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FAVOURITES TO SEE AT Y NOT FESTIVAL 2017

At the end of July Y Not festival returns to Derbyshire, with previous years having seen the likes of Noel Gallagher, The Wombats and Circa Waves. As part of our recent series we thought we’d talk about 5 of our favourites to see at the festival which is gaining more and more popular by the year.

Stereophonics

As the Saturday headliners at Y Not, Welsh rockers Stereophonics are still going strong after more than 20 years. They’ve released 9 studio albums, with hints of a 10th being finished already. Responsible for some massive tunes including Local Boy in the Photograph, A Thousand Trees and C’est La Vie; as a band I’ve always wanted to see, these are top of my list for the weekend.

Oddity Road

Hailing from Sheffield, the quartet released their debut EP Handshake last year and have since racked up over 2,500 monthly listeners on Spotify; they even landed support with fellow Sheffield lads The Sherlocks on many of their UK dates. As one of the brightest bands coming onto the indie music scene this year, be sure to catch these in The Quarry on Friday.

Black Honey

Brighton born Black Honey take to The Giant Squid stage on the Sunday of Y Not. The female fronted quartet released catchy single Somebody Better in March this year and with a string of other infectious tracks under their belts I’m certain they’ll put on a fantastic show.

DMA’s

The Sydney trio gained recognition from tracks Delete and more recently their cover of Cher track Believe which gained positive speculation across social media. The band – who’s sound has led them comparison to Britpop legends Oasis – did a headline UK tour earlier on this year. If their performance in Liverpool was anything to go by, these guys sure know how to get the crowd bopping. Catch them on the Big Gin Stage on Saturday.

Happy Mondays

The Madchester icons take to the Big Gin Stage as the penultimate act on the Sunday where I’m sure we’ll hear some massive tunes from Step On and Kinky Afro; to Hallelujah and 24 Hour Party People. Get practicing your Bez moves!

Give our Y Not playlist a listen, including all these artists and a bunch of others from the lineup!

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FAVOURITES TO SEE AT TRUCK FESTIVAL 2017

 Truck Festival is now just a matter of weeks away and it will see some huge acts take to the stage including The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand and The Wombats. We took a look at the lineup and picked some of our favourites to see over the course of the weekend.

Sundara Karma

Potentially the most exciting indie-pop band around at the moment, Sundara Karma released their debut album back in January and have since done a headline tour, and landed support with the likes of Two Door Cinema Club. The Reading lads take to the Truck Stage on the Saturday of the festival, never failing to put on a crowd moving set; you won’t wanna miss out.

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Sundara Karma @ Manchester Albert Hall | 16/2/17

The Wombats

Inevitably, The Wombats are one to fit in to your festival schedule. As the penultimate Truck Stage act of the Saturday, these will sure get you hyped up in time for headliners The Libertines. If you’ve seen them before you’ll know just how good of a show the Scouse trio put on; blasting out indie-anthems such as Let’s Dance to Joy Division, Moving to New York and Tokyo. 

Jaws

Synthpop quartet Jaws are an unmissable part of the Truck Fest lineup. Since forming in 2012 they’ve blessed our ears with two albums filled with dreamy tunes like Stay in, Gold, and 17. As one of the best live acts I’ve seen, these guys are definitely ones to look out for over the weekend.

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Jaws @ Sound Control | 30/11/16

The Big Moon

The London quartet who formed in 2014, released their debut album earlier this year; filled with numerous feel-good tracks. Anticipation to see their performance will certainly be high.

Get Inuit

The Kent quartet will headline The Barn stage on Saturday. Throughout their material there is an energetic theme with the lads describing themselves as ‘surf inspired pop’. Upbeat, breezy tracks like Pro Procrastinator and Teriyaki will give you that summer feeling.

Check out my Truck Festival Playlist filled with tracks from all of these acts, and more!

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Who To See At Community Festival

As festival season begins to rear its big, beautiful head once again, it’s time to start planning who you’re going to see. Coming up on the 1st of July, Community Festival is offering a small but select line up of bands, from indie bread and butter like The Wombats to relative new kid on the block Rosborough. If you’re heading off to Finsbury Park this summer, make sure to check out these great acts.

