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Current affairs

Teachers’ unions meet to discuss calls for strike action over pay and pensions

Britain’s two biggest teachers’ unions are meeting today, for their annual Easter conference, to hear calls for [read more]

First arrest made in Heartbleed hack case

A 19-year-old man from Canada has been arrested in relation to the computer security breach Heartbleed. Stephen Arthuro [read more]

Shocking 163% rise in food bank use‏

Almost a million people received emergency ration supplies from food banks in the past year – a shocking rise of 163% [read more]

SPECIAL: CircusFest 2014

Belonging at the Roundhouse

Playing to a full crowd as part of CircusFest 2014, Belonging is a new production from Graeae, a theatre company that [read more]

She Would Walk the Sky at the Roundhouse

Sumptuous velvets, glittering tassels and soft shadows transform the Roundhouse into a hive of faded circus glamour and [read more]

Silver Lining at the Roundhouse

At first glance the Silver Lining circus company seem a decidedly odd bunch. Describing themselves as “an unlikely [read more]

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Live music

Matt Cardle at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

It was pretty obvious that the judges of X-Factor knew exactly what they were thinking [read more]

Sub Focus at Brixton Academy

Electronic dance has taken the crown of popular music in the 21st century. With its [read more]

Cut Copy and RÜFÜS at The Forum

It was all about the EDM at The Forum last night, as Cut Copy played their last UK date [read more]

Elbow at the O2 Arena

Elbow are a remarkable band. Armed with some fantastic new songs from their latest album [read more]

Desert Mountain Tribe at The Monarch

We all know the blues are full of troubles. So many emotional musicians resort to them to [read more]

Peggy Sue at Oslo

If there’s any upcoming band you should have your eye on right now, it’s [read more]

Fashion & Lifestyle

Mio: skin products for a summer-ready body

With summer on the horizon, working out has become a top priority for many of us before [read more]

Lakai Limited Footwear teams up with Earl Sweatshirt

Leading footwear brand Lakai has announced an exciting collaboration with American rapper [read more]

Seven summer scents for her

Now that we’re out of the winter hibernation season, comfortably settled into [read more]

Get ready for the festival season with Iris Fashion

With Coachella kicking off the 2014 festival season, it’s time to get yourself ready [read more]

Colour your hair with Label M for the festival season

Label M has become renowned for their hair care products through London Fashion Week. [read more]

Here comes the wedding style

We all know the saying ‘don’t steal the show from the leading lady’ but as [read more]

Art

Five must-see exhibitions in London for your Easter 2014

With a four-day weekend to look forward to, Easter is the perfect time for visiting galleries. Here is a helpful line-up of some of the most exciting exhibitions to be seen [read more]

Frieze Videos showcase at the Institute of Contemporary Arts

As part of Frieze’s commitment to being what co-editor Jennifer Higgie describes as “more than just pages between two covers”, the esteemed arts magazine [read more]

Tauba Auerbach and David Robiliard exhibitions at the ICA

Tauba Auerbach’s work is to do with the fourth dimension. The fourth dimension is something only understood by people on Youtube who happen to be younger than you. It is [read more]

Theatre

Rodin at the London Coliseum

St Petersberg’s Eifmann ballet is in town to showcase two performances: Anna Karenina and Rodin, of which the latter premiered yesterday evening at the Coliseum. Inspired [read more]

Cool Rider at the Duchess

Running for only seven nights at the Duchess Theatre, Cool Rider is a sassy, rugged and surprisingly raunchy adaptation of Grease 2. This lesser-appreciated movie sequel has, [read more]

Relative Values at the Harold Pinter

Noel Coward’s vibrant and engaging comedy, set in the library of Marshwood House, restored the master playwright to iconic status after he and his work had been dismissed [read more]

Food & drinks

Original recipe of the week: Triple Chocolate Cookies

The Easter weekend is the perfect opportunity to get busy in the kitchen. Make sure you knock up these super easy cookies that will no doubt please your hungry guests. The [read more]

Made in the Shade

The East End of London has always been a colourful and quirky part of the city, steeped in history and forming an integral part of London culture. Being a melting pot of [read more]

A Noodle Nation

It hasn’t been that long since the Asian trend’s arrival on London’s food scene. Any restaurant worth it’s salt had something fried in tempura batter, drizzled [read more]

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Music

Back with a bang: an interview with James Walsh

James Walsh is the lead singer of post-Brit Pop band Starsailor, who have been on hiatus for several years. Walsh is back with a debut solo album choc full of a brand new [read more]

