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the occasion will totally get the better of you; like you’re playing Glastonbury and you just totally shit it and play really badly. It’s more the little things though like how many guitar cases are sitting there or how many pedals. It’s those little silly things that no-one else would see as a big deal. We used to just have one guitar each and a broken cable so it’s pretty crazy. How does it feel to be come home and play Glasgow? Sam: I think 2012 was the last time we were in Scotland – outwith T in the Park and the Big Weekend. I’m not a religious person and I know it sounds a bit cheesy but honestly it’s like a total religious experience. It’s mental. People just get fully immersed in what’s going on and for us playing, we feel the same way. It takes us to that next level. You’ve played in America, Germany and a number of other countries. Have you had any weird experiences on the road? Ross: Pretty much every day. It’s actually a pretty difficult question to answer because every day has been mad. I think playing in Atlanta Georgia at this place called the Masquerade, which is actually an old slave auction. It’s over three floors and it’s this big wooden, scary building. I think it was just the thought of what it used to get used for but we’re in there playing quite emotional music. It’s a weird thought.
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For the longest time, Biffy Clyro were the undisputed champions at the forefront of the Scottish rock scene. Now a group of young pretenders to their crown have risen through the ranks and shifted the gaze once again to what’s going on up North.
Leading the pack is Glasgow’s own Twin Atlantic, who have had a stellar year that includes winning Independent Track of the Year at the AIM Independent Music Awards and playing to massive crowds at both T in the Park and Glastonbury. They formed in 2007 and have been on the rise ever since, with previous albums ‘Vivarium’ and ‘Free’ both receiving positive reviews throughout the music industry. Now with the release of their third study album ‘Great Divide’ – which has itself been very warmly received, it looks like the band may be set to hit new heights.
IT WAS ALL VERY DIY IN THE SENSE OF BOOKING YOUR OWN GIGS AND TRYING TO CHARGE THE RIGHT AMOUNT SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD COME TO SEE YOU NME described their sound as “brazenly ambitious” and it’s easy to see how their style of music would fit in well in either the more intimate settings in which they’ve been accustomed to playing or the bigger arena venues, where they are undoubtedly heading. Before a sold out gig in Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union and following a near two-year absence from performing solo-sets in the city, we caught up with Sam and Ross to find out what it’s like to be back and how things have changed since they’ve been away. Here’s what they had to say:
How did you guys come together and what were those first few months like? Sam: Well, Ross and I went to high school together. We’d known each other maybe seven or eight years before we even thought about getting a band together. We met Craig and Barry because we’d been playing shows and just got to know lots of other similar bands in Glasgow. They were both part of that music scene so we just sort of bonded over our own styles of doing music. It was all very DIY in the sense of booking your own gigs and trying to charge the right amount so that people would come to see you. It was a bit more like a community. That meant we were really all on the same page when we came together so the first few months were really about hard graft. Was there a particular moment where you thought “wow, this is really taking off for us”? Ross: It was quite early on for me, actually. It was our second ever gig with all four of us and we were playing in the Buff Club – which is tiny, really. For us though, there were about 150 people coming to see us and no-one else could get in. It kind of got into our heads that this was really working out. Technically, it was mostly just our friends but it managed to trick our minds into thinking that it was worthwhile to keep doing it. Does it feel weird looking back now at how things have changed? Sam: Yeah, we talk about it all the time. There’s times when
You seem to have been really busy fairly constantly over the last wee while. Do you get much time off to relax and what kind of thing do you do in your spare time? Ross: It’s been interesting because we haven’t actually been on tour yet for the record so we’ve mostly just been playing one off gigs and then doing press stuff during the week. So at the weekends we’ve found ourselves back home or going to festivals and stuff like that. Sam: You’ve been doing some decorating; painting your doors and sanding them and stuff. Ross: Yeah, I did that for a weekend. Sam: I play golf. I play golf a lot. Obviously we go out drinking and stuff as well but everyone does that. We probably do party a lot but that doesn’t really feel like your own time. Ross: I’ve just been trying to create the perfect party space. Your new album Great Divide came out last month. What have you made of the response? Sam: Genuinely, it’s been like 99 per cent really good – which we weren’t expecting. We thought it would be a bit more mixed. Maybe that’s actually the case though and people just don’t want to come out and tell you “here mate, that’s shit”. Nah, it’s been really good so far. I got the impression that you seemed to be moving in a new direction with this album. Is that something that was intentional? How did that come about? Ross: I don’t know if it was necessarily intentional. I think what we came to realise is that it was maybe the first time we had done exactly what we wanted to do and didn’t hide behind what we thought we should be doing. Not that we would ever do something we’re not comfortable with but for example this album opens very bare and stripped back and we just wouldn’t have done that before, I don’t think. We would’ve been worried what people might have thought but this time we decided to go for what we thought felt right and more honest. I think we were in a position where we felt like if people like it then great and if they’re not so sure, then at least we were honest and ourselves.
OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2 People say you have quite a ‘Scottish sound’, is that something that’s intentional? Sam: No and we sometimes don’t even realise it! We’ve had songs where the guys who’ve been producing the record have told us that it sounds really Scottish and it actually sounds like a wee folk band or something and we’ve just made it sound big and loud. We honestly don’t mean it. I think it’s just part of our makeup. A lot of it probably has to do with the kind of influences you have around you. Obviously we’ve grown up with folk music and Scottish music around us so it’s always going to affect how you approach writing a chord progression or a lyric. It’s not something we sit down and decide to do but it’s not something that we particularly mind either. There seems to be a lot of Scottish bands doing really well right now and maybe just skimming under the radar of the mainstream. What do you think has caused that resurgence? Sam: I think there have always been lots of really good Scottish bands out there but it comes in sort of waves. Someone was telling me the other day that every ten years or so there’s a big wave of Scottish bands who come down and everyone just kind of watches on like “wow”. Even now you can see that there are lots of bands coming up who are really good and you can see that they’re going to do something. I don’t really know what the reason is. I think there’s less room for bullshit in Scotland in terms of our general outlook on life. Especially, if you’re going to be creative in Scotland, to do it full time and tell people that’s what you’re doing, you better be good. I think people kind of make fun of that a little bit because everyone seems to come from quite a hardworking background so if you’re going to be like “Oh, I’m in a band”, you better make sure
5 what you’re doing stands up. It might also have something to do with the rain. If you’re a wee guy or a wee girl and you’re stuck inside then you’ve got to do something; why not music? You’ve made some big strides this year. What are your next steps and do you plan out how you continue to grow as a band? Sam: We started with the goal of being a band that puts on a big show. We tend to change as a band when we’re writing new material or playing it for the first time; we really strip it right back. But when we do it live we want to do it
at the highest level. We want there to be lights and colours and a full visceral experience. That probably means playing arenas and those sorts of places. In the UK, that’s probably the next really big step for us. In terms of trying to get there, I think we’re just trying to blow people away every time they come to see us. I’m not exactly sure how you do that but we’re just trying to be ourselves and play the best we can. Our album was designed to add in all the bits that were missing from our old live shows. So we’re trying by Derek Healey politicsandthat.com to use the album to try and @Healey26 take our live performances firstname.lastname@example.org to the next level.
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Scotland has always produced amazing pop music. From Deacon Blue and Del Amitri to the incomparable Annie Lennox, we’ve gotten the formula for great pop songs down: catchy hooks, sharp lyrics and a dynamic stage presence. And a splash of tartan doesn’t hurt, either. So it comes as no surprise that some of today’s best pop music comes from our neck of the woods, and Prides is a prime example of contemporary Scottish music at its finest. Glasgow-based trio Prides create infectious, uplifting synth-pop and following their epic performance at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, they are fast-becoming the band everyone is talking about. Pianist and lead vocalist Stewart and drummer Lewis played together unofficially for nearly ten years after they met at university before meeting guitarist Callum. The band came naturally out of an organic song-writing process, creating music first and deciding to form a group around it. Their sound is bombastic and anthemic, with honest lyrics and insanely infectious melodies (Warning: listening to Out of the Blue will result in chronic humming lasting for at least a full day); fusing classic New Wave and 80s synth-pop influences from the likes of Tears for Fears, The Cure and Glasgow’s own sons Simple Minds with a sound reminiscent of current pop bands like CHVRCHES – another successful band that embraces their Scottish accents in favour of an American twang – and English pop darlings Bastille. Despite coming from a background of playing in alternative and emo bands, the trio suggests this love of synth-pop comes from a collective desire to expand their musical horizons: according to Stewart, “the genre gives them a real sense of scope,” enabling them to embrace any style or sound as opposed to guitar bands trapped within the confines of their genre. And they are quick to praise and support their synth-pop peers, especially Glasgow-based trio CHVRCHES, proving there’s room for everyone in the scene to get along nicely. Despite only officially forming in 2013 Prides definitely hit the ground running and are emerging as the pop group on everyone’s lips. Given what must seem like overnight success to those just recently discovering the band, you would imagine the past year has gone by in a huge blur. It appears, however, as if all this deserved success has been a long-time
coming, given, as Stewart says, the fact the trio “played music in various guises throughout the last ten years. But we’re so lucky to be able to do this.” In the past year, the band has already experienced so many highlights; landing in New York for the first time, playing the iconic South by South West festival in Austin, Texas and playing alongside some big names when they headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds this summer. In July the band catapulted into household recognition when they performed at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Stadium. They shared the stage alongside Scottish acts like Lulu, Deacon Blue and pint-sized pop princess Kylie Minogue, who according to the band is as sweet as you would imagine. No mean feat for a band that only officially began last year, playing in front of 40,000 people with millions watching at home from all over the world. No pressure. But the band admits being asked was incredible enough, and the performance was a breath of fresh air and the perfect representation of contemporary Scottish pop music. They played Messiah – an anthemic track filled with promises of devotion with amazing guitar
riffs and an infectious chant to give The Killers a run for their money – which immediately became the song of the summer. The band released their EP The Seeds You Sow earlier in the year; Stewart describes the collection of songs as “tracks that show off all the different sides of the band,” essentially a taster for what is to follow, and says Messiah “felt like an exciting track to lead with.” Talking of their full-length début release, the band are adding the last finishing touches to the record, but currently have their hands full releasing the singles from The Seeds You Sow and making the time to play for their ever-expanding fan base on the road. In terms of content, we can expect a broad range of songs, from big anthemic tracks to slower numbers. A full-length LP will undoubtedly allow the band to showcase their diverse range of influences and song writing credentials. Of course, Prides are really at their best when performing live. Anyone lucky enough to have seen them in concert will testify that the band puts on an epic and energetic performance, recently making a superb appearance at Freshers Week at the Queen Margaret Union. Their music translates amazingly, with the anthemic quality of their songs being amplified by their stage presence and the energy of an adoring crowd. It will be intriguing to discover how their new material translates onstage, especially the
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promised slower numbers. With their recent touring and appearances all over the world, they surprisingly have few pre-gig rituals. It’s common, however, for Lewis to indulge in a frenzy of jumping jacks while his loving band members watch on in confusion. Usually, though, they resist the typical huddles and group prayers of other bands and just get on with what they do best: putting on an energetic, unforgettable performance. Scotland – especially in Glasgow – plays host to so many iconic venues: Stewart admits the band has their eye on ticking a few off their list, such as the world famous Barrowlands, and they have their sights set on headlining “classic venues” further afield, like Webster Hall in New York City and Brixton Academy. They actually played the latter supporting everyone’s favourite pop punk band Blink-182 earlier in the year, a dream come true for a band of reformed punks and emos. Their next Scottish date, at The Arches in Glasgow on 6th December, has alas sold out, as have their gigs in London and Bristol. But hopefully 2015 will see them back on the road to promote their new record. Despite all this overwhelming success, however, the band remains in touch with all the important matters affecting Scots in 2014, the topics that have been on everyone’s lips and affect every last one of us: namely the beard epidemic that has swept the streets of Glasgow and beyond. According to Stewart, he feels conflicted given 2/3 of his band sport glorious beards, but believes there is finally an end in sight to what he describes as “beardom frenzy,” and that the fad is on its way out. Glad we cleared that up. Glasgow’s thriving music scene consistently produces exciting and über successful bands, and Prides is no exception. Simply put, they create excellent pop music – infectious, honest and anthemic – and their live performances are energetic and attracting bigger crowds with every gig. And with their long-anticipated début on its way, we can eagerly await tracks to top the likes of Messiah and Out of the Blue. If 2014 was their breakthrough year, 2015 can only be even more spectacular.
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Yeah, it’s a language record, if I had to be pushed. I think the first album that you make, you want to put every concept you ever had into that record. It’s kind of hard to choose which songs it’s going to contain. We’d never worked with a producer before, it’s the first record we did. And working with Richard Fearless, getting used to that role and having that involvement was really amazing. And Hail Lucid State, we knew we had only ten days in the studio, essentially. So we had to make it a ten-track record. We had various limitations which we embraced as best we could. It was terrifying, but invigorating because you just had to go with it, just be really concise and decisive about things. Hail Lucid State is much more urgent, and possibly more of an angry record. Black Music is more languid, and more of a stoner record. *laughs*
how they want to be inducted in a visual sense. But we collaborated a lot with really great artists and filmmakers and photographers, and things like that. They translated the music, as well. So it kind of stems from the music, but it’s considered, definitely, in the sense that it’s an inspirational exchange that occurs between creatives. Reading through a lot of reviews and reactions to Hail Lucid State, inevitably your sound has been compared to many different collections of sounds and musicians. However, one that kept appearing again and again was a comparison to Siouxsie and the Banshees. How do you guys feel about this close comparison? Would you be inclined to agree? Oh, I mean they’re an amazing band. Definitely not the worst to be compared to!
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Often, a change in musical influences can have a huge effect on the relationship between a band’s first and second album. Do you think that this could have had an influence in the difference in sound between your two records?
Over the past couple of years, Dark Horses have been emerging from the shadowy depths of a young band trying to find their feet, and are fast settling into something much more concrete. August’s release of their second record, Hail Lucid State, sees the band establishing themselves in image and sound, and claiming that swampy darkness that their music so consistently exudes. On the 11th of September, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview the band before their performance at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
I’d still say the songs were guiding us more, in a way. The core element for us with the next record was to write the songs that we wanted to play live, ones that we didn’t already have in the set. So when we toured the previous record, we’d be like, ‘if we had one more fast one around here, it’d be really good!’ Or alternatively there was a vibe that we wanted to conjure, or a flavour that we got the taste of but didn’t have anything there to fill that. I think we wrote the kind of record that we really wanted to play.
