In this issue we get reckless with Mic Righteous. Sellindge gets invaded by the Not Quite Dead. We talk extreme sports in a butchery. Non-league football finds its feet. Harriet Jaxxon rams home the point. Maison Magenta on thoughtful fashion. TedX talks. Jordan Gray is the serial surrealist. And we go Elsewhere for our vinyl....
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MIC RIGHTEOUS • THE KIDS ARE ALL ITES • HARRIET JAXXON • INVASION OF THE NOT QUITE DEAD • MAISON MAGENTA • TEDX
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ZOMBIeS, ZOMBIES, MEATS & NON-LEAGUE FEET Three little pigs went to market and brought home…some more pigs. Our team here at ‘cene is growing.
If you were fortunate enough to have been at any of the Kent festivals (seriously, pick any of them, we were there) this summer, then you would have seen all sorts of little ‘cene bods running around. Some will have had cameras, some with notepads and pens, and some just a look of bewilderment about what just happened backstage with the Libertines. You can check out our adventures on video @ our social media channels and through our website – you won’t be disappointed. Now, that’s the housekeeping done, let’s get on with wiping the floor with winter. You might be tempted to hibernate during the colder months, but don’t, the businesses of Kent need you. There is loads of stuff going on, you just have to keep the feelings of the sunshine alive in your mind’s eye, knuckle down, and get stuck in. The plethora of gigs being lined up for Christmas is eye watering and early 2019 is shaping up to be a cracking quarter of creativity – check out our That’s Entertainment "We talk to a bloke section for a few ideas. who is Not Quite Dead But for now, get your grill into this issue. and another who’s We talk crashing comets with Mic Righteous, burying obsessed with meat" silks with Maison Magenta and the F-word with DJ Harriet Jaxxon. We talk to a bloke who is Not Quite Dead and another who’s obsessed with meat. There’s the rise of non-league football and the fierce new gig venue/vinyl store in Margate. Anything else? Beards, New York, TedX and some Ethiopianstyle art. You lucky lot.
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CPL Films Video & Editing
Margate rapper Mic Righteous puts the world to rights
BLOCK ROCKIN' MEATS Macknade butcher on becoming a meat maestro
THE KIDS ARE ALL ITES Sheppey United is fighting the good fight for non-league footy
Whitstable DJ Harriet Jaxxon on the things that shaped her vision
NOT QUITE SO DEAD
Movie director channels inner troubles with Kent zombie film
New record shop and fierce gig venue adds to Margate vibe
BEARD BOUND Guy Farmer gives pointers on facial hair maintenance
JORDAN GRAY Our featured artist is the serial surrealist with plenty of punch
The famous lecture forum is taking the seaside town by storm
BBC Introducing in Kent's Casey Heyburn chooses six more acts to watch
Canterbury-based fashion house talks high-end eco design
Julia Hanley-Gordon travels to her home city of New York
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TOPICS FROM LIFE AND DEATH, TO THE POWERS OF THE UNIVERSE, TO BREAKING AND ENTERING.
WITH ONLY A PLATE OF POACHED EGGS AND A FULL-ON FRY-UP AS A BARRIER, THE THANET WORDSMITH LET LOOSE ON ALL
THE RAPPER, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LIFE AND LOCALE-INSPIRED DREAMLAND ALBUM, HAS BEEN AN ARTIST WE HAVE WANTED TO ADDRESS FOR SOME TIME NOW.
It was all I knew. I just considered it home. A lot of people complained about it. But I just kept my network quite small and we all looked out for each other; we shared common views. As gully as it can get sometimes here, as anywhere in the world (can be like it). When I got the chance to get out of here and travel, I started realising that everywhere is like Margate.
happening? Things end up flopping or tanking. And it's not a reflection on them, it’s a reflection on me. When it all goes tits up, they can move away. Everyone has the best intentions. If I just give up today, I feel like I have dug this hole far too deep. I wish people would stop asking me if I am going to keep making rap music! I am always gonna’ do it. The only time I’m not gonna’ do it, is when I’m dead; unless I’m a zombie.
On the nickname Mic Reckless…
On massive comets…
Just down there (pointing), is reckless, and this way (pointing) is righteous. There’s that conflict in everything. Like in the universe, everything crashing into each other and smashing, but that’s also when planets are born. When I’m in a dark, dingy place, in Garlinge, without no parents, or anything, a star was born. I am the universe.
Imagine if we got hit by a massive comet, and it just broke half the Earth. Everyone would be like “what the f*ck, what were we worrying about? Brexit?”.
On the beginning… I first discovered rap at primary school. My mate had this tape of D12, Purple Hills. I realised it was a song about doing pills. I went out and bought it. When I got home I wanted to see how long it would take for me to learn the entire song off by heart. It took about an hour. Then I did it with some more Eminem songs and some DMX songs. There was also this song on the 8 Mile soundtrack that was six minutes long and I learned that too. That’s when I thought, ‘I’m going to try and make some lyrics myself’.
On the Dalby Café… It’s the greatest café in the world. I have got a confession to make, I have already been here once today. Look at those eggs, wow. Look at this poached egg. Bosh. Stop it.
On the industry… I’m not a marketing genius, but I am a Mic Righteous genius. I feel like I know what’s best for me, in terms of who I should listen to. Sometimes I have let people dictate what I do, because of who they might be. And that’s not what I should be doing. You know what ends up
On modern times… What is poor? I was considered poor, but I still had an iphone in my back pocket and TVs in my house. In the 1950s, and you were poor, you didn’t know if there was food in the house. Sh*t has got better. I don’t know how people can complain.
On his music… I definitely think I am one of the more underrated rappers in this country. And when people do give me the time of day, they realise what they have been missing out on. People’s general consensus is that I’m a bit dreary or my lyrics are about how shit my life is, but if you actually listen… I am never going to tell someone how sh*t their car is unless I go for a ride inside it.
On his manager Jack… I think when you are born your mind is like a blank canvas, and there are a particular set of people responsible for then painting on that. And for me, I put a lot of my knowledge down to Jack, what he showed me and taught me. I honestly thought he was going to find out that I broke into his music studio to record music and he would kick the crap out of me.
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DEFEATED BY ONE PETER DOHERTY
SAT IN THE DALBY CAFÉ MADE FAMOUS BY THEMEGA BREAKFAST CHALLENGE
On breaking and entering… and recording for the first time… I was working on a building site at the age of 16, but I knew I wanted to do music. There was a few people doing well and creating a buzz locally, and through a friend I ended up connecting with these local MCs. We put the Ramsgate vs Margate beef down, stopped the gang thing and, I wanted to make some music. I wanted get in the studio. The studio was at a squat, it was f**ked, but I recorded some tunes and went home that night. I was listening to myself on a song. And I needed to be back in that studio, so I went round there the next day and I was knocking on the door but no one answered. I waited around, tried to phone this guy from a phone box, no answer. In the end they answered, but said that Jack had told them not to let just anyone from different ends into the studio, “especially not that Takaloo kid, because his brothers are all thieves or professional boxers and we don’t wanna f**k with them lot, so just keep them away”. But I had been waiting six hours, so I told them I had spoken to Jack and he said I can record here for nothing, for two weeks… and this guy is like… “okay, when do you want to start?” I thought,” I’d better write some songs quick before they get back and start weighing me in”. So, I made loads of songs. When Jack eventually came in, and I met in, he was actually completely different. I think he recoginsed that I really wanted to do something and that I wasn’t a threat at all.
On his Dreamland album… It was my debut album. Everything before was a mixtape and I put them out for free. My plan was to never put out an album until I had a significant amount of followers. So during my life, I was recording good music and I had songs that would resonate with people, but I didn’t have enough people to put it out to. So I had to make some mixtapes and put them out and get a fan base while I created an archive of music. My whole career was basically revolving about my debut album. And that meant my debut album had to be a story, a documentation. And that is what Dreamland is. It is a story from when I got into music right up to where I made that album. A lot of stuff happened to me; this chain of events created this character. And it’s the same story as anyone else. “This character is sh*t, he goes through sh*t, it gets better, and now he’s not sh*t”.
On the future… There’s lots of new music in the pipeline. This is my next album (shows us his phone with a list of songs and plays one). This next album is a bit more now, a bit more fun, a bit more me. I wanted to put it out, but a lot of sh*t has been happening, but that’s good because it's all going into the music. It is happening. Unless I die. If I die will you do a breakfast named after me? We can have the launch part in the Dalby café. I’m not a big goer outer, I don’t really go to clubs etc. This is where me and my mates come. MUSIC 'CENE
On working with Vivienne Westwood on his single 'Be There'… I didn’t even know a thing about her. I’m not really into clothes like that. If someone showed me a Vivienne Westwood shirt, I would show them my shirt from George, it cost £5.
