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Editorial

“We Are Not Sirs”: 20th century assumptions and the modern world

We’ve come across the scene in workplace dramas for decades. Man walks into office, sees a woman hunched over the desk, and out comes some variant of the sleazy line “Donaldson sure is lucky to have a fox like you for a secretary”. The woman turns, informing the scumbag that she IS in fact Donaldson, and […]

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News

Edinburgh protest held in solidarity with women’s marches worldwide

An estimated 2000 people descended on the US Consulate in Edinburgh on Saturday in peaceful protest following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. The crowd expressed outrage at  misogynistic and xenophobic statements from then-candidate Trump which advocated rape, discrimination and attacked existing reproductive rights. Many demonstrators were clad in pink ‘pussyhats’, with signs bearing […]

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Features Music

Gigs gone wrong: a history of disasters onstage

An amazing concert   can be a life-changing experience, but it’s rare. Stack one up against the countless instances of tragedy and disaster in the last fifty years alone when something, sometimes everything, goes wrong, and the balance that keeps a mindblowing gig from turning sour becomes a frighteningly fragile thing. There have been all […]

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Music

Summer Festival Flashback: OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland

A piece in Seattle’s The Stranger weekly was published about four years ago that initially tipped us off to OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland. There were so many features then that made this obscure festival really stick out as something that had to be seen in person, from traditional bison grass vodka to onsite tattooing […]

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Live Music

Summer Festival Flashback: Positivus Festival, Salacgriva, Latvia

After spending a decade gathering a diverse programme of musicians into one breathtaking setting, Positivus Festival has cause to celebrate. 10 years after its founding as a garden party in the forests outside Salacgriva, a look at it now and you might expect Positivus to be among the most high-profile music festivals in Europe. In […]

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Live Music

Live Music Preview: Upcoming Gigs in Welcome Week and Beyond

Nothing Broadcast, Glasgow 13th September Nothing is a fairly surprising and serious change of pace for a bunch of guys straight from the Philadelphia hardcore scene. Their sound is just about as mellow as you could imagine, with dragging, muted vocals and distortion galore. Some things never change though (and it works for Nothing) a […]

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Music

Summer Festival Flashback: Electric Elephant Festival, Croatia

Summer is a lifestyle in Croatia, and the Electric Elephant Festival, set at the Garden Tisno resort on the rocky coastline of the Adriatic in early July, is the perfect excuse to soak it in. This is the backdrop for an immersive natural experience of what is probably one of the best summer destinations in […]

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Interviews Music

Big Ups: It’s All About Roots

Setting up as a new band in the middle of a thriving scene has been a personal process of sacrifice and influence for Brooklyn, NY outfit Big Ups. Ahead of the release of their second LP, Before A Million Universes, Vocalist Joe Galarraga gave us a peek into the origins and significance of the band’s […]