Festival Recovery @SugarShackLDN at @JackdawandStar

Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading,V, Standon Calling, Eastern Electrics, Shambala- Festival season is upon us once again!
Yay we hear you cry! Music, party, sex, drugs and rock and roll is in the very air we breathe! We leave our homes all bright eyed and bushy tailed eager to partake of the aforementioned yay fun with our fellow festival warriors and invariably we return happy , but broken and weak.
Sugarshack & The Jackdaw and Star have the perfect solution…ALL summer Sugar Shack are offering 20% of ALL FOOD AND DRINK for an entire two weeks after you return from your chosen festival – All you need is your ticket stub or wristband and we’ll feed you beautiful things, pour you gorgeous drinks and in the most serious cases speak gently to you and stroke your poor fevered brow… It’s the next best thing to going home to see your mum!
Festival Recovery at The Jackdaw and Star 
sugar plate 2 sugarshack orange jerk

Support @StottandScott #Kickstarter Campaign

For most mums, next Sunday might signify a day of flowers and possibly a lie in. But not so for Manchester duo Jackie and Caroline (Stott and Scott) as they prepare to launch the Kickstarter appeal they hope will take their fashion business to the next level on Sunday March 15th.

Best friends Stott & Scott came up with an amazing concept: a reversible hat that is a rain hat and sun hat in one beautiful and functional design. The Floppy’wester was born, and has been praised widely; from Good Housekeeping to Edith Bowman.

The duo explained ‘We were influenced by the fact that the weather in Manchester is so changeable and you need to have an umbrella at hand whatever the season, ‘ explain the duo, ‘We had both tired of carrying around a flimsy damp umbrella and thought it would be great to have a rain hat instead. When we searched in shops and online we couldn’t find a hat that was fashionable and yet practical. The idea is that the hat can be used in any season and will work for the rain or shine and will fit neatly in your handbag.’ (Viva Magazine)


The duo hail from Stockport, Manchester and they soon discovered on their millinery journey that the local area has a heritage in the hatmaking industry. Stott & Scott enlisted the help of the Stockport Hat Museum for their Kickstarter campaign and stress they are keen to revive this part of Manchester’s history. All their hats are made from locally sourced materials and produced in the area.

The Kickstarter funding will hopefully allow Stott & Scott to roll out their brand from it’s current position offering seasonal women’s collections to include bespoke lines, men’s and children’s ranges. Investments start at just £1 and investors will be able to play an active role in growing the company – as well as bagging themselves an exclusive and innovative hat!


The campaign launches on Kickstarter on Sunday night – check http://stottandscott.com/for more details and please do support this upcoming and unique British brand.


