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Taylor Swift in Our 15 Favourite GIFS

Let’s be honest, Taylor Swift is one of the cutest, most adorable human beings to grace our planet. In fact, we even know one man who refers to her as the ‘philosopher Taylor Swift.’ We’re looking at you, Greg Miller. Well, for no reason whatsoever, CultNoise decides to celebrate the cute American starlet with…

GTA 5: Rockstar Releases New High-Resolution Images

Rockstar have released a new set of high-resolution images ahead of their delayed release date. A set of 14 new images for the PC edition of GTA 5 show off enhanced visuals and higher resolution textures. Check out our image gallery at the end of the article for a sneak peak at some of the new photos.

Who Needs Equality? A Look at Male Objectification

With the popularity (and controversy) of such recent films as 5o Shades of Grey and the constant debate of body image and female objectification by men, it seems that there is often a skewed perspective of how such issues should be addressed. That is to say that there is often a case of ‘reverse-sexism’, in that some women…

Your Guide to the Best 2015 Music Festivals

It’s that time of year again, the announcements for UK festivals are coming in thick and fast, but which one do we go to? CultNoise Magazine has put together a short guide to help you decide which is worth heading to, and which isn’t.

Album Review: Susanne Sundfør- Ten Love Songs

Ten Love Songs is the long-awaited sixth album from acclaimed Norwegian songstress Susanne Sundfør. The Scandinavian singer-songwriter specialises in synthesised pop music and mixes her ethereal sounding voice with the artificial hum of electronic beats. This unique brand of music has seen her rise to the…

Where Are All the Great Soccer Movies

Although sport epics have somewhat faded from the cinematic landscape in the 21st Century, the genre is still established and respected with an impressive canon to its credit. From baseball to boxing, every great professional sport imaginable has been gifted with a selection of superb motion pictures. That is except for soccer…

Relationship Rape: My Body Does Not Belong To You

I was nineteen when I entered my first relationship. Twenty one when I lost my virginity; though it wasn’t with my consent. We had been dating for a few years. It’s much like they tell you actually. If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the past few years, it’s that abusers tend to share a few similarities.

Travel Diary – Learning Spanish in Costa Rica

My first stop on my Central American journey was Costa Rica. However, instead of beach hopping or zip-lining through the crowd forest, I had only one goal – to learn as much Spanish as possible in 3 weeks. Since 7th grade, maybe before, I have been “attempting” to learn Spanish.

The Four Biggest Shocks of the Cheltenham Festival

With a history dating back to the 1860s, the Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly one of the most historic sporting events in the world. With excitement building towards the 2015 festival and punters planning their wagers, let us take a walk down memory lane and look at some of the biggest shocks to have happened on this fabled course.

Violence against Women: A Fight That Transcends Borders

Violence against women became the focus of Turkey’s attention these past few days after the tragic murder of University student Özgecan Aslan. As a female student living in Turkey, the story resonated with me. I thought she could have been me. It is true, she could have been any of us. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, a developed or…

The Order: 1886 – A Flawed Masterpiece

The Order: 1886 challenges the definition of what we call a ‘game’, though not necessarily in a good way. On the one hand, The Order is a sprawling (yet underdeveloped) cinematic tale brimming with intrigue, great characters and a beautifully-emotive score, exhibiting some of the best graphics seen on any system; on the other, it funnels you through…

Skylanders Are the New Action Figures

Look down the toy isle of your local department store and you’ll notice a distinct lack of the action figures that you and I grew up with; the Action Men and G. I. Joe’s of yesteryear have been relegated to the memories of the children of the early 2000’s. In fact, a genuine change has been made in the way children have fun these days…

Book Review: Preparing My Daughter For Rain

From the title to the very last page, I breathed in every drop of what Ballah had to say, and I could imagine her child reading these words one day with such gratitude. She sent shivers to the very core of my being, and made me see that we’re worth more than how society makes us feel.

Stereotyping: How Can We Overcome The Dividing Wall?

All Muslims are ruthless terrorists. All Mexicans are illiterate drug-dealers. All white girls love Starbucks, whereas all African-American girls love KFC. These appalling and offensive statements are, in fact, just the perfect examples of stereotyping. Indeed, stereotyping often leads to unjust discrimination, maltreatment…

Fifty Shades of Grey From a Victim of Rape and Domestic Abuse

When I was asked to review Fifty Shades of Grey I knew how hard it would be. I knew that the movie would be bad and I knew it would hurt, but I didn’t know just how horrific it would be. I actually walked out halfway through the movie, before any of the bad stuff even started, and then I went back a few…

Theatre Review: Macbeth at The Everyman Theatre Liverpool

Since Baz Luhrmann reinvented Shakespeare with his stylised and groundbreaking film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, the trend for ‘re-imagining’ the bard’s works has shown no sign of losing its appeal. But the question is, with work of such quality, why do some producers believe they need to add…

Life or Death: Why We Need Lessons on Mental Health

When I was fourteen years old, I went to my school counsellor and tried to open up about some rather frightening mental health issues that I had been experiencing. I was met with a cold stare and was told that I was going through some mild anxiety, and was advised to go home and have a cup of tea.

