Ben Howard: ‘I got bored, went to the pub a lot, started playing music in the local bars’

Ahead of his Longitude headliner tonight, the Devon singer-songwriter talks about taking the laid-back route to success

I am more conscious of prices and value for money now

Julian Cope: ‘The TV licence people can’t believe we don’t have a television. I’m a bolshy git; I shout at them, “I don’t need TV, I’m an intellectual” ’

Cope’s book is a treasure trove of weird. And he hasn’t given up music: he is writing Irish drinking songs as well

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