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GLASGOW ‘SUGAR BABIES’ RISING Controversial dating website seekingarrangment.com has revealed how many of its members, also known as ‘sugar babies’, are enrolled in Scottish universities. WHAT ARE SUGAR BABIES AND SUGAR DADDIES? SeekingArrangement pairs young females, the sugar babies, with wealthy males, the sugar daddies, so they can engage in ‘mutually beneficial relationships’. The sugar daddies, who are reportedly often married and earn on average £170,000 a year, pay the sugar babies for their ‘companionship’ and the average sugar baby reportedly receives a £2,000 ‘monthly allowance’. According to the website, there are 368 members signed up from the University of St. Andrews, 295 from Glasgow Caledonian, 178 from University of Glasgow, 163 from Edinburgh University and 122 students from Strathclyde University. However, many of the universities are less than pleased about the claims and have vehemently denied any involvement between their students and the website. A University of St Andrews spokesman said: “There’s not a shred of evidence that their claims about Scottish universities and the numbers of students signing up are true. “This is a copycat of a claim which the same company made exactly a year ago, and the year before that. Anyone daft enough to sign up to the site in the hope of meeting Scottish students is going to be sorely disappointed.” Glasgow Caledonian, which had 76 students sign up in 2014 according to the official SeekingArrangement yearly report, also issued a statement, saying: “GCU has no means of verifying the statistic quoted and we have no connection to the company involved. “Any students with money problems are advised to seek

advice from a GCU Funding Advisor to contact the Student Association for assistance. The university administers a number of student support welfare services and funds to help those facing difficulty.” According to Angela Bermudo, PR manager for the website, students who wish to sign-up for the free premium membership on the site must ‘register their school assigned

Honestly, I don’t know any woman who wouldn’t enjoy being in a relationship that provides all these benefits email addresses’. However, she added: “In some cases, if a student doesn’t wish to use that email address, then they need to show proof of enrollment.” Whilst the website says this method of registering is how they verify a student’s status at specific universities, it should be noted that whilst students may indeed sign up, that does not necessarily mean they are active members on the site. With all the press surrounding these yearly reports, students could be singing up just to find out what the website has to offer. According to SeekingArrangement, the perks of being a sugar baby include; financial stability, finding a mentor, dating experienced men and being pampered – with shopping sprees, expensive dinners and exotic travels. Due to this exchange of money and gifts for

‘companionship’, many have compared the sugar babies to prostitutes. However, Angela denies any link between its members and prostitution, saying: “SeekingArrangement is a dating website. It is nowhere near prostitution as a traditional relationship is; sex is not part of the agreement to partake in the relationship. We don’t allow prostitutes or escorts to use the website, regardless of the country they are in, and go through lengths to make sure these individuals do not use our website.” “Certainly, when you spend enough time with someone you have a connection with, then meaningful relationships can develop. Even when mentoring someone, you build a connection and enter into a level of commitment,” added Angela. Students make up 42% of the website’s members and according to the CEO, Brandon Wade, finding an arrangement can be a huge help when studying: “Four in ten graduates struggle to find work and three-quarters won’t be able to pay off debt, according to statistics.” He added: “Sugaring not only aids in the cost of pursuing an education, but a large majority of these men and women will have a more solid financial situation upon graduation and maybe even a job.” For many young students though, the allure of fancy gifts, wild shopping sprees and the free premium membership may encourage them to join but then you have to wonder, is this a form of exploiting these cash-strapped students? Angela argues no, saying becoming a sugar baby is ‘a form of empowerment for women’. She said: “They can be independent, goal oriented and ambitious, while openly voicing what they expect in a partner. There’s no shame in wanting to be with someone who will elevate your position in life.”


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• Great Food Available All Day • Regular Drinks Promotions Brandon Wade CEO of SeekingArrangements: Love is a concept invented by poor people. However, when you actually consider the prospect of joining a dating website where you exchange your time (and usually your affection) for money or gifts, in the form of a relationship or as an ‘arrangement’, it seems cold, nothing like a normal relationship and sounds as though the sugarbabies are effectively dating for a living, working as wellpaid girlfriends. According to Angela, romance is certainly not lost among sugar daddies or mommies and their sugar babies. “If anything, this brings back chivalry which seems to be lost in modern society. Negotiating who pays the bill or having to split the bill during meal, not being able to go on vacation together, or spending less time together just to make ends meet destroys the nature of romance in traditional relationships. Arrangements are more like the relationships of old where men felt inclined to be the provider.” It does seem a terribly old fashioned idea; that men are the ‘providers’ in the relationship and women are there for what? To provide companionship? However, this does seem to be a popular option. SeekingArrangement currently has over 3,200,000 sugar babies registered and Angela added that ‘sugaring’ has become widespread with business professionals and educators, who are also registering as sugar babies. “Everyone that uses the website enjoys the lifestyle, where your partner not only fulfills financial needs, mentorship and opens up new opportunities for them, but also treats them to nice gifts – such as cars, jewelry and clothes – and experiences, like trips abroad and staying at nice hotels. Honestly, I don’t know any woman who wouldn’t enjoy being in a relationship that provides all these benefits”, said Angela. The idea of ‘sugaring’ is hard to wrap your head around.

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MENTAL HEALTH AMONGST STUDENTS AIDAN SCOTT

As we enter the month of February, students all over the country are rejoicing at the end of the January exams and the prospect of not facing any more, at least for another few months that is. For many students however, this can be a stressful time of year and can even be a contributing factor in some experiencing problems with their mental health and wellbeing. So what exactly causes these problems and what is being done to help those students going through this? The problem of students dealing with mental illness has increased over the last few years. In 2013, the National Union of Students (NUS) carried out a study with 1,200 volunteers in higher education, and found that 20 per cent of these students considered themselves to have a mental illness. Worryingly, 13 per cent of the students surveyed admitted that they had been experiencing suicidal thoughts. Almost all of the students who took part in the study, around 92 per cent, said that they experienced feelings of stress, pessimism and also that they found it hard to motivate themselves. Unsurprisingly, the study found the main cause of this to be course work with two thirds of the students citing this as their main problem. Studying and the exams themselves also rank highly on the list with just over half of students attributing their problems to this. The study also found that financial difficulty was a major source of concern for students and this is an issue which has only become worse over the last five years. One of the main areas of concern highlighted by the study was that over a quarter of those who took part had never sought help for their problems and that just one in ten students benefitted from assistance by their respective institutions. This is a problem that is all too common in how we deal with mental illness as a whole and it is vitally important that you talk to someone if you feel you have problems. Since the results of the study were published, the NUS Scotland division has launched a Think Positive campaign that aims to promote good mental health and tackle the social stigma and ignorance that surrounds the issue in this country. On the campaign’s website, they have a number of articles which talk about the subject; ranging from their “top ten tips for a happy you” (including tips on socialising without the assistance of alcohol), advice on how to work out if one of your friends is dealing with a mental health

problem or illness, and an article explaining the effects of different mental illnesses. If you are interested in helping the campaign by increasing awareness of mental health in your own institution, then the NUS can also provide you with a toolkit on how best to do this. This is a great scheme that is already promoting awareness of mental illness in Scotland’s universities and colleges and it is not the only source of help out there for students. Student Minds is a UK charity that aims to help students who experience mental health problems and who suffer with mental illnesses. As a result of research they have carried out around the issue of mental illness among students, Student Minds have been able to train volunteers and give them the support they need to campaign for greater awareness and assistance for affected students at their institutions, as well as helping them to set up peer support programmes. The charity is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the Students Against Depression website which was set up in 2005. Students Against Depression was started by the families of two young men who committed suicide after suffering

with depression. They aim to combat the problem of depression among students – an illness that sadly leads to suicide in many cases. It is a significantly distressing statistic that more men under of the age of 35 in the UK die as a result of suicide than of any other cause. The website offers advice and support to those students and young people who are suffering with the effects of depression and the contemplation of suicide. The website is full of articles that give advice on how to spot mental illness in friends and how to tackle depression,

as well as offering support and providing a range of stories of students who have overcome depression and who are now offering their assistance to others going through the same problem. Most recently for example, Students Against Depression published an article on how to deal with exam stress. The article provides links to useful resources for dealing with stress and depression; a “ten ways to fight your fears” guide for dealing with anxiety by the NHS, a “five ways to keep your cool in January” article that gives you tips on how to balance your various commitments during exam time, and a guide that was published by the Student Minds charity on simple and effective ways of dealing with exam stress. While this information may already appear to be out of date, the techniques can be used at any time during the academic year. Both the NUS and Student Minds, as well as many other charities, are doing as much as they can in order to raise awareness of mental health issues among students. The increasing success of their campaigns at institutions all over the country is proof of this. What have the institutions done to increase support for students having problems, however? To be fair, universities and colleges are playing their part as well. For example, counselling can be expensive for those people who suffer with mental illnesses. If you are a student at any UK university and have had a mental health condition for some time, then you are eligible to apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). The DSA would provide you with funds for any treatment or help that required payment. As well as this fund, some universities have found more creative ways of working together with their students to offer help to those who have been feeling stressed. In 2013, Aberdeen University, inspired by the original idea of a Canadian institution, joined together with their student union and Guide Dogs Scotland to bring a puppy room to the university. The puppy room was set up during exam time and was a place where students could take a break from the stresses of exams and play with puppies, engaging in so-called “pet therapy”. The event was a great success with students and many of them said it helped to significantly reduce any feelings of stress that they had been dealing with during the exams. The scheme has since been rolled out at other Scottish universities, Glasgow University being one of the latest to set up a puppy room on campus, this time in partnership with Canine Concern Scotland. The student counselling service at the University of Edinburgh carried out a study on the phenomenon at their own event last year, and found that the students overwhelmingly found it to be a great stress-relieving activity. Of the 223 students who took the survey, 94 per cent of them said that they felt less stress as a direct consequence of spending time with the puppies, while 89 per cent agreed that it was a worthwhile use of their time and a welcome break from their studies. The university counsellors concluded that the best option was to run the event again during the next exams period. While the prospect of being able to play with puppies during exam time sounds like a great idea and a great way to relieve yourself of stress, it should not be forgotten that every university and college has their own counselling services that are always prepared to help students with any problems they have, including help for students who are dealing with mental health problems. On that note, it is encouraging that in a time when mental health problems among students are on the rise, the young people who are suffering with these illnesses are not on their own and in many cases, have a variety of different means of support available to them. Remember, if you are ever feeling down, stressed or even something more serious, do not hesitate to share your feelings with others. As shown by the examples of support available to students in this article, everything that can be done will be done in order to help you with your problems. Try not to get overly stressed about exams, finances etc. All that matters is your wellbeing. For more information on the schemes mentioned in this article, you can go to: www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-scotland/ student-mental-health/ www.studentsagainstdepression.org/


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SCOTTISH GAME JAM Ever fancied making your own game? If you fancy yourself as the next Hideo Kojima then chances are you were at the Scottish Game Jam on the weekend of the 23rd – 25th of January. If you weren’t one of the lucky few who managed to get a place at the Game Jam however, don’t worry, we will tell you all about it! Caledonian University was the host of the event that takes place alongside similar events all over the world. Gamers have just 48 hours to come up with ideas for, and then develop their own games. At this year’s event in Glasgow, 26 games were created that made use of some of your favourite genres and in some cases, even designed for virtual headsets. One of the more interesting efforts created in Glasgow’s Game Jam was a retro arcade game called eleMENTALS. The basic concept of the game was built around cooperation with friends. Unless you stay in constant communication with other players, then you will struggle to find any success in this game. Another game created during the event promises to be extremely addictive and one that could become very popular

with users of smart phones. What Do We Do Now? is a simple two player game that forces the players to compete against each other in a test of reaction time. Each player has one half of the screen and have to complete patterns quicker than their opponent in order to win the round. You can also use power-ups like bombs to throw your opponent off course. This is one that I can definitely see being on the App Store before too long. These are just some examples of the games on offer at the event and it is worth checking them out for yourself. Speaking through the university website, Brian McDonald, the programme leader of the games software development at Caledonian University, said: “The event was a huge success. I thank all the staff who supported it and took time out of their busy schedule to help organise it.” If you have always dreamed of making your own game, then you should definitely make sure you are at the 2016 Scottish Game Jam.

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Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is hosting the NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Ageing Speciality Conference. Taking place on Friday, February 27 2015, the conference will have the theme ‘Waste not, want not’, a practical approach to increasing value and reducing waste in the ageing research field. The University of Edinburgh’s Professor of Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine, Gillian Mead, will chair the conference.

Open Day – Multimedia Journalism Glasgow Caledonian University’s MA Multimedia Journalism course is Central Scotland’s first postgraduate journalism masters programme designed to prepare every one of its students for a career in all journalistic media. It has already secured accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), and is the only postgraduate journalism course in central Scotland approved by both organisations. Open day will take place on 27th February.

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The life and work of internationally respected feminist economist Ailsa McKay was celebrated this month at a conference at Glasgow Caledonian University, featuring leading politicians and academics. Professor McKay, who died in March last year, was well-recognised for her key role in influencing government policy decisions affecting the lives of women, children and families. The conference highlighted Professor McKay’s work in championing the position of women in Scotland’s economy through gender budgeting; her call for a transformation in childcare including greater investment in childcare provision; and the promotion of a citizen’s basic income. The conference was organised by the Women in Scotland’s Economy (WiSE) Research Centre, which was established by Professor McKay. Jim Campbell, Acting Director of WiSE said the contribution Professor McKay had made to civic life had helped to enrich the lives of women across Scotland. “Ailsa aspired for gender equality, challenged existing norms, and worked to improve the quality of life for women, their children and families,” Mr Campbell said. “WiSE was Ailsa’s vision and the work of WiSE continues. We are honoured to celebrate her life and the outstanding contribution she made in Scotland and on an international platform to enrich the lives of women and our society.”

WiSE began as a series of events and sought to reflect the importance of gender awareness in economic policy and economic growth by considering the distinct roles played by women and men in Scotland’s economy. This core set of topics centred around occupational segregation; equal pay; women in management; women in non-traditional industries including the creative industries in Scotland; social economy and social enterprise development; business development and knowledge transfer; and gender analysis in policymaking and public resource allocation. The conference’s keynote address was delivered by Professor Marilyn Waring of Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and Honorary Doctorate of GCU Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP. Former First Minister Alex Salmond MSP also addressed delegates. Other key speakers included GCU Visiting Professor Diane Elson; Honorary Professor and Chief Economic Advisor to the Scottish Government, Dr Gary Gillespie; and distinguished academic colleagues from other UK, European and Canadian universities. Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP also joined politicians, scholars and civil-society leaders at the event and spoke of the profound impact of Professor McKay’s work. The conference was held at Glasgow Caledonian University on Thursday, January 22 to Friday, January 23.

A group of fourth year veterinary medicine students have established Glasgow’s first free clinic for dogs belonging to homeless people, in partnership with Glasgow Simon community. The University of Glasgow students will be providing free vaccinations, flea/ worming treatment, microchips, food and other supplies for the homeless dogs. The idea for the clinic first came about when founder, Ruby Shorrock, heard about a similar scheme in England. She said: “Glasgow is in desperate need of a project like this as there is very little support for homeless people with dogs. There are no dog friendly hostels at all in the city. “The clinic will provide much needed preventative care for the dogs and general aid to them both. It will also be a friendly environment for the people where they can get a warm drink, a sandwich and a friendly chat. “To many of these people their dogs are the only things willing to love them unconditionally. They provide muchneeded company and are very special to their owners. Preventing the dogs from catching nasty diseases and parasites is an easy way to make sure their lives are comfortable.” The free clinic has already helped owners like Mike, who visited with his Staffordshire bull terrier, Giro. Mike is quoted on the clinic’s twitter page, saying: “He’s everything to me. I would die for him. He’s my wee pal, I’ve got to look out for him as well.” To run the clinic, the students have been solely relying on donations and fundraising. Ms Shorrock added: “We will also fundraise for any dogs with major health problems so that they can be treated and be more comfortable on the streets.” You can donate to the clinic via PayPal by clicking ‘send payment’, entering ‘trustypaws@outlook.com and then the amount you wish to send. The students also have dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages which are updated with their Amazon wish lists and second hand donation suggestions. Keep up to date with the great work carried out by the trusty paws clinic via www.facebook.com/trustypaws and @ Trusty_ COURTNEY Paws on HENDRY Twitter.