The Sims: Top Fifteen Games of All Time

The Sims is one of the most successful video games series of all time. Whether you love creating generations of family, reaching the top of your career branch or just spending hours creating the perfect house: everyone loves, at least one, of The Sims games.

EP Review: Macatier – This Boat Is Definitely Sinking

This Boat Is Definitely Sinking is the third EP from Surrey-based acoustic artist, Macatier. Real name Dan Brown, Macatier has been steadily making a name for himself across the UK with his self-descibed “upbeat acoustic” music, and it appears as if this latest release will further fast track his success.

A Whistle-stop Tour of The Origins Of Country Music

As some of the biggest names in Country music get set to grace the 02 stage, for C2C on the 7th and 8th of March, CultNoise takes a look back at the origins of Country. So rosin up your bow, dust off your best cowboy hat and join us on the metaphorical steam train of history. All aboard!

‘Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014′ at the V&A Museum

At the V&A Museum from 3 May 2014 to 15 March 2015 there is a particularly lovely and interesting exhibit entitled “Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014″. The exhibit notes that the globalisation of fashion has vastly contributed to the wedding industry.

Clothes Show Live 2014: The Fashion Event of the Year

If you didn’t visit the biggest beauty and clothing event in Britain this year then you most definitely missed out. Being a girly girl and fashion blogger myself, the Birmingham Clothes Show Live 2014 was like stepping into heaven.

Top 3 Fashion Fails

I am not one to hinder anyone’s fashion sense, or to say what’s hot or not, however, there are still things that I consider suicide in the fashion world. Read on for my top three fashion fails and how you can avoid them.

Your How-To Guide To The Classic Cat-Eye Look

The classic cat-eye will simply forever be in style. It is after all the most elegant and sophisticated go-to-look. Unfortunately, not all of us can pull it off. It took me probably a year to master this signature look, so I thought I’d share my go-to guide of how to pull it off.

10 Commandments of Fashion

Do you need any advice on how to dress to impress? Here are my 10 commandments of fashion:
I. Thou Shalt Always Feel Confident: This is the most important commandment of all…

Preston Fashion Show Live: 2014

On Friday October 24th at 12 noon onward Preston held it’s most fanciful Fashion Show, live with dancers from in and around Preston, at the St. George’s Mall. Preston hosts this event annually, as an opportunity for fashion students to reflect on their profession.

Interview: Award Winning Young Business Owner of Black & White Boutique

It takes a lot to run your own business, even more so to make it successful! CultNoise sat down to have a chat with the award winning business owner, Rowena Simmons of online jewellery store, Black & White Boutique.

Travel Back in Time with Antique

Antique is a clothing brand from right here in the United Kingdom. Established in 2010 by friends Max Helyer (You Me At Six) and Henri Pickersgill, the brand has grown leaps and bounds, and the duo hope to keep that growth going with their Ancient Egypt inspired autumn/winter collection.

It’s Time to Sail Away With Cheer Up Clothing’s New Line

Cheer Up is a clothing brand from right here in the United Kingdom. Created by You Me At Six bassist Matt Barnes and Twin Wild’s Edward Thomas, the company has grown from a tiny home-grown operation to one of the country’s most successful.

High (In Taste) Fashion For Autumn & Winter ’14

Something exciting happened to fashion this autumn and winter. A handful of iconic designers took over the reins of equally iconic fashion houses and we all waited in anticipation to see what their visions and interpretations would be for the fall.

Is the Society We Live in Causing More Women to Turn to Eating Disorders in Order to Feel Pretty?

Everyday, we are surrounded by fashion, the media and adverts showing impeccable individuals, with their slim stomachs and toned thighs, whom we aspire to look like. However, is this causing the view on body image to become blurred?

Autumn Winter Fashion Trends 2014

Summer has sadly come to an end. Long gone are the days of denim shorts and band tees, it’s time to dress for the weather! After all, Winter is rapidly approaching.

You Can’t Read This If You Aren’t a Size 6

Now this is a topic that is close to my heart and something I believe incredibly strongly about – I think the entire issue started to really make my blood boil following the aftermath of ‘the‘ photo of The Only Way is Essex star Gemma Collins, 33, holding a sign outside her cupcake shop that read ‘If you’re thin you can’t come in’.

Ralph Lauren Launch First Ever 4D Fashion Show

Held in Central Park, New York, Ralph Lauren presented its Spring ’15 collection during New York Fashion Week, also marking their first Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

Breaking News – Joan Rivers dead aged 81

Many wondered what it would take to silence the comedienne that spoke her mind religiously and often joked about the suicide of her husband, but Joan Rivers has passed away after a routine throat operation at the age of 81.

Katy Perry and the Importance of Fashion Faux Pas

Last week’s VMAs were a notably tamer affair than the 2013 ceremony, which was perhaps kind of inevitable given that they had the task of following the monstrous media clusterfuck that was #MileyGate or as it’s referred to by certain scholars, ‘Robin Thicke’s last shred of cultural relevance’.

Interview: 10 Minutes with Naomi & Amy, aka Two Shoes, One Pair

Amy-Rose Watts and Naomi Rowland, creators of fashion blog Two Shoes, One Pair, are really making a name for themselves. Having worked previously with such big names as Urban Outfitters and New Look…

Stylelikeu – A Truly Inspirational YouTube Channel

My latest Youtube obsession has been with the channel Stylelikeu, particularly their series ‘Dailies’. It features men and women telling the story of their outfit and a little bit about what they do in their lives. Each person is just so different and incredibly inspiring.

