U2 frontman Bono flings water at the crowd during the band’s first concert of their new world tour in Vancouver. Photograph: Jonathan Hayward/AP

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Hot Chocolate frontman Error Brown, famous for hits including You Sexy Thing and It Started With A Kiss, has died at home in the Bahamas. File photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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Duncan Wallis (second from left) of Dutch Uncles describes their new album as like ‘Grace Jones fronting Talking Heads’

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