Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Stranger Things Get Even Stranger

This review contains light spoilers for the first three episodes... I’ll say it: Season 2 of Stranger Things starts out weak. The first episode was...

Body Negative?

As a young woman who spends a large amount of time contemplating what beauty is and how I fit into the concept, when I...

Ninja Theory Talk Games and Mental Health

This year's indie hit Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is two things: a fantastical odyssey into the depths of hell and an exploration of loss, trauma and psychosis....

All Really Points East!

The organisers behind the world famous Coachella are launching a new festival in London’s Victoria Park in May 2018. Opening with a three-day festival headlined...

Something To Get Animated About!

https://vimeo.com/240645901 Animafest is a world-famous animated film festival which takes place each summer in Zagreb, Croatia. The second oldest animation festival in the world, it...

More Than Just a Blade Runner-Up

Producing a  Blade Runner sequel that lived up to the original could have ended up as a Sisyphean task. The original is exalted as...

The Wizard of OOZ?

Dealing with the everyday complications that living seems to come with is hard enough for the average Joe, without the addition of depression. And...

Revisiting Blade Runner

With Blade Runner 2049 out now and under a new director, Rising East decided to get two reviewers to watch the original and review...

Hackney Wonderland In Photos

Now in its fourth year, Hackney Wonderland recently took over three Hackney venues to showcase great new acts alongside more well-known names. Running from...

SpatialOS: ‘an entirely new approach to game design’

New cloud-powered technology could redefine what we think of as an indie game. SpatialOS, created by Cambridge-based Improbable, makes development of bigger games easier and...
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Looking Ghoulish Not Foolish

You've been invited to a Halloween party but you don't know what to wear? Here are four easy looks that you can achieve in a...

Wolf Alice at XOYO: Why Less (Space) Is Best

Bodies crammed together in a tiny space, the air reeking with booze and heat. Your eyes wander across the room, catch a face, then...

MCM Brings Star-Studded Line-Up To Newham

From the 27th-29th October, the biannual MCM will take place at London’s ExCel Centre at Royal Victoria Dock. Each year, it’s exciting to see East...

Crime Or Art? Decision Time

When the developers of a new trampoline park in East Ham announced they were looking for graffiti artists to paint the walls, it prompted...

This Is ‘2017’

“Photography evades us. The various distributions we impose upon it are in fact either empirical or rhetorical, or else aesthetic, in any case external...

Savior The Moment

Alexandra Savior looks nervous as she steps onto the stage in front of a sell out crowd at Oslo in Hackney. Her voice wavers...

Millennials United

With a general election looming, the Millennial generation looks set to be even further divided, even among ourselves. How different from the days when...

Gaming: an outsider’s view

I was recently asked to give my opinion on the video game industry from an “outsider's” perspective. As someone who studies psychology, I want...

Something From The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye has released his new collection for H&M, and it is amazing. The Spring Icons collection includes bomber jackets, hoodies, shirts and more, with...

Top Of The Morning

Morgenland, which means 'morning country' in German, is a solo exhibition by German artist Elger Esser, currently showing at the Parasol Unit in Old...

Growing Old Starts Young!

The older I get, the more difficult it becomes to lose myself and become invested in a videogame. The realisation struck me a few...

Top 10 Holiday Games To 100%

With the summer holidays around the corner, if you're not much of a beach-goer and you'd rather relax indoors, then here is a list...

GREENwich: it’s all in the name

Each day of the year, customers travel from all over London to attend one of the most popular vegan/vegetarian markets in the city, and...

Vehicles Of A Certain Vintage

Greenwich indoor market devotes one night each month to a celebration of classic cars accompanied by food for on-the-road and appropriately hard-driving music.

Get Out: A Movie You Must Get To See

Last month, the much anticipated movie Get Out finally opened in UK cinemas, some time after its Stateside release. The film was surrounded by massive...

Vital Day For Vinyl Junkies

Barriers all the way up the street bore witness to the madness that went down in the early hours of Rough Trade's Record Store...

