Ben Clarke

ON THE EDGE

The economic boom promised to consign homelessness in England to history. But then came the crash, austerity and Iain Duncan Smith. Homelessness soared, with visits to Exeter’s St Petrock’s charity doubling in the past five years. Terri Sutherland, administrator of St Petrock’s, tells Ben Clarke that it’s time to start treating the poorest in society […]

R.I.P. ARENA

A tribute to Arena, the brilliantly bad club we couldn’t help but love.

ARTS ON THE MOVE FESTIVAL 2015

Arts on the Move proved to be a charming cultural affair as creative talents from all corners of the South West brought the gloriously dilapidated Poltimore House back to life on a sun-soaked day of artistic absorption. For the second year in a row, artists, musicians, poets, actors, comedians and local businesses transformed the 18th century […]

HUNGER PAINS

Britain faces a hidden hunger epidemic. At least half a million people used a Trussell Trust Foodbank last year, with numbers continuing to rise. Ben Clarke speaks to Joy Dunne, Manager of Exeter Foodbank, to find out how this happened and what can be done.

HIJACKED REVIEWED

Thousands of revelers will look back fondly at a second iteration of Hijacked Festival marked by eclectic music, captivating stage design and no shortage of fun that, despite a few teething problems, will go down as a triumph for the young team behind the event.

LOVE SAVED THE DAY

The likes of Leon Vynhall, Horace & Andy, Skepta and Four Tet delivered an action-packed weekend marked by fun, colour and, above all, love.

XHOSAH’S HKD: 014 HIJACKED MIX

Simon Whitehead aka Xhosah reveals the contents of his record bag and offers some advice for budding student DJs.

PREVIEW: LOVE SAVES THE DAY

LSTD may sound like a new variant of a well known hallucinogenic, but the truth is much more exciting.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: (A) POLITICAL CONFESSION

In a world where Ed Miliband openly trumpets “I want to reach out to Tory voters,” then surely both Left and Right lead to the same destination?

BLIND ’92’S HKD: 009 HIJACKED MIX

Globetrotting Dutch DJ Blind ’92 delivers a sumptuous mix with trademark dark, melodic house beats.

EXETERA INTERVIEWS NORMAN FINKELSTEIN

Iconoclastic pariah Norman Finkelstein, author of the “Holocaust Industry”, explains why he’s less than optimistic about a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and castiagtes Barack Obama in this extended interview.

VANDELEUR’S HKD:001 HIJACKED MIX

Vandeleur takes to the decks in the first of a series of exclusive Hijacked Festival mixes.

EXETERA X HIJACKED FESTIVAL

The Exetera loves music. We also love to party. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to announce our partnership with Hijacked Festival this year. We’ll be releasing a whole range of exclusive content – including mixes, interviews, features and headline announcements – leading up to the summer to get you appropriately hyped for Exeter’s biggest and best […]

STUDENT MAKES LIBRARY HISTORY

Student finds free seat in the library in “unprecedented” discovery.

XMAS JAMS

Forget mince pies. Our delectable selection of Xmas jams is the tastiest treat you’ll receive this Christmas

PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE

Ben Clarke argues that we should live our lives with #nofilter because the image is never be more important than the event.

NIGHTLIFE: THICK AS THIEVES PRESENT WAZE & ODYSSEY

Waze & Odyssey dazzled a packed out Phoenix

SO POMO

How to be Postmodern and Alienate People, by a pretentious humanities student.

NEW NIGHTLIFE: MAHATMA AT CAVERN

Our review of the new indie-cum-dance night at the Cavern: Mahatma

AROUND THE BEND

Because sometimes it’s better to be bendy.