Hay Festival 2017: Stephen Fry’s warning for the web

Image copyright Chris Athanasiou Stephen Fry has issued a stark warning to prepare for the internet of the future, or face the worst of science fiction’s predictions. The actor and comedian was giving a lecture at the Hay Festival in Powys, when he made the claims. Fry criticised the “technophobes”, including politicians, who he said had been too slow to react to developments like artificial intelligence. The annual literary event

Don’t look back in anger: Music helps Manchester remember, and forget

Image copyright Goodman/LNP/REX/Shutterstock Image caption The Courteeners singer Liam Fray started the show with a poem about the attack Five days after the Manchester attack, 50,000 people turned out for one of the city’s biggest concerts of the year. It was a chance for music fans to unite and remember the victims – but also to get lost in music for a while. There were a few signs that The

Sigrid: Attacking pop from left-of-centre

Image copyright Francesca Allen Image caption Sigrid: “I love shifting between being super cute and aggressive. It’s funny.” Last week, in the middle of a concert, Sigrid suddenly started Cossack dancing. “It came out of nowhere,” laughs the singer, who’s been called pop’s hottest new prospect. “I just felt like doing it. I always like to scare people a bit.” The singer is not, it has to be said, a

Star Wars actor John Boyega caught up in Old Vic bomb threat

Image copyright Thomas Coxhead Image caption Theatregoers were told to leave the venue after a security alert Star Wars actor John Boyega was among hundreds of people forced to evacuate the Old Vic theatre in central London due to a bomb threat. The venue near Waterloo was evacuated along with nearby pubs and restaurants after the security alert was raised. On social media, theatregoers said they and the cast had

Gregg Allman, rock trailblazer, dies at 69

Image copyright BBC/Ear Goggles Production Image caption The lead singer of the Allman Brothers died at home in Georgia Rock trailblazer Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers, has died age 69. Allman died at home in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, his official website announced. The musician first found fame in the band he started with older brother Duane in the late 1960s. In its heyday, the band

Minute’s silence held for Manchester at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull

A minute’s silence has taken place at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull in honour of those killed and injured in the Manchester attack. Fans marked the moment at 3pm with the music stopping on all three stages, followed by cheering for the city. Katy Perry is headlining the festival at Burton Constable Hall in East Yorkshire. Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter Nick Grimshaw said Big Weekend was a “community

Chris Cornell: Friends and family at Soundgarden singer’s funeral

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fans were allowed to visit the singer’s grave after the funeral ceremony had been completed Friends and family of rock singer Chris Cornell have paid their respects at his funeral service in Los Angeles. Actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Josh Brolin attended as well as singers Pharrell Williams and Courtney Love. Dozens of fans congregated outside the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to say goodbye to

Paul Leith: The illustrator the internet forgot

Image copyright Paul Leith Image caption Paul Leith learned about making things with felt from his wife, Tina Used to pencils and paint – not pixels – one of London’s top commercial illustrators was left behind by the digital age. But he never stopped creating and his life’s work is on show in a new exhibition. Some of the biggest brands of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s wanted Paul Leith’s

Baywatch: Amazing or awful?

Image copyright Paramount Image caption Baywatch is released in UK cinemas on 29 May It’s strange to go to the cinema and come out feeling like you’ve seen an utterly brilliant film and a truly awful film at the same time – but the new Baywatch really does tick both boxes. There’s no getting away from it – the big-screen adaptation of the 1990s TV series is simply two hours

Sean Hannity hangs on to sponsors after controversial week

Sean Hannity closed perhaps the most controversial week of his broadcasting career by taking a vacation. When he returns to work next week, his prime time Fox News program will have a slightly smaller slate of sponsors. As of Friday, multiple companies had decided to yank ads from Hannity’s program, including the mattress maker Casper and Cars.com. But Hannity’s promotion of a fringe conspiracy theory has not prompted the same