Unsurprisingly, the thought of meeting a band consistently shrouded in such an intense, dark ethereality is enough to make anyone a little nervous. Expecting to have to wade through landscapes of cigarette smoke and black leather to reach them, I was instead greeted very warmly by frontwoman Lisa Elle in the downstairs bar of the venue. We found a quiet stairwell to sit in and, in between ducking out of the way of passing sound technicians and band members, Lisa and I began discussing the band’s recent activity.
Are there any songs in particular that you’re looking forward to performing in front of an audience? Absolutely. ‘Live On Hunger’ is great, we love doing that one. ‘Sevens’, as well. It’s its own animal, it does its own thing. You never know quite how it’s going to turn out, and that element of uncertainty and danger keeps us on our toes.
I’m not going to argue with that in the sense that they’re really strong, great artists. I didn’t really listen to a lot of them when we were making the record, and I really rate Siouxsie’s voice, and her performance style, but it’s not somebody that I’ve spent huge amounts of time analysing. I think, with this record, because we had to make it very quickly, I personally tried to not be self-critical and just to go with my instincts and reactions to the songs. We were very much responding to the music, I was anyway. Lyrically, melodically, vocally, up to the very last minute. So there wasn’t a lot of time to really think about designing something, other than just reacting to it. And having those feelings of, ‘well, this is what’s coming, and this is what’s authentic, so this is what’s right… I hope.’ *laughs.* For someone who’s a Virgo and likes to be very organised and plan ahead, it’s quite disconcerting sometimes. But ultimately, it is just a lot of fun, it pushes you. So no, they’re an amazing band, but I think having an objective about your music is almost someone else’s job. They can hear things that I can’t hear. So, in summation, what’s next for Dark Horses? We’re working on an EP that we’re going to record in the winter, so in a couple of months. We’re touring now, and then we’ve got a really special show in Brighton for the Photo Fringe festival there. Ali, who takes all our photographs is doing an exhibition for the festival, and then we’re combining with a show there, and we’re going to play some stuff we haven’t played before. Which is a bit scary… but exciting.
Someone else asked me this recently, and I feel like, to be concise and maybe to be pushed about it, Black Music was maybe more of a stoned record. We had more time, so it was more about being able to really experiment and go into the sound in a different way.
I think it’s important to have a coherent, identifiable character, if you will. When you make the music, your inspiration can come from all sorts of elements. Ours does, and I think most people would say that. Once you’ve created these songs, they tell you what they need and
Dark Horses performed an incredibly energetic, highly immersive set later that night. This is a band we by Eilidh Harrison should all be keeping an firstname.lastname@example.org eye on.
So I guess we’ll begin talking about your new album, Hail Lucid State, released just last month as a followup to your 2012 debut, Black Music. How would you say that it differs from the first album? Has your music grown, in any sense?
You mentioned that you were often driven to write by particular vibes that you wanted to conjure. The atmosphere of the band, both visually and musically, is something that’s very dark, very anxious. To what extent is this a conscious production? Or is it more something that comes to life naturally as you all come together?
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TOXIC ROCK HALLOWEEN SPECIAL PIVO PIVO. WATERLOO ST FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2014 6.45PM – FREE ENTRY
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DAY OF THE DEAD GLESGA! STEREO, RENFIELD LANE SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2014 8PM – 3AM
Free entry gig @ Pivo Pivo on Halloween courtesy of rock/metal promotions company Toxic Rock
PRESSURE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL SLAM: REVERSE PROCEED ALBUM LAUNCH THE ARCHES. ARGYLE STREET FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2014 EARLYBIRD TIX £16 - £20 BF
“Making our new album ‘Reverse Proceed’ has been cathartic. An enjoyable, tactile process with the machines in the studio and now we are going to have even more fun taking the music on tour. What better place to do our first show after the release date than Pressure!” Following last year’s sizzling hot sold-out fiesta, we’re getting ready to make this year’s party even bigger, with more live music, DJs and performances than you can shake a piñata stick at. Day of the Dead Glesga will be a fun alternative to the usual Halloween night out.
Following September’s launch with CLR Records and VisionQuest, PRESSURE returns with another storming lineup. Including a live set from founders SLAM, showcasing their new album Reverse Proceed on Soma Records, techno/electro legend DAVE CLARKE in session, plus sets from some of the finest techno and house producers in the world.
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HALLOWEEN ALL-NIGHTER QMU HALLOWEEN PARTY QUEEN MARGARET UNION. UNIVERSITY GARDENS FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2014 9PM - 3AM
STRATHCLYDE UNION. JOHN STREET FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2014 8PM – 6AM
IF THIS DOESN’T SCARE YOU – THEN YOU’RE DEAD ALREADY!! Join the all night party! Complete with DJ’s, pool and horror movie zone!! Buy a ticket in advance and recieve a free ticket for the rewind christmas tear-up.
£2 for everyone before 10pm, then afterwards £3 for QMU members, £4 for other students (of any university), nonstudents must be signed in by a member. This Halloween we’ll give regular Friday night MAGIC that extra spooky feel. We’ll have all the MAGIC regulars - £1 Bombs, £2 Mojitos, QMU members’ discounts, Chart and Dance room, Indie and Rock room – alongside some awesome Halloween treats. There’s £100 up for grabs for the best costume, and check out our crime scene zone, giving you and your pals the opportunity to fire guns full of “blood” at each other ( It’s a paint fight with a twist!).
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TORY PARTY HQ THE ART SCHOOL. RENFREW STREET THURSDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2014 11PM – 3 AM
Lather yourself in the blood of the poor and enter this lustful orgy of greed and manipulation. Unfurl your tongue into the mouth of the Blue Eyed Beast and writhe in its unavoidable grasp. Their heroes will be reanimated, their carcasses summoned North as twinned deities of an established and disseminated order. Look above your strings, see the blueprints and schematics of domination. Will you make it through their initiation? Once you’ve infiltrated this palace of the unjust, perhaps then you’ll find a way out; remember... we’re in this together.
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WHAT’S ON HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
GBX HALLOWEEN 2014 O2 ACADEMY. EGLINTON S FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2014 9PM – 3AM
CLASSIC GRAND. JAMAICA STREET FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2014 9PM – £8 EARLY BIRD / £10 ADV “It’s nearly that time of year again – Halloween! It’s the biggest party of the year and 2014 is no different. We’ll be offering cash prizes for the best costumes, dooking for apples, gig tickets, vouchers for tattoos, vouchers for lunch/dinner in local pubs and restaurants and lots more.”
CLUB NOIR: TEN YEARS OF HALLOWEEN BURLESQUE O2 ACADEMY. EGLINTON S FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2014 9PM – 3AM
An audience of freaks and uniques observe the most debauched burlesque performance in the land, as Club Noir returns to O2 Academy Glasgow for a Halloween party like no other. Look forward to a wild roster of cabaret performance, as some of the finest acts in the UK showcase a night of striptease, ballet, live music, dance and other such spooky variety.
George Bowie Flip & Fill (DJ Set) Ultrabeat (DJ Set) Micky Modelle Sparkos Marc Loage Room 2 - hosted by Club Classix
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ANACONDA STAR TO PERFORM IN THE 2014 MTV EMA VOTING IS NOW OPEN AT MTVEMA.COM After scoring her first No. 1 in the UK for her role in Jessie J’s new anthem ‘Bang Bang’, MTV has now revealed hip hop star Nicki Minaj as the host of this years MTV EMA Awards in Glasgow on the 9th November. The Anaconda singer teased the announcement on Twitter to her 18+ million fans, before confirming the news with a post on Instagram saying “I will not only perform, but I have the honourable task of HOSTING this year’s #MTVEMA!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!” After last year’s epic event in Amsterdam, The MTV EMA’s will be held in Glasgow for the first time. Minaj will bring her signature style and swagger to the stage in a no holds barred performance. We will also see the release of her highly anticipated third studio album, The PinkPrint, just a few weeks after she takes to the stage in Glasgow. The MTV EMA recognises artists from around the world and across genres, and brings together music fans everywhere for a one-of-a-kind experience in the weeks leading up to and at the show. Some of the biggest names in music will battle it out for the top prizes, including Aussie exports 5 Seconds of Summer up against British heroes One Direction in the Best Pop category, whilst their tribes face-off Twitter-style in the Biggest Fans category. The rivalry continues between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, as they go head-to-head for Best Female and Best Look, whilst queens of hip-hop Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea will show down in two categories: Best Hip Hop and Best Look. Last year saw Eminem as the big winner, with Katy Perry, One Direction and Justin Bieber also taking home awards from Amsterdam’s Zigo Dome. This year The EMA’s will be sponsored by essence and Someone Like Me, which is a global sex education campaign partnership between Durex and MTV Staying Alive Foundation. The event, live from The Hydro, will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching nearly 700 million households around the world as well as
through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.
The ceremony, which is now in its 20th year, will take place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday, November 9 and will be broadcast live from 9pm.
2014 MTV EMA NOMINEES: BEST SONG Ariana Grande - Problem ft Iggy Azalea Eminem - The Monster ft Rihanna Katy Perry - Dark Horse ft Juicy J Pharrell Williams - Happy Sam Smith - Stay With Me
BEST MALE Ed Sheeran Eminem Justin Bieber Justin Timberlake Pharrell Williams
BEST VIDEO Iggy Azalea - Black Widow ft Rita Ora Katy Perry - Dark Horse ft Juicy J Kiesza - Hideaway Pharrell Williams - Happy Sia - Chandelier
BEST HIP HOP Drake Eminem Iggy Azalea Kanye West Nicki Minaj
BEST POP 5 Seconds of Summer Ariana Grande Katy Perry Miley Cyrus One Direction
BEST LIVE Beyoncé Bruno Mars Justin Timberlake Katy Perry One Direction
BEST ROCK Arctic Monkeys The Black Keys Coldplay Imagine Dragons Linkin Park
BEST ELECTRONIC Afrojack Avicii Calvin Harris David Guetta Hardwell
BEST FEMALE Ariana Grande Beyoncé Katy Perry Nicki Minaj Taylor Swift
BEST NEW 5 Seconds of Summer Ariana Grande Charli XCX Kiesza Sam Smith
BEST ALTERNATIVE Fall Out Boy Lana Del Rey Lorde Paramore Thirty Seconds To Mars
BIGGEST FANS 5 Seconds of Summer Ariana Grande Justin Bieber Nicki Minaj One Direction
OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2 A night of deep, percussive house music headed up by two of the world’s most sought-after DJs, and one of the UK’s most exciting record labels. Hot Since 82 is the real deal. The rise and rise of house music producer Daley Padley has been nothing short of “meteoric” (Mixmag, April 2014). Based in Leeds, Padley has been a DJ since the age of 17, but it wasn’t until a fateful night at an Ibiza afterparty that his production work became a focus – after plugging in his iPhone to the soundsystem at a party full of clubbers, his track – Let It Ride – was snapped up by the Noir Music label, smashing its way into the Beatport charts at number three. Two short years later, Padley has remix credits for the likes of Steve Lawler, Booka Shade and David Lynch, and has released on labels like Get Physical and his spiritual home, Moda Black. He makes regular appearances at clubs like Space Ibiza alongside luminaries such as Carl Cox and Richie Hawtin. His 2013 album Little Black Book, also on Moda Black, saw Padley collect his own upfront productions along with some devastating remixes – including Bigger Than Prince by Green Velvet, which provided his first Beatport number one 2013. His tracks feature regularly in Pete Tong’s Essential New Tunes selections. He brings his Knee Deep In Sound label to Glasgow this October. The Arches are also pleased to welcome the Moda Black crew back to Glasgow after sell-out dates here and at St. Judes and SWG3. Founded in 2011, and described by Resident Advisor as “one of the UK’s most exciting record labels for electronic music,” their debut release ‘Moda Black Vol. 1’ won the coveted iTunes Dance Album of the Year in 2012. They will be bringing along some top-class support in the form of Route94, label founders Jaymo & Andy George
KNEE DEEP IN SOUND Knee Deep in Sound and The Arches present Hot Since 82, and a Moda Black showcase with Route 94, label-heads Jaymo & Andy George, and andhim.
(as heard on BBC Radio 1) and acclaimed Cologne ‘superhouse’ duo andhim. Route 94 has quietly yet forcefully established himself as a distinctive young figure in the house music scene. He began producing deep house in 2010, taking his name from the highway that runs between Chicago and Detroit. His self-released debut EP ‘Fly 4 Life’ attracted the attention of Rinse, who released the worldwide smash hit My Love, featuring Jess Glynne. The track hit number one in the UK charts. Earlier this year he delivered his second EP ‘Misunderstood’ on Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom Records. With his tracks championed by Skream, MK, Annie Mac and Eats Everything, he was tipped as one of Rinse FM’s artists to watch in 2014, and has produced for Katy B and others.
