Breaking Glass Magazine – June 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – June 2022

As well as being the harbinger of the Summer Solstice, June is also the proud owner of National Yo-Yo Day (6th), Go Skateboarding Day (21st) and Asteroid Day (30th). Maybe the best one though falls today with Say Something Nice Day.

We’ve always used Breaking Glass as a platform to write about things we like and to feature the work of an amazing collective of photographers, and we have plenty of nice things to say about them. We get lots of feedback from artists saying thank you for taking the time to actually listen to their music and write heartfelt things about it, rather than just copy and pasting the press release. We have photographers inspiring and encouraging each other to believe in their work and try new things. Every single contribution plays a part in making the magazine so thank you!

If you’re in need of some sunshine, real or metaphorical, check out our Spring/Summer gallery that went live yesterday; our cover shot this month is just one of the gorgeous images you’ll find there.

Cover shot: Hastings Pier Beach Huts by Petra Eujane Photography

1st June 2022

 

Breaking Glass Magazine – May 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – May 2022

It’s that time of year again when the streets of Brighton are heaving with entertainment on every corner. We’ll be heading out to cover Brighton Fringe and The Great Escape, and can’t wait to share some new discoveries alongside some BG favourites with you.

And there’ll be plenty of content from elsewhere too. Away from the music and drama, let’s have another photo gallery. The theme is Spring & Summer – interpret that how you will. Images from nature, holidays, festivals and anything else that fits the bill all welcome. Could we get these in by close of play on Saturday 14th May? The usual guidelines apply:

– Breaking Glass is not a profit-making publication; we can’t pay for contributions nor do we charge for entries as many sites do
– Copyright remains with the photographer; by submitting your photos you grant us permission to include them in the stated gallery and to promote this and related posts on the website and social media with credit
– Jpg files please – portrait / landscape / square are all fine
– You can send with or without watermark; please ensure you have permission for images not taken in a public space or of under 18s
– Max 1 or 2 images per photographer
– Please let us know how you’d like to be credited and include links to website/socials
– Email to breakingglassmag@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing your seasonal shots!

Words and photo by Siobhan

1st May 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – April 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – April 2022

It’s Spring, the clocks have gone forward, it’s sunny, it’s snowing… welcome to April, hope you’re all doing well out there.

With lots of music content coming through for the magazine, we’ll be looking for some more photography content in the coming months. If you’ve got a photo project you’d like to shout about or would just like us to feature your work, get in touch with a brief outline at breakingglassmag@gmail.com or use the form on the Contact Page. Ideas for photo galleries welcome too – look forward to hearing from you.

Words and photo from Worthing Beach by Siobhan

1st April 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – March 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – March 2022

March means International Women’s Day is coming around again, this year falling on Tuesday 8th.

Championing “a gender equal world, a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, a world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive, a world where difference is valued and celebrated”, it’s an event that we’re happy to be part of.

This year, we’d love to feature photos of women taken by women – portrait shots, live music shots, your friends, family, neighbours, anyone at all, just pick your favourite image that fits the bill and email to us here at breakingglassmag@gmail.com with a link to your Insta and/or website/other socials, and tell us about yourself and your photo in 40 words or less.

Some more details if you’d like to join in…

– Please send in by midday on Monday 7th March
– Breaking Glass is not a profit-making publication; we can’t pay for contributions nor do we charge for entries as many sites do
– Copyright remains with the photographer; by submitting your photos you grant us permission to include them in the stated gallery and to promote this and related posts on the website and social media with credit
– Jpg files please – portrait / landscape / square are all fine
– You can send with or without watermark; please ensure you have permission for images not taken in a public space or of under 18s

Look forward to seeing your shots!

Words and photo from Brighton Fringe by Siobhan

1st March 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – February 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – February 2022

Well, we made it through January – hope you’re all safe and well out there.

Apparently, February hosts an odd selection of national celebrations, including National Storytelling Week (29th Jan – 5th Feb), World Ukelele Day (5th), Random Acts of Kindness Day (17th) and International Polar Bear Day (27th).

