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“I want to create something that can stand on its own.” Midnight Chardonnay founder Mamiko Motto on the debut edition of her nomadic festival concept
With the first edition of Midnight Chardonnay hosted this coming Saturday at Antwerp's Het Bos, we put a few questions to founder Mamiko Motto.
Journalist Nabeelah Shabbir walks us through some of her favourite shabby to chic corners of her native London town
The big bang of satellite fairs
Some call them parasites, others an affordable alternative. Whatever way you look at them, their number has mushroomed in the past decade
Exhibition: The Bride and the Bachelors at London’s Barbican
We had a peek at the fascinating expo centered around the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp.
The best of Belgium’s beats scene in 2012
2012's key releases of genre-defying, rhythmically driven choons, as chosen by Bart Sibiel.
The fashion world of London-based Belgian photographer Gael Delhaye
London-based Belgian fashion snapper Gael Delhaye shot this series exclusively for The Word. Lucky us.
Looking for fashion photographers, artists with day jobs and more…
We're knee-deep in editorial research for our next print edition, and there's a few things we're hoping you might be able to help us with.
Girls mastermind Christopher Owens’ romantic solo debut
Disco Naïveté's trawled the airwaves for worthy new choons for your listening pleasure and come up with contemporary electronica from Halls, the romantic-guitarred Christopher Owens and the impeccable voice of Lulu James.
An interview with upcoming London producer Danglo
Danglo's all hyped for the release of "Adapt ", his brand new garagey, housey, dubsteppy, trip-hoppy EP.
Signed to Brussels label Dandelion Lotus Records, South West London producer Danglo delivers a mix heavy on the bass, and heavy on the soul.
MS MR, S O H N, Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke is back with a new project, MS MR create a new genre with their so-called 'Tumblr Glitch Pop' and S O H N is the newest shooting star on the bedroom producer horizon.
Internationally recognised inseparable artists Gilbert & George on their Brussels’ solo show
We sat down with the infamous London pair Gilbert & George just before the opening of their 'London Pictures' exhibition at Brussels' Albert Baronian.
Amateur Best, Twigs and Saint Lou Lou
This week's new kids features has somewhat of a synth pop undertone to it, with Amateur Best, Twigs and Swedish sister duo Saint Lou Lou topping our list.
An interview with Antwerp’s fashion retail pioneer Geert Bruloot
In an exclusive interview for The Word, Philippe Pourhashemi talks to retail pioneer Geert Bruloot about the influence of London in his early days, the making of the Antwerp Six and how Japan paved the way for Belgium.
The weekend in London 26.07
Let the games begin! The Historical Box and Bruce Lacy mix it up with The White Album and Teengirl Fantasy this weekend under the sun in London.
Night Works, Arthur Beatrice, Frank Ocean
Queued up on your Word-recommended playlist this week are Night Works, Arthur Beatrice and Frank Ocean - our favourite new buttery-smooth soundtracks, handpicked for your listening pleasure.
The weekend in London 19.07
With Shoreditch Festival, Mexican electronic scenesters and expos by Grayson Perry and Jo Spence, London will be scaling the heights of awesomeness this weekend, rain and all.
The weekend in London 12.07
Rich pickings in London's weekend lineup like John Currin and Whitechapel Gallery, with a soundtrack kindly provided by Adrian Sherwood and Hard Rock Calling.
The weekend in London 05.07
If you only do four things this weekend... don't miss Irving Penn, an epic lineup at Bloc Weekend, Techno in My Fridge and Edvard Munch at the Tate.
The weekend in London 28.06
Cherry-picked from London's busy weekend roster are Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Damon Albarn in another opera and a new genre-bending party called Staunch 003.
The weekend in London 21.06
Jack White goes solo, Eva Rothschild gets involved with school boys, Stephen Willats continues to deconstruct the role of art and The Mutant Disco crew throws a party with Bill Patrick. This is your London weekend.
The weekend in London 07.06
Far from worn out by last weekend's royal revelry, London's weekend features dates with the Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, Edgar Martins, a Krankbrother street bash and the London Green Fair.
