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Urgent Appeal for Donations

As some of you may already be aware, CultNoise is a non-profit, student-run magazine designed to combat the lack of opportunities for student journalists in the industry. As you may have seen on various articles and on our Meet the Staff page, editor-in-chief Sami Clara is currently housebound due to…

The Media and Our Mental Health

Following the horrific loss of 150 passengers aboard the Germanwings flight and the emerging news of the pilot’s depression that followed, it was to be sadly expected that our media would portray the incident in such a light; using mental health as a way to encapsulate such tragic events.

Confessions of a Girly Feminist

I consider myself a feminist. I make my own choices, and I’m involved in causes that empower women to make theirs. In the last few weeks, I’ve seen articles by self-proclaimed feminists disparaging other women’s decisions, and this has led to some introspection.

10 Years of Doctor Who

After a 16 year hiatus broken only by a television movie/failed backdoor pilot, Doctor Who returned to television screens in 2005. While bringing back a programme that ended over a decade prior due to ever decreasing popularity may have seemed like a huge risk, it was a risk that Russell T Davies…

The Grim Realities of Graduate Life

My advice to anyone contemplating studying at university is this: do you actually want to study? Because a degree is only worth something if you genuinely have a passion for studying. Don’t do it because you think it will enhance your job prospects. It won’t.

Introducing Portuguese Pop Duo Best Youth

Fresh from the picturesque Portuguese city of Oporto, CultNoise brings you Best Youth. A delightfully unique and nostalgia-evoking duo that we are certain will be a big name in the near future.

Album Review: Rae Morris – Unguarded

Rae Morris is a singer-songwriter from Blackpool. Since her discovery back in 2011, Morris has gone on to be dubbed one of the voices of 2015, and according to former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, she is “becoming the countries’ most beloved singer-songwriter.” Her debut album Unguarded was released in January.

The Journalism Work Experience Diaries – Wednesday and Thursday

Follow Will as he embarks on an adventure into the world of journalism work experience. This week he’s at Capital FM in Birmingham, working on the production of Rob and Katy’s breakfast show. He’ll be offering advice as well as giving you some idea of what to expect when you venture into the world of week-long placements.

Download Festival: A Marriage Made in Metal Heaven?

Thinking of getting married but not sure if it is really you? Want a practice run first? Well, this year at Download Festival you can do just that! Yes, you read that correctly – you can have a fake run of your wedding in Download’s Chapel of Love at the Inflatable Church.

Is JK Rowling Our Generation’s Greatest Educator?

As a fan of Harry Potter and hater of all things stereotypical I was completely in awe of JK Rowling’s response to a fan who questioned how she hadn’t realised Dumbledore was gay, because she ‘couldn’t see him in that way.’ Rowling’s response? ‘Maybe because gay people just look like… people?’

Why ISIS Violates Islamic Beliefs

One of the key beliefs of Islam is that no Muslim can judge any other person (Muslim or not) on the matter of their belief and religion, so that only God can determine the strength of someone’s devotion. This is usually applied in practice life for Muslims to not criticise or gossip about another person…

News: Clarkson Sacked by BBC, Top Gear Fate Uncertain

BREAKING: The BBC has announced it will not be renewing Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s contract after it expires at the end of March after a verbal and physical assault on producer Oisin Tymon. The future of Top Gear has yet to be determined.

Interview: Golden Wings

Hot off the heels of a a successful EP launch, Blackpool up-and-comers Golden Wings are the ones to watch out for. They gave up some of their time to chat to CultNoise about how they started, their influences and their impending plans for the remainder of the year.

The Journalism Work Experience Diaries – Tuesday

Follow Will as he embarks on an adventure into the world of journalism work experience. This week he’s at Capital FM in Birmingham, working on the production of Rob and Katy’s breakfast show. He’ll be offering advice as well as giving you some idea of what to expect when you venture into the world of week-long placements.

Interview: Scott Robinson (5ive)

As a hardcore ’90s child I was over the moon to hear the childhood boyband crush were reuniting, minus Abz and J. Having spent much of my early adult years still dancing to their songs with my friends in the middle of pubs, (don’t judge, you all do it too!) I was over the moon when Scott Robinson gave up some of his time to have a chat with us.

