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The Last Word festival returns for its fifth year with a lineup of poetry, spoken word and slam competitions.

Ahead of their performance at The Dome in Tufnell Park on May 26, frontman Matt Baty discusses the band’s high-energy live shows and funding their forthcoming second album

Peace struggle for depth, excitement and creative inspiration on third outing.

Coombes’ third solo offers bold and ambitious songwriting that sometimes hits the spot.

Some of the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll – Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age and Iggy Pop – are coming to Finsbury Park next month.

Recorder virtuoso Lydia Gosnell will be coming home when her quartet play the Hackney Proms next month.

Matthews strips it down to the essentials for this quietly potent, intimate sixth album.

Hackney songwriter, producer and talent developer Darren Martyn has spent two thirds of his life in music. Now he is publishing a book to share his expertise and experience

The New York outfit’s sophomore record sets the ‘Beans on course for great things.

Through the show “we examine how the four walls of the hospitals where people were locked away from society are now being replaced with the four walls of people’s bedrooms, as they have a lack of opportunities for engagement or support.”

Album review: Molly Tuttle – Rise

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Incredible, award-winning musicianship and a mature songwriting talent makes Molly Tuttle one to watch

Astute pop wizardry in this debut LP from one of the bands of the moment.

The northern rockers’ motorik, frazzled guitars and kitchen-sink humour make for an invigorating experience.

Spring this year is a fully female season at Hoxton Hall and the perfect way to celebrate the centenary of female suffrage.

Cerebral but accessible singer-songwriter Varley bolsters his sound – and hopefully his fanbase – with fifth solo LP.

The Hackney and Dalston based actor and musician talk to Zoe Paskett about a new musical starring a young woman navigating through a messy, complicated and relatable life

Unlike any folk band you’ve heard before, the ‘Wheel take the genre into exciting new territories

Lean but fruitful third record from the leftfield pop merchants.

Cornwall theatre company Kneehigh returns to Shoreditch Town Hall with their production of The Tin Drum. Director Mike Shepherd fills us in

Hackney resident and OperaUpClose artistic director Robin Norton-Hale talks about her feminist reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

North London Chorus continues its 40th anniversary season with Zurich’s Contrapunto Chor, who are currently celebrating their own 30th birthday.

Third outing for Noel and friends is surprising in a good way – even (whisper it) fun.

Michael-James Dent and Chris Jones of Homerton band The Dolce Vita talk about gigging locally and releasing music via cassette, ahead of their show on November 24

The 19 year old singer’s first headline show goes off with a bang at the Stoke Newington venue

‘We’re not short on female talent. It’s just not having an unbiased platform for females to be able to perform and showcase their talent’

Album review: Weaves – Wide Open

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Quirky indie-rockers strengthen their stake towards the genre’s more exciting, adventurous fringes.

10 years and a new line up since The Beautiful South split, the reincarnation of the group come to Islington on November 4

Landry exposes flimsy, Hollywood-driven expectations with a blues-infused treatise on real life and love

The promoter behind Field Day has ruled out holding the three-day festival in Finsbury Park next year – despite having applied to Haringey Council for permission to do so.

Welsh rockers roll up their 20th year treading water, with just a dash of inspiration

The British Library is looking back through the archives with a new exhibition tracing the evolution of sound technology and the influence it has had on our lives

Album review: Josh Ritter – Gathering

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Marrying dense narrative with evocative arrangements, Gathering is an artistic triumph.

Heralding the final opera at the venerable and iconic Islington venue, the King’s Head, is a classic for the ages.

Rock titans put pedal to the metal but mislay the melodies on their ninth outing.

Oxjam Hackney Festival raises money for Oxfam with music acts throughout the day in London Fields this weekend

Rae Morris performs at Islington Assembly Hall on Thursday (September 28)

Grammy-nominated duo’s ninth album is warm, captivating and funky, while addressing the socio-political upheavals of home

Both events will support Oxfam and local musicians

The club night at The Yard in Hackney Wick raises money and awareness for Abortion Support Network, who assist people from Ireland and Northern Ireland in traveling to access a safe and legal abortion

His new album Gary Williams at the Movies is a combination of classics

Album review: The Horrors – V

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Horrors’ flights of fancy circle the ever-generous carcass of ‘80s electro-pop

The Horrors are releasing their new album on September 22 and playing Koko in Camden in October

Album review: Rat Boy – Scum

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

More brat than rat, the Essex lad reveals he’s not got much to say.

If Finsbury Park held a music festival with all the acts to have performed in the N4 postcode area, it would be the greatest gig of all time.

A new production project from In Place of War is bringing musicians from all over the world to form an electronic band together.

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