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Review: Bjork Rating 98%

Review: Bjork

A much anticipated event in the gig calendar, Björk returned to Scotland for the first time in twelve years, playing the cavernous SSE Hydro. Her two-hour Cornucopia show is an immersive theatrical production based around her last album, Utopia; it's her best album in years in my opinion, but its very particular and all-enveloping sound-world has apparently been a little too dense for some fans to penetrate - no worry, Björk is here to pull us in by our ears and eyes with her most ambitious stage show to date. For early arrivals, the auditorium is filled with the relaxing jungle insect and bird sounds that proliferate through the album, before the concert begins with the 17-strong Hamrahlíð Choir from Iceland, led by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir, its conductor for some fifty years. Amongst other things, they perform a deeply-moving Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu, a traditional song which Björk herself recorded with the late Hector Zazou, and may well have learnt whilst a member of the same choir. Their set is dramatic, emotive and fun, and establishes a feeling of community and warmth, no small feat in such a large space.

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Blue Hawaii: The name references Agor’s foot surgery

Blue Hawaii comprised of Raphaelle "Ra" Standell-Preston and Alex "Agor" Kerby recently released their new album, Open Reduction Internal Fixation, having recently dropped new single Still I Miss You. The band spoke with The Fountain about the album in more depth as well as performing in Glasgow.

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Review: What I Like Most by Mary Murphy and Zhu Cheng-Liang Rating 78%

Review: What I Like Most by Mary Murphy and Zhu Cheng-Liang

A heart-warming picture book of likes, this new title from Mary Murphy explores the list of likes that young children tend to run through, ending with the most significant. This title, intended for three and older is a new one from the writer of Good Night Like This and Are You My Mummy?.

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Blue Hawaii: The name references Agor’s foot surgery

Blue Hawaii comprised of Raphaelle "Ra" Standell-Preston and Alex "Agor" Kerby recently released their new album, Open Reduction Internal Fixation, having recently dropped new single Still I Miss You. The band spoke with The Fountain about the album in more depth as well as performing in Glasgow.

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Allan Hunter: It is a small country whose films make a big impact in the world

The Glasgow Film Festival have announced its first events for the festival in 2020, which includes their Country Focus, Iceland. With many screenings including The County, a humanistic look at a small farm and the eagerly-awaited follow-up from Grímur Hákonarson, and a documentary about Bjork, as well as new feature from Yrsa Roca Fannberg, The Last Autumn. Film Festival Director, Allan Hunter, spoke with The Fountain about the Focus in more depth as well as some of his personal highlights that are programmed for 2020.

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