Category Archives: Youth Culture

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..

 

On Music: A brand-new era dawns for brilliant Bestival

It’s the dawn of a brand-new era for one of the craziest weekends on the UK calendar – Bestival.

The brilliant festival has just announced four incredible headliners and a huge bill of amazing music, as it enters a new chapter of light and sound, exploring the wonders of Colour.

In 2017 the Bestival crew are moving their party over to the Lulworth Estate, in beautiful Dorset.

 “Well what an adventure this promises to be… we have a beautiful new home with a massive castle in the middle of it, acres of beautiful woodland and forest, a sea view and the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Going back to our roots with Josie da Bank’s hand-drawn artwork, reviving all our favourite stages from 14 years of Bestival history and going out with all our headliners for the first time ever together, we’re pretty excited at Bestival HQ. From pop to grime, hip-hop to techno, folk to classical and every style in between we are reclaiming our place as the funnest, most adventurous, musically savvy and downright magical festival on the map. Please come along for the ride. and remember Increase the Peace” ~ Rob da Bank

The xx will be the first ever Castle Stage headliners at Bestival – an awesome booking. Hip-hop heroes A Tribe Called Quest will headline Saturday at Bestival 2017, performing what will be their last UK Show – wow.  And synth-pop geniuses Pet Shop Boys have been announced as the Sunday night headliners. Three just brilliant bookings.

Justice, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Rag’n’Bone Man, Soul II Soul, are among the eclectic stars making Bestival the place to be.

And there will be DJ sets from Annie Mac, Andy C presents 25 Years of RAM, Kurupt FM, David Rodigan presents RAM JAM, DJ Yoda, Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Kölsch, Dusky, Toddla T presents Carnival, Artwork presents Art’s House, Sink the Pink and more DJs to be announced over coming months.

 

Head to www.Bestival.net, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more information, tickets and all the rest. #Bestival17

image c/o Bestival

On Music: Giggs at the #ASICSSECRETGIG

We always love it when brands get involved in supporting new and progressive music, so was great to get an invite to the #ASICSSECRETGIG.

The Japanese sneaker champs were celebrating the launch of their  Chameleoid pack with a secret gig in London.

A lit party – ASICS Tiger were joined by some of the biggest names in UK music and more than 600 guests. It was hosted by BBC 1Xtra DJ Sian Anderson. The night kicked off with Melody Kane and Logan Sama on the Decks. A live set followed from one of the fastest emerging names in UK Grime: AJ Tracey Followed by a huge headline set from Giggs.

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The new kicks combine progressive Japanese sports tech and global stylings. The Sole Supplier crew made this film from the launch:

Stay up-to-date with ASICS Tiger news via its Twitter feed.

 

On Tech: World’s First Clubbing Simulator – videogame rave

After being invited to last year’s

<p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/-UHchpxZu-/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Together In Electric Dreams 💯🍸🍹 #absolut #bankside #electricklondon #rave-on. Last night, with television's @totallyranced</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A video posted by Paul Anthony Drury (@thisisjukebox) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2015-11-20T17:03:20+00:00">Nov 20, 2015 at 9:03am PST</time></p></div></blockquote> //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js” target=”_blank”>Absolut Vodka VR night, I’ve made it my mission to keep tabs on all ideas around club culture and tech. This week, Vienna’s Grelle Forelle released a clubbing game – a unique interactive experience that takes the player on a journey through contemporary club culture.

So, feeling too knackered to make it out and onto the dancefloor this weekend? Then download the game from the Grelle Forelle website.

Is this the start of a new virtual reality clubbing culture..?

On Youth Culture: The New Young Fogey Club

According to a piece in this week’s New Statesman, today’s teens and 20-somethings seem reluctant to get drunk, smoke cigarettes or have sex. Is abstinence the new form of youth rebellion?

It seems no coincidence that the downturn in drink and drugs has happened at the same time as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Could growing anxiety about the future, combined with a dip in disposable income, be taming the under-25s? … It is this lack of spontaneity that has shaped a generation of young fogeys. This cohort of grannies and boring bastards, of perpetual renters and jobseekers in an economy wrecked by less cautious generations, is one that has been tamed by anxiety and fear. ~ Eleanor Margolis, columnist

This piece really reflects the findings from a six-month research piece I produced for Lucozade Energy last year. Young people are valuing wellness and experiences they can remember, as opposed to the lost weekends of youth that 30-somethings are more familiar with…