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One of north London's best kept secrets, Real Lies are back with new music and a tour. Frontman Kev Kharas tells the Gazette about losing a band member and the inspiration behind his dreamlike songs.

Two questions: 1) Who is your favourite, most inspirational woman past or present? 2) How easy would it be for you to dress up as them in a couple of week's time?

Take shelter with these two and rediscover the joy of the album.

Sophomore record from the genre-straddling rap artist holds a mirror up to himself to reassure fans they're not alone.

Details of the first-ever London Mural Festival of street art has been unveiled which is to take place across London next year.

Rising star Teshay is here to take over

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Teshay Makeda's autumn schedule is getting busier. As this uplifting and talented singer/songwriter continues to reach new audiences, venues from Brixton to Birmingham and Covent Garden to Croydon have booked appearances, keen for Makeda to bring her fusion of reggae, soul and RnB to their respective stages.

Multi-instrumentalist, dedicated music teacher and now a man with nine albums to his name; Jake Bradford-Sharp introduces his eclectic new single and speaks of the joy of sharing his craft with fledgling drummers.

Album review: Metronomy - Metronomy Forever

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Three years on from Summer 08, Joseph Mount strives for truly timeless tunes.

A new multi-arts bar and club called Colours is opening in Hoxton Square from this Friday (September 13).

A community choir in east London created partly on the advice of doctors to help patients with mental issues is performing in the BBC Proms on Sunday.

A free one-day festival of live music, urban graffiti and comic arts workshops for children aged 13 to 19 is coming to Shoreditch Town Hall this Saturday (August 17).

Xylo Aria isn't in the mood to hang around. "It's time we started empowering ourselves and each other," she says. "If we wait for others to provide the stepping stone, we'll be waiting forever."

Formerly a songwriter for the likes of Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Kylie Minogue, Lisa Cowling now runs a cookery school out of her home in Dalston, after a year of volunteering at the Made in Hackney kitchen.

Handsome Family labelmate and former ballerina fronts a set of disarming, powerful reflections on love and life.

Nando's have launched a pop-up in Shoreditch which is about way more than just chicken slathered in PERi-PERi sauce.

"The number of musicians who want to judge a dog show is quite astounding," chuckles Dan Monsell, speaking ahead of the return of Visions Festival this Saturday (August 3).

Album review: Kaiser Chiefs - Duck

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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.

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

Review: Olympia - Flamingo

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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.

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

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

Bad weather didn't dampen the French pop star's electric headlining performance at All Points East on Sunday, where she, and her dance troupe, stormed the stage and set it ablaze.

With four critically acclaimed albums under his belt, James Blake felt like a spot on North Stage headliner for All Points East's eclectic third day.

As soon as The Strokes swaggered on stage and burst into Heart in a Cage it was clear they weren't messing around.

Hot Chip's colourful catalogue of bratty but lovable synth-pop clearly keeps the rain at bay, because the moment the quintet leave the All Points East stage the heavens open, and Victoria Park becomes a swamp of rave kids and panic.

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.

A vivid and gripping tour of modern life from the brightest new star of Britain's grime scene.

Hot Chip are back and so are the memories of dancing around sweaty basement clubs, and blasting their songs in the car, and watching their catalogue of bizarre music videos. The joy of repetition really is in you.

As runners around Hackney and beyond limber up for next week's Half Marathon, we speak to Virgin Sport's CEO Jessica Frey about the biggest Hackney Festival of Fitness event to date.

Downbeat, synth-aided rock is fruitful ground for a fistful of first-person reflections and regrets.

Two bank-holidays and a big range of interesting events; there's lots to look forward to in May. Here's a run-down of six of the best things to do in Hackney and Islington.

This year, All Points East will be joining forces with even more local partners to bring a packed programme of free events across May half term.

Yep, seriously. The returning Margarita Rumble festival offers you two hours of bottomless drinks in a bid to find the best margarita cocktail in London.

Organisers of the Victoria Park festival will work with a number of local companies as they stage a week of free entertainment for all ages between May 27 and 30.

Clark might once again bite off more than the average listener can chew, but bear with it.

Will third time mean the big time for the worrying pop-poet?

Fresh from the success of achieving a number one album, Bring Me The Horizon have something special planned for their headline show at this summer's All Points East festival. Keyboardist Jordan Fish talks us through the band's preparations for May 31.

Next week, Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac brings an array of exciting musicians to stages around Hackney. Here, the superstar DJ talks to us about the inaugural AMP London, what makes a truly great live performance and the joys of giving new artists the chance to shine.

Album review: C Duncan - Health

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A contradictory concoction of electronica, club-lounge, disco-funk, lullaby-gospel and languid cool that works incredibly well.

London sure knows how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - we're mad for it. Let's get craicing (awful, I know) with six of the best events celebrating the Emerald Isle in Hackney and Islington.

North London songsmith heads for new ground on his eleventh studio album

Ahead of the next event at Hoxton Hall on March 29, we speak to two of the event organisers about how Sound Out puts exciting acts in front of a live audience, sometimes for the first time.

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