On Australia…. I have family and friends out there. And if you look at the statistics online, my music has done well and a lot of people always listen to my music out there. Someone got in contact about doing a show out there, so I thought, “why don’t we do three shows and do a tour”. The next thing we are touring Australia. On my next album there is a song about Corey Perez. He was a guy who supported my music, who lived in Australia, who got cancer. About a year ago, his missus messaged me and Jack intercepted it because I was going through a lot of sh*t at the time. Something had control of me and I didn’t have control of it. I could have gone to prison or died. Corey was someone I spoke to regularly, but hadn’t spoken to for a long time. I knew his condition was bad, but I was on tour at the time and I always said we would talk but I never got round to speaking to him properly. After this one catastrophic event, I knew I had to speak to him, and when I tried to, his missus told me he had died. So, when I go to Australia, I am going to see his family and spend some time with them.
On the message…. What I want to be about…. I want to be remembered for being a peaceful man. A lot of the people who have been remembered as the best people on Earth, didn’t have great starts in life. Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson; all these people had troubled starts. Some of them didn’t end well, but they all faced great conflicts, and I feel like that’s just life. It’s the cosmic battle of good and bad. We are all made of the same stuff. But pressure makes diamonds, and the bad things that happen are more beneficial for your character.
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THE BRISTLE BLOWER GUY FARMER GIVES US AN INTRODUCTION INTO GROWING AND MAINTAINING A BEARD
The first thing you notice about Simon Maynard is his energy. Before we can even hit record on the Dictaphone, he is talking about his love of cooking, of food or teaching customers about where their meat comes from. As long as I can recall, I've had some form of facial hair poking out of my face. You'd have to look pretty far back to see me clean-shaven, and there's definitely a reason for that. For one, I use my beard to hide my weak chin, which otherwise sits feebly at the bottom of my face, slowly collapsing into itself like a dying sun. It also balances out my foreheadto-nose-to-chin ratio, and, on a good day, pulls me up to a solid 6/10 - with extra points in poorly lit rooms and generous Instagram filters. In the last year or so I've become a bit obsessed with beard culture and maintenance. Here are some tips to get started with:
Grow a Beard I cannot over stress the importance of this step. Seriously though, beard hairs don't all grow at the same speed, and the only way you're going to see your true potential is to put down the trimmer for two or three months and let it grow. If your face is roughly 60% stubble, then congratulations, chances are you're probably going to have an epic Zeus-esque style beard in about a week. Know that I hate you for this. If not, don't worry, this doesn't mean you won't be able to grow a full beard. There's a lot of guys out there with solid beards without the same kind of crazy follicle coverage that others are blessed with. Also, don't forget, beards can continue to develop into our 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s. Check out Greg Berzinsky for a perfect example of this (Instagram @berzinsky). I don't have the greatest beard, but by just letting it grow, I've developed a better understanding of how to make it work. My beard grows strongest on the chin (thankfully), moustache, and along the jawline, but it's weaker and a bit patchy on the cheeks. So, for these reasons I usually go for styles such as ‘goatee’, ‘Van dyke’, ‘beardstache’ or just a medium length full beard. These are my comfort zones, and I can wear them with confidence because I know they work to my strengths.
The 'Morning Beard' Possibly the hardest thing about growing a longterm beard, one that you care for and nurture every day, is resisting the impulse to rip it off your face at the slightest hint of any imperfection. If I've learnt anything in my beard journey, it's that you should never judge your beard by how it looks in the morning.
Beard hair is not head hair Anyone who has tangled with a beard before knows you have good days and bad days. This is true for the hair on your head as well. Don't be fooled though, their constitution is actually quite different, and the products you use should reflect this. Beard hair is thicker and more coarse than its brother upstairs, so your average shampoo is likely to strip your beard of its natural oils - leaving it dry and wiry. Beard washes (or shampoos) are typically less aggressive, and specifically formulated to not only clean your beard, but also preserve its condition after use. Saying this, you should still only be using a beard wash about 1-2 times a week, and ideally you'd follow this up with a beard conditioner.
Condition, Condition, Condition Want to have a great looking, healthy beard? Let me introduce you to your new best friends: Beard Oils and Beard Balms. Both serve the same purpose - to condition your beard, but there are a few key differences to keep in mind. Beard balms are much thicker and creamier than oils, so if you're rocking a big beard, balms are usually the way to go as they can keep your beard conditioned all day. The beeswax in balms also provides a small amount of hold, which will help maintain the structure of you beard after you style it. If you've got a small length beard then you won't really need the heavy conditioning or hold of a balm, so I'd recommend beard oil instead. A good tip is to apply your chosen conditioner fresh out the shower, after a gentle towel dry, when your pores are open and ready to absorb the most product.
Comb is where the heart is Get a decent comb. You're going to be using it every day, multiple times a day. Avoid cheap plastic combs that are going to whip your face with static at every stroke and make Kent Brushes your first port of call - they are the staple brand for anything to do with beard brushes and combs. If you have a particularly dense or curly beard, look for combs with large teeth. Brushes are ideal for shorter beards, as they reach the hairs that combs are simply too big for. They also stimulate your hair follicles and redistribute your natural oils to promote a healthy beard. Good stuff. By using brushes and combs each day we not only style our beard, but also begin the gradual process of taming it. Through continual brushing we can train our beards to grow in a downward incline, rather than sprouting awkwardly in various directions. It can be a slow process but it's completely worth it in the end.
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BLOCK ROCKIN’ MEATS WORDS BY TOM INGOLDBY
FROM GRINDS TO RINDS - EXTREME SPORT’S LOSS, IS THE MACKNADE BUTCHERY’S GAIN, WRITES TOM INGOLDBY The first thing you notice about Simon Maynard is his energy. Before we can even hit record on the dictaphone, he is talking about his love of cooking, of food, or teaching customers about where their meat comes from. “Ask a child these days where sausages come from, and most of them wouldn’t be able to tell you they come from a pig. You go into a supermarket to get your meat and it's all in a vacpac bag. No information. Nothing about the provenance. Nothing about the work that goes into it. One of my big ambitions for " If things had gone Macknade and the butchery is to educate. Bring that younger demographic in. Not just where the meat differently, Simon comes from but how to cook it, how to prepare it. What cuts are what.” could have been an You feel that the large coffee in front of him is not Olympian, talking going to be needed. However, as he goes for a sip of his drink, ‘cene slaloms rather than takes its chance to get Simon, who has just taken full control of the butchery at Faversham food hall, slices " Macknade Fine Foods, to start from the beginning (and hit record). What follows takes us from competitive skiing, to Michelin starred legendary chefs, to the best way to cook a steak; all at breakneck speed; all full of passion. Simon could talk food and especially meat until the cows come home...literally. While he noq knows his shoulders from his shanks and bellies from his blades, butchery and food wasn’t his first calling. If things had gone differently, he could have been an Olympian, talking slaloms rather than slices. “When I was 16, I became a member of the England Freestyle Ski team. My background is extreme sports; BMXing and downhill mountain biking, that sort of thing. The dream was to be at the Olympics in ‘98. But I got an injury in the lead up and I sort of fell out of love with the sport after that.” So, Simon ended up going off-piste. After a brief stint as duty manager at the Chatham Ski Centre, a managerial role at Beefeater beckoned, which, happily, enforced a mandatory six months in the kitchen. And so, the love affair with food began. “I knew nothing about food!” Simon laughs. “Suddenly I was cooking up to 400 steaks a night! It wasn’t exactly high dining and my mate, who had got a gig at the Swan in West Malling as a chef, used FOOD ‘CENE
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to take the piss out of me working at Beefeater. It was all ‘come down and see what real cooking is about.’ So I did!” For the next nine months at Beefeater, Simon would spend his time off working at The Swan. For free. It was there that he learnt what it really meant to be a chef. The kitchen was making everything from scratch; the bread, the crackers, the sauces. It was a real education for the former skier and when a job as a commis-chef came up, he jumped at the opportunity, eventually rising to the position of sous-chef under maestro and mate, Scott Goss. “We smashed it. We got Rosettes under our name. It was awesome.” London soon called and after a brief stint at a big caterer, delivering corporate and government events, there were further kitchen positions at venues such as the famous OXO Tower and at Michel Roux’s fine dining restaurant Roux at Parliament Square. Between Roux, renowned head chef Dan Cox and Simon, they designed the kitchen and launched the famous restaurant. But, as is often the case in the hospitality world, hours were long and the commute to London was a killer. “If I missed the last train back to Chatham, it was a sleeping bag on another chef’s sofa. It was getting too much.” Fast forward a couple of years, and the chef found himself working alongside Goss again, this time at The Twenty-Six (which they launched together) in Royal Tunbridge Wells. But while Goss went onto star in the BBC’s Great British Menu, Simon raised a family and began to look for a change. So, when did the butchery come in?
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“Everywhere I had worked I had been interested in the meat side of things,” he explains. “We had always been ‘sustainable’. We had brought in everything whole. I was offered a job as a butcher at Chart Farm in Sevenoaks and it was a no brainer. I had three young children, the hours were better and I was never going to work an evening again.” His background in the cooking world meant that he knew his rib-eyes from his fillets but he wanted to learn more, so took a job at Macknade, a rustic farm foods store that only dealt with proper, whole cuts. “I worked alongside some fantastic butchers at Macknade, always learning. I began to fully understand whole beef butchery and get a full picture about how the trade worked.” While our fun shoot with The Butchery at Macknade looks like a carnivore’s dream mixed with the minibar of a T-Rex, chief cleaver Simon is gearing up for Christmas - the food hall’s busiest period - and he’s aiming to put his stamp on it. Top of the agenda: education and provenance. With it specialising in pure pasture fed beef, sourced from Essex and Sevenoaks, Pork from Snoad Farm, local lamb and chicken from Graveney and local game (ranging from pheasants to mallard), Macknade has got all you “meatheads” sorted. With his experience in kitchens, Simon can offer something that supermarkets cannot: real life experience on how to get the most out of meat. But even more importantly, it is about encouraging people to think about the meat they are eating. To ask questions, to discover more, to find out what farm the animal came from. “If I just manage to persuade a couple of people to come once a week to Macknade rather than the supermarket for their sausages, because of what they’ve learnt, then I’ve done my job.”