Knee Deep in Glasgow: Hot Since 82 + Route 94 Moda Black: Jaymo & Andy George + andhim Sat 11 Oct 10pm-3am Tickets: £12.50 + £1.25 BF www.thearches.co.uk/events/clubs 0141 565 1000 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL
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CITY CENTRE 13TH NOTE 3rd OCT EIKEPALOOZA: CRAIG EDWARDSON + DAVE MAIN + EIKE JOERES + FRASER LINDSAY + GLYN JONES + KIERAN DOCHERTY 8pm Free 5th OCT OWEN MCGARRY + GUESTS 8PM 6th OCT TOWN OF SAINTS + THREE BLIND WOLVES (ACOUSTIC) + GAV PRENTICE 8pm £5.00 7th OCT CARDIAC ARREST + CLOCKED OUT + HERBERT POWELL 8pm 9th OCT THAT F**KING TANK + LEPI (BARCELONA) + CUTTY’S GYM 8pm 10th OCT 7 OF 7 + BLUE NOVA + STORM OF EMBERS + ABANDONED STARTS 8pm 13th OCT THE FUR COATS (USA) + SUPPORT 8pm 15th OCT THE WINTER PASSING + ALGERNON DOLL + MORE 8pm £5/£6 16th OCT ARABROT (NORWAY) + RABBITS (PORTLAND) + CLOCKED OUT + HOLY MOTORS + SUPPORT 8pm 17th OCT VOM + THE WRONG BOYFRIENDS + THE FNORDS + ANTIQUE PONY 8:30PM £5 18th OCT CHERRY SUEDE + GUESTS £12 advance £15 on door 7pm – 11pm 20th OCT HOUNDS OF HATE + NO TIME + IN TONGUES 8pm £6 23rd OCT SHARPTOOTH (SINGLE LAUNCH) + TUFF LOVE + PENNYCRESS 8pm 24th OCT THE SILVER BIRCHES + CLIPPER 8pm 25th OCT CARNIVORES + HUXTABLE 8pm 26th OCT WICKED SNAKES + SERVERS + GUESTS 8pm
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28th OCT USA NAILS + BAPHOMET 8pm 30th OCT THE KIMBERLY STEAKS + THE ATOMS + MAXWELLS DEAD + THE LEMONAIDS + PARTY ASYLUM + KNEE-JERK REACTION + PURE PARA 8pm 31st OCT SHEETS OV SAMHAIN: GHOLD + KABOBO + MISFITTS + WHEEZURR + IKARIE XB-1 8pm
CLASSIC GRAND 1st OCT PUNK ROCK RAMMY PRESENTS THE MENZINGERS 6:30pm £12 3rd OCT CHIC TALENT PRESENTS ATTICA RAGE 7pm £10 4th OCT BROMOTIONS PRESENTS HEIGHTS 6:30pm £7 10th OCT MY FIRST MUSIC PRESENTS BLURD VS. NOASIS 7pm £10 11th OCT MY FIRST MUSIC PRESENTS MFM DIRTY TAKEOVER 7pm £6 17th OCT BROMOTIONS PRESENTS DEMORALISER 6:30pm £7 17th OCT MY FIRST MUSIC PRESENTS MARK MORRISS 7pm £12 22nd OCT SHOCK CITY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ULI JON ROTH 7pm £17.50 24th OCT FLAG PROMOTIONS PRESENTS TOYAH + SPECIAL GUESTS 7pm £18 25th OCT CHIC TALENT + CLASSIC GRAND PRESENT THE PAT MCMANUS BAND 7pm £7 31st OCT CLASSIC GRAND PRESENTS HALLOWEEN 2014 9pm £8 1st NOV THE NINE 6:30pm £6 2nd NOV CLASSIC GRAND PRESENTS GINGER WILDHEART 7pm £15 3rd NOV CLASSIC GRAND PRESENTS AURELIO VOLTAIRE
+ BLACK VOLITION 7pm £12 6th NOV DF CONCERTS + EVENTS & HAMMER & ROCK + LIVE NATION PRESENT LORDS OF THE RIFF VOL. 2 TOUR 7pm £10
KING TUTS WAH WAH HUT 1st OCT TEA STREET BAND + STEADY STATE REGIME + THE STATLER PROJECT 8:30pm £6 2nd OCT MARMOZETS / LONELY THE BRAVE + ALLUSONDRUGS 8pm £9 3rd OCT THE SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND + PIXEL FIX 8:30pm £13.50 4th OCT NEON WALTZ PART OF TENEMENT TRAIL FESTIVAL 8:30pm £14 5th OCT OFF! + CEREBRAL BALLZY 8pm £12 7th OCT THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE + PINACT 8:30pm £7.50 8th OCT ELIZA & THE BEAR + MODEL AEROPLANES 8:30pm £8 9th OCT TOM VEK + FUN ADULTS 8:30pm £11 10th OCT FLAGSHIP 8:30pm £6.50 11th OCT PETE WYLIE OF THE MIGHTY WAH! (SINGING SONGS AND TELLING TALES) – ACOUSTIC WITH TOM CARROLL 8:30pm £12.50 12th OCT WAYNE HUSSEY DOORS 8:30pm £15 13th OCT GRANT LEE PHILLIPS + HOWE GELB 8pm £20 14th OCT PATENT PENDING 8pm £9.50 15th OCT JAY BRANNAN 8:30pm £10 16th OCT WOMAN’S HOUR + AJIMAL + COEUR 8:30pm £9 17th OCT NICOLE ATKINS 8:30pm £8 18th OCT ANDREW MONTGOMERY 8:30pm £7 19th OCT GREGORY ALAN
ISAKOV + STEPHEN KELLOGG + DAWN LANDES + SCOTT MCWATT 8:30pm £9 20th OCT JON ALLEN + LAINIE & THE CROWS 8:30pm £13 21st OCT EAGULLS + DEATHCATS 8:30pm £7 22nd OCT THE SUBWAYS + YOUNG AVIATORS 8pm £12 23rd OCT THE CORONAS 8:30pm £8 24th OCT THE MEN THEY COULDNT HANG 8:30pm £14 25th OCT BLACK RIVERS + NEON WALTZ DOORS 8:30pm £10 26th OCT THE STRUTS + PARIAH SOUL 8:30pm £6 27th OCT KYLA LA GRANGE + COSMO + EILIDH HADDEN 8:30pm £8 29th OCT FRAMING HANLEY 8pm £12 30th OCT INDIANA 8pm £8 31st OCT RHODES + FRANCES 8.30pm £7 1st NOV SUPERFOOD NME NEW BREED TOUR + HONEYBLOOD 8:30pm £9 2nd NOV KILL IT KID + GALLERY CIRCUS + THE KLEPTOCRATS 8:30pm £10 3rd NOV JOSH PYKE + PYLO 8:30pm £10 4th NOV THE 2 BEARS 8:30pm £14 5th NOV THE BLACKOUT + WHEN WE WERE WOLVES 8pm £13
MONO 1st OCT SYNERGY CONCERTS PRESENTS: FUTURE OF THE LEFT 7:30pm £11 2nd OCT SYNERGY CONCERTS PRESENTS: STRAND OF OAKS 8pm £9 5th OCT MONO BABY DISCO! 12.30 - 2.30pm £1 RECOMMENDED DONATION (IF YOU CAN) 5th OCT SYNERGY CONCERTS
PRESENT: ÓLÖF ARNALDS & PAPERBACK THRONE 7:30pm £9 16th OCT MONO PRESENTS: TREMBLING BELLS & ELA ORLEANS 7:30pm £6 22nd OCT SYNERGY CONCERTS PRESENTS: LOLA COLT 8pm £8 2nd NOV MONO BABY DISCO! 12.30 - 2.30pm £1 RECOMMENDED DONATION (IF YOU CAN) 2nd NOV MONO PRESENTS: BOB LOG III 7:30pm £8 6th NOV SYNERGY CONCERTS PRESENTS: THE JOHN LANGAN BAND 7:30pm £9
NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY 1st OCT MAX DURY 7:30pm £8 1st OCT TAKE IT SLEAZY! 11:30pm Free 2nd OCT DAVE PHILLIPS + OKISHIMA ISLAND TOURIST ASSOCATION + MOURN 8pm £5 3rd OCT APES 7:30pm £6.50 3rd OCT HARSH TUG 11:30pm £3 4th OCT TENEMENT TRAIL FESTIVAL 2pm £various 4th OCT BLACK TENT 11:30pm £3 6th OCT ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT 8pm Free 7th OCT THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM NIGHT 8pm Free 7th OCT UNICORN CHASER 11:30pm Free 8th OCT SHINY DARKLY 7:30pm £6 9th OCT SYLVAN ESSO 7:30pm £8.50 10th OCT MAX RAPTOR + FREEZE THE ATLANTIC + TRUE ARCADIAN + TRUE ARCADIAN 8pm £6 10th OCT KINO FIST 11:30pm £3 11th OCT WRONG ISLAND 11:30pm £3
OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2 11th OCT KEIRAN FISHER + SOPHIE ROGERS + EASY RIDE + JAMIE REILLY 1.15am £8 12th OCT SOUTHERN 8pm £6.50 13th OCT ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GERRY LYONS 8pm Free 14th OCT THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM NIGHT 8pm Free 14th OCT UNICORN CHASER 11:30pm Free 15th OCT BLOSSOMS 8pm £6 15th OCT NOT MOVING 11:30pm Free 17th OCT OSMIUM 11:30pm £3 18th OCT SONIC HEARTS FOUNDATION + KILL SURRRF + BLANK CANVAS 8pm £2 19th OCT CRY PARROT & AC PROJECTS PRESENT: JOE MCPHEE & CHRIS CORSANO 7:30pm £8.50 20th OCT ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GERRY LYONS 8pm Free 21st OCT THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM NIGHT 8pm Free 21st OCT UNICORN CHASER 11:30pm Free 22nd OCT Q THE MUSIC 7:30pm £8 22nd OCT SO WEIT SO GUT 11:30pm Free 23rd OCT BAD BREEDING 8pm £6 24th OCT UNITED FRUIT + ALGERNON DOLL + DIALECTS 7:30pm £6 25th OCT JUNEBUG + ANNA SWEENEY + KUNG FU ACADEMY 7:30pm £5 27th OCT ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GERRY LYONS 8pm Free 28th OCT THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM NIGHT 8pm Free 28th OCT UNICORN CHASER 11:30pm Free 31st OCT HALEY BONAR + MEMORY MAN 7:30pm £7 1st NOV ESTHER SPARKS + MARK RUSSELL + OLDSOLAR 7:30pm £5 2nd NOV LIFE ON STANDBY 7:30pm £4 7th NOV SHABAZZ PALACES 7pm £10
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Venue: The SECC Hydro
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Noasis Venue: Classic Grand
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Twin Atlantic Venue: The Barrowland Ballrom Time: 7pm Face Value: £16.50
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Glasgow is establishing itself as a truly gay-friendly city; just this week, for example, Stonewall praised the University of Glasgow for being one of the top 10 universities creating a gay-friendly campus environment, and this summer we hosted our annual Pride celebrations alongside the enormously successful Commonwealth Games. When it comes to promoting queer arts and culture, however, the Glasgay Festival encapsulates Scotland’s increasing celebration of diversity and equality perfectly. Glasgay is quintessentially a month long platform to share LGBT stories and celebrate diversity through art and media. This year showcases the best in queer theatre, music, film, club life and so much more. The festival goes back as far as 1993 when it was conceived by Cordelia Ditton and Dominic D’Angelo, and has grown to become the largest multi-arts festival promoting queer culture in the UK. Glasgay receives funding from Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council, indicating the city’s desire to push diversity to the forefront and cultivate an exciting, challenging programme of events. Glasgow hosts a dynamic and thriving theatre scene, which is demonstrated exceptionally at this year’s Glasgay Festival with under a dozen unique LGBT-inspired performances reflecting every corner of the country. In There Were Two Brothers, Mark Kydd takes the audience back to
70s and 80s Dundee, interjecting real-life anecdotes of two gay brothers and presenting the dynamics of family life. Meanwhile, Andy Arnold’s take on Colquhoun & MacBryde by John Byrne presents two gay Glaswegian artists heading to post-war bohemian London in a play Glasgay describes as “fast-moving and crackling with fine art and foul profanities.” Furthermore, Leith’s Village Pub Theatre bring three nights of new and compelling theatre to Trongate, and Grant Smeaton unleashes Cardinal Sinne upon the audience, a clergyman of dubious morals having his dirty (like, really dirty) laundry aired en route to electing the new Pope. Glasgay also showcases the best in Scottish comedy, this year presenting the legendary Scottish comedian Craig Hill. He has a developed a loyal gay fan base and brings his riotous, unadulterated show Give Him an Inch to the festival. Joining him in the comedy line-up is the super provocative Scott Capurro (who was in Mrs Doubtfire!) with his show Islamohomophobia: Reloaded, English comic Sarah Pascoe and Stephen K Amos, the king of uplifting, feel-good comedy. Audiences will be treated to some incredible, perhaps a little more serious spoken word performances, most notably from celebrated performance artist Ron Athey; his works are provocative and powerful, and he comes to Glasgay to share his insights into the potential and limits of the ‘post-AIDS’ body. For film-lovers, there is a host of diverse and powerful schedule to sink your teeth into, and with the new Scottish Queer International Film Festival
launching independently this year, it is clear that Scotland offers the best in challenging, entertaining LGBT cinema. Glasgay presents My Prairie Home, the critically-acclaimed documentary focused on singer-songwriter Rae Spoon’s journey home to rural, conservative Canada and introduced by the Scottish Transgender Alliance. Everyone should also stop what they’re doing right now, listen to their album of the same name too, because it’s simply amazing. Well, keep reading, of course, just put it on in the background. Other films showing at this year’s festival include some cult classics, like John Waters’ Cry Baby – a camp 50s throwback musical in which bad boy Johnny Depp seduces the archetypal good girl – Dog Day Afternoon, the classic 70s farcical thriller starring some minor actor called Al Pacino, and New Queer cinema classic The Watermelon Woman. As well as these, we’re also treated to Love is Strange starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow: they play a middle-aged couple who can finally get married but are forced to separate when George (Molina) is fired for marrying another man and can’t afford their flat together. Premiering at Sundance and receiving oodles of universal acclaim, Love is Strange is essential viewing. And a Glaswegian arts festival wouldn’t be complete without some nightlife; DJ Hush and artist Casey O’Connell present Everyday Courage, a queer club night, with guest appearances from artists Mouse and Reservoir Ducks. This takes place at the iconic Glasgow School of Art and is guaranteed to be an unforgettable night with standard duck-headed dancers. The highlight, however, and indeed the face of the festival is the legendary, incomparable John Waters, actor, LGBT icon and director of cult classics such as Pink Flamingos and (the good) Hairspray. The Pope of Trash himself is gracing Glasgow to promote his book This Filthy World Vol. 2 (his only Scottish book signing), described by Glasgay as “a celebration of the joyously appalling taste of America’s most notorious filmmaker.” Waters is a real Hollywood legend who has seen it all, and the prospect of him dishing dirt on everything from sex, religion and celebrity (A and Z list alike) is too good to miss. Glasgay is a crucial event in Glasgow’s cultural calendar and with such a wide variety of performances, films and events, there is arguably something for everyone LGBT or none of the above – to enjoy. It serves as the ultimate platform for artists from all walks of life who might not get such exposure elsewhere. Glasgay stands for the promotion of queer culture and celebrates diversity and by Jonny Stone @jonny_stone_ inclusion in one of the most email@example.com thriving cities in Europe.
OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2
ALT J THIS IS ALL YOURS ALBUM REVIEW
has never traditionally been celebrated for the complexity of her cryptic, unyielding lyrics, while this is one of the things that frontman Joe Newman’s songwriting thrives upon. The stark simplicity of Cyrus crooning ‘I’m a female rebel’, and the meandering conceptual lyrics of Newman is a strange pairing, and one that seems somewhat shallow and indulgent. Additionally, another single taken from the album, ‘Every Other Freckle’, again features the slow, pulsing, aural fuzziness that we see so often in Alt-J, but instead of being enthralling and atmospheric like Alt-J’s debut, the track just seems stale in comparison, even if we ignore the incredibly unsettling accompanying lyrics, such as, ‘I want to turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet’. The jewels of the album lie, not in the singles, but in the tenderness of songs like ‘Bloodflood Pt.II’ and, in particular, the beautiful ‘Warm Foothills’. The song begins with a gentle falsetto chorus reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, and is led
by the soft fluttering of piano. On top of this foundation soars split vocal lines from Lianne La Havas, Conor Oberst, Marika Hackman and Sivu all weaving in and out of one another. ‘Warm Foothills’ is a perfect example of where Alt J’s strength lies. The band’s mathematical precision when approaching songwriting presents a song both complex and accessible, both scrupulous and passionate. Overall, while Alt-J’s debut was inspired and original, it seems like This Is All Yours tries way too hard to recreate the complexity of their previous album. In striving towards being completely unfathomable again, the band become isolated from their audience and begin tipping on the dangerous line between originality and pretentiousness. It feels like the album could have been manufactured by a machine, were it not for the little pieces of creativity and beauty accidentally slipping through the framework every now and by Eilidh Harrison again. firstname.lastname@example.org
it’s also a pretty good snapshot of Westminster’s disconnect with the rest of the UK. After all, few would argue that the democratic grievances aired over the past few months have been issues domiciled entirely in Scotland. As the arguments roll on and the heat of the referendum debate continues to refuse to die down, it’s clear that if Scotland – and now by extension the rest of the UK – wants to take more powers from the monopoly of Westminster, they will have to come together and make sure that their voices cannot be ignored. The vote itself was the best possible indication that things can still change. The very fact that we managed to carry out a democratic vote on such a massive scale should itself be a source of massive pride. The 1.6 million people who voted Yes did so because they wanted something different, because they felt that an independent Scotland could offer them something that the UK could not or would not offer. At the same time, many people who voted No did so not because they were against the idea of change but because they felt that independence was the wrong way to go about it. If one thing has become clear from the discussion surrounding the referendum, it’s that few people on either side think that the status quo is good enough.
Clearly, people want change and they can still have it. They mustn’t give up. Those who took to George Square in Glasgow to hold massive rallies or who marched in huge numbers against media bias don’t need to slink back into their boxes now that the referendum is over. The same goes for the people who took to Trafalgar Square or those who made their arguments heard across the country from Dundee to Cardiff. We can use that passion to help make the world a better place and what’s more, now we can do it with the rest of the UK by our sides. The No vote may have derailed Scotland’s opportunity to set up a new democracy with more of the values that we all share but our future as a member of the UK is being written in the here and now. The people of Scotland are possibly more engaged and more informed right now than they have been at any other time in our history. Whether independence is the ultimate goal or not, the referendum has afforded us the opportunity to make all of our lives by Derek Healey better and for now, that politicsandthat.com starts with making the UK a @Healey26 better place to live. email@example.com
Two years ago, Alt-J struck the world with a stunningly unusual debut, An Awesome Wave. Driven by hit songs such as ‘Breezeblocks’ and ‘Tesselate’, Alt-J rose to popularity by approaching and constructing their songs mechanically, fusing together influences from folk, electronica and hiphop. With such gargantuan critical acclaim for a debut, sophomore albums seldom manage to avoid the inevitable disappointment that comes with following such a defining record. Alt-J’s newest effort, This Is All Yours, as a whole, is certainly no exception to this. The band released ‘Hunger of the Pine’ as the first single from the album, and upon first listen, it’s obvious why. It contains all of the same elements that made An Awesome Wave such a unique sound: interesting rhythms, carefully constructed melody and swelling synthesiser lines that build up the songs seamlessly. The song samples Miley Cyrus’ ‘4x4’, and initially, the sample doesn’t sound out of place. Rhythmically, melodically, it fits perfectly fine. In a more abstract sense, however, not so much. Miley Cyrus
SCOTLAND MAY HAVE VOTED NO BUT REAL CHANGE IS STILL TO COME
So Scotland has voted. The referendum campaign has come to an end and for now, Scotland will remain a part of the union. For many, the result will have come as a shock – for others more of a relief. But regardless of how you voted – or how you wish you had voted, one thing is clear: the fight is far from over. At the time of writing – less than a week after the final result was revealed, Westminster politicians have already backtracked on the promises they made to the people of Scotland. David Cameron has even gone as far as to make pledges to his party that funding to Scotland will decrease. This is merely a snapshot of the disconnect felt between Westminster and Scottish voters. You might argue that
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WHAT’S ON at first but then they probably thought that anyway. They thought it was just a phase and that I would give it up after a while but I guess six years down the line, it’s a pretty long phase. What was it like walking out to do your first match in front of a crowd? It was the best feeling in the world. You get such an adrenaline rush. I was just waiting to go running out and my heart was beating so fast. I could feel my heart beating faster and faster and when I went out I was shaking. The reaction I got was crazy and just being out there in the ring was incredible. It was like a rush of pure adrenaline. It’s a bizarre feeling but it’s incredibly addictive. How do people tend to react when you tell them what you do? Do you think they ever feel a bit threatened?
VIPER A CHAMPION OF
WRESTLING Since making her debut, Viper has gone on to become one of the most recognisable faces in Scottish women’s wrestling. She is the current WCL Women’s Champion; SPW National Women’s Champion and recently took part in TNA’s British Boot Camp series – a talent search for the next generation of British wrestling stars. In this interview, she talks about how she got her start, the stigma attached to female wrestlers and why Scottish wrestling is starting to make big waves across the pond. Here’s what she had to say: How did you first get into wrestling and how did you get started? I first came across it when I was about six or seven. It was when Cartoon Network used to change to TNT at night time. I remember I was lying in my bed and I wasn’t ready to go to sleep yet so I was just flicking through the channels. I flicked to the channel and wrestling came on and that was it for me straight away. I just thought it was amazing. From there, it became a regular thing for me and I used to go up to my bed early and pretend I was sleeping so I could watch it. When I was about sixteen, a friend told me about a training school in Pollokshaws called Source Wrestling School and I thought I would give it a try. I think I’ve been there pretty much every week since – and that was about six years ago now. What did your family and friends make of it when you first told them? Did you tell them straight away? I told some of them. They all thought I was a complete weirdo
I generally try to wait before I tell someone. They’re usually pretty surprised but they can maybe see that I’m quite extroverted. When I used to go out with non-wrestling mates, if there was a fight kicking off in the pub, one of them would always point to me and say: “my pals a wrestler”. Usually they just leave after that – so it does have its perks. For the most part, people are just interested so that’s always quite nice. Do you get many creepy fans and how do you deal with that? Yeah, I really do. I think after a while it just becomes normality though. Some of them are really quite mean and aren’t very nice but others are really positive and friendly so I always feel bad if I can’t get to those ones. Some are really strange though. I’ve had a number of requests from people to “smother them with my thighs”. At first that kind of thing was so scary but you get used to it. With the way social media is going, I don’t think fans are content to just go to shows any more. I think they want to feel like they really know you. Do you think there’s a stigma attached to women’s wrestling? Absolutely. I still get it to this day when I’m out putting up posters and stuff like that. I do think it’s changing though. Fairly recently some of the big promotions moved towards an approach where it wasn’t really girls who were wrestlers; it was supermodels and fitness models that they tried to train to wrestle. For the most part they were really there just to look pretty. Now they seem to be trying to change that and incorporate both aspects.
When I first enrolled in my school, there was just me and another girl and that was it. Now we’re into double figures – so it’s definitely looks like it’s getting better. What’s great is that now I’m seeing more and more girls at shows rather than just boys. We did a show recently and there were far more girls in the crowd and that was a great thing to see. Is it tough when you hear people saying that they use the women’s matches as a chance to go and get another drink or to go to the bathroom? Yeah, I absolutely hate that mentality. I know that we all work so hard and how can we possibly try to change people’s minds when they won’t even give us a chance to show them what we can do? I think it’s true that in some of the bigger promotions, the divisions weren’t very good at one point and it does all drip down to the independent shows and smaller promotions. We’re clawing it back. We’ve fought so hard to change that attitude. I know that we train as hard and work as hard as anyone else so just watch us and give us that chance. There seems to have been a real resurgence in Scottish wrestling recently and a lot of American wrestling forums have been praising what’s going on here. Why do you think that is? I think it has a lot to do with pop culture. We’ve really filled a niche here that just wasn’t being catered to before. Some of the big promotions dropped the ball a little bit with fans who wanted to see a more violent and maybe a more adult product. I guess our stuff appeals to outsiders too just purely because it’s something different. It’s not just family shows or stuff that you might take your kids to go and see. It’s really come out of the shadows and I think new media has had a lot to do with that. I think the product is better now too. Wrestling needed a kick up the arse in this country. It used to be called “Britwres” but that was more of a term for promotions down south. Now we have “Scotwres” because we’ve developed our own style. It’s smash mouth and aggressive and just what you would expect from something Scottish. We have these great schools and great performers and I think we’re really ready to take it to that next level. You can see Viper performing for Scottish Wrestling Alliance on October 24th at Paisley Lagoon Leisure Centre or at Walkabout Glasgow’s Fierce Females – Priscilla Queen of the Walkabout, in aid of breast cancer awareness on October 26th. You can also keep up by Derek Healey to date at scottishwrestling. politicsandthat.com co.uk and fiercefemales. @Healey26 co.uk. firstname.lastname@example.org
OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2
BARROWLAND GOES INSANE!
INSANE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING Boosted by the return of arguably the biggest and best talent in their history, Drew Galloway – the former WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre. He faces World Champion, Jack Jester, for title in the main event in a must see match that has been growing more and more intense since Galloway’s return in late July. The 29-year old Ayrshire native, has come back
to ICW following a successful seven-year stint in wrestling’s promotion, WWE. After winning titles in WWE’s developmental at the time, Florida Championship Wrestling, he was promoted to the main roster and won the prestigious Intercontinental Championship and WWE Tag Team Championship, with Cody Rhodes. Arguably, the Scots man’s last two years in WWE saw him become a joke, after initial being labelled ‘The Chosen One’ by Vincent K. McMahon himself, he found himself in a comical air ‘band’ named, 3MB. That chapter is over for now and he has returned to ICW to remind the world why he was initially called The Chosen One. After attacking the Champ and throwing him off the stage during his return, Galloway was almost set on fire by Jester in retaliation for the attack. The feud is almost at boiling point and there is no telling what these two warriors will put each other through on the 2nd November. There is the ever-dangerous Chris Dangerous and his New Age Kliq, who could cash in his contract at any time and become the new ICW World Champion. Could one half of the Tag Team Champions become the new World Champion in the Barrowlands? Kenny Williams, freshly crowned Zero G champion after defeating Mark Coffey for it on the 21st September, will be dealing with the revenge of the devious Jackie Polo and Coffey, and the consequences of turning on the evil Kennedy Administration As well as rumoured appearances by Paul London and Brian Kendrick, all your regular favourites will be there including Grado, The Buckie Boys, Noam Dar and the singing/wrestling superstar, Joe Hendry. The company has come a long way in 2014 and continued to grow its very loyal fan base and will hope to continue to grow as it embarks on its biggest venue yet on 2nd by Mark Ogilvie November, Glasgow’s email@example.com Barrowland.
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DAY OF THE DEAD GLESGA THE SPIRIT OF MEXICO’S DIA DE LOS MUERTOS RETURNS TO GLASGOW...
The spirit of Mexico’s most famous festival Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead – descends on Glasgow for the second time, promising a party hotter than a scotch bonnet this Halloween weekend. The
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TO PERFROM AT THE GARAGE It seems odd nowadays that a band with nine studio albums (one of which has been certified platinum), two grammy nominations, and over five million likes on Facebook, would have so little international recognition outside of their resident country. Skillet, while being a titan of Christian Rock in North America, still seem relatively unknown beyond its border. Perhaps it’s due to the radical decline in popularity of religious music in an increasingly secular society, or perhaps it’s because the numetal/hard rock genre that they occupy has taken a backseat in musical and mainstream prominence as well. Either way, it still seems like we should at least be aware of a band that’s made such a huge impact on the United States. Initially, Skillet released their self-titled debut in 1996, an album featuring clear influences from their own era, which marked the explosion of grunge music. As the band progressed and line-ups changed, however, their style became much more fluid and diverse. Generally, as time went on, the band adapted themselves to move away from this early style, and incorporated a wide range of new elements into their music. 1998’s Hey You, I Love Your Soul, notably featured more electronic sounds, while 2009’s Awake evokes a substantially more hard rock atmosphere. Lyrically, an important thing to remember while listening to Skillet is to not allow the label of ‘Christian Rock’ to frighten you off. While they do perform songs containing traditionally biblical and religious themes such as suffering, faith, and redemption, it doesn’t necessarily alienate them from secular audiences. Christian messages are certainly present throughout Skillet’s music, but can often be easy to miss, unless you mean to actively search for them. Having released their most recent album, Rise, just last year, Skillet are now reemerging into the music scene, touring extensively through Europe and beyond. If you are a part of the community of people that believe that the world has been significantly worse off since Evanescence announced their indefinite hiatus, then there’s a good chance that Skillet may belong in your iTunes library. However, if the mere thought of nu-metal bands like Linkin Park or Papa Roach induce a colossal wave of nausea within you, it’s likely that going to see Skillet live would not be a great decision for your overall wellbeing.
After raising the dead at last year’s sold out extravaganza RAPIDO MARIACHI, Scotland’s best loved sombrero-topped fourpiece will take to the stage to bring back their Glasgow twist on the Mariachi style. Their return follows an acclaimed cameo appearance alongside indie legend Win Butler at Arcade Fire’s sold out gig at Glasgow Barrowlands. Fresh from releasing their debut album and performing at Wickerman, Eden and Skillet will be Solas Festivals, Glasgow performing at The party band COLONEL by Eilidh Harrison Garage in Glasgow MUSTARD & THE DIJON firstname.lastname@example.org on the 12th of October. 5 will also be on hand to warm up the crowd with their twist on the occasion. the 1st and 2nd of November. With an Transporting the party to Mexico City optimistic outlook on death and fate, and beyond, DJ’s – TIGERBEAT (Subcity the festival is a joyful celebration of the Radio), GERRY BLYTHE (Kill Your Idols) and life cycle and continues to fascinate and JILL MINGO (Boteco Do Brasil and former capture the imagination of millions around Death Disco resident DJ) – will showcase the globe. For one night, Dia de los their mix of Latin, Central and South Muertos will be recreated in Glasgow for a American music, alongside a blend of macabre night of music, theatre and fun. classic tunes and dance-floor bangers to bring the night to a blazing finale. STEREO, RENFIELD LANE Recreating the carnivalesque spirit of SAT 1 NOVEMBER 2014 the festival, dance performers will put their 8PM – TIL LATE. spin on Mexican folk dance and faceTickets Available from Tickets Scotland painters will metamorphosize party-goers www.tickets-scotland.com £10 advance/ into iconic Mexican calavera skulls. £12 door Day of the Dead Glesga will coincide Facebook/DayoftheDeadGlesga - Twitter @ with the real annual celebration which DayDeadGlesga takes place throughout Mexico on
OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2 So it wasn’t like they were topical jokes. And then when I was in school, I was always the bad guy in school shows so I always got my own songs and stuff and I just liked being funny and evil and kind of camp. Especially in high school – I hated most of high school – but when I got a chance to perform I was like: this is what I should do! Where was your first gig and how did it go?
