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WHO’S ON BOARD? Editor Joshua Iredale

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Fashion Editor Shannon Hards Jade Jannotti (sub) Sarah Mckelvey (sub)

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WORLD CUP SPECIAL With the 2014 World Cup heading to Rio this Summer, we’re going all out to bring you the ultimate guide, covering the South Coast all the way to Brazil. Not only that, but check the middle of the mag for your very own wall chart!

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The south’s very own festival of fashion is here! We’ve got our reporters at the event to bring you all the catwalk coverage.



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We bring you the ultimate guide to Summer Ball, with a look at the line-up, some of last year’s antics and added extras to get you hyped for this year’s Summer Ball.



With votors soon being able to vote in an EU referendum, we look at yong votors, and why there’s such a small turn-out within younger age brackets.






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Word From Your Editor

Well, this is it. The end of another academic year. This is your final issue before we head off for the summer, and what an issue to end with. We have two massive events this issue, Summer Ball, the most anticipated event in the BU calender, and the World Cup. We decided to give you coverage on both! You can check out the Summer Ball Line-Up, and read about the South Coast Players Travelling to Rio. Don’t forget to put up your Free World Cup Wall Chart, as well! We’ve got loads more for you to sink your teeth into during the final few weeks. We chat to Andy Jordan from Made in Chelsea, who will be at The Old Fire Station later this month. Still not got a festival to go to? Check out our

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Here at SUBU, when we print Nerve Magazine, we print on 100% recycled paper using vegetable - based inks by Indigo Press Limited. You’ve got to start somewhere. Nerve Magazine is produced by SUBU (the Students Union @ Bournemouth University). Information correct at time of publication (May 2014). The views expressed are not necessarily those of Nerve Media, SUBU or the Editor. Nerve Magazine is printed on 200 gsm silk cover and 115gsm body provided by Indigo Printing Press.

Festivals 2014 Guide, and have a look at the top Festival Fashion ideas while you’re at it! We also have some reaction to the sale of Lads’ Mags on Campus debate, and we talk politics in The Young Vote. Of course, there’s all your regulars you’ve come to expect from us. And there you have it, that’s me done. I would like to say thank you to all our readers who have supported us; I have throughly enjoyed bringing you these issues over the past year. May I also thank all the writers, designers, proof readers and editorial team who have made this possible. Don’t forget, we’ll be at Lollipop on May 30th for a final send off — everyone is welcome to come along and join us! Joshua Iredale

The Full Line Up

REGULARS 06 Mix Tape 08 Heads Up

09 Winners/Losers 32 Through the Lens 63 Top 5

FEATURES 12 Blogging Revolution 30 The Girls of our Generation 31 Tried and Tasted 50 The Young Vote 54 Summer Drinks

ENTERTAINMENT 14 Andy Jordan 16 Festivals 2014 19 Ben Pearce 20 Will and the People 25 Summer Ball 2014 34 The Valleys 46 Reviewed

58 As Elephants Are 61 E of E 62 S Club

FASHION 10 South Coast Fashion Week 22 Trending: Summer Edit 48 Street Style 53 Style Clash 56 Festival Fashion

SPORT 35 Brazil 2014: World Cup Special 37 Our Predictions 38 Fixing the Future 40 The Super Six 42 From South Coast to Rio 44 WC Memories: Tokelo Rantie

COMMENT 21 The Lowdown on ‘Lads’ Mags’ 59 Rising Cost of Living in Britain

Essential TRACKS we’ve been listening to this MONTH

India Shawn & James Fauntleroy Floating Away If you are looking for a light R&B song, I present; India and James. The track is introduced with sugary harmonies from the violin. Smooth and effortless both their voices supplement each other. The solo bass guitar has a mind of its own making it almost feel as if you’re floating.

Gallant (Produced by Maths Time Joy) Jupiter Grayscale

Fall in Love Phantogram A very pleasant synth-pop revival from New York-based duo Phantogram, this is the lead single from their recently released album, Voices. While one can clearly see the influence of their peers such as Grimes and Still Corners, their somewhat eclectic take on this style is a promising sign of things to come.

An assembly of smooth whistles leap around the track. Sexy, but elegant the singer is placing the soul back in RnB. The rhythmic hard knock of the drums epitomises the sound of a broken heart. For anyone who is going through a heartbreak, listen to Gallant, he can heal you.

COLDPLAY MAGIC One of Coldplay’s more low-key outings, their recent single nonetheless displays most of the band’s key melodic strengths, with a wistful falsetto vocal which works surprisingly well against a simple drumbeat and a piano melody. It does sound a little forgettable though after repeated listens, and it remains to be seen how the rest of their new album fares and if it represents a clear departure in style from their 2011 release, the relatively poppy Mylo Xyloto.

Warpaint Keep it Healthy The two-part music video for this song and Disco// Very is a truly delightful slice of weirdness. The interweaving female vocals and moody melodies bring to mind some of the darker, Goth-rock undertones of the Cocteau Twins, but with a lighter, more airy sound.

Max Richter Spring One

BEATY HEART BANANA BREAD The experimental, alt-pop trio prove they are still on fine, off-kilter form, combining bouncy percussion with playful vocal hoots and yelps, plunking, tribal beats, vibrant hand claps and ever-so-gentle synth fizzes. In fact it all fuses together to create an aural texture so rich and complex, that it instantly transports the listener to colourful, rainforest-filled lands.

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Max Richter’s reinvention of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is a refreshing interpretation of a classical standard which has been overplayed to death, particularly in the case of this stunning opening track. Stripping the main melody down to several key components, Richter transforms the piece into a beautiful slice of post-minimalism redolent of modern classical composers such as Steve Reich and John Adams.

HALSEY New Americana HALSEY is the moniker of 19 year old Ashley Frangipane; her sophomore release New Americana is laden with echoes of current synth-pop high-flyers; the vocals initially sound like Chvches’ Lauren Mayberry, whilst the contemporary lyrical references and swooping sighs place the track in the same league as Lorde’s Royals.


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Lollipop (Nerve Party w/ Aled from BBC R1)


Old Fire Station 22 May

Old Fire Station 30 May

The Klaxons

The Old Fire Station 31 May

Little Mix

We Are Your Friends The Big Winchester Collaboration The Winchester 31 May

Xtraveganza Foam Party Halo 3 June

Boutiki World Cup Fever Lola Lo 19 June


Wrestling Spectacular Bournemouth Pavilion 27 May

Mr Kyps 27 May

Comedy Nation

BIC 4 June

Psychic Sally

Old Fire Station 26 June

Andy Jordan

Wave 105 Live (w/Paloma Faith, Level 42)

Old Fire Station 30 June

BIC 31 May

John Grant

Gary Numan O2 Academy 30 June

David Gray Bournemouth Pavilion 9 July

Old Fire Station 29 May Bournemouth Pavilion 9 April - 27 May

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Breakin Convention (Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre) Bournemouth Pavilion 7 June

Evening with Strictly Come Dancing Stars

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Star wars The latest edition of the world’s most popular sci-fi franchise announced its’ cast in April, and has been highly praised for a lack of massive stars, combining fresh faces such as Oscar Isaac and John Boyega with original cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford for a very exciting looking reboot.

Jennifer Lawrence Congratulations are in order for J-Law, as she has been crowned FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World for 2014, adding yet another award to her impressive collection. She joins the exclusive club of impossibly attractive previous winners including Mila Kunis, Kelly Brook and er...Tulisa?

aldi & lidl The Germans are invading and they want to save us money on our grocery shopping. Thousands of us are binning off more expensive supermarkets like Waitrose and Tesco in favour of these more wallet-friendly alternatives, and in these times of economic crisis, who can blame us?



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red hot chili peppers Apparently the So Cal funk-rockers are ‘very upset’ that their music is being used as a torture device in Guantanamo Bay. Well maybe now they know how I feel every time I have to listen to yet another drunken rendition of ‘Californication’ at the student karaoke night. Personally I would have gone for Nickelback but in any case, anyone forced to to sit through the blandness that is ‘Stadium Arcadium’ has my sympathy, no matter what acts of terror they may have committed.

Avril Lavigne So, Avril Lavigne’s Hello Kitty video is a spectacularly cringeworthy mess that has to be seen to be believed, and her photos from a meet and greet session in Brazil are some of the most awkward interactions between two people ever caught on camera. Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated, Avril?

Despite our greatest efforts,we didn’t win the MTV Pimp My Summerball competition. Although I don’t think we’re too sad about it now, with winners Teesside University ‘winning’ a shaky video, probably recorded on a mobile phone, to announce that their grand prize for tweeting over 2 million times was... Westwood. Think we’ll stick with our line up, thanks.


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fashion week South Coast Fashion Show strutted its way through Bournemouth exposing the latest trends for this summer. Danielle Cardy attended the fashion extravaganza and caught up with some of the designers and exhibitors


he spectacular was held at the large venue BIC (Bournemouth International Centre) opening its doors too all fashion fanatics from all over the country. The 3 day show (Friday 9th- Sunday 11th) commenced at 10am every day and finished by 5pm allowing you to dedicate 7 hours of your day devouring yourself in exquisite attire- any fashion lover’s dream. From bold prints, to quirky patterns and erratic designs South Coast Fashion week showcased it all allowing you to submerge in sequins, diamantes and tasteful material galore. After arriving at the venue crowds started to form, all eager to immerse themselves in fashion. Once entering the venue and handing over your tickets, you were given a hot pink bag filled with leaflets of the day, including the itinerary of the dayafter that you were free to spend the day as you wish. The show had an assortment of stools that you could visit ranging from health and beauty products, upcoming designs, to beautifully embellished accessories all delivering a gorgeous display. Many designers made a grand appearance at the show including Shirely Davies, specifically known for her eccentric headwear used on the popular TV programme Dancing On Ice. Her beautiful display caught the attention of many of the visitors at the event, with a neat array of all her best headwear she has ever created over the years. From the big and the bold, to the small and petite there was something for everyone in her collection. I got a few minutes

with her to ask about the weekend, as everyone was desperate to speak to her, she said; "I have really enjoyed the weekend. It’s been a great success, not just for the exhibitors but also the students that have had their clothing showcased." She added; "I like to find a bit of material and turn it into something exquisite, and this show was a great opportunity to showcase my headwear for the members of the public. Everyone normally sees them on the screen from TV programmes but it was a lovely opportunity to allow the public to see the headwear in person." Her collection comes in all sorts of sizes and creations, incorporating flowers, diamantes, glitter and feathers into the design. She explained; "I once made a hat and used 800 feathers!" Amongst the designers appearing at South Coast Fashion Week, Jacqui Jefford also made an appearance on the Saturday at the ‘M.W. A.H’ and ‘Hairloss’ stool. The companies specialise in beauty ranging from nails, to HD brows, as well as ‘Hairloss’ specialising in wigs, hair extensions etc. Jacqui Jefford is a specialised nail technician and educator who has been in the industry for a very long time. She has done nails for The Spice girls, Gwen stafani and many more, and was a great opportunity watching her put her work at practice when doing visitors nails at the event. Teenage Cancer trust was a charity partner at South Coast Fashion Week who was also there at the weekend. The organisation supported the project as it related to fashion issue for young people fighting cancer. Olivia Tookey is a young

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ambassador of the trust and not only represented the organisation at the weekend but was also a model for one of the showcases. She said; "I was really nervous before going onto to stage, but after having all my hair and makeup done and then put in my outfit, before I knew it I was on stage! I really enjoyed it!" Not only were the stalls a big attraction to the day but also the performances from the local talent such as bands and dance groups; as well as the catwalk exposing new attire designed by top designers such as House of Fraser as well as from AUB (Arts University Bournemouth) students. House of Fraser was the proud sponsor of south Coast Fashion Week, and showcased clothing collections from various outlets including French connection, East and Coast; Each putting on a warm, summery showcase dictating to the audience what is on offer this summer. Despite still being in Spring the rain, wind and cold temperatures are still making an appearance on regular basis, however the House of Fraser warmed the south up with their aestival and bright colours walking their way down the catwalk. With a mixed pallet of lime green, zesty lemons, and pearly pink tones, the House of Frazer collection was ludicrously irrespirable in which you couldn’t take your eyes off the assortment. Furthermore, another exquisite showcase that was put on was by the third year graduate students from AUB (Arts university Bournemouth). The students showcased their collections towards the end of the day amazing everyone with their stunning, crafted creations. Georgina Jenkins one of the graduate students showcasing her collection said; "South Coast Fashion week was such a good opportunity to get my collections out there in the public eye, I Words Danielle Cardy

got involved as soon as I could. It’s so nice to see all your hard work on stage as well as inviting all your friends and family to come and see what you have been working on, and of course the visitors to the event today." She continues to explain; "I have been working on my collection for four months. I have always been interested and a bit obsessed in nature and birds, and as how ironic it sounds that is what inspired my collection- hence the bird cages!" A variety of styles were portrayed in the show from unique patterns to eccentric colours used, the showcase was very diverse and catered for everyone. The students created attire for men and women as well as children, all showcased at South Coast Fashion Week. Many other students plunged into the world of fashion, and showcased their designs, Laura Zammi explained; "It has been a stressful 4 months. We have had so much to do in such a small amount of time, but the outcome and today have made all the hard work worth it." The fashion spectacular certainly lived up to its high expectations, giving the south the biggest fashion extravaganza it has ever seen. Mandy Pearce director of the event said; "The weekend has proven to be a huge success in the south. We have learnt a lot, and hoping to use this to make the next show bigger and better. There was so much diversity in the clothing that was used on the catwalk as well as the exhibitors. We’re looking at getting even more people involved with the next show." With fashion enthusiasts leaving the venue with emptied purses and a haul of bags attached to their arms, South Coast Fashion Week certainly tantalised fashion lovers minds of the south.

