In this edition of ON REPEAT, we keep up with the world of Phoebe Bridgers, chat to Becky Hill about her vision and introduce a completely new section, ARTIST OF THE WEEK. Fleur Colson found out about Adrian Ström and how he discovers the world through his music.


October 13, 2020

My lockdown experience (similar to the mass public’s) invited hours of inevitable scrolling through Instagram and Tik Tok. We witnessed a whirlwind of coffee-whipping, brush-passing, and dance challenges. Digital media became the new form of escapism allowing the rise...

October 9, 2020

Claudia Valentina knows the creative industries inside out. At 10 years old, she landed a role in the West End production of Billy Elliot, leaving her small town in Guernsey for the bright lights of Theatreland. At 13, she moved to LA to launch her music career, drawn...

October 3, 2020

Where does Bishop Briggs draw inspiration? “Sometimes when I write, I start by taking a piece of my diary,” she reveals to me while we chat over the phone. “It’s my therapeutic tool.”

Her deeply emotional approach to writing bleeds through in her raw style with gospel i...

Graphic: Ella-Mae Earnshaw  

New month, another new edition of ON REPEAT. Kick off October with this NEWS Special, featuring an extended industry news roundup. 


1) KIWANUKA Wins The 2020 Mercury Prize 

The Mercury Prize is awarded to the best British album...

September 25, 2020

New Delhi based artist Suryakant Sawhney, founder of Peter Cat Recording Co. and the artist behind LIFAFA, spoke to Strand about his upcoming projects and the future of music. 

Photo credits: Graham Meyer 

I am the kind of person who falls in love wi...

Graphics by Ella-Mae Earnshaw 

Welcome to the second edition of ON REPEAT, Strand's round-up of all things music for the first half of September. 


1) Vinyl sales outpace CDs for the first time this century 

When was the last time you listened to a CD? Probably a long...

This piece originally appeared in the Strand Magazine's Summer 2020 Issue.

It’s 2am on a Tuesday night.

We’re scouring Spotify for a distinct low-fi playlist. In uni-student terms: something chill – something vibey, for another all-nighter. The first few soft strums of p...

 Graphics by Ella-Mae Earnshaw

Introducing Strand Magazine’s weekly music column, ON REPEAT where you'll find...

NEWS – a round-up of the biggest stories making the headlines

IN-DEPTH – Strand talks about the latest releases and all things music

OLD AND NEW – a curate...

August 26, 2020

Bo Ningen @ Ramsgate Music Hall, 2018 by Elissa Vinh

1977. Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten, leaning over his microphone, eyes wide open, is screaming what is to become the emblematic slogan of the punk rock movement: No Future! An angry political contestation agains...

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