Couture: Red Carpet Questioned at Viktor and Rolf

Paris, France- The continuous clapping that sounded in the background as the models walked down the runway was most deserving- the ability to merge a runway with the clothing whilst conveying a message is not an easy task.

Interview: Caggie Dunlop – Creator of ISWAI

Caggie Dunlop first took our TV screens by storm back in 2011 in the Channel 4 hit series Made in Chelsea. She quickly became everyones favourite Chelsea chic and her departure at the beginning of season 3 was a sad day for all.

Where Are All the Great Soccer Movies

Although sport epics have somewhat faded from the cinematic landscape in the 21st Century, the genre is still established and respected with an impressive canon to its credit. From baseball to boxing, every great professional sport imaginable has been gifted with a selection of superb motion pictures. That is except for soccer…

Fifty Shades of Grey From a Victim of Rape and Domestic Abuse

When I was asked to review Fifty Shades of Grey I knew how hard it would be. I knew that the movie would be bad and I knew it would hurt, but I didn’t know just how horrific it would be. I actually walked out halfway through the movie, before any of the bad stuff even started, and then I went back a few…

Film Review: Jupiter Ascending

Since their break-out success with the original Matrix in 1999, the Wachowskis have become known for having great visions in cinematic technology; Jupiter Ascending, their latest offering has some brilliant production values but this comes at the price of a problem that has plagued the filmmaking duo for many years now.

Film Review: Taken 3

The original Taken landed quite the hard-hitting punch on audiences on its debut in 2008. Ever since then, the surprise hit has gradually declined from what made it work; the trilogy comes to a close with Taken 3, which will easily go down as one of the most muted and poorly produced final chapters in the action genre’s long history.

American Sniper – A Narrow Look at Modern Conflict

Films based on modern conflicts sometimes have a tricky dilemma to answer in their production; do they focus on action in an attempt to garner as large an audience as possible or do they try to do something more profound and examine the darker side of the world’s most recent conflicts?

News: Boyhood Wins Big While BAFTA Snubs The Imitation Game

Sunday’s British Academy Film Awards saw Boyhood winning big while the cast of The Imitation Game left empty-handed. The picture, filmed in real time, follows the life of a young boy growing up in a family struck by divorce.

Film Review: Kingsman – The Secret Service

I’m going to go on record and say that Matthew Vaughn’s decision to abdicate X-Men: Days of Future Past has 100% been vindicated by his decision to bring Kingsman: The Secret Service into our lives. To put it mildly, Kingsman is utterly, spectacular. It is a genuine treat from the most out-and-out entertaining director around.

What Movie Are You Most Excited About in 2015?

2015 is a gigantic year for movies. With the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron headed our way amongst many others, we’ve got a ton of incredible movies to look forward to this year! Come rank which films you’re most excited about and let’s see which one ends up taking the number one spot.

Film Review: American Sniper

So here’s my problem with this film: how does the killing of 160 people by one man make the American Sniper Chris Kyle an American hero? Should this be a film that celebrates his achievements or should it condone the glorification of a mass murderer?

Film Review: Wild

We can now follow Reese Witherspoon’s journey to inner peace in an inspiring adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed memoir Wild. It’s a perfect post-Christmas drama with all the self-exploration and driving motivation to get us through the winter blues.

News: Emma Watson to Play Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Reboot

It was announced yesterday morning that actress Emma Watson will play Belle in the new live-action version of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The film, which will begin production later this year, marks 24 years since the animated version was released, and will be directed by Bill Condon.

Film Review: Birdman

Alejandro González Iñárritu, the first Mexican film director to be nominated for Oscars, has created movies that have resulted in hit after hit with critics everywhere and his newest project is certainly capable of continuing that thread. His newest offering is Birdman, a film which proves that technical aspects can make just as big an impact on audiences as plot and characters can.

Film Review: The Theory of Everything

For over one hundred years, the silver screen has been bringing us stories that chronicle the lives of well-known individuals. The Theory of Everything is the newest addition to the long line of biographical films and it’s another moving example of why the genre has endured for so long.

Film Review: Whiplash

This is an uncompromising movie that examines the real price you have to pay for fame. JK Simmons plays Mr Fletcher, the demonic music teacher. His style could be likened to that of a psychotic army drill instructor; he is brutalising perfection out of his students.

Film Review: Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is the true story of DuPont and his ultimately fatal obsession with Mark Shultz and his brother Dave, who are both champion wrestlers. DuPont, one of America’s richest men, invested huge amounts of his personal fortune to form his own wrestling team. The tragedy in this obsession is that it leads to him shooting and killing Dave Shultz in a rage.

Film Lives Here: The New York Film Festival

Tucked away on the northern edges of Lincoln Center, past the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet, on the stretch of West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, is a place where for a couple of weeks every autumn, a little bit of movie magic happens.

