Up & Coming

There are a few better ways of finding out about new bands and artist than by personal recommendation, and there’s no better recommendation than from those who really know their onions- successful artists and musicians themselves. A&M asked seven leading lights from the UK’s art and music scenes to name up-and coming star who they think…

Peter Davies

When I first met Peter Davies in 1996 he was living the dream – showing in trendy independent spaces while still at college, and selling his work to important collectors. Before you could blink, Davies went from student to Sensation, and the art world couldn’t get enough of him. After endless lectures about the ‘death…

Soup with the Duke

Iniquitous history and musical community go hand in hand in East London’s modish epicentre. Kieron Phelan takes a stroll down haunted, happening Hanbury Street. Lovers of Victorian brickwork (and I know you’re out there) will disagree with me, but Hanbury Street is not much to look at. Within spitting distance of Rodinsky’s room, it’s a…

One To Watch

‘They always dress like they’re going to the Warhol factory, covering supercharged, politically engaged brains inside their matching white crash helmet.’ This is one description of Pil and Galia Kollectiv, and while they have described themselves as “Reading Dada and the Bauhaus backwards through popular culture’, Kollectiv maintain that they way they dress has no…

Don't Miss This

It’s always fun spending a day visiting galleries and hanging out in the East End. But it’s also good to find somewhere slightly off the beaten track’ Spring Studios in Kentish Town have been long established as a photographer’s studio complex, and this February saw the opening of their own commercial gallery space, Spring Projects,…

Intimate Strangers

Two bands- one obsessed with wrestling, the other called Let’s Wrestle. They introduced themselves via email and here are the results. Get ready for a royal rumble! The Von Erich Family are Baco, Dave Lazer, Dr Robert and Pat Cheddar // Let’s Wrestle are Louis Scase, Wesley Patrick Gonzalez and Mike Lightning Von Erich Family:…

Lost & Found

‘Life is short / filled with stuff / don’t know what’s its for / think I’ve had enough / if only I could find some new kinda kick / some new kind of buzz / I’m lookin’ I’m lookin’ lookin’ for / something I ain’t had before’ (The Cramps, ‘New Kind of Kick’). Fuck the…