NME's festival guide goes Berliner sized

NME is publishing its first newspaper in almost 20 years with
its 2006 festival guide The Festival Times, free with this week's
issue, dated 27 May.

The 24-page guide, produced in a Berliner format, includes listings, NME's tips for the 20 must-see new
bands, the survival secrets of the festival circuit stars and a ‘How to
get fucked up' feature by Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie.

editor Conor McNicholas said: "We wanted to do something unique with
this year's Festival Guide and producing a newspaper is a nod to NME's fantastic heritage. We've packed the paper with everything the
festival-going fan needs. It's even big enough to keep the rain off if
the heavens open."

The weekly music magazine has been through a
number of refits since it first hit the newsstands in 1952 when it was
published in a tabloid format on standard newsprint. In the late 70s it changed from a traditional front page format with a number of news stories to the single image cover that heralded the evolution into a magazine. In April 2002,
its 50th birthday, the title got a glossy cover and was displayed with
the other music titles on the magazine shelves.

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