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B O U R N E M O U T H U N I V E R S I T Y ’ S S T U D E N T- R U N P U B L I C AT I O N


The music event of the year




This year's best festival fashion

A new queen takes her crown

The industry Covid forgot



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ecently I was asked, “What’s been your favourite memory from the past year?” Casual nights in, Zoom socials, ‘Finishing all my uni work on a random Tuesday afternoon’. No doubt a similar list ran through your head. This year we want to offer more unique insights into local events. We’ve chosen to welcome you back to a new year by making critical thinking our underlying force and theme for this issue. We welcome a whole new team of editors dedicated to exploring social justice, giving you the latest on sports and fashion and lifestyle, in addition to giving unique insights into Bournemouth's biggest events and the music world's latest releases. This month’s issue includes features on how Covid regulations are affecting the nightclub industry, a review of Kanye West’s listening party in Chicago and Becky Hill at The Old Fire Station. And we have all the latest sports news and insights, plus the best looks from Bournemouth 7s and autumn faves. Lastly we talk to a Product Design student about her placement and application tips. We look forward to seeing you around campus soon!



Nerve Magazine Issue 1 published September 2021 by SUBU Communications and printed by BCP Media. Office of publication: Students’ Union at BU Ltd, The Student Centre, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB. Every effort has been made to license, credit and reference copyrighted material. All other material is © Students’ Union at BU Ltd unless otherwise stated. All views expressed are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Nerve Magazine or SUBU. Content may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. This magazine may not be sold. Nerve Media and SUBU are not responsible for the content of external publishers and websites.

Placement Photo: Hannah Yolland

Kanye Photo: Getty/Kevin Mazur

Fashion Photo: ASOS/Topman

Emma Raducanu Photo: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

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6 Nightclubs’ Dilemma 8 Mental Health is not a Crime 11 Coming Up in Bournemouth Studying in a Post-Pandemic World 12



Emma Raducanu: Queen of Queens 14 15 Football: Weymouth v Chelsea 16 Team GB’s Golden Generation





Festival Fashion Autumn Essentials




Donda Review: Ed Sheeran - Visiting Hours Gig Review: Becky Hill @ TOFS Review: Luke Hemmings - When Facing the Things We Turn Away From

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My Placement: Product Design





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hether it was your first ever night out or just your first night out after a year and a half of waiting, it can be agreed that people have enjoyed going out again. Nightclubbing gives people freedom to let their

the nightlife industry has had to adapt to the pandemic but now that nightclubs are open the changes still haven’t stopped. By the end of September every nightclub goer will be required to have a ‘Covid passport’ - proof of double

get back to anything close to business as usual. During this time headlines were flooded with the impact of the pandemic on businesses, but the plight of nightclubs seemed to go unnoticed. 1.3 million people are employed in this industry and each of these jobs have

NIGHTCLUBS’ DILEMMA What does the future hold for the industry forgotten by the pandemic? Words JASMINE ECCLESTONE

hair down and forget their troubles, but how often do we actually stop and think about the work that goes on behind the bar? Every night out has to be meticulously planned, whether it’s the lights, drinks, music, staff or promotions, there is a lot more to it than just opening the doors. During the past year and a half, along with all businesses, 6

vaccination - or entry will be refused. What does this mean for nightclubs around the country? Another dip in business? Even more closures? In March 2020 nightclubs shut their doors with no prospects of trading again for months on end; little did anyone know it would be over a year until they were able to

been seriously at risk if not lost, and reopening has still not put rest to this. The damage has already been done and multiple venues had to shut their doors not to be open again. Deltic Group, Europe’s biggest night night operator, were on the brink of administration in December Features

