What's hot and happening Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:47:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On: The HMTV Show HOTmas Edition Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:15:19 +0000 Hot Post

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Get into the festive spirit, find out who ate all of the mince pies as well as what hot and happening events are taking place over the Christmas period, in the special HOTmas edition of the HMTV Show!

Join the HMTV team as they take a retrospective look at some of the last events of the summer with presenters Darren Lucas, Deanne Oliver-Evans and Jasper Taylor providing off the cuff reportage at:

  • Rumfest - The world’s largest rum festival at the ExCel London, featuring interviews with founder Ian Burrell and Miguel Smith, UK Brand Ambassador for Mount Gay Rum
  • Holifest - The Hindu festival of colour that lit up the Battersea Power Station
  • Run To The Beat powered by Nike+ - London’s largest half marathon at Greenwich Park, featuring interviews with international DJ and broadcaster Goldie Rocks & BBC radio and TV presenter Nihal, plus a HOT performance by chart-topper Jessie J.

Also in this show:

  • Aussie ‘Future Soul’ band and latest signing to Sony Music Hiatus Kaiyote answer five hot sizzling questions in our HOT 5
  • Our What’s On guide features hot event picks to see you through Christmas and the New Year
  • Enter our HOTmas Comp for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see soul sensation Jon B and the legendary Roy Ayers at the Jazz Café next week!

With each show filmed from a different location in London, the rooftop of the Ugli Campus provides the perfect backdrop to West London, as does its quirky environment for this special Christmas edition.

Merry Christmas and keep it locked!







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What’s On: Circo Loco New Year’s day party Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:34:15 +0000 Hot Post With a lineup that boasts Circo Loco favourites, red-hot producers and some of 2013’s brightest stars, Circo Loco New Year’s Day 2014 comes to London promising to be nothing short of incredible.

On January 1 The Coronet in London plays host to a collection of artists that could only be brought together by the masterminds at Circo Loco. And with Davide Squillace, Tale of Us, Damian Lazarus, Lee Foss, Richy Ahmed, System of Survival, Clive Henry and Robert James playing nine full party-hard hours, this is one not to miss.

The HOT Deets

Where? The Coronet, 28 New Kent Rd, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6TJ
When? 1 January 2014, from 9pm–6am
How much? 1st release of tickets £29.50, 2nd release £39.50 from


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What’s On: Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:13:34 +0000 Hot Post This winter, Southbank Centre invokes the spirit of Charles Dickens to welcome visitors to The Winter Festival with NatWest.

The Festival will transform the 21-acre site into a magical landscape with bicycle-powered Christmas tree snow globes, art installations, bustling markets and twinkling canopies of lights. The Festival programme is packed with enthusiasm, generosity and entertainment for all ages – from world class theatrical performances and festive concerts, to free participatory dance events and activities that explore the joy of giving.

Southbank Centres Winter Festival with NatWest Photo Belinda Lawley 300x199 Whats On: Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival Programme highlights include:

  • A Christmas Carol – under the dimmed lights of Queen Elizabeth Hall, we celebrate the 170th birthday of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a dramatised reading of the legendary story. The actors bringing to life the unforgettable characters are: Griff Rhys Jones as Charles Dickens and Bill Paterson as Scrooge, as well as Freddie Fox, Tim Pigott-Smith, Ian McNeice, Phil Daniels, Janine Duvitski, Bryony Hannah and Amy Morgan. The evening will begin with pre-show Christmas music, mulled wine and mince pies (15 Dec) Age recommendation: 10+
  • Christmas Mini Midnight Run – join Inua Ellams for an exploration of charity and goodwill in a guided walk of our urban landscape (6 Dec)
  • Folds – acrobat-musicians tumble through a set made entirely of paper and cardboard in the London premiere of this colourful circus show (17 – 31 Dec)
  • Christmas Markets – a choice of four markets: Southbank Centre Christmas Market (15 Nov – 24 Dec); Designers/Makers Market (16 – 22 Dec); The Chocolate Festival (13 – 15 Dec) and the Real Food Christmas Market (19 – 22 Dec)
  • A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party – co-curated with Wayne Hemingway and HemingwayDesign, the Royal Festival Hall is transformed into a hotspot of glamour throughout the decades with the most exclusive views of the Thames fireworks following last year’s sell-out (31 Jan)
  • Free Festive Events – from Argentinian Tango (15 Dec) and Boxing Day Swing dancing (24 Dec), to Voicelab’s Winter Big Sing (22 Dec) and our annual Gamelan Christmas Chimes (19 Dec), there are free events throughout the Festival, including daily performances by London choirs (9 – 23 Dec).