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SHEPPEY UNITED’S HOLM PARK IS A FOOTBALL STADIUM PULSATING WITH NEW BLOOD. IT’S POPULATED BY YOUTHFUL CREWS MAKING A PROPER SONG AND DANCE ON ITS TERRACES, AS WELL AS 20 AND 30-SOMETHINGS DISILLUSIONED BY THE PREMIER LEAGUE ‘PRODUCT’. AS ANDY GRAY REVEALS, FOOTBALL’S GRASS ROOTS HAVE UNPRECEDENTED VIBRANCY IN THIS LITTLE CORNER OF NORTH-EAST KENT.
Small stones cause large ripples, a metaphorical example of the way our feelings and opinions can be forever tainted by a brush with something of apparent insignificance. Take my trip to Faversham Town FC in the early 1990s; a visit that cemented my view of local lower-league football as a penury experience for society’s terminally defeated. For at the Salters Lane ground that day, a smattering of scarf-clad cadavers gathered amongst the crumbling terrace’s weeds to watch football void of panache and quality, on a pitch suited to cabbages rather than kings. It was dire. Yet the wedge that drove a long-lasting enmity between me and this far from beautiful form of the game was the appearance of something far less expected: a freshly-laid turd that confronted me as I entered the club’s ‘toilet’ – an alfresco roofless bunker featuring a solid, brown nasty one as the open-plan concrete floor’s shudder-inducing centrepiece. If further evidence of my arrival at football’s arse-end were needed, there before me lay the stinking, smoking gun. From that moment onwards, below-basement football was dead to me, until… A couple of decades later, I’m asked if I fancy spending a Saturday afternoon watching Sheppey United – my local team – play. “What are their toilets like?” I shot back. ‘Eh?’ “Well, the last time I went to a local league game, there was a… oh, it doesn’t matter.” I attended the game that day, and have been following Sheppey home and away since; a ‘take ‘em or leave ‘em’ supporter to a full-
blown obsessive. I should point-out at this stage that I’m married; do not dribble when I talk and do not possess a bus pass. This contrasts sharply with many a non-believer’s view that die-hard non-league devotees are either old men, or eerie-looking young adults who they’d be comfortable leaving their wife with - but not necessarily their kids. Because here’s the thing: Kent non-league football, like the majority of decrepit clients it used to exclusively attract, has gone to a better place. Journey to Sheppey United’s Holm Park on any given Saturday (when they’re at home, preferably) and you’ll experience an atmosphere that shows - in these parts at least - football’s lower reaches can flourish, rather than flounder in the shadow cast by their professional and illustrious counterparts. On Sheppey’s terracing, ‘crews’ of teenagers have started to line its shallow banks. To the beat of their leader’s drum at the Botany Road End they sing, jump about the place and generally revel in
bringing a rarely-heard youthful voice on a football stage; albeit a small one. At Sheppey, where entry for under-16s is £2, kids can afford to rule the terraces - in the way kids used to - and ape the Ultra antics of clubs they can only afford to watch via a screen. For a club which plays in the Southern Counties Eastern Football League – five ‘steps’ below England’s lowest professional division; nine below the Premier League - Sheppey’s average home gate of more than 200 rates as mighty impressive. The figure not only makes the Ites (as the team is nicknamed) better-supported than the majority of sides two leagues above them, they have one of the best home followings in the country for clubs at their level. On a national scale, between 2015 and 2017, out of nearly 300 teams competing at Sheppey’s level, only South Shields, Bromsgrove, Consett and Worksop – all highly-populated, northern-based football hotbeds - beat Sheppey’s average home gate. The tub-thumping teens bolstering Sheppey’s supporter ranks never fail to bring the noise to Holm Park. Their songs include a rail against rivals Sittingbourne, claiming them to be a town filled with travelling folk, and a self-deprecating number that references their Island home’s unfounded reputation as a hotbed of incest: ‘oh, when the Ites go marching in, oh, when the Ites go marching in, I wanna be in my sister, oh, when the Ites go marching in’. Rambunctious but never unruly, the youths’ forsaking of lowerlevel spectator norms (talk amongst yourselves/moan) has led to disapproving mutterings from older sections of Sheppey’s support. ‘They don’t even watch the game,’ one well-seasoned Ite mithered via a Facebook post. Others are not as begrudging. Jack Blackmore, 26, is a member of the Elite Squadron, a group which occupies the Paddock area of Sheppey’s ground and whose name is a tongue and check reference to the superior numbers their faction brings to Ites away games. Jack was born in 1992, the same year as the Premier League, giving him junior status among his ‘Elite’ colleagues. Like his dad, Jack was a Chelsea fan, following the club with true blue zeal before Roman Abramovic’s millions moved in. Four years ago, father and son began pitchingup at Holm Park, rather than Stamford Bridge, a move that gained permanence. “I know it’s been said countless times, but money’s ruined so-called top-level football, “Jack said. “True fans have been edged out in favour of the tourists. Compared to watching Sheppey, going to Stamford Bridge is such a soulless experience. You feel like a customer, just another faceless part of the herd. You’re not allowed to stand-up, you have to watch what you say, and half the time you can’t see anything ‘cause a load of pricks in front of you are filming everything on their f*ckin’ phones. It’s a day out for them, not a way of life.” Jack’s living for Sheppey these days. “I never thought I’d feel as passionate about another club, especially one on my doorstep,“ he said. “But by being at Holm Park, match days have become special again. Football at this level means freedom; freedom from long, laborious travel times; freedom to sit or stand where you want, and have a drink while watching the game; freedom from queues at the bar or turnstile, and the petty bureaucracy that has killed the match-day experience at the higher realms. For example, no one at Sheppey’s gonna ask you to remove the top of your water bottle before you enter the ground.” According to Jack, more people his age are turning to nonleague football, ‘cause they’re turned-off by the professional game’. “Chelsea don’t need supporters. All they need is seat-fillers to make them look good on TV,” he scowled “Give me grassroots football any day. From players, to the fans, to the board; everyone’s on first name terms at Sheppey; that old cliché about winning and losing together? That’s us. It’s to the chairman and the manager’s credit that they’ve created a club that younger fans feel so passionate
about. Facilities on and off the field are superb - the football’s topquality, too.” ‘Tis true, facilities at Holm Park - it sits behind a row of houses off one the Island’s main roads - have come on a bundle since Sheppey set-up there in 2013 following a 20-year hiatus due to the original club’s drift to extinction and their old ground being demolished for housing. The first thing you notice when entering the 1,500-capacity stadium is the pitch; a £100,000 luscious green snooker table-flat surface that wouldn’t look out of place in the Premier League due to its installers being the same firm which laid Southampton’s home pitch. From the refurbished boardroom to the air-conditioned bar and buff changing rooms; everything screams ambition at Holm Park, and plenty have been willing to commit to the dream. The Independent Ites supporters Facebook group has more than 700 members, while Ites TV is the club’s recent media-grab for a wider audience, featuring match highlights and player/staff interviews. The PR ace up Sheppey’s sleeve is Islander Martin Eaves, a photoshop genius whose brilliantly-imaginative memes - which spread word of upcoming Sheppey fixtures - are as celebrated amongst fans as the team itself. Initially nothing more than Facebook larks, his Sheppey-ing of classic film posters, music covers and the like is now carried in the club’s match-day programme and led to one admirer, Dimitri Massard, forming the Belgian Ites; a small, but growing band who regularly journey from the Lowlands to the Island to watch the team play. “Non-league football gives you a focal point, a sense of place in the community,” Martin said. “It’s about honest players playing more for the love of the game. There’s a sense of camaraderie, not rivalry between fans of other clubs. Ashford United and Tunbridge Wells have support similar to Sheppey’s. It’s led to a real bond between supporters borne out of respect for the dedication each has to their club. It takes a lot more dedication to support your local non-league club home and away than it does to drop-in now and again at your favourite Premier League ground.” Stats are designed to make fools of us all, but a survey of 1,000 18-to-24-year-old football fans living in Britain found four-in-five (82%) claimed ticket price was an obstacle to them attending more matches. Cost is a reason, rather than a deterrent to visit a non-league ground. But how long before charges to this accessible world are sent soaring to meet the demands of chairmen with big ideas and zero patience? According to one former Kent league manager - who shall not be named - the player-wage explosion at the top of football’s pyramid is already unbalancing expectations at its base. “A couple of seasons ago the best players at Kent lower league level were asking for £70 per week, now that’s risen to between £200 and £300,” the former coach said. “It’s a figure clubs with only 50 or 60 fans coming through the gate shouldn’t be able to afford. Yet some owners are prepared to risk their club’s future and pay whatever it takes for a slice of football kudos. If success isn’t instant, it’s simple: they take their money elsewhere. You can guess where that leaves the club.” Sheppey say they are a club that lives within its means, fielding a squad mixed with local and countywide talent. According to Ites chairman Matt Smith, his is a club ‘built from the community, for the community’. In the past he has spoken of his ultimate ambition: seeing Sheppey host a First Round FA Cup tie and maybe competing one or two league levels higher than the one in which they currently reside. The Botany Road End’s bouncing, braying boys’ brigade is proof of the club’s stellar progress off the pitch. They’ve secured a new generation of fans who are learning to love their local club, rather than one they can’t afford to watch.
