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Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers review: Kendrick made us think about it, but he is not our saviour

After a five-year hiatus since the release of his Pulitzer-award winning album Damn, during which the world has witnessed the pandemic, Trump’s tenure and the intensification of the Black Lives Matter movement, Kendrick Lamar’s album could not have been more anticipated. Lamar’s stylistic redirection towards introspection results in a project that acts out the healing […]

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Music

Stag and Dagger Festival, Live Review

Loved dearly by those who know, Stag and Dagger Festival hosts some of the most exciting and groundbreaking upcoming talent the UK has to offer. Like all live music, Covid sent the typically annual affair into a two year hiatus, and those of us who bought tickets in the early months of 2020 were finally […]

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Features

Pandora Papers: Which Jacks Were In The Box?

It’s hard to say the world was shaken by the Pandora Papers. Despite the breadth of this week’s leak, covering 11.9 million confidential documents, the Panama Papers in 2016 and Paradise in 2017 were potent enough to leave a bad taste in the mouths of all those whose assets don’t soar off into the 10 […]

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Music

The meticulous art of playlist profiling: finding your tribe.

With freshers just around the corner, we know what that means. People, people and guess what – more people. Ripped from the introvert’s paradise of a global pandemic and hurled into a cesspool of unbridled social interaction, we’ve been left no other choice but to mix, mingle and even make a friend. Trying to navigate […]

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Lifestyle

Taylor Swift Is The Positive Influencer We Need

What She Can Teach Us This Women’s History Month Now, more than ever, we need to include amongst our influencer figures strong and outspoken women who are unafraid to speak their truth, and who will do so for those who can’t. I think it’s time to finally recognise Taylor Swift as one of these figures. […]

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Film

Why I won’t be watching the film Music

CW: Ableism It’s difficult to know where exactly to start with the saga surrounding Sia’s debut feature Music. Public awareness of the controversy began with the moment that Sia started insulting autistic actors on Twitter after they rightfully criticised the casting of Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical actress, in an autistic role. The online autistic community […]

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Lifestyle

Sia’s ‘Music’ Scandal

CW: Ableism Music, Sia’s recently premiered debut film, faced intense backlash months before it was even available for viewing. It tells the story of Zu who, newly sober, assumes the role of primary carer for her 16-year-old half-sister, Music, a non-verbal autistic girl. Music is played by neurotypical Maddie Ziegler, a casting choice which is […]

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Culture Theatre

The Journey of Opera

Keisha Frimpong on opera from the 16th century to the 21st. From Handel’s Giulio Cesar to Saint-Saëns and Lemaire’s Samson and Delilah, opera has engaged audiences of all ages for many centuries. This harmonic relationship between music and theatre has evolved over time to keep its contemporary audience entertained. I was first enraptured by the […]