The festival tag by ZoeLondon

As festival season is approaching it only seems fitting to attempt Zoelondon’s ‘festival tag’. I absolutely  loved the idea of this so had to give it ago, she has encouraged everyone to take part so if you’re a festival lover like me go wild!!

What was the last festival you went to?? 

Reading festival 2016. Like most people, reading is always the end of my festival season, marking the end of summer – and normally the perfect way to spend my summer. For the first time in 7 years I won’t be spending my bank holiday this way this year and it feels kinda weird, but the line up just isn’t for me this year – I mean where has the rock aspect of the festival gone?!

What was the first festival you ever went to? 

Unless you want to count all the years I attended the beach part of boardmasters, Reading 2011 was my first festival! It was an amazing year – Muse, My Chemical Romance and 30 Seconds to Mars…it was incredible!

Have you ever travelled abroad for a festival? 

Nope.

It’s something I’ve dreamed of doing , something I am changing this year! I know once I start I won’t be able to stop!!!

Who’s been your favourite headline act that you’ve ever seen at a festival? 

My Chemical Romance (Reading 2011). Not only was I luckily enough to see MCR before they split, but they brought out Bryan May (guitarist from Queen – as if you didn’t already know!)

Metallica (Reading 2015) were also incredible!!

And of course The Blackout headlining 2000 trees (2014) had to be a highlight, but that was expected.

What festival would you love to go to?? 

Glastonbury has to be up there, I feel like every British festival goer has to at some point!

I would love to do loads overseas such as, Rock AM ring, Groezrock, American Warped Tour!! They always have an incredible line up, UK festivals are weak in comparison.

What is the next festival you’re going to?? 
Hellfest! My first festival overseas, I am sooo excited. I’ve been told (repeatedly) that it’s a metal lovers Disneyland and to be honest I can’t think of anything better!

Do you camp or are you a hotel kinda person? 

Camping all the way!! It’s not truest the festival experience (in my eyes) if you don’t wake up, climb out of the tent and sit with friends under a gazebo!

Share your ultimate festival line up.. 

Obviously The Blackout would have to come back. Frank Carter would also have to be on the bill!!

I’d love to see Metallica again and MUSE. (This is starting to sound like a realistic Download line up)

If I could pick bands who no longer are with us, Nirvana and Queen would have to play. It would be a dream to see them!!! Also, blakfish – although they are “with” us they split up years before I found their music and I reckon they were a band to see!

Oh and of course Weezer!! (I bet they will finally do a secret set at Reading this year now that I have said this and I am not going)

 

I cannot wait for festivals season this year, it is going to Rock!!

Sydney x

 

 

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5 things I’ve been enjoying this week…

17-24/04/2017

Welcome to this new feature of my blog, a feature I would like to promise will be weekly but realistically might be a monthly addition.

They say blogs are the perfect way to  express yourself and that is what I’ve decided to start doing on my blog- expect some of the usual live reviews but also some late night thoughts (like my Tattoo/Taboo post) and anything in between!!

I want to make this feature a place where I come to share 5 things that have made me smile (whether it be an interaction I’ve had or TV show I’ve been watching), I would like to promise that this is something that I can commit to weekly but realistically 5 things might not occur every week.

The Walking Dead

I have been promising myself that I would start this show since Year 11 and finally in the second year of my degree I have got down to it. Since starting it I have struggled to stop watching- however that could be down to revision.

One thing I can tell you is that its an emotional roller-coaster (my favourite kind of show), you will love every-single member of Rick’s gang and your heart will break with both happiness and sadness (okay mainly sadness) about 13 times every season- yes that’s a heartbreak every episode.

I really don’t know what I am going to do once I’ve caught up to date (which is something I see happening way faster than I would like). Where am I going to get my Zombie fix???

ps. I have found The Walking Dead really easy to have in the background of revision- make it your revision friend and you will not regret it!

While She Sleeps- You Are We

This week While She Sleeps released their 4th album, and let me tell you it is great!!

I must admit While She Sleeps are a new love of mine (I have only really liked them for about 2 years) and I cannot get enough. The energy they have is incredible and whenever I listen I have an instant smile on my face. They are the type of band you have to see live, that’s when I ‘got it’ – it wasn’t until I was in the thick of their crowd I understood what they are about.