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Design Abbi Hayden

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The Blogging Blogs come in all different shapes and sizes – with video blogs becoming increasingly popular. Rebecca Pates went to investigate the world of vlogging.


lashback – It’s 1994. The decade of Oasis, The Backstreet Boys and The Spice Girls. It’s the year Friends was first aired and Disney’s Lion King was released. It’s the decade of technological change with the creation of the World Wide Web, instant messaging, e-mail and particularly in 1994, Justin Hall – an American student - became one of the first ‘bloggers’. We have been hit by the blogging revolution and in a time where technology is moving so rapidly, it seems like we’re all trying to catch up. Blogs are everywhere now and the diversity of them is vast, anything from politics to fashion, films to cookery. Although blogging is still indeed popular, the new wave of popularity for video blogs (or ‘vlogging’) is perhaps even more amazing. Since YouTube’s creation in 2005, vlogging’s popularity has continued to the extent that YouTube is now saturated by vloggers - big and small - running video channels ranging from the hilarious to the serious, advice to reviews. One vlogger is 19 year-old Frankie Dare from Somerset, who created her YouTube channel, MissFDMakeup, after finding make-up tutorials while researching for her prom. Frankie is part of the ‘beauty community’ on YouTube, posting make-up tutorials and reviews. She describes the upsurge in video blogging as a result of the popularity of social media: "Most people are a little obsessed with social media. It is entertainment and it’s something different from TV". In a society that is turning away from TV towards services such as Netflix, perhaps Frankie is right; we are swapping our TVs for YouTube where there is an element of reality to the vloggers we’re watching that cannot happen when watching television or films. Blogging and vlogging are unique avenues for people to be creative and express themselves with audiences that have the same interests. No-one knows this better than 14 year-old Lucy Powrie from Wiltshire who runs both a blog, Queen of Contemporary, and vlog, The Bumbling Bibliophile, centred around her love for books. NERVE | 12

Lucy says the best thing about blogging is, "having somewhere you can express yourself and just write or talk", particularly if someone does not have anyone else to talk about it with. She adds, "the blogging community has had a long time to expand and develop, whereas the vlogging community is relatively new. The blogging community is generally a much friendlier place". Despite vlogging being a great way to express ourselves, it has its negatives. With people expressing themselves visually, there is opportunity for ‘trolls’ to

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post hurtful comments. Frankie also mentions it can take 10-15 hours to upload one video, excluding time for planning, filming and editing the video compared to 30 minutes to an hour to write and plan a blog post. Lucy admits it has been difficult to balance her free time between her blog and vlog. For a community made up of largely young people with other commitments such as school, exams and even jobs, it can be hard to keep up with. Vlogging has created a community where successful vloggers have become celebrities of the next

generation, appearing in the media alongside Hollywood stars. However, with the vast amount of vloggers, it is hard for newbies just starting out. Joey Yu, a 19 year-old art student from London and founder of fashion and make-up blog ‘itsbabyroo’ agrees: "YouTube does seem to be becoming more dominated by large, popular accounts and there’s less space for smaller YouTubers, with no fancy effects, to grow". The most popular vloggers are now even controversially being paid by companies to advertise products. Frankie agrees with this, adding that many vloggers choose to have their lives entirely on the Internet – from relationships to their wardrobe and considering the amount of time it takes to make a video, getting paid is a certain perk. Although even this has its disadvantages, as experiences of Grace Helbig, the American vlogger behind dailygrace have shown. She recently had to finish her channel with its tens of thousands of subscribers after her contract ran out with My Damn Channel, meaning she had to restart her channel from the beginning. Vlogging is obviously incredibly popular at the moment. The evolution from blogging to vlogging begs the question: what will be the next step? It’s clear we’re turning into a population that puts less effort in the way in which we interact, considering the most popular social media currently – Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr – are all photo-based. Joey agrees with this, adding the reason for this is due to the "immediacy of image". Perhaps she is right and the next trend will be photo blogging. However, the unpredictability of the Internet means that no-one can predict successfully the future of blogging, much like it’s certain that Justin Hall did not predict the massive evolution of blogging today. As Frankie says, "everything develops and evolves at a great speed nowadays. I have no idea what will be the next big thing. I’ll leave that up to the future creators. Illustration Charlotte Gay Design Rachel Burke NERVE | 13


Andy Jordan



I couldn’t be happier. It was just a bit of fun at first, but now it seems that I can take it seriously

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Made In Chelsea star and now singer songwriter Andy Jordan spoke to Jordan Bunker on where his music interests come from, his upcoming tour and how Elton John is a fan of his music ‘‘I’ve literally just got out the studio, I put my phone on aeroplane mode and I lost track of time’’. Filming the current series of Made In Chelsea whilst balancing it with working on new material for his tour in June, he can be forgiven for being a few minutes late. Known less for his music and more for his role in MIC Andy says: ‘‘I want people to see that different side. I kind of feel like I’m one a few artists who writes their own music and plays his own instruments.’’ Andy started playing guitar when he was at university, but only started playing it to go with his melodies. ‘‘My first song would be literally four chords and then I’d just sing a melody over the top, like a lot of songs today to be honest. I then progressed and started picking.’’ His music is now starting to earn attention, however this exposure may be partly down to his role in the hit reality TV series and he says it’s been received really well, ‘‘I couldn’t be happier. It was just a bit of fun at first, but now it seems that I can take it seriously, which is the coolest thing because it’s my dream to pursue it seriously. You can only wish for that.’’ The upcoming EP is based on life events and his first single, A Whole Lot of Water, is about not knowing what he wanted to do with himself in life. When it comes to writing he feels that it can come from anywhere, whether it be his own experiences, or experiences of others. Andy also believes in leaving messages in his songs abstract and writing things that people can relate to in their own way. Although his music career is still quite young, Andy Jordan is already able to call Elton John a fan. ‘‘When I first started recording I worked with a guy called Stuart Epps who produced Elton John’s Rocket Man. He said I’m going to send this to Elton and see what he thinks because he’s really honest with new music and I thought sure, but he replied in 15 minutes saying he loved it." This kind of recognition only comes to people who are taking their music seriously and Andy Jordan certainly is. Fans of the reality TV show may also know of his close friend Stevie John-

son, and when I pitched the duet to rival Rizzle Kicks he said that he has been ‘‘trying to lock him down! I’m desperate to get him in the studio that boy." When asked who he likens himself to in the industry, he was pretty quick to say Ed Sheeran. He was lucky to see him a couple of years ago in Leeds when he was at University, ‘‘Ed was unknown and he camped on my sofa in Leeds. He was playing at the Cockpit at the time and he ended up squeezing in a gig to 20 mates of ours in our house and I knew who he was and he was phenomenal.’’ We spoke more about Ed Sheeran’s tour and then moved on to Andy’s excitement for his own, ‘‘I’m pursuing my dream and you kind of have those conversations at the table with friends, imagine if I was doing a gig and it’s starting to become real so I am excited. I’m excited to play the new stuff. When I last went on tour (December) I never really played the guitar live before and it was just incredibly nerve-racking. I feel more comfortable with my instrument now, pushing and increasing the standard. For people who came to see me last time they’ll be surprised.’’ Of the 18 of shows, he said he is most excited to play all the costal towns, ‘‘I’ll probably stay for the night and do some paddle-boarding the next day.’’ He has a big passion for watersports and has now started up his own clothing label JAM Industries to represent that. ‘‘The whole brand is a lifestyle brand based around skate surfing and we worked out that there’s a massive community of suffers who moved into cities because that is where jobs are and that’s where the money is, but at the same time you never let go of that passion for surfing’’ Once the tour is finished, he’ll be heading straight down to Croyde in Devon, and partnering with the Lyndon Wake surf school and teaching surfing. ‘‘Nothing better than being in the sea and teaching people to surf.’’ Andy Jordan is playing at The Old Fire Station on the 30th June. NERVE | 15


Deep in the heart of Cambridgeshire is Secret Garden Party, a very hippy festival complete with its own lake that you can swim and row in for free, plus it has a pirate ship stage in the middle too. Then at the end of the weekend they set the stage alight along with an impressive firework display. The whole weekend is filled with a great variety including Fat Freddys Drop, Gorgon City, Public Enemy, and Clean Bandit. But it is the atmosphere that really makes it such a good weekend. There is always something to be doing, whether it is the abundance of artwork on show across the grounds or the mud wrestling and ash potato themed games going on every day.



Where? Mill Hill Field, Huntingdon, Cambrid geshire When? 24-27 June

The Secret Garden Party, where, according to festival organisers, ‘the dogs of society’s howl is inaudible’ is a weekend offering complete freedom from the status quo. Prioritising feel good music, mud wrestling, dance offs and paint fights over unpaid bills and 9-5 jobs, the party takes place on a beautiful, secluded landscape and welcomes around 30,000 easy going individuals to join the fun. If you want your fill of raw atmospheric bliss then this event at the end of June is the one to visit.

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Based in the spiritual home of beloved singer and songwriter Nick Drake, Lunar Festival, just down the road from Moseley’s Folk weekender, celebrates the best of British indie and alternative music. Fresh new bands like ‘Temples’ who have been praised by some big names (Johnny Marr, Noel Gallagher) and festival favourites ‘British Sea Power’, grace the superb bill making it well worth the affordable ticket price. Lunar Festival may be a tame affair in the day with chilled out activities for adults and kids a like, but at night it really comes into its element. Mini pop-up nightclubs dominate the arena whilst the main bar is transformed into centre stage for top class DJs to keep the party vibes going long into the next morning. And with a price tag of under a hundred quid, what more could one want?

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If a small, very friendly escape is what you are looking for then Beautiful Days is the one. Situated in Exeter this small festival only holds 15,000 people but these people are the nicest hippies you will ever meet, and have been travelling around the festival circuit for years. It is run by the Levellers, who keep the music standards high, and mostly stick to folk and reggae. Although the dance tent offers some more high tempo throughout the night. This family festival is the safest one around, and the silent disco headphones that work across the whole campsite are just an added bonus at the end of your night. Credit: Brian Marks NERVE | 16

Voted best UK major festival in 2012 is Bestival, although you do have to take a ferry to the Isle of Wight to get there... but boy is it worth it. The medium sized festival is ever growing with over 60, 000 people and now in its 11th year, creators Rob da Bank and wife Josie sure know how to put on a good weekend. The vast line up they offer is incredible, this year they have massive, diverse acts such as Outkast, Chic, Busta Rhymes, Disclosure, Basement Jaxx, Major Lazer and, well the list goes on. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Boomtown festival makes for a very interesting weekend. It is safe to say the organisers think about every single detail very carefully to make sure the their customers are always being surprised. The festival is split into different districts with China town, Downtown and Mayfair Avenue just being a few of them. The decoration within these areas is incredible and very realistic, but the most exciting elements are hidden and involve you putting some work in to find them. For example some of the stages are concealed through telephone boxes or behind caravans, there are also secret tents with ball pits in or people dressed as doctors pretending to diagnose your illness. The whole experience is very surreal but is one that you cannot forget easily.

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Every year there are the usual festivals, new festivals and also the festivals that have always existed, but they just have a new name. This particular type of festival this year is Calling Festival, which has been creatively renamed from the Hard Rock Calling Festival. Not only have they changed the venue from Hyde Park to Clapham Common, but there will also be multiple stages with 20 acts performing each day across the two days. This is along with the usual food stalls and fun-fair rides. The new name may not be great, but the line-up certainly is. After staying away from the UK for four years – this may not seem too long, but for a die-hard fan, this is a lifetime – Aerosmith are coming back, headlining Calling Festival on Saturday 28th of June. ‘Music From Another Dimension!’ came out in 2012, so it will be good to see them perform songs from this along with their greatest hits. The other acts for the Saturday are Richie Sambora (along with the musician Orianthi, who is well known for being Alice Cooper’s lead-guitarist in recent tours), Joe Bonamassa, Thunder and Walking Papers. Headlining Sunday 29th June, the second day of the festival, is Stevie Wonder.

