I Think God Made A Mistake

The bags under our eyes carry darkness; Unhuman hands stretch them open like curtains, But if we blink like shutters of a camera Are we asleep or...

Artist Spotlight – Tame Impala

Whether you are into swirling psychedelic rock, shimmering synth-pop or classic disco and electronic music, Tame Impala has you covered. It is the passion...

So What’s Wrong with Sia’s Music? An Autistic Perspective 

Several choices were made in 2020. Out of many terrible paths taken throughout that cursed year, one choice stands above them all.   Sia announcing her...

Bethan’s Book of the Month – Tell Me Your Secret

Bethan’s Book of the Month By  Bethan Bates Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson If you are someone who has read my last few book reviews, you...

Joy Harjo’s “She Had Some Horses”: An Indigenous Woman’s Voice in...

Since March 8 is International Women’s Day, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the female US poet laureate, Joy Harjo, and...

Gender Bias in the Music Industry

Women experiencing gender bias in the music industry is unfortunately not a new concept. Though, in a post #MeToo era, could we finally see...

The Local Scene – International Women’s Day Edition

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th every year around the world. As a result of this celebration, we are spotlighting two local...

Women Shouldn’t Have to Punish Themselves to Feel Empowered

Most sexually active single people or any one on any dating app, will have experienced or been offered a one night stand. There are...

Why Remember Women? A Sneak-Peak into a Few of Bollywood’s Lost...

With International Women’s Day crawling closer, it’s high time that light is thrown upon some key figures that have doubtlessly contributed to the making...

Thinking of Wales: Winter Haikus 2021

  Swans in the snowfield Reminding me of Welsh vibes Yearning to return A land of seaweed Either as food or product Laverbread for Jack Old stone hills show scars Forests of...

Others and Ostracism: The Problem of News Disproportionality

Where is the price tag? How do you measure human problems as more or less significant? What makes my history baseless, and yours, the...

Dydd Miwsig Cymru

Sefydlwyd Dydd Miwsig Cymru gan DJ BBC 1 Huw Stephens yn 2013. Pwrpas y diwrnod dathlu yw codi ymwybyddiaeth o bob ffurf a genre...

Welsh Language Music Day

Welsh Language Music Day was founded by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens in 2013. The celebratory day’s purpose is to raise awareness of...

The Waterfront Team’s 2021 Music Desires

2020 was a disappointing year. Nobody can deny that! So for some positivity for our first publication of 2021, we at the Waterfront wanted...

The Local Scene – February

Icantdie Icantdie is a three-piece heavy alternative rock band from South Wales. Started in 2016 as a self-funded bedroom demo project by Kyle David Smith....

Shawn Mendes – Wonder

Shortly after the release of his self-titled third album in 2018, Mendes makes his return with his new smashing, first-class album ‘Wonder'.   Written and recorded...

Magic, Charisma & Love: The Montenegro I Know

Veljko Vlahović (1914-75) is poignant when writes of Montenegro as “sea foam and snow dust, a dance of steep cliffs and headlong streams, uproar...

LGBT+ Books

Since February is LGBT+ History month, some people might be looking for some media about/inclusive to the LGBT+ community. Included in this list are...

The Unbelievable Reality: Cyberpunk & Modern Technology

Cyberpunk 2077 is a contemporary game (2020) that allows a player to explore a vast world filled with multiple quests, with some ultimately affecting...

Top Ten LGBT+ Films and TV Shows

Content Warning: a number of the films and shows listed below deal with sensitive topics such as homophobia, conversion therapy, death, sexual assault, and...

The Dark Winter, 2021: A New Hope

米国 悪い夢 A dark winter begins ‘Witness Me!’ the darkness shouts The people shout back 雪 Yuki is her name Her sisters dance around me Falling to the ground ダース・ベイダー Like leaves of...

Breakfast at Epiphany’s

Barbeque sauce Smothered on his bacon, Like my kisses on the Stubble of his chin; Crispy, charred. Two tea-bags Cuddled in his cup; Crushed to copy the Strength of our love; Bitter, timeless. One...

Bethan’s Book of the Month – Cinderella Is Dead

Bethan’s Book of the Month By Bethan Bates Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron Published in 2020, Cinderella Is Dead is Kalynn Bayron’s debut novel. It is a...