Paul Weller announce new album More Modern Classics and London shows in May

More Modern Classics is a fitting title: a high quality stylish collection featuring tracks taken from Paul’s albums of the last 15 years of his solo career. These 15 years [read more]

Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education & War

“Light a fire, we’re coming home” sings Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson on the first single from Education, Education, Education & War. It’s a [read more]

Books

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Vacationers by Emma Straub is a rare gem that captures the voice of every character it wraps its pages around. In this sense comparable to Mark Haddon’s family drama [read more]

The Love Book by Allie Esiri

Love is the most abused emotion in almost every language across the world. We throw it around, bathe one another in it til our fingers are pruny, spell it out on t-shirts, [read more]

How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis

You can never read too much. Samantha Ellis proves it through this laugh-out-loud, intensely observed journey through her colourful life, measured against her literary [read more]

Beauty

Mio: skin products for a summer-ready body

With summer on the horizon, working out has become a top priority for many of us before hitting the beach. However, the blood, sweat and tears may be affecting our [read more]

Bunny Butt Apothecary: health-conscious and fun

Making yourself look gorgeous should be fun, even if you’re being health-conscious and trying to use organic products. At Bunny Butt Apothecary they do just that. Bunny [read more]

Divine: the new name in nails needs your help!

Divine is a nails company that has created a stunning range of press-on nails that offers both style and substance, but before they can start making these beauty must-haves [read more]

New York City

Rocky: the Musical at the Winter Garden

The iconic story of small-time South Philly boxer turned local hero, Rocky Balboa, is brought back to life in this dazzling, high-tech musical adaptation that packs a whole [read more]

Australian rockers Monks of Mellonwah release debut album Turn the People

Australian band Monks of Mellonwah released their debut album Turn the People last week – a very artistic take on alternative music, featuring both self-production and [read more]

Machinal at the American Airlines

Last night actress Rebecca Hall and the Roundabout Theater Company previewed Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play Machinal at New York City’s American Airlines Theater. [read more]

Cinema

Frieze Videos showcase at the Institute of Contemporary Arts

As part of Frieze’s commitment to being what co-editor Jennifer Higgie describes as “more than just pages between two covers”, the esteemed arts magazine [read more]

A very British character: a conversation with Billy Cook

Billy Cook is one to watch in British film. Having been encouraged onto the silver screen by his father, David Essex, it’s no wonder that he has taken to classic British [read more]

Rio 2 premiere: In conversation on the red carpet in London

Prior to the screening of Rio 2, The Upcoming spoke with comedian-turned-actor Rufus Hound, singer and actress Michelle Heaton, ornithologist Bill Oddie, and radio and TV [read more]

Fashion news

River Island collaborates with Baartmans and Siegel for A/W 2014

River Island has announced its upcoming collaboration with menswear brand Baartmans and Siegel, as part of the high-street retailer’s Design Forum for autumn/winter. Helmed [read more]

Vogue Festival 2014: the destination for fashion

The Southbank Centre was the chosen destination for the Vogue Festival this year, another celebration of some of the greatest minds, models and designers in the ever-changing [read more]

Who was Peaches Geldof? Story of a young icon: singer, fashionista, model and mother of two

Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof was born on 13th March 1989 in London, England. The second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, Peaches began writing professionally [read more]

Sport & Tech

Keep up with loved ones using the Internet

Keep up with loved ones using the Internet

In this day and age, busy is a normal way of life for most people. However, being a busy person doesn’t take away the human need for connection and keeping up with loved ones. Fortunately, as the world has become more hectic, more ways to stay connected have appeared. [read more]

Lack of strikers worries Brazil for World Cup 2014

Lack of strikers worries Brazil for World Cup 2014

While hosts Brazil are the favourites with many bookmakers to win this summer’s World Cup, there is a growing concern [read more]

Tonight’s look at Wednesday’s Premier League fixtures

Tonight’s look at Wednesday’s Premier League fixtures

As controversy swirls around Premier League’s treatment of disabled fans, and as fortunes rise and fall this season, [read more]

Tech in the gaming industry

Tech in the gaming industry

The advancement in technology has not just affected social media and the way we go about our everyday lives, it has [read more]

Feature of the week

    Can China keep up with its own middle class?

    The Chinese middle class – those earning between $10,000 to $35,000 per annum  – has furiously emerged in the last 15 to 30 years, growing to 300 million people, a number encompassing a larger population than the USA, but only 22% of China’s. Behind the […]