Taking place on a lake island on the outskirts of Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb, Inmusic is the country’s largest open-air festival, hosting around 25,000 festival goers from across Europe. First appearing in 2005, previous headline acts at Inmusic have included Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire and Morrissey, and is perfect for those who love guitar music in all its’ forms. 2014 sees The Black Keys, MGMT and Pixies named as the top acts, plus indie heroes Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals, along with the almost forgotten names of Wolfmother and The Fratellis and newcomers Jagwar Ma and Crystal Fighters cover pretty much all the bases for indie and altrock fans. If that wasn’t enough, the campsites come with Wi-Fi and hot showers, tickets cost roughly a quarter of this year’s Glastonbury entry fee, and you’re free to swim in the lake, which is actually clean. On the downside, if you think learning French or Spanish is hard, learning Croatian is another thing entirely. Try to make an effort though, and don’t fall into the classic British abroad ‘if in doubt, shout’ stereotype.

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The Old Fire Station Metropolis & Academy Events Presents:

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Thurs 22nd May : The Old Fire Station “fully justifying their billing as Britain’s most promising new band”, “magnificent” NME

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The former bank worker speaks to Charley Souter-Philips about his new life in the industry, and how it’s not all fun and games


f he hadn’t had secured his single What I Might Do to number seven in the UK charts, had it synced with a Tesco advert, and made it big in the music industry, Ben Pearce would still be working at a bank, DJing for free at the weekends and "going into work on Monday, regretting and hating life". Lucky for us that did happen and we now have DJ and music producer, Ben Pearce. Who is about to release his second official single, Predictable on 28th April. The record will be released on Chase and Status’ label MTA and is a collaboration with London trio, Black Orange Juice. Pearce has been looking forward to working with the group for quite a while. "If you asked me who I wanted to work with a year ago, they were always the people I said. It’s nice for it to happen organically, If you have a personal relationship with someone it’s easier to go sit in a windowless room and lock the door for seven hours at a time." The DJ spoke about wanting to work with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, "He is one guy that’s just a musical genius. I just want to watch him work more than anything else." Being the co-founder for the record label Purp & Soul has allowed Pearce to have his own headquarters. "It started as just a way to have a base for my productions, but we now have a group of mates that are amazing producers as well which gives us a real family base. Also I have the amazing opportunity now to help younger guys get into a situation where they can make money for themselves by making music. So I’m passing on the good karma." The Mancunian explains why he prefers electronic dance music, "I have been reading that there is a link between the endorphins in your brain and electronic music. I think it’s just fun and it’s a social culture. House music is all about peace and love

and happiness. I think that is what music should be about at the end of the day." Although Pearce does work hard in the studio creating music, "there is a perception that it’s all parties, fun and festivals but it is hard work in a different and fun way. I’ve always been quite over critical of myself as well and it can be hard dealing with all that pressure and criticism, but it is 100% worth it."

House music is all about peace and love and happiness

The festival season is fast approaching and the DJ’s name seems to be on all the line-ups. "It’s the whole atmosphere. At festivals you get the opportunity to go around and see different types of music there will be a hip hop guy, then you go down a road and there will be somebody doing poetry in a weird costume. And

for people in the music scene there are loads of other DJs there that you can hang out with." Ben Pearce will be headlining The New Forest’s own festival, The Somerley Tea Party Festival this year, "It’s amazing to be headlining it considering I’ve only been doing this for just over a year professionally. To see yourself on festival line ups is just insane and it’s always really overwhelming." When asked what would he choose if he could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, he said: "I just wouldn’t be able to pick one. Brand New are my favourite band so maybe one of their songs, one called Quiet things which no one ever knows. I have the lyrics of that tattooed on me and I’ve listened to that album (Deja Entendu) probably once a week since I was 15." In five years time the producer hopes to still be making music, "If I could just do this for the rest of my life I would be more than happy, this is a dream already. Production wise I want to get into more recording artists and producing for people, helping other people to create music as well not just for myself." NERVE | 19


Will’s Wonderful X-rated Loser Team


his band are an eccentric bunch. It’s Friday night at the Winchester, Will and his people are milling around the cosy venue in clouds of incense and smoke, seemingly oblivious in their tranquility to the headless chickens scurrying around them. I introduce myself to Will, a friendly face I recognise from past gigs. I’m a huge fan and struggle to suppress urges to hug him. I need not, he pulls me in and embraces me like we’re old friends with a kiss on each cheek – then summons ‘the people’, introducing them one by one. The room falls silent and from the stage, four beaming grins peer up from behind shaggy, tousled fringes. Or maybe they’re not fringes.. It’s hard to tell from underneath the array of flat caps and Rasta beanies. Jamie, Charlie and Jim step forward in turn to greet me. There’s something surreal in their movement – they almost get up in slow motion and their expressions say they’ve met me before. At least that’s how it feels. It’s so refreshing to meet a group of guys who produce enticing, intoxicating music and even have the demeanor to match. Two hours later than anticipated, we’re sat down in a make-shift set where I begin the interview. Nerves settle and I’m talking with four outrageously laid-back guys: their calmness is catching. Will has leant back, extending his arms the length of the sofa, encompassing his friends, baggy-patterned-trouser clad legs crossed

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delicately. The rest of the group perch more attentively, fiddling with their hands contemplatively and looking me in the eye to respond to my questions – though they prove themselves to be masters of the tangent. I ask the band how long they’ve known each other and, without a clear answer, Jim digresses, explaining his father’s theory that flies live in another universe where time passes more slowly for them.. Hence why they seem ‘impossible to catch.’ This resonates with the rest of the group; they agree emphatically. Moving on to more intimate questions, I ask Will about the son he revealed to the world last October. His eyes light up and he says in a soft, doting voice; "I have the most beautiful son... he’s an angel." The rest of the band are equally enthusiastic and between them produce their mobiles, revealing images of an adorably bubbly four month old baby, Bobby. "It’s a part of you, you didn’t realise was empty before you have one [a kid]. I honestly thought my life was full before Bobby." This is a new dimension to the ballsy, uber confident character we see on stage. Will and the People convey themselves as a tight knit family – there is more to them than just their music. Will offers a story: "We feel we are a humbled band because we got thrust into a situation where we played to sixty thousand people.." He gesticulates animatedly with his hands, addressing me and occasionally the

camera: "But when we came down on Monday, we went into the Uni to do some promotion.." Will, Jamie, Jim and Charlie seized the opportunity to make use of microphones set up in Dylans Bar. "To cut a long story short, no one gave a sh*t, because everyone was working and then they left just as we started." Jim interjects: "They were kind of just sniggering at us." They tell this story lightheartedly, Jamie even adds: "It was great for us... humbling.

we got thrust into a situation where we played to sixty thousand people

That night, Will and the People played to a small venue filled almost to capacity – a far cry from the huge crowds they have performed for at festivals such as Glastonbury. Despite this factor – they are flawless, exceeding many people’s expectations and re-defining standards for bands across the country in terms of both personality and talent. Finally, I pose the cliché question: "If someone was to write the band’s biography.. what would the title be?" Everyone contributed one word. The conclusion? "The Wonderful X-rated Loser Team."

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The Lowdown on ‘Lads’ Mags’ Were SUBU right to ban the sale of lad’s mags on campus?


n probably not as controversial a move as they were expecting, SUBU has stopped selling ‘lads’ mags’ in the student shop, following the Co-Op who stopped selling them in September last year. I think it’s important to note that they’ve not been banned; the shop has simply stopped selling them. The idea behind the removal of these magazines is simply one of un-sexualisation (yes, I know that’s not a word) in shops; these magazines are objectifying women, promoting an unhealthy attitude towards them. Okay, maybe I’m sounding a little bit cynical there. And I think that most of us are adult enough to not buy a magazine that we don’t want to buy. The Co-Op’s reason for ceasing to sell these magazines was to stop children from seeing them - you might recall that their ultimatum was to get them provided in ‘modesty bags’ or to stop selling them - and, at the risk of sounding like The Simpsons’ Helen Lovejoy ("Won’t somebody pleeeeeeaaaasse think of the children?"), that is something that I agree with whole-heartedly. The magazine Nuts recently stopped being published completely, citing plummeting sales figures as the reason why. Back when it launched in 2003, it offered readers a mix of ‘girls, gadgets, footy and laughs’. A ‘no nipples’ policy held by the magazine was quickly dropped, leading to one observer counting 300 within a year. As a society - worldwide - we’ve entered this culture that has devalued sex, and

made normal women envious of what is being pushed in front of them on a daily basis. Of course, there’s not really any way this will stop, at least for the foreseeable future. As the old adage says, ‘sex sells’. Much as I disagree with the ethos behind it, it’s true. And, although I agree with the decision that has been made to stop selling ‘lads mags’ in the student shop, I don’t think it is going to make a difference. The student shop doesn’t sell tobacco, but people still smoke on campus. Perhaps a look into the reason why the decision was made should be in order - was it simply a knee-jerk reaction to a few comments that have been made recently, or was it made as a legitimate attempt to de-objectify women… in which case, there probably should be other stuff that’s removed from the Students’ Union. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude, I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate here. There’s nothing wrong with sex, it is an enjoyable and pleasurable act between two people who love each other. But perhaps the media in this country should start to tone down the fact that sex is thrust onto us at most opportunities, and as Bournemouth University is known for its media graduates, maybe this is something we can start to do once we’re out there in the world. Okay, it won’t happen overnight, but maybe it’s something that will happen slowly and people can start feeling comfortable in their own bodies again.

Words: Richard Graham Former Christian Union President Illustration: Nathan Hackett AUCB Illustration Graduate

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Trending: Summer Edit Many designers create stylish, innovative collections every year, whilst others are inspired by the re-invention of a particular fashion. This year is no different with retro shapes and materials ruling the streets


Transforming your sports wear. If you thought athletic clothing only belonged at the gym, think again. High fashion designers have upgraded common sportswear to another level, calling it ‘sports luxe’. The staple items for this look include bomber jackets, gym shorts and elasticated jumpers with striped detailing. The simplicity of this look means it is suitable for anyone, whether you have a fast-paced lifestyle or are simply a fashion lover. Just because it is sportswear, it doesn’t mean that it can be messy, instead, pay attention to detail and don’t forget your bright colour palette to shine throughout the summer.

back to art. Fashion is about stepping outside the box and crossing boundaries. Plain pastel hues may have dominated the past season but now artistic patterns full of bright colours are quickly becoming a fashion favourite. Inspired by 1960’s pop artists Warhol and Lichtenstein, designers used art as a key inspiration. Achieve this look effortlessly by mixing retro-artistic styles with innovative and contemporary graphics and geometric prints. This Summer, stand out and stay fresh while showing off vivid yellows, reds and greens for a post-modern mix.

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Summer is also the time to show off your beautiful tan and what better way to do this than with sheer fabrics? Exposed shoulders, see-through shirts, knits and gowns have dominated this year’s fashion shows all around the world. From Angelina Jolie to Emma Stone, sheer clothing has proved to be a versatile and easy material that can be mixed and matched in a multitude of ways. They are perfect to wear when wanting to look sexy without feeling overly exposed.

Iridescent fabrics.


For all those risk-takers out there who like to keep an ‘avant-garde’ look, dare to try metallic and iridescent fabrics, which have been unusually introduced in the SS14 collections. Silk tops and metallic pencil skirts are staple items for this trend. The shiny fabric is designed to highlight your silhouette as well as transforming your look from simple and plain to fun and futuristic. And if you don’t feel confident with wearing iridescent or metallic trousers or a coat, you can start small by adding subtle iridescent accessories to your outfit.


Stone Embellished Accessories.

Rhinestones, oversized pearls and multi-coloured stones are also on trend this season. This embellishment is easy addition to any summer style whilst adding personality to a look. You can opt for stone-embellished shoes if you want a graceful look, or match your outfit with a clutch for a stylish night out. Jewellery has been labelled one of the top accessories for this season, so if you want to achieve a look similar to Jessica Alba, remember that pearls and stones are better if oversized and colourful.

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the ultimate guide The biggest event in the student calender is back! Nerve is here to bring you the lowdown on this year’s line-up, and some favourite memories from 2013 NERVE | 25

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line-up Lowdown We have a look at what we’ve got to look forward to this year, and the tracks you should listen to before the big day

deaf havana

have a Listen to: Mildred, 22, Boston Square

Deaf Havana is an English rock band from Norfolk. They’ve been around for 9 years, having formed in college back in 2005, and have recently become a lot more popular. Throughout their career they have released several EP’s and three albums. Their debut studio album was called Meet me Halfway, At Least and then their next album, Fools and Worthless Liars was released in 2011. They have supported bands such as You Me At Six, Architects and Muse, and have also had tours of their own. Their most recent album, Old Souls, has also started to give them recognition in the US. It was their debut album for America, being released there in January 2014 when it was released in September 2013 in England. They are touring in England and American throughout this year, with the BU Summer Ball just being a break along the way.

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Chlöe Howl

At just 19, Chlöe Howl has already made waves in the music industry. Her singles ‘No Strings’ and ‘Rumour’ have each accumulated more than 1 million views on Youtube. Describing her music comically as ‘steak and kidney pop’, she’s already worked with Tom Odell and performed at Latitude, Wireless and Bestival last year. Make sure you catch Chlöe on our Main Stage to hear the delights of her debut album, out later this year.

have a Listen to: Rumour, No Strings

Aged between 17 and 21, Neon Jungle are a British girlband that formed early in 2013. The group have already had two hit singles with ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ reaching No. 4 and 7 respectively in the UK Singles charts. Having already supported Jessie J on tour, the girls are now preparing to bring their pop-soaked dance tunes to our Main Stage.

have a Listen to: Welcome to the jungle

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Meridian Dan Bursting onto the scene with hit single ‘German Whip’; the grime artist is going to get the crowd jumping this summer when he drops his big UK chart single inside the main stage tent. The likes of Professor Green, Wiley and Rizzle Kicks are all fans of the stage so you can all expect a big performance from the rapper.

