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Drug consumers are using DIY kits in an attempt to find out what substances they’re ingesting – but these rudimentary kits won’t paint a full picture. Retinafunk/Flickr

DIY pill testing – is it better than nothing?

In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.
How effective are drug-detection dogs in minimising harm? AAP/Paul Miller

Why drug-detection dogs are sniffing up the wrong tree

Drug-detection dogs don't stop most drug use. And they have been shown to encourage more dangerous practices, criminalise and traumatise marginalised groups, and render all as potential suspects.
The question arises time and time again about why jazz festivals include other genres - and the answer is really simple. www.shutterstock.com

Why debates about jazz festivals should be about more than genre purism

Jazz represents a minority audience in an already relatively small music market and to cover costs, the aggregation of fans must be across genres to maximise numbers.
Burning Man: inspiration for the first Google doodle. Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Why Burning Man is Silicon Valley

Focusing on the extravagances of a select few overlooks a broader affinity between the madness of Burning Man and the West Coast’s technocracy.
South Africa’s Oppikoppi music festival in the town of Northam, Limpopo has come to represent the aspirations of a generation which embraces the diversity of the country’s peoples and their respective music. Nikita Ramkissoon/The Conversation

Over 21 years the Oppikoppi music festival has come to embrace South Africa’s diversity

The Oppikoppi Music Festival, one of the biggest and most popular in South Africa, holds on to the musical memories of the past and provides a musical map to the future.
These days a punter has bloated, blander lineups and higher ticket prices. AAP/ Dean Lewins

Think of the children! The decline of Big Day Out and mega festivals

There will be no Big Day Out in 2015. It’s been confirmed by American owners of the Aussie event, C3 Presents. No more, the clusters of very bright-eyed, over-stimulated teens drifting from stage to stage…

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