Win tickets for the Hidden Depths night!

Tiger Beer’s ‘Hidden Depths’ series continues, following a sell out shows with Ninja Tune at fabric and Hyperdub at Koko where the crowd were treated to a line-up that explored the influences and inspirations of two of the UK’s most innovative record labels.

Following a series of sell out shows with Ninja Tune at fabric and Hyperdub at Koko, Chris Goss and Azonica present the ‘Hidden Depths of Hospital’ mix in anticipation for the next show which is taking place at East London’s XOYO on Wednesday 25th July 2012.

The mix treats listeners to an educational selection of music from Hospital’s back catalogue featuring tracks from Netsky, Dagga, High Contrast, Cyantific and more.

01. Future Homosapiens – Talk Box
02. MIST – Taking Over Me
03. Peter Nice Trio – Harp Of Gold (Mr Scruff Remix)
04. Landslide – It’s Not Over
05. DJ Kalm – Mirage
06. Tomahawk – Until Dawn
07. High Contrast – Global Love (Calibre Remix)
08. Dagga – Laughing Gas
09. ??????????
10. Cyantific – 90
11. Makoto & TAK – Voyager
12. Netsky – Memory Lane

Track 9 in the track list has been left blank: guess the track name and win two tickets to the event by sending an email over to with your answer and contact details before 12:00 Friday 20th July 2012.

Win tickets to Fuji Rocks!


Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green label has teamed up with Universal Music to make classic vinyl albums available via mobile. Buy a piece of vinyl in the next 3 days and see if you win tickets to see The Stone Roses and BeadyEye at Fuji Rocks Festival in Japan. Competition closes Saturday 30th June. To enter:

  1. Download the Simply Tap app from iTunes or Google Play, and register your details once.
  2. Buy the album you want by this Saturday, 30th June, using the tap code, qr code, or image recognition
  3. Get it delivered and see if you’re the lucky winner of two tickets to Tokyo! T+C’s apply.

How to make Google Translate beatbox

I saw this on a friend’s update on Facebook and it got me all excited so I’m going to share it with you…

Go to Google Translate; Copy this text:

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Pick German as the ‘from’ language; Press the ‘Listen’-button and hear what happens!

Win tickets to Capital FM’s Summertime Ball 2012!

The much-anticipated Capital FM Summertime Ball hosted by Capital FM in association with Vodafone takes place at the legendary Wembley Stadium on the 9th of June 2012 with Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Jessie J, The Wanted, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Example, Ed Sheeran, Usher and Kelly Clarkson all on the bill.

Obviously though, it has now sold out. But don’t worry if you haven’t got your ticket yet, Capital FM and Vodafone are delighted to announce the ‘Take Your Seats’ competition. 

In the draw there are Golden Circle tickets to the Ball, as well as lots of amazing goodies to be won. To unlock the goodies, all you need to do is scream about the comp on your Facebook and Twitter.  The louder you scream, the bigger and better products you unlock.

You could win loads of other really good stuff. Click here to play and take your seat in the virtual Wembley Stadium and good luck!

Win tickets to catch Thundercat/ Floating Points/ Slugabed!

In association with Black Atlantic, Tiger has created ’Hidden Depths’ – a series of club and live events that explore a different side of some of the UK’s most innovative record labels. The series of shows will blend live and club performances as each label curates a night to explore the influences that informed their conception, present their current leading lights and offer a glimpse into their future musical movements.

The series will launch at fabric on Wednesday 16th May with a takeover of Room 1 by the seminal label Ninja Tune, with a showcase of burgeoning new talent. The spectrum of imprints and artists they are involved with will be showcased, with the Ninja label itself taking centre stage. Sister labels Big Dada Records and Brainfeeder will also be represented to provide the audience with a night that delves into the depths of the Ninja Tune label.

The show includes a rare performance from Brainfeeder’s Thundercat, in what will be only be the second time he has played in the UK and his first headline show on these shores. Thundercat will be backed by the astonishing talents of Ninja affiliated artist Floating Points and new signing Slugabed, with Offshore representing Big Dada. This event is strictly for over-18s. Tiger Beer supports responsible drinking – find out more at

We have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader- just email with NINJA on the subject bar and you’ll be entered into the draw. Deadline is 12:00 Friday 18th May. Good luck!

Win tickets to see Dry The River!

You can catch Dry The River at the next Energy Session (sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink) which is taking place at the Garage, Islington on the 15th of April and hosted by the guys at Time Out Live.

The Anglo/Norwegian four piece are on the cusp of great things, with an up-coming Shepherds Bush Empire gig in the offing and their debut album, Shallow Bed, set to drop in early March with their blend of emotion and musicality.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. All you need to do is email with ‘Dry The River’ on the subject line, and we’ll pick a winner on Thursday 12th April 2012 and contact you.

Otherwise, tickets are available at £5 from the Garage’s website.

Alfitude is 2!

Yup, today marks Alfitude’s second year of existence in this exciting, cruel and bizarre world that is the internet. Thank you to the 1/4 of a million people who’ve popped by since 2010. Thank you for making a silly hobby into something fantastic for me.