Huw Stephens Known for being one of the most respected young DJs on the circuit, the Radio 1 DJ is coming to Summer Ball! Often showcasing the newest and hottest musical talent and having played at the likes of Bestival, T in the Park and Glastonbury, Huw is certainly going to have the main stage rocking!

Jackmaster Jackmaster is an eclectic, Glaswegian DJ who also co-founded the label Numbers. He is said to always surprise people with what he plays for his set, throwing in random songs that don’t seem to follow traditional DJ trends, like dance and disco tunes, alongside the usual house and techno. In an interview with The Guardian in 2012 he said that you do not “have to go a bit bigger and harder at festivals”, so we can probably expect a simple set filled with some awesome and energetic summer tunes.

ted zed Ted Zed is an up-and-coming Indie-Rock solo artist from Somerset. Songs to look out for are ‘Alien Monday’, which is the title of his first EP, along with ‘I Don’t Mind’, which is his debut single and ‘Souls’. His music is different to his other young contemporaries, as he is a fan of 70s music himself, this is reflected in his music. He writes, sings and produces his own music, along with playing a multiple amount of instruments. On the day, look out for his ‘technological lab’ on stage. He brings his instruments and laptops with him so that he can have live vocals along with his guitar and pre-recorded sounds.

Lisbon Coming from a little coastal town called Whitley Bay (near Newcastle), Lisbon have recently been compared to The 1975 and Foals. They are a four-piece indie pop band and will be playing at a number of festivals in the summer, most notably Kendal Calling. Listen out for their single ‘B L U E L O V E’ in their set which has received praise from Radio 1’s Ally McCrae!

Camo & Krooked Camo & Krooked are our Urban Stage headliners for 2014. The drum & bass duo, hailing from Vienna, Austria have been working together since 2007 and signed to Hospital Records in 2010. They have since performed globally at some of the world’s biggest music events and have produced an incredible back catalogue of three studio albums and numerous remixes. Be sure to catch them playing all the infectious dancefl oor tracks from their latest ‘Zeitgeist’ album.

Dr. Meaker Dr Meaker is a band from Bristol that sing, produce and remix, adding soul to bass music. They have gained recognition from DJs on BBC Radio One, and they also have a song on BBC Radio One’s 2013 Live Lounge album, where they cover Adele’s ‘Skyfall’. Songs to look out for are ‘Fighter’, ‘In My Soul’ and ‘Music in the Night’, which is their most recent single. They have made appearances at Glastonbury before, along with other festivals, so the BU Summer Ball is just a regular day to them.

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2013 memories Relive some of the highlights from last year’s massive Summer Ball

Can you se e yourself?

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throw those heels and bow ties away, because we do things a little different around these parts

rudimental then took to the decks, and the temperature reached sweltering levels


The Girls Of Our G eneration

TV smash hit ‘Girls’ is growing in popularity as plans for a fourth season are unveiled – but what is it about its characters that makes us love it? Mallory Mabe investigates


n the current world in which we live, women have brains. They no longer exist as glamorized zombies styled in the latest Prada dress, dragging around their tiny Chihuahuas. Whether you listen or not is up to you but today’s women have a voice that actress and writer Lena Dunham has proven that with hit HBO series ‘Girls’. While Hollywood’s entertainment has the reputation of sticking to eating disorders, wardrobe malfunctions and broken nails, Girls has thrown these portrayals in the trash and recreated what it means to be a woman of today – or more to the point, a real woman. There really is a character in girls in each of us, here’s why.

Hannah Hannah, also known as the self-proclaimed voice of her generation, is the "fat friend". She’s the self-conscious at the right time, over confident at the wrong time type of girl. Hannah doesn’t believe in letting other people get her down and proves so by wearing pants around 80% of the entire series so far. But what is it that makes Hannah that relatable if she’s so bizarre? She’s real. Hannah is that friend you have to make yourself feel better because she’s so self-obsessed it’s endearing, yet she somehow makes your problems disappear in the process. She suffers from both obesity and severe OCD but is more focused on getting to her dream writing job than taking time to invest in her current health - she’s driven.

Marnie Marnie is Hannah’s "best friend". She chooses bros over hoes, considers herself the next big pop star and would rather hide from her friends in a new apartment than face the realities of life. Marnie is that dramatic girl you know will always have the latest gossip... even if it is of only her own personal drama. She will take months to even begin to accept that her break-up has actually happened and even years to get rid of his old hoody or photos. Although she sounds dreadful, Marnie’s character represents that part of you that is never truly ready to let go and is confused about what you want for you and not what you need to please someone else. She has one night stands with her friend’s ex-boyfriends and even her own simply to try to fill that void and while not everyone may do just that, Marnie shows just how difficult it can be finding yourself.


Jessa is the wild one. Her free-spirited personality shows both in her actions and in her wardrobe. Jessa doesn’t take orders from anyone - not her family and especially not her friends but when it comes to honest truths and crucial life changes, Jessa is your girl. Although she may seem like the most extreme yet stereotypical one of the bunch, Jessa is the piece that fits them all together. Without her wild tactics, friends like Hannah and Marnie would never get

the opportunity to simply have fun and relax. Likewise, when the worst happens, there would be no "mother of the group" without Jessa making the calls and being the sassy best friend that she is. We don’t all have the opportunity to have bodyguards like Kimye, but what we do have is that one friend who can protect you either from tears or from harm and that’s exactly who Jessa is.

Shoshanna ("Shosh")

Shoshanna. Oh Shoshanna...the baby of the group. As any youngster among friends or family would be, she is the queen of inexperience and a pro at whining. She has her own set of style ranging from Carrie Bradshaw to J.Lo. She is the one who knows "this guy who’s brother’s brother’s neighbour totally slept with the girl in flat 8" and can tell you any information from every episode of Made in Chelsea you need. But while Shosh is the one who has the least troubles of the group, her naivety is what makes her one of the most relatable out of the four. From first boyfriends to first times, Shoshanna has to go through those experiences later in life than most while still grasping onto her naive habits. The emotions, fears and questions that arise through her character are the same we all face when we go through these scenarios whether young or old. Design Alice Elizabeth Taylor


T R I E D & TA S T E D As the warm weather arrives, there’s nothing better than tucking into a British classic. Nerve’s Andrea Avellano went to Harry Ramsden’s to see if the chips really did live up to the hype


here’s something incredibly nostalgic about eating fish ‘n’ chips by the seaside. We Brits love it and who can blame us? The aroma lures you down an alley of lust and temptation, but boy it’s worth it. Harry Ramsden’s is on Bournemouth beach and I went on a bright Summer’s day around 5pm. No queue – bonus! It claims to be the world’s best fish ‘n’ chip shop which is quite a statement. It’s fair to say I was giddy with excitement on arrival. The smell of fish ‘n’ chips is in the top three greatest smells with bacon and freshly cut grass and Harry Ramsden’s makes an effort of enforcing this smell to the gold medal. I’ve heard mixed reviews about Harry Ramsden’s so I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about. Yes, it’s expensive compared to an independent fish ‘n’ chip shop and some dispute the portion size. However, the portion size of my dinner on this occasion was more than enough and I had little to complain about. I ordered the regular haddock and large chips for a mind-blowing £7.20, plus a sachet of ketchup and tartar sauce at 20p each. I


didn’t even order a drink because of the high expenses. If they’re going to charge these extortionate prices, the food best deliver. Fortunately, it did. A regular haddock the size of a 6 foot shark, I thought to myself ‘We’re going to need a bigger box’ (Jaws, 1975), I felt inclined to ask the server for a hammer and chainsaw to get through that golden, crisp batter. Underneath was a bed of white, juicy fish that was incredibly flavoursome and cooked to perfection. The fish was the real standout, it was beautifully moist and the batter was crunchy and moreish. I drowned everything in salt and vinegar and it was like a symphony orchestra bellowing in my mouth. The chips were crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, combined with the ever-great red sauce, which of course, has to be Heinz, it really accentuated the flavour on my palette. It made me realise that the prices aren’t too bad once you’ve started scoffing your face and batter is flying everywhere. The size of the haddock was the size of a large in many chips shops I’ve been and was of better quality, too. There is a downfall though to Harry





Ramsden’s but we can’t really blame Harry for it. The food does get cold very quickly if you vacate outside like me and pretty much every customer. The food must be consumed outside to get a real taste of summer. If they kept the boxes warm so this didn’t happen as quickly it would be a huge plus. There’s also a feeling of sadness when fish and chips doesn’t come in old newspaper packaging, it really completes the experience for me, reading an old story of how Freddie Star ate someone’s hamster whilst tucking in. The box does however prevent sogginess. Lastly, there’s an army of seagulls circulating the area looking for any scraps so don’t let a bird steal your £7.20 dinner, you’ll miss out hugely. We all love to reminisce and think about the times when we were happiest. All I needed was my loved ones and perhaps a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc. I know I’m being deceitful, but I could do with the latter at the moment!

Words Andrea Avellano Design Rachel Burke







Venice on the Water Scarlett Dixon 1st Year Multi-Media Journalism With 177 shallow lagoon canals, connected by 409 bridges, much of Venice’s beauty is best explored when you’ve lost your way - quickly remedied by a scoop or two of Italian Gelato. Although gondolas are significantly more rocky than I expected (tip - leave dinner until after you’ve boarded) they are the most beautiful and the most natural way to travel in Venice.

ENTS Drunken Antics. Chaos. Noise. Yep it’s The Valleys! Danielle Cardy caught up with Natalee, Carley, Anthony and Jason from the reality TV show whilst they made a guest appearance in Bournemouth


e can all admit we are culprits of watching reality TV. It’s a daily fix that we all intake and whether we like to admit it or not, we can’t help ourselves from filling our spare time watching and indulging in other people’s lives. The Valleys, Geordie Shore, TOWIE and Made in Chelsea are just a few examples in which we are guided around the UK and exposed to how the different counties live. The Valleys are known for eccentric behaviour, memorable antics, and sexual proficiency. Their overwhelming personalities captured on camera and bought into the limelight on the MTV show, ‘The Valleys’ showed no sign of dimming when we caught up with the rowdy bunch in Bournemouth making a guest appearance at Halo Nightclub. Although The Valleys are known for partying hard, we managed to deter their attention from the line of jagerbombs they had ordered and ask them a few questions. Despite being fashionably late to their guest appearance, amongst the heavy bass music, the party atmosphere and screaming from their fans they came to have a quick interview with us, before partying the night away with the Bournemouth

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community (mainly Bournemouth University Students). Blanketing every episode of The Valleys that is aired on TV, cast members of the show portray their wild behaviour which certainly cannot be tamed. Carley said; "We have certainly brought out our wild drunken antics and crazy personalities to Bournemouth tonight." She continued with; "How we act on TV is no different to how we act in real life. We are always up for a laugh and a night out to enjoy ourselves, and that is exactly what we are going to do tonight. Everyone out there seems really up for it!" On partying with their fans, Jason said "We have plans to get very, very, very drunk!" with Carley adding; "We are going to drink Bournemouth dry!" Obviously from The Valleys to Bournemouth there is a big difference. However, one cast member had one thing on her mind. Carley admitted; "There are a lot more hot boys down here than back at home!" With Halo nightclub being a church, it differs greatly from other venues in the area and one this night The Valleys showed Bournemouth how to party ‘Valley style!’ Natalee explained; "This venue is a lot different to what we are used to

back at home. It’s nice to try something new though and I am excited to see what Halo has in store for us tonight." The Valleys along with other reality TV programmes that are aired to us on a regular basis is one of many that are a great success. The Valleys are currently in their third season with plenty more drama, new cast members, new romances, fights and falling outs and once again more drunken antics. Natalee told us; "There is so much more drama in this season. This is probably the best season we have done but I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to give too much away. You will have to watch it to find out," although Jason added; "It is obviously going to be better- we are all in it!" It just goes to show their personalities on screen are not made up personas, as they are totally and utterly crazy individuals in real life. With making a guest appearance at Halo Nightclub, not only did the fans leave with smiles on their faces, so did the cast members after showing Bournemouth how to party. If the cameras were there to film the evening, it would definitely have been material to be aired on TV.

Words Danielle Cardy

Design Abbi Hayden






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OUR PREDICTIONS The Nerve Sport team give their predictions on how they think this summer’s World Cup will pan out Design Jack Mullen

Winner: Brazil Runners-up: Argentina Surprise package: Cote d’Ivoire Top scorer: Gonzalo Higuain Player of the tournament: Neymar England’s tournament: Quarter Finals England’s star man: Daniel Sturridge

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Winner: Italy Runners-up: Brazil Surprise package: Japan Top scorer: Diego Costa Player of the tournament: Andrea Pirlo England’s tournament: Semi Finals England’s star man: Adam Lallana

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Winner: England

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Runners-up: Argentina Surprise package: Bosnia & Herzegovina Top scorer: Lionel Messi Player of the tournament: Steven Gerrard England’s tournament: Obviously going to win it.


