Rob Hastings is Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010. While working as a freelance reporter and feature writer he was also published by The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times.
15 August 2014 03:00 PM
There Will Be Blood, Jonny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra, Camden Roundhouse, gig review
07 August 2014 12:47 PM
Sparse and at times just plain peculiar but always brilliantly original
Graham Coxon, The Roundhouse, review: Blur guitarist is good company but it’s hard to say any of his songs stand out
03 August 2014 11:28 PM
“It was an effort going through all that stuff,” Graham Coxon says of his back catalogue, “to find anything worth playing”.
17 July 2014 12:00 AM
Judges praised Birmingham’s nominee for its 'three stacked boxes adorned with a glittering filigree screen'
02 July 2014 09:04 AM
A good night for the vast majority of uber fans, but not this one
25 June 2014 02:08 PM
The Spaghetti Western star will be remembered for his many iconic film roles
Arcade Fire Earl's Court gig review: Fan favourites bring out a few surprises to fill the gaps between 'Funeral' classics
07 June 2014 11:39 AM
Few gig reviews require spoiler alerts. But then few bands take over a huge arena in style quite like this.
Arctic Monkeys, Finsbury Park, gig review: 'The volume is lacking in oomph, but the dedication of the crowd is not in question'
24 May 2014 01:54 AM
The backdrop design surely wasn’t meant to be ironic. But after the Arctic Monkeys are revealed to the crowd by the turn of a rotating stage, the massive light-up soundwave logo behind them - replicated from the front cover of their most recent album, AM - soon feels like a cheeky Sheffieldian slap in the face. If only the real soundwaves playing out to the thousands in Finsbury Park, as the opening riffs to ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ are cranked out, felt anything like as big and powerful. I’ve heard Vauxhall Corsas driving down the Seven Sisters Road playing music louder than this.
23 May 2014 12:14 AM
Is it too much to ask at a rock gig to be able to make out the singer's words? After two songs of '70s-style guitar riffage but all-too muddy vocals from the Archie Bronson Outfit, we fear the answer is yes. But just as the sound engineers take their time to adjust the levels, perhaps our ears also need to adapt to the band’s new sound.
Footballer Colin Kazim-Richards found guilty over homophobic gesture to fans while playing for Blackburn Rovers
09 April 2014 07:29 PM
The striker claimed he was merely engaging in 'banter' with the crowd at former club Brighton
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
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