Rob Hastings

Rob Hastings is Deputy News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010, and also writes travel articles, music reviews and features. In 2015 he shortlisted for the Washington Post’s Laurence Stern Fellowship for a series on reportage features from Iran.

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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

We go way back, Bruce Springsteen and me ... or it feels like it

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.

“The thought we could withdraw is a myth. That’s a real democratic deficit”
Charles tannock Conservative MEP

Hands up if you know who your MEP is...

They’re voted in by us, paid for by us and yet, according to a new poll, remain virtually unknown to the public. Rob Hastings talks to our representatives in Brussels to find out who they are and what they do

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