Words, audio & images: Bernadette Galbraith | Subbing: Joanne Clark Banquet Records in Kingston pride themselves on being ‘more than your local record shop’. I took a trip to the store to find out more about what they meant by this. Having stumbled across Banquet Records accidentally, it was a stroke of luck to discover they also arrange regular in-store gigs and various events. Many of the artists they collaborate with are well-established with already a desirable following. For example, folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner will be playing The Hippodrome with them Thursday night and yet, he’s played at the O2 Arena in the past, to an audience of 20,000 people. It was the in-store gigs that really caught my attention though. While browsing for more information, an image came up alo
Words: Bernadette Galbraith | Subbing: Kiera Chapman It's time to start asking questions. Questions like 'where are all the female sound engineers?' And 'why can't more women dress for themselves, not someone else?' A recent Guardian analysis revealed that more than two-thirds of live music acts performing in the UK tonight will feature no women on stage. This statistic comes at a time when women continue to fight for gender equality in a range of forms and whilst this is not a shocking revelation, we are still talking about the issue. It begs the question: are the right tactics being implemented to banish the gender gap in music, once and for all? The music industry holds an extremely prominent and influential place amongst the younger generation, making it vital that both genders ar...
Words: Kiera Chapman | Subbing: Joanne Clark I’ll have my beats to go please, with a side order of chips. It’s half past ten and I’m wedged between two human walls of sweat, crunching melodically side to side on crumpled plastic cups to the pulsating Supercut. It’s a song performed by the phenomenal Lorde; she’s playing out her London date of at Alexandra Palace and has been swanning euphorically around the stage for just over an hour now. As far as headliner sets go, and judging by the prominence of Supercut on her 2017 album Melodrama, the performance indicates that the end of the night is nigh, but still a good twenty minutes away. I’m suddenly thrust forward into a space that has opened up beside me by a bunch of intoxicated White Teeth Teens. It appears people are already starting
Discover new London locations, new bands as well as spend a night in someone’s living room, sitting on the floor and relaxing, sparking your love of live music again. Reporter: Martina Di Gregorio | Sub-Editor: Chelsea Jobe Are you a broke millennial? Tired of people talking and recording during a gig? Sofar Sounds is exactly what you need. Sofar Sounds was founded in 2010 by Rafe Offer, Rocky Start and Dave Alexander when they became tired of people being disrespectful during concerts. What they did was bring a group of friends to a house and let them play music. After six years, Sofar Sounds has reached 281 cities and millions of people’s homes, and discovered artists such as Bastille, Hozier and James Bay. It’s fun, intimate, and slightly spontaneous. Sofia Loporcaro, an