Movie Review: Locke

What does it take to come up with a new idea for a film? Innovation is quite the risk in any kind of entertainment as audiences may or may not be drawn to it or the film may suffer from poor direction and writing. It tends to be a relatively safe bet for filmmakers to make movies that appeal to as wide an audience as possible…

Movie Review: Unbroken

When it comes to films made about World War Two, a question arises; will they be based in the battles of the European front or the more naval and air focused warfare of the Pacific? Following David Ayer’s tank based Fury in October 2014; director Angelina Jolie has turned her attention to…

The Story Behind The Imitation Game

“Are you paying attention?” This is the opening line of the recent film The Imitation Game, which depicts the life of Alan Turing, a pioneering mathematician, code breaker and computer scientist who was crucial to cracking the ‘Enigma code’ towards the end of the Second World War.

Film Review: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

Since 2001, the film adaptations of Tolkien’s Middle Earth have captivated audiences everywhere and, after 13 long years, the saga finally comes to a close with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a film that has effectively carried the momentum generated by last year’s The Desolation of Smaug.

GTA 5: Rockstar Releases New High-Resolution Images

Rockstar have released a new set of high-resolution images ahead of their delayed release date. A set of 14 new images for the PC edition of GTA 5 show off enhanced visuals and higher resolution textures. Check out our image gallery at the end of the article for a sneak peak at some of the new photos.

The Order: 1886 – A Flawed Masterpiece

The Order: 1886 challenges the definition of what we call a ‘game’, though not necessarily in a good way. On the one hand, The Order is a sprawling (yet underdeveloped) cinematic tale brimming with intrigue, great characters and a beautifully-emotive score, exhibiting some of the best graphics seen on any system; on the other, it funnels you through…

Skylanders Are the New Action Figures

Look down the toy isle of your local department store and you’ll notice a distinct lack of the action figures that you and I grew up with; the Action Men and G. I. Joe’s of yesteryear have been relegated to the memories of the children of the early 2000’s. In fact, a genuine change has been made in the way children have fun these days…

The Sims: Top Fifteen Games of All Time

The Sims is one of the most successful video games series of all time. Whether you love creating generations of family, reaching the top of your career branch or just spending hours creating the perfect house: everyone loves, at least one, of The Sims games.

News: Seldom-Seen Commodore 65 Prototype Sells for £15,000

A seldom-seen Commodore 65, the prototype successor of the widely popular Commodore 64, has sold for over £15,000 on eBay. That’s a lot. Oh, and it was in full working order.

Retro Review: Theme Hospital

Pick up that scalpel and otolaryngologist mirror, because EA has just released Theme Hospital to download via Origin for free (for a limited time only)! The objective of the game is to create hospitals with various facilities to keep the patients healthy whilst trying to make a profit. Balancing finances with medicine is not nearly as boring as it sounds.

PSN Account Upgrade Now Available

Those of you who have been plagued with the restrictions imposed on them by having a sub-account on the PlayStation Network can rejoice as Sony will now allow you to upgrade to a full master account.

The Best Co-Op Games to Play on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many are spending it with their loved ones. However, the gaming lifestyle never stops and regardless of the need for social interaction, gaming must continue unabated. But never fear, because CultNoise is here to help you choose a video game to play with your special someone on the 14th February.

Game Review: OlliOlli

OlliOlli is the definition of a love/hate relationship; one moment I’m destroying every goal it sets in front of me, and the next I’m trying not to destroy my controller. Regardless of its simplistic controls, the uncompromising nature of OlliOlli’s mechanics began to feel more like an obstacle, and my inconsistency in executing tricks had me wondering who was actually at fault.

News: Bethesda Hosting Its First E3 Press Conference in June

Bethesda Softworks will hold its first solo E3 conference in Los Angeles this June 14, the acclaimed game publisher announced today, sending the gaming media into a speculative frenzy. Though Bethesda weren’t forthcoming on details, they will be joining Ubisoft and EA, in addition to juggernauts Sony and Microsoft, in what is the industry’s biggest gaming convention.

Why Doom Is Still a Great Shooter

Just over twenty years since its release, Doom still holds up as a brilliant first-person shooter today. Why, you ask? Read on and find out!

Sneak Peek: Dark Souls II – Scholar of the First Sin

The brutal action/roleplaying game Dark Souls II constantly keeps players on their toes with the imminent threat of danger, requiring memorisation in order to feel strong, which is why the new instalment, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin aims to surprise returning players.

News: The Sims 4 Offers New Careers

As outlined by EA, the Sims 4 expansion ‘Get To Work’ will release this April, giving your Sims three new career options and venues. Your Sims can now be doctors, Chiefs/Police, or even inventors. Alongside the new career options comes the ability to open your own custom retail businesses such as bakeries or…

News: Sonic Runners Announced for Mobile, Free-to-play

Sonic Runners, the newest instalment in the Sonic series, will be an endless runner for both Android devices running OS 2.3 and above, and iOS platforms running iOS 7.0 and above. The free-to-play game is meant to be played for a couple of minutes at a time, and like Flappy Bird offers a simplistic control scheme that hinges on a single tap of the screen.

News: Mortal Kombat X Kollector’s Edition by Coarse Unveiled

Now available for pre-order on Amazon.com, the Mortal Kombat X Kollector’s Edition sports a redesigned Scorpion statue from speciality designer Coarse.

Game Review – Infamous: First Light

Infamous: First Light expertly employs a fun traversal system, varied distractions across its caricature of Seattle, and powers that always keep combat interesting. Thankfully, the game is a blast to play, because its mediocre narrative is not a driving force pushing players towards its mildly interesting conclusion.