Trouble In The House

We white people are so used to watching movies related to our own history that we forget how important it is to find out...

Gaming According To Type

I'm no gamer. The most gaming I have ever done was on my Tamagotchi in primary school and the occasional cooking game on the...

Bikini Buying On A Budget

As a regular holiday goer and bikini wearer, I am used to buying bikinis, and trust me it’s not easy being a fashion-conscious girl on a...

Flying Vinyl Soars To Musical Heaven

As the sun casts a daze, there is more than a spring vibe soaring in the air over Hackney’s Oval Space. The anticipation lingers...

‘Read it. Enjoy It’

The third National Shakespeare week has just concluded and as April begins it hath put the spirit of youth into Spring. Organised by The Shakespeare...

Breath Of The Wild Is A Breath Of Fresh Air

After the game's first announcement, I was obsessive in avoiding any spoilers about Zelda: Breath of the Wild; and now I'm glad I was. I knew...

Ask Alessandro: Advice For The Unplugged

“Dear Alessandro, I’m fed up with Guitar Hero and Rockband and I'm looking for a videogame with a music-themed narrative. What can you recommend...
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The Listener: Not Cramped For Style

With Blondie heading into London town again, a septuagenerian Debbie Harry is back on screen, and there is always someone going on about late-seventies...

Videogames: answers to all the questions you were too afraid to ask

Do you want to get into videogames but you are not sure how? Are you intimidated by almost 50 years of videogame history which...
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Pure Pleasure

Pure London is an event which showcases upcoming designs and trends for people in the high-end fashion business, although it's still a nice day...

NOW Gallery’s Flourishing New Exhibit

With an installation of ten thousand flowers, the springy vibe is flourishing at NOW Gallery, and as a massive flower child, I had to...

Kach It Project In East London

Celebrity fashion stylist Kanayo Ebi teamed up with Pop Up Africa, creator of ‘Africa at Spitalfields’, to launch The Kach It Project in Stratford this weekend. On...

Wait Before You Switch

The Nintendo Switch was released to worldwide acclaim for its unique technology. It’s a vital development for Nintendo and, so far, a vastly different...

Psyched Out

It’s becoming a recurring theme in the high octane world of psych, to release just about anything and everything a speed-driven psyche can conjure...
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SadFest: Not Just A Sob Story

Earlier this month Genesis Cinema in Mile End hosted Sadfest, the world's first festival dedicated to sadness and how to express it. SadFest kicked off...

My East London

East London has been my home since birth and I finally took the time to take a look at what my home really is....

Logan’s Last Run

Logan’s visceral, raw and emotional story had me leaving the cinema both thoroughly satisfied and in a pleasantly melancholic mood. After so many years...

The Crying Game

This weekend will possibly be the saddest in London - ever. That’s because London SadFest will be taking over the Genesis Cinema.  If you...

From Whitechapel To Dhaka: Bengali Language Day

Bengali Language Movement Day occurred on 21 February, as part of UNESCO- sponsored Mother Tongue Day. The Indian Express describes International Mother Language Day as a...

ISLAND Take You To A Place You Like

In this age where we are constantly logged on, the need for escapism is pressing. We’re searching for something to stop time, to make...
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Fashion Week Exploits The Weak!

Activists drew attention to the animals who suffer and die for fashion, by protesting outside London Fashion Week.

The Brits Go East

The Brit Awards took place at the O2 Arena on Wednesday night, and what a night it was. Here are a few stars who killed...

Game Of Chance

“Your app contains content that is offensive and would be considered objectionable by many users, which is not allowed on the App Store.” This quote,...

Crank The Amp: We Go Sløts For Sløtface

(Photos: Aurora Henni Krogh) Crank The Amp returns with a new earful from the musical world. Casey Cooper-Fiske and Aurora Henni Krogh head...