The HOT Deets

When?  On now until 10 January 2014

 Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
How much? For full details visit the / or call 0844 847 9910

Image credit: Belinda Lawley

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HOTmas Comp: Win tickets to Jon B & Roy Ayers Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:48:07 +0000 Hot Post It’s Christmas and we’ve got some HOT prizes to giveaway in our annual HOTmas competition! We are running two competitions, offering two lucky people a pair of tickets to see two phenomenal acts perform live at the Jazz Café.

Enter to win and see either:

A) The Godfather of Neo Soul Roy Ayers on Monday 16 December
B) R&B sensation Jon B with live band on Wednesday 18 December 


Roy Ayers 275x300 HOTmas Comp: Win tickets to Jon B & Roy AyersRoy Ayers
Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most-loved and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the ’60s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B bandleader in the ’70s/’80s. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music has been sampled by music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, and Ice Cube. 

Ayers recently recorded with hip-hop artist Talib Kweli (produced by Kanye West) and jazz/R&B singer Will Downing. Many of Ayers’ songs including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,”, “Searchin”, “Running Away” have been frequently sampled and remixed by DJ’s worldwide.

jonb2 197x300 HOTmas Comp: Win tickets to Jon B & Roy AyersJon B
Renown musician, songwriter and producer Jon B returns to the UK to play the Jazz Café for one night only this December. With several gold and platinum records under his belt, his richly textured body of music is a testament to one man’s love for all things soul.

With eight albums to date featuring collaborations with R&B and Hip Hop's heavy weights such as Tupac, Toni Braxton, Faith Evan's, Nas, Az, and Cuban Link, Jon B continues to amaze both his fans and R&B aficionados with new material, while taking a trip down memory lane with his chart topping classics. In January 2013 he released “B-Sides Collection” a compilation that features 23 unreleased tracks from 2001-2012, which debuted at #5 on iTunes Soul Album Charts.

To win tickets to either one of these shows answer this easy peasy question:
Where is the Jazz Café located?
a) Clerkenwell
b) Camden
c) Croydon

Email your answer and the name of the show you would like to attend to
This competition closes on Sunday 15th December. Winners will be notified by email. Over 18’s only, T&C’s apply.

Good luck & Happy Christmas:)


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What’s On: Fuerzabruta returns this December! Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:03:38 +0000 Hot Post Following a sold out run earlier this year, London’s iconic Roundhouse is delighted to announce the return of FUERZABRUTA for an extended run, 23 December 2013 – 2 March 2014.

Fuerzabruta16.Photo credit David Levene2 300x200 Whats On: Fuerzabruta returns this December!FUERZABRUTA is a revolutionary stage show that takes audience participation to an exciting level. Created by Diqui James, it's the fastest selling show in the Roundhouse’s history. An all-standing rave of a show, FUERZABRUTA features mind-blowing visual effects that have to be seen to be believed.  Join these outstanding performers in a foot-stomping spectacular full of sexual energy, gravity-defying stunts and moments of real wonder – a Kafkaesque suited figure bursting full throttle through a series of moving walls,  figures swooping through the shadows, a watery world suspended immediately above the audience.

The Roundhouse has proved itself the perfect setting for FUERZABRUTA, an experience that floods the senses with scenes of a poetic, powerful and beautiful nature, all set to a thumping soundtrack. You may get wet; you may get dirty - bring friends and dancing shoes and prepare for visual and sensory overload. This is an event where worlds collide, where dreams are real and reality takes a back seat. Give in to it, let go and enjoy the ride.

Fuerzabruta08.Photo credit David Levene2 300x200 Whats On: Fuerzabruta returns this December!In a new initiative, the Roundhouse is introducing a dynamic pricing structure for FUERZABRUTA. Tickets for all shows start a little cheaper than last year at £32.50; these tickets will be available to the earliest bookers and prices will change with time.

