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Depford Shanty Crew contest Convoys Wharf plan in song

Depford Shanty Crew contest Convoys Wharf plan in song

The Deptford Shanty Crew has joined the local protest against the Convoys Wharf regeneration plan with its new song “Deptford Dockyard”, which was released online last week. The song, written and performed by the Crew, criticises Mayor Boris Johnson’s decision in October to put Deptford Dockyard’s regeneration plan into the…

Professor Green charged with drink driving after car crash

Professor Green charged with drink driving after car crash

Hackney-born Professor Green has been charged with drink driving after an incident on the road in Lewisham where he lives. The 30-year-old rapper, real name Stephen Manderson, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and later rearrested for allegedly perverting the course of justice in November. According to the police,…

Oslo in Hackney: Nightspot to open after demolition delay

Oslo in Hackney: Nightspot to open after demolition delay

A new Hackney nightspot has announced its rescheduled opening having overcome delays caused by the partial collapse of buildings on Amhurst Road in November. The opening of ‘Oslo’ was originally scheduled for December 2013 but was postponed due to Hackney Council’s decision to carry out urgent demolition works on nearby…

Artists team up with church choir for special event

Artists team up with church choir for special event

  A one-off music event will see famous artists perform at a Hackney church to raise money for children’s charities this Friday. Sound:Check, a live music event company, will host the live concert at St John-at-Hackney Church. Artists will use the church’s brass and string sections, church organ and choir to…

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…