Cultural Digest

Dust off the garms and book yourself a trim. Life is starting to unlock. For gathering-starved lovers of music, nightlife and all things festive, this means inching closer to getting together.

This month’s cultural picks come from photography, radio, jazz and architectural walks, all with fresh horizons in mind.

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Monthly missives for your sonic pleasure.

Album: STR4TA – ‘Aspects’
This new album celebrates early 80s ‘Brit-funk’ and is a collab between Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul Maunick, acid jazz supremo, composer and guitarist.

Radio: Beat Hotel x Worldwide FM Radio Weekender
Listen back to the radio special from 26-28 March, featuring a live album premiere from Master Musicians of Joujouka, live recording of special sets from Moulay Ahmed El Hassani, Coco Em and Esa & Mim Suleiman.



Dim the lights and turn it up for our picks of films, videos and visual treats.

Void: One Year Of Silence soundtracked by Daniel Avery
The eulogy to a year without clubs and dancefloors. This audiovisual piece, set to an original score by Daniel Avery, laments a lost year for spaces meant for communal celebration.
Watch for free here.

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Moses Boyd at Barbican
Join the astonishing jazz drummer and composer for an online journey through his debut album, released last year and Mercury-nominated. Online but sure to be filled with his signature intensity, tune back into London’s thriving jazz scene.
Book here for 18 April at 20:00.


Stay inspired by those burning most brightly.

JEB [Joan E. Biren] ‘Eye To Eye’
When JEB self-published her photographs of lesbians in 1979, it was revolutionary. Now, 40 years on, this book of her artworks has been republished with new essays, and continues to resonate as a testament to love.
Order from The Photographer’s Gallery.

Brutalist London Map
Re-engage with the cityscape, starting with London’s Brutalist legacy. Break the well-trodden path to the park and gently reacquaint yourself with the architectural icons dotted across town.
Pick up the trail.

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A taste of the Beat Hotel culture.

Support a UK restaurant…
UK restaurants return on 12th April, and all at the Beat give thanks. Our friends and collaborators can breathe a sigh of relief (*subject to change) and we hope you’ll get out there in support.

Book in with friends of the Beat. In no particular order, our London pals… Berber & Q, Black Axe Mangal, Salon Brixton, Levan, Berenjak, El Pastor.

Elsewhere, Bristol’s Gambas can offer you the food it’s illegal to fly to, with Spanish tapas.
KG Winters store in Margate has your beach picnic Jjang Jjang bowls prepped.
The Flinthouse in Brighton is doing outdoor dining Laines-style.
And The Refuge Manchester goes alfresco too.  Get booking; get busy dining.

For your London park hangs…
Pick up a Dom’s Sub for your London Fields hang. From The Ashes are making nduja doughnuts and BBQ beef by Lea Valley. Swing by Bao’s new King’s Cross outpost and eat by the canal with 5 mates. Pick up a Dead Good Coffee from Three Sheets. East London Liquor Company is doing bar-worthy cocktails for your outdoor meets.

Food Season at British Library
And if you’ve still got an appetite for online events, the British Library has just launched Food Season, where event topics range from New Food Media to Restaurant Writing.
Tuck in.

To read the last Cultural Digest, click here.