Gig Review: The 1975 at the SSE Hydro

The 1975 returned to Glasgow on Sunday for the third time in 14 months, this time in support of their upcoming album, ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’.

I saw the band back in January 2019 at the SSE Hydro – and it was truly a magical experience, so it was only right to go back this year to see them at the same venue. This band is typically for everyone; they don’t really fit into a particular genre, so have a varied fanbase.

So, on Sunday, I decided to take my boyfriend along to experience the gig. We don’t really share the same taste in music, but The 1975 are common ground.

What I noticed as soon as we entered was that the whole top tier of seats was curtained off, despite being filled for last year’s show. This may indicate a decline in support of their new music, which is certainly not as popular as their first two albums, however the arena’s emptiness still struck me.

The band bounded onto the stage, and frontman Matty Healy was on top form as always.

They came out with the roaring anthem People, much more punk-rock in style and a very loud way to kick off their show. The crowd seemed to love it, and it really got the energy in the building going.

A couple of unreleased new songs were given airtime, resulting in a rather mellow crowd reaction. If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) was reminiscent of their older music and the crowd seemed to vibe with it too. It also features a catchy chorus that the crowd picked up on very easily. Everyone was singing along by the end.

The band went on to perform Guys, and this was a number that Matty clearly wrote to the rest of the band as a thanks for all that they’ve been through together. However, what struck me was that he seemed to be singing about the band in the past tense, reflecting on their experiences together. The song itself was slow but certainly catchy, and it captured my attention throughout. I didn’t see or hear the rest of the crowd, I was solely focused on the lyrics.

We had an interlude from Greta Thunberg, which has become a regular occurrence, and Matty made it clear that he wanted people to listen. A couple of people in the crowd held up their fingers in peace signs while her speech was on, and others were crying along. It was clear just how much of an impact this collaboration had on not only the band but also their fans. It was incredibly humbling to see that many people listening to such an important message and being moved to tears from it.

The setlist for this tour seems to change almost every night, and overall, it wasn’t best I’ve seen. They did have the typical upbeat songs mixed with some of their slower numbers and performed songs from all four of their albums including their upcoming release.

The crowd didn’t seem to be in love with it either and weren’t as energetic as I thought they would. In fact, it wasn’t until the set’s closing song, The Sound, that they really let loose. The band’s older music definitely got a better reception than the songs from their latest album.

I think it’s very important to mention the stage setup and look of the gig. While most bands and artists have lights coming from various points in the venue, the 1975 opt to have all their lighting come from onstage screens. This doesn’t mean that the room was dull, though! The lights were so bright when I first walked into the arena it was akin to looking at the sun. This is to hide the stage setup, but they were really quite intense.

It didn’t stop there. Throughout the entire gig, the visuals were incredible. Each song was met with an aesthetic that corresponded to its album which I’ve never seen out with a 1975 gig. They may not be the only ones to do this, but it was a great touch nonetheless.

I thoroughly encourage anyone to see them live if they haven’t already. Although the setlist for my specific date wasn’t the best I’ve seen, I loved the gig regardless. Their performances are pleasing to the eye and let’s face it, the music isn’t bad either.

Is it possible to balance raising a baby with saving the planet?

Raising a baby while striving to be sustainable is not something that typically goes hand-in-hand. Where babies are concerned, much waste is produced just from everyday life whether that be from nappies, dummies or clothes they have outgrown.

Climate change has become increasingly prominent in the minds of people throughout the country, so it should come as no surprise that many parents have turned to eco-friendlier ways to raise their children.

The environmental cost of having a child is significant and as a result, more parents are taking the initiative to try and limit the impact their child has on the the planet’s health. Being environmentally conscious is not an easy feat – but it is possible.

Credit: The Bebe Hive

Mum of one, Fiona McKay, has bought most of her daughter’s essentials second-hand.

“I want my daughter to grow up in a world better than the one she came into. I’ve been pretty aware of overconsumption and climate change for a long time, but getting pregnant really focused me.”

As well as taking the necessary steps in her own purchases, she has also asked her family to do the same when it comes to presents. “We’ve asked for second-hand or wooden toys when people have asked about gifts. We also bought her cot, changing table, buggy, bouncer chair, etc., second-hand.”

