I’ve been to China quite a few times over the last 10 years, and I always live in hope which has so far not been justified. So beware of my optimism, I have proclaimed and rejoiced at several false dawns. But something is going on at the moment.
While the music industry undoubtedly faces many challenges, we also live in exciting times: live music has never been as popular, and thanks to the Internet it has never been easier to discover new music.
Snow Patrol are the latest UK music act to be honoured with a PRS for Music Heritage Award - a special plaque erected at the site of their first gig, the Duke of York pub in Belfast. M was on hand to bring you the story of the day in pictures