Alex Swadling

Music Editor (2011/12)

Alex has written 30 articles for Nouse

Festival Spotlight: Bloodstock Open Air

Alex Swadling brings us a preview of the UK’s top metal festival, coming your way in August

Prisoners and performance: women on the inside

Clean Break director Imogen Ashby speaks to Alex Swadling about the neglect of women in prison, resettlement and the power of restorative theatre

Interview: Skindred

Skindred frontman Benji Webbe talks to Ally Swadling about Wales, the pub, and the Pope

Offending the System

One of the UK’s leading criminologists David Wilson speaks to Ally Swadling about the need for penal reform, dispelling prison stereotypes, and how to spot a serial killer

Interview: Wet Nuns

The Deep South, facial hair and festivals: Death-blues duo Wet Nuns tell Ally Swadling what it’s like

Festival Spotlight: Damnation Festival

Voted for by fans as the ‘Best UK Festival’ in Terrorizer magazine, Damnation has given the metal scene a new lease of screaming, growling and ultra-loud life

Festival Spotlight: Bloodstock Open Air

In 2001 when Paul Gregory and Vince Brotheridge procreated out of their love for metal, the filthy, loud and ultra-violent baby that was born has now grown-up to be the best filthy, loud, ultra-violent and most metal festival in the UK

Review: Black Sabbath

Pulling out rarities, like ‘Wheels of Confusion’—a track which Ozzy isn’t even sure has been played live before—the crowd are treated to a golden era of Sabbath tracks, which warrants a good deal of sing-alongs, pint swaying and illicit spliff saluting

Nouse Playlist

Exams are finished and summer is calling. This will be the summer of learning new skills, making new contacts and securing a future job. Just kidding

Feeling numb: Simon Amstell

Ex-host of Buzzcocks and Popworld, Simon Amstell, talks to Ally Swadling about his stand-up, his sitcom and not being miserable

Panic Playlist

So this is it. It’s that time of year again

Local Spotlight: Alice Ostapjuk

Her voice is bloody lovely. Seductively innocent yet as distinctive as music idol Cyndi Lauper