Huck rang in the new season and 79th edition of our magazine last week with a good old-fashioned knees up. Set at Voxonica, under two industrial-yet-homely railway arches just off East London’s Kingsland Road, it was an evening of warmth and connection – a moment of joy within an independent media landscape that has felt devoid of both in recent times.
With free-flowing beers, magazines, chocolate, and whiskey shots that tasted suspiciously like vanilla essence, the event was a chance to raise a glass to the freshly pressed issue, packed with stories of people taking control of their own narrative, and covered by the legendary Mia Khalifa.
One arch featured an exhibition of Huck photography and covers from our archive, while in the other party tunes were spun by DJ Fred and the night’s special guest, Nadia Whittome MP, who played back-to-back with our Commissioning Editor Ben Smoke.
It was also a time to celebrate Huck’s freshly revamped digital space – our new website over a year in the making – a part of which sees the relaunch of longform documentary series Huck Docs. A crowd gathered to watch the premiere screening of our upcoming ‘Queer Fighters of Ukraine’, which follows the stories of young LGBTQ+ people whose lives were upended by last year’s invasion and are now on the frontlines in the war against Russia.
We want to thank all those who came along to celebrate an exciting new chapter for Huck, and our partners The Five Points Brewing Company, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Tony's Chocoloney, Liquid Death, Sheep Dog Whiskey and Kanèsis.