England’s star man: Steven Gerrard

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As Roy Hodgson’s current crop of Three Lions prepare to travel to Brazil this summer, Nerve’s Ash Hover examines the future of our national side Words Ash Hover


Design Jack Mullen

try City, who now play in League One, and with foreign fter a State of the Game study found that English players slowly starting to infiltrate the lower leagues players accounted for less than a third of all minutes played in the Premier League, concerns have of English football too, what does the future hold for been echoed over the future of the English national aspiring homegrown footballers? game. The stats certainly don’t favour the English national atemole senducitae lanihit aturisc iamus, conseni doluptatiam, id maiorisqui doluptatest laut facidgame, so maybe it’s time for our own players to buck The figures are down from 35.43% in 2007/08 camitis dolum volupta temped magnimi nvente prorissi omniendi qui conseque ma quaspita doluptat the trend and move abroad as well. The number of forpaign, to a dismal 32.26% at the start of this season’s eius venimus am, simil et quis magnihi cienihit, volupid estotatempel earum et ipicte pa volorum ent campaign, and with Premier League clubs spending eign players joining the Premier League from overseas faccae mos doluptat apellup tasperi cum faccabo rempernatur? Quiam sequosa ndaerias doluptio toribus, £660m on international transfers in 2013 alone – over enormously outweighs the amount of English players num quatia quiata ne aut earchit vernati busandu cipsant alit, corunti busdaessit quam vellor simpore double more than any other of Europe’s top leagues – heading the other way, and Scotland manager Gordon pudam, nos ea sundelesto inctis in perrum autem. It aliqui at autatem porunti atquiam fuga. Et et ma Strachan insists there is ‘too much money to be made the amount of overseas players filling up the back of doluptu restio et essi doluptam fugit ut labo. Ut latum, quidit volestio. Sed molupturiori blabore pernati Premier League shirts doesn’t look set to decline any all the way through the Premier League. onsequi utem quaturem qui conecaectia volore exerferes sunt eatem doluptiae neturestrum si sapid que time soon. "The big money in Germany and Spain is down to a dis rem que etus velesti voluptatae suntium adi odis maio. Et fugit lic te nonem. Et quame velis aliquid The last time a team started the season with an few clubs, whereas over here you can make staggering quosam volorum all-English side was in 1992 and that team was Covenamounts of money anywhere," he said.

Out of all the players currently playing for one of England’s youth team set-ups, Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon) is the only one to play his football abroad, and 20-year old, Luton-born Charlie L’Anson is the only Englishman currently playing in La Liga. Have a look at the amount of Spaniards playing over here and it’s a completely different story – there are 32 of them. But domestic clubs can’t be blamed for wanting to bring in the best available players. After GORDON STRACHAN all, managers are under so much pressure to achieve instant success in today’s footballing climate. After West Bromwich Albion sacked Steve Clarke in December, figures from website sportingintelligence. com showed that if you remove Arsene Wenger’s 17 years at Arsenal, the average time in a Premier League hot seat stands at a staggering 379 days. Incredibly, Wenger’s amount of days in charge of Arsenal (over 6000) almost adds up to the combined total of days of the other 19 managers in the Premier League. Speaking exclusively to FFE, former Manchester City and England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce believes that the FA ‘cannot rely on football clubs to look after the English national game’ as they have a ‘duty of care’ to their supporters to field the best players possible. Pearce believes that the English national game needs to look after itself, and the FA’s £105m investment into St George’s Park – the nation’s new national football centre – is certainly a step in the right direction. Set in 330 acres of Staffordshire countryside, the centre is a training base for all 24 of England’s national teams and aims to be the first FIFA F Marc Centre of Medical Excellence in the UK. England under-17 manager John Peacock describes the football centre as ‘one of the best in the world’ and insists it is already ‘working fantastically well,’ but the consensus around much of the footballing world is that a lot more has to be done to ensure the brightest possible future for English football. But not everyone is convinced by the hundreds of millions of pounds being thrown at classy training facilities. Gordon Strachan, who represented his country 50 times at international level, turned down a move to Manchester United as a 14-year old, instead choosing to sign for Dundee in order to properly develop as a player. And the former Celtic manager believes there is a lot wrong with youth football in Britain. "I would definitely have a think about academy football. Is it working? Are the players we’re producing now as good as Paul Gascoigne and Bryan Robson. Is it worth spending billions in the past few years, to then go to the European Championships last year and win no games? We’ve got more coaches, more degrees, more science and this and

that, but are the players growing into characters? Gascoigne never saw an academy in his life. " "Kids are getting lured in at eight-years old to join the likes of Chelsea and at their families think they have a chance of playing for the first team and all the gold that comes with it, when in reality, 98% have no chance. Then they go up an age group and somebody tells them that they’re not good enough – that’s when you get kids falling out of love with football and that’s a problem." Strachan also believes there’s too much emphasis on structure, claiming youth football is too ‘sanitized.’ "I played reserve team football at the age of 14 and had to really look after myself. We’re sanitizing football far too much these days, everyone has to play in certain age groups all the way up, but if you look at the likes of Bryan Robson, he played three years above their age groups and it made them toughen up as players." And having worked with the FA for six years, Stuart Pearce is adamant that we won’t win a major tournament again because we ‘haven’t put a proper process in place. "We might win one if we’re lucky and find two or three superstars like Paul Gascoigne, but we just won’t do it because we haven’t put a process in place. If you look for instance, Greece and probably Denmark are the only countries who have turned up and won a major tournament without having success at younger levels too," he said. But what process can we put in place? Pearce enjoyed much success in charge of the under-21 three lions side before losing his job after failing to win a single game at last year’s European Championships and asserts that England need to stop ‘mismanaging’ their best players, calling on Theo Walcott as a prime example. "Since going to the World Cup in 2006, Theo, at age appropriate levels, could have gone to two World Cups, two senior level European Championships, three under-21 tournaments, two under-19 finals, two under-20 finals and an Olympic Games. You’re talking eleven or twelve major tournaments and over the space of all those tournaments, I think he’s played something like fiveand-a-half matches; that’s half a game per tournament and that’s mismanagement of one of our best talents in the country." The future of the English national game looks bleak to say the least, and a complete revamp of our footballing structure THEO WALCOTT may be needed. And with this year’s World Cup just a month away, we should maybe stop ourselves from getting too excited.




Nerve’s Andrea Avellano picks out the top six players he expects to shine in Rio this Summer

Words Andrea Avellano

Design Jack Mullen

thomas muller

Eden hazard

He destroyed England in Bloemfontein and it would be no surprise if he cursed the English again. An underrated player in my book and doesn’t get the recognition that Schweinsteiger or Gotze does, but he’s always there when his club or country needs him. He scored against Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the Champions League this year when Bayern went behind and is always the man in the limelight after big, important matches. Not the most technical footballer in the world, he doesn’t possess the skill of a Neymar, but he has the drive and determination of a winner and as always the Germans will be looking to win the World Cup for a fourth time. He shares his surname with fellow German legend Gerd Muller, can Thomas join Gerd’s legendary status; just ask the English if they meet this year.

Belgium are the dark horses for the commencing World Cup and who is to argue against that. The team has a good balance, it’s led by one of the greatest central defenders the Premier League has ever seen in Vincent Kompany and has the youth of Eden Hazard in attack. The attacking midfielder has had an amazing maiden season for Chelsea. With the lack of real strikers in the ranks, Hazard has been the go-to man, scoring over 15 goals in his first season in the toughest league in the world, the former Lille talisman has settled in very quickly and is still only 23, a baby. I don’t think Belgium will win the prestigious Jules Rimet trophy, but they’ll have a good run and if Hazard is firing on all cylinders they could certainly cause an upset. A good friend of mine once said that the future is Belgium, he was right, but only because the future is Eden Hazard.

mario balotelli

Di Maria

There may be an element of bias here (I am half Italian, supporting Italy and all-round lover of everything Italian), but Mario Balotelli is a player who thrives on a big occasion. Most notably scoring the two goals that destroyed Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2012. Balotelli has returned to the country of his birth since that time and thus kept out of the British headlines, much to our sadness. We miss Mario here in England and I reckon he misses us too, which is why I’ve called him out to be a big performer for Italy in Brazil. He has a point to prove to all the doubters around the World and in addition, has the weight of a football mad nation on his shoulders. Can he secure a record-equaling fifth World Cup trophy for the Azzurri? Mario can answer that question - ‘Why always me?’

I know what you’re going to say, “Huh? Di Maria…you lost your head, son? What about Messi?” That’s fair enough, Lionel Messi is, as you are aware, re-writing the history books for Barcelona, a roaring lion in the desert, the Messiah of Catalonia. But I certainly have not lost my head because Lionel Messi is yet to prove himself on the world stage. Di Maria is in the form of his life, the unsung hero for Real Madrid. The arrival of Bale could have had a detrimental effect to his performances but it’s been the opposite. A turn of pace as quick as anyone in world football. Can he outperform Lionel? Of course he can, he’ll be the architect for Argentina, carving up defences, threading passes through to Higuain. Di Maria’s time is now; believe me and to be honest, anyone named Angel just does it for me.

neymar jr

daniel sturridge

The boy from Brazil. It is fair to say that Neymar’s best performances have been in the country that is hosting the World Cup. His recognition stemmed from his days at Santos. His performances at the Confederations Cup were a sample of what is to come and triggered a surge of hits on YouTube. He moved to Barcelona for £48.7million and is yet to really pay that back, but his performances for Brazil have been good, he’s the flare in that side, the spark of electricity sprinting through the wires. With the change of guard in Brazilian football becoming more physical with the likes of Fernandinho and David Luiz. Neymar will get the crowds off their seats and the people off their sofas. The Samba boys love to party and Neymar will ensure he’s the reason the party takes place come the eve of the Final, July 13th.

Everyone is so pessimistic when it comes to England. The other half of me is a proud Englishman and I believe England won’t have any trouble qualifying the dreaded ‘Group of Death’ with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Name me some midfielders and defenders for Uruguay? See, you can’t! Case closed. Anyway, Sturridge has had the best season of his life for Liverpool. He’s playing week-in week-out and his loving his football. Can he transfer this knack of scoring goals to the International stage? Yes, he’ll be playing with arguably better providers in the ranks, with Rooney, Gerrard, Wilshere and Lallana. This combined is a recipe that leaves me salivating. Sturridge’s finishing is second to none and will bang goalsAsh in left, right and center.Jack I hope he does that Words Hover Design Mullen dance a lot too. God I love that dance.


FROM THE SOUTH COAST TO RIO Words Andrea Avellano Design Jack Mullen

Nerve’s Andrea Avellano takes a look at some of the players who have plied their trade on the south coast but will now be packing their suitcases for Rio

It’s been a long time since Kevin Prince Boateng graced the pitch of Fratton Park and a lot has happened in that time. Firstly, since then, Boateng has had spells with Italian giants AC Milan, in a move that really put him on the map in European football. Secondly, Portsmouth at the time were battling in the Premier League and had previously won the FA Cup under Harry Redknapp, but, today find themselves grafting in the bowels of League Two, mainly due to administration. But at last, the talent that was occupied by the Ghana international was being recognised. Boateng is an athlete and he will drive Ghana forward in Brazil, with kevin prince boateng the likes of Michael Essien in the team to protect the defence the floor will be left for Boateng and atemole senducitae lanihit aturisc iamus, conseni doluptatiam, id maiorisqui doluptatest lautatfacidco. to create. Now playing his football Schalke, itis dolum volupta temped magnimi nvente prorissi omniendi quihas conseque quaspitaplaying doluptat Boateng gained ma experience at the eius venimus am, simil et quis magnihi cienihit, volupidhighest estotatempel et but ipicte pathing volorum level inearum Europe, one that ent is cerfaccae mos doluptat apellup tasperi cum faccabo rempernatur? ndaerias doluptio toribus, tainQuiam is thatsequosa he hasn’t forgotten his roots because num quatia quiata ne aut earchit vernati busandu cipsant alit,if corunti busdaessit quam vellor simpore it wasn’t for his spell at Pompey, he may not be pudam, nos ea sundelesto inctis in perrum autem. It aliqui at competing autatem porunti fuga. Et ettournament ma at theatquiam most prestigious in doluptu restio et essi doluptam fugit ut labo. Ut latum, quidit volestio. molupturiori blabore pernati sport thisSed summer. onsequi utem quaturem qui conecaectia volore exerferes sunt eatem doluptiae neturestrum si sapid que dis rem que etus velesti voluptatae suntium adi odis maio. Et fugit lic te nonem. Et quame velis aliquid quosam volorum


Adam lallana

dani osvaldo

The new Glen Hoddle, the English Johan Cruyff. In my opinion, an artist with a football at his feet. This season for Southampton Adam Lallana has established himself as a true asset to the side. He’s had call-ups to the England national team and should have a place in the starting eleven in the bag. A late bloomer, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder may not have been spotted at 16 years of age like Wayne Rooney, but he’s finally made it to the big time. Lallana is exactly what England need, he makes football look like art at times and that’s the missing piece of the jigsaw for England. That final pass, that single piece of skill that takes out two defenders, Lallana can only perform better with England. With service provided from Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere, the stage is set for the Southampton skipper.

