S Club 7 Concert Review

  

Artist: S Club 7

Venue: BIC Bournemouth

On Monday night at the BIC Arena in Bournemouth 90s kids dreams were made when S Club 7 took to the stage to perform some of their best known tracks. 

A night of nostalgia began as soon as the band stepped onto the stage to tremendous cheers from the audience. 

Looking no different,aside from a being grown up,the band sang with as much ease as they did before they split 15 years ago. 

Opening their set with Bring the House Down the crowd sang back every word like they did when they used to dance around their rooms when they were growing up. (You all did it so don’t admit you didn’t). What a great time growing up in the 90s was.

As the show went on and each of their classics were played out-S Club Party,You’re My Number 1 and Two in a Million,it was clear the audience and indeed the band were in as good a shape as they used to be. The energy in the arena was contagious. 

Each band member treated the audience to solo performances half way through the show. Tina with Stronger and Jon and Jo with Hello Friend. It was Paul that received the most applause however with his acoustic version of Reach,which the crowd sang back with such certainty.

Rachel then took the stage to sing a mix of her solo songs Some Girls and Sweet Dreams my La Ex before they jumped straight into the hits Bring it All Back and Viva La Fiesta.

The most applause and singing came near the end of the set when they surprised the audience with a cover of Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk. This got the audience dancing and exceptionally excited before the banded ended their set with much loved songs Reach and Don’t Stop Movin’. 

Overall this concert was an absolute delight to witness. Seeing a band like S Club 7 live brought back all the 90s nostalgia,proving that even after 15 years away they can still sell out arenas and put on one big S Club Party .

George Ezra: Brits Week Gig



*On a personal note before I start this review,I’d like to just say that George Ezra is one of my favourite artists and he was absolutely incredible live. With the gig being in Brixton I was a bit apprehensive,mainly because of the area but all turned out fine. We made it to the venue and back onto an earlier train than planned which was a bonus. Thanks Sammeh for coming with me. Now onto the review*

Crowds of people are gathered at Brixton’s Electric awaiting the arrival of 21 year old George Ezra.

Ezra first burst onto the music scene in 2013 having recorded two EPs ‘Did you hear the rain’ and Cassy O’. It wasn’t until 2014,when he released his first single ‘Budapest’ that people began to take notice. 

‘Budapest’ reached number 3 in the official chart. Since then,the 21 year old has been very successful. His debut album Wanted on Voyage was number 1 in the official chart for weeks. 

It’s safe to say Ezra has gathered a fair following by the amount of people that are here awaiting his set. 

With him being nominated for a Brit it only seems appropriate that he’s the first person to open the week of gigs at the Electric. 

He comes on with tremendous applause at around 10pm opening his set with the title track of his first EP,Cassy O. 

As soon as he plays the first note,the crowd immediately errupts into cheers and begins singing along. 

This continues for the next half hour as he plays hits from his debut album Wanted in Voyage including ‘Listen to the Man’,Blame it on Me(my personal highlight),and Barcelona. 

After ‘Barcelona’ he smiled at the audience before saying ‘this next one was also written on my trip around Europe’. Before playing the beginning cords of ‘Budapest’. Even to this day it seems this is the song everyone knows and loves the most. So much so that it is sung extra loudly,and when George stops singing to listen to the audience they sing loudly. His laugh and smile are infectious when he says how lovely we sound. In that moment it’s clear to see that Ezra loves what he does. 

After the hype of ‘Budapest,as the gog. comes to an end,the audience cheers in appreciation. ‘Sorry it was only a short set,but I hope you enjoyed it. Have a safe trip home and I hope to see you all soon’ he tells the crowd,before ending the night with a ballad and the title track off his first EP,’Did you hear the rain’. Which seemed quite fitting as on exit of the venue,it was tipping it down.

George Ezra is an absolutely incredible artist. If you’re to see one soloist live then I definitely recommend it to be George.  

http://youtu.be/jkXxPxi2_c8 

Olly Murs Live Review

HMV, Oxford Street. It may look like your normal store, but upstairs far beyond the world of DVDs, right at the back of the room is a stage. A hundred of Olly Murs fans are gathered in a pen in front of the stage, lucky competition winners as they await the man himself.

 

Olly Murs, X Factor runner up of 2009, takes to the stage wearing a grey blazer and jeans; his fans of all ages react. They scream and cheer his name, and for the next twenty minutes they are transfixed.

 

Olly Murs opens up his set by being his cheeky self, asking where his fans are from and referencing three of his songs off new album, Never Been Better. ‘Did you miss me?’ he asks, a rupture of applause follows. He then starts his set.

