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Simon Cowell is dressed in a familiar crew-cut top and about to deliver a shuddering reality check. "I'm gonna be honest with you, Kojo," he explains, "I don't really like comedians on this show."

Ricky Wilson and his wholesome collective of jolly moshpit makers are back for a seventh LP

If you've ever found yourself peer-pressured in to drinking alcohol when, actually, a soft drink or a mocktail would have been fine, then Club Soda may be of interest.

Luan Goldie is a primary school teacher with a 4-year-old daughter: she does not have a lot of spare time. And yet, when she can muster a few quieter moments to herself, Goldie writes short-stories and longer tales about working class communities which are winning plenty of fans, and quickly.

You'll remember Kojo Anim's audition on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year: the standing ovation seemed to go on for about as long as his comedy routine itself.

A virtual-reality gaming lounge and vegan dessert bar is set to open in Homerton next week. Vivid Reality co-founders Rebekah Douglas-Bagley and Yemi Shodipo explain the concept behind their new three-storey space on the High Street.

Nightjar, the multi award-winning speakeasy on City Road, has introduced an Arts & Crafts cocktail menu for the summer.

Melbourne-raised singer-songwriter pens sophomore record of intelligent, fresh and vibrant alt-pop.

Andy Maddocks, co-founder of the Mothership Group, reflects on a decade of quirky events and rooftop parties on Curtain Road.

The Boss' first studio album in five years is a masterclass in understated Americana.

An art exhibition made up of 900 brightly coloured resin ice lollies. If you were to imagine the perfect setting for your next Instagram post, this would surely be right up there.

Six years after suffering a mental breakdown, Ebony Ali is doing all that she can to support young people going through similarly turbulent times.

Career ambitions clash with family life in Chasing Rainbows, a new play from Oneness Sankara running at Hoxton Hall from June 25 to July 20.

To celebrate the 71st birthday of the NHS on July 5, The Pembury Tavern is offering a free drink to any of its employees.

Film review: Toy Story 4

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Woody and Buzz's fourth outing offers much of the same laughs as the previous films, but it's done with heart and dignity.

Italian food, cocktails and DJ sets in to the early hours are on the cards at Gigi's: the new Hoxton Square venue from Giovanna Hussain

Ahead of her show at Hackney Empire on June 27, the much-loved comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig talks us through her favourite Bake Off memory, the best thing about being British and her dog, Mildred.

The concept of home consistently threads through the recent output of Hackney-born filmmaker Asif Kapadia.

The Windrush Cricket Project seeks to bring people of all ages together to share experiences and get active with a bat and ball on the Marshes this Saturday, June 8.

Glaswegian gal goes solo on hook-laden third record, trying out new sounds along the way.

Trying to unpick the qualities that have elevated Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie to the status of fabled modern classic is a tricky exercise.

Joyful sing-a-longs and giddy dancing in the evening sunshine as Mumford & Sons thrive in Victoria Park.

Lower Clapton restaurant My Neighbours The Dumplings are expanding. The Gazette went for a walk around the park with director Becky Wharton to talk about their second dumpling house: set to open on Victoria Park Road in mid-July.

Childhood friends Holly O'Leary and Alice Harry are about to bring a brew bar, café and small-plates restaurant to Hackney's vegan scene. They're opening Squeg + Bonez on Thursday (June 6) with 100 free coffees to be claimed the next day.

The years between 2012 and 2015 brought an unprecedented amount of success for Alex Kratena.

The Stoke Newington Literary Festival is about bringing bright minds and interesting stories to the community - and keeping tickets cheap all the while.

Seven participants from a disabled cricket club in Hackney have been selected as volunteers at the 2019 World Cup, which starts in London on May 30 and takes place around the country until July 14.

We're now just one day out from the start of All Points East 2019, so are the event organisers slowing down ahead of the Festival's opening? Absolutely not.

As Shoreditch-based venue The Bike Shed prepare to host their 10th anniversary show at Tobacco Dock, the event's caterers Feast It pick out five great places that will be feeding the motorhead masses.

A cocktail bar promising 'chemistry and theatre' is opening on City Road in time for the weekend.

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