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A Slide in the Pension Landscape: Retirement Struggles for the Workforce

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Lingering debts, lack of pension savings and the rise in the cost of living…a third of over 50’s are leaving retirement at a later age, Aviva’s Working Lives report reveals.
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Album Review: Beauty Behind The Madness, The Weeknd | ChloeDobinson.co.uk

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Top 10 Family Pubs in East London

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Following the 2012 Olympics East London has had an overhaul of change. Arguably trying to find a local pub which caters for children and adults alike is something not to go by with the six weeks holidays already in full swing. Here are some of the best family orientated pubs in East London boasting a great atmosphere for adults to enjoy a drink and keep the kids occupied with games and greenery.

The Golden Fleece (Manor Park)

The Golden Fleece is a traditional old pub, situated in Manor Park, catering for customers of all ages. A beer garden with the use of a climbing apparatus and a great space of greenery opposite the pub, for long walks, with a guaranteed chance of seeing a game of football taking place.  Offering a friendly and welcoming setting for those who want to relax, this pub is the perfect place to let the kids play, whilst everyone enjoys this hidden gem of Manor Park.

Golden Fleece, 166 Capel Rd, London E12 5DB, UK

Cutty Sark Tavern (Greenwich)

The public house which is located alongside the river Thames, with stunning views of Canary Wharf and The 02, the Cutty Sark Tavern offers great British food for all of the family. The pub, which is set across three floors, allows customers the chance to sit back and relax while letting staff members take care of you in this scenic atmosphere –perfect for a summer’s day.

Cutty Sark Tavern, 4-6 Ballast Quay, London, Greenwich SE10 9PD




[caption id=attachment_1728 align=alignnone width=640] Cutty Sark Tavern © Adrian Scottow/Flickr[/caption]

Queens Arms (Walthamstow)

Walhamstow’s Queens Arms is one of the higher priced pubs featured on the list. Nevertheless the menu speaks for itself –salt marsh rump of lamb and 32 day aged Galloway ribeye steak is enough to leave customers coming back for more; while the choice of sticky toffee pudding and chocolate, and Frangelico torte will leave anyone’s mouth-watering. Friendly staff, great table service and a beautiful beer garden, this pub is brilliant for a family get together in the east end.

Queens Arms, 42 Orford Rd, London E17 9NJ

The Lauriston (Hackney)

The Lauriston, which is located in up and coming Hackney, is a lively go-to pub for after work drinks. However, on the weekend this pub is host to plenty of entertainment and events for all ages and members of the family to enjoy, including -karaoke, music and the good old juke box caters. The Lauriston is also a favourite for children’s menus, with their delicious and freshly made choices.

The Lauriston, Lauriston Rd, London E9 7EZ, UK

[caption id=attachment_1731 align=alignnone width=640] The Lauriston © Ewan Munro/Flickr[/caption]

The Dove (Hackney)

The old fashioned building found in Hackney is great for their extensive menu that will definitely keep the kids happy -with gourmet burgers and mac and cheese being a firm favourite. Adults will be stuck for choice with the extensive beer choices, including- fruit, wheat and world beers available on tap, while also having the chance to try to partake in Belgian beer tasting. The Dove offers plenty of table games to keep children and adults alike occupied, while the weekly pub quiz will need adults to brush up on their trivia knowledge with the tough questions asked.

The Dove, 24-28 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

The Prince Arthur (Hackney)

Another popular choice, in family friendly Hackney, is The Prince Arthur. Each weekend the public house is dedicated to all things family orientated. Saturday, according to The Prince Arthur, is the ‘perfect day’ to sit at the local with the family, while Sunday offers their delightful roast dinner. If Sunday dinners are not your thing, then homely Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips are recommended and available to enjoy.

The Prince Arthur, 95 Forest Rd, London E8 3BH

The Russet (Hackney)

The Russet is more of a café than a pub, but nevertheless still has the heart and warmth of a local pub. Live music, summer BBQ’s, and plenty of drink choices to keep the fun and friendly atmosphere alive. The Russet, which opened in 2011, has already gained a reputation for their connection and entertainment towards their customers with special events customised for families.  Events including- cabaret and workshops keep the children busy while the adults can relax and enjoy the outdoors, with their stunning beer garden.

The Russet, 17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT

The Vanbrugh (Greenwich)

Located in SE10, The Vanbrugh is Greenwich’s best-kept secret, and is renowned for keeping everyone amused. In August, the pub will be hosting garden parties with crafts for the kids, great BBQ food and live entertainment. Don’t forget to check out this hidden gem for yourself.

The Vanbrugh, 91 Colomb St, London SE10 9EZ

The Drum (Leyton)

Being one of the first ever Wetherspoon pubs, The Drum in Leyton would normally be associated with students for cheap drinks. However, their cosy and warm décor, alongside their great choice of desserts, is something not to be missed for those who wish to enjoy a nice weekend without having to break the bank.

The Drum, 557-559 Lea Bridge Rd, London E10 7EQ

The Britannia (Hackney)

Finally The Britannia, otherwise known as the People’s Park Tavern, is situated not far from Victoria Park in Hackney. This child friendly stop has a considerable beer garden with plenty of green and games to play, including table tennis! Inside the pub features plenty of toys and train sets to keep the children busy, while adults enjoy the retro pinball machines and outdoor cocktails served in a slush puppy inspired machine (including favourites frozen margarita and tequila colada) to quench the thirst on the hot summer days.

The Britannia, 360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT

[caption id=attachment_1732 align=alignnone width=640] The Britannia © Ewan Munro/Flickr[/caption]
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Music Video of the Week: Revel In Your Team, Gunship

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Gunship’s pixel art music video for Revel In Your Time is our pick for music video of the week.

https://youtu.be/uYRZV8dV10w

Created by Jason Tammemagi, the video was built pixel by pixel, taking inspiration from 80’s cult classic films such as Blade Runner, The Warriors and Tron.

The theme also takes Gunship fans back to the retro gaming age as it pays homage to games such as Monkey Island and Full Throttle.

Revel In Your Time is taken from Gunship’s new self-titled album, which was released on July 24 and features guest vocals from the likes of Charlie Simpson, Martin Grech and Lou Hayter.

