Côme & AIM for Rock the South


So, Rock the South is back at Zion on Friday and Saturday this weekend, and with it a host of Malta’s top bands and 2 foreign offerings, French duo Côme and (once again) AIM. Côme are French duo  François Byrski on guitarist and Lucas Barbier on drums. The 2 operate under the umbrella term indie-rock, […]


Stanley Brinks, Freschard, Stalko…Saturday


The first big gig of the year hits this Saturday at… the Kazin San Gejtanu, Hamrun which incidentally has become one of my favourite spots after seeing Stalko and Owen Pallett perform there. There’s something about the place that screams kitsch in the funnest way possible. So, Saturday promises to deliver more music in the same spirit as Andre […]


Highlights from Malta Comic-Con so far…


It only kicked off this morning but the vibe is already awesome. My highlights from the Con so far… Joseph Bugeja working on a strictly for charity piece (proceeds to go towards animal shelter of the buyer’s choice) Herb Trimpe’s infectious smile and the way he just chats and chats merrily away The hipster chronicles, […]


Why I love Malta Comic-Con


Every so often, the fictional characters I love to follow, sort of spring to life. Well, maybe that’s pushing it but it certainly feels that way when the Malta Comic-Con comes by. Think of all your favourite super-heroes – Batman, Superman, Spiderman, The Hulk, Ironman, Captain America…and chances are that if you drop in at […]


Geeks, pop culture and super-heroes


The fourth edition of Malta Comic-Con hits Malta next weekend, bringing together a veritable fleet of international and local industry heavyweights. I got a sneak preview from one of the organisers, Christopher Muscat.   Gone are the days when ‘comics’ were considered the poor cousin of bona fide books. Used to be a time when […]


Nil x Mouth 2012 evening 1…

Tall Ships

So Nil By Mouth, by Hairyamp, kicked off yesterday. For those of you waiting for my traditional post gig review, sorry to disappoint but you will need to buy the Sunday Times next weekend (yes, I’m  good at the shameless plug thingy). However, a short post-mortem is in order for those who were there yesterday and […]


Pasmore’s works at the Fine Arts Museum

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An edited version of this interview was published on The Sunday Times. Photography by Chris Sant Fournier. When the family of abstract art pioneer Victor Pasmore asked the Museum of Fine Arts to restore two of the artist’s works, no one predicted that the pieces would be donated to the national collection. Modern and contemporary […]


Wicc imb Wicc exhibition

Asa Riton

  The creator becomes the subject as 10 artists come together for Wiċċ imb Wiċċ – images of the self, a Malta Arts Festival exhibition that focuses on self-portraits. Interview with curator Austin Camilleri. An edited version of this interview appeared on The Sunday Times. Translating your own essential identity onto an artistic medium is […]


Of Skimmed, Clandestines & much Shh’ing

So there was no Gideon and there was no Shark, but the usual suspects were ready to party and party they did. Yesterday’s Hairyamp gig proved that, while we do love it when foreign acts visit our shores, they are no longer a necessary ingredient. The right local bands deliver just as well, thank you […]


One not to miss: Aes Dana & Cygna in a “silent” concert at Hagar Qim


  Everytime I visit one of Malta’s temples (I do like to pretend I’m a tourist on a semi-regular basis – I don’t see why I shouldn’t enjoy our island’s best sites just ‘cos I’m a local) I have tried to imagine what it would feel like to attend a concert in these surroundings. Usually […]