Music is something I honestly don’t think that I could bring myself to live without. Whilst the loss of sight would potentially be the worst sense to lose from a practical perspective – and taste may well be the most heartbreaking – losing my hearing would close the doors to so much of my enjoyment and social life. Over the years, some songs have impacted me more than others; and I believe it’s inherent in the beauty of music itself that it can really speak to you. As a writer, something that’s remarkable lyrically will always catch my attention – acting essentially as poetry with a melody. Sometimes, it’s far more basic than that. Sometimes, music just has this power to transport you somewhere in time. It’s perfect.Continue reading →
So, Parahoy 2 has now been and gone, and I for one can’t get over it. We collectively have so many memories, and we’ve made so many new friends. Yet again, Parahoy was something incredibly special. Alumni like myself will relate; Parahoy as an experience is how I imagine motherhood. You love both of your children equally, despite the fact that they are both so, so different. I’d found myself worrying that this time wouldn’t live up to the last, but Parahoy 1 and Parahoy 2 are two totally different things, and each was special in their own unique way. Before I get on with my list, I wanted to direct everyone to my coverage printed in Rock Sound. As a writer, it was awesome to get officially accredited with a media pass to integrate further into this cruise. But anyway. I wrote about the things we were dying to do this time around, so here’s the round up of the things we miss now that it’s all over – ugh!Continue reading →
Parahoy 2016: It’s coming! Whether you’ve got a ticket for this incredible extravaganza or not, you can’t deny that the premise is absolutely INCREDIBLE, and the average Paramore fan would most likely give their record collection or snip off their brightly coloured hair to be able to attend. What is it? It’s a Sixthman cruise, a festival, and a party, all in one – with Paramore. Wow. Now that the Parahoy 2016 schedule has finally been released, I’m already thinking about what I want to do most (even though I know I’m probably going to be too hungover for some of the daytime activities). So, whether you’re playing pretend or you’re literally getting on board, here are the top picks of activities and fun things to do at the best event ever – round two!
Yesterday marked the day that many people have been looking forward to for years: Busted are back. After a lot of rumors, deliberation and the age old question (will Charlie Simpson EVER return?) it’s finally happened and there’s gonna be a big old reunion. However, some people didn’t receive this news particularly graciously, and instead of throwing a party and jumping on the welcoming committee, they outwardly expressed disgust. Fine, we all have our views! But why are pop-rock bands some of the most sneered at in the industry? And why does the music that a musician creates have to be limited to just one genre?
I go to a ton of festivals, and I like to look the part. Plus, these days, I know it’s a bit of a “who’s who” type thing, so looking like you made the effort is a nice touch. Sure, it’s not all about what you wear, but looking good is part of the fun of it! For this year’s Reading Festival (Saturday), I braved it in white dungarees, which was risky because of my fake tan and the mud. By the end of the night, these were a little less than pristine, but by that time, I didn’t care. I also realized once I stepped into the sunshine that my bra (aka crop top) was slightly see-through. Oh wellll!
WarpedTour is a punk rock institution… and it always will be. There, I’ve said it. You can whine and bitch about how the masses of kids who infiltrate it are “posers” or into way too much pop, but guess what? They don’t care, and in the true spirit of punk, nor should you. As a teenager in the UK I could only dream of going to WarpedTour, and in 2012 I made it a reality when some friends of mine (Rise To Remain, now As Lions) were on the tour playing all summer and they invited me to join them. It was incredible and I became hooked! In total, I’ve been to six Warped USA dates, and a British one, too. This year’s was super fun as always, because who doesn’t love a California catch up?
When it comes to all-day festivals in the UK, there are an absolute multitude of them, and most of them do it very, very well. Some personal favorites of mine include Takedown and Hit The Deck, but I must admit that Slam Dunk Festival has been the highlight of my British musical calendar for many years. It’s now a staple feature for any rock fan, and thousands of us flock to either North (Leeds), South (Hatfield) or Midlands (Wolverhampton) for our fix. Or two of them. Or all three!
Pa-ramore. Pa-ris (yes, that’s how you say PVRIS, although without the dash in the middle… keep up). Other than sharing identical prefixes, these two bands are nothing alike – unless you count the fact that their singers both identify as females. In 2015, it shouldn’t be a shock, or valid reason for us to make such brilliant observations as “oh cool, it’s a female fronted band!”. However, sadly, due to a lack of equality and women in the industry, it too often is.