Wednesday, 7 October 2015

September's Gig Round-Up

Welcome to September’s instalment of monthly posts all about what gigs I have been to. It was a busy month! Catch-up with August’sgigs here!

The Last Internationale @ The Barfly*

I was supposed to see these guys a year or 2 ago, just when they were releasing their first couple of singles. I’d gotten myself all geared up, listening to them on Spotify, but for some reason or other, I couldn't go in the end. So, imagine my delight when passes to their upcoming Barfly show were released on Jukely. Lead singer Delila has a real bluesy voice, not to mention a cracking fringe!

Laura Marling @ The Forum

This was a hauntingly beautiful gig. You could hear a pin drop in the crowd. There were even members of the audience shushing other chatterboxes! Laura is just so sweet and loveable with such a mature voice for her surprisingly young age (only 2 months younger than me!).

Foo Fighters @ Milton Keynes Bowl

I think Foo Fighters are now the band I've seen the most live (followed closely by McFly…), and I will never tire of going to their concerts. This band knows exactly how to rock, even with their leader in a leg cast! Grohl doesn't let a broken leg stop him, head banging from his throne of guitars which even wheels down the platform. What. A. Show! Support came from Royal Blood (brilliant!) and Iggy Pop (bonkers!).

F.F.S @ The Forum*

F.F.S. might just be one of the most unexpected collaborations, ever! This super group is made up of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks. They've joined forces to produce an album together, and planned some live shows too. Their new songs are pure catchy pop gold. It was great to see both bands play a few of their own tunes too.

Alvvays @ Shepherds Bush Empire*

After falling in love with their song ‘Marry Me, Archie’, I bought tickets to see Alvvays as soon as I could. Then, 2 days before, Jukely released passes so I sold my tickets and used the money for beer funds (and a McDonalds on the way home). Alvvays may not strike you as a band to mosh to, but my goodness did the kids in the crowd try their hardest!

Nimmo @ Oslo Hackney

I first saw Nimmo back in May supporting Jack Garratt at Village Underground. They had my feet dancing from the first beat. I knew I HAD to see them again! You just can’t help but move to their music. I did some more dancing at their after party (where the duo DJed), along with the boys from Seafret, who kindly got me an Uber home (talented and kind!!).

Sisteray @ The Black Heart

You may remember me mentioning these guys before. I’d missed their last couple of gigs, but made sure I had this one in the diary. These guys have got so much raw energy. Moment of the gig has to be Dan passing his guitar down to a randomer in the crowd for a solo. Close your eyes and you’ll hear Ian Curtis when Niall sings. These are definitely the lads to watch out for!

Morrissey @ Hammersmith Apollo

Morrissey gets a lot of slack for his live shows, but I was pleased to see him take to the stage on time. It was a great show, with Morrissey interacting with the audience. It just missed a few of his biggest hits, which was a little disappointing for me as this was the first, and will most likely be the last, time I've seen him live. There was 1 hiccup when his set was hit with a power cut. After about 15 minutes, they had everything running again and he strode back on stage and made a joke about it being a conspiracy from the Royal Family who were trying to shut him down. There was some pretty morbid videos shown on the big screens (people being beat by police and animals being slaughtered!), but I'm glad I've finally had the chance to see The Smiths front man live!

Florence + the Machine @ Alexandra Palace

Florence exploded back onto the music scene and announced 4 dates at the Alexandra Palace. This felt like a massive homecoming for Flo, who gracefully danced her way across the stage in a beautiful silk trouser and waistcoat suit. There was also a street food market in the main foyer, so we made sure to stuff our faces with nachos beforehand.

Sweet Baboo @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club*

I was going to actually buy tickets for this gig as Meilyr Jones was supporting, but Jukely passes came up before I had the chance. You may remember me seeing him twice in July. The main act was another Welsh singer under the name Sweet Baboo. He brought along an array of musicians, including a saxophonist and 3 violinists. He’s a funny guy this Sweet Baboo, cracking jokes in between songs with his very dry humour. The venue was also pretty sweet too, with the big heart lights and shiny tinsel. The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club put on a lot of drag Queen cabaret shows, which are definitely worth getting down to!

