Interview: Pretty Ugly Turns 10


Lis Ferla catches up with DJ duo Pretty Ugly ahead of their 10th birthday party this weekend.

Aarti Joshi and Lynne Johnston of Pretty Ugly

It has already been a whirlwind week of interviews for Lynne Johnston, one half of DJ duo Pretty Ugly, by the time we catch up over pizza and veggie burgers at Glasgow’s King Tut’s. The interest, it’s fair to say, has taken them by surprise – but in a city with no shortage of club nights, not many hang around long enough to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Live Event Charity: SAVE THE CHILDREN


At every TYCI live event, we support a different charity. For our event tonight, we have chosen Save The Children, an international non-governmental organisation that promotes children’s rights by providing relief and helping support children in developing countries.

save the children

TYCI LIVE: September 2015


We are psyched to announce the line-up for our September event!


This month, we’re delighted to welcome Glasgow’s newest and funnest pop-punk outfit Breakfast Muff playing live; and the legendary Pretty Ugly DJs on the decks, bringing the party.

Every month, TYCI’s raffle supports a different charity, with the funds raised at our September event going to Save The Children. This month’s poster is by Jaime Clanachan.

Why I Heart: Lauren Laverne


Every single day in March, a different contributor will be talking about a woman they admire, all in honour of International Women’s Day. Today, Lynne Johnston of Pretty Ugly talks about her love of Lauren Laverne.

Photo Credit: Phil Sharp (www.philsharp-photo.com).

Photo Credit: Phil Sharp (www.philsharp-photo.com).

When I was 14, I had a meeting with my schools so-called ‘guidance teacher’ to discuss the subjects I would take for my Standard Grades. I explained that I was taking music so I could form a band and art so that I could design the sleeve for our first EP. He asked why I picked two subjects that I really wasn’t very good at, but I just shrugged and said, “It never stopped Kenickie.” To me, not being able to play an instrument (or even knowing any other girls who could) wasn’t a reason not to dream big, and the Kenickie girls were clearly having the time of their lives with all the DIY punk spirit of the riot grrrl movement and the sass of the Spice Girls. If they could do it, why couldn’t I?

TYCI’s Top Moments of 2013


Our count down of cool things that happened in TYCI’s world this year…

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Christmas Raffle


Our Christmas raffle made £925.37 for the AT Society!


Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket / donated funds! We’ll let you guys know the final amount that the whole event made once the ticket company send us the money in the New Year 🙂

TYCI Christmas Party Tonight!



We’ll be opening the doors early at 10.30pm, with Adele Bethel DJing from 11.30pm and CHVRCHES  on stage at 12.30am so anyone going to any other gigs in town (*cough*THE-TWILIGHT-SAD-SHOW-AT-KING-TUTS*cough*) can still make it to both events. Pretty Ugly will DJ from 1.15-3am! Check out our Facebook event for more information.

Live Event Charity: The AT Society


At every TYCI live event, we support a different charity. For our special (sold out!) Christmas event on 21 December, we have chosen children’s charity The AT Society, an organisation which helps sufferers of a rare genetic disorder and their families.


Ataxia-Telangiectasia (‘AT’) is a rare and complex genetic disorder. It is often referred to as a ‘multi-system’ disorder because it affects a number of different systems within the body. Amongst the most significant of these are:

– Increasing difficulty in controlling and co-ordinating movements (ataxia)
– Reduced efficiency of the immune system leading to more frequent infections (immunodeficiency)
– An increased risk in developing cancers, in particular leukaemia and lymphoma
– Prominent blood vessels often in or around the eyes (telangiectasia)
– Increased sensitivity to x-rays and similar radiation

These problems can have knock-on effects, including difficulty coordinating movements which can make it difficult to eat, which can lead to children being underweight, or to particles of food getting into the lungs.

AT is caused by a defect, known as a ‘mutation’, on a particular gene. When this gene is not working, the body cannot properly produce a particular protein called ‘ATM’ which should be present in every cell. ATM plays an important part in the way each cell functions and when it is absent or not working as it should, this gives rise to the wide range of symptoms of AT.

The AT Society aims to improve the quality of life and quality of care for people living with AT whilst actively promoting research to lengthen lives and find a cure.


For more information on the charity or to donate yourself, visit The AT Society website. For more information on the TYCI event which will raise money for the organisation, check out the Facebook event.

TYCI Christmas Party Live Band: CHVRCHES


We are pleased to announce that CHVRCHES are the ‘secret’ guests at our Christmas bash at The Art School next month.

tyci_xmas2_sm_web [Poster by Gretchen King]

The Glasgow three-piece will play a live set alongside DJ sets from Adele Bethel (Sons and Daughters), Pretty Ugly and the TYCI gals. We will also be hosting an extra fancy charity raffle with extra fancy prizes and publishing an extended version of the TYCI zine.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! and all profits from the night go to the AT Society.

TYCI Christmas Party Tickets On General Sale Now!