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The new music you need to listen to this month

Holly Smith
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Already 2017 has seen the return of some of our all-time favourite artists and the debut of some serious new talent. To make sure your playlist is up to date we’ve got a roundup of new music that has been released in the last two months. From pop singles to dance albums here’s what we’ve […]

Clean Bandit: Interview

Holly Smith
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You’ll be hard pressed to find a band as versatile as Clean Bandit. Whether convincing Lily Cole to swim around an algae-covered pool (for the music video, UK Shanty), playing with the BBC Philharmonic or chilling out at Craig David’s home in Miami, the band seem, largely, unflappable. It’s unsurprising then that the group have […]

Every Christmas film you should watch this week

Holly Smith
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Christmas. It’s the time to drink many alcoholic beverages, eat until you add on at least a stone, and catch up with friends and family. However, there will inevitably be times when Mum tells you not to move from your room because she needs to clean the house, or you need an excuse to avoid Great […]

Are you listening? An introduction to podcasts

Holly Smith
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In recent months I have become one of those people who starts every other sentence with “I heard on a podcast that…”. I find that I am constantly trying to convince my friends and anyone who will listen that podcasting is the best thing since sliced bread (which I listened to a podcast on, coincidentally). […]

Let’s be honest. Xfactor needs to go

Alice Hiley
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The X Factor is known for causing a stir with its token ‘joke acts’, but have they gone too far this time? This year has already seen female rap artist Honey G, who was initially denied a spot at judges’ houses in the ‘six seat challenge’ part of the contest, sail through to the lives in […]

Will Scientology ever be seen in a good light?

Holly Smith
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While all of Louis Theroux’s documentaries are daring, this may be his most dangerous one yet. Tweets warning Theroux flash across the screen at the beginning of My Scientology Movie. “Don’t go there, big man”, they warned but, as Theroux always does, he went there. Theroux questions whether or not he can be the first […]

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run a bar?

Holly Smith
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Life running a bar can be stressful at times. This is particularly the case in a capital city with lots of students and tourists. Even your favourite venues can have a lot happening behind the scenes in terms of organisation, arranging shift patterns and running the entire venue. I chatted to Simon, general manager at […]