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Rudimental scoop top prize at Festival Awards

Rudimental scoop top prize at Festival Awards

Hackney band Rudimental have won the ‘Breakthrough Act of the Year’ at the 10th annual UK Festival Awards on Monday evening. The band received the award at a ceremony in Camden’s Roundhouse, beating Mercury nominees Disclosure and Bastille. The winning quartet won for their performances at a number of festivals…

Catford’s MNEK long-listed for BBC Sound of 2014

Catford’s MNEK long-listed for BBC Sound of 2014

An upcoming singer-songwriter and producer from Lewisham has been named on the longlist for the BBC Sound Of 2014 competition. Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike, 19, known professionally as MNEK, joins 14 other acts in the running for the prestigious award. In reaction to the news, Emenike tweeted: “BBC SOUND OF 2014!…

Plan B helps Hackney kids to manage their future

Plan B helps Hackney kids to manage their future

Participants in an events management course for young Hackney residents, funded by musician Plan B, will host their debut event in Homerton next week. The event, “Doin’ It Old Skool!” will showcase the creative cream-of-the-crop of East London with a 90’s twist. The night is produced by DCT Events, a…

Goldsmiths alumnus James Blake wins Mercury Prize

Goldsmiths alumnus James Blake wins Mercury Prize

James Blake, alumni of Goldsmiths, University of London in Lewisham, has won this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize with his second album, “Overgrown”, beating David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys. Blake had been nominated for the prize in 2011 for his self-titled debut album. He triumphed this year, beating bookies’ favourite…

Get a taste of music at new ‘free school’ open day

Get a taste of music at new ‘free school’ open day

One half of Chase & Status is inviting young people across the capital to attend taster days for a free music school opening next year. London’s 16-19 year olds can now register to experience one day courses at East London Arts & Music (ELAM), a new college for music and…

Introducing X Factor’s East London representatives

Introducing X Factor’s East London representatives

This year’s X-Factor live shows are kicking off with an East London influence. Having made it past the judges’ house stage, three acts from Croydon and one from Hackney will take to the stage this Saturday. A total of three Croydon acts have managed to secure their place in the…

Petition launched to bring Wiley statue to Tower Hamlets

Petition launched to bring Wiley statue to Tower Hamlets

Julie Adenuga, the drive-time radio presenter for Rinse FM, has launched a petition to ask Tower Hamlets Council to erect a statue of famous UK grime artist Wiley in Bow. The petition was launched on change.org on the evening of October 9 with a target of 1000 supporters. It has…

Music festival rocks New Cross Inn for third year

Music festival rocks New Cross Inn for third year

  Live music festival, Cross Fest, hits New Cross on Friday August 9. The music festival takes place at the New Cross Inn and is hosting over 30 bands throughout the festival. Taking place over three days, there will be live music entertainment and DJs playing a variety of music until…

So Solid Crew anger dropped from LOVEBOX festival

So Solid Crew anger dropped  from LOVEBOX festival

London-based garage and hip hop group So Solid Crew who were originally scheduled to perform at this weekend’s Lovebox in Victoria Park tomorrow have now been dropped, because of claims that another unnamed artist did not want the group performing in the same venue as them. The collective group of…

Getting in the groove with new vinyl library

Getting in the groove with new vinyl library

Here’s an idea that’s been waiting to happen since needle touched groove and people packed dance floors. The Vinyl Library is a place to share, experience and borrow second-hand records. Located in Foulden Road, Stoke Newington, with a growing team of enthusiastic volunteers, a rapidly expanding catalogue and records donated…