Lail Arad @ St Pancras Old Church

Back in June, I got chatting to a girl in the pub across the street from Islington Town Hall, after Rhiannon Gidden’s gig. 3 months later, me and The Boyf (who I’d also met that very same night) are stood in a beautifully lit church in St Pancras, about to see that very girl perform a wonderful set. When Lail speaks, it’s softly sweet, but when she sings, she has a rawness to her voice. I think I may have a new girl crush…

Summer Camp @ Village Underground

I was so gutted to have missed out on seeing Summer Camp back in June, so when they announced another London show, I snapped up tickets straight away. They played a little bit of everything, including some songs from the soundtrack they did for Beyond Clueless, which is available to watch on Netflix, so that’s definitely been added to my list! Summer Camp ended their show with a cover of ‘What’s Up’, originally sung by The 4 Non Blondes, which had everyone singing along to in high spirits! If anyone can tell me where Elizabeth’s pink polka dot dress is from, I’d be eternally grateful!

Be sure to check out my big gig post, with the reason why I attend so many live music events.

*These gigs I got passes to through Jukely. Click through any of my links to get £10 off your first month’s subscription!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Cyprus - My furthest journey yet!

5 months ago (yeah, I'm a bit behind!) I sat on a plane for the longest amount of time (for me), ever, and travelled the furthest distance (for me), ever! My high school best friend, Jess, was getting married to her college sweetheart, Adam, on the beautiful Island of Cyprus. I’d never done a proper summer holiday like this before, having only ever travelled to European countries within the distance of a 2 hour flight from London, so I was excited, but also nervous as to how I would take to my longest flight, and to how I would survive a whole week in a seriously hot country.

I survived the 5 hour flight, no problem, mostly due to Baby Jack being my little model. It was extremely hot (apparently it gets even hotter in the mid-summer!), but I think I dealt with it okay, not too much moaning from me, although my room mate for the week might disagree… I’d had a massive shop for real summer clothing a week or so before, so I was well prepared! We arrived in the early evening at Elias Beach Resort, our home for the next 7 days, and made plans to meet in the Hotel’s dining area after we’d all settled into our rooms.

Our first night was pretty relaxed. We had a bite to eat from the evening dinner buffet, which featured foods from different countries each night, alongside traditional Cypriot delicacies. I also had my long awaited Pina Colada! After dinner, we took a wander down to the beach. Jess and Adam showed us the pier where their wedding would take place in 5 days’ time. Our night time stroll had us all ready for an early bedtime. We’d need energy for our first day of exploring the next day

Be sure to give me a follow over on Bloglovin to catch more upcoming Cyprus posts!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

August Gigs Round-Up

Welcome to August’s instalment of monthly posts all about what gigs I have been to. 

Private Life @ The Monarch

You may remember these guys being mentioned in July’s gigpost. They were back this month at The Monarch. This time I brought along a big bunch of friends (6 of us altogether), and they all loved Private Life! Make sure you give them a like over on Facebook to keep up-to-date with more gigs.

Secret Cinema Presents Star Wars Episode V @ Secret Location

Not quite a gig, but I feel it needs a mention. Words cannot even begin to describe this event! I would urge you all to grab yourselves tickets and go, even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, but it finishes today. I’d only seen Episode IV for the first time earlier this year, but I still had the most amazing time and was so sad to leave. The details the folks at Secret Cinema put into this is absolutely mind-blowing! The actors are all on top form, from the moment you check-in, to when you leave. I'm desperate to go back!

Visions Festival @ Various venues around Bethnal Green/Cambridge Heath/London Fields*

We only ended up seeing 1 band, and that was Toy who were bloody amazing, as usual! There’s just something about the lead singer that I find so mesmerising. I remember the first time I saw them play, quite a few years ago, upstairs at The Old Blue Last. It’s amazing to have seen them grow!