What Makes A Christmas Song

What Makes A Christmas Song By Cat Daczkowski From Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ to Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody,’ songs are the aspects that...

The Local Scene

The Local Scene By Cat Daczkowski Hook: Every month in this section, we will highlight musicians, venues and other music-based organisations in the South Wales area....

The “Save Our Venues” Initiative

The “Save Our Venues” Initiative, is it too late to save the industry?  By Jordan Onslow In the COVID era, it is difficult to keep track...

oh, to gouging eyes out

oh, to gouging eyes out by Jan Delos Santos  It is tiring to be this complex in nothing  but thoughts and words and sound.  It is too much...

Haikus from the Plague-Lands

“Haikus from the Plague-Lands” by Benjamin Nichols 1. Nature goes to sleep, The silly apes keep routine, The dark winter starts. 2. Spring a distant thought; Once the good survive...

Bethan’s Book Of The Month – The Gravity of Us

Bethan’s Book Of The Month By  Bethan Bates The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper   I picked this book up over lockdown for one very simple reason: it...

A MOST UNUSUAL PITCH: A DRAGON’S DEN FANTASY

A MOST UNUSUAL PITCH: A DRAGON’S DEN FANTASY by Ikeke Azeke Nervous wrecks are the norm when entrepreneurs step into the Den. But our protagonist, JC...

Two Poems

Two Poems by Sophie Apps “Untie Me” Time buried me in a casket – I gorge on your name; Hungry for a different set of vowels and consonants. In...

Things That Are Red

Things that are Red by Abhishek Subhash Things that are Red: The eyes of a stoner, The pen of a teacher, The pavement where they chewed paan, The ketchup I...

NaNoWriMo: How Did it Go?

NaNoWriMo: How Did it Go? By Catrin Lawrence For the last few weeks, I’ve been taking part in my first ever National Novel Writing Month, a...

Is the current music streaming model “fit for purpose”?

Is the current music streaming model “fit for purpose”? The DCMS will investigate By Cat Daczkowski   The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee are launching an...

How Racial Inequality Has Inspired Artists to Create

How Racial Inequality Has Inspired Artists to Create By Cat Daczkowski   Hook:  Protest against racial inequality through music is no new concept. However, with the huge #BLM...

Strong Black Women Leading the Way in Audio Drama

Strong Black Women Leading the Way in Audio Drama By Sali Earls For this month’s podcast review, I wanted to look at dramas led by formidable...

Written in Invisible Ink: A Celebration of Ethnically Diverse Writers

Written in Invisible Ink: A Celebration of Ethnically Diverse Writers By Sophie Apps In celebration of Black History Month, here is an extraordinary and unappreciated list...

The Children of Wounded Warriors: from Okara to Beyond

The Children of Wounded Warriors: from Okara to Beyond by Ashish Dwivedi   Often lauded as the “first Modernist poet of Anglophone Africa”, Gabriel Okara (1921-2019) has been...

Bethan’s Book Of The Month – Noughts and Crosses

Bethan’s Book Of The Month By  Bethan Bates Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman Noughts and Crosses is set in a ‘dystopian’ world in which black people are...

A Band That Shouldn’t Be Absent From Your Spotify Playlists… 

A Band That Shouldn’t Be Absent From Your Spotify Playlists…  By Sophie Apps Screaming from the streets of Cardiff since 2015, upcoming Alternative Rock band Holding ...

Album Review: Millie Manders and The Shutup – Telling Truths, Breaking...

Review: Millie Manders and The Shutup – Telling Truths, Breaking Ties By Jordan Onslow    In an era in which the world and the status quo deserve...

Album Review: Bring Me The Horizon – POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR 

Review: Bring Me The Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR  By Jordan Onslow    BMTH are a band that have always refused to stagnate, with an obsessive...

Na-No-Wri-GO!

Na-No-Wri-GO! by Catrin Lawrence As the days draw in and there’s less to do due to a combination of cold and Coronavirus, many writers will be...

10 Movies Which Prove Horror Is Making A Comeback

10 MOVIES WHICH PROVE HORROR IS MAKING A COMEBACK By Sophie Sadler Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to deny the increasing prestige and...