 

With ballad ‘Dear Darlin’ starting it off, he soon has the audience singing along with him. After more chat, including a face time with a fan who ends up getting emotional, he sings new song ‘History’, a love song which he jokes isn’t about his fans, before ending with his current single ‘Wrapped Up’ which gets his fans singing and dancing along, getting them ready for the meet and greet that followed afterwards.

 

Olly oozes charisma, both on and off stage. What you see in Olly is what you get, a cheeky chap from Essex who hasn’t let the fame goes to his head. He’s still that typical lad who will help you across the street and make you smile. And that comes across not only when you meet him, but also in his performance too.

 

Foo Fighters-Sonic Highways Album Review

The Foo Fighters eighth studio album, ‘Sonic Highways’ coincides nicely with the eight-part TV documentary series about the making of the album, which was recorded in different studios across eight cities of America. Grohl would lock himself in his hotel room and spend the night choosing words from the interviews he conducted to go in the studio and record the next morning. ‘Very last minute’ he told Dermot O Leary on Radio 2. It certainly doesn’t sound last minute.

 

The first track on the album alone proves that. ‘Something From Nothing’, written in Chicago, about the run down city, opens the album perfectly. ‘Something from Nothing’ is everything you would expect from the Foos; beautiful guitar riffs mixed with Grohl’s haunting voice sets the tone for the rest of the seven tracks on the album.

 

From the searing power pop What did I Do?/God is my Witness to the arena sized chorus of the seven minute closing track, I Am A River, Grohl and co. pull out all the stops, delivering everything fans of the band know and enjoy. Guitarist Pat Smear also shows off the blistering guitar solos that have made a crucial difference since he re-joined the band a couple of years ago.

 

Joe Walsh, Zac Brown and Ben Gibbard are among those along for the ride along the sonic highway.

Partying with Pixie

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Yes,the title of this blogpost is exactly how it sounds,well the nearest to it anyway.

A few weeks ago I entered a competition to win tickets to the launch party of Pixie Lott’s range of Batiste dry shampoo. I thought nothing of it,just a normal really cool competition to enter and put it to the back of my mind.

Then a week afterwards when I was on my way home from a day in Brighton I checked my emails to find out I had won.

I’d get to go to an exclusive launch party where I’d get my hair done and listen to pixie perform and get a photo with her afterwards. That night was Saturday.

After much difficulty trying to find the venue(when they say tucked away in the middle of soho,that’s actually what they mean). Needless to say me and Lucy finally found it and had a great night.

We had cocktails,got our hair done(I got my ‘Isabelle’ braid I had been wanting for ages and Lucy had her hair curled which looked really nice.) and took a couple photos in the photobooth whilst enjoying a catch up.

Then,at around 8ish we escorted upstairs to the stage area where we were treated to performances by Molly Rainford(who for a 13 year old was very confident and had a great vocal range for her age),and Jocee who got the crowd hyped for Pixie’s performance.

Pixie came on at around 8.45 and played a 45 minute acoustic set of some of her most famous songs including Mamma Do and Cry Me Out,aswell as some of her new songs off the new album released on August 4th such as Ocean,her latest single Lay Me Down and Nasty. She also done a cover of Cry To Me from Dirty Dancing and her most recent cover of a mix of Waves by Mr Probz,All of Me by John Legend and My Love by Route 94.

After an amazing set the event came to a close with us each getting the opportunity to have a picture with pixie and a free goody bag featuring lots of Batiste products

An absolutely amazing night with great company. Thanks to Batiste hair for organising the event,Pixie Lott for being the most kindest person ever and putting on a great show and ofcourse to Lucy for coming with me.

❤️❤️❤️

Birdsong and Phoenix Collective Gig

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What a great week!

This is just a catch up on this week really to fill you in as I feel bad about not updating as much.

On Monday I caught up with a friend I used to go to school with. We went for lunch and saw the new transformers film which was great,even though the film wasn’t really my type of thing.

Tuesday I went to Brighton and met up with one of my online friends,Emily. We had a wander around town and ended up getting a bit carried away talking to a sales assistant in Cath Kidston about Mcfly. We also went dream house shopping. Only wish I was moving to London now so I could buy all the gorgeous stuff I saw.

We also had fun on the penny slots and won a mini minion on the hook a duck game at the seafront. Most people know I like minions so I was happy. Hence the minion selfie with Emily.

I was orginally supposed to go to Eastbourne on Wednesday to watch Birdsong again but ended up going on Saturday instead. Kind of glad I went then as I think going both Saturday and Wednesday would have been a bit much,no matter how much I enjoyed it.

Thursday,Friday and Saturday morning were spent working on more drawings and getting the last few bits together for the gifts I planned on giving the cast.  Which turned out great,despite the rush that morning. I ended up writing the cards on the train going up.