It’s also Independent Venue Week in the UK, something I was looking forward to attending for various show at different venues, till Covid decided the time was perfect to hit my household. I’m still getting clear negative tests but don’t want to put anyone at risk in case I might be infectious, so sadly will be ducking out of this one. If you have the opportunity, this week always throws out the chance to catch some great artists in sometimes surprising places, so it’s definitely worth checking what’s on in your local area – let us know who you’re seeing…

Otherwise, if you have the urge to tell us a story about how you proffered a random act of kindness by playing tunes on your ukulele to a polar bear, you know where to find us (at home for now!) Details on the contact page if you want to get involved.

Take care x

Words and photo by Siobhan feat. street art by Horace 

1st February 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – January 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – January 2022

Happy new year!

Who knows what this year will bring but whatever it proves to be, we’ll be here taking in the best of new music and showcasing images from photographers from far and wide.

We’re introducing a couple of new features…

No Place Like Home:

As we have contributors and readers from across and outside the UK, we’d love for photographers to show us round their city, town or village (or just a favourite place) in pictures. Looking for 6-10 photos with a brief note about what’s in each one – think cityscapes, landscapes, venues, shops, places with happy memories, whatever makes it special to you.

The Vinyl Countdown:

We’ve all got playlists of our favourite songs, mixtapes if we’re talking old school. If you’re interested in sharing your very own Desert Island Discs, send us the artist and title for any 10 tracks and a sentence or two about each. Tell us why they’re on your list, do they make you laugh, cry, dance on the kitchen table?

If you’d like to take part, drop us an email to breakingglassmag@gmail.com and let us know if you’re interested in either one or both.

All the very best for 2022, look forward to hearing from contributors old and new – big love to the Breaking Glass community x

Words and photo from The Hope & Ruin in Brighton by Siobhan

1st January 2022

Breaking Glass Magazine – December 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – December 2021

Firmly on our favourite new bands list, we planned to have LibraLibra on one of our monthly covers just over a year ago. That plan was thwarted by a day of extraordinarily heavy rain followed by a plunge back into lockdown. We’re delighted that we’ve finally made this happen and to see how much recognition and support the band has gained in the meantime.

As an added bonus, it was a huge pleasure to catch a packed hometown show at Brighton’s Hope & Ruin a couple of weeks ago; their new music sounded great, their energy is infectious and the crowd had an absolute ball.

Now that we all have the opportunity to get out to gigs again, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget that lots of artists and others in the industry have had a tough time throughout the pandemic. It’s so important to keep supporting the music scene to make sure we all keep getting the chance to experience the sheer joy it brings.

Vocalist Beth told us, “Not gonna lie, 2021 has been one of the worst years yet, not musically but mentally & physically it’s really taken its toll, we would love to be all sweetness and light but for us collectively it’s been full of heartbreak, an oophorectomy, instability and mental breakdowns. However ironically the only saving grace for us in 2021 has been the music. We finally released our new single, Candy Mountain, and got to throw our souls into some killer shows. 2022 presents a glimmer of hope for us, our EP is coming out, a tour has been booked & lots of things to come. Here’s to the future and to thriving not just surviving!”

If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch LibraLibra yet, this week they’ve announced performances at Icebreaker Festival, 2000 Trees and a slot on The National Lottery’s #ReviveLive tour with Music Venue Trust. Check out their new single Candy Mountain, and link to their socials and music here for more details of live dates.

No more than they deserve, we’re wishing LibraLibra the best of years in 2022, and extend that to all of you as well – thanks to everyone who contributes to, reads and supports Breaking Glass in any way; we wouldn’t still be here without you.

Words and photos by Siobhan

1st December 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – November 2021

So much street art in Brighton but I love how this piece just fits into its surroundings. Also can’t help but feel a little jealous that I don’t have illustrated Bowie hanging around outside my front door – maybe one day.

In the meantime, it’s time to start sorting through your favourite photos from this year; we’ll be taking submissions for our two end of year annual galleries from 19th November until 10th December. The first gallery, as always, will be Best Music Shots of 2021 and thankfully this year there’s been plenty to choose from – all genres welcome. The second gallery, 2021 Through the Lens, can include any images that aren’t of live music, any subject, any style. Limit will be one or two photos for each gallery, more details of how to submit and what to include here. Look forward to seeing your reflections of the past twelve months and how things have changed in that time.

