James Hendicott

Freelance Journalist

I am a specialist in music, sport and travel writing, published in a host of national publications. I work regular shifts for NME and the Dublin Gazette, and contribute to the Sunday Business Post, The Irish Independent, The Irish Sun, The Technoskeptic and a number of government tourism agencies. I also work as print editor for quarterly music publication GoldenPlec Magazine.

Portfolio

Illicit Texts: North Korea's View on History Explored through Smuggled Books
The North Korean state puts together books in English, detailing their own views on 20th Century history. Written from a Juche viewpoint, they're sold to tourists in the...
Colours of Ostrava: the Czech festival's post-apocalyptic setting is the star of the weekend - NME
Ostrava, we're told shortly after landing in the Czech Republic's third city, is a lot like Sheffield. It's not an analogy that holds up to too much scrutiny. The Czech city's...
A guide to Budapest's brilliant baths - 9Travel
The idea of Budapest as a city of spas is an ancient one. The culture has been carefully guarded by the cit...
Borrowed Time: Musical Debt in the Sampling Era
Recently, a British DJ named Martyn Webster concluded a crowdfunding campaign that saw him hand over £24,000 ($36,500) to Richard L. Spencer, vocalist and last surviving member...
'This Is A Reignition' - At The Drive-In's Fiery European Tour Return Reviewed | NME.COM
Four days before At The Drive-In kicked off their fledgling reunion in Los Angeles, founder member and near ever-present Jim Ward - who hadn't been informed of new dates at the...
From mud baths to swimsuit ice fishing, Korea's cultural festivals covered
To newcomers, Korean culture can seem incredibly alien. While it can feel like shining neon futurescapes, historic references lay heavily across the landscape, manifesting in...
An afternoon inside Dublin's anarchist squat
"People unknown. We'll be back." That marker went up a year ago, pinned between the heavily-barred warehouses on Lower Grangegorman Road. Now, as promised, squatters have...
From stats to monitoring sleep: How Dublin are preparing for the All-Ireland final
Underrated, relatively cynicism-free and fast-moving: if the key stakeholders around Dublin's camp are to be believed, ladies' football is at an all time high, and one that's...
Hopes, Hollas and Heartache: The Essence of Euro 2016 in Song
"What could offer a greater statement of footballing unity than a Northern Irish band waiting to celebrate their team's first tournament appearance in their lifetime, singing...
Where to try the modern Irish cuisine making waves in Dublin
Tomes have been written on what Dublin does well. It's noticeable, though, that traditional Irish pub grub ra...
As Ad Blockers Rise, Online Journalism Falls
If you use ad-blocking software, those bits of code that prevent advertisements from appearing on your browser as you surf the web, you're stealing. Not in the same sense as...
The only bar in the world where you can try a one-of-a-kind pint of Guinness
Guinness have long-owned Dublin's most popular tourist attraction. The glistening, pint-shaped museum and sky...
Serenity and the city: Taipei's sleepy tea town
Despite its towering and slightly indistinct skyline, Taiwanese capital Taipei does city life differently. It...
Dublin: A history through 10 peculiar objects
From masonry and political documents to abstract art and gas masks, the Little Museum's archives can be both upsetting and humorous as they sketch a snaking line through the...
Beyond barbecue and kimchi: Korean food's weirdest must-haves
Korean food, generally speaking, is incredible. Diverse, often spicy, served in exotic styles and with the added bonus of being healthy and cheap. South Koreans eat out more...
At The Drive-In's 10 Best Songs | NME.COM
Arguably the stand out post-hardcore band (yes, ever), the occasional return of At The Drive-In from newfound roles revives a real whirlwind of turn of the century anger and...
A Review of Bandi's The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea
A book of North Korean fiction smuggled into the South hits the shelves. Where's it from? What's it about? Is it even authentic? We review the illicit text that offers one of...
Discover Ireland's ancient sports by getting your hands dirty in Dublin
From heroic sporting tales in ancient Celtic mythology to appearing right at the heart of '20s revolutionary ...
How to do Dublin on a budget
A cosmopolitan capital with a torrid history still writ large across its streets, Dublin is shaking off the shackles of a hard-hitting recession and regathering the easygoing...
For the Record, Spotify isn't so Groovy | The Technoskeptic
When Taylor Swift-arguably the world's biggest pop star-went on a personal crusade against Spotify recently, you could have been forgiven for sighing a little and wondering if...
Sangram's story: Surviving Nepal's earthquake
I first met Sangram Lama in Kathmandu's Durbar Square. That was in 2009, when the squat and good-humoured hiking guide was in the city picking up custom. He took me across the...
Drink, drugs and debauchery: The definitive guide to Dublin
Look, we couldn't knowingly send you to Temple Bar. Instead, local rapscallion James Hendicott drags us through the real Dublin, drink, drugs, debauchery and all. Where the...
Padraig Harrington interview
Padraig Harrington talks the mental side of golf, and how he doesn't value anything less than a win.
Muse FC Took Part In A Charity Football Challenge This Week | NME.COM
Muse FC - made up of bassist Chris Wolstenholme, two of his sons and a selection of the band's road crew - played a select XI from Irish second-tier football club Cabinteely in...
Interview: The Prodigy
Born out of rave culture - and showing it in being equal parts heady beats and ill-disguised rage - The Prodigy 's greatest achievement is arguably pushing their music into...
Introducing: Loah
James Hendicott A fresh face all set to make a tsunami of an impact on Ireland's music scene over the coming months is Loah, a unique, soulful voice who fuses a background in...
Foals get 'nasty' as UK and Ireland tour kicks off in Dublin - watch | NME.COM
Band make their step up to arena level with Dublin date
Partying in a Dublin squat? It isn't as bad as it sounds
Ireland's capital is well-known for its rustic, lively pubs, but alcohol is highly taxed making it undeniably pricey. So, with a national reputation for a healthy disregard for...
Three budgets, three Dublin hotels
Crash pad to the stars, a class act from top to tail Housed smartly in an entire row of the distinctive Georgian-era buildings that Dublin's become famous for, the Merrion Hotel...
Something Good Can Work: The Irresistible Rise Of Two Door Cinema Club
"We broke into the rooftop pool of a hotel in Melbourne at 3am. That was great. But everything's so surreal, you're never really taken aback by anything that happens. It takes...

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