July Playlist

As I have not posted a playlist for a while I felt that it was about time to post another one. So here are some of the songs that I have been listening to recently.

1. King For A Day – Green Day – Nimrod, 1997

This song was released in 1997 and Green Day are well known for playing this at most of their concerts however they normally will mix it with at least one song, which is usually “Shout” by Lulu they also sometimes include songs such as “Always Look On The Brightside Of Life”, “Teenage Kicks” and “Hey Jude”. After watching the band perform the song at Hyde Park I wanted to listen to it more and recently has become one of my most played songs. One thing about when the band play the song live is that fact that the audience always knows that it is going to be played as Billie will put a crown on.

2. Lose It –  SWMRS – Drive North, 2016

This song is my favourite song from the SWMRS album, I like how it starts slowly and then speeds up throughout the song, I also like how it gets more upbeat throughout. It is not one of the bands most popular songs but I find it very enjoyable to listen to and I think it is a song that people should listen to if they like the band.

3. If You Wanna – The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines, 2011 

This song is the third song off of the band’s album and I remember listening to it when I was younger in the car and that is why I still enjoy it.  Even though the song was released as a single it did not chart very high in the UK even though it was used in several adverts. I like this song as I feel it is very lively and an enjoyable song to listen to at this time of year.

4. Bless This Acid House – Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud, 2017

I have been listening to this song a lot as it is a new release from Kasabian’s new album and therefore has been played a lot on the radio, I have been listening to a lot of Kasabian recently as I will be going to see them in August and am very excited. This is one of my favourite songs off of their new album.

5. Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra – 2017

This is George Ezra’s Most recently released single which means that a lot of people are assuming that he will soon be releasing a new album. This is the first single he has released since “Wanted On Voyage” came out in 2015. I find that I always seem to enjoy the happy feeling that George Ezra’s songs give off and I find them extremely enjoyable to listen to. George played this song at several UK festivals this year and it was received very well.

6. Brick By Boring Brick – Paramore – brand new eyes, 2009 

Brick By Boring Brick was the second single off of “brand new eyes”. I really have liked listening to Paramore recently and have found that I prefer a lot of their older albums to their newer ones, particularly “brand new eyes”, this song, in particular, is one that I have listened to a lot. The video for the song was nominated for a Kerrang Award for best video and also reached number 2 on the US Rock Chart.

7. Heart And Soul – Twin Atlantic – The Great Divide, 2014

I have only recently started listening to Twin Atlantic and out of all of the songs that I have listened to by them I have to say that I have enjoyed this one the most. I have found that recently I have been listening to a lot more lively music, I tend to do this in the summer as it is nicer to listen to this type of music when the sun is out. This song was an experimental song with lots of different layers that was released as the first single on “The Great Divide”.

8. Can’t Stand Me Now – The Libertines – The Libertines, 2004

This song was released over 10 years ago now but I still find it very enjoyable to listen to. The song was nominated for an NME Best Track Award and also managed to reach Number 2 in the UK singles chart, the song has been featured in man y compilation albums over the past years since it has been released. I have gone backwards and forwards from listening to this song for quite some time but when I do listen to it I thoroughly enjoy it.

9. Feeling This – blink-182 – blink-182, 2003 

In some ways, this song is different to other Blink songs as it has many parts that are spoken throughout instead of just music and singing. When I went to see Blink in Nottingham this is the first song that they played when they came on stage and for some reason, I realised that I had not heard it for a while which shocked me as it used to be one of my favourite blink songs. The song was first played by the band at Reading And Leeds Festival in 2003.

10. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer – Sixpence None The Richer, 1997 

This is the original version of the song that was released on 1997 however in the past it has been covered by many bands, the first time I heard this song was not this version but instead was the version by New Found Glory, after listening to that I went and found the original version and found that I enjoyed that just as much. The song managed to reach number 4 in the UK singles chart.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

Hyde Park, London- Green Day And Special Guests

On the 1st of July, I went to see Green Day in Hyde Park, this was a last-minute decision as we found out the day before that we had been lucky enough to get guest listed for the event. We left the at around 7:30 in the morning and travelled to London. Once arriving in London, we got a bus to Hyde park where we had to queue up to collect our tickets. After collecting our tickets, we went to queue up the entrance where we found that the queue was extremely long and thought that it would take forever to get through however once it started moving, even with all the security checks it did not take very long to get through. Once inside the venue/ area where the event was to take place we went to collect our wristbands that would let us into the guest area.

