Cultural Digest

The end is in sight. Home straight people, home straight.

Whilst cultural consumption remains limited to four walls (and a few screens) just a little longer, our March digest is here, with a soul-saving selection of music, film, gigs and workshops.


Monthly missives for your sonic pleasure.

Radio Garden
Restless spirits can scratch the itch to roam using Radio Garden’s globe to jump between radio stations across the planet. From Bamako to Bucharest, tune in to local music by choosing a location and scrolling through stations. It’s as close as you’ll get to cultural immersion with your (and the airlines’) wings clipped.
Explore or download the app for free.

Cultural Digest - March - Radio Garden


Mix: Nabihah Iqbal’s New Music Energy
The Beat fave has started a mix series using only brand new music, shouting out artist bandcamp links on the upload.


Album: Roosevelt ‘Polydans’
The German DJ and musician is back for a third album on Greco Roman. Expect signature funk and disco undertones and, of course, he wrote, recorded and produced every track.

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

Bell Orchestre presents House Music
Be transported to a Canadian wood, where avant-garde six-piece Bell Orchestre will be waiting. This event is billed as a counterpart to the album about to launch on Erased Tapes. Expect improvisation and instrumental mastery from the group, which includes Sarah Neuman and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.
Get lost on 13-14 Mar.

Cultural Digest - March - Bell Orchestre at Southbank Centre

Festival Focus: Berlinale
Freshen up film night with this homage to the Berlinale Film Festival, which should have been happening now. Cinematic tastemaker library Mubi has just launched a celebration of the festival to tide you over until it returns in June, with 6 films from last year’s event now streaming.


Stay inspired by those burning most brightly.

There and Black Again: The Autobiography of Don Letts
Don Letts’ autobiography documents his story through punk, reggae and race, alongside stories of Marley and Mandela. Get in on the Rough Trade live Q&A with Don on launch day.
Book the live stream 11 Mar.

Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
The resident poetry and music night goes online for the first time this March. We suggest stocking the fridge and imagining you’re in the pub, whilst enjoying some of the UK’s best writing talent, performing alongside musicians, hosted by writer Joelle Taylor.
Book for 28 Mar at 7.30pm. Available for 7 days after that.

This World Makes Us Sick at ICA
The multi-disciplinary ‘bare minimum’ collective begin a residency at the ICA and kick off with this evening of performances. Readings and reflections from artists that work in a range of disciplines, touching on illness, work, love and doing nothing.
Watch on Sat 6 March at 6pm or available for free until April 5.

Cultural Digest - March

A taste of the Beat Hotel culture, with handpicked food and drink recommendations.

Restaurants remain tantalisingly out of reach for a few more weeks and are still in need of our support. Here are some finely-honed food and drink offerings from neighbourhood gems to help differentiate Friday and Saturday night.

London locales
Larry’s Peckham – Friday night, three-course takeaway for two at extremely reasonable prices.
Diddy’s Bar – Delivering excellent drinks and posh snacks from their Hackney outpost.
Top Cuvée – The north London restaurant’s Survival Pack wine box is enough to see you through until you’re allowed out again.

In Bristol, you can dial the iconic Thali Café for a tiffin or support Poco Tapas, the sustainably-sourced heart of Bristol’s Stoke’s Croft who have finish-at-home feasts to go.

Manchester’s much-loved tapería Bar San Juan is delivering locally, which is big news in town.

And Nationwide delivery is available from the excellent Levan, Luca and Tacos Padre.


Last month’s Cultural Digest can be found here.