The Hot Deets
When? Monday 23 December 2013 – Sunday 2 March 2014 (except Christmas Day).
Times:Tues – Wed, 8pm; Thurs – Sat, 7pm & 10pm; Sun, 5pm & 8pm; Xmas Eve, 5pm; Boxing Day, 5pm & 8pm. Running time 80 mins
Where? Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH
How much? £32.50 - £46.50, depending on when you book groups of 10+ £32.50. Call 0844 482 8008 (choose option 1, then 2). Excludes Fri & Sat. Only available by phone, not online. All tickets are unreserved standing. Booking fees apply for all tickets purchased online or by phone. No fees in person. Box Office: Tel: 0844 482 8008



Images: David Levene.

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What’s On: The Tri-Force Short Film Festival Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:49:09 +0000 Hot Post The Tri-Force Short Film Festival (TFSFF) returns for its second year on Sunday 8th December 2013, at the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). TFSFF includes a special awards ceremony, which will see a winner chosen from nine shortlisted films recognised for their achievements. On the night nine shortlisted films will be viewed by the audience and guest panel of judges comprising: Satwant Gill (Director of the London Indian Film Festival), Emma Thomas (Producer and Script Editor - on the board of Women in Film and TV) Mo Ali (Director), Tessa Inkelaar (Film London) Ian Barnes (Director).

The Selected Films:

The Referee – Directed by Paolo Zucca
An Italian referee is demoted and exiled to the remote island of Sardinia. In the hellish mayhem of a lowest division football match, the destinies of two thieves cross path.

Cast: Luca Pusceddu, Gilberto Idonea, Franco Fais, Enrico Sassu, Teresa Matta

Lost and Found – Directed by Sam Washington
A young woman looses her car late one night in a creepy multi-story car park and ends up finding way more than she bargained for…

Cast: Lisa Cawthorne and James Merry

Dream Date – Directed by Diana Juhr DeBenedetti and Andromeda Godfrey
Two women, Caroline and Alison, meet in the bar of a hotel one evening and make their way to a room. Clothes are torn off and the women make their way to the bed. A dream date.

Cast: Gabby Wong, Andromeda Godfrey, Janet Buxton, David Yu

Sunny Boy – Directed by Jane Gull
Danny lives in a world of darkness due to his rare skin condition. He dreams of being a regular young man playing football outside with friends.

Cast: Darren Kent, Lewis Nicolas, Tara Hodge.

Checkpost – Directed by Aneel Ahmad
Three lives that will never be the same again. Three lives wounded by one bullet. On a remote highway in Pakistan, the sandy roadside reverberates with the sound of a sudden gunshot. From the moment the golden shell tore into British documentary filmmaker Shahid Elahi, a chain of International events were initiated.

Cast: Mohammad Haroon, Manjinder Virk

Frayed – Directed by Georgia Oakley
Freya, a young woman fleeing the scene of an unknown accident boards a bus, desperate to get home, but cannot keep her demons at bay. She tries to escape to the peaceful serenity of her safe place, but increasing disturbances on the bus trigger a violent reaction. Plagued by imaginary terrors she struggles to keep a grip on reality as her anxiety spirals out of control.

Cast: Ayesha Antoine, Divian Ladwa , Michael Salami, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Maestro, Roshann Gayle AKA Trozion, Charles Thomas, Seroca Davis, Rachel Anderson, Cliff Chapman, Jacqueline Boatswain, Gavin Brown, Layan, Nourouz, Alex Mallinson, Sabrina Ferguson, Marvin Hunter

Life's A Bitch – Directed by David Bispham

Bradley Mullins. Loner. Invisible. Disillusioned. Following numerous, failed, suicide attempts, he hires a Hitman to finish the job. Celebrating his final night on Earth, Bradley hits a bar, where he meets the beautiful Monica. For once in his life, Bradley feels something... He feels alive. Hours pass and copious amounts of alcohol later, the pair agree to meet the following night. Problem is, Bradley has a prior engagement... with the Hitman!

Cast: Rob Ostlere, Lauren Drummond

Hoorah - Directed by Aml Ameen
A discharged military veteran arrives home to discovers his wife and best friend murdered. Panicked and surprised, he alerts the police, and begins to investigate the scene for clues. Travis discovers a semi-automatic handgun sitting directly across from the lifeless bodies. The horrific events that took place begin to unfold.