Cynical islanders will say their home has few claims to fame, but who knows? If the Ites continue to ‘go marching in’ the right direction, this quirky little coastal resort’s future Wikipedia entry might read thus:
The Isle of Sheppey: Population 40,000.
Birthplace of Rod Hull Flossy-haired entertainer whose puppet Emu brought him TV fame, but not a decent TV aerial (see death).
Sheppey has Three prisons, a nudie beach and Elmley Nature Reserve; a beacon for birdwatchers who flock to the wild and desolate hinterland to observe creatures in their natural habitat (see nudie beach).
Sheppey United Whose support, sizzling match-day atmosphere and stadium facilities – the toilets feature seamless, faeces-free flooring **citation needed** - are unrivalled in Kent and the southeast for clubs at their level.
‘COME ON YOU ITES’
BEACHSIDE BASS DJ HARRIET JAXXON REMINISCES ON COLD NIGHTS AT WHITSTABLE’S FORMER BASS HUB BEFORE SIGNING WITH RAM RECORDS
set about making friends with the promoters running the nights, before horizons grew into the shape of London’s electronic epicentres Fabric and Ministry of Sound. “My network in that type of music grew into London. And I started going to Fabric before I was old enough; getting backstage and idolising a lot of DJs that I actually work with now!” An A-Level in Music Production at college launched Jaxxon’s foray into getting onto the decks herself, learning the basics from her fellow students. But a natural flair advanced it. “In terms of DJing, I’ve never had any real schooling,” she says. “I was just pointed in the right direction and took it from there on my own, developing the way I do it. You keep learning as you go on.” Initial gigs at Source Bar in Maidstone, Chemistry in Canterbury and, of course, the Brewery Bar, have led to the Jaxxon technique. “A lot of people say I do have a certain style,” she explains. “I like to use three decks. I like big build-ups and lots of vocals. I like it to have a lot of impact, so there will be double drops in there and atmospherical breakdowns. “I think a lot of people stick within a certain style. But the feedback I get is that people like it when I play across the board. I don’t discriminate against any subgenres, so I can’t categorise myself, I cherry pick from every subgenre. If I like a track, I will make it work.”
Those of you who were of clubbing age in Whitstable during the late 2000s will almost certainly know of the Brewery Bar. Down on the beach front, behind the famous harbour, those ready to brave the bitter wind and icy sea spray found a haven of music for a time. The shack on the beach, and those behind it, were responsible for creating a hub of social commotion, with late night drinks and gigs of all kinds – and in particular, it was one of the founding sites that has helped to build the current, thriving drum&bass scene that exists within Kent. You wouldn’t believe the acts they got down there, including Whitstable’s own RAM Records prodigy, Harriet Jaxxon. “My first going-out experiences were at the Brewery Bar,” she says. “I was about 16, and it was quite pivotal for me. That was around the time Chase & Status released their first album and I was adult enough to go out and listen to that sort of music. “There was a group of promoters there, who were putting on quite forward-thinking nights for the area. Booking people outside of London like Nero, Sigma, and a lot of acts before they then blew up commercially. “You just have to respect people who are pushing underground music in a small town. So many of the DJs were baffled by this building on the beach. There were no bars near it, but there was a real good crowd there.” Opportunity favours the brave, as they say, and Jaxxon
Though having signed to RAM Records earlier this year, the 25-year-old former Barton Court pupil hasn’t just walked into the industry. It has been a graft. “There was a good couple of years where I would get the odd gig, but only in Kent,” she says. “Nothing was overnight. I gradually got more gigs outside of Kent, then onto different cities and different countries.” The turning point was the Ministry of Sound. “A lot of people have the ability to go and get gigs anywhere. But for me, it was the fact I was on Ministry’s roster; the affiliation with that really helped. Anywhere you go in the world, if you say you've worked with Ministry of Sound, they know the brand.” Having known the RAM Records team for some time, it was after Jaxxon ended her drum&bass set hiatus that they came calling. “I was playing house and garage at the time. But talking to RAM now, I know they were watching what I was doing, and when I switched back into drum'n'bass, about a year ago, the label manager just asked me for a meeting.” Sat having a drink in The Duke of Cumberland pub in Whitstable, Jaxxon shows us the RAM tattoo she has had since her teens. “It is a bit faded now, and it is proper nerdy, but I am proud of it too,” she says. “I had a massive RAM poster on my wall when I was a kid and I was an Andy C fangirl and now I have the same manager as him!” She has achieved a dream, but she is down to earth. “I quite like the way I didn’t just shoot up overnight and get signed,” she explains. “Everything that happens now feels like it’s meant to because I’ve been taking little steps.
“But then, I do still have points of realisation. Like at SouthBeats, where I played on the RAM stage in between Wilkinson and Rene Levice. They are two of the biggest acts, so that was incredible.” Neither has Jaxxon forgotten her roots, mingling gigs in the mountains of St Mortitz, Switzerland, with those at the University of Kent’s Student Union. “The two sets would be quite different, but as long as you are getting that same reaction and energy, the feeling is the same, whether it’s at a student club or a festival.” As our conversation drew to a close, and the shoot in a cold corner of Whitstable was finished, the conversation turned to the F word - Females. “When I started DJing, I remember trying to find female DJs to look up to on Google and I could only find a couple. “In the first few years, I remember going up to bouncers and telling them I was DJing tonight and there being utter shock. Not necessarily in a negative way, but they just weren’t used to it. “If I was with a male friend, people would assume that he was the DJ. “But I haven’t had too many negative experiences. And I didn’t feel weird because of it or looked down upon. More often than not I’ve received respect.” But while more female specialist genre DJs are certainly coming through, Jaxxon is still ardent that the skills, and not the gender, take precedence. “You don’t want it to be a novelty thing. I want to be there, not because I’m a woman, but because I’m a good DJ.”
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Unless you have been living in a non-digital state for the last couple of years, it is likely that at some point you will have come across the world of TED. A non-profit organisation devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”, TED is usually delivered to the masses in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Like an injection of inspiration in a world so confused by its own actions, the famous TED Talks videos are posted daily on TED.com featuring the likes of Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Sal Khan and more. But far from a constant corporate deluge, the talks can vary from topics such as “the meaning of life”, through to “how to sound smart”, even if you may not be. The ‘x’ in TEDxFolkestone stands for independently organised local events, conducted under licence and guidelines from TED. In other words, it is an opportunity to showcase amazing local people and ideas to a global audience. We spoke to curator and licence holder for TEDxFolkestone Liu Batchelor to find out more…
How did TEDx start in Folkestone? It started as just a crazy idea I mentioned to a colleague, who agreed to help me host an informal meet-up event, as a way to run the idea past people in the community to see what they thought of it. From just a simple eventbrite listing, we got 150 registering interest, and 50 people turn up on the night! By the end of the night, we had a team and a plan! After two attempts, I secured the licence from TED, and within less than a year we had hosted our first event. How does it work? Do you choose guests speakers from around the UK or can anyone be a part of it? Everything for TEDxFolkestone is organised and run by a team of local volunteers. TED provide us with the rules and guidelines, and their platform to host the finished talk video – but everything else is organised independently. Some TEDx organisers approach speakers directly, but we like to have open applications in order to give everyone, even those who may have limited/no experience of speaking, a chance to speak. One of our core values is that it’s not about how good the speaker is, but how good their idea is. It’s wonderful to see the variety of ideas and topics which come in that you never knew existed, and really exciting to think we may discover a hidden gem. Applications are open to everyone everywhere, however, we do encourage as many speakers from Kent as possible to apply – as its important to ensure the event benefits the local community as much as possible. This year, we are also keen to see applications from performances, of any sort! This can be anything from singers and poets, to performance pieces to interactive and visual arts. This is something we’ve done in the past two years, but this is the first year we’ve done open applications for bespoke or collaborative works, so we’re excited to see what people present.
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What format does a TEDx event take? What can people expect if they come along? We run a full day event – with talks starting around lunchtime and continuing into the early evening – all held at The Quarterhouse in Folkestone. The day consists of a series of sessions, with lots of time in between to breakout and share ideas with fellow attendees, speakers and the team. It’s a really inspiring day and a great community atmosphere. The event is ticketed at an affordable price and sold via The Quarterhouse, however capacity is limited – so anyone interested in attending should keep an eye on either the TEDxFolkestone website or the Quarterhouse website for when tickets go on sale. How can people apply? We’ll be opening application in November 2018, with the deadline being mid-January 2019. Anyone interested in applying should check the website www.TEDxFolkestone.com for exact dates, guidelines and full details.