As Rohit

"As Rohit" By Ashish Dwivedi As wise as my palm speaks, as bald as the privacy doors, as brave as a wounded seagull, as feminine as the...

Ssshh, Wait!

I think the Nobel is the reason.   I was reading a savvy introduction to Animation Studies, ed. by Jayne Pilling, and was determined to finish...

A Passion For Podcasts

A Passion for Podcasts: Bingeworthy Audio Drama by Sali Earls   I love podcasts. I’ve been listening to a wide range for years, from documentaries and news...

Singleton: Keeping The Park

Surrounded by the settlements of Derwen Fawr to the west, Sketty to the north, Brynmill to the east and part of the sweep of...

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Bethan’s Book Of The Month by Bethan Bates Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi  Recommended to me by a friend and fellow literature student, I bought...

In Her Eyes

In Her Eyes By Sali Earls I groaned as the alarm went off. Five more minutes. Just five more. I knew I had to get up...

DMAs Interview

One of my favourite songs of yours is In the Air; what was the inspiration behind that song? It's a love song about moving on...

DMA’s Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, November 11th 2019 (supporting Liam Gallagher) –...

Upon entering the front doors of Cardiff’s sold-out Motorpoint Arena from the chilly night air, the temperature change is tangible. There is a real...

The Right Side of History

In our classrooms In 2019 We sit and we learn Of everyone in history who was wrong We convince ourselves we And we alone Would have fought for the good...

Untitled

I missed home in London, missed Abertawe in Lancaster, missed my father in the unwanted streets of my asylum called mind. I missed my laughter in this flat I...

The Room Mates By Rachel Sargeant – Review & Interview

Imagine reliving the horror of freshers’: the strangers for flatmates, hoarding dirty dishes in the sink, projectile vomiting at pres and the mystery of...

The Year I Didn’t Eat By Samuel Pollen – Review

I normally read within certain genres of fiction, so I tend to challenge myself to read outside of these fictitious boundaries, to explore other...

Queen and Slim Review

An awkward first date that very quickly evolves into a lovers on the run scenario, in this directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas. There is...

A Poem From The Soul

A Poem from the Soul I was once told Poetry comes from the soul. Told, It flows out of you So, I listened. Listened to my soul, To what she had...

The Lights Are On

In the broken elevator. Tom pressed the alarm five minutes ago. The shock-second, when the elevator shuddered, is over. He did the automatic; pressed...

Howards End – The Ultimate Period Drama

It’s hard to find a film that is both eloquent and insightful in its search for meaning and nourishment, but Howards End also finds...

The Top 5 Indie Games of 2019

Afterparty Available on PC/ MAC. Produced and written by Night School Studio, this vivid game relies on its electric storytelling. This game’s atmosphere is unusual...

Live Review: The Amazons

11th February, Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach. I walk inside out of the cold night to be greeted by a small, intimate venue known for...

Balley Records: The Home of Modern Punk

Founded by Idles manager Mark Bent and Idles vocalist Joe Talbot, Balley Records is revolutionary as the home of hardcore punk bands due to...

Summer Ball

We’ve got a stellar line-up for Summer Ball this year with some of the biggest artists in the country coming to join us for...

White Noise

by Sebastian Fletcher

The Sky is Not Blue

by Lizzy Brown  

How Moneyball is an Outside Shout for Best Sporting Movie Ever

With Varsity rapidly approaching, the focus on sport has really picked up, infiltrating the thoughts and actions of everyone at Swansea. No? Maybe it’s...

The Death of the Batfleck

When it was announced 5 years ago that DC were progressing their cinematic universe with Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, I was excited....

Good Will Hunting: A review

An Oscar winning movie, but is it worthy of that title? Or is it just another overrated dud? (Here’s looking at you, Black Panther)...

Mac’s hats

Mac Demarco is undeniably a great artist. A multi-instrumentalist and producer whose 3 albums have been met with critical acclaim. Since the release of...

Bikini Kill: Modern Day Rebel Girls

The Riot Grrrl of the 1990’s is still considered to be one of the most prominent movements in music. No group pioneered this underground...

Birdman

If somehow Alejandro González Iñárritu's excellent movie Birdman slipped under your radar, do yourself a favour and go see it. The writing is off...