When you listen you can imagine the crowd, you can feel presence of the pit opening up even when sat in your bedroom on your own. This album has got me SO excited for summer, so excited for festivals and so excited to party!!

Go and show them some love, they really deserve it- and so do you! You deserve to know about a While She Sleeps show feels!

Mad girl- a happy life with a mixed up mind

For a while now I have missed reading, I have longed for a good book to get lost in and I’ve found it.

Bryony Gordon shares her experiences of living with a mental illness in a way that leaves smile plastered on your face. It has been a while since I’ve picked up a book and actually laughed out loud, and its something I certainly thought I wouldn’t do whilst reading a book about mental health. I am really enjoying this new approach to mental health, it opens your eyes to a new viewpoint – not everything has to be the deepest darkest shade of black.

This book is a refreshing and wonderful read. I am beyond excited to read more of her story.

A big cup of tea.

Something so simple, yet so wonderful. There is nothing better than finding your biggest mug, boiling the kettle and making a cuppa to accompany you with revision. Whether its Peppermint or your average Builders Brew I have been loving it! (shoutout to Twinnings for those fantastic blends , you’re the real M.V.Tea)

My Dog

The best part of being back from uni has to be spending the day with my dog. If I want a revision break she is more than happy to play fetch in the garden. More than happy to sit and cuddle for half an hour and just chill for a day.

The tattoo-taboo debate

In this day and age I can’t really tell if tattoos are still considered taboo? Your grandparents frown at them but almost everybody you know has one.

I’ve grown up knowing that I will never be able to get a job with tattoos yet 5 days after I turned 18 I rushed to the tattoo shop and let them ink me for life.

At 19 I have no idea what my future holds yet I have 3 tattoos and am planning to get many more- hopefully 4 by summer!!!

Tattoos on your hands considered job breakers but ones on your torso are perfectly okay?

Men can have sleeves filled with tribal ink, yet women who get anything more than flowers and butterflies get judged.

My question is: why do silly little doodles on your skin impact your future career?

Just a few months ago I found myself hiding one of my tattoos from my grandparents- a tattoo which I love SO much, a tattoo which holds so much familial meaning I would never dream of hiding it. Yet there I was, sat positioning my ankle in ways that were so uncomfortable but hid the thing I loved very much. Why you ask?? Because I knew they wouldn’t like it.

But why should that matter….I love it!!!

I (like everyone should) spend weeks and months thinking of tattoo ideas just to make sure I love them, therefore I feel I should be able to show them off without disapproving looks.  If I want to get a stick man on my foot then I will, and quite frankly it is nobody’s business.

So are tattoos taboo?? Only if you let them be. Express yourself in whichever way you want, and let others do it in whatever way they wish as well!! You do you, and I’ll do me!!

 

 

Happy Record Store Day!!

Happy Record Store Day!!! I hope you all celebrate by supporting your local record stores or even just listening to some amazing music – I know I will be (You Are We came out yesterday and I can’t get enough). Unfortunately this year I am unable to attend, mainly because I don’t have a local record store- get me back to Cardiff- but I will definitely be getting my vinyls out and jamming out!

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Last years record store day purchases!!

I know some of you may be reading this and thinking “oh another wannabe hipster with her vinyl collection” and fair enough I would probably have thought the same. However the rise of vinyl’s is happening and I am loving every second of it- even if my bank account isn’t!!

Luckily I grew up in a household where my dad had a huge vinyl collection which he still regularly played- I mean, why wouldn’t you still listen to Queen’s discography on a record player if you have all the original releases. I have memories of spring cleaning whilst belting out every single word to “don’t stop me now” – whilst being told I am not allowed my dad’s precious vinyl collection.

I feel like my dad’s love for his vinyls is what inspired me to collect my own and have a ever expanding collection. At first it started with me only getting a few of my favourites – which then turned into me getting a few new releases. Slowly my collection grew bigger (its not the biggest but I now own 5/6 of my all time favourite albums, so to say I am happy with it is an understatement), and now every time one for my favourite artists brings out a new album I order the CD and Vinyl!

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Unfortunately these are the only The Black vinyls I was able to grab whilst they were still together- however being able to say I own The Best in Town on Vinyl is Am-a-zing!!