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What do people talk about? How do they present their talk? Speakers ideas and topics can be anything – from science to culture to business to global issues. All talks must be under 18 minutes, and must comply to the TED content guidelines (which can be found on the TED site and the TEDxFolkestone site). One thing we are really proud of as an event is our speaker development support process. So once selected, those chosen to speak receive lots of support to both hone their idea and practice their delivery and speaking skills. When curating the choice of speakers, the team are looking for a range of different topics within one event – as it’s one of the core values of TED that the event appeals to all, and is not focused on just one sector. This means that attendees get a wonderful insight into ideas and topics they may not have previously been aware of or experienced.
Paris, Milan, LA, Tokyo… Canterbury. The fashion capitals of the world. Don’t scoff; for as we have already proven in ‘cene magazine, Kent’s most famous city is brimming with creative talent, especially when it comes to textiles. Maison Magenta, however, is something completely different. The fashion house, set up by Anastasia Kuatkhina, is a sustainability-focused, high-fashion business creating pieces currently being picked up by the great and good of Europe and beyond. Anastasia, originally from St Petersburg in Russia, has recently been interviewed for the Sydney Morning Herald and the New York Times, and now, sitting down with ‘cene, you could be forgiven for wondering just how she came to be here. And you'd be surprised. The former Simon Langton Girls School pupil has built a reputation for creating one-off design pieces worth thousands of pounds, despite battling chronic fatigue syndrome (M.E.) and some negativity from her family on her chosen career path. Sipping a hot chocolate in The Abode Hotel, Canterbury, Anastasia took us through her story, from the design competition she won as a child that inspired her vision, to studying at Central St Martin's University Of Arts, London – the institution that spawned the creativity of the likes of music’s Jarvis Cocker, Paloma Faith and M.I.A, fashion designers John Galliano and Stella McCartney and filmmaker Joe Wright, to name but a few. Studying textiles and specialising in knitwear, Anastasia found her passion for working with natural materials. “Just designing clothes wasn’t enough,” she says. “I wanted to work with textiles and create something original. So I brought extra weaving, knitting and printing skills into my work. “I find it really important to use natural materials. Before sustainability became a fashionable trend, I was always brought up to wear natural materials because I am very sensitive to products and synthetic fibres and perfumes. “I’ve always had to be careful what I wear. So, I am glad everybody is now understanding why it is better for us and our skin. It lasts longer, yes, but is also very easy to biodegrade back into the cycle.” While textiles was her thing, it wasn’t until she landed a dream internship at Christian Dior (yes, that one) in Paris, that the passion for fashion took hold.
FASHION HOUSE MAISON MAGENTA IS MAKING A STAND FOR SUSTAINABLE STYLE WHILE BRINGING A LITTLE BIT OF COUTURE TO CANTERBURY ANASTASIA KUATKHINA
“I fell in love with the city, the old couture (high level hand sewing) way of working,” says Anastasia. “Working on the knitwear team with Raf Simons (Belgian Fashion Designer) I learned a lot. It gave me that drive to carry on and specialise.”
BEGININGS Sometimes, as they say, you have to take a step backwards before you can move forward. After a stint in Milan with renowned designer Angelo Marani – look him up – Anastasia was forced to return to England where she was diagnosed with M.E. “It took me a year to recuperate and I lost all my confidence,” says Anastasia. “Just as I was starting to recover, my therapist said that I would struggle with the usual work timetable and working full time; recommended no more than three hours a day to start. “I thought ‘no one is going to hire me with that kind of work ethic’. “In fashion you are working around the clock, overtime and weekends. So, I thought I would set up my own company instead.” And so, Maison Magenta was born in June 2017 – and 18 months and five fashion shows later, Anastasia is preparing a new series of looks as well as specialist designs for customers including Miss Monaco, amongst others. Those looking for a piece from Maison Magenta need to know two things - one, it doesn’t follow the regular seasons of the fashion industry and, two, it’s not cheap – for a very good reason. “My collections are not seasonal,” says Anastasia. “I design as I go, as I get the ideas. For example, I was fabric sourcing for a client in London and saw some red satins and velvets for a ball gown design I have. Then I found this purple, mohair offcut and had to buy it. And I'm now working on a cape or coat to go with it for colder months. I design through feeling and necessity.” Scouring textile epicentres like London’s Berwick Street Market, as well as across Europe to create outfits, Anastasia uses an interesting route to market to stimulate demand for her pieces. Firstly, the 28-year-old attends high profile events such as the Russian Debutante Ball in London, or perhaps Burns Night Celebrations in Edinburgh, wearing her latest designs, becoming her own live model. “Most of my clients come through
"People still want exclusivity…And if they go to a bespoke designer, they don’t want something the high street will go and copy immediately"
recommendation or they have seen me wearing something from Maison Magenta,” says Anastasia. “Sometimes, it’s not directly from the event but through a friend of someone who went.” Using social media to show off all of her outfits, Anastasia will take up to 27 (her age at the time Maison Magenta was created) orders of each garment she creates. “People still want exclusivity,” she says. “And if they go to a bespoke designer, they don’t want something the high street will go and copy immediately.” Anastasia will then recreate the piece to the measurements of the subject, even lengthening the arms or changing the style as required. “It is all made from the best materials, so it will last longer and hopefully they will treasure it. It takes time, and the client appreciates your work more. It saves on energy, resources and waste.” The whole ethos and way of working takes Maison Magenta away from the damaging trends of ‘Fast Fashion’. “I want to stay away from the high street. Everyone is marketed to so much that they are blind to the ethics of fashion production. People should question why the cup of coffee in your hand costs the same amount as the top you are going to buy. “Synthetic materials are super cheap, but they are not going away anywhere. They are so toxic. It’s a very hard battle to fight.” Fans of Maison Magenta can see videos of Anastasia cutting up leftover silks and cottons and putting them into her garden compost heap. “It’s all natural so it can decompose and go back in the ground. My fashion is all about appreciating the full cycle.” A multi-linguist – she writes in French, speaks Italian and English, and her mobile phone text is in Russian – plus having lived in major European cities, why has Anastasia made Canterbury the home of Maison Magenta? “I love living in Canterbury because it gives you peace of mind and space to think and to work,” she says. “There is so much more outside of London, nicer environments. But it is an easy commute, too.”
FILM DIRECTOR’S PERSONAL DESCENT INTO DARKNESS TRANSLATES INTO BIG SCREEN HORROR MOVIE The mist continues to gently roll across the tarmac of the abandoned truck stop. A shadowy figure slowly stumbles into view as the sunrise highlights its outline, reflecting off of the morning vapour. It’s unclear whether this disease can ever be cured… and CUT! A small roadside café and area of scrubland in Sellindge (near Ashford) have been transformed into the set of Invasion of the Not Quite Dead, a film by Antony D Lane. Kent has played the backdrop to many a movie – see Les Misérables (2012) The Mummy (1999) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) World War Z (2013) and many more – but few as dark or shrouded in mystery as Invasion (as we will now refer to it). The first point to note is that Invasion has taken, up to this point, 12 years to complete. It has been on the brink of financial ruin on numerous occasions, while the cinematic millstone has weighed heavy around the neck of its creator, pushing him into a mental breakdown along its journey to fruition. “We are finally in post-production,” says Lane,
with a slight air of disbelief. “Everything is shot. It is officially wrapped, and I am about 80% through the editing now.”
THE BEGINNING Graduating from Newport University in Wales, with renowned controversial and pioneering British director Ken Russell as his mentor, Lane set about the task of creating his first feature-length flick in 2007/08. “I had such big plans for this film,” he recalls. “I just didn’t want to make a film that looked like something a uni student would make. Quality was so important to me. “I had been making short films and documentaries for years, so I wanted to put something out that would be independent but could still look good in a cinema.” With an eye on the dark humourous subtleties of Simon Pegg’s Shaun Of The Dead, a zombiestyle epic was on the cards, but with one problem – the money. “I started crowdfunding for it using Twitter,” says Lane. “It was kind of before crowdfunding was a thing. Back in the day I called it Fan Funding.”
Plonked in front of his webcam, Lane would offer chances to be in the film as an extra or to be in the credits in exchange for donations, before embarking on his own zombifying process. “I would do no-sleep fundraisers. Each month, I would see how long I could go without sleep. It started with 50 hours, then 55, then 60, it would go up by five hours every month. “The webcam would just be on for the whole time, so people could tune in and see me start to deteriorate as time went on. I would just about be able to send the link out for people to donate. “People were just interested to see how insane I was sounding and looking. And that drew a crowd and got out there on Twitter and really helped the product to launch.” After two years, and a top figure of 106 hours without sleep, Lane had raised enough funds for a first shoot, in Bulgaria. “The film starts off in 1978, where a virus has attacked this little village in Bulgaria, and there is an organisation of soldiers and scientists there to collect the virus,” explains Lane. “I knew it was going to be a standalone sequence, so once we had done the Bulgaria shoot, I knew that we wouldn’t need those actors
" My own personal journey into darkness caused the characters in the film and its tone, to completely change " again. Of course, I didn’t think it was going to take me over a decade to put it together at that point, but I did think that if I did a stand-alone shoot, I knew I had more time to raise money for the rest of the project” And it’s a good job, as the budget ran low once more. The shots of the Bulgaria sequence were actually completed in 2016, in Kent, where Lane and 20 crew members snuck into an abandoned mental institution to complete.