AN INTERVIEW WITH
CHRISTOPHER MACARTHUR BOYD
At just 21, Christopher MacArthur-Boyd is already one of Scotland’s top up-and-coming young comedians. He’s been a semi-finalist in both Scottish Comedian of the Year 2013 and arguably the UK’s top competition for breakthrough comics, So You Think You’re Funny. This year, Chris has made it to the finals of Scottish Comedian of the Year and all the signs are pointing to a breakthrough 2014 for the Glasgow-based stand up. Following his first full solo show at the Fringe and a massive gig at the QMU, I caught up with him in Glasgow’s 13th Note café to discuss his material, furry joke books and hoarse women with a penchant for chicken-flavour Super Noodles. Here’s what he had to say:
It was at the Stand in Glasgow. Considering I had no actual material and no stage presence whatsoever, it went really well. I got a few laughs and then after three and a half minutes I said: “Look guys, I’ve ran out of material” and just walked off – which isn’t what you’re supposed to do. I’ve had lots of bad experiences too though. Recently I was threatened with actual bodily harm – although it was probably my fault. I was in Bathgate and I asked the crowd what their favourite flavour of Super Noodles is. Someone shouted out “chicken!” and I said “A man after my own heart”. Then the same voice shouted “Do I sound like a fucking man?!” It was an old woman with a hoarse voice. She came up to me after the show and I gave her a wee hug to say sorry and she went away. But then as I was leaving, her son was there and he wasn’t happy at all. Luckily, I managed to sort of run away before he could actually assault me. He seemed pretty angry. How do you deal with that kind of experience though; does it make it more difficult to deal with nerves? When I have a bad gig it just makes me want to go back up really badly. I was so nervous when I was doing So You Think You’re Funny that I was chewing my tongue in my sleep. I was doing warm up gigs and I just kept thinking about how the competition is basically career-defining. I couldn’t speak properly because of my tongue and the big thing with stand-up is that it’s pretty much just speaking in front of people, so it’s not great when you’re tongue’s in a
sort of state of disrepair. I do think the nerves can make you perform better though. What’s been your biggest achievement so far? My biggest achievement so far is definitely getting to the finals of So You Think You’re Funny. It’s probably the biggest new act competition in the UK right now. Most of my idols have been in it and lots of people who have gone on to do amazing things were involved in that competition, so it was really amazing to walk in the same footsteps as them. I couldn’t really enjoy it at the time though because I was so nervous. It just meant so much to me. I couldn’t sleep at night because I was so nervous. It was pretty incredible. I used to look at the Wikipedia page at the winners and think “Wow, I would love to do that”. I’ve checked the Wikipedia page again since though and I still haven’t been added to it yet – which really pisses me off. What should people expect if they come to see you perform? I mostly talk about myself. I got a negative review once that said I was too self-obsessed but then I was reading Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevsky and I feel as if there are a lot of parallels there…can you say I said that with a wink? It talks about how there is a certain type of person who is completely self-obsessed; that their life doesn’t work outside their own head. That’s sort of the character that I do on stage but I just really like telling embarrassing stories. I think people are more likely to relate to something if it’s personal. I think a lot of people cast their net really wide with stand-up but if you make your material slightly more niche, some people might by Derek Healey not like it but those who do politicsandthat.com will love it. Well maybe. @Healey26 email@example.com
Can you tell me about how you first got interested in stand up? When I was wee, I loved Billy Connolly and Jack Dee and then when I was about eight, there was a thing in my primary school where you had to talk about what you wanted to be when you grow up. So I talked about that in the class and my teacher wanted me to do it in front of the whole school at an assembly. I went up in front of a couple of hundred people and read jokes from a spooky Halloween joke book that was shaped like a bat with fur on it and googly eyes. I took the book up with me as well because I couldn’t remember any of them. No one laughed but I enjoyed it. It was in July as well, it wasn’t even Halloween.
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PREVIEW: DRACULA UNTOLD
A film that throws you from uncontrollable laughter to utter shock almost instantly! A fascinating adaptation with an unpredictable spin.
PRIDE – An absolute must see!!
Set in a bleak period of British history, Pride is a fabulous film that delivers a moving story about Pride, friendship and solidarity.
A Walk Among the Tombstones – Surprisingly refreshing
Based on the novel of the same name, this film has been surprisingly well recieved as one of Neeson’s more complelling roles, in this suspensful psycho-thriller
The Equalizer – Washington does it again!
The Equalizer is an action thriller based on the late 80’s TV series of the same name, but amped up with ultraviolent realism. If you are looking for an engaging actiondrama and your a fan of Denzel then go see this film!!
October marks the big screen return of arguably the most famous vampire in history, with Dracula Untold. We last saw the famous fictional character in Dracula 2000, a box office failure in which Dracula is resurrected in the year 2000. This time though, the movie is diving into his past to find the true origins of Dracula. Based on the original novel by Bram Stoker, the $100m production explores a character who, from the trailer, seems to be a loving family man that is also described as ‘having the devil inside him’. The story delves into how Vlad, portrayed by Luke Evans, evolved into the infamous Dracula after Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper) demands that Vlad hand over his son to join the Turk army, along with 1,000 other boys from Vlad’s kingdom. In order to protect his family and his homeland, Vlad seeks out a power to destroy his enemies,
even if it means becoming a monster, and thus the transformation into Dracula begins. However, in a recent interview, Dominic Cooper was keen to point out that it’s unlike any other Dracula film and hopefully he’s right as that could be exactly what makes it perform well. He described it as: “a film that is very much about the history of Vlad the Impaler and where that story came from”. This year has been popular for the ‘origins of villains’ genre, if that even exists, with Disney’s Maleficent performing very well at the box office, grossing $175.5m in its opening weekend. Irish director, Gary Shore and not forgetting the executives at Universal Pictures, are sure to be hoping this film will be received the same way. This is Shore’s first feature film and he’s certainly not taken on an easy task. The visual effects and epic battle scenes are complemented by the stunning landscape of Northern Ireland, including the Giant’s Causeway and the Black Mountains. He’s got a stellar cast, with Welsh Luke Evans, who previously starred in Clash of The Titans and The Hobbit: The Desolating of Smaug, taking on the lead role. There’s been a craze for ‘sexy vampires’ over the last few years and Evans will certainly not disappoint his female fans in this role. He’ll appeal to the women who may have felt ashamed in admitting they were attracted to Robert Pattinson’s high school vampire character; this vampire is manly and rugged, he doesn’t look like he belongs in a boy band. Aside from his co-star Dominic Cooper (Mama Mia), Evans is joined by Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis), Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Zach McGowan (Black Sails) and Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones). The film has many interesting elements; romance, war, jealousy, heroism and if it stays away from the traditional Dracula movies, it has the potential to be the film that reignites fan’s interest in the classic character, whilst simultaneously telling a new, interesting and tragic love story. Dracula Untold opens in cinemas by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx across the UK firstname.lastname@example.org October 3rd.
The Script – No Sound Without Aphex Twin – Syro A staggering return!! Silence We’d just prefer no sound!!
After a big year in 2012, The Script prove that having musical success doesn’t guarentee a successful album.
Aphex Twin returns to his craft with renewed inspiration and inventiveness with his new album in 13 years, Syro.
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead Otherwordly!!
You’re Dead – due out on 7th October – is Flying Lotus’ most intrigueing work to date, offering an otherwordly adventure of soulful jazz.
OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2
GRUMPY GOAT FINNIESTON’S HIDDEN GEM
Behind the Kelvin Hall on Old Dumbarton Road is the Grumpy Goat; you’d be forgiven for not knowing it was there such is the sweeping flow of traffic from Dumbarton Road down to Argyle Street. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s grind, at the bottom of old-styled tenement flats, sits the beautifully decorated restaurant come bar – named after a family-coined expression. Inside the walls of the wonderfully painted exterior of the building – a vibrant turquoise colour – the space has been refurbished from the dingy bar it once was, to a modern, elegant space that still has some vintage aspects of the old bar remaining (the leather seating being the most obvious). The walls depict a Glasgow of old, with pictures and paintings of an era long forgotten in this area of the city. The balance between the old and the new sets the tone of the place, whether you are there for a fine dining experience, or just to grab a pint with a few friends. I don’t know about you but, when it comes to eating out at a restaurant these days, I usually type the name of
the place I’m going to into a popular search engine; have a scan of the reviews; then peruse the menu to establish what the place is like. So when I searched for the Grumpy Goat I was delighted to see it had received four and a half stars out of five from some of the reviews on Trip Advisor; a fantastic reputation to live up to. Even better was the menu on their website – www.thegrumpygoatglawsgow.co.uk – which consists of mouthwatering delights, such as: the Slow-Cooked Cairnhill Farm Ox Cheek, St Brides of Strathaven Chicken Showcase, and Braised Shin of Scotch Beef to name but a few from the Main Menu; and Ox Heart Tartare, Pressed Pig’s Head, and Grumpy Goat Recipe Haggis from the Starters. At this point, I was slavering in anticipation of what the Grumpy Goat had to offer; but could they live up to their reputation for creating a friendly and fun atmosphere whilst serving up great food? In the restaurant, I decided to opt for the ‘Pressed Pig’s Head’ for starters and a pint of Grumpy Goat (brewed by Bellhaven). I couldn’t hide my delight when the plate arrived; the centrepiece of which is the pork croquette, accompanied by black pudding – which had a suggestion of cinnamon
running throughout it – and the GG’s own homemade baked-beans. The combination of the starter and the beer was exquisite, as the beer was light and complimentary to the strong savoury flavours of the dish. For the main course, I decided to go for the special, which was the steak burger done with a whiff of pink; unfortunately, the braised shin of beef had been so popular during lunch that they had run out! The burger did not disappoint though! A juicy burger, handmade chips, and a delicious chutney: a match that is difficult to beat in anyone’s book. Letting my food digest – with a few more Grumpy Goats for good measure – I pondered how long before this place ceases to be a ‘hidden by Derek McLaughlin gem’; and becomes just @Del_McLaughlin a gem. email@example.com
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Oxjam Glasgow Takeover Festival returns for 2014, with 30 plus bands across four venues in Sauchiehall Street, at the heart of Glasgow’s music scene, in association with international footwear brand TOMS. On October 18th, one low cost wristband will get you access to an entire day of the best in new and unsigned music, championing local talent, whilst raising vital funds for Oxfam. Every penny raised from the Takeover will go direct to Oxfam to help fight poverty and social inequality both here in the UK, and throughout the world. Oxjam Takeovers are multi-venue festivals that literally take over a town or city for the night, showcasing local emerging talent and raising lots of money for Oxfam. Every year hundreds of music-lovers, all across the UK, organise local music events throughout the month of October. Since 2009 these awesome one-wristband-access-all-areas gigs have entertained music lovers all the way from Torquay to Shetland. This year’s Takeover Festival in Glasgow follows a
series of warm up gigs and shows that have taken place throughout the summer, including a sell out launch party at Nice N Sleazy, a glitzy music-meets-fashion event at the Corinthian and an old school pop punk extravaganza at Walkabout. Regional Takeover Manager Leeanne Boulton says: “Oxjam is all about local music creating global impact. We’ve had an incredible summer of Oxjam events and warm up gigs, raising tons of money for Oxfam, who spend funds on making a real difference to those who need it. We’re really excited to close the summer with the Oxjam Takeover in Sauchiehall Street, and have lined up the best in new, local music to play for you. Come along, catch a few bands, have a couple of beers, knowing that every penny raised on the 18th will go direct to Oxfam.” Scott Crawford, lead singer of The Cut Throat Razors, who headlined Oxjam’s launch party and who are playing again at Takeover said : “We’ve loved being part of this year’s Oxjam. Everyone involved, from the bands, the audience, the organisers, the venues... they’re all there through their love of music and in typical Glasgow fashion, know how to have a good time. It’s really rewarding to know that we’re part of a movement that makes a difference to people living in poverty, and good exposure for the bands involved too.” Last year over quarter of a million pounds was raised from 60 plus regional Takeovers throughout the UK and this year the target is £400,000. Since 2006, Oxjam has raised more than £2.3 million for Oxfam. Proceeds from the events go to Oxfam to help fight poverty and improve lives throughout the world. All that’s missing from the Oxjam Glasgow Takeover Festival, is you, book your tickets today to make sure you don’t miss out! There are a small number of early bird tickets available at £8, and general release tickets also on sale at £10 from www.wegottickets.com/Oxjam
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10 SIGNS YOU’RE JUST NOT CUT OUT FOR EXAMS Exams are hard for everyone – at least that’s what we like to tell ourselves. 1. You don’t actually learn anything when revising, it’s just a game of memory. 2. You cram because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do. It’s a sweaty time of panic, fear and migraines.
3. The only real thing you’re able to concentrate on is the ticking of the clock. 4. Sometimes you have to actually ask for a pen.
5. “Show your method/working out” fills you with inexplicable rage. 6. The only time you ever leave early is when you just can’t cope any more. 7. You spend more time worrying about whether you actually turned your phone off than answering questions 8. Noticing that it’s 10:01am means that you can’t possibly start revising until 10.30. Structure is important. 9. Simple words no longer make sense. 10. Deciding that calculating what grade you need to get a 2:1 is more important than actually working to get a 2:1 Hey, exams just aren’t for everyone.
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BETWEEN A ROCK AND A LOBSTER Tucked away in Virginia Court, an area steeped in interesting history involving the old tobacco exchange, lies one of Glasgow’s true ‘hidden gems’, and that’s not a term I throw about lightly. The Rock Lobster, a deceptively large restaurant, which seats just 39 people, has now been open for two years and it features a Scottish and Italian inspired menu. Not surprisingly, it offers delicious lobsters that are all freshly caught and available to view in the live lobster tank, one of only two in Glasgow. For any customers wanting to try their lobster, it’s worth mentioning that you can actually pick your own lobster from the tank and if you’re feeling brave (and not too squeamish) ask for the opportunity to touch it.
