Scotland’s biggest music festival, T in the park, has been running since 1994. However this year there will be no pilgrimage of music fans to a muddy field in the Scottish countryside. Instead a non-camping event will run on Glasgow green, as T in the park is takes its first break in over 20 years. Uncertainty around T in the Park’s future is a sad reflection on the state of youth culture, but not for the reasons the moralisers and would have us believe.
Dir. Paul Brotherston, Tron Theatre, 20th – 22nd April
Near the end of the experimental performance based on Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, by the University of the West of Scotland, one of the actors blames the budget for not actually having a T-Rex on stage. To me this was an amusing comment, as the extraordinary number of props give the impression of a limitless budget. With ladders, globes, ice picks, deckchairs, measuring tape, bottles of gin, boxes of fish and even a shelf from a bookcase, no other set is needed to depict the world of 1863 Germany and Iceland.
In November 2011, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) head António Guterres declared that the twenty-first century was proving to be ‘a century of people on the move’. Already, in the five years since, this has proved more true than most could have imagined. According to United Nations figures, the number of people displaced worldwide reached an all-time high of roughly 65.3 million in 2015, representing one in every 113 people.
Dating apps. The new norm. Everyone’s on them. I’ve even been in a taxi where the driver was swiping as he drove (please never do this). As dating apps become more commonplace the need for variety on the market becomes greater. Every niche has to be catered for. With this in mind, I took to Feeld, the app formerly known as 3nder, to investigate what arranging threesomes online was like.
Remember Deadpool? Of course you do. After years of development hell, and even a botched attempt in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2016’s Deadpool saw the fan favourite superhero finally translated to the big screen. The film exploded in popularity, not only because it was cleverly written and made with such passion but due to its self-awareness of how juvenile and absurd it was, something that rang true about the source material. Like all popular media however there was a faction of the internet outraged at the film, proclaiming that its overreliance on self-deprecating humour and fourth wall jokes made it childish and were an attempt to disguise its flaws by poking fun at them, even if it was faithful to the comics.
O2 Academy – 29/03/17
There’s something about Glasgow’s O2 Academy that can make watching the right band feel like a quasi-religious experience. The ornamented ceiling and walls, filled with fans congregating and singing in unison, all in praise of the band they’ve made pilgrimage to see that night. Indeed, Bear’s Den are one of those bands.
St. Luke’s – 20/01
The gathering of hipsters and metalheads in a church building to indulge in retrofuturism sounds like something out of this world, but then that’s what Carpenter Brut’s music itself is like – he’s one of the most compelling electronic/synthwave musicians to emerge in a while, and not least because he draws influence from horror.