Category Archives: London

On Beer: East London’s Burgeoning Beer Mile (and a bit)

The CultureJukebox team are fond of a real ale or two (or three or four…)  So, it’s great to hear about some awesome new breweries opening up close to our home in East London.

In fact, the team here thrilled that some of these new breweries are putting purpose before profit too. Opening up near each other, this new brewing scene is top tribute to a fantastic beer culture that is brewing in our corner of the capital.

So, what’s new?

The Magic Spells Brewery, Leyton

The newest and latest independent Craft Brewery in East London currently produces three bottled beers:  A Craft Lager, a Pale Ale (called Hackney Hare) and an IPA.

Magic Spells’ beers are a somewhere between modern brewing techniques and old styles and methods; taking inspiration from classics and adding a modern twist. The brewery creates distinct flavour profiles for the beers – an up front and bold hoppy flavour, a satisfying bite to the beer, smoothly balanced due to a nice malty body and warming alcohol.

The brewery sources most of the malt used in its beers from the UK plus British hops boosted by punchy flavoured hops from New Zealand and America.

It was founded by Jas Hare, an Eastender born-and-bred, who has a fantastic track record in the drinks industry as well as being a craft beer enthusiast.

Magic Spells Beers are available in both 330ml and 500ml bottles with an RRP of £2.49 and £2.99 respectively. They’re all available online, and in venues around London too.

 

Nirvana Brewery, Leyton

Another new brewery for 2017, Nirvana does something completely different. A low / no-alcohol brewery – sure a great idea for our increasingly health-conscious times.

It’s the UK’s only micro brewery dedicated to zero and low ABV craft beers. Beers on offer include Mantra (an IPA at 0.7% ABV), Kosmic (a stout at 0% ABV), and Chakra (a stout at 1% ABV). The team at Nirvana promise “no compromises” on flavour, so we’re excited about our first visit!

Pretty Decent Beer

Opening up just down the road in Forest Gate, Pretty Decent Beer Co has just opened its doors.

On Sheridan Road in Forest Gate, near Cann Hall Road, this brewery looks like one to watch. The team promise: “We make decent beer and do decent things with the money you spend drinking it. We brew our beer in London and every bottle helps to fund sustainable water projects around the world.”

 

The CultureJukebox team hasn’t had chance to visit yet, but this brewery promises to be really superb – we like what we’ve seen on Instagram so far.

And Pretty Decent Beer Co is just a few minutes walk from some of Forest Gate’s best independent venues – The Wanstead Tap for an incredible selection of real ale and provocative programming, Burgess & Hall for beautiful wines; and the quirky and delicious Hawkes cider HQ.

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A proper round-up of some of Forest Gate, Leyton and Leytonstone’s best watering holes for this summer is coming soon. Where do you think should be on the list? Send us a Tweet and let us know where we should visit..

 

Our Neighbourhood: Shake The High Road festival unveiled

Great news for Leytonstone, a new festival has been announced for this summer – Shake The High Road.

It takes place on Saturday May 27th 2017 across several venues all in the vicinity of Leytonstone High Road, E11.

Shake The High Road promises more than 30 live bands and DJs, a pop-up record fair, afternoon funk and soul session. Organiers are also promising a few surprises from East London’s music scene too..

Leytonstone is blessed with some really characterful and unique venues, sure Shake The High Road festival will make good use of these… The Red Lion BallroomAll You Read Is Love, and The Luna Lounge are all signed up already with more to be announced soon.

But what about the tunes you say! Well, Shake The High Road looks to have an awesome programme of familiar faces and new music.  Mystery Jets are doing a DJ set, Woman’s Hour (on uber cool label Secretly Canadian – home of The War On Drugs) are playing their first live show in a year, and if funk is your thing Fela Kuti’s former band member Dele Sosimi is coming to East London for a performance of Nigerian-inspired funk. One half of The 2 Bears Raf Daddy is also coming to the festival for an essential selection of dance tunes. The festival line-up is here (with more acts announced soon!)

Follow the festival on all the usual social media channels, including its Facebook page.

Our Neighbourhood: DJ Cash Money live in Leytonstone

Is great to live in E12, loads of great new places opening up. Not least the new ballroom at The Red Lion in Leytonstone.