I’D DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT AS IT WAS NICE AND TASTY AND I REALLY ENJOYED IT Being a skint student I took full advantage of the offer of just £10 for the spicy beer battered fish and chips, a brave choice for me considering I rarely eat fish and can barely face a bag of spicy Doritos. However, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised about my choice. The fish was gorgeous and the spicy (gluten free) beer batter had a delightful little kick to it, I reluctantly gave some of it away to my friend, then polished off every last bit on the plate. I also convinced my good friend Hannah to part with some of her burger and was so blown away with the taste that I tried to convince the owner, Gordon Cameron, to part with his burger making secrets. Sadly, he didn’t divulge any
but he did say that the burgers were made with buffalo meat, which explained the unique and more tender taste. For the health conscious out there, buffalo meat contains less calories than beef and more protein. Obviously many people will visit Rock Lobster for their fresh lobster dishes and it’s something everyone needs to try at least once. Fellow diner, Carol Lawston, was visiting with
her daughter and sampled the lobster. She was delighted with it saying: “I’d definitely recommend it as it was nice and tasty and I really enjoyed it”. Any restaurant with an open kitchen always immediately makes me feel more at ease, as they clearly have nothing to hide. It also makes Rock Lobster feel like a much friendlier restaurant, compared to others as you can smile at the chef as he cooks your meal, how often do you get that kind of service? This stylish restaurant is by Courtney Hendry definitely worth going off @courtneysarahx the beaten track to find. firstname.lastname@example.org
SCOTLAND LOVES ANIME 2014 GLASGOW OCTOBER 10TH – 13TH 2014
Scotland’s number one annual Japanese film festival is back. Scotland Loves Anime will be running from October 10 until October 13 in the Glasgow Film Theatre. The Japanese inspired animation film festival brings the hottest and most exciting film titles to the Glasgow Film Theatre every October before anyone else in Scotland and if not, certainly before Europe. Scotland Loves Anime not only promotes animation, but screens premieres, hosts talks, education days, workshops
and exhibitions. The event is based across three of Scotland’s cultural hubs: Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, so there is plenty opportunity to get involved in the festival. This year, the festival features many UK and Scottish premieres and the excitement is surrounding high-profile film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. This film is the 18th Japanese animated feature film based on the Dragon Ball series and the 14th to carry the Dragon Ball Z branding. It was released in theatres on March 30, 2013. It is the first
Dragon Ball movie in 17 years to have a theatrical release, the last one being the 10th anniversary movie in 1996 which followed the first three Dragon Ball films and the 13 Dragon Ball Z films. A popular genre in this year’s Glasgow festival is Science fiction. SLA will show some old favourites and classics. For all those attending Glasgow, you will get an exclusive opportunity to see the influential animation milestone Ghost In The Shell once more on the big screen. Another film that has huge excitement surrounding it is Giovanni’s Island. Based on real events shortly after WW II, Giovanni’s Island is the little-told story of the Russian occupation of Shitokan Island as seen thought the eyes of two young brothers. While the adults plot, Giovanni and his brother forge unlikely friendships with the Russian children as they try to make sense of their new surroundings. Giovanni’s Island is a touching and tragic tale of childhood innocence in political conflict. If you liked Grave of the Fireflies, this one is for you. SLA is also hosting director, Mr. Mizuho Nishikubo for the Scottish Premiere of the film where he will present the film and then stay for a Q&A session afterwards. Alongside Nishikubo, Jonathan Clements will also be a guest at SLA. He is author of Anime: A History and Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade. He is also the co-author with Helen McCarthy of the massive 1,200 page, 3rd edition of the Anime Encyclopedia: A century of Japanese Animation, which will be published in December. This is an event not to be missed by film fans. So get your SLA tickets now. Tickets and passes are available via the website. And tickets can be purchased for each of the films or you can buy a weekend pass which allows you to attend all eight screenings. Passes cost £48 full price. by Emylie Howie £40 for concessions @EmylieHowie and £32 for Youth Card email@example.com holders.
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4TH & 18TH LA CHEETAH Tucked rather inconspicuously underneath Max’s Bar & Grill on Queen Street, La Cheetah is a club that keeps growing in popularity and in reputation. Made in Glasgow is a club night celebrating the best Glasgow born tunes from the best Glasgow born DJs. On the 4th and 18th of October La Cheetah opens its doors with the promise of some of the best progressive and new dance music. Expect house, techno and electronica, inspired by the city that plays host. It’s a celebration of local DJs, some of whom have had successes that have hit every corner of the globe, and are flying the flag for the creativity and influence that Scotland has had in music production and DJing. October 4th sees main club resident Wardy take the decks to whip its loyal regulars into the kind of blissful frenzy that’s cemented La Cheetah’s place as one of Glasgow foremost and popular clubs. Bosco, the main resident at the rapturous old skool rave soundtracked Let’s go back… Way back, completes the line-up in
what promises to be a night as wild as it will be idyllic. Made in Glasgow on the 18th sees massive house duo Silicone Soul return to the city that helped spawn their success. On their travels the twosome have racked up a reputation of making some of the most forward thinking music and have been celebrated for their ability to evolve as music inevitably does. They first appeared in Scotland’s seminal Soma label in 1998 and haven’t looked back. They are supported by Bosco and the effervescent house and techno DJ Rebecca Vasmant. The night promises to be a topper. Get down to either of them, and show your support for Glasgow’s local talent. Tickets are £8 but seeing as you’re a probably a student, you can get in for a fiver, a steal with the selection of talent on show. Get down, get tore into it, and dance like you own the place. by Cameron Willis @CameronWillis92 firstname.lastname@example.org
50 ESSENTIAL DO’S & DON’TS EVERY FRESHER NEEDS TO HEAR University is here, which means thousands will move away from home and experience the student lifestyle for the first time. Having been inundated with various pieces of advice regarding university life, most will be feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement towards their impending freedom – only half knowing what to expect. Well, forget everything anyone else has said to you – this is the only information you’ll need.
Our essential guide on how to act and what to do during Freshers’: Don’t: Sit in your room with the door closed – that’s no way to make friends. Do: Buy a doorstop. It’s more social and invites people in to say hello. Don’t: Try to drastically reinvent yourself – people will see through you. Do: Start fresh, be yourself and if necessary, attempt to land a better nickname than the one given to you in school. Don’t: Make a bad first impression – you don’t want everyone to remember you for the rest of the year as “that weird guy who vommed on me in freshers’ week” Do: Be wary of the prospect of a bad campus reputation – word spreads quickly! Don’t: Ignore all the paperwork you need to sort regarding funding and enrolling – it’s boring, but needs to be done. Do: Get it over with asap then spend the rest of the week loving life. Don’t: Stay in. You’ve got all year to do that (though don’t do that either). Do: Go out whenever anyone asks – and if they don’t ask you, ask them! Don’t: Be the boring flat obsessed with keeping everything tidy. Do: Have a party, inviting all the other flats round for drinks before you head out. You can worry about the mess later. Don’t: Worry and panic about not making friends/no-one liking you/that weirdo down the hall. Do: Relax and be cool, and everyone will want to be around you. Don’t: Judge and be bitchy. Do: Be welcoming of everyone – this isn’t college or school, nobody comes to university to form cliques, and if you try you’ll be avoided. Don’t: Give up alcohol. Do: Use it to your advantage, you don’t have to go overboard, but it’s easier to break the ice if you’re all a little tipsy. Don’t: Turn up empty handed. Do: Bring something to the table (flat) – a TV, a Wii, an instrument – anything to give people an excuse to be your friend. Don’t: Reveal all of your most embarrassing secrets in a game of ‘I Have Never’. Do: Tactfully choose when to drink, saving yourself for the wild night out ahead. Don’t: Be oblivious to the world of drinking games. Do: Read up on the rules beforehand, and you’ll be the centre of every party. Don’t: Lose everybody on the night out. Do: Stick with the group, getting involved with shots at the bar and having fun with your new flatmates.
Don’t: Deactivate your Facebook account because of all the embarrassing photos being uploaded. Do: Embrace the flood of shameful pictures! Use it wisely as a tool to make and keep friends. Don’t: Pressure anybody that doesn’t drink. Do: Get to know everybody as well as you can, teetotallers are people too! Don’t: Ignore the “fresher 15” – a term coined across the pond to describe how everyone will either gain or lose 15 pounds in their fresher year. Do: Join the gym, or at least try to eat well. Don’t: Think that Freshers’ flu is a myth – you will catch it. Do: Sign up to a local doctor. Don’t: Sleep with a flatmate. Do: Keep your distance, getting to know everyone you live with before making life awkward for all parties involved. Don’t: Blow your loan in fresher’s week. Do: Watch what you spend and remember that you have to survive until Christmas. Don’t: Refuse to go to certain clubs because it’s “not your scene”. Do: Try as many bars and nightclubs as you can, making the most out of fresher’s week and keeping everyone happy. Don’t: Spend all your time talking about your friends at home – people will get sick of it. Do: Act like your new friends are the only ones you need. Don’t: Get into a relationship in the first week. It won’t last, and when you break up it will cause a rift in your friendship group. Do: Stick to that “I’m going to have fun in my first year” attitude. Don’t: Piss off your warden the first time you meet them. Do: Keep them sweet and they’ll let you get away with more. Don’t: Sleep through Freshers’ Fair – despite how hungover you may be. Do: Go and sign up to all the things you physically can. You’ll also get a heap of free stuff. Don’t: Wait for the fun to come to you. There’s loads out there, but it waits for no one! Do: Get involved and dive in. Remember that everyone is in the same boat. Now you know, you’re ready to have the time of your life.
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TOP 10 HALLOWEEN MOVIES
With Halloween right around the corner, we here at TSA thought it was a good idea to give you some inspiration for films to watch on the creepiest night of the year. Here are our Top 10 horror films:
10. Paranormal Activity (2007)
but this version scared me plenty. A cursed video tape is not a very spooky idea, however, the ending of this film was beyond creepy. When all the pieces start to come together to show how evil Samara really was, it really gives the film a great ending.
Okay, the sequels were all terrible and predictable, sometimes unintentionally comical, however, the first film was brilliant. Growing comparisons to the Blair Witch Project for its ‘found footage’ approach, the overall shock value of this film is great for first time viewers and has a terrific ending that will leave you wanting more.
6. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
9. Psycho (1960)
5. The Shining (1980)
Although now over 50 years old, the iconic effect that this film had on the genre, we would be remiss if we left this classic out. From misdirection involving Marion Craine to the sinister Norman Bates, this film has it all, and of course, the iconic theme music…
The Stephen King story is creepy, add a wild eyed, psychotic Jack Nicholson, well then you have yourself a damn scary film. The film based on Jack Torrance, a writer and recovering alcoholic, taking a job as a caretaker in the isolated Overlook Hotel and due to supernatural events, lead to him turning into an axe wielding maniac. Oh, and he says one of Hollywood’s most famous lines along the way… “Here’s Johnny!”
8. Insidious 2 (2013) Normally in the horror genre, sequels are terrible in comparison to the original – not this time. Patrick Wilson & Rose Byrne reprise their roles as their characters continue to fight demonic forces around their family. One of the main reasons for this films inclusion, is the reappearance of the ‘Bride in Black’, what a terrifying character!
7. The Ring (2002) Apparently the original Japanese 1998 version is scarier,
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4. Insidious (2010) The debut of the ‘Bride in Black’, was the first horror film I seen in the cinema, and it was petrifying. From the shocking music for opening and end credits to the Darth Maul-looking villains, it was a really scary film. The strong cast always helps, as well as having a very good, evolving storyline.
3. Scream (1996) The longer the Scream franchise has run, the weaker the films appear but I cannot ignore how good and revolutionary the 1996 Wes Craven film is. The introduction of a desperately needed new iconic horror character, Ghostface, the characters being smart to ‘the rules’ and the awesome cast, this is one of the greatest horror films.
2. Halloween (1978) Michael Myers. In my mind, the most iconic character in horror. The mask, the walk, the knife and the music, the film has it all. Starring a young Jamie Lee Curtis, Myers returns to the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois, to kill babysitters after murdering his sister when he was a boy. How can you not watch a Halloween film on Halloween night!?
1. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) Based on the horrific real life events of Anneliese Michel, this terrifying film is the scariest movie ever!!! Told from the view of the priest who is standing trial for the death of Emily Rose, it shows you all the things that she went through, in tremendous detail. I literally turned the mirror around in my room after watching this…
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A tiny reason to give blood this week.
Glasgow America is returning for its eighth year this October with a very impressive line-up. The five day long festival will feature seven gigs at five venues across Glasgow and kicks off on the 1st October.
