From June 19 to 25, Refugee Week is back with arts and educational events around the country to raise awareness and hope for a better way of dealing with the ongoing crisis, and Islington and Hackney are no exceptions
You can count on few fingers the number of bands who’d be able to make you cry using the words “on the rail replacement bus”.
Hackney singer Ade Omotayo talks singing with Amy Winehouse, his band Equals and the democratisation of music
There’s music, art, dance, food, sports, workshops and a parade throughout the day, celebrating the community’s contributions
Hackney local Frankie Oliver, a singer turned taxi driver turned singer again, returns to music with a new album after a two decade long absence
Acoustic troubadour Matt Gresham is yet another export churned out from the X Factor machine (albeit the Australian incarnation).
When Too Close To Touch singer Keaton Pierce tragically lost his three year old sister, his priority was to use music to express his pain
The London Tango Quintet are playing at Hackney’s Round Chapel on May 25
BRIDGET GALTON talks rock docs, politics and the thrill of playing live with the folk punk singer
The Hoxton venue was taken over for the launch of the debut EP Devil’s Door from Francesca Mondi, a soulful jazz singer who takes influences from across the globe
Steve Pretty may refute the hipster label but he admits that “running a postmodern brass band is quite a hipsterish activity”
STEFANIA SARUBBA talks to the co-founder of a new arts festival in London Fields celebrating every aspect of human creativity
The Islington band has released the video for Midnight Oil, a customised visual experience that generates different scenes depending how the viewer clicks.
The Golden Egg Love Fest runs at the Shacklewell Lane Mosque over the weekend of April 22 - 23, offering music, dance, spoken word, yoga, food and spirituality
This crowd-funded record puts BSP back in the frame – food for hearts, minds and feet
The punk-slash-folk group plays at The Garage in Highbury on April 8, collecting food and clothes for those in need
The Scottish band are left searching for past passion and power in their first record since 1998
George Brown started out busking. Now she’s launching her debut EP, following in the footsteps of her SoCal heroes, finds ZOE PASKETT
Featuring top fiddlers from Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention and Show of Hands, the folk rock outfit that has been likened to a group of geography teachers takes to the Chapel stage
In a world though where it increasingly feels as though artifice and career-goals have taken precedence over authenticity, her stock offers increasing value
French artist works piano and electronica into intriguing sculptures for third LP
Co-director of Hackney Showroom, Sam Curtis Lindsay, talks to Zoe Paskett about their second anniversary and a festival celebrating joyful protest
The California band continue to feather their pigeonhole with rusting ennui, lullaby-soft vocals and pretty, power-pop ditties – and if it ain’t broke...
Merely one album into her career, Jacklin applies poise and grace to her forlorn tunes
A short, searing but seductive set from British folk’s brightest star
Half-Irish, Catalonia-born singer Nuria Graham talks to GREG WETHERALL about her swift ascent in music and her gripes with using social media
Louise’s mother and charity Mentor bring together the Scarletinas, Tim Arnold and Bryn and Alfie from The Holloways to perform in her honour on Thursday
Salford band’s fifth continues to straddle post-punk and complex pop. Is it enough to make anyone care?
The year-long residency came after an online poll asked workers residents and students in Kings Cross to nominate a musician
Ben Bailey Smith aka Doc Brown talks to Zoe Paskett about music, success in comedy and why he doesn’t ever do TV panel shows
It’s clear that Anton and Erin Boag have been dancing together for 20 years. They have an easy rapport both in step and conversation that can fill the Barbican’s large main hall
The bear-sized Brightonian’s debut has awards-givers frothing at the mouth. Does it match such high hopes?
Lydia Gosnell from Woodberry Down talks about launching the album, playing for 24 hours in a row and raising £4,500 for a six foot recorder
Angie Rance and Luke Owen from folk group Patch and the Giant talk to ZOE PASKETT about releasing their album and being related to an old Hackney Mayor
A bag of fuzzy, grungy fun that leaves Menace Beach pointing in the right direction
Journalist, author and one third of Saint Etienne Bob Stanley talks about researching his forthcoming book and releasing a new album inspired by Brexit
Emeka Egbuonu’s third book is a novel about sisterhood. He talks to Zoe Paskett about getting into the mindset of the women in his life
Martyn Jacques of the Tiger Lillies recalls honing their unique sound ahead of their show at the Roundhouse, finds Zoe Paskett
Poised. finger-picked tranquillity and humbling talent from a lesser-known star of instrumental guitarmanship.
Richmix is playing host to this year’s “live music culture clash”.
Stephen Moore rounds up his favourite albums from 2016, including Radiohead, Michael Kiwanuka, Glass Animals and Bat for Lashes
Enter by January 19 for a chance to win one of 100 tickets to James Bay’s final show before he goes back to writing, while raising money for a good cause
Dark Vader from Star Wars themed band Galactic Empire tells ZOE PASKETT about the power of the Empire in arguably the most bizarre interview ever
It’s one of the UK’s iconic toilet venues for up-and-coming rock bands.
2 Become 1 ridicules the idea that all women fit into templates – posh, tomboyish, fierce, innocent – while also being a touching narrative on the importance of female friendships
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