Review: The Birds and the Bees *SPOILERS*

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really love how easy Milly’s writing is to read. Like ‘A Summer Fling’, once I really got into the book, I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to find out how everything would unfold.

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Basement @ The Deaf Institute ~ 6th March 2017

Basement are one of my favourite bands and I was so excited when they randomly announced a tour one day. Two nights at the Deaf Institute!! I was so glad to get a ticket to one of the dates – they sold out quickly! On the day of the concert, there was a massive queue outside the venue. I’d never experienced this before because the venue has quite a small capacity. Doors opened quite a lot later than stated though ><. I know how rowdy Basement shows are, so I got my usual seat on the benches at the back of the music hall.

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Film review: Call Me By Your Name *Maybe spoilers?*

I saw the trailer for this film as a YouTube advert and it caught my eye. I went to watch this on my own after running some errands. The cinema screen was completely empty except for me at first, but around 5 people ended up trickling in. I didn’t really know what to expect – except that it was a coming of age romance.

The Italian summer backdrop of this movie was beautiful. Perfect blue skies and vibrant peach trees. The music had an optimistic feel, a bit mischievous, what would this summer hold for these two people? I enjoyed the classical music, mixed in with other tracks such as the songs by Sufjan Stevens. This film features some great tunes including “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs. That dance scene was joyous to watch.

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Taking Back Sunday @ O2 Ritz ~ 15th February 2017

I am really really bad at up-to-date reviews of things, but I still would like to share these experiences. I’d been a casual fan of Taking Back Sunday since hearing MakeDamnSure and My Blue Heaven from the great album, Louder Now (2006). O2 Ritz is one of my favourite venues in Manchester and I was super happy when Frank Iero and the Patience were announced as the support act (MCR being one of my favourite bands).

I got there before doors opened, but the wait wasn’t too bad. One of my concert rituals is to look at the merchandise because I know that the queues can get crazy after the show. All of the merch was so nice! I bought myself a nice Taking Back Sunday raglan. And I couldn’t help myself – so I also bought a very cute Frank Iero t-shirt featuring ghosts. I also enquired about the TBS vinyl, £30 and signed! I left it for the time being but then decided to go back and get it after the show.

Fun fact: I spotted the actress that plays Nancy in a British soap called Hollyoaks – too shy to say hi though ><. The balcony had already filled up all around so I was walking around like a weirdo for a bit trying to find a good spot. I finally stood behind a couple that were sat down on chairs. I had a head on view, great!

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Review: A Year at the Star and Sixpence

A Year at the Star and SixpenceA Year at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1. This book definitely kept me hooked from the start. It had a great premise – two sisters receiving a pub from their estranged father. I loved how this book spanned all four seasons. Each section of the book would start with an invitation to a themed event at the pub (such a nice touch!).

2. The setting was wonderful. A rural village with a great community spirit and some real characters. I can definitely relate to Nessie as I can be a bit nervous sometimes and scared to take risks. Sam was the bubbly sister and throughout the book, the reader is trying to figure out why her secret was so bad! What happened was very unfair indeed!

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Turnover @ Sound Control ~ 27th September 2017

On the day of the concert the weather was horrible. It was raining so heavily, I decided to arrive after doors opened so I didn’t have to stand in the rain. Luckily there was only one person ahead of me in the queue when I got to the venue. I really like the merchandise stand at Sound Control because it’s in a convenient place – well,  before the show ends anyway haha. I bought a really cute baby pink Turnover t-shirt.

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I made my way to the stage area and it was a bit awkward because I was alone again and there were loads of gaps between groups of people, so I didn’t know where best to stand. I got around 3 rows from the front and I was stood towards the right. It wasn’t that crowded when I got there – which was just before Emotional started playing. They had the vibe of Turnover. The band members had a very quirky dress sense. Then Palladino came on and they sounded very groovy and funky. Like Emotional, I could see why they were touring with Turnover. They got Austin from Turnover on stage to play guitar in a few of their songs, which was very cool.

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The Maine @ Club Academy ~ 16th September 2017

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I was a casual The Maine listener before this concert. I was undecided whether to buy tickets to this concert or not. But the announcement of Night Riots as support made me go and purchase my ticket. This was my first concert since March, so I was quite excited.

The day of the concert came around, I got to The University of Manchester’s student union for around 7pm – doors. However, there was still a massive queue outside. But the queue slowly and steadily filtered through the doors after bag and security checks. I’d never attended a concert at Club Academy before, so that was a new experience. It was a small little venue in the basement of the student union. It had a nice section for the merch table and quite a few seats at the back for people to sit with their drinks. I bought a tour t-shirt and then headed towards the stage.

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