2020, nine months after they were first told to close their doors. During the past year adaptations have been made to try and survive, including sit-down nightclubs and venues converting to bars. As good as it was to be able to reopen the doors in some form, the amount some nightclubs would make in a pre-pandemic weekend has

struggling. In 2015, over 1411 nightclubs were reported to have already shut down across the UK. It seems as though for the people who worked in the industry before Covid, it was a privilege to still have a job. There is no official number on how many nightclubs have had to shut down over the last 18 months but just from looking at high streets up and

attendant, please have patience with the staff. Trying to get people to have their IDs out is hard enough let alone coordinate hundreds of customers to get the Covid passports out as well. The reason for writing this? To help nightclubs survive. It’s a plea for people to go out, have fun, and enjoy what they have missed over the past year and a half.


now taken two months to reach. Passion has been lost and many people have moved on from the industry, robbing it of the creative minds required to come together and put on amazing events. Looking back to before Covid the night time economy was already Features

down the country, you can see the empty shells of places that were once alive with dancing and happy people. Nightclubs will once again adapt to the restrictions as they come into effect but, speaking as a nightclub

Experience every nightclub in your town, explore every nightclub in your city.


MENTAL HEALTH is not a CRIME What is SIM and why do we need to stop it? Words GRACE FORESTER

WHAT EXACTLY IS SIM? SIM, or Serenity Integrated Mentoring, is categorised as a ‘model of care’ and describes a method in which health services are delivered. The SIM model has been designed for people who most often come into contact with the emergency services, due to being at very high risk of self-harm and suicide. The SIM model instructs services that usually provide care in an emergency to NOT treat these people. This includes ambulance services, mental health services, the police and A&E departments. The SIM model will also affect people with mental health conditions’ ability to seek treatment or a diagnosis for their physical conditions as well. For example, they can be denied access to an x-ray, even when other people suffering with the same physical symptoms would usually be offered one.

This leads to questions of how far this measure will go? Are they completely excluding healthcare for the mentally ill? Who else can be classified as “unnecessary financial burdens” on the NHS next? Is SIM becoming a human rights violation? Already throughout the pandemic, we’ve already seen the NHS prioritise patients with no pre-existing health conditions for ventilators. SIM justifies this with the argument that these people’s behaviour is “attention-seeking” and the model approaches mental health with an exceptionally unsympathetic tone. It also states that the people using these services place an “unnecessary financial burden” on the NHS. They claim that when service users under SIM receive care or treatment from the NHS, “high risk behaviours” (including selfharm and suicide) are “positively reinforced by 999 teams”, meaning that it would encourage the patient to repeat the high-risk behaviour.




HOW INVOLVED IN SIM ARE THE POLICE? Wessex Academic Health Science Network states that, “SIM trains a police officer passionate about mental health in high intensity behaviour, risk management, and basic clinical theory. The officer is then based within their local Community Mental Health Team to assist with the clinical and risk management of the most challenging cases.” However, they do not cite what training will be given and what ‘clinical theory’ will be used within the training. Multiple concerns have been highlighted regarding the SIM model being focused on the coercive powers of the police. The SIM model is part of a ‘High Intensity Network’ approach, which is now live in all south London boroughs. It has been stated that SIM teams, being involved in care reviews to enforce, will utilise high intensity officers for “behavioural responsibility” and “behavioural management,” which may include taking legal action.


Information regarding SIM safeguarding policies appears to be absent from any HIN/ SIM publications. The SIM Operational Features

IT IS KEY THAT SIM IS ACKNOWLEDGED FOR ALL THE DAMAGE IT CAN CAUSE Delivery Guide and SIM Master Task List, which both outline the processes and planning involved in setting up the SIM service, fail to mention safeguarding policies or the responsibilities of line managers to oversee assurance of compliance with safeguarding legislation. It is unclear what – if any – safeguarding training SIM staff receive.