“People feel they need to buy presents for a baby and although we’ve been very good at not buying things ourselves,” she admitted, “it’s crazy the number of new things we still received.”

When it comes to the cost of raising her daughter this way, Fiona said that although it might be more expensive to begin with, it ends up working out cheaper in the long-run.

Credit: The Bebe Hive

The Bebe Hive is one shop that has successfully catered to this market since 2017. This online shop is run by mother of two, Lauren Rigby, and works together with many different ethical and sustainable businesses from across the globe in order to bring its customers great, high-quality products to help them become eco-friendlier.

Rigby’s shop aims to allow its customers to shop “consciously and sustainably for their little people” and this is highlighted by the products that they sell, such as: rubber dummies, silicone bibs, and wooden and sustainable-based toys.

 

Laura understands that parenting is stressful enough without trying to be completely sustainable but she stresses that “little changes will make a big difference.”

“I do think if people understood more about the choices they make and the options and alternatives available, then they would be more willing to prioritise the topic of sustainability.”

Adopting a sustainable lifestyle whilst raising your children is not easy but it is definitely possible if you have the means and determination to do it.

Edinburgh Art Fair 2019

Photo Credit: Arte in Europa

The Edinburgh Art Fair is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary this week.

The fair will take place between November 21 and 24 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, where it has been based since 2005.

It will showcase the work of over 500 artists from across the world, hosting a wide array of different artworks such as paintings, ceramics and glassware, and it’s all by up-and-coming contemporary artists.

There will be art for every type of person, whether it is your first time at the Art Fair or if you are returning once again, and gallerists will be on hand to talk to you about the pieces.

Edinburgh Art Fair exists so people of all backgrounds can partake in the experience. The pieces included in the exhibition come with different price tags in order to make it more accessible to a wider range of people. Artwork will be on sale from £100 all the way up to £50,000, so there should be something for most people.

Some of the exhibitors due to be at the fair include Alpha Art, Bourne Art, and Axis Art.

Tickets for the fair cost £4 for a standard day ticket, and if you are looking for a group ticket for more than 10 people, it will cost you £3 per person – but only when you buy online. If you are a student or unemployed, then you can buy a ticket at the door for £2.

Edinburgh Corn Exchange can be found off Chesser Avenue on New Market Road. EH14 1RJ.

ADHD awareness month aims to challenge misconceptions about the condition.

By Sophie Wardrop

 

1st October marked the start of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) awareness month for 2019.

ADHD Foundation is one of the leading mental health charities in the UK and is now “the largest user-led ADHD agency in Europe” with this year’s annual conference taking place today (4th October) in Liverpool. ADHD Foundation has been providing support to many people affected by the condition for over a decade now and is backed by senior doctors and professors in this field.

This year’s theme of ADHD Awareness month is ‘ADHD Myths and Facts: Know the Difference’ where the aim of the month is specifically to encourage facts to take over the misconceptions that seem to be at the forefront of much of the public’s knowledge of the condition. The subject includes: what it is like teaching children with ADHD; effects on family and friends; ADHD in the workplace and general treatment of the condition.

Another charity that is set to host events throughout the UK during the month of October is the National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service – also known as ADDISS.

This particular conference will travel around England over a five-day period with each event hosting different speakers to honour ADHD Awareness month.

ADHD awareness month logo. Credit to ADHD awareness month for image.

According to the NHS, a patient is often diagnosed with ADHD between the age of 6 and 12 years. However, this is not to say that a diagnosis of the condition would not be given to someone outwith this age bracket.

Some common symptoms of ADHD in children include: a short attention span, difficulty focusing on one task at a time, fidgeting and talking a lot. On the other side of this, symptoms in adults can be different as well as varying from person to person and are also less likely to be noticed by a doctor. The exact cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is still not known but there has been research into the condition to suggest that genetics may play and part in passing on the disorder.

Alongside charity conferences, there are many support groups around the UK with a popular one based in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Adult ADHD Meetup Group meet on the first Thursday of every month to get members together in one place to socialise with each other and discuss their shared issues. Outwith this monthly event, the group mainly functions through Facebook.

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