London Bridge venue Omeara is doing a raffle to raise funds

London Bridge venue Omeara is doing a raffle to raise funds

Since it opened in 2016, Southwark venue Omeara has hosted an eclectic range of artists, from floppy-hatted Scientologist Beck to grime don Skepta, via Laura Marling and Sam Fender. The brainchild of Ben Lovett out of Mumford & Sons, Omeara bucked the trend that saw the capital’s live venues closing at an alarming rate, while bringing some much-needed musical chops to Flat Iron Square’s more meaty variety. Now, inevitably, it’s facing an uncertain future. Like London’s other music venues, Omeara isn’t expecting beer-guzzling paying punters back anytime soon. 

Now, following news that Stepney’s The George Tavern and Islington’s Union Chapel are also seeking your help to keep providing temporary tinnitus after lockdown ends, Omeara is launching its own funding initiative, as part of the UK-wide #SaveOurVenues campaign. 

Rather than just passing round the folk-pop-approved trilby, though, Omeara is holding a kind of raffle where donators can win all sorts of cool prizes, food and drink experiences, and other stuff. There are exclusive limited-edition hoodies and T-shirts from designer and Kanye collaborator Louise Goldin. And there are branded facemarks from NY fashion brand La Ligne. Donate to Omera’s crowdfunder here.

The lucky dip also promises tickets to future Omeara shows, cocktail masterclasses, a supper club at neighbouring Lupins, and even a complete takeover of Flat Iron Square to have a big old party. For one lucky winner, Mumford & Sons will come round and tarmac your drive. Okay, that’s not actually a prize.

To donate and be part of Omeara’s prize draw, visit its crowdfunding page.

London’s LGBTQ+ mecca the Royal Vauxhall Tavern is in danger of closing for good.

And give The Clapham Grand a big hand (it needs it).


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Cask Pub & Kitchen – Award-winning pub

Cask Pub & Kitchen – Award-winning pub

The experts love Cask Pub & Kitchen – southwest London pub of the year, pub of the year, one of the top places to have a beer in the world, the list is endless – and rightly so, for it has 25 taps of cask and keg beers along with four fridges of over 300 bottles to take away. As well as a beer menu on every table which is almost unheard of.

Cask Pub & Kitchen is in Pimlico which, whilst still fairly central, is enough the other side from the hub of Victoria to make this spot feel like being further afield. It attracts a mixed crowd of real ale connoisseurs who have visibly made the journey to this beer-laden trophy cabinet and younger, wine-drinking types. To add to the uniqueness of Cask Pub & Kitchen, the pricing is tiered according to ABV – from £4.25 for anything up to 4% through to £5-£6 for up to 8%.

The food is decent too – pork pies, hefty burgers of cheese & bacon, beef patties in a hot buffalo sauce and Sunday roasts – the background music being exactly that – I noticed the speakers are above the bar area and not too loud which allows for the main table areas to be against the sound of conversation and clinking pint glasses whilst live music arrives on a Sunday afternoon in the form of bluegrass, Irish folk and other twangy styles to see the week out.

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Buckle up! A swanky new drive-in cinema is coming to London

Buckle up! A swanky new drive-in cinema is coming to London

Normally, this would be the time of year when you’d be weighing up which of London’s many star-canopied outdoor screenings to lob your blanket and Prosecco supply at over the summer months. Well, don’t give up those dreams of cinema under the stars just yet, because there’s another new drive-in cinema coming to London and the UK in the near future.

In hot pursuit of the newly announced @TheDriveIn comes Luna Drive-In, the brainchild of outdoor cinema organisers The Luna Cinema. The screenings will take place at yet to be announced venues in London and across the country, and promise cutting-edge LED screens and a bespoke audio set-up that means no fiddling around with pesky car radios.

‘With its immediate separation from other audience goers, drive-in cinema is the perfect solution to get people back to the big screen,’ says George Wood, The Luna Cinema’s founder. ‘[In the past] we were unsure of the quality of the sound experience when running through an FM frequency into the car radio, but we’re confident we have cracked it with an incredible in-car wireless speaker solution.’

Luna is also promising food and drink delivered to your car (or Uber, if that’s how you’re rolling), and all the sound social distancing measures you’d expect in these safety-minded times.

Expect more information on venues, pricing, dates and the line-up of movies in the near future. If it sounds like your bag, register on the Luna Drive-In mailing list for the latest info!

If you’d rather stay at home, you can still communal film-watch at these virtual movie clubs.

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10 Very Best Things To Do In Norwich

10 Very Best Things To Do In Norwich

Perched in East Anglia, Norwich is one of the totally gorgeous and historic cities in England to visit. The city is well over 1,000 years old and there’s a heap of the best things to do in Norwich that are nestled all across the city limits. This is exactly why I love it, there’s just … Continue Reading

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Welcome to Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture!

Welcome to Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture!

Welcome to Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture, one of the most interesting European cities this year.

This is a message from Rijeka!

Opening of the European Capital of Culture

Exactly two months ago the city of Rijeka became the first Croatian city to bear the title of the European Capital of Culture 2020. On February 1st tens of thousands of people attended the central ECoC opening programme that communicated the courageous messages on the values upon which modern Europe is founded.

That evening, the uncommon Opera Industriale transformed Rijeka Port into a huge stage, where thousands of performers performed, accompanied by the sounds of work, industry and noise. The Opera Industriale’s final song “O Bella Ciao” symbolically reminded Europe and Croatia of the freedom which the citizens of Europe have been enjoying for the last 75 years with words “È questo il fiore del partigiano, morto per la libertà! / This is a flower for the partisan, who died for the liberty”.


Opera Industriale Rijeka (by Petar Kurschner)

Opera Industriale is based on the musical framework designed by Rijeka art duo JMZM (Josip Maršić and Zoran Medved) and orchestrated by Croatian composer, maestro Frano Đurović. Besides them, this central opening programme in Rijeka Port featured numerous artists, including DB Indoš – House of Extreme Musical Theatre with Rumoristi, the Mixed Choir of The Opening of European Capital of Culture which was led by Jeka Primorja choir and fronted by Igor Vlajnić, and string and wind orchestra. The Finish Choir Mieskuoro Huutajat offered an especially attractive performance that included screaming, shouting and rattling. Opera Industriale also featured around twenty Rijeka guitarists, ten drummers, dancers and the workers’ orchestra of grinders, welders and sparks.

Rijeka, European Capital of Culture 2020 (by Sebastian Pervan)

This urban Rijeka opera has brought forth a reminder of the rich and stormy Rijeka past, along with the messages of respect for the power of workers in the life of a modern city, the working people who proudly built Rijeka.

In regard to the tackled themes, this performance also included a reference to Janko Polić Kamov, the greatest Rijeka writer and a predecessor of the European avant-garde, whose verses were recited in a very peculiar style. A Finnish choir of screaming men sang the hymns of all the states in which Rijeka existed during the past hundred years.

During Opera’s grand finale, the famous song of Italian antifascists “O Bella Ciao” was jointly sung by all the performers: rock guitarists, drummers, The Choir of The ECoC Opening, orchestra, Finnish Choir Huutajat and DB Indoš along with a large part of the audience. Through the messages that pervaded this programme, Rijeka clearly demonstrated the values it cultivates and represents, the messages it wishes to send to both Europe and the world. The programme’s narrator was Zoran Prodanović Prlja, a well known Croatian rock frontman. The spectacle was rounded with spectacular fireworks.

Opera Industriale grand finale

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