Followers of the band will rejoice in the album’s cyberpunk spirit and cinematic style – listen out for a guest voice over from horror director John Carpenter too!

Gunship’s 13 track debut album is available through Horsie In The Hedge now.
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The Best of Camden Rocks 2015

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 Camden Rocks 2015 saw over 200 bands from all varieties of rock take to stages across twenty of Camden’s music venues. The one-day festival, which was headlined by acts including Bullet For My Valentine, New Model Army and Funeral For A Friend, was a sold out event and one not to be missed if you’re a fan of watching rock ‘n’ roll in intimate venues. Here are four of my highlights from Saturday’s festival.



God Damn

God Damn played two sets at Camden Rocks, with a show at the Electric Ballroom earlier in the day. I was lucky enough to catch the band as a surprise unannounced act at the intimate The Barfly. Consisting of Thom Edward on guitar/vocals and Ash Weaver on drums, God Damn is a band with bags of potential and clear Black Sabbath/The Pixies influences.

Highlight of the Set: Where the Wind Blows is snarly and atmospheric, drawing comparisons to Royal Blood with its relentless heavy rock.

Jaws 

Indie-pop band Jaws formed in 2012 and they caught my attention at Camden Rocks with their modern take on grunge. They’re a relatively young band eager to make a statement and their performance at Dingwalls has hopefully gained them some more fans.

Highlight of the Set: With hazy guitars and a grungy nostalgic sound, Bad Company made Jaws stand out from a lot of the other bands on show.

The Graveltones

Following The Graveltones’ first set of the day (they played at the Jazz Café at 4pm), the band performed at The Barfly for a memorable evening slot. Delivering slick guitars and thunderous drums, this is a band that deserves even more recognition than it’s received so far. If there’s one thing that you can commend Jimmy O and Mikey Sorbello on, it’s their ability to produce loads of glorious noise.

Highlight of the Set: The Graveltones played dance-along tracks Forget About The Trouble and Bang Bang, but it was Catch Me On The Fly that saw the bluesy Australian duo shine.

Turbowolf 

The final highlight of the festival was another set at The Barfly, this time from Turbowolf, who had a lot to live up to after The Graveltones’ rollicking gig. Thankfully the band more than rose to the challenge, pulling in a sizeable audience despite clashing with the likes of Bullet For My Valentine. Returning to Camden Rocks for another year, the Bristol band took control of the stage with bags of charisma and showmanship.

Highlight of the Set: From the head-banging Ancient Snake, to the less heavy Nine Lives, to firm favouriteRabbits Foot, Turbowolf’s entire set-list was the main musical highlight of the day.

Another year and another roaring success, Camden Rocks remains the most rock ‘n’ roll one-day event on the UK music calendar.
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Music Video of the Week: I AM, AWOLNATION

Music Video of the Week: I AM, AWOLNATION | The Meaning of Citizen Journalism | Scoop.it
Our selection for music video of the week is AWOLNATION’s hypnotic new release, I Am.

https://youtu.be/QLZkf6HvO2Q

The video is a continuation of the band’s previous single, Hollow Moon, and is taken from their latest album,Run, which we reviewed earlier this year. It’s another theatrical and big-scale offering, with frontman Aaron Bruno singing into the camera before leading onto an uplifting and anthemic chorus.

The artistic video combines perfectly timed choreography with sweeping shots and lighting that reflects the track’s melody; the end result is a video that’s mesmeric. Since going live at the end of June, it has amassed over 400,000 views on YouTube and it’s not hard to see why.

The song is featured in the newest World of Red Bull campaign and is available to download now, alongside the entire Run album.
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Top 10 Family Pubs in East London

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Following the 2012 Olympics East London has had an overhaul of change. Arguably trying to find a local pub which caters for children and adults alike is something not to go by with the six weeks holidays already in full swing. Here are some of the best family orientated pubs in East London boasting a great atmosphere for adults to enjoy a drink and keep the kids occupied with games and greenery.

The Golden Fleece (Manor Park)

The Golden Fleece is a traditional old pub, situated in Manor Park, catering for customers of all ages. A beer garden with the use of a climbing apparatus and a great space of greenery opposite the pub, for long walks, with a guaranteed chance of seeing a game of football taking place.  Offering a friendly and welcoming setting for those who want to relax, this pub is the perfect place to let the kids play, whilst everyone enjoys this hidden gem of Manor Park.

Golden Fleece, 166 Capel Rd, London E12 5DB, UK

Cutty Sark Tavern (Greenwich)

The public house which is located alongside the river Thames, with stunning views of Canary Wharf and The 02, the Cutty Sark Tavern offers great British food for all of the family. The pub, which is set across three floors, allows customers the chance to sit back and relax while letting staff members take care of you in this scenic atmosphere –perfect for a summer’s day.

Cutty Sark Tavern, 4-6 Ballast Quay, London, Greenwich SE10 9PD




[caption id=attachment_1728 align=alignnone width=640] Cutty Sark Tavern © Adrian Scottow/Flickr[/caption]

Queens Arms (Walthamstow)

Walhamstow’s Queens Arms is one of the higher priced pubs featured on the list. Nevertheless the menu speaks for itself –salt marsh rump of lamb and 32 day aged Galloway ribeye steak is enough to leave customers coming back for more; while the choice of sticky toffee pudding and chocolate, and Frangelico torte will leave anyone’s mouth-watering. Friendly staff, great table service and a beautiful beer garden, this pub is brilliant for a family get together in the east end.

Queens Arms, 42 Orford Rd, London E17 9NJ

The Lauriston (Hackney)

The Lauriston, which is located in up and coming Hackney, is a lively go-to pub for after work drinks. However, on the weekend this pub is host to plenty of entertainment and events for all ages and members of the family to enjoy, including -karaoke, music and the good old juke box caters. The Lauriston is also a favourite for children’s menus, with their delicious and freshly made choices.

