Bombay Bicycle Club – 05/03.2014 – Newcastle 02 Academy gig

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“It has been so long since I went to s small scale standing gig, where I could submerse myself with the 100’s of other people all equally high spirited and living for the moment. And last night I enjoyed being back in the scene of my 14 year old self travelling to Manchester every couple of weeks for a gig. For the second time I saw Bombay Bicycle Club live, this time at the 02 Academy in Newcastle for their album tour of ‘So Long See You Tomorrow’ the bands first number one album. There were three things which struck me about this gig 1) I wasn’t actually the smallest for once despite only being 5.3 – direct comment to the youth of the crowd, 2) I actually felt old, it’s rare I feel like this and it is not a great feeling.  3) The hilarious notion of drunken 16 year olds attempting to start a mosh pit TO BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB? SERIOUSLY. I mean yeah I’ve been there for gigs like Biffy, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Alterbridge & Shinedown but Bombay Bicycle Club?!

Okay enough of me rambling about my teenage years disappearing too fast, heres my actual review:

Supporting Bombay Bicycle Club was Flyte a new band who released their first single just a few days ago. Similar sounds to B.B.C’s first album (I had the blues but shook them loose) but less distinctive. There set was catchy and a great crowd warmer without the hints of annoyance and cheesiness which often goes hand in hand with ‘catchiness’.

Rae Morris, an already established artist who also toured with B.B.C on there previous tour brought to life the concert and set up a fantastic atmosphere. Similar to early sounds of Lorde and Birdy’s more up tempo tracks. Morris has that endearing, pure quality which could capture audiences of 1000’s. Particular favourite tracks are ‘From above’, ‘Don’t go’ and ‘Grounded’

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Bombay Bicycle Club cannot be coined to one sound or genre each album has differed dramatically in tone and style but So Long See You Tommorrow is perhaps the beginning of there own individual style.

Bombay Bicycle club smoothly travelled from track to track with such a grace. Conversation was kept to a minimum, all attention was kept on the enjoyment of the music. Opening with first track off their album 'overdone' the band wasted no time reaching the punchy 'almost aggressive' tone which is hinted throughout the album. The bands set was enthralling; a mixture of dimly lit still stage moments to neon, illuminations depicting abstract projected shapes of dancing women, people, trees, shapes, colours and shadows. Liz Lawrence joined the band for their collaboration of new single 'carry me' which is even more poetically rich than on the album.  'Shuffle' was where the crowd really came to life a mixture of dancing, swaying, jumping and of course shuffling to the same electronically pleasing sound. And of course Lunar provided the perfect building of a almost frantic quality with Steadman's gritty unperfected vocals to Rae Morris's silky smoothless combined with an undertone of warming African beats the track really was performed phenomenally.

Sadly although Bombay mixed there new album with old tracks they missed out a few key favourites of mine which I believe would have taken the concert to a whole new level for the audience. Tracks such as Ivy and Gold – you could hear the murmur of voices: hoping they would burst back on to stage for their encore with it but sadly not. Other tracks such as jewel, dust on the ground and flaws were also greatly missed.

Of course they put on a great show, not only in the electric range of music and Steadman's unique vocals but also a fairy tale like mix of animation, art and lighting all brought together in a superb seamless blend of talent. Furthermore throughout the set the albums inspiration of Steadman's travels accross India and Europe is brought to life with a real sense of travelling and exploring the unknown in a blurry, dizzy mix of high emotions.

Conclusion: I am full of that all too familiar feeling of a melancholic sadness which you always get the day after a great gig, returning home from a festival or holiday with friends. You just want to be back where nothing matters apart from the music, having fun, dancing,  and once again the music!

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Car sharing with a person of mass destruction

This is my friends story about her tragically ironic car share experience when she came to visit me! Please Read

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Last weekend I car-shared for the first time. I’ve reached that level of broke. The level where you get in a car with a complete stranger, the only info you have about him being “Paul, male, 50-60 years old”. He offered me a lift to Sunderland free of charge and I was both intrigued to meet this man who offered something for nothing, and apprehensive. And I had reason to be. It turned out I could hardly have got into the car with a more dangerous person. When he told me what his job was I had two options… either get out of the car immediately, or play dumb and use this ridiculous opportunity to hear from the Head of Weapons at BAE Systems, a man responsible for the death of thousands. I chose the second option. “Is that the arms company?”

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Nina Nesbitt – Selfies Review

Nina Nesbitt’s music video for new single: Selfies – The first track from new album Peroxide, was premiered via VEVO on YouTube on December 16.

Peroxide is released in the U.K on February 17 2014.

Nina Nesbitt, 19, is a Scottish singer songwriter, equipped with bleach blonde hair and a love for all things vintage. Nesbitt broke into the music scene by a chance meeting with Ed Sheeran after a gig where she played him one of her first songs on his acoustic guitar titled: Standing On One Leg. He invited her to support his Glasgow gig. Nesbitt has grown ever since.

