The Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics
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The Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics

Olympic Flames

We had the TV on last night at the Battle Rock. It turns out Athletes from around the world had gathered in Stratford to witness and take part in some opening ceremony. Stratford! Thankfully the BBC had been tipped off and they’d got some cameras there. And, to be fair, it was a pretty spectacular … Continue reading

Poetry Parnassus

On 26 June 2012, as the daylight was starting to fade, a helicopter dropped 100,000 poems on crowds that had gathered at Jubilee Gardens. The event marked the start of the Poetry Parnassus, the largest poetry festival in the UK which is being held as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World (itself … Continue reading

Life of a Clown

Joseph Grimaldi was a comedian and a clown, born 18 December 1778. He died on 31 May 1837 a humble man, barely able to walk as his years of performing as a clown had taken their toll on his body.  However, his dedication to his clowning has not been forgotten. Indeed, his pioneering and creative … Continue reading

Want to record some music?

  If you’re looking for somewhere to record a song or an album, then what better place to do it than the Bunker in Dalston?! It’s where I spend most of my time, and it’s where I recorded the songs for the Singing Faces project as well as the debut Belleville record (which is now … Continue reading

A Year At The Battle Rock Motel…

Well, if we keep this up at the Battle Rock there’s a danger that our new blog posts will become rarer even than the years we fill. Yes friends, it’s been some time. But, and as its the very start of 2012 (and we’re still hanging on to the holiday season by our fingernails), what … Continue reading

Pick Me Up: Singing Faces (Oxjam)

One of the highlights of this year at the Battle Rock has been working on the Singing Faces project. Through the project, the Battle Rock welcomed a handful of brilliant London musicians to the Bunker to record a song each (you can and should download all the songs for free here), Mark enjoyed taking photos of each … Continue reading