April 2nd, 2015

Gig – Muse & Marmozets

Matt Bellamy Muse Manchester Academy 22nd March 2015

Chris Wolstenholme Dom Howard Muse Manchester Academy 22nd March 2015
Muse, Manchester Academy – 22nd March 2015
Marmozets Manchester Academy 22nd March 2015

Marmozets, Manchester Academy – 22nd March 2015

So the other week I happened to be checking my email at the split second an email from Muse dropped into my inbox announcing that they were going to be playing a string of six intimate shows… the following week.

 

I have been a Muse fan since the beginning of time, and when I was younger I was definitely a ‘superfan’. It was all a bit embarrassing, but I thought that I had been over that for a good few years now, and just liked the band a regular amount. I was wrong. As soon as I saw the email, the mission to secure myself a ticket was on. I was so elated when I had my confirmation email that I was no good to anybody for a good hour or two.

 

Then I saw Marmozets tweet that they would be supporting, which I was super happy about because I have been a fan since I heard “Move Shake Hide” probably some time mid 2013, and had been hoping to see the two sets of siblings tear it up live at some point anyway.

 

Then came Psycho, the title track of this tour, and the first song we would get to hear from Muse’s upcoming album “Drones”. Psycho uses a riff that Muse have been playing at live shows for the past 16 years or so, and it is SUCH a catchy track. I, along with every other Muse fan listened to it on repeat for at least several days, learned all the words and eagerly awaited getting to see it performed.

 

I had a ticket for Manchester, but had friends who were going to every show, and I kept a close eye on the sets performed at each – thrilled to see plenty of old material and rarer tracks and B sides being performed.

On the night I was a little bit late arriving at Manchester Academy, so I was gutted to miss the first few songs of Marmozets’ set, but I caught the majority and was blown away. They did a fantastic job of kicking off the night, and if you haven’t seem them perform yet you really should make sure you do. They play with real energy, and Becca’s vocals impress me even more in the flesh. I wish that I had been able to get closer, because the crowd where I was stood was fairly static, with me just moshing away and singing along by myself, but I could see a pretty good reaction a few rows in front, where there were obviously plenty of people who already knew the band. Hopefully a lot of the people there who were being introduced to them for the first time that night are now on board, I imagine they probably have quite a number of new fans after this tour!Then it was Muse’s turn to make me feel things. I was right in the pit for this. If you’re a Muse superfan, the place to be is right down the front with all the other superfans. Who needs ribs when you have a crowd jumping and singing in unison??

They opened with Psycho, and everybody loved it. It’s a great opener, and we were all singing the riff along with them, as well as all the words, because everybody knew it pretty well by that point.

Psycho was followed by ‘The Groove’ which is a favourite B Side of mine, and I was verrrrry happy. It was the first time they’d performed it since 2004. Bit of a big deal.

Next we got Bliss, which is such a beautiful track, and even better – there were Hullabaloons! If you don’t know what a Hullabaloon is, they are massive black or white balloons filled with confetti which get thrown around the crowd. If you haven’t watched the Hullabaloo DVD from back in the day you really need to.

A great moment was when I shouted ‘play Dead Star’ and Matt appeared to look amused, and then they launched into Dead Star. I would love to say they just went “hey great idea, let’s do that” but I was cheating. I’d seen the setlist.

And what a setlist it was! We got Fury, Dead Star and The Groove as out B Side treats, which was pretty wonderful, as well as plenty of favourite tracks from Origin of Symmetry, which they said they weren’t going to play again after that Reading & Leeds that time.  I am so happy they lied. Although we didn’t actually get anything from Showbiz, other dates in the tour did, which I was pretty jealous of, although still very happy with the Manchester set.

We also got to hear Reapers, another one of their new tracks from the Drones album. Plenty of people around me had watched the live videos from previous dates and sung along every word, so it definitely went down well! It was also funny how quite a few people didn’t seem to know Fury, as I guess it is a slightly rare track, and there was some excited mutterings of “is this off the new album?!”. Nope.

