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Thursday, March 19, 2020

The north Londoner is signing up amateur and professional performers for the Great British Home Chorus to help combat social isolation

Thom Yorke will take to the stage for a rare solo performance at All Points East on May 24.

Bombay Bicycle Club have been announced as the opening night headliners for All Points East, joining Tame Impala, Massive Attack, Kraftwerk, The Kooks and The Wombats on a huge bill for the 10-day event.

Three-piece rock band, Cagework, are making waves in the live-music venues of Hackney, and now there are rumours of a second album on the horizon.

All Points East festival has announced The Kooks and The Wombats are both performing in Victoria Park on May 30.

In 2009, eight musicians hosted an intimate gig in a living room in London, and Sofar Sounds was born.

On Saturday, July 11 the band will perform alongside Charlie XCX, Clairo, Pale Waves, Phoebe Bridgers and Cavetown.

Landry pulls back from heartbreak to deliver his best record yet.

Liz Beardsell was 12-years-old when she began keeping a diary. Twenty-six years and more than 9,000 entries later, she’s still yet to miss a day of writing.

After a three-year hiatus, indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club are feeling refreshed ahead of a UK tour and the release of their first album since 2014.

“Our goal is to create a world where nobody feels out of place if they’re not drinking,” says Laura Willoughby MBE, who co-founded Club Soda in 2015.

A strong, evocative debut from the Irish singer-songwriter.

Williams adds to the festive frivolity by delivering a gift that few will be searching out in years to come.

Engaging and award-winning folk trio unearth more musical nuggets of our oral history.

All Points East have today announced Kraftwerk as the second headline act for their 2020 event.

Australian psychedelic rock outfit Tame Impala will play next year’s All Points East festival with a headline show on Saturday, May 23.

A highlights package from an incredible year for the electronica legends.

The annual UK Green Film Festival is underway at Dalston’s Rio Cinema, bringing a series of movies about vital environmental topics to the silver screen until next Saturday (Nov 9).

Review: Stereophonics - Kind

Friday, October 25, 2019

Kelly and Co keep it under 50 for their middle-of-the-road cruise down the Americana highway.

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.

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).

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.

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