Festivals, Jonathan Pie and free money!

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Back with a headbang: The future of festivals

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Download and beyond

Large-scale events are being tested for a post-Covid world. We sent intrepid metalhead Liam Geraghty to Download Festival to report on what it was like to mosh maskless in a muddy field after over a year of lockdown and social isolation. It was a glimpse into the future…

 

Silver Pride

LGBTQ people are more likely to be lonely in old age but there's a community reaching out to ease the pain

 

Citizens' rights

With the deadline for EU settled status looming, we find out if it's right to be concerned about a Windrush-type scandal

 

Also inside

  • Black Widow gets her shot at a solo movie, and it's the fact she's a superhero without a superpower that makes her special, says the film's director Cate Shortland
  • He may be a real gone kid, but Deacon Blue's frontman Ricky Ross says it's because he's managed to avoid real work for 40 years, in a Letter To My Younger Self
  • Fact/Fiction – MPs say the term 'white privilege' is harmful to non-minority pupils. We ask to see their working
  • The remarkable story of the almost forgotten woman, Etta Lemon, who founded the conservation movement as we know it today
  • And our vendor Oprea Raducan shares his tips on how to build a successful business

Plus much more!

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Inside Download Festival: The biggest multiday maskless event in the UK since Covid-19

Big Issue reporter Liam Geraghty breaks down what it was like to cast the mask aside and head for the moshpit at an event that is make-or-break for British festivals

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'I think Jonathan Pie would have joined GB News'

Jonathan Pie's political rants have become a social media phenomenon. Creator Tom Walker sits down with The Big Issue to tackle free speech, the state of the media and why writing about homelessness is easy

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You could be entitled to free money - here's how

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Big Issue founder's Future Generations Bill returns to the House of Lords

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