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Pigeonhole-phobic Joseph Mount and friends sprinkle some sonic extras on their breakthrough record.

At first glance, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about Helen Thomas, the protagonist of Alexandra Sheppard’s debut book: Oh My Gods.

Seismic life events trigger new sonic adventures for this troubadour duo, with some exciting, propulsive results.

Haven’t we seen this so-so dystopian thriller before?

Valentine’s Day is on the approach – do you have plans locked in? It’s no problem if not, because we’ve rounded up a bunch of romantic things to do across Hackney and Islington.

A major exhibition of work by Sir Don McCullin has just launched at Tate Britain, offering a unique insight in to the great photographer’s decorated and varied life behind the camera.

“The most rewarding part of this job is seeing people recover from serious mental health crises through the joy of music.”

Tri-continental punk-rock trio show a bit of imagination can go a long way on this fizzing debut.

“Our mission is to completely re-invent the perception of the sausage,” says Mariam French, managing director of X-Upper, a new restaurant launching in Islington on Friday March 1.

Wild Food Café in Covent Garden has been a staple of London’s vegan food scene for several years now. It’s been serving up plant-based and raw-food dishes – as well as championing foraged ingredients – since well before the explosion in vegan-dining that’s taken hold in the capital lately.

Now open: Moio, Stoke Newington

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A new restaurant has opened in Stokey, bringing a European menu with Mediterranean influences to the High Street.

“These events will be an Espresso rather than an Americano; a short but intense experience of a concert.”

The singer-songwriter from Hertford is hotly tipped as one of the most exciting acts to look out for in 2019. Ahead of his debut album release in April, Ten Tonnes will play a handful of live shows including a date at Scala in February.

No Place For Angels is the debut piece of fiction written by Len Ackerman after his first two books – In Their Footsteps and Now They Are Ghosts – offered a frank look at growing up in Islington throughout the 50’s and 60’s.

A grown-up, accomplished, funky and fun debut with added mariachi zest.

Preview: London Art Fair 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The London Art Fair returns to Islington next week for what is the first large scale international art event of 2019.

Stem + Glory will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elegant new Bart’s Square development from Monday, January 14.

If you’re committing to a month free from any alcohol, fair play. Dry January needn’t be a long and arduous slog, especially when you’ve got this list of things to keep you occupied…

Songworks Community Choir’s winter concert was held at St Mary with St George, Hornsey Parish Church last Wednesday, December 12. Jo Trew was one of those in attendance…

Our top picks for places to party once the bubbly starts flowing and Auld Lang Syne rings out…

A high energy return to form for Susie McKenna’s legendary annual outing of gliz, hilarity and joy

Next time you’re on a bus trundling along Essex Road, don’t be surprised to find a huddle of people gathered at the window of the Tintype Gallery.

Does anyone need another Neil Young live album? Well, yes as it happens…

Set in 1988, Dandelion tells the story of two LGBTQ people and their struggle to adapt to an uncertain new world. It opens at King’s Head Theatre this weekend.

The folks at Brewhouse & Kitchen have every reason to raise a beer in celebration after the company achieved two high-profile successes in the same week.

Now open: Homeboy, Essex Road

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A new cocktail bar offering great drinks alongside modern Irish hospitality opened last week on the site of the former London Cocktail Club.

An art exhibition featuring work by children aged four to 16 is currently underway at the Islington Arts Factory on Parkhurst Road.

Research from the MS Society has shown that 60 per cent of people who live with multiple sclerosis feel lonely – that’s 12 times the national average.

A housing association based in Islington has curated an art show allowing their creative residents to exhibit work alongside a clutch of professional artists.

While the big guy in red makes his list and checks it twice, check out a selection of the finest festive events coming your way.

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