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Arts

Review: Abigail’s Party

Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party occupies a fond place in British popular culture not usually reserved for either plays or pieces of cultural criticism. Which is exactly what it is, a play which critiques both the pretensions to culture and the dismissal of the examined life by the emerging middle classes in 1970’s Britain. Designer Janet…

Arts, Venue

UEA literary festival

UEA literary festival 2016 kicked off with ardent literary humourist, interpreter of the academy and longtime friend of the festival, David Lodge. Now in his 80th decade, Lodge showed no physical signs of deterioration as he graced the stage to discuss the release of a trilogy of books spanning his career in more respects than…

Music

New album releases

Bastille – Wild World Despite opening with catchy guitar riffs, Bastille’s latest offering merely delivers an uninspiring indie-pop album filled with songs simply designed to be played on the dancefloor. The highly anticipated follow up to 2013 debut Bad Blood blends smooth electro beats with the lyrical talent of Dan Smith, but fails to deliver…

Featured Posts, Music

Live Review: Easy Star All Stars play Radiodread

Reggae collective East Star All Stars played Norwich’s Waterfront venue on the 2nd of July. Westley Barnes headed down to the show. Reggae often gets a dirty name amongst hipsters, who claim repetition and lack of inventiveness make for uninspired listening. What makes New York’s Easy Star All Star collective, who played Norwich’s storied Waterfront…

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