The Lauriston, Lauriston Rd, London E9 7EZ, UK

[caption id=attachment_1731 align=alignnone width=640] The Lauriston © Ewan Munro/Flickr[/caption]

The Dove (Hackney)

The old fashioned building found in Hackney is great for their extensive menu that will definitely keep the kids happy -with gourmet burgers and mac and cheese being a firm favourite. Adults will be stuck for choice with the extensive beer choices, including- fruit, wheat and world beers available on tap, while also having the chance to try to partake in Belgian beer tasting. The Dove offers plenty of table games to keep children and adults alike occupied, while the weekly pub quiz will need adults to brush up on their trivia knowledge with the tough questions asked.

The Dove, 24-28 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

The Prince Arthur (Hackney)

Another popular choice, in family friendly Hackney, is The Prince Arthur. Each weekend the public house is dedicated to all things family orientated. Saturday, according to The Prince Arthur, is the ‘perfect day’ to sit at the local with the family, while Sunday offers their delightful roast dinner. If Sunday dinners are not your thing, then homely Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips are recommended and available to enjoy.

The Prince Arthur, 95 Forest Rd, London E8 3BH

The Russet (Hackney)

The Russet is more of a café than a pub, but nevertheless still has the heart and warmth of a local pub. Live music, summer BBQ’s, and plenty of drink choices to keep the fun and friendly atmosphere alive. The Russet, which opened in 2011, has already gained a reputation for their connection and entertainment towards their customers with special events customised for families.  Events including- cabaret and workshops keep the children busy while the adults can relax and enjoy the outdoors, with their stunning beer garden.

The Russet, 17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT

The Vanbrugh (Greenwich)

Located in SE10, The Vanbrugh is Greenwich’s best-kept secret, and is renowned for keeping everyone amused. In August, the pub will be hosting garden parties with crafts for the kids, great BBQ food and live entertainment. Don’t forget to check out this hidden gem for yourself.

The Vanbrugh, 91 Colomb St, London SE10 9EZ

The Drum (Leyton)

Being one of the first ever Wetherspoon pubs, The Drum in Leyton would normally be associated with students for cheap drinks. However, their cosy and warm décor, alongside their great choice of desserts, is something not to be missed for those who wish to enjoy a nice weekend without having to break the bank.

The Drum, 557-559 Lea Bridge Rd, London E10 7EQ

The Britannia (Hackney)

Finally The Britannia, otherwise known as the People’s Park Tavern, is situated not far from Victoria Park in Hackney. This child friendly stop has a considerable beer garden with plenty of green and games to play, including table tennis! Inside the pub features plenty of toys and train sets to keep the children busy, while adults enjoy the retro pinball machines and outdoor cocktails served in a slush puppy inspired machine (including favourites frozen margarita and tequila colada) to quench the thirst on the hot summer days.

The Britannia, 360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT

[caption id=attachment_1732 align=alignnone width=640] The Britannia © Ewan Munro/Flickr[/caption]
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Jackie Mason Live at the Adelphi Theatre

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Live Review- Jackie Mason live at Adelphi Theatre

[caption id=attachment_1692 align=alignright width=279] Mason copyright (Getty Images)[/caption]

Jackie Mason’s six night run at London’s Adelphi Theatre came to an end last night with his Ready to Rumble show being his last ever UK dates.

Nicknamed the ‘Ultimate Jew’ Mason keeps his comedy charm at the forefront to his performance by satirising his religion. The comedy set made references to Jewish marriage with the US comedian insisting why he doesn’t know why they bother getting married, and mocking of traditional Jewish stereotypes of being money savvy. Mason sticks to what he knows being the best person to mock his own religious beliefs and is allowed to because he was a ‘former Rabi’.

The first half sees the New York comedian discuss his travels as a comedian playing in numerous venues across Las Vegas and how the gambling culture is unlike anywhere else in the world. Mason proposed people only to the gambling state purely to waste money and nothing else wanting the glorified Las Vegas experience.

Views on London were a positive one, with the usual ‘not one to complain’ city at the forefront of his jokes. Mason stated London had a special place in his heart by having fond memories of the city and playing some of his favourite shows in the capital. The comedian’s sharp wit was prominent by interlinking on being a Jewish tourist in London and his amazement at the stunning architecture of the Houses of Parliament being ten minutes away from the theatre venue.

Mason, who is known for his controversial PC comments didn’t go unnoticed by audience members with awkward laughs taking place to do with race and religion. The ridiculing of American politics was indefinite compared to his take on British politics by claiming Hilary Clinton was a ‘white version’ Barack Obama and not achieving anything before their political careers.  Moving onto British politics, Mason interacted with audience members by conducting a poll on whether or not the UK should be in the EU. The response to the poll raised a few eyebrows with the comedian mocking people who though they should be in the EU. The US star gave an eligible argument to the opting out of the EU referendum, while praising the UK for their economy, healthcare and education, into why they do not need other countries being independent enough as a nation.

Topical stories such as his unawareness of technology and apps were covered insisting his turns to his eight year old grandchild for help. The US comedian explained US celebrities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to an audience who were surprised the 85 year olds knew who they were. Recent controversies of Sepp Blatter and FIFA were discussed in Mason’s superb comic style.

The star’s sarcasm didn’t go unnoticed as the comedian frequently insisting his doesn’t like to moan with his spectacular rant on airport security. The fast section of the show included how airport lines charge extensive amounts of money for any movement on the plane. The rant included having to where to sit, how to sit and how early you board the plane feeling as if you were part of an auction and displaying Mason’s perfect comedy timing.

The second half of the show saw a less comedic style but personal side to the comedian’s set. Talking to the audience more and showing his true appreciation for the fans coming out to see him live time and time again spanning his six decade career as a comedian. Mason’s enthusiasm is still as sharp as ever with his showmanship shining through on stage, even laughing at his own jokes, makes him even more likeable and charming as a comedian.

Seeing Mason live marked a standpoint in comedy history with the New York comedian playing his final farewell shows in the UK and how his unique comedic observations on life will be truly missed by his UK fans.

★★★★
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An Audience with Jimmy Savile at the Park

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The title of the play alone is enough to send chills down anyone’s spine. Is it too soon, can it be seen as glorifying Jimmy Savile’s crimes or too sick to be dramatized into a play?