Cover shot taken in Brighton by Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photography

1st November 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – October 2021: music, photography & more…

As the return to live music continues, it’s great to see the sheer happiness it brings to artists, audiences and all involved in the industry. During the shutdown of the majority of venues, there was lots of support via fundraisers and promotional campaigns to try to keep things going until they could open up again. Now that we’re that step further along, please keep in mind that many performers, venues, promoters and crew have suffered a massive loss of earnings and income over a sustained period of time, and that support is very much still needed. Buying a ticket, some merch, chucking in a small donation on Spotify, paying more than the minimum on Bandcamp – everything helps and works towards ensuring that the live music environment is healthy, accessible and inclusive for everyone. It’s good to be back, it will be better if we can all stay.

Any music photographers out there, it’s getting near to that time when we ask you to pick out your favourite live shots of the year. And in the meantime, we’re currently accepting submissions for images of your favourite album covers, more details here.

Music writers – drop us an email to chat about what you’d like to cover.

Keep testing before you go to gigs and look after yourselves and each other. Happy October!

Cover shot Nuha Ruby Ra performing at Psyched Fest by Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photography

1st October 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – September 2021: music, photography & more…

It feels like we’ve waited forever to have a cover featuring live music and it’s been an absolute joy to get back to seeing bands and artists play again.

Catch up with us again on Friday for our full gallery from Victorious Festival, featuring more from Black Honey, Nile Rodgers, Glasvegas, Porridge Radio, The Clockworks and numerous others.

If you’re interested in reviewing some of the excellent music submitted to us, or have some music shots or another photography project you’d like to share, drop us a message –  all details on the Contact Page.

Cover shot: Black Honey at Victorious Festival by Siobhan

1st September 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – July 2021 – music, photography & more…

Breaking Glass Magazine – June 2021

Cover image Alfie Ordinary presenting Now That’s What I Call Bingo at Spiegeltent for Brighton Fringe © 16 Beasley St Photography 

Despite ongoing restrictions, Brighton Fringe has once again pulled together a great range of shows in venues big and small across the city. Things may have been socially distanced but that didn’t detract from the performances, and the audience appreciation was clear to see. Check out our gallery of favourite productions below…

Make Up by NoLogoProductions at The Rialto

The Night Circus Cabaret at Sabai Pavilion

Dressing up Dietrich by Patricia Hartshorne at the New Steine Hotel

The Boys from The Chorus by Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus at St Nicholas Church 

The Lady in The Van by Sarah Mann Company at Brighton Open Air Theatre

Tell Me Why by NoAgEnDeR at One Church 

Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost at The Rialto 

Now That’s What I Call Bingo with Alfie Ordinary at Spiegeltent 

Electric Cabaret at Chalk 

Words and photos by Siobhan

1st July 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking Glass Magazine – June 2021 – music, photography & more…

Breaking Glass Magazine – June 2021

Cover image © 16 Beasley St Photography 

After an intrinsically difficult year for the arts, it’s great to see the buzz around the full variety of this year’s Brighton Fringe, the largest open-access arts festival in England. Welcoming all forms of art and expression, the city’s venues open up their doors to both new and established performers, offering a diverse showcase of talent across multiple genres.

Kicking off our Fringe experience in flamboyant style, Tell Me Why sees its debut at One Church with a dazzling display of sound and vision. Masterminded by creative director Mr Venus and produced by collective NoAgEnDeR, the show chronicles ‘life outside the mainstream and how it really was for marginalised individuals finding and fighting for their rights’, taking the audience on an ‘emotional roller coaster ride through queer life over the last 50 years’.

Laying bare the sometimes devastating impact of exclusion, the show nonetheless takes the opportunity to mark the historical fight for the right to self-expression and acceptance, and celebrates the lives of friends and loved ones lost along the way, a scenario likely to resonate and bring memories of their own to anyone attending.

Musically, the show is packed with anthems galore, a mix of original compositions and momentous songs from different eras. Things bode well when, on arrival, you’re greeted with a lyric print of Pete Shelley’s Homosapien on each table, a track excluded from radio airplay in the UK in the early 80s for its supposed reference to gay sex. As a solo artist and Buzzcocks’ vocalist, Shelley proved himself to be perhaps the most punk of them all, penning songs about love and relationships amidst his peer group’s cries of anarchy and oppression. 

Elsewhere, a meta moment for me as Blackman from Breaking Glass features, prompting me to rewatch the film which, despite the name, I haven’t seen for many years. The inclusion of another favourite, Suede’s Beautiful Ones is a fitting addition to the fanfare and costumery of the night and the stories it tells.

