London Music Festival Guide 2019

Brilliant music without leaving the capital.

Every summer London is awash with music festivals. There are so many that it can be hard to differentiate them and know which is right for you. That’s why we’ve decided to make things a bit easier on you, and sum up each event in a few pithy sentences. Enjoy:

RE-TEXTURED: Could anything be more London in 2019 than an electronic music festival centred around brutalist architecture. That’s not a knock — we couldn’t be more excited to see ear-shattering techno in London’s Continue reading

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Rediscovering The East End’s Yiddisher Jazz Scene

New musical compilation tells a colourful tale of the Cockney Jewish experience.

When some one says ‘Jazz Age’, beigels, bustling markets, and Jewish brides probably aren’t what spring to mind. But put flappers, bootleg liquor, and other F. Scott Fitzgerald-style excess aside for a moment, because we’re travelling back in time to 1920s-1950s Whitechapel, where a rather different flavour of jazz well and truly flourished.

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Wallets at the ready! Join our tour of the UK’s greatest record shops 


As Record Store Day returns, we hit the streets on record store crawls around four UK cities with the country’s best new DJs, to find the bricks-and-mortar gems that keep pushing the culture forward

It’s Record Store Day on Saturday, a juggernaut that is still picking up pace in its 11th year, with many exclusive special-edition records released as a way to focus music fans’ attention on bricks and mortar. And now there’s a new way to take it all in: in the US, the Record Store Crawl initiative has been set up to explore the wealth of stores in each city. With RSD looming, we thought this could be a model for a survey of the health of record shops in British cities: so, four writers have gone round four cities with some of the UK’s most exciting new DJs and producers, picking out their ultimate record-shopping routes [ . . . ]

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Horses throw toads to win quirky British pub championship 

LONDON: With the final brass “toad” nestled at the bottom of the hole, team members from the Black Horse club jumped in the air to chest bump after becoming world champions at one of Britain’s more obscure pub games.Toad, which is said to have originated in France hundreds of years ago, involves throwing four large brass coins, or “toads”, at a small hole on a lead square nearly eight feet (2.44 meters) away.Two points are awarded for throwing a toad in the hole, with one point awarded for landing it on the lead table.”Is toad skilful? Absolutely. You’ll see players with varying techniques and skills that they’ve honed over a period of time,” competitor Bryan Vaananen told Reuters.

“You can’t just rock up and chuck it in the hole.”The Black Horse came out victorious at Wednesday’s championship at a hall in the team’s home town of Lewes in southern England. More than 50 teams vied for the title, an increase on last year’s entrants.The game is hugely popular in the East Sussex town, having waned elsewhere in English pubs amid competition from darts and pool.

Source: Horses throw toads to win quirky British pub championship – Channel NewsAsia