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November 5, 2008

PRESETS!!!

It’s 3rd time lucky tonight for me.  First time I tried to see this brilliant band this year was at T in the Park but I was dragged off to watch Kings of Leon.  Never fear, I thought. I can just watch them when they play Cab at the festival.

But to no avail.  They cancelled citing ‘travel issues’.

Tonight’s the night. And to celebrate, here’s my favourite tune!

I never did get around to blogging Connect

October 23, 2008

Ok, here we go:

Connect was really good!

Done.

Elbow

October 23, 2008

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, relax….

  That’s the way I feel going to see Elbow. The most stressful day in the world is instantly soothed.  The strings and piano wash over you in an overall experience of calm euphoria.  Brilliant.

Connect! The best a man can get!

August 28, 2008

i think it is fair to say i’m mildly excited about this weekend.

 

Not only do I get to see Sigur Ros, a band I have worshipped for many years but never seen!  BUT I am also for the first time ever in my history of festival-attendance going with two of my best friends on the planet – Jo and Helen.  We’ve never made it to one all together before, so this one is extra special.  On top of that, the rest of the crowd we’re Connect-bound with are amazing – we have the likes of Sammyfestival, Macca the amazing sleeping KitKat (apparently, although disputed by the man himself), the other side of my brain Niki (if she gets better in time!), Bobby J and Mark.  There are even rumours of an appearance by CT! 

 

The weather is 50:50 right now for cloudy:rain but hopefully it won’t be of torrential proportions, which I think is the only thing that could get in the way of fun fun fun…

 

I’ll report back soon.  Stay safe people and think of us if the world ends, drifting away in our sea of tents……..aaaaaaahhhhh……

Death by dance?

August 21, 2008

Last week – Krafty Kutz

This week – Digitalism

                   Taste and/or Dubpressure

 

Next week – Connect

Maybe my legs will die.  Is it possible for legs to disentegrate due to excessive dance-use?

Summer Festival Fun/Fatigue

August 7, 2008

So far so good, so tired.  Slept in again this morning due to body staging a protest against its owner insisting it works ridiculous hours, walks constantly and subjects itself to copious amounts of rain for sake of club promotion.  It would quite possibly help if I didn’t go out every time I’m not working, so I really should shut up! 

Highlights so far:

David O’Doherty – very very funny.  Any man who makes jokes about penguins on a plane definitely gets a thumbs up from me.

Melee – only caught the sound-check due to work but awesome, and really nice lads.

Spiegel Garden – why is it such a magnetic force?  I’m clueless but it draws me in regularly, whether for working or play.   Not so fun though at 3am when all you want is to go home to bed but you’ve got to exit-flyer the place and people take soooo long to come out plus a considerable number of people appear to have the wanker gene embedded within.  (NB: to the man who breathed on me with vomit-breath, asking if I’d like to get to know him better, I’m afraid I had to decline. I hope you understand)

The atmosphere – it’s all slightly Mardi Gras-esque, even the most skeptical person can’t help but get swept along a little and find themselves enjoying it a little! 

Ditto the random chat.  The part of my job I love the best are the diverse and, frankly, bizarre chats I have with the thousands of people on club nights as they mill around the Cowgate.  I like a challenge, but some of this chat is random even for me!  Some great people out there though and lots of fun.

The special guest club nights – so many so many, and all for free! This may have something to do with my lack of sleep…

Outhouse BBQ’s – a little bit mental, great crowd, awesome tunes. Dancing to Justice during the day on a Sunday = perfect.

And the downfalls:

Missing dentist appointment that you’ve left work 2 hours early for due to too many tourists talking to the bus driver – grrrrrrr!!!

The hours – who the hell thought 5am was a good idea?  Maybe for you, my beautiful clubbing people, not so much for the staff!  My caffeine intake has trebled during the day.

The rain – why God, why!?!?!?!?!?!!?!? Make it stop, my flyers are stuck together and I look like a drowned freak!

Presets cancelling.  Shite. 

 Still to come:

The last couple of Outhouse BBQ’s – fun fun fun

Pals coming to visit – always at this time of year, brilliant!

Krafty Kutz – I am oiling my dancing shoes as I speak. 

Midnight Juggernauts followed by Slam at Cabaret Voltaire – can there be a better way to spend the evening?  I may need to get that injunction MJ have against me lifted though.