An 18-month hiatus in filming ensued as Lane took a full-time job to pay off the debts he was accruing. “I have taken loans out for the film and had a mixture of part-time and full-time work to pay for it,” says Lane. “I spent so long fundraising, I started to see a different film I wanted to make. It started tongue-in-cheek, but over the years, I didn’t have the love for the original script and started changing it and the characters.” In 2014, Lane suffered what he refers to as a ‘nervous breakdown’, but rather than give up and move on, the director channelled his
feelings and thoughts into the movie, giving it an altogether darker feeling. “It was very therapeutic to be able to do that,” he says. “I ended up putting a lot of what I was going through into the script and turning the film into a mental illness metaphor.” Set in the fictional edge-of-London town of Little Grimsby, a the virus has taken hold. But the main focal point of the film follows a policeman called Sam Peterson. Sam returns 15 years after he left to be a copper and to lead a different life and ignore what had happened previously. “He left after losing a child and he couldn’t deal with it, so he moved away from his wife and three children,” says Lane. “It’s all about this character wanting to gain redemption. “He is a bit of an anti-hero, you kind of like him as a viewer but you can tell there’s a little bit of a nasty streak to him; he’s a very flawed. “My own personal journey into darkness caused the characters in the film, and its tone, to completely change. “The film definitely caused me to have a break down, but I feel I was able to save myself because I was able to put that breakdown into a film.”
This culminated in a shoot where Lane had to step in at the last minute to replace an actor playing a character that had contracted the virus. “It would have been a domino effect, that if we didn’t shoot that day, people were going to be unavailable and it would have put us back. There was no time to rehearse or get somebody in so I just played an exaggerated version of me during my nervous breakdown. I had lived it, so I just had to tap into that and make it a bit more extrovert. “Since then, I’ve tried to inspire people on social media with the film, and anyone having a tough time, I urge to message me and talk, because I’ve been through it. Hopefully I can help them feel less alone.”
THE END Autumn 2018, and the cast and crew found themselves back at the Sellindge truck stop, filming long into the night to get the movie, finally, done. A driving sequence through the woods, Lane sighted as the hardest scene to shoot. “It was a wishlist scene. It wasn’t 100% needed. But it felt like a great way to end everything,” he
explains. “For my DOP (director of photography) Josh White, it was a very ambitious film shoot for his camera work. And for my make-up artist Kate Griffiths, as she had to make up so many people. For my visual effects guy Danny Allen; it was tough. We had a rule that we didn’t want any CGI work so it all had to be done by hand, on camera – the way they used to do it in the 1980s.” As in all good zombie movies, the night shoots had to have mist blowing through the scene – four smoke machines were on the go at one point. “A lot of our takes were based on whether or not we had enough mist. It was really tricky! This last scene, from a technical point of view, was a nightmare and we shot it all night, up to 10 minutes before the sun came up.”
THE FUTURE Barring an ice cream addiction of one character - causing them to put on a little weight – Lane is happy that the 12-year slog doesn’t translate onto the big screen. But in real life, he is full of thanks and praise for his colleagues for sticking with it for so long. “They’ve been with me for five years most of
" The film definitely caused me to have a breakdown, but I feel I was able to save yself because I was able to put that breakdown into a film "
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them, and it’s as much of a passion project for them as it is for me. I also just wanted to get across how important people are to the project, we're very much a close-knit film family. “These are now friendships that go beyond making a movie - for example at my wedding it was mainly cast and crew. It's because of how many people have put their faith in me, that I could never quit this project, from Ian Jones who travels from Edinburgh to Kent each time we shoot, to our PR and composer Daniel White, who sadly lost his wife a few years back, leaving him with two little ones, but who stuck with the project. “Even when the project is destroying me mentally and physically, we kept going to find a way to keep it alive, no matter what. The irony is, it's a film project that's been Not Quite Dead a few times.” Due for release in 2019, Invasion Of The Not Quite Dead is set to be submitted it into various film festivals as well as a possible tour of independent cinemas and some exciting interactive film events.
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“By trade I would define myself as an illustrator and I tend to favour the use of hand-crafted methods such as collage and pen drawing, as well as printmaking - linocut and screenprint in particular. My heavy use of printmaking is what has influenced me to use a limited colour palette in my imagery - a defining feature of my work. “I enjoy working in other mediums such as animation, sculpture, film and installation and try not to limit myself to illustrated imagery.
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“My work is often created in a playful and intuitive manner and I like it to be humorous in nature. I like the idea of my imagery bringing joy or intrigue to the viewer, hence the reason it is often surreal or absurd with bright and interesting colour schemes and abstract shapes. “Influences on my practice range from early Ethiopian art, folk art, German Expressionism and Medieval religious imagery. I am also greatly inspired by abstract artists of the 20th century, in particular Picasso, Matisse and Léger for their use of bold shape and colour, yet also their expansive use of mediums.”.
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" It’s about removing that barrier of Walking up Margate’s commercial hub The Centre, Elsewhere stands out. Even if I hadn’t been there to talk to its proprietors, I undoubtedly would have been attracted to the space by its eye-catching pop-art decoration (distinct from the humdrum chain shops either side) and pressed my face to the large windows to look into the cavernous space. Inside, where I meet two of Elsewhere’s founders, Sammy Clarke and Ciarán Cliffe, I find myself in a high-ceilinged and welcoming space; a collection of well-stocked record bins to the right, beyond them the counter of the café, and dotted about places to sit and enjoy the ambiance. Excitement increases upon descending into Elsewhere’s lower level, where they’ve built a 200-capacity DIY gig venue. Meeting them on the Monday after the venue’s opening weekend, Sammy and Ciarán are both softspoken but still buzzing off the success of the two-night extravaganza they managed to pull off, with both nights having seen Elsewhere full to capacity. Walking around, the space still seemed to echo with the power and potential of the opening weekend. “The bands were amazing, it sounded so good in there; somehow we’ve stumbled into this great sounding room,” Ciarán tells me, a little starry eyed. Saying that they stumbled
into the venue is partly true, as the uncountable moving parts seem to have all fallen perfectly into place for Elsewhere – but it also does a disservice to the years of work that preceded its opening. Along with Alex Barron, who was the owner of Monkey Boy Records in Canterbury, Ciarán and Sammy founded Elsewhere after having grown up as part of the local music scene. Sammy is the founder and figurehead of Art’s Cool, a live music promotion company that he started in 2013. “I felt there was a disconnect between Margate and the rest of the country,” he told me, “I was reading about all the amazing bands in the NME and was like ‘how can I bring them here?’” Moreover, he wanted to start “booking local bands purely to celebrate them,” and each time he booked an out-of-town act he always made sure that he put a local band on the bill as well, “to show off what was actually happening.” Ciarán worked for Kent institution Smugglers Records, where he says they had “an ethos of trying to create something that was really inclusive,” and that “there weren’t any intentions to get big or make money.” These are the recurring motifs in our conversation about the road to Elsewhere; inclusivity, community, and celebrating local art – and they’re the driving forces behind all that Sammy and Ciarán have
paying for unfamiliar acts and just letting people in for free to possibly discover something "
done over the last five years. In that time, both have continually helped to organise gigs for local acts, and their dedication to it can’t be overstated. Sammy has been a support worker at a school for autistic children for years, and still to this day does his music promotion work in between demanding shifts in that field. Even when he went travelling in Australia for a stretch, he was still promoting Art’s Cool gigs in Kent and running a press campaign for local band Gang, who had made him their manager due to his unceasing love and support of their music (he’s keen to call himself a “fanager”). As part of Smugglers, Ciarán helped to find, support and arrange gigs for local acts – whether they were in theatres, church halls or other makeshift spaces. With a local network of supportive, like-minded artists and promoters on the rise and spurred on by the opening of the Turner Contemporary in 2011, a scene truly started to flourish in Margate. “Over the last few years it’s felt like everything is up for grabs – if you have an idea, just go for it, if you think there’s something missing, just do it,” Sammy told me when explaining why he believes the scene has arrived in Margate rather than the nearby student hub of Canterbury; “you can approach people about an idea and they’re just happy to see it happen, they won’t say ‘do you think it’s going to make money?’” Sammy radiates pride when he thinks about the number of great artists that now call Margate their home, and Ciarán agrees he’s “never known so many bands at once” in the area. Aside from rising acts like Gang, Inevitable Daydream
and Art School Girlfriend who have all recently moved to Margate, the list of established acts that have moved locally is also eyebrow-raising, including Ghostpoet (who has established Radio Margate), The Libertines’ (and soon to be Margate hotelier) Pete Doherty and the ridiculously talented Tom Vek (who designed Elsewhere’s logo), among others. Given their investment in the scene and drive to help it grow, you’d have thought a purpose-built venue would have been in their plans long ago – especially given the amount of gigs they’ve each organised in beloved but less-than-ideal locations – but it wasn’t something that naturally occurred to them; the legal hoops and financial barriers seemed overwhelming. However, with Alex considering moving Monkey Boy Records to Margate, the idea to combine it with a music venue was a lightbulb moment. Having found the space in February, opened the record shop in August and the venue in September is an incredible feat – especially as they did it under their own steam. “It was very much a DIY endeavour; we don’t wave that flag because it seems obvious,” Sammy told me - but perhaps they should. Although Elsewhere is a beautiful space that resonates with the love and passion of its creators and patrons, it shouldn’t be overlooked that their blood and sweat went into the creation of it, right up to opening day; “it was intense, I was still drilling holes in concrete on Friday daytime,” Ciarán admits. Their years of giving to the community came back to