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Lost and found: Colour resources at the Glasgow School of Art

On 23 May 2014 the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art was devastated by fire. The disaster destroyed the School’s world-famous Mackintosh Library and its historical collections, along with many objects from its museum collections. The School’s archives, though saved, were damaged by smoke and water. This talk by Duncan Chappell at University Gardens will highlight some of the resources that were lost and saved across the library, archives and collections, with a particular emphasis on resources for the study of colour and its perception. The event will take place on 18th February.

Ingenious Impressions Ingenious Impressions is the first major UK exhibition to explore the invention of the printed book. Showcasing the University of Glasgow’s rich collections and the results of new research from the Glasgow Incunabula Project, the exhibition charts the development of the early printed book in Europe, exploring the transition from manuscript to print and its impact on late medieval society. The exhibition will take place from 27th February to 21st June at the Hunterian Art Gallery.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

In this 60th anniversary year of the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott, on 4th March, Glasgow University examine’s the contribution of Rosa Parks and other activists to the success of a campaign which struck a blow against discrimination across the South. The Montgomery bus boycott is remembered for the emergence of Dr Martin Luther King Jr however the campaign also involved numerous civic groups and grass roots activists whose contribution was significant. This is their story.


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‘WEEGIE’ You may not yet have heard of Stephen Arthur or George Stewart, the 24 year old actors who wrote, produced and starred in the hilarious ‘Weegies’, but we guarantee it won’t be long until you do. Their television pilot, which is summed up best by its tagline, ‘two drama graduates, one dream, nae hope’ has been gathering steam in Glasgow, notching up thousands of views on YouTube since its January 12th release and has led to the lads being recognised more and more often. Indeed halfway through our interview, an eager fan interrupted saying “I saw the pilot episode of the show guys, it was really good”. The lads thanked the fan then laughingly insisted, ‘we never planked him there’. It’s not hard to see why they’ve received a mostly positive response to the show; it’s an easy to watch comedy that follows the lives of the namesake characters, Steve and George, two budding actors and best friends, who have struggled to find work since graduating from drama school. However, whilst the lads, whose friendship blossomed from a love of acting and 80s music, are indeed drama graduates themselves, they admit that the show isn’t entirely autobiographical. “There is a few bits in the characters that can reflect our personal lives but we have tried to distance ourselves away from the characters as well, this is about their lives,” said George – whose character tries to convince Steve, in the pilot, that London is the place to be if they want their acting careers to take off. Stephen agreed, saying: “It was important for us to give them back stories that are different to ours as it creates a character arc for them so during the rest of the series, you see that developing. As for their situation, it has happened to us but it was more about trying to encompass something that happens to creative students. Both of us have experienced being on the dole, which is how we came to write this and it was dire days but it’s not autobiographical.” It was during those days on the dole that the lads decided to start writing their first script: “When we first came up with the idea, both of us were unemployed and in that same situation so pretty much every day we could just batter these scripts out,” says Stephen. After finishing their scripts, the lads found a director

to shoot the pilot. However, just a week before they were due to film, the original director found professional work: “River City stole our guy a week before filming”, they laugh. Luckily, they found another director who they met just three days before filming. They were left with a very professional looking pilot, which is even more impressive when you consider they had ‘pretty much no budget’ and many of the people who helped with the pilot were students. “Our production manager and sound engineers were all students. I had worked with a wee theatre group and asked if they could suggest anyone and it was mainly students from in and around Glasgow. It looks quite professional and it goes to show what talent is out there, if they’re given the opportunity,” said Stephen. George added how proud he was of the finished product and the hard work that went into it, saying: “Glasgow is the city of culture, it seems to be everything made from Glasgow has that added kick to it. Everybody in Glasgow seems to passionate in what they are doing and what they want to achieve and it makes everything we do stand out that bit better.” They filmed all over Glasgow; from outside Central Station, to the Flying Duck and Bishopbriggs – where the lads are from – and found themselves concentrating on making their Scottish accents come across nicely. “It’s always good when you see acting done with a Glaswegian accent and it seems natural. We’re really critical and I think we managed to pull it off in Weegies”, noted Stephen. However, due to the show being a comedy based on two Glaswegian lads, there will inevitably be comparisons made to classic Scottish comedies like Still Game. “There’s no denying that Still Game is probably the biggest influence for us but I’d say we have our own writing style, like the series is an arc”, says Stephen when asked what he makes of the comparisons. “We tried to go kind of Still Game/Extra’s, well I say tried to but I don’t know how well it came across”, he laughingly adds. “I think because it is Glasgow, you will get tarred with that and people will draw comparisons but they are the kings of it. If we were even a tenth of what they were, it’d

be so amazing,” adds George. Both Stephen and George mention that Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill are massive influences in their acting careers, along with David Tennant, James McAvoy, Gregor Fisher and Limmy. They were thrilled to have their promo video for the pilot retweeted by Limmy and said Ford Kiernan has privately messaged them to discuss the promo. The comedy unit, who produced Still Game, also gave the lads feedback on the show. George said: “They were really helpful by emailing us and giving us advice and stuff and it’s good to get that feedback from the industry and they are obviously one of the big players in Scotland especially so it was good.” The show has yet to be picked up for television but the lads are hopeful, saying: “There’s been some interest. We’ve put it into a few festivals and BAFTA and things like that but if there is a clamour for second episodes, that would help convince people”. The views on the pilot are rising every day, so we’re certain it won’t be long until that clamour to find out what happens next intensifies. In the meantime, they’ve written the rest of the series, there’s eight episodes in total, and they have been working on a stage show that they’ll ‘maybe’ put into production just after summer. Possibly around fringe time I wonder? “Well you never know, you never know”, replied George teasingly. “Depends how long we spend procrastinating,” adds Stephen. We’re hopeful that stage show does come to fruition but if not, we’ll settle for the rest of the series – fingers crossed this brilliant comedy gets picked up. Follow Weegies on twitter for updates – @weegiestvshow

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After scoring their first ever UK number one album last year with Cavalier Youth, You Me At Six are now about to embark on a massive five-date arena tour this February, which they are co-headlining with American pop-punk band All Time Low. Ahead of the huge arena extravaganza, I had a quick chat with You Me At Six drummer, Dan Flint, to discuss the upcoming tour, sweaty crowds and Valentines Day plans...

there will be some fireworks going off, big video screens with big sets and it’ll be You Me At Six like you have seen us before but bigger and better. We really want to keep the energy up and we’ve chosen a set that sort of flows really nicely and there are some old songs in there and we’re playing a few songs from the new album that we’ve never ever played before so it’ll be a good mix with high energy levels and I think it’ll be really intense.

So you must be getting pretty excited about the tour?

I know you’ve just sold out a gig at the Boileroom as part of Independent Venue Week which will be a really intimate gig, how do those shows compare to playing an arena tour and what kind of gig do you personally prefer?

Yeah, I can’t wait. We’ve had this tour on our minds ever since we wrote the album and we always had the ambition to reach the 02 at some point and everyone’s so excited that it’s actually here. We’re going out with All Time Low and that should be fun. We’ve known the guys for a few years now and it should be a laugh. We know the fans really like them and it should be a great night, I can already feel that the fans are excited. They don’t just get to see one of their favorite bands, I think quite a lot of our fans are getting to see two of their favorite bands in one night and everyone’s going to be buzzing and bouncing off the walls. I think it should be a tour that we’ll never want to end and it’s a shame that it is so short. Your fans in Glasgow are definitely looking forward to it, what kind of things should they expect at the show? It’s going to be a massive show and we’ve got so many productions ideas; maybe

I think it’s not so much a case of preferring one or the other because they’re just so different. I mean it’s great to go out and play these big arena tours and it’s really fun when you hear 10,000 people singing the songs back to you but then also the small shows have that intimate feel where you can see every member of the crowd and you can tell what they’re thinking and feeling judging by their expressions and you can have a real cool interaction with your fans at those shows. I love doing both, but I think there’s just a little bit more of a relaxed feel about doing the smaller shows which is always a lot of fun but then it’s nice sometimes to put some pressure on yourself and go out and play these big arenas with huge crowds and big screens and everything has to run smoothly like clockwork and it’s like a proper show. But then


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the smaller shows feel more like an old-school proper gig, where everyone gets nice and sweaty and you can almost touch the fans and you can see them all jumping up and down and then the fans start jumping up on stage and we just love the pandemonium at those ones but they’re both great in their own way.

and then how it ends up on the final CD and we’ll all be excited to get back into that after the festival season.

You’re also playing a gig for War Child, how did that collaboration come about?

Yeah, exactly we all have different passions. Max has been in the studio with another band and he’s been doing some work producing wise which he’s really excited about. As I said, I’m just finishing off building a studio at my house and I’m thinking about doing some blogging about drumming, like with tutorials. We always like to keep busy and creative but our main goal is to learn as much as we can and experience as much as we can and then take it back to doing You Me At Six, which usually means we are bigger and better and have some fun new ideas.

They asked us about playing it and our manager had been speaking to them about doing something and we thought ‘we’re already doing one for Backline and The Independent Venue Week so why not do another one after the tour?’ Whenever we can do something for charity or do something that helps out other people, just by playing a gig, I mean why wouldn’t we do it? That’s what we love to do so if we can help people out by doing it then we’re more than happy to do so. It’s another exciting gig in the calendar and it should be fun. After you’ve finished with all your gigs, have you guys got any plans to record this year? We won’t be recording but we’ll definitely start thinking about what comes next for You Me At Six, like we’ll discuss which direction we want to go in. I’m currently building a studio at my house so that we can get together and rehearse and start writing music together whenever we fancy. It’s something that we never put pressure on ourselves to do, we never think ‘right, the cycle is over lets write a new album’, we like to keep it quite organic and I think that’s how we work best. To be fair, our favorite thing to do is to write and record music and see how a song starts out

You guys all have your own separate projects like yourself with Welcome to Flint Town, are those your other passions that you focus on when you have time off?

Since you are wrapping up the arena tour on Valentines Day and since it’s our February issue, I have to ask, will you find time to celebrate on the day or are you too busy?

family – and of course the girlfriends – coming down on the night and we’ll try and spend as much time as we can with the loved ones but we have a job to do at the end of the day and we need to put on a great show for all the fans coming down. I think we’ll maybe rearrange our Valentines Day to the weekend after. You can just choose any other day, the 18th or something and make that your own personal Valentines Day... Exactly yeah! That’s perfect, job done. Tickets are £32.50 and can be purchased via www. ticketmaster.co.uk for the You Me At Six and All Time Low Glasgow gig at The SSE Hydro on February 12.

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Well I’ll probably be too busy on the day, obviously the 02 is such a prestigious venue but we’ve got all our friends and

You Me At Six along with co-headliners, the American pop punk giants All Time Low, will kick off their gigantic tour on 9th February, with a stop at Glasgow’s Hydro on 12th February.

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GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL;

More Than a Celebration of Cinema If you read last month’s issue, you might have seen that we pushed the release date for Glasgow’s very own film festival’s programme. And it’s no wonder. The Glasgow Film Festival began in 2005, and in this, its 10th year, its fans, organisers and supporters are getting together to celebrate the success of the festival, which has grown and grown from such humble beginnings. And how better to do that than putting on a barnstormer of a festival with a programme that offers a platform for some of the biggest names, independent talents and upcoming stars in the cinema industry. The event has now cemented itself as one of the stand-out billings in Glasgow’s highly revered cultural calendar, and this year, like each one before, it promises to tantalise and bemuse in equal measure, offering up a 10 day feast for film lovers the world over to get their teeth sunk into. It all begins on the 18th of February, with the curtain coming down on the 1st of March. The main hub for the festivities is Glasgow Film Theatre, a modest and independent cinema that is almost symbolic of the ethos of the entire festival. The Glasgow Film Festival aims to treat all festival goers like movie-star royalty, and it’s this open door policy to everyone that makes the festival stand out against other festivals of its type. It is a film festival ultimately, but that’s not all it is. The festival’s opening gala is cautionary yet poignant comedy, While We’re Young. This young-at-heart movie is about an ageing filmmaker, Josh (Ben Stiller) who has lost his ambition and that lust for life he once had. Passing his days by in a settled and somewhat overly-comfortable marriage with wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts), his life is reinvigorated when he meets aspiring amatuer filmmaker Jamie (Adam Driver) and his wife Darby (Amanda Seyfried). The two

breathe new energy into the ageing Josh, and their vibrancy and positivity helps him grab this chance with both hands to feel young at heart once again. This film sparks positivity in even the most morose of souls. It’s a heartfelt comedy that will make you appreciate what you have, and how long you have it for. Directed by Francis Ha director Noah Baumbach, the writing, direction and creativity of the film will leave you teary-eyed with a wry smile. The whole cast really pull it out the bag. Glasgow has the pleasure of being the film’s European première. Tickets for the opening night are sold out, but you can catch other screenings of this film across the festival. Glasgow Film Festival and big premieres go hand in hand. In total, there will be 174 events taking place across the festival, with 11 world premières, 10 European premières and 33 UK premières. This exclusivity and excitement around some of the world’s biggest films and stars is testament to the growth of the festival over the last 10 years, and shows just how seriously the cinema world takes Glasgow when it comes to film. The closing night is just as special. Force Majeure, winner of the Uncertain Regard Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, is to take centre stage and give the festival the most apt and powerful of send offs. Directed by Ruben Ostlund, the film centres around a family on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. Suddenly, an avalanche tears towards the restaurant where the family are eating, and father Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) grabs his phone and runs, leaving his wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their children to make a break for it themselves. The film explores the fractious nature of married life, and the ultimate aim for self preservation. Ostlund takes us on a journey right to the heart of men and women’s approach to the world, and the differences between them. Twists and turns abound, you’ll be in for

surprise after surprise. It promises to get you talking, and is a poignant cinematic spectacle to end the festival on. Expect to see so much more too between these massive films. There really is something for everyone, as clichéd as it sounds. Drum beat inspired adrenaline thrill ride Whiplash is on the bill, as is Paul Thomas Anderson’s adapatation of Thomas Pynchon’s lackadaisical dark novel Inherent Vice, starring the brilliant Joaquin Phoenix. The critically acclaimed thriller A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac, is another to look out for. The film is a dark twist and cynical take on the sought after American dream. In terms of British films, look out for Still Life. This film is about Eddie Marson (John May), a funeral director who organises the affairs of the deceased with no next of kin. His dreary and bleak outlook on life changes when he meets Kelly Stoke (Joanne Froggart) and the film is a mixture of dark comedy and new life, even if it centres around past life. These are just some of the highlights of the cinema on show at this years GFF, but you don’t need to take my word for it, just go online and check out the varied and impressive schedule that the organisers have planned. There’s even something for the kids, or you can just use that as an excuse. Rescreenings of Paddington and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are on the bill alongside a Shaun the Sheep movie and personal childhood favourites of mine, Labyrinth and Jumanji. Jumanji is perhaps more special given the tragic passing of Robin Williams last year. The festival also takes time to celebrate famous faces old and new, as well as famous films. There’s a Late Night Cult Classic event at Nice N Sleazys, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead the focus of this year’s cult celebration. There will be a special screening of classic Casablanca, a timeless film that mesmerises young and old. The celebration of old and classic cinema is as important

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FEBRUARY 2015, ISSUE 6 as showcasing this year’s highlights. Its an appreciative festival, that links the authenticity and impact of old film with the vibrancy and creativity of new cinema. They have a valentines season, showing Dustin Hoffman’s career defining film The Graduate, as well as New York love story Love is Strange starring John Lithgow and old romantic films The Philadelphia Story and Brief Encounter. It’s not just premières of big showcases the festival endorses. The Glasgow Youth Film Festival is the back for a 7th year and is the only film festival in Europe curated by 15-18 year olds. As part of the programme, travel film The Signal wherein 3 students cross the US to find a talented computer hacker, is part of the opening night. Korso, the story of a Finnish Basketball prodigy is also highly revered, as are coming-of-age film Supernova and British 8 part series Glue about a mysterious murder and the stories of those involved. Just go online, and see what tickles your fancy. There is also a short film mini-festival as part of the Glasgow Film Festival which celebrates the best in short films from Scotland, the UK and around the world. This takes place between 11-15 March and is a platform for some of the most intriguing and eye catching short film cinema. Highlights include 12th Player, a programme of football themed shorts celebrating football fans. Again, the programme is online, so what are you waiting for? And it isn’t just about introducing people to the films themselves. This festival has an abundance of workshops, lectures and meet and greets with some of the most talented writers and directors in the business. These are great opportunities for anyone interested in filmmaking or writing for film and TV to speak to established names in the industry. Go there with an open mind, and you will learn so much. Who knows, maybe thanks to the kickstart one of these workshops gives you, you’ll be back in Glasgow in 10 years time celebrating the 20th anniversary with one of your own projects. We really are blessed to have such a refreshing, grassroots and vibrant film festival on our doorstep. This festival has grown each year, but retained the modesty that makes it so attractive. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a great opportunity to see film from across the globe and immerse yourself in its celebration, and maybe learn some tricks of the trade along the way. So don your tuxedo or little black dress, get a glass of champagne, and stroll down the red carpet like a superstar into a world of imagination, surprise and creativity at Glasgow’s very own film extravaganza.

