When I was a student, my girlfriend and I went on a winter weekend trip to Paris. We wore long black coats and stayed in a forlorn hotel in a narrow street in Bastille. We spent the weekend drinking in peculiar half-empty bars, and our one “activity” was to go on a romantic tour of Paris’s sewers. Descending a stone staircase from street level, visitors step down from the busy riverside pavement into the cool gloom where the sewer’s vapours slowly envelop you. A rush of water can be heard, a moistness in the air becomes apparent, and ahead, a wide river flows from a tunnel into a well-lit central atrium. It is like stepping into a scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, though instead of gazing upon an edible paradise, everything smells like weak s**t and occasionally a floater sails swiftly along. Paris’s cavernous sewers have been one of the city of lights’ proudest achievements since they came into operation in … [Read more...] about What do fatbergs say about our society?
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After the sold-out success of 2017, Live At Leeds is set to return on May 5, 2018 and will once again aim to bring the most exciting names and sounds to the city for a true coming together of the best in new music. The starting gates of the summer festival season, Live At Leeds has become a go-to destination to see the artists that will be making their mark in the months and years ahead. Guaranteed to provide festival-goers their next favourite band, the multi-venue event has previously played host to the likes of The 1975, Bastille, James Blake, Years & Years, Rudimental, Stormzy, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and more on their way to global acclaim.Leading the way in 2018 are some exciting British bands continuing their journeys to the top. Peace are a true revolution, taking 90s soaked guitar-pop to glorious heights each and every time they step on stage. Since emerging out of the B-Town scene in Birmingham, they’ve played some of the biggest stages … [Read more...] about First names revealed for Live at Leeds 2018