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)...

The Waterfront’s Spring 2019 Film Preview

Winter is ending and with it the revival of all things pretty: the flowers, the crops - nature in all of its essence. This...

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...

Mary Queen of Scots – Dramatic Feud of Historical Inaccuracies

Highland accents, strong female leads, the most anti-climactic battle since Gary King Vs. the Network (The Worlds end) and inexcusable inaccuracies. Catholics and Protestants,...

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...

Waterfront’s Bloody-Cold Winter film round-up

Ah. It’s almost time to shed a layer (or two) and save on those massive energy bills as Winter comes to its inevitable end....

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...

Tips and Tricks to writing fiction

So you’ve decided to write something, huh? Maybe you have an idea for a novel that will blow Harry Potter out of the water;...

A Fresher’s guide to Wind St: Four clubs, four different vibes

Starting off your university adventure is full of daunting experiences. A new place, meeting new people, it can all be quite scary. But we...

Is the ‘popular film’ Oscar category patronising?

On the 8th August this year, The Academy, home of the Oscars, announced the addition of a new category to the world’s most well-known...

Conversations with Lethal Bizzle and DJ EZ at Swansea’s Summer Ball:...

Swansea had the pleasure of welcoming two legends of their respective genres to blitz the Summer Ball last month, DJ EZ and Lethal Bizzle....

Xtreme Radio #SSB18 Interviews

At this years Summer Ball, we got the chance to speak to some of your favourite artists. Check out the interviews below. Eleri Angharad &...

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

As the summer term gets under way, it is likely that most of us will be busy with revision, deadlines and exams; with little...

Why you should give the DC extended universe another chance

Aside from Wonder Woman, critics and audiences have not been kind to the DCEU, and this I believe is a misunderstanding of their content....

Is the horror genre still ‘good?’

The horror genre, like many others, is ever-evolving to meet the criteria of its audiences across the world of cinema. As we evolve as...

Titanic: The Last Great Hollywood Epic

I doubt that there are very many of you who have yet to see the cultural phenomenon that is James Cameron’s Titanic. Recently celebrating...

Julia Michaels: An interview with pop’s behind-the-scenes gem

Whether you’ve heard her name or not, chances are you’ve heard her music. Julia Michaels is the song writing mastermind behind chart-smashing hits such...

Creative Writing – Together

by Emily Maybanks

Look Up

Imagine a bustling town or city centre, with people everywhere. Overhead, there could be the clearest, bluest skies with the warmest sun beating down...

An interview with writer B.A. Hippsley

Former Swansea University, B.A. Hippsley is scheduled to have his first novel – Containment – published on 16th May 2018 by the independent publishers...

Growing Up

A poem by Emily Maybanks by Emily Maybanks

INTERVIEW: Frank Turner on ‘Be More Kind’

Frank Turner’s new album ‘Be More Kind’ has finally hit the shelves, and with it comes a refreshed and refined sound from the Folk...

FEATURED ARTIST: Tom Grennan

Injections of soul, indie, and folk styles into the charts have rarely come about in recent times, but Tom Grennan’s music is an exception...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Search For Everything – John Mayer (2017)

There was only ever going to be one artist I was going to write an album review for. There is only one artist whose...

Getting involved at Festivals – an interview with Tom Parkinson

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at some of the biggest music festivals in the UK? Ahead of BBC’s Biggest Weekend...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Bicycling by Ananas

Here at Xtreme radio we pride ourselves in providing a platform to showcase both student and local talent. Ananas are a lo-fi, neo soul...

REVIEW: Cosmosus EP by Ananas

Ananas are an experimental Lo-fi Neo Soul trio from Swansea. I am featuring their EP as they’re a testament to student musicians at Swansea....

The Little Prince – a book to return to

The Little Prince – originally Le Petit Prince – was penned by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and was first published in 1943. Now, 75 years...

Creative Writing – a series of interviews

By: Emily Maybanks Have you ever wondered how your favourite authors can make characters come to life in your mind? Or, maybe you've always felt...

REVIEW: Man in an Orange Shirt

By: Emily Maybanks Man in an Orange Shirt was first shown on BBC Two last summer. A two part series, it was at the heart...

Moonstruck

by Carlos Tseng It’s hard to believe that Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck is now 30 years old. In 2018, the film is still a delight to...

Netflix Binge: Black Mirror

by Alex Udraufski-Osborne The Students' Union elections signal the end of the academic year. That means deadlines, exams, and, ultimately, stress—which all sounds daunting and,...

Fickle Friends: The Globe, Cardiff, 26/02/18

When I first heard Fickle Friends, I was amazed by how captivated I could be by something so joyful, given as I had previously...