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CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL The internet has taught us a lot about people. Such as our attachment to 15 minute fame on social media, where everything from our frustrations in bank queues, to the gluttonous scran we’re about to eat, to the implied interest through liking carefully selected photos of the opposite sex are all shared and twittered into a universe of frustrated, flirty, gluttonous twitterers. Maybe even our association with pornography, or our self righteousness “intelligence” in the ocean on information, confusing facts and knowledge with conjecture. But perhaps more than anything, it’s shown us one thing. How much people love cats. Cats. Cats. Cats. The internet, undeniably, loves those furry little felines. And who couldn’t love cats. Well, dog lovers. But they don’t count. The internet is awash with pictures and videos of cats doing the unimaginable, or of their owners subjecting them to some kind of torment via dressing them up or sticking their heads through slices of bread. And to celebrate, the Walkers Art Centre in Minneapolis has had a festival for the last three years running, celebrating the best in cat videos, with a raft of awards, laughs and cute little whiskers. But that’s in Minneapolis, a long way to travel for cat lovers to enjoy a celebration of their favourite meowing

moggys. If only there was some kind of festival right here in Glasgow for cat lovers to congregate. What’s that? There is? This year, as part of the Glasgow Film Festival, the Minneapolis showcase is coming to the city, and Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art will play host to the feline-themed programme as part of the festival’s schedule. Cue joyous bursts of celebration from cat lovers city wide. The interest has already been huge, and why not? It’s all for fun, and if cat videos are your thing, more power to you. It’ll have all the online favourites, such as Henri Le Chat Noir, and the Golden Kitty people’s choice award for whom the audience thinks is the most deserved cat of them all. The Minneapolis event has grown year after year, and after it’s success this time round, it’s no wonder organisers of the GFF have leaped onto the back of their cat inspired success. So, if you have a notion for frantic feline frolics and cat related chaos, or just like (p)aww’ing at the unquestionably cute, get online to the Glasgow Film Festival website and get your claws into booking a seat. If you love cats, this couldn’t be anymore CAMERON purrfect! WILLIS

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ROYAL BLOOD In the space of a year we’ve gone from playing little club shows to playing to large festival crowds...there is definitely a pressure, but it’s a good kind of pressure, you always want to deliver.

In the exciting (yet often confusing) labyrinth that is modern music today, a popular sentiment that seems to haunt every magazine and every headline, is this inescapable, insufferable notion of the death of rock ’n’ roll music. Most recently, glam-rock titan Gene Simmons has reemerged from his shadowy depths with yet another controversial quote, announcing that rock music has been ‘murdered’ before its time. In such uncertain times for the genre, when a band emerges into the mainstream with a sound as gargantuan and as sharp as Royal Blood have, it’s not difficult to notice them. Royal Blood, made up of frontman Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, originally attracted note for being the only unashamedly loud rock band nominated in BBC’s Sound of 2014, in amongst somewhat more docile acts such as George Ezra, FKA Twigs, and Nick Mulvey. In DIY’s review of their debut album, released in August last year, Stephen Ackroyd claimed that ‘Royal Blood will save us all’ from the drought of authentic rock bands, and since then, people have been readily attributing to them the label of the ‘modern saviours’ of the genre. With such an impressive and heavy crown to carry, it can be difficult for a young band to stand up underneath that sheer

volume of pressure. When I ask Royal Blood about this, honestly, they don’t seem all that concerned. “It’s a compliment, obviously,” the band say in regard to being hailed as messiah-like representatives of rock music, “but it’s not necessarily true. For something to be revived it needs to be dead first. Rock & Roll has never died. There are plenty of bands coming through that are playing this type of music.” Regardless of rock ’n’ roll’s current status in the popularity contest of mainstream music, Royal Blood are a fresh, powerful

It’s not everyday you get to play beneath one of your idols band who have a lot to offer. They feel no pressure to remain writing strictly within any boundaries, and rightly so. “Obviously, our record is what came naturally to us, but we don’t suffer limitations on how we want to create music. Ultimately it’s what we like, and whatever genre that is has no relevance. When we get into the rehearsal room we’ll put lots of ideas across and try to come out with the best possible end result.” Frankly, it seems that too often are Royal Blood discussed purely in reference to their genre’s ‘revival’. It doesn’t make sense to box young musicians so rigidly into the confines of the genre by explaining their success in terms of the genre’s reemergence. For example, when asked about their musical tastes and influences, the result wasn’t overwhelmingly rock-based. “We both really liked George Ezra’s album,” they answer when asked of their favourite releases last year, “he’s a friend of ours. Jack White’s new record was great.” Unsurprisingly, influences of artists within different genres can be heard throughout Royal Blood’s debut album. The opening riff in the bluesy groovedriven ‘Loose Change’ wouldn’t feel entirely out of place in a White Stripes album, while it seems like the pop elements in songs like ‘Little Monster’ and ‘Figure It Out’ are a contributing factor to what makes Royal Blood’s music so accessible to not just fans of rock music, but to those with all sorts

of interests and inclinations. When I ask the band if they themselves have similar music tastes to one another, Mike assures me that they do: “We’ve known each other for ten years, so you don’t tend to go that long without something in common. Ben’s probably a little more pop inclined, but generally we’re on the same wavelength.” Although Mike and Ben have known one another for ten years, what may be surprising (especially concerning their exponential rise to success) is that Royal Blood itself was only formed in 2013. In such a short space of time, the band have been awarded with nominations for the Mercury Prize and the 2015 BRIT Awards, they’ve performed at prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, T in the Park and Radio One’s Big Weekend, and on top of it all, have debuted a superb album which has been topping the charts worldwide. “It’s certainly moved a lot faster than we could ever have imagined,” they say in response. “In the space of a year we’ve gone from playing little club shows to playing to large festival crowds. It’s great, there is definitely a pressure, but it’s a good kind of pressure, you always want to deliver.” In relation to this, what’s immediately obvious when listening to Royal Blood is how fantastic, how powerful their music would sound live, and clearly, live performance is an essential component of who Royal Blood are. Later on this year, the band will be supporting Foo Fighters, with a couple of occasions alongside the legendary Iggy Pop, on a stadium tour. Their excitement is, understandably, limitless. “Yeah it’s mad!” they laugh. “It’s hard to keep up sometimes and understand that it’s real. The Foo Fighters shows are going to be awesome, we’re big fans and it’s not everyday you get to play beneath one of your idols.” I asked them if they felt as though they’ve had to adjust their live performance in any way to cater for these larger venues, to which they responded, “Production is definitely getting bigger. We want people to come to our shows and have an experience, so everything is planning to get bigger. Lights, lasers, strobes, the lot. We want the live show to blow people away, as it’s such an essential element of what we are.” Obviously, it’s been an incredibly busy and an incredibly important couple of years for these two Brighton boys. Near the end of the interview, I pose the impossible question: Of all of the experiences you’ve had over the past two years, which do you think has been the most significant for you? “That’s a good question,” ponders Mike. “Not sure I could specifically pinpoint a moment of significance. I guess it was recording our first demos, those were the catalyst at the beginning to getting recognition from the right people. We spent £300 recording those and we were worried that we would not get anywhere close to recouping that amount of money. “To be able to do this for a job, touring the world, playing shows, meeting people, is a lot of people’s dreams. We’re grateful to be in this position and hope it to continue.” Already, 2015 looks like it’s going to be another fantastic year for Royal Blood. We’re to expect a lot of touring from them (notably, of course, their February tour of the UK which will include two dates in Glasgow), and they’re also hoping to keep up with writing new material while on the road. And if past timelines are anything to go by, Royal Blood will be monopolising the alternative scene by the end of the year. If you’re not excited about this band, then I’d implore you to reconsider. It’s not everyday an act like this emerges out of the black. Royal Blood will stop off at Barrowlands in Glasgow on the 22nd February

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HITS 13 The biggest comedy festival in Europe returns from 12th to 29th March 2015. Now in its thirteenth year, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival offers nearly 106,000 tickets for 400 shows at 46 venues all over the city. The 2015 programme will be packed with not just the very best contemporary stand up, but also film, theatre, workshops, kid’s shows and discussion offering something for every taste, age and budget. A HOST OF HEADLINERS A whole host of headline acts will feature in the star studded programme which takes in some of the city’s biggest theatres. Jimmy Carr, Dylan Moran and Stewart Lee will all perform at the Clyde Auditorium, Radio Scotland star Fred MacAulay will lead a packed King’s Theatre programme including Al Murray, Tom Stade, Michelle McManus plus an already sold out performance of the live debut from Burnistoun: Live and For Real! Another jewel in the King’s Theatre line up is a gala benefit to raise support for Gordon Aikman’s campaign to raise funds for MND Scotland, featuring Frankie Boyle

and Stewart Francis. At the Citizens Theatre, the comedy festival will take over for a full two week run with a top line up including Shappi Khorsandi, Paul Chowdhry, Mark Steel and John Shuttleworth. As usual the programme proudly boasts a strong Scottish flavour across the board, from headliners such as Jerry Sadowitz at the King’s Theatre to Susan Calman and Des Clarke in the Citizens Theatre, Craig Hill, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Phil Differ in Oran Mor plus emerging talent such as Eleanor Morton, Davey Connor, Ashley Storrie, Susie McCabe and Matt Winning.

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The International programme is headed up by the well established and now prestigious “America Stands Up” showcase on Saturday 28th March at the Stand Comedy Club. Over the last 6 years this has featured UK debuts from many of the hottest acts from North America including Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane, Marina Franklin, Paul Mecurio, W Kamau Bell and Rachel Feinstein. In 2015 host Scott Capurro introduces Time Out New York’s “one to watch” Emma Willman and Kendra Cunnningham who will be recognised from Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon. Other International visitors include Irish super star Tommy Tiernan, popular Canadians Rich Hall, Craig Campbell and Jason John Whitehead plus the self proclaimed German comedy ambassador Henning Wehn.

Advance sales for festival shows are strong with additional performances being added as shows sell out. Tommy Sheppard, director of the festival organiser’s the Scottish Comedy Agency, said: “This year the festival enters its teenage years – and it is growing up to be one of the most looked forward to events in the Scottish cultural calendar. As ever we are delighted to bring the best to Glasgow and also to showcase what the city has to offer to the rest of the world.” Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Some of the biggest names in comedy have graced the stages of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival over the years and the calibre of this year’s programme is again a strong reflection of this – it’s diverse, bold and packed with an eclectic mix of top performers from across the globe. “Glaswegians are renowned for their hospitality and good humour, and the city was recently voted as the friendliest in the world by travel bible Lonely Planet, so it’s no surprise that we’re home to one of the world’s best comedy festivals, which perfectly encapsulates Glasgow’s personality. We’re well used to staging major events with huge international appeal and we’re looking forward to another bumper Festival; with more than 400 shows across 46 venues, visitors and locals alike are in for a real treat.” So, you’re all set for a laugh, a chuckle and even the odd guffaw at this year’s comedy festival – don’t miss it.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT The festival will team up with BBC Comedy to host some comedy writing workshops in the Stand Comedy Club and there will be a return of the highly successful collaboration with the Sunday Herald with a topical discussion about the state of political comedy in the run up to the general election. “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Westminster” hosted by Iain MacWhirter promises to be a lively evening at the Citizen’s Theatre on Thursday 26th March at 8pm. Don’t miss specially programmed films at Cineworld, the Grosvenor and Govanhill Baths which include a celebration of the late Robin Williams.

RETURNS THIS APRIL The festival is celebrating its tenth year and has become a popular, diverse celebration of literature each year. It takes place this year between 17th – 25th April and takes place mostly in the iconic Mitchell library in Charing Cross. Aye Write! comes courtesy of contributions, organisation and support from Glasgow Libraries, Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland. Aye Write! is a celebration of Scotland’s literary talent, as well as incorporating sublime writing from all over the world; the programme includes contributions, presentations and workshops from literature’s biggest names. With previous years boasting the likes of Louise Welsh, Ian McEwan, Mark Millar and the late great Edwin Morgan, as well as emerging talent from across the country. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Aye Write! serves as the perfect platform to showcase the best in Scottish literary talent. Hearing authors in panels or Q&A sessions provides great insight into their work; 2013 saw Mark Millar, for example,

give his only UK Q&A and signing, showcasing Hit Girl and discussing the real merit of comic books as a literary genre. Hopefully 2015 will see even more insightful inspiring discussions and workshops. 2015’s festival also sees the return of Wee Write (these puns are just glorious), Scotland’s only book festival dedicated to celebrating children’s literature. Who hasn’t re-read all their childhood favourites on the sly? And it’s great for kids to meet the authors of books they know, whether from school or at home; the distance between them and the author disappears, and they learn all it takes to be like them is to put pen to paper. The festival caters to all, and each year this inclusive, collaborative atmosphere becomes more apparent. While the full line-up is yet to be announced, we can easily assume that if previous years are anything to go by, Aye Write! will be just as fun, inspiring and eclectic as it always is.