WHAT CAN BE DONE GOING FORWARD? have been working tirelessly to prevent the spread of SIM practices and instead educate people about the dangers and importance of mental health. It is key that SIM is acknowledged for all the damage it can cause but it also important that an enquiry is launched into how such a discriminatory program can gain so much weight. With petitions and a government-supported inquiry, they are leading the charge on making a more safe and unbiased society for some of our most vulnerable. It is of the utmost importance that the general public are aware of SIM so that they can make their own informed decision about it. 9

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STUDYING IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD First-hand experience and advice from someone who’s been through it. Words VIKTORIA FILIPOVA “We want to make sure that this moment is celebrated fully and, as such, have made the decision to postpone this year’s ceremonies from November 2020 to Monday 1-Friday 5 March 2021.”


eading that on the Bournemouth University website would have given you chills. But what if I want to continue my education and start a Master’s? Doesn’t this mean I might have to graduate twice in a year?!? Coronavirus regulations impacted many people’s final year. It gave them a whole new experience and redefined what it is to graduate in the modern and ever-advancing world. Zoya Antonova is an international student at BU who graduated this year and had a taste of this first-hand. “At the end of my third year, when the pandemic was starting, I was undoubtedly freaking out. As was anybody in my spot, really. When people started leaving their 12

uni houses to move back home I actually realised the significance of what is happening. I started dwelling on how it was about to affect not only my studies, but also rule everyone’s day to day life. When the regulations came into place, I was already pretty much isolating at home. To be quite honest, I had missed a few lectures out of fear – something that I look back on with confusion. I wouldn’t do that now. People were still clubbing and doing their ‘final night out before the lockdown’ when I was at home watching Instagram stories thinking ‘Well that’s stupid.’ And it was. As if the virus was behind a metal door trying to push through and it was safe to club one day, but unsafe the other. The biggest impact the restrictions had on my final year was that I couldn’t go out, see my friends and have a blast as we were all planning to do. In my case, academically speaking, the only assignment left was the

dissertation. Even though I had missed a few lectures, soon that module ended (as it would’ve in regular times) and the only work I had left to do was talking to my supervisor and writing. The lockdown maybe even advanced my dissertation because I wasn’t wasting time on going out. In social terms though, it really really sucked. Of course, not everybody was like that. Some of my friends were still yet to do their final major projects – on courses that require face-to-face work, like TV production. Those projects were going to be in their portfolios, they would have been the culmination of the three years at university. I believe those courses deserved the no-detriment policy a lot more than courses like my own, where we literally were going to sit home and write anyway. Having that said, I understand that those are unprecedented circumstances and just because all I had to do was sit at home and write, Features

it doesn’t mean that other people on my course didn’t have it much harder. Either way, I definitely would have preferred a standard year. And on many levels, we got one. We were lucky that this situation did not ruin our entire year.

There’s a lot of pressure for EU students currently, especially freshers who don’t have the settled status – they need to choose between having an education at their dream uni and possibly doing it online, or waiting and not being able to benefit from

Zoya Antonova

I believe that many of us hope that this year we also restart face-to-face lectures. I do too, as I’m starting a whole new experience as a Master’s student. I have found a niche that interests me and decided to pursue it no matter the circumstances. Besides, I am an EU student so getting into another course now, before Brexit is crucial. Features

financing. My advice is what I gave myself – you can’t wait for anything and everything seems to be very fragile at the moment. Seize the situation and push through. Even if you’re about to start online, this is the moment to come and it is indeed a very fine moment. I don’t really know what advice to give for online learning, since I’m

also experiencing it for the very first time. As a Master’s student, at that. It isn’t ideal to have to stare at a screen with tens of little grey faces that are supposed to be your coursemates. Or to hear the frustration in your lecturer’s voice when they can’t work out the platform. I have started an entirely new course, which makes it even harder to keep up. However, universities in the UK generally have good support systems in place, so even online you can always access lecturers, book oneto-one sessions, get tutoring and whatever else you need. We just need to be adaptive and think critically of the situation. My best advice is to not give in to influences and keep a clear mind. If you care enough about your academics, you can do it from your dorm or from the library. Voice your concerns, opinions and solutions – lecturers are just as confused as the student body is. Try to have a more globalized mindset – think in communities more than you have before and engage with those communities as much as you can. Every issue that you have now, concerning university life and your degree, is an issue that every other person around you has. So work to help people adapt, to fix the situation and do not feed into unhealthy mindsets. And honestly... maybe don’t read the news too often (says the Journalism major).” 13

