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Simon Shorten starred in the West End production of Les Miserables.

A playwright’s success: From Romford to Wembley

A musical that tells the story of the Christian Bible will be performed at Wembley Arena.

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Jail and the big guns have released their new album, Boom Boom!

Review: Havering-based Jail and the Big Guns

If you want to listen to an album of psychedelic and indie music, then Jail and the Big Guns is definitely the band for you.

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Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Album review: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Personal trauma and professional strife provide ample sustenance for some of Lewis’ best material in years.

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La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Album review: La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Everyone’s favourite bequiffed dance-pop delight is back - and giving it both barrels on this sophomore LP.

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Britpop At The BBC

Album review: Britpop At The BBC

Not a definitive round-up, but a fair stab at summing up the mid-‘90s guitar scene by the Beeb.

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Saturday night at Lovebox in Victoria Park, during MIA's set

Lovebox festival review

When the first day of a festival is also the hottest day of the year, spirits are going to be high.

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Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Album review: Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.

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Arcade Fire headlined the British Summer Time stage in Hyde Park

Review: Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, The Libertines and McBusted at British Summer Time Hyde Park

The giants of rock, metal and pop descended upon the Royal Park to put on some of the most anticipated shows of the year.

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The band, from left to right: Andy Lynn, Matt Wright, Tristan Embleton, Sam Loughlin

Fledgling band Dead Baby Birds ready to take off

Havering born and bred four-piece band Dead Baby Birds have played a host large venues, including pretty much everywhere in outer east London and Essex – so their modesty and earnestness is a little unexpected.

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Nick Mulvey will be performing at Somersault festival next month

Nick Mulvey tells of his love of English festivals ahead of Somersault appearance

It might not seem very glam to be stuffing your face at a service station, but when you’re a rising star with a shed load of gigs in the offing, eating on the hoof is the reality.

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We Are FSTVL returns to Upminster with a stunning lineup of top dance artists

Thousands of devoted dance music lovers braved the downpour and descended onto Damyns Hall Aerodrome for the second incarnation of We Are FSTVL.

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London-based band Teleman will play at Secret Garden Party this July

Introducing Teleman, the London four-piece set to storm Secret Garden Party

You might not have heard of London-based four-piece Teleman yet. But in the coming months, when the band will release their debut album Breakfast and perform at popular festival the Secret Garden Party, all that is bound to change.

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A sled can help you carry all your kit for the days of revelling ahead

Festival survival guide: Don’t turn your dream weekend into a nightmare

Packing the right items and avoiding common pitfalls helps make your festival the uplifting experience it should be...

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Members of the dance troupe Diversity

Diversity interview: ‘We are trying to give more of that shock factor’

Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo of dance troupe Diversity, speak to Richard Wyatt about pulling out all the stops for a re-imagining of their critically acclaimed show ‘Limitless’ at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park.

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Andy C. Pic: Andrew Attah.

Andy C interview: ‘When everybody is vibing with you – there’s no better business’

When I finally speak with Andy C he’s busy running through the soundcheck for a six-hour set in one of London’s biggest nightclubs.

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Wireless Festival

Win tickets to 30 music festivals this summer in tomorrow’s Recorder

We’re giving readers a chance to win tickets to 30 music festivals in London and across the UK this summer.

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SweetCheeks performing at the TeenStar UK finals last summer.

Romford pop quintet SweetCheeks lend vocals to Lee Rigby charity single

Teenage pop group, SweetCheeks, took to the streets of London last week to play their part in releasing a charity single in honour of murdered soldier, Lee Rigby.

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Giles, Ralph, Neal and Graham Broadbent, otherwise known as Stringfever, take to the stage on Sunday.

Stringfever prove talent runs in the family at Hornchurch theatre

Virtuoso violinists Stringfever will combine nimble fingers and beat-boxing in Hornchurch on Sunday.

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Russell Kane performs at the Queen's Theatre next week.

Comedian Russell Kane explains reasons behind his Hornchurch stop-off on UK tour

It’s been a busy few years for Essex comedian Russell Kane, juggling gigs at the Hammersmith Apollo with writing his debut novel and presenting various shows for the BBC.

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Cut to the chase are directed by Bob Carlton in this Cold War comedy.

Hornchurch transformed into 1950s Cuba in Queen’s Theatre’s latest show

Travel back to the era of the nuclear arms race, Churchill’s second coming and the rise of Elvis Presley later this month in Hornchurch.

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Matt Devitt as Sydney Bruhl  and Elliot Harper as Clifford Anderson, who travels to Sydney's country cabin for help with his first play.

REVIEW: Thrills and twists galore as Deathtrap run continues at Queen’s Theatre, in Hornchurch

Thrilling twists and devious plots are plentiful at the Queen’s Theatre, in Hornchurch, this month as Ira Levin’s Deathtrap continues its run.

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Simon Shorten starred in the West End production of Les Miserables.

A playwright’s success: From Romford to Wembley

A musical that tells the story of the Christian Bible will be performed at Wembley Arena.

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Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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