The Big Issue celebrates 25 years on the UK’s streets this week, with a exhibition in London, a star-studded film – and, of course, a bumper edition of the magazine. Watch messages from Julie Walters, Michael Palin, Mark Hamill, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry and more.
Fronting Chvrches, ex-Big Issue writer Lauren Mayberry has become a worldwide star and a figurehead for the new feminism. She has used her platform to speak out against misogyny – and to support worldwide street papers. “Street papers are an incredibly powerful thing,” she says. “It’s a way of giving people back control and autonomy in their lives.”
“If you look at the festival line-ups in the UK you would think that there are approximately three female fronted bands in the entire country,” says Lauren Mayberry. With this list for INSP of her current favourites, she hopes to shake up a few playlists.