I am however getting very excited for the release of Drones now. So far we have heard Psycho, Reapers, and now Dead Inside, all of which I have really liked.

I wish I could relive this show, and I really really hope that this isn’t the last time I get to go to a more ‘intimate’ Muse gig. There were only 2000 people there, and above all, you could tell that the band were really enjoying themselves. I imagine it’s refreshing to go back to a different environment after putting on incredibly impressive and elaborate stadium stage shows for years! I think the fact they also released the first wave of tickets as a fan pre-sale, and combated touts by having paperless tickets (so you just swiped the card you paid with to get in) was a ridiculously good idea, and ensured a fantastic atmosphere! Top marks, Muse, you well and truly reignited my embarrassingly deep love for you guys!

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October 13th, 2014

Chase & Status, Sigma, Kove – Outfit

Crop Top – Boohoo
Tartan/Plaid Leggings – Topshop
Shoes – Sainsbury’s

At the beginning of the month I went to see Chase & Status, Sigma, and Kove in Leeds which was a really great night. I’ve seen Chase & Status more times than I can count now, but it’s always worth going! I’m really into Kove at the moment, and I’d seen him with Chase & Status a few months back so I knew I was going to really enjoy it, and it was pretty cool to be able to catch Sigma for the first time too.I dressed quite simply because I knew that I was going to get really hot dancing all night, and I also wanted to wear flat shoes so I would be comfortable until the early hours. I wore this great cross over crop top from boohoo.com with these green plaid/tartan leggings I got from Topshop quite a while ago now and I know I’ve featured them in an outfit before. For footwear I wore this great pumps from Sainsbury’s! I picked these up because even though I already have a pair of Vans, and some plain pumps from New Look and really didn’t need another pair I really loved the gold zip details (totally not functional zips btw, all for show).

I had such a great time with my friends and it was really nice to have the opportunity to just dance the night away again after Creamfields as I don’t really go out much in my home town.
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September 16th, 2014

Film Club #3

Inbetweeners 2 10/10
Inbetweeners 2 was absolutely everything I hoped it would be. I loved the series, I loved the first film, and I loved the second one just as much. I’m always relieved when something I love manages to keep going without spoiling itself. This film had me in tears laughing, it was so so funny. It also made me nearly vom twice. Make of that what you will. If you haven’t seen it yet and you enjoyed The Inbetweeners, what are you doing? Go see it now.
 
Hercules 7/10
Hercules was better than I actually expected it to be. I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting much, and it certainly wasn’t the film of the year, but it did pleasantly surprise me. It was kinda heartwarming, and I love mythology and faux history, so I did quite enjoy it. The plot surprised me as well, which was unexpected. Worth a watch if you’re into The Rock and like the genre.
 
Let’s Be Cops 8/10
I really enjoyed this film, it was completely and utterly far fetched, but that was obviously the point. The events in this film would never in a million years pan out this way, and it kinda worries me knowing there are people in the world who don’t know the difference between films and real life and might watch this, but it was funny and the main characters’ bromance was stereotypically nice. And Nina Dobrev is an absolute babe in it.
 
Lucy 8/10
Lucy was good, although not quite as good as I had expected from the trailers. I guess I went in with my expectations too high on this one, but I did still really enjoy it and really liked the concept behind the plot. The ending definitely had me and my friends going “what, it’s over? I don’t know what to think” but I was still thinking about the film a few days after watching it, and that’s always a good thing. Morgan Freeman was absolutely essential to making this a good film I think, I can’t imagine anyone else playing his character. I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if him and Scarlett Johansson were replaced with anybody else. Worth a watch!
 
