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Trident Spotlight: Matt Dowse Live!

By Robert Wheatley Each month, Trident Media will be highlighting one of its many Radio shows, Print segments and TV productions to give our readers some insight into the diverse content we’ve got available. Sometimes when you’re studying, on the commute to work, or in the midst of chores, you want some background ambience, and music just isn’t cutting it. Say hello to the world of podcasts: a supremely diverse audio-based entertainment that can be anything from educational s

Top 5 Acts to see at Bestival 2017

By Tobi Olasupo – Photography Manager 1. The XX Seven years have passed since The XX first came to Bestival. It was potentially one of the most viewed performances in the festival’s history with thousands of people ramming the Big Top and thousands more watching them from outside, it was without doubt a groundbreaking moment for The XX and Bestival. This will be their third appearance at Bestival, headlining at The Castle Stage on the Friday. 2. Wiley The Godfather of Grime w

Download 2017 … Who’s headlining?!

By Nariece Sanderson – Head of Radio Remember last year when it rained so hard tents were literally amidst a river? Yeah. Well, this year it’ll hopefully be a bit drier! In fact, with these headliners, things will certainly be heating up… System of A Down This Armenian-American metal powerhouse is no stranger to headline slots. A Friday set likely to include banger ‘Chop Suey!’ and the likes of melancholy epic ‘Aerials’, System are going to bring the noise to Donington. Expe

Slam Dunk South Review

By Nariece Sanderson – Head of Radio Another fantastic year for Slam Dunk Festival South at The Forum, Hatfield; which took place on the 29th May. Here are some of the bands Trident Media managed to catch- complete with star rating. Until next year… keep it heavy. Our first live performers, Fort Hope (****) provide soaring vocals that ring through the Key Club stage, united with powerful melodies to challenge Arcane Root’s eye watering prog rock. They have solid arena seizing

Top 5 Artists to see at Wireless Festival 2017

By Tobi Olasupo – Photography Manager Wireless Festival 2017 returns to Finsbury Park once again after a triumph event last year. The Weeknd, Skepta and Chance the Rapper have been confirmed as headliners. Here are five acts who you should see throughout the weekend. 1. G-Eazy For the second time, the man from The Bay comes back to Wireless. G-Eazy adds a touch of tradition and class to his music and his live performances. After releasing a new project with Carnage. We hope t

Five Fab Slam Dunk Festival Performances you cannot miss!

By Nariece Sanderson It’s that time of the year where the Forum opens its doors for a mighty day of pop-punk, rock and metalcore. Here are five bands that may not be on your schedule… but really should. Vukovi Energy fuelled and charismatic, these Scottish sparklers will hit the Rock Sound Breakout Stage at around 3:20pm! Their tune Animal attracted the attention of Radio 1 and demands some dance moves Bowling For Soup What goes better than bread and butter? Comedy and rock.

Win a pair of tickets to The Clothes Show!

It’s Competition Time! Do you want to discover the next big thing at Britain’s biggest fashion and beauty festival? The Clothes Show in association with Alcatel is returning to the NEC Birmingham from 2-6 December 2016 with a new, exciting line-up of fashion, beauty, live music and industry experts. If you’re looking to update your AW16 wardrobe, discover fresh new music, find inspiration to kick start a career in fashion or even meet industry experts, prepare to immerse your

Spooky Soundtracks

By Leong Qi Tyng – Contributing Writer When I was nine years old, my class teacher at the time loved telling ghost stories before school ended. It was late in the evening so by the time I got home, the skies already darkened and my imagination went wild. It was also the first time I was taught a Malay song named Ulik Mayang which spooked me, so it did not make things any better! It wasn’t a scary song but somehow the tune haunted me. Asian ghost stories are just spookier for

A Commentary on ‘Where is the Love?’

Written by Inderpal Matharu, Charles Smith & James Cantwell ‘Where is the love?’ is the unanswerable question, asked by many. As the world is full of turmoil, the rerelease of the timeless classic comes as no surprise; with Will.i.am saying that the remake was inspired by the recent tragic events in the world. The power, popularity and persuasiveness of music, opens our eyes to the worldwide suffering. “Where is the love?” This is the kind of unanswerable question which can b

Bestival – The Future Is Now

Image: Stevie Gedge [Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer] I remember thinking once the fireworks were high in the sky and rain was pouring down my face that these were the best four days of my life. Just 11 months later and I’m not too far away from Bestival 2016, adding another amazing four days to my list. Image: Bryony Wharfe Last year, between 10th-13th September, I was at the Robin Hill Country Park in the Isle of Wight. The sun was shining high and everyone was wearing

