Coventry Creative District

Inspired by visits to some of the most inspiration and forward-thinking spaces we’ve ever seen, we will be developing a creative district in Coventry. Designed to provide a solid connection between creative people and consumers in the city, we will be working with key businesses to provide opportunities for emerging talents.

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Chris Sanders
Native Records Launches

For us, music is the foundation of the culture we follow. It’s continual ability to inspire young people to it’s influence on fashion, design and film, music is an art-form we call upon time and time again. So much so, that we’ve decided to launch our own, independent, DIY label.

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Chris Sanders
Top Five Tracks – Jaws

Birmingham’s super-mighty JAWS are touring their latest release, The Ceiling, later this year (2019) and to give you a flavour of what to expect when they tear down the Coventry Empire at the end of November we’ve decided to share with you our favourite five tracks. As past of the Digbeth-based B-Town scene, Jaws have been dropping insanely good, melodic, deep rock n roll and we cannot get enough, so we hope you enjoy the following tracks enough to buy a couple of tickets and experience something new.

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Chris Sanders
The UK's best unsigned music is coming to Coventry

The UK’s independent music-scene is thriving once more. Bands from every corner of the country are creating new sounds and driving alternative movements closer to the mainstream. The culture of young guys and girls with guitars and a burning ambition to challenge the status-quo is on the rise and with it comes a new wave of underground gigs giving talent the space to be heard.

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Chris Sanders
Win two tickets to see Primal Scream

Primal Scream are one of the finest British rock n roll bands of all time and they are bringing their 2019 tour to Coventry, stopping off at the Empire. Since this gig was announced earlier this year the hype has been insane and all tickets were quickly snaffled up but we’ve managed to get our hands on the final two and want to give them to you.

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Chris Sanders
Secret Gift Club

We are continually searching for brilliant emerging talents from across Coventry and the surrounding areas. From inspiring illustrations and boundary pushing artists to niche makers and innovative designers, whatever the industry, we simply want to work with and produce absolutely beautiful ideas.

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Chris Sanders
Secret Social One – 21 November

In a world that’s loaded with heavily promoted, mass marketed, commercial events we have decided to reverse the trend and develop a series of Secret Socials. These experiences are designed to bring together like-minded people, those that are interested in emerging, grassroots culture.

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Chris Sanders
Change Festival

CHANGE Festival arrives at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry 18 – 20 October 2019. This new event, quite unlike any other, brings together world-class shows, talks, comedy and workshops - with the aim to inspire visitors to imagine a better, more positive future for all.

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Chris Sanders
Issue Four Out Now

Picture this. Just over six months ago we decided to take our online world to the printing press for no other reason than wanting to create a tangible product that told people about the grassroots culture of our city. We are now extremely proud to be launching our largest issue to-date which is full of more incredible people and projects across creative industries including music, fashion and design.

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Chris Sanders
Dominic Russell

In his daily life, Dominic Russell is a Neanderthal. A Viking Warrior. A Roman Centurion. He runs history workshops for children in one-off “Wow” days. His mission is to engage children (and adults) with history. He’s brimming with ideas, consistently drawing from his vast knowledge of local history and applying it to his everyday experiences, he has a unique perspective of what Coventry was, what it is and what it could be. 

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Amy Turner
Aaron Ashmore

Nostalgia. The feeling of comfort we get from familiar sights and situations. This is the feeling that you get from the Coventry Sticker album. As Aaron Ashmore, founder of Etch & Pin, sits down to show me his next big creation I’m filled with that comforting feeling and also one of huge excitement. This… is something big.

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Amy Turner
Blvff

This weekend, 3-4 August 2019, the first Coombe Weekender will kick-off in Coventry at the glorious Coombe Country Park. Bringing household acts such as Tom Grennan, Toploader and Faithless with it, the organiers have also provided space for local acts to be seen, heard and soaked up. We caught up with Blvff, who are one of the Coventry bands that will be tearing it up in the the sun.

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Amy Turner
Milk Vintage

Hey, nice to meet you guys. We have always been vintage enthusiasts ourselves, and fantasised in the idea of having a brick-and-mortar store. We discussed the positive opportunities in Coventry - both with the locals (like ourselves) and the student community. Then in September last year, we were luckily presented with the opportunity of having our own little shop unit - so we took it and turned it into Milk! 

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Amy Turner
Issue Three Out Now

We are extremely proud to announce that issue three has now launched. This issue see’s us reach the milestone of 50 stockists across Coventry including collaborations with Coventry University, The Cosy Club, Backhaus & Co. plus many more. Since we began printing a physical magazine we have always wanted it to become the go to publication for people who live, work, visit and study in the city and we think we are on track to make that happen.

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Amy Turner
They Come For You In The Night

Hey They Come For You In The Night, we’ve been big fans of your dreamy synth melodies since
first seeing you play at Shoot Festival earlier this year so its great to finally chat to you about your
music. First of all tell us a bit about yourselves and how you came about forming They Come For
You In The Night?

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Amy Turner
Amy Turner

It’s not often in a person’s career that they get to interview themselves! I feel quite privileged to be able to get my experiences down into words. I thought I’d put myself under the same line of questioning I give other interviewees of Native Magazine. What makes me tick? What are my goals? It’s hard to talk about oneself too much... but I’ll give it a damn good go.

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Amy Turner
Garry Jones

Not many of us can say we’ve got our dream job by the age of 30. As I sat down with a coffee to chat to the brilliantly talented photographer that is Garry Jones- I couldn’t help but wonder. How did he make it so far in such a short time? What kept him going? What’s next when you’re already living the dream? I asked Garry, who has his photographs on the cover of Native Issue 3,  just a few of these burning questions.

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Amy Turner
Preview: Coombe Weekender

Coventry’s festival scene has long been defined by Godiva but the city is now becoming a hot spot for start-up all-day celebrations and weekend events. From the inaugural Comedy Festival, the growing Food Festival and countless others including Film, Coffee and Well-Being editions, Coventry has finally pulled up it’s festival socks. However, when we heard about the Coombe Weekender, we sat up sharply, scrolled our eyes down the early line-up and knew that this was in a different festival league.

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Chris Sanders
Steve Jones AKA Stylusboy

A woman gets into her car after a busy work day, which ended on a high note with a relaxed and positive meeting. She pops a CD into the slot and pulls out of the car park. As the music starts up, she takes a deep breath. By the time she reaches her house, she is calm, the stress of the day is forgotten. Because on her drive home she’s been taken on a journey - by one man, his guitar and the stories he creates.

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Amy Turner