About Carly-May

Hello! I’m Carly-May, a freelance journalist with a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southampton.

In September I will be starting a fast-track NCTJ Diploma in Journalism at Brighton Journalist Works.

Below you can find the most recent words that I’ve written. I accept freelance work, so please feel free to get in touch!

Grumpy Cat sued a coffee company… and won – NME

The viral cat nicknamed Grumpy Cat has won a lawsuit against a coffee company. A picture of the feline – actual name Tardar Sauce – was first shared on Reddit in 2012 and went viral because of her feline dwarfism and underbite, which people thought made her look grumpy.

Annie Mac calls on music fans to put away their phones at gigs

Annie Mac has spoken out against people who use their mobile phones at gigs. The Radio 1 DJ was speaking to Music Week about the UK clubbing scene when she made the comments. She explained that she’d noticed the increased usage during her High 5 tour, having not toured for two years due to her pregnancy.

‘Wonder Woman 2’ will be the first film to use new anti-sexual harassment guidelines – NME

The Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) has published new anti-sexual harassment guidelines, with Wonder Woman 2 set to be the first film to adopt them. Following the #MeToo movement and the increase in allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in Hollywood, the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force has been writing recommendations for anyone involved in the film industry to follow.

“Any job you do has got to fit into your life” – An Interview with Rachel Stevens

After some time spent catching up with other local press over lunch, overlooking the beach at Hot Rocks in Bournemouth, I got the chance to sit down with Rachel Stevens to discuss the upcoming pantomime and her experiences in entertainment. So you’re playing Fairy Sweet Pea, what’s the process of preparing for the pantomime been like?

“You’ve got to know where the music is coming from to present something” – An Interview with Kris from New Kingston

After supporting The Skints on their Nice Time tour, New Kingston’s drummer Kris was nice enough to hang out with me afterwards so I could quiz him on their beginnings, their experience in New York, and fill him in afterwards on our Portsmouth rivalry.

“Gigs need to be safe spaces for anyone” – An Interview with Seán McGowan

Southampton’s very own Seán McGowan embarked on a tour during September, concluding with his biggest ever headline show at The Loft, Southampton. He sat down with me in The Social to talk all about his newest EP, Bestival and Safe Gigs For Women. How was Bestival?

This Month in Local Live Acts: November

I’m fully enjoying gig season – last month I went to a gig approximately every other day and I’m fully ready to keep that up this month. I’ve got my gig necessities down, actually – earplugs, phone, money, dictaphone, business cards – and all I need now is a funky bumbag to keep them in.

Review: Sløtface at The Joiners, Southampton

Not only have I been falling in love with an increasing number of female-fronted bands (think Fickle Friends, Wolf Alice, Sälen) but I’ve also got a thing for incredible Scandinavian artists ( Sigrid, Tove Styrke, Tove Lo).

Review: Wild Front at The Joiners, Southampton

We seem to be becoming good friends with Wild Front here at The Edge after I interviewed them before and during Bestival (which were mostly about hummus), hung out with frontman Jack Williams at a Sofar Sounds gig in Romsey where we swapped cat pictures, and now at The Joiners for their second night of residency there this year – one that ended with an invite upstairs to interview them, for the third time in as many months.

“I don’t believe being female should make you not an equal to men” – An interview with Nadia Rose

The 24-year-old Croydon rapper only released her debut EP this year – but with the amount of talent she has, it’s no wonder she’s already making waves in the rap scene. Fresh off of her main stage performance at Bestival, she invited us into her dressing room to talk all things festival time slots, EPs and future plans.

Review: The Amazons at Engine Rooms, Southampton

Although frontman Matt Thomson remarked in a pre-show interview that the further north you go the better conditions are for guitar bands, for some reason he can’t stay away from Southampton, and after witnessing their sold out show at the Engine Rooms I think the participants of that gig would be glad to hear that.

Closer to The Edge: Our Favourite Fictional Cats

Cat might look human, but Danny John-Jules’s Red Dwarf character is 100% feline. After a radiation leak wiped out the crew of an interstellar mining ship, a race of humanoid cats evolved in the hold after three million years of floating through deep space.