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The Month in Games – June 2020

Music battles, wild west adventures, tactical mastery and one of the most highly anticipated sequels are just some of the choices on offer to gamers this June. Valorant Battle lines are drawn in this action shooter. Valorant is a five-on-five tactical shooter where teams are tasked with detonating devices known as “spikes” in enemy territory […]Read More

Lockdown Listening: Is Coronavirus Changing Our Music Tastes?

I recently submitted my dissertation to complete my final year of university. All whilst sitting in my pyjamas finishing off a bowl of cereal. And bam, just like that, it was over before midday. Now what? This highly anticlimactic moment called for some feel-good tracks to lighten the mood. I found myself listening to all sorts, […]Read More

The Top 10 Debut Rock Albums

As turbulent as the current climate is, all the extra time we’re spending indoors offers an opportunity to practice reflective listening. We’ve revisited some of the best pieces of music history, albums that shaped the landscape of what we listen to today. Here’s a round up of the top ten debut rock albums. 10. Ten […]Read More

Theatre In Lockdown: How To Get Your Fix From Home

We’ve all started to accept that trips to the theatre might not go back to the way they were for quite some time. However, the range of theatre that has been made available to livestream during lockdown is somewhat softening the blow. Whether you’re musical mad or have a passion for puppetry, it seems that […]Read More

Carly Rae Jepsen releases Dedicated Side B

Carly Rae Jepsen is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to pop stardom. Highly under recognised by the mainstream, she is the girl next door of electro pop; seamlessly pouring modest and earnest emotion into big synth soundscapes. After the success of her 2011 hit ‘Call Me Maybe’, she fell to the periphery […]Read More

Cummings and Goings: How One Man’s Trip Became Our Odyssey

“The guidance is clear: stay alert, follow your instincts and travel to Durham.” The 270 miles Dominic Cummings drove whilst symptomatic with coronavirus was apparently a voyage led by “instinct and integrity”, according to Boris Johnson in Sunday’s briefing. Rather than a symbol of valour and resourceful parenting as his chief aide might have hoped […]Read More

Concert Cribs

Imagine a world with no colour, a world in black and white, where the joy of a buttercup yellow or the calm of a baby blue is incomprehensible. This is how Clifton Harrison describes the world without music. Harrison, 42, is one of the UK’s most renowned viola players and has been living in lockdown […]Read More

Blast From The Past: Beachcomber’s Windowsill // Stornoway

Instead of containing lyrics or photos of the band, the paper insert of Beachcomber’s Windowsill features beautiful drawings of sea creatures, as though the album itself washed up on shore alongside them for collection by the eponymous beachcomber. Stornoway released their debut album on the 24th May 2010, just weeks after signing a record deal […]Read More

Film: What Can Monsters, Inc. Teach Us About Coronavirus?

As the coronavirus was officially classified a pandemic, people turned to film and TV as a means of escapism, distraction and making sense of it all. Comparisons between the state of affairs and a slew of fiction have abounded. Some have spotted predictions of Tom Hanks’ Coronavirus infection in The Simpsons, while others have marvelled […]Read More

What Does the Future Hold for LGBTQ+ Spaces?

It is easy to feel bleak about the future of queer spaces. According to UCL research, 58% of LGBTQ+ bars in London closed their doors between 2006 -2016. The main reason for this was found to be development, the sanitisation and gentrification of the capital. And London isn’t the only place that has been affected; […]Read More

Meet Veritas Theatre Arts: The Platform for Young People During

During the past couple of weeks, you might have seen one or two videos of people singing, monologuing, or painting by their bathroom sinks, floating around on social media. (No, this isn’t a new, quarantine-bred TikTok trend!) Veritas Theatre Arts are the Wakefield-based theatre company who are taking the arts scene by storm, starting the […]Read More

Poppers, Procedurals and Al Pacino in ‘Cruising’

Dead Sexy: A Fortnightly Column on Erotic Thrillers It’s difficult to find an erotic thriller that hasn’t suffered some form of controversy or mockery. Perhaps Cruising, though, is the film to undergo the biggest transformation over the years. Vilified upon release in 1980 by critics, audiences and LGBT communities alike, in recent years it has […]Read More

Blast from the Past: Brothers in Arms // Dire Straits

On 26 April 1986, the Brothers in Arms World Tour concluded at Australia’s Sydney Entertainment Centre. Dire Straits’ fifth studio album had propelled them up the charts all across the world, and while the critical reception was mixed, something had landed well with the international audience. In Australia alone, the album sat on top of […]Read More