Win tickets to see Sam Sure & Giacomo at Koko

Are you around in London on 3rd February? Want to see these guys at Club NME at KOKO? I’m going, and the lovely people at KOKO have given me a couple of free tickets to give to you guys too.

To enter just email with the title ‘KOKO’ on the header bar. I’ll pick a winner at random on the 24th January at 12:00 and drop the winner a line.

Visit KOKO’s website if you want to buy tickets here.

Sam Sure & Giacomo are a duo with their eyes set firmly on the top. The mixture of slamming production, hooky melodies and straight up heart felt lyrics demand you to sit up and pay attention. Immersed in music the pair consistently push the boundaries of what a hip hop act can do, to the point where their sound no longer conforms to one genre but is a melting pot of a million influences. Experimental in the studio and mad energetic live, this is a band to watch in 2011.

At High Fidelity in the Gallery: Fabio Lendrum is a 19-year-old, South-West London-raised musician who as 2010 rolled around was already celebrating his first Top 10 hit as a writer on Example’s song ‘Won’t Come Quietly’. However it’s his own catalogue of songs that demand attention. Having already performed some brilliantly received spots at Matter and Bestival and now signed in a worldwide deal with Warner Music, Fabio is busy juggling bringing his debut album to completion and DJing as much as he can.

Haus of Alfitude

I work with an amazing chef in my events job. He made this cute little gingerbread house, and I destroyed it with sweets. If you could feel how heavy this is… But I’m so proud!

Win tickets to see Ghostpoet and Mike Skinner this Wednesday

Having announced its third project of 2011 last week, today RizLab sheds more light on the details of Project 3, put together by Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. Now that the recording of their collaboration ‘Trouble’ is complete they have set about creating a truly groundbreaking music video concept. The result is an interactive live-streamed music video.

Performed and shot in one take in front of a small audience, the ‘Trouble’ video shoot will be broadcast live online . Over the course of the track, ‘A or B’ options will be presented to the online audience and the favorite option will happen live in real-time to cause trouble for the artist during their one take performance.

Whether it’s an army of cheerleaders invading the stage or a water cannon fired at the artists they will have to deal with whatever is thrown at them.

With the chaos over, the resulting footage will be used to create a truly unique music video soon after. Learn more about the project or apply for tickets here.

To judge by appearance…

I’m not going to say much about this because it’ll spoil the ending- just watch it in full and see what happens! What an awesome way of selling stuff AND making a statement. The track in the background is “There Is Hope” by Zoo Brazil. If you still don’t get it watch this.

When will London’s most beautiful building come back to life again?

This, in my eyes, is London’s prettiest building. It’s the Commonwealth Centre in Holland Park, and was shut down years ago. It’s soon to become the new home of the Design Museum, which I know for a fact will be the most amazing, stunning and exciting place in town. Walking past it last week, seeing it all asleep in the sun with trees taking over the landscape, derelict for such a long time, it still looked gorgeous. Something like a scene from a space age film from the 50’s. Fortunately, it’s a listed building so it’ll never see the sights of a bulldozer. A few more pics on my Flickr.

Make your own Northern Lights!

So this doesn’t really have anything to do with music but I thought it was so cool I had to post it on here. Visit Norway have put up this amazing game where you create and record your own Northern Lights. It’s so much fun. Norway rocks! Check it out here.

WordPress reckons I’m a ‘Wow’

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 363 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 479 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 422mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

Winter, Wonderland, Snow, Christmas, London

I could have a post for each of the above but it’s Christmas Eve and I’m too lazy, but I did manage to use up enough brain juice to upload pics on my Flickr from the recent snow-rape in London, and some from Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. I only got as far as the first couple of rides in that place before I gave up and went to play with the duckies… Check out here if you want.


Your last chance to be a Games Maker at the 2012 London Olympics!

You’ve got til midnight tonight to fill in your application. It takes about half an hour to do and you’ll need some ID to prove who you are. Go here to fill!

Despicable Me

I went to see this as an after-gym treat on my day off this week. After Toy Story 3, this is probably the best animation I’ve seen all year- and those little yellow minions are so cute it’s sick. The few songs by Pharrell Williams (of N.E.R.D) are lovely. I really hope they make a second film!

What’s your (font) type?

Design powerhouse Pentagram have opened up this amazing new font game where a psychiatrist asks you questions and then connects you to a font. Mine is the 1919 Van Doesburg. I didn’t agree at first, but after hearing what they had to say about this font I was convinced it was made for me! Check it out here… It’s so good!

I estimate approximately 3,967 people will choke on the new installation at Tate Modern

First came the ‘Crack’ which (hilariously) had people falling in to big cracks in the Turbine Hall, and and Tate Modern are scattering 100 million unique glass sunflower seeds as part of Ai Weiwei’s new installation. I really like it, and it sends out lots of interesting and powerful messages… but MAJOR health hazard!

Update: As expected, it has shut down after just one week. No one choked but the dust from all the seeds got people coughing a little crazy. Oops!