I have been a fan of Nina Nesbitt for a few years now, back when she was pretty undiscovered and way before she became an online phenomenon backed by her fans or ‘Nezbian’s’.

A song about Selfies, to be honest I cannot match the subject choice with a more appropriate artist. Nesbitt is idolised for her quirky and unique fashion style, her fun and bubbly persona, and daily interesting picture posts, across a range of media platforms. Such as: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Nesbit defines ‘the cool Selfie’.

Selfies is a light-hearted song with an unserious and low budget video to match, the aesthetic is much more ‘teen pop culture’ than previous song’s such as Apple Tree and Seesaw. I guess as Nesbitt grows in popularity her songs, like many other artists drift towards the ‘poppy synth sound’. But it’s catchy, it will get people talking and it’s current.

Taking a Selfie has become contagious and has spread across the world. Nesbit hints to selfies being used to prove to someone who hurt you that you’re fine and happy, a way of showing happiness and well-being. Selfie was recently added to the dictionary and was titled, Oxford word of the year. Nesbitt aims to show people that Selfies are a bit of fun and not attention seeking. Although people’s lives may seem great, everyone is human and although the Internet shows a lot. At the end of the day, the Internet only shows us what people choose to put on.

Nesbitt has been critiqued as a ‘budget version of Taylor Swift’ However I disagree, Nesbitt is making her way up and I am sure she will get bigger and bigger. Sadly it’s not all about the music anymore but instead it seems to be about how you can market yourself across social media platforms to gain idolising fans. Nesbitt however should be commended for her determination to succeed and the understanding of what fans want. The video or the song is not cheap or tacky it’s an incredibly good pop song.

If you like Amy Macdonald, Lily Allen, Taylor Swift, and Lenka check her out via Facebook or Spotify.

Pre order ‘Peroxide’ and book tickets for U.K tour at http://www.ninanesbittmusic.com

Landann

Hello,

Firstly I have to apologize for not posting on here, I have been away and seriously busy with some personal and family issues. However the bright side is due to the gap I have so much to fill you in on. I think I’ll start with my London trip.

Most photographers, bloggers, business people know London. But I have only ever visited London three times, each was a day trip and years apart. My friend from university; Catherine invited me to stay with her in her dads apartment for a week in the beginning of July. Of course I said yes, (despite having no money to my name) and I had such a good week 🙂

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Catherine said to me: I probably won’t take many photographs because I’ve seen all the tourist attractions and I’ve been to London so many times. This slightly amused me because as a photography student I can’t think of anything more boring that photographing the things like 1000+ tourists photograph everyday. However I couldn’t miss this view from the bridge in St James park. It’s so picturesque and fairy tale like. Something that I could really do with at the moment, to be transported to a fairy tale safe haven.

The first evening we walked to Leicester Square and had a look around, just soaking up the atmosphere and then had a lovely late evening meal at Bella Italia. We had the perfect seat in between the open french windows overlooking the street dancers in Leicester Square. 🙂

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This is a snap shot of my friend Catherine and what I ate at Bella Italia 🙂

On the Tuesday we had a meander around London and went around looking for last minute west end show tickets. In the end we went to see Once. During the day we explored SOHO and went to the photographers gallery, (However usually I love the photographers gallery when we went only one floor was open and so that was quite frustrating.) The Tuesday was quite rushed and way more stressful than it should of been.  Anyway we had the show to look forward to that night.

Once is a theatre production of a film about an Irish busker who feels he has lost his way and his music but meets a Czech woman who shares his passion for music and together they rekindle their love for folk music. The play was well acted but the story line is just a bit drab and during the second half it was hard to say any more than a typical love story with tedious solo’s from the protagonists about each other. However the first act was funny, touching and fresh. I don’t enjoy musicals, I find myself getting bored of the endless songs. But the folk music felt more like watching a live gig and so appealed to me much more. 🙂 The supporting cast were brilliant.

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The Wednesday was by far the best day 🙂 We went to the Natural History Museum to see the Dinosaurs (since I was a little kid, I have always been fascinated and slightly obsessed by them. My favorite Dinosaur was Allosaurus!

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Part of the Natural History exhibition was a special photographic exhibition by the absolutely incredible Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis. Every print and photograph took my breath away. I must of spent about three hours in their. Each image was so beautiful and personal. Both his portraits of animals and people. Something that amazed me was the quality of his images and finding out that he was 5,000 metres away, up in the air in a hot air balloon. Even if you hate photography or nature, I believe that every single person should see this exhibition.  I would upload an example of his work but it just wouldn’t give it any justice. Some of the photographs gave me goose bumps and brought a tear to my eye. The most moving and touching piece of work I have ever seen.

It’s open till the 15th September so If you’ve not been, I could not recommend anything more!!

