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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...

Brexists Beware!

Brexit does not have to be Brexist! If Britain backs out of Europe, don't let it taint the atmosphere of what has been an...

The Listener: Is This It For Indie?

In 2016, what is the point of independent record labels. Do they still matter? It’s been nine years since Julian Casablancas started his Cult Records label and 40...

Fairy Tale Pictures With Real Effects

In this month’s tenth anniversary edition of W magazine, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner appear on the cover with cat style noses created by...

Missguided Gets Directions To Stratford

Missguided are officially opening their first ever flagship store in London - and it's in Westfield Stratford City. Until now, the popular fashion brand has...

Picturing The Pickers

When I went to Stratford to see the launch screening of a film called Foreign Pickers I was surprised how empty the auditorium was. There were...

Paper Mario: Color Splash

As one of the last games to be released on the Wii U console before the Nintendo Switch takes over, players expect a lot...

Raw Power

Yak frontman Oli Burslem looms over his synth, as Andy Jones' buzz-bass riff cuts through the air of London's Scala like a heat-seeking missile....

East End Fright Night With A Touch of Feminism

From Hell is a 2001 American horror film directed by the Hughes brothers and based on the novel about the Jack The Ripper murders by...

VR: The Pain Is Worth The Gain

A splintering pain in my temples was the first thing that hit me. My eyes slowly adjusted to the darkness, as the room around...

The Great British Braid Off

I decided to find one of these new braid bars which are considered trendy but also criticised for causing gentrification and cultural appropriation. I...

Get A Load Of This!

Only a short walk from Dalston Junction’s Overground station, The Loading Bar blends in inconspicuously with the rest of the street. But once my eyes finally...

Dizzy Heights Of Bangladeshi Fashion

I felt a rush of excitement as I entered Canary Wharf's East Winter Garden for London's first Bangladesh Fashion Week. Since the 1970s, Bangladeshis and...

Announcing The Nintendo Switch

The long awaited next generation Nintendo console finally made its debut on Thursday 20 October 2016. The big reveal took the form of a YouTube...

Oxjamming in Dalston with Flying Vinyl’s Finest

As the lights in the backroom of Dalston’s Victoria pub dim to red and Wolf Alice’s ‘Giant Peach’ blasts through the speakers, we are...

Mo Stack etc at 02

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Private Dancer?

A Café with a view. In between colourful people crossing each other in front of me, I notice a street dancer, solely dancing, protected by two...

CosPlay It Again At Comicon

There are plenty of reasons to be excited, not least because May has always been the bigger and better event in the Comicon season....

Gabriela’s Top Three

When I'm feeling lonely in London - just because it's not home, this is where I go to get a taste of where I'm...

A Turkish Restaurant To Luxuriate In

Jess Gray indulges all her senses at Tas Firin. Tas Firin is a traditional Turkish restaurant on Bethnal Green Road. From the street it does...

Where’s The Juice?

Molly Horne does the rounds of East London's top juice bars. The latest health trend is to be seen carrying a bottle of something gloriously...

Just When You Think It’s All Over….

Concluding her series on South Asian  weddings, Adiba Khatun winds up with walima, where the protracted ceremonials finally come to an end. Walima is an Arabic term...

Performing According to Type

Adiba Khatun continues her series on South Asian Wedding with an appreciation of the clichés she loves to hate. Is there anything in this world...

En Route For The Marriage Ceremony

Adiba Khatun continues tracking the South Asian wedding of Londoner Mr M.M. and Mrs L.M., formerly of Cambridge. From London to Cambridge, from Cambridge to...

Going Behind The Wedding Scene

Continuing her series on South Asian weddings, Adiba Khatun checks out the makings of a truly great day. Behind every good weeding, there is great...

You Don’t Have To Wear That Red Dress…..

Adiba Khatun looks at the evolving tradition of South Asian bridal dresses. I'm looking at every aspect of South Asian weddings. In this article, I...

Mehndi: Last Ride Before The Big Day

Adiba Khatun proceeds to the next stage in the wedding process. Every married man and woman in South Asia will have taken part in four...

Taaling The Wedding Story From The Beginning

Adiba Khatun looks at the bride and groom's first engagement together, which turns out to be....their engagement. My mini-series will be covering the nuptials of...

The Art of Henna

Adiba Khatun scopes the practice of mehndi and its significance in South Asian weddings. I'm looking at South Asian weddings from every aspect, and this article is...