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" Over the last few years it’s felt like everything is up for grabs – if you have an idea, just go for it " help them in massive ways, “lots of people were coming in and doing some painting or DIY, especially in those last few days.” Many of those helpers were from local bands, which speaks to artists’ belief in the importance of having Elsewhere as a nucleus of the Margate music scene. Excited locals also contributed to Elsewhere, with an online crowd funder amassing £3,600 in a month, and plenty more people donating cash over the opening weekend. The desire for a specialised venue and the willingness to help it succeed, was obvious in the hundreds of people who filled up Elsewhere on the first Friday and Saturday. Although still drinking in the explosive success of Elsewhere’s first weekend of live music, Ciarán and Sammy’s minds are mulling over what’s to come in the next few months. “I think in any week you’ll see an acoustic night, an in-store open mic night, touring gigs and free entry nights,” Ciarán suggests. The free entry night concept, which will be called Save Yourself, is “a night for new bands from around Kent,” says Sammy. “It’s about removing that barrier for paying for unfamiliar acts and just letting people in for free to possibly discover something.” When I dare them to dream big and ask who would be their ultimate booking, the immediate answer is Australian psych-rock titans King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, but Sammy quickly reels himself in; “there's no end goal, I'm happy booking local bands - to me they're as big as the biggest bands.” VENUE ‘CENE
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ALICE CHATER Her name has been mentioned on BBC Radio 1 recently, and that’s because this Ramsgate pop star is doing BITS. Alice Chater (who you may know as simply ‘Alice’ from her song BOYS X GIRLS) has been building momentum and a fan base over the last few years. If you look across her socials, you’ll see that she has tunes coming out of her ears - and you’ll have no trouble in finding a track of hers that you’ll adore; they’re all banging. Her latest release, Hourglass, is accompanied by a single-take music video that will have you picking your jaw up off the floor. Not only has this artist got an incredible range, but she’s an excellent mover as well! Alice has recently been picking up new fans on tour with singer and songwriter extraordinaire MNEK, and is set for plenty more live performances throughout 2019. Meeting Will.I.Am has been a great step up for this Kentish pop superstar in the making, but don’t get it confused - she has the talent, vocal, and undying love for her fans which will see her make it to the top.
bbc.co.uk/sounds/play /p06p47dk “It’s like listening to the radio but you’re actually here” is one of the stand-out quotes I have from this hot new Indie duo. (Shortly followed by a story about their friendship being based on a lie… listen to their time on The Kent Sessions to find out all about that). Having previously only spoken to the guys on the phone, when I made Don’t You Feel Like Heaven my Record of the Week on BBC Introducing in Kent back in June, it was great to finally meet Whitstable/ Canterbury native Jules and London lad Charlie at this year’s Neverworld Festival - they played the BBC Music Introducing in Kent stage. Earlier this year we were gifted their debut EP The Movement of Time; a four-rack indie masterpiece. It sounded like they had been worked on and crafting it over years of recording and performing, certainly not the first piece of work from a brand new band. Late 2018 has seen APRE release a second EP, Drum Machines Killed Music, which sees their tight production float to the surface once more, allowing us to sample killer hooks, catchy riffs and loops, and tracks you’ll be rinsing for days on end.
Despite having done this for a year now (thank you ‘cene) I still find it really hard to decide who to write about… which is a good thing! Kent has so much talent. Thank you for supporting it! Along with the six artists I’ve chosen, I’d also like to shout out Kent music champion Abbie McCarthy who recently got engaged to her lovely boyfriend (and responsible adult) Adam. I wish you a life of happiness together x MUSIC ‘CENE
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DAN KIING bbc.co.uk/sounds/play /p06pp167) Some people may see their first EP release as an opportunity to get a few different styles of music out to see what gets the best reaction. Some - like in Dan Kiing’s case - know exactly who they are and what their musical calling is; so they can use their first EP to showcase their artistic prowess. Dan’s Ready When You Are EP came out in September to a lot of love across social media, and it’s not hard to see why. The six-track EP isn’t a compilation of six individual pieces of work. Interludes seamlessly link one track to the next, making it a single piece of art. I first met Dan in person when he came in to support Coalescent (you can read about them in my very first article a whole year ago in 'cene WIN17) for their time on The Kent Sessions… and I’m so glad he did. During his own set, Dan came with vocalist Leah Sullivan and was ready to own it. After hooking the audience in with his original songs Sunshine and Everyone Hurts, he treated us to a cover of his favourite song - J Cole and TLC’s ‘Crooked Smiles’ Dan Kiing is one to keep your eye out for; plus he’s an absolute gent.
bbc.co.uk/sounds/play /p06nt0yl) After treating us to an incredible debut EP in June 2017, and a strong debut live show for BBC Introducing in London, Hydromag seemed to go off the radar a little bit in 2018. But I’m incredibly pleased, however, to let you know that he is back and ready to share more dreampop goodness with the world. Having known Josh BestShaw from previous music projects, I was intrigued by what was to come from Hydromag. His Sweet Obsession EP was rinsed repeatedly (Primrose Hill being a particular favourite of mine)! Latest single PJR was released during Mental Health Awareness week and even before pressing play, I was ready to love it. A corresponding Twitter post read: “I’m incredibly proud to be growing up in a generation so open to talking about mental health. I never thought I’d be able to write a song about something so personal, but as others around me share their stories, I am inspired to do the same.” Josh shared the story behind this touching new track: “The inspiration came from a pretty dark time really. A close family member took their own life and I spent quite a few years not really able to write about it,” he told me. Hydromag puts every ounce of his soul into his music. Listen to his story and enjoy the pieces of art that he shares.
KWAYE I don’t know about you, but on New Music Friday I like to browse through all of the new tracks that have been released on that day - by both well-known and undiscovered artists. One Friday morning in March 2017 I found an artist who had me hooked within a minute of pressing play on his debut single, Cool Kids. I happened to mention the name of the artist to the BBC Introducing in Kent team… only to then find out that he’s from Eynsford, in Sevenoaks! With a vocal range that will give you goosebumps and a falsetto that will make your eyes water, KWAYE is everything you could want from an artist and more. He puts his heart and soul into his writing and his performance, and I know whenever a KWAYE track is released it’s going to be an individual piece of art that deserves your undivided attention. Kwayedza Kureya got his big break while studying abroad at UCLA. He got into an Uber driven by a former A&R executive, who listened to Cool Kids, liked what he heard and put KWAYE in touch with the label Mind of a Genius. KWAYE has since released pop banger earworms including I Go and What Have You Done, along with soulful ballads like Paralyzed. His debut EP Love & Affliction is out now. Go get it.
bbc.co.uk/sounds/play /p06j5v2l) The first time I met this incredibly talented singersongwriter was near the very beginning of my career with the BBC. I was working on the James Whale show on a Saturday morning in 2016 and was told that the musical guests for the day were twins; Nat and Kyla from Sevenoaks. Their performance received a huge amount of positive feedback on the phones but then I never heard the pair on the station again… until this year… enter LAKY. With her sister Natty going off to see the world, Kyla had decided to pursue a career in the music industry, and I’m so glad that she did. Having played numerous gigs under her given name, Kyla, she had decided that it was time for a change. The stage name LAKY has given her a creative platform to release music with a slightly different sound to the original Kyla Stroud, and even saw her enter the Busk In London GIGS: Big Busk competition… before going on to win it! With new material from LAKY imminent, I would suggest going to see her perform live - and you won’t have to wait too long - this girl is racking up the performances like it’s going out of style. Her vocal is incredibly raw and unique, and her song-writing is second to none. If you’re one of those people who like to say you saw them “before they were big”, see LAKY.
Write On! Faversham Literary Festival
TV personalities Jo Brand and Will Self and former punk legend Viv Albertine (To Throw Away Unopened) head a stellar line-up at Faversham’s second literary festival, taking place in various venues around the medieval market town. There are more than 30 events to choose from, including psychogeographer Iain Sinclair, storyteller Diane Setterfield, Jenni Murray on women’s history and Hugh Warwick on the urgent action needed to save the hedgehog. There’s a wide range of fiction, too, covering crime to experimental works from indie presses. Plus look out for political debate with Charles Umney (Class Matters) and Eliane Glaser (Anti-Politics); Lucy Popescu on the refugee crisis (A Country to Call Home); and Tehran-born Nasrin Parvaz on women’s and civil rights (The Secret Letters from X to A). There’s also nature writing, world and local history, cookery, poetry open mic and more. Teen events include author talks and workshops on flash fiction and writing for Dr Who! The weekend before the festival (16–17 Feb) hosts two days of writing workshops. Entry is now open for the Faversham Literary Festival short story competition, judged by Eley Williams (Attrib.) – first prize £200.
