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Manic Street Preachers headline Indiependence on Sunday August 6th

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Leonard Cohen, the influential singer-songwriter, at the Mayflower Hotel by Central Park in New York  2001. Photograph: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

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Regina Spektor (file photograph): has allowed her influences to fall away, replacing them with distinctive and individualistic themes

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