It’s bumper issue day! Two brand new issues of DIY are out in the world as of right now! In our April issue, we catch up with Chvrches, who moved Stateside to craft new album ‘Love Is Dead’. Meanwhile, in our 2018 Festival Guide, we pack our bags and head off into the world of George Ezra, fresh from the release of his brilliant second album ‘Staying At Tamara’s’.
Chvrches are joined in the new issue of DIY by Goat Girl, who release their brilliant, sprawling debut album next week, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who takes a step into weirder territory on new album ‘Sex & Food’.
Also in the new issue is our report back from the melting pot that is SXSW, with all the action from our showcases and beyond in Austin. Disclaimer: it got pretty messy. Speedy Ortiz are also in the new issue, scrapping an album of love songs in favour of the biting social commentary of third album ‘Twerp Verse’.
We also catch up with Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, talking through the band’s fantastic, outrageous return with new single ‘Sanctify’, and what to expect from the trio for the rest of the year.
Meanwhile, our 2018 Festival Guide in association with TicketWeb is fronted by our favourite, cheesy-grinned Geoff, George Ezra! Releasing his second album ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ last week, the singer’s new collection is a bright, breezy shot of escapism, which, to be honest with you, is something we all need right now.
Elsewhere in the jam-packed issue, we suggest a myriad of alternative ways to fill the Glastonbury-sized hole in the summer, let Theo from Wolf Alice impart significant wisdom on how to avoid festival-related disaster, get the ‘how to headline a festival’ guide from Franz Ferdinand, and loads, loads more.
Shame, Pale Waves and more also talk their favourite festival memories and booze-stained hopes for the summer ahead in the new mag, while Rae Morris - fresh from releasing second album ‘Someone Out There’ - is our Festival Agony Aunt, answering all your burning questions about how to best navigate your way through what can inevitably become an extremely messy festival season.
Phew, that was a lot to get through. Read both new issues of DIY online for free, and subscribe to the mag below.
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