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La Fete brings the African beat back to Open the Gate

La Fete brings the African beat back to Open the Gate

La Fete is back once again this month and continuing in its mission to bring the best African inspired music to Open the Gate in Dalston.…

Lasting legacy of UK’s most influential reggae singer

Lasting legacy of UK’s most influential reggae singer

One of the UK’s most influential reggae singers, who made his name with a Lewisham based sound-system, was found dead at his home on Tuesday. The tragic demise of Smiley Culture sent shockwaves across the reggae community at the start of the week, with tributes appearing online within an instant of the…

La Fete’s hypnotic grooves help raise awareness of vital cause

La Fete’s hypnotic grooves help raise awareness of vital cause

La Fete's world music vibes strike up again to help a vital cause.…

Preview: La Fete charity bash at Open the Gate – WIN tickets!

Preview: La Fete charity bash at Open the Gate – WIN tickets!

This Saurday Focus Organization again takes hold at Open the Gate for a night, of dance-floor friendly world music, all in the name of charity.…

Can anybody find me… somewhere to go?

Can anybody find me… somewhere to go?

If that’s the tune you’re singing then the answer is yes. Longing for the rock and roll escapism of the past? Then head to Brick Lane and travel back to the ‘70s and ‘80s and experience the blissfully electrifying world of Queen.…

Tahya Masr! Bass music backs the Egyptian revolution

Tahya Masr! Bass music backs the Egyptian revolution

East London DJs are hosting a club night dedicated to the Egyptian revolution this weekend. Tahya Masr! takes place on Friday night at the Apiary in Hackney. It features a host of the city’s most forward thinking DJs, with all proceeds going toward Egyptian Association UK, a charity supporting families…

La Fete create vibes that hits the right note for Dalston

La Fete create vibes that hits the right note for Dalston

La Fete, the new club night summoning African grooves into the heart of Dalston, couldn’t have been staged in a better venue. Held at Open the Gate (a recent addition to Stoke Newington road nightlife) where the vibes are warm and friendly, it was clear from the off that dance moves…

Preview: La Fete at Open the Gate – WIN tickets!

Preview: La Fete at Open the Gate – WIN tickets!

This Saurday Focus Organization takes over Open the Gate for a night of dance-floor friendly world music…

Hugh Keice: The new pop voice of East End

Hugh Keice: The new pop voice of East End

“To be honest, I thought my life as a musician was over at one point,” Hugh Keice said softly, lighting a cigarette. Fortune has never favoured Hugh: he has seen darker days.…

Holly wins Hackney’s ‘I’m In’ talent contest [video]

Holly wins Hackney’s ‘I’m In’ talent contest [video]

Thirteen year old Holly Watson-Abell won Hackney’s  ‘I’m In’ talent show at The Hackney Empire on Friday night as the auditorium rocked with cheers.…