Feeling the love for Ed Sheeran vs. Rudimental

When I heard that Ed Sheeran was teaming up with Rudimental for a remix on my favourite track from his multiply album –  ‘Bloostream’ , I knew it could only lead to good things and I wasn’t wrong!! I ‘ve fallen in love with the song all over again.. it has the ability to transport you to another place where none of the daily humdrum matters… Amazing!

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Summer tracks

I love summer and the cool, beach worthy songs it brings. At the minute there seems to be loads of new music being released by fresh, up-and-coming artists and bands as well as some different sounds from more well-known artists. Here are just some of the songs that I have on constant repeat right now. Check out below and enjoy!

 

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These are just some of the songs that I’m loving at the minute. As January can be a really long, depressing month (after the Christmas/NY blow out) everyone needs a bit of motivation and these tunes are guaranteed to get you in the mood for a party.. or just a general dance around the house!? No judging!!

Enjoy

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Cyril Hahn!

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Every remix I hear from Swiss born DJ – Cyril Hahn is just so serene and captivating, I wonder if this guy can ever put a foot wrong? Renowned for his ethereal remixes of well-known R&B songs, including Destiny’s Child – Say my name and Gabrielle Aplin – Please don’t say you love me, he seems to have a real knack for being able to transform already successful tracks into beautiful, almost hypnotising hymns.

Hahn’s music has already been highly acclaimed, with Interview magazine describing it as ‘something entirely new and undeniably sexy’ whilst the DJ’s friends believe that it’s the perfect music to make out to.

Having just been signed to PMR – the same label as Disclosure, Julio Bashmore and Jessie Ware, this guy is serious hot property! Can’t wait to see what tracks he turns to gold next.

Check out his remixes here

L x

Leeds festival!

This weekend saw me attending my final festival of the year; the notorious Leeds festival in England. Up until July, I had never been to a festival in my life although it had always been an ambition of mine to go to one and now I have successfully survived two!! This post is all about my adventures at the festival.

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The muddy main stage

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The three-day event took place in Bramham park and was home to around 75,000 festival-goers eager to see performances from artists including; Disclosure, Alt-J, Jake Bugg, System of a down, Foals and Chase and Status as well as the headlining acts; Eminem, Green Day and Biffy Clyro.

After arriving at around lunchtime on Friday to glorious sunshine, most of the campsites were already jam-packed, especially those nearest the arena! We had been pre-warned that the brown campsite was the quiet campsite and was ideal for families so we were reluctant to camp there – on top of this, it was also the furthest away which meant we would have to haul our heavy rucksacks and tent another mile- arghhh!! After much deliberation, we decided to settle in this campsite and this turned out to be a blessing for us as this was the campsite least affected by the mud. Also, if this was the quiet campsite god only knows what the other campsites must have been like – we were still being entertained by music and a guy playing guitar at 4am!

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The brown campsite

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The aftermath

Luckily, we missed the ‘biblical downpours’ of the Thursday night but in typical festival fashion, the heavens opened again on both the Friday and Saturday. Heavy downpours of torrential rain turned the campsite, arena and even backstage areas into a muddy lake. Even this was not enough to dampen the spirits of the excited revellers though; there were plenty of people diving in the mud and at one point, the rain was coming down so heavy that we saw a group of around 6 people all huddled underneath a large gazebo – walking to the arena under it, using it as an umbrella! Genius! 🙂

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Trying to manoeuvre around in the mud .. not easy!!

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Seeing all the teeny pop-up tents flooded with muddy water and floating across the fields was heart-breaking though, some were even completely flattened – I felt so sorry for their owners! Thankfully, we had the trusty mansion with us again which provided much needed shelter from the constant battering of the rain. I was so impressed with how dry the floor inside was and how clean we managed to keep it considering how muddy all of our clothes got. I guess it’s worth paying the extra money for a bigger, better tent if you want any kind of guarantee that it’s going to survive the various weather conditions you might experience – we got soaked on the Saturday and sunburnt on the Sunday!!

