The Best Independent Cultural Magazines

| We’ve rounded up the coolest indie printed publications from around the UK centered around fashion, arts, music, and culture

For edgy new coverage that focuses on music, pop-culture, and celebrities, these Cultural Independent Magazines are well-known sources for often controversial interviews and articles.

Boom Saloon

Rachel Arthur and Jamie Small are the curators and creators of Boom Saloon, a new Edinburgh-based monthly editorial magazine, although the word magazine sounds too frivolous for this democratic, philanthropic new project, I would call it an art exhibition in print form, a fascinating scrapbook of creativity.

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Cause and Effect

Not only does Cause and Effect Magazine contain striking imagery and captivating design, but it is also filled with in-depth op-eds about all sorts of issues within the fashion industry in an inviting and accessible way. Cause and Effect is managed by editor-in-cheif Amnah H Knight, and the magazine aims to explore about a love of fashion that doesn’t require moral and intellectual compromise.


Intelligent, beautiful and informative, Aesthetica is one of the leading publications for art, design and photography. Aesthetica is a bi-monthly magazine and a leading publication for art, design and photography. Aesthetica engages with the arts both in the UK and internationally, combining dynamic content with compelling critical debate and exploring the best in contemporary art and visual culture.

Boys By Girls

Boys by Girls Magazine is a biannual menswear fashion magazine with soul. Founded in 2011, the concept developed by Cecilie Harris and India Hobson, showcase how female artists view and capture the male. Boys by Girls celebrate the beauty of the male through exclusive images, features, model profiles and model stories, and is aimed at anyone passionate about the male, menswear, models, photography and male beauty.

Sýn Zine

SÝN MAGAZINE is an independent quarterly visual publication that runs parallel to an innovative digital platform. Founded and created in 2010 by three photographers, Bethany Grace, Emily Tebbetts and Julia Wang. Syn features fashion photography and editorials from photographers, stylists and designers around the world, curated right here in Scotland.

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Counterpoint magazine is a unique risograph-printed publication based in Edinburgh. It’s filled to the brim with independent journalism and beautiful illustration, a refreshing break from glossy photography. Each issue has a unique theme which contributors respond to with their own ideas, resulting in an eclectic array of quality content.

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Established in 2010, PHOENIX is a lifestyle brand and independently published biannual print magazine for free-thinking modern women. It’s a literary and visual feast featuring 300 pages of exclusive interviews, trends, fashion shoots, style ideas, prose features, beauty must-haves, counter-culture discussion, philosophy, art, music, books, film and travel. Based in the heart of London but internationally minded, PHOENIX is underpinned by a commitment to slow journalism, slow fashion and ethical business.


Hunger is a magazine made for ‘the culturally and visible hungry’. The publication focusses on popular, celebrity culture but with an indie, counter culture twist. Beautiful imagery and engaging stories, Hunger covers the latest news in fashion, music, film and art.


The talented Scottish photographer and editor Daina Renton creatively directs and expertly curates Edinburgh-based Feroce Magazine, my new favourite fashion magazine, unlike any other. Feroce comes out twice a month in print and digital, filled to the brim with editorial campaigns from the world’s most innovative fashion photographers, stylists, make up artists and models.

I hope this list has helped you discover some new mags to flick through this weekend! What are your favourite magazines?

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