Leaping Back To ‘Bronco Bullfrog’

Set in the world of Mods on scooters and motorbikes, Bronco Bullfrog is a critically acclaimed film shot in Stratford in 1969. The film follows...

Documenting McQueen

A feature length documentary about Lewisham-born fashion designer Alexander McQueen was showcased at Berlin's film festival this month. Embankment Films has told the story of “the...
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Photo Show Goes Live

On opening night (Weds 15 February), Rising East went walkabout at Photography As Object, a show by second year students on the BA Photography...

Do You Believe In Miracles?

As far as quick fixes go in the beauty world, I for one am open to almost anything. I mean, who doesn’t want to...

Games That Have A Go At Trump

The GOP Arcade website is one of the best examples of videogames using satire effectively to tackle real and pertinent political issues. Donald Trump...
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TW3 x 3: Everyone’s A Winner

For the third edition of our topical quiz show, The Week In One, newcomer Jasmine McRae is pitted against reigning champion Liam MacDevitt. Cally Skinner...

Press Start To Open The Debate

CALLING ALL COMPUTER GAMES DEVELOPERS Escapist Fantasy or Connected to Reality - which way forward for our industry? Do you agree with me that the world...

Waxing Lyrical About Record Shops

The record shops of Shoreditch have been a regular haunt for me during my time in East London, with three of my favorites all...

Flying Vinyl Line Up Goes Live

The Flying Vinyl festival is returning to East London this April, and today they unveiled an impressive line up. Following the success of last year's...

Embroidering My Stresses Away

With origins as far back as circa 1000BC China, embroidery is an art form that has spanned across the globe with its intricacy and...

Ditching Melania: Will East London Follow Suit?

First Lady and former model Melania Trump faces a fashion crisis: top designers are refusing to dress her. When Melania wore a blue Ralph Lauren...

The Listener: Sometimes It Streams In February

"Maybe you're just like my mother, she's never satisfied": the words to Prince's classic 'When Doves Cry' might have been written in response to...

Games Developers Of The World, Unite!

Dear Games Developers, Now is the time for videogames to get serious like never before. There can be no better time for the vidoegames industry...

T2: The People’s Choice

Choose secretly hoping it’s just as gritty as the original, choose heart-breaking plot lines not for the faint-hearted, choose feeling every emotion under the...

Impractical Jokers: No Laughing Matter

The ‘Santiago Sent Us’ tour was billed as the biggest and best-ever show by comedy quartet, The Impractical Jokers. But in practice, it didn't reach...
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That Was The Week That Was

Welcome to 'The Week In One', Rising East's topical quiz show in which contestants are required to recount the main events of the week in...

BABYMETAL A-GOGO

I have a confession to make. The Japanese band BABYMETAL is my current obsession. I know I'm not supposed to like them, but I...

The Listener: Oasis – Not Just For The Lads?

So you think Oasis are a bunch of lads with their tonsils sticking out, singing the kind of songs that other lads only use...

Hello 2017

Finally! 2016 is over and I made my way to The Old Blue last to check out DIY magazine's top picks for the new...

Are U2 Selfie-Conscious?

Plastic surgeons report that selfies are now a key factor in young women and men wanting to change their appearance. Some doctors say the...

Mama’s Got A Brand New Bag

Sales season is here and we all know the main activity: shopping. Even though shopping feels good to do, thus the term shopping therapy,...

Crank The Amp: 2016’s Memorable Gigs

This week's issue of our Crank The Amp podcast features members of the Rising East Music team picking their personal gigging highlights of 2016. They...

Memories of Manuel

“Que tragedia” for Fawlty Towers. Best known as Manuel, Actor Andrew Sachs has gone, aged 86. The iconic 1970s waiter, In all twelve episodes, With his exaggerated Spanish accent, Brutally...

Generation 7 Eclipses Generation 6

Seven generations of the same game can be repetitive, But Pokémon has taken steps into the wacky and inventive. With the Moon in the East and Sun in...