Sex Tape 7/10 
Sex Tape was pretty funny. I loved seeing Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal working together. It’s interesting timing that the plot of the film is about explicit content being unknowingly uploaded to the Cloud, considering it coincided with The Fappening (or JLaw-gate) and that whole scandal. Obviously unintentional, as the film will have been made well in advance of that happening. I also think it will be pretty interesting when people try to pirate this film… It’s definitely a funny film, and worth a watch, especially if you like the cast.
 

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August 11th, 2014

Lake Komo

Crop Tee – Topshop
Joni Jeans – Topshop
Boots – New Look
Tattoo Choker – Totnes high street in the mid ninties…

This is an outfit from last week, from when I went to see one of our finest local bands Lake Komo playing.
My disco pants have recently died a death, and I am truly devastated. I am still considering buying a new pair, but at half the price, I thought I’d pick up some high waisted jeans for now. I got the Topshop Joni jeans and they are pretty comfortable, but not nearly as flattering as my beloved AA Discos. I haven’t worn jeans in about five years so it’s kinda new territory for me. Am I the only person who is out of their comfort zone in jeans?
I’ve also been busting out the old school tattoo chokers in recent months, ever since certain celebs “brought them back”. I literally still had all my old ones from when I was a kid sitting in a drawer so I dug them out and I have loads of them… I may have been a little obsessed back in the day.
Lake Komo are definitely worth checking out, they’re the kind of local band that you don’t just go see because you’re mates with them and you’d feel bad if nobody showed up, they’re actually really talented and have a loyal fanbase. They’re an awesome foursome and last Friday’s gig was definitely a success. The venue was packed, with everybody there singing all the words and a serious encore chant at the end. I see big things for these guys, and I always have their tunes stuck in my head! If you are going to Bestival definitely go and see them if you can, as they will be playing the BBC Introducing stage!

 

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August 8th, 2014

Film Club #2 – Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 10/10
Guardians of the Galaxy was a real treat. I love any film that makes me laugh out loud, and this film delivered more than a few times. There were also some really touching moments, and I got a bit emosh at one point. The humour was actually kinda subtle and didn’t seem forced, the soundtrack integrated with the storyline perfectly and was just generally really enjoyable, and the characters were wonderful.

 

Marvel are on a roll at the moment, and this absolutely lived up to the hype. It actually exceeded my expectations because I wasn’t 100% sure I’d enjoy it from the trailers I’d seen. This was purely because I suspected it might be a little bit too cheesey, but it totally wasn’t, it was absolutely spot on! Believe the hype, and give it a watch.

