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Anne-Marie’s talent far surpasses her endearing humility at a packed-out O2 Academy

27 March O2 Academy, Glasgow Anne-Marie’s show in Glasgow is the last destination on the UK tour before she moves further to Europe with her upcoming album Speak Your Mind. The Essex-born 27-year-old singer, former featured vocalist for Rudimental and Clean Bandit, sells out all the most important venues in Britain, even before the premiere […]

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Americana’s new generation: an interview with Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews has been on the road since she was 16.  She has spent over a decade honing her craft, releasing six albums and playing with the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Damien Jurado. Her seventh album May Your Kindness Remain will be released on  23 March, and showcases her signature blend of […]

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LGBT+ & pop: “If we don’t kiss each other now, the world will stay the same”

Almost one year ago, a picture of Years & Years album Communion placed in a ‘gay’ section in a music store in Germany rocked Twitter. Although Olly Alexander, the band’s leader, is openly gay and frequently takes inspirations from his personal experiences, this classification surprised him: “Can you really label a style of music ‘gay’?” […]

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Grammy Awards 2018: What message are we being given – “Time’s Up”, or time to “step up”?

It is well-known that big awards ceremonies like the Grammys – the “musical Oscars” – are not only hugely influential in the music industry and widely commented on in the media, ranging from coverage of winners, losers and performers to best outfits and fashion slip-ups, but they are also politically and socially impactful. Both the […]

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Tori Amos in Glasgow: an intimate & stripped-back affair

6th October O2 Academy, Glasgow Tori Amos’ gig in Glasgow seals the European leg of the tour promoting her fifteenth album Native Invader, released one month ago. The American vocalist admits herself that “Everyone backstage is in tears because it’s been the best tour,” and then screams out enthusiastically, “Glasgow, wow! I’m coming home mama!”, […]

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Debut album from Rina Sawayama falls flat

Rating: 2/5 Rina is a debut album released by Japan-born vocalist, songwriter and  model, Rina Sawayama, who now lives in east London. She made her bow in 2013 with the single ‘Sleeping in Walking’ and after four years, she returns with a short eight-track eponymous album which puts her in the very centre of her […]

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Dua Lipa delivers a fiery but predictable set at the O2 Academy

11 October Dua Lipa, a current smash in the music industry, plays a gig in Glasgow as a part of her Untitled Tour. The O2 Academy is packed with dedicated fans, mostly teenagers wearing Dua Lipa’s t-shirts and masks, forming an enormous queue even a couple of hours before the show. This crazy, youthful crowd […]

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The Student interviews Will Joseph Cook

The indie-pop Kent native discusses supporting alt-J and the social responsibility of the artist ahead of his Edinburgh debut at The Mash House on 22 October. You played at huge festivals this summer, e.g. Reading, Leeds and Victorious. What’s the difference between them and solo, indoor shows? Does the type of the show influence your setlist […]