October 4th. Texas-based singer/songwriter, Carrie Elkin, is returning to the festival after a popular performance in 2012 with a matinee show. She’ll be playing material from her new album For Keeps. Scottish Album of the Year nominee, Adam Holmes and his band The Embers, are playing “THE FESTIVAL IS A REALLY TOP- an evening show at the CLASS LINE-UP WITH ACTS SET TO venue. His own unique take on Americana, with PLEASE LOTS OF MUSIC FANS” a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music, Getting things under way is Jimmy has been garnering new fans from both LaFave, a songwriter from Oklahoma/Texas, sides of the Atlantic and his show’s set to and his band with their distinctive ‘red dirt’ be a hit. music. Jimmy has mixed country, blues, The Hazy Recollections are returning folk and early rock and roll over his fifteen to Glasgow Americana at the CCA albums and is sure to be a big hit with his with an eclectic mix of artists, including first Scottish performance in fifteen years. Findlay Napier, Anna Coogan, My Darling He’ll be performing at Oran Mor on Clementine and many more, for the fifth the 1st October and festival director, Kevin and final day of the festival. Morris, believes he’ll get the festival off to a Nashville based, Sturgill Simpson, is great start: “We couldn’t have asked for a said to be the ‘biggest real country star in better act than Jimmy LaFave and his band waiting’ and he and his band are playing to kick off this year’s event. His style of the closing gig of the festival at Oran Mor music really appeals to music lovers here”. on October 5th. Festival director, Kevin Next up is the award-winning Canadian Morris, is thrilled to have Simpson closing blues guitarist and singer songwriter, Matt the festival: “Sturgill is getting glowing Anderson, at The Admiral Bar on October reports everywhere you look and his last gig 2nd. Matt will be sure to keep up his in Glasgow was brilliant”. typical high-energy performances when he Kevin added: “The festival is a really plays his unique blend of blue-collar folk, top-class line-up with acts set to please electric blues and roots rock. Fans will also lots of music fans. It’s pleasing that be excited to hear material from his latest these artistes think so highly of Glasgow album Weightless; it’s his eighth album and Americana and are so keen to come to the branches off from his usual sound with a city, either for the first time or for a repeat mix of R&B, reggae and rockabilly. visit.” The first ever Glasgow Americana Glasgow Americana Festival pass tickets festival back in 2007, was headlined by are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk for the ‘first lady of Louisiana’, Mary Gauthier. £76, this allows entrance to all the festival The extremely popular singer/songwriter performances. Individual tickets range from is returning to the festival with her classic £10-£15, call 0141 204 5151 to purchase. material and a deeply moving new album, Trouble and Love, on October 3rd at St by Courtney Hendry Andrews in the Square. @courtneysarahx firstname.lastname@example.org The Glad Café is the place to be on
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FUTURE FEATURE to World Soccer. For a few years, I mainly worked writing as a freelancer and slowly coming round to the idea that it wasn’t going to work and that it wasn’t viable. And then, about 14 months ago, I was recommended to CCTV (a Chinese channel), as I had done work on television before and they were looking for people who have a bit of experience in front of the camera. I did my interview and got the job. That’s when I began doing more news and politics, which was my plan when I first arrived in Buenos Aires. So I’m being kept very busy by them at the moment, which is a wonderful thing. You wrote a book, Super Clasico: Inside the Ultimate Derby, what was your first book about? It was about the derby between Boca Juniors and River Plate a few years back which is South American (and, arguably, world) football’s greatest rivalry. I approached Backpage Press in Glasgow and they said it would work in their 90 Minutes series (the premise being that it would take 90 minutes to read). I covered the game, the rivalry, and a little bit of the history between the clubs. It was an excellent project. The timing wasn’t perfect as it came out a week before the game; it was aimed towards that specific Superclasico. But the important thing is building a body of work. That kind of project is about putting yourself out there. It gets you out there, gets you talking to people; of course, you could do things differently, but it’s still just about getting things done and building yourself a strong body of work for portfolio purposes.
FUTURE FEATURE – JOEL RICHARDS
HOW TO ESTABLISH A CAREER IN JOURNALISM Joel Richards, 35, is a jack-of-all-trades journalist based in Buenos Aires, having multimedia skills across all platforms of the industry. He was born in Stoke, raised in London, studied in Scotland, and lived in Spain, Brazil and Argentina. He has worked for Real Madrid TV and is currently the correspondent for Chinese channel CCTV covering Argentina and other countries in the south of Latin America. TSA caught up with Joel to discuss his path into journalism, talk about his new book, and to give advice to any aspiring journalists. Here is what he had to say: Tell me, Joel, what did you study at university? I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2004 where I had studied Hispanic Studies (the study of Spanish and Portuguese language, culture, and history). I then moved to Madrid straight away and taught English for a year. I was very close to leaving because I had been looking to break into Journalism, specifically, in the newspapers; but I didn’t have any formal qualifications in the industry and had been looking at either jobs with local newspapers or the possibility of doing a Postgraduate. I then saw an advert in El Pais for an international sports channel (Real Madrid TV) looking for presenters and producers. I didn’t have any journalism experience so I applied for the producer role. For some reason they called me in and interviewed me for the journalist job and I got it – though I’m not quite sure how! I was there for four seasons. That involved travelling with the team, doing news, commentating on matches, everything related to Real Madrid. What made you leave Real Madrid? Well, I moved to Argentina in 2008. I wanted to branch out and do news and culture; basically, different stories away from sports. But I had built up my contacts in sport
which meant most of the work that came my way was generally football related. I came over as a freelancer and started to do some production work for TV, particularly with FIFA and Futbol Mundial, trying to carve my way in. I started doing some radio, working with the BBC and a few others, and I picked up some blogs too with 442 magazine (but eventually they couldn’t pay) and then I went over
What is the new book about? It’s about River Plate. It fits in with what has happened to Rangers recently. How one of the most successful clubs in the country has fallen on hard times. I don’t know enough about the Rangers situation, though. With River, it’s this huge club with a great history and tradition, you know, wonderful characteristics that make up the club; but when they get relegated they become the metaphor for how Argentine football is struggling. The book itself is about the politics behind the club; what the supporters are like; about the whole culture of what a football club is like here. And, in terms of what happened, explaining how such a big club was relegated – because it’s like Real Madrid being relegated. It’s a historical account of the club basically. I have
OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2 done a lot of work in the club’s archives and done over 70 interviews with presidents, coaches and players; trying to get many different people from a variety of generations to bring together a narrative of how River Plate developed; how the club changed and transformed into a club that has a worldwide reputation. Talk to anyone in Scotland about Latin American football and they’ll tell you they know River and Boca. I wanted to discuss the great players and teams of River and the major triumphs, as well as the politics and history behind that. I also wanted to put myself in there too, as that is what makes this book unique. You can go and find the information on the club but, on top of being informative, I want readers to be able to picture themselves in the book and relate to what I’ve written as well, that’s what makes this book special, that’s what will make it stand out. If you don’t place yourself inside the book, it means anyone could have written it. It’s a very individual take on the club and their situation. I’ve written the first draft and it’s about 70% there at the moment. Best interviews? Two months into first starting at Real Madrid, I was asked to go to Brazil as the club had just signed Robinho from Santos. You say Robinho now and you might think ‘yeah, whatever’ but when the club signed him, it was like Neymar going to Barcelona last season, a huge deal. It was around the time of Ronaldinho and people were saying this kid is going to come, bilk up, and be a better player than his compatriot. Obviously that didn’t happen. They sent me there before he travelled to Spain, and for someone who had just started in TV, it was a really exciting first interview. At Madrid, I also interviewed Beckham in his last interview before he left. We had three cameras dotted around the place and there were around 16-17 people just hovering
around with Beckham and I just sitting there. At that point, everyone’s eyes are transfixed on us both and I just thought ‘f***!’ The languages were what put me on this path in the first place. I went to Glasgow to English Literature and swapped because of the university system in place in Scotland. It’s what has given me that skill to get this type of work; it’s certainly what helped me get the job at Real Madrid. What about interviews outside of the sporting world? Just last week we interviewed Estella Carlotto, the head of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo [a human rights organisation, the purpose of which is to find the children who were stolen during the Dirty War in Argentina]. This is a woman who has been mentioned as a possible Nobel Peace Prize winner, as she has campaigned for years looking for the missing grandchildren. We interviewed her and a week later she found her grandson who she hadn’t seen in 37 years which was incredible. We were very lucky with the timing, as it was an important interview to have got. It was definitely one of the interviews I enjoyed the most. What advice would you give to aspiring journalists? Don’t do it! Only joking. You need to stand out one way or another, but the be all and end all is contacts: both in terms of getting a job and getting a story. You also want to have a niche, where you are bringing something specialist to the table, but also being able to branch out. I’d say the most important aspect of journalism nowadays is having the multimedia skills across various platforms, you have to be able to: edit; capture a decent photograph; and get the right story. Get the basic skills – writing, finding stories, working with film and audio – and then look for your niche, something that will keep your interest. You will have to be very determined to make it work, though. Also,
meet as many people as you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can buy Joel’s Super Clasico: Inside the Ultimate Derby on Amazon for £1.53 on digital format. You can also follow @joel_richards on Twitter for all the latest news by Derek McLaughlin @Del_McLaughlin from South America. email@example.com
A NETWORK COMPARISON WHAT’S THE BEST DEAL FOR YOU?
It often feels like murky waters when you are trying to decide which mobile phone tariff is best going to suit your needs. Sifting through a plethora of information trying establish where the best deals are. Do you choose a Pay As You Go (PAYG) tariff (topping up whenever you feel like it)? Maybe you are feeling flush and opt for a long-term contract that comes with a shiny new handset, inclusive of all your minutes, texts, and data? Or, alternatively, you could decide to take on a Sim-Only plan? Selecting a plan and tariff can be time consuming, laborious, and frustrating; which normally leaves you sticking with the same company regardless of whether they are giving you the best deal or not. Have no fear, as what you’re about to read is an analysis and comparison of four major mobile phone networks – Vodafone; O2; EE; and Three. For the purpose of explanation, I am going to split the comparison into three rounds – PAYG, Sim-Only, and a long-term contract with a new handset (high-end and low-end devices) – with a winner being announced at the end of each; however, will we have a winner by unanimous decision? Or will there be a split decision? Let’s get ready to rumble! Warning: more cheesy boxing cliches to follow. Round 1 – PAYG tariff – £10
Vodafone offer – on their Freebee PAYG sim card – 500mb of data and you get to keep your £10 top up. There is no mention of minutes or texts, as you would have to choose the ‘Texts’ or ‘Minutes’ Freebee tariff instead. 500Mb of data will likely get you a two hour, Skype video call. Poor combination from Vodafone, lacking in minutes and texts. O2’s Big Bundle tariff will get you 100 minutes free; 1,000 texts; and 500mb of data on 3G. A steady start from O2. With EE, your £10 monthly pack will consist of 150 minutes; 500mb of data; and unlimited texts. EE’s fast flurry of punches leaves the other networks on the ropes. Three is next into the ring, offering 500mb of data; 100 minutes; and 3,000 texts on their All In One 10 plan. A spirited fight from Three but ultimately falling short in comparison to EE’s £10 tariff. Round 1 goes to EE, pipping Three with their offer of unlimited texts. * Note: Three’s basic PAYG, excluding a monthly tariff, is the best price to call, text, or consume data, coming in at 3p a call, 2p a text, and 1p a mb of data. Check www.three.co.uk/Store/Pay_As_You_Go_Price_Plans for comparisons with other networks. Round 2 – Pay Monthly Sim Plans (12 month contract) For this round, we’ll focus on an important aspect of the modern phone: data allowance. In the ever changing
smartphone market, more and more people are looking for data instead of minutes and texts; students especially, as you are socialising on various platforms, taking and sending pictures, maybe even writing up the last paragraph of an essay that you have left until the last minute! So data matters. As such, I’ll be looking for the best deal – in the sim-only 12 month contract area – with ‘unlimited’ data. EE’s maximum data allowance for a pay monthly sim is 4GB which can be tethered on 4G. With this package you get unlimited texts and minutes for £22.99 per month on a 12 month contract. According to Netflix’s official page, streaming movies uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. If streaming is your thing, this package will not suit your needs. A hefty price to pay for the data on offer. O2’s package is not too dissimilar to EE’s tariff, offering unlimited texts and minutes with 5GB of data for £24 per month on a 12 month contract. Although this tariff offers an extra GB per month, paying £24 a month may not suit your needs as a student. Three, on their 12 month sim-only contract, are offering All You Can Eat (AYCE) data and texts with 600 minutes (plus, an add-on that would see you receive 2,000 Three to Three minutes at no extra cost) for £18 a month. Coming in at under £20 and giving you the freedom of AYCE data, this tariff has put itself in contention for the King of the Networks title.
Vodafone have a deal on their Red Starter plan: unlimited texts and minutes with 1GB of data for £16.50. This plan is not Vodafone’s highest data allowance – you can go on the same plan with 10GB of data for £42 per month – but it is the one that offers you the best value for money for what you get. The winner of this round is Three’s impressive £18, AYCE data plan. One round to go, can Three land the knockout punch? Or will some of the other networks have a Rockyinspired comeback? Let’s find out who has the Eye of the Tiger... Round 3 – Handset Contracts – 24 Month For this round, let’s compare Samsung’s Galaxy s5 model across the networks, one of the highest spec devices on the market at the moment. First of all, let’s look at the packages and plans available then we will calculate the total amount you would pay with each network over the course of a 24 month contract; this will help us establish which network comes out on top. Vodafone’s highest data tariff with the Samsung Galaxy s5 is 13GB with unlimited texts and minutes, and the option to choose a free subscription with Netflix (for six months), Spotify (24 months), or Sky Sports Mobile TV (also 24 months). This plan comes in at a whopping £54.50. For a student who is feeling plush, this plan is probably still too
much. Poor show from Vodafone.
EE’s 24 month handset contract comes in at £33.99 for unlimited texts and minutes, and 4GB of data; however, there is also a £259.99 upfront charge for the device with this plan. O2 are offering unlimited minutes and texts, 8GB of data, and no upfront charge for £48 per month. Finally, Three’s AYCE data plan which comes with 600 minutes and AYCE texts comes in at £37 per month with an upfront charge of £9. Three also throw in free calls to 0800/0808/0500 numbers as well. What does this mean though? How much would you pay for the total package? The most expensive handset contract is Vodafone’s plan, costing you £1,308 over the course of 24 months. Next up is O2 at £1,152. The runner up is EE at £1,075.75. And the winner of round three is, coincidentally, Three with the cost of their 24 month contract including the handset coming in at £897. Undoubtedly, the knockout punch has landed with Three coming out on top. Not only do they have great offers if you are looking to save money, but they also have great incentives to be part of their network – for instance, free calls to 0800 numbers. I asked Three’s trainer, James Wills, why he thought the brand was leading the race in the mobile network provider market: “We want our customers to have a great experience through our plans, a great network and customer support. “For example, with Feel At Home, customers can now use their UK allowance to access the internet, text and call the UK in 16 countries including USA, Italy, France and Australia. We’ve made 0800 numbers free on all our new plans and given customers more ways of managing their spending and usage. To help customers stay connected we’ve introduced Three inTouch, so they can talk and text over Wi-Fi when they don’t have a signal. “We’ve invested heavily in the network too – including offering 4G at no extra cost – to make sure customers are getting a good network experience. Our 4G roll out started with the areas that needed it the most and we’re focused on improving the experience for all customers – not just those on 4G. “We also work hard to provide customers with excellent customer support. We have set up a dedicated complaints team to manage complex issues quickly and made it easier for customers to help themselves by using our website and My3 app. “This is just the beginning – we are looking at more ways customers can stay connected, enjoy a good network experience and avoid bill shock.” *All prices are correct up until the 22/09/2014*
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OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2
5 THINGS THAT YOU CAN ONLY GET AWAY WITH DURING FRESHERS’ It’s true that being a student gives you a lot of leeway in life. There a lot of things that you are suddenly excused from. Having said that, there are some things that you just shouldn’t do once the first few weeks are over. Take advantage while you can. 1. Knocking on a stranger’s door and asking if they want to be friends During the first few weeks everyone is in the same position. No one knows anyone and everyone is trying to make new friends. So the only way to get to know people who aren’t your flatmates (and let’s be honest, sometimes you’re just not lucky in that raffle), is to go and find people. You never know, your entire uni experience might be enhanced from making that friend across the hall.
pizza or kebab. But as soon as it’s over this lifestyle is just not acceptable, and simply not affordable. It’s time to start cutting coupons and teaching yourself to appreciate value brands. 4. Calling cold pizza and a beer at 6pm ‘breakfast’
2. Walking into a random party in your block with no back up We’ve all been to a party where there is a random guy nobody knows. But at fresher parties, there is no such guy. Everyone wants to know everyone, and everyone is welcome. Walk right in and enjoy the vibe while it lasts! Do this in a months’ time and you’ll be standing in the corner alone like a creep…
3. Spending £50 a day and having nothing to show for it but a headache You’re away from home for the first time and suddenly have all this money from nowhere, it can be hard to know when to stop. You go out every night, and that requires pre-drinks, tickets, cigarettes (because we’re all “social” smokers during freshers), and of course the end of night
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5. Calling your parents at 3am to demand to know why they abandoned you here with these strangers Although freshers is a time for fun, that much alcohol is sure to make you a little emotional. Especially as moving away from home is a big deal. But after a few weeks, your parents will just stop picking up. They didn’t abandon you; it’s time to attempt adulthood. They’ve moved on. Your room is already a gym. Deal with it.
