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David Vincent on Sankeys, its evolution and latest changes

David Vincent is the owner of Sankeys, a British clubbing institution which was born in Manchester and has been transported over to Ibiza, where it’s enjoying unparalleled success. For the past five years it has grown and evolved into one of the most popular destinations for Ibiza’s clubbing faithful, with a diverse range of parties [...]

By | Music | Friday, 3 July 2015 at 10:43 am

Indian rickshaw fetches £100,000 for wild elephants at Prince Charles hosted auction, Arts

Indian rickshaw fetches £100,000 for wild elephants at Prince Charles hosted auction

In India, the iconic Bajaj auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks cost around Rs200,000 or £2,000, Two nights ago, twenty were sold for up to £100,000 each in brightly coloured designs at a wildlife charity auction hosted in Lancaster House by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
There was a London taxi lookalike, a bamboo [...]

By | Arts, Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 8:48 am

Vennart Interview and album stream: ‘This album is more focused on vocals and guitar rather than pounding your head and complex riffs’, Arts

Vennart Interview and album stream: ‘This album is more focused on vocals and guitar rather than pounding your head and complex riffs’

In February 2011 after 12 years, 4 albums and 3 EPs, experimental progressive cult rockers Oceansize split up. Now, after 4 years, frontman Mike Vennart is back with a solo venture, simply titled Vennart and an album, The Demon Joke. The album is available to stream with The Independent a week before its official label [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 15 June 2015 at 11:00 am

India’s old moderns keep the art auctions buoyant, Arts

India’s old moderns keep the art auctions buoyant

Auction houses need to find something special to galvanise the hesitant Indian modern art market and make their sales a success, and that is what both Christie’s and Bonhams have succeeded in doing at their annual June sales in London this week. Christie’s hit a winner on June 10 with a large historic work by [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 12 June 2015 at 5:56 pm

Weather in Paris will be great, Music

Weather in Paris will be great

Next week Paris plays host to the third annual Weather Festival. It’s an event that has been growing in stature year on year, and 2015’s edition looks to be one of their most exciting yet, with a cavalcade of artists passing through the event space over the weekend of June 6th and lots of very special performances taking place. With that in mind, we turned to one of the men behind Weather, Brice Coudert, to select some of the most anticipated appearances at the festival…

By | Music | Wednesday, 27 May 2015 at 4:54 pm

Scottish Book Trust: Ask the Illustrator with Debi Gliori, Arts

Scottish Book Trust: Ask the Illustrator with Debi Gliori

Most parents with children under the age of five, and every librarian, will be familiar with award-winning Scottish author and illustrator Debi Gliori’s work.  Born in Glasgow, she is well known both for her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 22 May 2015 at 1:29 pm

Second Storey & Appleblim present ALSO, Music

Second Storey & Appleblim present ALSO

ALSO is an alias that has been adopted by Appleblim and Second Storey, AKA Laurie Osbourne and Alec Storey respectively. As a duo they started out with a release back in 2010, and moved create a live set, which they debuted at Space in Ibiza. Out of the many studio sessions and live performances that [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:36 am

A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an, Music

A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an

Just last week I caught with Ralph Lawson and Subb-an ahead of Ralph’s 20/20 Vision party here in London this weekend.  The party runs through the day and night and is FREE entry, thanks to a sponsor getting involved! Find out more here. I began by quizzing them about their first meeting and, right away, [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:19 am

A beer in the sunshine with David August, Music

A beer in the sunshine with David August

David August was in London recently, so I caught up with him to grab a beer in the sun and talk about his brand new project – a live musical group called The David August Ensemble. A very interesting chat ensued…

By | Music | Friday, 15 May 2015 at 5:24 pm

Actress on London, uni life and Wolverhampton…, Music

Actress on London, uni life and Wolverhampton…

Actress (AKA Darren J. Cunningham) moved to London, from Wolverhampton, in 1999 to attend university in the capital. Over the years his productions have captured the imaginations of electronic music lovers around the world, thanks to his diverse and often quite leftfield approach. I spoke to him recently and our chat began with my excitement [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 14 May 2015 at 5:05 pm

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