Litsztomania

by cam vellacott

Have you ever listened to an absolute pearl of a band, one which not many people know about? A band which you adore, yet are unheard of in most circles. But gradually this changes. The band grows and moves from selling out intimate local venues, to arenas or stadiums. It feels like a part of you has been stripped away. Like their music once was written for you, and now it belongs to everyone.

Sometimes it is inevitable that your favourite artist will grow and prosper. Some happiness should emerge at the fact they can finally pay the bills and produce more music. Unfortunately, not everyone will feel this way. Some fans can turn sour at new found success. Whether it be hurling online abuse towards new fans, or showing dissent at live shows, it all tarnishes the positive experience everyone is trying to have.

There is a strong sense of entitlement from these fans, as if the band is theirs and you can't enjoy them as much as they do. This is utterly ridiculous. If you truly were a fan of the band, you’d celebrate their successes. This isn’t to say you can’t look back fondly to when when they were a struggling act who didn't have a big audience.

The audacity some gig and festival goers have to act as if they own the band playing is unbelievable. Have you ever experienced someone push past you in a band’s live set, and when you give them a puzzled look they remark, “I’ve listened to this band before you knew how to wipe your own arse, now move!” Maybe just me? You get the point, it is an entitlement issue.

 Photo by  Alex Brisbey  on  Unsplash

A current example is Arctic Monkeys. Some fans shame others while discussing their favourite album. From some perspectives, if your answer isn’t Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, and instead is AM, then you aren’t a real fan. While ranking Arctic Monkeys albums is totally subjective, people so stern about their debut release being far superior is reflective of this culture. There are an abundance of other examples of this toxic behaviour; a behaviour which achieves nothing and just tarnishes music that should be enjoyed.

How long you have listened to a band and when you first discovered them are not defining factors as to who is a bigger fan; and anyway, does it really matter who the bigger fan is?

Keep showing your passion and indulging in their music. Go with the band, don’t fight their success. After all, if their music is good enough for you to love, why should you stop others from loving it just as much?

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My name is Cameron Vellacott and I am a second year university student at QUT. I currently study Media and Communications. I have a passion for reading and writing, especially the intricacies of film, television and music. Understanding people and their behaviour, especially within the arts, is thoroughly fascinating for me. I have been heavily influenced by artists such as Quentin Tarantino,  Heath Ledger, Ball Park Music, and Paul Kelly.

Versatility is a Virtue.

by andi lopez

The subjectivity of fashion has always been one of the many drives of the undying industry. Whether you consider your style to be sporty, indie, preppy or anything in between, it’s no surprise that these versatile items are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe.

Denim Jackets

If you don’t own a denim jacket now is the time to invest in one. This bad boy will come in handy all year round and is the ultimate staple piece that goes with any outfit.

Consider the structure and length of your jacket. A waist length jacket with a bit of structure will make an otherwise basic outfit look a little more put-together. For a more casual look, opt for oversized.

 Jacket // Vintage Lee Jeans  (Similar Item)  Dress //  Glassons Linen Blend Fray Hem Dress  Bandana Scarf // Thrifted  (Similar Item)  Boots //  London Rebel Onelove in Red Microsuede

Jacket // Vintage Lee Jeans (Similar Item) Dress // Glassons Linen Blend Fray Hem Dress Bandana Scarf // Thrifted (Similar Item) Boots // London Rebel Onelove in Red Microsuede

Culottes

We all love a reliable pair of skinny jeans, but this season we’re letting our thighs breathe and making way for culottes. Say goodbye to the skinny jean shimmy!

Different fabrics and material can elevate your look. Denim and linen are great for casual outfits, while polyester and lycra blends are perfect for special events or corporate wear.