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43 rites neglected her treatment for epilepsy and depression, in favour of the ancient ritual. She was found dead in July ’76, malnourished and dehydrated with pneumonia and broken knees.
5 HORROR CHARACTERS YOU WON’T BELIEVE ARE INSPIRED BY REAL LIFE KILLERS For decades, horror films have had us peering from behind cushions, too scared to look but too excited not to. But how would you feel if your favourite fictional killers were inspired by real people? Scary stuff… 1. Stephen King’s IT If you managed to watch Stephen King’s IT all the way through without unplugging the TV and guarding yourself with that all-powerful monster killing duvet, you did better than me. King’s kiddy-snatching clown seems too terrifying to ever have been inspired by real life, but with John Wayne Gacy being arrested less than a decade before, the influence is clear. Gacy became known as ‘The Killer Clown’ because of his self-created alter-ego ‘Pogo the Clown.’ After killing at least 33 children, he spent 14 years on death row, where he spent his time creating some pretty eerie artwork… 2. The Amityville Horror 2005’s The Amityville Horror may not go down in history
as a horror classic, but it certainly erected a lot of hairs on the backs of a lot of necks. Which was possibly made worse by the fact that the film is heavily influenced by real life events. In 1974 Ronald DeFeo was arrested for killing his mother, his father, and four siblings at his house in Amityville, Long Island. He claimed he could hear their voices plotting against him. In ’75 George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the home, only to leave 28 days later claiming they were haunted by paranormal activity. Their claims have been steeped in controversy, but you have to admit, the house is pretty creepy… 3. The Exorcism of Emily Rose The exorcism of Emily Rose had us all jumping out of our seats and raining a shower of popcorn over those in front of us back in 2005, but did you know it was based on a true story? Well…at least a little. In 1976 Anneliese Michel died, following a lengthy period of 10 months, with 67 exorcism sessions. Her family and the two priests in charge of the
4. American Horror Story American Horror Story has received critical and commercial acclaim (and has had us all hiding behind our sofas). Series two’s Bloody Face, played by the wonderfully creepy Zachary Quinto, kidnapped, killed and skinned women. It is thought that this character was inspired by a real life killer and bodysnatcher – Ed Gein. In 1957 police raided his house, only to find lampshades made of human faces, bowls made of skulls and a corset made from the skin of a human torso. His almost unbelievably horrific crimes have gone on to inspire an array of horror characters, including Norman Bates from Psycho, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs. 5. Dexter This one doesn’t quite fit the bill, but is somewhat terrifying nevertheless. The hugely popular TV series Dexter told the story of a man working as a blood spatter analyst by day, and killing criminals by night. Whilst this was not inspired by a real life story, it is thought to have inspired a real life killer. In 2008 Mark Twitchell was arrested for first degree murder, which he claims was inspired by Dexter. Following his arrest, Twitchell was controversially allowed a TV in his cell, which he used to watch the four seasons that he had missed. The trend of starting horror films with a barely believable ‘This is 100% true’ or ‘This is real footage’ is a trend that is rapidly wearing thin, but it seems that some fictional characters and events are often steeped in truth, and that is pretty darn scary.
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OCTOBER 2014, ISSUE 2
TOP TRENDS THIS HALLOWEEN The 31st is always a night full of excitement. It’s a chance to be whoever you want for one special night and although you might sadly be getting a little old for trick-or-treating, there’s still lots of fun and frights to be had (check our guide to what’s on in Glasgow this Hallowéen on Pages 12 – 15). However, no matter what you have got planned, you’ll need to look the part with an impressive costume. Every year, popular culture dictates the ‘must have’ costumes. Last year there were thousands of Walter Whites roaming the streets in the oh-so complimentary yellow overalls, crazily outfitted Lady Gaga’s dominated clubs in 2009 and it is a fact that this year there will be costumes dedicated to what’s been popular in 2014. Spirit, a holiday retailer with over 1,000 pop-up Halloween stores in America, recently published a list with the costumes they predict will be popular this year. Topping the list for 2014 are the characters from Frozen, which is hardly surprising considering it grossed over a billion dollars. Expect to see plenty of girls, and probably a few guys, drunkenly singing, “Let it go, let it go”. Aside from the likes of Elsa and Hans, Spirit expects to see plenty of costumes inspired by hit TV shows such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. The list also predicts that joining Daenerys and the groups of zombies
will be those who opt for the classic superhero costumes with Batman and Spiderman being the favourites for this Halloween. Although pop-culture does dictate what you can expect to see on the 31st October, there are always a few costumes you’re guaranteed to see. It wouldn’t feel like Halloween without the usual lazy guy in a scream mask or the girl in a cheap blonde wig imitating Marilyn Monroe. Other usual suspects at parties include the type of costumes you can pick up in Asda for less than £20; ghost, witch, vampire, werewolf, you get the gist. For all the cash-strapped students out there not wanting to waste valuable drinking money on an expensive ghost busters costume there are plenty of easy DIY options. Take a quick glimpse around your house and you’ll find plenty of things that can be fashioned into a half decent costume. For example; grab an old black umbrella, cut it in half, sew the two halves onto either side of a black hoody and you’re a bat. For another homemade costume, that you’ll probably have to explain to everyone, gather as many leaves as possible, glue them onto a green dress, slap on a lot of green sparkly face paint and if you have red hair brilliant, if not get a cheap red wig and you’re poison ivy.
Although unique DIY costumes are always brilliant, one of the best ways to impress at any party is to round up some friends and go together as a group. The best group costumes mean that even if you get separated people won’t be scratching their heads trying to figure out what you are. A fairly easy group costume idea is the characters from Mario Kart, not just Mario and Luigi, get princess Peach and Toad involved too. You could even go as Britney throughout the years, which is always funnier when it’s a group of guys donning the red leather jumpsuit and school girl uniform. Or similarly, as a group, try various Johnny Depp characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands and Willy Wonka. However, no matter where you go or what you’re dressed as it’s a certainty that you’ll meet plenty of ‘sexy’ costumes; sexy nurses, sexy vampires even sexy Jigsaw from Saw. Girls have used Halloween as an excuse to dress more provocatively than usual for years but as a general rule of thumb remember, if it has to be sexy at least make it something sexy and scary. And if all else fails, go by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx as a mouse, duh! email@example.com
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DO WE ALL DO IT? The days when young men would ask a father’s permission before he began courting his daughter are officially long gone. Now with the likes of Tinder, Facebook and Snapchat, the world of dating is as murky and confusing as ever. We persuaded five anonymous daters to reveal their past dating experiences.
The Three Day Rule Everyone will have heard of this classic dating mantra at one stage or another. Its intent is to keep you from seeming too eager. However, our dates were split on whether it still applied. 20-year-old, Claire Jones, says it’s not relevant anymore: “I think now with social media, like Facebook and twitter, the three day rule is out the window. Guys and girls do want to wait a bit though, no one wants too seem too keen”. Elizabeth McKay, a 19-year-old student disagreed: “It definitely still applies. I got three-day-ruled, right after I went on my first date with my boyfriend, he waited exactly three days before he text”.
Even if it may not be exactly three days anymore, it’s clear that people are following the rule in some sense or another and are afraid of appearing too keen. Though it makes you wonder, how many relationships have failed before they’ve even started, due to neither party wanting to come on too strongly? Social media The internet provides so many advantages for dating, it can bring people who may have never met together but it definitely has its down sides. As one of our anonymous daters commented: “Snap chat will ruin relationships”. Another, 17-year-old Mike, who has been with his girlfriend for a few months, added: “When her snap chat best friends changed and there was another boy, I snap chatted loads of girls until mine changed to include another girl, it made me feel angry and a bit jealous when she did it, so I did it back to her”. He admitted this was an example of playing mind games, but justified it to himself as ‘she did it first’. Word Perfect Replies Hands up if you’ve ever asked a friend for advice on what to text the person you’re seeing? A quick poll of male friends revealed that none of them had asked for texting advice but then is that just bravado in front of friends? Or are girls the main culprits in this dating mind game? 22-year-old, Laura Thomas, admits she always asks for a second opinion before pressing send: “I’ve literally asked my friends for advice on how to text back a guy so many times, I can’t even count. I’ve made them tell me word for word
what I should say”. She gave a further explanation saying she’s just scared of coming across too eager as she fears she may have scared guys away before. What are we? Any Friends lover will remember Ross squirming as Mona initiated the dreaded ‘what are we’ conversation and he responded by giving her his only key to his apartment, total nightmare. For most people it’s a bit less dramatic than that and they simply realize over time that it has progressed from just ‘seeing’ each other to being full on official boyfriend and girlfriend. However, for some people there does have to be an actual, formal question asked. Elizabeth doesn’t think so: “I think if you’re both on the same page, and you both know what each other wants then there doesn’t need to be a big discussion, you just know that your together, exclusively”. Scott Smith is in a fairly new relationship and he disagrees with Elizabeth, he believes the question does need to be asked: “I think it’s nice of the man to ask out his lady, it shows respect for her and that he truly wants to be with her. For a lot of people it’s a mere formality and a lot of people don’t do it as they don’t like putting tags on it. However, for me, asking the girl out will always be a necessity”. The ‘what are we’ question can feel like a mind game for some people, Claire has experienced this first hand. “I felt like he never wanted to put a tag on it because he wanted the excuse of ‘we’re not official’ if I caught him doing anything. We were basically together and I wouldn’t mess about as it kind of felt like cheating, but he felt no guilt because we hadn’t agreed on what we were”. Pointless Our anonymous male and female daters did manage to agree on one thing; no matter what games are being played, or what sex they’re being played by, it is all completely and utterly pointless. *All names have been changes to protect identities*
SERIOUSLY. JESUS STARTED THE WHOLE WAIT THREE DAYS THING.
JUST DELETE ME: CAN YOU REALLY ERASE YOUR ONLINE LIFE?
For many of us, the idea of our online life forming a part of our real-world identity is nothing new. Most of us have heard stories of employers turning down prospective recruits due to an old Facebook status or disciplinary action being taken as the result of an ill-judged tweet. So what happens when you take the decision to tidy up your murky internet past; is it really possible to delete your online life? Robb Lewis, a student at the University of Portsmouth, set up Just Delete Me, a site that aims to help people delete different aspects of their online presence by providing a directory of links to delete accounts held by web services such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Netflix. He argues that the site was set up in response to companies who have made it increasingly difficult to break away from their online services. “It came about as a result of a screenshot of someone trying to delete their Skype account,” Robb explains. “They needed to know all this information like five of their contacts, the email they originally signed up with; stuff that you wouldn’t necessarily know. “In the end they weren’t able to delete their account because they didn’t know the information. And then a colleague of mine, Ed – who did the design for the site, he tried to delete his Netflix account and found that he couldn’t do that either. They just won’t let you delete it.”
Netflix is far from alone. Just Delete Me is useful because it shows through a simple colour scheme which companies make it the most difficult to part ways. Perhaps most interesting of all, is the ability to see which organisations flat out refuse to delete or terminate accounts. GoDaddy, Gravatar and Pinterest are just a few of a large list of web services that refuse to relinquish your account information. While that might come as a blow to those looking to go ‘off the radar’, this information is really best served for those thinking about setting up new accounts. Is the service really worth handing the company a lifetime subscription to your own private details? One of the biggest factors in making people more aware of their online presence was the NSA whistleblowing scandal of last year, where Edward Snowden and others exposed the massive day-to-day misuse of our personal data. Whilst exposing these types of scandals can help to raise awareness of the way our information is used, Robb thinks that our emotional attachment to these services can often deter us from pulling the plug once and for all. “I think Facebook is a good example,” he says. “You sign up and you start off by giving your name and your birthday and things like that. Once you’ve been on there a few years you might have thousands of photos and hundreds of friends. You’ve been checking in everywhere
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you go so they know where you are at all times. “Of course, you can delete your account but that can be a big thing to do when you’ve been there six or seven years. It can be a big deal for people to lose all that data and not have that easy route to keep in contact with people.” As we move forward into an age where all of our interactions become more social, it’s hard to see how this problem will ever go away. When the next generation of gaming consoles were announced, almost all of them made a point to emphasise the social aspects of their devices. Perhaps taking this to another level was Microsoft, who announced that their new Xbox One console would have the ability to be “always listening, even when it’s turned off”. They argued that they wanted their console to be able to respond quickly and naturally to users. It seems to be symptomatic of the direction in which we’re heading. The truth is that anonymity is a thing of the past. Everything you do is now tracked. Whether it’s making an online purchase or sending a Facebook message to your friends, someone is watching – and recording. The process of caching – storing an older version of a website so that it can still be viewed – means that no matter what you do, you will never truly be able to delete your online life. Like it or not, it’s here to stay. Whilst, for the majority of us, simply deleting old accounts will be enough to hide embarrassing holiday pictures from perspective employers or whoever else; the best advice is probably the same kind you’ve been given throughout your life from by Derek Healey teachers, parents and politicsandthat.com a raft of others: think @Healey26 before you upload. email@example.com
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