Café Society

UK Release Date – 2nd September 2016 Woody Allen’s latest release is a curious period rom-com, in which Jesse Eisenberg plays a young Hollywood hopeful who falls in love with his powerful uncle’s mistress (Kristen Stewart). Set against the backdrop of the glamorously romanticised 1930s, Café Society is visually commanding but lacking in depth and…

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Why couldn’t we save Fabric?

This morning, Islington council revoked Fabric’s license following the unfortunate deaths of two 18 year-old boys on the premises due to drug overdoses, thus spelling the end of Fabric. The closure feels part of an ongoing systematic attack and deconstruction of London’s night club culture that has seen the closure of nearly 50% of London…

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Sundown 2016

It’s now at the tail end of the British music festival season. Each summer we see the familiar sights: wasted fifteen year olds wrongly lip-syncing chart hits before passing out in an overworked portaloo, the butchering of basic tent building, and the glorious mixture of old and young living amongst genuine squalor and filth for…

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My Woman – Angel Olsen

UK Release Date – 2nd September 2016 Angel tenderly sails through the opening synth-infused track Intern with her soft, subdued vocals, seemingly contrasting the mundane of the everyday workplace with the recurring disappointment she finds in love. “Still got to wake up and be someone” she sings, giving an impression of the tedium she finds in…

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Stranger Things

Release Date – 15th July 2016 Netflix has secured its place amongst the top providers of original content alongside the likes of HBO, Fox, and AMC – to name but a few – where before it was primarily a platform on which those latter companies could stream their content. Although Netflix’s original content is far from perfect…

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Blonde – Frank Ocean

UK Release Date – 20th August 2016 Four years isn’t an especially long time to wait for an album – certainly not long in a year that boasts the release of The Avalanche’s Wildflower, American Football’s upcoming self-titled sophomore, and the possibility of a new LCD Soundsystem album. Even the new Bon Iver album supersedes…

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A Tribute to Tom Searle

On 12 March 2010, I had my first experience of seeing Architects live. They, along with fellow UK hardcore upstarts Your Demise, were supporting A Day To Remember in Kentish Town. It was one of my earliest gig experiences and, ultimately, one of my favourites to date. My 15 year old self was a huge…

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24th Raindance Film Festival Launch

The 24th annual Raindance Film Festival announced its programme, jury members, and special events this morning in an event hosted by festival founder, Elliot Grove, accompanied by, among others, Snow Patrol‘s Johnny McDaid. The festival sees more submissions than ever this year, with entries from over 98 countries, and a screening list of 90 feature…

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David Brent: Life on the Road

UK Release Date – 19th August 2016 Brent’s back, so… The return of one of television’s greatest comedy creations – probably the best – had potential to corrupt the highly prestigious brand that is the aforementioned “Brent”.  We walked into the screening with trepidation and scepticism but remained hopeful that Gervais would not tarnish the…

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