Record Store Day, London

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Gillingham

A visit to White Hart Lane for the first time Gillingham had played my second club, Tottenham, since November 1982 – back when Spurs won 4-2 at Priestfield in the League Cup third round. This time the scoreline was an even more one-sided 5-0, but playing against top Premier League opposition it’s the experience that matters more than anything else. Gillingham sold out their 3,000 allocation so I sat with the home fans – and had a good look around a classic ground before it is demolished to make way for the new stadium.

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Corner of the South and West stands
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Brickwork exterior of the East stand
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On Park Lane, behind the South stand
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South stand sign
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“To dare is to do”, Tottenham’s club motto
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The West stand from High Road
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Inside the ground just after kick-off
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3,000 Gillingham fans in the corner of the West and South stands
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Vincent Janssen scores a penalty to make it 3-0
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Gillingham fans and players after the full-time whistle
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South stand
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North stand. The club has dismantled the corner so it can begin to construct the new stadium
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White Hart Lane panorama
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West stand from the halfway line
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Corner of the East and South stands
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Underneath the East stand
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The two scarves!
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Programme stall
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The two teams
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Matchday programme

West Ham’s first match at the Olympic Stadium

West Ham beat Slovenia’s NK Domzale 3-0 in a Europa League qualifier – the first game since the club moved from Upton Park to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

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Walking to the stadium via Westfield Stratford shopping centre
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Coverage in the London Evening Standard
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Unofficial merchandise in the Olympic Park
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The outside of the stadium, now with West Ham colours and imagery
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Open-air concourse
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View from the concourse
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Inside the Olympic Stadium, now with a slightly reduced capacity and designed for football
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View from the stadium towards London
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View of the stadium from the press box, with the Orbit tower in the background
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Inside the stadium, looking towards the new Bobby Moore Stand
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The stadium clears after the match

Coldplay in London and Manchester

Pictures from two dates on Coldplay’s stadium tour in support of sixth album A Head Full of Dreams. Support from Lianne La Havas (both nights) and Reef (Wembley only).

Etihad Stadium, Manchester, 4 June 2016. More on Flickr.

Wembley Stadium, London, 19 June 2016.

U2 at the O2 Arena, London

Photos from the second of U2’s six-night stint at London’s O2 Arena. Despite a huge screen running the length of the arena, for a band of this size these shows have been thought of as almost intimate. ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ was the unquestionable highlight and Noel Gallagher came out at the end for ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’.

Editors at Hammersmith Apollo, London

Editors took to the Hammersmith Apollo stage on Tuesday, as part of their tour for fifth album In Dream. The band had to take a 25 minute break in the middle while technicians tackled sound problems that seemed to be coming from the speaker for Russell Leetch’s bass. Visibly frustrated, Tom Smith held up a sign saying ‘We’re so sorry’, but the band pushed through and only had to drop one song (Bricks and Mortar) before the 11pm curfew.

New song Salvation was a highlight, though the fans will need a bit longer to get to grips with the whole album, which sees the band shift from away from guitars and embrace dance and electronic. Support came from engaging (and appropriately-billed) Glaswegian miserablists The Twilight Sad.

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Acoustic version of Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors

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Audio: David Heyman explains why Colin Firth was replaced as Paddington

David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter films, has explained why Colin Firth was replaced as the as the voice of the lead character in his latest movie, Paddington.

Speaking at the world premiere in Leicester Square on Sunday, he said: “Colin was the first choice, and he was fantastic. But his voice has these chocolatey tones, and when you married those chocolately tones with a young bear, it just didn’t feel right. And so a more eccentric voice, in Ben [Whishaw], worked with the Paddington character so beautifully.”

Heyman also spoke about working with Julie Walters: “She has a wicked sense of humour. She did all the Potter films, so I’ve spent a lot of time working with her. She brings an energy, a life, a sense of humour, and she is such a generous spirit.”

Describing Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown, as the “one of the funniest people I know”, Heyman added: “There was a lot of laughter throughout the making of the film.”

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Video: Talking Ukip at St Pancras International station

St Pancras International is Britain’s gateway to Brussels. Thousands of people travel from here to the heart of the European Union every week.

But what do people there think of Nigel Farage’s mission to take the country out of political union with the continent? Is there more to Ukip’s appeal than being anti-EU? And would they vote for the party?

Let’s Stay Together rally, Trafalgar Square, London

The Let’s Stay Together campaign, organised by historian Dan Snow and comedian Eddie Izzard, held a rally in Trafalgar Square supporting the ‘United’ Kingdom in light of the threat of a Yes vote in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum on Thursday. The (reportedly) 5,000 in attendance waved both Union flags and Saltires and listened to speeches by Snow and Izzard, as well as Sir Bob Geldof and Al Murray. Larger images on Flickr.

The Cure at the Royal Albert Hall, London for Teenage Cancer Trust

The Cure played a marathon set last night (29th March 2014) at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. With no support act the band came on just after 7.30pm – and 40-plus songs later left the stage well past 11.

A range of tracks were aired, from poppy hits to obscure b-sides and live debuts. From memory, highlights were ‘A Forest’, ‘One Hundred Years’, ‘Play For Today’ and ’10:15 Saturday Night’. My seat was in the Choir section behind the stage; close to the band and providing great views of the crowd.

Royal Albert Hall Outside

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Coldplay performing for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in 2003

Royal Albert Hall Outside Door

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Robert Smith, Jason Cooper (Drums), Reeves Gabrels (Guitar)

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Roger O’Donnell (Keyboards) and Simon Gallup (Bass)

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The Cure Royal Albert Hall 2014 Teenage Cancer Trust Applause

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