I feel very lucky to be able to have gotten the chance to see the amazing cast in action twice. It was amazing the first time,but even better the second time,probably because it was their penultimate performance and they were coming to the end of the run. I noticed a few subtle changes from when I saw it on Winchester but it still worked perfectly.

After the performance me and mum made our way round to stage door,gift bag in hand to wait for the cast to come out.

I wasn’t sure they would but I hoped they would as I got a tweet from one of the actors letting me know they would be out at some point in between shows. To my luck around half 5 they did.

Elizabeth came out first followed by the rest of the cast-Selma,Jonny,Carolin,Sam and George. Each took the time to stop and chat and sign and take photos,which was great as I was the only one there. Having been a bit of an avid fan of both the play and the actors I was a bit nervous about how they would react,especially as I’d done drawings of them. They were all absolutely lovely and I can’t thank them enough.

The encounter with the cast went a bit like this.

Me(to Elizabeth) hi can I get you to sign my programme?
Elizabeth: ofcourse- did you enjoy it?
Me: yeah,it’s actually my second time seeing it.
Elizabeth: thankyou for all your support.
Me: you’re welcome. Can I get a photo?
E: yeah,sure. Shall we get someone else to take it? *selma takes my phone and takes the photo*
*After selma had taken the photo I ask her if she can sign my programme. She finds the page and signs.
Me(to Selma) can I give you these? *hands over the gifts.
Selma: thankyou so much. Guys we have presents.
Sam: If you put them inside we’ll open them later.
Me:(to Selma) can I get a photo?
Selma: ofcourse.
Jonny: opens his arms for a hug. Hey how are you?
Me: I’m good thankyou,how’re you? *Jonny take a photo of me and Sam and then we swap.
Sam: *after taking our photo together rubs my shoulder. Aww bless you.
I then go over to where Carolin and George are standing.
Me(to George) I like your flower.
George:thankyou,it’s Macmillan I think.
Me(to carolin) can you sign my programme.
Carolin: ofcourse.
Me:(to George) I don’t know how you can get out of character so quickly.
George: you get used to it after a while.
Me(to Carolin) can I get a photo?
Carolin *nods* we take a really nice selfie.
Me: can I get you to sign my program too George?
George: I have to warn you my handwriting is terrible.
George signs the program and we take a photo.

We say our goodbyes and I go back to where mums waiting.

Mum: where’s the lid for the pen?
Me: oh
Just as I’m about to go back to get my lid from George I hear him mutter damn under his breathe and he calls my name and hands me the lid back.

We then said more goodbyes and George and Carolin walked down the street. Me and mum followed behind to go to the station and selma cut in front of us to catch up with them.

Me and mum made our way to the station to go home. Whilst I was waiting I checked my twitter to find that George had favourited my tweet from this morning. A few hours later I checked again and I had received these lovely tweets and a follow from Sam.

I can’t thank the cast enough for putting on such a great show night after night. I feel very lucky to have been able to have seen the show twice and met such talented actors. I wish them all the luck for their next projects and they’ve each made a fan in me.

Thankyou guys.

Sunday was the day of The Phoenix Collective gig. The band the orginally cast of Once formed together as they liked performing together so much.

I got on the train and 10.25 and by 11am my Sunday had been made. I checked my twitter and I had a tweet from the birdsong tour tagging me in a photo of Simon Lloyd with the picture I drew of him. The caption ‘Bear with his fabulous portrait by @pontinemily. Needless to say I was happy and couldn’t stop smiling. Even more so when Simon replied with ‘a very proud looking bear indeed’

This is why those guys are a awesome!

I arrived in London and met Tim feeling really happy and excited. I relayed the conversations of the Saturday with him to which he smiled and spoke in the right places which I’m very grateful for. It seemed all I did was talk yesterday.

After KFC we made our way to Highgate where the gig was. The Bogaloo is a small pub with tables and stalls with a space for people to play at the front.

When we got there it was pretty empty. We grabbed a seat and got the drinks in whilst we watched The Phoenix Collective sound check and waited for the other acts to arrive.

Declan Bennett arrived and said hello to everyone including waving at me whilst he was talking to some women at the table next to us and asked if I was ok.

I’ve been a fan of his since seeing him as Guy in Once and his music has since been on repeat, so being on the same room and listening to his set meant a great deal.

The support acts were great. Nick Edward Harris made playing the guitar effortless, whilst Scarlett Starlings looked they had great fun having a dance to their set.

Forty Elephant Gang were just epic sounding like a cross between Mumford and Sons and The Beatles when they first started out as the Quarrymen. They got the biggest cheer and psyched everyone up for Declan’s set.

