Our HISKIND Highlights of 2017

Continuing our ‘Best Of’ roundups, we look back on our own 12 months and the highlights that defined HISKIND’s 2017.

HISKIND Issue 1 Launch Party @ Shoreditch House

There’s only one way to launch a new magazine, and that’s with a sparkled bang. Shoreditch House glowed as Glitterbox decked the rooftop terrace with sashaying hips and fluttering voguers, and the likes of The 1975, Aquilo, and Sink the Pink dotted the guestlist. There’s no party like a HISKIND party.

Chappy x HISKIND Pride

Every Pride-goer was a happy chappy when HISKIND collaborated with the fresh dating app, Chappy. For 2017’s Brighton and Manchester Prides, we teamed with Chappy to host a pre-pride party that kicked off the celebrations for its powdered and glittered guests. Complete with rainbow roses and polychromatic confetti.

Issue 1

Where it all started. From quizzing a Ku Klux Klan member about the alt-right to charting the visibility of mental health in music today, our first issue held nothing back. The issue included a tender tribute of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a resurrection of the political pleasure of his style.

Jack Antonoff gracing our Issue 2 cover

Producer, songwriter, and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff manned our 2nd issue cover in August. Against the leaking neon lights, Antonoff spoke about going beyond identifying as an ally by using his success to funnel voices to people who need to listen. His patchwork musical career of collaborations includes Lorde, and he co-launched the Ally Coalition; aimed at raising awareness of homeless LGBTQ+ teens.

Our Issue 3 cover with MUNA

The modern-day witch coven MUNA graced issue 3. Electrifying the Top 40 charts, with their alt-pop symphonies, MUNA are known for their lyrics and sound that signal and blast- out pressing messages. For a band that’s been jamming for only 3 years, MUNA’s musical project of expanding the people’s purviews to all identities has only just begun.

HISKIND x Illustrators

In anticipation of the first issue’s drop, we pulled together 6 different illustrators to re- imagine the HISKIND logo. With creativity and art being the backbone of activism and social movements, our favourite artists rearticulated our message in their unique visual language. From immaterial space to felt tip pen, it solidified our aim to be a magazine by the community, for the community.


2017 marked 50-years since the partial decimalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Absolut continued the fight for equality with their #KISSWITHPRIDE campaign and we were honoured to join them at Houses of Parliament in August to celebrate the launch. In support of Stonewall, individuals from the 72 countries where homosexuality is still illegal were invited to come together and express love in its purest state – with a kiss. From HISKIND and the LGBT+ community, thank you for your support.

HISKIND Presents: Dean

Friends, family, and followers of the late HISKIND co-founder Dean Eastmond joined forces in the later weeks of October to celebrate his life and legacy. Corralling in the Oval Space, the venue was transformed into a site of music and reverence, as Years and Years, Sink the Pink, and DJ Will Joseph Cook paid tribute to Dean’s arresting legacy.

If you want to work with us, support us, write for us or party with us, say hello@hiskind.com. Here’s to 2018!

Words: Josh Milton

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