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Excuse the brief post, but it’s past midnight and I’m too busy to keep up with reviews right now. However, here is a quick newsflash to say that I have now been through installations 1 to 16 tonight (in numerical order like the obsessive compulsive I am) and I’m minded to say this is the best line-up they have done since they started in 2009.

So if you haven’t been yet, I cannot recommend this highly enough. You have until Sunday. The crowd control measures seem to be working so far, so there’s little chance of a repeat of last year’s crush if that worry has been keeping you away. I’ll write a bigger article in due course picking out highlights, but in the meantime I’d day the thing you absolutely must catch is [M]ondes in Durham Cathedral. Remember, you need a ticket to get into the city centre (including the Cathedral) before 7.30, but it is unticketed afterwards. And it looks like the weather’s going to be kind. So come and see it, and you’ll be thankful you did.

UPDATE: (Sat morning): Perhaps I spoke a little too soon about the crowds. A lot more people on Friday night, and at 9 p.m. people were queuing for 20 minutes to get into the city centre. Tonight’s going to be the tough one. We’ll see.

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