News: Promising Changes to Halo MCC

In a new blog post, 343 industries has revealed that continued improvement to the Halo MCC experience remains at the top of their priorities. They also stated that they will need more time before releasing a patch that would address issues regarding matchmaking search times/success rates, as well as lobby functionality.

News: London to host 10,000 fans at Minecon

Minecraft developer Mojang has announced details for Minecon 2015, a convention held for fans of the Lego-esque gaming phenomenon.

News: Gaming Industry Thrives in China

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce is working to expand foreign game console sales in China following the success brought to Shanghai’s free trade zone after a 14-year-old ban was ended in January 2014.

February’s PlayStation Plus Free Games Announced

February 2015’s PlayStation Plus games have been announced, including Transistor, Thief, and the excellent Rogue Legacy. Check out the full list here!

Dieting: Why Do We Give Up?

When it comes to dieting, we’re all guilty of promising ourselves that we’ll begin on Monday, and we’ve all heard of the widely overused ‘new year, new me’ but what excuses do we use to break our diet? A recently survey commissioned by Soda Stream that asked 2,000 women their reasons for giving up…

Cute Dog & Baby Clips: Accident Waiting to Happen?

YouTube, mobile phones and social media sites have enabled these popular clips of cute family moments to be turned into instant entertainment. But, in view of the recent infant deaths at the hands (or jaws) of our most trusted family companions, is it really wise, or indeed safe, to take these close interactions between baby and pet quite so lightly?

To Wear Clothes, or Not To Wear Clothes

If it were allowed, I would walk the streets naked. If you really knew how comfortable I am in my own skin, it would probably make you re-evaluate your entire existence as a human being.

Bulimia Nervosa: A Vicious Cycle

“I feel helpless and powerless over my weight and life. I hate my body and I hate myself. I don’t feel like I have control over anything.” This is a typical justification of someone suffering from Bulimia Nervosa, an eating disorder characterised by periodically consuming large amounts of food and then attempting to remove the food from the body by purging.

Beauty Review: Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist

BY EMILY WALTON | December 1, 2014 I like to mess around with my hair, but...

Product Review: MultiVAPE – A Smoking Alternative

BY MAL MCGINLEY | November 29, 2014 The multiVAPE, manufactured by multiCIG...

NYC Gets Tough With ‘Man Spread’

The urban dictionary describes the term ‘Man Spread’ as follows: “When a dude sits down on a chair and spreads out his legs to make a V shape with them.”

Do You Look Better In Photos or In Person?

It wasn’t until a few days ago when I was told I look better in person than on my photos that I stopped to think; why am I still wasting my time turning the brightness up and down a million times and testing out filters if it doesn’t actually make me look any better?

Ipsy: November 2014 Glam Bag!

BY KAITLIN WALSH | November 14, 2014 For years now I have heard so much...

Your How-To Guide To The Classic Cat-Eye Look

The classic cat-eye will simply forever be in style. It is after all the most elegant and sophisticated go-to-look. Unfortunately, not all of us can pull it off. It took me probably a year to master this signature look, so I thought I’d share my go-to guide of how to pull it off.

12 Ways to Achieve a Positive Mental Attitude

BY ALEX MATTHEWS | November 4, 2014 “All that we are is the result of...

Mental Health Awareness – Putting Anxiety into the Spotlight

BY MICHELLE TAYLOR | October 10, 2014 Every year in May, Mental Health...

The Next Big Thing in Beauty… Paper Makeup?

BY LAURA STELFOX | October 8, 2014 Yes, you have read that right, paper make...

Beauty Review: Seventeen Back Lash mascara

BY LAURA STELFOX | October 6, 2014. On a recent trip to Boots to pick up a...

Welcome to Europe’s First Mermaid Academy

BY LAURA STELFOX | October 1, 2014 Have you always dreamed of being a...

It’s Time to Sail Away With Cheer Up Clothing’s New Line

Cheer Up is a clothing brand from right here in the United Kingdom. Created by You Me At Six bassist Matt Barnes and Twin Wild’s Edward Thomas, the company has grown from a tiny home-grown operation to one of the country’s most successful.

Beauty Review: Balance Me ‘Moisture Rich Face Cream’

BY MADDI BLACK | September 30, 2014 A couple of years ago I picked up a...

Is the Society We Live in Causing More Women to Turn to Eating Disorders in Order to Feel Pretty?

Everyday, we are surrounded by fashion, the media and adverts showing impeccable individuals, with their slim stomachs and toned thighs, whom we aspire to look like. However, is this causing the view on body image to become blurred?

Hospices and The Needs of Dying People

BY MARLEEN STRUIK | September 25, 2014 Public health care is one of the...

You Can’t Read This If You Aren’t a Size 6

Now this is a topic that is close to my heart and something I believe incredibly strongly about – I think the entire issue started to really make my blood boil following the aftermath of ‘the‘ photo of The Only Way is Essex star Gemma Collins, 33, holding a sign outside her cupcake shop that read ‘If you’re thin you can’t come in’.