Okay, so he’s already been shipped from Southampton to Italian Serie A champions Juventus for rumours of which I cannot reveal on the pages of Nerve. Trust me though, it’s worth a Google. I hope he returns to the Premier League in the future, like Mario Balotelli, he’s a character and the game needs characters. My fondest memory of Osvaldo for Southampton is the beauty he scored against Man City this season and that beautiful ponytail and beard combo. But, ultimately, he simply couldn’t cut it in the Premier League; publicly saying after he left Southampton that playing in England is "very physical, with really tough tackling". Well it’s not like Italy are playing English opposition this summer or anything...oh wait. He better get in the gym or something and deal with what is thrown at him because on his day he is definitely worth the £12.8 million price tag that Southampton paid for him. The pony tail and beard is certainly worth that figure, anyway.

rickie lambert

luke shaw

A player who divides opinion, overrated or underrated, whatever you feel about Rickie Lambert it’s fair to say he’s earned his right to be in the mix. From spouts at Rochdale, Stockport County and Macclesfield Town, Lambert is certainly a late bloomer. In my opinion, a very decent footballer. He can play on the deck, good in the air and takes an absolute worldie of a penalty. All could be crucial this summer, especially if we get in any stick shootout situations. The lion of Southampton, scorer of over 10 goals this campaign which is pretty average but he’s more than a goal scorer. He’ll provide solid backup to Sturridge and Rooney but a very decent sub he’d be. You’re probably thinking about Andy Carroll, but if we’re all honest with ourselves, he’s pretty average and encourages a style of football which you’d find in the 1900’s. Up the Rickie Lambert! Southampton’s Luis Suarez, without all the nonsense and er...goals.

One thing isn’t for sure is Luke’s place in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup. With an ageing yet still highly capable Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines who is in the form of his life, the position isn’t guaranteed for the Southampton left-back. If I were Roy I’d give Shaw the green light and take him. Ashley Cole hasn’t played anywhere near enough football this season for Chelsea and isn’t the player of five years ago. I say this with a heavy heart as Cole is one of the greatest left backs of my generation. Shaw at only 18 years of age has a very bright future ahead of him, the next Paolo Maldini in my opinion. A regular at Southampton at such a young age competing in the toughest league in the world, it wouldn’t be a huge gamble if he were to start in Brazil. England have some very good upcoming stars and Shaw is one of them, he Words Ash Hover Design Jack broke down in tears when he got hisMullen call up to the national team earlier this year, let’s hope he gets his chance at the World Cup, he deserves it.


World Cup Memories

Tokelo Rantie Nerve chats to AFC Bournemouth and South Africa international striker Tokelo Rantie on a sensational transition that has seen the 23-year-old transform from passionate supporter to first team regular for Bafana Bafana Words Craig Rodhouse


Design Jack Mullen

s the 2010 World Cup got underway in his native South Africa, a 19-year-old Tokelo Rantie celebrated from home as Siphiwe Tshabalala sent a nation into euphoria when he fired home the first goal of the tournament. Fast forward four years later and the same man is now a striking stalwart for his national team, coming desperately close to helping the side reach the next World Cup in Rio. It has been a sensational transformation for the AFC Bournemouth striker and the enormity of the achievement is certainly not lost on Rantie. "Two years ago I was no one and I was just playing football, but two years later I have 15 national team caps, I’ve won the league twice in atemole senducitae lanihit aturisc iamus, conseni doluptatiam, id maiorisqui doluptatest laut facidtwo different countries and I’ve won individual itis dolum volupta temped magnimi nvente prorissi omniendi qui conseque ma quaspita doluptat awards also. Over such a short period of time, I’m eius venimus am, simil et quis magnihi cienihit, volupid estotatempel earum et ipicte pa volorum ent in a place where most people work eight to nine faccae mos doluptat apellup tasperi cum faccabo rempernatur? Quiam sequosa ndaerias doluptio toribus, years to be." num quatia quiata ne aut earchit vernati busandu cipsant alit, corunti busdaessit quam vellor simpore "It’s a blessing, sometimes when I wake up pudam, nos ea sundelesto inctis in perrum autem. It aliqui at autatem porunti atquiam fuga. Et et ma and ask myself ‘what did I do to deserve these doluptu restio et essi doluptam fugit ut labo. Ut latum, quidit volestio. Sed molupturiori blabore pernati wonderful opportunities?’. I am so remorseful onsequi utem quaturem qui conecaectia volore exerferes sunt eatem doluptiae neturestrum si sapid que about my success because I feel like god didn’t dis rem que etus velesti voluptatae suntium adi odis maio. Et fugit lic te nonem. Et quame velis aliquid actually give people who deserve it enough and quosam volorum has just put me there and said ‘go for it’."


Meeting a footballer so genuinely humbled by his own talent and success is very much a rarity in the modern-age of the sport, but when your career is thrust forward at the speed of Rantie’s then I suppose it would be hard not to feel slightly shell-shocked. After all, Rantie was just one of thousands of patriotic South African supporters in 2010, a million miles away from even contemplating the idea that he himself would be brushing shoulders with the same group of players he was then supporting. With this in mind, Rantie experienced first-hand the extreme benefits that the tournament has brought to his country. "There was so much that happened during the 2010 World Cup and it changed a lot of people’s lives in terms of creating jobs and the growth of the economy. We have more infrastructure, the roads are in a better manner now and it was one of the best things that happened in South Africa and it is something that we will definitely cherish for the rest of our lives. "It made such a difference to people’s lives and football is a big sport in South Africa and it’s something we use normally to bring people together. Whenever there is something wrong happening in the country, football is the only thing that we can most definitely go to and heal our hearts." "Football-wise we have the talent but we didn’t have enough infrastructure, didn’t have enough knowledge, but after the World Cup we have had a lot of people coming and trying to help us. "Before the World Cup it was very rare to see someone playing for a Premier Soccer League club but now there have been a lot of young players who have been promoted through the ranks into the first teams. It’s good because we are going to benefit in the national team in the future." While Rantie is very quick to acknowledge the bigger picture with regards to the positive impacts of the tournament, one particular memory of the competition brings out a particularly wide grin on the face of the 23-year-old. "There were some good memories and even still today if you go to South Africa – or anywhere in Africa - you can ask anyone about any World Cup memory and they will tell you simple, Tshbalala’s goal. It has been something that actually made the country proud and something that made him to be more famous and more respected as a player also. The way that he is still humble today shows that the goal was not just for him but was for the whole continent of Africa." Rantie speaks from experience as he is now a regular starter for his country alongside Tshbalala and the other memory makers from 2010. Making his international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Botswana in 2012, Rantie went on to appear in five of the country’s six qualifying fixtures as the side battled to make their way to Rio. Despite notching 11 points, South Africa were knocked out after Ethiopia finished top of the group, Rantie believes that it could have been all so different had coach Pitso Mosimane not been sacked midway through the qualification campaign. "I think we deserved to go to the World Cup in terms of the group that we were in. The only thing I think had an impact in us not doing well was the changes of the coaches. When I received my first national call-up we were

playing the first qualifiers against Botswana and Ethiopia and after those two games we lost one and drew one and then they changed the national team coach. "They fired him actually while we were still in camp to play our second game against Ethiopia and that obviously had an impact, it disturbed us and our preparation didn’t actually go so well. I think that’s actually where the federation lost it, I believe that maybe if they could have handled it in another way it was going to give us an edge because of the quality and experience we had I believe we would now be preparing for the World Cup." "It was a disappointment for me because that was going to be one of the biggest moments of my career. Despite all the league titles I have won, being at the World Cup was going to be one of the most memorable moments for me because I would have achieved it over a short period of time. It was something that I personally looked forward to, it was something that I wanted to achieve so badly that at times I was so anxious, I was so over-excited about it that I tended to forget that I had other things to do. My focus was mainly on the World Cup and for us to not qualify hit me quite hard because I think it was going to open a lot of doors for me. It was going to benefit my career and it was going to be an experience that I would use to benefit my club level and it was going to be a massive learning curve for me."

RANTIE’S PREDICTIONS WINNER "I think it’s going to be between Spain or Germany because if anything happens to Neymar in the first game it’s the end of Brazil. It’s going to be an uphill task for them to win it in their country because that’s actually going to give them a lot of pressure and I think that countries like Spain and Germany are most definitely the favourites for me."

BEST AFRICAN SIDE "Ghana. If you look at their squad now there are four or five senior players and the rest are young players. They are playing in the big leagues as well and so they will want to showcase what they can do."

ENGLAND’S PERFORMANCE "As much as they will go there as the underdogs I believe that this is the chance for them to show a lot of people and the critics what they can do. I still believe that England will surprise a lot of people but I don’t know how far they will go."

R E V I E W E D Starred Up

In Cinemas 21/03/14 By Tom Beasley

Ever since his performance in Skins as Cook, it was clear that Jack O’Connell was a shining yet brilliantly grubby diamond amidst young, British actors. With a clear repertoire for playing troublesome roles with beguiling believability, the character Eric Love in David Mackenzie’s Starred Up was virtually made for O’Connell. Eric is a violent and destructive young offender that is transferred to the same adult prison that holds his similarly wayward father (Ben Mendelsohn). As the story unfolds like a venomous snake emerging from its sleep, Mackenzie reveals just enough of Eric’s dark past to the warrant passion behind his chaos and the violence in his veins. However, due to the relentless use of a certain four-letter expletive, bursts of heavy violence and full frontal, flailing nudity, it’s probably not something you’d want to watch with your Aunt Mable. Despite the offensive content, even if nothing else about this film draws you in, Jack O’Connell’s striking performance (which has gained admiration from the likes of Angelina Jolie) certainly will; after all, when he comes lunging at you from his cell, covered in baby oil brandishing a bladed toothbrush, it will be hard to fight him off!

Kiss Me Once


Kylie has returned with her 12th album with eleven new timeless and feel-good tracks. She kicks off with Into the Blue, a track which highlights the strength to fight. Next, Kylie feels a Million Miles away. The dancey track speaks of devotion no matter the distance, the pain emphasised by the rhythmic stomps. Pharrell Williams also features on Kylie’s latest record, and he’s still on cloud nine considering his fantastic year with hit track Happy. The artist has waved his magical wand with the third track I Was Gonna Cancel. Another great track is the raunchy Sexy Love, as she declares that her lover "looks so sexy, so sexy in my bed". Her sassy attitude doesn’t go unnoticed, the same goes for Sexercize proving she still has sex appeal at her age.

The biblical epic gets a modern reinvention courtesy of Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky in this retelling of the flood story from Genesis. Russell Crowe rocks some bedraggled facial hair in the title role, bringing the kind of gravitas we haven’t seen from him since Gladiator. His performance is great, aside from a scene of singing that brings to mind bad memories of his rooftop warbling in Les Miserables. Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman are good in supporting roles, but Ray Winstone is a major distraction as a thuggish villain. It’s difficult to be scared of someone when you’re sure they’re about to start spouting betting odds. Baggy in the middle and suffering from some strangely jarring fantasy battle sequences, Noah is at its best when it turns into a claustrophobic family drama. It may not be entirely successful, but it certainly makes waves.

Kylie Minogue 14/03/14, By Faythie Olajide

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In Cinemas 04/04/14 By Tom Beasley



The Raid 2

Permanently working in the shadow of The Hunger Games is an uphill struggle for any burgeoning franchise, but Divergent, based on Veronica Roth’s novel, makes a reasonable fist of it. Based on an intriguing premise that splits society into factions based on personality, the film follows Shailene Woodley, who is designated as a special little snowflake who fits into more than one category. The problems arise though in the film’s cookie-cutter execution and bland supporting cast. There’s also a tendency to throw in random pop songs during dramatic sequences, which really detracts from the events on screen. Divergent spends a lot of its bloated runtime fighting the looming spectre of Katniss and co, but the edgier, superior franchise just won’t let go of its control.

Packed with crunching ultra-violence and blistering martial arts, this Indonesian epic might be the best action movie of recent years. Returning Welsh director Gareth Evans expands his previous claustrophobic bruiser to a sprawling underworld drama that takes in death, betrayal, organised crime and a woman brandishing hammers. Iko Uwais gets the opportunity to showcase his acting chops as Rama, now an undercover operative. Arifin Putra provides extra weight, with a nuanced portrayal of the disgruntled heir to an influential criminal family. But the true star of the film is, of course, the mind-blowing action sequences. Evans has once again shown himself to be one of the best directors working in the genre. The choreography is immaculate and innovative, with the climactic kitchen-based skirmish jaw-dropping at every turn.

In Cinemas 04/04/14 By Tom Beasley

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 In Cinemas 16/04/14 By Tom Beasley

Last month, Captain America: The Winter Soldier proved how innovative the superhero genre is still capable of being. This time around, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 proves how generic it can be. It’s a prime example of a film conceived by suit-wearing, spreadsheet-wielding executives rather than creative minds. The film swaps coherent narrative for half ideas assembled in a random order. Plot threads and villains come and go, with no structure to the CGI mayhem and slo-mo superfights. Even the sizzling chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and real-life girlfriend Emma Stone’s Gwen is squandered by the awful script and a final act plot twist is telegraphed so far in advance that it has absolutely no shock value. This sequel certainly fires a lot of webbing in an effort to set up story threads, but unfortunately, few of them stick.

In Cinemas 11/04/14 By Tom Beasley

James Blunt

20/04/14, BIC By Abigail Payne-Humphries

James Blunt has had years of criticism for his slow, mum-magnet music but it hasn’t dampened his spirit (although maybe selling 20 million records helped ease the pain). Despite being the guy everyone seemingly loves to hate, Blunt was nothing but smiles at his gig at the jampacked Bournemouth International Centre. "Now for the fast songs I want you all up dancing, I know a lot of you are thinking “fuck, I paid a lot of money for these seats – particularly all of you boyfriends that have been dragged along – but don’t worry, I only have 3 fast songs, all of the rest are slow”. Throwing in the classic crowd-pleasers such as 1973 and Goodbye My Lover, he also played faster-tempoed songs from new album Moon Landing. There was an electric atmosphere only aided by a spacey lighting show which was pretty ‘out of this world’ (sorry, not sorry). NERVE | 47


Street Style Disney chic is always in fashion and this shirt is a real statement piece. The large round-framed sunglasses are also becoming popular and are ready to make their comeback this season.

It’s all about keeping it simple and subtle this summer, and this button up shirt works best with understated accessories and colours, complete with a simple updo and scrunchie to top it off.

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This month’s trend spotter Laura Hatcher, has been hunting down the style savvy students as the switch from winter to summer wardrobe begins

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Young people are more disengaged from politics and the voting system than ever before – but why? In the run up to the European elections Alys Penfold went to find out


urning 18 is the birthday we all looked forward to. It finally meant we could legally buy a drink in a pub, get a tattoo and put a bet on a horse with a funny name for the Grand National. One privilege of turning 18 was also that we could finally vote, but to most young people it seems to be a novelty that soon wears off. There is a lot of speculation surrounding why young people don’t show up on voting day, and no one really seems to provide any clearcut answers. Most young people cite their reasons as: "I don’t vote, I don’t understand politics and quite frankly I feel sometimes it’s all a load of rubbish." (Alice, 19) "I don’t vote because I’d have no idea what I’m voting for or about, and my complete lack of knowledge on the subject doesn’t bother me the

slightest." (Fay, 20) "I see it as choosing the lesser of two evils. I also never know when an election is coming up until it is too late. I just feel there is very little information out there for the general public, all the propaganda is aimed at people who are already party members." (Cat, 20) In total, 7 people of the 15 people that we spoke to said it was a lack of knowledge that led to them not voting. Despite politics being a key part of democracy, education about it from an early age doesn’t seem to be imposed on us. It is often not until college/sixth form or university level where people can make the choice to learn about the political system. "My course and future plans have made keeping up with politics pretty essential, which has now led to me having the understanding and inter-

est needed to vote." Jordan, 19 told us. This year, ‘Join the Vote’ a nationwide effort to register voters, is taking place. Several organisations, including the National Union of Students (NUS) are joining together to especially encourage more young people to get involved. Mike Sani, spokesman for Bite the Ballot, one of the organisations co-ordinating the event, told The Independent, "We should be igniting their passion for

“what kind of democracy only features the votes of a demographic of white middle class 50+ people?”

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because they feel they are being ignored. Looking across five countries in the 2009 European Elections, the report found that only four of the 30 parties "suggested a comprehensive youth policy at EU level." With the European Elections fast approaching (voting will take place on May 22nd), it is a chance for more young people to get involved and have their voices heard in politics, especially on a higher level. "I do find it incredibly important to vote, as a Brit and as a woman. It is important that my female voice does not go unnoticed. I also think that very few young people vote so our youth voice is being barely heard... what kind of democracy only features the votes of a demographic of white middle class 50+ people? It is important that we fight NOW for our future and our children’s future because there are some big changes in the pipeline that effect things we care about, things that I care about." (Charlotte, 21) "I vote because it enables me to have a say regarding who I want to represent me (as well as being able to bitterly complain about whoever does get elected), because I consider it to be part of my civic responsibility, and because I believe to avoid doing so would be disrespectful to people who have fought for the right to vote, both in the UK and in other countries." (Josh, 21)

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politics and making sure they believe they have a stake in society. That begins with registering to vote." However, even for those of us who are educated, disengagement is still an evident problem. "I vote - it is our only form of "voice" in today’s society, but I don’t feel it makes that much of a difference." (Lina, 25) Ashley Fox, Conservative MEP for the South West, believes there is a reason why young people don’t feel their voices are heard: "When less than 50% of an age group bother to vote, you will find that less attention is paid to them." In an effort to push just one concern amongst young people into the eye of politics, in 2010, the National Union of Students (NUS) introduced a pledge called "Vote for Students" which most will be familiar with, as it was the pledge against rising tuition fees which all 57 elected Liberal Democrats MP’s signed before the general election. Julie Girling, another Conservative South West MEP, says broken promises like these put off young voters: "There are things that you can talk about that will engage young people and they get interested and are prepared to vote. Unfortunately they then get let down because that’s not what happened. If that’s the first time you voted, and it got you nowhere on the one thing that you were really interested in, then I would go off and put my feet up too." A recent report commissioned by the European Youth Forum and International Institution for Democracy and Electoral Assistance found that young people were not voting

Although compared, the figures for the 2010 General Election don’t seem so bad, only half of 18-24 year olds voted. Only 32% of the same age bracket said that they will definitely be voting in the next election, compared to 74% of those aged over 65.” “Voter turnout for the UK population for different type of elections vary; data from The House of Commons Library found that the 2010 General Election saw 65.1% cast their


vote, the 2012 local average is 31.3%, and in the same year the Police Crime Commissioner saw a turnout of only 15%.”


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Sports luxe and floral Spring styles have been seen everywhere this month and as the warmer weather approaches neither trend appears to be getting tired. Will you be wearing Pumas or pastels this summer? The sports luxe style has been a big hit with the fashion conscious for as long as celebrities like Rihanna and Jessie J took to the charts. The classic trainer, bomber jacket and basketball tee have never been so popular. An easy way to work this trend is to inject a generous helping of brand names into your wardrobe. Nike, Adidas and Puma are working their way from the


gym and into everyday wardrobes and trends. Iggy Azalea is an icon for the sports luxe trend, often spotted working a pair of comfortable trainers, logo print tee and block-colour jacket.


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For a more feminine style, Spring brings florals, pastels and floaty skirts to the front of every fashionistas’ wish list. High street brands such as River Island, Topshop and Zara are full of the colourful Spring trends as seen on celebrities like Millie Mackintosh, Rita Ora and Mila Kunis. Pleated midi skirts, pastel jeans and patterned sundresses are everywhere at the moment, and provide a

step into Summer without getting the bikinis out! Sandals, a must-have for this style, are the most versatile form of footwear. Chunkyheels and leather straps are the current go-to shoe of choice and can be paired with anything from jeans to maxi-dresses. Not forgetting of course, the jelly shoe, making its way from your childhood back into the forefront of spring fashion.

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Summer drinks Vieux Carré

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Cocktails are generalised as being fruity, feminine and for ladies-only, as if they have a sign to say no men allowed. Guess what? They don’t! Cocktails are created equal and while they may range from high-intensity to lightly made, anyone can drink them and the Vieux Carré is out to prove it. This original drink all the way from New Orleans is the man’s cocktail. A mix of 3/4 oz. rye whiskey, 3/4 oz. cognac, 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth, 1/2 tsp benedictine, 2 dashes bitters - this is the drink that will get you off that chair and out on the floor with the ladies. If you’re a shy one, this is not the drink for you!

Nitrogen-infused desserts have recently hit the London scene and taken the ice cream world by storm. Now, there’s a drink for that! When it comes down to it, smoking ice cream is nice for the hot day but for nights out who doesn’t want to be standing there, chatting up that sexy guy in the bar with aromatic intrigue floating out of your drink? Midnight Mary #3 is mystical mix of North Shore Aquavit, Bénédictine, lime juice, galangal syrup, simple syrup, clarified tomato water, Fresno chile bitters, and nitrogen frozen basil foam. Put down that traditional Bloody Mary you boring sod and get yourself some magical excitement! You might look a bit like a wizard, but a little magic never hurt anyone!

The Royal Blush This drink’s name shows you just how high the Royal Blush should be on your ‘to-drink’ list. While most cocktails are pretty in pink from the start, this new twist begins as a green mix but surprisingly changes colour when poured into your glass. A fancy mix of cherry purée, vodka, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, fresh mint leaves, ice cubes and dry sparkling wine, this drink sadly does not come complete with Prince Harry (sigh).

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With summer only a few weeks away, bartenders are already mixing and experimenting their way to the top of the local menu. From Pimm’s to Daiquiris and Mojitos to White Russians, your signature drink of summer is guaranteed to be out on the town in new fashion. This summer is the time to mix it up – so get to your local pub and sample the menu! Here are some of the newest cocktails for you to indulge in.

The Black Forest There is nothing better than having your cake and eating it too. While the Black Forest shares its name with the famed delectable gateau, it is also the holy grail of cocktails for coffee fiends. Whether a Starbucks lover or home blender, coffee has always been deemed the drink of the morning or sleep-deprived and not of the night... until now! The new Black Forest drink provides an exciting alternative with a coffee cocktail! This nutty, chocolate-tasting mix is a blend of chilled coffee, Bénédictine, maraschino liqueur and ice cubes.

Planters Punch

For you daiquiri lovers out there, this drink adds a bit of a twist with extra spice. As the name states, it will quickly add a punch to the traditional fruity versions like strawberry, allowing you to keep your signature cocktail on hand with a dash of extra excitement. A mix of Myers’s Original Dark Rum, Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum, Grand Marnier, orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, grenadine, and orange wheel, this drink will quickly add a little spice to any party.

Chinatown Sling Who doesn’t love a good cuppa? Whether it be Earl Grey, herbal or a speciality brand of your choice, there is nothing quite like that relaxing enjoyment of the first sip. Like coffee, tea is not the drink for a night out. However now you can take comfort in having your tea in the comfort of your local bar! The Chinatown Sling is a unique, simple mix of tea-infused Gin, Cherry and Aperol that will give ‘tea time’ a whole new meaning.

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es, it’s that time of the year again...Festival season is here! For most, the first thing to arrange is not the purchasing of tickets or arrangement of travel but rather the ultimate festival outfit. Although Coachella may have been and gone, the outfits that graced sunny California will definitely not be forgotten. Ex-Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh looked uber chic in her white cowboy boots and floral headband. No matter which festival you attend, there will always be fashion

essentials and this look ticked every box. Obviously every festival wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a few classic staples. You really can’t go wrong if you have a range of hair accessories, shorts and some sturdy sandals - these will likely end up being the most important items in your backpack! For a more feminine festival look try sheer materials, in a range of Summer suitable prints layered over classic tees. Vanessa Hudgens is known for sporting the Boho look and didn’t disappoint

this year - with a multi-coloured kaftan, she looked effortlessly cool and definitely stood out from the crowd. Something that everyone dreads at a festival is rain! Particularly at UK festivals, it’s vital to be prepared. Rain macs are a must have and can add a quirky edge to any outfit. If you’re worried about covering up with an ugly green plastic mac - fear not, Topshop have a solution and it comes in the form of a transparent raincoat! Genius or what? So your outfit will not go to waste rain or shine.