Roma: The truest form of a cinematic experience

There are a million ways to begin describing a film, but one can only begin describing Roma by calling it one of, if not...

Period.

I am a woman, 21. I once had a friend say to me that they wanted to be girl, a woman. There are many...

Why the World Loved ‘Spider-Man – Into The Spiderverse’ so much

For those of you who’ve yet to see this film, I’d highly recommend watching it before reading this. In fact, I’d recommend watching it...

Mrs. Miniver: When Greer Garson Galvanized a Nation

Perhaps one of the most oddly enjoyable films I have ever watched is Mrs. Miniver. As a fan of William Wyler, I became curious...

Bird Box, a new Netflix level?

Dear Reader, you may remember that I wrote recently an article for this very publication discussing A Quiet Place and how it shows numerous...

Who’s on your Valentine’s playlist?

It’s that time of the year again, ladies and gentlemen. Whether you’re having the time of your life out on a romantic date, or...

Live Music at Swansea Uni

If you were asked to name live music events around Swansea, you’d probably struggle to think of any beyond the Summer Ball. However, live...

How to make the ultimate pres playlist

It’s 8:00pm, you’ve done a house clean to standards your mum would still find disgusting, and your mates are only an hour away. As...

Rotten Tomatoes and the Box Office

‘Rotten Tomatoes’ has been around for many years now and is subject to much debate. The generated scores (film are deemed as “rotten” or...

Watchmen

The modern-day film industry is filled with superhero movies. Between Marvel and DC we seem to be getting five to six superhero movies a...

The Lion in Winter

When we think of Christmas, we usually think about presents and family and friends all gathering together. Not often do we associate the festive...

Burn the Roses

Burn the roses, so their thorns won’t cut you again. Burn the sunflowers, for the sun is gone, and lie in shadow. The fire will give you warmth. Burn the...

Illiterate in the Language Of

Dear my XXXX, Ever since I met you I found something that speaks to me It’s so strange, for the first time ever I can feel my...

The Box

You find a box. Just a regular box. Sides all flawlessly square. Corners at perfect 90-degree angles. A box that really says, “This is a box.” You open it...

Open mic night at the Perch

Almost every pub in Swansea has an open mic night, with a range of different people who participate. Some will feature almost exclusively musical...

Xtreme to host Student Radio Association conference in 2019

On the 8th of November at the Student Radio Awards at the O2 arena, Xtreme Radio Swansea University's very own radio station were announced...

Xtreme Radio’s 50th Birthday

I bet you are wondering what Xtreme Radio is and why you should care. Well, we’re Swansea University’s student radio station and this year...

Eminem vs Machine Gun Kelly

Now that some time has settled in the long awaited war of words between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly, I am sure that I...

How ‘A Quiet Place’ gives lessons in horror

Over the summer, I watched A Quiet Place for the first time. I found that the film, for the most part, lived up to...

Last of the Light Bringers – Awaken

She opened her eyes to darkness. Head raised, gasping desperately for air, she felt the coarse grains fall from her skin. She lifted a...

Dreams, Cold, Old, New

Door windows of shattered colour shards, Here, where Gods hang round in bars Lilting choir on the jukebox New polish on the locks Mercury and Mars Playing cards. Where to...

Cold War

It’s been three years since Pawel Pawlikowski won his Oscar for Ida, the first film in the Polish language to win an Oscar. This...

Why do we love being scared?

We’ve all been there. You’re home alone, curtains drawn, all the doors are locked (checked twice). The wind is howling outside, and the rain...

Album Review: Alt J – Reduxer

Rating: 4/5, ‘…what could have felt like a jumble of remixes thrown into a pot has instead got the feel of a well-executed experimental...

Autumn 2018 Preview

Halloween October 19th Crazed serial killer Michael Myers is back. Just in time for Halloween. Get ready for chills and gore galore. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of...

Tom Cruise: The man who needs no stunt double?

Mission Impossible: Fallout was released back at the end of July and instantly became one of the surprise hits of the summer. The sixth...

Can a film be more than just a film?

For a few years now, I’ve been dabbling in film journalism on and off again on my personal blog and I’ve got a bit...