A beautiful place for eating, drinking and socialising
224 Homerton High Street E9 6AS  //  Tel : 020 7129 7055  //  Email : info@jackdawandstar.co.uk
FACEBOOK – SugarShack London
OPENING HOURS – MIDWEEK : 4PM – 11PM  //  FRIDAY : 4PM – 2AM  //  SAT – 12PM – 2AM  //  SUN – 12PM – 11PM
    ———WHATS ON———–
Last Brewery Brawl was amazing with One Mile End finally ending Redchurch’s winning streak
For those who have missed previous brawls the concept is simple
2 Craft Breweries pit there best 3 beers against each other to see who comes out on top. The 3 beers are matched according to the Breweries to a pre designed food selection that will be provided in house by SugarShack
The Breweries will be competing for a prize of a permanent line in the The Jackdaw And Star until the next competition, where they will face a new brewery in a winner stays on scenario.
 Each brewery brings their brewer along to the event and some representatives to answer any questions posed by the audience.
 This is a night not only for the true beer heads but also the casual ale lovers who wanna know more about their local breweries.
*Tasters of each breweries 3 beers (6 beers in total)
 *SugarShack food tasters to accompany the beers
*A raffle ticket which if the winning ticket will give the customer free entry +1 to the next event and a prize from the winning brewery
”5000 INTERVIEWS – ONE AT A TIME”  – Peter Curran on a life in Radio
‘He’s a great presenter – warm, witty and very well-informed’ The Observer
We kick off our series of talks in our parlour with award-winning writer, broadcaster, independent producer and publisher, Peter Curran . He will share his journey from Belfast punk to legendary London station GLR, Loose Ends on Radio 4, and beyond.
 ‘As a host, I’m in the business of civilised stalking – getting close to interesting and famous people who can’t really run away. But as a producer, it’s ego-massage, persuasion, simplification, exaggeration – whatever it takes to help the artistic temperament do the business’
Peter created and performed (with Patrick Marber) the late night Radio 4 series Bunk Bed, which returns in Sept 2015.
‘Silly, enchanting, moving – I really loved it’ Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian
 Best Creative Producer (nominee) 2014 Radio Academy Awards.
There have been ‘moments’ – angry Kingsley Amis losing his teeth, shy Nick Cave playing a half-written beauty called Into Your Arms, James Brown refusing to leave the bathroom until his ‘personal hairdresser’ is summoned, and a theatrical Dame demanding to know of the Irish presenter ‘Are you just off the boat?’ during a live interview.
There’ll be a Q & A session after Peter’s conversation with host Andi Oliver
To Book a table  – either phone pub or email emma@electricstarpub.co.uk
 ——- NEWS ——-
Got the Monday blues? Cheer up and take a look at the Menu HERE
Read the latest TRIPADVISOR reviews HERE
What better way to get over the hump day than getting 20% of your bill.
To qualify sign up at the bar for a free local card
Gin and beer who would have thought that would taste great.
Come down and see what other concotions were knocking up and the second one is free.
Full cocktail menu HERE
 Click HERE  to watch new SugarShack video and your chance to get free bottle of wine with Sunday roast..
 see you soon for some food or even just a drink…..
224 Homerton High Street E9 6AS  //  Tel : 020 7129 7055  //  Email : info@jackdawandstar.co.uk
OPENING HOURS – MIDWEEK : 4PM – 11PM  //  FRIDAY : 4PM – 2AM  //  SAT – 12PM – 2AM  //  SUN – 12PM – 11PM

What’s on in March @CF24 Project, Cardiff


Tuesday 3rd– World Wildlife Day

CF24 Project will be celebrating and raising awareness about the World’s endangered species.  As Cardiff’s new eco-friendly hangout and lovers of animals, there will be a series of events throughout the day at the venue.

Wednesday 4th – Boozy Burger

Bring your own booze down to the venue, whilst you enjoy one of our critically acclaimed burgers or other items from the menu.  There is no corkage fee, as long as you are dining with us.

Thursday 5th – World Book Day

Win a free meal for two for the best dressed customers (outfits must be inspired by book characters).  The costumes will be judged by our member of staff.

Throughout the day, and for the following week, the project will be running a book amnesty. Bought a book and finished it? Don’t know what to do with it? If you’ve read it, swap it! Come down to the venue with your book, and swap it for one someone else has finished with.

We will be hosting storytelling and book readings in the evening, check the facebook page for details.

Friday 6th – Cardiff Blues vs Connacht

Game shown live in the basement on the big screen, Kick Off 19.35pm.  This will be followed by Live Music Friday – Act TBC

Saturday 7th – In aid of National Women’s Day on Sunday 8th, we will be hosting Ladies Night at the Project.  Details to follow on the Facebook page.

Wednesday 11th Open Mic

Allowing Cardiff’s finest new musical talent to showcase at the venue. Sign up to play at info@cf24project.com, subject Open Mic.

Thursday 12th – Stand Up Comedy with Ted Shiress

Support from Chris Chopping, Liam Schewitz, Charlie Smith, Mat Troy, Charlie Webster, Trevor J Williams.

£2 entry of the door, starts at 7pm

Friday 13th Live Music Friday 

Acts TBC

Saturday 14th– We will be showing the 6 Nations Rugby watch Wales take on Ireland on our big screen in the basement (kick off 2.30pm) to book your table for food or drinks contact info@cf24project.com.  Live Music will be provided by Graham Mckee.

Tuesday 17th – St Patrick’s Day

Come and enjoy our Guinness battered pickles, onion rings and gherkins.  Whilst washing it down with a cold pint, come celebrate in style with us.

