Lovebox – review

Last weekend’s festival on the fringe of Hackney did not disappoint (an article written for theHackney Citizen. All photographs by Richard Ridout.) Last weekend Lovebox festival took over Victoria Park, just south of Hackney. Hot Chip, Friendly Fires and Grace Jones headlined the three-day gig, drawing huge crowds to the main stage. Meanwhile, the smaller

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Get Carta – the art of mapping

(An article written for the June edition of the Hackney Citizen newspaper, published online here) Eight artists explore community, place, and nature at the Karin Janssen Project Space in Well Street Well Street’s Karin Janssen Project Space is a pocket of white light on a multicoloured community high street. Next door, polka-dot umbrellas are stacked

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Rudimental – dance music with a Hackney soul

(An article I wrote for the Hackney Citizen newspaper.) The quartet of former youth workers are set for mainstream success with their feelgood blends Teetering on the edge of the underground but ready to blast into the mainstream, Rudimental are already commandeering the airwaves. ‘Spoons’, a house tune they produced in a couple of hours,

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Dele Osunsami – a poet for the facebook generation

An article I wrote for the Hackney Citizen newspaper last week. Dele Osunsami’s gift for poetry was discovered after he started posting his work online. The Hackney Citizen finds out more about the man behind the rhymes…   Revelling in the spring sunshine after weeks of torrential rain, I draped my leather jacket over the

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Pain at the Dentist

An article I wrote for the Hackney Citizen – published yesterday. Behind the façade of a dodgy-looking high-street dental surgery on Chatsworth Road – tacky bright yellow shop signs intact – the Alvarado Gallery is currently hosting its first pop-up exhibition. The aptly-named Pain at the Dentist is first in a series of four exhibitions

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The artists’ playground

A response to Hackney’s art-laden streets (by me – published in the Hackney Citizen in 2009) THE streets of East London serve as a canvas for artists: from the stone sculptures on London Fields to the Hackney Peace Carnival mural brightening up Dalston Lane. The public can feast their eyes on artwork galore: with East

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