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What’s On: In February

SPEND VALENTINES NIGHT WITH

JUDGE JULES AT THE ARCHES It’s the age old adage; the couple that raves together stays together so on February 14, grab your beloved and spend a romantic evening dancing like the crazy kids you are at the Arches for the Zoom Valentines Day Special. Don’t worry if you’ve yet to find your special dancing partner, if you’re single and ready to mingle (sorry), you’re sure to secure a disco-winch with the one and only Judge Jules playing some classic anthems. This legend has been taking to the decks since the late 80s, when he was studying law, hence the ‘Judge’, and he’s been voted the third best DJ in the world by DJ Mag. Jules is also known for his incredibly successful Radio One show which provided the ‘The UK’s Saturday warm-up’ from 2004-2007 and he still rules the digital airwaves with his show ‘Judge Jules Global Warm Up’ which broadcasts to over 70 stations across the world. His weekly podcasts also notch up mighty impressive 750,000 downloads every week, you should definitely have a listen. Also playing to the lovebirds and single-pringles on the night is a true trance legend, Matt Hardwick. His time as a resident DJ with Gatecrashers thrust him into the limelight and led to him playing worldwide. He’s rocked the Arches plenty of times in years gone by and after a brilliant set at the Zoom Christmas Party, he’s sure to be a hit this Valentines Day. Playing their first Arches show at the Valentines Day special are Allen & Envy. The Leicester based duo have been performing together since 2012 and their first release, a rework of Cygnus X’s ‘The Orange Theme’, was incredibly well received and was supported by Armin Van Buuren on his ‘A State

of Trance’ radio show. The duo are known and respected for their energetic, emotional trance and have been described as ‘bringing the classic trance feeling back to life in the modern era’. They’ve now released over 20 singles and remixes on labels including Armada, Black Hole and Enhanced Recordings. You’ll probably have already heard ‘Stole the Sun’ and ‘Silhouette’, their two standout tracks, but make sure to listen out for them during their Valentines Day set, they’ll be real crowd pleasers. Glaswegian DJ, David McKnight, who made his live debut at The Arches back in 2012, will be supporting on the night, along with Paul Cook. McKnight discovered his love of trance music back in 2009 in Ibiza and after getting his first set of decks in 2010, he’s been building a solid reputation as one of the most talented up-and-coming young DJ’s. He’s hosted his own show ‘Tranced’ on Trance FM (broadcast every Wednesday at 10pm) since 2011 and the show has since grown to a two-hour slot with listeners in over 50 countries. He’s played at Warehouse Project, Energy Box, Off the Rails and Ministry of Sound in London. The talented young DJ is also a favorite at Colours events and has acted as support for huge acts such as Carl Cox, Paul Van Dyk, Markus Schulz and Bryan Kearney, to name a few. Tickets cost £20 (plus booking via) and can be purchased via www.thearches. co.uk

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Gig Guide: Music & Clubbing FRI 6TH FEB

THURS 12TH FEB

TUES 17TH FEB

TUES 24TH FEB

GUS MUNRO 6pm, DJ DARREN ROCOCO 11pm – 3am, The Howlin’ Wolf

BAD SAM 9pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

THREE CARD TRICK 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

THREE CARD TRICK 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

ORLA GARTLAND 8pm, King Tuts

NATIVES 8:30pm, King Tuts

COURTEENERS 8:30pm, King Tuts

KÖLSCH + VILMOS, HOT DANCE PARTY DJS 10pm – 3am The Arches THE TWILIGHT SAD 8:30pm, King Tuts TUFF LOVE (EP LAUNCH) + MIN DIESEL + PHILLIP TAYLOR (PAWS) 8pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy DANIEL DOCHERTY 7pm, 02 ABC WOLF 6:30pm, Audio CLUB O FRIDAY 11pm, Oran Mor VIET CONG 7pm, Broadcast

SAT 7

TH

FEB

WATERMELON MOON 6pm, DJ DARREN ROCOCO 11pm – 3am, The Howlin’ Wolf COLOURS 20TH BIRTHDAY PARTY 9pm – 3am, The Arches DILLON FRANCIS 7pm – 10pm, The Arches JULIAN COPE 8:30pm, King Tuts 11PARANOIAS + OPAQUE + BAD AURA 7:30pm Nice ‘N’ Sleazy MILKY CHANCE 7pm, 02 ABC ALEX HARVEY DAY 2015 8pm, Audio CLUB O SATURDAY 11pm, Oran Mor THE TELESCOPES 7pm, Broadcast

SUN 8TH FEB

ROCK HUNTER & HOUND DOG FRASER 9pm, The Howlin’ Wolf THE LAFONTAINES 8pm, King Tuts MACY GRAY 7pm, 02 ABC UNDERVIEW 8pm, Broadcast

MON 9

TH

FEB

BRIAN KELLY 10pm The Howlin’ Wolf LOCK & KEY 6:30pm, Audio

TUES 10

TH

FEB

THREE CARD TRICK 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

WED 11TH FEB CRAIG HUGHES 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

NORTH OF THE WALL FUNDRAISER 2 7:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy LITTLE BIG TOWN 7pm, 02 ABC

FRI 13TH FEB BLACK CAT BONE 9pm, DJ DARREN ROCOCO 11pm – 3am The Howlin’ Wolf SHANGRILA WEEKEND SPECIAL: ZOMBIE NATION 11pm – 3am, The Arches PHILIP SELWAY 8:30pm, King Tuts MAXWELL’S DEAD + SINK ALASKA + THE KIMBERLY STEAKS + JENKEM 7:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy KINO FIST 11:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS 7pm, 02 ABC THE DECEMBERISTS 7pm, The Academy

SAT 14

TH

FEB

PUBLIC HOUSE ORCHESTRA 6pm, DJ DARREN ROCOCO 11pm – 3am The Howlin’ Wolf HARDSTYLE SUPERHEROES 10pm – 3am, The Arches ZOOM VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL – JUDGE JULES, MATT HARDWICK + ALLEN & ENVY 10pm – 3am, The Arches JIM VALENTINE’S HEARTBREAK HOTEL 8:30pm King Tuts H.HAWKLINE 7:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy SUBCITY VALENTINES BALL: LOVE WILL TEAR US APART.... 11:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy THE DUNWELLS 7pm, 02 ABC CLUB NOIR VALENTINES CLUB: FORBIDDEN FRUIT 9pm, The Academy

SUN 15TH FEB WING & A PRAYER 9pm, The Howlin’ Wolf SNOT – ‘GET SOME’ IN FULL 6:30pm, Audio

KING CHARLES 7pm, Oran Mor

WED 18

FEB

TH

HOT TIN ROOF 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf NOT MOVING 11:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy OMNIUM GATHERUM + DE PROFUNDIS 6:30pm, Audio

THURS 19TH FEB

FRI 20

TH

FEB

SEVENTHS SONS 9pm, DJ DARREN ROCOCO 11pm – 3am, The Howlin’ Wolf THE CRIBS 8:30pm, King Tuts HAWKEYES + GOD DAMN + CARNIVORES 8pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy MONOMYTH 7pm, Audio CLUB O FRIDAY 11pm, Oran Mor

SAT 21ST FEB ALAN ANDERSON 7pm, DJ DARREN ROCOCO 11pm – 3am, The Howlin’ Wolf FANTAZIA – THE VALENTINE’S LOVERS BALL 2015 8pm – 3am, The Arches VIGO THIEVES 8:30pm, King Tuts WE ARE CARNIVORES + ALBURN + SEAOFCROWNS + AVANTE 8pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy THE NORTHERN 7pm, 02 ABC SYMBIOSIS 10:30pm, Audio CLUB O SATURDAY 11pm, Oran Mor

SUN 22

ND

FEB

WATERMELON MOON 9pm, The Howlin’ Wolf THREE BLIND WOLVES + FRONTIER RUCKUS 7:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy NME AWARDS TOUR 2015 7pm, 02 ABC GEORGE EZRA 7pm, The Academy SHRAPNEL 6:30pm, Audio

NAE SPRING CHICKENS 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

THE SUNDOWNERS 7:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy

HAMELL ON TRIAL 7pm, 02 ABC

FATHER JOHN MISTY 8:30pm, King Tuts

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY 7pm, 02 ABC

KERRANG! TOUR 2015 7pm, The Academy

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 7pm, 02 ABC

KITTY DAISY & LEWIS 7pm, Oran Mor

WCS PAISLEY MUSIC SHOWCASE 2015 7pm, 02 ABC THE KOOKS 7pm, The Academy MARTIN SMITH 7pm, Oran Mor

TUES 3RD MARCH

YEARS & YEARS 8pm, King Tuts

DARLIA 8pm, King Tut’s

WED 4TH MARCH

SO WEIT SO GUT 11:30pm, Nice’N’ Sleazy

MARDUK + BELPHEGOR 6:30pm, Audio

A NIGHT AT THE REGAL 6pm, 02 ABC

LITTLE COMETS + MODEL AEROPLANES 8pm, King Tuts

RARE GROOVE BAND 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

FATHERSON 8pm, King Tuts

BOOTLEG BEATNIK 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

BEAR’S DEN 7pm, Oran Mor

WED 25TH FEB

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS 7pm, 02 ABC

MON 23RD FEB

MINERAL 6:30pm, Audio

GLAMOUR OF THE KILL 6:30pm, Audio

ROY ZEPHYR 10pm, The Howlin’ Wolf

MON 16TH FEB

WILLIE CAMPBELL & THE OPEN DAY ROTATION 8:30pm, King Tuts

FIGHTSTAR 7pm, 02 ABC

MON 2ND MARCH

THURS 26TH FEB BAZ SIMPSON 9pm, The Howlin’ Wolf CITY RADIO LIVE PRESENTS: LIFE ON STANDBY + NOVEMBER LIGHTS + MIAMI MONRO 7:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy HEAVEN ASUNDER 7pm, Audio ANDREW MCMAHON 7pm, Oran Mor

FRI 27TH FEB SIMON BRETT 9pm, DJ DARREN ROCOCO 11pm – 3am, The Howlin’ Wolf BLOSSOMS 8:30pm, King Tuts DEAD ELECTRIC ALBUM LAUNCH + SPECIAL GUESTS AZURE HALO 7:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy ANIKA 11:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy TIM BARRY 7pm, Audio GIG FOR GAZA 6:30pm, Oran Mor CLUB O FRIDAY 11pm Oran Mor

SAT 28TH FEB BLACK CAT BONE 7pm, DJ DARREN ROCOCO 11pm – 3am, The Howlin’ Wolf DANNY HOWARD PRESENTS: NOTHING ELSE MATTERS TOUR + PHILIP GEORGE, ELI & FUR, ILLYUS & BARRIENTOS 10pm – 3am, The Arches BENJAMIN BOOKER 8:30pm, King Tuts THE MARK ALLISON F**K CANCER FUNDRAISER FEAT. THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG 6:30pm, 02 ABC CLUB O SATURDAY 11pm, Oran Mor

HAWKWIND 7pm, 02 ABC

YELLOWCARD & LESS THAN JAKE 7pm, The Academy

THURS 5TH MARCH VISION FORTUNE + MAURIZIO ABATE + ABOVE THE TREE + ELIZABETH & GLASGOW IMPROV PALS 7:30pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy EUROPE/BLACK STAR RIDERS 6pm, 02 ABC ROOM 94 7pm, 02 ABC DENNIS LOCORRIERE 7pm, Oran Mor

FRI 6TH MARCH BELTUR + RETURN TO THE SUN + CAMMY BLACK 8:30pm King Tuts ABDOMINAL AND THE OBLIQUES 7:30pm Nice’N’ Sleazy EUROPE/BLACK STAR RIDERS 6pm, 02 ABC CROWN SOUND 7pm, Audio DENNIS LOCORRIERE 7pm, Oran Mor

SAT 7TH MARCH GOGO PENGUIN 8:30pm, King Tuts IDLEWILD 7pm, 02 ABC COLOURS 20TH BIRTHDAY PARTY PART 2: PAUL VAN DYK 9pm, The Academy THE SENSATIONAL DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE BAND 7pm, Oran Mor

SUN 8TH MARCH SUNSET SONS 8pm, King Tuts COVES + LUSTS 8pm, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy IDLEWILD 7pm, 02 ABC

MON 9TH MARCH THE QEMISTS + TeKlo 8pm, King Tuts

COLLIE BUDDZ 7pm, 02 ABC MARKUS FEEHILY 7pm, 02 ABC STEEL PANTHER 7pm, The Academy

SUN 1ST MARCH

EMPIRE 7pm, Audio

SCARS ON 45 8:30pm, King Tuts

TUES 10TH MARCH

POND 7pm, Oran Mor

PLACEBO 7pm, The Academy

CLEAN BANDIT 7pm, The Academy

MODESTEP 7pm, 02 ABC


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Gig Guide: Comedy & Theatre FRI 6TH FEB

THURS 12TH FEB

THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm The Stand

THE THURSDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand

JOJO SUTHERLAND + PHILIP DIFFER + STEPHEN CARLIN + CHRIS HENRY 8:30pm, Jongleurs

YESBAR VIRGINS 8pm, YesBar

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

SAT 7TH FEB

FRI 13TH FEB THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand ROB KANE + STUART MITCHELL 8:30pm, Jongleurs

THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm The Stand

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

JOJO SUTHERLAND + PHILIP DIFFER + STEPHEN CARLIN + CHRIS HENRY 8:30pm, Jongleurs

SAT 14TH FEB

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

ROB KANE + JOHN ROBERTSON + MICKY P KERR + SCOTT AGNEW 8:30pm, Jongleurs

SUN 8

TH

FEB

MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm, The Stand YESBAR VIRGINS: COMEDY SUNDAY SCHOOL 8pm, YesBar

MON 9TH FEB SEAN HUGHES: MUMBO JUMBO 7:30pm, The Stand RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET King’s Theatre

TUES 10TH FEB

THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

SUN 15

TH

FEB

MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm, The Stand YESBAR VIRGINS: COMEDY SUNDAY SCHOOL 8pm, YesBar

MON 16

TH

FEB

THE SOUND OF MUSIC KING’S Theatre

TUES 17TH FEB

RED RAW 7:30pm, The Stand

RED RAW 7:30pm, The Stand

BEYOND A JOKE YesBar

RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC 7:30pm, The Pavillion

WED 11TH FEB BBC COMEDY PRESENTS 7:30pm, The Stand NEW MATERIAL COMEDY NIGHT 8pm, YesBar

WED 18

TH

FEB

WAVERLEY CARE BENEFIT 7:30pm, The Stand NEW MATERIAL COMEDY NIGHT 8pm, YesBar

THURS 19TH FEB

WED 25TH FEB

THE THURSDAY SHOW 7:30pm The Stand

BRIGHT CLUB 7:30pm, The Stand

COMEDIAN RAP BATTLES 7:30pm, The Stand

YESBAR VIRGINS 8pm, YesBar

NEW MATERIAL COMEDY NIGHT 8pm, YesBar

NEW MATERIAL COMEDY NIGHT 8pm, YesBar

SCOTTISH OPERA’S ORFEO ED EURIDICE Theatre Royal

THURS 26TH FEB

FRI 20TH FEB

THE THURSDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand

THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand

YESBAR VIRGINS 8pm, YesBar

ASHLEY STORRIE + SEAN MEO + JEFF INNOCENT + DALISO CHAPONDA 8:30pm, Jongleurs

FRI 27TH FEB

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar PETER POWERS 7:30pm, The Pavillion

THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand ASHLEY STORRIE + SEAN MEO + JEFF INNOCENT + DALISO CHAPONDA 8:30pm, Jongleurs LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

SUN 22ND FEB MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm,The Stand YESBAR VIRGINS: COMEDY SUNDAY SCHOOL 8pm, YesBar

MON 23RD FEB SO.... THAT WAS FEBRUARY? 7:30pm, The Stand

TUES 24TH FEB RED RAW 7:30pm, The Stand

THE BODYGUARD King’s Theatre

THURS 5TH MARCH THE THURSDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand YESBAR VIRGINS 8pm, YesBar

THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm,The Stand DOMINIC WOODWARD + JAMIE DALGLEISH + COLIN COLE 8:30pm, Jongleurs LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

SAT 21ST FEB

WED 4TH MARCH

SAT 28TH FEB THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand DOMINIC WOODWARD + JAMIE DALGLEISH + COLIN COLE 8:30pm, Jongleurs LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

SUN 1ST MARCH

RAMBERT - FEATURING ROOSTER Theatre Royal

FRI 6TH MARCH THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand KANE BROWN+ OWEN O’NEILL + PHIL WALKER + GARY LITTLE 8:30pm, Jongleurs LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

SAT 7TH MARCH THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm, The Stand KANE BROWN+ OWEN O’NEILL + PHIL WALKER + GARY LITTLE 8:30pm, Jongleurs

GLASGOW KIDS COMEDY CLUB 2:30pm, The Stand

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm, YesBar

MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm, The Stand

SUN 8TH MARCH

YESBAR VIRGINS: COMEDY SUNDAY SCHOOL 8pm, YesBar

MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm, The Stand

MON 2ND MARCH

COUNT ARTHUR STRONG: SOMEBODY UP THERE LICKS ME 7:30pm, The Pavillion

MONDAY NIGHT IMPROV WARS 7:30pm, The Stand

TUES 3RD MARCH

RED RAW 7:30pm, The Stand

MON 9TH MARCH FRANKIE BOYLE - I’M BETTER THAN THIS (WORK IN PROGRESS) 7:30pm, The Stand

TUES 10TH MARCH RED RAW 7:30pm, The Stand


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OUR PICK OF THE MONTH

It’s no great secret that Scotland’s music scene is a thing to be proud of. So here at TSA, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to present you with our monthly pick of who we think are doing epically well in Scotland right now. Keep your eyes out for these up and coming bands. This is TSA’s ‘Pick of the Month’.