Catfish And The Bottlemen

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An obvious choice, yes. But they’re the headliners for a reason. Having quickly established themselves as one of the rawest and punchiest live bands around at the moments, it’s guaranteed that their headline slot at Community will not be one to miss. If you’ve seen them before, you’ll know how good they are. If you haven’t, this is definitely not an opportunity to pass up.

The Wombats

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One of the founding fathers of indie pop, The Wombats are still going strong and are definitely set to be one of the best slots at Community this year. With old school tunes like Let’s Dance To Joy Division and newer hits such as Your Body Is A Weapon to play you through the summer sun, The Wombats are probably the most unmissable act of the festival. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the Liverpool three-piece.

Slaves

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If their 2015 Glastonbury set is anything to go by, Slaves are a band with stage presence for days. For just two people, the noise they create is immense and are also another unmissable act at Community. Whether you’re a fan of Are You Satisfied? or not, Slaves are very much a live band and a bona fide crowd pleaser. If you find yourself at Community, searching for a heavier, louder, angstier interlude, head to Slaves’ set – guaranteed not to disappoint. 

Fickle Friends

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Deffo a summer band if there ever was one! This Brighton quintet have been making waves since 2013 and are finally recording their debut album. No need to wait for that though, because their many singles are more than enough to put you into a full summer trance. Let the twangling guitars and HAIM style vocals of Brooklyn and Play elevate you to your best summer self. Make Fickle Friends a top priority for you at Community.

Darlia

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A fan favourite and a band who already has an impressive back log of big tunes and crowd-pleasers, Darlia should definitely be on your Community list! They’re cool, they’re catchy and they’re not going to disappoint this festival season. Well at home alongside other similar indie rock bands such as Catfish and Slaves, Darlia is helping Community to become one of the most unmissable festivals of the season.

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Disclaimer: I own none of the pictures in this post

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PLAYLIST: Festival Season

So festival season is fast approaching with Download under a month away, and Glastonbury kicking off not too long after. Following on from these come the medium sized ones such as Truck Festival and Y Not, with the end of the season leaving the likes of Reading & Leeds and Bestival.

Festival Season is in my opinion the best time of year… we get to wind down to some of our favourite bands, crack open some bevs and spend some quality time with our pals. Whether you’re camping out for the weekend, or just going for a day, this playlist will be filled with some summery bangers to add to your festival playlist. Get your portable speakers ready.

1.Kids – MGMT

As a track I’ve always loved, this is an energetic tune which everyone knows – whether it be from FIFA 09, or from your mates sticking it on towards the end of a house party. Although it was released back in 2008, Kids will always be a timeless classic; sure to get you hyped for what the day holds.

2. T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves

As cliche as this may seem, how could this track not be on this? Undoubtably Circa Waves’ biggest hit, it will forever bring me happy memories of my first festival experience, and all that came with it.

3. Lost on Me – Peace

Indie-rock quartet Peace have released plenty of catchy tunes to wind down to. Lost on Me is a funky track led by dreamy vocals and groovy instrumentals; perfect for the sunny evenings.

4. Waterfall – The Stone Roses

This is just another timeless classic which makes me quite nostalgic and happy from the opening riff. It’s a stellar hit that will be sure to get the vibes moving.

5. Something Good Can Work – Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door are set to perform at a number of festivals around the UK this year; they make for some classics hits to warm you up for the weekend. Something Good Can Work is one of many up-beat, vibrant tracks from TDCC to start your day off before you head to the arena.

6. She Changes the Weather – Swim Deep

As one of the slower tracks on the playlist, this classic guitar driven tune is so happy that it couldn’t not be on the playlist. My take on the track is that it’s about love, and spending time with someone and forgetting about the reality of everything. Not dissimilar to how festivals bring you away from the real world for a few days and often, you’ll find mates for life.