After a ten minute break,Declan came on stage to a huge applause and played song from his album Record Breakup including Everything More,Love Wins,Freer and The Longer I Leave It. I couldn’t help but sing along with him. He’s amazing and to see him live was awesome!

The Phoneix Collective closed the gig with some Irish folk songs and transported me back to Dublin for the last hour. Everyone’s feet were tapping and everyone was singing along. In that moment we all became one sharing our love of music. Nothing beats that feeling!

After a great rendition of Chandlers Wife from Once, much to the audience pleasure which went on for a good five minutes because the audience kept singing the same part over and ever again the gig came to an end.

It made a change for a Sunday. Great company accompanied by great music. Definitely one of the best Sundays.

After the gig I waited to see if I could talk to Declan afterwards which I managed to do.

He turned round and saw me and the conversation went like this.

Declan: oh hey,how are you? *opens arms for a hug*
Me: *hugs him*
Dec: did you enjoy it? It was fun wasn’t it?
Me: it was great. Can I just say thankyou. Record break up has been on repeat since I saw you in once back in January and I love it.
Dec: ah bless you thankyou that’s lovely.
Me: can I get a quick photo?
Dec: ofcourse.
Me: sets up my phone to take a selfie.
Dec: oh wow are we actually doing this? Are we actually taking a selfie?
Me: takes the selfie* thankyou so much.
Dec: aw you’re welcome.
Me: when are you back in Eastenders?
Dec: the end of the month.
Me: I loved your tattoo by the way.
Dec: oh the one on my neck?
Me: yeah. That’s mine *shows him my tattoo.
Dec: ah come what may. That’s lovely. *walks over to Tim and shakes his hand. Alright mate,Declan.
Dec: so are you guys heading off now?
Me: yeah.
Dec:ah thankyou so much for coming. I’m glad you had a good time.
Me: thankyou. *opens arms for another hug*
Dec: *hugs me back* See you soon.

Needless to say I came out of the venue smiling like a loon and talking non stop again.

What a great way to end an awesome weekend.

Thanks to everyone who made this last week great.

I love you all.

What have you all been up to?

Lots of love

E ❤️

Ps: I woke up this morning to the final tally of the money Birdsong raised for Help for Heroes. So proud and happy that I got to see it twice. Help for heroes is a great charity and one that I was raised to support so congratulations to these talented guys. Can’t wait for next tour.

❤️❤️❤️

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McBusted

McBusted
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Sorry for not posting for a week. I would say that not a lot has happened over the past week but that would be a lie.

My mum came down to Southampton on Tuesday to spend a few days and help me pack up my uni room.

She experienced the lush burgers and strawberry milkshakes at Eds Diner that I kept going on about aswell as trying her first Sprinkles in the form of Turkish delight and mango ice cream. I also took her to a cafe which I like to spend my quite time at called The Butterfly Cafe.

The best day was Thursday however. The day where the seven year old in me couldn’t contain her excitement. The twenty year old me was pretty excited too. Thursday I went to go and see McBusted,two of my favourite bands growing up,McFly and Busted,and let me tell you,IT WAS AMAZING! By far the best concert I’ve been too.

After spending the morning in Southampton starting to pack up my room we made our way to Bournemouth and the venue to pick up our tickets. Whilst there I also bought my McBusted wristband from the merch table before spending the afternoon on the penny slots and grabbing machines in the arcade, I almost won a minion,but not quite. Hopefully in Brighton on Wednesday.

Around 6.30 we went back to the venue for the concert. After the support acts at around 9pm the lights went out,and the crowd(me included) went mental as Mcbusted came out on stage.

They sang a mixture of both bands songs with Danny singing parts of the songs in which previous Busted member,Charlie Simpson would have sang.

As expected everyone sang along to all of their favourites and the crowd went mental when the band performed the last song on the list,Busted’s hit Year 3000.

It was an amazing night and if you ever get a chance to go and see them live,you really should.

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Yesterday I cleaned out my room and said an emotional goodbye to my first year flatmates. Next years have a lot to live up to. I love you,guys.

I’m now home for the summer and plan on doing a lot of writing,drawing and catching up with friends,which starts Monday when I should hopefully receive replies to some emails I’ve sent.

Off to Brighton on Wednesday to meet one of the first Downton Abbey fans I got speaking to,my friend Alice which I’m looking forward to.

In a couple of weeks time I’m also going to listen to a talk with author Sebastian Faulks and possibly see Carey Mulligan in Skylight with Tim. Then,the week after that it’s West End Live for the third year running which I’m excited about,so look out for those more exciting posts in the coming weeks.

For now,I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I leave you with my favourite picture I took of Thursday night,Danny and Harry.

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