48Hours and Ashestoangles – A Tour Not to be Missed

Fresh from their headline show in London, 48Hours recently announced their co-headline UK tour with synth-goth-punks Ashestoangels. The 3 piece rock band from Kent experienced huge success in 2014, following the release of their full length debut album Recovery, which received airplay from XFM’s The Rock Show as well as…

The Magic of Harry Potter – Warner Bros Studios Tour

I am one of the biggest Harry Potter fans out there. There isn’t much I don’t know about the books and the films, and I’m known to frequently quote sections of the novels to friends and family. The book series is the reason why I am a writer; I am continually inspired by JK Rowling and I marathon the films at least once a month.

Breaking News: Germanwings Airliner Crashes in French Alps

An Airbus A320 airliner has crashed en route between Barcelona and Duffeldorf, French aviation officials have said, with 142 passengers and six crew on board. The jet belongs to Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

The Journalism Work Experience Diaries – Monday

Follow Will as he embarks on an adventure into the world of journalism work experience. This week he’s at Capital FM in Birmingham, working on the production of Rob and Katy’s breakfast show. He’ll be offering advice as well as giving you some idea of what to expect when you venture into the world of week-long placements.

OCD: It’s Not What You Think It Is

When you hear the words ‘Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,’ you probably conjure up images of people washing their hands far too often, or somebody who arranges their food cupboards by the size and colours of its contents.

Why Elton John Wants Us to Boycott Dolce and Gabbana

Elton John has urged fans and followers to boycott renowned fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana after its designers confirmed in an interview with Panorama Magazine last week that they are against same-sex couples raising children together.

‘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.

Film Review: Suite Française

Suite Française is the movie adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel of the same name. The book gained notoriety after it was discovered having lay hidden away for 50 years.

The Magic of Harry Potter – Warner Bros Studios Tour

I am one of the biggest Harry Potter fans out there. There isn’t much I don’t know about the books and the films, and I’m known to frequently quote sections of the novels to friends and family. The book series is the reason why I am a writer; I am continually inspired by JK Rowling and I marathon the films at least once a month.

Chappie: Delightfully Entertaining and Surprisingly Uplifting

Chappie is Neill Blomkamp’s third directorial effort and it seems to represent the third part of a stylistic trilogy of films. While unrelated in terms of story, each of his films have had a similar visual style and pair science fiction ideas with allegorical storytelling. With Chappie, Blomkamp examines the idea of artificial intelligence…

Obstetric Fistula: How it Affects Women

Obstetric fistula is not a familiar condition to those of us who live in the West, because it is easily prevented and resolved by good medical care. In regions where hospitals are not readily available however, women often deliver babies on their own, and the risk of obstetric fistula is higher.

Chappie – An Enormous Step Backwards for Blomkamp

Neil Blomkamp is quite the rising star in science fiction; after making the brilliant District 9, the director has gained a solid cult following. His newest film however is quite the misfire, dragging him away from the heights of the best science fiction visionaries in the film industry.

India’s Daughter: Holding up a Mirror to Indian Society

Not a mere week after its release, and India’s Daughter is defiantly creating sets of ripples not just across India but also throughout the international community. Its dead-set focus on the Delhi gang rape of the 23-year-old medical student provides a perfect case study for the problem that the country faces, and which works to…

A Celebration of Neill Blomkamp

The name Neill Blomkamp has become synonymous with modern science-fiction cinema. With his latest film, Chappie currently hitting cinemas we can be sure to see more of the same unique visual style and allegorical storytelling within it that Blomkamp is now known for. In celebration of this release, it would be…

CGI Is Not Your Enemy: Rebutting CGI’s Negative Critiques

When discussing cinema with others it doesn’t take too long to find someone who is adamant that the advent and development of CGI (computer generated imagery) technology and its use in films is nothing but a negative thing, and in some respects the death of cinema. We’re here to argue otherwise.

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.

Revisiting ZombiU: Should You Buy This Wii U Exclusive?

Something that is often blamed for the Wii U’s early dismissal and poor sales is its lacklustre library of launch games, and it is true that most of the launch titles were rushed tie-ins (Transformers Prime) or third-party ports (Call of Duty: Black Ops II). However, Ubisoft designed the game ZombiU from the ground up for the Wii U’s launch.

It’s-A-Me Mario – On Your iPhone

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo recently announced that it would be bringing our beloved friend, Super Mario to our iPhones. Great news for gaming geeks everywhere, as it mean that we’ll finally be treated to some extra Mario time in a more convenient way. Having our iPhones double up as a Game Boy is what we’ve all been dreaming of.