When: 21–24 February 2019 Where: Faversham Visit: favershamliteraryfestival.org
Punk and A Christmas the Painter Carol by the sea This Christmas, Marley's spirit has returned to plague one unsuspecting soul: Ebenezer Scrooge. This December, LAStheatre bring Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic to life at the Folkestone Quarterhouse. With only the spirits for company, Scrooge must revisit the past, learn from the present and finally, face up to the future. Expect songs, silliness and a whole lot of festive cheer in this brand-new, thrilling production for all the family. Tickets: Adult £8, Children £7, Family £27 (2 adults, 2 children), Schools £5 with 1 free teacher every 10 tickets. (10am, 11am, 2pm).
When: 14th – 24th December Where: Folkestone, Quarterhouse Visit: quarterhouse.co.uk
Laurie Vincent, one half of punk band Slaves, will join up Kent artist Daisy Parris and return to Rochester for their first collaborative art exhibition. “Feels Like Forever Ago: New works by Daisy Parris and Laurie Vincent” will see the pair head back to their old student stomping ground for a mixed media attack on the senses with their joint works described as “bold collages of vibrant imagery, often capturing the fast-paced energy of living in a consumer culture”. Vincent said: “Excited to announce my first show of collaborative paintings with @ daisyparris this December. It's also my first ever exhibition in my home county of Kent. All works are brand new and we can't wait to share them with you.”.
When: 14th December to 23rd February Where: Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Base Info: email@example.com
From Ghostface Killah to Ramsgate Dreamland Lady Bird Thrilla’ Dates & The Gallery’s @ Concrete... The Forum Pete? There’s an eclectic music line-up this Winter at Dreamland. Grab a ticket to the ultimate NYE party as Pendulum headline with their DJ set in Hall By The Sea on 31 December, 2130-0200. Cult folk legend Beans on Toast is back in Kent with his new album “A Bird in The Hand’ and he’s bringing a full band with him. Catch him live in the Ballroom on 1 February. Legendary British electronic artist Leftfield will play a DJ set in Hall By The Sea on 2 February, with support from A Guy Called Gerald. Dub Pistols are bringing their mix of dub, reggae, ska, punk, breaks, beats and drum ‘n’ bass to the Ballroom on 15 March, with support from Makola. Tickets available from dreamland.co.uk.
Two of the best bands coming of Kent right now are returning to the Tunbridge Wells Forum during the festive period to rock the reindeer. Complete with new single Reprisal and a tour with label owners Slaves, Lady Bird are sure to mash up your mince pie with their mix of social commentary and fast punk pokes on Sunday, December 23rd. On the 29th, The Gallery’s will hit Santa with some ska, and thaw your icicles with their indie numbers such as Over The Bridge and Imperfect Perception. It all takes place in one of THE great small music venues.
When: Friday 11th January Where: Ramsgate Music Hall Visit: ramsgatemusichall.com
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When: 23rd & 29th December Where: Tunbridge Wells Forum Visit: www.twforum.co.uk
A Charity knock out event comes to WInter Gardens in Feburary 2019. "In 1986, boxing gave you the hardest man on the planet, Iron Mike. Now in 2019, boxing is giving us the hardest man in Thanet, Concrete Pete". Ryan & Matt are looking to raise £10k and all money raised will go to Caring4Connor and The Alfie Gough Trust. Please donate here: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ryanbirch-charityboxing See Concrete Pete here vimeo.com/289340192
When: 1st February 2019 Where: Winter Gardens, Margate Visit: justgiving.com/crowdfundingryan-birch-charityboxing
Lewis Parker is one of the greatest and most influential UK Hip-Hop artists of all time, having made a huge, consistent contribution to the genre for over 20 years. Put simply, anyone who’s been into UK Hip Hop will have listened to a track produced by Lewis Parker. Following the success of several sell-out albums with Massive Attack’s, Virgin Records Imprint ‘Melankolic’ Lewis Parker went on to produce for the likes of Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan), Lil Dap and Joey Badass (who made his early success on a Lewis Parker production). This is somewhat of a homecoming show for Lewis Parker, who spent much of his early life in Canterbury. After 13 years living in Queens NY, he’s now back residing in the UK and is currently working on his next full length album. Tickets £13.
New York is my hometown, so, in this edition, I’m going to give you the tips; from staple visits to hidden gems. I’ll share the coolest tourist spots and things the locals love. This might be the city that never sleeps, but stick to this plan and you will definitely need a nap!
Eat Lombardi's 32 Spring St,10012 My favourite pizza in New York. Lombardi’s in Little Italy has served coal-fired, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza since 1905. Their pizza is served by the pie and they make great salads, too. It’s the perfect place to sit and have lunch after shopping in Soho all morning. If you are sat in the back you will be walked through the kitchen to your table. Artichoke Pizza Multiple locations If you are looking for a traditional slice of pizza and something a little different, then Artichoke is the place to go. Open from 11am until late (i.e. on your way home from partying all night) you can try their namesake Artichoke slice which has a strong thick crunchy base topped with a creamy spinach and artichoke dip topping. Or you could try their crab slice, vodka sauce slice or just your classic margarita slice (what New Yorkers call a ‘plain cheese’). Katz Deli 205 E Houston St, 10002 A New York staple since 1888, this no-frills deli serves HUGE sandwiches. They give you a ticket on entry before your turn at the counter. They add the cost to your tickets and you pay by the door when you leave. It’s old school, but don't lose the ticket! Make sure you order the pastrami sandwich with their two kinds of pickles (gherkins). Beauty and Essex 146 Essex St, 10002 Not to be confused with Essex in England, this is a street in the Lower East Side that has what looks like a pawn shop but once you walk through the shop it opens into an incredibly special restaurant and lounge, serving creative American food and cocktails. This could be your special dinner in New York or a great start to a big night out. Breakfast The best (and cheapest) breakfast you can have in New York is from the closest corner deli to where you are staying. They’ll make an egg sandwich. You can have eggs any way you like, with cheese, sausage or bacon, but I recommend having it in a bagel. They are so satisfying. I know you’re thinking you’ve had something like this before, but I promise you it’s different from a deli in New York.
Drink Public Hotel 215 Chrystie St, 10002 Public rooftop has been a cool spot for a few years now and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to change anytime soon. It has incredible views from the large rooftop, while inside is a sparkly nightclub that has all different types of DJs playing every night. Leave Rochelle Out Of It 205 Chrystie St, 10002 Named after a girl that both owners dated, this super cool dive bar specialises in whiskey. They make great cocktails and have ice cold beer too, so there is something for everyone. And that’s good because it attracts a really mixed crowd, perfect for people watching or making new friends. McSorley's Old Ale House 15 E 7th St,10003 This is one of the oldest Irish bars in the city and not much has changed since it opened. They only serve two kinds of ale (light or dark) and there is sawdust on the floor. There is a real old-time atmosphere.
Shop The best place to go shopping is on Broadway (where it meets Houston Street down to Canal Street). Every shop you can think of, at all price points. The Soho area is so beautiful, with lots of shops on the side streets, too. You can do some sightseeing while picking up a few treats.
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Highline Chelsea entrance 20th St and 10th Ave If you haven’t heard, the Highline is this old train track that was derelict for years and it’s been developed into a park. I suggest starting in the Meat Packing District ,which is a cool warehouse area perfect for instagramming photos of your trip to New York. You will find both tourist and New Yorkers enjoying the walk and the view.
South Street Seaport 89 South St, 10038 This area is really beautiful and often overlooked when visiting New York. There’s shopping and dining and it’s also next to the East River so you can take in the view of Brooklyn. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and take in the view from the other side, too.
The Highline hotel 180 10th Ave,10011 Located in a great area for first time visitors, the Highline is in Midtown with an accessible location. The hotel is uber cool and very high-end without being stuffy. Even if you don’t stay here it’s worth stopping in to see its beautiful brick building and have a drink in its courtyard.
Hotel on Rivington 107 Rivington St,10002 This chic hotel offers rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and the most comfortable beds you’ll find in a hotel. Depending on what side of the building you are on will dictate your view but I think any view from this hotel makes you absorb New York’s energy and excitement.
Fly Virgin Atlantic or Norwegian Air The best time to fly to New York is Sept and October as flights are cheaper and that is a great time of year to visit. My favourite airline is Virgin Atlantic but if you are on a budget and travelling only with a carry-on then look no further than Norwegian Air where you can get a return flight for as low as £300.
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In this issue we get reckless with Mic Righteous. Sellindge gets invaded by the Not Quite Dead. We talk extreme sports in a butchery. Non-le...
Published on Nov 26, 2018
In this issue we get reckless with Mic Righteous. Sellindge gets invaded by the Not Quite Dead. We talk extreme sports in a butchery. Non-le...