7. Your Soul – Coasts

If you’ve heard of Coasts before, it’s most likely from their biggest hit Oceans, but be assured there’s plenty more where that came from. The Bristol based indie-rock band make arena-ready tunes filled with surfy, summery riffs and rhythms; Your Soul is one. Check ’em out.

Other tracks include: Machu Picchu – The Strokes, Be Slowly – Jaws, Fire – Kasabian, Dreaming of You – The Coral, Limousine – Beach Baby

If you think there were more deserving of a mention, drop a comment below but listed are a selection picked from the playlist put together.

Listen to the full playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/emilyrobbinspugh/playlist/1AcQCau2b57A3la0NJG5Rs 

Looe Festival 2015

Hey Guys,  I spent last weekend at Looe Festival, which took place in Looe, Cornwall (if you hadn’t guessed)! In comparison to festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, Looe is rather small. It mostly shows local bands or ones that aren’t so well known, which is what I loved about it. There were however some acts that were pretty big, such as Johnny Marr, the guitarist from The Smiths!

The first act I really remember from Looe were called Oompah Brass. Oompah Brass are a band which play well known songs using brass instruments. They call themselves a ‘rock n roll Oompah band’. I will link you to them performing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, at a different venue but they also performed this at Looe. If you ever happen to be somewhere they are, definitely take a look, even if it isn’t the sort of music you would usually listen to.(I will certainly listen to them again!)

I then went to see Raikes, who are a local band from a place called Liskeard, just up the road from Looe. Me and my friends had already heard of Raikes, and my friend even worked with them when she filmed a music video for them, so we went to see them to show support. They are quite an alternative/indie/folk band, and I quite enjoyed their set as this is kinda similar to what I listen to in my day to day life. If you are looking for something new to try and get into, I would definitely recommend taking a look at some of their stuff.

The last day of Looe was the one I was looking forward to the most, yes it was finally the day I would see Johnny Marr!

I started off my day seeing a band called King Creature, a metal and rock 4-piece from Cornwall. Again, they are not really the sort of music I would usually listen to, however I really genuinely enjoyed their set, and I even ended up buying their CD whilst I was there. One of the specific songs that springs to mind when I think of their set, is a song they performed called Power, so this is the song I am going to link you too. This video is of them performing at the Eden Project as a support act for Motorhead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4QVVgBCUHI

Next, I went to see a band called Calfari, and also ended up buying their CD at the end. Calfari are a 6 piece, Welsh country rock band. Most of their songs are Welsh, and therefore are sung in Welsh, however they had written one especially for Looe Festival, and it was in English! I was pleasantly surprised with their set, as I went there not really knowing what to expect from it. I usually enjoy knowing and understanding the lyrics to songs, but with this band I enjoyed it just as much without particularly having much of an idea of what the words meant. In fact the only idea the crowd were really given was “this song is called Rhydd, which in English means free” etc. You can find some of their music on their soundcloud which will be linked below, enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/calfariband

As the day went on, I was getting more excited for Johnny Marr, we made sure to get to the stage super early so we could get as close to the front as possible. Due to the fact we were there at around 18:00, and Johnny wasn’t on until 21:30, this meant there were going to be two more acts on before, and these were a band called ‘Ferocious Dog’, and another group called ‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers’. Yep, you heard right..Pipers!

So Ferocious Dog, another band I had heard stuff about but I had never actually seen- I would like to point out that a lot of these bands play at Looe every year, and therefore there were others who had heard of them. They’re a modern folk band from Nottingham, and again, are not usually something I would choose to listen to, but I ended up watching them and they did not disappoint! They interacted really well with the crowd, and the lead singer even had a Mohawk, and I got a selfie with him, so I can’t really complain can I? One of the songs I particularly enjoyed was one called Criminal Justice, you can find this and many more of their songs on their Soundcloud

 https://soundcloud.com/ferociousdog

The time is 20:45 on Sunday the 20th of September, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers are about to come on stage, and I am really excited! I had heard so many good things about this band from Scotland, who mix traditional scottish music, with famous pop/rock anthems, which they call ‘bagrock’. A couple I met at the festival, had even travelled all the way from Southampton just to be able to see them again, after seeing them perform at Looe in 2014! Their song choices were absolutely fantastic, they played the likes of Don’t Stop Believing, We Will Rock You, and even Avicii’s Wake Me Up, which they also performed to mark the beginning of Radio 1s Big Weekend. I had high expectations after being told so much about them, and they certainly did not disappoint. In fact, I would say they were one of the highlights of my weekend. Below you can find the link to them performing Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. 