News: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Delayed until Spring 2016

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the hotly-anticipated latest entry in the award-winning Uncharted franchise, has been delayed until Spring 2016 according to game directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley. The game was originally slated to be released 2015.

Game Review: OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood adeptly improves upon the first game in every way by explaining its strict but deep controls, upping the quality of level design, adding more depth to its combo mechanics, and applying a sleek coat of paint with a new art style and better animations.

March’s PlayStation Plus Free Games Announced

Get ready to click that download button and clear some hard drive space, because Sony has revealed the PS Plus’s free games for March and once again, it’s a doozy. Titles include Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty, Ubisoft’s beautiful Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and the brand spanking new OlliOlli2!

GTA 5: Rockstar Releases New High-Res Images for PC Release

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.

OCD: It’s Not What You Think It Is

When you hear the words ‘Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,’ you probably conjure up images of people washing their hands far too often, or somebody who arranges their food cupboards by the size and colours of its contents.

A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Gymtimidation’

As a health and fitness enthusiast, people may think I have no compassion for a fear of the gym (gymtimidation,) but you would be wrong. I am no novice to the skeptics of gym-life – in fact I am married to one. My husband struggles on a regular basis to see exactly what I find so enthralling about jogging along on a treadmill staring…

Fat Shaming – Where Will it End?

Fat shaming is a hot topic! It affects people all ages. No matter your class, gender, race or nationality, fat shaming doesn’t discriminate; it is far too heavily embedded in modern society. It’s such an issue that, nowadays, ‘bigger’ people like myself so often find themselves fat shaming their own bodies. Inspecting every inch of us…

Obstetric Fistula: How it Affects Women

Obstetric fistula is not a familiar condition to those of us who live in the West, because it is easily prevented and resolved by good medical care. In regions where hospitals are not readily available however, women often deliver babies on their own, and the risk of obstetric fistula is higher.

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?

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.

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.”

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...

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.

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’.

Losing Weight Is Not That Hard (For Katie Hopkins)

BY MAL MCGINLEY | September 2, 2014 So Katie Hopkins has agreed to a reality...

My First Tattoo And Advice On Getting Your Own

BY ISABEL NICHOLLS | August 28, 2014 On Friday 22nd August, my life changed....

Beauty Review: Brazilian Hair Straightening

For as long as I could spell ‘Bleach’ I have been dying, styling and straightening my hair. It ended up turning into a big frizzy mess and the only way to stop the frizz would be to straighten it, which would exasperate the frizziness. I was in a frizzy rut and had pretty much given up on ever having bouncy, soft, shiny hair ever again.

Beauty Myths Uncovered

BY LAUREN GOODCHILD | August 20, 2014 Beauty tips are passed down through...

Introducing Portuguese Pop Duo Best Youth

Fresh from the picturesque Portuguese city of Oporto, CultNoise brings you Best Youth. A delightfully unique and nostalgia-evoking duo that we are certain will be a big name in the near future.

Album Review: Rae Morris – Unguarded

Rae Morris is a singer-songwriter from Blackpool. Since her discovery back in 2011, Morris has gone on to be dubbed one of the voices of 2015, and according to former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, she is “becoming the countries’ most beloved singer-songwriter.” Her debut album Unguarded was released in January.

Download Festival: A Marriage Made in Metal Heaven?

Thinking of getting married but not sure if it is really you? Want a practice run first? Well, this year at Download Festival you can do just that! Yes, you read that correctly – you can have a fake run of your wedding in Download’s Chapel of Love at the Inflatable Church.

Interview: Golden Wings

Hot off the heels of a a successful EP launch, Blackpool up-and-comers Golden Wings are the ones to watch out for. They gave up some of their time to chat to CultNoise about how they started, their influences and their impending plans for the remainder of the year.

Album Review: Mike Valdes & The Noise – DREAMER

Let’s be honest, everyone loves a good pop song. So what do you get when you’re handed a collection of seven of the dreamiest pop tracks in recent memory? You get Mike Valdes & The Noise’s latest album, DREAMER, a release guaranteed to keep your head in the clouds while inspiring you in a way most pop songs can’t.