A heartfelt look back at queer culture through the years, Tell Me Why is clearly a labour of love from all involved and is really what The Fringe and inclusivity are all about – a group of friends with something to say, supporting each other to make the dream a reality and share the project on stage. Work is in progress to produce a documentary about the making of the show; let’s hope this sees the light of day and the sharing continues.

You can find more about Tell Me Why here

Words and photos © Siobhan

1st June 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – May 2021 – music, photography & more…

Breaking Glass Magazine – May 2021

Cover image © 16 Beasley St Photography 

Just a couple of weeks until art galleries and museums open their doors to the public again, and there’s so much to see. In Brighton, the Bowie / McCormack exhibition has been extended until January 2022 while, in London, Whitechapel Gallery opens up with Phantoms of Surrealism and the Royal Academy hosts David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring. Another not to be missed show features the work of revered social documentary photographer Don McCullin at Tate, Liverpool.

Let’s hope we can see live music opening up safely again soon too and that the industry can start to find its way back to surviving the impact of the last year.

Our next photo gallery will be published in June and we’ll start accepting submissions towards the end of this month. The theme is ‘Toy Story’, so dig out your dominoes and try not to step on the Lego while you send in images of your favourite childhood toys and games or modern alternatives, structured toy photography, lost toys in the street and whatever else fits the subject, more details here.

This month’s street art cover shot was taken in Glasgow.

Words and photo © Siobhan

1st May 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – April 2021 – music, photography & more…

Breaking Glass Magazine – April 2021

Cover image © 16 Beasley St Photography 

A year on since we first went into lockdown in the UK, there are some hopeful signs that we might be starting to move out again soon. Saying that, it’s dependent on people taking things slowly and sensibly and the track record on that has been pretty abysmal so far. The next few months will give us a good indicator of whether we’ll be back to covering live music again in the foreseeable future. Given that it was a big part of why I started Breaking Glass it’s been very odd not having that content for so long but, with the help of all our fab contributors, we’ve somehow managed to keep things going.

Speaking of contributors, if any of you are interested in writing some new music reviews, drop me an email to discuss. You can see the type of stuff we cover in previous new music features, post-punk, psych, dream-pop, trip-hop, electronica all hit the mark, not a big fan of pop-punk or lad rock. We get sent loads of stuff for review and it would be good to have some new ears taking a listen.

If you’re more at home with pictures than words we’re still taking submissions till 9th for our ‘high street’ photo gallery, more details here. And always happy to hear from photographers / creatives who’d like to have their work featured.

This month’s cover shot is a favourite from the archive of Eagulls playing at Olby’s Soul Cafe in Margate way back in 2016.

Words and photo © Siobhan

1st April 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – March 2021 – music, photography & more…

A statue of a girl lying on her stomach reading a book, taken through an iron gate, cover shot for Breaking Glass Magazine March 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – March 2021

Cover image © Jennifer Mullins 

This month sees International Women’s Day fall on 8th March. While there are definitely more opportunities coming through for women in the arts, the gender balance is still way off being anything close to level. So, this year we’ll be celebrating women creatives with a series of features with musicians, photographers and artists all week 8th – 12th March. We’re really looking forward to sharing these with you, along with the rest of our content, and we’ll be opening submissions for our next photo gallery for your images of the high street at the end of the month.

This month’s cover shot is by Jennifer Mullins and was taken in a townhouse garden in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

1st March 2021

 

Breaking Glass Magazine – February 2021 – music, photography & more…

Black and white shot of people taking a socially distanced walk along Worthing Pier, the closed amusement arcade is straight ahead

Breaking Glass Magazine – February 2021

Cover image Worthing Pier © 16 Beasley St Photography 

How’s everyone doing? I’ve been rediscovering my love of black and white photography, something I used a lot with gig shots but haven’t dipped into for a while. I like the sense of timelessness and that it’s harder to date a colour-free image when you look back. My walks on the beach look different in mono and things just feel a little bit calmer.

The image here was taken on Worthing Pier, a hybrid of art deco architecture, a retro style amusement arcade and an outdoor gallery of local artists’ pictures displayed in the central glass partition. It’s a major feat for me to walk the length of the pier due to a combined fear of heights and vast expanses of water, but a great place for photos and to escape the busy promenade.

Till next time – stay safe, look after yourselves and don’t go too close to the edge.

Words and photo © Siobhan

1st February 2021