The first thing that we did was go and explore the festival area, inside we found lots of things including food stalls, fairground rides, things to try and there was also a special area for Barclaycard customers an area where you could go if you had a Barclaycard and inside was a play area with many things to do and take part in.

The music started around one and we went to watch Jesse Malin they were a lively band that had enjoyable and catchy music that everyone wanted to dance to. I found them very enjoyable and easy to watch and I feel that they were a good band to be on first on any stage not just a smaller stage in the background. Stiff Little Fingers started at around two and once Jesse Malin had finished this was who we went to watch, at this time many people were sitting down and watching bands instead of getting up and dancing, we went up to the railings originally to watch the band but I soon found that because I am quite small I could not see very well so we had to move back so that I could see better, as there was large screens all over the park this meant that I could see what was going on quite easily in most places.

SWMRS were the next band on the Barclaycard stage, I had seen this band before so I was very excited about seeing them as I had enjoyed watching them many times before. As I know lots of the bands songs I found them very enjoyable to watch as I could sing and dance along to their songs, at point during the bands set I was able to sit on people I knew shoulders so   that I could see over everyone and see the stage easily, one of the things that I enjoyed most about this set was the fact that as it was not the main stage you were never too far away from the front of the stage. I feel that this band perform well live meaning that I could thoroughly enjoy the show. During this bands set a lot of the audience were singing along to the songs making the show even more enjoyable.

The Hives were next to perform on the main stage, I had not heard music from this band before but I had heard a lot about them and I knew that a lot of people enjoyed their music. They were a lively and cheerful band, they had a theme of black and white, the backdrop to their show was a picture in black and white, they also wore black and white suits that were opposite to each other for example one half of the legs were white the other black and then the jacket was the opposite way around. I found The Hives show fun to watch and I felt like the band had a very large stage presence. After the Hives performance, we visited the guest area for the first time and had some dinner (The Best Macaroni Cheese I Have Ever Tasted), inside there was food stalls, a seating area and some bean bags. Whilst having dinner we did not realise that we had unfortunately missed Gogol Bordello but after sitting down for about an hour we were more than ready for Rancid and Green Day.

Rancid were on stage first as they were the band that have been supporting Green Day for the length of their current tour, the band play ska punk music but it is edging more towards the punk side than the ska side. Rancid have also recently released a new album so they played quite a few songs from that along with a lot of there more popular songs, there music was extremely enjoyable and got everyone very hyped up and ready for Green Day.

Once Rancid had finished it was getting towards the time that everyone had been waiting for, the area that people were standing in started to fill up rapidly and so therefore got very hot, about half an hour before Green Day came on the security guards were passing around water as it was very hot. Finally, it got to the point that everyone had been waiting for and “Bohemian Rhapsody” started to play, everyone sang along to all the words and we all knew that this meant that they would be coming on soon. Next up was “Blitzkrieg Bop” and running on came a person dressed up as pink bunny rabbit who got the crowd cheering and ready. Then the moment everyone had been waiting for, Green Day burst onto the stage with “Know Your Enemy” and everyone was singing along and jumping around at this point I decided that it would be a good idea to move back as I was very small so I was getting shoved around a lot and nearly fell over many times, once further back I decided that it was a better place to stand anyway as it meant that I could actually see the stage, towards the end of know your enemy Billie invited someone on stage to sing with him. This was then followed by two songs from the bands most recent album “Revolution Radio” and “Bang, Bang” this excited everyone in the crowd. Next up was “Holiday” at this point a very kind man who I still do not know the name of let me sit on his shoulders so that I could see easily and see over everyone’s head, he let me stay up there for quite a few songs and I am very thankful to him for this. The band then played more songs new and old before playing “Longview where they again invited a member of the crowd onstage to sing. There was a very lively atmosphere throughout the show, in around the middle of the show the band performed a cover of “Knowledge” by Operation Ivy and at this point they invited a member of the audience to play the guitar on stage with them, unfortunately the first person that they invited on stage was unable to perform the song, however she was allowed to play the tambourine with Tre at the back, the next person invited up was able to play the song and therefore at the end she was allowed to keep the guitar. Something that Green Day are known for doing is when they perform “King for A Day” they mix it with other songs on this day it seemed to be quite a few familiar songs, in fact they mixed it with 5 other songs these where “Shout”, “Always Look On The Brightside”, “Teenage Kicks”, “satisfaction” and “Hey Jude” all of these songs are quite popular so everyone k new the words. The band finished their main set with the song “Forever Now” however then went on to do two encores. The first encore they performed “American Idiot” and “Jesus OF Suburbia” which also included about a minute of Billie standing as if he was on a cross. The second encore was slowed down and acoustic and included an acoustic version of “21 Guns” which I extremely enjoyed. The band finished the show with “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and then all members came back on stage to take one final bow and confetti was blown everywhere.