Legendary guitarist from The Smiths Johnny Marr was headlining the stage on Sunday evening (if you hadn’t guessed), an absolutely fantastic end to the weekend. Almost 28 years since the Smiths split, and Johnny Marr has still got it! He came on stage wearing a dazzling red shirt and black jeans (including the traditional Smiths’ flowers in his pocket). He performed some of my favourites from his solo career, including Candidate, Generate! Generate! – of which he had the crowd shouting the words back at him- and New Town Velocity. However, not only was his set filled with many of his solo hits, but also included some of The Smiths’ absolute classics which many of the crowd knew every word to. The crowd erupted when they heard the unmistakable intro of Bigmouth Strikes Again. Looking around, you could feel the emotion. His performance of There is a Light That Never Goes Out was both moving and uplifting. But would you expect any less from This Charming Man?

Johnny Marr,  you rock! 

Festival Essentials

Hey guys,

On Monday I got back from camping at my first festival, Reading! I bought my ticket last October so had been looking forward to this for around 10 months, and when it finally came I was super happy! I will talk about the main things I would recommend if you are planning on going to a festival and camping.

Firstly, I would definitely recommend buying an Early Bird Ticket if you can, this means you arrive one day earlier than everyone else, meaning there is more choice on where you can camp, the queues aren’t as long, and it gives you more time to get to know your surroundings. (Especially if it is your first time)

Secondly, pack lightly! I got dropped off to the festival this year, and the drop off point is around a 45 minute walk to the actual festival, meaning you have to carry everything with you to the festival, and then at the end of the weekend you have to carry it back. (Unless of course, you decide to leave your tent etc). I would also say, taking a stove/something to cook on, is not absolutely essential. There are plenty of food stalls around, and despite them being rather expensive, it is easier to buy food there than leave the arena every evening just to cook yourself a meal.

But, what food should you take? – I would say simply take things like cereal bars, long lasting milk, crisps, sweets, tinned fruit, and then of course you want drinks such as bottled water (which can also come in handy for brushing your teeth), and alcohol!

Other essentials for camping at a festival would be –

  • Wet Wipes – Most people only use festival showers once during the time they’re there (if at all), so these will come in handy to make sure you stay as “clean” as possible.
  • Toilet Roll – and lots of it! The toilets in the campsites don’t provide you with toilet roll unless you speak to the manager of the camp, so taking your own would be highly recommended. Especially considering you will be needing it to clean the toilet seats before using them.
  • Hand Sanitiser – Again, I would say bring lots of it! I took around 3 bottles and used it all up when I was there. Even in the arena toilets where there are soap dispensers, they often run out so I would recommend you provide it yourself.
  • Dry Shampoo – This will be your absolute saviour! Everyone hates having greasy hair, right? But if you take dry shampoo this won’t be so much of a problem.

I hope some of this has provided you with some information on what you should bring to a festival, more than anything I would definitely recommend going to a festival, as once you’ve been you will definitely want to go again!

Apple Music

As you probably know, Apple have recently laid down the gauntlet to Spotify and other music streaming services, with Apple Music. On this app you can download any music you want onto your phone. I don’t know about you, but I jumped at the chance to get my 3 month free trial on this app. What stuck out to me was the fact you could immediately turn off the ‘automatic renewal’ of it, meaning you wouldn’t even have to worry about it in 3 months time, unless you want to continue your membership.

It allows you to explore new music for free, and perhaps even rediscover old artists that you haven’t listened to in a while. This is possible with the ‘For You’ section of it. It also has ready made playlists for activities such as working out, chilling out and even for holidaying. 

