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London Film Festival [13 - 28 October]

Festival time continues with bookings for tickets to the London Film Festival opening to the public on 27th September. Click the film titles below to see who Happy Scrapbook recommends this year: Upside Down: The Creation Records Story – Alan McGee puts his side of the Creation Records story in Danny O’Connor’s brilliant, passionate and [...]

Lissie [Old Queen's Head - 18th May]

Lissie from Rock Island, Illinois is due to become a much better known name when her debut album is released in June. It’s her voice that makes her stand out. Having grown up with country music, I was taken aback by her soulful distinctive tone, that wouldn’t be out of place at the Grand Ole [...]

The Book Club

            Happy Scrapbook has reported for some time now on the growing trend of venues offering opportunities to combine using our brain cells with having a fun night out, from the classes at School of Life, to the Lates at the Science Museum and its sister events at the Dana Centre, and Book Slam. The [...]

Top Shelf Jazz

                    I first heard of this motley crew when they were performing during an evening of cabaret and cocktails at the wonderful Venetia’s Coffee Shop in Hackney.   “Prohibition Jazz played like it should be: fast and louche! Tantalizing echoes of the British dance hall, Harlem Swing and a [...]

Died Young Stayed Pretty – ICA [9 - 29 October]

          This smart and rambling documentary delves into the booming underground network of music gig poster artists in the US, skipping through a plethora of artistic styles and promoting Sonic Youth and Radiohead among dozens more. The life of the poster artist is impressively – and inspirationally – documented by debut [...]

London Film Festival [14-29 October]

      Tickets for this year’s London Film Festival go on sale to the public on 26th September. Hover on the pics for the titles, click for more info. Happy Scrapbook recommends: Celine Danhier’s authoritative, thorough account of post-punk underground filmmaking in New York City. Jim Jarmusch’s audacious latest is a poetic, allusive, visually stunning [...]

Playing for Change

I love the fact that the internet still has the potential to wow me. Whilst globalisation is often seen as a negative trend, Playing for Change is a multimedia project that has brought musicians from across the globe together to inspire positive change and create a real sense of connectedness through music. The creator, Mark [...]

The Domino State

            Formed in London in 2006, The Domino State first attracted attention in the capital’s shoegaze scene, but are influenced as much by the epic tunes of Echo and The Bunnymen as they are by Ride and My Bloody Valentine. The Domino State had a fantastic 2008, attracting great live [...]


Puressence formed in Manchester in 1991, and have consistently been one of the best kept secrets in the indie/alternative scene. A proper band with proper songs. Funnily enough they’re massive in Greece. Check out their cover of Bright Eyes from Watership Down. http://www.myspace.com/puressence