BBC News - Entertainment & Arts

BBC News - Entertainment & Arts

Biggest Weekend: Florence anoints the crowd

Sun, 27 May 2018 21:51:32 GMT

Florence + The Machine gets up close and personal with the audience as she plays BBC Music's Biggest Weekend.

Emilia Clarke's bizarre impact on baby names

Wed, 23 May 2018 13:00:19 GMT

The star of Solo talks Star Wars, spoilers, and why there are now so many more babies named Daenerys.

Arrested Development cancels UK visit after tearful interview

Fri, 25 May 2018 11:48:18 GMT

Controversy surrounding the actions of Jeffrey Tambor on set prompt Netflix to cancel plans to bring cast to the UK.

Ed Sheeran 'warms up' the Biggest Weekend crowd in Swansea

Sat, 26 May 2018 16:50:14 GMT

The star opens the Swansea stage at The Biggest Weekend, before rushing to his own show in Manchester.

Biggest Weekend: Manic Street Preachers pull off 'Wireless' set

Fri, 25 May 2018 22:23:51 GMT

The Welsh band play a triumphant Biggest Weekend show, despite the loss of their bassist, Nicky Wire.

Six new bands you won't want to miss at The Biggest Weekend

Thu, 24 May 2018 23:42:23 GMT

A look at some of the up-and-coming artists BBC Music Introducing is giving a leg up to.

Biggest Weekend: Rita Ora pays tribute to Avicii

Sun, 27 May 2018 13:22:07 GMT

Rita Ora pays an emotional tribute to Avicii as she performs their collaborative single Lonely Together.

James Blake 'sad boy' statement: Artists support singer

Sat, 26 May 2018 20:23:40 GMT

James Blake has had enough of the "sad boy" label, and artists including Olly Alexander and Anne-Marie back him.

Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan reacts to his arrest

Fri, 25 May 2018 15:09:08 GMT

The actress, one of the movie mogul's accusers, says it's 'a slap in the face of abusive power'.

Biggest Weekend: Ash welcome abortion vote

Sat, 26 May 2018 12:46:44 GMT

The Belfast band say a vote to overturn Ireland's abortion ban would be "a major step forward".

Angelina Jolie spotlights Afghan girls' plight

Thu, 24 May 2018 23:42:38 GMT

The actress has produced an animation about the struggle faced by women living under the Taliban.

How Merlin star Colin Morgan is returning to his Irish roots

Sun, 27 May 2018 00:41:49 GMT

Colin Morgan stars with fellow Irish actor Ciaran Hinds in a bold and timely revival of a political drama at the NT.

Should white people ever sing the N-word?

Tue, 22 May 2018 16:46:15 GMT

A white fan was booed off stage for singing the N-word at a Kendrick Lamar gig

BBC Biggest Weekend highlights

Mon, 28 May 2018 04:14:04 GMT

Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are among the stars performing at the multi-city festival.

Game of Thrones: Kit Harington and Rose Leslie wedding date announced

Fri, 25 May 2018 13:17:01 GMT

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie - Jon Snow and Ygritte - are to marry in the north east of Scotland next month.

George Ezra at Biggest Weekend: 'It's like school backstage'

Sat, 26 May 2018 17:28:42 GMT

"All of the awkward kids as school are here, performing today," the star says at Biggest Weekend.

Biggest Weekend: Liam Payne on his 'dad bod' and Bear's birthday

Sat, 26 May 2018 17:15:18 GMT

Ahead of his performance at the BBC's Biggest Weekend, pop star Liam Payne discussed his "dad bod" and the first birthday of his son, Bear Payne.

Two French teenagers charged over Despacito YouTube hack

Sat, 26 May 2018 15:11:41 GMT

Two 18-year-olds are charged over a hack that targeted the Latin hit and other pop songs on YouTube.

Show of Sting's The Last Ship cancelled in 'contract row'

Thu, 24 May 2018 10:22:28 GMT

Promoter SDD said the costs to produce the event were spiralling and unmanageable.

Shawn Mendes on Harry, Meghan and his British roots

Sun, 27 May 2018 16:04:07 GMT

Shawn Mendes discusses his British roots and working with a vocal coach at the BBC's Biggest Weekend.

Harvey Weinstein released on $1m bail over rape and abuse charges

Fri, 25 May 2018 23:14:34 GMT

The former film mogul was charged with rape and sexual abuse after turning himself in to New York police.

The Biggest Weekend: Why bands abandoned Belfast

Thu, 24 May 2018 23:42:55 GMT

As Belfast hosts the Biggest Weekend, BBC News NI looks back at a time when bands did not come to NI.

Mutiny Festival death: Mum's grief at losing 'little girl'

Sun, 27 May 2018 18:37:48 GMT

Janine Milburn hopes the death of her "little girl" at a festival will deter others from taking drugs.

