Gareth Main started Bearded magazine in 2007 in an attempt to increase media coverage for independent record labels and artists. By 2009, Bearded was on sale in over 1,000 newsagents, record stores and supermarkets across the UK, and was stocked in both WH Smith and Borders. With Bearded currently online only, Gareth is working with the majority of the music media industry to create a very special print annual chronicling independent music and single-handedly trying (un)successfully to bring on and offline music journalism together into the modern day. Outside of Bearded, Gareth writes for a number of publications in print and online on the culture of music journalism, as well as writing a monthly 'rubbish recommendations' column for award winning music site The Line of Best Fit. Most rants, nonsense and stuff that can't be published are written on his own blog - myownworstNME.tumblr.com.