The weekend in London 31.05
We're all juiced up for London's 4-day weekend of sound and vision with special thanks to expos by sculptor Henry Moore and Sarah Lucas, as well as parties by Inxec and Secretsundaze and of course, the Queen's jubilee jamboree.
The weekend in London 24.05
The coolest places to be in London this weekend, boys and girls: Camden Arts for Zoe Leonard's camera obscura, the Welcome Collection's brain food, a Rough Trade in-house gig and a pre-Novi Sad, pre-Exit party.
The weekend in London 17.05
Picasso is joined by The XX, Krush and nocturnal trips to London's museums on the city's list of to-do's this weekend. Yes, that's right. Picasso.
The weekend in London 10.05
An exhibition exploring digital media, an expo showcasing iconic works of legendary Magnum photographers, a gig by The Black Belles and a party at Corsica Studios.
The weekend in London 26.04
London dwellers can treat themselves to a weekend of Weighted Words, an LA-band Big Sir gig and a party at the Nest. And Gillian Wearing's highly personal expo should also blip your radar.
The weekend in London 19.04
London goes to town again this weekend with some well-worth-a-look expos by Mondrian, Erica Baum, Sara MacKillop, everyone's fave celeb artist Damien Hirst and a nose around 50 years of British Design.
The weekend in London 12.04
London is loaded this weekend with an eerie doll sculpture expo by Wendy Mayer and sixties throwback Responsive Eyes, all washed down with some punk at New Cross Inn and some Magna Carta clubbing...
The weekend in London 05.04
Using the long Easter weekend for a getaway trip to London? With exhibitions exploring body adornments and the street art of Spanish artist Pez, Clark's album launch party and the Superfreq night you'll have a lot to discover.
The weekend in London 29.03
London's calling with exhibitions from Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake and Japanese artist Kasuma, plus a gig by London-based band Guillemots and an absolutely unmissable drum n bass do at Fabric.
The weekend in London 22.03
Exhibitions of Christopher Baker and Alice Chennar and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Drums of Death and Nero in concert: Definitely worth a trip to the island this weekend.
The weekend in London 15.03
Getty's east-enders and some Ordnance Surveying by Jo Syz provides your photography fix in facking Landan this weekend, while Needwant and Breakestra are there to tick all your house and funk boxes.
The weekend in London 08.03
Exhibitions by Rob O'Brien and Poland's Olek, gigs by upcoming bands Leika, The Isis and The White Lions and last but not least: a typical London-style warehouse party whose location is still top secret. All will be revealed.
The weekend in London 01.03
Beginning his weekly column with a bang, our London correspondent Marcus Barnes takes his pick of happenings in the Big Smoke this weekend.
The Big Pink
Last month, English twosome The Big Pink released a second album called 'Future This'. We spoke to them about their new record, skateboarding and being a couple (but not in that way).
London three-piece Is Tropical takes you backstage with our disposable camera project.
The interview: White Russia
Having just released the debut LP O Jerusalem singer/songwriter Maria Elderton from London two-piece White Russia speaks to us about apathetic bands and wanting to be Axl Rose.
London’s The Peoples Supermarket wins smart future minds award
A supermarket for the people by the people - this is the motto of the winning project. A sustainable food cooperative that provides healthy, local food at reasonable prices convinced the international jury at the smart urban stage Frankfurt.