BTS become first K-pop band to top US album charts

Mon, 28 May 2018 04:28:00 GMT

The boy band with a devoted global fan base are the first K-pop export to crack the US top spot.

Royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason gets chart boost

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:44:58 GMT

The former BBC Young Musician's debut album has reached a new high on the UK albums chart.

David Baddiel reveals why you have to 'laugh at illness and death'

Sun, 27 May 2018 14:02:56 GMT

The comic and writer tells Desert Island Discs it's how he processes life "getting darker".

Tanya Burr's 'daunting' move from YouTube to acting

Fri, 25 May 2018 04:21:30 GMT

The 28-year-old, who has 9m followers online, is making her stage debut in London.

Orla Kiely: 'Stem pattern was a very quick design'

Sun, 27 May 2018 23:46:19 GMT

Orla Kiely reveals the secrets behind the designs she's created over the past 20 years.

Ed Sheeran 'not trying to stitch fans up' over UK tour tickets

Sat, 26 May 2018 11:17:50 GMT

Speaking about a row over tickets for his UK tour, the star says he wants to stop fans getting "ripped off".

UB40's Ali Campbell: 'We're still cool'

Tue, 22 May 2018 23:48:12 GMT

Why Ali Campbell reckons his band is still relevant after 40 years in the business.

How Ed Sheeran is tackling ticket touts

Tue, 22 May 2018 11:29:57 GMT

The pop star has taken an aggressive stance by cancelling more than 10,000 tickets for his tour.

Want to be a music writer?

Thu, 24 May 2018 06:23:38 GMT

Experts at the BBC's Biggest Weekend fringe event share their tips on writing about music.

Queer Eye cast would 'love' to do UK version of show

Fri, 25 May 2018 12:50:43 GMT

As the successful reboot returns for a second series, the Fab Five took questions from a UK audience.

First Aid Kit praise Swedish rape law

Sat, 26 May 2018 15:18:20 GMT

The country folk duo approve of the recent move to recognise sex without consent as rape

Biggest Weekend shows the power of a singalong

Sat, 26 May 2018 22:37:08 GMT

All killer, no filler... The singers who succeeded at the BBC's music festival focused on the hits.

Busking goes cashless with 'a world first' for London

Sun, 27 May 2018 14:37:51 GMT

London introduces a contactless payment scheme for buskers that allows tap-to-pay donations.

Can Danny Boyle keep Bond relevant?

Sat, 26 May 2018 00:01:48 GMT

Will it be a case of Bond, James Bond or will 007 find his Martini both shaken and stirred?

Figures reveal art auction gender imbalance

Sun, 27 May 2018 23:41:01 GMT

Of the top 100 artists whose works fetched the highest amounts at auction in 2017, 13 were women.

Will Smith's World Cup song Live It Up released for Russia 2018

Sat, 26 May 2018 16:07:12 GMT

The official Russia 2018 song is here but fans don't seem entirely keen.

'This is my Adele album' says Miles Kane

Wed, 23 May 2018 23:51:32 GMT

Last Shadow Puppet on how Lana Del Rey and Jamie T helped him to write his own new breakup record.

Biggest Weekend: Titanic survivors' voices are woven into four new songs

Fri, 25 May 2018 17:20:45 GMT

A suite of songs featuring audio of the Titanic and its survivors premieres at Belfast's Biggest Weekend.

Anne-Marie's private jet to Biggest Weekend

Sat, 26 May 2018 12:18:34 GMT

How the pop star is flying in and out of Swansea to make her Biggest Weekend show.

Drake disses Kanye West and Pusha T on Duppy Freestyle

Sat, 26 May 2018 18:31:14 GMT

It's the rappers very quick response to lyrics on Pusha T's new album.

Biggest Weekend: Taylor Swift plays the hits then runs in Swansea

Sun, 27 May 2018 20:15:12 GMT

The US pop star plays a brief, but hit-packed, show at the BBC Music Biggest Weekend festival.

Ariana Grande gets bee tattoo to remember Manchester Arena victims

Fri, 25 May 2018 05:48:23 GMT

To remember the victims, thousands of people have had a bee inked on their body.

The mysterious musician who wears a mask

Sat, 26 May 2018 01:08:55 GMT

The enigmatic musician surrounded by mystery - Claptone - has taken influences from jazz to rock and roll and even reggae to create his own brand of music.

The Handmaid's Tale: Series 2 is 'a harrowing showstopper'

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:39:12 GMT

As the second series airs on Channel 4, critics and fans are taken aback by the brutal scenes.

Sesame Street sues over violent, puppet-based Happytime Murders film

Sat, 26 May 2018 11:12:01 GMT

Its creators say the violent, puppet-based Happytime Murders movie violates its good name.