 Top //  Princess Polly Dusk in the Amazon Dress   (Similar Item as a Bodysuit)  Culottes // Thrifted  (Similar Item)  Bag // Thrifted (Similar Items:  One,   Two )

Top // Princess Polly Dusk in the Amazon Dress (Similar Item as a Bodysuit) Culottes // Thrifted (Similar Item) Bag // Thrifted (Similar Items: One, Two)

 Band Tee //  Dune Rats Merch ‘Sexy Beach'  Culottes //  Alice in the Eve Paloma  Side Bag // Crumpler  (Similar Item)
 Blouse //  Princess Polly Elle Linen Shirt  Culottes // Thrifted  (Similar Item)   Sandals //  London Rebel Minllow  Earrings // Lovisa (Similar Items:  One ,  Two ,  Three )

Blouse // Princess Polly Elle Linen Shirt Culottes // Thrifted (Similar Item)
Sandals // London Rebel Minllow Earrings // Lovisa (Similar Items: One, Two, Three)

Sneakers

Newsflash - not all sneakers are made for running! With the rise in demand for practical and comfortable footwear, the Carrie Bradshaw Shoe Closet of your dreams doesn’t have to only consist of red bottoms.

Consider the silhouette of your ensemble when selecting your footwear. While chunky dad shoes are a great statement piece, a slim shoe will bring back shape to your bottom half when needed.

 Slip Dress // Thrifted (Similar Items:  One ,  Two ) Top //  Plain White Tee  Socks //  Grey Ankle Socks  Shoes //  Nike Air Force 1

Slip Dress // Thrifted (Similar Items: One, Two) Top // Plain White Tee Socks // Grey Ankle Socks Shoes // Nike Air Force 1

 Turtleneck //  UNIQLO Heattech   (Similar Item)  Shoes //  Nike Air Force 1  Jumpsuit // UNIQLO (Similar Items:  One ,  Two ,  Three ,  Four )

Turtleneck // UNIQLO Heattech (Similar Item) Shoes // Nike Air Force 1
Jumpsuit // UNIQLO (Similar Items: One, Two, Three, Four)

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Andi is a column writer for Maidenhair Press. Her main passions are lifestyle and fashion and she is currently dipping her toes in the creative industries.

Melbourne: Europe minus the 24 hour travel.

by blanca arcayos

Once the semester is finished and June rolls around, it seems every person deserts Australia for the winter and trades it in for a European summer. So, what happens when your friends have left you to fend for yourself? Go to Melbourne! I believe it was a Real Housewives of Melbourne member who said that ‘Melbourne is the Paris of Australia’. When Melbourne is only a short flight and several hundreds of dollars cheaper, why not? The small but also crucial thing you’re missing out on is the sunshine, as Melbourne is famous for its brutal winters. But, it’s something to do whilst you’re on uni holidays that’s not binge watching the same TV show again.

Do
National Gallery of Victoria
It would be rude not to get cultured whilst you’re in Melbourne. If you have already been then you can understand why it’s a must for first-timers. There’s always an interesting exhibition on and new additions to the gallery. Whether your taste is Monet, Picasso, or Rothko there’s something for everyone in the gallery as they have a range of classical and modern artwork. Even if visual art isn’t really your thing, I suggest you go for a stroll as you never know what you might find. I always seem to return every time I go to Melbourne so it’s worth a trip.

 Source:  Jagonal

Source: Jagonal

Eat
Flinders Lane
Some would say Melbourne is the gastronomic capital of Australia. When it comes to international food, you’re spoiled for choice. There are several multicultural precincts around the city such as the Italian precinct on Lygon Street and the famous Chinatown on Little Bourke Street. But, if you’re not looking to commit to a cuisine just yet, I’d suggest making your way to Flinders Lane where you will find a range of restaurants all packed into European-esque alleyways. Another European touch, you can smoke in the alfresco areas of restaurants.

 Source:  Culture Trip

Source: Culture Trip

Shop
Chapel Street
Chapel Street is a main road that stretches over multiple suburbs of South Yarra and Prahran. This street is renowned as a shopping district. Even if shopping is not really your thing, Chapel Street is still worth a visit for a coffee and a stroll. Whether your taste is high end or vintage there is something for you. The main strip of Chapel Street features well known brands like Sass & Bide, General Pants Co, and Glassons. This shopping district is also filled with op shops and vintage stores. You can find vintage store, Secondo in the main section of Chapel Street. But, if you’re looking for cheap finds you can find a big Salvo’s store on the southern end of Chapel Street towards Windsor.

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Blanca is our Editorial Manager at Maidenhair Press who helps with the behind-the-scenes of the magazine. She also sometimes dabbles in writing. She is currently a university student at QUT and in her spare time loves watching movies.