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Our lovely welsh neighbours, our tent and our makeshift washing line 🙂

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Home for the weekend

There were plenty of places to get food and drink and the arena and campsite areas were well equipped with everything you could possibly need; from logs to make campfires to phone charging stations, stalls selling jewellery and sweets to a mini disco inside a shed. The only downside was the ‘toilet facilities’ within the campsite areas – they made portaloo’s look like 5 star luxury … Eughhh and the organisation of the car parks/drop off and pick up points! It took 4 hours to get into the drop off/pick up area and I heard many stories about cars getting stuck in the mud and having to be towed out by tractors! Not good!!

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DISCO DISCO DISCO!!

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Yep, these are the toilets!!!

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All in all, Leeds was great! Green Day who I had had never seen live before were a major highlight! Billie-Joe even picked two guys out of the audience to come up on stage and sing while he rocked the guitar … amaazing! Eminem of course, was a highlight as I have waited to see him in the flesh for years and he did not disappoint! The Lumineers as always were fantastic and electronic music-duo Disclosure were on fire as they played the Radio 1 tent .. it was packed with sweaty people going crazy to their hits one after another. Although I already saw them at T – Chase and Status were still a favourite, giving an 100% energetic performance.

I’m actually quite sad that I have to wait ’til next year for another festival 😦 Might be tempted to bring out the mansion and have a mini-festival in my back garden .. camping but with all the home comforts nearby if the rain should strike 🙂

L x

T in the park 2013

Finally, only a month after the event, this post is dedicated to my time at T in the park, 2013.

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Ahhh… memories!

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Check us out!

For anyone who doesn’t know, T in the park is a Scottish music festival which is named after its main sponsor; brewing company – Tennents lager. The festival is held in an unused airfield in Kinross-shire and lasts for 3 days; Friday through to Sunday although campers can pay extra to gain early access to the campsite on the Thursday. Alongside the main stage and Radio1 stage there are stages that specifically promote upcoming, home-grown talent such as the T break stage and the Ceilidh tent. This year saw the 20th anniversary of the festival which was surprisingly drenched in glorious sunshine and saw acts such as Calvin Harris, Mumford and Sons, Rihanna, David Guetta and The Killers headline the main stages.

Accompanying me to T was my little sister, Lou (also a first time festival-goer!) and my friend, Linzi (who had been to T before and whose job it was to keep Lou and I on the right track – erm.. good luck with that one!). So, off we set, bright and early (5:15am to be exact) on the Friday morning in order to miss the traffic on our way to Balado and to get into the campsite early enough to pick a good spot for our tent – dubbed the mansion! It was pretty big! J

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Lou and Linzi in our ‘garden’ 🙂

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Outside our home for the weekend!!

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Home! ❤

After a gruelling mile or so trek from the drop off point in the roasting hot sun with all our rucksacks and trolleys – which may I add felt like a stint in the SAS or something – we finally arrived in the campsite! Yay!! Fast-forward about twenty minutes (impressive or what?!) and we were relaxing outside the mansion – guy ropes pitched and all!- on our neon camping chairs, soaking up the sun with a delicious Kopparberg in hand (It had never tasted so good!) and getting into the festival spirit. We were so chuffed with ourselves especially as we looked over at our two male neighbours who were struggling with a smaller tent and were being assisted by two of the campsite helpers (awww, bless!).

At 4pm the Arena opened and we rushed over to the main stage to catch The Proclaimers opening the festival. The atmosphere was brilliant as everyone cheered and sang along to their songs – no prizes for guessing which song got the crowd going mental- and the fact that it was so warm and sunny just made it even better! Following on from the Proclaimers were acts such as Kendrick Lamar and Emeli Sande – who performed her new song ‘Lifted’ with Naughty Boy.  Then, as Chase and Status took over the main stage, the atmosphere was cranked up a notch or ten and the crowd went even wilder, jumping around to songs including ‘Hypest hype’, ‘Time’, ‘Blind faith’ and ‘End credits’. Oh my, the energy radiating around that stage was electric; everyone was going crazy and I think there was even a mosh pit going on down the front! Chase and Status were definitely one of the highlights of T in the park – can’t wait to see them again at Leeds!

Finally, after jumping around like crazy fools along with thousands of other people at Chase and status, it was time to move over to the Radio1 stage to catch the Calvin Harris who was headlining. After a quick detour past the cocktail bar to sample some strawberry daiquiris, we managed to squish ourselves into the back of the mahoosive crowd in time for Calvin starting. To say it was madness was an understatement; Being squeezed into a sea of people all jumping around and going wild as Calvin dropped hit after hit was a truly fitting end to an amazing day! You can check out his set list at the link below;

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/calvin-harris/2013/balado-kinross-scotland-63d952e3.html

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Getting mad with it 😉

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Fist pumpin’ ??

