Hundreds of Stormzy fans descended on Camden after the grime artist announced an impromptu gig. Crowds of people packed into Castlehaven Park at 1pm on Friday as Stormzy marked the release of his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer. Stromzy – real name Michael Omari – erected a makshift set up inside a caged astro turf pitch.
Once the cameras stop rolling for the BRIT Awards that’s when all the uncensored fun begins at the star-studded after parties. The free-flowing booze always helps turns this music affair into one of the wildest nights on the UK music industry’s calendar. Here are a few of our favourite moments with the celebs at this year’s array of shindigs.
Imagine missing your own wedding ceremony just because Slim Shady is making a comeback?
Flyte have revealed their new single 'Victoria Falls' and you can hear it first via The Independent. The London-based four piece are currently out in Australia recording their debut album with Burke Reid [Courtney Barnett]. Hamilton Leithauser from The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend paired up and made an amazing sounding album called I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.
The Away Days have released their anticipated debut album Dreamed At Dawn and you can have the first listen via The Independent. The Istanbul-based band, who have supported the likes of Savages, Belle and Sebastian and Portishead, are doing spectacularly well on the iTunes charts in Turkey after releasing it via the platform earlier this week. Frontman Can Ozen says of the album: "This is like a zipped recap of all our lives so far in Istanbul.
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man insists he is no “diva” but there is one “stupid” thing he has to have for his dressing room when he performs, and that’s a framed picture of an ‘EastEnders’ star on his wall. “I’ve had loads so far, I’ve had Ian Beale, I’ve had Dot, I’ve got Sharon, it always changes. “I’m a big fan, I love ‘EastEnders’.
The biggest night in the awards season calendar is nearly upon us as the A-listers gear up to walk the red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday.
Cosmo Pyke has released his debut EP Just Cosmo which you can hear first via The Independent. The 18-year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Peckham stands out thanks to the fact that he's less interested on drawing on explicit influences by other artists, and more from what he sees around him in everyday life, resulting in music that is carefree, warm and a tad psychadellic. Pyke says of the EP: "It's a documentation of my youth as an ode to my thoughts and feelings, with personal experiences and personal samples.
On Sunday night the 89th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Los Angeles Dolby Theatre, and even those of us stuck on this less glamorous side of the Atlantic can look forward to a glitzy parade of movie stars, rousing acceptance speeches and a musical performance from Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. Technically there are nine films nominated for this year’s Best Picture award, but in reality there are only two contenders. La La Land is still the clear favourite because Hollywood loves a Hollywood picture and always will.
Nicole Scherzinger says performing in the West End was the “only thing that really kept me going” during her break-up with Lewis Hamilton. The actress and singer revealed that her seven-year relationship with the 32-year-old Formula One driver ended during her run as Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium. In a heartfelt interview with the Standard, she also spoke about her clash with Andrew Lloyd Webber, revealing the pair have “made up” after she pulled out of the Broadway version of his musical.
Luke Evans plays Gaston in Disney's new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. We've been talking to him at the UK premiere of the film in London:
A court has heard that Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman were robbed of £1million worth of jewellery while their security guard was on the toilet. The 57-year-old music mogul, his partner, 39, and their son Eric were asleep on December 4, 2015, when thief Darren February took off from their home in Holland Park, west London, with the huge stash. Cowell’s private security guard, Simon Williams, was unaware there had been an intruder until he was finished using the loo and noticed doors wide open and lights switched on.