[caption id=attachment_1641 align=alignright width=300] McGowen set to undertake Savile in play production.[/caption]

The first of a month’s run at North London’s Park Theatre a play created by Jonathan Maitland and sees a focus on 1991 –the year where Savile received a knighthood and his ‘celebrity status’ was at a height in the UK.

A narrative juxtaposing between a This is your Life forefront with the praising of Savile and his achievements, featuring voiceovers of Margret Thatcher and Cardinal Hume, while in reality the ‘saint like’ figure was being accused of sexual harassment and assault on the productions he worked on.  Both contexts of the play give a glimpse of the two sides to Savile’s life and in particular how controlling he was.

Leading the cast was impressionist Alistair McGowan, who plays the grotesque man in question with an eerie resemblance to Savile with his mannerisms, characteristics and distinctive accent being brought back to life. The production, which has already received controversy over the topic being too soon, stuck true to form by embarking on the full costume attire Savile was seen in – a metallic tracksuit, blonde wig and cigar kept McGowen’s performance mesmerising of being transformed into a truly monstrous man.

The first allegation sees a BBC researcher walk in on Savile’s dressing room, whom he was with a young girl, in which the researcher reports Savile to a BBC boss. Nevertheless begins the journey of how Savile got away with one of the biggest sex scandals, with the BBC boss simply responding ‘That’s Jimmy, that is who he is and what he does’ leaving audience members still in shock four years since Savile’s death.

The main allegation focused on Lucy, played by Leah Whitaker, whose performance is compelling with every audience member feeling empathy towards her character. Lucy’s story sees her come forward, on how she was abused by Savile in a hospital aged 12, reporting both to the police and an editor of a newspaper. The only person throughout the play to believe Lucy’s character is the editor until Savile manipulation is attained.

Savile’s celebrity status and power over the lawyers, police and several journalists were extraordinary by having ‘Friday morning clubs’ and discussing the allegations and claims that were made against him from that week, with victims had no chance of bringing Savile to justice.

The play features real events from Savile’s past by including his work at Broadmoor; Jim’ll Fix It and the marathons he ran. McGowen makes eye contact and interacts with members of the front row on why it was called “Jim’ll” rather than “Jim will” believing it would be more relatable to the public. Notably Savile’s persona was for the public and with the public with frequent references throughout the play of his charity work and how much money he has ‘raised for the little kiddies’.

The dark context divulges on Savile’s incidents discussing his visit to the hospitals late at night and how Lucy’s character describes her seeing Savile ‘jump on a woman before calmly walking out again’. These descriptions only contribute to the further chilling, indiscrete human being with the play not glorifying his crimes but proving how unsettling Savile really was.

An Audience with Jimmy Savile draws extensively from witness statements and police interview transcripts, with the attention to detail being notable in the production.  During police questioning and seeing Savile fidget- by hating not being in control of the situation and how close the victim’s stories were brought to the public attention.  As each allegation was listed Savile would respond with a repetitive “Out of the Question” remark –brazenly avoiding the claims.

Savile’s persona was undeterminably disillusioned  using charity work to abuse and assault hundreds of victims using elite people and organisations such as the BBC,  the Royals and the law to enforce his ‘clear conscience’ to the public and be made to believe he is a honourable and ordinary celebrity fundraiser.

Since the allegations were bought to light Savile has received extensive coverage through newspapers, TV and books. An Audience with Jimmy Savile does not glorify his crimes but tells a story and a report of the news on the extraordinary crimes he committed.  The purpose of the play is to present the ordeals his victims went through with the victim’s voices finally being heard.

Verdict  4/5
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Multimedia Package- 2015 General Election

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Can a digital democracy save the democratic decline? 

[caption id=attachment_1553 align=alignright width=300] Legal Voting Age of 18 in EU[/caption]

Electronic voting to be introduced in the UK by 2020, as voters’ numbers diminishes. Can online voting encourage citizen’s engagement with politics? Chloe Dobinson investigates.

Only 56% of 18-24 year olds registered to vote in the 2010 general election with political activist Russell Brand recently admitting to having ‘never voted’ believing most people are ‘disenchanted’ by politics.

Open Up, a report submitted by Speaker Jon Bercow, plans to encourage young adults into the political system through online voting, following the 80% turnout of 18-24 year olds in the Scottish referendum.

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We can shop, bank and socialize online so why is e-voting not in place?

Saying goodbye to polling stations, by voting through the click of a mouse, can boost the youth turnout to 1.8 million, up to 70%. (Viral Voting)

Campaign group WebRoots Democracy believes accessibility, to those with disabilities and visual impairments will boost the turnout to 79%.

Online voting has the potential to enfranchise voters who are ‘currently locked out the current voting methods’, helping to connect with an audience who are becoming an ‘increasingly digital’ population in the UK.

But it is not only convenience. According to the think tank Viral Voting, an organisation offering advice on political issues, removing the paper ballot by a third of the cost involved. Paper saving and the decline in voting numbers could save up to £12.8 million.

Piloted in countries such as Estonia, Belgium and the US; why is the UK not keeping up in a digitally literate world?

The democratic decline, of fewer voters going to the polls and introduction of online voting, would ensure convenience with 65% of the public in favour of the new voting process. (Viral Voting)

Banishing polls cards and moving online ‘isn’t the battle’ in why  electorate’s should vote, as founder of WebRoots Democracy Areeq Chowdhury believes ‘taking the time’ to voice the public’s citizenship can make a difference.

There is still resistance in e-voting as Professor Bob Watt, who gave evidence at the Open Up Commission, believes there are still flaws in security.

He continues, online voting will not ‘permit’ with the public, with the influence of others in their political decision.

Despite widespread public support, Watt believes revolutionising the voting process cannot deliver a ‘secret and secure’ system, with electronic devices leading electorates to ‘making unconsidered decisions’.

Left or right wing? Voters are still undecided as polling firm Iposos MORI suggests 50% of voters are open to changing their minds.

Columnist for The Guardian Polly Toynbee, suggests the government have ‘gone out of their way’ to make it difficult for 18-24 year olds to vote.

She continues, by registering young adults to cast their ballot ‘automatically’, through debates at colleges and universities can get them into the ‘habit’ of voting.

