Today Adelaide’s longest-running music and entertainment platform, Rip It Up released a statement saying it will “cease publication as a standalone title from June 30.”
While Rip It Up has never been the same since it went 100% online, the magazine inspired me to follow my passion for writing about music... And eventually I started reviewing for the dang thing myself.
I am very grateful for receiving my first writing dollars (yes, real money) for interviewing some sick bands (including Rudimental) and I’ll never forget reviewing that gig at the Gov, where Trials of the Funkoars saw me writing notes down during the show. I was nervous about reviewing my first gig for Rip It Up and he said something along the lines of, “Put the pad down you need a beer, just jot down what you can remember tomorrow…” (As any reviewer would know these are wise words to follow).
It was a weekly ritual to pick up a copy of Rip It Up Magazine from just about anywhere in town – I didn’t have Instagram back then, so I read the thing front to back on my 40-minute train road home, sussin’ the gigs in The Guide section and dreaming of one day knocking back a Pale Ale at one of the shitty (but beautiful) gigs on (I was 13 at the time).
Now I look back and wonder, without the Adelaide music bible that was Rip It Up Magazine, would I have been so inspired to write about music? I probably shouldn’t have, because I have no money at the moment. But, music journalism is all about the love of the bands, the love of the scene, the love of capturing that in glorious words and captivating photographs.
Without Rip It Up, I probably wouldn’t have started YEWTH – so we thank you for 27 years of covering the Adelaide music scene like no-one else could and hope we can last as long as you have.
It looks like Rip It Up now joins ‘The 27 Club’... It's better to burn out than fade away.
~ R.I.P RIU ~
Love Caleb Sweeting & the YEWTH team x