Digitalism.  Enough said.

And finally:

Hydro Connect – quite possibly the event i’m looking forward to most, to be attended by some of the people I love most, plus my first time to see Sigur Ros.  My pop up tent is ready!

But for now, back to work…

Radiohead

June 26, 2008

Going to see Radiohead at Glasgow Green tomorrow night.  I always forget how much I love Radiohead and every now and then remind myself with a solid dose.  They were kind of a turning point for me music-wise, as I didn’t understand why people liked them for ages.  A friend of mine gave me the Bends and told me to listen to it on repeat for a week.  It took about 2 hours of walking around Camden with my minidisc player (oh yes, how retro) blasting for me to see what she was talking about.  The last time I saw them was at Meadowbank in 2006 and I was mildly disappointed at the sound quality but remember happily swaying gently to the music with some bloke’s pint balanced on my head. 

Quite a few people are going tomorrow, it should be a great night.

Rockness

June 15, 2008

La la la la la la!

Tis a long time since I put fingers to keys.  

I thought I’d write a wee bit about the weekend of pure utter brilliance that was:

One week on, I’ve still not recovered from its after-effects.  Pleasant light-headed delirium (especially amusing when at work) turned to tiredness coupled with a spaced-out feeling which continued for so long that I began to worry that perhaps Rockness was permanent?  This subdued into extreme tiredness which has now eventually turned into flu.  

My punishment for fun.  Perhaps.  Was it worth it? Too bloody right!

Check out the VIEW!!!

I went with what soon became some of my favourite ever festival-people, and loads more joined as the weekend went on, meaning there was always someone around to play or dance with.  My music highlights included Digitalism, Underworld, Midnight Juggernauts, Fatboy Slim and Editors (who I normally hate!).

 

Aside from the music, what made Rockness in my top 2 festivals of all time was the general atmosphere.  After the music finished, people were still on top form, everyone was having an amazing time, and the banter was top class!!

La-la’s Stamp of Approval:

A tip for anyone this summer going to a festival: POP UP TENTS! 

 It’s a house, a dining table, a bar, a chair and a bed all in one!

La-la on tour

April 29, 2008

I haven’t written for ages properly, been too busy.  Now to cut a long story short, a summary of why:

People came to visit. REAL people.  Multiple times as well!  These included (in order of appearance):

Lee, Nina, Mum (she’s kind of obliged, but she did enjoy talking to the fish), Gary Wood, Lee (2nd appearance – star player so far!), Elaine, many people for house party including Greg and Jpo. 

A number of London-excursions happened featuring dancing, Midnight Juggernauts, a DJ set and meeting with Bloc Party, visiting the Crack, more dancing, a house party, Banksy-hunting, snow fights, visiting the filled-in Crack and I Am Kloot.

I went to Edinburgh. And Glasgow. But mostly Edinburgh.  A fun, fun, fun time was had.  Friday night had us dancing at Cabaret Voltaire to Krafty Kuts and Annie Nightingale, Saturday we were dancing at the Hive.  There were movies, faces, monkey moves, slapping and punching (of me), faces everywhere, Champ (or here), not much sleep and a hungover shopping trip which produced little to show but a camera (but WHAT a camera!).   So many of my favourite people in the world were there, one of the best trips up so far.

After the flurry of mad activity that has been the past 3 weeks, La-la is going to rest her weary legs for the former part of this weekend, in preparation for yet another Edinburgh tour next week. 

Rumour has it though that the bank holiday in London holds many a secret gathering. 

It’d be rude not to attend.

 

Skins

April 13, 2008

Before it ends I want to mention on my blog just how much I’m LOVING the 2nd series of Skins. I watched one of the first series and thought it was rubbish but this series has been one great episode after another.  The soundtrack is one of the reasons I love it.  Series 2 theme tune is by Fat Segal, who also did the song Maxxie danced to in the first episode.   I really dislike the Gossip so am really glad they changed the theme tune.   (NB spot the naked person doing a chicken dance in the title sequence – i’m not sure if i’m imagining it or not)

Crystal Castles make an appearence singing Alice Practice ; if you’ve never heard them check out their myspace site.  

Skins finishes on Monday – I need a new addiction. Suggestions…please…  


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