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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