Although I don’t listen to my records as much as I would like, I absolutely love having a few hours to chill out and get some of my favourite records out, the time to just relax and listen to your favourite songs is irreplaceable.

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Once I found out about the collectable Computers singles, I had to get them all!! (and my family gifted me with Love Triangles Hate Square (tysm) – signed by the band and all!!!
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5/6 of my all time favourite albums- Origin of Symmetry I am coming you.

 

Hope everyone enjoys today, I know I will!

Thanks for reading, Sydney x

Frank Carter + The Rattlesnakes Modern Ruin tour!

Frank Carter (former Gallows + Pure Love singer) and the Rattlesnakes recently put out their second album ‘Modern Ruin’ – an album that I personally believe is possibly the best one of 2017 so far. If you have been keeping up with my recent blog posts (or my social media) you will be aware of my growing love for The Rattlesnakes.

Ever since The Blackouts ‘this is it, is it?’ tour in 2015 I have been desperate for a tour (a band) that I was willing to attend more than one show of. After TBO split I had been left with a huge gap in my life (a huge favourite band shaped hole if you will), and The Rattlesnakes have filled that gap. So after their Bristol show in November I knew their next tour was a tour I needed to attend more than one date on (especially after the adrenalin from the night).

As soon as they announced this tour, immediately I started planning ways I can attend more than one date. Luckily one of the shows happened to be down the road from my uni flat, and the other was in the South West- therefore both were very easy for me to attend!

The shows I attended were Cardiff, The Globe 26/03/2017 and Exeter, The Phoenix 27/03/2017. (Let me tell you if I could’ve done more I 100% would have.)

First up (in Cardiff) were Strange Bones- aggressive, lively and engaging. These boys were everything you’d expect at a Frank Carter show, full of energy both on stage (as well as when they were in the crowd, of course) and through the music. I highly suggest everyone checks these guys out, they have restored my faith in ‘new’ bands- yes I am afraid to say I fell into the trap of only listening to big bands. But not anymore!!

Personally I felt like Strange Bones were better at warming the crowd up, as within seconds of them coming on stage the entire room started bobbing their heads with huge smiles on their faces. (Luckily they were the second support at Exeter which resulted in the crowd raring to go- I seriously think these boys will go on to do amazing things!!)

However, Honaka were also amazing- in a very different way- although they didn’t warm the crowd up in the same way Strange Bones did they still are a band to watch! Female fronted and nothing like Paramore- ideal. Nowadays when I hear Female fronted rock band I automatically picture pop punk princess running around on stage. This was not the case. When the four-piece walked on the whole crowd was mesmerised by watch we were watching, whilst strange bones physically connected with the crowd (literally) Yonaka had us hooked!

Although both of these bands were amazing they were nothing in comparison to the almighty Frank Carter.

With a setlist of old and new, The Rattlesnakes gave fans everything they desired. Energy. Love. Passion and Crowdsurfing.

One of my favourite things from the two nights has to be my experience of modern ruin. If you read my last Frank Carter related blog post, you will know how much of a great time I had during that song. If you are unaware- Frank Carter has decided to make things for boys and girls equal. When going to shows he used to feel safe crowdsurfing and going in the pits, but since having a daughter he has realised it is a male dominated world- a world he wants to change.

Personally, this speaks out to me. My dad used to always take me to shows, he tried to show me that I could do anything that a boy could, that I could enter the pits and feel safe. However, as a girl it was simply not the case- it is hard to feel safe at a rock show when you are a girl. At 15 I entered my first circle pit- thank you Pulled Apart By Horses. At age 16 I entered my first pit- thank you While She Sleeps. At 19 I had my first (second, third and fourth) crowd surf- thank you The Rattlesnakes.

Although I can’t say I feel 100% safe partaking at all gigs, Frank Carter has made the dream a reality. He has created and environment where I feel safe to do everything I love. Thank you Frank Carter- you’re the best!!

I suggest everyone goes out and gets their copy of Modern Ruin and grab ticket to his December Tour – you you end up in Bristol I’ll see you there.

This isn’t something you’ll want to miss.

So much Rattlesnake love- this year really is the year of the snake.

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(Image: Jennifer Mccord @jrcmccord- Third person right of Frank, what a perfect end to a perfect night) 

Sydney x

(unless stated, all photos are my own)