Yungblud takeover

Issue 1501

Yungblud takeover

At just 24, Dominic Harrison, aka Yungblud, is an activist and musician who has built a devoted, and growing, global fan following. He deals in protest, in speaking for the outsider and in creating a new space for those who feel left behind and this week he has taken over The Big Issue. Here’s what he has to say about his very special edition…

It’s been a real honour to guest edit such an important publication that’s role is essential in tackling the Big Issues facing us today. The Big Issue means so much to me because it radiates what the foundation of Yungblud is about: equality, acceptance and, most importantly, opportunity for all. Given the opportunity to guest edit this edition, I’ve picked some voices that I admire and respect who I think can use these pages to share wisdom, have a bit of a laugh and tell their story.

Fearne Cotton summed up my teenage years. On Radio 1 she was unashamedly herself, always authentic and the warmest person to spend time with. I hope you enjoy spending time with her in this issue.

Bimini Bon Boulash, what a legend. With every great cultural movement, there’s someone with the ability to communicate it to the masses in a truly authentic and iconic way. I feel a connection with Bimini. A beautiful soul with a powerful voice.

Louis Theroux is someone whose voice I’ve listened to since I was 13. He has a truly unique approach to his art, that’s made his style inimitable and iconic. A real national treasure whose constant curiosity always inspires me.

Michael Hall is a beautiful and vibrant person. After my show in Birmingham, he was attacked simply for being himself. The Black Hearts Club is a safe space of love and unity, and we feel that inside a venue together. It was devastating to hear that feeling was cut short in such a way, which is why it was important for me to put a spotlight on his story.

Hearing what all these people have to say has inspired me so much. Never change from being authentically you. All the people who’ve contributed to this issue have inspired me on this journey of self-rediscovery. I sincerely hope they do the same for you.