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Distanced Together: Shows in the Age of Isolation

Yuji Aoyama | Content Writer Live shows, like the rest of the world, are at a turning point. While the digitalization of live music is not by any means new – some people like to call this bold phenomenon ‘the radio’ – it is a different question altogether to be able to replicate the wild tangibility of the mosh pit, to accurately recreate the feeling … Continue reading Distanced Together: Shows in the Age of Isolation

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Album Review: Kesha’s High Road

Tau Nell | Student Writer Kesha’s philosophy is pretty simple these days: ‘I’m going to be as happy as possible because I could get hit by a bus in ten minutes’. Here’s a quick run-down as to why she might feel this way. In 2014, Kesha publicly accused her producer, Dr. Luke, of chronic physical and emotional abuse. The case went to the Supreme Court, … Continue reading Album Review: Kesha’s High Road

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Poppy’s ‘I Disagree’: A Review

Tau Nell | Student Writer Anyone partial to YouTube binges will have come across her. The arrow-straight platinum hair, the naïve doe eyes, the disarming baby voice. I refer, of course, to Poppy, whose eccentric videos have been sparking frenzied discussion since her 2015 debut: a ten-minute clip in which she repeats ‘I’m Poppy’ from multiple angles. Since then, Poppy has been consistently producing addictively … Continue reading Poppy’s ‘I Disagree’: A Review

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish

Tau Nell | Student Writer Not everyone was familiar with Billie Eilish when her no-nonsense track ‘Bad Guy’ marched to the top of the charts early last year, but she is no overnight sensation. The silver-tongued songstress released her EP ‘Don’t Smile at Me’ in 2017, and has been on an ever-rising rollercoaster of stardom since. She’s headlined Coachella, graced the cover of Vogue, and … Continue reading When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish

Lana Del Rey’s Norman F*cking Rockwell!: A Review

Student Writer | Tau Nell Lana Del Rey is best known for the starry-eyed scenes she paints using her sultry contralto voice of an America that was, and one that could have been. Her misadventures have led her to sing of Bel Air lovers, of speeding along the California coast, and of being the enchanting arm candy of leather-clad bikers. Her work thus far has … Continue reading Lana Del Rey’s Norman F*cking Rockwell!: A Review

Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

Editor| Cassandra Lau Recent Netflix shows have either starred actresses – like Jameela Jamil from The Good Place, and Lili Reinhart from Riverdale – who have publically advocated for body positivity, or characters who represent diverse ages, ethnicities and body types. Series like GLOWbreakdown stereotypes with multi-dimensional and bold female characters, for instance, Carmen (Britney Young) “challenges stereotypes of fat bodies as inherently unfit or unhealthy” … Continue reading Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Last March saw another successful year of the BFI Flare Film Festival, the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ film festival. The 33rd edition of Flare was opened by Chanya Button’s highly anticipated Vita & Virginia and closed by the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy. Over the eleven-day festival, the BFI also programmed insightful talks such as Lethal Lesbians andTrans … Continue reading BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

Writers at the Centre of the Contemporary Literary Scene

Student Writer | Katie Philippou Looking for something fresh to read? Here is a short guide to contemporary writers who are sure to keep the fantastic reads coming: Sally Rooney Sally Rooney is new onto the Irish literary scene. She was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2017 and has only just started. Rooney’s first novel Conversations with Friends(2017) is perfectly … Continue reading Writers at the Centre of the Contemporary Literary Scene

The Local Government Association (LGA) Respond to Civic University Commission Report

Editor | Cassandra Lau Last October, the Civic University Commission, which sets out the place of universities in civic life, published an extensive progress report. The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission’s aims is to “explore and understand what a modern civic university is and what it should do.” Responding to the report by the Civic University Commission, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government … Continue reading The Local Government Association (LGA) Respond to Civic University Commission Report