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“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

Art, Culture, Film, Media, Music, musicians, Opinion
Last night’s 89th Academy Awards made headlines for several reasons. Issues ranged from the use of the wrong photo during the memorial video and the already infamous mix-up when announcing Best Picture clouded proceedings. However one key source of controversy has followed the awards since nominees were announced: 80 per cent of nominees outside of the acting categories are male. Criticised last year for a lack of racial diversity, #OscarsSoWhite dominated coverage of the proceedings. It seems that although this year’s ceremony is more representative in some ways, the nominations still come up short in others. This has prompted us to question how much gender inequality women face within the arts. Male-dominated industries Fresh from being awarded a Breakthrough Brit award by BAFTA,
‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’: A stunning album from country’s surprise star Sturgill Simpson

‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’: A stunning album from country’s surprise star Sturgill Simpson

Music, ReportingWeek2
A surprise nomination at last week's Grammy announcements has left the world wondering who exactly is Sturgill Simpson? And why is he on-par with superstars Beyonce and Adele?     Last week, the American country singer left many music fans baffled after his third album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys. Up against Beyonce's revolutionary 'Lemonade,' Adele's heartbreaking '25,' Drake's radio-friendly 'Views,' and Justin Bieber's comeback album 'Purpose,' even Simpson himself wasn't expecting it, telling the New York Times he wished Frank Ocean had got it instead.   But the 38-year old country outsider is adored by critics, and he's on his way to becoming a household name. Most would label Simpson as a country artist, thou
5 gig venues to check out while waiting for Fabric to reopen

5 gig venues to check out while waiting for Fabric to reopen

Culture, Music, ReportingWeek1
It’s been a good month for live music in London. Last week beloved Islington nightclub Fabric announced it would reopen in January, proving to city councils everywhere that London’s music scene is important as ever. After a petition with more than 150,000 signatures, an outpouring of industry support, and a fierce council fight, the iconic club was given the greenlight to reopen following the sudden closure due to drug-related deaths. Following suit, live music venue The Good Ship in Brent was granted the right to renew their 3am late license, while the folks behind Finsbury Park’s Silver Bullet, which closed down in June, are now holding monthly club nights at different pubs across the city. At the core of these battles are music fans. Their support and passion have been instrument
London’s famous club Fabric to reopen after battle with drugs

London’s famous club Fabric to reopen after battle with drugs

Culture, Music, ReportingWeek1, Student
Music, hypnotising atmosphere, imperfect friends, and of course, drugs. These are the main components of a checklist for party animals. London has been a party hub for many decades. Its many clubs and bars attract anyone of the legal age. But what is the dark side to it all? Drugs. Lots of drugs. But maybe not for that much longer: London’s most famous electronic dance club Fabric was shut down due to the deaths of two 19 year olds. Cause? Ecstasy. A shock wave followed the clubs’ followers and music lovers across the UK. After several petitions, online campaigns and letters, the club is reopening its alluring doors to Londoners once again. It took Fabric a 155 page document consisting of 32 new conditions to convince the court and Islington council to reopen. The rules include banning
The light goes out on Morrissey’s US Tour

The light goes out on Morrissey’s US Tour

Culture, Music, ReportingWeek1
Morrissey has released a furious diatribe following the cancellation of his tour in which he blasts his management, ranks his audiences and slams previous venues. According to a statement released by the musician on the fansite True To You, the blame lay with his US management company. It seems that financial issues have plagued the tour, which saw the final six shows cancelled. L.A.-based 360 Management had been in control of the tour’s finances since August. Morrissey stated that “there was apparently not even enough money to transport the touring party to the next scheduled city”. Their funds evaporated following a show in Boulder, Colorado. His scathing explanation of the cancellations included the criticism that “360 Management faded out as quickly as they had faded in.” H
Are London Street buskers being ‘criminalised’?

Are London Street buskers being ‘criminalised’?

Art, Film, Music, musicians, Uncategorized
The streets of London are a stage to all aspiring musicians. However, with the recent introductory of busking licences in Camden a concern for the future of busking has emerged. Isn't it amazing how the streets of London curate symphonies with melodies, sounds and voices of different musicians? For years London has been a hub for the live music scene. Famous artists such as Ed Sheeran and Robin Williams are amongst those who started off their careers as buskers. So, be aware, next time you walk past a busker. They may be the very next star. However recently Camden council fined Beatboxer Fredy Garcia £1000 for busking without a license. Camden Town, well known for it's musicality has been criticised for it's controversial busking regulations. Street musician Jonnie Walker,

A very British national anthem: should England have its own?

Audio, Culture, Music, Sport
A last chance rush for the bar ensued in a crowded north London pub on Saturday the 19th of March as the English and French rugby teams emerged onto the pitch of the Stade de France in Paris. The last game of the Six Nations between historic rivals England and France was about to begin, and with championship victory already secured England fans were in high spirits, hopeful for a five of five grand slam win. The teams lined up for the traditional rendition of the national anthems and as the opening drum roll of God Save the Queen began a distinct hush, punctuated by the odd clinking of glass, descended upon the ensemble crowd. But the uncharacteristic vigour with which the anthem was sung by both the players and supporters over on the continent failed to be matched by the north London

Is Dancehall music to blame for the surge in young men bleaching?

Culture, Fashion, Health, Music, Opinion, Social media
Would you do anything to be beautiful? Some people are killing themselves in the pursuit of lighter skin and using skin bleaching products. A trend for young men to whiten their skin is emerging. But, why?   It seems lately more Dancehall artists are singing about wanting to have lighter skin.     There appears to be a growing trend for young men in London from Afro-Caribbean, African, Asian and mixed-race backgrounds to bleach their skin. These Londoners are going to extremes to lighten their skin, risking their health using banned toxic lotions, gulping down dangerous whitening pills and washing with caustic soap. Certain East London shops are currently facing a £20,000 fine for being caught selling toxic skin lightening cosmetics.    
More diversity in 2017, promises Brit Awards chairman

More diversity in 2017, promises Brit Awards chairman

Culture, Listen, Music, Social media, Watch
Next year’s edition of the Brit Awards will see more black and ethnic representation, Brits chairman Ged Doherty has said. Last week’s event received widespread criticism for failing to give black music its due recognition and for ignoring the achievements of black artists. The controversy even led to creation of the Oscar-style hashtag #BritsSoWhite, which was soon trending on social media. Great to chat to @Trelowe & @bignarstie about #BritsSoWhite on @5_News To.... https://t.co/Hpn7CllkU3 pic.twitter.com/peSTMgwgkr — Matt Barbet (@MattBarbet) 24 February 2016 Responding to the controversy, Doherty has written an open letter to the Guardian, in which he has promised to change the makeup of the 1,100-strong voting academy. At present, he suspects “ it is largely white an

Friends and fans stand by Kesha

#breakingnews, Culture, Music, News, Social media
Celebrities including Lady GaGa, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande, have shown solidarity with singer Kesha, after a New York Judge, Shirley Kornreich, denied her request to leave Sony owned music label, Kemosabe Records, over sexual abuse claims. In her ruling on Friday the judge said: "There has been no showing of irreparable harm." Buzzfeed reported. Kesha, 29, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, filed a lawsuit against Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, known in music circles as Dr Luke, in 2014 alledging the 41-year-old producer had drugged, sexually and psychologically tormented her. Dr Luke denies the claims stating that the allegations are malicious lies and "defamatory". According to Contactmusic.com he filed a counter lawsuit accusing her and her mother, and management team of m