Rob Hastings

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.

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Riba Stirling Prize 2014: The Shard and Birmingham Library shortlisted

Judges praised Birmingham’s nominee for its 'three stacked boxes adorned with a glittering filigree screen'

Coldplay perform at the Royal Albert Hall

Coldplay, Royal Albert Hall, review: Chris Martin can't mask band's limitations

A good night for the vast majority of uber fans, but not this one

Eli Wallach dead: Tribute to actor who 'enjoyed a great life with his brilliant talent'

The Spaghetti Western star will be remembered for his many iconic film roles

There’s the band’s unyielding energy and their musicianship. But what really keeps us on edge is how we’re kept guessing

Arcade Fire Earl's Court gig review: Fan favourites bring out a few surprises to fill the gaps between 'Funeral' classics

Few gig reviews require spoiler alerts. But then few bands take over a huge arena in style quite like this.

'It’s so quiet,' says the girl with dyed black hair to her floral jacketed boyfriend. “It’s just as well I know all the words.”

Arctic Monkeys, Finsbury Park, gig review: 'The volume is lacking in oomph, but the dedication of the crowd is not in question'

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.

Archie Bronson Outfit, Islington Assembly Hall, gig review

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.

Colin Kazim-Richards (centre) leaves Brighton Magistrates Court in East Sussex

Footballer Colin Kazim-Richards found guilty over homophobic gesture to fans while playing for Blackburn Rovers

The striker claimed he was merely engaging in 'banter' with the crowd at former club Brighton

Walking in Memphis: Neon-lit Beale Street first attracted musicians 150 years ago

Slice of Memphis: Hip-shaking, lip-smacking Tennessee fun

Rob Hastings soaks up blues, rock'n'roll and a troubled history on the banks of the Mississippi

Telling porkies: From Jeffrey Archer to your fibbing friend, we all love to lie. But why?

Rob Hastings talks to the experts - and those whose tall tales went too far

Peter Hook, bassist of Joy Division and New Order, who has accused a sound engineer of extortion

Rare Joy Division outtakes set for release as Peter Hook accuses sound engineer of demanding money in exchange for rare tapes

Supposedly lost tapes of Unknown Pleasures have been 'looked after' Julia Adamson since the 1980s

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn