Monday, September 18, 2017

An Ode To Destroying Beauty Standards

A world without beauty standards is a world without low self esteem

I can in no way pretend that I have some sort of moral high-ground when it comes to the subject matter at hand - because I don't. I earn a living by working within in the fashion industry, every weekend I find myself in the heart and soul of everything that I stand against, and it makes me feel so hypocritical - but it's the only job that I could get and I have to have work experience to boost my CV and University Application. Being employed within the retail world has really opened my eyes and made me realise a number of things;

A) We force radical notions and expectations onto young girls from the age of one - we may not think twice about it, but advertising 'skinny jeans' to young girls plants an idea in their heads that they must look skinny, but clothes which makes them appear as such - to be beautiful, which can lead to self-confidence issues when they're older and that isn't something that I think the fashion industry should be promoting.

Don't conform to unhealthy beauty standards! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Girlpool & Ian Sweet 08/09/17

A night fueled by teen girl angst and feminist vibes, was topped with a lovely little photo-shoot with Jillian (front gal of 'Ian Sweet'). Ian Sweet's melancholic lyrics, angelic vocals and sweet undertones were the perfect combination leaving the crowd wanting more. And for some reason the crowd and Jilian have an inside joke about cheese (some chanted 'cheese' during Girlpool's set leaving them hella confused).

Who said girl bands died with the noughties?

Ian Sweet's most recent album 'Shapeshifter' debuted on the 9th of September 2016 and is full of tracks that jump around from genre to genre. # 23 is an ode to Jilian's favourite athlete (Michael Jordan), this album is all about appreciating the little things in life, ignore all the sorrow and negativity, and instead love skateboarding whilst wearing crocs, holding a basketball with your pockets over flowing with candy, be happy with the little things in life. Jilian delivered a fun-filled set, with enigmatic lighting and a laid-back L.A. attitude, it's amazing how one girl with a guitar can captivate a whole room, bring together a group of people that may have absolutely nothing in common and unite them in being entranced by music. It's not a performance that I'll be quick to forget - I only hope that she returns to Manchester soon so I can relive the experience.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Mad Hatter's Conundrum

The age old riddle, an enigma, arguably modern literature's most confounding puzzle. A mere sentence orchestrated by Lewis Carroll, that sets everyone who reads or hears it on a race in their mind to try and solve the perplexity. Sometimes it's nice to digress from modern complications and stipulations, and just divulge into a fantasy world of fictional characters who pose just as fantastical conundrums.

But why is a raven like a writing desk?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Skating Polly & Kate Nash 04/08/17

Venue; Manchester O2 Ritz
Capacity; 1,500
Status; Sold Out

MUTHAFUCKIN MADE OF BRICKS

One of the best nights of my life consisted of American punk-alt band 'Skating Polly' rocking their Wolf-Alice vibes on stage to get the crowd riled up for the star of the show - Kate Nash. Skating Polly recently released an EP 'New Tricks' - which perfectly encapsulates Bikini Kill Vibes (you can order on their store here), establishes the band's rock genre and exceeds all expectations. If Wolf Alice's 'Giant Peach' track was a band - it would be this trio.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Cleargreen 01/07/17


As a part of Sonder Fest, Manchester based indie band Clear Green dominated the stage at the Ruby Lounge and performed an amazing set to a crowd of fans chanting their name. The band consists of lead singer/ front-man Aleister, drummer Tyrone, Lead guitarist Jack and Bassist Liam.
Cleargreen could easily be compared to the likes of; The Wombats, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Arctic Monkeys and The Vaccines and Sundara, keep an eye out - they're gonna be big (and they have a debut single out in August).