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July 30th, 2014

Film Club #1

The Fault In Our Stars How to Train Your Dragon X-Men 22 Jump Street Edge of Tomorrow The Purge Planet of the Apes
So I meant AGES ago (like 2-3 years ago, doh) to start doing a little series on film reviews, because going to the cinema is something I do almost every week, so long as there’s something worth watching out. Vue Tuesdays are really cheap and I just really enjoy having a nice meal and then going to watch a movie. It’s a good way of socialising or going on a date on a budget, I think.
I’ll probably do these either every week, or fortnightly, but to get started with I thought I would review most of the films I’ve watched in June and July, because I think they should all still be out in cinemas, and they’re still fresh in my mind! Enjoy!
X-Men: Days of Future Past 9/10
I have loved all of the X Men films, and I’m a big fan of the Marvel Universe in general. I thought the latest X-Men film was brilliant. The plot was fantastic, it had a brilliant cast, and it was really really well done. It all ties together perfectly, and it was full of action and tension and despite being a little on the short side didn’t struggle to fit everything in at all. Really loved the whole “being sent back in time” thing and the fact that the characters in the present had their own things to deal with as well as Wolverine and the past selves. If you love Marvel, you won’t be disappointed by this, and I also advise staying til the end of the credits to get a sneak peek of who might be causing trouble in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016.
Edge of Tomorrow 9/10
Edge of Tomorrow was a film I had been looking forward to seeing for quite a while, and it didn’t disappoint. I love Tom Cruise, and I absolutely loved the plot of this film. I love anything Sci Fi, and “we must fight the aliens” films are right up my street. I thought Emily Blunt was great in this too, and I loved the way the film ended. There were funny moments, and slightly emosh moments, and it was really gripping. This was sort of like an action packed saving the world version of Groundhog Day, if you will, and it was sooo my kinda thing.
The Fault in Our Stars 10/10
The Fault in Our Stars absolutely gets top marks. I’d go as far as to say it’s the best film I’ve seen in recent years. Everything was perfect, and it hit me right in the feels. Repeatedly. I felt a bit silly for not having read the book, despite having had it on my Kindle for MONTHS. I might give it a little read now because it was just so good. I loved how realistic this film was, and how real the characters felt. There wasn’t a dry eye in the cinema, and most if not all of the people leaving were sniffing and wiping their eyes. I would say this is an absolute must see film, and definitely take tissues. You’ll need them.
22 Jump Street 9/10
21 Jump Street was hilarious, so when the trailer for 22 Jump Street was also hilarious, I was a bit concerned that they couldn’t possibly make a second film so good, and really hoped it wouldn’t be a case of “all the funny bits are in the trailer”. I would say it was just as funny as the first one, and I really enjoyed it. It followed pretty much the exact same formula as the first film (infiltrate the cool kids and figure out who the dealer is) but I think it was pretty clever to just take what made the first film successful, and put it in a new setting. It didn’t feel “overdone” and it had me laughing out loud. It was definitely very funny, and worth a watch.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 10/10
I loved the first How to Train Your Dragon film, and the sequal was great too. The character dimension and development was really well done, and I felt the themes of this were a bit darker than the first film. I know it’s supposed to be a children’s film, but despite the fact that all the pre film trailers are definitely targetted toward children, I would actually say it might be most suitable for older children and teens. There was a good balance of light hearted fun, and fighting battles and overcoming difficulties, and the animated world was a joy to watch. A really well done film that definitely isn’t just for kids.
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction 6/10
The new Transformers film is exactly what you expect from it. It was lots of action and explosions, with a slightly weak plot. I thought there were a couple of plot flaws, which is something that bugs me when watching a film because it kinda makes it impossible to suspend your disbelief. Then again, that isn’t exactly what you go to see a Transformers movie and expect, is it? It definitely wasn’t a terrible film, and if you enjoyed the previous Transformers films you would definitely like it. It’s not something I would watch again, because it was really long, but it was a bit of light entertainment and Transformers fans will love it.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 8/10
The New Planet of the Apes movie I really enjoyed. The Apes were portreyed really well, and there were some really moving moments. The humans were perhaps a little predictable, as was the whole plot, but that isn’t always a bad thing. There was a bit of cheese, lots of action, and it also tied in with the previous Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie which came out in 2011, in a subtle way.
The Purge: Anarchy 7/10
I went to see The Purge: Anarchy last night. This film would normally not really be my sort of thing, I enjoy action and thriller-esque films, but get a bit bored of the “a bunch of people running for their lives” premise sometimes. I actually enjoyed this film however, and it had a few plot elements which were to me slightly unexpected, and kept me interested. I hadn’t seen the original Purge film, but I don’t feel like it was important to have done as this film stands alone. I would recommend this film if you’re into action thriller type films and don’t mind them liberally laced with cheese.

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September 25th, 2013

Midweek Music #1

This is a feature I have considered doing for a while, because I usually have a song I’m really loving at the moment, and I like to share. I’ve noticed that a number of other bloggers have started doing something similar, so I thought I’d finally do my own, since there seems to be the audience for it!

I’m not going to try really hard to make this feature about discovering new music or anything, I am simply going to share whatever I’m loving at the time! This week it’s definitely not anything most of you haven’t heard before, but I have really really been loving The Saturdays “Disco Love”, it just makes me really happy and is definitely my song of the week.

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