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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Something that was quite annoying was when you get those “LADS, LADS, LADS”. I had some to the side of me. Did they have to speak so loud and have a full on conversation throughout most of the show? Plus swearing in every sentence. I also seem to get this at most GA shows, but when groups of people push in front of you and then proceed to dance whilst bumping into you every time they move. Luckily they decided to push further to the front.

Then it was time for Turnover. Wow! They play the perfect summer music. They started the set with “Supernatural” and “Nightlight Girl” which are such happy and summery songs. Sound Control is a smallish venue and if you get near the front, the view is quite good! I could see Austin’s eyes haha. He had amazingly long hair and a great beard. Turnover were very chilled on stage and they played such chill music. Except maybe the drummer (Casey) – he had to keep a very fast rhythm on certain songs. I also noticed that the band had a new guitarist (Nick Rayfield) – he looks so young haha. He had really striking tattoos.

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I was so happy that they played a lot of songs from Peripheral Vision. I’m quite familiar with them now and they sounded so great live. They got the whole crowd singing along. (Some of the songs they played: Hello Euphoria, Dizzy on the Comedown, Like Slow Disappearing, New Scream, Cutting My Fingers Off and Humming). They also played Humblest Pleasures which was great! I also really enjoyed “Breeze” and “Sunshine Type” taking from their new album Good Nature.

Turnover didn’t interact much with the band except for a lot of moments where they thanked the crowd for coming out to the gig and supporting what they do. They also talked about a cafe which was named after their song – Humblest Pleasures. The band also thanked the guy controlling the really nice projections on the wall behind them, who they invited especially for their tour.

Fantastic concert, I was transported to a lovely, nostalgic, sunny day when in reality it was horrible outside haha. I really must pick up a copy of Good Nature on vinyl!

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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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Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby

The Bridget Jones movies are normally shown around Christmas time here in the UK, so it reminds me of that. There are some memorable moments that still make me chuckle., like the Daniel and Mark fight scenes. And moments that make me melt a bit – like the Mark Darcy’s confession of love. Bridget is such a wonderful and happy character and I’m always rooting for her!

In Bridget Jones’s Baby, I very much enjoyed the return of Mark Darcy. Love Colin Firth! And very much enjoyed the addition of Patrick Stewart as Jack. Nice to see the return of some of the old cast too! The friendship between Miranda and Bridget was so full of energy! Emma Thompson as the doctor was so funny when she made all those snarky comments.

Even though the way the situation was handled seemed a bit too good to be true – seeing how civil the two men in question were to each other, I didn’t care haha. There were so many hilarious moments in this film. There were also some more, touching moments.
What a lovely film. It made me feel so happy.

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I never read this book during school but I’ve always heard amazing things about it. I found this book for £1 in a charity shop and it looked like it had never been read!

Initially, I found this book quite hard to get into. I did not know what was going on. But as I read more, I got more into it. The setting of America in the 1930s is not something I’ve read much about but it was very well described. I could imagine how hot and dry it was. I did find it strange how Scout and Jem called their dad by his first name.

Some of the characters are so mean and their views are just wrong! Some of the things Mrs Dubose came out with! And also it annoyed me when Scout got scolded by her teacher for being literate – what! Oooo and the Ewells, what a horrible bunch!

I liked Atticus, he had many wise words and he was very wise. He was a good man. I really admired how he defended Tom Robinson even with all the abuse and nasty comments that he received. I also loved how his children stood up for him.

The court scene was really interesting. I think court scenes are my thing. I really related to Dill’s and Jem’s reaction to the events occurring in the courts – how upset they were at the injustice. Jem exclaimed, “How could they do it, how could they?” at the jury’s verdict. One of the quotes I really found moving was Atticus’s reply, “I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it – seems only children weep.”

I felt the book was quite slow and steady in pace the majority of the time but then it all went off during the last few pages! It was quite shocking really. Boo Radley!

There is another powerful speech by Atticus: “If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?”

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Review: Alien: Covenant

1. Two first time experiences for me. First time properly watching a film from the Alien franchise and the first time seeing a movie on my own.

2. Was going to see Alien a bit of a mistake for me? (Not referring to the film, but the fact that I’m a bit wimpy when it comes to horror/thriller type movies haha). So when a trailer for the new Annabelle movie came on I was terrified and had to avert my eyes towards the floor haha.

4. I really did enjoy this movie. It was intense, very gory and quite shocking at times. The scenes where the aliens burst from the backs of the infected crew were gross!

6. I loved Michael Fassbender and Daniels. How creepy was Michael as David/Walter? When they were both having a conversation and were so close, face to face, I was like they’re going to kiss each other, and then they did! Very strange.

7. Daniels was awesome, really enjoyed the scene where she had to get rid of an alien that managed to cling onto the ship.

8. That ending was kind of a cliffhanger. There was a feeling of dread about what will happen next.

9. I should have watched Prometheus first, to fully understand what had happened previously. I might go and watch it now actually.

10. Overall, as the first film I have ever seen in the Alien franchise, I am definitely hooked and looking forward to future movies and maybe going back and watching the previous movies.

Manchester 22/05/17

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I love Manchester and I have called it my home for 22 years – all my life.

Yesterday when the first news reports were breaking, I didn’t want to believe it. But as more information started coming in, I was in shock and truly saddened. Like many people have said, you never think it is going to happen in your city, so close to you.

I live about 15 minutes walk from Manchester Arena. When I am feeling lazy and I decide to take the bus, it passes Victoria station and the Arena so that area is so familiar to me. I have enjoyed many concerts there over the years – Placebo, Bring Me The Horizon, 5 Seconds of Summer, Taylor Swift and One Direction. Concerts are one of my favourite things ever, and it’s sad that people will feel more apprehensive about going to enjoy their favourite artists/bands.

I had BBC news on throughout the night until around 3am, it was a very scary time. I could hear the helicopters circulating overhead. There was confusion and lack of information when reports of an incident started coming in. It was so heartbreaking to find out that there were so many fatalities and injuries.

I attended the vigil held in front of Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, with my friend, Fatima. I have never experienced anything like this before – so many people packed out the square to show support. Although we couldn’t see anything, we could hear and we could feel. There was applause and thanks for the amazing emergency services. There was a moving poem by the poet Tony Walsh. There was a silence to remember those we lost. When there was applause and cheers of “Manchester!” – we could feel the love and the solidarity of the people of Manchester.

It has been a horrible two days. It really reminds you of how important your family and friends are. My thoughts are with all those who were affected. Stay strong Manchester.

Review: The Fate of the Furious *Spoilers*

I think I first saw the trailer when I went to watch Logan. “Dom’s gone rogue” – and I was thinking, come on! Really?! I didn’t think Fast and Furious franchise was my thing. But to my surprise I really enjoyed this film! There were quite a lot of plot twists going on. I thought the team were awesome and really enjoyed how they worked together. I also enjoyed the addition of Jason ‘tea and crumpets’ Statham and Scott Eastwood. And Charlize as Cipher – wow she was sooo cold, in one of the scenes she was especially cruel.

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