Magazine

Geezers need excitement: a history of drugs in football grounds

Violence, racism and verbal abuse are on the rise in Britain’s football grounds. Many blame cocaine. But a number of illegal drugs have been popular among fans at one time or another, with each having an impact on the atmosphere around the sport and the country. Sam Davies takes a deep dive into footy’s druggy underbelly.

Let the Skiifall

He’s the sound of young Montreal via Saint Vincent: a mix of drill, dub, dancehall and Drake that’s grabbing the ears of fans far beyond Canada and the Caribbean.

These women are the future of TV and cinema

Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Myha’la Herrold, Thuso Mbedu, Whitney Peak and Rain Spencer are starring in some of the most exciting projects on screens big and small over the coming months.

Editor’s Letter: autumn 2022

Editor Matthew Whitehouse on this issue's 40-page cover-story, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and featuring clothes made entirely by new designers.

The turbulent story of Young Thug and YSL

Young Thug shaped contemporary rap and conquered the US mainstream. Now he's awaiting trial alongside 27 others because his record label, YSL, is accused of being a criminal street gang. With lyrics being used as evidence against him, is this the biggest ever case of rap on trial?

The Great British Festival: what are you wearing?

Getting pissed in a field is officially back for summer 2022. From moshers to drum and bass heads to rap fans, here’s what the youth will be wearing at Wireless, Latitude, Reading and Leeds and more. We told you subcultures aren’t dead!

Chris Smalls: there is power in a union

Unionising in America is a battle, but it’s even harder when you’re up against Jeff Bezos. In April, Chris Smalls made history when he led workers in Staten Island to vote to form the country’s first Amazon union.

Waste! Store: welcome to London’s coolest shop

Hackney’s wackiest community shopping destination is a Santa’s grotto of cult memorabilia and homemade weirdness. Jack Mitchell and Roydon Misseldine stock everything from Baby-Gs and troll dolls to DIY zines and fantastic fashion, only available IRL.

Louis Partridge: the Enola Holmes actor on playing Sid Vicious

Prada loves him, he’s acted in one of Netflix’s biggest films of 2020, and is about to star as Sid Vicious in a TV drama about the 20th century’s most notorious British band, the Sex Pistols. Where did it all go wrong, Louis Partridge? Where did it all go wrong…?

Introducing the UK’s biggest, brightest young things

Meet designer Randa Kherba, actor Marli Siu, author Moses McKenzie, chef Rahel Stephanie, musician Rainy Miller and photographer Fin Flint – six up and comers across six different disciplines to keep a watchful eye on. They’re gonna be huge.

Beabadoobee: searching for Beatopia

When her debut album, Fake It Flowers, was released just before the UK went into lockdown, Beabadoobee became a bedroom indie star who would have to remain in the bedroom. Now, with an expansive second album, the musician is at the top of her game – and out in the world.

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