There is a  ‘follow’ option, where you can follow and connect with your favourite artists. This means you will see when artists are releasing new content, where to get tickets for their tours, or even simply just see what they have been doing with their day.

For me, Apple Music has allowed me to discover artists that are going to be at a festival I will be attending in August this year, discover other bands/artists of the genres I like, and allowed me to listen more to the sorts of genres I wouldn’t have even considered listening to a few weeks ago. Some of the tracks I have found include:

1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Released: 1967

Possibly being one of Van Morrison’s most well known songs worldwide, this song is an absolute classic. Listening to it is a big nostalgia trip for me, because it’s been in my life since virtually the day I was born.

2. Hollywood (feat. Penguin Prison) – RAC

Released: 2012

This song is new to me, I came across this track listening to the ‘alternative’ radio on apple music. I had never really listened to this before, so hearing this song then made me have a look at the full album, Strangers which was released in 2014. This band are an electronic genre which is something I would never usually listen to, so it was nice to discover something different to listen to.

3. James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love

Released: 2015

James Bay has probably been the Sam Smith of 2015. He has released big hits such as Let it Go and Hold Back the River, and his fanbase is ever increasing. Over the year he has played festivals such as Glastonbury, Radio 1s Big Weekend and even T in the Park.

As for the song, I discovered this track after downloading the full album Chaos and the Calm on Apple Music. Unlike Let it Go which is quite slow and calming, If You Ever Want To Be In Love gives across an almost rock feel. Although this isn’t one of the major tracks off the album, it definitely fits well amongst other tracks included, and in some ways after listening to this album, I believe it could be seen that James Bay has really done something for everyone.

After they released the iPhone, apple knocked many dominant mobile phone companies around at the time completely out of the industry, and they’re now one of the leading mobile phone companies in the world. Will Apple Music do the same? Or is £9.99 a month still too much for people to be paying when it’s available for free if you really want to get it?

The Balcony – Catfish and the Bottlemen

Release Date: 12th September 2014

Rating: 8/10

Let’s go way back to August 2013, Catfish and the Bottlemen were seen performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival. Almost 2 years on and they’re still growing, playing at numerous festivals in the upcoming weeks, having a sold out UK tour, and apparently also having lots more content which they are planning on releasing in the coming months.

Influenced by the likes of The Beatles and Oasis, Catfish and the Bottlemen are a four piece, fronted by Van McCann, formed in Llandudno in 2007. Their debut album ‘The Balcony’, was released in September 2014, and reached number 10 in the UK charts.

Homesick, their first single was released in 2013. It was written by Van, evidently talking about the strain of being away from his girlfriend whilst he was touring.  Then there is ‘Kathleen’, inevitably the bands most popular/well known song, hitting number 11 in the UK Indie Chart. The band also have become close friends with actor Ewan McGregor, he featured in the music video for ‘Hourglass’ another of the 11 songs on this album, it’s one of the slower more acoustic ones.  ‘The Balcony’ also consists of other songs such as ’26’, ‘fallout’ and ‘Rango’ which was written about Van trying to win back an ex-girlfriend, are we seeing a trend here? Many of the songs were written when Van was still in his teens. Van has even said many of the songs on the album are ‘from all over the place really’.

The song ‘Kathleen’ uses lyrics such as “I gotta give it to you, you give me problems when you are not in the mood.”, the lyrics in ‘Homesick’ include, “I said, ‘i’m only looking out for you,’ she said, ‘it’s obvious that’s a lie'”. These are all lyrics you can almost hear the large crowds at their concerts singing along with. Catfish and the Bottlemen have evidently written lyrics that an audience will love, and also enable them relate to the mood of which the band are portraying especially when performing them live.

Tyrants is the final song on the album, and they have clearly put their all into this track. Not only is it the last song, but it is also the longest of all 11 tracks on the album at a length of 4 minutes and 41 seconds. It starts off quite slowly and then gets louder with the use of guitars and banging of drums, giving the song a dramatic opening. The song gets  increasingly  louder and more intense over the duration, until the end when it just completely cuts off. This leaves you wanting more, and I certainly can’t wait to hear more from this band.