Shine A Light

Exhibitionism is more than just a deluxe treasure trove of Stones memorabilia, it’s a well of pop-cultural history and an audio-visual audit of the ways in which one English band has impacted on many individual lives and personal narratives around the world. Beyond nostalgia, this is a demonstration of why The Rolling Stones still matter…

Out of the shadows

Originally born and raised in Streatham, Conrad Armstrong now 26, has moved to the uber desirable surrounds of Hackney Wick where he lives and works in one of the many warehouse spaces in the area. I met Conrad here to see and chat about his new work for a forthcoming show, Shadow Progress at Unit…

The Dark Mirror

Franz Schubert’s lovelorn 1828 song cycle Winterreise (Winter Journey), based on poems by Wilhelm Müller, gets a stunning orchestra-meets-Weimar-cabaret reinterpretation from Hans Zender that will have you believe spring has yet to arrive. As the Barbican prepares to transform their Theatre into the winter’s landscape of Winterreise, Ben Eshmade talks to director Netia Jones, tenor…

Out of the City

I am often overwhelmed by living in a city. I spend a good portion of time daydreaming about being someplace else; of disappearing into remote little villages or of driving down endlessly empty Texan roads. As soon as I am weakened by claustrophobia, I begin to obsess over the idea of being in a mountain or on a…

Richard J Birkin, Vigils

A world where most of what exists is invisible, or existing in shadows both physical and not. The only piano ‘Vigil’ to just do one thing, musically speaking – the others transforming and (for me at least) transcending their openings – a soundtrack maybe for the hope that at some point we may evolve/transcend. Perhaps…

The art of Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood describes himself as “an artist who plays the guitar, inspired by Mucha to Rembrandt and everything in between”.  For the last three years he has been the patron of National Open Art, a charity that exists to support the brightest emerging artists from across the UK and Ireland through its annual competition. From…

Words Fail Me

What kind of musical comfort does the inveterate fan of gloomily melodramatic recording artists like Nick Cave and Nico reach for when genuine personal sadness comes a-knocking? So asks self-confessed lyric junkie and pop song connoisseur Jamie Holman after finding unlikely, revelatory succour in the kind of music he thought he hated… I’ve always been…