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

 

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

A stone bridge over a river with this slogan stencilled on in light blue paint ‘No. I only sleep with girls I’m in love with’.

Breaking Glass Magazine – January 2021

Cover image © Ryan Bell

In the first lockdown back in the spring of 2020, I spent most of my government allocated exercise periods out and about on my bike, rediscovering my local area of Wakefield. Just aside a nature reserve, I came across this particularly striking piece of street art.

Upon first glance the text reads like a dramatic plea of innocence from some local libertine, more Jeremy Kyle than Jean Luc, but a quick google proved it was indeed pinched from Godard’s 1963 film Le Petit Soldat.

I was suitably impressed and finding Wakefield’s ode to 1960’s French New-Wave Cinema was one of the more welcome of the many surprises 2020 brought.

Words and photo © Ryan Bell

Here’s to many more welcome surprises this year. We will be running more photo galleries as well as individual photographer features – get in touch if you have images or a project you’d like to share. Wishing you all the very best for 2021.

1st January 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – December 2020 – music, photography & more…

Breaking Glass Magazine – December 2020

Cover image Snow Huts © 16 Beasley St Photography

Here we are then at the end of the longest, oddest year I can remember. Thank you to everyone who’s helped keep Breaking Glass going this year; creative people are amazing at finding different avenues to explore when their usual sources are taken away. I hope you’ve all found ways to get by without flipping from ballerina to cyberspace and, more importantly, are staying safe and well.

We have end of year galleries coming on the website soon; there’s still time to submit your photos if you’d like. And if you’re hankering after some seasonal music that’s not too full of party poppers and saccharine, have a listen to the new Chilly Gonzales album.

Look after yourselves and the people around you and, to paraphrase Jarvis Cocker, let’s all meet up in the year 2021…

Words and photos © Siobhan

1st December 2020

Breaking Glass Magazine – November 2020 – music, photography & more…

Breaking Glass Magazine – November 2020

Cover image Moj Taylor performing Make-Up at Brighton Fringe
© 16 Beasley St Photography

After what has felt like the longest absence, it’s been a blessing to have live performance back, albeit it briefly and in a socially distanced fashion. Just as events across the UK have begun to creep back, the brakes are about to be applied again nationally after numerous local lockdowns. Brighton Fringe, renowned for its eclectic mix of theatre, comedy and spoken word, made a later in the year than usual appearance throughout October, having had to postpone its regular May spot. With artists and venues taking huge measures to keep things safe, there has at least been an opportunity for some performers and writers to debut new work to audiences.

The diversity of its programme is what makes The Fringe such an exciting prospect for all ages. The photos below show poetry and comedy from Kieran Hearty and Victoria Melody (top row) for Lava Elastic who run a regular neurodiverse night at Sweet Werks in Brighton. London troupe Let’s All Dance brought ballet to Alice in Wonderland and there was shadow puppetry in Anytime the Wind can Change from The New Shadow Cabinet (second row), both at Brighton Open Air Theatre. Any suitable venue can be transformed and a topical protest performance of Savage Beauty from Actors of Dionysus took place in a garden (third row). The header and final images are from Make-Up by No Logo Productions back at Sweet Werks, the story of a drag artist reflecting on their life and family relationships. The variety of shows on offer has been excellent and a very welcome escape, despite all the restrictions in place; fingers crossed that they will be able to deliver their full complement in 2021.

A huge shout out goes to everyone involved in supporting the arts whether through live shows, online streams, fundraising, promotion, performing or all the behind the scenes stuff that pulls everything together. For now, stay safe and look after everyone around you so we can get this back soon.

Words and photos © Siobhan

1st November 2020

Breaking Glass Magazine – October 2020 – music, photography & more…

Breaking Glass Magazine – October 2020

Cover image: Megan © 16 Beasley St Photography

October 2020 sees Breaking Glass hit its second birthday – enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed over the last two years; it’s genuinely been a pleasure and privilege to have all your talent on board. As a new feature, we’re introducing cover images to head up the website for each month; if you’re a photographer and think you have an idea for an image that might work, drop us an email to discuss. As this is web rather than print based, the picture needs to be landscape format, have enough background space for text, as above, and should fit with the month, season or something topical.

This year has been a challenge for sure and I’ve loved all the In Lockdown features that offered a personal insight through photos into the impact on people’s lives. It’s heartening to see exhibitions opening and, after a long absence, it looks as though live music and performance are edging their way back into existence, albeit in a slightly different form. Here’s hoping that the music community will be able to pick up again soon, despite the ongoing and highly short-sighted lack of government backing. Keep supporting artists and venues where you can, stay safe and please wear a mask.

Words and photo © Siobhan, Editor

1st October 2020