Dig With It Magazine

You can order Dig With It here. This is a new magazine about music, arts and ideas.

It is made in Belfast. It celebrates the writers, the players and seditious talent. It admires punk rock, poetry, high art, street politics and keen expression.
Here is a swift guide to Issue 4:

Issue 4 of Dig With It is here. With Malojian, Milkie Way, Gnarkats, The Undertones, Girls Rock School, Conchúr White, Landscape Punks, Mark Ashton, Nuala Convery. Reviews: Hannah Peel, Kerri ní Dochartaigh. Plus skateboard special: #Joyalists – their only crime is levity. Reviews, style, opinion, fine writing. On sale now! https://www.musicglue.com/digwithit/shop 

The core team is Stuart Bailie (former Assistant Editor of NME, author of Trouble Songs, co-founder of the Oh Yeah Music Centre) and Betsy Bailie (Manchester School of Art design student, Hive Radio Station Manager/DJ and blogger).

Dig With It takes its name from a Seamus Heaney poem about the primacy of the pen. The magazine took shape in early 2020 and completion was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. Stuart and Betsy decided to press on, and kept the optimistic tone of the pre-pandemic interviews.

The magazine is quarterly. Issue 5 is due in the Summer of 2021.

Dig With It is about quality writing plus original photography and design. The magazine is an act of faith – the sure belief that creativity matters, especially now.

Stuart Bailie says: “In an era of falling print sales, it might seem foolish to put out a magazine. But it felt like a vital idea in January 2020 and it feels even more important now. We’re surrounded by immense art and stories that aren’t being told. So, we dig away.”

Betsy Bailie says: “I’ve grown up in the local music scene. I’ve been a teenage photographer, blogger and musician. I’m glad at the chance to use my design skills to create a wonderful magazine to show the love I have for the scene.”

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