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As Elephants Are I

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t’s only a few hours before ‘As Elephants Are’ are scheduled to make their return to the stage of Bournemouth’s 60 Million Postcards. Putting the abismal weather aside, the quirky venue is pretty much packed out, crammed with punters awaiting the appearance of an indie 4-piece who over the last couple of years have really made a name for themselves. With only two gigs left on their 11 date headline tour, the boys sit down to discuss festival season, their upcoming Handprints EP‘, and AEA’s future plans. Reflecting on the group’s last month on the road, frontman Ben Stratford describes it simply as a whole new experience. "You get treated differently almost because you’re headlining. Everything is a lot calmer, you feel a lot more in control of what’s going on and it’s just really nice. Usually before shows, you’re in a rush to soundcheck with 5 minutes notice, you get chucked on stage and see what happens but this time around it’s been really good and we’ve loved every minute of it." The tour rounds off nicely in the country’s capital, a big deal for the boys. "It’s our first proper headline show in London, I mean we did a free gig in London after Reading and Leeds festivallast year which got a great turnout but this time round, it’s different because people have to buy tickets and that’s very strange for us." The Buckinghamshire-based band formed in 2011 and 3 years down the line are still overwhelmed by fans support. But their backing doesn’t just come from mere mortals like you and I. Radio station XFM promoted debut single War Cry upon its release which gained the record massive public coverage and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens has since broadcast hits Crystal and new tune Hand Prints live on his show, allowing As Elephants Are’s career to

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pick up pace. And the guys’ ambitious yet realistic attitude is something to admire. They know what the future could ideally hold but understand the journey involved to get there. "We want to be one of the biggest bands going and a band that people really take notice of." Ben shrugs, "of course it’s a lot easier to say you want something than going and grabbing it but that’s because everything works

We want to be playing major festivals and having fun

so slow sometimes". According to the singer, "The latest EP was planned after Reading and Leeds, around September time and it’s just coming out in the next few weeks so everything takes a really long time. I mean it can be frustrating sometimes but it’s got to be done and it’s totally worthwhile. We just want to be playing a few major festivals and having fun." Aspirations aside, As Elephants Are are nothing less than busy this year. "After this tour we’ve got a few more shows in April, then it’s back to recording and hitting the festival circuit." The big names joining them over 2014’s Summer season aren’t half bad either, certainly not if you’re big on Indie music. "We’re playing Redfest with Peace and more fantastic bands. Then there’s

Truckfest lined up for July with the likes of White Lies, The Cribs and Andrew W K which is what we’re particularly buzzing for. Where else are we playing? City Sound Project, which should be a goodun’, people like Blood Red Shoes are performing and yeah we’ve got a couple of others being sorted as well so it is going to be quite a jam packed few months." As Elephants Are’s latest release, mentioned already by the group themselves, was released on May 5th, and it comes at a crucial point in the boy’s career. They’re surrounded by fierce competition in a market where it’s vital to show exactly what your band is all about. But how can four guys who are best at creating catchy guitar led indie music do that? Well, comprising a selection of their highest quality songs seemed like a good start, according to guitarist Joe Miller: "They’re not in any kind of particular order you know? It wasn’t written as an EP, it wasn’t written as four songs to go out together, they’re all completely different and so it came to a time where we thought we need to really put something out there for people to judge us by. We want them to develop more of an understanding of what we do so hopefully that will happen with this release." Already the group has been compared to radio friendly favourites Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees, but the four-piece hope to establish new ground with their music. "We do get compared to those guys a lot and it’s because we grew up listening to their songs y’know. When we started writing our own music, obviously a lot of influence was drawn from them but the sound ventures a lot deeper than that now. The National, Arcade Fire, any kind of stadium filling bands, people that have a sound that can fill a room, that’s the kind of band we aspire to be, hands down."


The Rising cost of Living in Britain The sad truth about the financial burden of living in the UK


e’ve all heard the tedious argument of everything being too expensive, too dear and unaffordable, but it’s true. No matter how tired we get of hearing it, the fact of the matter is that living in the UK is becoming so expensive, that many people are finding often drastic alternatives. The cost of living in the UK is rising faster than everywhere else in the whole of Europe and things such as bills and bizarrely food are to blame for it. We’ve all seen it with our own eyes; food slowly starting to increase at a rate too fast for people to come to terms with. A prime example is the Freddo Frog; we all remember when they were 10p! Even doing a day-today shop, more people are opting for value brands such as Basics and Smart Price. Other than food, everyone knows transport and getting around the UK is very expensive, with the public transportation system here being one of the most expensive in the world. Bus trips in Venezuela cost 7p. The metro in Madrid costs 84p. See the on- going trend here? A common oneday bus pass in London is £4.40. Not only is travel ridiculous in the UK, rent in London is so high it has been proven to be cheaper to live in Barcelona and commute in every day for work. This was an experiment done by Sam Cookney, which resulted in him realising that living in

Spain and flying to his job in London, worked out £339 cheaper per month, than making a four-day commute into the city. Taxation. The rates are sky high. Lucky for us students, we don’t have to pay tax yet, but it’s not too far around the corner. Even student living costs here in the UK have risen beyond anything that I could ever imagine. Nine grand? For one measly year in higher education? Students go to university, possibly being in more debt than their parents; sad but true. According to the National Union of Students, on average a student will pay about £13,400 purely on living costs, i.e. for rent, food, household goods and leisure. It is in some ways a cycle that results in a loss every time, in the way things continue to rise (such as bills) and no one having any means of paying it off due to the lack of employment. Meaning that you will be in constant debt no matter how hard you seem to try and get out of it. What’s the way forward? I don’t have the answer to that, but all you can do is BUDGET. Budget your life away. Budget everything, and save when you can; it’s always worth having some spare in the kitty. It doesn’t look as if it’s getting better any time soon, but finding ways to either stock up, spilt costs or getting into the habit of necessary spending will better your situation in the long run.

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ith just days until the McBusted tour kicks off, excitement is mounting, with fans going crazy over what has been dubbed ‘the greatest super group on earth’. Supported by Young Brando and EofE, McBusted play a super-long tour around the UK in May and June. EofE, a band from Dudley, are the perfect companions to McBusted, having grown up with their music, EofE have a sound similar that to the pop-rock icons. With loud guitars, clever lyrics, great baselines and a brilliant beat; their music is guaranteed to get you in the mood for dancing. With the sound of Fall Out Boy mixed with the lyrical genius of McFly and the catchiness of Busted- they are a sure-fire hit for anyone who likes pop-rock. EofE comprises of Tom, Dan, Nicky and Luke, with their cheeky smiles and irresistible sound- it is clear that this band is one that will make the fans go crazy. I spoke to guitarist Dan Bremner, 19, to see what he’s looking forward to most- "Mostly playing to the big arenas, we’ve always wanted to do that one day; we’ve always dreamt of doing it. To just be on that stage, I can’t really put it into words." Planning on playing a mix of covers

and their own material, EofE have been rehearsing non-stop for the past few weeks for the massive tour ahead. "I’m really excited to obviously go on stage and play but at the same time it’s a bit nerve racking to be thrown in front of however many people, I think it’s like 330,000 plus all in all so it’s kinda nerve racking for me." Dan, being 19, has grown up with the music of McFly and Busted, so for him choosing a favourite song by each band was an easy choice- "I’d probably say Busted would be ‘You Said No’, the first song I ever heard of theirs. I think they were on some TV show and I heard that and I was like ‘that’s cool’ and then I got the album after that so that’s always been one of my favourites of theirs. McFly- I really like ‘5 Colours in her Hair’ and one of their newer ones, ‘Lies’, that’s really good." EofE got the surprise of a lifetime when their manager told them the good news that they’d be supporting their childhood heroes McBusted on their landmark tour- "Our manager told us, because he was sorting it out and we were in Sainsbury’s car park because he said he needed to pull over for us because we were on our way back to get some more pop and

stuff for practice and he came back and was like ‘I’ve got something to tell you’, and there was a lot of shouting and hugging and we went back and opened a few beers! We tried to calm down a bit and realise what just happened." Although they have no plans for an

“” To just be on that stage, I can’t really put it into words

album set in stone yet, fans should expect some good news in the future. "We’re gonna go back in the studio after the tour and put some more down. We’ll see what happens, probably next year, something like that." You can catch EofE on the McBusted tour from 17th May until 1st June. You can download their single ‘Kiss Me Like You Mean It’ for free from their websiteyou won’t regret it.

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S Club

From world tours, to performing in huge arenas, to small intimate venues, Bournemouth was pleased to welcome S Club to the sunny seaside resort. Danielle Cardy went behind the scenes of their debut gig, and had the chance to catch up with Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh, and Paul Cattermole from the band.


each, Never Had a Dream Come True, and Two in a Million are only a few of the songs our childhood selves used to dance around the living room belting out the lyrics pretending to be one of the chart topping idols. Residents of Bournemouth were able to do this one more time again the other week. Members from the band - formally known as S Club 7, who are now known as S club - certainly brought the ‘S Club party’ to Bournemouth, performing some of their greatest hits and fan favourite tunes. The venue that held the sold out event was Halo Nightclub Bournemouth. The quirky building of a church was packed with S Club fans awaiting to relive their childhood once again. Despite the party atmosphere and the screams from their fans we had the chance to ask them a few questions before going on stage. All perched at the edge of their seats, in a neat array, with the microphones in their hands and smiles on their faces; they were itching to go on stage. It was clear they were no strangers to being in the limelight and being interviewed. We began the interview by asking where all this has come from and why they have started recently touring nightclubs. Bradley explains, “It happened by accident really, I was doing a bit of DJ-ing then brought Paul along, and

the agent was like can you guys do like a show just do a couple of S Club numbers then? We agreed and then Jo came along (and ruined it),” he giggled and then continued with, “we have fun with it, we really enjoy doing it”. Having gone from touring the world and performing in huge arenas, performing in a church/ nightclub is a bit of smaller terrain than they are used to. Having been to Bournemouth before, Jo recalls “We have done Bournemouth, but I don’t think we have ever performed here, it’s a nice venue”. The excitement in their voices certainly matched the atmosphere within the crowd in the club. Jo added: “It’s all for the crowd really, so they enjoy it and that’s the main thing, they seem up for it tonight and really looking forward to getting out there and performing”. Like anyone when you look back on the past at what you used to wear, we have all had that feeling of cringing inside a little. From the outfits our parents used to dress us in, to the outfits we chose ourselves that we thought were cool and fashionable at the time makes us cringe a little inside. Jo admits “The zebra outfits, chickens all sorts! We wore some crazy stuff that we cringe at a little!” Paul went onto saying: “It all looked so good at the time,” with Bradley then recalled “I know I had a foil waistcoat, remember that? It was

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terrible.” Jo said: “Mine was by far the worst, I looked like tin foil! I never had much fashion sense anyway.” From number one hits, to extravagant and cringe worthy outfits, to their contagious dance routines; S Club certainly had the whole package. We can all admit we have at least learnt one of the dance routines (or attempted to) at some point in our lives and it was only necessary to ask if they still have their same moves now! Jo told us: “Bradley definitely has the best moves out of all of us. Did then and still does now!” and he certainly proved Jo right by busting out the moves at the gig. They tried to encourage him to “throw some shapes” during the interview but sadly he re-

I miss performing with the other six guys on stage, it was so much fun I hope we get to do this again one day

sisted and said we had to wait until the show to see them. It was inevitable that I had to ask the question that is on everyone’s minds. Will there be a reunion? Paul added: “I miss performing with the other 6 guys on stage, it was so much fun I hope we get to do this again one day.” With the possibility of a reunion in the pipeline hopefully there will be another chance for all 7 memebers to bring it all back once again.

With this year’s final issue out, we thought it’s only fair to reminisce about what you should have done over the past year of University



Be part of the ultimate prank war

Prank wars. We all love taking part until it comes back around to us – the ultimate karma. But I think it’s safe to say that you haven’t fulfilled the student lifestyle without being a part of the ultimate prank war. It’s clear that you shouldn’t leave your room unlocked and you certainly shouldn’t be away for a solid amount of time (enough time for your housemates to collectively sabotage your bedroom), unless of course you want your room filled, corner to corner, top to bottom, with a million colourful balloons. From tin foiling every single belonging in sight, to turning an entire bedroom upside down!


Create your dinner from every last remain in the cupboard

Budget. A form of taboo within the student language. All everyone keeps barking on about is budget this, budget that – but it’s true. You have to eat, but unfortunately it’s nothing like the constant supply of food that seems to be the case at home. At some point during the month, it gets to the point where you desperately need to do a food shop but you’re desperately short of money so it’s time to get creative. Attempting to create a dinner from the very last

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remains of your fridge and cupboards is harder than it seems. No ingredients to even rustle up beans on toast is proof that times are tough!


Get a photo with a Z-list celebrity

Clubbing at Uni is renowned for its string of guest appearances from some of the hottest celebrities (if you can actually label them as celebrities that is!) Hoping to make a few pounds here and there, this constant stream always attracts students to the clubs and bars in town. Without a doubt, whether you’re a fan or not, you will end up with at least one photo (paid for or not) with a Z-list celeb before you leave.


Join a society and never go to a single meeting

Fresher’s Fair is probably the biggest opportunity to sign up and join a society. Most of us will come to University all with the same big idea to ‘do something new and exciting’ and ‘change the world’ but let’s be honest, there will be at least one society which you signed up to that you have never attended a single meeting! Whether it was the food that you were drawn in with or the free pen or the fact that the representative for that stall was really attractive, either way, you had no intention of going to the meetings.


Fall asleep in a lecture

Those nights where you think it’s a great idea to go out with a 9am lecture the next morning. It’s only going to end badly, but we’ll never learn! So when you manage to catch the bus with only a second to spare, that in itself is your day’s achievement. Dressed in your comfiest clothes (or PJ’s if you’re desperately late/ hungover – which you’ve picked up off your floor and sunglasses to cover your ever-closing eyes, its only now that you realise maybe that extra vodka cranberry wasn’t the best idea. Of course, it might just be that your lecture/lecturer is so boring and monotone that this is enough to let you slip in and out of consciousness. And you know that is definitely the case when you initially turn up rearing to go, to then walk out two hours later barely able to open your eyes. The joys of being a student!





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