Taylor Swift in Our 15 Favourite GIFS

Let’s be honest, Taylor Swift is one of the cutest, most adorable human beings to grace our planet. In fact, we even know one man who refers to her as the ‘philosopher Taylor Swift.’ We’re looking at you, Greg Miller. Well, for no reason whatsoever, CultNoise decides to celebrate the cute American starlet with…

Your Guide to the Best 2015 Music Festivals

It’s that time of year again, the announcements for UK festivals are coming in thick and fast, but which one do we go to? CultNoise Magazine has put together a short guide to help you decide which is worth heading to, and which isn’t.

Album Review: Susanne Sundfør- Ten Love Songs

Ten Love Songs is the long-awaited sixth album from acclaimed Norwegian songstress Susanne Sundfør. The Scandinavian singer-songwriter specialises in synthesised pop music and mixes her ethereal sounding voice with the artificial hum of electronic beats. This unique brand of music has seen her rise to the…

News: Don Broco, While She Sleeps & More Added to Slam Dunk Festival

This May’s Slam Dunk Festival is set to be biggest in the festival’s history as organisers have announced the addition of seventeen acts to the line-up, with even more to be announced at a later date. All bands will be joining headliners You Me At Six for a weekend jam-packed with music and celebration.

EP Review: Macatier – This Boat Is Definitely Sinking

This Boat Is Definitely Sinking is the third EP from Surrey-based acoustic artist, Macatier. Real name Dan Brown, Macatier has been steadily making a name for himself across the UK with his self-descibed “upbeat acoustic” music, and it appears as if this latest release will further fast track his success.

A Whistle-stop Tour of The Origins Of Country Music

As some of the biggest names in Country music get set to grace the 02 stage, for C2C on the 7th and 8th of March, CultNoise takes a look back at the origins of Country. So rosin up your bow, dust off your best cowboy hat and join us on the metaphorical steam train of history. All aboard!

Gig Review: Fryars at The Thekla, Bristol

Some of us may have spent our Valentine’s Saturday treating our loved ones, proposing or drowning our sorrows. I, on the other hand, spent the evening being serenaded by London-based singer-songwriter Fryars and was witness to a night of chilled-out, beautiful music.

Interview: Jared Monaco of The Maine

The Maine are a rock five-piece from Tempe, Arizona. With the release of their fifth album, American Candy, on the horizon, CultNoise was able to catch up with guitarist Jared Monaco to speak with him about the record, as well as the band’s touring plans for the year, which might include a possible UK run.

Album Review: Brandy Clark – 12 Stories (C2C Special)

Brandy Clark has had a particularly good start to 2015, with the Grammy nominated country artist impressing audiences with the release of her debut 12 Stories, an album that showcases the best of her genre while giving listeners content they can relate to.

CultNoise Goes Country in Honour of C2C 2015

Despite C2C’s yearly success, not to mention newly emerging UK acts like The Shires, country music is still arguably one of the most neglected genres in Britain today. Save for Bob Harris on a Radio 2 Thursday, you’d be hard pressed to find a constant source of country on your radio dial.

Dead Kennedys Announce June 2015 UK/EU Headline Tour

Legendary US punk band, Dead Kennedys, have just announced a string of EU and UK tour dates for June 2015. The four-piece have spent the past year attending festivals and playing a handful of UK gigs, including a sold out night in London’s KOKO. Check here for full tour details!

Album Review: Molly Drag – Deeply Flawed

It’s rare for an artist to burst onto the scene with a debut release as strong as the one Molly Drag dropped this past January. The brainchild of The Raspberry Heaven’s Michael Hansford, Molly Drag is the shoegaze solo project to rival them all, as proven with the release of his debut full-length, Deeply Flawed.

News: The Maine Announce New Album, ‘American Candy’

Arizona indie-rockers The Maine have released the details of their upcoming album, American Candy. Set for release 31 March via 8123, American Candy marks the band’s third independent release, and they’re providing listeners a teaser with lead single, “English Girls”.

One to Watch 2015: Orange Vision

Unsigned and uninhibited, Orange Vision are an Oxford four piece heading on to the alternative scene with high hopes this year. Boasting an upbeat indie sound awash with some billabong vibes, they’re an easy listen and a blast of summer nostalgia.

EP Review: Return for Refund’s Self-Titled Debut

There are few albums I listen to and think “Man, why isn’t this one the radio yet?” There are many bands that have one or two things going for them but fall just short of being worthy of extensive airtime. Hailing from Toronto, Return for Refund is an exception, even as they navigate the saturated rock market.

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Kaiser Chiefs Provide Nostalgic Tunes and Laughs in Liverpool

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News: Young Guns Announce New Album, ‘Ones and Zeros’

Young Guns have announced the details of their upcoming album, Ones and Zeros. Set for release 8 June via Virgin EMI, the release will follow 2012’s Bones and showcase the band further honing their sound to create some of the most well crafted songs of their career.

Album Review: Attik Door – Never in Agreement

Never in Agreement is San Francisco-based Attik Door’s sophomore album. Taking inspiration from the likes of Breaking Benjamin, No Doubt, Flyleaf and Three Days Grace, the record is an obvious step up from the band’s debut, offering an alternative rock feel with some attitude.

Interview: Sam Powell of Speaking In Shadows

Speaking In Shadows are an alternative rock five-piece from Nuneaton. With an impassioned and energetic drive that allows them to stick out in their genre, the band are well on their way to becoming scene staples. Recently, CultNoise was able to speak with bassist Sam Powell about the band’s plans for 2015.