A system of where 18-24 year olds could vote and register on the same day would dismiss the democratic decline.

The work and pensions benefit, taxation and winter fuel allowance are policies swaying the over 65’s in a voting turnout of 76% in the 2010 general election; with growing concerns over young adult’s disengagement to politics.

https://soundcloud.com/chloedobinson/how-to-bridge-the-gap-in-over-65s-and-18-24-year-olds-in-the-voting-turnout

 

 

A manifesto for technology, from Labour Digital, favours an online democracy with party leader Ed Miliband planning to trial digital voting in 2020, if elected May 7.

Writing the foreword to the document, Labour’s policy co-ordinator Jon Cruddas, sees young people invited through sixth forms and colleges into the political conversation through creating ‘consultations digitally’ about the right to vote.

 

https://youtu.be/1s9lDDg7adQ

The youth manifesto, which will be released in time for the 2015 General Election on May 7, sees the online voting process aligned with how digitally literate the public live.

He continues, the transformation of politics through online voting would be more ‘accountable and demanding’ for politicians, by insuring young adult’s voices are heard across the nation.

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Music Video of the Week: On and On, Charlotte O’Connor

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Music Video of the Week: On and On, Charlotte O'Connor

 The sultry and emotionally charged video, directed by Hunger TV’s Creative Director Vicky Lawton, features O’Connor in a much darker light than we’ve seen her before. The stripped-back visuals are interspersed with images of animals including a scorpion, snake and crow, giving a dark and eerie quality to the song’s narrative.



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 On and On is a melancholy ballad taken from O’Connor’s Burning EP, which was released earlier this year through Polydor Records. With a reputation for putting on fierce live performances, O’Connor’s US and UK tour dates should see the singer gain an even bigger following.


Having previously played at The Great Escape, SXSW and Field Day, Charlotte O’Connor has announced a handful of dates across the summer:

06.06.15 Governor’s Ball – NYC, US

12.06.15 Bestival – Toronto, Canada

13.06.15 Bushstock – London, UK

04.07.15 Barn On The Farm – Over, UK

10.07.15 Pohoda Festival – Trencin, Slovakia

24.07.15 Tramlines – Sheffield, UK

26.07.15 Secret Garden Party – Huntingdon, UK

01.08.15 Standon Calling – Hertfordshire, UK
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Music Video of the Week: Regret, Everything Everything

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em Regret em from four piece Everything Everything is this week s music video of the week The video was directed by frontman Jonathan Higgs who described it as a display of power It sees a charlatan and his supporters falling into madness and bedlam https youtu be RDSEtWt9u A em It s supposed to be a look into the minds of extremists and what if feels like to really believe something regardless of how deep or dark it goes em says Higgs of the video concept em Regret em is the second single to be taken from Everything Everything s third album em Get To Heaven em which will be released June 15 The band is heading out on a UK tour in November with tour dates at venues in London Manchester and Glasgow Everything Everything s tour dates are as follows Sat 7 Nov Cardiff Great Hall Sun 8 Nov Bexhill De la Warr Pavillion Mon 9 Nov Portsmouth Pyramid Wed 11 Nov Nottingham Rock City Thu 12 Nov Glasgow ABC Fri 13 Nov Newcastle Academy Sat 14 Nov Birmingham Academy Mon 16 Nov Sheffield Leadmill Tue 17 Nov Cambridge Junction Wed 18 Nov Bristol 02 Academy Fri 20 Nov London Brixton Academy Sat 21 Nov Manchester Apollo
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Europe's Best Tribute To Queen (Killer Queen) indigO at The O2 | Facebook

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EP Review: Balse Boys Club Part 1, Duke Dumont | ChloeDobinson.co.uk

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Music Video of the Week: Ditmus, Mumford & Sons

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The last music video of the week for a rainy July comes from Mumford & Sons with their new release Ditmas.

The picturesque video, which was directed by Alex Southam (Alt-J/ First Aid Kit), was shot on location in Kiev and takes inspiration from the city’s heritage. The narrative follows a character that has grown up in a Cossack community, with Southam explaining that he was “surprised to learn that there is a small but ardent population who keep the traditions going”.

https://youtu.be/cOBPiOdyGEM

Mumford & Sons wrote and demo’d much of their album material in Aaron Dressner’s studio in Ditmas, an artist friendly Brooklyn neighbourhood. Wilder Mind is the band’s third album, which reached number one in six countries and has gained critical acclaim worldwide.

Since the album’s release in May, Mumford & Sons have been touring the US and charming fans with their new music. UK fans needn’t fear as the band will be returning to the UK to headline this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival at the end of next month (28/29 August).

Ditmas is released on 11 September through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records.
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Music Video of the Week: Written in the Water- Gin Wigmore

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Our first music video of the week selection for August comes from Gin Wigmore with her catchy new track,Written In The Water.

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The video is a modern take on Bonnie and Clyde and is the closing installment of a 2-part video for the single. Told in reverse from end to beginning, there’s a fun and rebellious spirit to the narrative as Wigmore and her husband, Letlive frontman Jason Butler, take on the lead roles.

Written in the Water is an upbeat and bluesy song that shows a new side to the New Zealand born artist. It’s taken from Wigmore’s self-produced third studio album, Blood to Bone, which is out October 2.

Wigmore collaborated with the likes of Charlie Andrew (the producer behind Alt J’s spectacular debut album) and DJ Khalil (who’s worked with Kendrick Lamar) on her new material, which finds her experimenting with shades of jazz and electro-soul. This refreshing sound will certainly please the singer-songwriter’s current fans and no doubt earn her some new ones.

Written In The Water is available through Island Records on September 11.
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Album Review: VHS, X Ambassadors

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Made up of 13 tracks with 7 interludes, VHS is a personal and family orientated album featuring home family tape recordings. 'Renegades', the second single taken from the album, is a soft track lead by an acoustic guitar, allowing the subtle tones and melodies to ease listeners into the album. Since its release the track has received great attention and radio air play in the UK & US and recently in topped the Hot AC chart in America.


