This review is very different from the rest. It was a very different event to the others and it was written in the style of a student magazine, so the tone is quite relaxed.
The student scene isn’t your typical example of a subculture, but I would certainly say the theories involved are very relevant. Ken Gelder believes that one way in which subcultures can be understood is through movement out of the home into “non-domestic forms of belonging”, (2007). This is without doubt applicable to students, the vast majority of which will be living away from family for the first time in their lives. Another way Gelder believes subcultures can be identified is through their “stylistic ties to excess and exaggeration”. This theory is less obviously identifiable regarding the student scene, as not all students dress similarly, but the common stereotype is that one students move to university they start to dress differently, or get tattoos, or piercings, or grow their hair etc to fit in with the new scene they find themselves in.
Regarding the role of the music journalist, the power they hold for artists as young as those on display at Smile in the Square is staggering. Were a high profiled journalist to take a shine to one of the performers on display, even something as small as a mention on the magazines website could escalate the band to heights which may otherwise be inaccessible.
- Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice’