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Welcome to the new FAN THE FIRE

Posted in News
By Sam Bathe on 27 Apr 2014

You might have noticed FAN THE FIRE is looking a little different. We’ve grown up after a few years since our 2.0 design but there’s a lot going on under the surface and behind the scenes too. Show the rest of this post…

Our refreshed look is lighter and cleaner with smarter typography across the whole site. The palette carries over from the magazine, while posts have become more visual with image pullouts from music videos and film trailers. There are lots of little touches and easter eggs like the fan loader on the unlimited scroll too.

Responsive build
The new design is fully responsive and the site will resize and reformat depending on your screen size and device without losing any of the functionality.

Editorial direction
We will be refocusing the editorial direction of the site, and though the changes will quite subtle, the content is going to be more engaging and grown-up. Expect to see fewer fashion shoots, more products, more design and more travel.

Reading the posts
‘After the jump’ doesn’t exist on the site any more. You’ll still see the traditional text prompting you to click to read the rest of the story, but that content now opens inline so there’s no need to load your reading list in a heap of new tabs, instead enjoy the content as you come to it. When you read the bottom of the page too, new posts will automatically load in, without having to click a button.

The London List
We soft-launched our travel column The London List last year but now it’s one of the main parts of the site and available from its own domain too ( Featuring events, hotels, restaurants, shops and more of our favourites in London, it also incorporates city guides from much further afield. With destinations from across the globe and many more to be added in the coming months, the little green badge denotes each London List post, which you can click to go through the main London List.

You’ll notice different badge by some of the film and music reviews too. For those releases which score 4/5 or more, they come with a seal of approval that links through to an index of all of our top picks.

Finally, the magazine will be back. It’s coming up to two years now since that last issue, but it’ll be back in the summer as a quarterly publication. Though the blog has taken an obvious precedence, the magazine is still very important in our minds, and there’ll be a few surprises in store come our next release.

There are a couple of things we’re still tidying up but we’re pretty thrilled with how the new site is looking and performing so far. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook and most importantly, enjoy FAN THE FIRE 3.0.

Phew, Maya Was Wrong

Posted in News
By Sam Bathe on 1 Jan 2012

We hope you had a great new year’s eve, get ready for some great things to come from FAN THE FIRE in 2012!

Happy Holidays!

Posted in News
By Sam Bathe on 25 Dec 2011

Don’t eat too much, we hope you get all the presents you want, don’t get too drunk, and have fun with the family!

Happy Holidays

Posted in News
By Jazzy Elizabeth on 25 Dec 2010

Taken by me outside Selfridges, London. Lots of love and good cheer. I’m definitely hitting the sales tomorrow.

Don’t Forget To Follow Us On Twitter

Posted in Internet, News
By Sam Bathe on 14 Jul 2010

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New Dawes Tour Dates

Posted in Music, News
By Alex Brammer on 19 May 2010

Dawes has confirmed a long string of tour dates, including four weeks with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Besides these dates, they will be on the road through August playing shows with Josh Ritter, supporting Band of Horses as well as She & Him, and performing at several of the summer’s biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

We debuted their new video for When My Time Comes yesterday, the second single and perhaps most heart-stopping song on their debut record, North Hills. The record, which was released last fall, hailed immediate love from critics. Rolling Stone praised the band, claiming “Taylor Goldsmith sings like a less-tortured Richard Manuel while the band backs him up with goose-bump-y CSN-style harmonies.” Dawes have been touring nonstop since the release of North Hills, perfecting their live show and developing a rabid fanbase across the country as a result.

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Fri-May-14 Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
Sat-May-15 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
Wed-May-19 New York, NY – Town Hall  (w/ Josh Ritter)
Fri-May-21 Fairfield, CT – StageOne (w/ Jonny Corndawg and Jenny Owens Young)
Sat-May-22 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Josh Ritter)
Wed-May-26 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library  *
Thu-May-27 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore  *
Sat-May-29 George, WA Sasquatch Music Festival
Sun-May-30 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheatre  (w/ Band of Horses and She & Him)
Mon-May-31 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom  *
Tue-Jun-01 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom  *
Wed-Jun-02 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room  *
Fri-Jun-04 Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre  *
Sun-Jun-06 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue  *
Mon-Jun-07 Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater  *
Tue-Jun-08 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue  *
Wed-Jun-09 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland *
Fri-Jun-11 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
Sun-Jun-13 Pittsburgh, PA – Hartwood Acres Amphitheater  * (Dawes headlines)
Mon-Jun-14 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant  *
Tue-Jun-15 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note *
Wed-Jun-16 Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club  *
Fri-Jun-18 Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen  *
Sat-Jun-19 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre  * (Dawes headlines)
Mon-Jun-21 Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company  *
Tue-Jun-22 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse Music Venue  *
Fri-Jun-25 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom  (w/ Josh Ritter)
Sun-Jun-27 Seattle, WA – Showbox  (w/ Josh Ritter)
Fri-Jul-02 St. Paul, MN – Taste of Minnesota
Sat-Jul-03 Madison, WI – Rhythm and Booms at The Terrace (FREE SHOW w/ Justin Townes Earle)
Sun-Jul-04 Maquoketa, IA – Daytrotter Presents at Codfish Hollow Barn  (w/ Justin Townes Earle)
Sat-Jul-10 Los Angeles, CA – Saturdays OFF THE 405 series at the Getty Center
Wed-Jul-14 Ft. Worth, TX – Casa Manana
Thu-Jul-15 Shreveport, LA – The Collective
Fri-Jul-16 Birmingham, AL – Art on the Rocks
Sun-Jul-18 Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival
Thu-Jul-22 Easton, MD – The Night Cat
Tue-Jul-27 Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
Wed-Jul-28 Louisville, KY – WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays (FREE SHOW)
Thu-Jul-29 York, PA – Capitol Theatre
Sat-Jul-31 Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
Mon-Aug-02 Northampton, MA – The Iron Horse  (w/ Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons)
Thu-Aug-05 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Fri-Aug-06 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square (FREE SHOW)
Sat-Aug-07 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
Fri-Aug-13 Reno, NV – The Underground