Interview: Rejjie Snow

by Will Barnston That is until now. In a rare occurrence, 24-year-old Irish rapper, Rejjie Snow. The catalyst to his career was his 2013 'Rejovich'...

REVIEW: Bad Sounds, 5th February Tramshed Cardiff

By Caleb brown On the 5th of February I had an interview with Bad Sounds as they supported Rat Boy in Tramshed Cardiff alongside Ten...

Cut pretty flowers from their stems

By: Rhys Swainston * disclaimer - contains content that some may find upsetting I walk past the café every day. There is a girl who works there...

The Greatest Showman – why is it doing so well?

By: Emily Maybanks With the recent news that the soundtrack to the film (released in UK cinemas on Boxing Day 2017) The Greatest Showman has...

Interview with Illustrator, Emily Wren

By: Emily Maybanks Living and working in Basel, Switzerland, Emily Wren is a freelance Illustrator and has recently illustrated a short story in Popshot’s recent...

ALBUM REVIEW: Calum Scott – Only Human

By: Emily Maybanks On 9th March 2018, Calum Scott released his debut album Only Human. For those who don't know, Calum Scott is a British singer and...

World Poetry Day 2018

By: Emily Maybanks Today – 21st March 2018 – is World Poetry Day. Poetry is, of course, literary work in which the expression of feelings...

REVIEW: Call the Midwife, Series 7

By: Emily Maybanks *WARNING: contains spoilers!* “Why did I ever start this? I must have been mad!” These are the opening words of Jennifer Worth’s memoir...

EP Review – No Sense Of Groove

by Dare Balogun Reviewing electronic music at time can be very difficult sometimes. Its not like I’m reviewing a band and I can talk about...

If you could see me now

By: Emily Maybanks Based on the lyrics to 'If you could see me now' by The Script. Got to keep myself calm but the truth is...

NETFLIX BINGE – Restrepo

by Alexander Udraufski-Osborne March. Here in the Northern hemisphere, it marks the beginning of Spring. The plants begin to make a return, and so do...

Under Milk Wood

As March is the month of St. David's day, the patron Saint of Wales, it would be apt to acknowledge that Wales is a...

WALES AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS: How Green Was My Valley

by Carlos Tseng Critics continue to be outraged at John Ford’s 1941 film about the Welsh valleys beating Orson Welles’ noir classic, Citizen Kane, for...

Interview: Newton faulkner

by Sarah Harris Newton Faulker is a talent of virtuoso standards; carving a path from his Guildford Music Academy education, through the rite of passage...

The Script in Cardiff

By: Emily Maybanks On Tuesday 20th February 2018, Irish trio The Script – consisting of Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power – brought their...

ALBUM REVIEW: AWOLNATION – Here Come The Runts

By Jake Harvey Since AWOLNATION’s debut album ‘Megalithic Symphony’ went Platinum in the US and double platinum in Canada, they have largely gone under the...

ALBUM REVIEW: Beautiful people will ruin your life – The Wombats...

By Alex Evans This term, Xtreme Radio is proud to present our featured presenter reviews. Each week, a new presenter will show their music taste...

An interview with Kamand Kojouri

By: Emily Maybanks I caught up with writer and poet Kamand Kojouri; she was born in Iran and brought up in Dubai and Toronto. She...

Album Review: Crush EP – Ravyn Lenae

By Kiera Jones This term, Xtreme Radio is proud to present our featured presenter reviews. Each week, a new presenter will show their music taste...

Trac  yr wythnos! ‘Anrheoli’- Yws Gwynedd

by Keziah O'Hare Mae Dydd Miwsig Cymru Cymraeg yn roi amrywiad o’r caneuon a bands gorau mae Cymru yn cynnig. Mae’n hanfodol i’r rhai sydd...

FEATURED ARTIST: Kehlani

By Tia Williams This term, Xtreme Radio is proud to present our featured presenter reviews. Each week, a new presenter will show their music taste...

ALBUM REVIEW: SATURATION III – BROCKHAMPTON (2017)

by Tia Williams This term, Xtreme Radio is proud to present our featured presenter reviews. Each week, a new presenter will show their music taste...

FEATURED ARTIST: Yabadum By Emma Markman Morris

This term, Xtreme Radio is proud to present our featured presenter reviews. Each week, a new presenter will show their music taste through an...

Netflix Binge: 6 Years

by Alexander Udraufski-Osborne With February being the month of Valentines day, I got to thinking about relationships, and all the idealised notions, especially for young...

A Classic Romance: Casablanca 75 Years On

by Carlos Tseng Most people will probably already be familiar with Michael Curtiz’s wartime classic, or at least heard of it. But, what is it...

The Greatest Showman

by Emily Maybanks Released on Boxing Day 2017, The Greatest Showman was a feel-good film to end the year with. Directed by Michael Gracey, it is...