Married Bliss And The Cost Of Family Branding

Adiba Khatun is concerned that South Asian weddings are more about reputation than relationships. Weddings are meant to be a cause for celebration, but these...

My Brother the Devil

Pamela Kokoszka is moved by the love between two brothers My Brother the Devil is a 2013 British crime drama directed by Sally El Hosaini. The...

Made (History) In Dagenham

Pamela Kokoszka reviews a film about a key moment in the history of women's rights Made in Dagenham is a 2010 British film directed by Nigel...

To the (ill) Manors Born

Pamela Kokoszka respects a director who stands his own ground. Ill Manors (2012) was the first full length feature film directed by Plan B – real...

East End ‘Legends’ Live On For Too Long

Pamela Kokoszka knows the East End is safer than its Krayzy reputation suggests. To some people East London is associated with poverty and crime. They...

Bricked Up In Brick Lane

Brick Lane is a 2007 British drama directed by Sarah Gavron and adapted from the novel of the same name by British writer Monica...

When Rap Gets The Rap

Rudy Omisore wonders if it's time to stopping ganging up on rap. ‘Bin known for squeezin, yeah I let my semi… Ya’ll wanna beef me, I can...

Dancehall Documentary Dude

Joshua Karl once found it hard to be open about being gay.  Now he is a high-profile member of London's black gay community, and also well-known in the LBGT...

‘Leytonstone Is Paradise’

Scarlet West is the author of I'd like to thank Manchester Air Rifles, a memoir written over the course of 10 years. The book,...

East London Life In A Day: Daytime Is For ‘Athleisure’

'Athleisure' means looking a little bit sporty even when you are enjoying yourself. It can be done, insists Molly Horne.  The new catwalk is the...

East London Life In A Day: Wearing The Same Clothes, Morning, Noon and Night

Not that she's lazy or anything, but Grace Eracleous says it's miraculous that today you can go out and about in night attire.

East London Life In A Day: They Only Come Out At Night

Sam Curry visited Studio 338 to get a good look at East London's creatures of the night. London is a city full of a variety...

Who’s Copying Whom?

February was London Fashion Week - three months ago now. So if London fashionistas are worthy of the name (not just the models on the...

Ode To Stratfords (Both Of Them)

Callum Crumlish considers the other place (Stratford upon Avon rather than Stratford E15); then, in suitably Shakespearean language, he wonders where the two of...

Exhibit A: Good Food In A Homely Setting

The Great Exhibition is long gone and the surroundings are some way short of palatial, yet there is food to marvel at in Crystal...

Six Top Pix For Summer

  Goosebumps Alive In London’s latest immersive experience, you are invited to re-live your childhood through the 1990s cult horror series that prompted your irrational...

The Fridge Before The Frying Pan

Nika Jazaee’s Food Chain series continues with a look at how the food is prepared, and where it is stored After the fish we bought...

Coaching From Coachella 2016

Sam Curry says the fashion trends displayed in California should soon be on show in Chelmsford and Brentwood. April meant only one thing – Coachella...

Shaik Your Stuff

Sam Curry tracks down the signature style of Shanina Shaik. Maybe we can’t all live the life of Australian model Shanina Shaik, but we CAN...

Going Large In Lewisham

Lewisham’s Model Market has returned for the third year running, providing foods, drink and entertainment for a big night out at the weekend. Run by...

Calm After The Culinary Storm

As part of her series The Food Chain, Nika Jazaee visits The Crystal Palace Market restaurant to find out what is special about Mondays. Any restaurant...

The Business Of Being A Star

Ebony Bell gives kredit to the Kardashians.                   Kim Kardashian’s emoji app Kimoji only gets two stars out of five on iTunes. And yet this £1.49 app...

Backstage Life At The 02

Ebony Bell takes us backstage at the O2 where rapsters mingle with the likes of TOWIE star Gatsby...       https://vimeo.com/165559657      

The Year of Comic Con: so good you’ve got to live it twice?

The season of Comic Conventions since September 2015 has been staggering, providing infinite entertainment and loads to write about. We decided to collect the best...

Tea For Three

For today's Tea Test, the three members of the Culture Shock crew sipped a range of teas specially imported for East Londoners to slurp....
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Is This Fruity Enough For You?

For today's Fruit Test, our crew members bit into a range of fruit imported for sale in East London. See here what they made...

Rap In The Dock

Get real about the fantasy world of rap, says Hanna Gelana. Abraham Lincoln once said “Who writes the Nation's songs, shapes the Nation's souls”. But are...

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