Cassoulet Nights pop-up dining in Hackney

HEY! CASSOULET NIGHTS POP UP IS NOW THROUGH DECEMBER! Right now in Hackney, a chef and a wine company are serving up a pleasingly retro style dinner with warming platefuls of classic French country food. The event, Cassoulet Nights, created by wine company Quite Nice Wines with chef Jacob Rosen, features some fun retro classics,…

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Gilles Peterson talks to Will Ashon and Dave Haslam

As part of the Safaplace mental health charity pop-up run by Stoke Newington School, with events, records and books curated by Gilles Peterson, Gilles interviewed Will Ashon and Dave Haslam. Both have been involved in the music business and made that shift to the literary world. First in Peterson’s hotseat was Will Ashon, the former…

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Blue Zoo: new songs and a new direction

Eighties band Blue Zoo got back together in 2010 with ‘unfinished business’ as far as their old material was concerned. Now the band are shaking off the past and moving forward with new material set for imminent release plus live dates on the calendar.  The band still comprises front man Andy O, with drummer Mickey Sparrow and bass player Mike Ansell. In 2013…

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Do you own the dance floor? This Hacienda fan does

One Hacienda devotee and DJ loved the Hacienda so much that he bought the flat where the famous Manchester club’s DJ booth was. The film Do You Own the Dançefloor has been on release since June 2015. It’s an affectionate, sometimes hilarious, and decidedly good-natured account of the sell-off of fixtures and fittings from The Haçienda, Manchester’s…

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Interview with Stuart Drummond of The Bedroom Hour

Interview: August 7 2014. It hardly needs to be said that I’m a big fan of The Bedroom Hour. I managed to catch up with their singer Stuart Drummond as he was rushing down to the studio one evening. He and the band are very busy at the moment with debut album Hinterland deservedly getting a great reception, a…

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