s 1977 hit prompted a moment of near-perfect bliss amid snow, sludge and twentysomething stress

Brisbane festival 2014: one perfect day

Want to maximise your festival fun? Circle Saturday 20 September in the diary. You’ll need skates to zoom between venues, but it’s the day to experience the best of Brisbane, writes Alexandra Spring

Def Jam: 10 of the best

Def Jam’s celebrating its 30th anniversary with a new 30 disc box set. For those without the time (or money) for that, here’s our condensed guide to the hip-hop label’s highlights