DAYDREAM FRENZY

Originally hailing from Insch and Huntly – small towns just outside of Aberdeen – Daydream Frenzy are a band that looks set for big things in 2015. The trio originally formed in 2010 and can trace their roots back to jam sessions when members Donald Barclay (vocals/guitar) and Hamish Gordan (drums) were still in high-school. Five years later – and with bass player Fraser Henderson joining them, the band displays a considerably more mature sound, and their polished single releases Pride & Wonder and All the World have already seen them receive airtime on Kerrang! Radio, Amazing Radio and even Scuzz TV. Next month they will release their debut album – also titled Pride & Wonder – and then embark on a co-headline tour with Glasgow-based rock outfit Divides later in the year to promote the release. From the current offerings on their Bandcamp and YouTube channel, it’s hard not to be excited about what that release might look like.

So far, their previous singles have followed along the familiar tropes of anthemic pop-punk acts such as Angels & Airwaves, Jimmy Eat World and +44. Their music is certainly radio friendly but it’s far from limp and is frequently inspired. That infusion of 90s mall-punk and classic rock has left Daydream Frenzy with a style that sounds more unique than it should. Lead-singer Donald believes the band have been able to take that inspiration and use it to come up something special of their own. “We wanted to do something a bit different,” he says. “We didn’t want to be just another punk band or pop band or whatever. We wanted to have all of our musical influences come out in our sound and create our own style. “I hate to be that person who says that they’re trying to be original though. We write about what’s going on around us and what’s important to us. I think it’s just evolved by itself but the music we listen to still influences us massively.”

Those influences come from a variety of sources but Donald is clear that the band has taken note of the current boom period for Scottish bands and is keen to get in on the action. Daydream Frenzy gigs may have been a bit scarcer in the past than he would have liked but Donald is looking for the band to become more active on the gigging circuit in the future and become fully-fledged members of the Scottish rock scene. “I think Scottish bands have really exploded,” he says. “I think Biffy Clyro have really led the way on that and now bands like Twin Atlantic and Fatherson are doing really well and making something for themselves. Those are actually some of my favourite bands right now. “Everyone has their own reasons for it but personally I think a lot of it has to do with coming out and not being afraid to sing in your own accent. It gives it that very real sound. “I’m not sure if we’re actually fully fledged members of that scene yet but hopefully we can get a bit more involved with touring in the next year. It would be great to get out to some of the festivals too. Maybe one day we can even share a stage with some of those guys.” Daydream Frenzy’s debut album, Pride & Wonder is set for release on 23 March. The title track from the album is out now. For more information, visit Facebook. com/DaydreamFrenzy.

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What’s On: LGBT

Scotland’s LGBT History Month runs every February and enables people to celebrate queer culture and awareness in many different capacities. Whether it’s hosting a queer cinema night, leading a panel on issues facing the LGBT community or throwing a raging party, there are many platforms to push gay culture to the forefront. Created and delivered by LGBT Youth Scotland, the festival allows us to celebrate queer lives by exploring our own and presenting these lives in a historical context. According to their website, it is also an “opportunity for learning, discussion and debate around the continued fight for LGBT liberation.” The 2015 programme is filled with fun and thoughtful cultural and educational activities throughout the country, and there is bound to be something for everyone. On Thursday 5th February, for example, there is a discussion entitled “Role Models” in Edinburgh; inspired by this year’s festival theme of education, the discussion tackles who

and what inspires LGBT youth, and asks questions regarding everything from what makes a good role model, who your own gay role models are and whether LGBT icons have changed as society becomes more and more equal. There is also a variety of amazing film events at this year’s festival, such as the screening of last year’s hugely successful Pride with a follow-up discussion in Edinburgh. Pride was a brilliant depiction of an unlikely coalition between a Welsh mining community and an LGBT rights group in the mid-80s, and the follow-up panel features special guests giving us insight into life as a member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. LGBT History Month, in partnership with the Scottish Queer International Film festival, is also hosting a showing of Hit So Hard, a documentary focused on Hole drummer Patty Schemel showcasing the openly gay musician’s tumultuous, drug-fuelled career. A must for anyone in love with 90s alt rock and a good underdog story, the showing takes place at

The Glad Café in Glasgow on 17th February and tickets are £6. There is also a screening of cult classic Paris is Burning at Sofi’s Bar in Edinburgh, a ground-breaking documentary exploring the drag ball scene in 80s New York. And it’s free! So there’s no excuse to miss it. Glasgow University’s LGBTQ+ society have planned an action-packed day to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Queerfest as well as LGBT History Month; with stalls, workshops and activities based in the Glasgow University Union there is something to suit everyone. Their line-up includes a discussion with LGBT activist Peter McGraith, an evening celebration in the Debates Chamber and free entry to Polo afterwards. Because obviously. Plus the GULGBTQ+ runs all year and is a great society to become a part of. The month-long festival ensures there’s an event to celebrate every letter in the LGBT community: between Green Party leader Patrick Harvie’s lecture on how legislative victories can lead to cultural change for the Edinburgh University Students Association, the Transgender Information Evening at Ayrshire College on the 5th February and other fun and thought-provoking arts programmes, everyone is catered for and actively encouraged to participate. LGBT History Month has an exhaustive list of events designed to celebrate the diversity, community and fun of queer identity in Scotland. The festival serves as the perfect platform to do so, and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy. It’s crucial to know where we’ve been to know where we’re going, and embracing the often challenging past of queer history allows us to celebrate how far we’ve come and what we have to look forward to.


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THE FEMINISTS AMONGST US! As well as an asthmatic, a comic book nerd and arguably the world’s biggest Gwen Stefani fan, I identify as a feminist. As a man, this can sometimes be problematic; upon explaining that to people or firing into an important feminist issue in conversation, it’s often clear they’re thinking: isn’t feminism more of a girl’s thing, or what gives him the right to wade in on women’s issues? And to a certain extent they have a point. It’s important for me to recognise my privilege as a white man. I am also, however, a proud member of the LGBT community, which means we have more in common than you’d think. Feminism is essential for the progression, protection and promotion of LGBT people. For one, women and anyone who identifies with any letter in the LGBT family arguably suffers from misogyny, just in different ways. A homophobic slur towards a gay man for being effeminate, for example, is more harmful than it initially appears; in criticising a man for his ‘feminine, girly’ behaviour, you reduce women, deeming femininity as weak and worthy of abuse. Gender roles somehow still exist in 2015, affecting women and anyone that identifies as LGBT in one way or another through harmful stereotyping, discrimination or violence. Even legally, both groups still have challenges to face. Women still don’t get paid the same as men. There are no laws against anti-LGBT hate speech in Scotland, and it’s still illegal for gay men to give blood. According to White Ribbon Scotland, at least 1 in 5 women in Scotland will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, while Stonewall states that in the first year since the implementation of the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) Scotland Act 2009, 448 charges were made with an aggravation of sexual orientation. While we still face much adversity, actively embracing feminism can help eradicate such oppression. Women and LGBT people are unified in oppression in one way or another, and that’s where our strength lies. There can be tension between these groups, whether it’s the complex relationship between gay men and straight women, the way in which lesbians and transgender people are often overlooked in mainstream media or the derision bisexuals receive from within the

community that’s meant to support them. We share too much in common to be divided: maintaining solidarity between women and members of the LGBT community strengthens the fight for equality. But we can’t overlook the importance of our straight allies. I always think it’s so counter-productive to blindly write off straight men when it comes to issues facing women and queer people, as if they callously dismiss legitimate grievances within our communities. In an age of baffling reluctance to identify as a feminist, I invite our straight allies to answer a question: do you support your lesbian, gay, bi and trans friends and want them to have the same rights you do? Then you, sir, are a feminist, as most of the challenges your gay friends face are similar to the challenges the women in your life face too. I personally find enormous comfort in feminism; knowing there is an ever-expanding group of people celebrating the same victories of equality and addressing the same challenges of misogyny is inspiring. The more people that identify as a feminist – someone,

to quote Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes” – the less injustice there will be in our society. Politicians that identify as feminists will actively pursue an equal pay act. Including more queer people of colour on television will inspire young people and help eradicate discrimination through exposure. Ensuring boys grow up to respect women helps them in the long run and inspires a healthy attitude towards gender and equality. Embracing feminism and, to use the technical term, being sound to one another are the best ways to deconstruct the patriarchy, the unfair system and mentality in which the inequality women and queer people face can be rooted. There are so many problems facing women and LGBT people, we might as well face them together. Plus, rainbow colours suit everyone.

OUT FOR INDEPENDENCE Remember that whole independence malarkey? It feels like so long ago we all had to make a monumental decision for our country’s future, and while the quest for independence hit a speed bump, for many the challenge has been maintaining the impetus to one day achieve independence. One group that has remained faithful to the cause is Out for Independence, the LGBT wing of the SNP. Affiliated to but independent of the SNP, the group’s primary cause is promoting equality in Scotland and ensuring gay rights are protected and prioritised. On Saturday 7th February, the group is hosting the largest conference for LGBT people ever organised by a UK political party, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivering a key note speech to kick things off. The conference coincides perfectly with LGBT History Month, meaning the SNP is the only political party officially celebrating the month-long event. 650 places have already been taken, indicating the popularity and excitement for such an important and inclusive event. Speakers include MSP Marco Biagi, who will discuss being gay in politics, Nathan Gale of the Scottish Transgender Alliance, and Kevin Stewart MSP, who is speaking alongside representatives from Police Scotland to discuss public services for the LGBT community. Events like this are ideal for ensuring people remain engaged in politics, regardless of political opinion and ideals, and any promotion of LGBT rights in politics is most welcome. We may have come a long way in terms of legal protection and rights – with gay marriage becoming legal and antidiscrimination laws in the workplace coming into place – but the fight for complete equality continue for a long time. We need all the support we can get from our politicians, but they also need our support in return. It will be interesting to see the roles LGBT

rights and promotion will play in May’s general election; so much has changed since 2010, and parties’ policies for and attitudes towards LGBT people could make for an interesting result. Regardless of political opinion, the SNP’s interest and focus on LGBT Scots are inspiring and much appreciated. The Out for Independence conference ensures our many voices are heard: hopefully all the party leaders follow suit and listen up.


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What’s On: LGBT

TYCI Club Night! Looking for a club night where girls run the world (and by the world I really mean the dance-floor)? You are in luck, as the amazing TYCI is hosting another one of their superb monthly events at Stereo in February. TYCI is a Glaswegian feminist collective run by women for women. Co-founded by CHVRCHES’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry in 2012, their website features articles and op-eds on issues affecting women – music, politics, celebrity – and serves as a platform to showcase insightful interviews and bringing women who deserve to be celebrated to the forefront. As well as their blog, TYCI creates a monthly zine featuring content similar to their online activity but channelling the DIY mentality of riot grrrl and making it themselves, and a monthly radio broadcast on Glasgow University’s Subcity Radio. There’s also a TYCI playlist on Soundcloud and Spotify which is glorious and should be listened to right this minute. Before you think TYCI pretty much has all bases covered, the collective also runs an amazing monthly club night in which they showcase the best and coolest “lady bands, artists and DJs.” The next TYCI event takes place on Saturday 21st February at Stereo on Renfield Lane. This month’s big night features Hannah Lou Clark, a singer-

Sports, Sports, Sports... How’s that “New Year, New You” fitness regime going? If you’re anything like me, it’s consisted of purchasing gym gear off Amazon and polishing off the booze Santa brought. If you too have decided you really need to stop channelling 2014 you and finally stop Netflix bingeing, you are in luck. There are LGBT sports groups all over the country and now is as good a time as any to get stuck in. Glasgow Frontrunners is an LGBT running club guaranteed to motivate you and ensure you make use of your immaculately white running shoes. The best thing about the club – aside from their LGBT inclusivity, of course – is that the course is catered towards beginners; if you haven’t run since you were forced to in school or haven’t been since the weather nose-dived last autumn, this is the ideal environment to get back on your feet and enjoy running again. Yes, believe it or not you can enjoy running. The Frontrunners’ course offers you the chance to complete your first 5k in just nine weeks, and

while beginners are welcome at any time, it’s probably best to start as early as possible. The course is £16 for nine weeks or £10 for the week and runs between 18.15 and 19.30. The group meets every Thursday at The Arc at Glasgow Caledonian University, the perfect location for when everyone needs that well-earned post-run pint. Just maybe shower before the drinking begins. Alternatively Frontrunners offer a Sunday run starting at 10.30, the perfect antidote to your beloved hangover. And if you happen to be in Edinburgh, you’re also in luck. You lucky East coasters can take part in The Sonics, an LGBT basketball group based in Leith Community Education Centre every Tuesday at 18.45. It’s super informal, inclusive and costs a mere £3 a week, so you have no excuse. According to their site, the sessions are open to all levels of fitness and are “fun, fiery and relaxed.”

songwriter and critical darling of the likes of NME, Clash and Drowned in Sound. Ahead of her UK tour – during which she plays King Tuts on 12th March – she makes a special appearance for TYCI supported by Glaswegian artist Sarah J Stanley. There will also be a set by the spectacular Push It DJs, best known for their Stereo-residence in which they exclusively play R&B, hip-hop and pop by female artists. TYCI events are great affairs and they do a lot of good for people who need a helping hand; with each event, the collective supports a different charity, with previous organisations including Glasgow Women’s Aid and See Me. This month, their raffle collection is going towards Visibility, a Scottish organisation that assists people with visual impairments. In short, TYCI is the perfect place to engage in a fun, female-focused collective, do some good for charity and channel Queen Bey on the dancefloor. To be honest, the last point should be a priority at all times, but we especially encourage it for TYCI. And if you can’t make their upcoming event, worry not! They are a monthly affair, ensuring there will always be time to unleash your inner Salt or Pepa, and the group is always looking for contributors; writers, photographers, musicians and anyone else with a love of all things femme are encouraged to take part in this amazing collective. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased in advance online.

Every sports club offers something different, but taking part in a gay-friendly group like Frontrunners or The Sonics is a great way to meet people in the LGBT community – especially if you’re new to the scene – while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Don’t worry if neither of these groups is handy for you to get to; whether you’re in Aberdeen, Dundee or beyond, there are bound to be great, inclusive sports clubs to join and get fit. And if not, start one yourself! Put down the remote and find a sport or activity you love, grab your pals and start your very own inclusive sports club.


