I’m Megan Downing, an English Literature graduate from University of Southampton. I work for MTV as a Digital Media Intern.
I am the Music, Arts and Culture Editor for The National Student. I am the Membership and Communications Officer for the Student Publication Association, I write about music for 7BitArcade, and contribute regularly to The Culture Trip.
I have a passion for live music and this is where I began in student journalism. Reviewing a gig or festival is still where my heart lies four years on.
One thing you should know about me is that I have an unhealthy obsession with Kevin Spacey.
Bestival 2014: The Highs and Lows
Megan Downing explores the highs and lows of this year's Bestival.
Album review: Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration - Stomachaches
Frank Iero has been working on some music as well, and it’s origin is not from where you would expect.
Album review: Royal Blood - Royal Blood
What Royal Blood have done is not new by any means, but no-one else is doing it as well as them in the present day.
Album Review: FKA Twigs - LP1
FKA Twigs has been the name on everyone’s lips over the last twelve months. Featuring in many ‘sound of 2014’ lists, the 26 year old former dancer caused a stir in the music scene with her unique style of experimental trip-hop.
Live Review: Gerard Way @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (20/08/2014)
Announcement on Monday, tickets sold out within a minute on Tuesday, show time on Wednesday. Whoever kept Gerard Way’s first solo show a secret deserves a medal.
In Focus: James Franco, the writer
James Franco is infamously known as a jack of all trades, but how do his writing endeavours compare to his acting successes?
Hear This: FrnkIero And The Cellabration - Weighted
Frank Iero has streamed his debut single, Weighted from his new solo project FrnkIero and the Cellabration. The track comes after the split of My Chemical Romance in early 2013.
Hear This: Coldplay & Cat Power - Wish You Were Here
Coldplay have teamed up with Cat Power for the lead track on the soundtrack of new movie Wish You Were Here. Listen.
Hear This: Alt-J - Left Hand Free
Alt-J have revealed another track from upcoming album This Is All Yours titled 'Left Hand Free'.
Theatre Review: Clarence Darrow at The Old Vic
Kevin Spacey returns to the stage as notorious American lawyer and civil libertarian, Clarence Darrow.
Live review: McBusted at LG Arena, Birmingham (17/05/2014)
Megan Downing discusses what all the fuss is about with McBusted's tour
In order to be successful, one must project an image of success: The veil of the American dream in American Beauty
Megan Downing explores the veil of the American Dream in Oscar winning movie American Beauty.
Album review: Lily Allen - Sheezus
Lily Allen is back in the game with her third studio album Sheezus. She has succeeded in showing development from her previous efforts, whilst still keeping her trademark bite.
Hear this: Lorde - Tennis Court (Flume Remix)
Aussie producer, Harley Streten, aka Flume has released an official audio for his remix of Lorde's 'Tennis Courts'
In Focus: Kevin Spacey, the actor
Kevin Spacey is notorious for playing intricately complex characters, those with so much depth that you forget that it is an act.
Bombay Bicycle Club @ Portsmouth Guildhall (10/04/2014)
Megan Downing reviews Bombay Bicycle Club's recent performance at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Review: House of Cards, Season 2, Episode 1
The hit American political thriller House of Cards is back with a second season that is more ruthless and blood filled than the first.
Live review: Childish Gambino @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London (04/02/2014)
Megan Downing reviews Childish Gambino's sold out show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.