othing Emma Raducanu is doing is normal, none of it should be happening and yet she’s making everything look completely effortless. The 18-year-old has had a whirlwind 2021; she began the year worrying about her A-Levels, was ranked 366th in the world on 1 June, didn’t make her WTA tour level debut until 7 June, received a last-minute Wimbledon wildcard and reached the fourth round, had to qualify for the U.S. Open because she was ranked 150th, and; ten games later she’s crowned U.S. Open champion, given a cheque for $2.5million and sitting at #23 in the world. With that Grand Slam win, secured without dropping a set, Raducanu became the joint third most successful British tennis player (male or female) since 1961. She’s just two Slams

the only constant seemingly that they all were older and more experienced. Without fail they were all taken aback, and beaten really, by the confidence with which Raducanu was playing with. She managed to completely switch the script: here we had established players, seeds and Olympic champions, walking onto court daunted at the prospect of playing a fearless 18-year-old. A tennis novice to all intents and purposes but already handling herself like a seasoned champion, you get the feeling you could drop her onto any court in any arena in any country and Emma Raducanu would find a way to make it her own. If she’s this good now, what’s she going to be like in five years time? And even then she’ll still only be 23 - the age at which most players are only just




shy of matching the singles tallies of both Virginia Wade and Sir Andy Murray. Over the course of her path to U.S. Open glory, Raducanu faced a lot of players with different styles;

hitting their stride. Buckle up because this is going to be one hell of a ride: you could even say it’s going to be raducu-lous (but don’t because people won’t find it as funny as I do). Sports

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t was an experience to remember but a result to forget for the Terras as Weymouth conceded 13 goals to Chelsea without reply. Weymouth, who grappled with the possibility of relegation from the National League last year, travelled to Cobham on August 15th for a pre-season friendly against the champions of Europe. Quite the chasm in quality, then. For Chelsea it was an opportunity to inject valuable minutes into a squad packed with stars; Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell were among the England internationals to feature. It took a mere four minutes for Thomas Tuchel’s men to make their mark and by halftime the blues were ahead by eight goals. Michy Batshuayi grabbed Sports

more goals (five) than he did during the whole of last season (three) but even that wasn’t enough to stop him being loaned to Besiktas just three days after the game. Also on the scoresheet were Ross Barkley (three goals), Callum Hudson Odoi, Thiago Silva and Reece James. The drubbing in Cobham came after successive pre-season victories over local rivals Wimborne and Dorchester with the Terras putting five past the latter at the end of July. Brian Stock, Weymouth’s manager, will be hoping the experience has provided a valuable learning opportunity for the club as they kickstart their non-league campaign. Key additions to the squad this summer include former AFC Bournemouth youth defender Tyler Cordner and experienced centre-forward Brandon Goodship. Goodship will return to the coastal club having smashed 75 goals in 83 games for them between 2017 and 2019. 15


Words OLIVER McMANUS he Tokyo Olympics felt very different to the pomp, glory and fanfare of Olympics previous - for very obvious reasons. Yet whilst the Games took place in the absence of crowds, there was no less cause for celebration when it came to British performances on the track, in the pool, and pretty much every playing surface imaginable. A delay of twelve months caused anguish and heartbreak for hopefuls who just missed out but also ushered in a whole new



generation of GB talent. In the triathlon there was a silver medal for 23-year-old Alex Yee, who only began competing in the ITU World Series at the beginning of 2019. Yee trailed eventual winner Kristian Blummenfelt by three seconds going into the final stage: a 10km run. The Lewisham athlete stayed calm and composed and took the run to Blummenfelt. At one stage Yee had surged ahead and looked poised for gold only for the experienced Dane to eke his way back in.



Yee followed this silver with golden glory in the mixed relay with team-mates Jessica Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee and Georgia Taylor-Brown all performing to perfection in the event’s debut outing. The team comfortably saw off challenges from the United States and France - who took second and third, respectively - to seize the gold medal with a considerable advantage of fourteen seconds.




