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Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return, Music

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return

Two and half years ago, Bloc, one of the UK’s best-known alternative electronic music events, suffered a massive blow when their very first London event encountered a disastrous turn of events that led to its cancellation and the company going bankrupt. Since then, the owners Alex Benson and George Hull have slowly but surely worked on reinstating the brand’s status, culminating in the return of their ‘weekender’ this March. I spoke to them about their comeback and that fateful night in July 2012…

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:47 pm

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall’s pick of the pop heroines, Music

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall’s pick of the pop heroines

Tonight Alive frontwoman Jenna McDougall shares her favourite women rockers, and explains why what they stand for strikes a chord with her.

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:36 pm

Children’s book blog – the last post!, Arts

Children’s book blog – the last post!

I’m sorry to report that today will be my last post on the children’s book blog. I’ve had an absolute blast writing it over the past couple of years, but it’s always been a labour of love and real-life work sadly has to take precedence.  But before I go, I’d like to leave you with [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 at 2:44 pm

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014, Music

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014

A somewhat mixed year for US hip-hop, the past 12 months saw many of the genre’s major Stateside stars – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nas – stay relatively quiet, while the inevitable smattering of disappointments (Rick Ross’s two rather flat albums; a remarkably dull LP from Kendrick affiliate Schoolboy Q) were offset by a stack of solid releases from the usual dependable veterans (Pharaohe Monch, Common and Cormega

By | Music | Monday, 5 January 2015 at 1:07 pm

Children’s books for December: Herman’s Letter, The Yeti Files, Greenglass House and Winter Damage, Arts

Children’s books for December: Herman’s Letter, The Yeti Files, Greenglass House and Winter Damage

Christmas is upon us, so here are four snowy stories for cosy fireside reading…

PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival
This heart-warming tale of long-distance friendship is perfect if you have a little one whose best friend is moving away. This is precisely what happens to Herman, the bear in [...]

By | Arts | Saturday, 27 December 2014 at 3:16 pm

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label, Music

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label

Kim Ann Foxman is one of those ladies who knows exactly how to rock a party. Her combination of old and new school grooves, New York attitude and a general positive outlook makes her one of those enchanting selectors who always gets a great response from the dance floor. She’s appearing at Maya Jane [...]

By | Music | Friday, 26 December 2014 at 12:57 pm

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene, Music

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene

Premiesku is a three-man outfit made up of Romanian duo Livio & Roby and their friend George G. As a trio they get together in the studio to produce house and techno music with a very distinct flavour, while also refining their live show, which works around three racks of modified equipment. They’ve had a [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 at 4:24 pm

Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil

Club To Club in Turin, Italy, is a festival based across numerous venues in the city, focusing on a more avant-garde approach. The artists involved are mostly from an experimental, or at least more unusual, background than the kind of performer you find at most festivals. My experience there was great, from superlative performances from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 18 December 2014 at 3:05 pm

Club To Club Interviews (part 4): Lorenzo Senni, Music

Club To Club Interviews (part 4): Lorenzo Senni

In the fourth of my Club To Club interviews I caught up with Lorenzo Senni, an artist who is universally respected within Italy and outside of his home nation. His experimentation with trance music, and his leftfield take on electronic music in general has placed him in an enviable position as one of Italy’s most [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 17 December 2014 at 1:20 pm

Club To Club Interviews (Part 3): Vaghe Stelle, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 3): Vaghe Stelle

Here’s the third in my series of interviews from Italian festival, Club To Club. This time around I sat down with a young, universally-respected artist from the club’s hometown, Turin. Vaghe Stelle’s musical upbringing merges influences from his local club scene with a British sound ethic, and early forays into hip-hop. It has resulted in [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 4:20 pm

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