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.
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
08 February 2014 05:30 PM
Rob Hastings soaks up blues, rock'n'roll and a troubled history on the banks of the Mississippi
14 September 2013 12:00 AM
Rob Hastings talks to the experts - and those whose tall tales went too far
Rare Joy Division outtakes set for release as Peter Hook accuses sound engineer of demanding money in exchange for rare tapes
29 August 2013 04:39 PM
Supposedly lost tapes of Unknown Pleasures have been 'looked after' Julia Adamson since the 1980s
19 July 2013 07:00 PM
Bruce Springsteen and I don't know each other. We've never met. There are no Rolling Stone or NME-style backstage stories for me to recount about chats over beers after a gig — let alone memories of dancing onstage amid the E Street Band. And as a middle-class Brit who can't drive, I'm hardly the natural audience for an American singing about underemployed labourers driving '69 Chevies out west in search of work. Yet had I been one of the lucky fans asked about their relationship with The Boss for a new documentary released on Monday, that wouldn't have been a problem.
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
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