Athlete photos © Team GB/Getty Images



There was a sweep of medals in BMX with all four British competitors going home with a gong around their neck: gold for Bethany Shriever and Charlotte Worthington whilst Kye Whyte took Silver and Declan Brooks secured Bronze. Shriever (22) and Whyte (21) had their finals back-to-back with Shriever looking a class above her competitors throughout qualification.




Having gone through six runs to get to the final eight, Shriever kept her calm to finish ahead of Marian Pajon by nine-tenths of a second. Modern pentathlon proved a sport of unexpected success - perhaps not for the competitors but for the general public. Kate French has very much set the standard in the women’s individual event having medalled twelve times across European and World Championships since 2013. In truth she never looked outstanding in any


of the events but provided a consistency her competitors couldn’t match: that all added up to gold and an Olympic record in the process. Joe Choong followed that up the very next day with nerves of steel to take his first major gold medal in the individual modern pentathlon. For Choong it was day one - the swimming and fencing - that provided the platform for the win and he managed to hold on through day two to confirm Tokyo as an unforgettable Olympic Games.





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festival As one of the most anticipated festival seasons draws to a close, it’s time to review this year’s festival fashion, the in trends, the best places to shop, and most importantly how to do the festival season when you’re broke. Words & Photos ISSY McKENNA


ccording to many data websites, the average age range of festival goers is 1830, and this wonderful bunch of people are not known for their blossoming bank accounts. Furthermore, as I am sure many of you know, festivals are not the most cost effective places to spend your weekends, however having a few top tips on festival fashion may help you save a few pennies so you can put them towards a couple more drinks. After spending the weekend at Bournemouth 7s, I could see a beautiful mixture of the typical festival fashion we all know and love mixed with the popular trends of 2021 such 20

as Y2K, Edgy Elegance and Pop of Colour. Among the girls attending 7s, the most popular brands were Bershka, Motel Rocks, PrettyLittleThing and Missguided. For the boys on the other hand, 7s fest was a hub of Athleisure, Rave and Summer Casual styles. ASOS seemed to be the go to due to their range of brands such as Nike, Adidas and The North Face, as well as ASOS own brand. New Look and Jack & Jones were also popular choices. Whilst these brands are the most prominent, not only at festivals, but in general, it does not mean that shopping at places such as Motel Rocks and Jack & Jones are the

only way to achieve the best festival looks. One of the biggest mistakes made when it comes to festival apparel is fast fashion and impulse buying. This doesn’t mean that the occasional impulse buy is bad, not at all, but if you’re wanting boujee on a budget, impulse buying and fast fashion are not always cost effective long term. We’ve all been in a situation where we need a quick fashion fix, impulse bought and never worn again, therefore being a waste of money. That money could have been a small or large amount, however it was money that could have been a drink or food over the weekend. Lifestyle


Never underestimate the power of basic staples in your wardrobe. Examples of this would be a basic bodysuit or top that is a simple but solid foundation which can be topped with the correct patterns and accessories. Alternatively, a white button down shirt as it can massively elevate your outfit. When it comes to festival wear, topping a simple look with an oversized white shirt is all that’s needed to zhuzh up your outfit with minimal money spent.



We love preloved! Sites such as Depop, Vinted, and ReFashion allow you to shop festival looks that have been loved before and ready to be loved again at excellent prices. Shopping preloved does have a negative stigma around it but it is one of the best places to find both branded and nonbranded apparel, as it may be stretching the budget if bought straight from the retailer. Shopping second hand means you are not only are you able to find festival pieces that you love - not just like - but you are also able to shop sustainably and inexpensively.

Accessorize!! This word is heavily associated with female genders, but that is wrong! We all know the importance of a bag, sunglasses, jewellery and hats when it comes to a festival. So, instead of spending too much on the clothes themselves, remember you can make an outfit with accessories too! Invest in your sunnies, bucket hats and bum bags and they’ll become timeless accessories you can’t party without.








AUTUMN ESSENTIALS and where to find them Words ISSY McKENNA


ot Girl Summer” is unfortunately coming to an end, which means we have to part ways with some of our favourite summer clothes - until the UK decides to have another heatwave. As I’m sure many of you know, the transition from summer to autumn will cause havoc for your wardrobe because it looks cold outside but is actually warm, or looks warm but is actually cold. On too many occasions I, like many of you, have misjudged the weather and dressed in preparation for the extremities of baltic weather or like I’m perusing the streets of Saint-Tropez in mid July, when in reality it’s September and I’m plodding about Winton High Street. With autumn and winter clothing lines being released, I’ve come to the conclusion that ladies have too much to choose from, and guys don’t have enough. With no happy medium, money wasting such as panic and impulse buying is common, which isn’t great for us students. The best way to avoid this would be investing in some parts of your wardrobe, and building on those staples cost effectively. In return, this will give you a functional and sustainable wardrobe, tailor made for your style. With autumn and winter, the most important things are:


Spending a little more on winter boots or quality trainers is essential. Autumn/ Winter 2021 will be welcoming back chunky boots, now in black and neutral tones. Furthermore, a quality white trainer is never 24

to be underestimated. Vintage and Statement trainers are definitely something to look out for.


Whilst splashing the cash is not something students should do regularly, I do believe that a proper winter coast is worth spending that little bit more as you will be able to use this year on year. Winter 2021 is predicted to keep the puffer jacket, however this year we will see the puffer in a wider range of colours, perfect for those chillier days.


There is a myth that all denim needs to be an investment. I don’t agree. I think when finding the right style and fit of jeans for you, the first (and maybe second) pair need to be an investment, as this will create a solid foundation for your wardrobe. Otherwise, once you know what you’re looking for, you can afford to look elsewhere.


The basic white oversized shirt is a must for this autumn and winter as it can elevate your outfit. It can also be worn over anything for those days where the weather isn’t cooperating. This is definitely something everyone needs to invest in for the coming weeks moving from summer to autumn. To be able to build on these items cost effectively, we may need to avoid some of our favourite go-to brands. I’ve put together a list of some of the great dupes I’ve found that will keep your look on point this autumn/winter and still save you some money. Lifestyle







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he eccentric rap icon Kanye West returns yet again with another mindblowing yet controversial event for his highly anticipated new album Donda, which takes its name from his late mother. Kanye has finally lifted the veil, both figuratively and literally, on his new album with a final live performance at Chicago’s Soldier Field attended by 38,000 people, after two prior listening events at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Following a slow build-up that began last July, hype began to snowball in recent months and the spectacle was a definite hit with fans and Twitter onlookers alike. Unfortunately, snow melts and the Donda event wasn’t short of heat... From the social media ‘wildfire’ sparked by guest appearances from Marilyn Manson, who has been facing very public allegations of sexual assault, and DaBaby, who recently made homophobic comments at a show, being exceptionally candid about the HIV/AIDS viruses. To a recreation of Kanye’s childhood home, set alight. With him inside of it. In the words of Ye’s former brother-in-law Travis Scott, who also appears on the album, “It’s lit.” It should also be said that the Donda event showcased a variety of well-known talents with artists such as Travis Scott, Shenseea, Don Toliver, Westside Gunn and Rooga. The array of artists Entertainment

Donda Album Artwork joined Kanye on the porch of his replica house for the duration of the show, all coming out of the house on-by-one as Kanye cycled through the Donda tracks. Keen-eared listeners will also have noticed other wellknown names like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Post Malone, The Weeknd and the late Pop Smoke. It might be safe to say that the open sky above Chicago’s Soldier Field surely has less stars in it than the Donda features list. Social media also erupted when Kanye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian appeared in replica of her wedding dress, worn at the Kardashian-West union in 2014. Unsurprisingly, fans have been quick to jump to conclusions about the pair’s reunion. However, it looks likely that the ‘marriage’ from the show was just a performance. Kanye’s Christianity plays a significant role in his work and has been consistently incorporated into his past albums and shows. Donda is no exception; the album itself has a real gospel tone