After the Natural history museum we ate our home made  lunch (saving money time) And I had a panic attack my train ticket home to Leamington Spa was not valid for the Thursday 05th it was Valid for the day I got my train to London from Chester. I CAN’T BELIEVE I MISSED THAT! Luckily I re-brought the ticket on the day and it only cost 7.00 could of easily been like 20 for a single.

Anyway after that fiasco we caught the subway to Camden to check out the vintage shops, markets and street food. I love Camden! It’s so interesting, just wish we could of spent longer there. This is one of the images I took in Camden I love the scene and how engrossed the buskers are in their music.

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I love this image taken in Camden, the man looks so deep in thought, perhaps he’s reflecting back on his childhood or memories of long ago…

Spicy potato and tomato chicken bake

ingredients:

1kg potatoes,2 onions, garlic, 2 cartons/tins chopped tomato’s, two peppers, leftover cooked chicken,paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chopped parsley, sour cream, dollup of tomato purée,

Method:

1) cut open and peppers and oven roast for about 15 mins
2) bring potatoes to boil in large pan (20mins)
3) fry onion till very soft
4)Add two cartons/ tins of chopped tomato’s and 2 tsp of paprika – stir well
5) Add the chopped garlic
6)Once the peppers have roasted cut them up into small chunks and add to the tomato sauce
7) Add a tsp of Cayenne pepper (if you want it that little bit extra spicy) v
8) Add the cooked chicken, let it warm up in the sauce but turn the tomato sauce onto a low heat and then turn it off
9) Add the sauce to a large oven prove dish, and spoon over the mash potato over the top (If you want the potato to be that little bit creamier mix in some sour cream with the mash potato)
10) Bake until golden and the sauce is bubbling (about 15/20 mins) at Gas mark 6

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Recipe – Mild curried stir fry with Quorn pieces

Okay so what was meant to be a simple vegetable stir fry turned into a food and flavour experiment… it paid off though it was delicious so I thought I’d share this healthy meal with you. 🙂

Ingredients: (3 people)

Onion (1/2) , carrots (1), red Peppers,(2) Leeks,(1) Courgette,(1) PakChoi, Beansprouts, (whole fresh bag) Quorn pieces (about 15 individual small pieces), 5 spice, soy sauce, ginger, corriander, star anise, coconut milk, chopped parsley,                                                              egg noodles in a corriander dressing

Method:

1) Add Olive oil to the pan and stir fry the onion untill soft and clear
2) Add the peppers and carrots – keep stirring untill cooked and soft
3) add the frozen pieces of Quorn – check when you can easily break the pieces up
4) Add the leeks, courgette & Pak Choi
– Keep stirring these together in a Wok or large frying pan for about 10 – 15 minutes
5) – Add the egg noodles to the wok – add a little a small amount of water / stock to stop the noodles from sticking
6) – Add the fresh pack of Beansprouts (ready cooked) and again keep stirring, then add the chopped parsley
7) Now time to flavor and season – add Chinese 5 spice, soy sauce, finely chop ginger, ground corriander, & pinch of star anise,
8) – Optional add a handful of Cashew nuts for that crunchy texture
9) If you want to make your sauce thicker, (slightly more curry like) then add a tin of coconut milk.
– keep stirring on a low heat making sure it’s stirred in well and the stir fry is nicely heated.

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Manchester Trip (24-26 June 2013)

Like I said I wanted to start again and really keep up with my personal blog, there were so many things I got up to in my first year of university which although are documented in pictures  (1000’s) and Facebook and my own memories, sadly I didn’t have an up and coming blog to blog about my first year. So this summer (slightly less excited i’m sorry to admit) will be focused on improving my technical skills and knowledge of digital and film photography, to keep up a blog, to try and get a part time job and keep fit.

This weekend just gone I went to stay with my best friend in Manchester. Manchester is such an amazing place and although I only live an hour away I really don’t know it at all. My other best friend Jazz came to stay from Lancaster uni with us too. We had a great weekend, during the days Jazz was studying for her TEFL course so she can teach English in Spain.

During my weekend in Manchester I explored the wonderful vintage shops in the Northern quarter and Affleck’s Palace, I tried bobo Chinese tea in China town(this was seriously weird), ate at Wagamama’s for the first time (IT WAS AMAZING) and managed to eat a small part with chopsticks. BOOM! And watched Despicable me 2 in the Print works cinema.

As for nights out and bars we went to The Courtyard – pint of Gaymer’s cider 2.20 not bad, not bad at all. Went to Factory at night. Then we went to The Thirsty Scholar which although amazing and I loved it, I will never go back as my pint cost me 4.50 which is absolutely ridiculous in my eyes.

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This is me and my two best friends; Jazz & Mo on Friday night we filled up a film on Mo’s disposable camera and got them processed on Sunday.

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This is me and Jazz in the park near where Mo lives having a rest after walking around with our bags all around Manchester, after finishing some amazing frozen yogurt. #socute

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And this is me enjoying the sun and the heat whilst sitting in Mo’s kitchen. I wish I had a window seat like this, I could sit there for hours watching the world go by.