Author: Claire Jenns

Tips and Tricks for Volunteering or Working Abroad

Applying for any volunteering programme or job abroad can be daunting to say the least. It takes an immense amount of planning, determination and courage to get through the application process and day-to-day work, let alone the travelling on top of that. But it can also be incredibly rewarding and a valuable lesson in independence. I sat down with Joe, a second year English student, to find out about his experience working abroad in America, what he learnt from it and his tips and tricks! Could you describe your job abroad and the application process involved? Last year, I...

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LANY @ Leeds Beckett | Gig Review

The undisputed masters of the sad soft boy aesthetic, Los Angeles trio LANY have enjoyed enormous global success, as evidenced by their undertaking a 90 date world tour. Their show in Leeds Beckett was a masterclass in the genre of indie pop. Beautiful visuals changed between songs on a stage-wide flat screen behind them, emblematic of their focus as a band on colourful gradients and natural scenes of sunsets and starry skies (as also seen in their artwork and music videos). The lead singer Paul Klein was magnetic, utilising all of the stage space, dancing on tables and leaning...

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Madagascar The Musical | Review

Ever wanted to see X Factor winner Matt Terry (I don’t remember him either) dressed up in a padded lion suit singing show tunes? Well that is precisely what Madagascar: The Musical offered up to audiences at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. While this musical tries to live up to the success of its multi-billion dollar namesake with an impressive set design that seamlessly incorporates a cityscape and jungle scene on one stage, it unfortunately falls flat in some places. The production takes the majority of its jokes and plot directly from the 2005 hit animation – if that doesn’t make...

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Hozier @ O2 Academy, Birmingham | Gig Review

On a freezing cold December evening, folk-rock extraordinaire Hozier and his opening act Suzanne Santo heated up Birmingham’s O2 Academy stage with their sultry lyrics and red-hot guitar riffs. Santo, an American musician who was once part of the band Honey Honey but has now embarked on a solo career, hyped the crowd up with her feisty tunes ‘Ghost in My Bed’ and ‘Handshake’. Each song showcased her extensive musicianship as she played a range of instruments including the violin, which she continued to play as part of Hozier’s main band, staying on the stage after her set to...

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Bluecoat Winter Exhibition Launch | Review

Halfway through November sees the Bluecoat’s Winter Exhibition Launch, this year featuring three main displays: Studio Me by Joshua Henderson and Veronica Watson, Instituting Care by Jade Monserrat and The Art Schools of North West England by John Beck and Matthew Conford. Each exhibition is entirely different from its neighbour, covering self-portraiture, conversations about decolonisation and the history of art education, making the journey through the gallery as a whole a highly stimulating experience. The exhibition that features first as you walk into the Bluecoat’s gallery is Studio Me, occupying the Blue Room. This room serves as the centre...

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