The first half of the album showcases a slower and gentler side to the Brooklyn based band, this is epitomised with the track 'Unsteady' which features dramatic keys and a heart-warming feel - overall and showcasing lead singer Sam Harris 'emotive vocals.

'Hang On' takes a different musical approach with a catchy and upbeat sound and furthermore showcases the versatility and confidence of the group. If it's not already noted for a single, 'Gorgeous' should most certainly be a track the band release as an A-side. It's pure pop and has a similar feel to Nick Jonas' (rather impressive) recent pop it 'Jealous' with edgy keys and distant vocals from Harris.

X Ambassadors feature imaginative collaborations for their debut album with Imagine Dragons featuring on track Fear and two tracks alongside Jamie N Commons. 'Low Life' and 'Jungle' in which Commons both features, are stand-out moments and it's plain to see why the four piece has become so prominent on both sides of the Atlantic - even garnering a remix featuring hip hop giant Jay-Z.

This is a great start to X Ambassadors career and was worth the wait proving their style is unlike any other US bands of the moment. X Ambassadors debut album VHS is a confident and solid start which demonstrates a potentially strong start to their musical career.


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Wireless Festival 2015 Review

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New Look Wireless Festival drew to a close last weekend, with over 70 acts performing across 3 stages, all in celebration of their 10th birthday.

Duke Dumont played a packed out tent and got Wireless Festival off to a great start. Playing mainstream house tracks such as The Giver, Need U and Won't Look Back got the audience in an upbeat mood for the rest of the day's line up.

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Kicking off proceedings on the Friday was ASAP Rocky, who performed tracks including Goldie and Excuse Me. The performance was uninspiring and lacked engagement with the audience, leaving festival goers in anticipation for headliner Drake.

Drake took to the stage, after cancelling last year's headline appearance due to illness, and was definitely worth the wait being a standout 90 minute performance.  The Canadian rapper was appreciative of the Wireless crowd claiming London was his 'second home' before being joined by local MC Skepta for track Shutdown.

Drake's fast paced set, which included a whopping 31 tracks, took a slower pace halfway through the set with Hold On, We're Going Home, How Bout Now and Take Care giving the audience a chance to sing louder than the music.

Highlights of Drake's set included 0 to 100 and Started from the Bottom, which got the audience into a frenzy rapping in sync with the 28 year old. A remix of My Way provided a treat for Drake fans with his enthusiasm and creativity being brought to main stage and marking the end for the first of three days.

Day 2 of the weekend saw Avicii headline the day's line up. The 25 year old was placed on a colour changing cube, bringing his worldwide DJ credentials to Finsbury Park. Performing tracks from his 2013 debut album True, including Levels and Hey Brother, gave the chance for festival goers to dance in the beautiful sunshine by bringing Ibiza to London.

However a particular highlight from the set was Wake Me Up, the song which brought Avicii to everyone's attention and probably the reason why the Swedish producer was headlining Saturday's line up. The atmosphere of the first few seconds of the track energized the audience as one of the best dance tracks produced this decade.

Albeit festival attendees would agree American rapper Kendrick Lamar dominated day 2 of the line-up and was a personal highlight from across the weekend with an ambitious set. Lamar's first UK appearance since the release of his number one third studio album To Pimp A Butterfly received a great response from fans and festival goers, reaching the number 1 spot back in March. The 28 year old's set featured a mini movie rolling as a backdrop with Lamar and his live band providing some hope for today's line up, which had been otherwise been uninspiring. Highlights of Lamar's set included favourite tracks B***h Don't Kill My Vibe, Swimming Pools (Drank) and I; a set that worked brilliantly live with his raw energy carrying the audience throughout.

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Despite a great start, the rest of the weekend most marred by myriad problems. Security at the festival was outnumbered when on Friday outsiders broke into the festival and invaded Lethal Bizzle's headline set at the Re-wired stage, and on Saturday, a few hundred non-paying ticket holders rushed the main entrance of the site forcing the festival to shut down. Therefore no ticketholders, press or VIP guests were allowed to enter the festival. The final day of New Look Wireless festival saw more controversy with Nicki Minaj arriving 2 hours late, thereby shortening headliner David Guetta's set.

Minaj left little to the imagination with her skimpy outfit choice but overall the 32 year old's personality shone through on stage. The female American rapper was appreciative of her fans, showing love heart symbols following her late arrival, and performing a hit packed set including Super Bass, Anaconda and her recent duet with David Guetta Hey Mama.

Final act across the weekend David Guetta took to the stage giving a short yet sharp performance sending the Wireless Festival out with a bang. The 47 year old French DJ's raw energy is still present and his enthusiasm for music and performing is still at the forefront.

Overall, Wireless festival marked their 10th birthday with a sold out weekend, beautiful weather and a great line up, bringing hip hop, rap and dance music to Finsbury Park. Avid Wireless festival goers are already counting down to what next year has to bring.

★★★★
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Music Video of the Week: Ditmus, Mumford & Sons

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The last music video of the week for a rainy July comes from Mumford & Sons with their new release Ditmas.

The picturesque video, which was directed by Alex Southam (Alt-J/ First Aid Kit), was shot on location in Kiev and takes inspiration from the city’s heritage. The narrative follows a character that has grown up in a Cossack community, with Southam explaining that he was “surprised to learn that there is a small but ardent population who keep the traditions going”.

https://youtu.be/cOBPiOdyGEM

Mumford & Sons wrote and demo’d much of their album material in Aaron Dressner’s studio in Ditmas, an artist friendly Brooklyn neighbourhood. Wilder Mind is the band’s third album, which reached number one in six countries and has gained critical acclaim worldwide.

Since the album’s release in May, Mumford & Sons have been touring the US and charming fans with their new music. UK fans needn’t fear as the band will be returning to the UK to headline this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival at the end of next month (28/29 August).

Ditmas is released on 11 September through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records.
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Jackie Mason Live at the Adelphi Theatre

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[caption id=attachment_1692 align=alignright width=279] Mason copyright (Getty Images)[/caption]

Jackie Mason’s six night run at London’s Adelphi Theatre came to an end last night with his Ready to Rumble show being his last ever UK dates.