Interview: Scott Robinson (5ive)

As a hardcore ’90s child I was over the moon to hear the childhood boyband crush were reuniting, minus Abz and J. Having spent much of my early adult years still dancing to their songs with my friends in the middle of pubs, (don’t judge, you all do it too!) I was over the moon when Scott Robinson gave up some of his time to have a chat with us.

48Hours and Ashestoangles – A Tour Not to be Missed

Fresh from their headline show in London, 48Hours recently announced their co-headline UK tour with synth-goth-punks Ashestoangels. The 3 piece rock band from Kent experienced huge success in 2014, following the release of their full length debut album Recovery, which received airplay from XFM’s The Rock Show as well as…

Song Review: ‘Smells Like Old Spice’ by Screens

Luckily, nowadays the genre grunge is still alive. In 2015, there are still new bands who want to make it with and within this genre. One of these bands is Screens, a London-based grunge/punk/rock trio that consists of the Swedish couple Arvid & Miriam and their Italian bandmate Davide. They met whilst studying at uni and formed Screens in 2012.

Album Review: Hit The Lights – Summer Bones

Summer Bones is the latest full-length from Ohio-based pop-punk quintet, Hit The Lights. The band’s first release through label Pure Noise Records, whom they signed with early last year, Summer Bones presents some of the best pop-punk I’ve heard in awhile and demonstrates why Hit The Lights are considered a scene staple.

Interview: As December Falls

As December Falls are set to release their brand new single, ‘Capture’, CultNoise has been given an exclusive look at the accompanying music video! Of course, no new music release is complete without first questioning the band.

Interview: Harvey Tuck of North Seasons

North Seasons are a melodic hardcore quintet from Newcastle. The band, who recently celebrated the release of their debut EP, Eyes For The Blind, this past January via Kill/Hurt Recordings, the band are set to have a jam-packed year, and I was recently able to speak with vocalist Harvey Tuck about their upcoming plans.

EP Review: Kill The Ideal – Heritage

Heritage fills me with nostalgia, a trip back to a time near the early millennium when we had a handful of diverse and exciting bands coming through the ranks and displaying a certain intensity that brushed away the boy bands of the 90s.

Gig Review: Kodaline at Paradiso, Amsterdam

The Irish band Kodaline has completed the first part of their 2015 tour to promote their new album Coming Up For Air; they have toured through Europe in the last months and their next destination is the USA.

Artist Feature: Lion in The Mane

Lion in The Mane are a pop rock quintet from Brooklyn, New York who are looking to take the world by storm with the release of their new album, The Noise War. The band have worked hard to get where they are, and CultNoise was recently able to catch up with them to discuss it all.

Introducing Soulful Sensation Jody Brock

Introducing Jody Brock, the latest UK rising talent set to storm the world. Inspired by classic artists such as Etta James and Donny Hathaway, Jody Brock is an infusion of pop, rock and soul. His sound is blissfully unique in an industry that is all too often crowded with samey dance tracks or snoozy pop ballads.

Cambion Reveal New Material and Tour Details

Up-and-Coming metal quartet Cambion have recently revealed details of their brand new single ‘Mechanics Of Extinction.’ The single was presented on BBC Radio Devon for its radio debut, with the video having been exclusively revealed on extreme metal Magazine, Terrorizer.

Gig Review: The Script at the O2 Arena

Irish pop-rock band The Script played the second of two consecutive shows at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday. Playing to a sell-out crowd of 17,000 fans, the boys didn’t disappoint, performing an incredible show for the last night of the UK leg of their No Sound Without Silence tour.

Live Review: Steel Panther – Manchester Apollo

The All You Can Eat Tour is the first time Steel Panther have graced UK shores since Download Festival last summer. It’s been a long awaited show for fans, as tickets went on sale in June last year. There’s a lot of time to make up for, but can Steel Panther pull it off?

Delta Goodrem: The Comeback

I remember the first time that I heard Delta Goodrem sing. It was back in her Neighbours days when as her character Nina, she sang and recorded ‘Born To Try’ without realising that best friend Connor was listening the whole time. This moment not only solidified Delta’s incredible talent, but it also shaped my life many years after.

News: Hands Like Houses Release New Single

Canberra, Australia rock quintet Hands Like Houses have released their brand new single, ‘I Am’. Their first release since the departure of keyboardist Jamal Sabet, ‘I Am’ is a track that is sure to keep fans satisfied until the release of the band’s yet-to-be-announced third album.

