Escape to the legendary Isle of Wight Festival this summer for a serious hit of live music from some of the world's biggest bands and hottest new artists. As well as amazing music campers can enjoy hot tubs from Bathing Under The Sky, Bohemian Woods, Intoxicated Tea Rooms and even a real beach in the Life's a Beach area. You could win a pair of VIP tickets to be a part of the fun.
The Isle of Wight Festival is the only place you'll be able to see Red Hot Chili Peppers in the UK this year, and joining them in the headline slots are Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris. The line-up also boasts performances from Suede, Rudimental, Fall Out Boy, Katy B, Tom Odell, Travis, Passenger, Ella Eyre, Boy George, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont and many more. For more details and tickets visit www.isleofwightfestival.com
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In case you didn’t know, Scandinavia is cool right now. The food, the fashion, the facial hair – plus the Vikings have invaded the British Museum. All we need next is a healthy economy, a reliable public transport system and a sense of social justice, and London will be indistinguishable from Oslo. Meanwhile in Hackney, there’s yet another Northern European-inspired incursion. Or apparently so: the website claims this bar-restaurant-club draws on ‘a Nordic aesthetic’, although it’s not immediately obvious within. Oslo occupies the previously deserted old Hackney rail station and takes on a bit of a railway theme with its luggage-rack lighting, plus there are industrial stylings that give the whole place a Janet Jackson ‘Rhythm Nation’ video feel. The restaurant part is rather fancy, its food incorporating a few of the forages, pickles, jellies and marinations of New Nordic cooking. The kitchen is regularly given over to guest chefs, and you have to book – it’s always heaving. Eat in the bar and the food is more straightforward. Where once the standard snack in pubs was a toastie, sausage roll or pork pie, now it’s the slider or fried chicken. These are served alongside frankly obscene portions of chips, slathered with the likes of cured bacon fat and bacon salt, or braised oxtail, gravy and cheese. There’s a commendable range of craft beers from the vicinity, including a couple from Five Points Brewing just five minutes up the road at the Downs.Head upstairs and you’ll find a
Venue says: “Join us every Thursday night until late for Soul Soul Soul – a night of vinyl appreciation with DJs playing soul, funk, disco and more.”