with track names including Praise God, Heaven and Hell, Jesus Lord and Lord I Need You. As with most of Kanye’s albums we get another view into his mind and dare we say genius? He has managed to, once again, produce an album with zero skippers and, as amazing as Kanye is by himself, the additional voices on the album most certainly add to the spectacle. Kanye’s faith was also displayed quite spectacularly at the last Donda event when Kanye ended the show with not only a recreation of his marriage but also, with the help of some wires, he levitated into a large beam of light, a pretty big flex in conjunction with the happy if we’re being honest. Whether or not aliens were involved is still up for debate. A wild show full of Kanyeisms and an overwhelming theme of faith and self-realisation, the Chicago Donda event was far from short of confusing yet powerful displays from Kanye’s eccentric mind. It has been a frustrating timeline for the album with release dates being pushed back and Ye turning up late to his own events. However, the music was certainly worth the wait, and it can’t have been too breezy trying to release a 27-track album during a worldwide pandemic. Regardless, we’re just glad it’s finally here for us all to listen to. But probably not understand fully. 27





he second song to be released from Ed Sheeran’s fourth solo studio album = is an emotional tribute to his late friend and leading figure in the Australian music industry Michael Gudinski titled Visiting Hours. Taking to Instagram Live to promote its release, he announced, “it’s not the next single, this is a song that is really, really dear to my heart”. Sheeran’s debut live performance of the track took place in Australia at the state memorial for Gudinski. The moving performance caused Sheeran to become emotional singing the lyrics, “I wish that 28

heaven had visiting hours and I would ask them if I could take you home, but I know what they’d say, it’s for the best-” before apologising to the audience and continuing. Once the performance was over, he left the stage drying his eyes. The poignant song looks back fondly over some of Sheeran and Gudinski’s memories who he previously described as a ‘tornado of joy’ on Instagram. Equally, in the same post he talked about how Gudinski asked him what he wanted as an end of tour gift from the Divide tour to which he responded with “a life-sized bronze statue of

him, so I could always have a drink with him,” that now lives in his house. Sheeran references this in the lyrics; “and I’ll still drink your favourite wine.” The track itself has undertones of Supermarket Flowers, another song about a time of bereavement, written from his mother’s perspective about the loss of her mother and his grandmother. This latest track is a juxtaposition to Bad Habits, a stereotypical pop song which saw Sheeran step away from his ‘one-man and a guitar’ persona to perform with a band to create a much more up-beat and lively track. Entertainment






decade on from reaching the semi-finals of The Voice UK, 2021 has been Becky Hill’s biggest year yet. SUBU’s nightclub The Old Fire Station was selected as one of the locations on an intimate acoustic tour supporting the release of debut album Only Honest on the Weekend ahead of a full tour that will see her return to Bournemouth in October, and it was a night to remember for all in attendance. Despite the euphoric, stadium-filling sound of Becky Hill’s songs that have made her one of the most recognisable voices in UK chart and dance music, selected hits from the last ten years were adapted perfectly for the stripped back set. Hill’s back catalogue is littered with impressive collaborations, a fact made obvious right from the night’s opener, 2016 Matoma co-write False Alarm, closely followed by last year’s Heaven On My Mind – a Sigala production which peaked at number 14. The infectious energy of Hill, finally touring a full album after a decade of build-up, was reflected in her two background vocalists and her keys and guitar player, carrying through the packed Old Fire Station. The nine-track set, Entertainment

including four from Only Honest on the Weekend, took in top 40 single Last Time and 2019’s I Could Get Used To This before latest single My Heart Goes (La Di Da). Even without the grandstanding production provided by German DJ Topic in the studio version, this huge tune filled the venue. With the whole crowd dutifully singing along just days after the track’s release, this was one of the night’s standouts and will surely be a setlist mainstay. Shift K3Y collab Better Off Without You gave way to new album track Perfect People. A rare moment of calm and reflection on the album, this was perhaps the song most naturally suited to the acoustic arrangement, with the three voices on stage harmonising for memorable impact. A consequence of Hill’s prominence on dance tracks is the brevity of her songs – Only Honest on the Weekend boasts 15 tracks but is still only 45 minutes long – and as the end of the

