CULTURE

Sometimes you have to claw deeper beneath the skin of this city to understand the people and places who help shape our scene – to embrace the weirdly, wonderfully, and woefully Brummie.

Read our CULTURE pages here, including broader features, interviews, investigations, and opinion articles.

Music Psychologists - Where Are You?

Music Psychologists – Where Are You?

Writer Mirab Kay / Photographer  How much does music affect you in everyday life? Whether the answer is “a lot” or “a bit”, if you’re reading this you’ll probably agree that music is a vital ...
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Elden Ring's Roderika: Gaming's Best Brummie

Elden Ring’s Roderika: Gaming’s Best Brummie

Writer Billy Beale  When I first met the armourer Yoana in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, I was shocked. This was the first midlands/brummie accent I'd come across in any video game and I was ...
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Digbeth’s Mockingbird Cinema Reopens With Fresh Interior and Second Screen

Digbeth’s Mockingbird Cinema Reopens With Fresh Interior and Second Screen

Writer Rachel Westwood / Photography supplied by Mockingbird Cinema Birmingham has long been home to some great cinema venues in the U.K., hosting a roster of iconic independent venues like The Electric, MAC, and Mockingbird ...
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Noisy Masters And Their Pastas At Muthers Studio

Noisy Masters And Their Pastas At Muthers Studio

Writer Billy Beale / Lead photographer Joe Parkes – further images supplied by Freshlicker Before attending the Fleshlicker show at Muthers in Digbeth, I had not seen a band play there before. Some live streamed ...
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Old Bort’s Mycophilia Residency At The Hive In JQ

Old Bort’s Mycophilia Residency At The Hive In JQ

Writer Beth Exley / Photographer Jessica Whitty Walking into The Hive in Jewellery Quarter I’m greeted by the smell of espresso, and a few quiet crafters. The space is light, airy and has that post-industrial ...
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Why 420 Is A Protest Not A Party

Why 420 Is A Protest Not A Party

Writer Jasmine Khan 1/5 people have smoked cannabis in their lifetime, that’s 20% of the population. And with cannabis being legalised in the land of (not so much) freedom and opportunity, as well as across ...
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Brighton Based Post-Punks DITZ Inspire Local Artist Lottie Canto

Brighton Based Post-Punks DITZ Inspire Local Artist Lottie Canto

Writer Emily Doyle / Photographer Jess Whitty We live in heavy times, and so heavy sounds are called for. You want squalling guitars? Sledgehammer drums? Acerbic vocals? A ludicrously noisy cover of Peaches’ opus, ‘Fuck ...
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Digbeth Community Garden Reopens With More Creative Green Projects

Digbeth Community Garden Reopens With More Creative Green Projects

Writer Reece Greenfield / Photographer Kalina Ciok Digbeth Community Garden is an elusive green space, tucked behind Digbeth’s Warehouse Café and Birmingham Friends of the Earth HQ. It’s the first time I’ve had a chance ...
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OPINION: When someone says rape…

OPINION: When someone says rape…

Words by Ed King / Lead image provided by Getty Images I want you to remember your best sexual experience. I want you to relive it, in every detail, the most pleasurable and safe experience ...
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Nora Virus at Birmingham Pride 26-7.05.18 / Eleanor Sutcliffe

FEATURE: Life’s a drag at Birmingham Pride

Words by Eleanor Sutcliffe & Ashleigh Goodwin / Pics by Eleanor Sutcliffe I am not a very social individual. Approaching strangers for a conversation has always been a fear of mine; the idea of forcing ...
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