* w/ Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros

Disney/Pixar’s Newt Gets Canned

Posted in Film, News
By Dan Hopchet on 13 May 2010

Pixar can do no wrong, right? Just look at their track record; but now the cracks in their armour are beginning to show. Their latest orignal IP, Newt has been cancelled, and a big majority of their production releases for the next couple of years are now largely focussed on sequels. Is this pressure from Disney? Animation, specifically CG animation, is always years in development from concept to release, so a lot of thought is put into each piece of work. Has Pixar gotten too big? This news, coupled with their first real-life feature film (allegedly), John Carpenter of Mars, to be released in 2012, means Pixar is repeating Disney’s history, or they will once again prove they’re leaps and bounds ahead of anyone else in the industry. You know what? It’ll probably be the latter.

Naut Free Levels

Posted in Games, News
By Sam Bathe on 30 Oct 2009


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be celebrating Halloween with a very special giveaway for Scribblenauts owners daring to meet at London Dungeon and seek out its scariest representative. Show the rest of this post…

Players over 12 years old, or accompanied by an adult, that bring a Nintendo DS and a copy of Scribblenauts to the queue at the London Dungeon on Halloween (Saturday, 31st October 2009) between midday and 3:00pm can receive a newly created Scribblenauts level via the Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Connection.

This will be the only time this macabre level will be available to the public.

Scribblenauts was released on October 9th 2009 exclusively on Nintendo DS, to a rapturous reception. Its unique premise – write anything, solve everything – allows players to conjure up any of the game’s tens of thousands of objects into the game world, using them to solve specific challenges. Earning the prestigious E3 Game of Show honour from several top media, it’s a game for everyone that challenges players to use their imagination and creativity to solve puzzles in an entirely new way.

It’s Time For A Field Day

Posted in Club Nights, Music, News
By Sam Bathe on 1 Aug 2009

This afternoon, Field Day returns to Victoria Park, east London. Last year’s one-day festival was one of the highlights of the summer, so with Mystery Jets, Delphic, Erol Alkan, Little Boots, Rusko and many more all performing, it’s sure to be a fantastic afternoon, and we’ll be live blogging from the event on our Twitter page, so keep up to date here:

Who Wants To Be Bender?

Posted in News, TV
By Sam Bathe on 22 Jul 2009


When Fox, alongside Comedy Central, greenlit 26 new episodes to form a sixth season of the much celebrated cartoon Futurama, for once, the heavily criticised company appeared to be making some good decisions for their creative future. How quickly everything can change. Show the rest of this post…

One of the best things about Futurama has always been the voice acting. Sure the writing is fantastic, and the animation amongst the best in the world, but it was the vocal work that truly brought the characters to life. So what do Fox decide to do… a recast.

Released last Thursday, Fox put out a casting call for voice actors for characters for the entire show. Regulars Fry, Leela, Bender, Prof. Farnsworth and Zoidberg, all the way down to the hilarious Zapp Brannigan, Kif and Mom will be re-voiced.

And with that, goes our excitement for the new season.

If you want to be involved in ruining Futurama, or if you feel you could in fact do a better job than the original voice actors, send an example of your work to FUTURAMA@SCOTTMULLERCASTING.COM.

FAN THE FIRE is a digital magazine about lifestyle and creative culture. Launching back in 2005 as a digital publication about Sony’s PSP handheld games console, we’ve grown and evolved now covering the arts and lifestyle, architecture, design and travel.

We’ve been featured on the front page of Reddit and produced off-shoot club night Friday Night Fist Fight, launched a Creative Agency and events column The London List.

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