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About Locals Only

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Beach Bunny solo house show performance  // March 2017

Locals Only was founded by student journalist Nikki Roberts in February 2017. The publication originally launched as a simple blog, and in November 2017, Roberts decided to expand Locals Only by hosting a radio show under the same name through Radio DePaul.

Through both the online publication and the radio show, Locals Only’s mission is to showcase the thriving DIY music communities that exist in Chicago, with an emphasis on rock, punk, metal and hardcore bands, and to report the news and upcoming events that occur within those communities. Locals Only is also a community platform which publishes reviews and narratives from a variety of contributors.

About Nikki Roberts

Nikki Roberts is a student at DePaul University studying journalism, professional writing and creative writing. In addition to hosting and creating content for Locals Only, Roberts is a heavy metal reporter for Full Terror Assault Open Air. She has been published in the Chicago ReaderThe Chicago Vibe, and in her campus’s student paper, The DePaulia.

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