Electric Daisy Carnival 2016: Review

Feature image: Insomniac [Tobi Olasupo | Photography Manager] After travelling from Mexico to New York and Las Vegas, the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has now returned to the United Kingdom after a history-making event last year. With major acts such as Avicii, Martin Garrix, DJ EZ, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Andy C and more, EDC was looking to be unforgettable. 50,000 people were pulsating to whoever was on stage; there was a sense of unity in the crowd as everyone shared their lo

LUH: Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing: Album Review

[April Wilson | TV Director] LUH (which stands for Lost Under Heaven) consists of Ellery Roberts and Ebony Hoorn. Ellery is familiar to some for being the frontman of WU LYF. Ebony is an audio-visual artist based in Amsterdam, where the pair now live, and co-directed the new video for ‘I&I’ with Florian Joahn. LUH standing for Lost Under Heaven is hardly surprising; their music is very dreamlike and gives off the impression that its artists are lost in a trance. And in LUH’s

We Are FSTVL 2016

[John Holt | Contributing Writer; Tobi Olasupo | Photography Manager] Saturday After a trip on the District line to Upminster station, we hopped onto the free shuttle bus to the Airfield of Dreams, where We Are FSTVL was being held this year. Upon arrival, the security team were working hard to check everybody in, get them a wristband and set them loose into the arena to explore the ten stages on offer to the eager festival goers. Starting proceedings on the main stage was GW

Track-by-Track Review of Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman

[Ellis O’Connell | Contributing Writer] Doughnut-licking woman of impending hazards, Ariana Grande, has released her third studio album, the alter-ego tinged Dangerous Woman. And blimey, what an album it is. Following 2014’s My Everything, which helped Ariana achieve immense commercial success, Dangerous Woman serves as a maturation of Ariana – because it’s all about SEX. How dangerous of her! Where My Everything floundered in its wide range of genres, Dangerous Woman attemp

Slam Dunk Festival South 2016: Review

Nariece Sanderson | Contributing Writer Featured Image – Bryony Wharfe/Shelby Loasby It’s that time of year again folks. That time of year when tattoo-clad, snap-back wearing, hair dyed misfits descend upon the peaceful College Lane campus for a day of rock-fuelled havoc and fun. In it’s tenth year, the Slam Dunk festival organisers have shuffled the weekend around, luring the South date away from the cosy embrace of Sunday, to the cooler and windier clutches of Bank Holiday

Part 2: I want to DJ, where do I start?

This is Part 2 of a 3 Part series. Check out last week’s article here! Dean Chapman | Crush Radio and Forum Hertfordshire DJ The first part to this 3 part article compared and contrasted the use of both vinyls and electronic turntables. At this stage, you will have an exciting set of decks and are now wondering what on earth is going on with the ridiculous amount of buttons, let alone what software to use. This part will discuss the computer software that people tend to use a

I want to DJ, where do I start?

This is part 1 of a 3 part series Dean Chapman AKA DC13 | Crush DJ Many people want to be a DJ at some point in their lifetime. Whether you’re a teenager heading into university and wanting to DJ in front of thousands of people, or a parent looking after a family and wanting to play a few tunes at a small gathering. Either way you will always think DJing is a pretty cool thing to do. So what are the first steps? Well the first thing to understand is what kind of DJing you wan

Music Review: Metronomy – “Old Skool”

[Molly MacKay | Contributing Writer] Metronomy is back after the success of their album Love Letters which was released just over two years ago. They have come back with their latest single “Old Skool” ahead of their new album Summer08, which is expected to debut on the 1st of July. After being BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac’s hottest record in the world on the 11th of May, Metronomy dropped their video for “Old Skool” on 12th of May. The video is directed by Dawn Shadforth who has

BoomTown – The Revolution Starts Now

[Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer] BoomTown, set up in Hampshire in 2009 as a humble village fair, is now growing rapidly with a strong hold on creativity, colour, expression, freedom and humanity. And that’s all within a magical pop-up city. Each year is a different chapter and this year from 11th-14th of August; it will be celebrating its eighth year, with the story of a brainwashed mayor and the aftermath of an alien invasion. The festival is structured around a ‘mythos

Spotlight: Ignite Paradise

Image: Martin Link [April Wilson | TV Director] So to celebrate releasing the second video for Trident Sessions (Trident Sessions are designed to showcase the University of Hertfordshire’s student-led performers such as bands, solo artists or DJs), here is a throwback to the first band that Trident Media recorded for Trident Sessions: Ignite Paradise! Ignite Paradise are a four piece rock band who met and formed at UH: Tom Allison (bass guitar/ lead vocals) Tom Rumbellow (lea