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Music  •  June 24, 2016

Herd ’em Up 2016

Every summer, no matter what my plans, I always check the Beateherder line up. It has a special place in my heart, the place were I keep all my chemically induced festival nostalgia. It’s a place where the good times aren’t sponsored – it retains a warm, independent vibe with an incredible attention detail. So…

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Art  •  June 3, 2016

The Art Of Reggae Exhibition

Rebel Soul, are Liverpool based curators of the weird and the wonderful, hosting events that celebrate the diversity of the world and it’s many cultures. Their latest exhibition reminds me of a lecture I had a few years back at Amsterdam University, under the guise of a Media Activism module. A tall Rastafarian with waist length dreads graced…

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Up North  •  May 5, 2016

Homeless Activists Call Out Cabinet Minister For Housing

Cllr Frank Hont, the Cabinet Minister for Housing, recently rubbished a 6,000-strong petition to house the city’s homeless people in empty buildings, describing the idea as “ill-informed” without presenting any evidence to the contrary. Moreover, actual evidence suggests that far from being “ill-informed” – it is a model that has worked successfully across the world –…

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Up North  •  May 3, 2016

Mayor Spends £2.2 Million On Consultants

A Freedom Of Information (FOI) request by Managed Decline has revealed that Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has spent over £2.2m on consultants since the council switched to the Mayor-led model in 2012. Information on the councils spending prior to this model is hard to come by as it is clothed in ‘commercial confidentiality’, but another FOI…

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Music  •  May 3, 2016

Selective Hearing: Randomer b2b Tessela

I missed North Londoner, Rohan Walder aka Randomer, the last time he was on in Liverpool, so I was glad to hear he was coming back and at a much more intimate venue. The Buyers Club has quickly established itself as one of the city’s more interesting new venues, playing host to a range of…

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Up North  •  April 22, 2016

Why Is Assistant Mayor Nick Small Standing Up For McDonalds?

News that the Labour party has banned McDonalds from having a stall at its conference in Liverpool this year was unsurprisingly attacked in the right wing press, and by Assistant Mayor Nick Small. The fast-food chain wanted to have a display at this autumn’s Labour conference, the £30,000 reportedly offered would have been a nice little earner for the party,…

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Talkies  •  April 20, 2016

London Has Fallen

The second in the franchise that bought us, Olympus Has Fallen, finds a ‘made for TV’ Bruce Willis (Gerard Butler) and the U.S President murdering their way around a burning London, after they visit the capital for the funeral of the British prime minister. Without warning, terrorists unleash a devastating attack that leaves the city…

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Music  •  April 10, 2016

Nightmares On Wax

A tightly packed 24 Kitchen Street welcomed George Eveyln, aka Nightmares On Wax (NOW), as he dropped beats under 24 Kitchen Street’s blue disco twilight. Brought together by Madness Marauders, Hotplate and BamBamBam. It’s the second year running NOW has been back to groove across their beer soaked floors. I’d spent a couple of days before listening to NOW’s…