Feature: Festival season – our pick of the bunch

It’s that time of year when we plead with the Gods of Weather for an actual summer. Why? So we can go see our fave bands without drowning in a sea of mud-soaked misery. So, let’s be optimistic: it’s going to be a hot one. With that in mind, here are the festivals catching our…

Interview: artist, Chris Mason

Chris is a self-professed member of the liberal, metropolitan elite. Despite being neither. But he doesn’t think that matters. He trusts experts, believes in climate change and, importantly, that humans built the pyramids. He also thinks that lies shouldn’t be written on the sides of buses, and that the planet is in fact spherical. You…

Interview: artist, Vera Ivanova

As a small child living in Russia, Vera used to sort out the ingredients in her meals by colour and mould sculptures from bread. You get the picture: she’s always been an artist. As for life, the simple things make her happy: love, friendship, laughter and freedom. In December (2018), we featured her incredible art…

Interview: Kettlesmith Brewing

The theme for March 2018’s Stylus box was Riding the Wave: a celebration of new wave music. Inside, we included beer from Kettlesmith Brewing. Antony Field, one of the brewery’s team, tells a little more about what they do… Tell us a little about you… My first career was in special effects for film, which…

Feature: All the feels

February 2018’s Stylus box was about the music that gets us through the good times, the bad times and the downright crazy times. But how does it do that? Why does the sound of other humans making noise in unison have such an emotive effect on us?  Words Russ Cook I want to make one thing…

Feature: All you need is love

We all know what February means: Valentine’s Day. Cue the eye rolls. But listen, we all need a bit of love in our lives. So here are 10 films, each with a great soundtrack, that’ll warm the cockles of your heart. So go and watch with a date (or in your underwear after a rather…

Interview: music journalist Peter Paphides – Why I Love Nick Drake

Peter was the host of The Vinyl Revival on BBC Radio 6. For the last 25-years he’s been writing for the likes of Melody Maker, The Guardian, Time Out and Q. He also contributed several chapters to the recent Nick Drake biography Remembered For A While. We had a natter…   Words Russ Cook Photo Iona Wolff Illustration Richard Clarke; Joe Phelan…

Meet the illustrator: Rob Johnson

We’re very proud of the Stylus magazine. A major reason why is because of this guy. We thought we’d give him a shot at creating the artwork for one of our boxes – New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies. As a massive fan of Peter Hook and the band, he nailed it…   Tell Stylus subscribers…