Going out is fun but seriously speaking, getting ready to go is half the fun*.
If I know I’m going OUT out I start getting all excited at the prospect of getting all dressed up. That may actually be the most stereotypical girly thing about me.
Mama Rihal would be pleased.
Whatever, just listen to these songs when you’re getting ready to go out, ladies!
And you, men. There’s some bangers on this eclectic mix for you too…
*(A bottle of wine and someone to get ready with also helps)
So it’s been a week since Reading Festival. A week ago right now I was at Reading, gearing myself up for what was in my opinion the best day of the festival. It was the day to see A Day To Remember, The 1975, You Me At Six, Papa Roach and Blink-182 (those were the bands I was not going to miss for anything!) As much as I complained about Reading this year, I really do miss it. I would give anything to be back there with my friends, in the arena, screaming along to some of the best songs ever written. Continue reading →
Reading festival is my festival. It was the first festival I attended, for the day, in 2010. It was the first festival I camped at for the weekend in 2012. And since then, I’ve gone every year. I’ve done the camping thing, I’ve done the day thing, I’ve done the toilets, the food and the “where the ever loving HELL is my tent?!”
I love Reading. The acts are always incredible, I’ve made so many memories there, and the happiest moments of my entire life have been spent there. But I will not go back next year.
About a week or so ago in the Metro someone had written in to say that they thought Beyoncé isn’t a feminist purely because of the clothes she wears and that fact her last album spoke explicitly about sex. Now putting all my love for her aside, I’m going to counter that utterly ridiculous argument.
It’s no secret that I love music more than the average 20 year old Londoner. Where everyone has their hobbies on what they spent their hard earned money from (better known as student loans) mine pretty much revolves around music. Reading about it, listening to it, and going to see it.
I was lucky enough to go and see Eminem at his second Wembley gig. Regardless of what everyone has said about it being a flop and the sound was awful or whatever – I had a great time! The atmosphere more than made up for the crappy sound quality, which is one of the main reasons I love going to gigs so much.
Another “main reason” gigs are basically heaven for me is it allows me to see the person that wrote the lyrics I love so very much, and suddenly that person isn’t just a poster on a wall or the sound in my headphones – they are there. They are alive. They are standing in front of me and talking to me!
Twitter Q+A’s are pretty popular now, with many big companies bringing in a specialist in whatever field to take over the company Twitter account to answer questions from fans. Reading & Leeds Festival do it every year, featuring a different band every week in the months running up to the weekend.
VH1 are also into it, and they brought in Robin Thicke today.
I have no idea what possessed them to choose him (actually I do: marketing – it gets people talking about them because who the fuck cares about VH1 anymore?) but it honestly could not have been a worse choice. No, wait, it was a great choice because everyone was tweeting them?
Business-wise it was the best choice they could have possibly made. Morality-wise, it was god-awful. There’s a long list of tweets full of hatred, anger, and full on sarcasm, all proudly containing the #AskThicke tag.
Many of you will know about my love for music. I’ve posted about it before, and I think I mention it quite a bit, too! The reasons why are pretty simple: I love the way certain music makes me feel; I love dancing; I love singing; I like air-guitaring; I love gigs; I love how when I listen to certain songs, I feel like they were written just for me; and most importantly, I’m on that lifelong journey to compile the world’s most perfect playlist (which, by the way, I have almost completed! There’ll be a blog post to follow…)
Today marks 20 years since Kurt Cobain passed away, and 12 years since Layne Staley passed. Both were major figures in the grunge scene, being the frontmen of Nirvana and Alice in Chains, respectively. Both Cobain and Staley battled against serious drug addictions that were no secret to the public.
Cold and rainy weather means it’s a good time to snuggle on the sofa, with a fluffy blanket, a cup of tea, and the Gilmore Girls box set. For those not lucky enough to own the DVD’s to one of the greatest shows ever, it’s also the perfect weather to jam out to slow, acoustic songs, while you imagine your life in an alternate universe.
Acoustic songs are absolutely beautiful, because they manage to capture emotions within the songs and lyrics that may not have been as obvious in electric versions (assuming we’re talking about an acoustic cover.) Original acoustic songs, when done right, have the capability to make me feel a wide range of emotions, reduce me to tears, and force me to curl into a ball, cursing all my feels.
Here is a list (in no particular order) of some of the most perfect acoustic songs ever recorded. In my very honest, and very humble opinion…
Last year Ian Watkins, the singer for alternative rock band Lostprophets, was sentenced to 35 years jail for child sex offences. While everyone quickly agreed to hate him, debates sparked up amongst the fans of the band. Is it still acceptable to listen to them? Can they move past the thoughts that come with listening to the music? I took to the internet to ask fans of the band how they felt towards the trial, and their thoughts towards the music now.