Laura Martin

Freelance journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Entertainment, food & drink, travel and lifestyle journalist who writes for The Independent, i newspaper, The Observer, Daily Mirror, Grazia, Heat, Easyjet Traveller and Munchies/VICE

easyJet Traveller Magazine
Basic Beach

Want the simple life without the self-righteousness? Laura Martin finds it on the outskirts of Essaouira, Morocco, where the eco-lodges aren't just for show

The i newspaper
The mummy reborn

Thank goodness for Motherland; a new sitcom that tells it like it really is

the Guardian
Eat to the beat: a music insider's guide to dining out in Tokyo

I'm in Tokyo at the end of one of the music scene's biggest months for international gigs. Artists such as Tom Tom Club, Carl Craig and Gerd Janson have come here to perform for the Red Bull Music Academy. Elsewhere, Seth Troxler is playing at super-club Womb while Wild Beasts are lined up to play the Hostess Weekender festival.

Why avocado toast is so problematic

We need to talk about avocados. No, not the fact that you can now drink a green-hued latte out of their skin. Or the record-breaking woman in Hawaii who found one the same size as her head.

Atlas Magazine
Striking Gold

Monte Vibiano, one of Italy's most venerable producers of olive oil, is now setting the pace for innovation

The Independent
Jimmy Somerville wants more gay pop stars to use same-sex pronouns in their songs

If Jimmy Somerville had one of the most powerful pop voices of the 1980s, then his words carried even more of an impact. As frontman of synth-pop bands Bronski Beat and the Communards, Somerville's soprano tones were unmistakable. But almost more than his musical talent, it was his political zeal that made him stand out from the crowd.

Daily Mirror
Sónar review: Barcelona left buzzing after international music festival

There's few cities more perfect than Barcelona for a festival. Buzzing city life and sun­-drenched beaches combined with the locals' commendable commitment to partying make it the obvious home for an incredible music event. And, alongside a consistently stellar line­up, it's surely one of the reasons Sónar ­- the international festival of advanced music and new media art - is now in its 21st year there.

Le Bon Vivant

Interview with Simon Le Bon

Festival time with a twist - Balance

When was the last time you had an evangelical moment - a buzzing, synapse-firing euphoria - on the dancefloor? If the answer is 'um... ?', it might be time to explore a new way of partying. Right now, there's a...Read more ›

Norwegian Air
A Berlin Oddity

Released in January, David Bowie's first single in 10 years is a reflective meditation on the time he spent in Berlin in the late 70s. We take a tour of the city that inspired some of his finest work

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