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STILL SHOWING IN CINEMAS MORTDECAI – Possibly the worst film of 2015 and we’re only in February

PICK OF THE MONTH FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (18)

The acting is poor, the production is poor and it’s horrendously unfunny, not the kind of ‘so badly unfunny you want to laugh’ – just terribly, terribly bad.

FOXCATCHER – We really wanted this to be good

The trailer looked so promising but sadly it wasn’t to be. Whilst the performances from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo are all undeniably outstanding (and worth watching the film for) the ‘slow-burning’ thriller was unfortunately way too slow.

WILD – Without a doubt, one of Reese Witherspoon’s best performances to date

After what seems like months of endless speculation, annoying release date delays and casting controversies, the wait for the millions and millions of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ fans is finally over. E.L James’ incredibly successful ‘erotic romance’ novel has finally been adapted into an eagerly anticipated film and will be arriving at cinemas on February 13th, just in time for Valentines Day, providing a great date opportunity on the romantic holiday. However, awkward dates could ensue if you watch the film without your date knowing much about the steamy plot. Anastasia Steele, a young college student, covers for her ill roommate and ends up interviewing the handsome, older, mysterious billionaire, Christian Grey. They soon become involved in a very dark, erotic relationship and Christian introduces Ana to the world of BDSM. Fifty Shades of Grey, which originally started out as Twilight fan fiction, became a cultural phenomenon and

was translated into 52 languages, and the success of the book led to a major auction of the films rights with Universal eventually securing the rights after paying out a reported £3m. Lots of Hollywood heavyweights threw their names into the ring and auditioned for the roles of Christian and Ana but every fan of the book had their own opinion of who could perfectly portray the pair. In the end, Dakota Johnson took on the role of Ana and Charlie Hunnam was originally cast as Christian but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts and was later replaced by Jamie Dornan, star of BBC2 drama The Fall. Fans of the books couldn’t quite come to terms with the casting decisions and over 93,000 signed a petition calling for the actors to be replaced by Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel. However, producers stood by their decision and filming commenced. But fans became concerned again when scenes were reportedly reshot last October due to a ‘lack of chemistry’ between Johnson and Dornan. When a book has been read by over 100 million people and then is adapted for the big-screen, it’s guaranteed that the fans will have plenty to say about it, especially if it doesn’t seem to fit their idea of how the book should be translated into film. However, the trailers have given us a good indication of what to expect from the film and a preview of the impressive sound track, which features a new version of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love and Love Me Like You Do, by Ellie Goulding. Although the trailer isn’t simply two and a half minutes of raunchy sex scenes, which apparently some fans were expecting, director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been quick to assure fans that the movie will feature plenty of those steamy BDSM scenes: “I’d say it’s pretty 50/50, I think the sex scenes are integral to the story”, she told Variety Magazine. The sexual nature of the book led to it being dubbed ‘mummy porn’ and from the glimpses of the infamous ‘red room of pain’ and the 18 rating, it seems like the film won’t disappoint – just remember though how weird it might be watching this in a packed cinema with giggling young teenagers who’ll ‘sneak in’ and red-faced guys and girls out on first dates.

Book Corner

It’s unsurprising she was Oscar nominated for her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed – a woman who hiked over 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail as a way of dealing with death, divorce and drug abuse.

COURTNEY HENDRY

GHOST BOY

BIG LITTLE LIES

DARK PLACES

The amazing memoir of a young man who became locked into his own body. It tells the story of how his mind slowly woke up and his incredible, against all odds, journey to recovery.

A scandalous take on the complex relationships between women, exhusbands, second wives, friends and daughters – with a murder thrown into the mix.

From the author of Gone Girl, this superb dark mystery that explores will have you staying up all night and patching work the next day.


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What’s On: In The Movies JUPITER ASCENDING (12A) Filmmaker siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski have repeatedly fallen on their faces since the third Matrix movie (Speed Racer. Cloud Atlas. Ugh, and ugh). But could they pull it out of the bag with Jupiter Ascending? Having supposed to have been released in 2014, Jupiter Ascending has finally, well, ascended! Due to the amount of spcecial effects that have gone into the making of the movie, the release kept getting delayed. But worry not, Jupiter Ascending is finally here, and will hit cinemas nationwide on February 6th. The film revolves round the character of Mila Kunis, the rightful heir and ruler of Earth, something that Balem, played by Eddie Redmayne, the current ruler, will never allow to happen. Luckily, our Majesty, as Kunis is referred to in the movie, has a few genetically spliced allies who help her stay alive, including heart-throb Channing Tatum (breath). Jupiter Ascending is in cinemas nationwide 6th February.

We take a sneak peak at what’s in the movies this February.

Jupiter Ascending: Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne

SELMA (12A)

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 (15)

“I’m Chappie”

CHAPPIE (12A) There were many campaigns of resistance and resulting flashpoints in the African-American civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s. But none is as symbolic of the movement’s struggles and successes as three Selma-to-Montgomery marches in Alabama that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the marches proved the power of nonviolent civil disobedience to change the hearts and minds of the American people and inspire substantive change. Selma is in cinemas nationwide 6th February.

Every child comes into the world full of promise and Chappie is no exception: he is gifted, special and a prodigy. He’s also a robot. Kidnapped at birth by two criminals, the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself becomes the adopted child of a strange and dysfunctional family. However, not everyone is so enamoured with the cute robot. Starring Hugh Jackman (sporting a superb mullet) and Sigourney Weaver who’s determined to destroy him. Chappie is in cinemas nationwide 6th March.

John Cusack, who hasn’t been in many recent movies that actually made it to cinemas, apparently passed on this sequel to the 2010 (surprisingly good) comedy. However, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke soldier on without their co-star, tackling this surely poignant and moving story about idiots jumping into a Jacuzzi and zipping back and forth through the ages, in between jokes about testicles and stuff. In this comedy sequel, when one of them gets shot, the three friends fire up the old time machine to try to prevent the attack but accidentally end up in the future. Hopefully round two can be just as “surprisingly good” as the first (doubtful face). Hot Tub Time Machine will be in cinemas nationwide 20th February.

THE LAZARUS EFFECT (15) Olivia WIlde, Evan Peters and Mark Duplass star in forthcoming Blumhouse horror, The Lazarus Effect. About a group of medical students who tinker with the boundary between life and death; their attempt to revive the corpse of a dog proves to be successful, and when Olivia Wilde’s character abruptly pops her clogs, Mark Duplass decides to bring her back with his newly-patented life serum. The Lazarus Effect is in cinemas nationwide 27th February.


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Let’s Review: Album of the Month

IMAGINE DRAGONS

I BET MY LIFE

On the 17th of February, alternative rock band Imagine Dragons will be releasing their second studio album, Smoke and Mirrors, just over two years after their debut release, Night Visions. Near the end of 2014, ‘I Bet My Life’ was released as the lead single from their upcoming album, and if the previous album’s singles were anything to go by, then I was expecting to hear a light, catchy (if thoroughly unchallenging) pop song that would pass by me smoothly and unremarkably. This isn’t quite what happened with the band’s latest release. I Bet My Life begins as all songs of its ilk do, with ethereal group vocals swirling around a clean, pensive guitar riff. Instantly, I’m reminded of every single other band who have taken this path. Vance Joy’s Riptide, American Authors’ Best Day Of My Life, OneRepublic’s Something I Need, this formula isn’t something that we haven’t heard a thousand times before.

Though Imagine Dragons aren’t a band that attracts listeners for their daring originality, and so this isn’t anything particularly surprising. It’s not until the dramatic pause before the chorus that the song truly begins to express itself. The chorus is downright abrasive. The folksy chant is bumpy and harsh-sounding on top of the (quite frankly) nauseating ‘stampclap’ rhythm that, after all this time, seems almost patronising to its listeners now. The only repose in the song is the bridge, where everything dies down to a quiet murmur, with only two guitars and some pleasant voices. Had the song ended there, at least it could have finished with some dignity. Unfortunately, in a typical Imagine Dragons style, the song then climbs to a crescendo and peaks in a strange, out-of-place guitar

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Chasing Yesterday’

solo, where we’re forced to endure that chorus another few times. If I Bet My Life was chosen as a lead single because it represents and acutely summarises the upcoming Smoke and Mirrors, then it seems like the best we can hope for is a spectacularly anodyne album that serves as a painkiller to numb the EILIDH lasting effect HARRISON of its single.

MEGHAN TRAINOR ALBUM REVIEW: TITLE

Okay, perhaps it’s wrong to judge a singer on their monumentally successful breakout hit. But it would be so easy to write off Meghan Trainor as a generic one-trick pony. It comes as a pleasant surprise, then, that her debut album is actually a pretty solid pop album. Words well and truly eaten. For one, Trainor has a great voice for pop music; she handles melisma perfectly and conveys so much character and expression. She’s probably at her best when singing high or belting but her voice is most interesting at a lower register, as seen in No Good For You and All About That Bass, offering something a little different to separate her from the masses of female pop singers with whom she’s competing. Her lower register, as well as the double

entendres in her lyrics, suggest she may not be as sweet and coy as her persona would suggest. Her vocal harmonies are great too, and her voice lends itself well to the doo-wop style the album’s best tracks channel. What is most apparent is that Meghan Trainor writes great pop music. She skids across so many different genres – country, reggae, slightly regrettable hip hop and of course doowop – so effortlessly. But her lyrics are clever (“beats slicker than swine flu”) and easy to relate to; Walkashame depicts an all-too familiar circumstance with humour, even if it is sometimes a little contrived. She will make a fortune from song-writing. Plus the album’s overall production is great, especially on tracks like What If I, which feels like the score for a really sad Hollywood movie from the 50s. The record’s highlights include Title, which incorporates a Caribbean feel and while it may not be totally unlike everything else on the album, it’s so frustratingly catchy you forget all about it. She comes across as so likeable, which is impressive for someone releasing their début album. Credit is also a stand-out track, wishing she was reaping the benefits of the man

she reinvented for the better; her ability to create great hooks and snappy, accessible lyrics can’t be denied. Aside from the first two tracks, the second part of the album is much superior to the first; a few of the tracks feel like filler, such as 3AM – a Disney hip-hop effort that wouldn’t be out of place on a Cher Lloyd record – or Like I’m Gonna Lose You, which highlights her voice but is a pretty generic, formulaic pop song. The album could lose a few tracks and verges on being repetitive. Thankfully her character and irritatingly infectious choruses prevent it from being a boring album, just a bit samey. And as occasionally endearing as it is, it would be just great if she stopped rapping quite so much. As a whole, Title is a solid pop album. There are enough guilty pleasures to make up for the album’s inconsistencies and weakness and ensure you bop along to pretty much everything she sings. It is her personality, however, that sells the album; she comes across as accessible and self-aware, giving the likes of Katy Perry a run for their money as the prime pastiche pop star. Fingers crossed her career maintains at this level. For the record, these songs will not leave your head. Listen at own risk.

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The hypnotic lead single ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ and the newest release ‘Ballad Of The Mighty’ (a collaboration with ex-Smith’s guitarist, Johnny Marr, which Noel describes as ‘one of the best songs I’ve ever written’) have us mighty excited about the second album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, especially considering Noel fully produced and wrote the album which is due out 2nd March.

Kodaline – ‘Coming Up For Air’ Irish indie-rock band, Kodaline, released their first studio album ‘In A Perfect World’ back in 2013 and whilst it gained them plenty of new fans, the album divided critics with many saying they felt with time the band would grow into their own sound. Hopefully their second album ‘Coming Up For Air’ will convince the undecided that this talented young band have a lot to offer after its 9th February release, it’s certainly heading that way as lead single ‘Honest’ has been very well received.

Estelle – ‘True Romance’

Whilst Estelle is probably still most well-known for her 2009 track ‘American Boy’ featuring Kanye West, True Romance is actually her fourth studio album and judging by the lead single ‘Conqueror’ – a fierce, inspiring ‘gospel-pop’ sound – this sounds like Estelle’s most personal album to date. It’s been three years in the making and is said to explore the different stages of love including passion, courage and of course, true romance. It sounds like an album that’ll have something for everyone, with very relatable and honest lyrics and we’re eagerly anticipating the February 17th release.


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GIGS OF THE MONTH A REVIEW OF THE TOP GIGS GLASGOW HAD TO OFFER IN JANUARY

LIGHTS

It would be remiss to talk about Lights without mentioning some of the excellent remixes that have been central in familiarising her music to many a would-be fan. From 5vel’s reimagining of Siberia to Adam Weaver’s reworking of Suspension, remixes have always seemed to add an extra dimension to Lights’ work. Arguably, a great deal of that is down to the production on Lights’ studio albums. Whilst her releases stand head and shoulders above many contemporaries in the genre, at least a quarter of the tracks on her albums seem to bleed into the type of synth-pop banality you would expect from Owl City or Kaskade. Her newest album, Little Machines, seems to be a departure from that. Showcasing a far more mature approach, it dips well between fun tracks like Up We Go and Running with the Boys and more sombre affairs such as the brilliant set-opener Muscle Memory. Interesting then, to see what Lights would show up to her performance at Glasgow’s famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. Muscle Memory kicks the gig off and warms the crowd up nicely. By the time she’s moved on to fan-favourites Siberia and Toes, the crowd are palpably into the set. Of course, Lights is a far more recognisable name across the pond and in her native Canada but try telling that to the sold-out Tut’s crowd who have packed in to see her perform and are now singing along with her every word. She moves on to a slower track, Portal. The lights

J. Mascis On the 19th of January, Glasgow saw alt. rock veteran J. Mascis perform at the famous Art School in support of the release of his recent studio album, Tied To A Star. Those who are familiar with the scene will recognise the name due to its irreversible connotations with the legendary Dinosaur Jr., an alternative rock band who have been monopolising the genre since 1985 with their unique songwriting style and Mascis’s unbelievable talent as their frontman. Though it was clear from the outset that this night was not going to be about Dinosaur Jr., but it was going to be entirely about the talents of the man that leads them. It was just after nine and J. Mascis strolled on stage in his black cap and pink frames, muttering a greeting into his microphone which was, more or less, all we heard from him all night. He begins his performance with a select number of songs from his solo albums, a clear highlight of which being the mesmerising Me Again, taken from Tied To A Star. Throughout the night, there seemed to be two different (but not totally separate) sides to J. Mascis.

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dip down and then change to red. She remarks out loud how things have become ‘more intimate’. It didn’t feel that way; it felt self-indulgent. Unfortunately, more than a few people spent the majority of the song staring at their feet or looking around the venue waiting for it to end. What’s worse, she spent large durations of it missing the key. Thankfully, that didn’t last long. The lights go back up and Lights tells the crowd that she had suffered from writers block prior to writing her new album and how the next track had helped her to realise she just wanted to have some fun. That next track, Running with the Boys – whilst hooking the crowd back in – seems to reinforce the same-old issue with the studio recordings. I’d listened to Little Machines before the gig and some of the tracks – especially the better ones – sounded almost like covers – or even remixes – by the time I’d heard them live. Little Machines is a decent pop album and a number of the tracks probably deserve more traction in the UK than they’ve had. In saying that

The first is exemplified through this song, and sees Mascis as a wounded man performing beautiful, vulnerable music of restraint and reflection. The second sees him performing old Dinosaur Jr. songs and transforming his single acoustic guitar into a full band. The sheer number of pedals by his feet looked as though they’re using enough power to sustain a minor city, and the resulting sound is incredible. If you’re at all suspicious of one man’s capability of holding an audience for over an hour, with just a guitar and an amplifier, you’ve clearly never seen a performance like this.

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though, Lights is far better than her albums – even this latest one – would suggest. By the time the watered-down production has been removed and the squeaky clean approach has been exorcised, Lights is an accomplished songwriter and performer. Her voice is far stronger, her hooks far more catchy. This is the lights I was hoping to see.

