Vanessa Redgrave delivers stellar Brighton Festival 2012 line-up

The UK’s largest international arts festival is back with a packed programme curated by this year’s Guest Director, Vanessa Redgrave. Described by playwrights Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as “The greatest living actress of our times”, Redgrave’s credentials are immaculate. The only British actress ever to win the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and … Continue reading

Oh la la its Derriere!

The set of Derriere’s video shoot, at Studio Ping Pong, was rocking, quite literally, when I arrived. From just scaffolding, Perspex, and in the case of the camera, what looked like an air conditioning unit, Studio Ping Pong had been transformed into a 1950s television studio. On a podium in the centre of a densely … Continue reading

Interview: DJ Format

A player on the UK hip hop scene since the sleeper success in 2003 of his first album, Music for the Mature B-Boy, DJ Format is known for his funk-flavoured rewinds of retro hip hop sounds. Successful too as a club DJ, he has packed dancefloors worldwide and released several mixes, among them 2006’s Fabriclive.27, … Continue reading

On the set of Derriere’s Battle Plan video shoot

Brighton-based band Derriere, purveyors of raunchy rock’n’soul blues and honkin good times, recently released their first single, Battle Plan. Picked up already by the likes of Mark Lamaar, it seems glory awaits. Never one to miss out on vicarious glory I joined them as an extra on the set of the accompanying video at Studio … Continue reading