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Issue 1658

Words by Tom Parker and Caleb Triscari

Editor’s Note

Christmas has been and gone and your mum is probably whacking her mum opponents with a Louis Vuitton handbag to get the best deal on Boxing Day sales. Screams echo through the hallowed halls of Highpoint. In the distance, sirens.

Meanwhile, you’ve managed to nab yourself the final copy of Beat for 2018. Your intrepid editors may be weary from the year but the content is as fresh as ever. Hip hop legend Action Bronson takes over the cover as he gets set for a special set at The First NYD Festival. M.I.A., yes that’s right, M.I.A., will be there too alongside the likes of The Presets, Banoffee and producing wunderkinds KiNK, Krystal Klear and more.

We’ve also got sultry soul-inspired outfit Sex on Toast in for a chat about their upcoming set at Chapel Off Chapel’s forthcoming event series Summer Sessions. Californian psych-futurists The Growlers feature as well while we also take a first-hand look at Sand Hill Road’s overhaul of The Espy.

What are your favourite albums and singles of 2018? It’s time to compare with the Beat maestros, the writers who make this mag tick, those who just get it, you know. Yes, our Writers’ Wrap Up is back once more.  

There’s some fantastic content for our last issue for the year so dive in and have a swim, you won’t regret it. We wish you a safe and happy New Year’s. Have a tinnie on us.