Founded in 1982, The Wire is the world's leading authority on underground, experimental and alternative music. Its main activity is publishing a monthly magazine, which is available in both print and digital editions. The magazine has won multiple awards for its journalism, photography and design. The Wire's other activities include running a specialist online music bookshop; hosting two radio shows; curating various live events, talks and panel discussions internationally; and producing its own branded compilations of new underground music. The Wire is based in East London, and is 100 per cent independent.