evening rapidly approached, fans were treated to an unplanned rendition of Gecko (Overdrive), the charttopping 2014 rework with MNEK of Oliver Heldens’ original track that catapulted Hill to fame. Closing with crowd pleasers Wish You Well and Remember, the David Guetta collaboration currently taking over radio stations, the evening’s surprises weren’t over yet as Hill invited two of the youngest fans in attendance on stage. Proving word perfect on Remember, it was hard to tell if Hill or the children were more impressed. In spite of her limited stage time, Hill made every minute count. Memories of the night will reflect the effusive, incredibly likeable attitude that have ensured her endurance in the public consciousness from The Voice right up to Only Honest on the Weekend, which is proving one of the summer’s highlights. If her takeover of The Old Fire Station is anything to go by, the future looks very bright for Becky Hill. 31





fter a decade with 5 Seconds of Summer, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Luke Hemmings has released his debut solo album When Facing Things We Turn Away From, written during a period of quarantine. Using this time to develop his own unique style, Hemmings has taken a much more personal approach, writing songs from his perspective both presently and aged seventeen. Announcing the release of the album, Hemmings wrote, “Lyrically and sonically, this 32

album has allowed me to decipher the last 10 years of my life and help me make sense of the person I am today and how I got here.” Hemmings has been able to show his evolution as an artist, since coming onto the music scene at just fifteen years old, and touring with the band ever since. He reflects on the positives and negatives of this fast-paced life in the chorus of the opening track Starting Line: “I wake up every morning with the years ticking by.” The album feels much

more honest and personal than 5 Seconds of Summer tracks such as She Looks So Perfect from their self-titled debut album which featured ‘cheesy’ lyrics like, “she looks so perfect standing there in my American Apparel underwear.” A decade on, Hemmings has finally allowed listeners a closer look into his life. Describing Diamonds as his most honest song, he told Apple Music, “it’s about being a young individual and going through such a whirlwind of an experience and being unable to handle it in a lot of ways.” The overarching theme of the track is the dark side and loneliness of a life in the spotlight that so frequently gets overlooked, including lyrics such as, “I hurt the people I love the most,” and rhetorical questions: “Is this the way it will always be?”

When Facing Things We Turn Away From is an eyeopening personal debut that has provided many thoughtprovoking insights into the life of childhood stardom. Far from ‘just another boyband breakaway.’ Entertainment


My Placement



annah Yolland, 20, is a Bournemouth University student currently on her placement. She is studying Product Design and secured a Year in Industry at Artifact Lighting Ltd, a company supplying their own range of industrial inspired lighting. Here she works as a product design assistant, helping to prepare orders, quality checking lighting and wiring up fixtures. She also researches and helps to develop designs and is currently working on a launch of new lightshades. Before Hannah secured the position at Artifact Lighting, she applied to around 10 different job roles, receiving three offers but in the end decided that this role was the most suited for her. What advice would she offer to second year students currently interested in doing a placement? Apply early and to as many roles that are suitable for you. Hannah also recommends keeping your eye out for placements, regularly checking Indeed and the University’s Careers Hub. Having a LinkedIn profile can also be beneficial as recruiters can find you and you 34

can also search for placements. Hannah also advises not to forget about second year work whilst placement searching as the year is still important and you need to pass it to continue with the degree. The interview process for Hannah’s current placement was a pleasant experience; it felt like an informal conversation where she learnt about the company. It is a good idea to research potential employers beforehand as it shows your interest in the company and the job role. With Hannah’s course being creative, she ensured when applying to placements that her portfolio was up to date, and read up on her favourite designers so she had a talking point. One thing Hannah would have done differently looking back is to have applied to more placements sooner so she could have got a placement earlier and therefore, focused on her second-year work. She is now really enjoying her placement and is learning about production methods, knowledge and experience she will be able to use in the final year of her degree and later in her career. Careers

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