These Beasts Are Truly Fantastic

You might think that J.K. Rowling’s latest foray into the wizarding world is a spell too far, but the sceptical view has already been...

The Year In Music: Take 3

5. Simplicity // JAWS The last remains of the B-town squad are still making waves with their sophomore album. Simplicity shows how much JAWS have...

The Year In Music: Take 2

David Bowie // ★  The album that summed up the saddest moment of the year - only David Bowie could leave us shrouded in mystery...

Crank The Amp: Album Of The Year 2016

Sunflower Bean came out top of our annual pile, but it was certainly a close run thing. Listen to us arguing it out (in...

The Year In Music: Take 1

Viola Beach // Viola Beach The self-titled first album was released in July, following the tragic death of all four band members and their...

Life of an eSports Competitor

Similar to football, there are coaches, players, managers, owners, sponsors and they are all striving to be the best in competition that they love;...

Oculus: As Much Immersion As You Can Handle

Last month Oculus hosted a public demo of their Virtual Reality (VR) hardware at the Stratford Westfield shopping centre. I went along to try...
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Switched On By The Switch House?

The newly opened extension to the Tate Modern is almost too much to get your head around. And that's just the outside of the...
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Wishing You A Very Indie Christmas

Here's a Christmas playlist from the Rising East music team, including bands such as Peace and The Maccabees making their musical contribution to the...

Iggy On Top

In March 2016 Iggy Pop released Post Pop Depression, his seventeenth solo record and possibly his most commercial album since Lust for Life almost...

The Not So Pretty Face Of Makeup

Anna: “ I studied makeup for five years. As clichéd as it sounds, I love makeup and I would go as far as to...

J’Accuse: Sexism In The Music Industry

  Tits. Now that I have your attention – let’s get down to business. People will go a long way in order to make lame excuses when...

Now Gallery: A Stitch In Time

Designer Molly Goddard has opened an interactive exhibition for visitors to poke their needles into and "sew in what they like". Venue for the show...

Weekend Beauty-Fest Features Saturday Girl

Singer and presenter Rochelle Humes is one of the stars of Beautycon London this weekend. Born and brought up in the Borough of Barking and...

Excelling At Music Awards

Excel London is the venue for the BBC Music Awards ceremony which will take place on 12 December this year. Hosted by Fearne Cotton...

Identifying Star Wars

When I heard there was going to be an exhibition of my beloved Star Wars I just knew I would have to go and...

Robin Hood Rides Again

The Prince Charles cinema recently hosted a special screening of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of its initial release. For...

An Ode To Indie

“Welcome to indie heaven”, I thought as I entered Old Spitalfields market. I was there for, brace yourself, Hipsters, the Independent Label Market. Like...

Quest Unlike The Rest

So videogames came up in the news again this week. Whenever this happens I feel like its my duty to defend videogames against calls...

Shopping Madness

Originating in the USA, 'Black Friday' is when retailers slash prices immediately after Thanksgiving (the festive day when the 'founding fathers' of modern America...

The Listener: Gimme Danger

The release of Jim Jarmusch's Stooges biopic Gimme Danger, has prompted me to think about the lack of danger in modern music. I don't expect...

‘Night Thoughts’ From Twilight Zone

Night Thoughts is the seventh studio album by Suede, one of the original Britpop bands from the 1990s. It was released in January this...

The Sweet Scent Of Fennell

Visiting Coco Fennell’s sample sale event was an eye opening experience. It was held at The Hoxton - the venue's black glass exterior was...
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Street Food Goes Global

Brick Lane’s Sunday Upmarket is, without doubt, the ultimate melting pot of cultures and nationalities. All of London is already ethnically diverse, but on...

Bastille Storm The Heights

Playing the O2 to promote their second album Wild World, around 9pm Bastille came out to a rapturous welcome - made all the more...

Some Like It Rough

Rough Trade. A beacon for the young hipsters and old nostalgics. An institution for the more reckless parts of English music, yet with enough...

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