Nicknamed the ‘Ultimate Jew’ Mason keeps his comedy charm at the forefront to his performance by satirising his religion. The comedy set made references to Jewish marriage with the US comedian insisting why he doesn’t know why they bother getting married, and mocking of traditional Jewish stereotypes of being money savvy. Mason sticks to what he knows being the best person to mock his own religious beliefs and is allowed to because he was a ‘former Rabi’.

The first half sees the New York comedian discuss his travels as a comedian playing in numerous venues across Las Vegas and how the gambling culture is unlike anywhere else in the world. Mason proposed people only to the gambling state purely to waste money and nothing else wanting the glorified Las Vegas experience.

Views on London were a positive one, with the usual ‘not one to complain’ city at the forefront of his jokes. Mason stated London had a special place in his heart by having fond memories of the city and playing some of his favourite shows in the capital. The comedian’s sharp wit was prominent by interlinking on being a Jewish tourist in London and his amazement at the stunning architecture of the Houses of Parliament being ten minutes away from the theatre venue.

Mason, who is known for his controversial PC comments didn’t go unnoticed by audience members with awkward laughs taking place to do with race and religion. The ridiculing of American politics was indefinite compared to his take on British politics by claiming Hilary Clinton was a ‘white version’ Barack Obama and not achieving anything before their political careers.  Moving onto British politics, Mason interacted with audience members by conducting a poll on whether or not the UK should be in the EU. The response to the poll raised a few eyebrows with the comedian mocking people who though they should be in the EU. The US star gave an eligible argument to the opting out of the EU referendum, while praising the UK for their economy, healthcare and education, into why they do not need other countries being independent enough as a nation.

Topical stories such as his unawareness of technology and apps were covered insisting his turns to his eight year old grandchild for help. The US comedian explained US celebrities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to an audience who were surprised the 85 year olds knew who they were. Recent controversies of Sepp Blatter and FIFA were discussed in Mason’s superb comic style.

The star’s sarcasm didn’t go unnoticed as the comedian frequently insisting his doesn’t like to moan with his spectacular rant on airport security. The fast section of the show included how airport lines charge extensive amounts of money for any movement on the plane. The rant included having to where to sit, how to sit and how early you board the plane feeling as if you were part of an auction and displaying Mason’s perfect comedy timing.

The second half of the show saw a less comedic style but personal side to the comedian’s set. Talking to the audience more and showing his true appreciation for the fans coming out to see him live time and time again spanning his six decade career as a comedian. Mason’s enthusiasm is still as sharp as ever with his showmanship shining through on stage, even laughing at his own jokes, makes him even more likeable and charming as a comedian.

Seeing Mason live marked a standpoint in comedy history with the New York comedian playing his final farewell shows in the UK and how his unique comedic observations on life will be truly missed by his UK fans.

★★★★
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[caption id=attachment_1692 align=alignright width=279] Mason copyright (Getty Images)[/caption]

Jackie Mason’s six night run at London’s Adelphi Theatre came to an end last night with his Ready to Rumble show being his last ever UK dates.

Nicknamed the ‘Ultimate Jew’ Mason keeps his comedy charm at the forefront to his performance by satirising his religion. The comedy set made references to Jewish marriage with the US comedian insisting why he doesn’t know why they bother getting married, and mocking of traditional Jewish stereotypes of being money savvy. Mason sticks to what he knows being the best person to mock his own religious beliefs and is allowed to because he was a ‘former Rabi’.

The first half sees the New York comedian discuss his travels as a comedian playing in numerous venues across Las Vegas and how the gambling culture is unlike anywhere else in the world. Mason proposed people only to the gambling state purely to waste money and nothing else wanting the glorified Las Vegas experience.

Views on London were a positive one, with the usual ‘not one to complain’ city at the forefront of his jokes. Mason stated London had a special place in his heart by having fond memories of the city and playing some of his favourite shows in the capital. The comedian’s sharp wit was prominent by interlinking on being a Jewish tourist in London and his amazement at the stunning architecture of the Houses of Parliament being ten minutes away from the theatre venue.

Mason, who is known for his controversial PC comments didn’t go unnoticed by audience members with awkward laughs taking place to do with race and religion. The ridiculing of American politics was indefinite compared to his take on British politics by claiming Hilary Clinton was a ‘white version’ Barack Obama and not achieving anything before their political careers.  Moving onto British politics, Mason interacted with audience members by conducting a poll on whether or not the UK should be in the EU. The response to the poll raised a few eyebrows with the comedian mocking people who though they should be in the EU. The US star gave an eligible argument to the opting out of the EU referendum, while praising the UK for their economy, healthcare and education, into why they do not need other countries being independent enough as a nation.

Topical stories such as his unawareness of technology and apps were covered insisting his turns to his eight year old grandchild for help. The US comedian explained US celebrities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to an audience who were surprised the 85 year olds knew who they were. Recent controversies of Sepp Blatter and FIFA were discussed in Mason’s superb comic style.

The star’s sarcasm didn’t go unnoticed as the comedian frequently insisting his doesn’t like to moan with his spectacular rant on airport security. The fast section of the show included how airport lines charge extensive amounts of money for any movement on the plane. The rant included having to where to sit, how to sit and how early you board the plane feeling as if you were part of an auction and displaying Mason’s perfect comedy timing.

The second half of the show saw a less comedic style but personal side to the comedian’s set. Talking to the audience more and showing his true appreciation for the fans coming out to see him live time and time again spanning his six decade career as a comedian. Mason’s enthusiasm is still as sharp as ever with his showmanship shining through on stage, even laughing at his own jokes, makes him even more likeable and charming as a comedian.

Seeing Mason live marked a standpoint in comedy history with the New York comedian playing his final farewell shows in the UK and how his unique comedic observations on life will be truly missed by his UK fans.

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An Audience with Jimmy Savile at the Park

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The title of the play alone is enough to send chills down anyone’s spine. Is it too soon, can it be seen as glorifying Jimmy Savile’s crimes or too sick to be dramatized into a play?