The Facts about The Dress

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Violence against Women: A Fight That Transcends Borders

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An ‘Activist’ Monarch: Prince Charles

Not sure what to make of Prince Charles? His mother, the current Queen of the United Kingdom will become the longest-serving Monarch of British history in September of this year, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. But as she gains this new title, her actual role will continue to decrease.

News: Seldom-Seen Commodore 65 Prototype Sells for £15,000

A seldom-seen Commodore 65, the prototype successor of the widely popular Commodore 64, has sold for over £15,000 on eBay. That’s a lot. Oh, and it was in full working order.

Dead Kennedys Announce June 2015 UK/EU Headline Tour

Legendary US punk band, Dead Kennedys, have just announced a string of EU and UK tour dates for June 2015. The four-piece have spent the past year attending festivals and playing a handful of UK gigs, including a sold out night in London’s KOKO. Check here for full tour details!

PSN Account Upgrade Now Available

Those of you who have been plagued with the restrictions imposed on them by having a sub-account on the PlayStation Network can rejoice as Sony will now allow you to upgrade to a full master account.

Not Enough Sex Education in Schools

Recent studies have shown that not enough children are getting sexual and relationship education lessons in schools. According to the National Union of Students, two thirds of young people rated their sex education as ‘fair’, ‘poor’ or ‘terrible.’

News: Bethesda Hosting Its First E3 Press Conference in June

Bethesda Softworks will hold its first solo E3 conference in Los Angeles this June 14, the acclaimed game publisher announced today, sending the gaming media into a speculative frenzy. Though Bethesda weren’t forthcoming on details, they will be joining Ubisoft and EA, in addition to juggernauts Sony and Microsoft, in what is the industry’s biggest gaming convention.

Liverpool Lad’s Creme Egg Petition Goes Viral

Following chocolate company ‘Cadburys’ changing their Creme Egg shells from Dairy Milk to a ‘standard cocoa mix,’ a Liverpool lad has started an online petition to change them back.

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With our New Year’s resolutions slowing disappearing into oblivion, and as we count up the pennies saved from our hardcore involvement in Dry January, a survey commissioned by Pharmacy2u has investigated our defeats in giving up alcohol.

News: To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel

Harper Lee is known for her famous classic To Kill a Mockingbird, which many people have studied during their time at school. It has now been announced that the loved classic is going to have a sequel.

Kim Sears Swearing – It’s an Issue of Feminism

Among the headlines of beheaded journalists, political activism and this years UK deep freeze includes Kim Sears. Andy Murray’s fiancé who shouted explicit words during the Tennis Open in Australia.

News: Promising Changes to Halo MCC

In a new blog post, 343 industries has revealed that continued improvement to the Halo MCC experience remains at the top of their priorities. They also stated that they will need more time before releasing a patch that would address issues regarding matchmaking search times/success rates, as well as lobby functionality.

News: London to host 10,000 fans at Minecon

Minecraft developer Mojang has announced details for Minecon 2015, a convention held for fans of the Lego-esque gaming phenomenon.

News: Gaming Industry Thrives in China

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce is working to expand foreign game console sales in China following the success brought to Shanghai’s free trade zone after a 14-year-old ban was ended in January 2014.

News: Reptile Added to Mortal Kombat X’s Roster

Mortal Kombat X has added Reptile, the green lizard ninja who is among the franchise’s original roster, to their upcoming game Mortal Kombat X. The new trailer, revealed by Ign.com, shows Reptile’s new costume design, a smattering of his classic moves, as well as his new x-ray attack and fatality.

News: Bioshock Creator Ken Levine Talks New Game

Ken Levine, co-founder of Irrational Games and creative mind behind Bioshock, one of the most influential games created on last generation consoles, recently answered questions on twitter concerning his latest project.

News: Taylor Swift’s Twitter & Instagram Accounts Hacked

The group reportedly behind the PlayStation network hijacking has struck again, this time taking over Taylor Swift’s social media. Tweets posted to the star’s 51.4M Twitter followers on Tuesday implored them to follow members of the hacking outfit, Lizard Squad.

News: League of Legends 2015 World Championship in Europe

Riot Games announced that the 2015 League of Legends World Championship will take place across multiple cities and countries in Europe this October.

News: Beta Testing of New Halo Release

In order to avoid systemic problems in an upcoming content addition to The Halo Master Chief Collection, 343 industries is offering a beta test to select members of the Xbox Live community.

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Widnes Wild’s Lead Weekend

Despite five missing members, Widnes Wild’s weekend game secured their place in fourth position in the National Ice Hockey’s second league.

Premier League: West Brom Come Back to Draw with Burnley

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Six Nations 2015: England Beat Wales in Opener

Eleven points from the boot of Bath fly-half George Ford gave England a 21-16 win against Wales in the first match of the 2015 Six Nations.

FA Cup: Liverpool Leave it Late to Beat Bolton

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Quelling the Storm: UMass Celebrates Super Bowl Without Trouble

As we headed through the residential walkways and little paths of stomped snow, we witnessed a controlled chaos: There was no ‘riot’ at the UMass post-celebration of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX win.

