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Big MCs battle over Big Macs on Lewisham High Street

Big MCs battle over Big Macs on Lewisham High Street

To passers-by, McDonalds looked busier than usual last Monday night. But locals would be mistaken in thinking that the groups outside were in line for a Big Mac. They were gathered in front of the fast-food joint to see a rap battle. The clash was due to take place between…

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Night Tales will open tomorrow for a seven-weekend stay in Shoreditch in a transformed East London car park and underground bunker. Starting from 6pm on Friday, this weekend will feature music from Django Django DJ set and Low Life with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. The music line-ups will be announced weekly, as will the special…

Norwegian indie-pop artist returns to London

Norwegian indie-pop artist returns to London

Award-winning Norwegian indie-pop artist Sondre Lerche played his first concert in London for over three years at Oslo in Hackney last Wednesday. Based in New York City and now with over ten albums on his resume, he’s a busy man. As well as being a judge in the Norwegian version…

The Vibe Bar closes: a sign of the times?

The Vibe Bar closes: a sign of the times?

The Vibe Bar, renowned in Brick Lane for its concerts and parties is closing down after twenty years. Allan Miller, the owner of the bar, posted a heartfelt message on its Facebook page announcing the closure, noting increased issues with acquiring Temporary Event Notices that allow the bar to be open after 1…

Local stars beaten to Mercury Prize top spot

Local stars beaten to Mercury Prize top spot

Brockley native Kate Tempest and Whitechapel-born Damon Albarn were beaten to this year’s Mercury Prize by Young Fathers. The Edinburgh hip-hop group took home the £20,000 prize for their debut album Dead. Young Fathers kept their victory speech short, offering a brief “thank you” before leaving the stage. They kept…

Ben Haenow’s latest song splits X Factor judges

Ben Haenow’s latest song splits X Factor judges

Ben Haenow’s latest X Factor performance has stirred mixed feelings among the judges, with some of them tipping him to win the show and others criticising his song choice. Croydon van driver Haenow performed I don’t wanna miss a thing by Aerosmith from the movie “Armaggedon” at the third live…

Goldsmiths music student awarded £1,500 prize

Goldsmiths music student awarded £1,500 prize

Lucy Cait, 21, a talented musician from Goldsmiths, University of London, has been given a ‘head-start’ into the music industry. The second year student, studying Popular Music was chosen for the Ed Renshaw Music award, along with a 23-year old drummer, David Dyson, from Greenwich. Offered for the first time…

Ben Haenow makes it through yet another X Factor round

Ben Haenow makes it through yet another X Factor round

Ben Haenow wowed the X Factor judges once more at the competition’s second live show last weekend with a passionate rendition of John Lennon’s ballad “Jealous Guy”. With the week’s theme being the 80s, the 29-year-old van driver from Purley got standing ovations from two of the judges, smoothly making…

Haenow progresses to next X Factor live show

Haenow progresses to next X Factor live show

Croydon van driver, Ben Haenow, has continued smoothly on his X Factor journey with a rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water. After performing the classic by Simon and Garfunkel, the 29-year-old was the second singer announced to be going on to the next live show, together with 13 more acts.…

Danny Baker’s daughter rocks the Pelton Arms

Danny Baker’s daughter rocks the Pelton Arms

Mancie Baker, 15, is set to create a Deptford entertainment dynasty as she follows in her father’s footsteps of fame. The singer songwriter is the daughter the south London DJ Danny Baker, and has been packing regulars into the Pelton Arms in Greenwich with a solo spot every Sunday afternoon.…

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