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‘Ladybird in Focus: Women’ at MERL is Worth a Visit

Exhibition MERL - Photo Credit Elliot Kim

You may already be familiar with the immaculately kept gem that is the Museum of English Rural Life. Located on Redlands Road a stone’s throw from London Road Campus and the Hospital, it’s tiny and beautiful, boasting an idyllic chicken-populated garden, peaceful café space, and completely non-stop milking of their slightly insane, completely viral, ‘absolute unit’ meme.

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Theatre: the new student night out?

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In the past, whether because it’s too expensive, fails to live up to the easy access of Netflix or it’s just plain too much effort, theatre has tended not to be on the typical list of activities for a student night out, but it seems like all that might be about to change.

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The Week after: what went down at Reading Fest

*ARTICLE BY THOMAS LYONS*

For any signature artist, the pinnacle of performing at a headline-topping festival full of chart-dominating acts such as Dua Lipa, AJ Tracey, Jax Jones and many more highlights the importance of the diversity in music to portray different musicians, bands and solos with different ambitions to deliver for their fans. 

90,000 plus spectators packed into the iconic Richfield Avenue campsite to start a weekend of crazy antics and enjoy the wealth of talent on show on the Main Stage that saw Kendrick Lamar, The Courteeners, Jhus and other top names deliver electrifying sets whilst the smaller setup on the BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio One Music stages certainly made up for the gaps in the daily lineup and anticipation for the very best under Festival Republic.» >

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Reading Fever

*ARTICLE BY THOMAS LYONS*

Performing her chart-topping singles ‘New Rules’ and ‘IDGAF’ as well as her collaboration tune with Calvin Harris ‘One Kiss’, the pop-sensation showed the packed Reading crowd how to party in style on Saturday.

Taking to the stage just after 5 o’clock, the 2018 Brit award-winning ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ didn’t break a sweat throughout and under the bright lights, made it look easy. 

Making a powerful entrance to start with another banger in ‘Blow Your Mind’, it made for very energetic set which reciprocated from the 90,000 or so, onlookers.» >

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Reading Fest Highlights

After a long and crazy weekend at Reading Festival 2018 this weekend, we finally have time to sit down and reflect on some of the many highlights which took place. It was an honour to attend the festival on behalf of The Spark where we met other great members of the media and watched so many amazing performances from both prominent and rising artists…

Our first highlight is Rex Orange County; at the age of just twenty years old it was crazy how huge the crowd of dedicated fans singing along to his songs such as Loving is Easy and Best Friend was.» >

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