Welcome to Waveland – the magazine section of our website. Here you’ll find feature articles and stories. This includes an ongoing series of stories that focus on the UK skateboarding scene of the 1980s.

Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969 – 2018

The talents of Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson revealed a unique ability to adapt and change. His familiarity with classical arrangement, as well as with electronic music, was matched by the rapid speed in which he mastered the art … Read More

Wavegirl Albums Of 2017

2017 offered up a broad variety of music that saw some artists offering up a few surprises. Here’s the ten albums that Wavegirl felt represented the best of the year…. ALBUM OF THE YEAR HANNAH PEEL – Mary Casio: Journey … Read More


As Game Of Thrones approaches its end, what can replace it? George R.R. Martin is probably as surprised as anyone by the cultural phenomenon that his multi-volume book seriesA Song Of Ice And Fire has established. Filmed as Game Of … Read More

GARDEN PROMISES – A History Of Virginia Astley

The 1980s saw a particularly fervent period in the UK music scene. It saw the rise of a broad variety of bands and artists that perhaps gave the decade a much more pop-orientated industry than the one that preceded it. … Read More

Attack Of The Clones

Exploring Hollywood’s reliance on the rinse & repeat method of filmmaking… The announcement of a new entry in the Star Wars film series provoked an unsurprising groundswell of interest from both press and fans alike. The Force Awakens sees JJ … Read More

Farnborough : Inbetween Days

Exploring the early skate culture of Farnborough… The post-boom years for skateboarding were a very strange time. During these ‘Wilderness Years’, the rise of BMX had gripped the nation’s youth and skateboarding appeared to be relegated to the past. Despite … Read More

The Dream World of FIFI RONG

Songwriter and singer Fifi Rong has been carefully building up her own musical profile over recent years, an effort which has resulted in the captivating debut single ‘Over You’. Originating from from China, Fifi has weaved in Chinese Folk elements … Read More

Crystal Palace : Sweat My Youth Away

By the time 1983 had rolled around, Crystal Palace half pipe had been shifted back beyond the bridge. It had also been resurfaced and had the addition of an Alpine Action logo on the back. Once again, the ESA (English … Read More

Crystal Palace : From Safety To Where…?

“It’s weird green thing”. I appeared sceptical at an associate’s description of seeing the Crystal Palace half pipe for the first time. Having spent the initial post-boom years simply skating Woolwich (occasionally venturing as far as Romford or Fordham Park … Read More

New Cross Calling

When skateboarding had taken off during the 1970s it had also sparked off a period of purpose-built skateparks, particularly in London. Locations such as Skate City became legendary as the early pioneers of dedicated spots for skating. 1978 saw the … Read More

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