I can honestly say that this was one of the best concerts that I have been to in my life and I would go to something like this again.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

April Playlist

Here are some of my favourite songs that I have been listening to over the past month.

1. Under The Cover Of Darkness- The Strokes – Angels, 2011

Type: Alternative/Indie

The Strokes formed in New York in 1998 and have released many albums since then. This song was released as the lead single to the bands 4th album in 2011, the song was not as successful as some of there other songs however managed to reach number 47 in the UK singles chart. The music video for the song references “Last Nite” one of the bands previous songs. I like this song as it is very cheerful and happy but also sticks in your head.

2. Palm Trees – SWMRS – Drive North,2016

 Type: Alternative/Rock

I started listening to this band as I knew that I was going to see them with All Time Low and wanted to know some of there songs, there was quite a few of there songs that I liked however this was by far one of my favourites. SWMRS formed in Oakland California in 2004 the band where signed by record label Fuled By Ramen in October 2016 the day before this song was released.

3. Grace Kelly – Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion,2007 

Type: Pop

I have liked this song for a long time and has been one of my favourites for about the same amount of time however recently I have been listening to it more as it is lively and happy like a lot of the songs that I have been listening to this month. This song was the lead single off Mika’s debut album and was nominated for a BRIT for Best British Single in 2007. The song managed to enter the chart at number 3 proving its popularity right from the start, the song eventually went platinum. This song is often also recognisable to people as is used in many films, television programmes and adverts.

4. Worried About Ray – The Hoosiers – The Trick To Life, 2007 

Type: Indie Rock/Pop

This song sounds a lot like “Goodbye Mr A” another song on the album by The Hoosiers however for some unknown reason I prefer this song to “Goodbye Mr A”. This song managed to peak at number 5 in the UK chart when it was released and was also nominated for the British Single Award at the BRITS. In the video for the song “Ray” is a monster that tries to catch the band and eventually is unsuccessful.

5. Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers – Hot Fuss, 2004 

Type: Rock/Indie

This song featured on The Killers debut album “Hot Fuss” and was also originally featured on the “Mr Brightside” EP along with the song “Mr Brightside. Smile like you mean it managed to work its way up to number 11 in the UK charts in the year it was released. I enjoy this song as it reminds me of listening to it in the car when I was younger. I have recently been listening to a lot more of The Killers as I am going to see them in July and am very excited.

6. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran – Divide, 2017

Type: Pop/Folk

This song is the third single from Ed Sheeran’s new album and has proved to be one of the most popular being at the top of the charts for several weeks in the past month or so. The song was wrote by Ed with an Irish band and ended up being one of the top streamed songs almost as soon as it was released. I enjoy this song as it is cheerful and catchy, it also feels bright and makes me think of summer so I have been really enjoying it over the past month.

7. Belle – Emma Watson – Beauty And The Beast, 2017

Type: Musical

Okay so this is slightly different to what I normally listen to however at the beginning of the month I went and saw Beauty And The Beast with my friend and I have been slightly obsessed with the album ever since however this has been my favourite song from the album. I have listened to both the old and the new version of this song and have to say I prefer this version and like the twist they have put on it.

8. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, 1995

Type: Britpop/Indie

This song has been out for quite some time now however it is still quite famous and still enjoyed by many. It has always been a firm favourite at the bands live performances and managed to get to number one in the UK charts as well as ranking highly in other countries and eventually went platinum in the UK.

9. Crave – Waterparks – Cluster, 2016

Type: Rock

Throughout there career the group has released 3 EP’s and this song has been one of their most popular singles. I feel that this song is very catchy so therefore stays in your head and makes you want to listen to it more and this is why I listen to it a lot.

10. Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless – Light Me Up, 2010 

Type: Hard Rock

This song is one of the most popular singles from this album, the hype for the song started way before it was announced with a promotional video to promote the song meaning that people would want to know what the rest of the song was like so would watch again. This song has been featured in many movie soundtracks over the past few years and managed to reach number one in the UK rock charts.