Ambition To Live - Directed by Fraser Ayres
As up and coming boxer NATHAN DAVIS journeys home from work he falls victim to a tragic car accident, as he is knocked down by a negligent driver. Nathan lays unconscious as he fights for his life, but his mind is very much still active. He mentally enters a battle with his sub-conscience as his will does not allow him to give up on himself. After the several attempts of saving Nathan, the Paramedics have given up, but Nathan refuses to let go.

Cast: Jordan Pitt, Rebecca Ferdinando, Allyson Ava Brown, Marcus Luther, John Pickard, Segun Akingbola, Sam Benjamin

The Hot Deets

When? Sunday 8th December, 6-11pm
Where? BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN
How much? Tickets for the Gala are £35 available here



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What’s On: Freeze Festival Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:54:19 +0000 Hot Post Freeze in Association with Metro takes place this Wednesday 27th November to Saturday 1st December at Clapham Common and includes a hot line up of acts and world class athletes,  for that all important ski slope action. 

Saturday at Freeze (30th Nov) hails world class winter sports competitions at "Hail The Rail" during the day and a chance for visitors to lose themselves in electric performances by AlunaGeorge, Madeon, DJ Fresh, The Cuban Brothers and many more to come. Throughout Freeze, from Wednesday to Sunday, visitors can also enjoy parties in après ski bars, authentic alpine food stalls, an alpine shopping village and ski & snowboard film screenings.

Fellow skiers taking part in the Battle of Britain include; Tom Saunders, who won the Gap Nation jam 2013, and Cal Sandieson who came first in the Overall British Freeski Championships last season. Additional ski competitors include: British athletes Joe Hides, Josh Birch, James Webb, Kyle Wood, Mike Rowlands, Andy Collin, Jake Lloyd, Edward Salisbury, Josh Fawcett, Haydyn Fiori, Harris Booth, Jamie Lawson, Ollie Powell, Harry Lovell, Sam Brenna and Luke Rogers.

International skiers heading to London include Kim Boberg who won Best Style at Balestrand Open 2013, Øystein Bråten, winner of this year's Norwegian Championship, along with Bendik Øye, Andri Ambühl, Sig Tveit, Samuel Ortlieb, John Strenio, Daniel Moder, Nina Rusten and Juho Kikki.

Snowboarders competing in the Battle of Britain include; Winner of Slope Style at The British Championships in Tignes 2013 Katie Blundell, Whitelines Rail Jam 2013 winner Andy Nudds and Rowan Coultas, current Glemmbang Slopestyle champion. Also competing are Brits Cody Hierons, Matt Corry, Will Radula-Scott, Jason Rickwood, Matt Higson, Ross Needham, Will Smith, Ollie Dutton, Si Foster, Jonathan Russell, Sean Tumelty, Chris Chatt, Nathan Onions, Rowan Biddiscombe, Matt McCormick, Neil Campbell, Gareth Andrews and newly confirmed Becky Menday, the youngest rider to compete this year.

The alpine shopping village will have everything for a trip to the mountains including the very best mouth-watering traditional cuisine, think bratwurst, crepes, fondue, tartiflette, roasted chestnuts, raclette, mulled wine, cider and more! If that isn't enough to entice you, Freeze will also feature a fun fair complete with white knuckle rides, carousels and swinging chairs.

The HOT Deets
When? 27 November – 1 December
Where? Clapham Common
How much? Prices start at £8 for Weds, Thurs, Fri and Sunday tickets, with Saturday tickets starting at £32 and Season Passes from £54. Tier 1 VIP passes begin at £20 for Weds, Thurs, Fri and Sunday, £52 for Saturday and £102 for Season Passes.

For further information and tickets visit

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What’s On: Bluey presents A Tribute to Donald Byrd Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:04:36 +0000 Hot Post Bluey from Incognito presents A Tribute to Donald Byrd & His UK Solo Debut at the Jazz Café Camden on Thursday 21 November.

Bluey and band will perform a live a tribute to the late Donald Byrd featuring 8 of his most famous songs including “Steppin’ Into Tomorrow”, “Dominoes”, “Think Twice”, “Change” and “Wind Parade”. Bluey will also perform 3 tracks from his debut solo album “Leap of Faith”. The band will also perform “Soul Eyes” with Jim Mullen from the Morrissey / Mullen album Cape Wrath.

The HOT Deets
When? Thursday 21 November, from 7pm
Where? The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway,  London,  NW1 7PG
How much? Tickets are priced £21 in advance and £25 on the door available here  

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