Five of the Biggest Upsets in FA Cup History

The FA Cup is the world’s oldest football tournament. First held in 1871-72, the structure of the tournament has remained remarkably unchanged since: teams from all levels of the game down step six of the National League System compete on an unseeded knockout basis until two remain.

FA Cup: Worcester Draw at Scunthorpe

An early second half goal from midfielder Daniel Nti ensured that Vanarama Conference North side Worcester City earned a 1-1 draw against League One side Scunthorpe United in an often cagey affair at Glanford Park.

CM Punk Signs For Ultimate Fighting Championship

UFC #181 may have seen “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler beat Johny Hendricks in the main event to become the UFC Welterweight Champion, but Phil “CM Punk” Brooks confirmed the big news that he has signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship on a “multi-fight deal”.

FA Cup: Blyth Spartans knock out Hartlepool

A goal in the 90th minute by Jarrett Rivers gave non-league Blyth Spartans a famous 2-1 win against League Two Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.

Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes – Rest in Peace

The death of anyone aged 25 is a tragedy and ultimately a waste of life. The death of a 25 year old that was popular, admired, talented and destined for remarkable things is something that people don’t even want to comprehend. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was one of these people.

Sting Makes His WWE Debut at Survivor Series

A packed out crowd in St. Louis saw an amazing debut to WWE from WCW legend Sting, and a career defining match from Dolph Ziggler saw Team Cena defeat Team Authority, and in return end the reign of terror known as The Authority.

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton is World Champion

Under the lights of the Yas Marina Circuit, Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi GP and his second World Driver’s Championship as his team mate Nico Rosberg suffered issues with his car.

England Beat Scotland in Glasgow

England took the lead just after the half an hour mark, when Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere hit a perfect pin-point cross in the direction of his Arsenal team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who glided the past David Marshall into the Scotland goal.

TV Review: Lucha Underground – Episode Three

Before this week’s Lucha Underground started, we were shown a recap of the past two episodes featuring the biggest stories going on in the company and last week’s brutal attack from Chavo Guerrero Jr. on near enough anyone around him.

Euro 2016 Qualifying: England Maintain 100% Record

Euro 2016 Qualifying: In a battle of the top two placed teams in Group E, a brace from Danny Welbeck and a penalty from Wayne Rooney to give England a 3-1 against Slovenia at Wembley Stadium.

Euro 2016 Qualifier: Scotland take Ireland down at Celtic Park

A splendid strike from Wigan’s Shaun Maloney gave Scotland a huge win at home against the Republic of Ireland in front of around 60,000 fans at Celtic’s Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow.

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The second annual Knockouts Knockdown “One Night Only” event was aired in the United States on the 7th of November, and in the United Kingdom a couple of days ago.

Prison Reform: What Piper Kerman Has Taught Us

Piper Kerman is the writer of the hugely successful book that the Netflix phenomenon is based on, Orange is The New Black – My Year in a Women’s Prison. It has become a worldwide phenomenon spawning lines such as “I threw my pie for you” and “Come be my little spoon”. However, many will not know the underlining problem that Piper is highlighting and her important work with prison reforms.

Goodbye Waterloo Road

It has been announced that Waterloo Road will no longer continue after ten series on screen, seeing an end to the popular struggling school. It has survived fires, deaths, relocations and a wealth of psychotic characters but now it is coming to an inevitable conclusion.

Interview: E4’s Rising Star Georgia Henshaw

Tonight on E4’s new show ‘Banana’, we will see the story of Sian who is played by former Waterloo Road star Georgia Henshaw. Georgia was kind enough to have a chat with us about her new role, on set essentials and of course, the answer to that all important question: are you a Netflix binge watcher?

The End Is Near for My Mad Fat Diary

Legions of fans exploded with joy when the cast confirmed they had been to a read through of the new script. But today it has been confirmed that Rae Earl will only be gracing our screens for the third and final season, drawing to a close a story that is deep in the hearts of so many young people.

News: Anne Kirkbride Passes Away Aged 60

Known by a nation as Deirdre or the ‘Weatherfield One’ in Coronation Street, actor Anne Kirkbride has passed away aged 60 in a Manchester hospital following a short illness.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: The Shiniest Jewel in Reality TV’s Crown

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The Success of Orange Is the New Black

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Interview: Sharon Rooney

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Prey: Unfortunately it Failed to Catch Me

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The BBC Refuses to Acknowledge the (Dead) Elephant in the Room

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Mystery Illness Sees Tulisa Replace Mel B

The former Spice Girl, and now X Factor judge, Mel B is thought to be suffering from a mystery illness, unknown to the public. This comes just days before this year’s X Factor finale, which will see finalists Fleur, Andrea and Ben battle it out to become the show’s winner.

QUIZ: Which Harry Potter Student Are You?

You may not be able to attend Hogwarts, but if you take our Harry Potter quiz, you’ll at least know which magical witch or wizard best fits your personality.

QUIZ: Which Doctor Who Character are you?

Need to sort out your wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff? Take our quiz to find out which Doctor Who character you are! Allons-y!

QUIZ: Which Vampire Diaries Character Are You?

Mystic Falls is full of vampires, werewolves, and witches — so where do you fit in? Take our Vampire Diaries quiz to find out.

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