Wednesday 18th – Didn’t manage to get a ticket for Dirty Dancing at Millennium Centre? We got to covered…the launch of Cinema 24 brings the cult classic in the basement.  Go to the facebook page for details.

Friday 20th – We are all geeks at heart, so we will be celebrating Comic Con with a local comic book store hosting a pop-up in venue with Live comic inspired Graffiti being done as a permanent feature downstairs in the basement.  The artwork will be done by artists from Cardiff’s Oner Signs.

Live Music Friday – Act TBC

Also – In aid of International Happiness Day, we will proving free hugs for all throughout the day.  All you need to do, is pop in and ask one of our staff.

Saturday 21st –We will be showing the 6 Nations Rugby watch Wales take on Italy on our big screen in the basement (kick off 12.30pm) to book your table for food or drinks contact info@cf24project.com.

Tuesday 24th – Toss for Tuesday.  Come down and create your own pizza (or just chose one of ours), then flip a coin against your server.  If you guess right, you get your pizza for FREE.  Are you feeling lucky?

Wednesday 25th – Student Night.

Details TBC on facebook page.

Thursday 26th – CF24 Social – Local Business and friends special event, come and get to know your neighbours down at the project.

Friday 27th – Live Music Friday -Act TBC

Saturday 28th – tbc

Sunday 29th – As it’s the First Day of Summer we will be hosting our CF24 Markets, enquiries and pitches for stalls at info@cf24project.com.  We will be showing Westlemania at night on the big screen.  Free meal for most convincing performance and best dressed.  Can you smell what the project’s cooking?

Tuesday 31st – Project Quiz.  Test your brain power against our quiz master? Get Fun, Better Prizes.  £1 entry per team member (max 6 members per team).

DJ Martin Ikin makes his Cardiff debut on 28th Feb at @CF24Project

Martin Ikin has had a whole phonebook full of pseudonyms, remixed and produced hits for the likes of Angie Brown and Juliet Roberts – but one thing he’s never done is a gig in Cardiff… But that’s all due to change this weekend as he breaks his duck at Cardiff’s new eco-friendly hangout The CF24 Project.

Read his full interview with Music News here

Get tickets for the Cardiff show on Skiddle here

‘Murder Most Rural’ by Britain’s only Muslim Thriller writer Charlie Flowers


Charlie Flowers was born in Eastern Europe sometime in the late Sixties and arrived with his family in Britain in 1975. After training as a journalist in London he had a varied career as reporter, roadie, truck driver and record label boss. In the late Nineties he formed two cult bands, and is currently an adviser on terrorism and extremism to certain departments and think tanks. 

Charlie Flowers is published by Endeavour Press, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and International Thriller Writers, Inc. He is the author of the Rizwan Sabir thriller series, recounting the adventures of MOD investigator Riz Sabir and his other half Holly “Bang-Bang” Kirpachi, and their run-ins with Islamist terrorists, far-right extremists, gangsters, serial killers, and much more besides.

The novels in the Riz series are: Hard Kill, Danger Close, Kill Order, Battle Come Down, and Murder Most Rural.

 For review requests, interviews with Charlie Flowers or images please contact Firgas@raw-material.co.uk


“Absolutely rocks. Every line reeks with the raw authenticity of a writer who knows first-hand what the hell he’s talking about.” – Tom Cain, bestselling author of the Sam Carver thrillers.

“The most realistic account of undercover ops in the context of Islamist terrorism yet written.” – Mubin Shaikh, counter-terrorism consultant and former covert operative, Canadian Security Services

“Flowers is a Frederick Forsyth for the post-cold war world” – Tony Maggs

“I like Charlie Flowers. His writing is so sharp, so exact. Like slicing celery on a cutting board… as long as Charlie keeps pumping out these Riz stories, I’ll keep reading them.” – Rich Knight, author of The Darkness of the Womb

In Riz Sabir, a former Jihadi now working for the Ministry of Defence, Flowers has created a Bond with the common touch; low on gadgets from Q-Branch, and more of a street-fighting man. Like Commander Bond, Riz is something of a girl-magnet. In the Black-Eyed Maidens, Charlie Flowers has created Bond Girls For Our Times. Imagine the fourth form of St. Trinians, fully-grown and just as quarrelsome, their appetite for heavy weaponry and general mayhem still insatiable, their aim sharper and their outcomes much, much … bloodier.”- Rachel Rider

