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Music news that is as surprised by Amy Winehouse’s credible return as you are.

Connect, the new music festival from the peeps that brought us T in the Park has now been expanded to three days. There’s still no line up yet - that’s more likely to be announced later in the spring, but it kicks off on Fri 31 Aug and runs to Sun 2 Sep. Tickets are now on sale starting at £70 for a weekend ticket. See www.connectmusicfestival.com for more on tipi camping packages and other such novel indulgences.

On a similar theme of thinking ahead, tickets are also now available for the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival on 10 and 11 Aug costing a princely £70 for a weekend camping ticket. Go to www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk for more info.

January may be a relatively lean month for live music indulgences but the schedule between now and summer is already filling up. Book Now on page 71, is getting crammed with excellent live dates so we’ve highlighted the latest batch for your delectation.

Wolfmother, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 3 Feb.

The Long Blondes, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 14 Feb.

The Black Keys, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 16 Feb.

Femi Kuti, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 18 Feb.

Babyshambles, Barrowland, Glasgow, 19 & 20 Feb.

The Fratellis, Carling Academy, Glasgow, 22 & 23 Feb; Corn Exchange, 24 & 25 Feb.

Little Man Tate, QMU, Glasgow, 1 Mar.

Enter Shikari, QMU, Glasgow, 7 Mar.

Mastodon, ABC, Glasgow, 7 Mar.

Art Garfunkel, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 10 Mar.

Tim Finn, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 14 Mar.

Stone Sour, Carling Academy, Glasgow, 15 Mar.

The Rakes, Barrowland, Glasgow, 21 Mar.

Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 25 Mar.

Unearth Garage, Glasgow, 27 Mar.

The Young Knives, QMU, Glasgow, 28 Mar.

36 Crazyfists, King Tut’s, 4 Apr; Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 8 Apr.

Razorlight, SECC, Glasgow, 5 Apr.

Bob Dylan, SECC, Glasgow, 11 Apr.

Gruff Rhys, Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow, 28 Apr; Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 29 Apr.

Jason Donovan, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 11 May.

The Waterboys, Barrowland, Glasgow, 18 May; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 May.

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