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Wine o’clock 🙂

Saturday saw more amazing acts perform as well as some acts which have been out of the spotlight for some time. Kicking things off on the main stage was James Arthur from the Xfactor who we missed but we made it just in time for The Fratelli’s who I haven’t seen play live in years! Memories of chilling at college playing pool in the student union came flooding back as I listened to ‘Henrietta’, ‘Cuntry boys & city girls’ and of course, ‘Chelsea dagger’ – always a crowd pleaser! The Lumineers came on after The View and gave an outstanding performance, singing songs including the instantly recognisable ‘Ho hey’. Next to entertain us, was Paloma Faith who was wearing a glamorous sparkly long-length gown and matching sparkly platform shoes. Such a great voice and a great entertainer, Paloma put on a great show and sang hits ‘New York’ and ‘Picking up the pieces’ and even stopped between songs to sip tea from a flask.

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The gorgeous Paloma

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Her beautiful set

I had been advised by quite a few people before I went to T to go and check out Snoop Dogg even if I wasn’t particularly into his music and they were completely spot on! From the minute he stepped on stage on the Saturday night, he had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand and he really smashed it with favourites including; ‘Sweat’, ‘Young and wild and free’ and ‘I wanna f**k you’. I would definitely recommend going to see him… boy did that man have some stage presence!!

Following on from Snoop Dogg/ Lion or whatever name he’s going by now, was headliner; Rihanna who I was most looking forward to seeing. I had wanted to see her live for years and couldn’t believe it when I saw she was added to the 2013 line-up. Give the girl her dues, she had the crowd going wild and as always, she looked amazing but I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed when most of the singing was coming from the backing tape as she was too busy grinding and dancing on stage.

Before we knew it, the weekend had flown by and it was the last day of the festival. L Along with a sadness that it was all nearly over, Sunday also brought another tough decision; David Guetta or The Killers?!? Arghhh! My mind was pickled as I would of loved to have seen both but after realising this was not physically possible, I thought about it sensibly and decided to see the Killers as I have never seen them live whereas I had seen David Guetta once before. In hindsight I can say I definitely made the right decision. Not only did Brandon Flowers look extra extra hot rocking a black leather jacket and a sleek side parting but he really gave it 100% as he performed the illustrious Killers classics; ‘Somebody told me’, ‘All these things that I’ve done’, ‘Human’, and ‘Mr Brightside’. Add to that, covers of Travis’ ‘Side’ and Tommy James and the Shondells ‘I think we’re alone now’ and you have all the ingredients needed for the perfect closing set for T in the Park…I was one happy camper!

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To sum it up; the experience of sleeping in a tent for the weekend, having hot piss thrown at you (nice!) and drinking warmish vodka wasn’t as bad as I had imagined at all! Listening to people outside cursing as they tried and failed to manoeuvre around our guy ropes was actually hilarious (we witnessed a few ouch moments!) as was Lou handing out an unlimited supply of face wipes to not only the crowd but also the security team every time hot liquid was thrown our way! The weekend was EPIC! And I hardly ever use that word! 😉 Definitely going to book up for next year!! J

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mmmm these were delicious and just what we needed to cool us down!

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How cool… skull made from rubbish!!

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Just chillin’

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Festival fever!

Going to a festival has always been high up on my bucket list of things I’ve always wanted to do! I was so intent on crossing this off my list that I booked up to go to two festivals this year which take place within a month or so of each other; the first being the infamous T in the park and the second being Leeds festival. For someone who has never pitched a tent before, never mind slept in one for the weekend, you might find the idea of booking up to go to two festivals a lil’ crazy but hey – why not jump in at the deep end?! 😉 So, for your amusement, I will shortly be writing posts about my adventures at T in the park and Leeds 😀 Watch this space!!

T in the park picImage via; NME http://www.nme.com/photos/t-in-the-park-2013-all-the-best-pictures/313003/1/1#54

Leeds festivalImage via; Drowned in sound http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4145411-in-photos–leeds-festival-2012-day-3-bramham-park-leeds

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