Culture



Bake-off is back

6th October 2020

Is this the escapist entertainment we all need right now? For those longing for an escape from this year’s endless doom and gloom, the announcement of the new series of wholesome cookery programme The Great British Bake Off would have been welcome news. We should have been able to tune into Channel 4 on Tuesday ...


Review: TEDxUniversity of Glasgow introductory talk

6th October 2020

Lucy Dunn reviews TEDxUniversity of Glasgow’s introductory talk which included more information about the society, how it will operate in the time of Covid-19, and how to join the committee. A minute past seven, the Facebook Live swung into action. The usual audience applause was missed as Aniela Bankowicz, salon coordinator for the TEDxUniversity of ...


Glasgow teen organises live stream charity gig Sam’s Night with Lewis Capaldi, The Snuts and more

5th October 2020

The Glasgow Guardian spoke to 19-year-old Liam Hannah about Sam’s Night, his podcast Get Oan Wae It and showcasing Scottish musical talent. 19-year-old Glasgow teen and music lover Liam Hannah has organised an online festival in memory of his younger brother Sam Hannah, who passed away this year after battling with leukaemia, at just 14 ...


Not So Cool Britannia

2nd October 2020

Is Rule Britannia inappropriate for today’s day and age? Should we say goodbye to the controversial patriotic song? Rule Britannia has for generations been the song associated with Britain. Growing up in America, I instantly associated the tune with Squidward and his Big Ben watch; the Queen; and posh White people with ridiculous accents drinking ...


Review: Young, Hard and Handsome by Walt Disco

1st October 2020

Founded at University of Glasgow, Walt Disco’s latest EP channels the hyper-pop of SOPHIE, androgyny of David Bowie and punk defiance of Scotland’s Postcard Records artists. Walt Disco are one of the most exciting bands to burst onto the Glasgow music scene in recent years. Their androgynous style coupled with a New Romantic-inspired sound sets ...


Review: RE-ANIMATOR by Everything Everything

26th September 2020

Everything Everything’s fifth album RE-ANIMATOR is an innovative masterclass in millennial despair, soundtracking the age of fatbergs and internet trolls while remaining radio-friendly. The group ditch their detail-oriented studio finish for a live, flawed, and honest sound. There has been an increasing trend in recent years for alternative pop acts to drop their self-indulgent narratives ...


The Magic Gang: “The record is basically navigating your twenties and what’s expected of you”

25th September 2020

Music Editor Jodie Leith chats with Paeris Giles of The Magic Gang about their new album Death of the Party, adulting, playing faster for Scottish crowds, Teenage Fanclub, and the fear of sounding like an episode of Skins when singing about parties. Until the release of Death of the Party, The Magic Gang were known ...


Review: Make Up

22nd September 2020

A strong debut feature worth wearing a mask for. Returning to the cinema for the first time since March, one is unavoidably drawn to the question: is this the right film to return to cinemas to see? Happily, Claire Oakley’s debut film Make Up overcame this extra test. Bafta winner Molly Windsor leads what initially ...


Zendaya makes Television Academy history

22nd September 2020

After a historic Emmy night, Ronan Long discusses Zendaya as a star on the rise. This year’s Emmy awards faced significant pressure; an experiment into a return to unusual-business-as-usual in the arts and culture awards circuit.  With many surprising voting choices by the Television Academy, Zendaya’s win arguably represented the biggest upset, setting a new ...


Truth or an unfortunate coincidence? The books that predicted Covid-19

21st September 2020

Hannah Smith investigates whether these literary sensations really did predict the pandemic. “There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” In his 1947 work The Plague, Albert Camus perfectly explains the rather unsurprising reaction of people in such an event as a pandemic. ...