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Festival Review – Electric Castle, Romania

“What are you going to write about?” asked Alex. I thought about it for a second and when I responded, he looked surprised. “I don’t know, because it hasn’t happened yet”, I smiled as I melted into my seat. Lucy and I had just stopped the wrong bus in its tracks and bundled ourselves on, not so elegantly pulling our suitcase and bumping into poor unsuspecting passengers on the way to a couple of empty seats at the back. The boiling hot bus, which seemed to have rolled straight out of the 70’s, was full of subdued festival goers on the way to one of Romania’s biggest festivals, Electric Castle. And Alex? He was my new Romanian friend from Romania’s non-official second capital, Cluj-Napoca. It was the truth. I could have guessed and said that I was going to interview a few bands, or that I was there to review specific bands, but no. I was there to review the experience – and if my previous festival experiences are anything to go by, I knew …

Electric Castle review: Have Franz Ferdinand still got it?

If any of you saw this post three months ago, you’ll know that I have just arrived back in the UK following a five night extravaganza at one of Romania’s biggest and best festivals, Electric Castle. You may also know that as well as being treated to a massive amount of world class DJs and acts, the band I was most looking forward to seeing was, you guessed it, Franz Ferdinand. Although I’m going to make you wait a few days to hear ALL about the festival and just how incredible it was (it really did surpass any expectation that I had) I’m going to tell you about Franz Ferdinand and the first show I had seen them play in four years. Sadly, I wasn’t as fresh as I would have hoped, having spent the previous four days and nights partying and sleeping in a tent that had earth shattering bass streaming through it 24 hours a day. But there was no way I was going to let this deter me and before I knew …

Bridget Jones does Snowbombing

“I feel like Bridget Jones does skiing”, I mutter to my friend as we near the top of the gondola escalator, skis ever so elegantly slipping out of my grip and ski boots digging into my shin causing me to walk like John Wayne in his worst form. She turns around, giggles, and promptly agrees with me. “Let’s do this”, she said. And as those three empowering words escaped her mouth, I knew that the next few days were going to be unforgettable. You may be wondering how I ended up at a banging dance music festival, with skiing as an additional activity no less, three weeks before the London Marathon. Well, let me tell you. I’m a weak ‘yes’ person who will not turn a fun opportunity down. And when I received the text asking if I was up for a week of two of my favourite things combined, music and skiing, I just had to say yes. Five days of hungover skiing and five epic Jäeger Bomb fuelled nights of debauchery. What could …

Dancing in Transylvania: Electric Castle Festival, 12th-16th July

It has taken me four years to realise that to have fun; the real kind, not the ‘how can I make myself look like I’m having fun when really I’m just an anxiety attack waiting to happen’ kind of fun, I need to do two things. Number 1 – Just Say No. The FOMO is real, people. But it doesn’t need to be. It took a 40 year old journalist I met recently to tell me that getting over FOMO was one of the best things he had ever done. “It takes time, but it will come”, he said to me as we departed a ski lift on the top of a mountain in Mayrhofen. We were at Snowbombing festival and he was there to cover the festival for an online music magazine. He was having fun, not drinking, skiing loads every day, and most importantly left the festival with an average of 40 hours’ sleep during the week. I, on the other hand, drank my body weight in Jägermeister and beer, danced until 5am …

Upcoming: Summer Series at Somerset House 7-7th July 2016

What Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express Where Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA News Get in! The line up for the Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express has been announced – Londoners, you’re in for a treat. This year’s line up includes Everything Everything, Laura Mvula, St Germain and my personal favourite, Hiatus Kaiyote. Arriving back in London after a hiatus of my own and receiving news like this makes me a happy bunny indeed. Tickets from £29.50 (plus booking fee) Available online from http://www.somersethouse.org.uk Full Line Up July 7 HIATUS KAIYOTE – £29.50 / GA Enhanced: £49.50 July 8 PAUL HEATON AND JACQUI ABBOTT – £35.00 / GA Enhanced: £55.00 July 9 BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE – £29.50 / GA Enhanced: £49.50 July 10  LAURA MVULA – £29.50 / GA Enhanced: £49.50 July 11  EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – £29.50 / GA Enhanced: £49.50 July 12  JAMES MORRISON – £35.00 / GA Enhanced: £55.00 July 13  COURTNEY BARNETT – £29.50 / GA Enhanced: £49.50 July 14  CARAVAN PALACE – £29.50 / GA Enhanced: …

Magical Music: Thundercat – Them Changes

This song has probably sampled an unbelievable amount of soul and funk greats, which is probably why I love it so much. I can almost see the musos wince at the thought, but I’m no purist and think this song is totally delectable. I first heard it on 6Music a while back and took note of the name. As usual, I forgot about trying to find it straight away and it wasn’t until a recent trawl through Spotify that I came across it again. It suits my mood perfectly today. Laid back, relaxed, happy and ready for a fun weekend of activities ahead. Happy Friday ya’ll. Thundercat – Them Changes