“As always, author Charlie Flowers does not just weave a stunning tale of hardcore, tech savvy, gun wielding combatants creating a swath of death and destruction as intricate as a crop circle, he hits us with a number of moral dilemmas as the story unfolds.” – Teresa DiMeola, author of Ground Zero

“A non-stop, bang you over the head read, with a provocative plot. I suspect that the author has either done extensive research or has actually lived this.” – Rachael L McIntosh, author of Bubbles Will Pop


Murder Most Rural is the 5th in the Rizwan Sabir series of crime novels – follow on facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheRizwanSabirMysteries

Get Murder Most Rural on Amazon here

Extract from Murder Most Rural…

My boss had once described my other half as “Essex Girl, from Mars”. He was mostly right, I’d give him that. Our families were from Mirpur in Pakistan. Our mothers had lived on the same village street back in the old country. And they’d married us off.

Holly ‘Bang-Bang’ Kirpachi was a short, birdlike girl, with raven hair and non-committal hazel eyes. Her arms were adorned with several tattoos, and there was a gaudy golden ring in her nose. Every now and then she’d pop some bubblegum or her face would light up with a cheeky grin. Very little phased Bang-Bang. She was always happily singing to herself. And with good reason.

Bang-Bang was twenty-one. She’d shot her first man when she was fourteen, and she’d probably killed more than forty people in her career as faction leader of the Blackeyes, and then section leader in our Army unit.

I say “probably” because in our line of work, you stopped counting after the first few. All in all, she was a better person to have on your side than against it.

Something else that should be known about Bang-Bang. When it came to things mechanical or electric she was a sorceress. Her hacking skills were at an insane level and had saved my, and the country’s, collective bacon on several occasions. She’d been the star of her school’s science department, and had a bursary lined up at BAe Systems, before she’d just jacked it all in and got into burlesque.

In short, stuff WORKED for her. The downside was that you couldn’t leave her near equipment without her tinkering with it.

Shredded paper fell like confetti. I looked down at her. ‘Continuous improvement, I see?’

‘Always! Got the briefing then?’

I nodded.

‘We going anywhere nice?’

‘Yep. Essex.’

She jumped in the air and clapped her hands. And then stopped. ‘Oh no. Not that place your cousins live.’

I looked at her. ‘Yes that place our cousins live. What’s the problem?’

She looked up at me. ‘You know. I go that far north of the A414, I get a nosebleed.’

I resigned myself to griping and banter. Darkest Essex, here we came.


© Charlie Flowers RIZ 5 MURDER MOST RURAL. Published with permission of the author and can not be reproduced without his permission.

Legion & Logam – Warehouse EP – out 16th Feb on Playaz

1: Legion & Logam – Warehouse
2: Legion & Logam – Blackout (VIP)
3: Legion, Logam & NC-17 – Trippin’
4: Legion & Logam – Red Letter
5: Legion, Logam & NC-17 – Gate

Release date – 16th February 2015

Next up on the New Playaz label is ‘The Warehouse EP’ from Atlanta based DnB duo Legion and Logam whose releases have been smashing it since they first collaborated, making them one of the South East US’s most exciting exports. This EP showcases a variety of styles; with influences ranging from Hip Hop to Techno and Progressive House, but they’ve delivered consistently solid, heavy, impressive tunes.

Title track ‘Warehouse’ is super catchy, a really timeless track that can sneak in anywhere in a set (Legion & Logam played it early in their mix for Mistajam) and Hype debuted ‘Blackout’ back in 2012 before it featured on the Flavours Vol 5 EP: there’s a lot of love out there for this sub heavy tune.

Friction featured ‘Trippin’ in his Best Bangers of 2014 mix (this one features Toronto based artist NCSeventeen also), then ‘Red Letter’ is a huge atmospheric anthem with a strong vocal and finally ‘Gate’ rounds off the EP fast and furious.

Media requests for Legion and Logam or to join the Playaz promo list contact: firgas@raw-material.co.uk