What is The Skinny?
Short answer: The Skinny is Scotland’s best arts and culture magazine. It's free, and you can pick it up at venues across Scotland. We also do other stuff, which is outlined below.
Long answer: Started by a group of ten volunteers in 2005, The Skinny presents a cross-section of the most exciting cultural happenings across Scotland. We cover the best new music, film, comedy, theatre, visual art, food and drink, club nights, literature and spoken word to be found in Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond.
We publish a free monthly magazine – our 200th issue came out in September 2022! – as well as annual Guides to Edinburgh and Glasgow, regular podcasts and social media, live events, plus a daily mix of reviews, interviews, Q+As and features on this website.
Our readers rely on us to be honest, engaging and curious. We offer informed, entertaining coverage of all things cultural, constantly seeking out new developments before the crowds catch on.
And we’re independent – we aren’t part of a big conglomerate or media group, we’re just a team of people in a small office in Edinburgh (and dozens of living rooms, co-working spaces and kitchen counters across the country) trying to shine a light on the people and places that excite us.
You can find print copies of The Skinny at locations across Scotland every month – find the full list of distribution locations here.
To help you keep on top of what’s happening across Scotland, we whittle down each week’s events into The Skinny Zap – our email newsletter lands in inboxes every Friday, sign up here.
What do other people say about The Skinny?
“The Skinny represents the true independent dream. A group of mates starting something for love, not money in a flat."
- James Heather, Head of Communications, Ninja Tune
"There aren’t enough people like The Skinny out there. What they bring is much needed."
- Rich Walker, General Manager, 4AD
"The Skinny produce excellent content on what's happening in the local region with insightful and well written features, previews and reviews. It's always a pleasure working with the editorial team."
- Ken Li, UK Press Officer, Thrill Jockey
"In a cluttered space where ABCs are dwindling, it's great to see an independent publication like The Skinny achieve so much success and cut through. It's testament to the hard work, determination and vision of the team."
- Jackie Antas, Marketing Partnerships Manager, Academy Music Group
If you want to get in touch with someone in the team go to Contact Us to find the person you need.
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