What is the best gig you've been to at Brixton Academy? Perhaps it's Public Enemy, or The Smiths' final show in 1986? Simon Parkes bought the seminal venue for £1 in 1982 and what stories he has to tell in his new memoir Live at the Brixton Academy: a Riotous Life in the Music Business.
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
He took on bigots dressed in drag as Lily Savage in the 1980s. Now the comedian is speaking up for the plight of people on benefits
Monday 16 December 2013
The miniature robot weighs just 20g and can fly without human guidance; it could map abandoned buildings or masquerade as a fairy at a theme park
Sunday 15 December 2013
Sometimes it can be empowering to know you have nothing left to lose – that, at least, is the theory behind the birth of “my nemesis and my deliverer”, as Michael Pennington describes his alter ego in Becoming Johnny Vegas (HarperCollins, £20). In a thoroughly entertaining memoir, Pennington is also acute in his psychological evisceration of his own drunken shambles of an act.
Thursday 05 December 2013
It wasn't your average Advent Sunday service. It started with a rousing chorus of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' and ended with Abba's 'Waterloo'. In between there was a poem dedicated to Tony Wilson, a mini rave and a Danish clapping game. This was Sunday Assembly, a "godless church" which has one aim - to celebrate life. It has all the trappings of a traditional Sunday service – a sermon, songs, readings, community notices, a collection, tea and cakes – but none of the religion. Its only creed is live better, help often, wonder more.
Monday 02 December 2013
The wreckage of the helicopter was removed from the site this morning as investigators said the pilot put out no mayday calls before the crash
Thursday 28 November 2013
Bush Hall, London
Wednesday 13 November 2013
The eighteenth-century courtyard at Somerset House presents 900-metre-square ice rink with one of the most remarkable skating scenery in London.
Sunday 10 November 2013
A sideways look at the world of music
Friday 11 October 2013
'I've been catching up on Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black. I'm glued, long into the night'
Friday 11 October 2013
A Government-backed report certainly suggests so, as it's revealed that music tourism boosted the British economy by £2.2bn last year
Tuesday 08 October 2013
The comedian is on his Messiah Complex world tour
Tuesday 01 October 2013
Gravenhurst is the musical project of Nick Talbot - a Bristol-based singer-songwriter who coaxes gorgeous tones out of his guitars, but whose gentle tunes wrap up an often dark and melancholy lyrical heart. He's got the satisfying well-balanced melodies, the ever-so-pretty fingerpicking and the lush harmonising to rival many a modern folk act - Gravenhurst call to mind Kings of Convenience or early Iron and Wine, and have been compared to Simon and Garfunkel even - yet mysteriously Talbot's star has never risen so high.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Arctic Monkeys and Plan B both turned on their fans. Bad move, says Elisa Bray
Friday 13 September 2013
'I've hated all this Scando-porn serial killer stuff'
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
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