I hope you enjoyed reading, thanks Annie

 

Boston Music Room, London- The Shrives And SWMRS

On Wednesday 12th Of April I went to see The Shrives and SWMRS in London. When we got there the venue was smaller than most venues that we had been to before however this was nice as it meant that you could see the bands well and also made the gig feel more personal instead of when your at a big venue with thousands of people. Unlike the last concert I went to, the doors opened at 7 this meant we had an hour before the support act started, this was good as it made sure that everyone was in the venue before the acts started so everyone could enjoy it.

The support band for the concert was The Shrives, these were a band that I had seen several times before so I already knew that I would enjoy the show. The band mainly played songs from their recently released debut album but they also played some songs that were not on the album, this meant that I knew a lot of the songs that were being played making it even more enjoyable, they also played a cover of “Heart of Glass” by Blondie which most of the audience knew so even if they did not know the songs they knew this one and it meant that they could join in and have fun. The songs that the band played were enjoyable and got everyone excited and ready for the rest of the bands set and also the rest of the gig, this was helped by the fact that a lot of the songs had sing along and catchy bits so that even if you didn’t know the song you could join in and feel part of it.

SWMRS were up next playing a lot of their popular song to begin with. After seeing the band with All Time Low I was extremely excited to see them again as I really enjoyed them the first time and knew that they would be just as good again. The band made the gig very inviting and enjoyable for everyone there and included a lot of audience participation whether that was clapping or singing and even inviting the audience on stage at points and having them do “Stage Dives”. After doing a large amount of their own songs the band did a cover of  “Can’t Stand Me Now” by the libertines, this is a very popular song so everyone enjoyed it and sang along. After the gig had finished Cole came out to meet the fans and take pictures and sign things. I really enjoyed the gig and had an absolutely brilliant and fun time.

(Sorry the pictures are not the best quality they where taken on my phone)

Thanks for reading, Annie

O2 Academy Sheffield- All Time Low, SWMRS And Waterparks

On Friday the 24th Of March I went and saw All Time Low at the O2 Academy Sheffield. To be completely honest the day of the concert started off as a disaster, me and my boyfriend where travelling to the gig on the train, it was all going very well and we where very excited until the announcer on the train said that the train would no longer be stopping and Sheffield as it was delayed, so we would have to get off at the next stop. At this point we were worried we would not make the concert. Luckily the next train to Sheffield got us in just in time. When we got to the venue there was a queue for at least two corners away from the venue.

It took such a long time to get into the venue that we missed almost the whole of the Waterparks set and we where quite disappointed by this as we where really looking forward to seeing them. Next up was SWMRS I was extremely excited to see them and they did not disappoint, I had listened to some of the SWMRS songs before so I knew some of the songs that they played. I found that the band liked to involve the audience a lot in there lively and energetic songs, the band also played a lot of there most popular songs this was good as most of the people knew the songs so they could join in and this would not have been possible if they had played there less popular songs. I feel like the atmosphere as good during there set however I feel that it could have been better if everyone had been in the venue at the time however people that where at the back of the queue where still coming in at this point, however this didn’t seem to stop the band from enjoying themselves and overall I feel that this is what makes the audience enjoy themselves, after they had finished there set there songs where stuck in my head for quite some time.

Next up was All Time Low, after an hours wait in between the bands it was time. The band played a lot of there songs old and new, popular and unpopular, this was good as people who didn’t necessarily know the band very well could still have a good time but everyone also got to hear there favourite songs. The show had an amazing atmosphere and at points there was huge beach balls bouncing around the venue and confetti at the end, there was also a lot of crowd participation including them asking people to get on each others shoulders for some of the songs and a lot of them encouraging the crowd to sing. To be honest the thing that stood out most about the gig was the fun aspect as not many concerts do this sort of thing. The venue was quite small so you felt that the gig was more personal and you mostly had a decent view, well at least I did until I had a really tall person stand in front of me but I guess you can’t help that really as I am really small and can’t see over a lot of people anyway.

I would definitely go and see All Time Low again and SWMRS again as I had a brilliant time, I do think that I would have enjoyed it even more if I had been able to see Waterparks and I would also probably like to see all of the bands again whether together or separate.

Here are some picture I took at the gig.

I hope you enjoyed reading, I will be back soon, Annie.