Colours: a new gig space and bar in Hackney

Colours is a new and welcome addition to London’s ever-shrinking roster of music venues. The team behind much-loved London venues Queen of Hoxton, The Book Club and Brighton’s Patterns are opening a brand new multi-arts-bar and club called Colours in Hoxton Square, East London in September. There will be a programme of music, art and…

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Womad and the Taste the World stage

Here at Gourmet Gigs towers, we love to hear of music and food combos. And at Womad festival, the Taste the World stage gives their global music stars the chance to shine in the kitchen and share their favourite recipes and stories. It’s a unique musical and culinary fusion. Artists hot-footing it from the main…

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Lost Village announces first wave of acts

Lost Village entices with a tasty lineup – so appealing it’s already on Phase 3 of its ticket sales, so it’s advisable to get your skates on if you fancy this award-winning small festival, packed with music, theatre, talks, comedy, restaurants, yoga plus lots of unusual and surprise events. Maribou State, Bicep, Modeselektor, Little Dragon,…

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Cassoulet Nights pop-up dining in Hackney

Tasty French country food popup Cassoulet Nights is set to run through to December 23rd. There’s a new Xmas menu with Vegetarian option, plus a la carte dishes but you can pop in for drinks and snacks if you like

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World music and world food at Womad

In the third of my ‘festivals and food’ series, Gourmet Gigs this week takes a look at the gorgeous global food treats at Womad. The festival might be known primarily for world music, but it has steadily built a name for itself in the food arena too, and the Taste the World stage has proved popular over the…

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Field Day curate a street-food feast

Field Day festival has built a reputation for intelligent curation and securing exclusives – this year PJ Harvey and James Blake are headlining, with artists such as Floating Points, Blossoms, Goat and Fat White Family as part of the eclectic lineup. I’ll always be grateful to Field Day for managing to entice the elusive Mazzy Star onto their stage in 2012. The team are working similar magic…

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Liverpool goes Cuban

Liverpool’s Baltic triangle has been an arts/music destination for several years, with  food playing an important part: Camp & Furnace is well known for its food slams. Upping the food game at the Baltic Triangle is a brand new Cuban street food eatery called FINCA. Launched by the team behind the unconventional pop-up restaurant, Secret Diners Club; FINCA will…

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Pitt Cue at Devonshire Square

In order to eat at the former site of Pitt Cue restaurant just off Carnaby Street, diners had to queue in the street, sometimes for hours. The reward was a coveted place downstairs in the 5-table poky cellar space, or perched at the cosy bar upstairs. The reason people were prepared to wait was due…

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Hebden Bridge: cozy cafés, cool cuisine

  I’m reposting this piece about Hebden Bridge from December 2013. Muse Music and Love Cafe record shop in Hebden Bridge is currently closed as it was devastated in the floods – it reopens sometime in the future thanks in part to a vinyl sale held at The Trades Club in January. There are plenty of places to eat and…

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