Melissa Haggar

Music, OldVenue

Top 35 Albums of 2015

2015. The year Benjamin Clementine scooped the Mercury Prize, we all became ‘Beliebers’ and, most importantly, the year in which the album format proved it won’t go the way of the Dodo as so many predicted at the start of the digital age. Adele smashed sales records, the vinyl revival goes from strength to strength…

Fashion, OldVenue

Gender in Fashion

When it comes to fashion, there has always been a divide of gender – womenswear and menswear sections in stores and online, promoting clothing that is suitably masculine or feminine, as well as pieces that are cut differently for their presumed consumers’ measurements. Skirts are available in womenswear, a plethora of baggy trousers, trendy jumpers…

OldVenue, TV

Farewell to Downton

Suffice to say that Downton Abbey has had its fair share of disastrous endings, climactic Christmas specials, and suspicious servants. However, it all drew to a rather more pleasant conclusion on Christmas Day, with everyone seemingly getting their deserved happy ending. The everlasting estate and breeding ground for scandal has managed to take centre stage…

Film, OldVenue

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Grab your droids, abandon your TIE fighters and complete those cosplays as the new Star Wars film has landed. The Force Awakens comes to us 38 years after the original film engulfed the world like a nuclear powered death star. This time, the story is set 30 years after the events of the original trilogy,…

OldVenue, TV

Review – How To Get Away With Murder

Recently added to Netflix UK, the first season of How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) follows the infamous Viola Davis in her portrayal as Professor Annalise Keating, a defence attorney who also teaches at Middleton University. Annalise takes on several interns who all become intertwined with murder, both inside the class room and out,…

OldVenue, TV

Not Your Supergirl

Marvel is known for its brave, dashing superheroes who, despite their difficult situations, always seem to come out on top in the end. The shiny exterior of its films never seems to delve into murkier waters or attempts to tackle more dangerous and disturbing subjects – that is until, Marvel’s series deal with Netflix. Known…

OldVenue, TV

Battle of the Animated

Spongebob Squarepants A yellow sponge. A large pineapple. An underwater crustacean. Three seemingly unrelated things that only become related if you’ve ever watched the nautical adventure show, Spongebob Squarepants. The Nickelodeon TV show, created by Stephen Hillenberg, has been airing episodes since 1999 and is still going strong, no doubt due to its nonsensical, creative…

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