Demons of Ruby Mae @ Sebright Arms*

Yet another random, spare-of-the-moment Jukely gig. I’d listened to a few of Demons of Ruby Mae’s songs on Spotify and quite liked what I heard. Having never been to Sebright Arms before, I was excited to finally check it out. It’s a great little intimate venue underneath the pub bar. One of the support acts, Matt Wills, did a wicked medley of 90’s garage hits! Demons of Ruby Mae sound like they should be a heavy rock metal band, but they’re far from that. Lead singer, Jonny Gavin, has a wonderful voice that I could listen to forever.

V Festival @ Hyland Park in Chelmsford *

Jukely had announced a few weeks ago they would be releasing passes for Saturday and Sunday at V Festival. As soon as the passes went live the Thursday before, I was lucky enough to grab a pair in time. It was a scorcher of a day, and we managed to catch sets from James Bay, Tove Lo, Annie Mac, Hozier, Chvrches, Kasabian, Nero, and our personal favourite, Tom Jones!! You can read the full blog post here.

New Found Glory @ O2 Islington Academy*

My 15 year old self was crying inside when passes for NFG popped up on Jukely! These pop-punk legends did not disappoint, with a set full of so much energy! Lead singer Chad came bouncing onto the stage and didn't stop until it was time to bounce off again. I am so happy I have finally had the chance to see them!

Spector @ The Barfly

A big favourite of mine and Amy’s is Spector. This was our 4th time this year seeing them play live. I swear, these boys just get better each time. There was some fantastic support from Hippo Campus, who I didn't realise I’d actually heard of before until they burst into their hit Little Grace.

The Correspondents @ The Old Queen’s Head

Any time I’ve been to see The Correspondents, it’s been a mad, crazy, amazing night. This night was no exception. There was a top notch DJ playing some old skool 90’s tunes to really get us into the mood. As soon as lead singer Mr Bruce hits the stage, you just can’t help but dance like crazy (although no one will ever dance as crazy as him!!). I'm really looking forward to catching them again in November, this time with their live band.

Be sure to check out my big gig post, with the reason why I attend so many live music events.

*These gigs I got passes to through Jukely. Click through using any of my links to get £10 off your first month!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

DealSale App Review

You may remember a few weeks ago I made a little wishlist of items from the DealSale App. Well my 3 chosen items have arrived. Here’s what I picked.

First up is this sweet little crochet collar/cape. This originally caught my eye as I thought it would be a great and easy way of updating items that I've had in my wardrobe for a while. It’s great quality, especially for the incredibly cheap selling price ($3.85). The only thing that bothers me about it is that it’s quite wide, so looks a little strange layered over high necked dresses/tops. It’s best worn over a strappy dress, like my little orange polka dot one above.

How adorable is this kitty print dress, and in my favourite (and most worn) colour – Blue! I particularly love the cat print around the sleeve cuffs. Here, I'm wearing a size M, and it’s a little bit on the short side, but the elasticated waist means it’s comfortable to wear, even when I'm feeling bloated. You may have noticed a bit of an error with this dress. Yep, the print on the skirt is upside down! I contacted them about this and received a reply within 24 hours. DealSale do take returns, so if you’re unhappy with an item, you can just email them back for a refund or to exchange it for something else. As I was sent this dress for free, I wasn't too bothered about exchanging it. I'm just gonna make the upside down cat face look work for me. At least it’s the right way up when I look at it when I've got it on XD

I love these shorts! They’re soft and silky, and the colours are so beautifully vibrant. The elasticated waistline makes them so comfy, and the tie bow on the front helps with hiding that inevitable food baby! I can’t wait to pair these with thick woolly tights and soft winter jumpers this A/W. These shorts come in a variety of different patterns, including some cool skull print ones. At only $4.30, it’s tempting to grab one of each! They come in just the one size but the elasticated waist means they'll easily fit sizes 6-14.

Now, the actual app itself is really easy to navigate. It’s not currently available for Windows phones, but Amy kindly let me use her iPhone to download it and order these items. As I’m not used to using an iPhone, I was unfamiliar with the menu setups, but it does work in a pretty standard way (so I’m told). I found it quick and simple to use whilst on the go.

It's a free app, so why not give it a go. You're guaranteed to find something you like!
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