Music Monthly – September 2014

Having had a wonderful summer of music, I’m excited to share with you my next monthly music favourites. I’ve just got back from Bestival which was utterly wonderful. It was my first visit to Rob da Bank’s musical furore on the beautiful Isle of Wight – it’s like a mini Glastonbury!

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Nile Rodgers was incredible – what a way to finish on Sunday night! Seeing as Nile has basically produced every catchy song ever written since the 1970s, the whole gig was a huge party – lots of singing, lots of dancing, it was amazing!

Another highlight for me was London Grammar. Their set was precise, emotional and euphoric. I adore their album ‘If You Wait’ and hearing it performed live was something truly special.

Disclosure. Whilst it makes me a little sick at how incredibly talented these two brothers are for their age, I can’t help but love them. I get completely mesmerised when watching DJs, I think they are so talented – but watching two DJs on different decks work seamlessly together to make this phenomenal music is utterly amazing.

I’m a massive fan of music from the 1980s and lately, it seems that’s all I’ve been listening to. INXS are brilliant, and I simply adore Michael Hutchence’s voice. His silky, charismatic tones just make me want to dance. Turn this up and get on your feet!

Finally, after seeing Back to the Future at Secret Cinema, this one has been on repeat:

What have you been listening to lately. I’d love to have a listen, leave links and comments below!

Rx

The Libertines, Hyde Park

I went to see the Libertines with Virtual Festivals last Saturday and they were awesome! Here is a copy of my review!

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In a set that was plagued with crowd interruptions, The Libertines’ reunion was filled with energy, controversy and compassion – it was everything the crowd wanted from the band whose history has been so filled with drama.

The set was called to a halt three times due to crowd crushing (one person passed out), flare throwing and the crowd climbing the camera towers. After a patchy stop-start for the first few songs, Carl, Pete, Gary and John got into their stride and revived the audience with a roaring version of ‘Horrorshow’ followed soon after with a raucous ‘The Ha Ha Wall’. Deafening crowd sing-alongs then came in the form of ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’ and ‘What Katie Did’.

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The guitars were tight, the bass solid and dependable and the drums kept everyone together. Each Libertine played brilliantly, and Carl and Pete sung as well as they ever have. The sound quality, which was at times patchy (as has often troubled Hyde Park concerts) couldn’t distract from the show of talent on the Main Stage.

When ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ came round, a song which used to be filled with such anger during their troubled times, Carl and Pete simply sang it to get past it. There was little dwelling on the song which became the theme song to the Libertines’ breakup. Instead the set focused on the happier times – archive images of the band filled the screens behind them adding to the sense of nostalgia.

My guest in VIP

My guest in VIP

The Libertines finished with a riotous ‘I Get Along’. Pete and Carl sharing mics and singing to one another made for an emotional end to a thrilling set, hugging and celebrating at the end until they were on the floor. Pete led a singalong of the hokey cokey before praising the crowd and the armed forces, and with Carl, performed a rather beautiful rendition of Siegfried Sassoon’s 1918 poem Suicide In The Trenches to finish. The frontmen were back as one once more.

There was high expectation on this gig after the success of the Glasgow warm-up shows and the boys in the band definitely delivered. Carl and Pete played with a confidence which was lacking in their 2010 reunion – they seemed more focused and much more comfortable together. The announcement of two more dates in London later this year confirms the band’s commitment to one another and hopefully rather than a reunion, this becomes a revival in the Libertines’ history book.

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The Libertines at British Summer Time 2014 set list:

‘Vertigo’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘The Delaney’
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Horrorshow’
‘Begging’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘What Katy Did’
‘The Boy Looked At Johnny’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Last Post On The Bugle’
‘Love On The Dole’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Radio America’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Tell The King’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘France’
‘Albion’
‘I Get Along’

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Photos from my Virtual Festivals article (and my iPhone)

Did you go to the Libertines? What did you think? I loved it!

Rx

Glastonbury 2014

Glastonbury Festival is my favourite place on Earth. I have yet to find somewhere that I cherish as dearly and whole-heartedly love as much as Glastonbury Festival. Some of the people I love the most were there and I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life there. The atmosphere is incredible – like nothing I’ve ever experienced prior or since.

This year was my fourth Glastonbury and it was brilliant. Here are some of my highlights:

The Other Stage

The Other Stage

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Kasabian

Kasabian

The Park

The Park

Did you go to Glastonbury? What did you think? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Top 10 festival essentials

I’M GOING TO GLASTONBURY! *Dances around the room*

Glastonbury Festival is my very favourite place on this Earth (from the bits I’ve seen of it anyway!) And as I’m a bit of a festival goer I thought I’d share with you some festival essentials and tips that I’ve picked up along the way!

Drink responsibly kids.

Drink responsibly kids.

1. Dry shampoo becomes a valuable commodity – stock up and use it to barter with.

2. Only take make up you won’t care about when you drop it in mud – leave the high end stuff at home!

3. Don’t wear jeans, wear tights! Seriously, the best piece of advice I can give.

4. Baby wipe washes are grim but get used to them – don’t be the twat who queues up for 5hours for a shower and miss all the music.

5. SUNCREAM

6. Don’t expect to look fashionable and you’ll never be let down.

7. You may get urinated on at some point during the festival, mentally prepare yourself.

8. Try to think when you’re going to need the toilet… then set off a good hour or so before hand to avoid embarrassment.

9. Talk to everyone. From the strange to the sublime you meet people from all walks of life at a festival, embrace it.

10. Forget all the rules and just have an incredible time.

Peace and love,

Rx