The Media and Our Mental Health

Following the horrific loss of 150 passengers aboard the Germanwings flight and the emerging news of the pilot’s depression that followed, it was to be sadly expected that our media would portray the incident in such a light; using mental health as a way to encapsulate such tragic events.

Is JK Rowling Our Generation’s Greatest Educator?

As a fan of Harry Potter and hater of all things stereotypical I was completely in awe of JK Rowling’s response to a fan who questioned how she hadn’t realised Dumbledore was gay, because she ‘couldn’t see him in that way.’ Rowling’s response? ‘Maybe because gay people just look like… people?’

Why ISIS Violates Islamic Beliefs

One of the key beliefs of Islam is that no Muslim can judge any other person (Muslim or not) on the matter of their belief and religion, so that only God can determine the strength of someone’s devotion. This is usually applied in practice life for Muslims to not criticise or gossip about another person…

News: Clarkson Sacked by BBC, Top Gear Fate Uncertain

BREAKING: The BBC has announced it will not be renewing Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s contract after it expires at the end of March after a verbal and physical assault on producer Oisin Tymon. The future of Top Gear has yet to be determined.

Breaking News: Germanwings Airliner Crashes in French Alps

An Airbus A320 airliner has crashed en route between Barcelona and Duffeldorf, French aviation officials have said, with 142 passengers and six crew on board. The jet belongs to Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

All You Need to Know about Friday’s Solar Eclipse

Much of the UK will be treated to a partial solar eclipse on Friday 20th March, with northern regions reaching up to 98% totality. But what is a partial solar eclipse exactly, and how can we view it safely? CultNoise is here with all the essential information you need to make Friday’s eclipse one to remember, depending on good weather of course!

The Latest: Tunisia Terror Attack Leaves 19 Dead

It has been confirmed that 19 people, including 17 foreign tourists, have been killed in a Museum attack in Tunisia todayIt has been confirmed that 19 people, including 17 foreign tourists, have been killed in a Museum attack in Tunisia today. The attack took place at the Bardo National Museum in the capital, Tunis. German…

Why Elton John Wants Us to Boycott Dolce and Gabbana

Elton John has urged fans and followers to boycott renowned fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana after its designers confirmed in an interview with Panorama Magazine last week that they are against same-sex couples raising children together.

News: President Obama Reads ‘Mean Tweets’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live

By now, it should come as little surprise that United States President Barack Obama likes to have a little fun during TV appearances. After appearing on ‘Between Two Ferns’ with Zac Galifianakis as well as ‘The Colbert Report’ only a few months ago, it’s clear he has no problem poking fun at himself.

Terry Pratchett: Thanks and Farewell

CultNoise pays tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett, the wonderful author of the Discworld series, who passed today after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He will be greatly missed.

Language Transfer Makes Learning Languages Easier

Learning another language can be an expensive and daunting task, but something that many of us would like to do. It’s often difficult to know where to begin, with options available from night classes to distance learning, but we’ve found something which we believe takes the stress and the pressure out of learning a new language.

News: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Delayed until Spring 2016

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the hotly-anticipated latest entry in the award-winning Uncharted franchise, has been delayed until Spring 2016 according to game directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley. The game was originally slated to be released 2015.

India’s Daughter: Holding up a Mirror to Indian Society

Not a mere week after its release, and India’s Daughter is defiantly creating sets of ripples not just across India but also throughout the international community. Its dead-set focus on the Delhi gang rape of the 23-year-old medical student provides a perfect case study for the problem that the country faces, and which works to…

March’s PlayStation Plus Free Games Announced

Get ready to click that download button and clear some hard drive space, because Sony has revealed the PS Plus’s free games for March and once again, it’s a doozy. Titles include Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty, Ubisoft’s beautiful Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and the brand spanking new OlliOlli2!

The Facts about The Dress

The latest source of strife on the internet is ‘The Dress’. This ominous piece of apparel has managed to divide family and friends into two equally firm and adamant camps: Blue-and-Black, or Gold-and-White. Colour-blind, insensitive and retarded have become mere words for one camp to hurl at the other…

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…

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.