The venue has booked legendary turntablist DJ Cash Money for a party early December – details here.

DJ Cash Money is a Philadelphia-based turntablist and legend of the hip-hop scene (he was the first inductee into the DJ Hall of Fame!).

He emerged from the Philadelphia hip hop scene in the late 1980s alongside his rival Jazzy Jeff. He went on to remix tracks for big-name artists such as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Public Enemy.

The Moose Funk Squad are the support acts,  alongside Droppin’ Science DJs; Matman & Daredevil. Buy your tickets here for what promises to be a high quality night of Hip Hop in East London. (There’s a Central Line night tube to get you home right next door too!)

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On Culture: The Waldorf Project is back

The Waldorf Project: Chapter Three / FUTURO is returning to London in its biggest and most ambitious incarnation yet. Chapter Three / FUTURO will guide participants through the vast abyss, manipulating their emotions and responses in a genre-defying, multi-sensory experience – expressed in a universe of black and white alone.

One of the CultureJukebox team’s favourite London creative crews – this is a truly expansive immersive experience. Not to be missed.

The event is take place at Here East, London’s home for making, is – as a hub for entrepreneurs and pioneers of technology – the perfect stage for The Waldorf Project’s latest Chapter, presenting a world full of intrigue and wonder, unimaginable even to the most seasoned of Waldorf Project devotees.

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The Waldorf Project is staged under the concept of the Japanese emotion ‘AMAE’, meaning ‘a temporary surrender in perfect safety’. As in its previous chapters, The Waldorf Project unites the most pioneering practitioners in the worlds of environment design, product design, sound design, choreography, costume and textile design, and gastronomy, engendering through the birth of a new art form a rare synergy.

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Orchestrated and directed by artist Sean Rogg, the experience takes place between individual stages, or environments (each creating a new emotive synchronisation of taste, sound, touch and sight), participants will be immersed in the void of the cathedral-like sensation. Lost in the vacuum, they will be guided to move both as individuals and as a newly formed cumulative organism. Using exciting technologies and emotional manipulation, The Waldorf Project will explore new ways of implementing its algorithmic methods to manipulate the group, as developed in previous chapters; the ‘organism’, by interacting with its environment, will, ultimately, bring it to life and even learn to control it.

“We are not thinking beings that feel; we are feeling beings that think” ~ Antonio Domasio, Professor of Neuroscience, University of California

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“Those attending the experience will have their minds opened to the fanciful and phenomenal possibilities envisaged by preceding generations, before worldly pressures took over and stifled such thinking. By taking our guests on a journey, guided by their senses and interactions with hosts and fellow guests, we aim to satiate their inquisitiveness of these progressive worlds. Upon entering and experiencing Chapter Three / FUTURO, the environment we all live our daily lives in may seem a little humdrum to the initiated” ~
artist, Sean Rogg

The Waldorf Project: Chapter Three / FUTURO runs for nine nights, Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th November and Tuesday 15th – Sunday 20th November 2016.

For further information and for tickets visit www.waldorfproject.com

 

On Culture: London Is Burning

The team at CultureJukebox are huge fans of the large-scale creative work the team at Artichoke put together.

So, it was wonderful to see the London Is Burning installation this week really capture the public’s imagination.

Exactly 350 years after the Great Fire tore the heart out of the British capital, a 400ft wooden model of the old medieval city was built on a huge barge. On  Sunday, this installation went up in flames on the River Thames to mark the anniversary.

 

The blaze in 1666, which started in Pudding Lane, ripped the heart out of the city and ruined around 13,200 homes.

But amid all the destruction and death was an event which changed the face of London forever, and gave birth to a new and modern capital of the United Kingdom.

The most fearsome blaze in memory did have some positives too. It’s credited with clearing the last vestiges of the bubonic disease from city streets by killing rats who were still carrier – but it also destroyed much of the medieval metropolis inside the Roman walls which had formed its defences for centuries.

“The 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London gives us a rare and wonderful opportunity to work on a historic event, the impact of which was felt far beyond the City of London, throughout the UK and beyond,” ~ Artichoke director Helen Marriage.

The happening was sponsored by the City of London Corporation, Arts Council England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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