[caption id=attachment_1641 align=alignright width=300] McGowen set to undertake Savile in play production.[/caption]

The first of a month’s run at North London’s Park Theatre a play created by Jonathan Maitland and sees a focus on 1991 –the year where Savile received a knighthood and his ‘celebrity status’ was at a height in the UK.

A narrative juxtaposing between a This is your Life forefront with the praising of Savile and his achievements, featuring voiceovers of Margret Thatcher and Cardinal Hume, while in reality the ‘saint like’ figure was being accused of sexual harassment and assault on the productions he worked on.  Both contexts of the play give a glimpse of the two sides to Savile’s life and in particular how controlling he was.

Leading the cast was impressionist Alistair McGowan, who plays the grotesque man in question with an eerie resemblance to Savile with his mannerisms, characteristics and distinctive accent being brought back to life. The production, which has already received controversy over the topic being too soon, stuck true to form by embarking on the full costume attire Savile was seen in – a metallic tracksuit, blonde wig and cigar kept McGowen’s performance mesmerising of being transformed into a truly monstrous man.

The first allegation sees a BBC researcher walk in on Savile’s dressing room, whom he was with a young girl, in which the researcher reports Savile to a BBC boss. Nevertheless begins the journey of how Savile got away with one of the biggest sex scandals, with the BBC boss simply responding ‘That’s Jimmy, that is who he is and what he does’ leaving audience members still in shock four years since Savile’s death.

The main allegation focused on Lucy, played by Leah Whitaker, whose performance is compelling with every audience member feeling empathy towards her character. Lucy’s story sees her come forward, on how she was abused by Savile in a hospital aged 12, reporting both to the police and an editor of a newspaper. The only person throughout the play to believe Lucy’s character is the editor until Savile manipulation is attained.

Savile’s celebrity status and power over the lawyers, police and several journalists were extraordinary by having ‘Friday morning clubs’ and discussing the allegations and claims that were made against him from that week, with victims had no chance of bringing Savile to justice.

The play features real events from Savile’s past by including his work at Broadmoor; Jim’ll Fix It and the marathons he ran. McGowen makes eye contact and interacts with members of the front row on why it was called “Jim’ll” rather than “Jim will” believing it would be more relatable to the public. Notably Savile’s persona was for the public and with the public with frequent references throughout the play of his charity work and how much money he has ‘raised for the little kiddies’.

The dark context divulges on Savile’s incidents discussing his visit to the hospitals late at night and how Lucy’s character describes her seeing Savile ‘jump on a woman before calmly walking out again’. These descriptions only contribute to the further chilling, indiscrete human being with the play not glorifying his crimes but proving how unsettling Savile really was.

An Audience with Jimmy Savile draws extensively from witness statements and police interview transcripts, with the attention to detail being notable in the production.  During police questioning and seeing Savile fidget- by hating not being in control of the situation and how close the victim’s stories were brought to the public attention.  As each allegation was listed Savile would respond with a repetitive “Out of the Question” remark –brazenly avoiding the claims.

Savile’s persona was undeterminably disillusioned  using charity work to abuse and assault hundreds of victims using elite people and organisations such as the BBC,  the Royals and the law to enforce his ‘clear conscience’ to the public and be made to believe he is a honourable and ordinary celebrity fundraiser.

Since the allegations were bought to light Savile has received extensive coverage through newspapers, TV and books. An Audience with Jimmy Savile does not glorify his crimes but tells a story and a report of the news on the extraordinary crimes he committed.  The purpose of the play is to present the ordeals his victims went through with the victim’s voices finally being heard.

Verdict  4/5
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The Best of Camden Rocks 2015

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 Camden Rocks 2015 saw over 200 bands from all varieties of rock take to stages across twenty of Camden’s music venues. The one-day festival, which was headlined by acts including Bullet For My Valentine, New Model Army and Funeral For A Friend, was a sold out event and one not to be missed if you’re a fan of watching rock ‘n’ roll in intimate venues. Here are four of my highlights from Saturday’s festival.



God Damn

God Damn played two sets at Camden Rocks, with a show at the Electric Ballroom earlier in the day. I was lucky enough to catch the band as a surprise unannounced act at the intimate The Barfly. Consisting of Thom Edward on guitar/vocals and Ash Weaver on drums, God Damn is a band with bags of potential and clear Black Sabbath/The Pixies influences.

Highlight of the Set: Where the Wind Blows is snarly and atmospheric, drawing comparisons to Royal Blood with its relentless heavy rock.

Jaws 

Indie-pop band Jaws formed in 2012 and they caught my attention at Camden Rocks with their modern take on grunge. They’re a relatively young band eager to make a statement and their performance at Dingwalls has hopefully gained them some more fans.

Highlight of the Set: With hazy guitars and a grungy nostalgic sound, Bad Company made Jaws stand out from a lot of the other bands on show.

The Graveltones

Following The Graveltones’ first set of the day (they played at the Jazz Café at 4pm), the band performed at The Barfly for a memorable evening slot. Delivering slick guitars and thunderous drums, this is a band that deserves even more recognition than it’s received so far. If there’s one thing that you can commend Jimmy O and Mikey Sorbello on, it’s their ability to produce loads of glorious noise.

Highlight of the Set: The Graveltones played dance-along tracks Forget About The Trouble and Bang Bang, but it was Catch Me On The Fly that saw the bluesy Australian duo shine.

Turbowolf 

The final highlight of the festival was another set at The Barfly, this time from Turbowolf, who had a lot to live up to after The Graveltones’ rollicking gig. Thankfully the band more than rose to the challenge, pulling in a sizeable audience despite clashing with the likes of Bullet For My Valentine. Returning to Camden Rocks for another year, the Bristol band took control of the stage with bags of charisma and showmanship.

Highlight of the Set: From the head-banging Ancient Snake, to the less heavy Nine Lives, to firm favouriteRabbits Foot, Turbowolf’s entire set-list was the main musical highlight of the day.

Another year and another roaring success, Camden Rocks remains the most rock ‘n’ roll one-day event on the UK music calendar.
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How to bridge the gap in over 65’s and 18-24 year olds in the voting turnout?

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Below is an audio report discussing how politicians can bridge the gap in over 65’s and 18-24 year olds in the voting turnout?

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