A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Gymtimidation’

As a health and fitness enthusiast, people may think I have no compassion for a fear of the gym (gymtimidation,) but you would be wrong. I am no novice to the skeptics of gym-life – in fact I am married to one. My husband struggles on a regular basis to see exactly what I find so enthralling about jogging along on a treadmill staring…

European Rugby Champions Cup Ready to Resume

The beauty about the Rugby Union calendar is there is never any let up in the feast of top-class action. Just as the Six Nations comes to a conclusion, you have the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup bounding into view. Here, we take a look at the four quarter-finals and how the teams have fared so far in the competition this season.

Chessboxing: From Lightweight to Heavyweight

If you overheard somebody talking about chessboxing, you would probably presume it was the subject of some viral video or quirky novel. You would be wrong. Yes, as unlikely a pairing as they appear, the seemingly contrasting worlds of boxing and chess have collided in quite a spectacular fashion.

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…

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.

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

West Bromwich Albion came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in an exciting Barclays Premier League relegation six pointer at Turf Moor.

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

Two late goals from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho gave Liverpool a 2-1 against Championship club Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup Fourth Round replay at the Macron Stadium.

WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Review

The road to WrestleMania 31 started at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. In front of 17,000 loud and heated fans, Roman Reigns picked up his first ever Royal Rumble match victory to a chorus of boos.

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.

10 Years of Doctor Who

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The Hollyoaks Year of Safe Sex

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House of Cards Season 3: It’ll Leave You Yearning for More

Season 3 House of Cards is no easy watch. But as confusing or perhaps anti-climactic the season seems to be, one thing is clear: the show has clearly departed from its British counterpart, and more seasons are a definite. You’ve become so used to watching Frank Underwood claw his way to the top that it’s almost…

The Casual Vacancy TV Adaptation: A Rather Vacant Affair

As J.K Rowling’s first venture outside of the Harry Potter franchise, The Casual Vacancy was a highly anticipated piece of work that quickly became a bestseller. But the same legacy that made it into a bestseller was the one that undid its value as a stand-alone; people were all too quick to pan it in comparison to the…

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.

‘Girls’ Season 4: The Story So Far

Most of us know ‘Girls’ on some level, or at least we heard something about the American TV series, which premiered in 2012, and made a great stir in the industry from the very beginning. It quickly gained a huge following and was often called a more realistic Sex & the City.

Interview: Sacha Parkinson on Her New Role in Mr Selfridge

Since leaving Coronation Street at the end of 2011, Sacha Parkinson has been involved in a long line of projects that has seen her killed in a car crash, work at a mill and turn into a vampire. Now we get to watch her in season 3 of ITV period drama Mr Selfridge. Joining her is former Waterloo Road ladies’ man Leon…

Katie Hopkins – ‘Superbitch’ or ‘a Conduit for the Truth’?

In a sanitised world where, to quote most political commentators, ‘you can’t put a cigarette paper between the political parties’, it’s down to rent-a-gob motormouth columnists like The Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn, former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie and the current ‘enfant terrible’ Katie Hopkins to “tell it like it is”…

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

Every once in a blue moon when the stars are perfectly aligned and all the real housewives are either awaiting parole or heavily medicated the general public is blessed with a reality TV phenomenon so irrefutably bold you can do nothing but scoop your jaw off the floor and look on in awe. But enough about Simon Cowell’s mammary glands…

The Success of Orange Is the New Black

As we eagerly wait for season 3 of the hugely popular Netflix prison drama ‘Orange Is the New Black’, I pick apart, analyse and dissect why it has become a phenomenon, and the cultural impact it has made.

Interview: Sharon Rooney

Many will know Sharon Rooney as Rae Earl in My Mad Fat Diary, but recently, the Bafta nominated Scottish actress has been lending her voice to Justice for Women. ‘Daddy’s Gone’, which is sung by Sharon with help from the cast of Henry IV and their director Phyllida Lloyd, was recorded to raise awareness for the charity.

Prey: Unfortunately it Failed to Catch Me

I really wanted to love ITV’s drama Prey; after all with Life On Mars’ John Simm in the starring role plus a feast of great acting talent supporting, the promise of a high calibre series seemed inevitable. Whilst there is no denying the wealth of quality on show from all cast members, in particular…

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

Elephants – incredible, majestic creatures at risk of extinction. They are facing the constant danger of slaughter by poachers, who savagely remove their beautiful ivory tusks for profit, then hack the elephant meat up, to be sold off piece by piece in the local market.

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!

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