Interview: Bo Ningen
A firm fixture on the East London scene, Bo Ningen played their first gig in Belgium last Sunday at Brussels’ Magasin 4. Their apocalyptic stage act, heavy riffs and psychedelic soundscapes have earned them the reputation of being the best live band around and, combined with their singular look, make for an unforgettable visual and […]
The joker has landed – An interview with Drums of Death
Ceratin artists sometimes seem to drop a bomb on you out of nowhere. You kind of had heard their name somewhere before, but couldnt quite place it. You know they aren’t exactly newcomers to the game, but they aren’t old-timers neither. It’s that certain breed of on-the-cusp of breaking-through artists. Some seem to be eternally […]
Five of the best gigs of 2010
1. Strange Days: featuring Sonic Youth, Shellac, The Pop Group, Factory Floor – 31st December, Hammersmith Apollo (London) Leave it to cult British promoters All Tomorrow’s Parties to throw the UK’s most hyped night of the year. Supported by Factory Floor, cult post-punk outfit The Pop Group (reformed after a 19-year hiatus) and Steve Albini’s […]
Ink like a Russian crim
The Russian Issue is out and it only seemed right that we checked out the ‘Russian Criminal Tattoo Exhibition’ currently showing in London. Hosted by FUEL Design and Publishing, the creators of the lauded Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volumes I, II and III, the original artworks from this popular series are displayed for the first time. […]
Art for arts sake: London’s Frieze Art Fair
The weekend before last saw the return of the Frieze Art Fair in London, so we thought we should take a look for ourselves and see what the fuss was about. Frieze art fair is a pilgrimage of sorts for art lovers and dealers; an almost sacred spot to pose while you peruse the finest […]
Profiling Rough Trade had been on our wish list for quite a while. Call us uninspired or lazy, but doing it for our Rough Edges Issue felt like an obvious no-brainer, or just an excuse to day trip our way over to London. We hopped on the 8.05 Eurostar and started with the label’s headquarter, […]
Our pick of London summer festivals (+ a giveaway)
Some hop on the plane to Barcelona to take in the sea, sex and songs at Sonar, whilst others road-trip it down to Sete for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival – a jamboree of urban sounds that this year has everyone from The Gaslamp Killer to Gil Scott Heron headlining the cult seaside musical festival. The […]
The last few outlaws ride the waves
They provided the soundtrack to our teenage years and introduced us to sounds overlooked by the mainstream, but is there still a role for pirate radio stations in the podcast era ? Writer Marcus Barnes, photography Charlotte May Wales, additional research by Renasha Khan In 1994 we fell in love with a new sound that we […]
Faith No More
The Dance is house music legends Faithless’s first album in 4 years. Their last album, 2006’s To All New Arrivals, was a polemic loaded record that boasted the group’s socio-political awareness. It seems with The Dance Faithless have decided to re-engage with their prior material, with tracks like ‘Not Going Home’ which attempt to recapture […]
Bands and brands
Flick through any of your current coffee table favourites, and you’ll quickly notice the heavy bond between today’s bands and brands. Models fashioned to look like rock stars, bands endorsing brands, musicians turned actors playing musicians posing in ads, it’s all almost incestuous. Below is the piece we ran in the Breakthrough issue’s Music Special […]
Rock steady and rising
For those of you who missed out on it, here’s a piece we ran in our Skin Issue about Trojan Records, one of the most eponymous record labels out there. Commanding incredible loyalty from its hords of dread-locked fans (you know, Trojan tatoos, Trojan-named kids, and even Trojan-branded black eyed peas), the label has somewhat […]
Currently available at
Giving an extended online lease of life to an article we ran with in our skin issue, here’s the piece Randa (our newly-posted London correspondant) did on Dover Street Market. Photography Charlotte May Wales Dover Street Market still feels fresh as new despite being around for half a decade, making it one of the best, […]
Skin to us…
With just a couple of days until our Skin Issue hits the streets, we thought it useful to give you a little insight into just one of the many passions we indulged in over the last few weeks. Skin and ska: The Specials Nothing says ‘original skin’ more than The Specials. The brainchild of keyboardist […]
A hit for a hit
Fresh from our Morning After Issue, a piece Randa wrote on the talent-altering effects going cold turkey can have on some of our favourite acts… Musical creativity and drug addiction are dark but inevitable bedfellows, but the skewed stimulation of getting fucked-up long-term tends to end in either death or dry out. So what happens […]
Launch of Unit Editions’ first book, Studio Culture
Unit Editions, a young upstart publishing imprit based in London, celebrated the launch of Studio Culture – its first book which delves into the sometimes insular world of graphic designers and their studios – with a party at the big smoke’s Haunch of Venison gallery (aptly billed as a “Launch at the Haunch”). The night’s […]
10 years of Showstudio – The party
We rediscovered 10 years of old Showstudio projects at the opening party of the exhibition at Somerset House on Monday; there were plenty of highpoints, including Alexander McQueen turning a bridegroom into a bride for Transformer and Julie Verhoven’s erotic interactive wallpaper, and we loved the way they managed to keep the audience-participation tone of […]
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