New music is the best. Honestly, grumpy borings might try and make tired, jaded statements about the shallow, here-one-minute-gone-the-next nature of the new music cycle, but they’re wrong. So, so wrong. There’s no bigger hit than the excitement that comes alongside discovering something both currently great and potentially even greater. It’s the reason why your beloved Dork (hi, yes, we’re great) continually strives to steer towards those artists who still have the potential to surprise rather than simply deliver on solid expectations. It’s also why we’re so delighted to score Conan Gray for his first Dork cover this month, with our new issue out today (Friday 13th August).
With a second album ‘on the way’, Conan’s breakthrough has already been secured. What’s exciting, though, is that doesn’t feel remotely close to the ceiling for an alt-popster who has that indefinable magic touch.
There’s a lot of that going round this month, from the fizzy, infectious energy of Maisie Peters to long-established Dork fave Baby Queen and ‘quite possibly the most exciting new band in years’ Wet Leg. We’ve also got the brilliant CHVRCHES, Orla Gartland, Priya Ragu, Chubby and the Gang and Oscar Lang.
Elsewhere, we’re diving back into live music at Latitude and Sports Team‘s annual Margate bus trip, featuring interviews with Declan McKenna, Sea Girls, The Vaccines, Shame, Holly Humbsertone and ‘more’. We talk to All Time Low about their new team-up with Heather from Pale Waves, ask random questions to Remi Wolf, and take in a day in the life of Prentice from Vistas.
Add to that all the hottest new talent in Hype, including Glaive, Swim School, Dylan Fraser, Binki and loads more, plus the latest reviews, news and ‘stuff’, and you’ll want for nothing. When the future looks so bright, why would you bother looking anywhere else?
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You can order the new issue of Dork right now here, or subscribe and get the print edition sent directly to your door every month here. However, if you want even more from us, right now, we’re also delighted to reveal our brand new Dork Supporters scheme.
If you like what we do, we’re making available a new section of the site for those who wish to support us by signing up to a new monthly or annual subscription package. Different from our previous print-only subscriptions, the Dork Supporters scheme allows you to get early access to all our print content in digital form as soon as the issue launches, read digital versions of every single edition of Dork right back to issue 1, and get occasional exclusive extras too. You can sign up for digital-only or digital + print packages, which will give you immediate access. You can find more information here.
And don’t worry if you’re not signing up. You’ll still get everything you did before, as digital versions of our print content unlock to be read free of charge throughout the month. Enjoy!