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A PREVIEW OF THE TOP GIGS GLASGOW HAS TO OFFER IN FEBRUARY & MARCH

GORGON CITY Comes to Glasgow’s 02 ABC on 5th February

Gorgon City are North London producers Matt & Kye. Their already distinctive sound is a logical development of the duo’s individual work as RackNRuin and Foamo. Hailing from the impressive Black Butter camp (who brought you Rudimental amongst others), the pair are one of the most exciting and hotly tipped new acts in the ever-flourishing landscape of British club savvy pop.  After an incredible breakthrough in 2014 with their ‘Sirens’ tour, a lot of love has been generated for the electronic duo. Many of their hits have played a key part throughout summer and their most recent hit Go All Night featuring vocals from the stunning Jennifer Hudson, seems to have kick started 2015 off with success. Tickets for the event are £13.50 and are available via Glasgow’s 02 ABC’s website. So keep on dancing.

TURBOWOLF After the storming success of their recent tour with Royal Blood and the ‘Download Freezes Over’

DILLON FRANCIS

Comes to The Arches on 7th February First recognized for helping to bring the tribal dance movement, Moombahton to the forefront, Dillon Francis has scattered the dance music landscape with numerous influential EPs, but it is the effervescent debut album that the music world has been patiently waiting for. Tracks include ‘Get Low’ with DJ Snake, the anthemic ‘Love in the Middle of a Firefight’ featuring Brendon Urie (from Panic! At The Disco), ‘We Make It Bounce’ featuring Major Lazer & Stylo G, and ‘Set Me Free’ featuring producer/DJ Martin Garrix. A talented producer and a unique talent, on Saturday 7th February, you can experience the full Dillon Francis live show at The Arches, as the Friends Rule Tour comes to Glasgow.

Comes to Glasgow’s 02 ABC on 23rd February headline tour, the Bristolian groovemeisters are getting back on the road to promote their incredible new album Two Hands, with a 12-date tour across the UK and Europe supporting Death From Above 1979, and a string of their own headline shows across the UK in April. Two Hands will be the first official release from Turbowolf after they signed to Universal Music as the first band announced under the joint venture between Spinefarm Records and Search & Destroy back in November. Their UK tour will see them step up from eccentric cult favourites to the rock’n’roll heroes of 2015. Glasgow – prepare yourselves for the musical apocalypse that is Turbowolf. The band are standing on the cusp of great things, and you won’t want to miss it!

P r ev i e w s SLAM + GARY BECK Comes to Glasgow’s Sub Club on 13th February

Slam welcomes fellow Glaswegian Gary Beck to their intimate residency at their favourite underground venue, the Sub Club. In the past two decades, Slam have defined techno in scotland, cultivated many artists of note on their soma label, and remixed everyone from Daft Punk to Underworld. The legendary UK duo, comprising of Stuart Mcmillan and Orde Meikle, have travelled far and wide, leaving scorch marks on dance-floors worldwide. On 13th February the duo team up with Gary Beck, regarded as one of the most prolific and inventive producers in the current electronic music scene. Renowned for his own unique sound, and currently in high demand all over the world, playing at some of the most respected clubs and festivals, this is surely going to be a night to remember and one not to be missed.

to Glasgow’s Barrowlands MINI MANSIONS Comes on 22nd February Mini Mansions’ forthcoming new album, The Great Pretenders, is due out March 2015 on T Bone Burnett’s Electromagnectic Recordings, via Fiction Records. The first single, Death Is A Girl, which is available now, is a fast-paced track which embraces dreamy psychedelic pop as much as 80’s new wave, and plays out with a sense of urgency, daring you to stand still. The Great Pretenders ambitiously reflects the depth, variety, and musical/compositional interplay between the three distinct individuals. It’s also probably the only record you’ll hear this year that features both Brian Wilson and Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner as guests – indeed, its entire song cycle teems with that kind of surprising discovery.

Having recently supported Arctic Monkeys on some US dates – with Alex Turner joining Mini Mansions on stage in Phoenix to perform Vertigo from The Great Pretenders – they have now arrived in the UK to support Royal Blood, with a welcome stop at Glasgow’s very own Barrowlands.


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Monthly Horoscopes Aries

At this time of year, focusing on those who seem to have a good idea as to where they’re headed suits you. You are drawn to those who both work and play hard, it wouldn’t be so surprising if you reconnected with someone who appears to have gone through some kind of transformation in recent years.

Taurus

Aware that someone (probably a co-worker or relative) is emotionally distressed will surely bring your compassionate streak to the fore over the next couple of weeks. You could find yourself discussing a situation over and over and over again – at least until half way through next month.

Gemini

Your ruling planet (Mercury) spends extra time in another of the Air signs in 2015 and yes, this could manifest as someone ‘playing with your head’. This radio interference could last through to midMarch. At one level you might enjoy being chased. You might not enjoy being caught however!

Cancer

Now that Mars has entered into another of the Water signs, the very sensitive side to your nature is set to surface, emotional needs grow – and yet. The little planet Mercury is moving through one of the Air signs and yes, you may find that until February 20th (at least) there’s on-going battle between your head and heart.

Leo

Mercury is moving through your opposite sign. Its extended stay through to midMarch, suggests the potential for mixed messages and yes, for someone to ‘play with your head’. Of course this could be fun. It’s possible though that these are shenanigans you could do without.

How does the cosmos affect your life? Horoscopes can show you how to have fun in love and build lasting relationships!

Virgo Mars (energy) arrives in your opposite sign where it joins Neptune (idealism). At one level you could tune in to all the faults in relationships going on around you. You might wonder just how people can wear rose-tinted specs for so long.

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Mercury is now moving through another of the Air signs, Aquarius, and has an extended stay in that sign. Anticipate your romantic vibrations to re-calibrate. Note too that this task is unlikely to reach completion before mid-March. In short, the next few weeks could be challenging relationship-wise.

Aquarius Mars moves out of your sign to join Neptune (think romance and illusion) in neighbouring Pisces. Your softer side may well demand attention – especially after the Sun arrives in your sign midweek. Think of this as moving from fast to slow lane. Other drivers haven’t a clue what you’re doing.

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Mars arrives in your sign to join Neptune. If romance is not already high on your agenda, it should now move to high priority. It’s just possible too that you may be spoilt for choice.

Scorpio Mars moves to join Neptune in another of the Water signs. You could think of this as a giant wave of emotion and yes, you may well be in its path. Given that Mercury stations midweek prior to being retrograde for some weeks, it’s just possible that you’ll be caught entirely unawares.

Sagittarius Think of relationships as like a river. They start out as small streams and en route to the ocean negotiate rock falls. That’s exactly what you could find midweek. This may well come as a shock after an earlier playful period where – in the lead into Monday especially – many plans are discussed. You might then wonder if a certain person is back-tracking.

Capricorn The Sun leaves your sign midweek – and just as Mercury stations before beginning a few weeks of retrograde motion. All signs will surely experience this cosmic turbulence. For you, this could mark the start of a period of adjustment that lasts until late February.

Crossword and Sudoku results from January’s issue ACROSS 1. Penicillin (10) 7. Upright (8) 8. Khan (4) 10. Task (4) 11. Outweigh (8) 13. Answer (6) 15. Brings (6) 17. Intrepid (8) 18. Zinc (4) 21. Shop (4) 22. Stamina ((7) 23. Roundabout (10)

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What’s On: Games & Gadgets

PICK OF THE MONTH

Gadgets Galore After being amazed at the new gadgets unveiled at the annual consumer electronics show (CES) and then saddened by the hefty price tags, we’ve had a look at some more student-friendly gadgets you’ll want for 2015...

Tile

If your mum constantly moans about you losing your house keys (seriously though, where do those pesky buggers go?) you need a Tile! The tiny gadget can be attached to nearly anything; from your keys, to your wallet or even the dog’s collar. It works by linking to your smartphone via Bluetooth and when you log into the Tile app it tells you how close, or far, you are from whatever the tile is linked to (within a 50 to 150 foot range), it can also emit a beeping noise when you get closer. www.thetileapp.com for £26.

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Judging by the seven minute ‘survival guide’ clip released by Turtle Rock Games and 2K Studios ahead of the February 10 launch of Evolve, we already have a pretty good indication of what to expect from this asymmetrical multiplayer game and it’s safe to say we are intrigued. The premise of the game involves four players, who take on the role of hunters, fighting with a giant evolving monster, played by a fifth player. The hunters, who are on first-person shooter mode, will make up a team of ‘classes’ that include; assault, trapper, medic or support whilst the monster player can choose from wraith, kraken, goliath or behemoth. The game is set on the distant planet of ‘Shear’ and

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From the glimpses of the graphics we’ve got from the previews, it’s hard not to be initially impressed. The order: 1886, is set in an ‘alternate history London’ where four knights are tasked with protecting humanity from half-breed monsters, a combination of animal and man. The game’s presentation does look immaculate, from the fine threads the Order Knights are decked in to the ornate furniture and impressive facial hair (weird thing to notice, I know). However, whilst the game may be pretty to look at in stills, I fear the actual action element may leave a lot to be desired. It’s said to be based on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which received critical acclaim, so we won’t knock it down too much but to be honest, our expectations aren’t high, the game is released on February 20.

players can choose from four modes; hunt, nest, rescue and defend, all of which come with their own obstacles for the hunters to face. The different modes can also be played on two structures, quick play – which allows for single matches – and evacuation, which definitley sounds more appealing as there are reportedly over 800,000 different evacuation mode combinations, with each match played in five-match multi-player evacuation mode the winning team recieves an advantage for the next mission and the winning team gets the most experience which leads to new abilities and characters. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Turtle Rock Games latest release and from the trailer, we’re expecting big things. Lets hope the game provides an interesting playing experience and can live up to all that hype.

RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2

Polaroid Socialmatic Camera I don’t know whether it’s the nostalgia surrounding instant cameras or just how exciting it is waiting for your picture to develop when you use a polaroid but every single time I bring mine out, people go nuts for it. The latest and possibly the most high-tech instant camera is the Polaroid Socialmatic which has a touchscreen and allows you to share your pics instantly via the built in Wi-Fi and android interface and of course it also allows you to print out adhesive backed pics you can stick to nearly any surface. However, a main selling point for our selfie-obsessed world is the 2mp user-facing camera, perfect for group selfies. Release date 1st February on Amazon for £249.99.

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The tenth installment of the Resident Evil franchise is being released episodically, with the first episode coming out on February 25th, with the three other episodes following each week after that. The new offering from the successful franchise is set between the events of Resident Evil Five and Resident Evil Six and the episodes will all reveal more about Claire Redfield and Moira Burton as they attempt to escape from their mysterious captivity. Expect plenty of the usual gore you get with Resident Evil, especially with the introduction of the concept of bleeding, where certain attacks will cause the character to bleed resulting in drops of blood blotting the screen. If you’re a fan of the franchise or just appreciate a good old fashioned gory-horror game, then this is the release for you.

If you’ve managed to stick to your gym routine then a big high-five to you! You’ll have no doubt seen plenty of people at the gym wearing funky wristbands that monitor calories burned and a hell of a lot of other things. However, most of these tend to be pretty expensive and being students we like things to be cheap, cheap, cheap. So with that in mind, the best fitness band we’ve found that won’t burn too much of a hole in the old pocket is the Razer Nabu X which connects to a companion fitness app of your choice and monitors calories burned, hours slept, distance travelled and your personal goals, amongst other things. Release date 8th February on Amazon for £54.99.

GHD Curve Collection GHD have launched four different curling wands; the classic wave, soft curl, classic curl and creative curl. Hopefully the days of dropped curls are gone now they’ve introduced their new patented tri-zone technology which promises ‘healthierlooking curls that stay locked in all day and night’. GHD’s have a solid reputation for their excellent and usually pretty reliable hair technology (who hasn’t had a mini-meltdown when their beloved straighteners finally give up on our unruly hair), so we’ve got big hopes for this new collection. £110 from www.ghdhair.com


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A State of Trance We caught up with Will Atkinson after the Scottish Trance phenomenon started 2015 the way he left 2014. Absolutely on fire! He talks about A State of Trance, his own ambitions for the industry and Saturday afternoons! You’ve just been announced for ASOT. How’d that come about and how did you feel when you got the call? Ok – so for those who aren’t into the Trance scene, A State of Trance is basically what Glastonbury is to bands. In terms of size, production, line ups, it’s as big as it gets in this game. So I’ve been working tirelessly (sometimes felt aimlessly) to secure a booking for as long as I can remember. To finally get the call, it’s a truly humbling moment and quite symbolic to me that now I need to evolve and find my next milestone. The night itself will be full of emotion and to be honest, I’m totally shitting it. Did you ever imagine you’d be playing there when you first started out? To be honest, I feel like I’ve put too much work in to not ever see myself playing there. Which sounds arrogant but its the truth. I’ve put in the work, now I’m reaping the reward. How far do you feel you’ve come in the industry since you first broke through? Things are going well and I think I’m in a good position. I’m starting to hit the more peculiar places like Montenergro, Czech Republic and Columbia which can only be a good thing? There seems to be a solid fanbase growing and a high demand for merchandise, podcasts etc which is great. So right now, yeah, I’m in a good place. But I have my goals and this isn’t even half of where I want to be. What where your highlights of 2014? 2014 was probably my biggest yet. There have been too many great moments, so let me pick 2 at least. 1 would be performing a 7 hour set with one of my best friends, Nick Callaghan in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September. We’ve both played there solo and have forever relished the thought of us doing what we love, in the middle of bloody Buenos Aires. There was this moment halfway through our set, 4am – we both looked at each other and no words were needed. It was one of those “What the hell is going on, this is ridiculous” moments. My second highlight was being asked by John O’Callaghan to mix a compilation CD alongside him and another Dj. I’ve been collecting

Mix CDs since I was like 8 or 9, so to be that guy that chooses the tracks and put it together was a huge achievement for me. What are the highlights of your career so far? (kind of similar to 2014 q maybe?) I would say the definitive highlight so far of my career was being asked by Judge Jules to play alongside him live at Digital in Newcastle on his Radio 1 show. This guy was the reason I do what I do now. To be asked by your idol to play live on Radio 1, in one of the best cities in the world – it will take a lot to beat that. Why did you get into djing and producing? I’ve always loved the more underground side of music. It was my mam who first got me into it believe it or not. She used to love the Nottinghill Carnivals, the Discotheques etc. She told me to listen to Judge Jules’ Radio 1 show. I owe it all to her to be honest. From there the melody, rhythm, the groove – I was hooked. There is nothing else I would rather be doing.

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and the majority all sticking to the same formula. Before it can evolve, people need to start doing their own thing rather than simply keeping up with what’s in. I believe crossing over into other genres is where it starts. What are the inspirations behind your music? Certain situations, people in my life, trouble, strife – the usual shit. Eric Prydz is on a completely different level and he is

someone I have always looked up to. What advice would you have for anyone starting out? Do your own thing, simple. Never try and be the next Guetta. The next Tiesto etc. Be a shepherd, never a sheep. What’s your 1. favourite film, 2. guilty pleasure, and, 3. um.., cereal? 1. Training Day 2. Championship Manager 01-02 Season 3. Krave Original What’s your perfect Saturday? Wake up 9-10am. Cup of coffee, bacon sandwich, cigarette. Football Focus on BBC1 and or a game or 3 of Fifa. Any errands that need ran need to be in the morning too. Afternoon spent in the town with the lads shopping/sly pints. Home. Catch Final Score. Big pot of chilli for everyone. Get ready, tunes skelping. Drinks flowing etc. 10-11pm hit the clubs. For readers who aren’t acquainted with the Trance world, what are three tracks that promise to get beginners hooked? 1. Darren Tate – Take My Hand 2. Simon Patterson – Latika 3. Dogzilla – Without You

Have you always seen yourself as a trance artist or are there other variants of music you want to experiment with? I have always delved into different style and I think you can hear that in my music. I was first into House, then I drifted between Trance and Techno, and I have no idea what I would call myself now. Which is a good thing. I don’t want to be pigeonholed for a certain sound, that’s not what I’m about. I want to evolve, experiment and ultimately have fun with what I’m doing. Trance is a huge part of my style but House and Techno play just as big a part. I just haven’t fully thrown myself into that side of things yet. What are your ambitions for 2015 and in the industry as a whole? Continue to do the whole melodic Trance thing I’m known for, but also explore and develop my sound. I want to tap into the House & Techno scene and ultimately push my sound to a wider crowd. The tricky part is keeping it real and not selling out, but that is a challenge I’m looking forward to. Do you think trance is going to come back to dominance against house and techno? I think given time, it could happen. But people need to start doing their own thing again and not keeping up with the latest trend. The thing with House and Techno right now is it is so diverse. Trance was the same 15 years ago but now it is a considerably smaller pack of producers

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YOU’VE ALREADY BROKEN January is officially over and unfortunately so are many of your New Year’s resolutions, but don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone. A study by Professor Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, found that only 12% of the 3,000 participants surveyed actually managed to stick to their resolutions, so we’ve had a look at the most common resolutions and why they might fail...

10. GET A NEW JOB You hate your manager, you hate the travelling, you hate how little you get paid and you just want one of those Kardashian jobs where they seem to be paid just for existing, but then you remember your mum is not in fact Kris Jenner and you’re going to have to keep working.

9. SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY It always seems like such a nice easy one resolution to stick with, until you remember how annoying your sister is and you decide one conversation (a nice one where you don’t scream and swear at each other) a week is quite enough.

8. VOLUNTEER You really want to be a better person and donate your time to those in need but then you somehow always just seem to be too busy/lazy to actually sign up to help out and you convince yourself cleaning the dishes is technically volunteering.

7. LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE Everyone wants to be able to visit another country and not have to resort to extreme hand gestures and random pointing to try and communicate but then language courses cost money, take time and make you feel like you’re back at school. So you try the free online videos, get bored after a week and vow that you’ll definitely learn Spanish next year (you won’t).

6. STOP BAD HABITS The main bad habit people vow every Dec 31st to break is smoking, but obviously a real addiction is incredibly hard to beat. However, if your bad habit is something like drinking too much fizzy juice, just slowly put down the Irn-Bru and walk away.

5. JOIN A GYM On the 31st of December, the gym sounds like an exciting place where you can get a sweat on and sculpt a Beyoncé booty but when you step inside and see how incredibly unexciting the gym actually is, you instantly regret that yearlong contract and settle with your distinctly non-Beyoncé like booty.

4. DRINK LESS This one just isn’t happening, not if you’re a student who’s used to twice weekly, supercheap nights out where you can get drunk and get a chippy for £15.

3. BE PUNCTUAL When your friends start adding half an hour onto the time you say you’ll be meeting them, that’s when you need to make an effort to be on time. And you are, for the first two weeks, but then you start to creep back to the old ‘I’m just in the car, I’ll be ten minutes’ line when you’re actually still peeling yourself out of bed.

2. SAVE MONEY It always seems like such a good resolution because you’ll stop wasting money on rubbish and you’ll be able to splurge on something exciting but every year that poor piggy bank gets smashed early due to an unexpected night out and you realise you’ll probably never afford that trip to Thailand.

1. LOSE WEIGHT Every. Single. Damn. Year. Let’s just accept that the only people who seem to be able to lose weight are those incredibly tanned and annoying Instagram models. Just because you’ve already broken your resolutions, that doesn’t mean you can’t still achieve them. If you decide tomorrow that you want to change something, Professor Richard Wiseman discovered a few ways to make you more likely to achieve a goal. He found that men are 22% more likely to stick to their resolution if they set a specific target for themselves, such as losing seven pounds by March, compared to a general goal to lose weight. However, women are more likely to succeed if they tell friends and family about their goal and if they do so, the chance of sticking to their resolution rises by 10%. So even if you ditched your resolution a week into January, who cares? Decide that from today you’ll stick to a realistic target and don’t forget to COURTNEY let everyone know HENDRY about it.

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There are three types of people you’ll encounter on Valentine’s Day; those who absolutely adore the love-filled holiday, those who tolerate it and partake only to please their partner and those who take the ‘anti-consumerism’ stance and refuse to buy so much as a £3 bouquet. You’ll probably hear the ‘I don’t see why I need to spend one day showing my love when I do it everyday’ line from the latter, but let’s ignore them for now and focus on those who see it as a day where they can shout from the rooftops about their lovey-dovey feelings and shower their partner with love, affection and of course some thoughtful gifts. However, when we say thoughtful, we don’t mean flowers and chocolates. Although a 2013 study found that those are the two most popular gifts men buy on Valentines Day, check out our gift guide for some unique, thoughtful and cheap gift ideas...

Scrapbook If you are a bit soppy like me, there’s a good chance you’ll keep all the random bits and pieces from dates you’ve had over the years, such as cinema tickets or boarding passes and if you’ve gathered quite a collection of these sentimental items you could easily make a romantic scrapbook. You’ll be able to pick up an actual scrapbook from discount shops for less than £5 and fill it with all your happy memories for free, then spend the night looking back and remembering all the great times you’ve had together. If your ticket stubs go straight in the bin you could still put together a nice scrapbook by printing off pictures from your time together. Most people post pictures straight on Facebook or Instagram but actually having a book to flick through from time to time is much more personal, especially if you write a nice note to your other half in the inside cover. Printing pictures is cheap too! You can download apps such as ‘Free Prints’ where you get 45 free printed pictures every month, all you need to pay for is postage which is never more than £3.99.

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ines Day Gift’s Reasons I Love You This thoughtful gift is guaranteed to win you some boyfriend/girlfriend points, all you’ll need is a stack of three different coloured post-it notes and either a mason jar or colourful box. This will take some time but it will definitely be worth it, all you need to do is think back over your relationship and remember all the good times you’ve had and reasons for why you love your partner and jot them down onto the post-its. Use one colour for memories, one colour for reasons you love him/her and one for quotes, songlyrics or poems relating to love. If you can fill out 365 post-its, your other half will get to smile every morning for the next year when they read each of your lovely, thoughtful post-its.

Cupcakes Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and homemade cupcakes are a cute, thoughtful gift and are a nice present to give when you’re in the early stages of a relationship and don’t want to go overboard. This recipe is foolproof and easy, all you’ll need is 110g butter, 110g caster sugar, 110g of self-raising flour, two eggs, one teaspoon of vanilla extract and two tablespoons of milk. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with paper cases, preferably Valentines Day themed ones, then take a large mixing bowl and cream together the butter, which should be softened to room temperature, with the sugar until it is pale. Then start to beat in the eggs slowly and then stir in the vanilla extract. You should then fold in the floor a little bit at a time, adding in the milk as you go until it’s able to drop of the spoon easily. Then put the mixture into a measuring jug making it easier to pour evenly into the paper cases, pour in until they are half full. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until you can insert a skewer and it comes out clean and the cupcakes are golden brown. Leave the cupcakes to cool for 10-15 minutes before decorating. To decorate, you can buy frosting cans from most supermarkets and icing pens, which you can use to personalise the cupcakes by icing initials.


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Whether you want to go all out on February 14th with an expensive night your partner will never forget or you splurged so much at Christmas that you can barely afford a romantic chippy, we’ve got great date ideas for every budget...

Budget FREE – If you simply have no spare pennies to fork out on an extravagant Valentines Date, why not spend a cultured Saturday afternoon at the Gallery of Modern Art and check out the Alasdair Gray exhibit which looks at the artist’s practice, influences and work. An afternoon at an art gallery might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but a change of scenery is always good and it makes for a very interesting date. After you’ve soaked up all the art, head home and whip up this three course meal using ingredients most students tend to have lying around. Presentation is everything with this meal, you could even put together a quick menu to make it feel more like an intimate restaurant instead of your teeny student flat. For starters, you could serve crema di pomodoro (or tomato soup in English – you know you’ve definitely got an old tin lying around in the cupboard). Then move onto ‘mac au fromage’ (mac and cheese – a student favourite) before finishing with a chocolate crumble ice-cream delight, otherwise known as a chocolate hobnob crushed and sprinkled over the half tub of Ben & Jerrys you have lying at the back of the freezer.

Pushing the boat out £54 – Fancy doing something new and exciting this

Valentines Day? Why not try stepping out of your comfort zone, dust off your fanciest dress and best suit and bravely book two tickets to The Burlesque Ball in the Classic Grand.

COURTNEY HENDRY

Blowout £90 – £110 – Valentines weekend also marks the release date of the highly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey (read our review on page 30) and if you’re looking for a date that will get your pulses racing, watching Fifty Shades will definitely do the trick.

The idea for the ‘sparkle packed’ event comes from Chaz Royal, the producer of the world’s largest burlesque events and the ball is touring the UK, stopping in Glasgow on the 14th and tickets cost £27. The ball promises ‘all star guests guaranteed to satisfy seasoned burlesquers’ but apparently newcomers shouldn’t be put off as curiosity is welcomed.

For £90 per couple, you could head to the Grosvenor cinema on the 14th for a three course meal, glass of prosecco, bottle of wine to share and two cinema tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey. For an additional £10 per person, you can also buy a small popcorn, mini bottle of prosecco and chocolates to munch during the film.

The best dates are the ones that incorporate new experiences and attending a Burlesque Ball would certainly be a first for many people. Plus, who doesn’t love the chance to get all dressed to impress?

Over 100 million people have now read the erotic-romance novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, so there’s a good chance you or your date is a fan, making it a pretty safe date.


FEBRUARY 2015, ISSUE 6

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Lifestyle: Student Life & Advice

by Sean Talbot Editor of The Daily Touch

67 LIES EVERY STUDENT HAS TOLD AT LEAST ONCE University teaches you one life skill: how to lie.

1. I’m not going to try and reinvent myself. Not one bit.

2. I’m not worried. 3. I’m going to buy all these books on the reading list. 4. I can cook. 5. Freshers’ is fair game, but come next week I’m going to study so hard. 6. I’m not going to give in to peer pressure. 7. There is absolutely no way I am having any more shots tonight. 8. I am so happy with everyone I live with. We all just get on, y’know? 9. I’m not going to be just another student stereotype. 10. I am going to join so many societies you don’t even know. 11. Miss home? Not me. Never.

12. Obviously I’m not a virgin.

22. Snakebites aren’t even that nice. 23. I’ve never had to call my parents to ask for help with the washing machine. 24. I’ve gotten used to the sound of people having sex. It doesn’t bother me any more. 25. I need to start answering questions in lectures. I’ll do that next time. 26. I can so get a first on this essay. 27. I can so get a 2:2 on this essay. 28. It’s okay, I can still pass the module. 29. My sleeping pattern is fine. 30. I’m not going to drink this week. 31. I’ve learnt so much at university. 32. My lecturers know who I am. 33. I’m going to list at least 10 books in this bibliography.

56. No. More. Domino’s.

34. Of course I’m eating properly.

35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44.

Yes, I read the required reading. First year doesn’t count so it doesn’t matter. I’m feeling confident about my next exam. I’m going to be the driving force in this group project. Our house is fine. There isn’t that much mould. I practically live in the library anyway. I can’t wait to read for fun again. Another game of Ring of Fire? Can’t wait. Second year is just as amazing as first year!

45. My parents would be so proud if they could see me. 13. I’ll be fine. 14. I am fine. 15. I am so angry that I pay thousands of pounds for just 6 lectures a week. 16. I am going to attend every single one. 17. Okay, that is the LAST time I have a qaudvod. 18. I’m not going to let my washing pile up this much again. 19. That’s enough Netflix for now. 20. I’ll be more sociable next semester for sure. 21. I’ve learnt my lesson now. Next time my loan comes in it’ll last a lot longer.

48. I’m going to get a first this year. 49. 9ams aren’t that bad. I can keep this up. 50. I don’t need to go to this lecture, I can just look it up on Blackboard. 51. It’s not obvious that I’m doing a walk of shame. I am totally pulling this off. 52. I totally hate the fact that we go to the same bars every weekend. 53. This time I’m actually going to read in Reading Week. 54. I’m also going to do something worthwhile in Summer. Maybe an internship or something. 55. I can make £20 last the month.

46. At least I’m awesome at pub quizzes. 47. I’m so independent right now.

57. For my next essay I’m not going to use Google Books. 58. Those aren’t my hairs in the shower. 59. I’ll go to see my tutor next week after I find out their office hours. 60. I’m not going to be that person who leaves their dissertation to the last minute. 61. I won’t go out next week because I need to revise properly. 62. Yeah we’ll easily get our deposit back. 63. I’m definitely going to check out that career fair. 64. I can cook loads of meals now. 65. The Summer/May Ball will be a classy event, I’ll try and pace myself. 66. I used my time at university well.

67. I totally feel ready to graduate.

One thing that isn’t a lie: you really do miss it.


46

Lifestyle: Student Life & Advice

by Claire Flynn

25 THINGS YOU’LL ONLY UNDERSTAND IF YOU’VE RUN FOR STUDENT ELECTION Student campaign season is approaching, bringing with it a hurricane of Facebook spamming, brightly coloured t-shirts and Haribo sweets. To some it might be a fun time of year; to others it might be vaguely annoying. To those of you that have made the bold to decision to run for a position in the past, however, it can bring back some bad memories. Running for election can be a very trying experience… 1. You have to be nice to everyone all the time, in the off chance you will pick up some extra votes.

2. You claim to get on with your opponent(s), despite hating them from the fiery pit of your soul. How dare they run against you? 3. Talking about your campaign to anyone who will listen, and thus diminishing the number of people who will speak to you. 4. The knowledge that you will do absolutely anything in order to win, including personal public humiliation.

5. Learning to bake, because apparently home baking means votes. 6. And having to find friends who will bake for you because you keep setting the fire alarm off. 7. Buying enough sweets to make Willy Wonka sick, just to bribe people on election day.

8. Begging friends that are good at art to design leaflets, posters, profile

pictures and cover photos for you. Or, if you’re good at art, spending hours getting them just right. 9. Suffering from frequent breakdowns, which result in you needing to be calmed down by friends, family, your lecturers or various members of the library staff. 10. Crying into your pillow on a regular basis.

11. Spending a small fortune printing leaflets and posters off. Who knew it would be so expensive? 12. Becoming increasingly mad at your supposed friends who refuse to ‘like’ your campaign page on Facebook. 13. Which becomes pure hatred when you realise they’ve ‘liked’ your opponent’s page. 14. The struggle to find the right colour and quantity of t-shirts to clothe your campaigners on election day. 15. Spending hours cutting templates and spray-painting your name onto the t-shirts. 16. Accidentally suffocating you and your flatmates with spray-paint fumes. 17. The rather weird, but strangely satisfying, feeling you get when people change their profile and cover photos to your campaign pictures. EVERYONE IS YOU! 18. Barely sleeping the week before the big day because you are convinced you need to be campaigning every day and night. 19. Completely disregarding uni work, your job, friends, and family because winning is all that matters to you now. 20. Getting up earlier than you ever have for uni in order to plaster campus in posters before the ballot opens. 21. Standing on the street all day, rain, wind or shine, to persuade people you’ve never even seen before to vote

for you. 22. When someone says “it’s not really that much of a big deal, is it?” after you have just devoted a month’s worth of your student loan and all your time to the campaign. 23. The horrific waiting period after the ballots close, when all the votes are being counted. JUST TELL ME ALREADY! 24. The build up to the announcement, when you just want to curl up in a ball and pretend none of this ever happened.

25. And whether you win or lose, you’re just glad it’s finally over. If you decide to run for student election this year, then may the odds be ever in your favour.


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