North London's Cultural Guide



The secret history of Parliament Hill bandstand

Stories about the Hampstead Heath landmark go back decades. Let’s take a look


The fascinating history of Camden Town’s record shops

An exclusive extract from Garth Cartwright and Quintina Valero’s new book of the capital’s vinyl emporiums


Was there really a link between Mussolini and The 02 Forum?

Rumour has it that the Fascist leader donated money to make the world-famous venue suitable for a rally

Anoint My Head

Ricky Gervais managed my band in the 1990s

Andy Macleod on the tragic tale of a Kentish Town band who didn’t become rich or famous – but had a manager who did


Help freelance musicians: the Musical Mums’ Advent Calendar

Soprano Suzy Robinson on a uniquely creative idea that will long outlast the festive season


Cheer up! 8 classic songs about Kentish Town

Escape the current doom with a new hip hop tribute to NW5 – and our countdown of the best ever local anthems


Dingwall’s Camden to be renamed The PowerHaus

Music impresario Vince Power confirms Camden music venue has undergone a name change


The secret history of Kentish Town’s piano factories

Did you know that between 1870 and 1914 Camden was the centre of the world’s manufacture of pianos?


BBC6Music Festival in Camden: Amy Lamé speaks

As the high-profile radio station bash touches down in Camden Town this weekend, Ben Osborne speaks to their presenter – and London Night Czar – on why the area remains vital to our culture

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